Sports wagering's rise across the US has been leading to a brain drain from Nevada to other states. Gaming attorney Jennifer Roberts is leaving to become the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.'s director of sports gaming regulation, and Johnny Avello recently left Wynn Las Vegas for DraftKings.
Four companies have expressed interest in operating a casino resort in Nagasaki, Japan, including Current Corp., Oshidori International Development and Casinos Austria International Japan. The fourth company chose not to be named publicly.
The NFL last week suspended Arizona Cardinals player Josh Shaw through the 2020 season for wagering on several league games this year. The NFL subsequently sent a memo to teams warning that any betting by players, coaches or other team employees is expressly forbidden -- including "betting on game outcome, statistics, score, performance of any individual participant, or any other kind of 'proposition bet' on which wagering is offered."
Ho Iat Seng -- who has no ties to the casino industry -- will be sworn in as chief executive of Macao on Dec. 20. Lei Wai Nong will become secretary for economy and finance, the first since 1999 to bring no private sector business experience to the role.
Before even allowing the country's first integrated resort, Japan officials reportedly are discussing the possibility of withholding taxes on nonresident foreigners' casino winnings, similar to methods used in the US and South Korea. Japan also may mandate that casino operators keep records of win-loss results and chip purchases.
Gary Rotstein writes that registering with all seven online sports betting sites in Pennsylvania gives bettors a better chance to make money. He notes that DraftKings, Unibet and Kambi have sign-up offers with "hundreds of free dollars to wager," as well as regular bonuses and odds boosts.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has hoped to expand gaming and legalize sports and internet wagering, ideally providing the state with tax revenue of $120 million across five years. He's been seeking to balance the state's relationship with the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots against private companies' interest in the state and says a compromise must be reached soon or "other states are going to jump ahead of us."
Texting is becoming a go-to method for communicating with hotel guests as artificial intelligence vastly expands the vehicle's range of services. On the cutting edge is the voice-equipped chatbot at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dubbed Rose, which functions as a guide to amenities and activities as well as a tool for basic needs such as check-in information.
Virginia lawmakers in 2020 are likely to debate legalizing casinos, which a recent study suggests would have a modest economic impact. A Northern Virginia casino could generate $155 million in state tax revenue, while casinos in five other Virginia areas would provide about $370 million.
Macao has recorded 19.5% more allegations of gaming-related crimes and scams -- numbering 1,599 -- from January to September over the same period in 2018, according to the latest data. Macao Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak says police have increased patrols to curb such problems.