The gaming industry is embracing virtual reality, making online slot games more immersive and creating virtual casino experiences for players. Augmented reality also presents a major opportunity for operators, with many smartphone users eagerly adopting the technology for mobile games.
Founder Len Ainsworth was given approval to sell a roughly 52% stake of Ainsworth Game Technology to Novomatic AG. Ainsworth Game Technology focuses on North America and Australasia, and Novomatic operates mainly in South America and Europe.
Revisions to the Criminal Code of Canada in the 1970s have led to more relaxed gaming restrictions in the country in recent years, allowing each province to license and regulate its own gaming. The changes have given rise to several new casinos, more sports betting centers and increased availability of online gaming sites.
Three commercial casinos are now open in New York, although they have not yet hit their revenue projections. Still, the new casinos have created jobs and attracted other businesses that benefit from their proximity to the casinos, said John Bonacic, chairman of the state Senate's Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.
Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka of Japan's Wakayama Prefecture would consider backing away from his stance that only foreigners be allowed to enter casinos if effective regulations acceptable to Japanese citizens were put in place.
Michigan state lawmakers have included online sports betting in a bill that would legalize online casinos and poker. Rep. Brandt Iden, the bill's author, said, "The language is in there to start the next round of conversations" if the Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
Florida's Seminole tribe is taking legal action against 25 operators of electronic gaming parlors in Jacksonville. They hope to shut down the parlors and maintain their exclusive right to run Vegas-style gaming facilities in the state.
Land developer Chris Morris hopes to begin construction within a year on a $114 million resort around The Ville Resort-Casino in Queensland, Australia. The casino property is in the midst of a $30.4 million update -- including a poolside event space, three new restaurants and a rooftop infinity pool -- which will be finished in May 2018.
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