Sunset Station in Nevada is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having transformed the area's casino experience from basic warehouselike slot parlors to a more colorful, luxurious feel. "Sunset was the crown jewel when it was built and represents the turning of a corner at that time," said Tony Lucas, professor of gaming at UNLV.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is hoping the skill-based, social aspect of GameCo's video gaming machines will appeal to younger players. "At Foxwoods, we believe skill-based gaming machines are an important part of the future of gaming, but millennials tend to gravitate towards craps, blackjack and poker too, as those games also require a level of skill that they find appealing," Foxwoods CEO Felix Rappaport said.
Hard Rock, Melco and CNS Group have signed a deal with Cyprus to build what is anticipated to be Europe's largest casino resort for more than $558 million. The facility is due to open in 2020 and will feature a 500-room hotel, a spa, 136 gaming tables, 1,200 gaming machines and a 1,500-seat concert hall.
MGM China plans to open a $3.34 billion, 1,500-room MGM Cotai resort in the fourth quarter, although it was scheduled to open last year. In a media session, CEO Grant Bowie said he believes Macau's licensing processes need to be updated to keep up with a booming tourism industry.
New York legislators are considering a bill that would legalize online poker, one of many recent gaming expansions in the state. Three full-service casinos opened their doors in upstate New York less than a year ago, joining nine racinos and 11 tribal gaming facilities.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has warned several online gaming operators to fix a number of violations or risk fines and having their licenses revoked. "New customers are being enticed by tempting promotions only to find the dice are loaded against them," said Nisha Arora, the regulator's senior director for consumer enforcement.
Flamingo Las Vegas is the oldest hotel still operating on the Strip and has been the model for many other casinos there, featuring in movies like "Viva Las Vegas" and the 1960s version of "Ocean's 11," journalist Kat Eschner writes. "The Flamingo featured a trapshooting range, nine-hole golf course, tennis, squash, badminton and handball courts, as well as extensive landscaping with imported Oriental date palm and Spanish cork trees," according to the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.
The Nevada Gaming Commission is standing firm on its anti-marijuana views as the state prepares for its first recreational sales on July 1. White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested that President Donald Trump's administration would more strictly enforce the existing federal ban.
Germany has drawn up a new online interstate gaming treaty that would increase the cap on international operators from 20 to 40 next year. Meanwhile, the state of Schleswig-Holstein has expressed that it would rather create its own gaming act to legalize online casino and poker play.
Amaya is partnering with a local business in India to offer online gaming services in the country by year's end. The move should help the PokerStars owner offset losses caused by its exit from Australia.
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