Representatives from the NBA and MLB have met with New Jersey legislators leading up to the Murphy vs. NCAA Supreme Court ruling in hopes of helping design the rules if sports betting is legalized. The leagues are realizing that it's no longer about lobbying against sports betting but about making sure they have "a seat at the table," a legislative source said.
NagaCorp has started construction on its casino in Primorye entertainment zone in Russia, which includes a conference hall and a 279-room hotel as part of the first phase. The casino and resort are "broadly on schedule" to be in operation before next year, says Timothy McNally, chairman of NagaCorp.
China's online poker ban is expected to go in effect June 1, although there has been no official word from Beijing. With the change, consumers won't be able to play poker online in China, even for "play money," nor will they be able to talk about poker or promote it on social media, says Stephen Lai, managing director of Hong Kong Poker Players Association.
Relax Gaming signed a deal with Malta-based online casino Twin to provide content for its table games. Relax partnered with ComeOn last month to provide its technology for their blackjack and roulette table games too.
The Pamunkey Indian tribe is eyeing 600 acres in New Kent County, Va., for a potential casino site. The tribe is looking to build a casino and 1,200-room hotel and spa somewhere on its ancestral land in Virginia.
The Supreme Court could decide as soon as Tuesday whether to approve sports betting in New Jersey, which could result in an additional $9 billion of annual revenue to the state. "This law will jump-start the casino and racing industries, and that will save thousands of jobs," said former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak.
The spate of casino ownership changes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the past year have likely been spurred by the legalization of online gaming. Companies entering the states are also well-positioned to embark on sports-betting ventures, pending a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court.
Vietnam's largest casino is expected to debut next year, thanks to the help of Macau junket Suncity Group Holdings. Hoiana will cost $4 billion and include restaurants, water parks, shops and golf courses.
Canadian company The Stars Group has agreed to pay $3.5 billion to purchase UK-based Sky Betting and Gaming, which holds a sponsorship deal with the English Football League. Its sale would make The Stars Group the world's largest publicly listed online gaming company.
The Department of Interior's inspector general is investigating the way the department has handled the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes' application to open a joint casino in Connecticut and may consider whether MGM lobbying played a role. Redacted internal documents show that Interior's career staff, after six weeks of study, had recommended approval, but Secretary Ryan Zinke's political staff nixed the recommendation only two days later, refusing to approve or deny it.
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