MGM Cotai will open with direct VIP later this month, followed by junkets by June, according to Deutsche Bank analysts. The casino resort will also add MGM's "Mansion" luxury accommodation sometime in the second quarter.
West Virginia lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to legalize online gaming, while a bill to permit sports betting is also in the works. The proposal would allow in-state licensed casinos to offer online games, and the Lottery Commission would be able to form online gaming deals with other states.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in Massachusetts has the upper hand after the US Supreme Court refused to hear a case against the tribe's proposed casino in Martha's Vineyard, and it hopes to parlay that victory -- and continued opposition -- into a mainland casino instead. If the state won't allow that, the tribe likely will continue with casino plans for the island.
Casino solutions provider Dallmeier will present at the upcoming ICE gaming show in London's ExCeL exhibition center in early February. It will showcase its new casino automation technology, which is designed to offer live game tracking and real-time player ratings.
Social casino company Big Fish Games has joined Australia-based slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure for $990 million. "Big Fish will immediately provide scale across our entire digital platform, and our social casino business will become the second-largest social casino publisher globally," Aristocrat CEO Trevor Croker said.
Players who spend $10,000 or more within 24 hours at British Columbia's casinos must now provide proof of the source of their funds. The rule was put in place to help prevent money laundering and applies to all bank drafts, certified checks and cash used for buy-ins.
Online casino and sports betting platform Luckbox is focusing an upcoming initial coin offering on Africa. The company will sell utility tokens during the ICO that customers can later use to play games, and investors can buy a different token to gain a share of Luckbox's annual profits.
Aristocrat Leisure has been expanding into the social gaming market over the past few years, including its recent acquisitions of Big Fish and Plarium. The company's digital arm now makes up 38% of its revenue.
An initiative called the Voter Control of Gambling in Florida is coming close to the 766,200 signatures it needs to get a proposal on November's ballot that gives the exclusive right to approve casino gaming in the state to voters. The Seminole tribe and The Walt Disney Co. have contributed funds to the initiative in the hopes of stemming gaming expansion.
Pennsylvania's 11 casino operators bid on licenses at auction today for the first of 10 small satellite casinos. A license will cost at least $7.5 million, and nine other auctions will be held through May.