Industry leaders are concerned that easier access to sports betting could tempt college players into fixing games, with a NCAA survey finding nearly a quarter of male athletes bet on sports within the previous year despite the activity being illegal outside Nevada. "We continue to have concerns that wagering enhancements such as live in-game betting could present increased opportunities to profit from 'spot fixing' a contest as has been uncovered recently in a number of international sports leagues," the 2016 survey said.
UK-based Bede Gaming has signed on to develop a new online customer platform for Ontario Lottery & Gaming. It will launch in early 2020 and give PlayOLG the ability to add new games and offer a mobile option.
The Ponca tribe has started making payments to the Iowa city hosting its Prairie Flower Casino with a $250,000 check. Carter Lake is expected to receive between $400,000 and $500,000 annually after the casino opens, according to Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr.
Gateway Casino and Entertainment will reveal the transformation of its Palace Casino in Canada to an expanded facility called Starlight Casino on Sept. 26. The upgraded venue will boast 32 gaming tables, 768 slots, VIP gaming, private salons, six restaurants and a poker room with eight tables.
Caesars Entertainment said there was little difference in average pay between 98% of female employees in non-union positions and men holding the same jobs. "We're very proud of the results from our first gender pay equity study and are already working to address the 1-2% of jobs that aren't in parity," Caesars Entertainment executive Jan Jones Blackhurst said.
Officials in Tokyo are considering which organization to call on for an impact study regarding a possible integrated resort. A partner is expected to be announced Oct. 10, and the study will be completed by the end of March 2019.
Oryx Gaming will soon offer online slots from developer Givme Games on its platform. The new themes, including Dragon's Gold, Fruit King and Egypt's Treasures, are targeted toward Asian and European players but have seen success in other markets as well.
On Sunday, UK- and Brazil-based Caleta Gaming rolled out 38 social casino games, all on HTML5. The small startup's new games comprise 21 slot machine titles, 12 video bingo titles, three keno games, one lotto game and one pick'em title.
The casino, hotel and entertainment complex at MGM Springfield in Massachusetts has been seeing an average of about 50,000 daily visitors on weekends and 25,000 during the week since opening Aug. 24. Original company expectations were for visitor levels of about 15,000 to 20,000 daily.