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January 11, 2021

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January 11, 2021

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Critiquing how you gamble
Scoblete responds to several casino game questions and scenarios sent to him from readers and provides detailed advice on the most optimal method to play them.  read more

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Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia announces grand opening date

The new gaming and entertainment destination located in the Stadium District will open on 19 January at 4 p.m. with a series of reservation-only preview days for Live! Rewards Club members. On 11 February, the 12-story, 510,000 square-foot property will open to the general public.  read more
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia announces grand opening date



Cuomo pushing to legalize mobile sports betting

On 6 January, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation to authorize mobile sports wagering as part of the 2021 State of the State.  read more

Online sports betting could be huge for New York

New York could become the largest legal sports-betting market in the U.S., capable of generating $20 billion a year in wagers, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes good on his proposal to make online sports betting legal.  read more

BetMGM partners with Washington Nationals

Key details of the agreement include the opening of a BetMGM Sportsbook connected Major League Baseball team's home stadium and the launch of a mobile app within the permitted area around the park.  read more

Iowa sportsbooks have record December

Iowa’s online and retail sportsbooks closed 2020 on a record pace, collecting more than $100 million in bets in December alone to approach $600 million in handle for the year.  read more

Drone Racing League and DraftKings partner up

Upon completion of this deal, DRL drone races became the first aerial sporting event upon which fans can wager on.  read more



Entain CEO suddenly resigns

Shay Segev is stepping down after just seven months, following the company's decision to reject a $11 billion takeover from MGM Resorts International  read more

Martorano’s Prime debuts at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Celebrity cook Steve Martorano opened his first-ever Italian-American Steakhouse concept at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.  read more

IGT's cashless gaming gets Nevada regulatory approval

With this milestone, the cashless wallet is approved for deployment throughout Nevada, giving casino patrons the option of a reduced-contact, safer, and effortless cashless slot gaming experience.  read more

Sheldon Adelson takes medical leave of absence

Adelson recently resumed his cancer treatment and began a leave of absence last Thursday from his role as chairman and chief executive officer of both Las Vegas Sands and Sands China.  read more

MGM Resorts names Halkyard as new CFO

Jonathan Halkyard is a senior corporate executive who spent 13 years in leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment and was more recently the President and CEO of Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality.  read more



New Year's Eve jackpot win at The Orleans

Playing Aristocrat Gaming's Dollar Storm Slot Game, the Las Vegas man and frequent visitor to The Orleans hit the Super Grand progressive jackpot for $150,403.  read more

Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone debuts at Plaza Casino

The new space within the Plaza Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is dedicated exclusively to Wheel of Fortune slots games.  read more

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood awards $615 million

The three largest jackpots of 2020 included payouts of $3.8 million on 23 July, more than $321,000 on 12 June, and more than $282,000 on 14 March.  read more



TWiG: Online gambling and poker in Michigan

In a major development for the poker community, a Michigan interstate online poker bill now sits on the governor's desk ready to be signed into law.  read more

WSOP announces 2021 Online Circuit Series

The WSOP Online Circuit Series kicks off 14 January, featuring 12 official WSOP gold ring events, with four special “Super Circuits” having an expanded slate of 18 gold ring events.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
After gambling in Nebraska became legal on 1 January, it was announced construction will begin in the spring to expand the state's horse racing tracks to include casinos.
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