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December 21, 2020

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December 21, 2020

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Even money bets in craps
Scoblete explains that while the house edge on the outside even-money bets is the same as on inside bets, the player gets more of a back and forth game, which is why he recommends them.  read more

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The STRAT to award a midnight leap on New Year's Eve

With The STRAT's "Midnight Mirror Ball" sweepstakes, one winner will be selected to jump from the iconic Las Vegas casino's SkyJump attraction at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, 31 December.  read more
The STRAT to award a midnight leap on New Year's Eve



GameCo launches first esports sportsbook

GameCo and US Bookmaking will partner and introduce the first dedicated esports sportsbook in the U.S. at Sky Ute Casino Resort in Colorado.  read more

Illinois sportsbooks have another historic month

Illinois sportsbooks drew $434.6 million in bets in October, according to official data released Thursday. That is up 42.4% from $305.2 million in September.  read more

Pennsylvania sportsbooks continue to flourish

Pennsylvania's online and retail sportsbooks reached $491.9 million in November, according to official data released last week, which is down slightly from October, but up 35.7% from November 2019.  read more

BetMGM launches mobile sports betting in PA

The BetMGM app offers a user-friendly sports betting experience, making it easy to customize pre-game, live in-play, futures and parlay wagers.  read more

Is virtual reality sports betting the next big thing?

Verizon Media and Entain will collaborate to develop a first-of-its-kind highly immersive virtual reality experience that will combine live sports viewing with interactive layers of sports data and gaming.  read more



Two Rhode Island casinos reopen today

Table games and slot machines will be open, as will the sportsbook, stadium gaming and virtual table games, at Twin River Casino Hotel and Tiverton Casino Hotel.  read more

Ontario could be the next great online betting market

The Ontario provincial government has signaled an openness to legalizing online gambling as part of the province's 2020 budget  read more

Baha Mar Casino Resort begins phased reopening

The Bahamas casino resort reopened last week with heightened safety and health measures in place. Baha Mar's phased reopening begins with the opening of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar today.  read more

TWiG: Christmas online gambling and sports betting

Our final show of 2020 wraps up the year with online gambling news involving Sheldon Adelson and sports betting developments with ESPN, Caesars and Disney.  read more

New Year's Eve at SAHARA Las Vegas

Guests can enjoy an evening of excitement and indulgence with bottomless premium champagne, featured cocktails and spirits, plus an all-you-can-eat assortment of desserts and a midnight champagne toast.  read more

Ho-Chunk launches WarHorse Gaming at Nebraska race tracks

WarHorse Gaming is in the process of developing plans to develop casino gaming at the licensed horseracing tracks in Omaha, Lincoln and South Sioux City.  read more

Europe's gambling revenues to drop 23 percent in 2020

Europe's total gambling revenue will drop 23% this year - from €98.6 billion gross gaming revenue in 2019 to €75.9 billion in 2020 – as the gambling sector feels the impact of COVID-19.  read more

Casinos and bingo halls in London closing down

Casinos and bingo halls in the U.K. were forced to shut down temporarily last Wednesday in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases.  read more

The Londoner Macao set to open first phase

The $2 billion, British-themed, Las Vegas Sands property in Macao will open progressively throughout 2021 with the official ceremony held in early February.  read more

The Brook reopening its doors after temporary closure

After pausing operations in order to take precautions for COVID-19, The Brook in New Hampshire reopened its doors to the public on 17 December.  read more

Penn National Gaming to acquire Hollywood Casino Perryville

Penn National Gaming announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement with Gaming and Leisure Properties to acquire the operations of Hollywood Casino - Perryville in Maryland for $31.1 million in cash.  read more



Kascada Cabinet debuts at Green Valley Ranch

Introduced at the Nevada casino, the game is the next chapter in the story of the internationally successful Duo Fú Duo Cái games series, which began nine years ago with the original 88 Fortunes game.  read more

Massive Wheel of Fortune jackpot hits at El Cortez Casino

A guest from Hawaii hit the slot jackpot worth $588,698 on 12 December at the Downtown Las Vegas casino after betting only 10 quarters.  read more

Mandatory authentication for slot machines in Finland

Slots gaming at kiosks, stores, restaurants, and service stations will change significantly in January. After 12 January, you cannot play slots on decentralized slot machines without authenticating yourself.  read more



Nine await final table for WSOP Main Event

After surviving the online portion, the final nine players will now travel to Las Vegas to battle live on Monday, 28 December at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  read more

Poker Hall of Fame finalists announced

The 2020 inductees will be announced Wednesday, 30 December prior to the WSOP Main Event finale at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  read more

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City reopening Poker Room

The poker room will resume operations for the first time since March on Saturday, 26 December with enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of players and employees.  read more

Michigan House approves poker bill

Passed by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday, Senate Bill 991 will allow the Michigan Gaming Control Board to enter into agreements to facilitate multijurisdictional internet poker. (  read more



Entertainment returns to Florida casino

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will resume live performances at Zig Zag Lounge beginning New Year’s Eve with “Safe + Sound” guidelines in place.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
MGM Springfield generated just $10.5 million in gross gaming revenue in November, down from $17.5 million in October. This marks the Massachusetts casino's worst month since opening in 2018.
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