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New software on video poker machines
In his first visit to Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas in months, Robison details a new video poker software update that wasn't able to remedy a long-time messaging complaint he has had with the machines.  read more

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Three Las Vegas Strip properties to resume 24/7 hours

MGM Resorts International will resume 24/7 hotel operations at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Park MGM and The Mirage effective 3 March. Previously, each property had implemented selective mid-week closures related to decreased business volumes due to COVID-19.  read more
Three Las Vegas Strip properties to resume 24/7 hours



TWiG: Nevada casino restrictions shrink

Casino restrictions are being rolled back a little at a time, including in Las Vegas, while the Super Bowl streaker tries to collect on his stunt.  read more

El Cortez Hotel and Casino introduces new high-limit room

The Downtown Las Vegas casino opened a room with two high-limit blackjack tables and three high-limit slot machines, including Dragon Cash and two Super Charged 7s, with a maximum limit bet of $2,000.  read more

Elements Casino Brantford reopens today

The property in Canada will offer slot machine play and is limited to a guest capacity of 50 guests only from regions not in current “stay at home orders.”  read more

Pennsylvania breaks record for online casino revenue

Pennsylvania sportsbooks and online casinos opened 2021 with over $600 million in monthly sports wagers for the first time and recorded more than $80.4 million in online casino revenue, the highest amount to date.  read more

AGA: US commercial gaming revenue down in 2020

U.S. commercial gaming revenue totaled $30.0 billion in 2020, down more than 31% year-over-year, according to the American Gaming Association’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker.  read more

Plans for new casino in Long Island, New York announced

The Shinnecock Indian Nation unveiled plans for the casino it intends to build on its territory on the Eastern end of Long Island, which will be called Shinnecock Casino Hamptons.  read more

Aruba resort completes casino renovation

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino now has a total of 13 gaming tables, 148 slot machines, and 13 video poker machines. The property has also been redesigned to comply with new safety protocols.  read more

Lawsuit alleges Encore Boston Harbor is duping customers

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit against Encore Boston Harbor accusing the casino of paying out in less favorable odds in blackjack. (The Lowell Sun)  read more



New Jersey sportsbooks continue to thrive

New Jersey sportsbooks took in more than $950 million in wagers and a record $82.6 million in revenue in January while the state's online casinos crossed $100 million.  read more

Single-event sports betting moves forward in Canada

A bill to legalize single-event sports betting in Canada passed a second reading last Wednesday and now moves to the Justice Committee for a third reading with potential amendments, before being sent to the Senate.  read more

Michigan online sportsbooks off to impressive start

Michigan's online sportsbooks and casinos are off to a historic debut with more than $115 million in sports bets in just 10 days, while online casinos generated $29.4 million in gross receipts.  read more

Illinois sportsbooks close in on $500 million in December

Illinois online sportsbooks pushed the statewide handle to nearly $500 million in monthly wagering and ended its inaugural year with nearly $2 billion in bets even as retail casinos remained closed in December.  read more

Major League Baseball win totals released by William Hill

The Dodgers are the only team in triple figures at 104.5 wins, while the Yankees have the second-highest win total at 96, after opening at 97.  read more

Penn National Gaming secures sports betting access in New York

The company announced a 20-year strategic partnership with Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady that will provide Penn Interactive “second skin” access to the New York mobile sports betting and iCasino market.  read more

Sponsors announced for Circling Raven Championship

The inaugural golf event at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Idaho from 23-29 August will feature 156 competitors battling for $200,000 in prize money, which will be one of the highest purses on the Symetra Tour this year.  read more

BetMGM and Topgolf team up

The two companies will collaborate on marketing and promotional offers through the BetMGM platform at select Topgolf venues and within World Golf Tour by Topgolf.  read more



Wynn Resorts honored by Forbes Travel Guide

In addition to holding the most Five-Star awards of any independent hotel company, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, and Wynn Palace remain the three largest Five-Star resorts in the world for a second consecutive year.  read more



Foxwoods reports January slot revenue

The Connecticut casino reported slot revenue of $24.5 million for January 2021, an increase from $21.5 million in December.  read more



ABSINTHE returning to Caesars Palace

Gaz and the Green Fairy will bring their signature splash of color back to the Las Vegas Strip on St. Patrick's Day when ABSINTHE returns on 17 March.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Betting shops in England will reopen on 12 April, with bingo halls and casinos scheduled to follow on 17 May. Due to the pandemic, all gaming venues closed on 5 January.
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