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August 30, 2021

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August 30, 2021

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Slot machines and coins
Robison explains why he was overjoyed with the removal of coin-operated slot machines, saying he "didn't get any pleasure from scooping tokens out of the coin tray and getting my hands covered in grime and ashes."  read more
 

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WSOP to require proof of full vaccination

The World Series of Poker announced last week that anyone attending the 2021 tournament will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19. The WSOP returns to live play in Las Vegas with the policy in effect, beginning 30 September.  read more
WSOP to require proof of full vaccination
 

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CASINO

TWiG: Casino vaccine situation in the US

Days after Harrah's in New Orleans became the first U.S. casino to require proof of a COVID vaccination (or a negative test), other casinos started to do the same.  read more

Major blackjack win at Hard Rock Atlantic City

A player from Huntington, New York won a $161,471 progressive while at a Mega Blazing 7's blackjack table on 20 August.  read more

Nevada casinos post record-breaking July numbers

Nevada's non-restricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $1,359,876,493 for the month of July 2021, a 79.69% increase compared to July 2020.  read more

Caesars buys minority interest in Horseshoe Baltimore

As a result of this transaction, Caesars now owns 76% of Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore and will consolidate the results of the property on Caesars' financial statements.  read more

Chinook Winds shuts doors until 2 September

The Oregon property announced that the casino, hotel and golf course operations will be temporarily closed until 2 September, "in the face of COVID-19 and the Delta variant."  read more

Rivers Casino Schenectady poker room to reopen

When cards go in the air on Wednesday, the poker room will be the last of the casino’s major gaming amenities to return since the casino reopened in September of 2020.  read more

Mole Lake Casino Lodge temporarily closes

Following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, the tribe announced today that it will close the Wisconsin property until 24 September.  read more

Former chair of Ukraine gambling regulator arrested

A member of Ukraine's Gambling and Lottery Regulatory Commission has been arrested on suspicion of receiving a $90,000 bribe to grant gambling licenses.  read more

British Columbia casinos to require vaccine card

Starting 13 September, proof of vaccination will be required in the Canadian province for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events, including casinos.  read more

Irish bookmakers adopt new credit card and advertising bans

Bookmakers in Ireland have agreed to an industry-wide ban on the use of credit cards, both online and in shops, for Irish customers and a whistle-to-whistle advertising ban for live sports.  read more

SPORTS News

SPORTS

NFL agrees to deal with four sportsbooks

The National Football League announced it has reached agreements with FOX Bet, BetMGM, PointsBet, and WynnBet to become Approved Sportsbook Operators for the 2021 season.  read more

Single-event sports betting arrives in Canada

The Canadian Gaming Association celebrated the arrival of legal single-event sports betting in Canada on Friday.  read more

Connecticut sports betting adds new player

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has received approval to operate up to 15 sports betting locations in the state.  read more

Tennessee sports betting hits low point in July

Sportsbooks took in $144.6 million in wagers in July, down 17.2% from $174.5 million in June. The pace of betting fell to $4.7 million per day over the 31 days in July from $5.8 million per day over the 30 days of June.  read more

New sportsbook coming to Casino Del Sol in Arizona

The opening date of the SolSports sportsbook with 60 televisions and six betting windows is tentatively planned to open next month.  read more

ENTERTAINMENT News

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Pauly D heads to Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D is making his way back to The Event Center at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Saturday, 18 December.  read more

Two jazz icons to perform at Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Enjoy the smooth and soulful sounds of Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown and chart-topping saxophonist Euge Groove when they take The Event Center stage on Friday, 22 October.  read more

America concert cancelled at Kansas Star Casino

The previously-scheduled show by America, scheduled at the Kansas Star Arena on Saturday, 11 September, has been cancelled.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
ESPN has held discussions with multiple operators, including Caesars and DraftKings, about a potential sportsbook licensing deal worth more than $3 billion over several years, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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