Sports Betting on the Rise!

On May 14th of this year the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling that allowed for live sports betting and online casino sports betting in states that legislate for the activity. To date, Nevada, Delaware, Montana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Oregon have either passed recent sports betting enabling laws or have activated existing laws to allow sports betting in their locales.

Gaming Shows Not to be Missed

Playing games has never been as popular as it is in 2018. Today, video console, live casino and online casino players have more options than ever with console video games, online casino gaming, sports betting, land-based casinos, smartphone games and much more. There are single-player games, multi-player games, virtual games and games that bring together competitors from around the world.  Gaming conventions and shows highlight all the best in the gaming world. Some of the best 2018’s best gaming  tradeshows include: 

Japanese Casino Industry

Now that casino gambling is set to be an irrevocable part of the Japanese landscape, the country is starting to come to grips with the nuts and bolts of how the industry will begin to integrate into Japan. Japan is seen as a lucrative market by international casino companies who believe that the three approved Integrated Resorts will succeed in pulling in foreign travelers as well as large numbers of locals. At this point the Japanese casinos will offer live casino entertainment but will not provide online casino gambling. 

Sexual Harassment Guidelines Come to Nevada

A debate is brewing in Nevada over whether there’s enough oversight via existing federal harassment rules to prevent sexual harassment in the states’ casinos or whether additional regulations need to be created. It’s no secret that the live casinos have more than their fair share of harassment complaints (while no such issues exist with the online casino), both from staff being harassed by customers and by their own supervisors and by the customers who contend with harassment from other patrons.

West Virginia Casino News

The WV Lottery Commission is encouraged by the trend which shows the number and level of wagers rising from week to week. The majority of the action took place at West Virginia’s newest casino, the Hollywood Casino, located at the Charles Town Racetrack.  

The first week’s wagers totaled $457,788 and the amount rose to over $1 million in the 2nd week and reached almost $2 during the 3rd week. No data is available to indicate how the numbers break down between the sportsbooks or across individual sports.

Federal Oversight of Sports Betting

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that states can legislate online casino and live casino sports betting but that doesn’t mean that Congress is turning the field over the states’ legislators totally. In an attempt to place some kind of federal oversight on the new opportunities that sports wagering offers, the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigation is considering ways to limit the states’ independence on gambling issues.

Is Las Vegas in a Decline?

Earnings reports for the second quarter of 2018 weren’t encouraging for Vegas-based online casino and live casino operators. Both MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment reported soft numbers for the period encompassing April, May and June and indications are that the third quarter won’t be much better.

Across Vegas, operators reported declines in their revenue per available room (RevPAR) profits. RevPAR is the most commonly-used metric to assess profitability of Vegas casinos. The second quarter RevPAR showed a 4% decrease in overall Strip occupancy, a 1% decrease in overall visitation and room occupancy and a 3% decrease in convention attendance – of particular concern since convention guests spend significantly more on dining and rooms, even though they tend to spend less time on the gaming floors than other guests. 

Canada Casino News

Gambling is permitted in all Canadian provinces. The provincial Gambling Corporations control the lotteries, land-based casinos and online casino gaming based on their individual province’s laws and regulations. The variety of casino offerings differs from one province to the next – some provinces offer brick-and-mortar casinos, lotteries, online casino activity, racetracks and other gaming organizations while others feature a more limited menu of gambling options.

FanDuel Controversy in New Jersey

Almost as soon as the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling that allowed individual states to legislate sports betting in their domains, the FanDuel Fantasy Sports Provider started to carve out its piece of the pie. The company has made some valuable partnerships which makes it a logical resource to get sports betting going in the states in which it’s been legalized.

FanDuel’s place as a pioneer in the world of sports betting gives it certain advantages but it also means that it is testing the waters.

Japan Prepares to Welcome Integrated Casino Resorts

Japan is getting ready to move forward with the development of three new casino resorts which were OK’d by Shinzo Abe’s coalition in July. There are still many unanswered questions about how the new bill will actually function. Where will the casinos be built? Will there be an online casino? Who will operate them? How will the government address criminal elements and gambling addictions which are certain to become problematic?

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