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Does Casino Self-Exclusion Work?

Casinos say that nobody connected to the Vegas online and on-site industry benefits from problem gambling. Problem gamblers lose money that they can't afford to lose, see relationships disintegrate and suffer emotional and physical health deterioration.

The casino industry also suffers. The fall-out from problem gambling is one of the biggest objections that community activists and public officials have to opening new casino sites. The sector's reputation suffers and that impacts business negatively.

How New Sports Betting Laws Affect Fantasy Sports

When SCOTUS ruled that states could legislate sports betting in their states, no one realized the impact that it would have on the fantasy sports industry. The Grande Vegas daily fantasy sports has benefitted from the new sport betting reality and is on the cusp of a major growth spurt in New Jersey and around the country.  

Macau's Casinos Show Growth

A threatened trade war between China and the United States might be placing the Macau casino empire in peril. Yet many observers see cause for optimism as the mass market drives Macau Grande Vegas casino growth higher from one quarter to the next.

Mandalay Bay Casino

MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, went to federal courts in Nevada and California last week to request that the court  declares that MGM is not liable for the October 2017 mass shooting that was carried out by a gunman who shot from his bedroom at the  Mandalay Bay hotel.

The online vegas games company requested that all claims against them be dismissed, arguing that “plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants.”

Esports Fight Card Matches Debut in Las Vegas

The World Showdown of Esports (WSOE), a new esports tournament series, will debut this weekend at the new PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas. WSOE is ESP Gaming’s latest Vegas casino esports venture. The fight-card format will see head-to-head matches between players from OpTic Gaming, Team Vitality, Team Envy, Tempo Storm, and other premier esports teams. The league’s first champions will be crowned at the conclusion of the  PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Pan-Continental competition.

NJ kicks off sports betting

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) released figures for the state's first week of licensed wagering operations. The numbers show that the first week's legal wagers generated just under $3.46m in revenue.  Naysayers have been saying that these types of Vegas online bets wouldn't fly in New Jersey but the statistics seem to show otherwise.

In addition, the sports betting doesn't seem to be taking gamers away from the land-based casinos. According to the NJ DGE, June’s brick-and-mortar casino revenue improved 5.1% over the same month last year, bringing in a total hit of $207.5 million. During the same course of time, slots revenue gained to $153.2, a 7.2% increase. Table games dipped a bit -- sliding 0.5% to just under $54.3 million. 

Gaming Adventures with skill-based games

The popularity of skill-based games, in which the outcome of the game is determined by the competitor's mental skills (ability to reason, think strategically and remember information learned) or the physical skills (fast reaction-time, dexterity, etc) seemed to stall after the first skill-based games were introduced.

A new generation of skill-based games that were recently introduced to the Vegas casino by Gamblit elicited mixed results but Gamblit is moving ahead with new skill-based game designed, buoyed by the belief that, once players become accustomed to this new type of games, they will prefer such game options.

Sportsbetting benefits the states

Until May 14 2018, the only state where you could legally gamble on professional and college sports was Nevada.

The American Gaming Association is estimates that legal sports betting will generate up to $26 billion in economic activity. It is also expected to increase tax revenues to federal, state, local and tribal sovereign governments by as much as $5 billion.

49th Annual World Series of Poker

The 2018 Grande Vegas World Series of Poker gathering is taking place this year in early – mid July, bringing thousands of the world's top players – and tens of thousands of spectators – to the Rio Casino in a series of events that will determine who will hold the crown for Vegas casino and Vegas online poker wins. 

For a $10,000 fee, players can join the tournament's 78 gold bracelet events plus the main event and vie for prizes that can reach millions of dollars. 

Crown Casino Special Swipe Cards

Activists have called on the Victoria government to end a special exemption that allows Melbourne's Crown casino to operate online Vegas games such as poker machines without a minimum spin rate.

Victoria law requires casinos to maintain a minimum spin rate of 2.14 seconds between each bet. A state-wide system, called "YourPlay" was introduced in 2015. The system allows players to monitor their spending on pokes and set limits so that problem gambling behaviors would be reduced. However, the system did not lock out punters who were able to continue to bet even after they'd reached a pre-set limit.

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