Category: Land Based Gaming and Casinos

New Skill Game Hits MGM Grand in Las Vegas

This Week in Gambling was happy to be the first to feature the Frogger: Get Hoppin’ skill game from Konami in one of our video reviews. Now, we are pleased to announce that the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has received the first machine for their Level Up skill game entertainment lounge. Konami says that…

New Merger Rumors for William Hill

William Hill’s largest shareholder has been trying to spark new merger and acquisition talks over the past several months, The Sunday Times reported. Privately owned hedge fund Parvus Asset Management owns a 14.3% share in one of UK’s largest gambling operators. The UK Government is set to publish a triennial review of the country’s gambling…

Golden Nugget Rolls Out Sports Betting App

The Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas has joined forces with Miomni Gaming to develop and launch a new mobile sports betting application for punters in the US state of Nevada. Consumers can sign up for the app by visiting the casino’s sportsbook with photo ID, their social security number and placing a cash deposit.…

Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Pays $7 Million Over “Corrupt Practices”

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s casino company is paying almost $7 million to U.S. authorities to end a more than five-year corrupt practices investigation of the firm’s former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China, company and federal officials said Thursday. With the agreement, Las Vegas Sands Corp. resolved twin probes of more than $60 million…

Back In Black: Nevada Casinos Turn a Profit

Nevada casinos posted profits in fiscal 2016, the first time the industry has been in positive territory since before the Great Recession. This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released their annual Nevada Gaming Abstract, which showed the 273 gaming venues that earned more than $1m in revenue in the 12 months ending June 30,…

Atlantic City Posts Revenue Gain Thanks to Online Gambling

Atlantic City casinos posted their first annual gaming revenue gains in a decade, and the credit is primarily due to their online gambling operations. Figures released Thursday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the state’s seven surviving casinos generated brick-and-mortar gaming revenue of $189.7m in December, a 6.8% gain over December 2015.…

Skill Gaming Meets Gambling at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Apparently, the border dividing casino gambling and video games lies somewhere between a nightclub and a sports book — at least that’s where Hakkasan Group will open a space named Level Up in MGM Grand later this month. Level Up — which Hakkasan describes as a social lounge — will sit between Hakkasan and the…

New York State to Pass Nevada in Gaming Tax Revenue

The US state of New York is on track to generate more casino tax revenue than Nevada in the current year, according to a new report by the American Gaming Association (AGA). In 2015, New York collected $888.4 million (€803.2 million) in tax revenue, 2.8% more than in the previous year, while Nevada generated $889.1…

Recreational Gamblers Boost Vegas Revenue

Casino operators in Las Vegas were smiling in June 2016 according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s latest financial report. Released at the close of July, the report details a 6.9% revenue year-over-year increase thanks to a total gaming win worth $887 million. As ever, the Las Vegas strip was the biggest contributor to that…

Adelson’s Sands Bethlehem Fined for Underage Gambling

Pennsylvania casino regulators approved fines Wednesday against the operator of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for three alleged incidents of visitors under age 21 on the gaming floor. Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC faces fines totaling $39,000, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The fine is the result of board approval of a consent agreement between…

Vegas Taking Bets on Olympics for First Time Since 2000

The last time Americans could walk into a Las Vegas sports book during the Olympics and make a bet on their country, Michael Johnson was still winning medals, Vince Carter was making a towering Frenchman famous, and Michael Phelps was debuting in the Games as a 15-year-old also-ran on the U.S Olympic swim team. This…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Slot Machine: Black Knight Edition

This Week in Gambling interviewed Scientific Games in Las Vegas to discuss the release of their new slot machine: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Slot Machine: Black Knight. It’s the first of two new slots in the Monty Python theme, as Black Knight will be followed by Killer Bunny. Spin the reels and watch…

MGM Launches Real Money Mobile Gambling

MGM Resorts has launched what it describes as the first real-money mobile gambling platform to be offered by a casino in the US. The easyPlay Mobile Tournaments platform, developed by mobile gaming technology company oneLIVE inc, allows guests at nine Las Vegas resorts to compete with other players in a variety of tournament games using…

Playboy Don’t Stop the Party! Video Slot Featuring Pitbull

This Week in Gambling is happy to release our video review for the Playboy Don’t Stop the Party! Video Slot Featuring Pitbull. We were given exclusive access to the Scientific Games slot machine, and interview company representative Mike Trask. In  a press release, Scientific Games states that Playboy Don’t Stop the Party! is “…a progressive…

Sands Corp Coup Against Sheldon Adelson?

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson’s bad decisions have cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars, and a court should take control of the company, a shareholder says in a derivative complaint in Clark County Court. William A. Sokolowski says he bought shares in Las Vegas Sands in February 2012, and that since then…

New Jersey to Prop Up Atlantic City

Lawmakers in New Jersey have agreed a deal to send financial support to the US state’s gambling resort of Atlantic City, following a sharp drop in casino revenue during recent years. Total casino revenue in the resort for the 12 months to December 31, 2015, came in at $2.2 billion (€2 billion), down from $5.2…

Las Vegas Newspaper Columnist Quits Over Sheldon Adelson

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L Smith has resigned from the newspaper in protest at a ban on writing about its new owner, Sheldon Adelson. Until this week, Smith, who Adelson once attempted to sue for defamation, wrote a popular column in the Review-Journal on issues facing Las Vegas, from human interest stories to politics.…

Atlantic City vs. Chris Christie

Atlantic City

The state of affairs in Atlantic City continues to get more tense. The city’s mayor Don Guardian has threatened to shut down City Hall this Friday and said he will cease all non-essential government services unless he can get a bail out from the state. However, Governor Chris Christie is having no part of the…

New Jersey Regulates Skill Gaming

Atlantic City casinos could soon offer skill-based gaming through new regulations issued by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). The rules for the devices include provision over the percentage of bets collected and prohibit casinos from making the games harder or easier to win while a game is in progress, based on the perceived…

Skill Game Players: Play Tetris for Real Money!

GSN Games has linked up with the makers of Tetris to launch a real money and social version of the classic video game. Tetris Burst is the first official Tetris game that allows players to enter skill-based Tetris tournaments against other players for a chance to win real cash prizes. GSN said that Tetris Burst…