The Vegas Golden Knights became the first NHL team to sign a deal with a sports book operator. The Knights have partnered with William Hill US to cross-promote each other and collaborate on watch parties for away games.
A lawsuit filed against Pennsylvania's Rivers Casino last month claims the casino used its security video system to look at two gamblers' text messages, e-mails and financial information. The information was allegedly recorded and given to an attorney representing the former husband of one of the players in a custody dispute.
Phase II of Tigre de Cristal in Russia's Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone will add an indoor beach club and shopping center to the gaming facility. Developers hope to begin construction this spring and open the phase during the second half of 2020.
The Quapaw tribe has given $191,000 to the Driving Arkansas Forward committee in support of getting a constitutional amendment to allow four new casinos in Arkansas on the ballot. The newest contribution puts the tribe's total monetary support at $1.4 million, while Cherokee Nation Businesses in Oklahoma has provided $1.05 million.
Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox promised that the Encore Boston Harbor casino would donate $100,000 to relief efforts in the wake of last week's Merrimack Valley gas explosions in Massachusetts. The announcement came at the opening of the Greater Boston Gaming Career Institute, a program to train casino dealers created in tandem with Cambridge College.
Industry leaders are concerned that easier access to sports betting could tempt college players into fixing games, with a NCAA survey finding nearly a quarter of male athletes bet on sports within the previous year despite the activity being illegal outside Nevada. "We continue to have concerns that wagering enhancements such as live in-game betting could present increased opportunities to profit from 'spot fixing' a contest as has been uncovered recently in a number of international sports leagues," the 2016 survey said.
UK-based Bede Gaming has signed on to develop a new online customer platform for Ontario Lottery & Gaming. It will launch in early 2020 and give PlayOLG the ability to add new games and offer a mobile option.
The Ponca tribe has started making payments to the Iowa city hosting its Prairie Flower Casino with a $250,000 check. Carter Lake is expected to receive between $400,000 and $500,000 annually after the casino opens, according to Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr.
Gateway Casino and Entertainment will reveal the transformation of its Palace Casino in Canada to an expanded facility called Starlight Casino on Sept. 26. The upgraded venue will boast 32 gaming tables, 768 slots, VIP gaming, private salons, six restaurants and a poker room with eight tables.
Caesars Entertainment said there was little difference in average pay between 98% of female employees in non-union positions and men holding the same jobs. "We're very proud of the results from our first gender pay equity study and are already working to address the 1-2% of jobs that aren't in parity," Caesars Entertainment executive Jan Jones Blackhurst said.
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