The tribal San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif., has traded its bingo operations for card tables, hundreds of new slot machines and a restaurant. The move comes during a time of increased competition, with another tribe planning to add a 568-room hotel and a spa to its Temecula casino and the Pala Casino in San Diego County recently cutting the ribbon on a $5.7 million renovation.
Skill-based game operators like GameCo are coming up against the difficult question of how to ensure their games pay the minimum percentage without allowing an especially skilled player to make over 100%. GameCo has worked around the issue by adding elements such as a random number generator for titles like "Deep Sea Saga" that essentially sets a maximum win amount for reach player.
Game supplier NetEnt launched a new offering called Live Mobile Standard Blackjack. The mobile experience lets players see the dealer and bets made by other players while allowing them to make side bets.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act will allow a third tribal casino to break ground in Connecticut without federal approval. According to the law, a compact can be considered approved if no action has been taken by the Interior secretary within 45 days of submission.
Solitaire is getting its day as a casino game at the Casino Solitaire website, where players in states that have legalized online gaming can bet money and others can play for free. "It creates a skill-based opportunity with an old familiar friend," said KC Flynn, one of the company's partners.
Construction is now complete on the second of three hotels being built for the $4.2 billion Baha Mar casino resort in the Bahamas. The 299-room SLS Baha Mar hotel joins the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and will be followed by a 200-key Rosewood next year.
A 132-room hotel opened last week at Macau's Casino Jai Alai, one day before the start of the Macau Grand Prix. The complex also includes two outlets offering drinks and food.
In the nearly four years since online gaming became legal in New Jersey, it has contributed $119.3 million in state tax revenue. Gross gaming revenue for online poker has reached $103.1 million, and online casino games have brought in $577.96 million during that time.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota has become one of the wealthiest tribes in America, with gaming contributing around $1 billion in annual revenue. Lobbying efforts from the tribe have largely centered on stopping online gaming expansion but also extend to issues like the Clean Air Act, food policy and campaign finance reform.
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