Japan Home to Most Legal Gaming Machines in the World, as Country Inches Closer to Commercial Casinos

Japan is home to more legal gaming machines than any other country in the world, and its total number of betting positions will only increase with its three forthcoming commercial casino integrated resorts.

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There are more pachinko machines in Japan than slot machines in all of the US – and it’s not even close. (Image: Robert Alexander/Getty) read more

New England Patriots Take Show on Road to Baltimore, Look to Remain Undefeated

The New England Patriots (8-0) have been perfect this year, but face a difficult test tonight in Baltimore against the 5-2 Ravens.

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit the Baltimore Ravens tonight. (Image: Getty) read more

Online Poker Returns to Pennsylvania, PokerStars to Soft-Launch Monday

On Monday, November 4, PokerStars is expected to deal the first legally licensed hand of online poker in Pennsylvania. It’s been more than eight years since the world’s biggest online poker site last accepted bets from players in the Keystone State.

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Excitement for Pennsylvania’s poker fans with the launch of PokerStars on Monday – just don’t expect it to be like the good old days. (Image: PokerStars) read more

UK’s Nat West Bank to Offer In-Branch Counseling for Gambling Addicts

Gambling addicts in the UK could shortly receive counseling from their local bank as part of a new program soon to be trialed at select branches of NatWest, The Guardian reports.

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GamCare says banks like NatWest are uniquely positioned to help customers who may be impacted by problem gambling. (Image: RBS) read more

New York State Studying Equalization of Taxes Between Commercial and Tribal Casinos

The New York State Gaming Commission wants to study the impact of equalizing the contributions that tribal gaming operators and their commercial counterparts pay to the state.

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New York’s four commercial casinos, such as Resorts World Catskills (pictured), have struggled since opening in 2017 and 2018 and are asking for rate equalization with the tribes. (Image: Resorts World Catskills) read more

Canelo Alvarez Heavily Favored to Take Light Heavyweight Title vs. Sergey Kovalev

Canelo Alvarez is expected to pick up a world championship in a fourth weight class on Saturday, when he takes on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Canelo Alvarez (left) is moving up to light heavyweight to take on WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (right) at the MGM Grand on Saturday. (Image: Amanda Westcott/DAZN) read more

High 5 Games and Relax Gaming roll out Way Out Wilds with Unibet

Casino games provider High 5 Games (H5G) has launched its popular game Way Out Wilds with Kindred Group’s flagship brand Unibet, marking the supplier’s first game integration via the Relax Gaming platform. Following a seamless integration, Unibet players across various markets, including Sweden, now have access to one of H5G’s best performing releases of 2019. …

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Skrill named Best Digital Wallet 2019 by Juniper Research

Skrill, the digital wallet which is powered by leading specialised payments platform Paysafe, has been named platinum winner of the Payment Innovation: Best Digital Wallet category at Juniper Research’s 2019 Future Digital Awards. The awards, which are in their eleventh year, recognise organisations that have made outstanding contributions to their industry and are positioned to …

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MGM Resorts Settles With 2017 Mass Shooting Victims for $735M-$800M

MGM Resorts has reached a major settlement with plaintiffs who have pending lawsuits against the casino operator stemming from the October 1, 2017, mass shooting that left 58 victims dead and more than 800 others injured.

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MGM Resorts, predominantly through its insurance coverage, is settling 2017 shooting lawsuits for as much as $800 million. (Image: AP) read more

Chicago Alderman Beale Claims to Have South Side Casino Location, Interest From Two Gaming Companies

Alderman Anthony Beale, who represents Chicago’s ninth ward, says he has a location on the South Side that would be ideal for a casino and is urging Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) to alter the process the city is using to make a gaming project a reality.

Alderman Anthony Beale has a Chicago casino plan, but there’s already opposition to it. (Image: Chicago Sun-Times) read more

NetEnt takes Victorious to the MAX

NetEnt has relaunched VictoriousTM as Victorious MAXTM, breathing new life into a classic casino title that was one of the company’s initial mobile-first games. For more than seven years, Roman empire-themed Victorious has been a strong performer and the addition of the MAX volatility setting gives players a second option of play, increasing the potential …

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Pragmatic Play releases Tree of Riches

The 1×3, easy-to-understand slot has a Far-Eastern theme, with bags of money acting as symbols. The riches-filled tree allows for big wins, as players can multiply their winnings by up to 10x, thanks to the “Respin” feature. The tree of riches symbol takes the place of a Wild, and if two or more of these …

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NSFW: Fantasy Sports Sites Blocked at US Workplaces Including Fortune 100 Company

Fantasy sports remains popular in the US despite the expansion of legal sports betting. But workers trying to access their weekly lineups while on the job are encountering internet barriers while using employer-supplied computers and devices.

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Can you access your fantasy sports league at work? One career placement expert says such gaming contests could be good for office morale. (Image: Ladders) read more

NSFW: Fantasy Sports Sites Blocked at US Workplaces Including Fortune 100 Company

Fantasy sports remains popular in the US despite the expansion of legal sports betting. But workers trying to access their weekly lineups while on the job are encountering internet barriers while using employer-supplied computers and devices.

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Can you access your fantasy sports league at work? One career placement expert says such gaming contests could be good for office morale. (Image: Ladders) read more

DC Lottery Sports Betting Injunction to be Resolved Quickly, Judge Says

A judge in the District of Columbia has extended an injunction against the DC Lottery from executing its contract with Intralot until Oct. 28 and set the date for a hearing to decide on whether maintain the moratorium.

The DC Lottery’s sports betting contract will remain on hold, at least for now, according to a DC Superior Court judge. The next hearing on the case will be held on Oct. 18. (Image: Foursquare) read more

Early Macau Golden Week Visitor Arrivals Far Short of Government Expectations

Golden Week in Macau is off to a slow start in terms of visitor arrivals.

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Macau Golden Week guests shouldn’t have any trouble finding a seat at their favorite table game. (Image: Reuters) read more

Maverick Continues Shopping Spree, Scoops up Three Colorado Casinos in Deal With CC Gaming

Maverick Gaming LLC, a closely held regional company, is continuing its recent slew of purchases by acquiring CC Gaming LLC, Colorado’s largest operator of smaller, local casinos.

Maverick Gaming is making a Colorado splash, buying three casinos there, including the Grand Z. (Image: YouTube) read more

The fastest Blackjack on the market: Pragmatic Play’s Live Blackjack innovates the live dealer market

Multi-product provider to the iGaming industry Pragmatic Play has constantly improved and expanded its Live Casino offering ever since its acclaimed launch this year. With new features and a wide range of tables with different limits available to players, Pragmatic Play has taken the next step to modelling its Live Blackjack offering into the fastest …

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Microgaming explores the seven seas with Boom Pirates

Microgaming is setting sail for adventure in Boom Pirates, the latest online slot created by Foxium exclusively for Microgaming. Amid stunning artwork and animations, Captain Mary hoists the Jolly Roger with her band of pirates in this dynamic slot packed with a shipload of treasures, which include the all-new Wonderways™ and Foxify™ features. Pillage the …

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NoLimitCity releases Pixies vs Pirates

The Malta based software provider known for their popular and vibrate video slot games announce a first of its kind game that introduces two mechanics combined into one great experience thanks to their latest release, Pixies vs Pirates. The game has been launched globally across all worldwide partners following a successful timed-release on an industry …

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Iforium makes LatAm market debut with Codere Partnership

Iforium, the leading casino aggregation platform provider, is entering the rapidly regulating Latam region for the first time following a significant Gameflex platform integration agreement with the leading operator Codere. The multi-year deal will see Codere access Iforium’s market leading Gameflex aggregation platform via a single API integration, with phase one allowing the brand’s players …

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BF Games launches portfolio with BetConstruct

BF Games has launched its collection of slots and bingo games within BetConstruct’s platform. Popular titles including Bonnie & Clyde, Aztec Adventure, and newly released Book of Gods and Ramses Rising, are now available through BetConstruct’s Casino Suite following a successful integration. The strategic partnership will serve as a boost to BF Games as the …

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BetSoft Gaming Signs Multi-Year Content Partnership with Historic Belgian Casino Golden Palace

Taking another confident stride into a key European jurisdiction, Betsoft Gaming has signed a strategic content agreement with Belgium’s biggest casino, Golden Palace. Predicted to span multiple years, the partnership is all-encompassing – covering every current Betsoft game regulated by the Belgian Gaming Commission, and providing for the integration of new, innovative content over time. …

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Grand Villa Casino Edmonton ‘Temporarily’ Open Only Four Days a Week

Grand Villa Casino Edmonton is cutting back its gaming floor hours to four days a week due to a “weak economy” and inadequate transportation infrastructure in the Canadian city, according to a company statement.

Grand Villa Casino Edmonton is cutting back on hours and laying off employees. (Image: Ian Kucerak/Postmedia) read more

Cambodia Kowtows to Beijing Pressure: Online Gambling Gone by End of Year, Says Regime

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said his country will end all online gambling by the end of this year, bowing to pressure from the Chinese government.

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The thoroughly undemocratic Hun Sen is a former Khmer Rouge commander who rules Cambodia with an iron fist, but he is dependent on Chinese investment and unwilling to strain Beijing’s patience on online gambling. (Image: Pring Samrang/Reuters) read more

Notre Dame-Louisville Closes Out Opening Week of College Football Monday with Irish Favored by 18

We’re still a week away from the start of the National Football League’s 2019 season, so that means college football gets a primetime audience on Labor Day. The only game takes place in Louisville as the host Cardinals play Notre Dame.

Notre Dame, led by quarterback Ian Book (shown passing), seeks a second straight trip to the College Football Playoff this season. The Fighting Irish open their 2019 campaign at Louisville Monday night. (Image: UND.com) read more

DC Lottery Approves Sports Betting Regulations, Will Begin Taking License Applications in Coming Weeks

Sports fans in Washington, DC are one step closer to being able to wager legally on games after the District of Columbia Lottery announced Friday it had formally approved sports betting regulations.

Capital One Arena, shown above, will be one of four sports venues in the District of Columbia that will be allowed to offer sports betting. The DC Lottery approved sports betting regulations on Friday. (Image: Washington.org) read more

Videoslots awarded Danish licence

Online casino Videoslots.com has received a boost after being awarded a licence by the Danish Gambling Authority. Already fully regulated to operate in markets including the United Kingdom, Sweden and Malta, Videoslots has now been given the green light to offer its casino to players in Denmark. Videoslots has more than 3,500 games at its …

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Royal Panda to take on Relax Gaming’s slot portfolio

Content provider and aggregation platform Relax Gaming has signed a deal to supply its proprietary and partner slot games to Royal Panda. By joining Relax Gaming’s growing network of operator partners, the online casino will gain seamless access to a vast range of exciting and dynamic content from the supplier’s inhouse and partnered portfolio. In …

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Lawsuit Filed Against MGM Springfield as Confusion Over Blackjack Odds Reigns in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, a second class-action lawsuit has emerged over casino blackjack odds, this time directed at the MGM Springfield.

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The MGM Springfield — like the Encore Boston Harbor — has become the subject of a class action lawsuit. Confusion over legal blackjack odds appears to have emanated from the MGC’s website. (Image: Hartford Courant) read more