Wednesday, July 13, 2016
 
Mobile casino tournaments launch at 9 MGM resorts
(Las Vegas) MGM Resorts International announced today that it has launched a mobile platform through which customers at nine of its Las Vegas resorts will be able to gamble with real money in tournament games. On the platform, called easyPLAY Mobile Tournaments, customers will be able to win cash and other prizes in regular tournaments of casino games such as slots, bingo and video poker, in addition to free-to-play games. The platform was developed by Las Vegas-based mobile gaming company oneLIVE inc. J.D. Morris, Vegas Inc. (CDC Newsroom)

 
IGT and Sands Bethlehem Complete Live ETG Cabinets Installation

(Atlantic City) Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union will join other protesters on Wednesday outside the Fifth Avenue office of Carl Icahn. They also plan to target presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Associated Press (CDC Newsroom)

(Pennsylvania) State government began operating Tuesday under a $31 billion election-year spending bill that nevertheless lacks the tax collections to sustain it for the entire fiscal year, and lawmakers say they are scrambling to fix that before it draws a lawsuit or bond downgrade. Marc Levy, Associated Press (CDC Newsroom)

(Nevada) The owner of the shuttered Cal Neva Lodge & Casino has filed for bankruptcy, jeopardizing plans once again plans to reopen the most historic resort on the shore of north Lake Tahoe.
Associated Press (CDC Newsroom)

(Idaho) The Kootenai River Inn and Casino recently installed slot machines that accept Canadian money. Taylor Viydo, KREM2
 
(Iowa) Wild Rose Casinos plunked down a $40 million investment on a glitzy gambling complex here, and so far, its bet on rural Iowa is paying off. William Petroski, The Des Moines Register
 
(Arizona) Officials of the Tohono O'odham Nation were discussing possible sites for a casino in Maricopa County even as tribes were telling voters in 2002 there would be no new tribal gaming in the Phoenix area if they approve a ballot measure. Howard Fischer, Arizona Capitol Times
 
(Las Vegas) Fears of a "Brexit effect" hurting the World Series of Poker proved to be unfounded, a tournament official said Tuesday, after the Main Event in Las Vegas saw a big increase in the number of players from the United Kingdom. Ken Ritter, Associated Press (CDC Newsroom)
 
(National - eSports) ESPNwill be airing 18 hours of eSports programming on ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, July 17. This will mark the first time ESPN will air an entire eSports block on its major networks. Alex Gilyadov, engadget
 
(West Virginia - Lottery)West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly expand legalized gambling in that state. Phil Kabler, Chareston Gazette-Mail

(Europe - Sports) Surprise results in the first half of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament gave a boost to second-quarter profitability at GVC Holdings Plc, the online bookmaker that more than doubled in size with the takeover this year of Bwin.
Paul Jarvis, Bloomberg (CDC Newsroom)
 
(Macau) Macau's 16Q2 was the worst in five years, mainly because of VIP and weaker mass revenue, said Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday. Asia Gaming Brief
By Nick Sortal, CDC Gaming Reports
Sure, casinos are worried about revenues, but the entities they need approval from in order to operate - state governments - also are looking at what's best for their bottom line. And with that in mind, legislators are examining their strategies for taxing casinos. "We see it very much as an emerging issue," said Michael Pollock, managing director of Spectrum Gaming Group. Pollock will speak on a panel and Spectrum will help state leaders compare notes at the summer meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, which runs July 29-31 in Boston. NCLGS is a non-partisan organization of state lawmakers who meet to discuss issues in regard to gaming. The organization does not support or oppose gaming. (more)
By Ana Swanson, The Washington Post
Many people think of gambling as a frivolous entertainment at best, or a corrupting sin at worst. But throughout history, there have been mathematicians and scientists who have seen the games you'd confront in a Las Vegas casino a very different way - as a playground for ideas where they can test out different notions of how the world works. That's the premise of a new book, "The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling." In the book, mathematician Adam Kucharski traces the long, tangled relationship of betting and science, from the origins of probability theory over a dice game to the kind of sophisticated counting techniques that have won MIT graduates millions in Vegas. (more)
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