MGM Resorts International has teamed up with Invenergy to build a 100-megawatt solar panel array that will power a large part of its 13 Las Vegas casinos. "Protecting the planet is a business imperative for MGM Resorts, and it is our responsibility to find innovative ways where we can use clean energy to power our resorts," said MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren.
Las Vegas Sands' Sands China in Macau is powering 25% of its shuttles with compressed natural gas, and its Venetian Macau and Paris Macau properties have their own fleets of energy-savings vehicles. Sands China plans to have 30% of its buses running natural gas by the end of the year.
Aristocrat Leisure's high exposure to mobile games gives it an opportunity to manage potential risk while monetizing its game portfolio, JP Morgan reports. The Liftoff Mobile Gaming Apps Report 2017 shows that casino mobile games have very high retention rates, JP Morgan added.
Pennsylvania expects to launch online gaming later this year to reignite gaming revenue growth. The state's Gaming Control Board is accepting applications from existing casino licensees and will open up the process to platform providers in June.
Venture capitalist Jon Yarbrough is behind the 600-acre property purchase in New Kent County, Va., that could be used for the Pamunkey Indian tribe's casino. Yarbrough has worked with tribal casinos as an investor and supplier of video game equipment, the tribal council says.
Representatives from the NBA and MLB have met with New Jersey legislators leading up to the Murphy vs. NCAA Supreme Court ruling in hopes of helping design the rules if sports betting is legalized. The leagues are realizing that it's no longer about lobbying against sports betting but about making sure they have "a seat at the table," a legislative source said.
NagaCorp has started construction on its casino in Primorye entertainment zone in Russia, which includes a conference hall and a 279-room hotel as part of the first phase. The casino and resort are "broadly on schedule" to be in operation before next year, says Timothy McNally, chairman of NagaCorp.
China's online poker ban is expected to go in effect June 1, although there has been no official word from Beijing. With the change, consumers won't be able to play poker online in China, even for "play money," nor will they be able to talk about poker or promote it on social media, says Stephen Lai, managing director of Hong Kong Poker Players Association.
Relax Gaming signed a deal with Malta-based online casino Twin to provide content for its table games. Relax partnered with ComeOn last month to provide its technology for their blackjack and roulette table games too.
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