New Jersey and Darby Entertainment Tap into Horse Betting Marketplace
July 17th, 20242 mins

New Jersey and Darby Entertainment Tap into Horse Betting Marketplace

July 17, 2024 – After an agreement between Darby Development, the owner of Monmouth Park, and NYRA Bets, New Jersey will no longer be a one-app state for horse betting.

According to the deal made public on Tuesday, NYRA Bets will take over as the managing vendor of the parimutuel horse betting system in New Jersey. It also opens up the market to new advanced deposit wagering (ADW) platforms. For over ten years, TVG, a division of the FanDuel Group, has been running 4NJBets, the only ADW in the state.

When asked about the new partnership, Dennis Drazinm chairman and CEO had this to say “This is a win for the patrons in New Jersey, allowing them to have choices for the first time as to which site they prefer to wager with.”

“It’s another step in our ongoing effort to make the racing experience in New Jersey as fan-friendly as we possibly can.” Drain adds. 

Wider Variety in Horse Betting Apps on the Rise

New Jersey sportsbooks and big ADWs are anticipated to enter the market, providing Garden State horseplayers with additional online options.

Tony Allevato, President of NYRA shares “We are pleased to usher in a new era for horseplayers in New Jersey. As the sports betting market continues its rapid evolution, the expansion of NYRA Bets into New Jersey will benefit consumers by increasing competition.” 

The New Jersey Horse Racing Commission, Darby Development, and NYRA Bets, the New York Racing Association's ADW platform, must first approve the ADWs. After completing the necessary formalities, NYRA Bets will determine when the applications will go online later this year.

There are currently a number of NJ sportsbooks that offer horse betting in other states. FanDuel's sportsbook already incorporates the racing platform into their platform. During the well-liked Triple Crown betting season for horse racing, its shared wallet contributed to an increase in both users and handling. DK Horse is a racing product offered by DraftKings via a different app. It is also in the process of creating a single wallet for all of its gaming apps.

July 15th Powerball Results: Winning Numbers Announced, Jackpot Reaches $65 Million
July 17th, 20241 mins

July 15th Powerball Results: Winning Numbers Announced, Jackpot Reaches $65 Million

July 17, 2024 – Monday night’s winning Powerball numbers were 9, 31, 39, 40, and 45, with a Powerball of 23. The Power Play was 3X. No winners have come forward since last Saturday’s draw.

However, based on lottery calculations, the winner of Saturday’s jackpot might get a $31 million cash out after taxes. The estimated $65 million jackpot continues to stay on as a coveted prize.

Playing the Powerball

A $2 Powerball ticket can be purchased at your local grocery store, petrol station, or convenience store. In some states, it's even possible to purchase tickets online.

To play, you have to write a total of six digits on your ticket. The numerals 1 through 69 will be represented by five white balls. The Powerball has a single red number between 1 and 26.

To increase your chances of winning and up the payouts for all prizes other than the jackpot, you can add a $1 "Power Play". Here, winnings can be multiplied by 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or 10X. You can also choose a "Quick Pick" option, where a cashier produces a Powerball ticket with numbers produced by a computer.

Powerball draws take place thrice a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings at 10:59 pm. If no one wins the jackpot, the monetary prize will rise by millions.

Bet On Blue Charity Poker Event Set for August
July 17th, 20242 mins

Bet On Blue Charity Poker Event Set for August

July 17, 2024 - As part of its ongoing calendar for 2024, the Charity Series of Poker will return to Las Vegas, Nevada on August 17, with the Stirling Club serving as the host venue. THE WOUNDED BLUE, a nationwide nonprofit that provides aid and support to law enforcement officers who are injured or incapacitated, will benefit from the Always Bet On Blue event.

The event starts with a silent auction at 5:30 PM, followed by a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. The main charity poker tournament begins at 7:00 PM, featuring a $5,000 top prize and over $9,000 in donated prizes. The $300 buy-in event includes unlimited $100 re-buys and add-ons. Attendees can join the dinner and auction for $100 without playing in the tournament. Business casual attire is recommended.

With the much-anticipated event nearing, the CSOP website posted additional details for its patrons to check out:

“We recognize injuries as being either physical or emotional and psychological. Post Traumatic Stress affects thousands of those who serve behind the badge. Our Mission: To Improve The Lives of Injured and Disabled Law Enforcement Officers through Support. Education. Assistance and Legislation and in the last 5 years since we went operational have touched the lives of more than 14,000 American Police Officers.”

About The Charity Series of Poker

The Charity Series of Poker (CSOP), started in 2014 by professional poker player Matt Stout, arranges and publicizes charity poker tournaments and events to generate funds and publicity for deserving organizations. With this event, CSOP will have made 68 stops in its stellar schedule over the years.

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Australian Slots Giant Aristocrat Leisure Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Illegal Gambling
July 17th, 20244 mins

Australian Slots Giant Aristocrat Leisure Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Illegal Gambling

In a surprising turn of events, the renowned slot developer, Aristocrat Leisure, which is the company behind subsidiaries like Big Fish and Pixel United, is facing a lawsuit from the Australian government over illegal gambling brought on by its social casino games.

Aristocrat Leisure, a prominent player in the Australian gaming industry, is embroiled in a class-action lawsuit accusing its digital subsidiary, Pixel United, of promoting illegal gambling through its social casino apps. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Australian Federal Court, claims that Pixel United's operations violate local gambling laws by offering social casinos on platforms like Facebook, Android, and Apple through its subsidiaries Plarium, Big Fish, and Product Madness.

These companies, acquired by Aristocrat Leisure in the 2010s as part of its strategic expansion into the social gaming arena, offer virtual casino games where players use play-money chips. While initial chips are provided for free upon signing up, players must purchase additional chips with real money to continue playing once the initial stack of free chips is depleted.

Dopamine-driven concerns

The lawsuit argues that these social casino games from Aristocrat should be regulated like traditional land-based gambling slots in Australia. It alleges that the combination of "audiovisual stimuli with the experience of winning virtual currency" has a psychological impact on users, and it conditions users to seek successful outcomes, releasing dopamine in a manner akin to real-money gambling.

Unlike traditional slot machines, commonly referred to as "pokies" in Australia, the social slots from Aristocrat do not disclose the winning odds and neither do they impose financial time limits, which the lawsuit claims is problematic.

Aristocrat defends itself against the claims

Aristocrat's legal team refutes the claims, asserting that their social casino apps do not qualify as "illegal interactive gambling services." They emphasize that users can suspend or even close their accounts at any time and can disable purchases in the app if they so choose.

According to an Aristocrat spokesperson, in a statement released to The Australian Financial Review, "These games do not meet the definition of gambling service under the [law]. Aristocrat companies take proactive steps to provide more information, choice, and support to players of their social casino apps, over and above any legal requirements."

The previous legal challenges

This lawsuit follows a significant precedent set in March of 2021 when Aristocrat, along with Churchill Downs, the former owner of Big Fish, settled a lawsuit in Washington State for $155 million. The case actually hinged on a 2018 ruling by a Seattle federal court that deemed that the play chips used in Big Fish games were "something of value," thereby classifying the games as gambling under Washington state law.

Washington is currently the only US state to have ruled that virtual chips constitute "something of value," a classification that plaintiffs in the Australian case will need to argue under the country's legal framework.

A lack of definition in the Australian market

What further complicates matters is that Australia lacks a comprehensive federal definition of gambling. The closest definition is found in Section 4 of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, which was created as a response to the burgeoning online gambling sector. The act defines a gambling service as including "a game played for money or anything else of value."

Aristocrat has stated its intent to "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit, stressing that its social casino games are designed purely for entertainment. The company maintains that its practices comply with existing laws and that it even goes beyond legal requirements to ensure player protection and transparency.

The outcome of this lawsuit could have far-reaching implications for the regulation of social casino games in Australia and could even potentially influence global standards. If the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, it could lead to stricter regulatory measures for social casinos, aligning them more closely with traditional gambling operations. This case also showcases the ongoing debate on the psychological impacts of social casino games and their potential to encourage gambling-like behaviors.

Las Vegas Memorial for Shooting Victims Approved by the Clark County Commission, Budget Set for $1 Million
July 17th, 20244 mins

Las Vegas Memorial for Shooting Victims Approved by the Clark County Commission, Budget Set for $1 Million

The Las Vegas shooting massacre in early October, 2017, struck a chord in the hearts of both Las Vegas residents and visitors, and they have now banded together to create a memorial dedicated to the victims of the attack, named the Forever One Memorial. The memorial has just been approved by the Clark County Commission, and it will be on the former site of the Harvest festival shooting and will consist of a plaza, a tower, and 58 candles representing those who died in the attack's aftermath.

On Tuesday, the Clark County Commission took a significant step towards commemorating the lives lost in the tragic mass shooting on the 1st of October, 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, by awarding a $1 million endowment to the Vegas Strong Fund. This funding will support the creation of the "Forever One Memorial," intended to honor the victims of the horrific event on the Las Vegas Strip.

A tragic event that will be commemorated and remembered

A model of the memorial, displayed at the Clark County Government Center, provides a glimpse into what will soon be constructed at the site of the 2017 tragedy. This substantial grant will cover the administrative and design services necessary to bring the memorial to fruition.

The Commissioner of the Clark County Commision, Jim Gibson, remarked, "We have a beautiful concept for a memorial, and now a critical phase of work is underway that will lay the foundation for a community-wide fundraising effort to build a project that will serve as a lasting tribute to those whose lives were lost and for all whose lives have been forever changed as a result of the events of that evening."

The memorial is planned to be erected just at the southern portion of Mandalay Bay, the location from which Stephen Paddock fired several rounds from an automatic weapon from Room 32 - 134. The devastating attack resulted in the deaths of 60 concertgoers and left countless others traumatized. Paddock later took his own life.

MGM Resorts' generous donation and the organization dedicated to those who lost their lives

MGM Resorts sold the Las Vegas Village, the area that hosted the Route 91 Harvest Festival, to the Three Affiliated Tribes under the banner of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in 2022. Nevertheless, MGM Resorts generously donated two acres of the 15-acre site for the construction of the memorial. The design, conceptualized by JCJ Architecture, received approval from the County Commission in September of 2023.

"For close to seven years, the Vegas Strong Fund has been devoted to standing by those affected by the tragic events of 1 October," stated Jan Jones-Blackhurst, the chair of the Vegas Strong Fund's board of directors. He added that they are honored to now embark on a new chapter of a healing journey with the permanent memorial that will be created.

The memorial, set to be built at the festival site's northeast corner off Giles Street and Reno Avenue, will feature several poignant elements. These elements include a community plaza, tower of light, and 58 upright candles representing the victims who died immediately following the shooting.

A symbolic memorial

The Forever One Memorial symbolizes the ongoing efforts to support and remember the victims and survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. It serves as a testament to the strength and resilience of the Las Vegas community, which continues to heal and rebuild in the wake of the tragedy.

As the project moves forward, the grant from the Clark County Commission will be instrumental in ensuring that the memorial becomes a reality. This funding marks the beginning of a broader community-wide fundraising initiative aimed at completing the memorial and providing a space for reflection, remembrance, and healing.

Betway Casino Not Leaving Pennsylvania Anytime Soon, Despite Impending Exit from Sports Betting
July 17th, 20244 mins

Betway Casino Not Leaving Pennsylvania Anytime Soon, Despite Impending Exit from Sports Betting

Although the sad news of Betway’s withdrawal from the sports betting market still has us reeling, there’s some fortunate news from the Betways camp, after all: it's not leaving casino players in the lurch, as Betway has confirmed that it’s not going away in Pennsylvania, and it's not abandoning players in New Jersey, either.

The recent announcement of Betway's withdrawal from the US sports betting market has stirred a significant reaction among casino players, raising one vital question: would the operator's online casinos be the next to leave? This concern, however, seems to be put to rest as Super Group, the powerhouse company behind Betway, signals a firm stance that the exit from the sports betting arena will not affect their online casino operations anytime soon.

A big sigh of relief for Pennsylvania players

Betway's online casinos have gained substantial popularity among players in Pennsylvania, otherwise known as the Keystone State. In fact, this latest development brings immense relief to the players in PA, who can now continue enjoying their favorite online casino games without any significant interruptions or setbacks. In short, players located in the Keystone State don't have to worry about their Betway accounts, as there is no indication that Betway is quitting the market there.

Pennsylvania casino expansion: a real possibility?

In the state of Pennsylvania, Betway partners with Live! Casino Philadelphia, a collaboration that, while not topping the revenue charts, consistently and continuously delivers impressive performances. For instance, the casino recorded a 4.58% profit increase in May this year, especially in comparison to the same month last year, which demonstrates its slow yet steady growth and popularity among Pennsylvania's casino enthusiasts.

Neal Menashe, Chief Executive Officer of Super Group, affirmed the company's commitment to the iGaming sector, emphasizing, "The vast majority of Super Group’s revenue is generated in iGaming and, in line with that strategy, we will continue to offer our leading casino product in New Jersey and Pennsylvania." He added that they are even open to expanding their footprint in the United States if, that is, the right strategic opportunities or investments arise.

Speculations regarding future expansion

At the moment, Betway's casino offerings are available in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the two states that actually paved the way for casino gaming in the US. Menashe's comments have sparked some speculation about whether Betway might soon venture into a third state or if expansion within the existing states is on the horizon. The possibility of Betway increasing its footprint in the US market is now a topic of keen interest among various watchers in the industry and casino players alike.

Betway's exit from the US sports betting market has undeniably created waves, but the reassurance from Super Group about the stability of their online casino operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has brought comfort to many of their followers. And as speculations about Betway's potential expansion continue, players and industry stakeholders will be watching closely for any new developments. For now, Betway's online casinos remain a steadfast presence in both the Keystone State and the Garden State, ensuring that the excitement and entertainment they provide will continue uninterrupted, at least in the near future or until further developments arise.

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Quinton Byfield Gets Bigger Deal with the Los Angeles Kings at $31 25 Million
July 17th, 20244 mins

Quinton Byfield Gets Bigger Deal with the Los Angeles Kings at $31 25 Million

The Los Angeles Kings have made a major move to extend one of their rising stars in the squad by inking a new deal with Quinton Byfield. The forward is now slated to play for the Kings in the next five seasons after signing a five-year, $31.25 million deal that would see the Kings armed with a promising rising star.

Byfield was one of the standouts in the 2023-24 season, and it cannot be denied that the Kings need his impressive scoring if they are going to come up with a deep playoff run. Los Angeles is a team that has been grinding its path to the top of the Western Conference in the past few years, and they have ended up landing a first-round exit in the previous Stanley Cup Final. With a reliable star in Byfield, the team might just have a promising centerpiece to look out for.

Selected second overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, Byfield has enjoyed a rise to prominence with the Kings in the previous season, and it cannot be denied that he has seen some massive strides at the same time, which led to the well-deserved extension that he signed with the team.

LA Takes a Gamble on Byfield

Initially, Byfield was a restricted free agent in the offseason, and the team went on to offer him a bigger deal with the hopes of expanding his role with the team after center Pierre-Luc Dubois took over his wing spot in the previous season before finally trading the latter and moving Byfield back once more.

“We are extremely excited to reach an agreement that will allow Quinton to continue to grow with the Kings for the next five years,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “Since selecting him in 2020, Quinton has demonstrated his commitment to getting better on and off the ice each day.”

The Kings have made it to the playoffs for the last three seasons, only to fall short and be knocked out by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round time and time again. Byfield will be the fifth Kings forward and eighth player with an average annual salary above $5 million next season, and it is expected that he will be a key player in the next campaign once more.

A Season to Remember for Byfield

At the age of 21, Quinton Byfield became the first Kings player to tally a 20-goal season since Anze Kopitar pulled off the same feat in the 2007-08 season. The forward finished with 20 goals and 35 assists in just 80 games, marking all career-highs in those categories and making his impressive run in the recent Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the 2023 season, Byfield was already a top performer with his impressive stretch that featured a 40-point performance in 48 games, including a pair of goal-of-the-year candidates at the time. Last season, he finished with a career-best 14 points on the power play and scored four game-winning goals while finishing with a plus-19 rating. That says a lot about the value he has on the rink, which ultimately led to his re-signing with the Kings.

It cannot be denied that Byfield is slowly developing into a star at this point, and Los Angeles may just have had their biggest piece in the game now more than ever for five more years.

Joe Burrow Seeks Massive Comeback with the Bengals After Injury
July 17th, 20244 mins

Joe Burrow Seeks Massive Comeback with the Bengals After Injury

The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled to meet expectations in their games last season after they finished with a 9-8 record with Joe Burrow sitting it out after playing only 10 games, which many led to believe as the collapse of the club. Now that he’s healthy and ready to roll, it seems that Burrow seeks a massive comeback that would put him back into MVP discussions in the long run.

The Bengals were two wins away from securing a wild-card spot in the 2024 NFL Playoffs last season, and it cannot be denied that Burrow’s injury has played a huge role in the team’s collapse, which seems to be the big talk of expectations in the coming campaign. The Bengals are hyped to reclaim their place in the NFL next season, especially with the AFC North having no clear dominant team aside from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Confidence is never an issue for the Bengals, and it is easy to say that Burrow’s unwavering desire to win a championship will play a huge role in the team’s hopes of making a splash in the coming season.

Burrow’s Desire to Prove People Wrong

Of course, injuries means that you won’t get a chance to be the MVP talks, let alone be hyped for a chance at a championship. But with the Bengals falling to the division cellar, it is only quite fitting that Burrow will need to work hard in order to prove his worth with the critics and elevate the Bengals’ chances of winning the Super Bowl in the 2024 season as well.

"That's what happens when you get hurt," Burrow said. "You don't play football, people forget about you. ... I love the spot I'm in. ... You're not out there, people aren't watching you, then there's nothing to talk about. So I'm gonna give people something to talk about this year. I'm excited."

Burrow benefitted well from the extra recovery time that he has by the end of the 2023 season. He successfully rehabbed from a wrist surgery, and that seems to be a promising look given how the Bengals really need him to come back into the fold now more than ever. Prior to his injury, Burrow was a promising signal-caller in the game and is considered one of the best in his position.

Health in Best Consideration

Of course, injuries means that you may no longer play at a high level like you used to. For Burrow, 18 games is too much and it can be a massive difference between being healthy for the whole season and not being able to play in the playoffs. Fatigue is a massive factor in the NFL, and it means that Burrow has to capitalize on every turn if he will have to play at a high level.

“Got to have two bye weeks," Burrow said. "I think it would be cool to do a normal bye week schedule that it is now, have it spread out, but then like Week 13 do the Pro Bowl break where you're doing like the 7-on-7 and all the skills challenges like the NBA does because I think that would get more ratings for the Pro Bowl. Then, it would also give everybody that bye week going into like the last six games of the year.”

Injuries have definitely forced Burrow to be more careful about his game and find out what he can maximize to be able to play at a high level for his team. With the NFL lobbying a possible shift to an 18-game season, the Bengals star is sure to advocate a way to play through it all and still be available for his team.

Thiago Crema Secures 10th Place in PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition
July 16th, 20242 mins

Thiago Crema Secures 10th Place in PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition

July 16, 2024 – PokerStars held a $1 million guaranteed progressive knockout tournament with a $215 buy-in and special edition Sunday Million this past weekend. Since the 2024 European Championships final was held while many elite pros were still in Las Vegas for the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP), such an event was not without major risk. Any concerns about an overlay were allayed, though, when 5,451 entries yielded a prize pool that broke the guarantee ($1,090,200).

Through a PokerNews campaign, tickets were won by fifty of the participants. A few days before this significant event, the PokerNews-only freeroll event took place where the event runner gave away 50x $215 seats thanks to the cooperation between PokerStars and PokerNews.

Six ticket winners cashed in the PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition, sharing $545,100. Notably, Lithuania's "peledziukas17" finished 37th, earning $2,550, while Canada's "Azzurro550" secured 10th place, winning $6,663 including bounties. These players turned free tickets into impressive prizes, demonstrating the potential value of such promotions. Stay tuned for more opportunities like this in the future.

Brazil Dominates

Six of the nine finalists being Brazilian, the final table represented Brazil through and through. Aside from "marllonpinto," who came in ninth place with $9,474, every candidate received payments totaling five figures. Brazilians faced off against "prOvinzia1" from Poland and "EDY14101" from Andorra with four players remaining. "prOvinzia1" placed fourth with $36,164, while "EDY14101" secured the third place finish with $46,445, guaranteeing the victory of a Brazilian.

With the exception of the two tournaments mentioned above, "RicoMinibAby" emerged victorious on PokerStars this weekend, taking home $24,177 after winning the $1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO.

Veterans Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson and Peter "Belebasci" Traply also emerged victorious; the latter most likely did it while supporting fellow Swede Niklas Astedt in the 2024 WSOP Main Event.

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Expanding at a Steady Pace: MGM Resorts International Debuts Another Property in Shenzhen
July 16th, 20244 mins

Expanding at a Steady Pace: MGM Resorts International Debuts Another Property in Shenzhen

MGM Resorts International, a major player in the global casino industry, is further solidifying its international reach with the recent inauguration of MGM Shenzhen. This luxurious beachside hotel and resort, located in the scenic Yantian District near Mirs Bay, marks another milestone for the Las Vegas-based corporation.

A glimpse of MGM Shenzhen

The opulent MGM Shenzhen offers a lavish experience for guests with its 321 rooms and suites, each providing stunning sea views. The resort is also equipped with an array of amenities, including several upscale bars and restaurants, expansive event and meeting spaces, and a theater, which is currently hosting a spectacular production a'la Cirque du Soleil titled the M Show. Families are well-catered for with a dedicated kids club, while guests seeking relaxation can enjoy both outdoor and indoor heated pools as well as a fitness center and full-service spa.

MGM Shenzhen is the result of a partnership between Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality, a joint venture owned by Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, from China, and MGM Resorts International. This collaboration reflects a strong and strategic move by MGM to leverage local partnerships to enhance its presence in the region.

Gambling restrictions and connectivity challenges

Despite MGM's extensive portfolio in the gambling sector, promoting such activities in mainland China is currently prohibited. As a result, MGM Shenzhen does not advertise the casinos at its Macau resorts. Although the Yantian District is only about 50 air miles from Macau, the journey between these locations is far from straightforward. Without a pass for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, travelers face a three-hour drive circumventing the Pearl River.

MGM Resorts operates through MGM China Holdings, its subsidiary and one of the six casino operators located in Macau - the only region under Chinese jurisdiction where casino gambling is permitted. Nevertheless, MGM has cultivated strong brand recognition not just in Macau but also across the mainland. Following the opening of MGM Shenzhen, for instance, Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality now manages six MGM-branded hotels in mainland China.

Other properties in this portfolio include Mhub by MGM Nanjing Jiangning, MGM Grand Saya, MGM Shanghai West Bund, MGM Qingdao, and the Bellagio in Shanghai. The Bellagio Shanghai, inspired by MGM's iconic Las Vegas property of the same name, is renowned for its captivating water fountains.

Prospects for MGM in the coming years

MGM Resorts' ambitions do not stop with these six hotels. The company announced in March that the upcoming Mirage at the MGM Shanghai, a boutique hotel with 205 guestrooms, is set to occupy one of the two leisure and commercial towers being developed by Tishman Speyer, a premier real estate developer. Scheduled to open in 2027, this project exemplifies MGM's commitment to expanding its footprint in China.

Interestingly, MGM Resorts retained The Mirage brand despite selling the operating rights to the original Las Vegas property in the end of 2022 for almost $1.1 billion to the Seminole Tribe, which is converting the venue into a Hard Rock-themed resort and hotel.

Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality is also preparing to launch additional MGM-branded hotels in Hainan, Wuhan, and Yalong Bay, indicating that MGM Resorts International is far from reaching the zenith of its expansion. These numerous developments showcase the company's strategic focus on broadening its international presence while continuing to offer luxurious, high-quality experiences to its guests.

MGM Resorts International's latest venture, MGM Shenzhen, shows the company's dedication to expanding its global portfolio. Through strategic partnerships and careful planning, MGM is not only enhancing its brand presence but also setting new standards in luxury hospitality across the globe.

Sphere Announces Rest of the Year Lineup, Including Anyma for New Year’s Eve, the Eagles, and More
July 16th, 20245 mins

Sphere Announces Rest of the Year Lineup, Including Anyma for New Year’s Eve, the Eagles, and More

The Las Vegas Sphere, which has become a true Vegas landmark in its own right, has just announced its lineup all the way to December 31st, where it steps up and goes tech with Electronic Dance Music artist, Anyma. But the lineup also includes an extension of the Eagles' residency as well as other musical acts and celebrities like Barry Manilow and Kevin Hart, who are headlining shows at Westgate's International Theater and Resorts World, promising a fantastic year of shows in Sin City.

The Las Vegas Sphere, renowned for its cutting-edge technology, is set to host its first electronic dance music (otherwise referred to as EDM) performance on New Year's Eve. Anyma, also known as the Italian producer Matteo Milleri and one half of Tale of Us, the dance duo, will be the pioneering EDM artist to take the stage in this revolutionary venue.

The booking is a natural fit for the Sphere, which boasts unparalleled audiovisual technology, and for Las Vegas, a city that has become synonymous with the EDM scene. Thanks to events like the Electric Daisy Carnival along with a year-round lineup of club residencies, Vegas has cemented its reputation as the world's EDM capital.

Anyma made the announcement for his "The End of Genesys" show with a striking 3D video featuring a giant 3D robot jumping out of the LED screen of the Sphere. "I'm honored to be the first electronic artist to play the Sphere," he said. He also added that they are already months into the development of the NYE show and he can't wait to unveil the show to everyone who will watch.

The tickets for this landmark event will be available starting the 23rd of July at 9 am Pacific Time through, with a presale set for the 22nd of July.

Eagles extend residency with additional shows

In contrast to the high-tech spectacle planned for New Year's Eve, the Sphere continues to host more traditional acts. The Eagles, who initially announced eight shows, have expanded their residency to a total of 20 performances with the addition of four extra dates in January.

The updated schedule for The Eagles at the Sphere is as follows:

September 20-21, September 27-28, October 11-12, October 18-19, November 1-2, November 8-9, December 6-7, December 13-14, January 17-18, and January 24-25.

James Dolan, the owner of the Sphere, humorously remarked at an event last July 4 that the band is welcome to perform as many dates as they wish - until, that is, they fight and break up once again. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale at 9 am PT on Friday, the 26th of July, at

Kevin Hart's star-studded Labor Day weekend

In the meantime, Kevin Hart is gearing up for a spectacular Labor Day Weekend with "Kevin Hart's Hartbeat Weekend" at Resorts World. The four-day extravaganza will feature comedy shows (of course), music performances, a celebrity poker tournament, and daytime and nighttime parties.

Hart will be joined by musical heavyweights Ludacris and Lil Wayne, who will both headline the afterparties at the Zouk Nightclub on August 31 and September 1. Tickets for these events are currently on sale.

Barry Manilow sets record and continues at Westgate

Last September, Barry Manilow surpassed Elvis Presley's record of 636 performances at the Westgate's International Theater, becoming the new king with over 636 shows under his belt. But Manilow shows no signs of slowing down, having booked himself for another full year of performances.

His new schedule will run from Thursdays to Saturdays from the 13th to 15th of February through the 11th to 13th of December, with a break in July. Tickets for Manilow's shows will go on sale on the 10th of July at 10 am PT through

It looks like it will be a busy year for Las Vegas with its diverse lineup of shows. But it's all too true: with its blend of high-tech marvels and classic acts, the Las Vegas Sphere continues to solidify its status as a premier destination for unique and unforgettable entertainment experiences.

Rhode Island Senators Agree to Raise Credit Limits for Bally’s High Rollers
July 16th, 20245 mins

Rhode Island Senators Agree to Raise Credit Limits for Bally’s High Rollers

Senate Bill 3040 has been approved, and it means that Bally’s Casinos high rollers in Rhode Island can now benefit from an increase in their credit limits to double the amount. In the past regulation, casinos could lend high rollers up to $50,000 for each player - but under the new ruling, casinos could lend as much as $100,000.

Last week, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation that would allow Rhode Island's two casinos to increase their lending to high rollers. This new development could see Bally's Tiverton and Bally's Twin River Lincoln extend higher amounts of credit to gamblers after a recent advancement in the state capital. At the moment, these casinos are restricted to offering up to $50,000 in cash to gamblers, based on successful credit checks confirming their ability to repay.

The House of Representatives will still have the final say

But Senate Bill 3040 aims to amend these regulations, enabling the casinos to double the credit limit to $100,000 per player. The state Senate voted 28 - 5 in favor of the Bill last Thursday. The bill is now proceeding to the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the House Finance Committee for initial consideration.

Bally's Corporation requested the increased credit line through state Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, and the gaming company argues that this amendment is necessary for their casinos to remain competitive with gaming establishments in neighboring states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut, where no such credit limits exist.

A controversial proposal

However, the proposal has not been without controversy. State Senator Sam Bell, who voted against SB3040, questioned the necessity of allowing a gambler to lose over $50,000 in a single day. "This is bad," Bell asserted. He added that going into debt because of gambling activities is dangerous, and stressed, "We should not maximize profit when it comes to an addictive product."

In defense, Bally's Casino stated that high rollers possess the financial capability to handle extreme losses. The extension of credit, they argued, is not meant to provide these gamblers with funds they lack, but rather to offer a safer, more convenient way to obtain large sums without physically carrying thousands of dollars. The casino credit, or "markers," must also be repaid within a specified period, typically ranging from 15 to up to 45 days. Furthermore, casinos make sure to conduct credit checks before issuing these markers.

What it takes to get some cash at Bally's

Credit applications at Bally's Tiverton and Lincoln require such players to submit two bank account details, which are then validated by a third-party independent service. In addition, applicants who falsify information on credit applications are liable for perjury under Rhode Island law.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has until June 14 to pass the credit bill and send it to Governor Daniel McKee for final approval.

Another vital regulation up in the air

Meanwhile, another legislative effort related to casino operations has stalled. A bill introduced in February aimed at revising the clean indoor air law in the state, which currently allows indoor smoking in parimutuel wagering establishments and casinos will not make it to Governor McKee's table anytime soon. House Bill 7500 was shelved in May by the House Finance Committee in order to conduct a further study on the economic impact of enforcing a smoke-free environment in gaming venues.

In 2024, Rhode Island's Public Health and Workplace Safety Act permitted indoor smoking in casinos, but Bally's announced in 2022 that smoking would not be allowed at table games. Despite this, a grassroots alliance of Bally's workers and employees continues to push for legislation that would completely ban secondhand smoke in their workplaces. Senate President Ruggerio, a smoker and a cancer survivor, opposes such changes. He has suggested that gamblers who wish to avoid tobacco smoke in casinos should stay home and try gambling online.

The ongoing debate stresses the balance lawmakers must strike between public health concerns and the economic interests of the state's gaming industry. As the casino credit bill moves forward, the discussions surrounding indoor smoking regulations are likely to continue, and it reflects the complexities of many legislative decisions in the gaming sector in the coming years.

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Cleveland Selects Travis Bazzana as the no. 1 Pick in the 2024 MLB Draft
July 16th, 20244 mins

Cleveland Selects Travis Bazzana as the no. 1 Pick in the 2024 MLB Draft

Ranked as the top player in the 2024 draft class, the Cleveland Guardians wasted not time in adding a crucial piece to their already-competent roster in Travis Bazzana, who is known well for his impressive batting speed and underrated impact in the game, which says a lot about how the club is committed to building through its young core.

The Oregon State product marks as the first second baseman to be drafted with the 1st overall pick. Bazzana is definitely a perfect fit for the team considering how the Guardians need more firepower in batting and at the same time, a promising catcher who can cover a lot of ground when needed, which says a lot about how they are committed to making the most of their chances on the playoff stage now more than ever.

Bazzana is expected to play a huge role in the Guardians’ ploy for a championship. Cleveland remains a promising to look out for as the best team with the best record not just in the American League, but for the whole MLB this season save for the Philadelphia Phillies.

A Fresh Warrior off the Bat

Bazzana is known well for being a promising offensive player despite his small stature. As a junior, he has nailed a total of 28 home runs after just having a combined 17 swings in his first two seasons with the Beavers – just walking twice as often as he struck out in most of his games. Bazzana batted .407 (eighth in the nation) with a 1.479 OPS, 28 home runs, 66 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.

As the team’s all-time leader in hits with 251, Bazzana definitely boasts a promising upside in the game. Despite his injury, it may seem that he can still earn a promising role as a second baseman, which can definitely play a huge role in their pitching order. Of course, his low averages will limit him to that role, but there is a chance that his range may be convincing enough to actually make a strong case for the batting order as well.

Of course, Bazzana will have to make the most out of his run with the Guardians if they are going to make a strong push towards the playoffs, and it cannot be denied that there will be more to expect from their hopes of winning now more than ever. As a rookie, this is an opportunity that must be used well.

A Player Ready for Big Strides

Bazzana was selected well for his bat, which has seen his 2021 season in the West Coast League end up with numbers of .429 average, 1.064 OPS, 18 doubles, and 27 RBI – which led him to be named as MVP for the campaign that time. This makes him a good pick for the Guardians, and it cannot be denied that there will be more to expect from him as soon as he gets his hands on a bat in the current campaign.

The Guardians selected Bazzana with the top pick proved to be a confusing yet promising choice. The Oregon product was the club’s highest selection since they brought in Paul Shuey No. 2 overall in 1992 and is also the second player from Oregon to be selected with the first overall pick since the Baltimore Orioles selected Adley Rutschman in 2019. Now it is time for him to prove that he can answer the call for the team in the coming months.

Derrick White Elated to Participate for Team USA in the Olympics
July 16th, 20244 mins

Derrick White Elated to Participate for Team USA in the Olympics

Despite not being an All-Star nor being selected into any All-NBA teams, Derrick White is slated to make a promising headway in his basketball career as he will suit up for Team USA with the hopes of boosting their chances of winning – just as he helped the Boston Celtics improve their odds of securing the 2024 NBA title last season, and this seems to be the perfect chance for him to improve at the highest level.

A flexible player who can have a two-way role in the squad, White comes off as a promising addition to the team after Los Angeles Clippers star forward Kawhi Leonard failed to commit to the team due to his health issues. This prompted Team USA to bring in a new player who can address their needs well as soon as the team made some scrimmages and found out what they need to improve on.

White becomes the third Celtics player to join the roster of Team USA, with Jayson Tatum headlining the squad along with Jrue Holiday, who the Celtics added into the squad in the previous offseason, which marked their huge upgrade towards the championship.

A Rare Chance at the International Stage

Clearly, White was not even a first choice for Team USA to begin with. The Celtics guard was slated to be taking his vacation in Cabo when he was called up by the team to play in the Olympics. In the 2023-24 season, White averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting a staggering 46.1% from the field, including 39.6% from deep, and his impressive role as a support player makes him a key addition to the squad.

White, so far, has been optimistic about their chances and what he can do for the team to improve in any department they need to work out on. So far, White will definitely be a huge addition to a squad that already has a handful of star players from all over the United States.

“I just want to go out there and do what I do, try to fill any holes we might have,” he said. “I’m obviously playing with Jrue (Holiday) and JT again. It will be a lot of fun. Just looking forward to getting out there.”

A Late Bloomer in Basketball

Not all players get the chance they need to rise to the big stage in their careers. For White, he can be seen as a late bloomer in the game as it took him a lot of years before he actually made some big strides in his career. Originally playing for the San Antonio Spurs, White learned a lot from former USA coach Gregg Popovich before he was traded to the Celtics two years ago.

No one ever realized it, but it was this previous season when White’s value became too much to lose for the Celtics as he played a huge role in weaving the Celtics’ championship campaign. And it cannot be denied that White will be seeing a familiar role with the current setup of Team USA.

From being a role player to being a starter with Boston, now White is definitely living the dream as one of the new Olympians that the United States is set to field in the coming Paris Olympics soon.

High Line Nonprofit Launches Campaign Against Casino Development in Hudson Yards
July 15th, 20244 mins

High Line Nonprofit Launches Campaign Against Casino Development in Hudson Yards

A nonprofit organization named after the well-known park on Manhattan's West Side, The High Line, has initiated the Protect the High Line campaign to oppose plans by Wynn Resorts and Related Companies to construct a casino hotel in that area of NYC. The nonprofit argues that the gaming company and the real estate developer are seeking to overturn a 2009 agreement with the city, which focused on developing more housing and protecting the Western Rail Yards. Under the agreement, Related Cos. had committed to providing between approximately 3,500 to 5,700 units for the Hudson Yards development.

The current casino hotel proposal from Related and Wynn includes the construction of three towers: two designated for commercial use and one for residential purposes, housing just over 1,500 units. One of these towers, spanning three million in square footage, would prominently feature the Wynn logo.

Related Companies and Wynn Resorts proposal

But to proceed with this new development plan, Related Cos. and Wynn Resorts are seeking approval from the City to modify the original 2009 zoning arrangement. They propose significant changes to the zoning regulations for the Western Rail Yards between West 30th and West 33rd Streets and 11th and 12th Avenues. In addition, the application has two likely scenarios - one with a casino and one without.

A statement from the High Line emphasizes the uncertainty surrounding Related's commitment to development should Wynn fail to secure one of the three casino permits expected to be awarded by New York regulators late next year. Many sites proposed for gaming venues in the New York City area lack appeal without a casino, rendering alternative plans as mere formalities to meet regulatory requirements, which may never be realized.

Concerns over development plans

The High Line group has expressed dissatisfaction with both of Related's scenarios. Even without the casino, the nonprofit fears that Related could deliver fewer housing units than originally promised while increasing the size of the skyscrapers, obstructing park views. On the other hand, should the casino be approved, it would be located at the property's north end as part of a wider $12 billion investment by Related. This gaming venue is projected to cover 2.7 million sq. feet, potentially making it larger than Wynn Las Vegas.

Despite these grand plans, the High Line remains unimpressed. The nonprofit does not oppose development per se but advocates for the Western Rail Yards to be developed in a manner that improves upon the 2009 agreement. The executive director of Friends of the High Line, Alan van Capelle, stated, "We have expressed our concerns directly to Related and feel it is critical to broaden the conversation to include all relevant stakeholders and our community so we can all move forward together with a better plan."

Broader opposition to downstate casinos

The opposition faced by Related and Wynn is not new and certainly not unique. Proposed casinos downstate, whether in Times Square, Nassau County, or Queens, are encountering varying degrees of resistance. Specifically, the High Line's formal opposition follows Manhattan Community Board 4's criticism of the companies' plans, particularly the significant reduction in residential units.

Numerous hurdles remain before the West Side project can proceed, each potentially requiring considerable time to address. The proposed rezoning, for one, must undergo the City's Uniform Land Use Review Process, which involves varying levels of review from the public and approval by the City Council. Additionally, the casino component necessitates the awarding of a casino license through a competitive process overseen by the SGC (State Gaming Commission).

As the debate continues, the High Line nonprofit remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that any development in the Western Rail Yards enhances, rather than diminishes, the community's quality of life.

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