Blockchain may offer a great level of financial transparency coupled with increased anonymity in online gaming, Olga Kharif writes. "The whole point is ... [t]he house can't run with the money, and being as transparent as possible," says Dice2.win co-founder Anton Ivanov.
The three-day Australasian Gaming Expo takes place this week at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The event displays new gaming technology, offers educational courses and reveals what's in store for the future of gaming and hospitality.
Construction of the 92,000-square-foot Cherokee Casino Tahlequah, with a hotel and convention center, was delayed several months due to the discovery of the endangered American burying beetle on the Cherokee land. "It's always been the Cherokee way to protect our environment," said Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Hotels are keeping energy usage in mind as they adopt new technologies. "As hoteliers, both technology and sustainability are important functions and responsibilities of our business," said John Power, general manager of Loews Hotel 1000 in Seattle.
AccorHotels has planted on-site gardens at 600 of its 4,500 global properties and intends to add 400 more by 2020 as part of a plan to cut food waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The gardens will supply the hotels with fresh vegetables and herbs for their restaurants and bars.
The New England gaming market will be changing shortly with the addition of MGM Springfield on Aug. 24 in Massachusetts and Encore Boston Harbor in June 2019. On Aug. 28, the Newport Grand casino in Rhode Island will close its doors, while the Twin River Tiverton Casino in Rhode Island will welcome its first patrons Sept. 1.
A boom in Japanese VIP players has helped South Korea-listed Paradise Co. cut its net loss by 91%. The influx comes at the same time as a 3.7% fall in Chinese visitors to the country, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.
Crown Resorts has filed suit against New South Wales, Australia, over planned buildings for a government agency that could obstruct the property's view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its own casino resort is anticipated to reach 75 stories tall when construction is complete.