Recently, there has been a great move in the flourishing of the casino industry. Two significant steps towards nurturing poker have been taken recently, from two different parts of the world. This might also influence the other parts of the world in the same regard. These steps are as follows:
Nine of 12 Pennsylvania Casinos Apply for Online Licenses
Out of the 12 Pennsylvanian casinos, 9 have already applied for an online gambling license, in the recent past.
As Philly Voice reports, casinos submitting applications to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and paying the fee included Harrah’s Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Parx Casino, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, Sands Bethlehem, SugarHouse Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, and the yet-to-be-built Stadium Casino.
If approved, these 9 casinos will be able to extend their services on the world wide web through interactive games online that simulate slots, table games, and poker.
The state’s remaining three casinos — Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin and Presque Isle Downs, Meadows Racetrack and Casino, and Mohegan Sun — still have until mid-August to apply for online licenses, although for them the total price tag will be $12 million ($4 million per gaming category).
Application by the majority of casinos was not expected because, the state’s 54-percent tax rate on all online revenue, was way beyond the affordability of majority of the casino owners. The $10M fee was also much higher than the $400,000 fee paid by operators in nearby New Jersey to apply for online gambling licenses.
Recently, Pennsylvania also made numerous types of gambling expansion in the state. By doing so, it entered the league of countries like New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, which have legalised gambling.
Japan Lawmakers Enact Integrated Casino Resorts Bill
It’s been a year and a half since the first legislation in Japan which legalised casinos there. After such a long span, on 20th July, the Diet, Japan’s bicameral legislature, have at last enacted a bill to authorize the opening of casino resorts in the country amid continued debate. This was reported by The Japan Times.
After having passed through the House of Representatives last month, the House of Councilors followed suit by also passing the legislation following a nearly three-hour-long filibuster by an opposing lawmaker.
Earlier this week Bloomberg reported that both MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands have already pledged to spend as much as $10 billion to tap into the island nation’s potential for mass gaming.