A Florida House committee passed a bill that would prevent gaming expansion and renew contracts with the Seminole tribe. The proposal calls for a payment increase to at least $325 million annually from around $250 million for the exclusive right to operate blackjack operations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
President Donald Trump's business partner, Phil Ruffin, has discussed developing a casino off the Las Vegas Strip with the Trump Organization, and he has talked directly with Trump once since the election about a high-speed train between Las Vegas and California, which could create 80,000 jobs and bring plenty of gamers and hotel guests to their property. However, Ruffin, who is a 50% owner of Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, said he and the president have not discussed the train or the casino again.
Mississippi gaming revenue fell 10% in February compared with the same month last year. Excluding Choctaw Indian facilities, casinos raked in $172 million last month, down from $190 million the year before, according to the state Revenue Department.
Macau saw its greatest revenue growth in three years with February's 17.8% year-over-year rise, meaning the region has finally bounced back from the Chinese government's anti-corruption campaign, analysts said. The VIP sector in Macau is expected to grow about 3% this year, according to CLSA.
Australia has passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, which effectively outlaws online poker and restricts virtual sports betting. The new law only allows licensed poker companies to offer online play to gamers, but no licensing process is in place.
Six Seminole-owned racetrack casinos in Florida are giving away $200 in free slot play to top players through a new membership program. The next tier of players can receive $50, and all new members are offered $25 in free play.