Ministers in Israel will consider a bill in the new year that would define poker as a game of skill and clarify the tax rate for the game. Poker players Ori Miller and Rafi Amit are in legal disputes with the government over the 50% tax it claims they must pay on their tournament winnings.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has delayed moving forward on new sexual harassment regulations until results from the Wynn Resorts investigation are revealed. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has proposed regulations that would require licensees to maintain written policies and procedures relating to preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Partypoker is returning to the Czech Republic after a nearly two-year absence, thanks to being awarded an online gaming license in the country. The Czech online poker room is expected to be run by Leon Tsoukernik of King's Casino in Rozvadov.
Saipan's Imperial Pacific casino hotel has halted its operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu, which struck Oct. 25. The operator will address damage to the complex and wait until tourism has rebounded from the storm to open again.
HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank says successful boutique hotels have nostalgic appeal and offer guests a chance to show off on social media. "Hotels need to have things that are memorable and different," he said.