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October 17, 2018
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Ill. legislators to discuss sports betting, online gaming
Two Illinois House subcommittees are scheduled to meet today to discuss sports betting, online gaming, casino growth and daily fantasy sports. A Senate bill regarding gaming prospects in the state was introduced in early 2017 and could be addressed after the elections next month.
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Gaming Industry News
International Gaming
Philippines grants Playtech a monopoly on online RNG games
Playtech has been designated the monopoly provider of random-number-generator casino games to online gaming operators in the Philippines by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
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New rooms, restaurant coming to Russia's Tigre de Cristal
The Tigre de Cristal casino resort in Russia will gain villas and apartments as well as a small restaurant in the summer, according to Chief Operating Officer Stylianos Tsifetakis. A later phase will include an additional gaming venue and 300 rooms.
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Online and Social Gaming
NetEnt continues to expand its reach with N.J. distribution deal
NetEnt has signed an online gaming agreement with Churchill Downs in New Jersey to offer its games to the operator. The move comes after news that NetEnt will debut in Lithuania and wants a Pennsylvania license.
iGaming Business (UK) (10/16) 
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Hospitality Trends
Hotel websites falling behind in giving the right digital experience
A report finds that hotel websites are not differentiating themselves enough, especially as online travel agencies have gained popularity. "A look at global search trends for the world's top luxury hotels shows a tangible decline in brand search terms, demonstrating brand loyalty may not be as strong as it once was," says Angus Carbarns of Equator, which issued the report.
Hotelier Middle East online (United Arab Emirates) (10/16) 
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