Illinois considers 24-hour casino gaming
Gaming regulators in the US state of Illinois are set to make a decision on whether casinos can stay open around the clock.
Currently, casinos shut but for very brief periods. For instance, Casino Queen in East St Louis opens its doors at 8am and closes at 6am. Tom Swoik, who represents a handful of Illinois’ 10 riverboats, says the rule change could generate extra income for the casinos - and by extension the state - at a time when revenues are down.
“If people can play video gaming at truck stops 24 hours a day, why can’t they do the same at casinos?” asked Swoik.
Anti-gambling activist Anita Bedell says it’s a way for casinos to take advantage of sleep-deprived gamblers who aren’t thinking clearly. “It’s a dangerous thing and the casinos in Illinois do not need to go to 24-hour gambling. What they need to do is stop the 24-hour gambling at truck stops, because those are local people who are gambling all night,” Bedell said.
A judge has further delayed the demolition of the Harmon Tower in Las Vegas to allow the company behind its insurance policy to provide an update on its investigation of CityCenter’s $393.8m claim that the hotel is a total loss.
The governor of the US state of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, has held discussions with Israel’s political leaders about introducing gaming to the Jewish state.
Although Clarion Events is making no official comment yet, we have learned that the ICE Totally Gaming organisers have seized the high ground in the run-up to the opening of the Japanese market to legalised casinos.
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