Before we get into this week’s gambling news and video podcast, we want to tell you about the newest online slot machines that came out this week. First of all, Pragmatic Play released The Dog House Megaways. while WGS released Mystic Gems. Ainsworth put out a new title called Royal Swan Quad Shot, while WMS released Spartacus Megaways. Games Lab caught people off guard with Towering Pays Egypt, while Yggdrasil Gaming unleashed the Hades Gigablox slot machine.
Whenever a lucky gambler hits a big progressive jackpot, we want to be there to cover the story. Most of the time the big progressive jackpot wins are in the Las Vegas casinos. In this case, this lucky winner strikes it rich playing a progressive jackpot slot machine at the Seminole Casino.
The Star Casino in Sydney is one of the largest casinos in the country. It is also out $90,000 in fines for three underage gamblers. The youngest is a 12-year old girl that was snuck into the casino by her mom. They were able to bypass security through an exit only door. She was caught playing slots with her parents. One of the other two underage gamblers was a 16-year old girl with fake credentials. She was caught by security trying to enter a nightclub. A 17-year old boy was finally caught after playing roulette and blackjack for three hours.
As one of the biggest markets in the US for sports betting, the state of Indiana might be expanding its casino options. The combination of outside competition and the coronavirus health crisis is pushing the agenda. The state’s lawmakers could tackle the issue of legal iGaming early next year. There is some strong support for adding online casino sites to complement land and water venues. Riverboat gambling revenue projections were off 33 percent for the fiscal year ending in June. Racino revenue was down $41 million from its initial projections for the same time frame. State Sen. Jon Ford is leading the effort for iGaming.
Estimated to be a $1 billion casino gambling market, Chicago is making an effort to move forward on the mega-casino project. One of the biggest stumbling blocks was a hefty tax rate of 72 percent. This made it next to impossible for developers to turn a profit. That rate has been adjusted to a much more attractive 40 percent. The next step is to find interested parties. The recommendation is to field non-binding requests for information this year. Formal proposals can be made early next year. An Illinois Gaming Board approval could come by the end of 2021. An actual Chicago casino could be up and running by 2025.