85% of gamblers in Macau are reckoned to be smokers. The number represents the upper estimate by the casino operators and, given that the casinos have cameras trained on pretty much everyone who comes through their doors pretty much all of the time, it’s probably a fairly accurate assessment.
Les Ambassadeurs, one of London’s most exclusive casinos, has fallen into the hands of a Hong Kong-listed conglomerate in a £137 million deal.
Japan plans to remove credit card cash dispensers from the vicinity of bookmakers and improve treatment for gambling addicts as the country prepares to lift the ban on casinos.
In 1996 Vinnie Jones said that “Winning doesn’t really matter, as long as you win.”
A landmark ruling on whether poker is a game of skill or merely chance will determine whether it will be played in private members clubs or only in licensed casinos.
The Norwegian Championships of Poker will continue to be played in Dublin after the Scandinavian country’s attempts to legalise cash poker failed to impress high-rollers.
Some people look for a “tell” — a facial tic that gives away the fact that their opponent is bluffing. Others wait for a killer hand, then go all in.
Revenues at PartyGaming, the operator of the world’s biggest online poker site, soared by 65 per cent during the fourth quarter, thanks to the success of its new blackjack offering and its ability to cross-sell to eager punters.
Bingo clubs have been closing their doors for years because of the smoking ban, punitive taxes, tough economic conditions and competition from the National Lottery and online gaming operators.
Bingo has found a new lease of life in the modern world of social gaming as a surge in online players boosted profits at the country’s largest operator by 9 per cent.