For those of you who love visiting the real-life casinos of iconic destinations like Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as online casinos like Caesars casino online, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest news, events and trends impacting the industry. Today we’re briefly running through some of the biggest headlines seen so far in 2018…
Modest growth predicted for casino industry in 2018
Gaming markets across the world are expected to experience moderate growth over the course of the year, according to a recent report released by credit-ratings agency, Fitch Ratings. Strong economies will sustain the majority of gambling jurisdictions, although some might have growth dampened by leverage and regulatory risks. The report highlighted some potential bumps in the road for the industry, including a potential crackdown in the UK on fixed-odds betting terminals, and the casino market in the north east of the USA being close to saturation point, which could be bad news for two new establishments opening in Boston, and another in Connecticut in 2018.
Ask Gamblers Award Winners 2017 Announced!
On February 1st the online casino world watched on as the best in the game were rewarded for their efforts last year at the Ask Gamblers Awards. King Billy Casino was awarded the prize of ‘Best New Casino’, receiving commendation for offering a variety of payment methods and software providers and for having a responsive live chat feature. BitStarz Casino, the most popular Bitcoin casino in the world won ‘Best Online Casino’ and ‘Player’s Choice’ went to ShadowBet Casino, for its speedy withdrawal times.
Macau brings in 2018 with a bang
According to officials within Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Macau’s casino industry posted one of its best recent months in a while. The gambling mecca’s casinos secured $3.3 billion dollars from gamblers in January, amounting to a 36 percent increase on how they performed in January 2017.
Casino Gaming to be legalised in Japan
After almost 10 years of debating the subject, it looks like casino gaming will finally be legalised in Japan in 2018. It remains to be seen who will secure the three expected licenses – will it be an international operator or a domestic corporation? Watch this space! Gaming operators will also be focused on securing legalisation in Brazil this year. 35 casinos could potentially be authorised under the new legislation.