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When it comes to show-stopping casinos unlike any other, Las Vegas and Monaco are often the first destinations that spring to mind.

However, that’s not to say that you can’t find a dazzling setting elsewhere – in fact, there are plenty of destinations worldwide upping the ante and choosing some seriously impressive settings to house their own casinos.

From renovated medieval banquet halls in the heart of the British countryside, to an underground hotel in the heart of the Australian outback, there a few which have caught the attention of visitors looking for a touch of adventure.

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The UK gambling industry generated record gross gambling yield of £13.8 billion in the period between October 2015-September 2016, the latest figures posted by the UK Gambling Commission show.

The amount of £13.4 billion was generated during the previous (April 2015-March 2016) reporting period.

Online gambling was the largest sector in the country for a second consecutive reporting period. Gross gambling yield from iGaming and sports betting services totaled £4.5 billion during the reviewed twelve months, up from £4.2 billion in April 2015-March 2016.

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A new decree specifying the conditions for operating casinos on board merchant ships that are carrying French passengers has been published in the Official Gazette.

The decree states that irrespective of the casinos installed on board and of their registration registry, the new regulations are effective starting July I, 2017 for vessels flying the French flag. According to G3Newswire, as many as 15 gaming machines may be operated by ships, such as ferries, which operate on a regular intra-community route. Those vessels which operate in international waters are permitted to operate in addition to traditional table games.

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A lot is happening on the north end of the Las Vegas strip these days.

The casino formerly known as the Sahara has new owners just a few years after a $415 million upgrade to the property, which included rebranding it as SLS Las Vegas. According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Meruelo Group, which owns the Grand Sierra in Reno, have agreed to purchase SLS for an undisclosed price from Stockbridge Capital Partners.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a premier gaming property on the world famous Las Vegas Strip,” Meruelo said in a statement.

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Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd. owner Lawrence Ho told Bloomberg that the ideal scenario for his company would be to be allowed to build an integrated resort in Osaka, in case it wins one of the two Japanese casino licenses to be issued by the country’s government.

The Hong Kong businessman further dwelt on the topic, saying that Osaka and the Kansai region are “more fun” than Tokyo, for example, and it is is exactly fun and entertainment that Melco is focused on.

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The last of the four new full-service casinos to open in Upstate New York has a new name: Resorts World Catskills.

The $1 billion project, under construction at the site of the former Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake near Monticello in Sullivan County, was initially pitched as Montreign Resort Casino. It is expected to open in early 2018.

The casino and hotel will be operated by Empire Resorts, which recently entered into a licensing agreement with Resorts World, a global casino and resort developer that is part of the Genting Group of Malaysia. Empire currently owns the Monticello Raceway, a harness track and racino in the area.
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Pennsylvania casinos pull in more total gaming revenue than Atlantic City, and nearly a third of what Nevada does each month. And April was yet another strong month for Commonwealth’s 12 gambling destinations.

The dozen casinos collected $285.25 million in April, a 1.44 percent increase compared to 2016. Table games were responsible for the bump, as they set an all-time monthly high by winning $79.5 million, their best 30-day period since the state legalized tables in 2010.

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