Downtown Grand Tops off Third Tower, Final Phase of Development

Downtown Grand Hotel & CasinoThe Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino are nearing completion of the expansive, third tower addition to their property, which first broke ground a little over a year ago. The new tower is adding a generous 250,000 square feet of hospitality space, with 495 new rooms to tack onto the property’s existing 629 rooms. The tower has seven total guest-room floors.

“The topping out of our newest tower is an energizing milestone for all of us at the property,” said John Culetsu, VP and Managing Director of the Downtown Grand. “We are in the final phases of development and closer to the ultimate goal of extending our revered guest experience to many more travelers. We look forward to delivering the city’s newest room product this fall.”

The new tower plans to begin hotel bookings by spring, and ready for guests officially check-ins this September.

Third Tower Boosts Property’s Aesthetic

Located on the east side of the property, Downtown Grand’s third tower is a sleek, redefining architectural feature that stands at the corner of 4th and Ogden, within clear pedestrian view. With its contemporary exterior architecture, featuring clean lines and a modern, neutral color scheme, it’s a ramped-up boost to the property’s overall street presence.

The towel also features a versatile new entrance that leads to the main hotel casino floor.

Suite Upgrades

The Downtown Grand seeks to provide the modern traveler with a unique “boutique hotel experience.” With that goal in mind, the third toward has also upgraded its suites to include a premier room list offering 67 studio units, 20 one-bedroom suites, and three Presidential Suites. The Presidential Suites include the largest square footage, with close to 1,500 square feet of entertainable space.

Downtown Grand Continues to Pioneer the Way

Since 2013, Downtown Grand has been the pioneering mecca for downtown travelers looking to experience an industrial, futuristic-chic atmosphere in an area of Las Vegas more commonly known by its stark contrast as “Old Vegas” or “Vintage Vegas.”

The hotel launched during Downtown Las Vegas’ exciting resurgence. During this pivotal turning point in Downtown history, mega online shoe and clothing retailer, Zappos, relocated their headquarters downtown, Fremont East District was developed, and the Life is Beautiful Music Festival first launched.

Downtown Grand continues to adapt with the times and serve as a central hub for Downtown Las Vegas’ latest events and happenings. Now, more Vegas visitors and locals alike will get a chance to enjoy its sleek, boutique hotel experience with the latest addition of their third tower.

About Downtown Grand

From Downtown Grand’s website:

Downtown Grand was awarded the 2019 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination right in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities.

With its third hotel tower under construction and set to open in 2020, the property currently features an 18-story and 25-story tower adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 of the hottest slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill.

Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, Art Bar, Sidebar, The Spare Room Showroom, and the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill. Partnering venues include the famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city.

Downtown Grand features Citrus Grand Pool Deck, a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Connect Collection. All guests of are eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.

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What’s Happening in Vegas? February 9th – 15th

All the exciting events taking place in Las Vegas this week:

  • Sterling Brunch @ Bally’s Hotel & Casino
  • Silversun Pickups @ House Of Blues
  • UNLV vs. UNR @ Thomas and Mack
  • Mariah Carey @ The Colosseum
  • Wiz Khalifa @ Drai’s Nightclub

This is a fantastic time to visit Las Vegas. February is plugging along and the weather in the city is starting to improve. Valentine’s Day takes place on Friday, too, making it one of the most romantic weeks of the year for Las Vegas.

As you probably guessed, there are some extremely exciting events taking place this week. Whether you want a relaxed evening with a loved one, or a wild night on the town by yourself, there’s something for you happening in Vegas.

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Here are just a few of the best Las Vegas events you can attend this week.

Sunday, February 9th

Sterling Brunch

Las Vegas is home to some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in the country. This Sunday at 9:30 am, the Sterling Brunch opens to the public at Bally’s Hotel & Casino. This incredible eatery has been an institution in Las Vegas for almost 30 years and offers a wide variety of incredible food options.

Bally’s is a massively popular hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. This week’s brunch here will feature caviar, lobster tails, and more. If you want to kick off the week with an incredible meal, make your reservation at the Sterling Brunch.

Monday, February 10th

Silversun Pickups

Some of the best musical performances in Las Vegas take place on weekdays. On Monday, for example, Silversun Pickups are set to perform at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Casino-Resort. You’ve probably heard some of this band’s major hits such as Lazy Eye and Panic Switch.

Visitors to Las Vegas have the opportunity to see this iconic alternative rock band perform inside one of the city’s top venues. You never know when Silversun Pickups will stop touring, making this the perfect time to check out their show. Fortunately, tickets are still available for just $25.

Wednesday, February 12th


College basketball games are some of the most exciting sporting events in the country. On Wednesday, a battle of Nevada teams goes down as UNLV takes on UNR inside the Thomas and Mack Center. It’s one of the state’s most intense rivalries and both teams are looking to stay relevant in the Mountain West.

Basketball fans expect a good one here. These two teams have some star players and always turn up the heat when facing one another. Tickets for the game are still available, starting at just $37.

Friday, February 14th

Mariah Carey

It’s Valentine’s Day this Friday, and what better way could you spend the holiday in Las Vegas than watching Mariah Carey perform. Carey is one of the most iconic musicians in the world, with hits that span several musical genres. She’s performing this Friday inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and is expected to make things especially romantic for all the couples in the audience.

At 49 years old, Mariah Carey is still one of the most vibrant and entertaining musicians in the world. It’s no surprise that she’s still able to sell-out shows across the country. Tickets for her performance this Friday are still available. Prices start at $100.

Saturday, February 15th

Wiz Khalifa

The week wraps up with one of the top rappers in the world, Wiz Khalifa, performing inside Drai’s Nightclub. Wiz has created some of the biggest rap hits of the past decade and regularly collaborates with icons like Snoop Dogg and Drake. Every time he hits the stage, the audience is in for something special.

Wiz Khalifa is also known for surprising his audience with special performances from fellow rappers. Some feel this is what’s in store for Saturday. Tickets are selling fast, yet are still available for just $40.

There are some fantastic Las Vegas concerts taking place this week. As you can see above, foodies and sports fans here also have some exciting events to look forward to. It’s the week of love in Las Vegas and everyone is ready to celebrate.

DraftKings and FanDuel Enter Colorado With Twin River Partnerships

DraftKings Backwards HatOn Monday, Twin River Worldwide Holdings announced separate market access partnerships with daily fantasy sports heavyweights DraftKings and FanDuel, giving sports fans in Colorado access to award-winning sportsbook products. Under the deals, both operators will receive the required permissions to operate mobile and online sportsbooks in the Centennial State.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings owns several casinos nationwide. Aside from Colorado, they manage properties throughout Rhode Island, Mississippi, and Delaware. In Colorado alone, Twin River operates three casinos and a horse racetrack.

These partnerships combine Twin River Worldwide Holdings’ nationwide experience in gaming and casino operations with market-leading sports betting expertise and globally recognizable brands.

The company recently purchased Golden Gates, Golden Gulch, and Mardi Gras. Each property comes with the ability to obtain three sports betting licenses. CEO George Papanier made the following statement regarding the acquisition:

“Completing the acquisition of Golden Gates, Golden Gulch, and Mardi Gras casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado last week included the right to three sports gaming licenses in Colorado and will really allow us to expand our footprint here well beyond our Arapahoe Park racetrack and off-track betting network.”

FanDuel Partnership

In the past, FanDuel Sportsbook has been available in Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Colorado is now the fifth state in which FanDuel will offer its services to gamblers. Their CEO, Matt King, also had something to share:

“Twin River has been engaged in sports betting since the beginning in Rhode Island and Mississippi, and they are an ideal partner as we continue to enter states that open up online and mobile sports betting.

Colorado has a sensible framework for sports betting, and we are excited to partner with a renowned gaming company like Twin River to bring our market-leading online sports betting experience to Colorado sports fans.”

Sports bettors will soon have access to a variety of online wagering options, including point spreads, moneylines, over/under, parlays, teasers, prop bets, round robins, and a long list of live bets. The FanDuel Sportsbook app will only make betting easier for Colorado residents.

DraftKings Partnership

Colorado is the sixth state to offer the DraftKings’ Sportsbook platform. They previously offered their services in the following states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.

“Coast to coast, DraftKings is committed to providing states across the country with the ultimate experience in legal sports betting,” said Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings’ Chief Business Officer.

Twin River holds a mutual pledge to providing exciting, real-time gaming opportunities, and we look forward to working alongside them to introduce Colorado sports fans to our award-winning product.”

As well as mobile and online sportsbook access, the partnership will also allow Colorado sports fans to place sports bets via a retail betting operation at Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk, CO. Colorado will become the fifth state where DraftKings operates a retail location, joining Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York, subject to adoption of applicable regulations and both parties securing necessary gaming licenses.

MGM Resorts International Makes $2.4 Billion Joint Venture Deal by Selling MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, For Sale Sign
In a newly formed joint venture between MGM Growth Properties LLC (“MGP”) and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (“BREIT”), MGM Resorts International announced Tuesday morning that they will be selling two of their mega Strip properties, the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.

MGM Resorts International Makes $2.4 Billion Deal

According to Fox Business, MGM Resorts expects to receive net cash proceeds of approximately $2.4 billion for the deal, and approximately $85 million in MGP operating partnership units as a result of the transaction. MGP is set to own 50.1 perfect of the joint venture, while BREIT will own 49.9 percent.

As part of the transaction, the real estate assets of Mandalay Bay from MGP will also be acquired and both properties will be leased to MGM Resorts for an initial rent of $292 million. This is how it’s been similarly done with the Bellagio, where MGM Resorts leases back the properties and continues to operate them.

Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said this of the acquisition:

“These announcements represent a key milestone in executing the Company’s previously communicated asset-light strategy, one that enables a best-in-class balance sheet and strong free cash flow generation to provide MGM Resorts with meaningful strategic flexibility to create continued value for our shareholders.

As such, we remain determined to prudently pursue accretive opportunities related to our remaining owned real estate assets including MGM Springfield, our 50% stake in CityCenter and our 55% economic ownership in MGP (pro forma for the potential $1.4bn redemption).

Our corporate objective remains crystal clear, we will continue to monetize our owned real estate assets, which facilitates our strong focus on returning capital to our shareholders, while also retaining significant flexibility to pursue our visible growth initiatives, including Japan and sports betting.”

A Big Boost to the Company Balance Sheet

Substantial proceeds from MGM Resorts previously completed sales of Bellagio and Circus Circus in the previous year were the initial launchpad in reducing the level of company debt through the process of selling its assets. This joint venture will only further execute the company’s 2020 initiatives and create significant improvements in the company’s balance sheet.

Plans for divvying up the proceeds from the newly announced transaction include returning capital to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. A more specific capital allocation plan is intended to be released once the company releases its earning from their fourth quarter of 2019.

Paul Salem, Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, said this of MGM Resorts financial initiatives through the transaction:

“The valuation levels achieved on the Bellagio and MGM Grand Las Vegas transactions are a testament to MGM Resorts as a high-quality tenant and our overall asset quality. The robust interest in our recent transactions further validates the Company’s conviction on being able to unlock value for our shareholders through its asset light strategy

The transaction represents another key phase of our ongoing review of the Company’s assets and is in-line with all of the Real Estate Committee’s principal objectives of enhancing free cash flow per share, maximizing the value of our owned real estate and equity holdings, highlighting the strength of our operating business, and strengthening the Company’s financial position.”

Closing Date

While subject to certain closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. If the success of the sales of Bellagio and Circus Circus are an indication of the company reaching their long-term financial repositioning goals, MGM Resorts International looks to be in good standing by building an even stronger fortress in terms of their balance sheet with the latest transaction.

New Sportsbook Space Opens at Rivers Casino in Illinois

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On Friday, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, opened its first sportsbook. The problem is that the casino is still awaiting approval on the state to start accepting bets.

The BetRivers SportsBar opened a nearly 5,000-square foot space at the casino property on Friday near the main gambling floor. However, patrons will not be permitted to place bets at the venue until state regulators give them the green light to do so.

Awaiting Approval from Illinois Gaming Board

Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Inc., the companies in charge of the casino property, are waiting for the Illinois Gaming Board to release new rules and regulations regarding sports betting. The companies are also waiting for the board to start releasing sports betting licenses, which will cost $10 million to obtain. We could see all of this happen after the board’s next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 19.

The sparkling new sports bar features a massive 47-foot ultra LED video wall with an adjustable screen that can display as many as 27 different sporting events at the same time. There are 14 additional televisions situated throughout the lounge with 32 leather lounge seats and a full-service bar. More than 24 bar seats have their own gambling touch screens, as well. There are 10 86-inch televisions and 4 more 75-inch screens lining the walls.

The new bar occupies the space that formerly housed the Cube nightclub and special events lounge. Casino officials wanted the bar to be ready before regulators issued the updated rules and regulations. Casino officials released renderings of the bar, but photographs are prohibited as of now due to the gaming board’s rules.

There is extra space for 5 betting windows with a separate betting kiosk. Walls on both sides of the bar have been equipped with the proper wiring for the odds boards to be turned on once officials grant the casino the right to start offering sports bets.

Customers Eager for Sports Betting

Corey Wise, the general manager of Rivers Casino, told the Daily Herald, “We want to be prepared and primed once we know what the Illinois regulatory requirements are. We’re ready to go once the state is ready to go.”

Customers are chomping at the bit to be able to place bets in the sparkling new lounge. Wise added that someone played the first slot in the new space less than a minute after it opened for the first time. Another patron inquired about when sports betting will be available shortly thereafter.

In November, Rivers Casino became the first in Illinois to be granted approval from the state’s gaming board to offer land-based gambling. Rivers subsequently installed 115 slot machines throughout the site. The casino, which opened its doors for the first time in 2011 as a riverboat. However, Illinois subsequently struck down the water requirement, which opened up the possibility for 6 new casinos across the state.

There are currently plans to install more slots at the property near the main entrance. The updated law gives Rivers the opportunity to add more slots and table games, and plans to expand the building are currently in development. Wise said it’s still too early to say how large the potential expansion would be, or even where on the existing space it would be located.

However, construction has already gotten underway to add another 750 parking spaces in a new 1,550-space parking garage expansion adjacent to the property. That expansion will cost about $24 million and is due to be completed sometime in the summer of 2020.

Illinois voted to approve the legalization and regulation of sports betting back in June.

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Now Officially Legal

  • Colorado residents officially took to the voting booths this week
  • Proposition DD to legalize sports betting was introduced
  • Voters officially decided to legalize Colorado’s sports betting industry

Over the past year and a half, a huge number of states have begun taking a closer look at their sports gambling regulations. Many are beginning to see the huge potential for revenue earnings from this industry. This week, Colorado’s sports betting industry was officially legalized after a public vote on the subject.

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It’s fantastic news for sports fans all over the state. Soon, both land-based and online sports gambling options will be available here. Let’s look at how this all came about.

PASPA’s Removal Opens Door to Legal Sports Betting

For many years, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports gambling options to residents. This was due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was intended to protect sports integrity. It was thought that limiting sports betting options around the country would help keep sports fair.

Many have voiced their objections with PASPA over the years. Finally, after a strong push from New Jersey, a change was made. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court officially removed this set of laws. Just like that, every state had the ability to set its own laws on the sports gambling industry.

Many states immediately began presenting bills to change their laws on this form of gambling. New Jersey was one of the first states after Nevada to legalize sports betting. Delaware, Mississippi and New Mexico followed soon after.

Today, almost every state in the country has presented legislation to open their sports gambling markets. Several major Senators have voiced their support for this industry. Even states that were previously known for their harsh laws on the gambling industry are beginning to embrace sports gambling.

20 states have now officially legalized this industry. Colorado’s sports betting industry was the most recent to become legal. It was officially passed this week by a very slim margin.

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Approved By Voters

Colorado is well-known for having an extremely passionate sports fan base. The Rockies, Broncos, and Avalanche all call this state home. Since 2018, there have been many calls to finally make sports gambling legal here.

Several bills were presented. Finally, Proposition DD made its way to a public vote. If approved by state residents, Colorado’s sports betting industry would officially be made legal.

Voters ultimately decided to approve this proposition. It was passed by a very slim margin, though. 50.8% of voters agreed that sports gambling should be made legal. The other 49.2% went the other way. Regardless of how close the vote was, sports betting is now officially legal in Colorado.

Under this bill, both land-based and online sports gambling are legal. Wagering on sports on land can only be done inside a brick and mortar casino. Online sports betting platforms can only be operated by companies running a land-based casino in Colorado.

With Colorado’s sports betting industry now legalized, many expected they could immediately start placing wagers on their favorite teams. This is not the case. Here’s when these options will officially become available.

When Will Sports Betting Options Become Available in Colorado?

If you were expecting to be able to drive down to your local casino and throw money down on the Broncos this week, you’re out of luck. There is still time needed for lawmakers to set specific regulations on this industry. Sports betting licenses will also need to be handed out.

Colorado’s sports betting industry will officially go live on May 1st of 2020. This wipes out any hopes of placing some wagers on this season’s Super Bowl.

Fortunately, there’s a date set. Soon, a huge number of fantastic sports gambling options will become available to residents in this state.

Soon, almost every state in the country is likely to have legal sports betting options up and running. Analysts recently predicted that the US sports betting market would generate between $6-8 billion annually by 2025. It will become the world’s largest sports gambling hub.

In less than six months, Colorado’s sports betting industry will be live. We’ll need to wait and see exactly how this state’s betting revenue compares to the others.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Will Online Poker Struggle in Pennsylvania Once Services are Live?

Summary: Online poker has continued to struggle in the United States. Will the industry be successful in Pennsylvania once services are live?


Since 2013, online poker gaming has been offered in three states within the US; Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Each state has offered the activity for five years but none have been able to see great success in their online poker offering. Players are not as drawn to iPoker as they are with online casino games and the numbers have shown this struggle. New Jersey has the largest online poker market in the US currently and they barely manage to hit the $1 million mark in revenue each month for the industry. With Pennsylvania set to offer online poker soon, along with online casino gaming, it has many wondering if there will be a turn around for poker in the new state.

Is Interest There?

If you go back to the early 2000s and think about the poker boom, when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP after earning a seat from an online qualifier, the interest was there. Players wanted to be like Moneymaker so they got online to play cards for real money. However, a few years later, Black Friday took place and the options to play online poker became nonexistent.

It seems that the shift from the poker boom to no poker at all has led the US to suffer when it comes to online poker revenues today. New Jersey has top operators in the mix, from the WSOP/888 alignment to PokerStars, yet the industry continues to barely cross the $1 million mark time and time again. Neighboring Pennsylvania will be launching services soon and it was just announced that PokerStars will be operating in the state as well. So, now experts are considering if Pennsylvania’s online poker scene will be busy and if the industry will succeed. Because so far, no state has seen great success with online poker.

To put things in perspective, month after month, New Jersey brings in over $20 million a month in online casino revenues. This is from table games, slots and live dealer. Basically, the online casino industry in the state is bringing in $19 million or more A MONTH when compared to online poker. This is a huge difference.

Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement

To try and make things better, Nevada and Delaware created and joined the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. New Jersey would take some time but they eventually joined in as well. Now with Pennsylvania about to offer online poker, they have also decided to join the group. Basically, poker operators pool players, allowing individuals from one state to take part in gaming in another state. The goal is to create more traffic for everyone.

With another state in the mix, we could see online poker revenues begin to climb, though in the beginning it may be slow going. PokerStars will most likely be the first to launch, which will be good because the brand is recognizable. We have learned that PokerStars is investing in customer acquisition in the region, hopefully bringing new players to Pennsylvania once gaming is launched.

Only time will tell what online poker will turn in to with another state in the mix. All eyes will be on Pennsylvania as they begin to offer online poker services and move forward with providing players in their state with both online poker and casino gaming options.

Online Gambling & DFS Bill Approved in Illinois

IllinoisThe Illinois Senate has approved a bill that would legalize online gambling and daily fantasy sports within the state.

Online gambling as well as daily fantasy sports continue to be a hot topic in the United States. Several states are considering legalizing both activities or one or the other this year. The main state that everyone has been watching as far as online gambling is concerned is Pennsylvania. This state has been in the running to become the next to offer online casino and poker gaming for some time now. However, a surprising turn of events may put another state as the next to join Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey in the online gambling industry.

Illinois Senate Approves Bill

The state Senate of Illinois has stunned the online gambling community in the United States by passing a bill that would approve online gambling as well as daily fantasy sports activities. The bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 42 to 10. This was surprising to many as the vote was overwhelmingly in approval. The state has yet to consider such legislation and in most cases, legislators decide to vote no in the beginning when such bills are up for consideration.

Currently the House of Representatives have adjourned without considering the legislation. They will not be back in session until the 8th of June so there is still some time before we will know if the measure will continue to move forward. In the meantime, online gaming enthusiasts are encouraged to call local representatives to hopefully persuade them to pass the legislation when it is considered for a vote in the House.

Understanding the Bill

The current bill was created in the beginning to push for legislation of daily fantasy sports. However, online gambling was added to the measure in order to provide a way for the casino operators of the state to become involved. Operators of casino gaming see DFS as a competitor so providing online gambling gives such operators equal footing.

It is unknown as to if the House will be on board with the measure, specifically since it involves online gambling. The House is in charge of approving a new budget for the state and online gambling would be a great way in which to bring in much-needed funds.

The bill being considered is known as HB 479. With this measure, an Internet Gaming Act would be created as well as a Division of Internet Gaming in the Gaming Board of the state. The bill would allow online casino gaming as well as poker options. Licenses would be up for grabs only to those who currently operate horse racing facilities or state licensed casinos.

Horse racing operators will have had to conducted over 30 days of live racing last year but two licenses will be up for grabs that can be obtained by operators who have been issued a license for racing after last year. Those who are successful in the application processed and approved, will need to pay $10 million in upfront fees as a deposit against tax obligations in the future. Taxes will have a set rate of 15% on gross gaming revenues.

Within the first five years of the licensing, operators will only be taxed 10% on the first $100 million of their annual revenues. Anything above $100 million will be taxed at 15%. Licensees for online gaming will be limited to no more than two online gaming skins and each must be created in line with a brand that is owned by the licensee or those affiliated with the license holder within the US.

This is a surprising turn of events and we are sure to keep track of the state when the House is back in session to see if this legislation is able to move forward.

Toby: The Secret Mine

Toby The Secret MineToby: The Secret Mine takes players to a small village in the mountains where life was once peaceful and quiet. However, now this town is in a state of disarray and disorder. Most of the residents have been kidnapped and are now missing. This has caused a state of chaos throughout the entire village. There were a couple of brave residents who set out in an attempt to rescue the missing people, but they have now gone missing as well.

Little Toby found himself in the position of wanting to do more than simply sit and wait for something to maybe be done, so he took it upon himself to go out in search of the missing parties. He soon found himself at the beginning of the forest and realized that there is much more to it than he had originally thought. The game has a darkness designed into it that works well when it comes to creating that scary atmosphere one can imagine poor brave Toby having to endure along the way.

Players are invited to join Toby on his mission where he will take them into a very creepy environment that’s full of enemies and danger, as well as puzzles that can be quite challenging. Toby will make his way through the game’s different levels while he attempts to solve those difficult puzzles in an attempt to rescue his missing friends and acquaintances. The bulk of this game will have Toby going from puzzle to puzzle as he makes his way through the various levels. While there are a lot of elements to the game, they are all presented in a way that still offers players a very straight forward player friendly gaming environment. This makes the Toby: The Secret Mine game a good choice for players with all different levels of video gaming experience.

This is a good game of choice for players who are looking for an exciting game they can make their way through while using more of their problem solving skills than their hand to hand combat skills. Something else players will like about this game is the fact that they will get to enjoy plenty of variety with regards to the backdrops of the different levels they will find themselves making their way through. While some games can take a very, very long time to get through, this video game can be completed in a relatively short amount of time. This can definitely be a benefit for those players who are looking for more of an instant gratification type of game. However, all players will find that this game is one they can enjoy playing over and over again as well.

The Graphics

The graphics in Toby: The Secret Mine help to bring the story together nicely. There is a real sense of urgency and danger with the overall look and vibe of the game. While there are some puzzles that will need to be completed in a daylight setting, there are also those that bring the darkness of nighttime with them. Once night falls in this game, players will get a real sense of the true creepiness that Toby faces as he tries to find those he is in search of. Extra touches like leaves blowing around to set the stage of a windy atmosphere help give players a real sense of what Toby is encountering along the way.

The Sound Effects

The sound effects in the game go right along with the graphics to create a solid gaming experience. Along with a soundtrack that works well for the storyline, there are also a lot of other great little sound bites that help to bring the game to life. Players will hear the howl of the wind, the stirring of the leaves, the slight crunching of the ground with each footstep and more.

The Conclusion

Toby: The Secret Mine is an entertaining video game with a fun storyline players will find easy to get into. The character of Toby is unique and adds another enjoyable touch to the game. Players will find this game simple enough for even the newest of gamers, yet involved enough for even the more experienced players.

I had a very fun time playing the Toby: The Secret Mine video game and I do plan on playing a lot more of it in the future. I liked Toby and I found the graphics to work well with the story. It was an easy game to get the hang of but also offered me the right amount of excitement.

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel for Xbox One

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Racing WheelWhen gamers set down to play their favorite racing game they want to have access to all the tools and gadgets possible that will help them play comfortably while excelling at the game. Anyone serious about their racing games will want to pay particularly close attention to the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel for Xbox One which is also compatible with Windows. This racing wheel will prove to be a real asset to those looking to enjoy a whole new level of racing on their Xbox Ones. This racing wheel will be automatically recognized by a gamer’s Xbox One console so they can get right to all that great gaming without worrying about taking extra steps to get set up.

Benefits and features of the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel Xbox One

Along with being able to get started right away with the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel and the Xbox One console, gamers will also find the racing wheel to be compatible with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/10 and they can get started quickly by getting the appropriate drivers available online. One of the things that tends to draw true gamers to a racing wheel is a particular wheels ability to offer them one that is as close to the real thing as possible, while offering them all the extra features needed to excel in the games they play.  This racing wheel is a fantastic replica of a true racing wheel and it caters to gamers in many ways. Another thing that should be pointed out about this racing wheel is that it is a good choice for gamers of all levels of experience. New gamers will find it to be a racing wheel that makes their games easy, smooth and comfortable and the more experienced gamers will find it to offer them all of the other bells and whistles that enhances their games.

The Thrustmaster racing wheel for Xbox One only begins with a great design that helps gamers to feel like they are really racing in a real race. It then continues on to offer many elements, benefits and special features that a gamer will be grateful for and impressed with. The drive system on the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel offers adjustable force feedback that lets gamers feel every detail and movement while they are racing. A few examples of these include such things as a loss of tire grip, the braking, all the bumps and every other little impact one would feel in a real race.

The rotation angle is adjustable from 270 up to 900 degrees. Gamers who have played with other racing wheels will also appreciate the fact that this fantastic Thrustmaster racing wheel has a mixed belt pulley and a gear system that’s smoother and quieter than most others. It also has a metal ball-bearing axle that offers an enhanced sturdiness. The racing wheel has nice feeling grips on it that makes it easy to hold on to. All the gaming buttons are also conveniently located.

Another area of this racing wheel that gamers will be concerned with is its pedal set which is also impressive. The pedal set is large which makes it comfortable and easy to use while gamers are involved in an exciting race. The angle of the pedals can be easily adjusted so all gamers can fix them to suit their stature and other physical and comfort needs. The pedals are also a good width from one another and this helps them to feel natural when the gamer is using them.


The Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel for Xbox One is a great addition for anyone looking to get the most out of their Xbox One racing games. Everything from the look and feel of this racing wheel to the numerous features it offers helps make it a great choice for most gamers.

I can be quite picky when it comes to racing wheels for my Xbox One. I could tell right away that the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback racing wheel for Xbox One was going to be a good fit and I was right.