Hits Keep Coming For Macau

Just another hurdle to overcome, the Chinese government has dictated how many citizens will be able to visit Macau each year. Citing concerns about decreased quality of life for residents, the government of Macau, with direction from Beijing, has announced it will cap the number of Mainland Chinese tourists at 21 million per year. At the same time the jurisdiction will work to attract more international visitors.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Tribes Face Connecticut Roadblocks

Connecticut’s two gaming tribes, the Mohegans and the Pequots, are encountering growing resistance to their call for new casinos, including from a new player, the state’s attorney general. According to AG George Jepsen, giving the tribe’s a monopoly on three new casinos off the reservation could violate the U.S. Constitution. And some question where the tribes would get the funding, even if new casinos were permitted. Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown (l.) says it would be no problem.

Queensland Backing Off Casino Development?

With a new Labor government in power, official enthusiasm could be waning for a quartet of megaresorts planned for Queensland, including Echo Entertainment’s proposed Brisbane casino (l.). Chinese-backed investors have pledged some A$17 billion to develop resorts in Australia’s second largest state.

Caesars vs. Creditors

The judge in the bankruptcy case of Caesars Entertainment’s largest operating unit will consider whether the operator should have submitted to an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed by creditors.

Manila: Heir Apparent?

The decline of the world’s No. 1 gaming hub has put the Philippines on the front burner for many global gamblers; now a $1 billion project (l.) is now under consideration by regulators, outside the gaming capital of Manila, in Cebu. South Korea is also benefiting from Macau’s slump.

Resorts AC Launches Online Gaming Site; Unveils High Tech Lounge

Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts Casino Hotel, has launched an online gaming site along with a new iGaming Lounge on the casino floor. The ResortsCasino.com website offers slot and table games, while the lounge acts as a digital hub to assist players for sign-ups and account handling. Compared to an Apple Store, the lounge functions as an integration between online gambling the brick and mortar casino. Owner Morris Bailey (l.) says it will be an asset to the property.


Pansy Ho: Macau Will Keep Current Operators

Pansy Ho, daughter of legendary casino boss Stanley Ho and co-chairperson of MGM China Holdings Ltd., says the government of Macau should lengthen the license terms of the city’s current casino concessionaires. Their licenses are due to expire in 2020 and 2022.


American Group Pitches Cyprus ‘Super-Casino’

U.S.-based Realty Group International of Beverly Hills wants to mastermind the first casino resort project in the Greek-controlled Republic of Cyprus. Rather than bid for its own gaming license, RGI wants to sell land for the proposed Mediterranean casino development.

Kyrgyzstan Bans Bets

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev (l.) has signed a law that bans gambling in the Central Asian country. The law was crafted to protect “the moral and mental state of people who are fond of gambling,” especially younger people.

U.K. Party Would Ban Horse, Dog Races

If the Green Party of the U.K. and Wales takes power in the upcoming election, it may work to ban all horse and greyhound racing, according to reports. Party leader Natalie Bennett has promised a “complete review” of the sports. Voters will decide in May.

France to Issue Study on Paris Casino

In the aftermath of raids on private gaming rooms, French lawmakers are looking at the possible Paris casino. A source told Le Parisien that prefect Jean Pierre Duport wants “a transparent and controlled offer of gambling games.” The study should be complete by the end of April.


Canada’s Baccarat Casino to Move Next Door

The Baccarat Casino in Edmonton, Alberta will move to a new larger location adjacent to the existing building. When the new $32 million casino is complete in summer 2016, the old structure will be demolished.

Report: Aussie Market Could Hit $6.2 Billion

Market research firm IBISWorld says the Australian gaming market could be work $6.2 billion by 2020. The continent will add three new casinos in the coming years, hoping to attract foreign high rollers as well as local players.

Vietnam Rolls the Dice

The Vietnamese government is doubling down on casinos to help grow the country’s tourism industry and compete with other Asian gaming destinations. Next up is a casino resort planned for the vacation island of Phu Quoc.

Tsogo Makes Play for Sun International

Hotel casino operator Tsogo Sun is battling Capetown, South Africa’s Competition Commission for the right to acquire 40 percent of two casinos, including the GrandWest (l.), owned by its competitor, Sun International. Commissioners say the move would give Tsogo an unfair advantage in the West Cape.


Delaware Casinos Not Gaining From Online Gambling

So far, Delaware’s experiment with online gaming has not put a dime into the three state casino’s coffers as revenue has gone completely to the state. The state receives the first $3.75 million in revenue, a mark not reached in the first year of online gaming in the state.

Online Gambling Petition Not Likely to Get White House Response

An online petition asking the White House to take an official stance on online poker hasn’t generated nearly enough signatures to get a response. The White House’s “We the People” site responds to petitions that get 100,000 signatures. The online poker petition has less than 4,000 in its first 10 days on the site.

MLB Bans Players from Playing Fantasy Baseball Sites

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (l.) and the MLB Player’s Association have reached an agreement to ban players from participating at fantasy baseball sites. The move comes even as the league and some teams have been signing marketing deals with online sites and doesn’t stop players from endorsing fantasy league companies.

Netherlands Considers Regulating Online Gambling

The Netherlands does not currently regulate online gambling sites taking bets from Dutch citizens, but that could change. The Dutch government says it wants to put in reforms to regulate the industry and protect Dutch players. The proposed reforms include licensing online sites to operate in the country and protections for problem gamblers.

Louisiana Considers Fantasy Sports Bill

Louisiana state Rep. Joe Lopinto has introduced a bill to legalize fantasy sports gaming in the state. The bill treats fantasy sports as skill-based and not gambling.

Unibet Pushes In-Play Sports Betting

Online gaming operator Unibet is focusing on its live sports betting services in a new advertising campaign. Unibet said the idea of the campaign is to show off its 90,000 in-play markets, which enable users to place bets during games.

Italian Online Gambling Flat For 2014

According to statistics from the Italian Observatory on Online Gaming Italian gamblers spent $769 million online in 2014, up only 0.1 percent over 2013. Online poker revenue showed a decline.

Hackers Attack Sports Betting Sites

Online bookmaking operations such as Betfair had to fend off attacks by hackers, which knocked some sites offline. The attacks—called DDOS attacks—are designed to take sites down in hopes they will pay to have service restored. Details weren’t always released, but most sites were able to restore service.

666Bet Winners Out Of Luck for Now

666Bet has told customers that they will have to wait to collect winnings while their license is suspended by the UK. The UK and Aldernay gaming commissions are reviewing the company. Though the commissions have said the company can pay off winners, 666Bet says it can’t process payments while its site is offline.

Prince Edwards Island Denies Conspiracy Claims in Online Gambling Suit

Canada’s Prince Edwards Island is denying it conspired to undermine the economic interests of a U.S. technology company involved in the province’s attempt to become an international online gambling hub. The suit stems from reports that government officials were able to invest in companies working on the project.


Massachusetts Gaming Commission Could Extend Application Deadline

The state gaming commission could vote this week to extend the May 26 deadline for three developers to submit applications and plans for casino resorts in the southeastern part of Massachusetts. George Carney (l.), owner of Raynham Park, and his Rush Street Gaming partners are the only ones to have completed the application.

Lawmakers Seek Probe of Penn National

Six lawmakers are asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (l.) to investigate Penn National Gaming over its cancellation of a partnership in the Lawrence Downs racino.

Florida Gambling Legislation Evolving

Similar gambling bills passed committees in both the Florida House and Senate, both allowing greyhound racetracks to decouple live racing from gambling, among other measures. The Senate version also would extend the Seminole Tribe's exclusive rights to blackjack for one year. Rep. Dana Young (l.) says her bill does not expand gaming, it contracts it.

Atlantic City’s Revel Power Saga Drags On

Atlantic City’s closed Revel casino has been without power for more than a week as the battle between new owner Glenn Straub and the casino’s former power plant operator wages on. Even the arrival of generator trucks at the site didn’t help as the state raised concerns over their installation for environmental reasons, and a judge granted an injunction request from the power plant (l.) owners to keep them off.

Indiana Senate Allows Land-based Casinos, No Tables for Racinos

The Indiana Senate voted to let riverboat casinos move onto land, but rejected allowing live dealers at the state's two racinos, which Governor Mike Pence (l.) considered an expansion of gambling. Bill author state Rep. Tom Dermody said lawmakers "need a little more time" to prepare the measure for Pence to sign—or not.

Harrah's New Orleans Must Prohibit Smoking

Harrah’s Casino's request to delay New Orleans' citywide smoking ban, which will take effect April 22, was denied by the city council. Officials said the ban will lead to a 20 percent drop in revenue and puts the casino at a competitive disadvantage since other casinos in the region still will allow smoking.

Hollywood Casino Delays Kansas Hotel Construction

Construction of a 248-room hotel at Hollywood did not begin as planned this week. Instead, operators Kansas Entertainment will pay Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas 1 percent of annual revenues, or $1.25 million. Officials said a soft hotel market and talk of reopening the Woodlands as a racino also stalled the project.

New Hampshire House Mulls Gaming

For the 14th time in as many years the New Hampshire House is considering a bill that would allow two casinos in the Granite State. This time could be the charm, say supporters. Opponents are just as hopeful.

May Pivotal Month For Las Vegas

Between the beginning of construction on Resorts World Las Vegas, the Mayweather-Pacquiao (l.) fight, and the closing of the Riviera, the first week of May is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in the city's history.

Fewer Visit Vegas to Gamble, Study Finds

A recent study conducted by San Francisco based GLS Research asked visitors of Las Vegas for some information. What they got was rather interesting, and shows some new trends going on in Las Vegas.

Atlantic City’s Bader Field Proposals Don’t Include Casinos

Atlantic City has received four proposals for redeveloping its closed municipal airport and they are heavy on using the site for sports fields and sports complexes. None of the proposals include casino construction, which for years was what the city expected would be developed on the site.

GLPI's Bid for Pinnacle Reaches New Heights

Pinnacle Entertainment, who was looking to split its real estate and operating assets into two separate companies, has been made a new offer for its real estate by Gaming & Leisure Properties, at $40 a share.

Casinos Look to Cut NV Energy Ties

A few of the larger casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are looking to follow computer giant Switch, and leave NV Energy for wholesale providers of energy.

Revenue Up Again for Atlantic City’s Surviving Casinos

Though down as a whole for the city overall, Atlantic City’s remaining casinos saw a slight bump in revenue for March thanks to online gambling revenues. Still, the month was a tough one for the city with overall casino revenue down 12.6 percent when factoring in three casino that closed after March 2013.

Technology Big Focus for Nevada Regulators

A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board has come out and said technology and high-tech slot games will be the main focus for regulators in the near future.

Mississippi Casino Set For December Opening

Set to open in December, 11 of the 15 floors of Scarlet Pearl Casino's hotel have been poured, said interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Denise Barton. The resort will offer three restaurants and a pool and a championship miniature golf course complete with a volcano.

No Property Tax Break In Baltimore

Baltimore homeowners will not receive Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's promised property tax break, "20 cents by 2020," based on revenue projections for Horseshoe Casino (l.), which opened last August. The proposed property tax relief plan is taking a one-year "pause" because it's ahead of schedule, Rawlings-Blake said.

St. Louis Market Declined In March

The six casinos in the St. Louis gaming market—including two in Illinois—reported a 1.4 percent revenue drop in March, to $91.4 million. Hollywood in Maryland Heights and Ameristar in St. Charles came out on top, while Casino Queen in East St. Louis lost 8.8 percent to $9.8 million.

Vernon Downs Possibly on Last Legs

With the decision looming in the air surrounding a fourth casino license in New York, nobody is awaiting the decision more than Jeff Gural, owner of Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs.

Judge Confirms Golden Nugget Unshuffled Cards Ruling

A New Jersey Judge has reaffirmed her ruling that Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino does not have to pay about $1.5 million to a group of gamblers that noticed cards in a baccarat game were unshuffled and bet accordingly. The gamblers now have the option to appeal the ruling.

Norridge, Illinois Considers Video Gaming

Video gambling has exploded in the past three years in Illinois, and the village of Norridge may be the next community to offer it. Village President James Chmura said bar owners have said they're losing customers to businesses that allow the games in nearby communities.

Jefferson, Iowa Casino Holds Job Fair

The $40 million Wild Rose Jefferson in Greene County, Iowa is on track to open in August. A job fair recently was held to fill 250 openings in every category. The casino will be one of the largest employers in the area.


Arizona Adds Hurdle to Glendale Casino

The efforts of the Tohono O'odham Nation to build an off-reservation casino in Glendale, Arizona hit another roadblock last week when a state official said he would not issue a certification for the new casino. Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr. (l.) isn’t happy.

California Gaming Recovering From Recession

The Indian gaming industry in California has bounced back strongly from the last half decade of recession and is poised to beat old records sometime in the next few years, according to a report by Alan Meister.

Judge Moves Forward on Trial Against Casino Raiders

The 15 law enforcement and military professionals who took part in an armed raid on the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California on October 9 will stand trial, a state judge ruled last week. They are not protected by tribal immunity said the judge.

San Diego Tribe Defends Right to Offer Online Poker

The Santa Ysabel tribe continues to fight for its right to offer online poker from a website based on the reservation. Although it was order to shut the site down last year, the tribe has issued a white paper detailing its legal arguments that it should be allowed to reopen it.

Maine Tribe Seeks Casino Rights

The Houlton Band of Mailiseet Indians in Maine has asked the legislature to approve of a bill that would allow it to operate a casino. It has specifically asked not to put the notion to a statewide vote.

Oneida’s Wizard of Oz Casino Delayed

After some controversy surrounding the Wizard of Oz themed Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, the Oneida Nation has pushed back the opening until later this year. Chittenango was the birthplace of Oz author L. Frank Baum, who held harsh views on Native Americans.

Tribe-City Conflict Continues in Minnesota

The battle continues between the Fond du Lac Band and the city of Duluth. The National Indian Gaming Commission ordered the tribe to stop its $6 million annual revenue sharing payments to Duluth. The city has lost court battles to get its money back. Still, both sides want to settle the issue.

Ho-Chunk Propose Cultural Destination

With its deep roots in the Madison, Wisconsin area, the Ho-Chunk Nation is considering establishing a cultural destination on 47 acres at the tribe's Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison casino. Other possibilities for the land include an athletics facility or an entertainment venue.

Public Weighs In On South Bend Casino

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs' public meeting attracted more than 200 people wishing to express their opinion about a proposed $480 million casino and tribal village in South Bend, Indiana. The project would create 2,000 permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs, and bring in $620.4 million in annual revenue.


Alabama Legislator Proposes State Lottery

Alabama voters rejected a state lottery 15 years ago, but House Minority Leader Craig Ford (l.) introduced a measure to let voters decide the issue once again. Ford said the lottery would be a "voluntary tax" that people do not have to pay.

Kansas Lottery Commission Weighs Contracts

The Kansas Lottery is reviewing the contracts of three competitors who want to develop a state-owned casino in the southeast gaming zone. Commissioners will announce on Friday who will move on to the next round—review by the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, which will have up to 60 days to name a winner.

Opposition To State Lotteries Grows

Last year the 43 states that offer lotteries plus the District of Columbia generated $70 billion. But anti-gambling forces are pushing back against lotteries' aggressive marketing tactics and increasing availability of ticket sales through the internet, gas pumps and ATMs.


Zynga CEO Steps Down

Don Mattrick will quit as Zynga CEO and company founder Mark Pincus (l.) will return to the position.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs Promotes Sam

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures announced Tracy Sam has been promoted to general manager at Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Onamia, Minnesota. Most recently, Sam was corporate vice president of human resources for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. She also has worked for the Mille Lacs Band in human resources.

Lottery Director Buddy Roogow Dies

Buddy Roogow, former director of the Maryland Lottery and D.C. Lottery, died suddenly in Washington, D.C. at age 65. Appointed Maryland Lottery Director in 1996 by former Governor Parris N. Glendenning, Roogow led the lottery for 12 years, also managing casinos' entry into the state. He took over the D.C. Lottery in 2009.

Ainsworth Names Interactive Manager

Ainsworth has named Michael Probert as manager of interactive business development, responsible for promoting the company’s remote gaming server.

William Hill Hires Ladbrokes Director

William Hill has hired Ciaran O’Brien, former director of corporate affairs for rival bookmaker Ladbrokes, as director of corporate communications.


Cintas Receives Image of the Year Awards

Cintas Corporation has received Image of the Year Awards from the uniform manufacturer’s association for the 16th consecutive year. One of the honors was for uniforms at Las Vegas’ boutique hotel, the Cromwell (l.).

IGT Offers Bond Buyback

IGT has offered to buy back series of notes due in 2020 and 2023 for cash, in an offer worth $800 million or 101 percent of the principle amount plus interest.

Amaya Executives Probed for Insider Trading

The Canadian securities watchdog agency has seized documents of high-level executives of Amaya Gaming, including CEO David Baazov (l.), investigating possible insider trading.

G&D Implements NotaTracc

Giesecke & Devrient has improved its high-speed processing systems with NotaTracc, an industrial cash-handling solution.

GGB Offers New Gaming Business Directory

Global Gaming Business magazine has joined with MediaBrains Inc., the leading online business advertising network, to create the Global Gaming Business Directory, providing readers with new online resources to reach key decision-makers.

Best Gaming Technology Picks SG Connect

Scientific Games’ SG Connect division will refurbish, supply and service more than 2,000 of its Vision self-service betting terminals for Best Gaming Technology.




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