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Nevada Casinos Win $1B in February, But Strip Revenue Drops Two Percent Despite Increased Visitor Volume

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Nevada casinos won $1.01 billion last month, essentially flat at a trivial 0.62 percent decline. However, things weren’t great on the Las Vegas Strip, as grossing gaming revenue (GGR) there fell nearly two percent to $591.7 million. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) reveals sports betting delivered a $35.8 million win. Basketball led the way…Read More

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Cabinet Approves Integrated Casino Resort Regulations

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The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has formally signed off on regulations that will govern the country’s three forthcoming integrated casino resorts. Known as the Fourth Abe Cabinet, the 24-member group – which includes Abe himself – ratified the commercial gaming proposals this week. Many details had previously been leaked and covered by…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Public Hearing in College Town Generates Large Turnout

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A Pennsylvania satellite casino public hearing in the college town of Shippensburg generated a large turnout this week, with many residents attending to voice their opposition to state gaming regulators. Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment – the parent company to the Parx Casino just north of Philadelphia, secured the rights to a satellite casino after submitting…Read More

Upstate New York Casinos Resorts World, Tioga Downs Reduce Number of Slots to Better Monetize Floors

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Upstate New York casinos Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs have gained state approval to reduce their number of slot machines in an effort to better monetize their floors. The New York Gaming Commission signed off on the requests Monday to allow the two casinos to reduce their number of slot machines. Officials for Resorts…Read More

MGM Resorts Teams with Orix in Bid for Osaka License, Casino Giant Would Cede Controlling Stake in Japanese Project

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MGM Resorts will partner up with Japanese financial services group Orix in its bid for an integrated resort in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. The tie-up is the first to be announced between an international casino operator and a domestic company and it fits neatly with MGM’s recently announced “Osaka First” policy. Orix was founded…Read More

Atlantic City: Don’t Bet on New Jersey Expanding Land-Based Casinos Across Garden State

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Atlantic City will retain its monopoly on land-based commercial casino gambling in New Jersey for the time being. Speaking with the Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) explains that the success of internet gambling and rollout of sports betting doesn’t provide reason to bring brick-and-mortar casinos north. Online gambling continues…Read More

Las Vegas Strip Property Values Expected to Soar After Completion of Convention Center, Raiders Stadium

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Las Vegas Strip property values are poised to surge in the coming years, as demand increases amid limited availability. That’s according to several experts with vast economic experience working in Southern Nevada. The Economic Club of Las Vegas welcomed three experts with varying backgrounds to share their economic outlook on Sin City. CBRE Global Gaming…Read More

Massachusetts Gaming Regulators Schedule Wynn Hearings, Casino Execs Say Company Transformed

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will begin its hearings on Wynn Resorts’ suitability to operate a casino in the state on April 1. After months of legal delays, the five-member commission has received its agency’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau report detailing whether Wynn Resorts purposely withheld knowledge of the company’s founder and former CEO’s alleged…Read More

Former Ameristar Casino Nightclub Booker Says She Was Told to Avoid ‘All Black’ Entertainment Events

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A former Ameristar Casino executive in charge of booking entertainment events at the St. Charles, Missouri, resort says her employer told her to avoid bringing shows and concerts that primarily attracted African Americans. Kim Carpenter charges in a lawsuit against parent company Boyd Gaming that she was advised to refrain from booking nightclub events that…Read More

Donny and Marie Osmond Announce Curtain Call on 11-Year Las Vegas Strip Flamingo Residency

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Donnie and Marie Osmond are calling it quits on their Las Vegas residency after 11 years. The duo began their Strip show at Caesars Entertainment’s Flamingo on the Strip in September of 2008. Originally scheduled to last six weeks, the brother-sister act say they will take their last bow on November 16, 2019. The Osmonds…Read More

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren Predicts Osaka Will Be Japan’s First Approved IR Casino Location

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MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren opined this week that Osaka will be the first region approved for an integrated casino resort (IR) in Japan’s forthcoming commercial gaming industry. In Japan for the MLB Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in which MGM is the title sponsor, Murren spoke…Read More

Connecticut Tribal Casino Receives Formal Approval From Interior Department, But Damage Already Done

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The Connecticut tribal casino planned for East Windsor has finally received formal and complete approval from the US Department of the Interior (DOI), but the federal agency’s long delay has put the state’s two Native American groups at a competitive disadvantage. Connecticut lawmakers and then-Governor Dannel Malloy (D) authorized the satellite casino in 2017. However,…Read More

Analysts: Japanese Casino Market Will ‘Underwhelm’

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The Japanese casino market appears to be shrinking and it’s still several years away from opening its first resort. The country has for the past decade been touted by analysts as the sleeping giant of casino gaming, with the potential to quickly surpass Las Vegas as the second biggest market in the world, after Macau….Read More

Macau Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Limit Enclave Visitor Arrivals

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Macau lawmakers have dismissed a proposal introduced by the Legislative Assembly’s youngest member that sought to limit the number of visitors permitted into the gambling hub each year. Last month, 27-year-old Assemblyman Sulu Sou presented the legislature with a bill that requested that the chamber review the increasing number of travelers coming to the region,…Read More

No Downstate New York Casinos Before 2023: Governor Cuomo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will not approve the lifting a moratorium barring the creation of new casino licenses before 2023, despite the best efforts of powerful casino interests and their lobbyists to convince him otherwise. MGM Resorts, LVS Corp, and the Genting Group have been pushing for full-scale casino gaming in the New York…Read More