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Encore Boston Harbor Accepting Reservations, Opening Night Rooms Begin at $777

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The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor has begun accepting reservations for its June opening. The Wynn Resorts integrated casino resort will hold its grand opening celebration on Sunday, June 23. Rooms for the first night start at $777 – the number commonly used on slot machines to identify a jackpot. The $777 rate is for…Read More

Connecticut Committee Advances Sports Betting, Plus Bridgeport and East Windsor Casino Bills

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A glut of Connecticut gambling expansion bills advanced from the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford on Tuesday, with the understanding that the legislature still has a lot of refining to do. Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) described the hearing as “chapter two of a pretty long book,” after the committee approved bills that would…Read More

Venetian Resort Las Vegas Offers Guests ‘The World’ Starting at $450K

Venetian Resort Las Vegas Offers Guest Package 'The World' Starting at $450K

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas has unveiled a new package that takes VIP service to a new level, with rates starting at $450,000. The Venetian’s “Want the World” package is described by parent company Las Vegas Sands as “a luxurious over-the-top suite” bundle that “provides an experience where no whim is too wild and every…Read More

Bellagio Conservatory Unveils Japanese Spring Exhibit, as MGM Resorts Continues Japan Campaign

Bellagio Conservatory MGM Resorts Japan

The Bellagio Conservatory’s 2019 Spring Show is titled “Japanese Spring,” a dazzling display of botanicals and replicas of iconic buildings and landmarks that – MGM Resorts says – allows guests to experience “the beauty of spring in Japan.” Bellagio owner MGM Resorts is focused on obtaining one of the three forthcoming integrated resort (IR) licenses…Read More

Suffolk Downs Uninterested in Boston Casino Regardless of Wynn Resorts Suitability Outcome

Suffolk Downs Encore Boston Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs CEO Chip Tuttle tells the Boston Herald that the company won’t be rebidding for the Boston-area casino license regardless of whether the state determines Wynn Resorts is unsuitable to conduct gaming operations. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is reviewing a report from its Investigations and Enforcement Bureau detailing evidence into whether Wynn Resorts…Read More

Casino Lobbyists Make Pitch for New York City Gaming Venues, Pledge to Help Struggling Upstate Resorts

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Lobbyists for the gaming industry want New York City badly, and in an effort to convince state lawmakers to allow them to build full-scale commercial casinos in the five boroughs, the special interest reps are pitching the economic benefits such venues would provide. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts, and the Genting Group – parent to…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Owner Bart Blatstein Pitches Standalone Casino Next to Resort

Bart Blatstein Showboat Atlantic City casino

Showboat owner Bart Blatstein has gained a “certificate of compliance” from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) to become eligible to operate a gaming venue. Acquired in January of 2016 for $23 million, Blatstein’s Showboat was one of four casinos that closed in the New Jersey beach town in 2014. Caesars Entertainment shuttered the…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Loses Nearly $140M in 2018, Casino Wants Sports Betting and Internet Gambling

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Resorts World Catskills in Upstate New York delivered its parent company a nearly $140 million loss last year, as the integrated casino resort continues to struggle. One of four upstate commercial casinos, Empire Resorts – the owner of Resorts World Catskills – says in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Fueling Southern Strip Investment, Developer Unveils New Casino Resort

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The $1.8 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium being built across Interstate 15 from the Strip’s southern end is fueling investments in what’s otherwise been a largely vacant area. The Las Vegas Review-Journal broke the news in July that the 8 Motel across from Mandalay Bay had changed hands. The buyer – Israeli hotelier Asher Gabay…Read More

Chinese Casino Ordered to Close for Polluting Cambodia Island Paradise

A Chinese casino on the paradisaical Cambodian island of Koh Rong Samloem has been ordered to close after it was accused by provincial officials of deliberately pumping raw sewage into the sea. Other complaints against the Jin Ding Hotel and Casino — which registered to do business on the island last April and has only…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Readying to Anchor Casino Floor, State Decision Coming Monday

Showboat Atlantic City casino

Showboat Atlantic City owner Bart Blatstein is taking steps to obtain the appropriate licenses to return his non-gaming Boardwalk property to a full-scale casino resort. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has determined that the Philadelphia-based real estate developer is suitable for licensure. The DGE’s superior – the Casino Control Commission (CCC) –…Read More

MGM, SJM Secure Macau Casino License Extensions Until 2022, Markets Rejoice

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MGM China Holdings and SJM Holdings have been granted two-year extensions to their Macau casino licenses, bringing the two operators in line with the gambling hub’s four other main licensees. All six gaming concessions will now expire together in the summer of 2022. Both companies will pay a one-off fee of $25 million for the…Read More

Kazuo Okada Launches Strange Social Media Campaign to Regain Universal Control, Pledges $890K Giveaway

Kazuo Okada Manila Universal YouTube

Japanese-born billionaire Kazuo Okada is turning to social media in an effort to regain control of Universal Entertainment, the gaming conglomerate he founded 50 years ago. Worth an estimated $2 billion by Forbes, Okada, a Hong Kong resident, launched a YouTube channel and Twitter account this week. His first video begins in a “Terminator” stylized…Read More

Caesars Entertainment to Save $40M Annually by Reducing Corporate Positions

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Caesars Entertainment has announced plans to trim its corporate costs by $40 million a year, as the future of the casino giant remains in limbo and billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn continues to increase his position in the company. The $40 million savings plan will come by way of reducing “corporate overhead,” the company said…Read More

First Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Approved, as Township Officials Back Hollywood Morgantown

Pennsylvania satellite casino Hollywood Morgantown

The first satellite casino in Pennsylvania has been approved by local officials. Following the Caernarvon Township Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote this week, Penn National Gaming can proceed with its Hollywood Casino Morgantown. The 36-acre development will be located where the Pennsylvania Turnpike intersects with Interstate 176. Plans for the satellite casino call for 750…Read More