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Japan Casino Advertisements Restricted to International Airports, Seaports

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Japan casino advertisements will be limited to international airport and seaport terminals in an effort to reduce any potential harm the liberalization of commercial gambling might have on citizens. Appointed lawmakers working in the country’s Integrated Resorts (IR) Promotion Council continue to finalize the regulations of Japan’s forthcoming gaming industry. The latest out of Tokyo…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Market Figures Not So Hot When Adjusted for Inflation

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Pennsylvania casinos either enjoyed their best year of all time in 2018 or their worst since 2010, depending on how much of a stickler you are for economics. Last week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported that combined gross gaming revenues generated by all the state’s casinos was a record $3.24 billion, topping the $3.22…Read More

Hard Rock, Ocean Resort Casino Employees Working to Unionize With Unite Here Local 54

Hard Rock Ocean Resort union Local 54

Employees at Hard Rock and Ocean Resort, the two Atlantic City Boardwalk casinos that opened on the same day last June, continue to work with Unite Here Local 54 to unionize their labor forces. The Press of Atlantic City says the two labor contracts involves nearly 2,500 workers. Union President Bob McDevitt says the process…Read More

Minnesota Tribal Operators Hope to Scuttle State’s 2019 Sports Betting Push

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Minnesota lawmakers are mulling sports betting regulation this year, but the state’s tribal operators have already tossed a substantial monkey wrench in the works, MinnPost reports. Charles Vig — the aptly named chairman of Minnesota Indian Gaming Association — has written to Governor Tim Walz and all four legislative leaders to say that not only…Read More

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, State Tribes Hash Out Possible Bridgeport Gaming Options, Controversy Still Swirls

MGM Resort’s proposal to build a large casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut — already opposed by many surrounding towns — is now facing a new challenge, with word that the Constitution State’s new Governor Ned Lamont, only in office two weeks, has reached out to the tribes that operate Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun for…Read More

Philippines Boracay Island: No Casinos, No Sandcastles

Boracay Philippines casino resort beach

The Philippines island of Boracay will remain free of a casino, and government officials say the building of sandcastles on the picturesque beach also now runs afoul of the law. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte closed Boracay for six months last year in order to clean the island and fix its sewage and waste problems. Casino…Read More

Macau Gaming Regulators Approve New Mass Market Tables, Analysts Remain Bullish on Enclave

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Macau gaming regulators are signing off on new-to-market mass gaming tables for two casino operators in the enclave. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau – stylized as DICJ – has approved 50 new mass market table games for Melco Resorts, and 25 for MGM China. The latter tables weren’t specified as to whether they will…Read More

Ocean Resort Casino Mystery Buyer Still Unknown

Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City

The Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City was sold more than a week ago, but the buyer still hasn’t been publicly revealed. Present owner Bruce Deifik announced he was selling the Boardwalk casino resort less than six months after he opened the former Revel under its new identity. The property, which cost $2.4 billion to…Read More

Wynn Resorts Wins Landmark $4.2 Million Court Battle Against Malaysian High Roller

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Wynn Resorts has won a court battle in Malaysia to recoup around $4.2 million gambled and lost by a Malaysian hedge fund manager at its Wynn Macau property. It’s a landmark case because the country’s laws offer no legal recourse for gambling operators to collect debts because gambling contracts are simply not recognized. Defendant Paul…Read More

Shares Slide as William Hill Confirms Profit Warning

William Hill

Despite “excellent” US expansion throughout 2018, William Hill told investors Monday to expect a 15 percent fall in profits when it issues its full year results on March 1. The British sports betting giant estimated operating profit will be £234 million ($301 million), after raking in £290 million ($373 million) in 2017. Shares dipped 2.45…Read More

Fishy Situation: Former Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market Potential Site for Tokyo Integrated Resort in Japan

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For decades, tourists and seafood enthusiasts alike have flocked to the Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world. But with a partial move over to the new Toyosu Market late last year, there’s now a large chunk of real estate available for development, and some see the potential for placing an integrated…Read More

MGM Grand Exploring Ways to Update Las Vegas Strip Frontage

MGM Grand Strip entry Las Vegas pedestrian

Executives at MGM Grand, the largest Las Vegas resort in terms of hotel rooms, say they’re researching ways to make their Strip façade a bit more appealing to pedestrians.  The Hakkasan restaurant and nightclub creates a wall barrier that essentially blocks pedestrians’ view of the MGM Grand. Entry into the resort is through a small…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Win Record $3.2B, State Government Wants More in 2019

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The 12 Pennsylvania casinos in operation last year collectively won more than $3.248 billion, the state’s all-time best mark since commercial gambling was legalized in 2006. Gross gambling revenue (GGR) from slot machines totaled $2.369 billion, while table games accounted for just shy of $878.8 million. The $3.2 billion haul was less than a one…Read More

Melco to Phase Out All VIP Operations at Studio City Macau by 2020

Melco

Melco Resorts and Entertainment plans to close its VIP gaming operations at its Studio City property, apparently for good. The company announced Tuesday that it would cease VIP rolling chip operations at the casino on January 15, 2020. The surprise move comes a day after analysts for investment bank Maybank Kim Eng said that the…Read More

Tribe Buying Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania Planning $190M Expansion

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The tribe buying Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania for $1.3 billion says it will spend an additional $190 million to expand the Lehigh Valley casino resort. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, based in Alabama, reached a deal with Las Vegas Sands for the Pennsylvania property in March of 2018. While state gaming regulators are still…Read More