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Japanese Financial Giant Nomura Eyes Yokohama’s Casino Potential

Nomura interested in Yokohama casino

Japanese banking giant Nomura said this week that the cities of Osaka and Yokohama were the “prime-candidate” destinations for the country’s planned new casinos. Nomura is particularly interested in the potential of Yokohama, where it is building a passenger ship terminal, complete with shopping mall and hotel in, via a public-private partnership called “Yokohama Pier9”….Read More

Massachusetts Lottery Could Become Sixth State Lotto to Go Online

Massachusetts Lottery online sales

The Massachusetts Lottery is worried that neighboring New Hampshire’s legalization of online keno will hamper sales, and that’s why numerous state senate candidates are backing efforts to also enact internet lotto scratch offs and games. Before she resigned from her seat this year to take a position on the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts State Senator…Read More

Atlantic City Could See Two Casinos Reopen in 2018, Atlantic Club Deal Reportedly in Works

Atlantic City Atlantic Club casino resort

Atlantic City will get its eighth casino when the former Trump Taj Mahal reopens as Hard Rock next year, but the Boardwalk resort might not be the only shuttered property to return to life in 2018. According to The Press of Atlantic City, a deal is in the works for Florida-based TJM Properties to sell…Read More

DraftKings Launches in Ireland, Austria

DraftKings expands into Ireland and Austria

DraftKings continued its piecemeal global expansion by launching a daily fantasy sports platform simultaneously in Ireland and Austria this week, bringing the countries the operator now serves to five. As well as the US, its core market by far, DraftKings also offers contents to the UK, Germany and the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta,…Read More

Hurricane Nate Causes Gulf Coast Casino Shutdown

Hurricane Nate Shuts Down Gold Coast Casinos

Hurricane Nate made landfall close to the mouth of the Mississippi on Saturday night as a Category 1 storm, battering the costs of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with 85 MPH winds, and causing an almost 20-hour shutdown of Mississippi’s 12 Gold Coast casinos. The Mississippi Gaming Commission gave the order to shutter casinos for business…Read More

Crimea Moves Closer to Approving Casino Resort Plans

Crimea Russia casino Yalta

Crimea lies in one of four zones earmarked for gambling, but despite its authorization to build casinos, today no such facilities exist. Crimean Minister of Economic Development Andrei Melnikov says that will change in the coming years. Responsible for spurring economic development, Melnikov explained recently that Crimea has filed all the appropriate paperwork with the federal…Read More

Macau Visitation Surges During Golden Week, Junkets Want Credit Database

Macau Golden Week visitation

Macau visitor arrivals jumped almost 12 percent year-over-year during China’s October 1-7 Golden Week, much welcomed statistics for casino resorts that suffered from a recent typhoon that caused an economic loss of $1.42 billion. China has two Golden Weeks each year where employers are encouraged to give their workers paid time off for an entire…Read More

Paddock Well-Known to Wynn Staff, ‘Seemed Rational,’ Says Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn says Vegas shooter Paddock seemed rational

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had the “most vanilla profile one could imagine,” according to Steve Wynn. The casino mogul told Fox News on Sunday that Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had been frequent visitors to the Wynn Las Vegas for 11 years and were known to staff. The interview came one week after…Read More

Maryland Casinos Not Named MGM See Revenues Fall Over 12 Percent

Maryland casinos MGM National Harbor

Maryland casinos struggled in September 2017 compared to the same month a year earlier, as their total gaming win plummeted 12.3 percent. Maryland Live! near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, once the richest gambling floor in the state, generated $46.9 million in earnings, a 13 percent loss on 2016. Caesars’ Baltimore Horseshoe collected $21 million, a…Read More

Tribes ‘Oversold’ on Sports Betting, Suggests Pechanga Chairman

Pechanga chairman Marc Marcarro skeptical about sports betting

The economic benefits of legal and regulated sports betting may have been oversold to tribal operators, according to the leader of California’s Pechanga tribe. Speaking at G2E this week, Mark Marcarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, said projected revenues may have been exaggerated, or are at least difficult to quantify, and has…Read More

Maine Casino Developer Shawn Scott Vilified by PAC Website

Shawn Scott

In Maine, a contentious casino proposal, which has found its way onto the November ballot, became the target of a no-holds-barred web campaign this week which seeks to characterize the its developer as “Shady Shawn.” WickedShady.com, launched by political action committee “A Bad Deal for Maine,” urges voters to reject the proposal of casino entrepreneur…Read More

Penn National Gaming in Reported Merger Talks with Regional Operator Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment merger talks

Penn National Gaming, the company that owns both the Tropicana and M Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, is exploring acquisition of Midwestern operator Pinnacle Entertainment, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two casino conglomerates have been holding “off-and-on-again” discussions about a consolidation of their combined 49 gaming properties for awhile, although they have…Read More

MGM Resorts Abandons ‘Welcome to the Show’ Marketing Campaign in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

MGM Resorts marketing Jim Murren

MGM Resorts, the parent company to Mandalay Bay, is putting its recently debuted marketing campaign that concluded: “We are not in the hotel business. We are in the holy sh*t business” on the shelf for now. Titled “Welcome to the Show,” the ad blitz hit television and social media late last month, and the branding message had a…Read More

Elk Grove Casino Signed Off by California Governor, Opponents Demand Summary Judgement 

Governor Jerry Brown signs Elk Grove casino compact

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill ratifying a compact between the state and the Wilton Racheria Tribe of Milwok People that authorises the tribe to build a $400 million casino in Elk Grove. Also, today, it emerged that the casino’s opponents had filed a motion for a summary judgement that seeks to…Read More

Magic Johnson Addresses G2E on SportsBetting: ‘The Narrative is Changing’

Magic Johnson

Basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers co-owner “Magic” Johnson stopped just short of directly endorsing legalized sports betting during his keynote address on the final day of the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, but he acknowledged that the “landscape has changed” and that this was a good thing. Johnson addressed the assembled gaming industry…Read More