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Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims

Illinois smoking ban no affect on casino industry revenues

The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or gambling revenues, according to a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research. But operators of the state’s riverboat casinos, which comprise its commercial casino sector, beg to differ. They…Read More

Americans to Bet $4.76 Billion on Super Bowl, Nearly All of It Illegally

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The 2018 Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is expected to break Nevada’s all-time handle for money wagered on the big game. But the $138.5 million gambled at legal sportsbooks represents just a small percentage of the total money that will likely be put on this Sunday’s contest. According to the…Read More

MGM Resorts Jacks Up Parking Rates Again, Four Months After Mass Shooting Impacted Las Vegas Tourism

MGM Resorts parking rates increase

Beginning Wednesday, parking at 11 MGM Resorts properties along the Las Vegas Strip will cost you more. The rate hike jumps the most at the four-hour mark, which then stays static for up to 24 hours of parking. Rates vary based on which properties are defined by the company as “core,” “luxury,” or “ultra-luxury.” Only…Read More

GGG vs. Alvarez Rematch Scheduled for May 5, Oddsmakers Hope for Different Ending

GGG vs Alvarez boxing odds

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are coming to blows once again, as the two middleweight superstars are ready to jump back in the ring eight months after their controversial draw. Promoters for the two boxers announced the rematch will go down on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, at a site to be determined. HBO…Read More

Wynn Resorts Executives, Macau Gaming Regulators Discuss Gaming License Fallout from Sexual Allegations

Wynn Resorts sexual misconduct scandal

Wynn Resorts executives in Macau are doing damage control with Chinese gaming regulators, as their company’s founder and CEO continues to make headlines in the United States and around the world. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) confirmed on Monday that it had met with representatives from the Las Vegas-based casino operator regarding the…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City, Ocean Resort Apply for New Jersey Online Gambling Licenses

Revel Casino Atlantic City

The Hard Rock Atlantic City (formerly the Trump Taj Mahal) and Ocean Resort (previously Revel) have signalled their mutual intentions to enter the New Jersey online gambling market. The state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced this week that both properties have applied for licenses to offer internet gaming. If approved, it would mean all…Read More

2018 Super Bowl Expected to Break Nevada Sportsbooks Record Handle

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The 2018 Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is anticipated to set a new sports betting record handle at Nevada sportsbooks when this Sunday’s big game takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The current mark of $138.5 million was set a year ago when the Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons. Oddsmakers say…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Have Thousands of Jobs to Fill, Not Enough Applicants

Atlantic City casinos Hard Rock

Atlantic City casinos Hard Rock and Ocean Resort plan to open this summer, but before they can, the two Boardwalk properties need to fulfill thousands of jobs. Local officials are concerned that there might not be enough qualified applicants. Atlantic City resorts currently employ more than 22,000 people, but that number is expected to balloon…Read More

Crown Resorts Completes Sale of Aborted Alon Plot to Wynn Resorts

Crown finalizes sale of Alon project to Wynn

James Packer’s Crown Resorts announced Monday it had completed the sale of its subsidiary Alon Las Vegas Resorts to Wynn Resorts Ltd for $300 million. The finalization of the deal signals the end of James Packer’s Vegas dream, while Wynn Resorts has said an as-yet-undisclosed future project will draw more visitors to the north end…Read More

Macau’s VIP Junket Industry Shrinks for Fifth Consecutive Year

Macau junket industry shrinks again

While Macau’s casino market has well and truly rebounded from the 2014-16 economic slump, the junket industry, once the oil in its cogs, continues to decline. According to new figures from the enclave’s gambling regulator, DICJ, there are currently 109 licensed junkets operating in the market, representing a 13.5 percent fall from 126 a year…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Rejects Another Casino Referendum

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) is determined to see that gaming is leading her state down the right road. To that end, the state’s chief legal advisor this week struck down another gambling ballot initiative that sought to authorize three commercial casinos in the Razorback State. A constitutional amendment was submitted by a citizens…Read More

Bloombery Casinos Will Allow Some Gamblers to Redeem Loyalty Points for Company Stock

Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila

The Solaire Resort and Casino in Manilla, Philippines, has a novel addition to its loyalty program. Owner Bloomberry Resorts Corp plans to reward its best customers by giving them a little ownership in the form of stock. This week, subsidiary Bloomberry Resorts & Hotels Inc announced it had purchased 382,900 shares in its parent company for…Read More

St. Louis Casinos Stagnant at $1 Billion in 2017 Revenue, Sports Betting Could Help

St. Louis casinos revenue riverboat

The St. Louis area is home to six riverboat casinos. In 2017, they collectively grossed $1,025,443,718, and while that’s a 1.2 percent gain on 2016, gaming analysts believe sports betting is needed to spur new growth and return the market to previous levels. The 1.2 percent market gain was primarily fueled by Lumiere Place. The…Read More

MGM China Stock Takes a Hit as MGM Cotai Opening Delayed Again

MGM Cotai opening delayed until February

MGM Cotai will not open in Macau on January 29, as scheduled, MGM China announced on Thursday. The news that the operator was pushing the date back to sometime “within the month of February” caused its stock to slip by 7 percent on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. According to the South China Morning Post,…Read More

PAGCOR Warns Government Officials to Avoid Casinos, Strict Penalties Announced

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PAGCOR (Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation) is joining forces with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better regulate the entry of government officials into gambling venues throughout the country. Under a new presidential decree issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, casinos that are found to welcome government workers will face costlier fines and stricter penalties moving…Read More