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Crown Resorts Employees Set to Be Freed From Chinese Prison

Crown Resorts VIP Jason O'Connor

The last of Crown Resorts’ employees who were arrested by Chinese police more than 10 months ago are expected to leave the Shanghai jail where they were serving their sentences this weekend, bringing a close to an ill-fated trip to recruit high rollers on behalf of their Australian-based casino employer. The five remaining Crown staffers…Read More

Bloomberry Resorts Up 50 Percent from Philippines Chinese Tourism Boom, Visitors Undeterred by Manila Casino Tragedy

Enrique Razon Bloomberry Resorts Q2 2017 revenue spike

In Manila, Enrique Razon Jr.’s Bloomberry Resorts has reported record profits in the first half of the year, thanks in large part to a Chinese tourism boom in the Philippines. The company, which owns the Solaire Resort in Entertainment City, Metro Manila, saw net income rocket by 47 percent to $38.62 million in Q2 alone….Read More

Nevada Gaming Regulators Give Caesars Go-Ahead on Post-Bankruptcy Plan

Caesars Entertainment Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) on Wednesday approved Caesars Entertainment’s corporate restructuring plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While explaining the company’s future, Caesars CEO Mark Frissora promised to deliver new jobs and economic prosperity to the Silver State as part of the deal. The Caesars boss revealed that the corporation plans to…Read More

Partnership Approved for Development of Three Toronto-Area Casinos

Woodbine Racetrack and future casino

Two Canadian companies won a bidding process to expand a Toronto-area race track into a full-fledged casino, as part of a plan to modernize gambling options in Ontario. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners to operate a trio of facilities, including the Woodbine Racetrack. OLG…Read More

Palazzo Security Guard Stabbed on Casino Floor Highlights Risks on Las Vegas Strip

A security guard at the Las Vegas Sands Palazzo resort investigating a transient man on the casino floor was stabbed in the chest early Wednesday morning. The employee, who was taken to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition, was not named, and officials at the Las Vegas Strip property had no comment….Read More

Proposed Second Philadelphia Casino Receives Blessing of State Gaming Board

Philadelphia casino Live! Pennsylvania

The long-delayed second Philadelphia casino is one step closer to breaking ground after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously that the financial backers behind the proposed resort are in full compliance with the state’s Gaming Act. The issue at hand is whether businessman Bob Manoukian, who owns a controlling 86 percent stake in…Read More

Caesars Goes After Chinese Gamblers in Las Vegas With WeChat Pay

Caesars Las Vegas WeChat Pay China

Caesars Entertainment is hoping to win over some incoming Chinese travelers to Las Vegas by accepting payments via WeChat Pay, a popular social media platform with mobile transaction capabilities. Unlike Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Wynn Resorts, which all have a substantial presence in China’s gambling hub of Macau, Caesars is far less known in…Read More

Florida Seminole Casinos Generating Massive Revenues for Tribe

Seminole Hard Rock Florida casinos

The Seminole Tribe is generating billions of dollars in gaming revenue from its seven casinos in Florida, and by carefully examining revenue sharing payments to the state, one can see just how much the Native American group is pulling in. The tribe isn’t required to publicly disclose revenue at each casino, but the checks it…Read More

MGM Resorts Taps Former US Diplomat to Lead Casino Licensing Effort in Japan

MGM Resorts Japan Jason Hyland

MGM Resorts isn’t leaving anything to chance when it comes to landing a future license with the Japanese casino industry. In a press release issued this week to investors, the gaming operator reinforced its commitment to the untapped market by announcing it has hired Jason Hyland, the former deputy chief of mission at the US…Read More

MGM National Harbor Hurting Maryland’s Five Other Casinos

MGM National Harbor Maryland revenue

MGM National Harbor generated $50.77 million in slot machine and table game win in July, its fourth consecutive month eclipsing the $50 million threshold. While that’s certainly good news for the Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality conglomerate, the resort’s good fortune is seemingly the result of poaching from Maryland’s other five casinos.    The Maryland…Read More

‘Sharknado Live’ Set to Rain Musical Mayhem on Las Vegas

Sharknado Live Caesars SyFy

Sharknado Live is going to be swimming into a Caesars resort in Las Vegas sometime next year. Following a viewing party for the premiere of Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, producers confirmed rumors that a live stage musical adaptation based on the popular Syfy made-for-TV movie series was in the works. Celebrities including lead actors Ian…Read More

The W at Las Vegas SLS Gets Boost from Royal Saudi Air Force, But Not Without Some Major Reshuffling at Hotel

SLS Las Vegas Saudi Arabia air force

SLS Las Vegas, the beleaguered and soon-to-be-sold north Las Vegas Strip property, has garnered a perhaps surprising cash cow in the Royal Saudi Air Force, which has reportedly booked the resort’s entire W hotel tower for most of August. The 10th Squadron Saudi military unit will be in town for Nellis Air Force Base’s Red…Read More

Smaller Macau VIP Junket Companies Targeting Upper Middle Class

VIP junket companies Macau

In Macau, a resurgence in mini-whale gambling has led to the formation of several mid-sized junkets that have been able to quickly establish partnerships with casinos for VIP operations. With less competition, smaller VIP junket are aimed squarely at the well-heeled, rather than the ultra-wealthy. New VIP gaming companies have opened rooms inside the L’Arc…Read More

Rory McIlroy’s Quail Hollow Successes Make Him PGA Favorite in Las Vegas

Rory McIlroy PGA Championship odds

Rory McIlroy hasn’t won an event since last year’s Tour Championship and has no top three finishes in 2017, but heading into this week’s PGA Championship, the Northern Ireland star is atop the Las Vegas sportsbooks. Now ranked #4 in the world, the Westgate SuperBook has McIlroy at 7-1 to win his third Wanamaker Trophy….Read More

Soon-to-Be Stratosphere Owner Golden Entertainment Reports Record Earnings, But Investors Remain Unsure

Golden Entertainment revenue Stratosphere

Golden Entertainment, the forthcoming owner of the Stratosphere, reported record earnings in the second quarter on strong slot revenue at its Nevada casinos and restaurant gaming locations. Nevada’s largest tavern operator (more than 50, most under the PT brand name) and slot machine distribution subsidiary Golden Route Operations (with 10,500 devices in some 980 Nevada…Read More