The $265 million Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe has tapped Friedmutter Group as its architect. Designs should be done by the end of September, and the casino is due to open in spring 2019.
Casinos in rural parts of Oklahoma are responsible for making at least half the gaming revenue that goes to the state, according to a report given this week at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference. Casinos also offer an additional benefit for these rural communities, as they encourage other businesses to build there.
Macau's gaming industry could see some recovery in 2017 as major casino operators are shifting focus from high-rollers to a new demographic of visitors. Both Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Wynn Resorts Ltd. are pitching to casual gamers, as well as increasing offerings for nongaming travelers.
Construction on a casino in Yuba County, Calif., has been suspended because the Enterprise Rancheria Indian tribe hasn't been able to secure financing due to lawsuits by competitors. The $170 million Fire Mountain Resort & Casino has interim financing, but the lawsuits need to be resolved before permanent financing can be secured.
Gaming operator Estoril Sol has launched the first legal online gaming platform in Portugal. The new desktop and mobile platform offers 18 games so far, including blackjack, roulette and video slots.
Many who study the psychology of gambling believe that more focus needs to be placed on the experience, especially as technology becomes a stronger factor in game play. This technology may limit human contact and diminish the experience gamers seek.
The Maryland Live Casino is suing MGM Resorts, claiming that the company benefited from several former Maryland Live employees who gave MGM lists of more than 3,000 VIP customers. MGM has denied the allegations and said that noncompete agreements the employees signed were not enforceable.
The Republican Party recently removed an online poker ban from its platform, according to the Poker Players Alliance. The initial goal of the ban was likely to establish online poker laws as a state issue, Dan Katz writes.
The Macau casino market is on a downslide, but many believe the key to recovery is to focus on the mass market rather than VIP gamblers. This "slow grind" recovery is a lesson learned from Las Vegas, which went through a similar economic downturn.
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