Casino gaming expansion in Pennsylvania is unlikely to have much of an effect on Atlantic City's casino industry, according to analysts. Although up to 10 mini-casinos will open in Pennsylvania and gaming will be permitted at airports, truck stops and online, location restrictions and high tax rates could keep competition to a minimum.
A large number of casino industry experts still believe that skill-based games will be key to drawing in younger audiences in the long run, despite Caesars Entertainment dropping their new games after six months due to low revenue. "Casinos thrive on new gaming content, and the skill-based products will definitely be increasing their footprint long-term," said gaming consultant Robert Ambrose.
Cambodia's NagaWorld resort is looking to Chinese tourists for added revenue, having seen the number of visitors from China spike in recent years to make up more than 20% of the casino's clientele, according to NagaCorp's Sean Tan. The resort hosts duty-free shops operated by China Duty Free Group, a Chinese-named VIP club and signage written in Chinese characters.
A bill that would make the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission answer to the tourism minister could slow the territory's fledgling industry, according to US gaming experts. "Gaming commissions around the world are created to be independent, as much as possible, from the political process because experience has generally been that politics and gaming don't mix very well," Fredric Gushin of the Spectrum Gaming Group said.
The addition of 100 electronic bingo games at Foxwoods Resort Casino has sparked a debate between the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and Connecticut legislators over whether they are exempt from a 25% tax on slots revenue. The "Live Call Bingo" machines have remained inactive at the behest of the state Department of Consumer Protection until the matter is resolved.
Online gaming revenue in New Jersey rose 23.4% to $20.6 million in October compared to the same month last year. The state's internet gaming operations have brought in more than $200 million in bets so far this year, a record high since becoming legal in 2013.
Filipino casino operator Bloomberry Resorts is considering growing its operations in Japan and Vietnam later down the road, the company reported in a financial filing this week. Any new venture would be based "on these countries' final regulation governing casinos and gaming," Bloomberry Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon said.
New satellite casinos will only be allowed to open in Macau if they do not increase the number of live-dealer gaming tables in the area, according Paulo Martins Chan, director of Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. The Royal Dragon Casino was the latest satellite facility to open, welcoming guests in September with 20 gaming tables pulled from other locations.
Ho-Chunk Gaming is adding an 86-room hotel, more gaming options and a restaurant, as part of a $153-million initiative to expand Ho-Chunk Nation's casino business in Wisconsin. The facility's gaming floor has already welcomed a renovated bar, 200 additional slot machines and a non-smoking game room.
The second level of Canada's Casino Niagara has reopened after the completion of a $3.5 million renovation and an equal investment in new gaming. Among the new features are a sports bar and restaurant, 24-table poker room and interactive zone for skill-based games, as well as new slot machines.