Casino entry levies have not been proven to be effective at curbing problem gaming, despite the practice being upheld in Singapore and South Korea, according to Kahlil Philander, a hospitality business management professor at Washington State University. "Policymakers and operators would appear to be better served to focus on responsible gambling tools with strong evidence of effectiveness and to develop responsible gambling programs in areas with emerging evidence, such as positive play," Philander wrote.
Slovenian company Alfastreet is seeking to bring more of its electronic gaming machines to the Philippines and other Asian markets such as Macau, said Albert Radman, sales director for Alfastreet. The company recently installed 72 of its Wiky terminals at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila and is installing 400 more in Singapore.
Properties run by Wynn Macau and Melco Resorts are favored among Macau's high rollers, according to a report from Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. The report also reveals that customers at SJM Holdings and Wynn Macau skew somewhat older, while about 38% of patrons at Melco Resorts facilities are probably between the ages of 21 to 29.
Although the Supreme Court's recent ruling on sports betting will mean more competition for the four states where it was already legal, operators in Nevada aren't worried. Sports books only accounted for 2% of Las Vegas' casino revenue last year, bringing in $249 million last year.
The gaming revenue boost Atlantic City saw in April is expected to continue once Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Ocean Resort open in the coming months. "With these two casinos opening up, there's going to be a huge influx of people wanting to see what these properties are bringing to the marketplace," said Rummy Pandit, executive director of Stockton University's Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming.
Slot machine-maker Aristocrat Leisure showed off its products through themed areas at this year's Global Gaming Expo Asia, including a mass-market gaming area, a high-limit room, an innovation room and 5 Dragons zone focusing on its 5 Dragons titles. The company launched new games in its Lightning Link product line and showcased a curved-monitor cabinet called The Flame.
BMM Testlabs is looking to bring on additional staff to meet the growing demand in Asia for its services, according to Executive Vice President Kirk White. The Las Vegas-based company has offices in Macau and Singapore to offer consulting services as well as compliance, quality assurance and online product testing.
Players in New Jersey will be able to log on to online sports betting from Churchill Downs and Golden Nugget Atlantic City early next year. Golden Nugget's gaming website accounted for about 34% of iGaming revenue for the state from January through April.
A recent Supreme Court ruling that lifted the federal ban on sports betting has California horse racing tracks, tribal casinos and card clubs jockeying for position in the new market. Assemblyman Adam Gray has said he would work to amend the state's constitution to allow sports betting, if the measure is approved by voters, which would provide new opportunities to a multitude of operators in the state.
Casino Player Magazine has published this year's Best of Dining & Nightlife Awards for upstate New York casinos, recognizing Turning Stone Resort Casino as having best overall dining and entertainment in New York. Best overall service in the state went to del Lago Resort & Casino, while Seneca Niagara Casino was declared the best place for cocktails.