The tribal San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif., has traded its bingo operations for card tables, hundreds of new slot machines and a restaurant. The move comes during a time of increased competition, with another tribe planning to add a 568-room hotel and a spa to its Temecula casino and the Pala Casino in San Diego County recently cutting the ribbon on a $5.7 million renovation.
Skill-based game operators like GameCo are coming up against the difficult question of how to ensure their games pay the minimum percentage without allowing an especially skilled player to make over 100%. GameCo has worked around the issue by adding elements such as a random number generator for titles like "Deep Sea Saga" that essentially sets a maximum win amount for reach player.
Game supplier NetEnt launched a new offering called Live Mobile Standard Blackjack. The mobile experience lets players see the dealer and bets made by other players while allowing them to make side bets.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act will allow a third tribal casino to break ground in Connecticut without federal approval. According to the law, a compact can be considered approved if no action has been taken by the Interior secretary within 45 days of submission.
Amtrak has had a good year, with passenger numbers up 1.5% over 2016 at 31.7 million. "Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with great amenities such as free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room, and no middle seat," Wick Moorman, co-CEO, said of why travelers choose Amtrak.
Fall festivals and events that help increase hotel stays include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario, a recent report states. Hotels near the Macy's parade saw an occupancy rate of 94.2% in 2016, a 6.4% increase over 2015.