The potential for growth in the Pennsylvania online gaming sector has been the driving factor for several of the major casino deals recently struck in the state. "Presque Isle will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania which has recently passed legislation authorizing real money online gaming," said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs.
Galaxy Entertainment and Leisure and Resorts World have gained approval from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp to build a casino on the island of Boracay. Although there is a potential yearlong shutdown of the island for environmental clean up purposes, it will not affect the upcoming casino, which will take at least three years to open.
Although Atlantic City's casinos saw an 8.9% decrease in revenue in February due to bad weather, online gaming in the state rose 17.5%. Online operators took in $18.7 million for the month, softening the overall revenue decline to 6.5%.
A bill to allow competitive bids for a fourth Connecticut casino has reached the House floor. If passed, the measure would expand casino gaming in the state while protecting the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes' rights to build a satellite gaming facility in East Windsor.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut has opened the Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline. The 33-story attraction features four parallel lines measuring more than 3,750 feet long on which riders are propelled at up to 60 mph toward the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.
Dealing with shooters became a major focus this year at the three-day World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas. The event featured an active-shooter simulation, while several experts in the gaming industry emphasized the need to train all employees in security measures.
Macau's gaming operators have promised to power at least 15% of their passenger buses with clean-energy sources like electricity or natural gas by May 1. All shuttle buses run by the city's casinos are expected to be compliant with the Euro V standard by 2021.
Tak Chun Group is preparing to launch a VIP gaming club this week at Okada Manila in the Philippines. The new club will boast 18 gaming tables across five rooms and marks the junket investor's third such high-roller club in the market.
Komeito has recommended a minimum $75 entry fee for locals wanting to visit Japan's future integrated resorts, an amount four times greater than the previous fee proposal from the Liberal Democratic Party. The fee is similar to that charged in Singapore, supporting the idea that Japan will likely follow Singapore's lead for its casino regulations.
The Pamunkey Tribe has proposed to build a $700 million casino resort in Eastern Virginia despite the state's ban on casino betting. If approved, the facility would house a spa, 1,200-room hotel and performance venue in addition to a gaming floor.
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