A survey by Global Strategy Group found that 70% of New York residents favor the expansion of casino gaming as a way to help solve the state's $14.5 billion budget deficit largely incurred during the pandemic, as opposed to budget cuts or tax hikes. Current state legislation calls for three new full-scale casinos in 2023, which the Gaming Commission estimates could provide the state with up to $630 million in annual revenue.
Station Casinos in Las Vegas is seeking students ages 21 and over for paid internships that will provide hands-on experience in running a casino-resort. During the 12-week program, interns will receive free housing in casino properties, work on the gaming floor, develop strategic plans and gain expertise in departments such as finance, casino operations and hospitality.
BetMGM is collaborating with Rivers Casino Philadelphia to offer the Borgata Casino mobile app in Pennsylvania, and the online casino will include 150 table and slots games. BetMGM launched its first online casino, BetMGM Casino, in the state in December.
A proposed sports betting bill in Georgia has passed a Senate panel and would enable individuals ages 21 and over to wager on professional and collegiate sports, providing the team that is bet on is not from the state. The state could expect to see between $25 million to $50 million in revenue, with proceeds to go toward programs for underserved populations.
Several proposals for a new casino-resort have been received in Richmond, Va., including a $517 million project by Urban One, which would be the first majority Black-owned US casino. Other proposals have come from Bally's, the Cordish Companies and the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.
Melonie Johnson, who made history last year by becoming the first Black woman to run an Atlantic City casino, discusses the trials and triumphs of being at the helm of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa during the pandemic and the "intoxicating" appeal of the gaming industry. Leading in the midst of the coronavirus "is probably the biggest challenge that I have had in my career, but I find it rewarding," Johnson said.
More lenient regulations regarding where casinos are allowed to operate in France have been recommended in a report given to the French interior minister, according to a member of Parliament. The report proposes relaxation of legislation in order to permit casinos in any municipality with greater than 100,000 residents that is considered a tourist location.
Michigan's launch of online gaming on Jan. 22 is off to a strong start, with more than $29 million in total gross receipts reported in the first 10 days. BetMGM brought in the largest share of revenue, followed by DraftKings, FanDuel and PokerStars.
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., has begun hosting a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Earth Expo & Convention Center, in partnership with the state and Yale New Haven Health. Connecticut's other tribal casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino, also plans to open a large vaccination site.
Seven years after its closure, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City was imploded amid a viewing party of people who watched the demolition from their cars. The casino was owned by former President Donald Trump until 2013.
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