MGM Springfield took in $26.95 million in gaming revenue during September, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and it was the casino's first full month of business. The number falls far short of expectations, and the property will have significant catching up to do if it is to reach its $418 million annual forecast.
A service called One Bus will take passengers between Kowloon, Hong Kong, and three Sands China casino resorts in Macau and Cotai. The buses will make 38 trips each day.
The UK Gambling Commission has fined Paddy Power Betfair $2.9 million for failing to address customers who were exhibiting problem gaming behaviors and failing to conduct satisfactory anti-money-laundering checks.
Facial recognition technology is making its way to properties on the Las Vegas Strip for both security and data collection purposes. The technology can be integrated into table games to collect data, and, in the future, it can help prevent people from entering restricted hotel areas, said Alec Massey of PwC's Connected Solutions.
Malta-based Gaming Innovation Group has launched its first in-house-developed game, called "Wild Reels," and will roll out up to eight more titles before July. The news coincides with the company moving forward with a Hard Rock International partnership that will establish an omni-channel sportsbook platform in New Jersey.
The China Duty Free Group will open its first nonairport store in Macau at Grand Lisboa Palace. The approximately 81,000-square-foot space will be an anchor for the resort's 570,487-square-foot mall.
Pragmatic Play has signed on to offer its games through online operator ComeOn. The Malta-based company will gain access to titles like "Wolf Gold," "Da Vinci's Treasure" and "Peking Luck."
Hotels that are in hurricane-prone locations must be prepared before, during and after storms. "[F]or each of our Baltimore hotels, we know how many sandbags we need and where they will go; and we have dams, dikes, and auxiliary pumps to deal with flooding," said Justin Jabara of Meyer Jabara Hotels.
The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed two lawsuits filed in an attempt to keep a casino question off the November ballot. Voters will be able to decide whether the state constitution should be amended to allow two new casinos and to expand gaming at two racetracks.
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