Hotels in Macao are filling up quickly ahead of Golden Week, a Chinese holiday from Oct. 1 to 8, and casinos are optimistic that the increase in visitors will help them reverse the downward revenue trend caused by the pandemic. Eighty-eight percent of Macao hotel rooms were vacant in July, but resorts are expected to be sold out or nearly at capacity during the holiday week.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Ore., which is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will reopen with the new Wildhorse Family FunPlex following an expansion. The new facility will include a 2,500-square-foot arcade, a 24-lane bowling center called Quaking Aspens Lanes and a food court.
Online casino games and poker in Pennsylvania had a record-setting month in August, with revenue of $310.7 million -- representing a year-over-year increase of 5.89%. The state also reached an all-time high in sports betting last month.
California casinos that have been closed for months during the pandemic are finding inventive ways to safely serve customers by bringing gaming operations and dining outside. At Artichoke Joe's Casino in San Mateo, a 13,000-square-foot tent houses 32 gaming tables, although the venue is waiting to bring back poker until it can ensure proper social distancing.
The online gaming market is expected to surge in popularity worldwide and may reach revenue levels of $160 billion by the end of 2026, according to an analysis by Global Market Insights. The growth is likely due to advancements in technology by gaming platforms, an uptick in smartphone use and better internet infrastructure.
Vigtory, a sports betting startup, hopes to entice gamers with the promise of a "vig" -- the cut that goes to the house -- that is 50 to 75% lower than competitors, with a particular emphasis on high-stakes bettors. The app will be operational in Indiana and New Jersey at some point during the NFL season, and the company is in the process of obtaining licenses in three other states.
The Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has opened Fancy Dance Casino in Perry, Okla., and the new venue features 290 game machines and indoor and outdoor dining. A high-tech filtration system that replaces old air every seven minutes is among the safety precautions that have been put into place.
If any confirmed cases of the coronavirus are found in a casino in Macao, the city may require the immediate closure of the venue, according to a Judiciary Police official. Although the city has not had any recorded COVID-19 infections since April, the government is encouraging casino operators to increase efforts to prevent the spread of infection, as an influx of customers are expected in the next month as tourists from various parts of China are permitted to return.
BetMGM Casino went online last week in West Virginia, and the lineup will include slots, roulette, blackjack and progressive jackpot-linked games -- the only such online games in the state. The 30 games will be available within the BetMGM Sports West Virginia mobile app.
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