The opening of the Suncity Casino Project in Manila Has been Postponed until 2024

Suncity Group’s subsidiary in the Philippines, Suntrust Home Developers Inc, has announced amendments to agreements signed with Megawide Construction Corporation, which suggest that the completion of the group’s integrated resort in Manila may be delayed until early 2024.

According to information provided to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, Suntrust and Megawide have agreed to amend the Award Certificates (LOA) issued in November 2020 and an Additional Agreement signed in December 2020, which will give Megawide more time to complete its work.

LOA is providing Megawide with two packages for the construction of the Suntrust Westside City Resort Hotel and casino project, with Package 1 including a direct contract for a pile roof, earthworks and ELS worth 2.27 billion pesos. Package 2 is the main contract for the construction site and includes the basement foundation, superstructure and ABWF (Construction Work and Finishing of Architectural Structures) worth 4.02 billion pesos.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of 2023, but on Thursday Suntrust said it had agreed to extend the deadline for the completion of package 2 to “no later than March 31, 2024 to provide the parties with some flexibility.”

According to the revised agreement, Suntrust will advance 700 million pesos to Megawide, “this is a preliminary amount for additional architectural, structural and construction work for Package 2.”

Upon completion, the hotel and casino will include a 450-room hotel with a casino with 400 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Dakota Magic Casino Is Preparing To Open A New Betting Shop

Sports betting players will soon be able to place bets at the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, as the casino, run by the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise, plans to open a Dakota Nation Sportsbook bookmaker. It is expected that the opening date is December 1, and the latest possible opening is January, until regulatory approvals are received.

According to Marketing Director Rogelio Rubio, since the Supreme Court gave the green light to sports betting, Dakota Magic is weighing the possibility of adding a bookmaker to the casino.

“In North Dakota, sports betting was agreed in advance and approved in the state Games agreement between the tribal nation and the state. It was only after the Supreme Court’s decision that Dakota Magic was able to take advantage of the opportunity to bet on sports,” Rubio said, according to Inforum.

The Dakota Nation Sportsbook bookmaker will include a Vegas-style lounge with large TVs, leather seats with cell phone charging stations, a limited menu, drinks and a wall-to-wall video screen. The wager is due to open on-site soon via a clerk or kiosks, but the hall is not expected to open until early next year, just in time for the Super Bowl.

Rubio also noted that other betting methods “will be discussed later,” adding that any outside bets will require the approval of the state and tribal governments.

In addition to the Hankinson Casino, the Dakota Nation bookmaker will be available at Dakota Connection stores in Sisseton and Dakota Sioux in Watertown. The South Dakota Gaming Commission has allowed sports betting starting at the Deadwood Casino in May.

Players will be able to place bets on both student and professional sports competitions. According to Rubio, the coefficients will be set by International Game Technology PlaySports.

Source: YogoNet

Penn National Gaming To Open Hollywood Casino in Pennsylvania

Penn National Gaming announced the opening of Hollywood Casino Morgantown on December 22, pending final regulatory approvals. The 80,000-square-foot facility will have 750 slot machines and 30 table games, a Barstool Sportsbook bookmaker and three restaurants.

Bookmakers and kiosks for sports and races will be located throughout the bookmaker’s office. Visitors will also find interactive games, a place for an outdoor bonfire and a point of sale of Barstool Sportsbook betting shops.

Mark Guastella, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino Morgantown, said:

“The countdown to our grand opening begins today. “We are very pleased to welcome visitors to this beautiful new hotel soon, where they will be able to enjoy first-class games, dinner and entertainment.”

$ 111 million has been invested in the development of Hollywood Casino Morgantown, including licensing fees. Career growth opportunities are still available: about 375 new jobs have been created at the enterprise.

The Category 4 Morgantown Casino is Penn National’s fourth facility in Pennsylvania, along with the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, the Hollywood Casino at Meadows in Washington, and the Hollywood Casino York Casino, which opened in August.

Source: Focus Gaming News

SJM To Create Community Vaccination Center in Grand Lisboa

Macau casino operator SJM Resorts, SA says a three-day community vaccination center will open in Grand Lisbon from November 25 to 27 as part of its efforts to increase vaccination rates in South Africa.

The “Give a Shot, Protect Macau” event will be held in collaboration with the Macau Health Bureau, which provides vaccination services for eligible individuals in the Grand Lisbon Grand Ballroom. SJM hopes that Grand Lisboa’s convenient location will make it easier for residents to access.

For those who have been vaccinated at the event, there will be a lucky draw with more than 100 prizes, while fully vaccinated participants will also receive an exclusive SJM souvenir on a first-come, first-served basis.

SJM said that since June it has implemented a series of incentive programs aimed at encouraging employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and “continues to stand firmly on the side of the government in protecting the Macau community.”

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Casinos in the Netherlands Will Close at Least until December 3

The Dutch government announced a short, partial isolation for three weeks, which began on November 13 and will last at least until December 3, in order to contain the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations.

A new set of measures will be introduced, which includes the mandatory closing time of land-based gambling establishments (18:00), including casinos and slot machines.

“The virus is everywhere, and it also needs to be fought everywhere. To overcome this difficult period, additional actions are needed, therefore, starting from 18:00, six measures will be taken tomorrow to reduce contacts,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference last Friday, The Brussels Times reports.

All visitors to gambling establishments must continue to present a valid coronavirus pass . Masks are still mandatory in places where entry passes due to coronavirus are not required, and people must stay 1.5 meters apart from each other in these places.

For sporting events, spectators are not allowed to attend professional and amateur events.

Source: Yogonet

Winning at a Connecticut casino, launching online betting

On October 12, online gambling and sports betting were launched slowly and limited, and 750 people could place bets over a seven-day period. In the first two days, more than $60,000 was made in bets. The Connecticut Lottery Corporation provided information on trends in sports betting, as well as on the quality of bets and trends coming from existing accounts. The winnings of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in September increased by 7.8% and 12.1%, respectively.

Two casinos in southeastern Connecticut released their annual statistical report showing revenue growth from slot machines on Friday. Mohegan Sun reported that it saved $43.4 million after paying out prizes last month, up 7.8% from $40.2 million in September 2020. Foxwoods Resort Casino earned $31 million, which is 12.1% more compared to the same period last year.

Casinos brought the state 25% of winnings on slot machines, while the Mohegan Tribe property gave $10.9 million, and Foxwoods $7.8 million.

Both casinos launched bookmakers on their websites on September 30, and they are currently in the midst of a week-long “soft” launch of online sports betting and gambling, which feature online versions of most casino tables, as well as slot machines. The opening of online betting platforms was confirmed on October 19 by Governor Ned Lamont on his official Twitter account.

The soft launch of online gambling on Tuesday on phones, tablets, computers and desktops has limited opening hours and betting accounts. The average bet was $45, and the size of the bet ranged from $10 to just under $1,800.

The state’s initial switch to online gambling generated more than $60,000 in the first two days of betting, and the new system, including financial transactions, worked well, according to lottery officials.

President and CEO of Connecticut Lottery Corp. Greg Smith told the lottery board on Thursday, October 14 that

“we are seeing what we believe after a few days of very normal activity and so far good system testing.”

As reported in the lottery, players placed bets on the NCAA, NFL, Major League Baseball, preseason NHL, NBA, WNBA, golf, tennis and football, which Smith called “predictable sports.” The data also show that bets were also placed on Russian table tennis and UFC mixed martial arts competitions.

Robert Simmelkjaer II, chairman of the lottery, also commented:

“Accounts were created, bets were made, deposits were made, and all this without any serious problems.

State officials have limited the number of gaming accounts to 750 each for Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Connecticut Lottery Corp. Those whose requests have been rejected are waiting to place a bet when the full online game begins, which, according to Simmelkjaer, will be on Wednesday, October 20, “if everything goes well. according to the plan”.

In the near future, three gambling establishments are expected to open in New Haven and in the sports bar Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar. According to Smith, seven more outlets will be opened by the end of October.

Source: Yogonet

The Opening Date of Cebu IR Emerald Bay Has been postponed to the beginning of 2023

PH Resorts Group, the gaming and hotel division of Philippine business giant Udenna Group, has postponed the planned opening date of its new integrated resort in Cebu, Emerald Bay, to the first quarter of 2023.

The company referred to the updated deadlines in a progress report filed on Monday with the Philippine Stock Exchange, while the launch of Emerald Bay was previously scheduled for 3Q22.

Revealing that almost 41% of the construction of Phase 1 is completed, and interior and finishing work will begin soon, PH Resorts Group stated that

“closely cooperates with its primary design (Steelman Partners), project management (Tenman HK Limited) and construction. (Terp Asia Construction Corporation) to ensure the completion of the first phase of the Emerald Bay project and to begin work in full in accordance with the budget and in accordance with the planned opening plan in the first quarter of 2023.”

At the first stage, there will be 4,154 square meters of a gaming floor with 600 slot machines, 122 gaming tables, a five-star hotel with 270 rooms, five food and beverage outlets and “a partially completed 300-meter-long beach that will be open to resort guests.”

Phase 2, which will be completed by 2027, will add another 8210 square meters of gaming hall, 729 slot machines, 146 gaming tables, 780 five-star hotel rooms, five villas, four swimming pools, MICE facilities and 16 food and beverage outlets.

The delay in opening Phase 1 came after PH Resorts Group announced last week that it had requested and received permission from Philippine gambling regulator PAGCOR to voluntarily suspend a temporary license for another IR development in Clark, known as The Base, in part to allow the company to focus on completing the Emerald Bay development.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Crown Melbourne To Train 1,000 Employees Of The Local Hospitality Industry

Crown Melbourne plans to train 1,000 hospitality workers at its local Crown College training center as part of efforts to fill the skills shortage in Victoria’s hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 quarantine.

The program, created in partnership with the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria), will not only offer free tuition to 1,000 successful candidates, but also pay them while they study. Crown said it aims to complete all training by July 2022, when people will be matched with businesses in need of qualified professionals.

“COVID-19 has had an incredibly strong impact on hospitality,” said Crown Melbourne’s executive general manager of food and Beverage, Enda Cunningham.

The skill standard applied in our industry ultimately benefits all of us, and given the scale we have at Crown and our training centers, we are proud to be able to contribute and help the industry get on the right track by training thousands of employees. ”

Crown said the course will include the basics of hospitality, including the basics of food and drink, customer service, tableware and cutlery, processing and polishing, taking orders, maintaining dossiers, service sequence and cocktail preparation.

Earlier this month, Melbourne reached an unwanted record when it officially overtook Beunos Aires as the most closed city in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic in more than 250 days. Restrictions under the current quarantine, which has lasted for the past four months, should begin to ease this Thursday after the vaccination rate in the state reached 70%.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Penn National Offers Cashless Games in Ohio at Hollywood Casino Columbus

Hollywood Casino Columbus in Ohio becomes the first gambling establishment in the state to launch cashless payments, as visitors to the casino owned by Penn National Gaming will no longer need to carry credit cards or cash to finance their activities.

After launching this technology at other Penn National facilities last month, the company now intends to implement a cashless rate at its Hollywood facilities in Toledo, Dayton and Youngstown by the end of October, WBNS reports.

The company uses the MyWallet app and the MyChoice rewards system, which gives access to “tier status, exclusive rewards, special offers and mycash balance” in one place and instantly, according to the product description.

This technology promises users to abandon cashless and non-cash payments, as well as “connect more easily than ever before”, directly to their favorite slots. Users can buy chips or cash out money in a board game using the app.

In addition, guests can transfer funds from their mywallet account to their bank account and even set up balance alerts on mobile devices and by email. Penn National Gaming also promises that for a limited time, “no transaction fees are charged.”

Real Time Rewards, the company’s new loyalty rewards program, allows eligible members to earn and redeem mycash, the mychoice loyalty currency, “faster than ever before.”

Participants can earn mycash at more than 35 mychoice points across the country, including at the points of the company’s bookmaker office, in online sports betting and for real money/in an online casino. Currency can be exchanged for free gaming, hotel accommodation, meals, online casino loans, retail purchases at mychoice destinations and on the online market mychoicemall.com.

In August, Hollywood Casino York Penn National opened for $120 million with cashless payments and technologies that first appeared in the state. The advanced “3C” cardless, cashless and contactless technology was developed in partnership with Everi Holdings and Acres Manufacturing.

“This is a revolutionary improvement for our industry,” Todd George, executive vice president of operations at Penn National, commented that month. “This technology also supports Penn National’s multi-channel business approach, where we deliver the best experience, whether people are playing with us in our hotels or in our many online offerings.”

Source: Yogonet

Macau To Reopen Entertainment Venues

The New Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center in Macau will reopen entertainment venues and remove all red and yellow zones from midnight early Tuesday after 12 consecutive days without registering any new COVID-19 cases in the community.

A number of facilities have been closed and quarantine zones put in place after four construction workers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Indoor venues included cinemas, theaters, indoor amusement parks, gaming halls, Internet cafes, billiard and bowling halls, sauna and massage rooms, beauty salons, gyms, health clubs, karaoke, bars, nightclubs, discos, dance halls and cabarets. .

However, health authorities are preparing to end isolation after conducting a new round of virus tests on Sunday for people who live in red and yellow areas. About 50,000 people were to be tested by Sunday evening, while the authorities stressed that the purpose of the new round of testing was to eliminate any possibility of hidden infections at the final stage of the COVID-19 incubation period and to improve conditions for the full resumption of normal cross-border interaction with mainland China.

On Friday, it also became known that the status of an immediate prevention warning in Macau should be discontinued, and public consultations on proposed amendments to gambling in Macau were postponed after a number were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and typhoon.

The number of participants in each session will be reduced, so now each public consultation session is divided into two parts.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming