Gross revenue from games in Macau for the third week of July increased by 6%

According to Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd, gross Gambling Revenue (GGR) Macau increased by 6% in the week ended July 18, compared to the first 11 days of the month. According to GGRAsia, Macau’s GGR for the first 18 days of July increased by 33% compared to the previous month and amounted to about 650 million US dollars.

However, the average daily value is still 63% lower than the values recorded in July 2019. According to Bernstein, VIP games grew by 28% in July, and mass revenue increased by 25%.

Analysts believe that the total GGR for 2021 will reach 50% of the values recorded in 2019. This would represent an increase of 140% compared to 2020.

GGR Macau is heavily dependent on players traveling from neighboring countries, mainly from China. But, given the unstable conditions of traveling around the world, the overall forecast of the game’s gross revenue is still uncertain. On the other hand, visitors to Guangdong Province can already benefit from the easing of travel restrictions, which contributes to the recovery of the gaming and betting market in Macau.

The gaming sector of Macau is suffering from absenteeism of visitors from Hong Kong. But the long-term plan to combine travel with Hong Kong is likely to be postponed again. According to analysts, visitors to Hong Kong can account for about 20% of Macau’s gaming revenue.

Earlier, Macau intended to lift travel restrictions between the two regions as soon as Hong Kong reaches 28 consecutive days without new cases. But now the easing of the rules will not happen until Hong Kong opens its doors to other areas of China. To do this, the region should have a vaccination rate of 70%. Currently, the number of people who received the second dose is only 30%. One more obstacle may be the need for strict control over international travel.

Source: iGaming Brazil

In Shreveport Casino, USA, smoking will be banned

From August 1, smoking will be prohibited in two Shreveport, USA facilities.

A request to exempt the Shreveport casino from a public smoking ban issued by the city council has been postponed. If the plans remain the same, the smoking ban will come into force on August 1.

Two casinos will be banned: Sam’s Town and El Dorado.

The amendment proposed by City councilman James Flurry was discussed at a meeting of the city council. In the initial vote, the decision to allow smoking in the casino won four to three. However, after further discussions and negotiations in the group “Americans for the Rights of Non-Smokers”, the issue was postponed.

This discussion comes after Resolution No. 51, the Law on the prohibition of Smoking in the Air, which was adopted in June 2020. The law establishes a ban on smoking in bars, casinos and gaming establishments from August 1. Initially, the law was supposed to come into force. in August 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

City councilman Flurry opposes banning smoking in Shreveport casinos, because he believes that it will cost the city’s business and, in turn, jobs. He claimed that the regulars would rather gamble in nearby Bossier City than comply with the smoking ban.

However, Reagan Carter, a representative of the organization” Free from tobacco smoke ” of Louisiana, did not agree with the assumption that the ban on smoking reduces income, calling this statement “insidious and insensitive.”

She added: “Competitive smoke-free gaming establishments across America are attracting new customers and finding that their employees have become healthier and happier since the clean air policy was implemented.”

There are currently 120 non-smoking casinos in the United States. The newly opened Resorts World Las Vegas has a smoking ban on the entire territory, but still allows smoking on the casino floor.

Source: Gaming America

Three Detroit casinos brought in $ 106 million in June revenue

Three commercial casinos in Detroit reported adjusted gaming revenue of $ 106 million in June, down 2% from May.

MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino operated under a limited number of seats due to COVID during the first 21 days of June. On June 22, the state lifted capacity restrictions for the first time since the pandemic, when casinos were closed last March.

MGM led the state with $ 46.4 million in adjusted revenue, the most since February 2020, the last full month of operations before the pandemic. MGM’s revenue has increased slightly since May.

In June, MotorCity earned $ 37.2 million, which is 2.6% less than in the previous month. MotorCity has seen a steady decline in total revenue since March, when the casino earned $ 42 million.

Greektown closes the group with revenue of $ 22.3 million, which is 5.5% less than in May. Like MotorCity, Greektown’s revenue has declined every month since March, when it reported $ 25.6 million.

Detroit casinos pay the state and the city a 19% tax on net winnings. In June, the state of Michigan raised $ 8.6 million, and the city of Detroit raised $ 12.6 million.

The Michigan Gambling Control Board reports onshore data separately for online, including sports betting.

In June, the volume of retail sports betting at the three casinos amounted to $ 24.4 million, which is 20.8% more than in May, and is the highest retail betting in the state since January, when casinos attracted $ 35.7 million.

Total adjusted revenue was $ 2.3 million, which is 31.4% more than in May.

MotorCity/FanDuel led the state with a turnover of $ 8.5 million and ranked second in adjusted revenue with $ 796,000. MGM/BetMGM earned $ 8.1 million on adjusted revenue of $ 680,000, while Greektown/Barstool ranked last with $ 7.8 million, but first on adjusted revenue of $ 819,000.

Source: Gaming America

The grand opening of Casino Hollywood York is scheduled for August 12

Penn National Gaming has announced that it plans to open Hollywood Casino York to the public on Thursday, August 12, at noon, pending final regulatory approvals. The Category 4 casino, located at the York Galleria Shopping Center in Springetsbury, is the third Penn National institution in Pennsylvania, along with the Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Race Course in Grantville and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington. The fourth facility, Hollywood Casino Morgantown, is scheduled to open later this year.

“The countdown to our grand opening begins today,” said Ruben Warren, vice president and CEO of Hollywood Casino York . “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.”

The approximately 80,000-square-foot area will house about 500 slot machines and 24 table games, and will have a capacity of up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games. Hollywood Casino York will also offer a Barstool Sportsbook and a racing book; Diner & Drinks, a casual restaurant and bar; and a Classic Grill diner.

Before the grand opening, Penn National will host two invitation-only test days, with proceeds from the games going to charities in the area, including the York County Veterans Aid Program, the York County Food Bank, the Sandy Veterans Aid Hand, and local VFW organizations and American Legion Posts.

Source: YogoNet

Choctaw Casino and Resort Expansion nears Completion

In the United States, after two and a half years of operation, the Choctaw Nation company will soon complete a large-scale expansion in the Choctaw Casino and Resort & # 8211; Durant.

The $ 600 million expansion includes a new 21-floor hotel extension, 1,000 rooms, 2 swimming pools and a new casino, which will be connected to the old part of the institution by an entertainment center.

Wendy Carter, assistant General Manager of Choctaw Casino and Resort, said:

“I think that everything in general is just upbeat, so that ends the service experience, the menu that we have added, so everything that you would expect to see in a 5-star resort, you can find here. Choctaw has been offering exceptional experiences for over 30 years here in Durant, and we just know we can elevate it a little bit here with new amenities. ”

Brian Caldwell, resort marketing director, said:

“It’s exciting, especially right now, coming out of a kind of covid environment, not many companies can say that they are growing, and we are growing, and we are & #8211; Tribe, Tribal Nation”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on August 5, before the opening of the site the next day.

Back in 2017, the institution underwent another expansion. After investing $ 50 million, he added a completely new poker room, as well as a new West Wing tower with 96 halls.

Source: Focus Gaming News

In Canada, it is planned to re-open a casino

Casinos in Niagara Falls may reopen in Phase 3 of the Ontario reopening due to Covid-19 countermeasures, but uncertainty remains over capacity limits.

Phase 2 of the re-opening in Ontario due to Covid-19 countermeasures allows gambling establishments to open, but two Niagara Falls casinos decided to remain closed due to established capacity restrictions.

The” Opening Our Province Framework ” in Ontario, developed back in July 2020, allowed casinos, bingo halls and gaming facilities to reopen in Stage 2, but with a limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, not including staff.

The limit has since been increased to 25 percent internally, but it is not yet clear how much capacity will be allowed when the province moves to Phase 3, which is expected later this month. Both casinos at Niagara Falls have been closed for 16 consecutive months.

Source: Focus Gaming News

A zone change has been approved for the new Caesars Casino in the USA, Virginia

The new Caesars Entertainment casino in Virginia is one step closer to opening after the Danville City Council approved the company’s request for a zoning change.

The Danville City Council has approved a zoning change for the new Caesars Casino in Virginia.

A new $ 400 million casino will be developed on the site of the former Dan River Mills building, which will be demolished to make way for a new development.

Caesars expects the project to be completed by 2023 and will create 1,300 full-time jobs and another 900 during construction.

The site will house several restaurants and bars, a four-star hotel with 300 rooms, a concert hall with 2,500 seats, a 35,000-square-foot conference center, a swimming pool and a spa.

The gaming hall will accommodate 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, 16 poker tables and a betting shop.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Bally’s is rebranding three casinos in Colorado

Three Bally’s Corporation casinos in Colorado will be renamed under the same visual brand and name: Bally’s Black Hawk.

These three casinos are Golden Gates Casino, Golden Gulch Casino and Mardi Gras Casino.

Bally’s executive vice president of casino operations and marketing director Phil Giuliano said:

“This is the first step in a concerted effort to rebrand all 14 land-based casinos in addition to creating an omnichannel brand for online sports betting, gaming offerings and fantasy sports.”

He added:

“We are proud to be able to offer Coloradans the Bally’s brand and what it has to offer now, as well as in the coming months and years. Reward Card members can now use their cards at all three hotels to receive Bally rewards, Tier status, restaurant discounts, casino multipliers and much more. Bally Bet users receive rewards at Bally’s Black Hawk Casino for all their mobile sports betting. We thank the state of Colorado for working with our team and are proud of our team members who worked hard to help us get over the line.”

Meanwhile, in Nevada, the Douglas County Alcoholic Beverage Board approved the name change of the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa company, which will now be called Bally & # 8217;s Lake Tahoe.

The board approved the name change on July 1 at the request of CEO Greg Forreyer and Executive Director Timothy Tretton, who has served as General Manager of the Stateline, Nevada Casino Resort since 2015.

The new name appeared after Bally & # 8217;s Corporation completed the acquisition of the institution previously owned by Caesars Entertainment.

Forreyer said:

“MontBleu is a major entertainment asset that is commensurate with the iconic Bally brand, and contributes to the development of our current portfolio diversification strategy. Upon completion of the transaction, we look forward to integrating the property into the Bally family and using it as an attractive location for our loyal customers who want to visit Lake Tahoe.”

The hotel-casino was built in 1978 as Park Tahoe and acquired by Caesars in 1980. This will be the third casino name change in the 21st century. During the transition from Caesars Tahoe to MontBleu in 2005, he was briefly called “Nomad” in the film “Smokin & # 8216;Aces”.

Bally’s has 14 casinos in 10 states, a racetrack and 13 authorized OTB licenses in Colorado.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Las Vegas casinos are preparing for the celebration of Independence Day

Seven resorts in Las Vegas have joined the list of hotels and casinos planning to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on July 4.

Fireworks will be held at Strat, Resorts World Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Aria, The Venetian and Planet Hollywood from 23:00.

The events will celebrate not only Independence Day, but also the return of Las Vegas after the casino was allowed to return to full capacity this month. Fireworks will also be held at other hotels and casinos in the Las Vegas Valley.

Station Casinos will launch fireworks from July 1 to July 4 at some of their hotels throughout the area, starting on July 1 at 21: 00 from the Off-Strip Palace station. The company is celebrating its 45th anniversary. 

In the center of Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel and Casino will celebrate Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of the hotel by setting off fireworks from the hotel towers in the first week of July.

A source: Focus Gaming News

3 illegal casinos found in the Netherlands

On Wednesday evening, May 26, 2021, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Ksa) assisted in a raid by a regional intervention group in Limburg. The Municipality of Venlo, the police and the Ksa simultaneously raided 3 illegal casinos. The raid was carried out on 2 office premises, a cafe and a house above it.

The cooperation partners are satisfied with the achieved result. Mayor Scholten van Venlo:

“It is important for Venlo to fight against illegal gambling. By doing this, we protect our young people, prevent criminals from laundering money and stop hotbeds of possible drug trafficking. Moreover, this criminal activity causes a lot of unrest and inconvenience in the area. We will continue to take measures against this.”

Facts:

  • 3 illegal casinos
  • 22 people were found in the raids
  • Cash was seized in the amount of more than 12,000 euros
  • Ksa confiscated 19 illegal slot machines, including illegal toto/lotto machines. All cabinets are removed immediately
  • 1 Rolex watch was confiscated.
  • 2 arrests for money laundering

One of the slots showed a turnover of 100,000 euros per month, the remaining 18 are still under investigation.

Source: official website of the Gambling Commission of the Netherlands