Casino Hollywood in Louisiana has begun to transfer river vessels inland

On August 10, the Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge began implementing its project to transfer river vessels to land, becoming the first in Baton Rouge to take advantage of the 2018 law allowing Louisiana river casinos to carry out such movements.

The project, which has an initial budget of $ 60 million, will include slot machines, sports betting and new restaurants, and all offers will be placed on one floor, unlike a three-story casino on riverboats, WBRZ reports .

The parking lot, located in the immediate vicinity of the existing Hollywood Casino, will be converted into an above-ground gaming and entertainment complex that will occupy 100,000 square feet of land; and the casino’s single-level floor alone will occupy an area of more than 27,000 square feet.

“This will bring huge benefits to the city of Baton Rouge. This will benefit the state of Louisiana, as it will increase revenue from the tax base. So, more employment. We are very excited, ” said Ronnie Jones, chairman of the Louisiana Gambling Control Board, during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Aaron Mollura, vice president of marketing at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge, said,

that due to the growing “demand of guests”, there are plans to have a “big sports bar”, which will become the Shaquille O’Neal Big Chicken restaurant.

Other expected commercial developments include a sports field and a betting shop once Louisiana enters the market. Louisiana was one of several states that approved sports betting in 2020, but it still remains unknown when this type of gambling will be launched, and the likely date will come before the Super Bowl next year.

It is estimated that the construction will be completed in about a year after the foundation is laid, and it is expected that new jobs will appear not only during the construction of the casino, but also for general work after the renovation is completed. The number of employees may increase from 300 to about 500, as well as another 160 people in construction.

The Hollywood Casino is the second project to move to land in the state after the Island of Capri in Lake Charles, but the first project to take advantage of the legislation of the state of Louisiana, and the first in Baton Rouge to move inland. When casinos were first allowed in Louisiana, the law allowed only one to be on land, a casinoHarrah & # 8217;s in New Orleans, while the rest were supposed to be on the water.

Peter Carlino, CEO and Chairman of Gaming and Leisure Properties, said:

“This will have a huge impact on the success of this business . We think that this is the most convenient place in the city.”

Source: YogoNet

Marina Bay Sands reopens Casino as staff vaccination rate reaches 90%

Marina Bay Sands has resumed the operation of the casino after a two-week closure.

The casino reopened at around 18: 00 on Thursday evening after being closed since July 22 to undergo a deep clean-up due to COVID-19, part of the latest outbreak in Singapore, which was linked to the hotel.

In a statement posted on its website, MBS said that the opening of the new home “comes at a time when the vaccination rate among our employees has reached almost 90%.”

MBS also outlined the “further improvement of our routine testing program for staff”, which is currently being rolled out, with the frequency of testing for COVID-19 differentiated depending on the vaccination status of individual team members and their risk profiles at work.

“This means that the staff working with guests will take swabs at intervals of three to 28 days,” the company added. The integrated resort, which has hygiene and sanitation certificates … strives to be vigilant on all fronts, working closely with the authorities to respond quickly and adapt to the changing situation.”

The closure was the second time in two months that MBS has suspended casino operations for cleaning, with two dealers also testing positive for COVID-19 in May. At that time, the company responded by testing 7,450 employees and 800 contractors, and all of them gave negative results.

On Thursday, Singapore reported 96 new cases of transmission.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Pickering Casino and Resort opens in Toronto

Three years after the first announcement, Pickering Casino and Resort opened in the Greater Toronto area in 2018.

The site is loaded by 75% due to restrictions on Covid-19 .

As soon as everything gets better, there will be 2,400 slot machines, about 100 live table games, 140 stadium gaming terminals with live dealers and 10 restaurants on the site.

Terrence Doyle, interim Chief Executive Officer of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, stressed that the casino can contribute to the company’s growth.

He said:

“The opening of the casino at Pickering Casino Resort is another step towards the recovery of our company after the impact of Covid-19. It will be the 25th Great Canadian hotel currently operating in Canada and the first casino resort opened in Ontario in 16 years.”

At the first stage of opening, 600 jobs were created at the site. After the construction is completed, it is expected to create 10,000 jobs and tax revenues of $ 600 million.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Choctaw Nation opens a new casino in Oklahoma

The Durant Casino and Resort opened to the public after a $ 600 million expansion project. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced its plans in 2018 and began operations in April 2019.

Amenities in the new 21-story Sky Tower expansion include 3,300 slot machines, 1,000 new hotel rooms , eleven bars, six restaurants, two Starbucks and a parking space for 3,200 cars.

According to tribal representatives, the Durant Casino and Resort should create 1,000 new permanent jobs in the southern part of Oklahoma.

Heidi Grant, executive director of games and hospitality, said that the expanded offer provides a modern entertainment destination.

She said:

“Every detail is deliberate. From the world-class collection of Choctaw art that adorns the walls, aisles and even ceilings, to modern luxury hotel rooms and bright and spacious rooms throughout the hotel. The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant & # 8211; is a great casino located close to home.”

Back in 2017, the venue was expanded. 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

Treasure Chest Casino Donates $ 100,000 to Non-Profit Organizations

Treasure Chest Casino has announced that it has donated a total of $ 100,000 to two local non-profit organizations that provide basic services to the elderly and local families struggling with hunger.

The Treasure Chest donated $ 50,000 to the Kenner City Food Bank, which distributes food to hundreds of residents facing food insecurity in the community every week, in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Roll. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the food bank has faced a high demand for its services and continues to serve all citizens of the city of Kenner who need food assistance.

“We would like to thank Boyd Gaming for this very generous donation to Food Bank. This will allow us to help more needy residents of Kenner during the increased demand associated with COVID-19, ” said Ben Zan, mayor of Kenner. “This is just another example of one of the many ways that Treasure Chest and Boyd Gaming are giving back to society.”

“We are very grateful to Boyd Gaming for this generous donation,” said Chavon Thompson, director of citizen Support, who oversees Food Bank City of Kenner. “This will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of fighting hunger by distributing food to the most needy.”

The hotel also donated $ 50,000 to the Jefferson Council on Aging (JCOA), a nonprofit organization offering a full range of programs and services to improve the quality of life of seniors in Jefferson County. The organization offers nutrition programs, transportation services, wellness seminars, employment services for the elderly, a center for helping the elderly and disabled, and much more. The donation of the “Treasure Chest” will allow the non-profit organization to purchase a much-needed van that will be used to transport and deliver food for the elderly.

“The gracious donation of $ 50,000 received from Boyd Gaming and Treasure Chest will allow JCOA to replace the food transportation and delivery van that, after many years of impeccable service, has reached the end of its service life,” said Albert Robichaud, executive Director and CEO of JCOA. “With the purchase of the new van, JCOA will be able to continue providing services in the form of transportation to Gretna Senior and the wellness center, delivering food to elderly people living in Terrytown, and providing additional transportation services to scheduled events as needed.”

The latest contributions are part of an ongoing effort by Treasure Chest and Boyd Gaming to support local nonprofits providing comprehensive services to the community as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Kenner City Food Bank and the Jefferson Council on Aging have made a significant contribution to our community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when even more families were struggling with food insecurity, and older people needed better access to critical services forimproving their quality. life, ” said Kim Etland, vice President and CEO of Treasure Chest Casino. “Treasure Chest Casino and Boyd Gaming are proud to support such charities that help make our communities a better place for our families to live.”

Source: official website of Boyd Gaming

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