February saw a $3.39 billion rake from nontribal casinos across the US, down 2% year over year due to the month having one less day than in 2016. Illinois enjoyed a 4.6% gaming win increase, while Maryland brought in 38% more over last year, thanks to the newly opened MGM National Harbor facility.
Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa in Michigan City, Ind., has contributed greatly to the region's economy, bringing in almost $1 billion in gaming and admission taxes since 2001, according to Vice President and General Manager Lief Erickson. The resort is responsible for more than 1,000 jobs and has given $3.2 million to the city's Economic Development Corp. and more than $12 million to the Michigan City Community Enrichment Fund.
The $160.9 million Winford Hotel and Casino in Manila, the Philippines, officially opened Friday. The property includes a Japanese-style spa, a bar with concert stage, 128-room hotel, two floors dedicated to slot machines and other mass games, a VIP gaming floor and an Asia Poker Tour-branded poker room.
Pennsylvania legislators are looking to legalize online casino and lottery gaming in the state as a way to offset a potential $3 billion decline in funding through next summer. The state's lottery is expected to see its first yearly revenue drop since the recession, while state casinos face increased competition.
Several lawsuits over the past few years have led courts to rule in favor of gaming expansion in the state without Florida legislative approval. A Thursday decision approved language for a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for future gaming expansion.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in Iowa landed the top spot in 12 categories for Casino Player magazine's 2017 Best of Dining & Nightlife Awards. Achievements Hard Rock won include Best Overall Dining, Best Overall Entertainment, Best Place to See a Concert, Best Nightclub and Best Desserts.
The Ameristar East Chicago water-based casino and hotel in Indiana has seen three rebrandings since it opened as the Showboat Mardi Gras Casino in 1997. In recent years, the ship has seen increased nongaming revenue, especially from its Stadium Sports Bar & Grill that opened in 2015, and high-limit table games have been the focus of gaming growth, according to General Manager Matt Schuffert.
Security provider Synectics is reaching past video surveillance to data analytics to catch activity not detectable by video and to cross-reference casino systems for anomalies. The company is a major supplier to some of the largest gaming entities in Asia, with more than 100,000 cameras installed on three continents at more than 100 casinos as well as more than 15,000 cameras on 15 gaming cruise ships.
The Baha Mar gaming resort in the Bahamas opened Friday for a preview period, boasting 1,000 slot machines, race and sports betting, VIP gaming rooms, 126 table games, mobile gaming, restaurants and bars. The resort also showcased its 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar hotel, Royal Blue Golf Club and Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center.
A lawsuit filed by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians to stop Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion in Wisconsin prompted a letter of rebuke from the latter that claims the legal measure is damaging relations between the tribes. "At the same time, it has given ammunition to opponents of Indian gaming who seek to portray tribal gaming as unfair, dishonest and contrary to the interests of the citizens of Wisconsin," the letter said.
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