Several proposals for a new casino-resort have been received in Richmond, Va., including a $517 million project by Urban One, which would be the first majority Black-owned US casino. Other proposals have come from Bally's, the Cordish Companies and the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.
Melonie Johnson, who made history last year by becoming the first Black woman to run an Atlantic City casino, discusses the trials and triumphs of being at the helm of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa during the pandemic and the "intoxicating" appeal of the gaming industry. Leading in the midst of the coronavirus "is probably the biggest challenge that I have had in my career, but I find it rewarding," Johnson said.
More lenient regulations regarding where casinos are allowed to operate in France have been recommended in a report given to the French interior minister, according to a member of Parliament. The report proposes relaxation of legislation in order to permit casinos in any municipality with greater than 100,000 residents that is considered a tourist location.
Michigan's launch of online gaming on Jan. 22 is off to a strong start, with more than $29 million in total gross receipts reported in the first 10 days. BetMGM brought in the largest share of revenue, followed by DraftKings, FanDuel and PokerStars.
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., has begun hosting a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Earth Expo & Convention Center, in partnership with the state and Yale New Haven Health. Connecticut's other tribal casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino, also plans to open a large vaccination site.
Seven years after its closure, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City was imploded amid a viewing party of people who watched the demolition from their cars. The casino was owned by former President Donald Trump until 2013.
Legislation has been introduced in Illinois to authorize the state's casinos and racetracks to offer online gaming through proprietary platforms or via a partnership. The Internet Gaming Act would require an initial license fee of $500,000 and a 12% privilege tax paid to the State Gaming Fund.
Shinnecock Indian Nation plans to build a 76,000-square-foot casino in the Hamptons in New York, pending the approval of the state Gaming Commission's environmental impact study. The gaming facility, which will be constructed on tribal land, will include 1,000 video lottery terminals, 30 Texas Hold 'em table games and a bingo parlor.
Resorts World Catskills is planning to turn an empty department store at the Newburgh Mall in Camillus, N.Y., into a gaming venue with video lottery terminals. As shopping centers continue to decline, several casino operators have seized the opportunity to fill the vacant spaces, with three such facilities opening in Pennsylvania, another in the works in Virginia and potentially one in Illinois.
The Tulalip Tribes recently opened the doors of the new $125 million Quil Ceda Creek Casino in Tulalip, Wash. The 126,700-square-foot facility, which replaces an older casino across the street, features 1,500 slot machines, several restaurants and bars and an entertainment venue.
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