MGM Resorts International sent out a message last week condemning white supremacists and hate groups. In response to the recent violence in Virginia and terrorist attack in Barcelona, the company said it would match employee contributions to civil rights groups.
Harrah's Las Vegas is trying out a simplified blackjack variation called Easy Jack, developed by University of Nevada, Las Vegas, student Matt Stream. The game has players starting out with one card and challenges them to reach 11.
NV Energy is losing another company with the upcoming exit of Reno's Peppermill Casino. The Nevada gaming facility will pay $3.3 million to switch to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council in January.
The Philippines' gross gaming revenue is expected to grow a compounded 25% this year, Morgan Stanley projects. The Okada Manila resort has recently begun offering VIP junket operations, and more tables, hotel rooms and restaurants likely will be available to the public after construction is completed later this year.
Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget Lake Charles riverboat, has requested looser gaming regulations from the Louisiana Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force to help operators stay competitive. He also urged the task force to recommend legalizing online casino games when they discuss possible amendments to gaming legislation with lawmakers next year.
Jackson Recovery Centers has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, to reach out to potential problem gamblers and their families. Each month, the organization mans a booth off the gaming floor and talks to visitors.
Scientific Games is undergoing restructuring to reduce its interest rates and lower its debt. "Our ongoing attention toward improving operating execution, generating stronger cash flows and deleveraging our balance sheet has enabled us to amend our credit agreement on more favorable terms," CEO Kevin Sheehan said.
Gaming regulations for Japan are anticipated to be fully drawn up by the end of the year, and approved locations are expected to be announced during the second half of 2018. Licenses likely will be awarded in 2019, putting opening day for the country's first casino resorts at 2024.
Revenue hit $204.5 million at Wynn Macau for the first half of the year, about $60 million more than the same period in 2016. An increase in Chinese tourists from the mainland has contributed greatly to the boost following the government's anti-corruption campaign.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will open a new Thrill Tower before the end of the summer. It will feature two new rides: the 120-foot "Sky Drop" free-fall experience designed for four people and the "Sky Launch" high-flying attraction that will have riders sitting back-to-back.
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