Peppermill Reno resort and casino filed paperwork to become the fourth Nevada casino to leave NV Energy to find better pricing elsewhere. MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and The Sands Corp. have also applied to leave the grid, though The Sands has not yet agreed to pay an exit fee.
Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas saved more than 7 million pounds of food waste this year by repurposing it for pig slop. An estimated 40% of food produced in the US is thrown away, according to Consumer Reports, and Aria and 10 other Las Vegas casinos are helping to reduce this by reusing food waste to meet other needs.
Three Pennsylvania casinos are challenging a local-share tax law that requires casinos to pay 2% of slot machine revenue if more than $500 million is made, or a minimum of $10 million. Rivers Casino, Mount Airy and Harrah's Philadelphia are arguing that this law creates disparate tax rates when applied to slot revenue, resulting in some casinos being given preferential treatment.
CG Technology, a Las Vegas-based sports book management company, said it would fire President and CEO Lee Amaitis and pay $1.5 million and create an escrow account to settle a January 2014 fine related to calculations the company used to pay out player winnings. The Nevada Gaming Commission is likely to consider the agreement at its meeting next week.
The Four Winds Casino Resort has just expanded with about 10% more square footage at its Dowagiac, Mich., property, adding 70 slot machines and two gaming tables to its current complement. The casino is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian, which also has completed upgrades to its Four Winds venue in New Buffalo, Mich.
Augmented reality, or applications that use sensory inputs to improve the online experience, can be a valuable tool in the gaming industry because it can recreate a realistic experience from any location. Despite the relative newness of this technology, gaming companies like Red-Flush-Casino.com are already considering ways to add it to user experiences.
Mississippi casinos brought in $175 million in revenue in June, a 1.4% increase overall from June 2015. The dozen coastal casinos took in $96 million, while the 16 Mississippi River casinos gained $79 million.
Since the first online casino was opened in 1994, the industry has grown by leaps and bounds, including the development of the mobile casinos that are becoming the preferred method of online gaming. Mobile gaming has even found its way into regular gaming, with mobile options being implemented via social media sites and at brick-and-mortar locations.
Gold Eagle Casino in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently received two Gold Romero Awards in Las Vegas in recognition of the casino's floor promotions and VIP promotions.
Best Sunshine International, operator of a temporary casino on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, is getting a land lease from the Commonwealth. Imperial Pacific International Holdings, the parent company, expects to spend as much as $7.1 billion to build a permanent resort on the island.
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