The Klondike Sunset Casino in Henderson, Nev., will reopen Aug. 3 after closing its doors in 2014 following the death of owner John Woodrum. The slots-only casino received its gaming license to operate Thursday.
Delaware-based Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment saw modest growth last quarter, but the company had to trim expenses and lay off employees to manage it, CEO Denis McGlynn said. The casino continues to suffer from financial stress after the state failed to pass a tax bill to provide $46 million in yearly relief to casinos.
Goa, India, is the third-largest casino destination in the world, according to Goa legislator Pandurang Madkaikar, but he sees this accomplishment as a negative. "There is a need to bring control in casinos. If this continues, Goa will go out of the hands of the government and will be controlled by casino lobbies," he says.
The $265 million Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe has tapped Friedmutter Group as its architect. Designs should be done by the end of September, and the casino is due to open in spring 2019.
Casinos in rural parts of Oklahoma are responsible for making at least half the gaming revenue that goes to the state, according to a report given this week at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference. Casinos also offer an additional benefit for these rural communities, as they encourage other businesses to build there.
Macau's gaming industry could see some recovery in 2017 as major casino operators are shifting focus from high-rollers to a new demographic of visitors. Both Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Wynn Resorts Ltd. are pitching to casual gamers, as well as increasing offerings for nongaming travelers.
Construction on a casino in Yuba County, Calif., has been suspended because the Enterprise Rancheria Indian tribe hasn't been able to secure financing due to lawsuits by competitors. The $170 million Fire Mountain Resort & Casino has interim financing, but the lawsuits need to be resolved before permanent financing can be secured.
Gaming operator Estoril Sol has launched the first legal online gaming platform in Portugal. The new desktop and mobile platform offers 18 games so far, including blackjack, roulette and video slots.
Many who study the psychology of gambling believe that more focus needs to be placed on the experience, especially as technology becomes a stronger factor in game play. This technology may limit human contact and diminish the experience gamers seek.
The Maryland Live Casino is suing MGM Resorts, claiming that the company benefited from several former Maryland Live employees who gave MGM lists of more than 3,000 VIP customers. MGM has denied the allegations and said that noncompete agreements the employees signed were not enforceable.
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