Online gaming revenue in New Jersey rose 23.4% to $20.6 million in October compared to the same month last year. The state's internet gaming operations have brought in more than $200 million in bets so far this year, a record high since becoming legal in 2013.
Filipino casino operator Bloomberry Resorts is considering growing its operations in Japan and Vietnam later down the road, the company reported in a financial filing this week. Any new venture would be based "on these countries' final regulation governing casinos and gaming," Bloomberry Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon said.
New satellite casinos will only be allowed to open in Macau if they do not increase the number of live-dealer gaming tables in the area, according Paulo Martins Chan, director of Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. The Royal Dragon Casino was the latest satellite facility to open, welcoming guests in September with 20 gaming tables pulled from other locations.
Ho-Chunk Gaming is adding an 86-room hotel, more gaming options and a restaurant, as part of a $153-million initiative to expand Ho-Chunk Nation's casino business in Wisconsin. The facility's gaming floor has already welcomed a renovated bar, 200 additional slot machines and a non-smoking game room.
The second level of Canada's Casino Niagara has reopened after the completion of a $3.5 million renovation and an equal investment in new gaming. Among the new features are a sports bar and restaurant, 24-table poker room and interactive zone for skill-based games, as well as new slot machines.
As many as six Japanese regions may eventually welcome casino resorts, according to Pixel Companyz President Hiroaki Yoshida. "What I think is that the regions that are more likely to have integrated resorts are Sasebo in the Nagasaki prefecture, Wakayama, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Osaka," he said.
MGM Resorts is wrapping up its spate of new casino developments across the world -- unless it receives a gaming license in the coveted Japan market, CEO Jim Murren said. In 2018, MGM Springfield and Macau's MGM Cotai will welcome guests, and the Monte Carlo will debut its makeover.
Ozzy Osbourne has signed on as brand ambassador for the recently launched online Metal Casino gaming site, and he has become a partial owner. The company offers players exclusive backstage passes, concert tickets and band merchandise alongside its casino games.
Internet gaming software developer Iforium has signed a multiyear contract with Spinomenal to bring its gaming titles to Iforium's Gameflex platform. "I look forward to working closely with the excellent team at Spinomenal and delivering their top performing titles across multiple markets via Gameflex," Iforium CEO Phil Parry said.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board says the three casinos in Detroit brought in a total revenue of $112.7 million in October, up 1.7% from October 2016. MGM took the majority of the market share with 43%, while MotorCity had 34% and Greektown 23%.
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