Macao casino workers will need to continue to wear masks or face coverings until at least March 23, according to a new mandate by the Health Bureau. The order was first put into place at the end of January.
The lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic combined with advancing technology likely will shift casino-resorts' bricks and mortar mentality to a more digital or hybrid approach to customer engagement, said Atif Rafiq, president of commercial and growth for MGM Resorts International at Skift Global Forum. He discussed integrating sports betting and online gaming into the company's strategy to reach customers on a daily basis and enhancing the guest experience through high-tech developments such as contactless check-in.
PointsBet has formed a one-year official sports betting partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, allowing the company to serve as main sponsor of the Colts' in-house pregame show and sponsor of some of the team's digital products. PointsBet will be permitted to use the Colts' logos, IP and marks, and a PointsBet executive said he hopes the deal will bring new bettors from the Colts fan base.
A land dispute between the Catawba Indian Nation and the Eastern Band of The Cherokee Indians is under discussion by a Congressional subcommittee, which will determine the fate of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort in Kings Mountain, N.C. The project commenced this summer, but the Cherokee tribe has said the casino would be built on a 17-acre area of land that belongs to them and that the Catawba tribe is staking its claim to the property to avoid more restrictive regulations in its home state of South Carolina.
Hotels in Macao are filling up quickly ahead of Golden Week, a Chinese holiday from Oct. 1 to 8, and casinos are optimistic that the increase in visitors will help them reverse the downward revenue trend caused by the pandemic. Eighty-eight percent of Macao hotel rooms were vacant in July, but resorts are expected to be sold out or nearly at capacity during the holiday week.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Ore., which is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will reopen with the new Wildhorse Family FunPlex following an expansion. The new facility will include a 2,500-square-foot arcade, a 24-lane bowling center called Quaking Aspens Lanes and a food court.
Online casino games and poker in Pennsylvania had a record-setting month in August, with revenue of $310.7 million -- representing a year-over-year increase of 5.89%. The state also reached an all-time high in sports betting last month.
California casinos that have been closed for months during the pandemic are finding inventive ways to safely serve customers by bringing gaming operations and dining outside. At Artichoke Joe's Casino in San Mateo, a 13,000-square-foot tent houses 32 gaming tables, although the venue is waiting to bring back poker until it can ensure proper social distancing.
The online gaming market is expected to surge in popularity worldwide and may reach revenue levels of $160 billion by the end of 2026, according to an analysis by Global Market Insights. The growth is likely due to advancements in technology by gaming platforms, an uptick in smartphone use and better internet infrastructure.
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