Construction will begin next year on Ellis Entertainment's 60,000-square-foot historical racing machine venue in the Towne Square Mall development in Owensboro, Ky. The project, expected to cost around $20 million, will include a variety of HRMs, a simulcast betting and viewing space and a sports-themed bar and grill.
Magnolia Bluffs Casino-Hotel in Natchez, Miss., has added the Playmakers Sportsbook, Bar & Grill, a facility for sports betting featuring more than 40 screens, including one that covers an entire wall. "There is no venue to watch sports for 90 minutes from Natchez, now we have filled that need," said Kevin Preston, president/partner of the property.
Casino workers in Atlantic City, N.J., have banded together to urge the state to permanently ban smoking inside casinos, forming a group called Casino Employees Against Smoking's Effects, or C.E.A.S.E., and staging a rally in support of the cause. Casinos were temporarily smoke-free in New Jersey during the pandemic until July 4 but now allow smoking inside on up to 25% of the gaming floor.
Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced plans to build a new campground in Preston, Conn., in partnership with Blue Water Development. Plans for the recreational vehicle park, which is set to debut in 2023, include a splash pad, a water slide, a pool, a camp store, a pavilion, tennis and volleyball courts and 304 camping sites.
Delayed by the pandemic, a 23-story, 300-room hotel being built at Four Winds Casino in South Bend, Ind., saw its last steel beam installed. The casino, operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, also underwent an expansion of 40,000 square feet of gaming space.
Lasseters Hotel Casino in Alice Springs, Australia, will undergo a $75 million improvement project, which will include the construction of a new hotel, along with an upgraded casino floor and additional dining options. The facility was recently sold to Iris Capital, an Australian development and hospitality group.
Carnival Cruise Line has become the first major cruise line to offer sports betting in international waters, with the first wager taking place aboard the Majestic Princess. Betting will be operated through Ocean Sportsbook, and Sportradar will provide the odds using a satellite feed.
Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, Calif., has completed a 15-month project that included the refurbishment of hotel rooms and other interior and exterior spaces and a larger gaming area with a new high-limit section featuring more than 80 slot machines and 10 new table games. The expansion also included the addition of four restaurants and a larger conference center with a ballroom.
As vaccination rates in Asia soar, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is set for a big turnaround next year and will take a path to recovery similar to Las Vegas, said Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Rob Goldstein in an earnings call. "We were told that in Las Vegas we wouldn't see revenues return until 2024 or 2025, but here we are in the fall of 2021 and the market has blown wide open," Goldstein said.
New Jersey brought in $1.01 billion in sport wagers in September, making it the first state ever to attain more than $1 billion in sports bets in a month. More than $82 million of the total was retained by the state's nine casinos and three racetracks.
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