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August 18, 2017
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Golden Nugget owner asks La. task force for relaxed regulations, internet gaming
Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget Lake Charles riverboat, has requested looser gaming regulations from the Louisiana Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force to help operators stay competitive. He also urged the task force to recommend legalizing online casino games when they discuss possible amendments to gaming legislation with lawmakers next year.
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Innovations and Trends
Hard Rock welcomes recovery service reps to help problem gamers in Iowa
Jackson Recovery Centers has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, to reach out to potential problem gamblers and their families. Each month, the organization mans a booth off the gaming floor and talks to visitors.
Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (8/18) 
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Looking to lower debt, Scientific Games reduces interest rates
Scientific Games is undergoing restructuring to reduce its interest rates and lower its debt. "Our ongoing attention toward improving operating execution, generating stronger cash flows and deleveraging our balance sheet has enabled us to amend our credit agreement on more favorable terms," CEO Kevin Sheehan said.
Inside Asian Gaming online (Macau) (8/15) 
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International Gaming
Timeline for Japanese resorts outlines potential 2024 opening dates
Gaming regulations for Japan are anticipated to be fully drawn up by the end of the year, and approved locations are expected to be announced during the second half of 2018. Licenses likely will be awarded in 2019, putting opening day for the country's first casino resorts at 2024.
Nasdaq (8/17) 
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Wynn Macau sees revenue rise in first half
Revenue hit $204.5 million at Wynn Macau for the first half of the year, about $60 million more than the same period in 2016. An increase in Chinese tourists from the mainland has contributed greatly to the boost following the government's anti-corruption campaign.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (8/18) 
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Hospitality Trends
New rides to open this summer at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Conn.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will open a new Thrill Tower before the end of the summer. It will feature two new rides: the 120-foot "Sky Drop" free-fall experience designed for four people and the "Sky Launch" high-flying attraction that will have riders sitting back-to-back.
WTIC-TV (Hartford, Conn.) (8/15) 
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