Macau's gaming revenue is expected to reach $43 billion by 2019, thanks in part to a boost in tourism to the area from mainland China, according to a Morgan Stanley report. Visitor numbers are likely to increase when a bridge connecting Macau and Hong Kong opens this summer, while hotels and casinos in the city plan a 14,000-room expansion during the next five years.
Japanese legislators are expected to tackle the issue of integrated resort regulations during their 2018 regular Diet session, which began this week. Lawmakers still need to finalize the details of a Problem Gambling Bill and the IR Implementation Bill before the country can welcome its first integrated resorts.
Northwest Indiana's five commercial casinos gained new competition recently with the addition of a fourth tribal Four Winds Casino and its 1,800 gaming machines and four restaurants. "We have seen several new casino properties open in this region over the last 10 years, and Blue Chip has continued to compete successfully each time over that time frame," said Boyd Gaming spokesman David Strow.
The government has put nearly 103 acres of land in trust for the Shawnee tribe, which plans to build a 42,309-square-foot casino in Oklahoma. In addition to gaming, the facility also will include retail space, a restaurant and offices for the Shawnee Gaming Commission.