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October 16, 2012
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Gaming News By the Industry, For the Industry

  Top of the Deck 
  • Isle of Capri plans to open Missouri casino by end of October
    Isle of Capri, which hopes to open its Cape Girardeau, Mo., casino on Oct. 30, awaits approval from state gaming regulators. The Isle Casino Cape Girardeau will include 28 table games, 1,000 slot machines, five dining spaces and a multipurpose room for events. "It's exciting because now all that mystery will become reality and we'll find out really what it does mean. But there is no doubt that particularly initially, it's going to bring a lot of people to town," said Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Pa. table game revenue grew by 15.4% in September
    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said table game revenue from the state's 11 casinos rose 15.4% in September to $59.3 million, compared with $51.4 million in the same month last year. The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem saw a rise of more than 50% in gross revenue for the month, while Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino experienced revenue growth of more than 20%. CNBC/The Associated Press (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penn National to hire at least 50 workers for Mo. casino
    Penn National Gaming, which will take over ownership of Caesars Entertainment's casino in the St. Louis area, expects to hire more than 50 workers this month for various positions. In May, Penn National announced its acquisition of the Harrah's St. Louis casino, which will be rebranded as Hollywood Casino St. Louis. According to Penn National spokesman Brent Burkhardt, the gaming company intends to retain most of the 1,250 employees currently working at the casino. American City Business Journals/St. Louis (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • N.J. could soon begin issuing licenses for sports betting
    New Jersey said it could begin distributing licenses for sports betting in January despite opposition from professional sports leagues and the NCAA. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement has unveiled regulations for applicants including casinos and racetracks. "With the publication of these regulations, New Jersey ensures effective regulation and oversight of sports wagering, consistent with its long-standing nationwide reputation for maintaining integrity and instilling public confidence in gaming operations," said David Rebuck, director of the division. CNBC/The Associated Press (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Customers enjoy free sports promotion games at Atlantic City casinos
    Some casinos in Atlantic City are offering customers a chance to enjoy sports betting through football promotions that allows enthusiasts to win cash by selecting winning NFL teams. "It's a free promotion, with a chance to win based on picking the most winners or a random drawing. It's not viewed as sports betting. It's a form of entertainment," said Joe Lupo, senior vice president of operations at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. New Jersey, which wants to legalize sports betting in the state, has filed a lawsuit to overturn a federal ban on the activity. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Point is filling several positions for online poker site
    South Point Poker, which has been licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate a real-money online poker website in the state, is hiring for several positions. South Point Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Vaughan said a plan to kick off the software company's online poker site this month has been delayed due to continued testing ordered by regulators. "We feel we could launch today. But you’ve got to go through the independent testing labs, you have to satisfy the state Gaming Control Board and because we are the first, we're going to be under the microscope. They're going to prod us every which way, and that's good," Vaughan said. (Las Vegas) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WMS subsidiary inks license agreements with 2 online casinos
    Williams Interactive, a subsidiary of WMS Gaming, has signed a licensing deal with online casinos Unibet and Betsson. The deal allows the two casinos to gain access to Williams Interactive's Jadestone portfolio of games starting early next year. "This expanded relationship represents a meaningful expansion in the B2B growth of our interactive products and services," said Orrin Edidin, CEO of Williams Interactive and WMS president. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Conn. casinos report decrease in September slots revenue
    Connecticut's two casinos experienced a decrease in slots revenue in September. Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, attributed the revenue decline to increased competition from the Northeast and to economic conditions. "We're focused on finding new ways to efficiently attract business and reverse these trends," Etess said. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Spanish casinos look to benefit from possible rule changes
    Some casino owners in Spain are hoping to benefit from changes to regulations on tax rates and smoking that could come with Sheldon Adelson's planned EuroVegas casino resort near Madrid. "It's good news for the sector because these types of casinos use a high-investment, low-tax model to function. No one would invest this amount of money ... under the current tax regime," said Heliodoro Giner of the Spanish Casino Association. Reuters (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Genting UK unveils design of casino planned for Birmingham, England
    Genting UK has revealed an image of its planned casino near the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, after the company selected a contractor for the project. Galliford Try is expected to finish the construction of Resorts World Birmingham in January 2015. The leisure and entertainment complex will include a 176-room hotel, dining spaces, a cinema, conference facilities and a factory outlet mall. Birmingham Post (U.K.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA Code of Conduct guides industry practices
    The AGA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming was created in 2003 as a pledge to employees, patrons and the public to make responsible gaming an integral part of daily casino operations. The code encompasses all aspects of the gaming business, from employee assistance and training to alcohol service, advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the AGA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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