Friday, January 29, 2021
The Super Bowl is the single most popular sporting event that Americans bet on every year. Projections from the American Gaming Association before last year’s game predicted that well over $6 billion would be wagered. And thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2018 legalizing sports betting, the states that have enacted legislation allowing for gambling will get a nice chunk of the tax revenues for those legal transactions.
Planridge Park Casino is back open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The slot parlor returned to full-time gaming Wednesday, staffers announced, and will be open 24/7 going forward. Plainridge, the state’s other two casinos in Everett and Springfield, and other businesses in the state had been operating under limited hours imposed by Gov. Charlie Baker last month.
Six months into the fiscal year that began July 1, Foxwoods Resort Casino has forwarded $40 million in slot-machine revenue to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection — the “minimum contribution,” as spelled out in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s revenue-sharing agreement with the state. Foxwoods met the requirement by adding $716,766 to its slots contribution in December.
If one state senator has his way, riverboat gambling could be coming to Jackson. District 26. Sen. John Horhn has filed S.B. 2395, which would amend state statute to “authorize (gaming) aboard cruise vessels on the Pearl River within a city with a population of 150,000 or more.” The bill has been referred to the Senate Gaming and Finance committees.
MGM National Harbor will reopen its restaurants Friday, nearly two months after Prince George’s County shut down indoor dining due to rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the area. The reopening coincides with the ban on indoor dining lifting throughout the county. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said Monday that the ban would lift Friday. Restaurants in Prince George’s, including in MGM, will still be limited to 25% capacity.
Palace Hospitality has partnered with the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria for construction of a new casino to be located in Chico, California. “This casino has been a long time coming, with the official compact approval being received in 2018 after more than a decade of attempts to move forward,” said Mechoopda Tribal Chairman Dennis Ramirez.
Read more: CDC Gaming Reports
Caesars Entertainment has been ranked No. 104 on Newsweek’s list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” in 2020, rising 42 slots from 2019. Caesars also occupies the top spot in the Entertainment, Leisure and Dining category. “Through the steadfast work, compassion and generosity of Caesars team members, we make a positive impact that continues to grow each year,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment.
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Atlantis Casino Resort Spa was recently voted among Nevada’s best casinos outside of Las Vegas via the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. In the category for “Best Casino Outside Las Vegas,” Atlantis finished third in the country, while the Atlantis Steakhouse earned the second highest mark in the “Best Casino Restaurant” category, according to a recent press release from the Atlantis. Both awards were the highest given to any Northern Nevada casino.
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Genting Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-listed cruise ship arm of Malaysia’s Genting Group, says there is a good chance it will eventually sell off its entire remaining stake in a Macau hotel and casino development as it fights to keep its troubled cruise business afloat. The company announced in November that it had reached an agreement to sell 50% of its stake in Genting Macau.
The average occupancy rate of Macau’s hotels and guesthouses reached 53.1% in December, a 9.1 percentage point improvement over the previous month but down 38.9 percentage points compared with the same month a year earlier. The numbers represented a 52.5% decline in the total guests in December 2020 to 579,000, including a 40.0% fall in those from mainland China
Read more: Inside Asian Gaming
Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation (RWPCHF), the charitable arm of Resorts World Manila operator Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc, has donated Php500 million (US$10.5 million) for the construction of an NCRPO Medical Center. The modern medical center – located in Taguig City, Maila – is allocated for police officers and their families.
Read more: Inside Asian Gaming
The Last Word Edited by Ken Adams
“Going forward, gaming just wants to be treated the same as everyone else in business. We’re not trying to be greedy or selfish and we’re not separating ourselves from other businesses that have suffered devastating economic harm. We don’t want to be discriminated against.”
American Gaming Association President Bill Miller

Gaming has made some progress toward acceptance as a legitimate business. It still has a way to go before in the halls of Congress, gaming is not seen as evil, greedy and unworthy of an equal status with other industries. This may be the time!
This report is edited by Cory Roberts