Unionized casino workers in Las Vegas are expected to vote on a strike today after being unable to reach contracts with 34 resorts since February. The last citywide strike, in 1984, lasted 67 days, affected 32 resorts and caused area casinos to lose about $250 million in today's dollars.
Officials in Delaware are hopeful that the measures they have taken so far will enable them to be the first state outside of Nevada to offer sports betting. Employee training and software testing is slated to begin next week, meaning a sportsbook could launch as soon as the first week of June.
Aquis Entertainment has been given an extension by the Australian government to revise a proposal for a multimillion-dollar expansion at Casino Canberra. The news comes on the heels of director Justin Fung's decision to resign from the company to concentrate on his family's horse breeding venture.
Premium Leisure is in talks to buy a stake in Melco Resorts and Entertainment in the Philippines. The company is already landlord of Melco-owned City of Dreams Manila, which affords it a share of the casino's gaming revenue.
Although online gaming became legal in Pennsylvania at the end of last year, protectionist legal measures may prove a tough hurdle for operators. Online slots revenues will be taxed at 54%, land-based casinos cannot allow online play on their premises and all skins must be connected to a sub-domain of an existing brick and mortar licensee.
Palms Casino is showcasing its $620 million renovation in Las Vegas through a campaign called "From Dust To Gold." The operator has released five online brand films, a campaign microsite and more than 12 social-media teasers based on the casino's new features and venues.
Casino entry levies have not been proven to be effective at curbing problem gaming, despite the practice being upheld in Singapore and South Korea, according to Kahlil Philander, a hospitality business management professor at Washington State University. "Policymakers and operators would appear to be better served to focus on responsible gambling tools with strong evidence of effectiveness and to develop responsible gambling programs in areas with emerging evidence, such as positive play," Philander wrote.
Slovenian company Alfastreet is seeking to bring more of its electronic gaming machines to the Philippines and other Asian markets such as Macau, said Albert Radman, sales director for Alfastreet. The company recently installed 72 of its Wiky terminals at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila and is installing 400 more in Singapore.
Properties run by Wynn Macau and Melco Resorts are favored among Macau's high rollers, according to a report from Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. The report also reveals that customers at SJM Holdings and Wynn Macau skew somewhat older, while about 38% of patrons at Melco Resorts facilities are probably between the ages of 21 to 29.
Although the Supreme Court's recent ruling on sports betting will mean more competition for the four states where it was already legal, operators in Nevada aren't worried. Sports books only accounted for 2% of Las Vegas' casino revenue last year, bringing in $249 million last year.
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