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For the past 18 months, Station Casinos has used Big Data to analyze its loyalty program to improve its marketing to customers -- an investment that paid off after six months. "We wanted to find out more about our guests' habits for each of our casinos, and to better see what they like doing," said Karen O'Dell, IT project director at Station Casinos. Forbes (10/27)
New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak said online gaming in the state has been "less than stellar" in almost its first year of operations. Internet gaming has generated more than $100 million in revenue since coming online in November 2013, but Lesniak said that he expects online gaming to improve results once more credit card companies agree to process payments. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (10/27)
The casino industry directly employs 20.8% of workers in Macau, according to government data, making it the largest direct employer in the city. The gaming industry directly employs 81,500 workers in Macau and indirectly employs retail and hospitality workers. GGRAsia (Macau) (10/28)
According to a report from CLSA, the average minimum bet of $270 in Macau -- which is more than 10 times that in Las Vegas and Australia -- will likely drop. "Trees do not grow to the sky and going forward it should be very difficult to increase minimum bet further," the report said. Macau Business Daily (10/28)
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Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat
Casino developers vying for four casino licenses in upstate New York are touting economic development for depressed areas. For example, Binghamton, N.Y., lost its luster as a manufacturing town after IBM and Endicott Johnson scaled back operations, but could rebound with the proposed Traditions casino. In addition, nearly all of the proposed casinos are located within 25 miles of a college or university, some of which now offer degree programs in casino management. The Washington Times (10/25)
A federal judge on Friday halted the implementation of a New Jersey law that would have allowed sports betting in the state, but state lawmakers vowed to press ahead with the legalization effort. "This is a temporary order while the core issues surrounding sports wagering in New Jersey are fully considered by the court," said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. "We continue to have full confidence in the strength and appropriateness of our position as we move forward in the litigation." Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/24)
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie plans to hold a second summit on the future of Atlantic City, hosted by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Nov. 12. Since the inaugural Sept. 8 summit, casino, government and business leaders have submitted proposals on revitalizing the city, many details of which have not been released. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (10/24)
Gene Williams, the mayor of Lynwood, Ill., said tax revenue from the village's video gaming terminals could represent as much as 27% of its total sales tax collected. Illinois legalized video gaming more than two years ago, and there are now almost 18,000 machines in the state. The SouthtownStar (Chicago) (10/26)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/26)
KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (10/25)
Sands Bethlehem Casino in Pennsylvania, the smallest Sands casino, leads the state in both gaming revenue and employment, according to the state gaming board's annual report. The casino boasts several amenities, which attract visitors from across the state and neighboring states. "Our property in Bethlehem is probably one of the most profitable ... casinos of all the hundreds of casinos in local markets," said Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. "It's probably one of the most profitable, if not the most profitable." The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (10/26)
Station Casinos recently donated $50,000 to help Clark County, Nev., schools through its Smart Start program, which targets low-income schools. Each Smart Start school is partnered with one of Station Casinos' 19 Southern Nevada properties, which have rewarded students with bikes for perfect attendance, provided school supplies and uniforms, and encouraged employees to volunteer with local schools. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/26)
This week, the GGB Podcast sits down with Rob Oseland, the president of SLS Las Vegas, just weeks after the opening of the new property on the North Strip.
When California voters decide on Proposition 48 Nov. 4 and determine whether the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians can proceed with a $350 million off-reservation casino, the implications could reach well beyond the casino's proposed site in Madera. Barstow, Calif., is on a major route from Southern California to Las Vegas, and groups that have wanted to build a casino in Barstow are among supporters of the North Fork proposition. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/25)
The Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Mich., was named as the casino of the year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians owns the tribal casino, and the tribe is considering building a second casino in Fruitport Township, Mich., using the same model. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (10/27)
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Lady Dorothy Nevill, British writer