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The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated gaming revenue of $22.3 million in September, its first full month of operations. Chad Barnhill, the general manager for the Horseshoe, which opened Aug. 26, said the casino exceeded expectations in casino, dining and entertainment revenue. The five casinos in the state generated $82.4 million in revenue for September, beating last month's record of $80.6 million, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The Baltimore Sun (10/6)
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp has delayed an opinion on sports betting in New Jersey to allow casino operators and professional sports leagues to weigh in on the matter on Oct. 31. Shipp ruled in 2013 that a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states was constitutional. New Jersey has asked him to clarify whether the rule applies to sports betting that is not regulated by the state. The Washington Times (10/6)
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Council approved extending a memorandum of understanding with casino developers into 2019. While the city supports a casino, state regulators instituted a three-year moratorium on new casino applications earlier this year. KCRG-TV (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) (10/6)
The business partners behind a proposed remodeling of the Newport Grand slots parlor in Newport, R.I., have added more non-gaming amenities to their proposal to turn it into a full casino. On Monday, the partners offered to host the Newport Summer Comedy Series at the casino and build an ice rink. The casino proposal is subject to a statewide and citywide vote in November. The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (10/6)
Boyd Gaming Corp. is the latest company to join the trend for sports wagering through a mobile application. The app, called B Connected Sports, is available for both Android and iOS devices. Las Vegas Business Press (10/6)
Big cats are returning to Las Vegas in the "Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions" show at the Riviera, slated to open Dec. 1. Arthur will feature seven exotic cats, including a snow leopard that is the only animal of his kind featured in a ticketed show. In the past few years, shows featuring big cats have been on the decline as safety regulations and insurance costs have increased, and Arthur's show is the first in two years to combine magic and big cats in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Sun (10/6)
Paradise Entertainment Ltd. predicts more casinos will deploy electronic gaming tables in Macau to offset high labor costs. The chairman of Paradise forecasts a 50% increase to 20,000 e-gaming machines over the next three years, which will generate 30% more in profits. Macau Business Daily (10/7)
Galaxy secured the top market share in Macau for the first time in September, earning 22.9% market share. In August, Galaxy held a 21% market share and was third in market share overall. Sands China and SJM both lost market share, to drop to second and third place, respectively, while MGM gained market share but remains fifth behind Melco Crown. Macau Business Daily (10/7)
The IAGA's Gaming Summit 2014 will be held Oct. 29-31 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Attendees will hear from top level speakers from the gaming industry -- including Geoff Freeman, Lau Peet Meng, and Tim Wilmott. Find out more and register.
The industry came out in full force to support G2E 2014, they benefited from seeing new products, learning the trends, networking with new friends and old ones, and celebrating our vibrant industry. Be sure to visit the website to see an Exhibitor List and view photos from the G2E 2014 Digital Press Room.
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