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Atlantic City, N.J., is betting on airline service to encourage tourism to the gaming mecca. The city's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved $5 million in grants for airlines, which will go toward buying unused seats on flights and therefore reducing airlines' risk when they add additional flights. The Atlantic City airport currently is served by United Airlines and Spirit Airlines. TravelPulse (4/17)
Macau Business Daily (4/21)
This week, the GGB Podcast features a discussion with Mike Mitchell, Bally Technologies' vice president of game development and engineering, about the convergence of games at Bally and SHFL entertainment, which recently merged.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed legislation in Russia's lower parliamentary house to create a gaming zone in Crimea. Russia currently permits gaming in four designated zones, and Crimea would become the fifth such zone under the bill. Russia recently annexed Crimea from Ukraine. International Business Times (4/21)
AGA has added three members to its executive leadership and public affairs teams. These additions will bolster membership engagement, media outreach and ally development. Along with the team members hired in January, the new staff additions will enhance AGA's efforts to champion gaming.
G2E Asia is happy to announce that Gamal Aziz, President of Wynn Macau will speak at the 2014 G2E Asia Conference. Mr. Aziz oversees the Company's current Macau business operations and future resort developments on Cotai and will speak on the seminar "Mass in Macau: Growth Prospects for Asia's Gaming Capital." At this session, conference delegates will learn why the mass market is growing faster than VIP and discuss what the expansion of Cotai and development of Hengqin Island will mean for the market. For a full description of this session and to see the G2E Asia conference program, please visit www.G2EAsia.com.
Christian Nestell Bovee, American writer
Casinos in Deadwood, S.D., and Atlantic City, N.J., linked slot machines Thursday for the first multi-state progressive slots jackpot in the U.S. Deadwood's machines are linked through Powerbucks to Caesars and Boyd Gaming properties in New Jersey. International Game Technology led this effort. "To be able to bring this new gaming experience to our customers first in the country, giving them before unimaginable jackpots at any bet level is an exciting opportunity for our industry," said Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.) (4/18)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has decided to keep a September deadline for a casino license for southeastern Massachusetts. The commission had previously pushed back the deadline from July 23 to at least Sept. 23. The panel also ruled that infrastructure costs can be included in the $500 million minimum investment. "Time is not the problem. The marketplace is the problem," said Stephen Crosby, chairman of the commission. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (4/17)
The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission voted against a proposed casino in Cedar Rapids. Commission members voted 4-1 to nix the Cedar Crossing Casino project. Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said he feels that he and the community were misled into believing they could get a license. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (4/17)
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, should recuse himself from a hearing on Boston's host community status for two proposed casinos. Crosby is accused of making "prejudicial" statements against Boston, said Elizabeth Dello Russo, an attorney for the Walsh administration, in a letter to the commission. Crosby and other commission members have not responded. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (4/17)
The Tioga Downs racino in upstate New York has inked an agreement with a country club three miles away. The 99-year lease is contingent upon the racino receiving a casino license. The racino will take over the operations of the Tioga Country Club and make renovations its members have long sought if a license is awarded. WIVT-TV (Binghamton, N.Y.) (4/17)
The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (4/17)
Under an agreement with the City of Springfield, Mass., MGM Springfield plans to spend $6.75 million to redevelop Union Station. While many visitors to the potential casino are expected to drive from New England and upstate New York, developers are hopeful that a high-class train station could attract crowds via public transit from places including New York City. MGM will also lease 44,000 square feet of space at the train depot. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (4/17)
According to Eilers Research, mobile games accounted for nearly half of social casino game revenue across the world in the first quarter. The market analyst firm also predicts the social casino game market will grow 31% this year, reaching revenue of $2.6 billion. Caesars Interactive tops in market share, at 17.8%, followed by IGT and Zynga. VentureBeat (4/17)
The Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho is preparing to open a poker room next month, but state officials say the tribal casino is not allowed to offer poker. The tribe maintains the state ban doesn't apply to them. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (4/17)
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has not yet received any applicants for a casino license on the island of Saipan. Applicants face a Monday deadline and a $30 million license fee due by May 5. According to an amended law, if a license is not issued within 90 days, "the commission shall establish new application procedures." Pacific News Center (4/17)
The Tribune (The Bahamas) (4/16)
Casinos create jobs, drive economic development and provide critical tax revenues to state and local governments. Communities from Bethlehem, Pa., to Baltimore, Md., have experienced the positive effects of gaming. The economic impact of gaming in specific states is contained in AGA's state fact sheets.
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