Casino Insider

Dec 30, 2012 11:45 AM

Mirroring what has been reported in the U.S., officials in Macau are reporting that retail sales in Macau have not “recorded significant results” despite record visitors during the pre-Christmas shopping period.

Meanwhile, analysts at Stern Agee are reporting that Macau is on a path toward recording an all-time monthly casino record. Through December 25, the casinos had reported gross table-only gaming revenue of $2.7 billion.

The six applicants seeking the last remaining gaming license in Pennsylvania will present their plans for public review in February, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Three of the bidders have chosen South Philadelphia, near the stadium complex; another is on the Delaware River waterfront while two others have chosen sites near downtown.

With the new law permitting round-the-clock gambling, Maryland Live, Maryland’s largest casino, announced it will now be open 24 hours daily, seven days a week.

A Rhode Island consultant has advised the state lottery to hire 30 to 35 more staffers to operate and regulate the state’s first full casino when table games are added to Twin River next summer.

Lakes Entertainment Inc. (LACO) has named industry veteran Scott Just as general manager of Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort beginning with the new year.

Ohio State Racing Commission officials expect the summer racing meeting scheduled for River Downs will be transferred to Beulah Park to accommodate construction of a $200 million casino at River Downs in Cincinnati’s Anderson Township.

The Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians is paying $12 million to buy the Quality Inn & Suites near the FireKeepers Casino that it operates near Battle Creek, Michigan.

Mississippi casino revenue fell to $164.4 million during the month of November, staying within 1 percent of the amount won in 2011.

The labor union opposing the plan of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to privatize the operation of the state lottery has been given a two-week extension to offer a competitive alternative to a contract being offered to a British company.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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