Hundreds show up for casino’s grand opening

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Hundreds of people flocked to Hollywood Casino Perryville on Thursday to celebrate the official opening of Maryland's first slot machine venue in more than 40 years, despite the worst rainstorm of 2010.

The $97.5 million facility opened Monday, 3 days ahead of the official grand opening and a month earlier than originally projected by Wyomissing, Pa.-based casino owner Penn National Gaming.

"This is a big day for Cecil County, Perryville, the state of Maryland and people who live in the area and enjoy casino gaming," general manager Himbert Sinopoli said.

He later told the audience that the casino has attracted 21,200 visitors in its first three days of operation.

Casino sod-turning set

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Officials will turn the sod on Manitoba’s third aboriginal-owned casino Thursday while announcing a partnership with an American Indian band.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, dignitaries with shovels full of dirt will mark the start of construction of the Spirit Sands Casino.

The gaming palace will be built on Highway 5, about 15 km south of Carberry and adjacent to Spruce Woods Provincial Park, on land owned by the Swan Lake First Nation.

Plans for the $40-million casino include 300 slot machines, 5 gaming tables, food and beverage services, and likely a hotel at some point in the future.

Rob Ballantyne, an economic development business analyst with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said Thursday will be an exciting day when years of planning will come to fruition

Sparks fly as councilors question officials on casino deal

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FALL RIVER — Kenneth Fiola, the city’s point person on developing 300 acres envisioned for a tribal casino resort and marketing an alternative biomanufacturing area, told the City Council the prospects of a $500 million investment with 4,500 good-paying jobs over 3 to 5 years made this a gamble the city couldn’t and shouldn’t pass up.

“In the short term,” the casino’s a game changer. ... Clearly no one project ever represented the possibility of 4,500 jobs for all segments of our labor force,” Fiola, who’s headed the Fall River Office of Economic Development for over 20 years, told the council Tuesday night.

For 2½ hours of intense questioning by several councilors, Fiola, Corporation Counsel Steven Torres and Redevelopment Authority Chairman William Kenney explained and defended decisions made since the spring that some saw as negating progress.

It was the most public dialogue with key officials of Mayor Will Flanagan’s key casino players since he announced the controversial sale of the 300-acre envisioned biotechnology park near Route 24.

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Aqueduct Casino Work to Begin Soon

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"All along, I have said that securing this deal and moving ahead with the project at Aqueduct is critical for the future of New York," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. "The state, in partnership with Genting, has the opportunity to create jobs for the community and to revitalize this area. After almost a decade of delay, this project is finally becoming a reality and all New Yorkers will benefit."

Genting New York officials, after turning over $380 million in licensing fee payments to the state, said they’re prepared to quickly start construction on the Aqueduct casino project.

"We are planning to make this a very impressive entertainment destination for all of New York," said Michael Speller, president of the company that is owned by a Malaysian-based casino corporation.

Speller said construction will begin "almost right away" after final environmental permits are issued for the project, which will feature 4,500 slot machines. He said 1,600 of those devices will be turned on by sometime next spring, with the rest up and running 6 months later. The full project development, which will include restaurants and entertainment space, will come within 18 months later.

First slots parlor gets state license, will open earlier

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Maryland's first slots casino is officially cleared to open its doors to the public Monday — 3 days ahead of schedule — after state officials issued the Hollywood Casino of Perryville an operating license.

Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino signed the license Sunday evening allowing Penn National Gaming, the owner of the casino, to begin operations after a successful trial run of the facility on Saturday.

"Everything is a go and we will open at 8 a.m.," said Marc DeLeo, director of marketing at the casino. "We’ll open our doors as the first casino in the state. We passed all the tests, and they gave us the go ahead."

Hollywood Casino was originally scheduled to open Thursday, and still has plans to hold grand opening events that day. Monday's "soft" opening is slated for 8 a.m.

Casino shows and concerts

Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. Karaoke Night. 9/30.

Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. Elaine Paige. $55-$65. 9/25. 9 pm. The Bay-Atlantic Symphony: Classical Mystery Tour. $35-$65. 9/26. 3 pm.

Comedy Stop at the Trop Brighton & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-822-7353. Kozak the Magician. $23. 9/24. Sid Davis. $25-$29. 9/24. Anton Shuford. $25-$29. 9/27.

Harrah's Atlantic City 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City; 800-342-7724. Dennis DeYoung. $40-$50. 9/25. 9 pm.

Resorts Atlantic City 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-344-6000. La Rumba Latin Nights. 9/30. Boogie Nights. $10 Fri.; $20 Sat.. 9/24. Jeff Foxworthy. $99-$146. 9/25. 8 pm.

Sands Casino Resort 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem; 877-726-3777. Gene Belletiere Quintet. 9/28. DJ Hot Linh. 9/29. Amadaun. 9/24. Element K. 9/24. 9:30 pm. My Hero Zero. 9/25. 9:30 pm. Blues Brotherhood. 9/26. 8 pm. Play Action Fake. 9/27. 8 pm. Go Go Gadjet. 9/30.

Showboat Casino Hotel Boardwalk & Delaware Ave., Atlantic City; 609-343-4000. Mardi Gras Parade. 9/25.

Trump Marina Huron Ave. & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City; 609-441-2000. The Disco. 9/24.

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino Boardwalk at Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City; 609-441-6000. Show Time Karaoke With Michael James. 9/29.

Md. casino to open next week
After years of bitter debate and numerous setbacks, Maryland could actually have an operating slots casino this time next week.

Members of a state commission were greeted Wednesday by the sounds of whirring and dinging as they entered the nearly complete Hollywood Casino Perryville in the northeastern corner of Maryland, a 1,500-machine facility scheduled to make its public debut next Thursday.

Technicians scampered among the machines on the gaming floor. Minor construction remained to be done inside the cavernous, art deco structure, where oversize movie posters were suspended from the ceiling. And some major landscaping still must be completed.

But representatives from the casino, owned by Penn National Gaming, insisted they’re on schedule for a grand opening with dignitaries including Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who has championed the state's slots program and is up for reelection in less than 6 weeks.

Sands is winning big at the gaming table

The steady flow of buses from New York and New Jersey was a clue; now comes the proof: Table games are a winner for Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

The south Bethlehem casino took in $4.3 million on 89 games that include poker, roulette, blackjack and craps. That figure was the 3rd highest in the state for August, behind the $6.3 million taken in by Parx Casino in Bensalem and the $5.9 million brought in at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack in Chester.

The numbers, reflecting the first full month of table game revenues statewide, were released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Table games opened in Pennsylvania in July, but because the state's nine casinos opened on three different dates, and none was open the entire month, August was the first time revenues showed casino performance on a level playing field.

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New Casino, Sugar House, Soon To Open In Philadelphia
On Sept. 23rd, SugerHouse Casino will open to residents. Established in Philadelphia, this will be the 11th casino to open in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse, which had been subject of protest by the anti-casino groups within the region, is going to open despite the opposition. The casino will open with 45,000 square feet (Sq Ft) of gaming, including 40 gaming tables as well as over 1,500 slot games.

More than 750 people will be employed by the casino.

Next Thursday the casino will open at roughly 1 PM.

Blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat, Pai-Gow Poker, and 3 and 4 card poker will all be built into the new casino. SugarHouse will lack a dedicated poker room. A high stakes are will be closed off for high rollers.

The beautifully designed casino will be water front.

Compared to online casinos, SugarHouse will contain as many different slot games, though they will lack a few table games. Pennsylvania online casinos have proven to be a major hit, however.

Atlantic City will take this 11th Pennsylvanian casino as another source of competition.

Coast casino revenue on hot streak

BILOXI — For the first time in more than a year, Coast casino revenue topped $100 million in August — and for the first time since 1994, revenue was higher in South Mississippi than at the river casinos.

The 11 Coast casinos won $101.3 million in August, a 5.6 % increase over August 2009.

Winnings at the 19 river casinos totaled $100.7 million, a 7.9 % dip from August 2009.

Economists had feared the Gulf oil spill would send Coast casino revenue tumbling when tourists stayed away from the beaches.

“The good news is the casinos held their own through this,” said David Butler, director of the International Development doctoral program at University of Southern Mississippi. He said that showed a disconnect for consumers between the casinos and the sand and seafood.

Louisiana casinos' winnings decline in August

Louisiana's state-licensed casinos, which have been fighting for fewer wagering dollars during the lengthy economic downturn, recorded a small dip in gambling revenue last month as compared with August 2009.

The 13 riverboats, Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s downtown New Orleans casino and the four race track casinos won $193.4 million last month - down 2.4 % from $199.8 million in August 2009, state police reported Thursday.

The tally was down 11.9 % from $219.4 million in July 2010. July is typically one of the busiest months for the casino business, including the height of the summer season and a major holiday weekend.

After months of lengthy downturns in year-to-year comparisons of winnings, business has apparently picked up a bit - and not only in Louisiana.

Macau Casino Revenue May Rise 40% to $2 Billion This Month, Macquarie Says

Casino revenue in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, may grow as much as 40 % this month to about $2 billion, according to Macquarie Securities Ltd.

Macau casino sales were HK$6 billion ($773 million) in the first 12 days of September, said Gary Pinge, Macquarie’s regional head for consumer and gaming research, in a note to clients today, citing unidentified people in the gambling industry. “If the market holds up for the remainder of September, it would represent 35 % to 40 % growth year on year,” he said.

Growth for the six casino operators in the former Portuguese colony is slowing because sales in the second half of last year were higher than in the first six months as the economy rebounded. Las Vegas Sands Corp., which derived 73 % of 2009 revenue from Macau, in June forecast growth of more than 30 % for the second half, slower than the 67 % expansion in the first six months.

Casinos in Macau, the only place in China where they’re legal, may almost match August’s performance this month, Pinge said. “Macau’s gaming market is showing little sign of sequential slowdown,” he said. “Even August showed strong month-on-month growth in VIP gaming volumes.”

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Churchill Downs To Acquire Mississippi Casino For $138M

Churchill Downs To Acquire Mississippi Casino For $138M
Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) has agreed to acquire Harlow's Casino Resort & Hotel in Mississippi for about $138 million as the horse-racing company continues to expand its business into casinos.

Harlow's, which started operations in 2007, is owned by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc. and Oak Hill Advisors LP, as well as private investor Jess M. Ravich.

At that time, the project's price tag was put at $70 million. The 1930s-themed facility has a 33,000-square-foot casino, a 105-room hotel and an arena with 2,600 seats. Located near the Mississippi River, Harlow's had $50.4 million in revenue for the year ended July 31.

"The key determinants of our decision to acquire Harlow's were further strategic business and geographic diversification," said Churchill's President and Chief Executive Robert L. Evans. "With the acquisition of Harlow's, we continue our diversification strategy across our racing, gaming and online business units." The company also bought online horse-race handicapping and betting site Inc. for $126.8 million in November.

Virgin Casino Launches a New Online Slot for Hip Hop Fans
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