Central New York’s del Lago Resort & Casino accepting lodging reservations

Visitors who would like to stay the night at del Lago Resort & Casino in the Finger Lakes region of New York can now book rooms for lodging beginning July 14, 2017, and beyond. A 10% advanced booking discount is available on the resort’s website for a limited time.

“We are excited to announce that we are now taking reservations for our hotel with the first bookings in mid-July,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Jeff Babinski. “With the completion of our hotel and spa we look forward to rounding out our property, making del Lago Resort & Casino a true destination in the Finger Lakes region.”

In addition to more than 200 luxury rooms at the $440 million casino resort, the European style Spa del Lago will offer body treatments, massages, and a full service salon for men and women. Gender segregated and co-ed relaxation facilities will also be available.

Visitors can enjoy “gastro spa” cuisine and beverages at et facility, Lavazza Italian coffee shop, pastry, and gelato shop and The Sociale Café & Bar, or grab a pastry and gelato at Lavazza Italian coffee shop. The hotel will also feature a 4,200 square-foot banquet facility.

del Lago Resort & Casino opened on February 1, 2017, and offers nearly 2,000 Las Vegas style slot machines, 85 table games, and 14 poker tables spread over 94,000 sq ft of casino floor space.

Many of the resort’s offerings are focused on local trade including locally sourced elements for the Farmers Market Buffet. French Quarter-inspired food is available at The Vine – a 2,400-person entertainment venue and bar.

For high-end dining visitors may wish to frequent Portico by Fabio Viviani featuring Old World Italian fare as well as seafood, steaks and chops grilled over hardwood.

Further resort amenities include Centrifico bar in the middle of the gaming action, a 2,000 sq ft store called, “Savor NY” featuring MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater products along with a bevy of other Finger Lakes region items from craft beer to cheeses.

The food court at del Lago houses three purveyors offering pizza, burgers, and southwest grill fare.

Central New York’s del Lago Resort & Casino accepting lodging reservations was last modified: May 9th, 2017 by Lars Jones


Kansas Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Kansas Crossing Casino

A group of Wichita based investors led by brothers Brandon and Rodney Steven saw their casino hopes dashed by the Kansas Supreme Court as the Justices rejected their appeal on Friday.

In late January the court heard oral arguments in the case where counsel for Cherokee County officials and the Steven brothers argued that District Court Judge Larry D. Hendricks erred in upholding the state lottery board’s earlier decision to grant the final casino license in the state to Kansas Crossing, rather than their Castle Rock development. They stated that the judge should have sought more information and held further hearings before siding with the Board.

Pitched for Cherokee county near the border of Oklahoma and Missouri, the $145 million proposal could have possibly brought in a lot more money for the state. However, the lottery board chose the much smaller Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel south of Pittsburg that was built for about $70 million. Kansas Crossing opened in sneak peaks and phases with a soft opening on March 31 and a grand opening on April 8.

In 2015 the lottery board hired consultants to look at the proposals and the board interpreted the findings to say that Castle Rock’s financial projections were not as strong as the smaller Kansas Crossing. The Castle Rock group was only given 3 days to prepare a rebuttal, which they did with over 100 pages citing five independent studies.

Castle Rock and the county appealed the decision in district court but in April 2016 the judge ruled that the board’s decision was not unreasonable. The group appealed that decision as well complaining that they were not given the power of discovery by the court and that the board’s original decision was not based on sufficient evidence.

In their ruling Friday the Supreme Court determined that none of Castle Rock’s contentions rose to the law, stating:

“We hold that the district court acted within its broad discretion when it denied appellants’ multiple discovery requests. We further determine that the district court correctly held that the Board’s decision to select Kansas Crossing was supported by sufficient evidence; was not error as a matter of law; and was not arbitrary or capricious.”

Kansas Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Kansas Crossing Casino was last modified: May 5th, 2017 by Lars Jones


Hard Rock Casino slated for Ottawa

The Rideau Carleton Raceway in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa Ontario is about to get a big makeover that will include a hotel, an entertainment venue for concerts, and hundreds of new jobs thanks to an agreement announced Monday by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Under the agreement, Hard Rock International will partner with the raceway in the city’s rural south end. A combined investment of some $320 million is expected by HR LP Investor Inc. (owned by Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited). Horse racing will remain a feature of the property with the influx of investment and new facilities bolstering horse racing.

Upon completion, the gambling floor will see 750 new slots added to the existing 1,250 along with 21 table games with the expansion taking the gaming floor to 13,000 sqm (about 140,000 sq ft). Hard Rock will manage the day to day operations of the casino for 20 years beginning in the fall. All expansions will be completed in a phased rollout, pending further regulatory approval. Within a year of beginning operations updates to the arrival experience, porte cochère, signage, racetrack, and grandstand should be completed.

The first phase would see some renovations to the property and additional attractions added to the casino by the end of the year. The revitalized facility will be known as Hard Rock Casino Ottawa and will see the well-known Hard Rock treatment including a Hard Rock Café & Center Bar, along with a concert venue to entertain up to 2,000 as part of the major expansion of the complex.

“We’re thrilled to have been chosen by OLG to create Hard Rock Casino Ottawa,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “This is a crucial first step towards a larger strategic vision of our world-class brand’s expansion efforts in Ontario and throughout Canada. We are honored to partner with RCR, a reputable and longstanding member of the Ottawa community, and look forward to working with both the RCR and OLG team members through the transition and beyond.”

Hard Rock International has venues in 75 countries, including 175 cafes, 24 hotels, and 11 casinos.

Hard Rock Casino slated for Ottawa was last modified: May 15th, 2017 by Lars Jones


Maryland’s re-branded Live! Casino & Hotel unveils hotel plans

After celebrating its fifth birthday yesterday, the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County near Baltimore has reportedly announced that it has re-branded itself as the Live! Casino & Hotel and will be adding a 310-room hotel by the end of 2018.

According to a report from The Baltimore Sun newspaper, the Maryland facility owned by local firm The Cordish Companies expects to open its new 17-story hotel sometime next year with most of the rooms reserved for regular casino patrons.

The newspaper reported that the new $200 million hotel is set to have glass as its dominant construction material while there is to be a giant red sign near the top displaying the “Live!” branding. The coming venue is to moreover feature a presidential suite with floor-to-ceiling windows offering bird’s-eye views of the immediate area and will join a nearby hotel The Cordish Companies purchased last year and has since re-branded as Live! Lofts.

“On the top couple of floors you’ll find suites that are as large as many houses that  will have all kinds of amenities including movie rooms and spa suites,” Robert Norton, President for Cordish Global Gaming Group, told The Baltimore Sun.

The newspaper explained that the coming hotel scheme is all part of a plan to help the re-branded Live! Casino & Hotel contend with the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, which was opened by MGM Resorts International in early-December about 35 miles away in Prince George’s County. It reported that the ability to stay overnight could additionally help The Cordish Companies prosper in the face of ever-increasing local competition from the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which premiered about twelve miles distant in 2014 and is run by a consortium that includes Jack Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

“The other thing that it does is they are getting you on the property and keeping you on the property,” Stephen McDaniel, an associate professor for the University Of Maryland’s Department Of Kinesiology, told The Baltimore Sun. “You’ve got hotel revenues, you’ve got food and beverage revenues. There’s a spa and there’s a 1,500-seat concert or events center.”

The newspaper detailed that the opening of the MGM National Harbor was the main factor behind Live! Casino & Hotel reporting a 22.3% decline year-on-year in gross gaming revenues for May, which followed a 21.6% decrease in April while March’s figure was down by 14.6%. The nearby Horseshoe Casino Baltimore was also hurt as its takings last month declined by 18.1% to $23.5 million while MGM National Harbor brought in revenues of $50.5 million.

“I think both MGM [National Harbor] and Live! [Casino & Hotel] can both settle in with their own niche customer,” Alan Woinski, President for casino industry news service provider Gaming USA Corporation, told The Baltimore Sun. “MGM [National Harbor] is the more high-end, tourist and table game player while Live! [Casino & Hotel] has the location and enough traffic near [it] to remain strong. That being said, there is still enough business to go around between these three properties. If you took a poll at [MGM] National Harbor and Live! [Casino And Hotel], my guess would be many regular customers frequent both locations.”

Maryland’s re-branded Live! Casino & Hotel unveils hotel plans was last modified: June 7th, 2017 by Adam Morgan


The Grand Ho Tram Strip unveils Kahuna Ho Tram Strip plan

In Vietnam, integrated resorts operator Asian Coast Development Limited has announced that its Ho Tram Project Company subsidiary has instituted a plan that will see it add a residential tower and an assortment of beach-front villas to its The Grand Ho Tram Strip casino and hotel.

Located two hours south of Ho Chi Minh City, The Grand Ho Tram Strip opened in 2013 and the coming 244-key Kahuna Ho Tram Strip development, which is expected to break ground during the fourth quarter of 2017, will see the 400-acre site add a twelve-story hotel tower with eight penthouses as well as 164 one and two-bedroom condominiums and 44 seaside villas offering as much as 2,400 sq ft of space.

“The company that first brought Las Vegas to Vietnam and brought the best Asian tour event that the golfing world has seen is today thrilled to announce that we are riding that Hawaiian wave across the Pacific and on to the shores of Vietnam with our new residential development,” read a statement from Michael Kelly, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asian Coast Development Limited.

Headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, Asian Coast Development Limited explained that the new residential development, which has been designed by Ho Chi Minh City-based firm Korn Architects, is to be located on the north side of The Grand Ho Tram Strip with its condominiums selling from around $88,800 while the price for a villa is to start at approximately $350,000.

“We have made it our primary focus to ensure that Ho Tram is Vietnam’s entertainment capital and in line with this The Grand Ho Tram Strip has unveiled countless new lifestyle amenities,” read the statement from Kelly. “We are viewing Kahuna Ho Tram as an extension of this. This is not just another residential development; this is a chance to be a part of all of the energy that has made The Grand Ho Tram Strip what it is today.”

The Californian firm stated that The Grand Ho Tram Strip already features the Gallery Villas residential development, which is located alongside its Greg Norman-designed The Bluffs 18-hole golf course, while it declared that the nearby The Beach Club 559-room hotel tower is “rising quickly” and could begin welcoming guests as early as next year. It moreover proclaimed that it has plans to unveil further tourist-friendly facilities at the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province development in the future such as a water park and amphitheater as well as a private international airport.

The Grand Ho Tram Strip unveils Kahuna Ho Tram Strip plan was last modified: June 16th, 2017 by Adam Morgan


Camelot Group wins provisional contract to run Illinois State Lottery

The Illinois State Lottery is reportedly hoping to significantly repair its reputation after provisionally awarding the firm behind The National Lottery in the United Kingdom with a ten-year deal to operate its services.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, a subsidiary of Camelot Group known as Camelot Illinois LLC was the only entity to bid for the $2.2 billion contract and will now take over the running of the Illinois State Lottery subject to the successful completion of a 14-day “protest period”.

“Camelot [Group] has shown more than a decade of success in managing lotteries throughout the world,” read a statement from Greg Smith, Acting Director for the Illinois State Lottery. “The [Illinois State] Lottery and Camelot Illinois [LLC] have common goals to responsibly grow the [Illinois State] Lottery’s player base, align incentives, eliminate conflicts of interest, introduce new technology and innovation and ensure responsiveness to public needs and concerns.”

Northstar Lottery Group, which is a joint venture of International Game Technology (IGT) and Scientific Games Corporation, became the first private firm in the United States to run a state lottery when it began operating Illinois’ games in July of 2011. However, its contract was cancelled by Republican governor Bruce Rauner two years ago following allegations that it had manipulated the number of winning tickets while failing to meet its promised profit margins.

The newspaper cited a release from the Illinois State Lottery as revealing that the agreement with Chicago-based Camelot Illinois LLC has been calculated utilizing a “revised structure” that “aligns financial incentives” and additionally includes the provision of “permanent point-of-sale at retailers, new games and a next-generation iLottery platform” that will support “omni-channel lottery participation”.

In a clear nod to its previous difficulties, the Illinois State Lottery moreover reportedly declared that the latest contract calls for “transparency and regular audits” while Camelot Illinois LLC is to help the service pursue the Level Four standards of the World Lottery Association.

Camelot Group wins provisional contract to run Illinois State Lottery was last modified: September 26th, 2017 by Adam Morgan


Mohegan Sun to break ground in South Korea by end of year

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), headquartered in Uncasville, Connecticut announced late last week that the company plans to break ground on the Inspire Integrated Resort adjacent to the Incheon International Airport in South Korea before the end of the year. MGE own and operate Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT as well as own or operate casinos in Atlantic City, Washington state, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.

MGE chief executive, Mitchell Grossinger Etess said in a press release announcing 3rd Quarter results on July 27: “The company is well into the planning stage of its Korean joint venture, Project Inspire, where we anticipate breaking ground before the end of calendar 2017.”

The Inspire Resort is a joint venture of the MGE (formerly Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority) the Incheon International Airport Corp., and KCC Corp., South Korean chemicals, and auto parts manufacturer.

All told, the consortium’s investment in the integrated casino resort is expected to reach US$5 billion when completed in 20 years. The first phase, expected to be completed within 3-4 years, will see some $1.6 billion invested and is the Uncasville casino operator’s first venture into the overseas casino market.

Being located next to one of the world’s busiest airports could prove quite lucrative. Koreans are not permitted to gamble in their own casinos, except for the remote Kangwon Land Casino, located far away from the country’s population centers. However, South Koreans are expected to be drawn to the resort for a variety of non-gaming attractions.  200,000 square feet of retail, food, art, and music entertainment space are planned for the resort in addition to casino gaming and first-class accommodations. The South Korean culture, including K-Pop, will be celebrated and there are plans to share Native American culture as well, according to earlier reports.

Phase I should open by 2020 with a 5-star luxury hotel complex including three towers and more than 1,300 guestrooms and suites; an indoor-outdoor amusement park by Paramount Studios; and a 215,000 square foot casino offering 1,500 slot machines and as many as 250 gaming tables.

According to the Operating Results released last week, MGE’s capital expenditure for the project reached US$14.6 million for the first three-quarters of FY-2017 that ended June 30.

All numbers were up year on year except for gross slot revenues, which were flat overall at $205.5 million. For the second quarter, MGE had net revenues of $350 million, up more than 8% over the same period last year. By June 30 the company had posted net income of $43.8, an increase of more than 68% year on year.

Mohegan Sun to break ground in South Korea by end of year was last modified: July 31st, 2017 by Lars Jones


Macau officials ready to inspect The 13

In Macau, a government official has reportedly declared that her office has now processed all of the necessary licensing paperwork regarding The 13 luxury hotel and is now waiting on the new scheme’s developer to request a site inspection.

Located on a 65,000 sq ft plot near the border between the Cotai and Coloane districts of Macau, The 13 is set to be one of the most expensive hotels-per-key ever constructed but earlier missed a July 31 opening deadline set by creditors that had loaned the project approximately $387 million.

According to a report from GGRAsia, the latest revelation came from Maria Helena De Senna Fernandes, Director for the Macau Government Tourism Office, who purportedly added that the site visit was simply a formality in the process of licensing the hotel from developer The 13 Holdings Limited.

“All the paperwork is ready, we are just waiting for the developer to request the site inspection,” Fernandes reportedly told GGRAsia on Wednesday. “After that, we can issue the license.”

Last year reportedly saw The 13 Holdings Limited mention the possibility of hosting a casino inside The 13 but the intervening months have seen the developer provide no further details regarding the likelihood of such an eventuality coming to pass.

Despite the ongoing delay, The 13 Holdings Limited reportedly told GGRAsia that it is in the “final stages of bringing the project to market” and it would “announce to the public accordingly” should any major updates occur.

However, GGRAsia reported that brokerage firm Union Gaming Securities Asia Limited has poured cold water on the possibility of The 13 opening this year by stating that it “would not be surprised” if the project does not begin welcoming its first guests before early-2018.

“Under the assumption that the company is able to raise sufficient capital, we would not be surprised if the opening were to slip into early-2018 given the time-consuming process of restarting what has become a stalled project,” Union Gaming Securities Asia Limited analyst Grant Govertsen reportedly told GGRAsia.

Macau officials ready to inspect The 13 was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by Adam Morgan


Wisconsin casino sees modest increase in annual gambling revenues

In Wisconsin, gambling revenues at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino for the twelve months to the end of July reportedly inched up by only about 1.5% year-on-year to hit approximately $400 million.

According to a report from the local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, the Milwaukee casino owned by the Forest County Potawatomi Community raked in net win of about $395 million for the previous twelve-month period while 2015’s figure topped out at around $390 million.

“The growth is slow by historical standards but at least it’s growing again; at least it’s not declining,” Mark Nichols, an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno reportedly told the newspaper.

The federally-recognized Forest County Potawatomi Community also runs the smaller Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel some 200 miles to the north near the town of Wabeno and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that this venue saw its gambling revenues drop by about 3% year-on-year for the twelve months to the end of July of 2014.

Unlike commercial casino operators, the newspaper reported that each of the eleven casino-operating tribes in Wisconsin is permitted to keep the exact amounts won at their slot machines and gaming tables confidential. The latest figure comes from a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel estimate that was calculated based upon payments the tribe made to state and local governments as part of its compact.

As such, the newspaper reported that the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County each received payments of $5.66 million last month, which compared with $5.57 million last year and $5.41 million in 2015. But, the annual net win figure was purportedly calculated only after the tribe’s disbursement of about $25 million to the state had been deducted.

“[The] 1.5% increase in our annual city and county payments indicate a flat-to-modest increase in year-on-year revenues,” Ryan Amundson, a spokesperson for the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, reportedly told the newspaper. “Those numbers are in line with gaming revenue trends in the Midwest and further reflect a mature regional market.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel moreover reported that the Forest County Potawatomi Community is hoping that the planned addition of a new hotel tower with some 119 extra rooms will help its Potawatomi Hotel and Casino increase gambling revenues moving forward. The current venue already offers 381 rooms but the tribe is planning to spend around $80 million to open the 19-story addition by 2019 complete with a spa and additional conference spaces.

“The additional rooms and suites will allow us to accommodate more gaming guests within the regional market,” Amundson reportedly told the newspaper.

Wisconsin casino sees modest increase in annual gambling revenues was last modified: September 5th, 2017 by Adam Morgan


Construction of Morpheus development suspended following fatal accident

In Macau, officials have reportedly ordered Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited to suspend construction on the fifth hotel tower for its City of Dreams Macau development following a fatal accident on Friday.

According to a report from GGRAsia, the request from the Labour Affairs Bureau came after a 33-year-old construction worker from mainland China was killed on the development’s 30th floor as a result of being struck by a steel beam that had fallen approximately 33 feet.

“The Labour Affairs Bureau has issued the immediate suspension of all works at the construction site in order to protect the safety of other workers and ordered the contractor to immediately review the current occupational health and safety procedures and submit a detailed report of investigation,” read a statement from the Labour Affairs Bureau.

GGRAsia reported that the official statement also detailed that construction of the $1 billion hotel tower would only be permitted to resume once the Labour Affairs Bureau had issued an approval although it did not explain how long this process might take.

Designed by late Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the coming hotel tower for City of Dreams has been christened Morpheus and was scheduled to open in April of 2018 offering approximately 780 rooms along with suites, duplex villas and “sky villas” while its high-speed elevator is due to transport visitors to an observation deck featuring views of the interior atrium.

GGRAsia reported that the fatal accident was only the latest to befall a gaming-related development in Macau after last month saw a worker lose his life at the under-construction Grand Lisboa Palace, which is being built by SJM Holdings Limited. Angela Leong On Kei, the casino-operating firm’s Managing Director, allegedly confirmed over the weekend that all work on this 2,000-room scheme remained suspended and that she was unable to confirm when efforts to complete the $4.6 billion project would resume.

The Morpheus incident moreover reportedly prompted the Labour Affairs Bureau to conduct snap inspections at 74 construction sites throughout the former Portuguese enclave that led to 20 of these being partially or completely shut down pending the introduction of improved safety measures. Officials did not detail the identities of the impacted sites although MGM China Holdings Limited, which is the local arm of American casino giant MGM Resorts International, declared on Monday that work on its $3.1 billion MGM Cotai development had not been affected by the recent examinations.

Construction of Morpheus development suspended following fatal accident was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Adam Morgan