MHCC students hit the jackpot at Casino Night

The Associated Student Government’s (ASG) themed “Casino Night” attracted high-rolling students to a night of fun on Nov. 12.

Orchestrated and funded in its entirety by the ASG, the event started at 5:30 and went until 7:30 p.m., in the Student Union. About 50 people attended; admittance was free to Mt. Hood students, and $2 (or a donation of two food cans to Barney’s Pantry) for non-students.

The Student Union was decorated in black and red decor, with a card suit motif. The raffle, magician and catered food were on one side of the room, and the gambling tables on the other. The “casino” included two blackjack tables, a craps table, a roulette table, a high-low poker table and a standard poker table.

Five professional dealers worked the tables, and guests placed bets with a supply of chips received at registration. Though actual money was not in the mix, players could cash in $500 worth of chips for a ticket in the prize raffle at the end of the night. Throughout the night, the magician, Craig Martin, performed tricks for an audience gathered at his table.

Catering was covered by an MHCC hospitality department student, who prepared the themed food – including die-shaped gelatin and suit-shaped cookies – as a demonstration of her culinary skill.

The event was planned by ASG reception coordinator Nuvia Ramirez, and staffed by various members of the student council.

Beyond the food donations collected, Ramirez said the Casino Night “was just to let college students have a little fun.”

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Amendment Q Could Have Impact On Local Casinos

PICKSTOWN — The Fort Randall Casino could gain a big payout if South Dakota’s voters pass a measure on next week’s ballot.
The state’s voters are deciding Amendment Q, authorizing the Legislature to allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood. Currently, state law allows slot machines and limited card games.
However, the amendment’s impact would be felt far beyond the Black Hills community. The authorization would also cover tribal casinos across the state, such as Fort Randall Casino near Pickstown. The Yankton Sioux Tribe owns and operates the casino near the Missouri River.
“Generally, Fort Randall Casino and other tribal casinos in South Dakota can offer whatever type of gaming is legal in Deadwood,” said Larry Eliason, the executive secretary of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming.
In this case, Amendment Q would also cover tribal casinos, Eliason said.
“If the amendment passes in November and the Legislature approves those games for play in Deadwood, then games could be played in tribal casinos,” he said. “Most compacts have language that authorizes new games if those games are approved under state law for play in Deadwood.”
If the measure passes in Tuesday’s election, it still faces other requirements before going into effect, Eliason said.
“The entire matter would need to go to the Legislature next session,” he said. “The general types of games would need approval from the Legislature. A game would need to be approved for play in Deadwood before it could legally be played at a tribal casino.”
Eliason doesn’t anticipate the expanded gaming would start play before next summer.
“If the games are approved for Deadwood in the 2015 Legislature, the effective date would probably be July 1,” he said.
“If approved for Deadwood and the compacts, it will still be a decision by each tribal casino to offer the games at those properties.”
The Grand Falls Casino in Iowa has craps and roulette, and the same games are allowed in Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado.
Fort Randall Casino manager Joseph Marinan didn’t respond by deadline to the Press & Dakotan’s request for comment.
The casino has exerted an economic impact since opening in 1991. Tribal and casino officials have said the operation represents the largest employer in Charles Mix County. At one time, the casino employed more than 300 employees, with more than 100 non-Native employees.
After 20 years, about 10 percent of the employees had worked at the casino during its entire existence, according to one official.
Casino and tribal officials have acknowledged the gaming scene has changed greatly since Fort Randall opened nearly a quarter-century ago. Regardless of the outcome on Amendment Q, Fort Randall is dealing with an increasingly competitive environment.
When it first opened, the casino drew heavily on Nebraskans as the Husker State had much greater restrictions on gaming. The landscape changed when Ohiya Casino was opened by the Santee Sioux Tribe across the border in Knox County, Neb. Through the years, the operation has expanded and recently moved into a new multi-million dollar facility.
The new Ohiya Casino includes not only gaming but also a lounge and dining facilities, entertainment venue, hotel and swimming pool. In addition, the casino is moving forward with a new golf course.
The entertainment scene has also changed greatly with the addition of Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort near Larchwood, Iowa, and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City. The Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls and the Deadwood Mountain Grand hotel, casino and event center have also fired up the competition for entertainment dollars.
In response, Fort Randall Casino has built an expanded gaming area with a new gift shop, cashiers’ windows, Players Club site and customer service area. The remodeling includes buffalo mural artwork created by Dakota Sioux artist Joanne Bird. The mural can be viewed upon entering the new casino area.
The Fort Randall Casino expansion represents a success story, then-South Dakota Tribal Relations Secretary J.R. LaPlante told the Press & Dakotan.
“It just goes to show how seriously they take their economic development effort,” he said at the time. “They are very committed to creating jobs and (building) the economy in that area surrounding them.”
Now, the possible next step in Fort Randall Casino’s future will be decided next week at the ballot box.
In that regard, the battle lines have been drawn on both sides of the Amendment Q debate.
Proponents argue the expanded gaming is needed to meet the increasing competition across the nation, according to Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association.
Visitors are asking for the additional games, Rodman said.
“As several surrounding states have added roulette, keno and craps to the gaming choices available to their customers, the popularity of these additional games has Deadwood and Tribal visitors increasingly asking for the opportunity to play them here,” he said.
Amendment Q would provide that opportunity, Rodman said.
“As with any other successful business enterprise, South Dakota’s gaming operations must diversify and meet changing customer demands in order to compete with the gaming offered by surrounding states,” he said.
However, opponents warn of the moral, social and economic problems that could arise from expanded gambling in South Dakota. They cite the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) estimates that around 18,000 South Dakotans are gambling addicts whose addictions create an annual cost of $16 million for the state.
One addict affects 8-10 other people because of the addiction, the NCPG said. In addition, one in five problem gamblers will attempt suicide, about twice the suicide rate of other addictions.
For that reason, Amendment Q should be rejected, said Dale Bartscher, executive director of the Family Heritage Alliance Action in Rapid City.
“In most cases, the free market should be the primary regulator of business,” he said. “In the case of an industry that generates so much addiction, societal ills, crime and even suicide, the gambling industry should be subject to legal restraints.”

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Barona Resort & Casino First in San Diego to Introduce New Titan 360™ Game

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 20, 2014) – Barona Resort & Casino is the place to play on Monday, November 24 when Konami Gaming’s revolutionary new game Titan 360™ arrives on the casino floor. The special edition slot machine will offer players a social gaming experience and exciting bonus rounds for extra chances to win!
“We are constantly reinventing the casino floor to keep things exciting for our players,” said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. “There is always something new at Barona and this month we are proud to invite guests to check out the exciting new Titan 360 game that everyone is talking about!”
Titan 360™ is a special edition multi-player slot machine created by Konami Gaming. The limited release machine provides a multi-sensory gaming experience with thrilling high-frequency bonus events. An eight-station configuration features Podium Slant™ cabinets offering Konami’s extensive library of popular games such as China Shores™, Lotus Land™, African Diamond™ and Heavenly World™.
Barona Resort & Casino was recently named Best Casino and Loosest Slots for the 4th year in a row along with 11 other awards in the San Diego’s Best U-T Readers Poll awards. Barona has 2,000 slots and video poker machines. Additionally, the casino features over 80 table games including Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Barona Craps, EZ Baccarat, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Baccarat and Barona Roulette. Barona also features San Diego’s largest Asian gaming pit including popular games such as Sic Bo.
About Barona Resort & Casino
Barona Resort & Casino, an AAA Four Diamond rated property, blends the best of San Diego’s leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. Barona features 400 guest rooms and suites all with beautiful views of the Barona Valley, a variety of award-winning dining options, the AmBience Day Spa, a full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club, rated the 4th best resort course in California by Golfweek magazine. For Barona Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit www.barona.com, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Japan Plays Roulette With Casinos

MGM Resorts is looking over Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market as a site for a giant casino. The jokes, of course, are on the obvious side.

More than humor is at stake, though. Japan is betting on getting help from Las Vegas to boost tourism, jobs and tax revenue. Why, then, is it thinking of letting MGM and Las Vegas Sands chief Sheldon Adelson build them in places that are doing just fine without baccarat tables and roulette wheels? Japan should be steering these gargantuan, multibillion-dollar projects to regions that really need them — like economically depressed Okinawa Island and Tohoku, the northeast region that still hasn’t recovered from the March 2011 earthquake.

Tokyo, after all, is awash in the largess that already is flowing to the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics. These are boom times for construction companies, which historically have been generous contributors to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Tokyo-area public-works projects mean higher profits — and fatter kickbacks to entrepreneurial politicians — than those in the Japanese hinterlands. This alone may explain why bureaucrats are all too happy to see casinos go up at the Tsukiji fish market, just steps away from the glitzy shopping enclave of Ginza, or Tokyo’s booming Odaiba district.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should step in and ensure that the Las Vegas-ization of Japan supports the nation’s true needs. A key focus of his revival program, dubbed Abenomics, is supporting regional economies. According to the Nikkei, his government plans a $39 billion local-stimulus fund, including road and railway construction. That money, of course, will come from fresh borrowing, adding to Japan’s debt load, already the highest among the world’s developed nations.

My question is why bother, when Las Vegas can do the job for the government? In the short run, giant construction projects in Okinawa, the northeast or up in Hokkaido would offer a jolt of economic stimulus that’s been needed for decades now. In the longer run, casinos could create growth eco-systems of their own — worth almost $40 billion a year, according to a 2009 Osaka University of Commerce study.

Adelson & Co. want the metropolitan trappings that Tokyo offers: convenience, great infrastructure, a bevy of cultural experiences and proximity to major airports. But Abe’s LDP should offer Vegas a quid pro quo: if you want us to amend our laws to welcome your gaming tables, you must meet us halfway and place them where Japan needs them.

Okinawa makes eminent sense. Arguably Japan’s poorest prefecture, it’s burdened with U.S. military bases and personnel encroaching on some of the world’s most-pristine beachfronts. Building casinos there would pump much-needed vitality into a population that’s long felt forsaken by Tokyo. If it were a matter of location, location, location then it would be Fukuoka, on the western island of Kyushu. Its world-class airport enjoys proximity to China and South Korea that Tokyo doesn’t. If synergies are important, why not the Niseko region of Hokkaido, in Japan’s far north? It’s already a tourism mecca, attracting millions of Australians, Chinese and South Korean skiers, hikers and food enthusiasts.

But it’s Tohoku that needs a touch of Vegas the most. Slow-going all along, efforts to rebuild cities and towns wiped out by the earthquake have taken a backseat to Tokyo 2020. Few projects would revive things faster in the forgotten northeast than casinos. Abe could encourage the construction of a new Shinkansen bullet train route up that way. Perhaps even a bigger international airport.

Along with the structural change at the heart of Abenomics, Japan needs to decentralize economic growth away from Tokyo — not further concentrate it there. Las Vegas tycoons who want to create Asia’s second-biggest gambling market after Macau can help. Japan’s government just needs to bet smart and make sure that the casinos are placed where they can do the most good.

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PokerStars Casino: Real Money Blackjack, Roulette Games Debut in PokerStars Client

Casino games for real money have launched on PokerStars’ Spanish online poker room. It marks the first time that real money games other than poker have been offered under the PokerStars brand.

Various forms of Blackjack and Roulette are available for both play money and real money, with a variety of stakes and both single and multi-player options available.

A launch in the regulated Italian market is expected soon. Whether the games will also launch on PokerStars.com is not yet known.

“We know that many of our customers are enjoying online casino games on competing platforms and our offering will enhance their experience with PokerStars and provide a safe, trusted and convenient way for them to be entertained,” Gino Appiotti, President of Southern Europe for PokerStars, is quoted as saying in a press statement.

The games are available from within the online poker client under a new “Casino” tab, keeping the table games separate from the online poker lobby. They are only available on PokerStars 7, the online poker room’s new client that is the default in Spain and available in most markets, including dot-com.

There is no indication yet if or when casino games will launch on the PokerStars brand in the dot-com market. Currently the group is using its Full Tilt brand for its entry into non-poker games, blackjack and roulette, various slots games, and most recently live dealer games, are already spread. In Spain, the group only operates the PokerStars brand.

“PokerStars aims to remain as the number one poker operator in Spain and strongly believes that in this market, adding casino games is the best way to serve players,” stated Appiotti.

In March 2014, PokerStars stated that the brand would remain “poker only”—but new owners Amaya revealed in August that “new verticals” on the PokerStars brand was a key part of their plan post-acquisition.

Amaya stated that Spain and Italy would be the first markets to launch casino games, with “a wider rollout” coming in 2015. The introduction of an in-house developed sportsbook is also expected to follow.

The casino games launch gives a hint of what things may be like in the New Jersey online gambling market. PokerStars is expected to enter the market in the coming weeks and spread both online poker and casino games in the regulated market.

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Losses disguised as wins, the science behind casino profits

Gambling is good business, or at least a profitable one. According to the American Gaming Association, in 2012 the 464 commercial casinos in the US served 76.1 million patrons and grossed $US37.34 billion.

Each year gaming revenues in the US yield more profits than the theatrical movie industry ($US10.9 billion) and the recorded music industry ($US7 billion) combined. Even the $US22.5 billion combined revenue of the four major US sports leagues is dwarfed by earnings from the commercial casinos industry.

Gambling is such good business that despite reported negative impacts – such as increased poverty and unemployment, higher crime rates, and decreased property value in nearby neighborhoods – the state of Illinois early this year passed a law to allow slot machines in all establishments that sell alcohol.

Likewise, Massachusetts has recently approved Las Vegas casino mogul Stephan Wynn’s plan for a $US1.6 billion dollar casino resort just north of in the Boston area. Although this project and others could be stopped by a ballot question 3 “expanding prohibitions on gaming” on November 4.

The spread of gambling in America

Gambling is not just common, it’s also accepted. Despite the fact that for an estimated 4% of the population gambling represents a problematic and even pathological addiction, 85% of Americans feel that gambling is either perfectly acceptable for themselves or if not themselves for others in a country where more than 20 States now allow some form of commercial casino.

It’s not too hard to see why casino lobbyists believe casinos make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate.

It’s far less easy to understand why so many Americans enjoy gambling even though it tends to result in the loss of money.

You lose, the casino wins

As a general rule, we tend to repeat behavior that produces desirable results and avoid behaviors that result in loss. We repeat jokes that people laughed at, choose jobs that we enjoy and that pay the most money, and avoid behaviors that produce fines. Following this logic, one would expect a gambler to only play as long as they are winning and then cut their losses when they begin to lose.

Yet gambling appears to operate differently; players play faster after losses and bet persistently regardless of the percentage of payback, magnitude of return, or the lack of winning entirely. So what encourages gambling behavior if losing occurs more frequently, and payouts do not exceed buy-ins?

One explanation is that gamblers poorly judge the actual probability of winning, even as their pile of tokens and coins dwindles before them.

Some examples of this phenomenon can easily be seen in the language of gamblers. “My luck is going to turn,” “A win is coming,” or “I am on a hot streak,” are all statements that speak to an over-confidence in one’s ability to predict functionally random events.

Gamblers will often say these things after an unusual series of outcomes, for example ten straight losses on red at roulette. The gambler may then proceed to bet more on red, in the false hope that the next spin is more likely to come up red due to the overall probability of the game (50% chance of red).

This flawed logic is called “The Gambler’s Fallacy”. It stems from a misunderstanding of how probabilities are assessed; in fact the outcome of the previous spin of the roulette wheel has no influence on the outcome of the next spin. The probability of red remains stubbornly fixed at 50%.

Missed it by that much

Another example of how gamblers misjudge losing outcomes can be seen when individuals respond to losses that are similar in appearance to a win. Receiving two out of three symbols necessary to win on a slot machine is a loss but players often respond to this “near miss” with excitement, increased betting and more persistent play.

Winning and almost winning are such similar events to many people that they respond in the same way to both. People pause, for example, for longer after a win than a loss. This is known as a “post-reinforcement pause.” People often pause for longer after a near-miss.

It’s no accident near misses are pretty common on slot machines. Mark/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Winning and almost winning are so alike in gamblers’ brains that research on the dopamine-transmitting pathways of anticipation and reward show remarkably similar activation patterns for a near-miss and a win.

Near-miss effects are not limited to outcomes that look similar to win. Outcomes that are closer to a win in a more abstract sense also cause a similar response.

For instance, the near-miss effect has been demonstrated in games where “nearly winning” might relate to scoring a number that is close to a winning number, such as in blackjack.

Near-miss outcomes are not the only form of almost winning that contributes to the behavioral confusion faced by gamblers. Modern slot machines also present a myriad of features that are designed to confuse outcomes.

Slot confusion

One feature present in almost every modern slot machine is the partial win or “loss disguised as a win.”

Since slot machines have gone from the traditional 3-reel 1-line slot machine to the modern 5-reel video slot, often with 25 or more winning lines, near-miss outcomes have become almost unidentifiable from other losing outcomes.

By encouraging individuals to play on more than one line, casinos have created a scenario where players are awarded a win on almost every spin.

Despite the increased frequency of winning, the proportion of money returned is often far less than the entire bet, such as winning 10c on a 50c bet. This 80% loss is accompanied by the same sounds on the machine as a real win and occupies the same area of the screen that wins are reported in.

Since noticing near-misses on modern slot machines is difficult, game makers have incorporated other game features such as free-spin symbols, mini-games, and progressive awards, which create new near miss situations while often not guaranteeing any increased value of a win themselves.

For example, special symbols might be placed on the reels that provide 10-free spins whenever three appear anywhere within the game screen. These symbols will often make a special sound, such as a loud thud when they land; and if two symbols land, many games will begin to play fast tempo music, display flashing lights around the remaining reels, and accelerate the rate of spin to enhance the saliency of the event.

When you win these sorts of outcomes you feel as though you have won a jackpot; after all, 10 free spins is 10x the chances to win big money right? The reality is that those 10 free-spins do not change the already small probability of winning on any given spin and are still likely to result in a loss of money. For many games, features such as this have entirely replaced standard jackpots.

These features share one important characteristic: they allow the casinos the ability to provide more outcomes that feel like a win while not increasing the actual payout. The effect of these features is so significant that in 1989 the Nevada Gaming Commission banned algorithms that purposefully increased the prevalence of near-miss outcomes. Of course, this only applied to the intentional increasing of near misses when a loss is already determined, i.e. artificially producing a near miss instead of what the reels would have normally landed on.

Unfortunately, these laws do not preclude the intentional design of reel layouts that, without additional manipulation, produce frequent near misses and losses disguised as wins. These laws also do not apply to the newer game features which either highlight the near miss, such as accelerating reels, or create entirely new topographies of outcomes, as is the case with free-spins or mini-games.

While the question of how to best manage artificial manipulations of near misses may be a topic of future regulatory discussion, the decision to play games with these illusions will ultimately fall upon the end user.

As long as you are willing to expose yourself to the game in the first place, the casino need only sit back and wait. And with increasing availability of casinos across the US, they won’t need to wait long.

_This article is part of a series on gambling in America. You can read the rest of the series here. _

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Cherokee County endorses Castle Rock Casino Resort

COLUMBUS — The long-awaited casino for southeast Kansas may finally arrive, Cherokee County Commissioners were told Monday.
The Cherokee County Commission heard a proposal from Castle Rock Casino Resort Monday morning during a public hearing in the district courtroom. Castle Rock is affiliated with, and managed by, Whitesand Gaming. American Casino Entertainment Properties, which operates four casinos in Nevada, will handle the gaming management. The hearing was established to receive testimony in support of prospective Lottery Gaming Facility Managers regarding their qualifications, proposed sites for the facility, as well as specific development plans.
Rodney Steven gave a multimedia presentation detailing Castle Rock Casino’s vision to build a resort in far southeast Kansas. He described the proposed site as “a true destination attraction.”
“We’re looking to build a truly Las Vegas-style casino resort,” Steven said.
The proposed facility would be built in several phases, but ultimately would be designed to include a casino with table games not usually found in the area including roulette and craps, as well as state of the art slot machines. There would be an entire separate room for poker as well. A 200-room, 14-story tower hotel, with room on the site to expand two additional 200-room buildings is also apart of the proposed complex.
“And that’s just the beginning,” said Steven. “We also plan to include a health club and spa, a fine dining steakhouse, a 300-seat buffet, a 24-hour restaurant, a casino center bar and a separate sports bar.”
One of the most striking aspects of the complex is the proposed ice-rink arena. Greg Farris, lead consultant for the Castle Rock group, described the arena as having 5,000 to 6,000 in seating. Steven, along with his brother Brandon Steven, who also is apart of the Castle Rock group, manage several minor league hockey teams in the area including the Wichita Thunder and Tulsa Oilers.
“The beauty of this place is that it just wouldn’t be for hockey. We see it being available for concerts, high school events, company Christmas parties, conventions, all sorts of non-gaming entertainment that could be a huge attraction in this area,” said Steven.
Whitesand Gaming President Sal Scheri detailed how this could be a boom for youth in the area.
“Aside from using the arena for concerts, the youth of Cherokee County will benefit because there isn’t ice anywhere near here, you’d have to go to Springfield to find the nearest rink. But with this arena in place it opens up the possibility of public skate nights, junior hockey leagues, and learn-to-skate sessions for younger children,” said Scheri.
The Castle Rock group has purchased 80 acres near Downstream Casino as their proposed site for construction. Crossland Construction would be contracted to handle all of the phases of development and Steven cited current investments as exceeding $130 million. In the proposed location, the Casino would be in Cherokee County and not affiliated with any single town, however, the casino will be drafting a contract with the city of Galena to handle fire and emergency services. It will not be annexing into Galena.
According to Scheri, the resort would create 1,000 to 1,200 new, permanent jobs, bring $1.5 million in local property taxes to the county general fund, pay $250,000 in county sales tax, and bring in an estimated $2.4 million in gaming taxes. Benny Crossland, of Crossland Construction, said he would have 300 workers on the construction at any one time.
The Cherokee County Commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the proposal.
“The deadline for filing isn’t until Dec. 19, so it still has a way to go before anything’s finalized.” said State Representative Mike Houser.
“I’ve been fighting for this for two years so it feels really good to see it start coming together,” Houser said. “Everybody in the county will benefit from it.”
Quapaw Tribal Chairman John Berrey said the proposal was “interesting.”
The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma owns and operates Downstream Casino Resort across the road from the proposed project.
“I think it’s an interesting proposal,” Berrey said. “If it was at all realistic it would be exciting.”
He said provided Castle Rock pays its employees as well and treats them as well as Downstream, “we welcome them as neighbors.”
The Quapaw Tribe has joined with Las Vegas Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and Camptown Greyhound Park owner Phil Ruffin to submit their own proposal earlier this year to reopen the long-vacant track in Southeast Kansas as a state-owned, privately managed upscale casino.
“I think our proposal’s more realistic,” Berrey said. “We know what we’re doing and everyone knows us. We can deliver something really special.”
The Kansas Gaming Commission is expected to select a gaming facilities manager by May 19, 2015 and for the casino resort design to be completed by July 1, 2015 with construction immediately following.

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Philadelphia stadium district casino approved

The Philadelphia-area gambling market is set to get more competitive now that state regulators voted Tuesday to award a license to Live! Hotel & Casino, a joint venture of two Eastern seaboard casino operators to be built in the city’s stadium district.

Live! won a four-way competition for the last casino license in eastern Pennsylvania, and the fifth in the Philadelphia region. It will be owned and operated by Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has 12 casinos, including Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Philadelphia-region locations are Parx Casino/Philadelphia Park Racetrack, SugarHouse Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board members did not immediately explain their decision, although it expects to release an analysis shortly. In any case, a casino could take more than a year to build, even if the result is not challenged in court.

Bob Green, chairman of Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, acknowledged fears from competitors that another casino would not draw new gamblers to the area’s casinos, but rather steal from the ones already there.

“There will be some cannibalization, but I think the market will expand generally,” Green told reporters after the half-hour gaming board hearing at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. “We believe that there is a significant untapped source of revenue” in the south Philadelphia stadium district.

If all goes well with permits from the city, crews could break ground within eight months and open the facility in 15 to 18 months, Green said.

The $400 million Live! Hotel & Casino is expected to house 2,000 slot machines and 125 table games in 200,000 square feet of space, along with an adjoining hotel with 240 rooms and 2,500 parking spaces. It will be built on a lot that currently houses a Holiday Inn just a few hundred feet north of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a few hundred feet south of Interstate 76. The Holiday Inn will be renovated and incorporated into the casino project. The Cordish Cos. already operates XFinity Live! Entertainment complex on the other side of Citizens Bank Park.

It was not the most expensive project pitched to the gaming board. That was the $700 million French-themed Provence concept proposed by developer Bart Blatstein at the iconic former Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News tower just north of downtown. Live! will have to pay the state nearly $75 million for the slot machine and table game licenses.

The decision comes amid casino closings in Atlantic City, increasing competition on the Eastern seaboard and worries that a new casino will siphon gamblers from competitors that can scarcely afford to lose them.

Pennsylvania, which rocketed into the second-biggest commercial casino state in a matter of a few years, is also feeling the effects of competition from other East Coast states. The state has opened 12 casinos since 2006, and there is license for one more available. The Philadelphia area alone has four casinos.

But some analysts say the Philadelphia-area market is either saturated already or coming close, and wagering at slot machines, the bread and butter of Pennsylvania’s casinos, is on the decline for two straight years. This fiscal year may make it three in a row. Meanwhile, in nearby Atlantic City, four of the city’s 12 casinos have shuttered this year and a fifth, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, says it will close next month.

The Cordish Cos. Owns and operates the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland. Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment operates Parx Casino and Racing, just north of Philadelphia in Bensalem.

Three Cordish family members will each own almost 15 percent of the casino, but the biggest stake, 28.3 percent, will be owned by Watche Manoukian, a London-based Lebanese businessman who also owns most of Parx Casino. Manoukian’s sons also will be the beneficiaries of a 17 percent stake, although Pennsylvania law prevents investors from controlling one casino and owning more than a one-third stake in another in the state.

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Play the Riviera Riches Mobile Slot at Red Flush Mobile Casino

Red Flush continues to expand its mobile casino offerings. Today, Red Flush Mobile Casino will release the Riviera Riches mobile slot, a roulette-inspired slot that contains a special roulette wheel bonus game.

Game features

Riviera Riches is a 5×3 reel mobile slot with 15 paylines. The wild symbol substitutes for all the game symbols, except the scatter, to complete winning combinations. But the defining feature of Riviera Riches is undoubtedly the Roulette Bonus Game. It begins when the Scatter Bonus symbol lands on reels 1 and 5. At this point the scene changes to portray a roulette table. What follows is a typical game of roulette. The player will be awarded a win if the roulette ball lands on his or her number of choice. A 4x multiplier further increases wins here.

Game design

Players will get a chance to live a life of Riviera Riches…The French Riviera is one of the wealthiest areas in the world, home to cities like Cannes, Nice, and Saint Tropez. What’s more, the principality of Monaco is a famous casino destination which is referenced in the game. Microgaming has used this backdrop to create a slot that emulates wealth and class. Roulette is a classic casino table game and its inclusion adds to the slot’s elegance.

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Delaware iGaming Revenues Continue to Decline; Casinos Pass on Additional Gaming Options

The state of Delaware has provide online gambling for a year now and has struggled from the very beginning. From having low traffic numbers to less than stellar revenues, the state has not been the top producer when it comes to online gambling in the US. The recent figures released by the state report that only $130,500 was earned in October and only $2 million was earned during the year of providing online gambling service.

As compared to last month, the state saw a decline of 10% in earnings from the three online gambling providers; Delaware Park, Harrington Raceway and Dover Downs. Players can take part in poker, roulette, blackjack and slots online as long as they are physically located inside the state’s borders.

When online gambling first began in the state November of last year, just over 2,600 players registered for an account to take part in the gaming options but now the sites only see just a few hundred signing up for accounts on a monthly basis. Table games saw a decrease of 21% and poker decreased 12% from September to October in the state when it comes to online gaming options.

The state now hopes that working with Nevada with shared players pools will help to generate more player activity. It was first believed that the two states would be working together by the end of the year but now it seems the partnership will not move forward until next year.

The gambling facilities in the state, Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway and Casino were also approached by the Finance Secretary of the Markell Administration for additional gaming but the operators declined. Tom Cook brought forth a plan which would allow the gambling facilities to use their allowance of slot machines that are not being used to open up slot parlors. Each facility is allowed 4,000 machines maximum and the full amount is not being used.

The solution was created in the hopes that the additional facilities would help the gambling industry in the state but the casinos rejected the plan to create the slot parlors. According to an article at DelawareOnline, the operators felt as though they would lose money by opening up the new facilities.

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