Michigan Island Resort and Casino Unveils $33 Million Expansion

Island Resort & Casino has completed a $33 million expansion of its hotel and steakhouse. Currently working on a sports bar.

USA.- The Island Resort and Casino, located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, completed a $33 million expansion on time and on budget. The project includes 128 new rooms and suites, an upscale steakhouse and a water park.

The new amenities have been added to the property just three years after an $8 million investment in a new spa, the addition of a second pitch golf course, renovations to the Hannaville bingo facility (the property was originally opened as a public bingo facility over three decades ago), and the Main Entrance.

Island Resort & The Casino, owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, is currently in the process of developing the area adjacent to T. McC’s Sports Bar and building a new sportsbook that is expected to be completed by early May.

General Manager Tony Mansilla said:

“Most casinos in Michigan and northern Wisconsin are getting smaller due to a number of factors such as online gaming and lotteries. But we just keep growing. There is a demand for it, and we are meeting it.”

Expansion plans were announced in January 2020, just a few months before the Coved-19 restrictions. Due to the pandemic, the resort was closed for six weeks. Island Resort & The Casino was one of the first gaming establishments in the US to reopen in May 2020.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana Selects Gaming Platform Quick Custom Intelligence

QCI platform identifies high-traffic areas, popular cars and customer trends.

USA – Hard Rock Casino in Northern Indiana and Quick Custom Intelligence (QCI) announced the installation of a QCI Slot platform in a hotel. The platform analyzes the interaction of players, determining which cars work best and which ones to remove from the hall without compromising income. It also identifies high-traffic areas, popular machines and customer trends.

Cameron West, director of gaming operations at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, said:

“We are excited to work together with the QCI team on the further development of our game analytics. Through the QCI Slots tool, we will be able to improve the gaming experience for our guests here at Hard Rock Northern Indiana and continue to provide a truly authentic gaming experience.”

QCI CEO Dr. Ralph Thomas , added:

“We are honored that Hard Rock Northern Indiana has chosen QCI Slots to help manage and optimize their playground. This is the second QCI tool acquired by the company.

Our growing partnership illustrates the importance of QCI's collaborative philosophy for the continuous improvement of our products. With over 50 casino resorts in North America and over 3,000 sites worldwide using our tools, we are confident that our proven product will meet the growing needs of Hard Rock Northern Indiana casinos.”

Casino Hard Rock in Northern Indiana opened to the public in May with a launch ceremony that featured Jackson 5 members Marlon and Tito Jackson. The $300 million casino is located along the busy Interstate 80/94 in Gary. It was built to replace the 25 year old Majestic Star Casino boats that closed in April.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Mohegan Reported Inspire Korea Construction Resuming

American tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment said it had resumed construction on its South Korean integrated resort, Inspire Korea, after completing funding late last year.

As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, Mohegan confirmed the completion of funding in November with a total aggregate funding of $1.55 billion, including $575 million in equity, a 1.04 trillion won ($890 million) financial loan ), attracted through a tri-Korean consortium – KB Securities, NH Investment & Securities and Hana Financial Investment – and 100 billion South Korean won ($85.5 million) from the general contractor, Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp.

Following funding completion, Inside Asian Gaming interviewed Bobby Soper, President of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment International, in December 2021.

As part of the overnight results announcement for the three months to December 31, 2021, Mohegan revealed that Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp “remobilized and resumed site construction work,” including structural steel and underground utilities, as well as infrastructure-related work such as utilities and roads. to the website. There is also a purchase of large goods and goods with a long delivery time.

After receiving final funding in November, Mohegan said they hope to open Inspire Korea in the first half of 2023.

The development is planned to include three hotel towers, an arena, a foreigners-only casino, restaurants, shops, conference and entertainment facilities, a year-round indoor water dome and an outdoor family park.

It will be the second integrated resort to open in Incheon after Paradise City, which is a joint venture between Korea's Paradise Co and Japanese game firm Sega Sammy Holdings.

In an overnight call with analysts, the company said the resumption of construction “demonstrates MGE's commitment to growth and diversification.”

Mohegan, which operates a family of casinos in the US and Canada, said of a net loss of $11.7 million for the December quarter, compared to a loss of $26.6 million a year earlier. Net revenue rose 74.2% to $402.0 million, while Adjusted EBITDA rose 140.8% to $97.4 million.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Ocean Casino Resort Names Bill Callahan General Manager

Callahan joined Ocean in July 2020 as SVP of Hospitality and was promoted to EVP of Hospitality and Gaming in July 2021.

“Bill is a 25-year veteran of the gaming industry who has done a great job since joining the Ocean team,” said Bruce Doll, president of OCRM, LLC. helping to create the best hospitality team on the market. We have confidence in Bill's ability to lead Ocean forward as we become the premier gaming destination in Atlantic City.”

After its most successful year ever, Ocean Casino Resort recently announced its upcoming investment in over $75 million including the long-awaited addition of over 460 rooms and suites. Last summer, Ocean announced a $15 million property improvement, including a refurbished casino floor with a new high stakes experience.

Source: The Ocean Casino Resort official website

Wrest Point Casino in Tasmania Refuses to Give in to Hackers Attacking Slot Machines

Australian casino operator Federal Group was the victim of a cyberattack last year that shut down slot machines and cost millions in lost revenue and recovery costs, according to details in its financial statements.

As reported the Australian edition of ABC News, the Federal Group company that owns Tasmania's Wrest Point Casino in Hobart and the Country Club Tasmania casino in Launceston, suffered a “major cyber attack that resulted in the encryption of a number of systems” and led to the suspension of its games. cars and a hotel reservation system for several weeks.

However, the company chose not to give in to ransom demands and did not respond to those responsible.

In a Federal Group 2020/21 statement, Executive CEO Daniel Hanna said :

“The Federal Group has not estimated the cost of a cyberattack (including outside expertise, internal resources, and lost revenue), but estimates it to be in the millions.”

He also described fiscal 2020/21 as “the worst result for the Federal Group in nearly 20 years” due to site closures and capacity restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is despite the fact that the group posted A$547 million ($390 million) in revenue and A$42 million ($30 million) in profit after tax.

In addition to operating casinos , the company also owns a number of hotels and other hospitality facilities and holds exclusive licenses for all slot machines in Tasmania. This monopoly will end in 2023 when a new law comes into effect allowing non-Federal Group site owners to directly buy or rent equipment.

In return, the Tasmanian government has agreed to cut the tax the Federal Group pays from slot revenues at Wrest Point and Country Club Tasmania.

Wrest Point Casino in Hobart, Tasmania was the first legal casino to open in Australia. It opened its doors in 1973 after a referendum across Tasmania in December 1968 voted to grant a casino license by a margin of 53% to 47%. This paved the way for the rise of the Australian casino industry, and to this day, many top Australian casino executives started their careers at Wrest Point.

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

Wynn Resorts Prepares Development Plans Near Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor and its parent company Wynn Resorts will present their development plans to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission next week.


“After the postponement of the January briefing to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), Wynn Resorts is now ready to present its abridged land development plan near Encore Boston Harbor in Everett.”

Focus Gaming News reported last month Joe Delaney, head of public relations for the Gambling Commission, was ready to brief members of the commission on the plan, which would include an 1,800-seat entertainment center, an approximately 20,000-square-foot restaurant, and a restaurant. a 2,200-space garage.

However, Wynn decided to put the permitting process on hold to “do some reassessment” of whether the proposed development is the best use of the site.

Delaney said on this week that Jacqui Cram, senior vice president and general counsel at Encore Boston Harbor, told him that the casino company was now “ready to go.”

He said that Cram indicated that Wynn had scaled back the planned size of the entertainment establishments to less than 1,000 seats.

The presentation will take place on February 10 . There will also be a committee staff report and a question and answer period for committee members on the field. Later in February, a public hearing will allow community members to submit oral evidence of the development. The commission's decision is expected in March.

Source: Focus Gaming News

Encore Boston Harbor Reopens Poker Room For The First Time Since Pandemic, But Reception Mixed

Amenities reopened on January 31st, much to be expected. Massachusetts poker fans gathered for the first time since March 2020. However, they were soon met with long waiting lists, not only due to the backlog of demand over two years, but also due to the fact that the room offered only 12 tables, which is 60 less than before the pandemic.

Due to the current state of our operations, we do not have real estate in our game room to bring poker back to its pre-COVID capabilities, Encore Boston Harbor staff told PokerNews in December.

Tournaments are also currently off-schedule and it remains unclear if they will be back anytime soon.

In many cases, large rosters meant no players were in the game, especially with the room closing at 8 hours of the evening. But the second source of concern after the reopening was the high rake in cash games, which prompted players to express their dissatisfaction on social media. The venue allegedly charges 10% rake up to $10 per hand, including low limit games.

Among the poker enthusiasts who rated the high-rake venue in cash games was Chase Bianchi, who finished 9th in the $1 million World Series of Poker Main Event 2021.

“I will not play 5/10 or lower at Encore Boston Harbor with their absurd 10% up to $10 in rake,” he tweeted. “Operation Nuclear Poker has begun! You guys did a great job!”

The Encore Boston Harbor poker room is located in The Loft and is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. According to its website, it's open with 12 tables, free in-play drinks, a Bad Beat jackpot (up to $2-5 unlimited), promotions (up to $2-5 unlimited), 18 55-inch TVs, and 6 large-screen TVs. and remote registration to Poker Atlas for various games.

Prior to reopening, the cardroom had already announced that it would be back with a limited number of tables, prompting protests from local residents. At the time, the casino explained that “staff level” issues were also the reason the room only opened for a week at the time.

Poker's extended shutdown in 2021 led to what happened last year The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received a string of complaints as neither Encore nor MGM Springfield Casinos — the only two in the state to offer the game — relaunched it in May after reopening. Poker returned to MGM last October, and now Encore has followed suit, albeit with some controversy.

Source: Yogonet

Little Creek Casino in Washington D.C. Opens Sports Betting Room with IGT Technology

The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton has announced that it will offer sports betting at its new lounge, which opened on Tuesday, February 1st. In partnership with International Game Technology (IGT) and its PlaySports Technology platform, Little Creek Sports Book has been launched at the main casino. floor.

The new space features eight betting kiosks, 30 luxury seating, eight 82-inch video screens, and a 20-by-10-foot LED video wall.

Tribally owned and operated betting shop Squaxin Island Tribe, located 15 minutes from Olympia, is one of the first tribal sports betting casinos in Washington State. Located an hour from Seattle and Tacoma, it is home to Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Seven Inlets Spa, and Skookum Creek Events Center.

Sports betting became legal exclusively at 16 Tribes Casino in September 2021 of the year. That may change, however, as a new federal lawsuit seeks to open up the sports betting game to non-tribal gaming properties. In January, Maverick Gaming filed a lawsuit against Washington state officials accusing them of illegally granting Indian casinos a “discriminatory tribal gaming monopoly” on sports betting and other gambling.

Source: Yogonet

Luxor Las Vegas Received High Ratings on Tripadvisor

The property is the most popular accommodation in the site's 22-year history.

At the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, travelers are talking and posting.

According to the platform With over 48,000 reviews, the Strip has become the most popular property of all time, with over 48,000 reviews.

Tripadvisor noted on Tuesday that it reached the 1 billion reviews and opinions milestone in January.

Tripadvisor was founded 22 years ago by current President and CEO Steven Kaufer, Langley Steinert, Nick Shanni and Tom Palka. The company said the milestone came after announcing that it had amassed half a billion reviews and opinions in 2017.

Official site description of the property:

“The Pyramid at the Luxor resort in Las Vegas, with its beam of light, provides a striking spectacle even on the frankly glamorous Las Vegas Strip. One of the most recognizable structures in Las Vegas, the 30-story pyramid is an architectural marvel that arouses curiosity, and the interior rewards visitors with excitement, mystery and intrigue in equal measure.”

Luxor scored 48 268 reviews on Tripadvisor with an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5, which the site describes as “Very Good”. This hotel is ranked 158 out of 290 hotels in Las Vegas. Users rate it 4 out of 5 stars for location, cleanliness and service, but 3.5 out of 5 for “value”.

Most reviews give Luxor 5 stars (“Excellent”) or 4 stars (“Very Good”): 14,277 and 14,333 respectively. Approximately 9,847 users rated it 3 stars (“Average”), then 4,997 users rated it 2 stars (“Poor”) and 4,830 users rated it one star (“Terrible”).

The best review as of Tuesday morning was written by a visitor from Sacramento, California who gave the Luxor 5 stars overall with the comment:

“The view was so good that the check-in was not cool, the mobile app ended, everything was pretty good. money well spent, we parked all over the place, it was good so we didn't drive for hours, Luxor was a great choice.”

The second 5 star review titled Escape the Pyramid contained a long treatise which said:

“The room was CLEAN, spacious and with modern decor. It didn't have a fridge or microwave, only the suites have them. I wish I knew this ahead of time, but always be prepared. The front desk staff were VERY nice. Ask Cleo! She offered great restaurant options, 3 in order of price range.”

Two 5-star cars were followed by a pair of 1-star jalopies. The first one said:

“Everything in the room was broken. Nothing seemed to work properly. We waited 5 hours for the TV to be fixed. The air conditioner/heater was broken so we had a very cold weekend. The room is very outdated. There were extension cords in the room, which I had never seen before, not even in Circus Circus. Wow.”

A business traveler said in his 1-star review:

“Staying in Luxor, I was honestly upset, I had to score it. We got to our room and there was someone's clothes there, there were also stains all over the pillow, we asked for something to be done and it took them a while, I called the front desk and they just called to check that they sheets will come to change.”

Source: Gaming America

German State of Schleswig-Holstein Will Issue Five Licenses for Online Board Games

The Schleswig-Holstein Legislative Assembly has approved a law confirming five licenses for online table games and a tax rate of up to 44% on gross gaming revenue.

Germany. – The Legislative Assembly of the Land, or Landtag, in Schleswig-Holstein passed a law implementing the Fourth German Gambling Treaty.

Federal legislation that went into effect in July introduced a nationally regulated gambling and sports betting market, but allowed each state to choose between two models for regulating online table games.

States can choose between granting a monopoly on online table games – games, usually owned by a state lottery, or by issuing the same number of licenses as the number of land-based casinos in the state. Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state, chose the latter. It has five land-based casinos and will therefore allow five online table gaming licenses.

One of the five licenses will be transferred to the state bank Spielbank Schleswig-Holstein, so only four remain in stock. Christian Democratic Union parliamentary secretary Hans-Jorn Arp said they will be released under “respected and strict criteria.”

The tax rate set in the new state law suggests that income from online desktop games up to €300,000 per month will be taxed at a rate of 34%. Income between €300,000 and €750,000 will be taxed at 39 percent, and income over €750,000 at 44 percent.

Arp said:

“For It was important for us to prevent the creation of a new Las Vegas and to control exactly who plays what and how data and money flow.”

He also called on the states of Germany to support the new federal regulator that was created in Saxony-Anhalt, but has not issued any licenses to date.

Source: Focus Gaming News official website