Supporters of a ban on smoking at Atlantic City casinos gathered at the United Auto Workers office in Linwood, about 10 miles west of Atlantic city. They are hoping to get a smoking ban bill passed before the New Jersey legislative session. They also want to avoid following Maryland's lead in permitting smoking in outdoor areas. Chris Moyer of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and Corrine Orlando of the American Heart Association warn against that approach.
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Hard Rock Atlantic City casino officials agreed to a new labor agreement with the Unite Here Local 54 union on Saturday night. The last casino strike in Atlantic city was in 2016, when the same union rejected concessions demanded by Trump Taj Mahal owner Carl Icahn. The most infamous strike took place in 1986, with more than 10,000 workers walking off the job. It shuttered the casino and reopened as the Hard Rock casino that opened in mid-2018. This summer could be the biggest in gaming revenue in many years.
BetMGM and Sony Pictures Television will launch a new online casino called "Wheel of Fortune Casino" in New Jersey later this year. The brand-led online casinos are driven by BetM GMG's platform and promotional capabilities. In May, fixed odds betting debuted at Monmouth Park and esports enthusiasts can now legally bet on their favorite players and games. BetGM is headquartered in NJ. It is also focusing on responsible gaming education. iGT CEO Enrico Drago is excited about the launch of the new casino.
Pennsylvania's 18 iCasinos collected $113.3 million in May. It's the seventh month in a row that the state's online casino play has exceeded $100 million. In the first five months of 2022, the i Casinos have collected about $555.2 million from gamblers. The retail casinos generate a lot more revenue, but that total year-to-year is basically flat.
Atlantic City casinos were closed from mid-March until July 4 weekend in 2020. The just-concluded Memorial Day weekend proved to be a success. About $1 billion has been invested by the casino properties in the past several years. The industry's growth and prosperity is more important than ever before.
Borgata made the biggest first-quarter profit of $45.9 million in Atlantic City casinos. The total profits for the nine casinos is higher than any first quarter in the previous eight years. In 2019, with the new Hard Rock and Ocean casinos not even a year old, firstquarter profits were $87 million.
The new deal between the casinos and the county does not take into account the wishes of Atlantic County officials. The earlier agreement came before the launch of legal sports betting in the state and before rise in online casino revenue. New law exempts sports bets and online gaming revenues from PILOT calculations. The agreement with the County does make such a distinction. Atlantic City's county executive says everyone should take a victory lap.
Four Atlantic City Casinos Forfeit Winnings From Underage Gamblers. Tropicana was the biggest offender, with a forfeiture of $59,860.30. Harrah's was initially found to be liable for $6,857, but one of the seven gamblers produced proper ID. Caesars had a pair of fines, $1,632.59 from a Feb 22, 2022, violation involving seven young gambers, and another $901.02 from Nov. 10, 2021. Hard Rock forfeited $ 1,600.
The shutdown of all Atlantic City casinos in mid-March 2020 led to industry casino revenue of $85.5 million for the month. By March 2019, the revenue had bounced back to $184.9 million. Now, two years later, revenue in the city is back up to pre-2020 levels.
AGA wants the DOJ to crack down on illegal sportsbooks. AGA specifically mentions Bovada, MyBookie, and BetOnline. The AGA also wants to focus on unregulated "skill game" machines. The association calls for aggressive enforcement actions against those who don't comply. It also calls on the government to educate consumers on legal gaming options and clarify that skill-based machine manufacturers must comply with anti-money laundering standards.
Atlantic City casinos made $766.8 million in profits in 2021. The industry made profits of $613.1 million last year. The net revenue for the industry is $3.2 billion in 2019, $1.9 billion in 2020 and $ 3 billion by 2021, according to state figures.
Atlantic County will not hear a case involving its share of a portion of annual effective tax dollars until April 25. The case involves the amount owed to the county by the city's nine casinos. It is also about the inclusion of mobile sports betting and online casino gaming in the gross gaming revenue figure that determines the PILOT. The change in definition of revenue could cost the County $3 million to $5 million per year.
There is growing bipartisan support for ending the special exemption for Atlantic City casinos to offer smoking sections on gaming floors. 11 Assembly members, including six Democrats and five Republicans, have signed on to co-sponsor bill A2151. The bill is supported by both Democrats who control the state Senate and Assembly and the governor’s office.
Ocean Casino Resort is renovating its 12,000-square-foot Gallery section. The Gallery will feature a 100-ft elevated bar and lounge with 59 seats and a dozen slot machines. It will also replace the operation of its sportsbook with US Bookmaking and Vic Salerno. The renovation is expected to be complete by the summer.
Atlantic County lost millions of dollars in casino tax revenue due to a new law in New Jersey. A superior court judge might have restored the revenue with his ruling in an Atlantic City PILOT lawsuit.
New Jersey's casino tax law has a major flaw, a judge rules. The state legislature's attempt to change the terms of a consent order reached with Atlantic County in 2018 regarding payments by Atlantic City's nine casinos may be upended. A previous settlement directed 13.5% of the PILOT money from the casinos' gross gaming revenue to Atlantic county. New law exempts online casino gaming and mobile sports betting revenue.
Sen. Richard Codey is the longest-tenured state legislator in New Jersey history. He has been governor since 2006 and the state Senate president since 2010. Code has supported a ban on smoking in Atlantic City's casinos. He signed into law the New. Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act in 2006. It prohibited indoor smoking, but not in casinos, except for certain exceptions.
The two biggest jackpots in New Jersey in 2021 were won via online casino play on BorgataCasino.com. The first of the year’s five million-dollar-plus jackpot was also an online spin on 888”s mobile casino on Jan. 2. A visitor to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City won $1.6 million on Sept. 19.
Rutgers University and Jackpocket reach a multi-year agreement to make Jack pocket the school's first official mobile lottery partner. Jack Pocket will be integrated into social media promotions via Rutgers Athletics channels and receive significant exposure through LED signage and an in-game video board feature inside Jersey Mike’s Arena during basketball games. The company already is a major advertiser on mega-watt radio station WFAN in the metropolitan area.
Ocean Casino in Atlantic City is planning to build a new sports bar and lounge during March Madness. The new venue is budgeted at $4 million and is scheduled to open sometime this summer. Vic Salerno and USBookmaking will provide the lines. The casino hopes to have obtained regulatory approval by that point.
Six state senators reintroduced a bill on the first day of the new legislative session Wednesday that would ban smoking at the nine Atlantic City casinos. The bill has the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy and Dr. Herb Conaway, the chairman of Health Committee in the Assembly.
In the first year of online gambling in New Jersey, it made up 4.5% of the Atlantic City casino industry's gross gaming revenue bottom line. The annual growth has turned it into the controversy of 2021. Atlantic County officials filed a lawsuit that is headed for court hearing next month. It stems from passage of a casino tax break bill in the last days of state legislative session this month and Gov. Phil Murphy's signature.
The last chance for passage of the bill likely will come on Jan. 10. The process of getting bills through committee before reaching full votes in the Assembly and Senate must start all over again in new session. Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a subsidy to help the state’s three racetracks remain competitive with Pennsylvania and New York tracks. Chris Christie ended a $30 million annual subsidy paid by the Atlantic City casino industry to the tracks in exchange for a promise not to lobby for VLTs at the sites.
Jackpocket has gained online market access in New Jersey for its forthcoming online casino product through an agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. Jackpocket is already running in 10 states, including New York, New Hampshire, and Texas. It is the first third-party lottery service to enter the online gambling space in the Garden State.
A version of a tax break for Atlantic City casinos was advanced by a 9-2 vote in a state Assembly committee on Monday. The Assembly version is less generous than a Senate proposal that moved forward a week earlier. Both bills are expected to face a full vote next week.
The new New Jersey Legislature is in session. The Atlantic City casino industry's exemption from an indoor smoking ban is not being advanced by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney lost his seat last month to a little-known truck driver. A casino tax-break bill cleared a state senate committee on Monday. Office of Legislative Services says the bill will reduce the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes by $55 million in 2022 and probably between $30 million and $65 million through 2026.
BetMGM paid out a record $3.5 million jackpot to a player playing MGM Grand Millions slots through the Borgata Online Casino. The previous record was $2.2 million. BorgATA generated $38.8 million in revenue through casino games and poker in October. It was part of a $127 million generated by New Jersey's 29 online casino sites for October, which is the most of any state in a single month since going live in November 2013.
David Rebuck is the director of New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement for the past decade. He appeared on the weekly "Gamble On" podcast to discuss sports betting and online casino issues. He believes New York will always be the top state in the sports gambling industry. The state's September's $1 billion in betting handle was eclipsed by a $ 1.3 billion handle last month.
There will be a lame duck session of the legislature. The governor and all 120 state Senate and Assembly seats are up for grabs. There is a bill to ban smoking in Atlantic City's nine casinos. Senate President Stephen Sweeney has reservations about the proposal. Gov. Phil Murphy has said he will sign the bill if it passes.
A Union County woman has cashed a $9.4 million New Jersey Pick 6 Lotto prize. It's the single largest legal-and-regulated win ever on a mobile device in the United States. New York became the first state to authorize lottery courier services. Lottery ticket courier Jackpocket reported its app has seen an 838% increase in active players this year.
Tipico launched its first online casino in New Jersey this week. The company's mobile sportsbook offers mobile betting in the state. Tipico's online casinos library currently spans 70 games, including 55 slots and 14 card and table games. Ocean Casino Resort partnered with TipICO to provide the operator with New York licensing. The resort also has its own online gambling business, Ocean casino.
PlayUp plans to launch an online casino in Pennsylvania next year. PlayUp has already established iGaming sites in Colorado and New Jersey. The company secured market access to the state through a deal with Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Harrah's Philadelphia. MaximBet announced a similar deal in September.
Richmond voters rejected the construction of a $565 million casino with retail sports betting. The media group Urban One and Pacific Peninsula Entertainment spent more than $1 million in advertising to drum up support for the referendum. The project called for a casino to be built in an industrial area of the city where tobacco titan Philip Morris once operated. Virginia made it legal for five cities to have brick-and-mortar casinos last November.
Kevin DeSanctis warned at the East Coast Gaming Congress that Pennsylvania casinos would shrink the Atlantic City casino market. De Sancti was correct. The industry revenue dropped from $5.2 billion in 2006 to $2.6 billion last year. Now Jim Allen is warning about the planned opening of three new casinos in the New York City region in next few years. He believes New Yorkers will be able to compete with Atlantic Cities.
NJ collects more taxes from online casinos than from the Atlantic City casinos. Sports betting is a less lucrative industry for New Jersey than gambling. The state took in $1 billion in bets in a single month. More than 90% of that figure came from mobile sports betting. The other 10% came in the form of 8.5% tax on revenues from retail sportsbooks.
The Ilitch family of Detroit acquired half-ownership of the Boardwalk casino from Luxor Capital Group. The current 1,399-room footprint is set to expand by more than 450 rooms next year. Some new floors could open by Memorial Day, with the full opening for July 4th weekend. The Ilitches will spend another $105 million toward paying off debt at the former Revel casino site. A rebranded and retooled Ocean Resort Casino opened in mid-2018.
William Pascrell III is a New Jersey-based lobbyist. He is giving Seton Hall Law School students a three-day boot camp on the history of American gambling. Pascal points out that the 2013 New York law that legalized online casino gaming has an expiration date. Online casino operators are on track to exceed $1 billion in revenue in the state in 2021.
New York Jets have signed a multi-year deal with Jackpocket. Jack pocket is the first third-party app to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets. More than 20% of Jets fans play the lottery each week. The app will also offer Jets season ticket holders access to free lottery Tickets in the Jack Pocket mobile app and VIP experiences at MetLife Stadium.
The Atlantic City casinos made $90.4 million in gross operating profits in the first quarter of 2021. The second quarter, when the casinos were closed for all three months, produced a gross Operating Loss of $112 million. In the same period of 2019, the casino industry made more money than in 2019. Borgata is the king of Atlantic city casinos, with $69. 4 million profits. Tropicana, Hard Rock and Harrah's are second, third and fourth, respectively. Caesars, owned by Caesar's Entertainment, is fifth with profits of $26.7 million, while Bally's is sixth.
British firm Gamesys Group fined $1,000 by New Jersey for allowing a self-excluded gambler to play online. The company must disgorge $2,822 that the self,ex excluded gamblar lost.
July was a record month for New Jersey's online casino industry. Borgata beat Golden Nugget for the third consecutive month. Caesars was the other $10 million-plus earner. Online poker revenue dropped from $4.8 million in July 2020 to $3.1 million last month in New York.
Pennsylvania's 17 online casinos are on pace to win more than $1 billion this year. The state's top revenue producer in June was Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. The other top earners were Rivers Casino Philadelphia and Rush Street Interactive. iCasinos can be lumped together in the revenue reported for a single licensee. There is no limit on how many online casino can operate in Pennsylvania. They must be tethered to an existing brick-and-mortar casino operator.
FanDuel has launched a standalone online casino gaming product on iOS, Android and desktops. The app will feature table game staples like blackjack, roulette, and video poker. New FanDuell customers can play their first day risk-free up to $1,000.
PointsBet has launched its online casino product in New Jersey. This marks the second state PointsBet iGaming operations are live in, following its launch in Michigan in May. Pointsbet also holds online casinos market access in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
There are now live dealer games available at Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse sites and the DraftKings casino site attached to Hollywood Casino. The test period runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p. m. Wednesday and 11 to 9 p.,m Thursday.
Catskills Casino is struggling to make money. Mobile sports betting is coming to New York State next year. Up to three casino licenses can be issued in the New Yorkers by December 2022. MGM Resorts paid $1.5 billion for Yonkers Raceway and Empire City racino in 2019.
Yonkers Racino is doing well despite talk of a casino upgrade. The Empire City Casino at Yonkers is 15 years old and has 5,000 slot machines. It has a bus route that ferries passengers from Jersey City to Fort Lee. New York does not allow smoking indoors at gambling facilities. The future of the casino is still unknown. iReport.com. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90, visit a local Samaritan branch or click here.
Atlantic City casinos' gross gaming revenue is up 75% for the first five months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Some casinos have bounced back better than others. Borgata's revenue has nearly doubled since the previous year. The market leader is the Borgatas. They took in $68.4 million in online casino gaming and sports betting in 2010, but $186.6 million this year, compared with $296.1 million two years ago.
Borgata dropped its lawsuit against Ocean Casino. The action came less than two weeks after a court accepted Borgata’s request to file an amended complaint.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City will be destroyed Wednesday at 9 a.m. The hotel was once owned by Donald Trump. It will meet its inglorious end after a series of events. The mayor of Atlantic city disparaged Trump, which led to a charitable auction that would have had the winner literally press the button to blow up the casino. Billionaire developer Carl Icahn's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the auction house, and Ichan himself donated $175,000 to Atlantic County Boys & Girls Club. Bette Midler tweeted that she was going to pay for the viewing rights of the implosion.
Evolution Gaming and Golden Nugget announce a strategic partnership for the development of live online casinos. Golden Nugget is the top operator in New Jersey. Only five states have legalized online table games and slots. Ten states offer online sports betting. Indiana, Iowa, and Colorado could be interested in iCasino. iCasa is a live casino that streams games to smartphones or computers.
Nevada casinos managed only $3.64 million in overall revenue for the pandemic-stricken month. Las Vegas Strip casinos produced all but a quarter million of that.
Ocean Online Casino is the digital offering from Atlantic City's recently built Ocean Resort. It opened on June 28, 2018 and occupies the same space as the former Revel Casino. The company came out the gate with a $10,000 deposit match bonus, but has since cut it to $500. Oceans is also offering a no deposit bonus and up to 50 free spins.
The Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday. It's the first full-sized casino added to Pennsylvania's gaming industry since Rivers Philadelphia opened a decade ago. The casino will be open to the public after 8 p.,m., on February 11th. The Cordish Companies, the Baltimore-based private firm that lavished $700 million on the project, will start to find out if the investment was worth it.
Bidding to blow up Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has ballooned to $175,000. The auction goes live at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19. Joe Bodnar, of Bod narb's auction of Edison, believes the bidding will get crazy from here on out.
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission granted a casino license to Golden Nugget Online Gaming LLC. It conditionally approved a merger of Golden. Nugge Online. Gaming with Landcadia Holdings II Inc. that plans to change its name to. Golden nugget online gaming Inc., and its trading symbol to “GNOG”. Land cia is a special-purpose acquisitions company owned by Golden Nuget owner Tilman Fertitta.
RotoGrinders contributor Yisman won $219K New Jersey slot jackpot on Betfair Casino. The game has a 96.6 return-to-player percentage. There were 42 online slot Jackpots worth $50,000 or more in New York and NewJersey during April.