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It Took New Casinos To Set PA Record For Slots, Tables Revenue

It took new casinos to set a new record for Pennsylvania's slot machines and table games revenue. The state's casinos generated $3.43 billion from slot machine and tables games in the last year. Online casinos and sports betting have boosted the industry. Traditional casinos have been operating since 2006. They employ nearly 15,000 people. They made a record $5.04 billion in revenue in last 12 months.
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It Took New Casinos To Set PA Record For Slots, Tables Revenue
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More money rolling into state's casinos, less tax being collected

Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady got a slot machine tax reduction. The reduction allowed the casino to hire back furloughed staff and continue its contributions to the economic revitalization of Scenectad. The Daily Gazette submitted a FOIL request to New York State Gaming Commission for documents explaining the slot tax cut. It provided copies of four communications between the commission and the Casino in the spring of 2021. Rivers itself was willing to comment. Its CEO Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said the move came down to fairness and circumstance.
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More money rolling into state's casinos, less tax being collected
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Illinois Casino, VGT Revenues Take Hit In June

Illinois Gaming Board reports $327.4 million in revenue from casino gaming and video gaming terminals in June. There were 745,546 admissions across the state's 11 revenues, nearly 50,000 fewer compared to May. The state collected $86.2 million from the two wagering disciplines.
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Illinois Casino, VGT Revenues Take Hit In June
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Portsmouth: Chaos + Casino = Chaos

Portsmouth's new casino is scheduled to open in February. The new one in Norfolk will open there in 2024. Both were teed up by a JLARC study required by the legislation. The study predicts that in 2025 the Norfolk casino would produce about $150 million in revenue and the Portsmouth site $130 million. However, the two sites are seven miles apart. Rivers Casino Portsmouth is not on a river. It is being built at I-264 and Victory Blvd next to Tidewater Community College. There is master-planned for hotel. If it is built, it will have a great view of the community college and parking lots.
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Portsmouth: Chaos + Casino = Chaos

Experts: Efforts to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos wouldn’t succeed in Nevada

New Jersey is considering a ban on smoking in Atlantic City casinos. Nevada has just two casinos that are smoke-free. The industry is the biggest employer of jobs in Nevada. Last year, Atlantic city reported $4.7 billion in gaming revenue. More than $1.36 billion came from New Jersey's regulated internet casino sites. Gaming revenue in the market has been in a 16-year freefall. It hit a low of $2.56 billion last year. In 2006, it was $5.2 billion.
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Experts: Efforts to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos wouldn’t succeed in Nevada

First Va. casino opens in Bristol

First Va. casino opens in Bristol. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol was the first casino to receive a Virginia Lottery Board license. The temporary space in the former Belk store of the Bristol Mall has 30,000 square feet with 870 slots, 21 tables and a sportsbook.
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BetRivers.net Social Casino Review 2022

BetRivers.net is available in every state in the US and in Ontario north of the border in Canada. It's legal online gambling is spreading around the U.S. but real money online slots are still illegal in most states.
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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Looks to Recruit Dealers

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is offering locals a chance to join its dealer academy and seek careers in the gambling sector. The casino is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and it is located in upstate New York at 1 Rush St, Scenectady, NY 12305.
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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Looks to Recruit Dealers

Rivers Casino offering free dealer academy

Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady is offering a free dealer academy and on-the-spot interviews for over 20 new table games dealers. The dealer Academy begins on Monday, June 11 and lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p. m. Monday through Friday for six weeks. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and pass their final audition.
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Pennsylvania casinos see revenue up 8% to $448M in May, led by Hollywood Casino at Penn National

Pennsylvania casinos see revenue up 8% to $448M in May, led by Hollywood Casino at Penn National. The top five casinos are Parx Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Rivers Casino Philadelphia and Rivers. Sports betting is also performing well despite a slow summer season. The state industry has been reported as performing good despite the slow season, with revenue slightly down from the previous month’s results. According to Pennsylvania”s regulator, total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming was $181.6M during the month.
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Pennsylvania casinos see revenue up 8% to $448M in May, led by Hollywood Casino at Penn National

Consistent Online Casino Play Has PA On Pace For $1.3B IGaming Year

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.
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Consistent Online Casino Play Has PA On Pace For $1.3B IGaming Year

Pennsylvania gambling revenue reaches $447.8m in May

Land-based gaming is the most popular form of gambling in Pennsylvania. The state's total market revenue was up from $413.2m in May 2021 to $462.7m this year. Sports betting revenue is up 26. 2% to $35.0m, but retail revenue here is just $2.8m. Valley Forge and FanDuel are the top sports betting providers in the state. Hollywood Casino at Penn National led the way in igaming with $45.5m and Rivers Casino Philadelphia on $26.9m while Valley forge took $21.6m from sports bets.
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Pennsylvania gambling revenue reaches $447.8m in May

Indiana Casino Revenue Of $212 Million In May Was Off 7.5% From April

Indiana Casino Revenue Of $212 million in May Was Off 7.5% From April. Hard Rock Northern Indiana remained atop the leaderboard with $36.3 million. Free play declined to just shy of $3.8 million, less than half the $9.1 million for April, and the adjusted revenue eligible for taxation was $201.6 million - a 6.4% backslide from the previous April's $215. 3 million revenue.
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Indiana Casino Revenue Of $212 Million In May Was Off 7.5% From April

Illinois Casino Revenue Slips To $116.6 Million For May

Illinois Gaming Board reports $116.6 million in casino gaming revenue for May. Table games revenue ticked higher to more than $30 million for the first time in 2022. Slots and EGD revenue was 6.8% less than in the previous month. The state collected $22.7 million and local municipalities received $6. 6 million.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Slips To $116.6 Million For May

Rivers Casino's Million-Dollar Bad Beat Jackpot Becomes Poker Draw

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is offering a million-dollar bad beat jackpot. It's twice the amount it had previously awarded for a bad beating. The jack pot grows by a couple thousand dollars every day. The largest bad-beat jackpots were reported from Detroit's Motor City Casino and Playground Poker Club. If the Rivers prize doesn't reach $1.5 million within two to three weeks, it could be the largest in U.S. casino history.
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Rivers Casino's Million-Dollar Bad Beat Jackpot Becomes Poker Draw

Who's left out of the casino?

The city council approved a plan to offer Chicago's sole casino license to Bally's Corporation. Brian Hopkins, Anthony Beale, Ed Burke, Ray Lopez, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Brendan Reilly, and Michele Smith voted against the proposal. Sophia King recused herself from the vote. The proposal will now go to the Illinois Gaming Board for approval. If approved, the new casino-resort and entertainment complex will be constructed at the Chicago Tribune’s Publishing Center in the River West neighborhood. Construction is expected to be completed in 2025. Baly's plans to operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North neighborhood in meantime.
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Who's left out of the casino?

Pennsylvania gaming revenue in April up 14% over 2021

Pennsylvania gaming revenue in April 2022 was $187.6 million. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County had the most revenue with $65.5 million, followed by Valley Forge Casino Resort, Upper Merion with about $57.4 million and Hollywood casino in Morgantown with almost $5.1 million in revenue. Parx Casino, Bethlehem had revenue of $ 57. 1 million for the month, down 9.34% from a year ago. Mount Airy Casino resort in Mt. Pocono had $20.0 million revenue for April, which was down 15.35% on last year.
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Pennsylvania gaming revenue in April up 14% over 2021

Pennsylvania falls just short of monthly gambling revenue record in April

Pennsylvania's gambling revenue increased 14.5% from $404.1m in April last year. Sports betting revenue rose 28.0% to $33.7m, while the state's handle increased 19. 5% to $572.8m. Valley Forge, partnered with FanDuel, retained top spot in the sports betting market with $22. 8m off of a $228.2m handle. Online slots revenue for the month was $76. 7m and online table games revenue jumped 20.9% and internet poker revenue 22.
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Pennsylvania falls just short of monthly gambling revenue record in April

Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates Construction Milestone With Topping-Off Ceremony on May 10

Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrated a construction milestone with a Topping-off Ceremony on May 10. The new gaming and entertainment complex on Victory Boulevard will open in early 2023. It will feature a casino, BetRiver Sportsbook, premier restaurants, a live entertainment lounge, hotel, and event center. There will be five job fairs, one per month over the next five months, beginning May 12 at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus. The first job Fair will focus on table games and dealer school training.
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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates Construction Milestone With Topping-Off Ceremony on May 10

Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner

Chicago is in a hurry to approve a $1.7 billion casino deal. Chicago CFO testified that the city loses $1000 million per day in revenue without a functioning casino. Joliet has had a double casino payday for nearly three decades. In northwest Indiana, officials in Gary and Lake County have reacted to recent developments in Chicago. The first casino in Illinois opened May 4, 1993. It was called the Empress. Now it's owned by Hollywood Casino. They also own the naming rights to Tinley Park’s outdoor amphitheater. In Gary, the officials reacted by delaying the casino approval.
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Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner

Mayor Announces Bally's Casino Coming To Chicago

Bally's Corporation is the winner of the contract to build and operate the first casino in Chicago. The project would be built on the site of Tribune Publishing Center near Grand Avenue and North Canal Street. It would include a 3,000-seat theater, Immerse Agency exhibition experience, 500-room hotel tower, six restaurants, an adjacent outdoor park, and outdoor music amphitheater.
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Mayor Announces Bally's Casino Coming To Chicago

Ald. Pat Dowell Says She 'Cannot Support' Hard Rock Casino Proposal Near Soldier Field

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) is against Hard Rock International's plan to open a casino near Soldier Field. She cites neighbors' fears of crime and overcrowding. The proposal is one of three remaining for a city-backed casino. It is competing with Rivers Casino and The 78 campus on the Near South Side and Bally's proposal to build a resort in River West. City leaders plan on tapping revenue from the casino to fund Chicago's ailing pension obligations. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration nixed two McCormick Place proposals.
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Ald. Pat Dowell Says She 'Cannot Support' Hard Rock Casino Proposal Near Soldier Field

Off The Record: Casino Choice In Chicago Could Have Big Effect On Des Plaines

Des Plaines is considering a casino in Chicago. The city is about to choose a preferred operator. One of the bidders is a company controlled by Neil Bluhm, who developed Rivers Casino in Des Plaine. Rivers has been a success since it opened in 2011. Desplaines gets about $10 million a year from the casino. Most of that money goes to the state and 10 South suburbs. Elgin and Aurora casinos saw their income take a hit when Rivers opened. Chicago will probably open a temporary casino and divert money away from Rivers. In two to three years Des plaines will feel the financial pinch created by the opening of a Chicago casino, according to a consultant.
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Off The Record: Casino Choice In Chicago Could Have Big Effect On Des Plaines

Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounce Back Strongly In March

Illinois Casino and VGT Revenue Bounced Back Strongly In March. Casino revenue in the state of Illinois reached nine figures for the first time in 2022. The state collected $17.6 million in tax receipts for March and $39 million for three months. Sports wagering in Illinois has generated $101.8 million and $15.2 million so far this year.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounce Back Strongly In March

Neighbors Worry Rivers Casino Planned For The 78 Will Lead To Gambling Addictions, Is Too Close To Schools

A Rivers Casino at The 78 is being planned for the south branch of the Chicago River. The development team has a lot of work on their hands as the area's alderman has already said he can't support a casino at the site. Neighbors staged a protest before the meeting and about two-thirds of those who spoke at it said they don't want a Casino nearby. They also worry about the proximity to schools and crime. A handful of people spoke in favor of it, but most people are against it. They are concerned about problem gambling and the impact on Chinatown.
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Neighbors Worry Rivers Casino Planned For The 78 Will Lead To Gambling Addictions, Is Too Close To Schools

Inside The Minds Of People Who Leave Kids Alone In Cars To Gamble

Two people were banned from gambling in Pennsylvania casinos for leaving their children alone in a car while they gambled. The children were 8-years-old. Since 2011, 134 people have been banned for this type of incident. Gregory Krausz, MA, CAADC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a consultant with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.
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Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West

The list of potential locations for Chicago's first casino has been narrowed to three. The list includes the 78 megadevelopment, the Tribune Publishing Center and the One Central project site. Other finalists are Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field and Bally's In River West. Residents will have three community meetings to discuss each of the proposals. The final choice will be announced by the end of March. It will aim to get a temporary casino up and running by mid-2023 or 2024, with a final complex ready to open by late 2025 or early 2026.
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Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West

Feb. gaming revenue in PA up from last year

February's gaming revenue in Pennsylvania was $375.7 million. It's the third consecutive month gaming revenues have declined. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulates slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals.
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Feb. gaming revenue in PA up from last year

Pennsylvania takes serious steps to abolish smoking on casino floors

Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking on the premises of casinos and private clubs. Two lawmakers are pushing to end the exemption. Some casinos fear that prohibiting smoking would directly impact their revenue. New Jersey has stiffer opposition.   The Garden State has warned against the legislation. It could have detrimental effects on casino industry's recovery from the pandemic. One study estimated that banning casino smoking could result in the loss of 2,500 jobs. The state has a strong aversion to smoking.  Some have cited Pennsylvania as a possible alternative state where smokers would go to enjoy gambling.
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Pennsylvania takes serious steps to abolish smoking on casino floors

Another Push For Casino Smoking Ban Resurrected By Lawmaker

State Rep. Dan Frankel and Sen. Jay Costa want to change the law to ban casino smoking. The 2008 law bans smoking in restaurants and other public spaces, but it allows casinos to allow smoking on up to 50% of the gaming floor. Parx Casino, the state's largest, requires smokers to go outside to light up. Mount Airy Casino Resort has also initiated its own ban. The state revenue figures suggest that the ban does not harm the casinos. It is a health issue for non-smokers. They prefer to be in venues where they don't have to deal with cigarettes nearby.
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Another Push For Casino Smoking Ban Resurrected By Lawmaker

Changes to PA's Clean Indoor Air Act would end smoking in casinos

Rivers Casino is not taking a stand against or for the proposal to ban smoking in casinos. Legislators argue that secondhand smoke is a danger to casino employees. Some casinos have decided not to bring back smoking since masking was lifted. The American Lung Association and the Breath Free PA Coalition want to close loopholes in the PA Clean Indoor Air Act. They say people have the right to breathe clean air. It can cause lung cancer and exacerbate other lung health issues. The county executive wants to make sure that casino workers are protected. "Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between their jobs and their health," Frankel says.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounces Back In February

Illinois casino and VGT revenue increased in February. The state received $11.5 million in casino revenue and $58.6 million from VTGT. Sports wagering revenue for February is not available. The COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021 had a negative impact on the state's gaming revenues.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounces Back In February

El Cortez Hotel & Casino implements Optx’s casino management platform

El Cortez Hotel & Casino has selected Optx's data management platform to modernise its operations. The platform is able to make recommendations to the casino’s management by creating actionable insights on player engagement levels, revenue and profitability. El Cortez is one of the longest continuously-operating hotel and casino venues in Las Vegas. It recently completed a $25m renovation project.
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El Cortez Hotel & Casino implements Optx’s casino management platform

Churchill Downs bets on new location for Terre Haute casino

Churchill Downs will move its planned Queen of Terre Haute casino from the west side of the city to the east side. The new location is more accessible, part of a growing commercial core and fits in the existing road and infrastructure plans. Queen is slated to open in late 2023 with 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, a 125-room luxury hotel, sports book, steak house and rooftop bar. Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana opened in Gary on May 14, 2021. The company that hosts the Kentucky Derby horse race and is majority owner of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, was awarded the license in November.
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Aruze Gaming and Galaxy Gaming join forces to integrate craps gambling content

Aruze Gaming America and Galaxy Gaming have signed a content-sharing agreement. Galaxy produces a number of slots, table games and bingo titles for operators worldwide. Its most popular craps title, Bonus Craps, has been selected by Aruzegaming to integrate into its own crapsy content. A ruze gaming is a casino games supplier operating in 40 countries. It develops a range of games titles, such as Go Go Claw, Wealth of Coins and X Wheel Tiki.
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Aruze Gaming and Galaxy Gaming join forces to integrate craps gambling content

Neighbors Overwhelmingly Say They Don't Want A Casino At The 78 Megadevelopment, Survey Results Show

Residents are opposed to a casino proposed for The 78 megadevelopment. The Community Advisory Council collected survey responses from 378 people in February. If The78 is one of the finalists for the casino, there will be more formal community meetings. Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) agrees with some of neighbors' concerns. He wants to make sure the feedback from the Community advisory council and from surrounding neighborhoods is respected. A spokesperson for city couldn't comment about the timeline for choosing a Casino site.
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Neighbors Overwhelmingly Say They Don't Want A Casino At The 78 Megadevelopment, Survey Results Show

Full House and Casino Queen Tab Execs For Illinois Casinos

Full House Resorts and DraftKings at Casino Queen have announced management-level hirings for their respective Illinois-based operations. Full House has taken first steps towards constructing a temporary casino in Waukegan. Draft Kings at casino Queen has hired Marc VanderWeele as its new general manager.
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Full House and Casino Queen Tab Execs For Illinois Casinos