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Florida gambling regulators delay decision on casino deal

PCI is the parent company of two businesses that have permits to operate pari-mutuel facilities in Pensacola and Gretna. The proposed license transfer is limited to gambling operations at Magic City, which for decades offered greyhound racing. A 2018 constitutional amendment ended greyhounds racing in Florida. Poarch Creek Hospitality in 2019 purchased a Bethlehem, Pa. casino from Las Vegas Sands for $1.3 billion. The commission could meet again this month to consider the issue. Lawyer Marc Dunbar, an attorney with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, encourages the commission to proceed with caution.
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Illinois: Wind Creek Hospitality Named Chicago Bulls' New Partner

Illinois: Wind Creek Hospitality Named Chicago Bulls' New Partner
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Las Vegas Sands looking at Long Island sites for casino

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is looking for a casino site on Long Island. The company's senior vice president David Paterson is a former New York governor. He and other executives spoke to local chambers of commerce about the company’s plan to win one of three state licenses to operate a casinos downstate. No licenses are expected to be issued before late 2023. Sands typically invests between $3 billion and $4 billion to construct a Casino. Only about 10% of the floor space has slot machines, card tables and gaming. More than 50% people don't place bets.
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Poarch Creek Tribe to Buy Miami’s Magic City Casino

The owners of Miami's Magic City Casino plan to sell the property and the license to operate it to the Poarch Band Creek of Indians. The transaction is pending the approval of the newly formed Florida Gaming Control Commission. It is also pending a decision on the status of a lawsuit involving the West Flagler Associates. The Havenick family has operated the casino since at least 1931. In 2009 it was rechristened as the Magic city casino. Poach tribe owns other gambling facilities in Florida. Its gaming entity owns 10 gaming operations across the country, including the Las Vegas Sands.
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Miami's Magic City Casino to be sold to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Magic City Casino in Miami is being sold to Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The tribe will get the casino's gambling license and keep control of the greyhound permit. It will also get parimutuel operating license, cardroom license for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and slot machine license. Other gambling operations will remain in the Havenick family control. The Havenicks were one of plaintiffs in a lawsuit that invalidated the updated gaming compact between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. They were also the plaintiffs that won the case that denied the tribe a monopoly over sports betting in Florida, which they were involved in.
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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
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Hollywood Casino Morgantown brings in $2.8 million in December

Hollywood Casino Morgantown had a profitable 10 days. The casino received $2.4 million from slot machines, $389,818 from table games and $39,535 from its sportsbook. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course pulled in $58.8 million. Internet gaming brought in the bulk of the total with $40.5 million, while slots brought $13.1 million and table game $ 2. 4 million in December.
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Pennsylvania casinos reach new record for gambling revenue

Pennsylvania casinos and gaming operators in the state set a new annual record for gambling revenue. The revenue for the fiscal year 2021-2022 is $5 billion. It is 30% higher than the previous year's $3.9 billion figure. Hollywood Casino York had total revenue of $77 million for this fiscal season. The Hollywood casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County had revenue increase of 51.86% over the year 2020-21.
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Gaming Control Board Reports Gaming Revenue For October

Gaming Control Board reports October's gaming revenue for Pennsylvania was $450,238,963. The total revenue generated in October 2022 was 5.71% higher than in the previous year. The revenue from all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was also $183,737,305.
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South suburban casino, Chicago Bulls reach partnership deal

Wind Creek Hospitality is building a south suburban casino. It has announced a partnership with the Chicago Bulls. The partnership will include in-game promotions and promotional events. Work got underway in September on the casino in East Hazel Crest. Wind Creek will provide community groups with tickets to two games this season. The casino is expected to open in late 2023 or early 2024. it is an authority of the Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians. They manage the tribe’s gaming facilities, which include casinos and horse racing tracks. the Bulls are excited to partner with Wind creek over the next few seasons.
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PA online casinos US iGaming record Oct.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National, Valley Forge Casino Resort and Parx Casino led all 16 of the state's land-based casinos in October. The combined revenue generated from all sources of gaming revenue regulated by the PGCB was $450.2 million.
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Future south suburban gaming destination named 'official casino' of Chicago Bulls

Wind Creek Hospitality has signed a multiyear partnership with the Chicago Bulls. The partnership makes Wind Creek Chicago Southland Casino and Resort the "official casino" of the pro basketball team. Wind Creeks will collaborate with Bulls on in-game fan promotions and entertainment. Once complete, the 70,000-square-foot Wind creek Casino will feature 1,350 slot machines and 56 table games, entertainment, dining and a 252-room luxury hotel.
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Chicago Bulls Partner With Wind Creek Southland Casino

Wind Creek Chicago Southland Casino and Resort is the Chicago Bulls' new casino partner. There will be different types of in-game competitions, in the stadium branding, social media sweepstakes, digital content and various forms of hospitality. The partnership will expand in future seasons to add different sweepstakes competitions across all of the team's social channels.
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Pennsylvania gaming revenue up 26% in January over 2021

In January, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported that total revenue from gaming and fantasy contests was $393.1 million. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County had the most profitable facility with $57.2 million in revenue. Hollywood casino York had revenue of $6.6 million, with nearly $5 million generated from slots.
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Pennsylvania urges parents not to leave kids unattended in casino parking lots as incidents surge

Pennsylvania's Gaming Control Board has seen a 60% increase in reports of parents leaving their children alone in casino parking lots or hotel rooms. The agency's Bureau of Casino Compliance has received 269 reports this year. 68 of those reports involved children under 6 years old. Eight people were added to the public exclusion list. They were banned from all casinos in the state. Adults who leave their kids alone to gamble could face serious consequences. They could be banned for life from individual casinos or placed on the list of people banned. People concerned about gambling habits can find more information about the resources through the "Don't Gamble With Kids" website.
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Wind Creek Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois

Wind Creek broke ground for a new casino in Cook County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in September 2023. Hard Rock is the only other operator currently operating a casino. Illinois lost $331 million annually in gaming revenue to Indiana.  Hard Rock has been operating in Rockford since November. Bally's applied for Chicago's downtown casino license. It was rejected. Governor Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill in June 2019. He signed it with sports betting. Wind Creek estimated creating 600 new construction jobs and generating $155 million in revenue by 2025.
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Lowndes County leaders: Casino closures would be devastating

The fate of two Lowndes County casinos is in the balance. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the casinos' electronic bingo machines constitute illegal gambling operations. It's unclear for now when — or if — the casino may be forced to close. Local elected officials are worried about the impact of the possible closure. The casinos gave people jobs, made donations to local charities and brought in gamblers from other counties. Some of them are elderly and they visit the businesses frequently. If they shut down, they might go to another place. They are also a de-facto senior center for some elderly residents.
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Gaming Revenue Rises In September

Gaming Revenue Rises In September. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports that the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming and fantasy contests during September 2022 was $448,475,624. This is an increase of 7.89% compared to revenue in September 2021.
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Before leaving your kid alone in a car to gamble at a casino, consider this

Eight people were banned from Pennsylvania casinos on Wednesday because they left their children in cars while they went inside. Since the beginning of last year, nearly 700 kids were left alone on casino properties in 425 incidents. Most of them involved children being left in vehicles. Unattended children have been a problem for Pennsylvania’s gaming industry since the state”s first casino opened in 2006. From 2018 to 2021, there were 147 incidents at Wind Creek involving 268 children. Some were between 2 months and 17 years old. Wind creek told the Pennsylvania Gaming Board in May it would spend more than $4 million on patrols to look for children at the casinos.
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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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Pennsylvania releases gambling results for September

Pennsylvania releases gambling results for September. Total revenue generated was $48,475,624. Hollywood Casino at Penn National generated the most revenue with $65,994,974. Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino Resort also did well. Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin saw a 17.38% decrease in overall results.  Hollywood Casino saw revenue surge to $27,515,214. Wind Creek Bethlehem saw its results go up by 2.55% to 2,803,011 and Rivers Casino Philadelphia added another $44,623,138.
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PA Gaming Revenue Reaches $429 Million In July

PA Gaming Revenue Reaches $429 million in July. Retail slots accounted for nearly half of all adjusted gross revenue (AGR), but numbers in that vertical are down almost $9 million year-over-year. Online slots and sports wagering revenue are up 13.73% and 28.14%.
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PA Gaming Revenue Reaches $429 Million In July
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Cameron Smith: Alabama casinos’ human shield will test Marshall’s resolve

Greenetrack casino owes $76 million in unpaid taxes. The state supreme court ruled that electronic bingo which plays conspicuously like a slot machine is not bingos. Greenetracks has been closed down before. Attorney General Steve Marshall wants to enforce the law. The pending demise of illegal casinos has already been declared. Cameron Smith is worried Marshall will try to stop them. He is also worried about the legal status of slot machines.
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How will New York City casinos affect Wind Creek Bethlehem?

Wind Creek Bethlehem is a straight shot down Interstate 78 from New York City. Trans-Bridge Lines has a daily trip from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to Wind Creek with stops at Newark Airport and Clinton, New Jersey. Several other companies based in New jersey offer daily and weekly trips.
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Smoke-Free Casinos in the US

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation has compiled a list of U.S. gaming properties where smoking is banned. California has 108 such properties, Wyoming has three, and Montana has 198.
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Self-Excluding From iGaming Can Mean Ban On Casino Visits Too

Two Pennsylvania gamblers with gambling problems were denied access to the state's iGaming self-exclusion list. Five other people with similar problems have already been denied the same request.   iGambling is a form of gambling. It's common to have high-speed play and 24/7 accessibility. The state’s gaming board rejects the requests of A.G. and L.W. to be removed from the list, but they will have to accept that their status on the self exclusion list also jeopardizes their access.
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Gun Lake Casino names new vice president of hospitality

Lam Vongsakoun has been named new vice president of hospitality at Gun Lake Casino. He will oversee the casino's food and beverage operation and a new hotel expected to open in March 2025. Vongsakou has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. The casino opened in 2011 and is owned by the Gun lake tribe. It broke ground in May on a $300 million project that will add a 15-story hotel and large-scale “Aquadome” with three pools and the ability to transform into a concert venue and banquet center.
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Could outdoor gambling solve impasse over smoking at casinos?

There is an impasse between Atlantic City casino workers who want a smoking ban and gambling executives who fear it would hurt business and cost jobs. A bill that would end smoking in the casinos has sat untouched in New Jersey's state Legislature for months.
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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
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Wind Creek Bethlehem OK'd To Reduce Slots On Casino Floor By 655

Wind Creek Bethlehem gets state approval to reduce the number of slot machines on its gaming floor by 655. The renovation process is expected to take place over the next 10 months. The state has a 54% tax rate on slots. Several of Wind Creek's counterparts have already obtained approval. They were allowed to go smaller without losing revenue. It's because of the post-COVID restrictions. There are currently 2,318 slot machine authorized machines in the Pennsylvania casinos. Only about 70% of them are used when the casino is busiest.
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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
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Work gets underway on south suburban casino, with promise of jobs, millions in revenue

Six months after the casino received initial approval from state gaming regulators, construction is getting underway. Most of the work is taking place below ground. The project will create about 600 construction jobs. It is expected to create 800 permanent jobs once finished. A 70,000-square-foot casino will feature 1,350 slot machines and 56 table games. The casino could be ready for customers by late summer or early fall of next year, with a 252-room hotel to follow in 2024. Poarch Band of Creek Indians decided not to build a temporary casino.
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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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Pennsylvania fines Hollywood Casino at Penn National and Wind Creek $27K for self-exclusion breaches

Wind Creek Bethlehem and Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association will pay $35,500 for violations. Underdog Sports will have to pay an $8,000 fine for operating fantasy contests without securing required licenses. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported an increase of 14% in gaming revenue in April compared to the same period in 2021. The state's casinos reached $461.6 million in revenue last month.
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PA Casinos Fined for Allowing Excluded People to Gamble

PA Casinos Fined for Allowing Excluded People to Gamble. Wind Creek Bethlehem casino has to pay $22,500 for allowing an excluded gambler to enter the property. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced the penalties on Wednesday.
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Wind Creek Bethlehem fined for allowing person on self-exclusion list to gamble for 4 days

Wind Creek Bethlehem has been fined $20,000 for allowing a person on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's self-exclusion list to gamble for 4 days. The PGCB offers self exclusion programs to help people with problem gambling distance themselves from the temptation of gambling. Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc., operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, was fined for a self exclusion violation. Underdog Sports, Ltd., was also fined.
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Wind Creek fined $20k for allowing self-excluded person to gamble over 4 days

Wind Creek casino in Bethlehem is fined $20,000 for letting a person on the self-exclusion list gamble at the table games over a four-day period. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County was fined for a self exclusion violation. The self exclusivity program was begun in 2006. It allows people to be banned from casinos and offsite venues like off-track betting, from online gaming and video gaming terminals.
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Suburban Chicago Casinos Nearing Construction

Full House Resorts finalized an agreement with Waukegan to open a temporary casino. The temporary facility will be open by September. It will stay open while the permanent facility is under construction. After the temporary agreement, Full House has an option to purchase the land for $30 million. Bally’s in River West is on track to be operated by Fullhouse. Governor JB Pritzker signed a 2019 bill into law that created paths to new casinos across the state. A $1.7 billion proposal for a Baly”s casino in Chicago was approved by the City Council last week.
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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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Will Gambling Expansion Make It Onto The Ballot In Alabama This Year?

Alabama lawmakers are considering gambling expansion bills. The bills need Senate and House approval soon as the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on April 7. Last year's gambling bill failed because of a lack of time. Alabama has a constitutional prohibition on gambling. If the proposals are approved, they will go to the ballot for voter approval.
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Wind Creek Is Latest Slots-Slashing Casino, Wanting To Remove 655

Wind Creek Bethlehem wants to reduce its slot machine complement by 655. It is the latest casino to do so in Pennsylvania. Harrah's Philadelphia, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino at Penn National, and Hollywood at The Meadows have already removed or are in the process of removing 1,201 slot machines. The state is a partner in gaming industry, as 54% of slots revenue is taxed.
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FlowPlay Is Now Acquired by Wind Creek Hospitality

FlowPlay is a successful white label business focusing on the business consumer (B2C) model. It was funded by Intel Capital and the creators of Skype. FlowPlay's products include Live Game Night Poker, Vegas World, Casino World and 7 Seas Casino. Wind Creek Hospitality has acquired the rights to digital gaming operations and distribution outlets. The transaction is based on a freemium model and will allow WCH to expand its customer reach and diversify its business for land-based casinos.
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2021 Online Casino Revenue Figures Return To Pre-Pandemic Trends

The growth rates of online casinos have been flat or up to high single digit percentages. December was a better month than many recently. None of the six online casino states saw daily average revenue decline. The lowest rate was 5.6% for Delaware, while the fastest was 16.3% for West Virginia. New Jersey is the longest-standing regulated market in the US.
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Richmond narrows down new casino proposals to shortlist of three

Richmond, Virginia, has narrowed down the number of applications for a new casino from six to three. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Golden Nugget Hotels & Casinos and Wind Creek Hospitality were rejected. Bally’s Corporation, Cordish Companies and a joint effort between Colonial Downs and Urban One were selected as the final three in the shortlist. The tribe is disappointed with the timing of the decision and the selection process. It was one of first to talk to the City about gaming before it was legalized. They were also the only minority-owned, Va.-based proposal.
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Wind Creek Hospitality acquires game developer FlowPlay

Wind Creek Hospitality has acquired Seattle-headquartered FlowPlay. Flowplay is a developer, operator and publisher of online and mobile free-to-play experiences. The transaction does not include a Real Money Gaming offering. Derrick Morton will continue leading Flow play as President of the new WCH subsidiary. Douglas Pearson will maintain his role as CTO. W CH belongs to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama. It manages the tribe's gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind. Creek Wetumpka, and Wind creek Montgomery.
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Wind Creek Hospitality Acquires FlowPlay

Wind Creek Hospitality has acquired FlowPlay. Flow play is a connected social gaming platform for casual and sports wagering games, virtual worlds and social casinos. The transaction does not include a Real Money Gaming offering. Flowplay's digital gaming platforms offer unique and exciting opportunities for integrations with Wind Creek's properties and the industry more broadly. Stephanie A. Bryan, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Chairwoman and CEO, looks forward to expanding into the digital space. Derrick Morton, CEO and Co-Founder, is proud of everything they've done together over the last 15 years.
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Casino proposals in Waukegan, south suburbs win initial state approval

Wind Creek Hospitality has plans for a 64,000-square-foot casino in Homewood and East Hazel Crest. Hard Rock Casino Rockford opened last month. Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort in southern Illinois” received initial approval from state regulators this summer. Chicago will choose a casino operator early next year. The six new casinos are designed to generate revenue for the state to pay for construction projects at public schools, state universities and community colleges. The state s $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois" capital plan is aimed at rebuilding the economy.
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Homewood/East Hazel Crest wins bid for south suburban casino

The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a proposal from the combined villages of East Hazel Crest and Homewood to build a new casino. The proposal is for a 64,000 square-foot casino off of Interstate-80 and Halsted Street. It would cost $440 million and house 1,300 slots and 56 table games.
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Illinois Gaming Board decision: IL panel picks casino proposals in Waukegan, Homewood/East Hazel Crest

Illinois Gaming Board picks two casino proposals in Waukegan and Homewood/East Hazel Crest. Homewsood and East Hazel are happy. Matteson's proposal was rejected. Wauskegon's American Place Casino will be built on the Fountain Square property owned by the city. It will include a helipad and 20-room mansion for high-roller guests.   The mayor hopes it will open in two years. The Wind Creek Casino is expected to open by 2023. it's proposed to be a 70,000-square-foot facility with slots, table games, entertainment, dining and a 252-rooms hotel.
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IGB Tabs Finalists For Waukegan, Cook County Casino Licenses

Full House Resorts and Wind Creek are the final two applicants for the casino licenses available in Waukegan and suburban Cook County. The process to get to this point for these two licenses has moved at a slower pace than the other four created by the 2019 gaming expansion bill. The COVID-19 pandemic was one factor. Local laws involving the bidding process that required the IGB to procure a financial analyst to review the finalists also contributed to the more lengthy process. Wurkega's mayor Ann Taylor believes the Illinois Gaming Board made the correct decision.
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Wind Creek Hospitality One of Two Finalists for South Suburban Casino

Wind Creek Hospitality is one of two finalists for South Suburban Casino. The Illinois Gaming Board is expected to make a final decision in the coming months. The proposed location is in East Hazel Crest and Homewood. It will be located directly off I-80 near Halsted Street and 175th Street. Nearly 80 million vehicles pass by Wind Creek’s proposed development each year.
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State reports record gaming revenue in October

Gaming revenue for the state’s casinos and fantasy contests was a record $426 million in October. It is a 33% increase from October 2020. The previous high was $172.3 million. Internet gaming brought in a majority of the money, netting $40.6 million, while traditional gaming such as slot machines and table games brought $15.1 million and $2.4 million respectively. Sports wagering lost $1. 1 million during the month.
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South suburban casino hopefuls don’t see proliferation of video gambling hurting their odds of success

There are 3,400 video gambling terminals in the south and southwest suburbs. Two of the four south suburban applicants for a casino license were eliminated last month. The state could decide by the end of this year which of them will be awarded a license. The commission that annually evaluates the gambling environment in Illinois reports video casinos contribute to declining revenues at casinos. There was $1.9 billion in net terminal income in fiscal year 2021.
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Decision may finally be coming on south suburban Illinois casino license

The Illinois Gaming Board is inching closer to selecting three finalists for a south suburban Cook County casino license. The board received four applications from interested companies and communities. It could reach a decision on selecting the finalists at its Oct. 20 meeting. The finalists will have another opportunity to present their casino plans at a public hearing.
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Gaming revenue in Pennsylvania goes up in September

Pennsylvania reported a 46% increase in gaming and fantasy contest revenue in September. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National had a 96.5% rise in monthly revenue. Hollywood at the Meadows had 48% revenue increase. New Hollywood casino in York had $7 million in revenue, mostly from slots.
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Illinois Gaming Board selects two finalists for Chicago Southland casino

Illinois Gaming Board selects two finalists for Chicago Southland casino. One of the bids would see the creation of a venue near the border of Homewood and East Hazel Crest. The second one would locate it in Matteson, pitched by Hinsdale businessman Rob Miller and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Regulators rejected applications from Calumet and Lynwood. Final selection for a winning bid will happen next year. It took nearly two years for the application to be submitted. Sports legend Bo Jackson and entrepreneur Dan Fischer backed the Calumbet City bid.
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Online growth drives Pennsylvania gaming revenue up 45.6% year-on-year

Parx Casino was the best performing casino, generating $57.2m. Penn National’s Hollywood Casino generated $55.9m, followed by Rivers Casino Philadelphia with $47. 9m and Live! Casino with only $19.6m after opening earlier this year. Retail table games generated $84.1m while online slots raised $68. 6m more people gamble online in Pennsylvania than in previous year, up 45.8% year-on-year.
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Online growth drives Pennsylvania gaming revenue up 45.6% year-on-year
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Help Wanted: PA Gaming Report Reveals Post-COVID Hiring, Diversity Woes

Pennsylvania casinos have rehired thousands of employees since COVID-19 forced the industry to reduce its labor numbers by more than a third. Before Covid, Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos employed about 17,000 people. Three new properties have since opened, but collectively, their workforce dropped to 9,883 in June 2020. A year later, June 2021, 60% of the casino workforce had returned, with 13,870 employees.
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Help Wanted: PA Gaming Report Reveals Post-COVID Hiring, Diversity Woes
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Ho-Chunk Nation 1 of 4 contenders for new casino in south Chicago suburbs

The Illinois Gaming Board put off a decision on narrowing the field of four applicants to three. The board will vote on the issue at the next meeting on October 20. There are four proposals for casinos in Calumet City, Lynwood, Matteson and one on border of Homewood and East Hazel Crest. Applicants used professionally produced videos to promote their projects. They promised to hire businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans.
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Ho-Chunk Nation 1 of 4 contenders for new casino in south Chicago suburbs