The August Doldrums Brings Misery to Atlantic City Casinos

The gaming industry publication Gambling Insider shook up the casino world recently with this headline dated September 18, 2015: “Atlantic City operators suffer miserable August.” The business-to-business journal, which is read by professionals in the gambling industry worldwide in both print and online form, wasn’t talking about the stifling heat and humidity along the Atlantic Coast. Sharp drops in gambling revenue at most of the Atlantic City casinos during the month of August triggered the outcry. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement stated that during August of 2014, five of Atlantic City’s eight operators experienced falling wins (income). This year, the same five operations again failed to escape the August doldrums of declining revenues. Venerable casinos like Caesars and Trump Taj Mahal suffered double-digit revenue declines compared to August 2014 figures. Caesars took the worst hit with a 28.6% drop of $31.4 million. Trump Taj Mahal was next in line with a 24.2% reduction of $18.9 million. Harrah’s, Bally’s and Tropicana were also down for August year to year, but not nearly as much. Three gambling operations actually show win increases over August of 2014. The Borgata showed an increase win of 7.9% to $71.1million while the Golden Nugget win grew by 20.4% and The Resorts Casino reported an 18% win increase. Despite the sour-puss headlines for August, seven of Atlantic City’s eight surviving casinos have actually shown a profit increase for the first half of 2015 over 2014. The eight survivors saw a combined 12% profit increase in 2014, but that was due mainly to a ‘down-sizing’ in the market after four casinos closed at the end...

Offical Backs Wynn Casino Despite Ongoing Disputes Over Permit

Reporting from sources, such as the Boston Globe report, the City of Boston has filed a lawsuit in a new effort to block the development of a the casino development planned for Everett waterfront. The lawsuit challenges the validity of a vital component needed for Wynn Resorts to begin construction. Among the arguments detailed in the lengthy 41-page suit is an assertion that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission made an error by entitling the Wynn a casino license prior to mapping out a complete a solution for the Sullivan Square traffic debacle. The 10,000 plus page traffic plan for the devlopment has gone through numerous revisions and debates since it was filed in 2013. State Transportation Secretary, Stephanie Pollack, has publicly supported the measures Wynn has taken to address the traffic and transit issues at the heart of the controversy surrounding the company’s new $1.7 billion casino development along the Evertt waterfront. In a past letter, Massachusetts’ top transportation official addressed environmental officials in favor of awarding the much needed key state permit to Wynn. Pollack asserted that Wynn’s recent plans for key improvements in transit will address some of the area’s issues with congestion in the short-term while awaiting a longer-term fix. Sullivan Square, located at the head of the proposed casino’s entry, is well-known for its traffic congestion. In her letter, addressed to the environmental officials, Pollack writes, “As you know, this area has been subject to extensive planning over the past decade, and the long-term issues there go well beyond those posed by the proponent’s development,” However, with Wynn’s proposed changes, including an investment of $7 million...

Brendon Chatfield Receives Narromine Gambling Scholarship

At a time when Aboriginal people now receive educational support in Australia, there is news that Narromine native Brandon Chatfield has earned a special “gambling” scholarship. Chatfield is credited with being one of the first local Aboriginal people to train as a counselor who targets problem gambling in the country’s Aboriginal communities. The scholarship is funded by the local New South Wales government. Chatfield is set to receive one of the 60 scholarships on offer for Australia’s Aboriginal people. Another aspect of this unique scholarship program is linked to the growing social issues surrounding the negative impact of gambling in indigenous communities such as Narromine in New South Wales. The announcement that Chatfield and other Aboriginal people will receive this gambling awareness program is viewed as “great news,” state comments on local Narromine community websites. Government officials with the “Aboriginal Problem Gambling Training Program” stated in a recent press release that this first group of 60 scholarship winners will share part of the program’s budget of more than $760,000. Fighting gambling woes in Aboriginal communities The New South Wales town of Narromine is typical of most small native Aboriginal communities, say locals. For instance, the name “Narromine” is an Aboriginal word for “honey person,” while the region is famed for growing sweet as honey citrus fruits. Narromine is viewed as a stunning beautiful community that is popular for hand gliding, camping and enjoying Aussie nature. Still, there are many Aboriginal people in the town who state online that “we cannot eat the scenery,” and thus there are the usual money issues linked to problem gambling with many frustrated locals....

Wynn’s Bumpy and Expensive Road to Boston

Wynn Resorts’ $1.7 billion dollar project for the Everett Waterfront has hit multiple speed bumps in an effort to expand its casino locations to the Boston area. Despite the fact that the project endured a ballot initiative attempting to ban casinos in the state of Massachusetts, it still has the issue of it’s traffic impact to continually contend with. The location that was ultimately chosen as the sight for the project is in the midst of what is already deemed by citizens as a “traffic mess”. Attorney General Maura Healy wrote to the environmental affairs secretary asking that local environment officals deny the Wynn Resort development project a necessary permits to move forward on the project. This measure was meant to hault any advancement on the project until Wynn found an acceptable method to sustain increased traffic around Sullivan Square, an already very congested area of Boston. “If you approve the Casino without a long-term traffic mitigation plan, we may never get one. This dangerous and congested set of roadways may be unfamiliar to many state residents, but it serves as a major regional transit hub and access point”, Healy included in her letter. This letter was preceded by a memo to transportation officials calling for an independent review of Wynn’s traffic plans. Wynn officals say that many of their patrons will be traveling at non-peak traffic times, but there is no doubt the project will be attracting more traffic to the area. Many anti-casino citizens have speculated that this was an attempt to avoid responsiblity for the traffic problems the project would cause. Healy, an anti-casino democrat, stated...

The Fall Of The Great Sweden Casino Market

Currently, Sweden is the largest and biggest online market in casino through its innovation, expansion perspective, and hosting. Scandinavia is where the largest proportion of foremost online casinos trademarks started. Nowadays many online casino operators look to the Sweden and Swedish-based staff for inspiration and motivation. Such big casinos sites like Mrcasinon.com, have a close focus on Sweden, and that has helped then attract customers, new customers to the operatives. While Scandinavia and Sweden stand a dominative force, lately it seems as though the interest in gambling has drastically gone down and low. This situation has never been seen before. It is seeming like the gambling industry is in a tussle and struggle to bring back customer sand attract the interest that was there earlier on back to the market. It means that its expansion has gone low. The Swedish accessible casino arcade has become the hub of casino [for the entire gambling industry in many ways. It is for this reason, along with one fact that it has been home for three core European online Casino Markets. Swedish market seems to be possessing the assurance that it can be one of the best expansion and increased licensing. One problem facing them is that this market looks like it is contracting and stalling instead of expanding. In 2015, the market greatly hit a two point one billion Pounds in revenue. It looks a huge figure, but it represents a big drop when compared to the results of 2014. Trying to identify the reasons why the online casino market in Sweden isn’t easy as such. In a critical view when...

Four new tiger cubs at the Mirage’s Secret Garden

Las Vegas, Nevada September, 12th 2015 Siegfried and Roy proudly announced the introduction of 4 -five week old tiger cubs this month at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. People might forget that although the pair retired from show business in 2010 the Secret Garden still remains open. This is at the Mirage hotel and casino and it remains a top tourist spot for all animal lovers. The cubs were born to Indira and Svengali on August, 5th 2015. There was one male and three females. The male was a lightly colored golden tiger named Justice, Hirah a golden female with stripes, Maharani a striped white female and Liberty a white female. Seeing tigers in a magazine does not even come close to showing just how majestic the creatures are. If you have an opportunity to visit please do so. You won’t be let down by the sheer power of these tigers and cubs. This is an exciting time at the Mirage as the cubs are the only ones born in the last five years. The conservation effort of these beautiful creatures has a tendency to be misunderstood by many all over the world. Often it is thought that if these creatures just mate, all will be fine. That is quite untrue and a dangerous speculation to make. The creatures come from wild habitats and as much as breeding them helps strengthen the pride so does protecting their environment. With issues such as deforestation and the expanding issue of humans invading the territory of these animals awareness must be raised. In order for a species to survive, so must...