By a 3-0 vote, the commission granted Hard Rock’s application for a statement of compliance, a preliminary step for securing a full-fledged New Jersey casino license if the company takes the plunge in Atlantic City.
(US).- Hard Rock still has interest in the Atlantic City market, but also has its eyes on another potentially bigger site for a New Jersey casino — the Meadowlands. The global entertainment and casino company positioned itself to enter Atlantic City by winning regulatory approval Thursday from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
“Top perfoming companies from the region have been giving us their supports ever since we began this journey twelve years ago," said Fiz and Zuppi.
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Besides Lake Leisure, Packer's Sri Lankan joint venture, the blocked projects are the $300-million Queensbury resort planned by Sri Lanka's Vallibel One Plc, and the $850-million Water Front Properties of John Keells Holdings Plc.
(Sri Lanka).- Sri Lanka's new government has blocked three casinos approved by the previous administration, among them a USD 400-million project by Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd.
(Italy).- Mr Giorgio Abbiati, CEO of Abbiati Casino Equipment has announced that, after following extensive discussions, he has decided to retain the services of Mr David Heap as non-executive Special Strategic Adviser and company consultant.
(UK).- Aristocrat Technologies Europe has got Target25, the fundraising campaign launched by Gamesman in support of Mesothelioma UK and The Royal Marsden Hospital, off to a great start with a donation of 2,500 pounds– 10 percentof the campaign target. Launched by Gamesman, Target25 is in honor of the company's Technical Director James Cove, who was diagnosed last year with Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer.
(US).- The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved requests by the state's largest casinos — Maryland Live and Horseshoe Baltimore — to eliminate 300 slots machines each and replace them with more profitable table games.
(UK).- Income Access has announced that they will exhibit at both the London Affiliate Conference (LAC), in London, from January 31 to February 3, as well as the ICE Totally Gaming event, also taking place in the UK capital, between February 3-5. Income Access executives will be presenting at both conferences, where the company will also be providing demonstrations of its acquisition-tracking software, including the recently launched mobile app-tracking solution.
(US).- Reports recently surfaced that Sheldon Adelson, the renowned Republican casino magnate, held a private briefing in the second week of January with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee. The meeting signifies that Adelson, who has been the driving force behind the opposition to federal legislation of online gambling, is not planning on curtailing his efforts any time soon.
(UK).- Developer and supplier of server-based gaming systems and platforms Noble Gaming will be exhibiting its innovations at ICE Totally Gaming, at Booth N1-310. The highlight at the Noble Gaming stand this year will be their new VLT concept I-PAX - modern modular slot cabinet withit high-tech features, providing the option for easy modifications and components replacement.
(US).- The Mohegan Sun casinos delivered some good news, as it reported increases in first quarter revenue and profit. In its fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31, revenue was USD 316.7 million, up 1.2 percent from the same period in fiscal 2014. Their profit was USD 14.8 million, compared to a net loss of USD 67.3 million in the same three months of 2013.
(US).- JCM Global has installed the largest curved video wall in North America at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino. The video wall was created using flexible Nano Curve LED displays from NanoLumens and it is visible throughout the entire Casino of the Moon.
(UK).- Microgaming is yet again making gaming headlines. The industry software supplier has now invented a brand new technology, which operators can use to customize online poker software. The technology has been named after the wild translation fish, ‘Babelfish’ from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the new API is quite amazing.
(UK).- The bosses of Britain's biggest bookmakers have urged the Government to extend advertising curbs across the industry as they seek to avoid "an unlevel playing field" with smaller rivals.
(Macau).- Macau’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam Chon Weng, has announced that the government would propose a full ban on smoking inside casinos. The ban would impact VIP rooms and mean that smoking lounges on mass floors would no longer be allowed.
(Spain).- MGA has selected the Odobo Developer Program as a key player in bringing online games to mobile players using the latest HTML5 technologies.
(Romania).- Romania is seeking to rescue its struggling economy with new gambling regulations through a risky program of high tax rates.
(US).- Casinos owned by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson made profits of USD 3.8m last year as revenue increased to a record USD 14.6m, leaving Adelson “extremely pleased”.
(Canada).- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said a change to sports betting rules would benefit the gaming industry, but stopped short of shaming the Senate for taking so long to approve the legislation.
“Hard Rock’s decision to seek a statement of compliance is a clear indication that it wants to be ready to enter the gaming industry here as quickly as possible when the opportunity arises.”