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Atlantic City off to a Promising Start NORTH AMERICA


Te Casino Association of New Jersey has confirmed that Atlantic City is off to a solid start to 2020, according to the most recent DoGE revenue results report


Te DGE report indicates that January gaming revenue for Atlantic City was $270.5 million.


NEW JERSEY OPERATIONS


US – Konami Gaming’s SYNKROS casino management system has been selected by Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle brand shaking up the travel industry. The brand has announced plans to launch four ships, leading with the Scarlet Lady, which is scheduled to set sail in April 2020.


Konami will deliver its player tracking SYNKROS system, combined with its newest games on the KX 43TM cabinet. “Virgin Voyages is focused on delivering irresistible vacations that are uniquely transformational and rejuvenating for sailors,” said Frank Weber, Senior VP of hotel operations for Virgin Voyages. “Our Scarlet Lady is Adult-By-Design, which means that we are building a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveller, complete with epic experiences for our Sailors to enjoy.”


“Virgin Voyages’ leading-edge approach showcases the ‘Virgin style’ of service, sophistication, and surprise in incredible ways,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief commercial officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “Konami is committed to delivering top casino systems technology to support Virgin Voyages Casino Operation.”


PENNSYLVANIA – Scientific Games and Betfred are partnering to provide full retail and digital sports betting solutions in Pennsylvania. Betfred have chosen Scientific Games as their technology provider to launch retail solutions at Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the first half of 2020 as part of Betfred's recently announced partnership with the property. In advance of the 2020-2021 NFL season, Betfred and Scientific Games plan to launch digital sports betting for Pennsylvania bettors.


US – The new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Arizona opened its doors February 19 with a private event for tribal members and dignitaries, featuring remarks from Tohono O’odham Nation leaders and a ribbon cutting ceremony.


The new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley is a 1.2m sq. ft. facility featuring over 1,100 slot machines, 36 poker tables, and 48 blackjack tables, as well as five dining venues, VIP lounge, and more. The new facility replaces the interim casino that had been operating since December 2015. It is being built by the Tohono O'odham Nation.


Rudy Prieto, CEO of all four Desert Diamond casinos, said: "This place is going to raise the bar for the casino industry in Arizona. The new West Valley casino will be more than double the foot print of the temporary casino with five dining spaces, a 400- seat live bingo floor and a VIP gaming area and lounge for high-limit gamblers. A two-story bar overlooks the casino floor.”


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Te Casino Association of New Jersey has confirmed that Atlantic City is off to a solid start to 2020, according to the most recent Division of Gaming Enforcement gaming revenue results report. January marked 20 consecutive months of gaming revenue increases for Atlantic City.


“2020 is off to a promising start for Atlantic City,” said Steve Callender, President of the Casino Association of NJ. “Te city continues to see increased sports betting and tourism, two important economic drivers. I look forward to a year of continued progress in 2020.”


Te DGE report indicates that January gaming revenue for Atlantic City was $270.5 million. Tis reflects a 22.6 per cent increase over the same period last year. Other highlights from the DGE report include: Online gaming revenue was over $55 million, up 64 per cent over January 2019. In January 2020, the industry generated nearly $25 million in taxes and fees collected by the state. Sports wagering revenue was over $23.4 million, up nearly 140 percent from January 2019. Te casino industry in Atlantic City is coming off of another year of growth in 2019, which was the first full-year of sports betting. Te Big Game generated increased


24hr slot machines approved for play in Alberta


Canada


Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is to allow casinos to run 24-hour slot machines in the province. AGLC spokeswoman Heather Holmen said that casinos will be able to apply to expand their hours to allow for the operation of slot machines 24 hours per day, following recent regulation changes by the agency.


“We heard from numerous casino operators who asked AGLC to approve this option to support their business,” said Holmen, noting the change is fully optional and there is no timeline for when it will be implemented.


Currently, slots can operate between 10 a.m. and 3 a.m. Ms. Holmen said there are a


tourism for the casinos this month, reinforcing the impact sports betting has on the casino resorts.


“January saw promising increases in gaming revenue over last year and continues to build on the positive trends set forth in December, when traffic at the Pleasantville toll was up 6.4% for the month,” said Rummy Pandit, Executive Director at Te Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism. “Gaming, hospitality and tourism position Atlantic City as a strong economic driver for the greater Atlantic county, region and the state, with sports betting and non-gaming activities making healthy contributions towards that end.”


Te casino industry continues to work to solidify the seaside resort’s comeback by diversifying Atlantic City’s offerings, as well as investing hundreds of millions of dollars in redevelopment projects and non-gaming services to attract new visitors. Te industry’s efforts have advanced the revitalisation of Atlantic City, transforming the city into a business conference destination and first-class resort that features great restaurants, entertainment and shopping.


handful of casinos open 24 hours a day for 24-hour poker in the province, and alcohol sales regulations will remain the same. However, an expert in the psychology of gambling addictions says closure hours for slots are an important way to break the cycle of gambling when someone is “in the zone” and their control over their play is impaired.


“People really get quite immersed while they’re playing,” said David Hodgins, a psychology professor at the University of Calgary. “To move in the direction of making (slots) 24-hours is really going in the opposite direction than we would recommend in terms of minimising the potential harms.”


“AGLC is committed to finding ways to support player wellness while providing Albertans with gaming entertainment options,” responded Ms. Holmen.


Nevada


Nevada casinos finished 2019 with another $1bn month of GGR in December, taking its full-year total to the third- highest on record. Te Nevada Gaming Control Board figures showed state-wide GGR of $1.057bn in December, a 5.8 per cent rise over 2018’s figures with casinos on the Las Vegas Strip posting a 4.5 per cent increase to $591.8m. December’s total saw 2019’s revenue reach $12.03bn, the third-highest annual total in the state’s history and the fifth consecutive year-on-year improvement with the highest ever being $12.8bn in 2007. Nevada’s slots drove the increase with a jump in revenue of 10.1 per cent in December to $700.1m. 2019 saw slots increase by a more modest 2.9 per cent to $7.93bn. Tables fell by 1.7 per cent in December to $357.4m.


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