Residents of Connecticut may soon get to play keno at convenience stores, restaurants and bars during the latter part of the fiscal year. The state administration under Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s announced a reach of agreement with two Indian tribes running casinos in the south-eastern part of the state. Under the agreement, the tribes will portion 25 percent of total proceeds from keno gambling. The percentage is the maximum authorised by legislature.
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The compact which grants Connecticut a slice of revenues from Mohegan Sun and Foxwood Resorts casinos also grants Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes exclusive rights when it comes to offering games in CT. Each tribe will be the recipient of 12.5 percent of total proceeds as per the agreement. According to estimates calculated by Office of Fiscal Analysis, a non-partisan body, it is assumed that the step will result in adding about $30 million to the coffers of the state beginning next financial year. Chuck Bunnell, the chief of staff of Mohegan tribe, termed the agreement a stellar example of productive and open dialogue between two governments.
Hunting for dollars
Both the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes hope to acquire the final legislative nod to open about three casinos outside their tribal nations. The maiden planned facility is scheduled to be in the north-central part of CT and will mitigate competition due to a new casino currently under construction in Springfield, Mass. The keno launch was lobbied by lottery corporation, giving the argument that a lottery could compete for restricted gambling dollars. Anne Noble, who is president of lottery corporation, told legislators in 2014 that revenues from keno could possibly grow by a significant amount over next few years. The game attracts a larger number of players at its various sites.
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The prosperous, mineral-rich nation of Australia is becoming one of the darlings of the Asia-Pacific casino industry. To this effect, the year 2015 is getting off to a great start for casino players who flock to Australia to enjoy gaming, leisure and luxury entertainment at upscale resorts.
In North Queensland, the small coastal community of Yorkeys Knob will be transformed over the next few years into a major destination for tourists in search of luxury casino resort accommodations. According to British newspaper The Guardian, Queensland has awarded an important environmental permit to being construction of the Aquis Great Barrier Reef casino, a mega-resort project that will require $8 billion to develop.
A Major Economic Contributor to the Region
According to Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier of Queensland, The Aquis Great Barrier Reef is expected to create 20,000 new jobs for Cairns. Tony Fung, a billionaire from Hong Kong who is funding the project, had mentioned that his plans for developing this massive project were contingent upon obtaining a casino license.
Analysts estimate that hundreds of thousands of visitors could be attracted to North Queensland each year once this casino is completed. Once all approvals are finalized, the first stage of the resort could open for business in 2019.
The Aquis Great Barrier Reef will emulate the exuberance of major casino resort properties in Macau, an island that already attracts thousands of Asian gamblers each day. Chinese investors are also backing other casino projects in Australia; namely two projects in Brisbane, which are being pursued by Echo Entertainment and Crown Casinos.
Tourism is the next big industry in Australia. Out of $30.1 billion spent by visitors in 2014, more than $5 billion were collected from Chinese tourists. Other Asian visitors flocking to Australia come from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and these are tourists who generally enjoy gambling.
Visitors and tourists to Las Vegas to try their luck at its numerous casinos can enjoy the experience of famous foreign locales at its themed hotel cum casinos. You can have a choice of European locations like Paris and Venice or indulge in the mystery of Treasure Island and Aladdin which has now been renamed as Planet Hollywood. Most of these casinos have been in existence for 20-30 years and have changed management and ownership more than once due to financial problems.
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The casino cum hotel opened in March 1966 with flower petals and Arabian Nights theme with an enormous 15 foot “Aladdin Lamp” adorning the front section. Within a year of its inauguration the Aladdin played host to Elvis Presley’s wedding with Pricilla, which was held at its large banquet hall. The hotel and casino has undergone several renovations and ownership changes through the years due to financial problems and legal issues.
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The beautiful Paris Las Vegas hotel and Casino was opened in 1999 with a 541-foot tall replica of Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Its signboard can be seen miles away, which is in the shape of Montgolfier balloon and is teamed up with replicas of famous Parisian landmarks like Arc de Triomphe, La Fontaine des Mers and also a theatre named Le Theatre des Arts. To give visitors a real life feeling of stepping into Paris, the front façade of the hotel has been designed by combining styles of Paris Opera House and iconic Louvre.
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Designed by architect Joel Bergman, the Treasure Island and Casino was a brainchild of Steve Wynn and inaugurated in 1993 with whimsical pirate-like icons and video arcades. The hotel changed its child-friendly theme in 2003 for a lively atmosphere to go with the nightclub and casino.
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Regarded as the most expensive resort in the world when it opened in 1999, the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino was inaugurated by actress Sophia Loren who joined the Venetian’s Owner to start the first motorised gondola to usher guests into the hotel. Inspired by the romantic city of Venice, this hotel cum casino has architectural replicas of Venetian attractions like Palazzo Ducale, Piazzette di San Marco, St Mark’s Campanile and several others.
There was some confusion when Chris Morris declared that he was purchasing a casino in Townsville, Australia. The casino has struggled to make an impression on the public, both in terms of aesthetic appeal and overall profits. However, Mr. Morris sees plenty of potential in the site. He is investing $20 million in revamping the casino, and hopes that it will help him expand his casino empire in the region.
The Jupiters Townsville Casino has been struggling for a few years. Echo Entertainment, the company that ran the casino, were more concerned with finding a buyer than improving on the casino’s amenities and overall structure. They eventually sealed a deal with Chris Morris that saw them pocket $70 million.
Mr. Morris spoke with an Australian newspaper about this purchase. Here is what he had to say on the casino’s future: “I believe that this property has a tremendous amount of potential. The Echo Entertainment Group wanted to find a buyer. They were unable to invest money into this property. I will be able to upgrade the site and usher a new dawn for the Townsville Casino.
He also spoke about the fact that his team had to take advantage of the casino’s incredible location. “This Jupiters Casino finds itself in the best possible spot in Townsville. Even if I had my pick of locations for this casino, I would not move it. The key is to tap into this advantage and build our customer base,” he said.
Always the savvy business man, Chris Morris has already identified why the casino was struggling. He believes that the overall package was too limited. People these days want more than just a gambling spot. They want a great spot for entertainment, food, drinks and culture. By upgrading those aspects of the casino, Mr. Morris hopes to see profits within five years.
Atlantic City the once high roller Mecca of the East Coast has taken the world of casinos by surprise as it slowly and surely began to deteriorate and sink over the past few years. Main attractions like Trump Plaza, The Revel, and The Showboat have shut their doors and closed down for good.
In 2006 neighboring state Pennsylvania granted lease and license to a number of casinos within its boundaries. In addition, the impacts of economic recession have had disastrous effects on economic revenue in Atlantic City.
New Jersey has been in the casino industry for decades with the first ever casino in the state was opened in 1978 along the coast in Atlantic City. With a remarkable history of over $2.80 billion generated in revenue earned from casino games set in its records, New Jersey has been premium holiday destination that has catered to footfall of over 27 million visitors and tourists a year.
Gambling has been of crucial importance in terms of state economy, with a majority of jobs and positions oriented around the casino industry alone. As more casinos opened up in neighboring states like Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, regular players and frequenters of casinos in Atlantic City preferred to stick to casinos located closer to their homes rather than travel distances to find a legal casino table or slot machine.
Same ‘ole AC?
Completely dependent and reliant on gaming revenues to sustain and thrive, Atlantic City is now suffering as residents face increasing unemployment caused by the crumbling casino industry.
Instead of taking advantage of its coastal features, Atlantic City has so far focused mainly on gambling market to survive. Neighboring states on the other hand have molded and diversified to offer indigenous entertainment attractions to keep people interested and eager to visit.
Atlantic City has started working on the frills as well spaces that offer complete family entertainment in aquariums, restaurants, shops and picnic spots in addition to the ever infamous boardwalk and marina. Even though the casino market has hit a speed bump, Atlantic City is beginning to reinvent itself as a more wholesome holiday destination. Moreover, the city is looking for people to come live in and utilize the immense expanses of available land to set up homes and businesses of their own.