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Foxwoods Resort Casino’s March Revenue Witness Rise

CasinoFoxwoods Resort Casino’s March revenue augmented compared with a year ago. It reported its first slot machine gain of the year. For the month, Mohegan Sun faced declines in revenue.

March revenue rose 0.3 percent to $55.1 million at Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Foxwoods reported that Total slots intake climb 0.8 percent to $655.8 million from a year ago. In “win” to $62.7 million, Mohegan Sun had a 1.6 percent decline while “handle” fell 1.2 percent to $776.9 million.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods, also reported today that to the state Division of Special Revenue, it forwarded $14.7 million of its slots. The Mohegan Tribe, which owns Mohegan Sun, made $16.1 million payment to the state.

Foxwoods President and CEO Scott Butera said that various inventiveness have been recently embarked upon them by the Foxwoods Resort Casino, which guarantees that our customers have the finest gaming experience conceivable.

A number of new slot machines were in recent times launched by Foxwoods, including “Star Wars Druid Hunt” and “The Godfather”. Slot machines can be enjoyed by the guests including Rock Around the Clock, Tarzan and Queen (based on the legendary rock band).

AC Coin & Slot have also entered into a contract with Foxwoods. A 30-day access to 120 new bonus games is allowed to Foxwoods after this contract. The bonus games include “Phat Cats”, “The Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock and Roll Legend”.

Foxwoods is going distant past cutting edge gaming technology for customer advantages. Resort casino’s popular customer loyalty program; receive $10 in free bonus slot play for new players who sign up for a Dream Card now through April 30.


Player from Rochester Wins $500,000 Jackpot

A Rochester woman, after a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel this past weekend is $500,000 wealthier. On Aristocrat’s Millioni$er penny slot machine, the player, Monica M., placed a maximum bet of $2 and her spin resulted in the jackpot bonus feature. On the video screen, she then preferred three coins and all turned over to reveal “Grand Jackpot” symbols.

Vice president of slot operations B.J. Martin said that in the history of Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, this is one of the biggest jackpots. He extended his heartfelt best wishes to her family to enjoy more of what life has to offer for her life-changing triumph. For the game, the $500,000 jackpot is the maximum amount and will be paid by Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.

With four different jackpot levels that can be generated arbitrarily during game play, Millioni$er is a Hyperlink progressive and sports a patented second-screen feature. Players prevailed jackpots more often, as the four-tiered progressives give Millioni$er, an elevated hit frequency. As an annuity over a 20-year basis, Millioni$er jackpots are paid out.

Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is one of the most important worldwide providers of gaming solutions and it is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL). The company products and services are offered in more than 90 countries around the world and it is accredited by more than 200 regulators.

The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is situated near the Canadian border, just minutes from the world-renowned Niagara Falls in Western New York. The property is open 24 hours a day. With 4,000 slot machines and 100 table games, visitors can enjoy 147,000 square feet of gaming space, 10 restaurants, live entertainment and an AAA Four Diamond award-winning, 26-story hotel with 594 deluxe rooms, a spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool.


Casino: Newcastle FC Owner Loses £1m in Gambling

Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley, in just a couple of hours gambling at a casino, blew up a staggering 1million pounds. Ashley and team manager Alan Pardew went on to lose a huge amount on craps, a game of dice, in a single session. Pardew had initially hit a winning streak and he scooped up 130,000 pounds. They were in the casino for just a couple of hours.

At around 2 a.m., forty seven-year-old Ashley embarked on his disastrous run, apparently losing the first 30,000 pounds in just 'about ten minutes'. At 4 a.m., both finally left and by that time, had lost 970,000 pounds. Ashley had a smile on his face while tipping the dealer 700 pounds and he didn't seem to be bothered at all by the loss.

A source claimed to the Sun that he covered the table with bets. He bet thousands at a time, tens of thousands sometimes. His gesture to tip the dealer 700 pounds was unusual as people usually only give a tip if they've won. He had lost 1 million pounds. With a game of 'spoof', Ashley had once apparently resolved a £200,000 legal bill.

Ashley is not the only celebrity to have been spotted trying their hand at gambling. Katy Perry and Russell Brand were recently seen playing blackjack. They were celebrating the birthday of Perry's grandmother. At the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, couple was at a party put on for 90-year-old Ann Hudson.


Casino: MGM Resorts International To Entice Customers

Casino operator MGM Resorts International, to entice customers is relaunching its gambling loyalty program with an 11-week sweepstakes, with potential rewards.

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas-based company launched M Life as part of a new company effort to better track the spending habits of its customers. On gambling, the program will track and reward spending and will do the same for non-gambling spending at company resorts later this year.

The sweepstakes include prizes including a Detroit Tigers baseball weekend at the MGM Grand in Detroit or a weekend stay at a suite at the Aria Resort & Casino, VIP ringside seats at a prizefight.

On the Las Vegas Strip, the introduction of the loyalty program competes with MGM's rivals, many of whom offer loyalty programs and players clubs, thanks to association with larger brands. Customers are currently allowed to earn loyalty points and redeem rewards at various hotels and retailers by the Venetian and Palazzo (both part of the InterContinental Hotels Group system) and the Cosmopolitan resort (part of Marriott's Autograph Collection). However, by introducing gaming and the casino into the mix, MGM Resorts' program goes beyond traditional hotel loyalty program.

The program will allow "players" to gamble their way to hotel benefits including free rooms and upgrades, pre-sale tickets to concerts and shows and VIP services. The program will have four tiers (Sapphire, Pearl, Gold and Platinum). To instantly redeem rewards, the Express Comps feature will enable guests to use their card anytime.

The company said that the rewards are also more personalized. For example, a guest might receive an offer for an upcoming Lady Gaga show, if he or she attends a Madonna concert. A concertgoer could receive an offer for the Country Music Awards, if he attended a Trace Atkins show

At a shareholders' meeting in June, MGM Resorts first announced its M Life program when the company changed its name from MGM Mirage. On the all-inclusive membership card in Las Vegas, the company is the latest to cash in. For more than a year, Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards program has been tracking nongaming spending.


Michigan Attorney General’s Office Sues Bay Mills Indian Com

In an effort to shut down a northern Michigan casino run by the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Michigan attorney general's office is suing.

A federal suit was filed by the state saying the casino in Vanderbilt is illegal because it is not on Indian land. Bought in the northern Lower Peninsula, it is on property Bay Mills, well south of its reservation in the Upper Peninsula.

Ordering to close the casino with roughly 40 slot machines, the state last week sent a letter to Bay Mills. With the state's analysis, Bay Mills officials disagree and they are keeping the casino open. To close the casino that opened in November, the suit seeks an injunction.

In a statement, Chairman Jeff Parker said that his tribe would not have opened the casino if it were not sure the Vanderbilt operation is legal. He said that to defend that position in court the tribe is prepared. With the casino remaining open despite orders to close, there was no word on the next move from the state.

In nearby Petoskey, the Little Traverse Bay Bands runs the Odawa Casino Resort. The tribe is supposed to share its casino revenues with the state, under a contract with Michigan. However, because of a breach of contract, Harrington says the tribe no longer has to do that. The Vanderbilt casino should have been shut down immediately when it opened last month, but Michigan did not have a process in place for doing so.

Harrington said he met with Bay Mills chairman Parker Friday to notify him of their plans, prior to filing the lawsuit asking for the sanction to close the Vanderbilt casino.

In the former Treetops Resort information center, Bay Mills opened its casino on Nov. 3, which it had purchased this summer on 45.6 acres of land. With a 1,400-square-foot expansion under way, the casino currently has 38 slot machines with plans to add additional slot machines when completed.


Slot Machine Proposal: Mayors Continuing to Fight Legislation

Next week, Mayors of casino towns will head back to Springfield, continuing the fight against proposed legislation that would allow five new slots and casino at racetracks in the state.

A new coalition made up of mayors from nine towns, representatives from Cities Against Slots at the Tracks, traveled downstate last week to talk to legislators and inform them how the gaming proposal would slice into their revenue and negatively affect jobs. Des Plaines Mayor Martin Moylan said he plans to be there when lawmakers meet again, although the legislation is still being discussed in the Senate Gaming Committee. About the gaming proposal, Aldermen also have called area legislators.

Moylan said, “We have to be vigilant, but we’re not resting still.”

Midwest Gaming owes the state roughly $300 million over the next 30 years as part of a bid agreement. It is opening a casino in Des Plaines next fall.

With communities like Chicago Heights, Dixmoor, Harvey, Summit, Hodgkins, and five others, some of the revenue from the casino would also be shared.

Moylan added, “If our revenues are down, (those towns) will suffer also. If you have a small budget, this is a shot in the arm.”

To continue discussions, Moylan said that for this week, a conference call has been scheduled by the mayors from the towns. The coalition also has representatives from Peoria, Metropolis, East St. Louis, Elgin, Joliet, Alton, Rock Island and Aurora. On Nov.29, state lawmakers will meet again.


Promotions Featured As A Part Of Foxwoods’ New Slot Machine System

Players could find an unexpected surprise while diligently playing the slots at Foxwoods Resort casino starting next month. Promotions targeted to customers will be a part of 300 machines being tested on a trial basis. The machines will offer players deals and reminders that are specifically targeted to their tracked behavior.

Connecticut-based TransAct Technologies is using what is described as a highly sophisticated printer system to track players’ preferences. The idea is to add a personal touch to the machines. For example, if it's your birthday a coupon for some type of gift could pop out. If you are a poker fan it could provide a reminder of an upcoming tournament.

The system works via devices that are attached to printers the company already has on approximately 3,000 slot machines at Foxwoods. The devices provide a connection to software that will track the buying habits and game preferences of players by way of magnetic strips on club cards the players use.

The 300 modified printers will use this information to print out customized promotions. The machines fitted with the devices linked to the new system will be clearly labeled so players are aware of them.

If the trial run is successful, Foxwoods plans to expand the system to additional machines. Foxwoods is the first casino in the country to use this new system.

Foxwoods operates over 6,600 slots in total and believes this unique system will give them the edge over competitors and offer a unique personalized experience for players.


For slot machines nearly $16 million spent by Maryland

For the Hollywood Casino Perryville located in Cecil County, the state of Maryland recently agreed to spend another $15.8 million on 438 slot machines. Early in this fall, the casino is expected to open. The recent slot purchases will make total amount of money spent by the state on slot machines for this casino to an approximately $65 million dollars. Using taxpayer funding through the State Board of Public Works, the slot machines are purchased.

The recent purchase was opposed by comptroller Peter Franchot and he feels that the state should modify existing laws to allow casino operators to purchase slot machines for their casinos. Rather than the casino, the current Maryland law stipulates that all slot machines must be acquired and maintained by the state. Franchot feels that casino operators would be better able to secure machines at a fair price since the state is not actively involved in the gambling industry.

Some critics of Maryland's purchase feel that since the purchase price includes maintenance it was a fair purchase price, while others feel that Maryland's purchase feel that the state was overcharged for their slot machines. Currently slot machines are sold in the $13,000 to $21,000 price range. Maryland has paid on average $20,000 to $25,000 per machine with maintenance. Per machine with maintenance, Maryland has paid on average $20,000 to $25,000. However, they underwent strong criticism earlier this month for an early purchase of slot machines, which averaged out to over $45,000 per machine.


New Jersey Poll Shows Majority Support Slot Machines at Racetracks

According to results released Tuesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind poll, most New Jersey voters support the idea of adding slot machines to racetracks across the state, including the Meadowlands. When New Jersey voters were asked specifically about slot machines at the Meadowlands, the results came back with 52 percent of the voters agreeing to this and 37 percent against it.

More people in the central and northern parts of New Jersey showed their support for this idea, compared to other locations throughout New Jersey. The population that live near Atlantic City in the southern area of New Jersey disapproved of adding slot machines to statewide racetracks with a 46 percent against compared to 40 percent for.

According to a former casino executive and professor of a hospitality and tourism school this appears to be a regional issue as people that live in the southern part of New Jersey are concerned with Atlanta City's capabilities of maintaining itself, and the people in the north are being lured to go across the state's borders to places that are easier to get to than Atlantic City.

The poll was done by calling 801 registered New Jersey voters. This was done over a 10 day period in May. The overall results showed that the majority of voters are against adding casino game tables to areas outside of the Atlantic City area. Results were 49 percent against this and 42 percent for game tables.


Addition of Slot Machines to Horse Tracks: Illinois State Lawmakers

Illinois State lawmakers are once again debating the addition of slot machines to horse tracks across the state, in an effort to fund proposed construction packages, including well known establishments such as Fairmount Park and Arlington Park.

To drive up funds for construction and improvements to existing facilities, the incentive is being heavily pushed by the horse racing industry. To the existing casino industry, additions of video poker machines, internet betting and slot machines in venues that exist solely for gambling of an alternate format pose a threat, which reportedly is suffering a significant decrease in revenue as it stands. Illinois State Rep. Will Burns (D-Chicago) has sponsored the bill in the House, and it has garnered bi-partisan support thus far. Suggesting that a blow to the already wounded sect of vice-based economy would actually drive the state's profits down in the long term, the majority of the proposal's detractors are on the side of the casinos.

Proponents of the bill both civilian and lawmaker have repeatedly made note of the concept of free market. To compete fairly in the gambling industry, the belief that casinos are shirking their duty has caused some to advocate the extra machines due to simple economic principles as opposed to the estimated $100,000,000 per year that the bill's sponsor has indicated as a realistic possibility. It should be noted that the horse racing industry has advocated for this legislation previously and failed, therefore only time will tell if the proposed additions will prevail.