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Massachusetts Gaming Commission observes March 2018 as “Problem Gambling Awareness Month”

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission that aims to create a fair, transparent and participatory process for implementing the expanded gaming law made loud and clear about its  support and recognition of March 2018 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).

PGAM is a national public awareness and outreach campaign framed to bring awareness to issues associated with problem gambling and to throw light on the national and local resources available to back up individuals and families. This month, MGC will put forward  an upgraded  version of its Responsible Gaming Framework. Originally published in 2014, the RGF was  intended to inform gaming regulation in Massachusetts and provide an overall orientation to the responsible gaming practices and policies adopted by MGC and its licensees.

After a comprehensive review process which comprised  participation of independent experts and members of the recovery community, the latest RGF now comprise  updated key principles, expanded strategies  rooted  in the most contemporary  research.

MGC is currently advancing  a new marketing and advertising campaign for the GameSense programme, MGC’s innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy to propel  responsible play and mitigate programme gambling. Anticipated  to launch this summer, the new outreach campaign will extend to Western Massachusetts looking forward to  the MGM Springfield opening.

Throughout the month, MGC will implement a targeted social media campaign to increase awareness about problem gambling prevention and the resources available. Working hand-in-hand  with MGC, GameSense Advisors at Plainridge Park Casino will conduct a series of training and awareness-building activities for casino employees.

MGC remains committed to its robust research agenda and using findings to further inform problem gambling intervention, prevention and treatment strategies. Last month, the MGC released the first significant report of the Massachusetts gaming impact cohort study. Information from this study provides new and much-needed information about problem gambling incidence rates and behavioural trajectory. This study will yield important information leading to tailored treatment and prevention programs.

MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day. On 13 March 2018, the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are sponsoring a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative.

“In an extraordinary effort to mitigate any negative consequences of the casinos, the Casino Law established a Public Health Trust Fund that — when all of the casinos open — will operate with US$15-20 million a year to fund a comprehensive research agenda and an extremely robust deployment of public health strategies to promote responsible gaming and combat problem gaming. The Fund is administered by a unique partnership between the Department of Public Health and the MGC,” said MGC Chairman Stephen Crosby. “PGAM provides an important opportunity to highlight the innovation and forward-thinking approach demonstrated by the Massachusetts Legislature when developing the gaming statute.”

MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming, Mark Vander Linden, said: “We acknowledge the tremendous pain and suffering experienced by individuals with a gambling problem and their loved ones. We will do everything that we possibly can to prevent this by funding research, creating effective programs and increasing awareness.”

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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US domestic casinos record a revenue of $42.7 billion in 2018

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Domestic commercial casinos in the USA posted a revenue of nearly $42.7 billion in 2018, marking an increase of 4 per cent year on year. This is also the highest ever total for the country’s gambling industry.

The Adams Revenue Revue, prepared by Reno-based gaming analyst and consultant Ken Adams for CDC Gaming Reports, indicates that 23 commercial casino markets reported gross gaming revenue (GGR) totalling $42.69 billion.

Adams termed 2018 as “a good year,” with increased earnings stemming from the opening of new casinos in Atlantic City, Massachusetts, and New York. The $42.7 billion win is a $1.5 billion premium on 2017’s total haul.

December revenue was fuelled by the introduction of new casinos, more (slot machine-like) VLTs, and, in the last half of the year, by sports betting, Adams wrote.

Despite the US gaming industry’s best casino revenue win in the nation’s history, associated stocks do not reflect the same prosperity. A downward second half for the US stock market pushed shares lower for major operators including MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands.

Nevada, the richest casino state in America, reported $11.9 billion in GGR last year, its third highest mark in history. Despite the Silver State losing its monopoly on sports betting following the Supreme Court’s repeal of the federal ban last May, Nevada sportsbooks recorded a record $5 billion handle, and record $301 million win.

Pennsylvania commercial casinos enjoyed their best year in history, with GGR totaling $3.24 billion.

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Scientific Games to Reschedule Investor Conference Call on Thursday, February 21, 2019 to 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time

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Scientific Games Corporation announced it is rescheduling the release of results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 on Thursday, February 21, 2019 to before the market opens. The Company will host an investor conference call and simultaneous webcast that day at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. The call was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Analysts and investors on the conference call will have an opportunity to ask questions.

We encourage participants to pre-register for the conference call by using the following link. Callers who pre-register will be given a conference passcode and unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator.  Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to the call start time. To pre-register, click here: Scientific Games Investor Call.

Investor Conference Call

Thursday, February 21, 2019

8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Those without internet access or unable to pre-register may dial in by calling: 

All participants:  +1 (412) 317-5420

Conference ID: Scientific Games Corporation Investor Call

Webcast:

To access the live webcast of the call, please visit the Company’s website at www.scientificgames.com and click on the webcast link under the investor information section. A replay of the webcast will be available approximately one hour after the webcast and will be archived on the Company’s website.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain Holds Historic Topping Off Ceremony

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Commemorates partnership between The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Enterprise Rancheria

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain held a topping off ceremony on Feb. 13, 2019, to celebrate reaching this major construction milestone in the project. The highly-anticipated property is slated to be the premier entertainment destination in Northern California once it opens in fall of 2019.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this momentous development,” said Mark Birtha, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain. “It is such an incredible feeling of pride and excitement seeing it coming to life. I know this property is going to be a landmark in the region and a shining representation of all the Hard Rock brand has to offer.”

During the event, the final beam, signed by tribal members, was grandly lifted up by a crane to the top of the structure. As part of the ceremony, Hard Rock executives and tribal council recognized the construction workers’ incredible efforts and commitment to the project. The topping off event also commemorated the historic partnership between two Native American Tribes — The Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International and Enterprise Rancheria.

“This is truly a great day for our Tribe and community and for the workers, customers and business partners of our region,” said Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Chairperson Glenda Nelson. “Partnering with Hard Rock and the Seminole Tribe is a real game changer with their world-recognized brand, commitment to premium quality experiences across a full spectrum of hospitality and entertainment options, and unique corporate values make them a dream partner for us.”

Situated in the North Sacramento Valley, the property will offer the latest in live music and entertainment, hospitality, world-class gaming and exceptional cuisine. It will feature a hotel with multiple suite offerings, a large gaming facility with over 1,800 slot machine and table game positions, along with an outdoor pool and deck area, large meeting space and a great selection of bars and restaurants. The property also includes signature brand amenities like the Rock Shop® and Body Rock® fitness center.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs upon its completion, with nearly 750 working at peak times on the project any given day. The development includes approximately 1,500 tons of steel (1/10th the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge steel), 15,000 cubic yards of concrete (if paved, would stretch to downtown Sacramento), 550 tons of rebar steel (laid from end to end, would stretch to San Francisco), 120 miles of electrical conduit, as well as 380 miles of wire and cabling (would stretch from Sacramento to Los Angeles) being used for the project. Upon opening later this year, the hotel-casino will employ over 1,000 full-time and part-time team members.

 

Source: Hard Rock International

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