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Enterprise Rancheria signs deal with Hard Rock for a $400m casino in Sacramento

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Hard Rock is partnering with Enterprise Rancheria to construct a $440 million casino-hotel in Yuba County in Sacramento.  As per the deal, the federally recognised Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe will collaborate with the Seminole Tribe of Florida franchise to realise the casino project. Glenda Nelson, Tribal Chairwoman, of the Enterprise Rancheria,  said in her statement:  “The Enterprise Rancheria is thrilled and honored to work with Hard Rock International, one of the world’s most recognized brands. The Florida-headquartered Hard Rock Cafe Inc. said that the Sacramento area was a great fit for the brand.”

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports that while neither the Enterprise tribe nor Hard Rock would elaborate on the details of the project, financial documents from the undertaking have been reviewed by credit-rating agencies and estimate the cost of the build to be about $400 million.

With preliminary site work having already begun, the mega-resort to be situated near the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland is expected to open its doors to the public in October next year and according to a Moody’s Investor Service report will be named Hard Rock Sacramento.

The new venture joins two additional tribal casinos which are currently being developed in the region’s increasingly crowded gambling market. In April this year, the Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced they had broken ground in Amador County, California on a $168 million casino located some 30 miles east of Sacramento. And in south Elk Grove, a $400 million casino, hotel and conference centre is planned by the Wilton Rancheria Tribe, however, a groundbreaking has yet to be announced.

Reno casino consultant, Ken Adams, reportedly said that it is likely that the Hard Rock will put pressure on the major tribal casinos in the region, including the Thunder Valley Casino Resort owned by the United Auburn Indian Community and located some 20 miles south of the Yuba County site, along with the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks. “That’s an entirely different competitor,” he said of Hard Rock. “Their corporate resources are so much larger than anybody else’s.”

Thunder Valley, which recently completed a $56 million renovation, was unsuccessful in its efforts to block the Enterprise project and now says that it is not worried about the coming casino. Casino spokesman, Doug Elmes, said, “We’ll continue to be the dominant player in the region, given our location and our established customer base. We don’t believe that the (Enterprise) casino will have a significant impact on Thunder Valley given its isolated location,” according to The Sacramento Bee.

Meanwhile, Yuba County officials welcomed the Enterprise Rancheria project, having for years struggled to develop the amphitheater (Toyota Amphitheatre) area into a hospitality and entertainment centre.

The casino site is within County Supervisor Gary Bradford’s district and he communicated that the resort can “help spearhead other things in the area. … Hopefully, this will be just the start of future projects.” Bradford explained that the Enterprise Rancheria tribe has agreed that in lieu of taxes, it will pay the county as much as $5 million in annual payments. County supervisors moreover approved a deal with the tribe earlier this year that will see fire and emergency services provided to the casino.

 

Source: worldcasinodirectory.com

Niji Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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New headquarters for DraftKings

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DraftKings, one of Boston’s largest tech companies, is moving into a new corporate headquarters in downtown Boston, as it planned to grow from 425 employees to more than 700 employees in 2019. About 600 of those workers were expected to be based in Boston.

Company executives are hosting a ribbon cutting and tour of the 105,000-square-foot space near Copley Square in the city’s Back Bay neighbourhood.

DraftKings was founded in 2012 and made its mark as a major force in daily fantasy sports. The company is currently located in an office building near South Station.

 

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AGS Demonstrates Its Obsession With Tribal Gaming At The NIGA Indian Gaming Trade Show April 3-4; New Orion Upright Cabinet Makes NIGA Debut

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Company’s passion for the game takes center stage as AGS displays full lineup of new slot and table games, and online social and real-money games

 

AGS today announced that it will be exhibiting at NIGA‘s Indian Gaming Trade Show April 3-4 in San Diego, with a spotlight on the Company’s newest core slot cabinet – the Orion Upright℠ – along with a host of new slot titles, table products, and online social and real-money gaming solutions.

AGS will be live in Booth No. 1651 at the San Diego Convention Center. Taking center stage will be AGS’ new Orion Upright, a core cabinet with many of the same features as the Company’s award-winning Orion Portrait℠ and Orion Slant℠ platforms, including the distinctive starwall design featuring 420 game-synchronized full-color LED lights to celebrate gameplay. The Orion Upright is launching with a library of exclusive new titles and greatest hits from AGS’ ICON™ cabinet.

Debuting for the first time at NIGA, gaming operators will experience AGS’ Orion Upright with the new Fortune Blast™ family featuring four brand-new titles — Luck and Luxury™, Imperial Luck®, Goddess Treasures®, and Blazing Luck™. This new series offers ways or line-pay evaluation for more winning opportunities, and a symbol-locking feature to keep players on the edge of their seats.

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “NIGA is a show we look forward to every year because it gives us a chance to meet with our tribal operator-partners in an intimate setting and highlight our newest and most exciting products that are launching over the year. This year we are very excited about our new Orion Upright because it fills a need on many casino floors for a differentiated, attractive, and sophisticated core cabinet with great content.”

The Company will also showcase its hottest new Class II and Class III titles for the Orion Portrait platform, including Crystal Magic®, Hearts and Horns™, Enchanted Pearl™, and the popular Rakin’ Bacon!™ with its cherubic pig that gets fatter and fatter as the wins add up. Hailing from the Company’s Australia game-development studio, the title Red Silk™ showcases a fresh new family on Orion Portrait featuring a three-level linked progressive, a wild reel feature, and up to 10 free games. For the Orion Slant, AGS will spotlight the Fa Cai Shu™ and Kingdom Ca$h® families, which offer themed banking, linked progressive jackpots, and a variety of math models for a diverse and exciting gaming experience.

AGS continues to propel its table products business with a host of new proprietary table games and table solutions. NIGA attendees will get to experience Super Start Hold’em™, a poker-style game whereby the players always start with the better two-card hand than the dealer; the popular Criss Cross Poker™ with Bonus Spin™; Blackjack Match Progressive™ featuring the popular must-hit-by jackpot level; and Three Card Blitz, an exciting new flush-based game featuring player vs. dealer excitement to achieve the highest-scoring hand using up to three suited cards.

AGS will demonstrate its two table-game progressive platforms – STAX™ and Bonus Spin – which just reached a milestone of more than 1,000 units installed across the U.S. with a healthy backlog of orders planned throughout 2019. The award-winning STAX has a must-hit-by option that is driving demand and excitement on games like Super 4®, Blackjack Match™, and Royal 9™ as players anticipate the chance to win one of the five progressive jackpots. And Bonus Spin offers an eye-catching and anticipatory experience with its virtual prize wheel.

From its table equipment lineup, AGS will showcase the Dex S™ single-deck poker shuffler, featuring a streamlined design that is economical, durable, reliable, and exceptionally functional.

In the Company’s Interactive display, AGS will showcase its ConnexSys™ Social White-Label Casino solution, a turnkey, free-to-play mobile casino app that integrates the casino brand with AGS’ proven and player-favorite land-based titles to keep players engaged at home, work, and on-the-go.

And with real-money gaming at the forefront of many tribal gaming operators’ agendas, AGS will also be on hand to provide live demonstrations of its AxSys Games Marketplace™ and large library of titles, featuring AGS top-performing games as well as a host of entertaining games from third-party developers.

 

About AGS:
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, real-money gaming platforms and content, highly rated social casino solutions for operators and players, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more at www.playags.com.

 

©2019 PlayAGS, Inc. All® notices signify marks registered in the United States.  All ™ and ℠ notices signify unregistered trademarks. Products referenced herein are sold by AGS LLC or other subsidiaries of PlayAGS, Inc.

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Caesars Palace casino dealers join with UAW Labour Union

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Caesars Palace is one of the largest properties in that part of Las Vegas with a variety of spacious facilities, including its nearly 125,000-square-foot casino floor.

Caesars Palace table game dealers now move to unite with the UAW, the major Detroit-based labour union representing workers from different industries across the United States and Canada. Nearly 550 casino dealers at Caesars Palace voted to unite with the UAW.

The Caesars Palace unionisation decision was made after a 371-12 vote in favour of the move. More than 1,470 dealers at Caesars-owned Bally’s Harrah’s, Paris, and Wynn Resorts’ Las Vegas casinos voted last week to join the union that represents around 400,000 active workers in different industries.

Union President Gary Jones said that they were thrilled to have Caesars Palace “vote to be allowed to join what are now over 10,000 casino workers in the UAW.”

Vance Pearson, Director of UAW Region 5, said in a release that they welcome the new union members and “look forward to getting down to business and bargaining great contracts.”

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