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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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Slot Revenue Decreases in Connecticut Tribal Casinos

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The slot revenue of two Connecticut tribal casinos has decreased by 12% in April 2019. Both Mohegan and Foxwoods have posted year-over-year decrease in slot machine revenue and April 2019 was the worst month for the Connecticut casinos.

Foxwoods Resort Casino totalled US$36.2 million in slots revenue after paying prizes, down from the US$41.2. On the other hand, Mohegan Sun reported US$45.2 million in slot revenue, down from US$51.4 million.

Revenues from Foxwoods and Mohegan have been affected by MGM Springfield, the casino located in neighbouring Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported that the faction totalled US$15.5 million in slots revenue last month and US$6.3 million in table-games revenue. However, slots revenue was also down in that facility 17% over the previous month.

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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Fantasy Sports Restriction Bill

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Louisiana House Committee has passed the fantasy sports restriction bill. Voters of 47 parishes approved fantasy sports betting last fall. The bill leaves committee with an amendment that stipulates “you can only play if you’re at card checking over-21 only in establishments like video poker stops, bars, or casinos.”

“This is obviously not what people voted for, this is not how fantasy sports works, this is not how online entertainment works anywhere, for any medium,” Fairness for Fantasy Sports Louisiana spokesperson Ryan Berni said.

“Right now the proposed tax rate does not cover the cost for the state to collect it. The state actually loses money at the proposed tax rate that they are proposing on fantasy sports,” Video poker lobbyist Alton Ashy said.

“Obviously the intention is that it is places that have video poker. It really is an end around and a subversion of what people know and like about fantasy sports,” Berni added.

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