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Tribal casino revenues dip in Arizona amidst rise in non-gaming revenue

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The revenues of tribal casinos decreased in Arizona in 2016 even amidst a rise in non-gambling, which pushed the total revenue to $2.23 billion for the year.

Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report reveals that among the 28 states with American Indian gambling, Arizona is one of eight states that witnessed a revenue fall in 2016. The general trend among tribal casinos is an increase of 3.9 per cent in total gambling revenue and 8.2 per cent increase in non-gambling revenue in 2016.

Native American Casino with overall gambling revenue showing slower growth in 2016 than in years previous, analysts attributed the drop to a slowing of the national economy.

 “I can definitely tell you the economy was a big factor and not just in Arizona … but across the country,” said Alan Meister, author of the report and economist at Meister Economic Consulting. “Income was down in 2016 versus 2015, and that is the main key driver of casino spending by patrons.”

Arizona saw total gambling revenues in 2016 hit $1.902 billion with non-gaming revenues, namely hospitality and entertainment services including lodging, restaurants, and retail in at $328 million. 2015 gambling revenues came in at $1.905 billion and non-gambling revenues at $301 million.

Irrespective of the decline in certain states, the numbers overall pointed to steady growth in tribal casino revenue since the end of the recession driven by the 2007–2008 financial crisis. Total gambling and non-gambling revenues in Arizona climbed to $2.27 billion to come in just under the pre-2007 recession peak, according to the report’s author.

“Over the past five years, the Arizona gaming revenue side has declined slightly this past year, it had two pretty flat years, but it had two decent years,” Meister said. “And if you look at the past five years in terms of non-gaming revenue, it’s very strong.”

The upward climb in non-gaming revenues seen in Arizona was also indicative of a nationwide trend, as tribal casinos across the 28 states that allow for American Indian gambling facilities have worked to expand their non-gaming offers, including lodging capacity, retail space, entertainment, and dining options.

 “In Las Vegas, our gambling revenues were declining compared to non-gambling revenues because we were diversifying so much with entertainment and non-gaming amenities. And I think you’re seeing that as well in the tribal communities,” said Jennifer Roberts, associate director at the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

 

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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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Pennsylvania not to allow online gambling inside casinos

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In an interesting piece of legislation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has clarified that it will not allow online gaming and sports betting inside casinos. Online gaming and sports betting will be soon available in the state. PGCB said geo-targeted software will be used to prohibit players from playing online poker, casino games or slots from within any land-based Pennsylvania casinos.

“The Gaming Control Board will put in place a system that, through the use of GPS software and IP Address identification, will block entry and play of Pennsylvania-licensed internet gaming if a user is outside of the state,” it was stated in a 2 page document from the PGCB. “In addition, participating in internet gaming when in a Pennsylvania casino will also be blocked.”

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MGM Springfield posts impressive revenue in September

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced the revenue figures for September. MGM Springfield made an impressive start by posting US$27 million in revenue during September, its first full month of operation. The gaming venue was started in August 24. It has so far amassed US$18 million in GGR from slot machines and another US$8.8 million from table games.

The state tax share from the revenue is US$6.7 million, 25 per cent of the venue’s GGR.

The MGC explained that only casino revenues, and no other proceeds from the 14-acre casino complex’s hotel, restaurants, bars and other non-gambling entertainment, are considered for the report.

According to MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis, September visitor volume was “solid” and the casino’s financial performance is “on track” with company expectations.

 

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Cloud9 proposes eSports facility in Santa Monica

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Cloud9 Esports Inc., an eSports company based in Santa Monica has proposed to construct an eSports facility in the city. The company has already raised a $19.6 million in the first round of fund raising for the purpose.

The facility is likely to be spread over 20,000–30,000 square feet and to be completed by the end of 2019.

Jack and Paullie Etienne founded Cloud9 in November 2016. It operates e-sports gaming teams across multiple titles, including Daybreak Game Co.’s “H1Z1,” Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc.’s “Overwatch,” and “League of Legends,” developed by Sawtelle-based Riot Games Inc.

Valor Equity Partners, based in Chicago, led the Series B. Venice-based Reimagined Ventures, TrueBridge Capital Partners and Glassdoor Inc. Founder Robert Hohman also participated. Valor Equity Partners Founder Antonio Gracias joins the Cloud9 board of directors.

 

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