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MGM Springfield Makes New England Debut

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MGM Springfield Makes New England Debut
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Investing in the Revival of a Great American City, Massachusetts’ First Resort and Casino brings 3,000 Permanent Jobs and New Entertainment Offerings to Region

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug, 2018 — MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors today. The resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts.

“Travelers seeking authentic, local experiences are rediscovering small cities across the U.S. that fuse small-town charm with the allure of big-city culture,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. “With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts.”

Inspired to drive curiosity in local heritage for a new wave of locals and visitors, MGM Springfield’s design team incorporated architectural landmarks and hundreds of locally sourced vintage treasures into the resort. From recasting the former hotel to Presidents Polk and Buchanan into a sophisticated steakhouse to restoring a 19th century arsenal and a High Gothic-style church, the development thoughtfully merges new building with historic architecture, with a resulting aesthetic that is distinctly Springfield.

Covering three city blocks in the heart of downtown, the resort features whimsical accommodations with nods to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson; recognized-chef restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill; innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks, events and more.

The opening follows two days of festivities at the resort. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal and Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis yesterday to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening.

Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts, and will also provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.”

As a surprise during the opening week, actor Mark Wahlberg stopped by to announce that he will be bringing his family’s famed Wahlburgers to the resort. It will be located on the corner of Main and Union Streets on the southeast corner of the MGM Springfield campus, and is expected to open in late 2019.

This morning, thousands of eager visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield executives, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!”

A glimpse into MGM Springfield:

  • Accommodations. MGM Springfield features 250 guestrooms including 16 suites. Design details—including factory-style paned glass and Edison bulb fixtures—harken to Springfield’s industrial roots, while eclectic artwork evokes the locale’s creative iconography, visually referencing Emily Dickinson and Dr. Seuss – such as the 1,600-square-foot Presidential Suite’s stunning hat chandelier inspired by the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Room reservations can be made via mgmspringfield.com. Nightly room rates start at $219.
  • Gaming. Massachusetts’ first gaming resort, MGM Springfield’s 125,000-square-foot casino floor features 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming lounge.
  • Food & Beverage. A downtown epicurean destination, MGM Springfield offers an array of new-to-market concepts and celebrated-chef restaurants, including Italian coastal concept Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina and Chef Adam Sobel; fine steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steakhouse with Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM’s signature TAP Sports Bar; and South End Market, a lively modern food hall boasting six casual and convenient eateries.
  • Entertainment. The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center will host world tours from top artists to town beginning with Stevie Wonder on September 1. High-energy social elements like the region’s first public Topgolf Swing Suite, luxury Regal Cinemas, and TAP Sports Bar complete with a 10-lane bowling alley and arcade, bring a fun lineup of activities for all generations to downtown Springfield. The Plaza serves as an outdoor gathering space hosting interactive events designed to foster community engagement such as Beer Yoga, a pop-up art gallery by Springfield muralist John Simpson, seasonal activations and more.
  • Nightlife. The art of mixology is a definitive experience across the resort at destination venues including Lobby Bar, Knox Bar and Commonwealth. From expertly crafted classics to creative libations, each beverage menu spotlights freshly pressed juices, house-made elixirs and locally sourced ingredients. Destined to be Springfield’s newest hot spot, Commonwealth Bar and Lounge features DJs or live entertainment nightly and is home to the $25,000 Indian Sidecar – made with a rare 1901 Croizet Cognac and includes an authentic Indian Motorcycle.
  • Art & Culture. Drawing inspiration from the city’s legacy rich in art and culture, MGM Springfield features a curated collection from local and national artists. From large-scale sculptures to intriguing paintings, talent is displayed through dozens of commissioned and procured works throughout the resort. Mia Pearlman’s The Flying Tidings Whirled sculpture commemorates the resilience of Springfield following the devastating 2011 tornado, while contemporary artist Jeppe Hein’s bright red Bench of Expectation catches the attention of passersby in The Plaza with its winding loops and slides, inviting them for a sit or to marvel at its creativity.
  • Spa & Pool. Guests and locals needing to recharge can find indulgence at MGM Springfield’s full-service spa complete with seven treatment rooms, couples’ suites and a warm design inspired by New England’s signature maritime style. A separate salon for men and women hosts an in-house barbershop – with a chair dedicated to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s dad, a longtime local barber. An 8,000-square-foot pool provides a summertime urban escape.
  • Retail. MGM Springfield’s retail lineup includes Springfield-born Indian Motorcycle’s first-ever apparel boutique alongside regionally revered brands Hannoush Jewelers and Kringle Emporium, whose new flagship is located in the former French Congregational Church, originally built in 1887 and moved 600 feet to its new home.
  • Meetings & Events. With approximately 34,000 square feet of versatile space, MGM Springfield’s meeting and event center features ballrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms adjacent to a 6,200-square-foot outdoor terrace that floods pre-function areas with natural light. For indoor-outdoor space with a historical twist, guests can host events in the resort’s castle-like Armory, which was built in 1895 and restored to its current spectacular state by the MGM Resorts’ design team.

From the Basketball Hall of Fame — a shrine to the sport in its founding locale, to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum — Springfield is home to unique and unexpected cultural attractions. MGM Springfield is surrounded by landmarks such as HH Richardson Courthouse and City Hall, counting the riverfront, MassMutual Center, Symphony Hall and Union Station among its prestigious neighbors. The central downtown location allows guests to explore spontaneously or navigate a more robust travel experience aboard The Loop, a new free-to-ride transportation service linking downtown tourist spots, hotels, restaurants and cultural districts. Opening today in conjunction with the resort, The Loop connects Springfield’s most iconic sites including Union Station, State Armory, Springfield Museums, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and MGM Springfield.

Located just 80 miles west of Boston with immediate access to Interstate 91 and the Mass. Pike, as well as nearby Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn. and the Amtrak-serviced Union Station, MGM Springfield is well connected and will be easily accessible to local and global travelers.

 

About MGM Resorts International:
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company opened MGM Cotai in Macau in February 2018. It is also developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 78,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.

 

Source: MGM Resorts International

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 12-18

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

A new esports organisation named Equinox Esports has been launched in Oklahoma City. Equinox will own professional teams that span multiple video game titles including VALORANT, League of Legends and Super Smash Bros, among others. Equinox will produce unique in-house content in the form of podcasts, broadcasts, tournaments, video content and articles out of its newly-build 6000 square foot facility in north Oklahoma City.

In accordance with the directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment has resumed gaming operations daily and hospitality operations for weekend stays at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on October 8. The reopening was with great celebration.

Win Systems is achieving huge success with its latest GameStar development, the innovative collectable link feature Rising Link. The new game has been in some of the Mexican gaming venues for many weeks now and has captured the interest of players from the very beginning.

Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan has been named a possible coronavirus exposure site by the health officials. Anyone who visited the Casino between October 2 and October 4 is asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date, according to a news release issued by the District Health Department No. 10, which covers 10 Northern Michigan counties including Manistee.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced a major expansion project for its ilani Casino Resort. In partnership with the Cowlitz Tribe, Howard S. Wright, and Friedmutter Group, ilani will feature additions to its exterior and interior designs.

The PGA TOUR has announced that BetMGM will provide betting odds for all four rounds of THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK in Las Vegas, October 15-18 on the Golf Channel.

New Partnerships

InterDigital, a mobile and video technology research and development company, has announced that it will partner with global innovation and accelerator platform Plug and Play to serve as anchor member for the platform’s Media & Advertising programme. The partnership will also see InterDigital and Plug and Play work towards developing a new gaming vertical within the next year.

InterDigital has announced a new initiative with cloud-gaming specialist Blacknut to develop technologies that will enhance the performance of the existing gaming technology. The new collaboration will leverage InterDigital’s extensive technology expertise alongside Blacknut’s unique knowledge of cloud gaming services.

New Acquisition

Twin River Worldwide Holdings has purchased the iconic Bally’s brand from Caesars Entertainment Inc. Hedge-fund investor Soo Kim, co-founder of Standard General, which owns a 39% stake in Twin River, paid Caesars $20m for the purchase.

New Appointment

Rush Street Interactive has announced the appointment of Kyle Sauers as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective by October 23. He will be based in Chicago and report to Greg Carlin, RSI’s Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for all of the Company’s financial and treasury functions, as well as investor relations.

Compliance

Greek gambling regulator Hellenic Gaming Commission has selected Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to develop the first integrated resort and casino in Greece. The winning bid from MGE, submitted in partnership with GEK TERNA, proposes a state-of-the-art development plan, INSPIRE Athens, that includes a luxury hotel, premier entertainment venues, convention centre, shopping, dining, casino and a comprehensive mix of premium amenities.

Michigan Gaming Control Board has granted a Provisional Internet Gaming Supplier License to Spin Games LLC. The license will enable Spin to deploy its proprietary and third-party i-Gaming content built upon the ROC Remote Gaming Server platform across Michigan’s licensed casino operator online sites once internet gaming goes live.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 5-11

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Twin River Worldwide Holdings has entered into an agreement with Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. to acquire Jumer’s Casino and Hotel (Jumer’s) in Rock Island, Illinois for a purchase price of $120 million in cash. Jumer’s is located in the Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois and features a 40,000 square foot casino floor containing more than 870 slot machines and 25 table games, a 205 room hotel with 11 luxury suites, an events centre, the Oculus Sports Bar, the Edje nightclub and four restaurants.

Gambling operator Loto-Québec has closed two of its land-based venues due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The two venues are Casino de Montréal and the Salon de jeux de Québec. They will remain closed until October 28. Network bingo, Kinzo and video lottery machines (VLTs) in the metropolitan zones of Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region will be inoperative for the same period. Lottery ticket sales will continue.

MegaFans, a San Diego area-based mobile-casual eSports platform, has completed its first charity fundraising event with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Foundation, as part of a series using the MegaFans eSports tournament platform. The first tournament ran through September. The eSports tournament Series is being promoted to raise awareness and funds to go towards the IGDA Foundation’s Diversity Initiative, to improve the lives of independent game developers around the world. Previously, MegaFans worked with the IGDA Foundation on the Stay in the Game Relief Fund which raised over $100,000.

NFL bettors received a reminder just how quickly a pandemic can alter the sports landscape. Two COVID-19-related postponements made for a lighter Sunday schedule and the effects will reverberate into Week 5, according to analysts of TheLines.com.

International Game Technology (IGT) and Scientific Games Corporation have released a joint statement regarding the Exclusive Instant Lottery (LOTEX) concession in Brazil.

Northern California’s Cache Creek Casino Resort, which has been shut down since September 20, has confirmed that the closure was the result of an external attack on the property’s computer network.

New Partnerships

Peripherals manufacturer CORSAIR has partnered with Canadian venue and tournament provider Amuka Esports. As per the deal, CORSAIR will become the exclusive peripherals and gaming chair partner of Waves Gaming, the flagship venue from Amuka Esports, which will also host a CORSAIR Gaming Zone.

DraftKings has become the official daily fantasy sports partner and official sports betting partner of the Philadelphia Eagles. As per the new multi-year deal, DraftKings will receive exclusive naming rights to the Field Club at Lincoln Financial Field, a premium lounge which will be called “The DraftKings Field Club.”

Game developer AGS has signed a new agreement with BetMGM in the US. As per the deal, AGS will provide its gaming content to BetMGM’s entire casino gaming network including BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online and partypoker.

Gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has once again teamed up with the Kindred Group to provide sector-leading training and development sessions for their staff in the US.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 28-October 4

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Montreal-based payment technology company Nuvei Corporation has received its sports betting vendor license from Colorado’s Division of Gaming. This permits the company to process payments within the state’s boundaries on regulated sports betting sites and apps. Nuvei can now provide gaming operators and companies with seamless payment services for customers over the age of 21 who place legal wagers on games in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and any other professional and amateur sports betting transactions across the State.

Caesars Entertainment is in advanced talks to acquire the UK-based bookmaker William Hill for £2.9 billion. In a joint statement, the companies said that Caesars was considering offering 272 pence per share for William Hill. To fund the deal, Caesars said it was announcing a new equity raise, and would also take out $2 billion of new debt secured against William Hill’s non-US businesses.

New research by CasinosHunter.com, an independent online casino reviewing platform for gamblers, has revealed the new challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the possibilities now available to the Canadian gamblers. Gambling is hugely popular in Canada. Data indicates that 60% of locals participate in gambling on a regular basis, spending on average $100 per month on games. Overall, the industry generates significant income – $31 billion to be exact – paying up to 15% in taxes. However, the pandemic has changed this significantly.

Former Catena Media C-level executive Andreas Ericson and online gambling veteran Gustav Lipcsey have secured seed round of financing from famous iGaming industry investors. The proceeds from this round of financing will fuel the business operations of US Sportsbonus, a Hoboken, NJ, based legal online sports betting resource site that provides expert US sports betting picks, provides partner referral resources, industry news and more.

New Partnerships

Gambling technology company Playtech has announced the roll out of its casino software in New Jersey across BetMGM’s gaming network. BetMGM is the joint venture created by MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. As per the deal, Playtech will provide its industry-leading casino software to BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online and PartyCasino NJ.

Scientific Games Corporation has secured a five-year contract renewal with long-term customer Flutter Entertainment. Through the contract renewal, Scientific Games will continue providing its OpenSports technology to the operators’ portfolio of global brands. The five-year renewal comes on the back of FanDuel selecting Scientific Games to power their sportsbook offering across all current and future regulated markets in the US.

RG24seven, a video-based responsible gaming training platform, has partnered with the National Indian Gaming Association to provide tribal-specific, video-based, responsible gaming training to its members.

New Appointment

Bragg Gaming Group has appointed gaming industry veteran and former SB Tech CEO Richard Carter to its Board of Directors as Non-executive Chair. Carter will advise and provide support to CEO Adam Arviv on developing a global strategy focused on partnerships with best-in-class brands, continued growth of their organic business and consideration of all accretive M&A opportunities.

Compliance

Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Board of Directors has approved the sports betting licenses of Betfair Interactive, BetMGM and Crown TN Gaming (DraftKings). The Board will consider more on October 5 and 16.

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