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Sports Betting Policy and Performance to Take Center Stage at Winter Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States, January 4-6 in New Orleans

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Four special sessions and a keynote address by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will put sports betting in the spotlight when dozens of lawmakers convene at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States Winter Meeting, January 4-6 in New Orleans.

The Winter Meeting agenda includes the following events related to sports betting:

  • The Committee on Sports Betting will focus lessons learned from the states that commenced sports betting this year.
  • The Committee on State-Federal Relations will focus on the prospective role of the federal government in sports betting.
  • The International Masters of Gaming Law will hold a Masterclass that examines the legal and regulatory aspects of sports betting.
  • Lee Richardson, CEO of Gaming Economics and a principal of Spectrum Gaming Sports Group, will provide an overview of sports betting for incoming legislators.
  • Governor Christie, the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that in May 2018 forever changed the gambling landscape in the United States, shares his insights as to why he directed the State of New Jersey to vigorously pursue litigation despite continual setbacks in New Jersey and despite opposition from the major sports leagues.

Registration to attend the Winter Meeting is open to the public at http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html

“The ongoing rollout of sports betting is a focal point in statehouses across the country. We have assembled an outstanding program to address many aspects of this important policy issue,” said NCLGS Vice President and State Senator Keith Pickard. “Anyone with an interest in sports betting should attend our Winter Meeting.”

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Thursday evening welcome reception
  • Friday evening attendee reception
  • Saturday afternoon back-of-house tour of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
  • Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism

For sponsorship information, contact events@nclgs.org. Legislators. Those seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at wayne.marlin@nclgs.org.

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 36 US states and territories and in 47 countries on six continents, serves as the Executive Director of NCLGS.

 

Source: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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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 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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