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Pennsylvania Skill Congratulates Casinos on $504 Million in April Revenue

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Pennsylvania Skill, powered by Pace-O-Matic (POM), applauded the April revenue reports that show the gaming industry in the state made more than $504 million for the third time since April of last year. Pennsylvania gaming grossed nearly $1.7 billion in commercial revenue in just the first three months of 2024, second only to the casino capital of the United States, Nevada.

The funding comes from slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals (VGTs).

As the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) celebrates yet another big financial month, however, casinos continue to falsely claim their revenue is impacted by skill games.

“We want to know what the revenue number is that casinos need to hit, or the next record they need to break before they stop claiming skill games are competition,” said Mike Barley, chief public affairs officer for POM. “Every month, we read about their incredible revenue gains, and then the casino industry turns around and claims they are losing money because of skill games. Their arguments don’t pass the smell test.”

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Instead of battling skill games, Barley said casinos should support legislation sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw and Rep. Danilo Burgos that will regulate and tax skill games. There is bipartisan backing for the legislation that will place guardrails around skill game operations and provide as much as $250 million in skill game state tax revenue in just the first year. Gov. Josh Shapiro wants to see skill game tax revenue as part of his 2024-25 state budget.

Given the casino industry revenue gains so far this year, it is hard to understand why they are crying wolf. “It’s difficult to see how skill games are causing hardship for a billion-dollar industry,” Barley said, adding that there is room for both gambling and skill games in the Commonwealth. Since skill games entered the marketplace, gambling revenue has increased and broken records.

Several courts have ruled Pennsylvania Skill games are legal, including a unanimous Commonwealth Court last year. In addition to providing supplemental income to small businesses, many Pennsylvania Skill games are manufactured in Williamsport, and over 90 percent of the income they generate stays within the local economy and the state.

The baseless accusations, Barley explained, are an assault on small businesses, veterans groups, volunteer fire companies and other fraternal clubs across the state that count on legal skill games to make ends meet. Small business owners with skill games in their establishments are saying the revenue has saved their businesses.

Many of these locations rely on income from skill games to offer competitive wages and benefits to their employees, who are often heads of households supporting their families. This is what struggling families need right now, not another roadblock, Barley explained.

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The proposed legislation limits the number of skill games per establishment to no more than five in LCB and lottery-licensed locations and up to ten at fraternal clubs.

Skill game distributors, operators and locations will be licensed and regulated through the Department of Revenue. The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control & Enforcement and local law enforcement in counties of the first class would be responsible for policing the skill game industry, helping to crack down on illegal games encroaching on communities across the Commonwealth.

“Backing this legislation means speaking up for the little guy – volunteer fire companies, VFW posts, mom-and-pop shops, fraternal clubs, small businesses and their employees. I believe Pennsylvanians can sleep comfortably knowing that the big internationally owned casinos will continue to survive on their record profits.” Barley said.

 

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Red Rake Gaming Partners with DraftKings in the U.S.

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Red Rake Gaming Partners with DraftKings in the U.S.

 

Red Rake Gaming, a prominent developer of high-quality online casino content, is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with DraftKings, a leading name in the U.S. sports betting and online gaming industry.

This landmark agreement will see Red Rake Gaming’s innovative and engaging casino games integrated into DraftKings’ platform, offering their extensive player base access to a rich selection of top-performing titles.

The partnership will initially focus on key states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Ontario in Canada, where Red Rake Gaming aims to establish a strong presence and contribute to the vibrant online gaming markets. This collaboration is a significant step in Red Rake Gaming’s broader North American expansion strategy, highlighting its commitment to delivering exceptional gaming experiences to American and Canadian players.

“We are thrilled to partner with DraftKings, a true leader in the U.S. online gaming sector,” said Nick Barr, Managing Director of Red Rake Gaming Malta. “DraftKings’ extensive reach and dedicated player base provide a fantastic platform for us to showcase our innovative games. We are confident that our diverse range of content will resonate well with DraftKings’ players and enhance their gaming experience.”

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This collaboration with DraftKings is one of several strategic alliances that Red Rake Gaming has planned as part of its entry into the U.S. markets of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. By partnering with leading operators in these states, Red Rake Gaming aims to replicate its European success and deliver its captivating gaming experiences to a new audience.

Players across these states can anticipate an influx of engaging and innovative games, characterized by Red Rake Gaming’s trademark high-quality graphics, unique game mechanics, and player-centric features. As Red Rake Gaming continues to expand its footprint in the U.S., it remains committed to pushing the boundaries of online casino gaming and setting new standards in player entertainment.

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BetMGM Ranked #16 on Fortune Media and Great Place To Work’s 2024 Fortune Best Workplaces in Metro New York

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BetMGM announced that Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine have recognized the operator as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in New York. The leading sports betting and iGaming operator landed at No.16 and secured the spot on the prestigious list by surpassing rigorous benchmarks, establishing itself as one of the best workplaces among companies headquartered in the New York region. About 92% of employees surveyed said that BetMGM is a great place to work, 35% points higher than the average U.S. company.

“Landing on this prestigious list is a reflection of BetMGM’s ongoing commitment to fostering a great work environment. I am honored to lead an organization filled with dedicated and talented employees who have created a place where people feel welcomed and supported,” Adam Greenblatt, CEO of BetMGM, said.

To determine the Fortune Best Workplaces in New York List, Great Place To Work collected nearly 140,000 confidential survey responses from employees at eligible companies. Via the Trust Index Survey, employees shared honest feedback about their experience by responding to 60 statements about the employee experience and answering two open-ended questions. To be eligible for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified and headquartered in the New York region.

Some other figures from the survey revealed that 96% of BetMGM employees were made to feel welcome when they joined the company and 94% of employees surveyed are proud to tell others that they work at BetMGM.

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“Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in New York. As the business landscape is disrupted — from AI, global conflict, and market pressure — companies who have built a reservoir of trust with their employees will be more resilient and, ultimately, more successful,” Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place To Work, said.

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Diamondhead Casino Corporation Retains Colliers to Assist with Marketing and Financing

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Diamondhead Casino Corporation has announced that it has retained Colliers to assist the Company in marketing and financing the development of its Diamondhead, Mississippi Property and/or to sell all or part of the Diamondhead Property. Colliers has prepared marketing materials to market and promote the Property and is now in the process of soliciting interested parties.

The Company owns, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mississippi Gaming Corporation, an approximate 400-acre tract of land on Interstate 10 in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The property fronts Interstate 10 for approximately two miles and fronts the Bay of St. Louis for approximately two miles. Over eighteen million vehicles pass the site yearly. The property is already zoned as a Special Use District-Waterfront Gaming District, which permits the development of a casino resort. In addition, the Mississippi Gaming Commission has granted Mississippi Gaming Corporation Gaming Site Approval on a fifty acre site located on the east side of the property.

Patrick Slagle, Vice President of Colliers in Washington, D.C., said: “We believe the Diamondhead site is one of the best remaining gaming sites in the entire country. Its location on Interstate 10, between Biloxi and New Orleans, coupled with the accessibility to the site provided by nearby airports makes it one of the most easily accessible gaming sites in the country. It is a 400-acre blank slate with over two miles of waterfront and ready to be developed as a mixed-use resort with a casino as an anchor and a two mile boardwalk. We know of nothing comparable and no other opportunity of this nature in the industry. With over eighteen million vehicles passing the site annually on Interstate 10, it is an ideal gaming location. The Gulf Coast region of the United States where this casino would be located, is one of the fastest growing gambling markets in the United States. We look forward to finding the perfect match for this outstanding location.”

Under its agreement with Colliers, the Company is free to continue discussions with other interested parties. Unless extended by the parties, the Agreement will terminate at the end of this year.

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The Company also announced that its subsidiary, Mississippi Gaming Corporation (MGC), had entered into a Settlement Agreement with Cooperative Energy, a Mississippi Electric Cooperative, which had filed an eminent domain action against MGC, for $1,000,000 million in return for easements along the northern portion of the property. In October of 2023, Mississippi Gaming Corporation received $845,378 as part of the settlement amount. The parties are working on the wording of the easements. Once the easements are finalised and signed, Cooperative Energy will pay MGC the remaining amount due of $154,622.

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