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Stratosphere to launch SkyJump
The Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is to launch its next big
thrill SkyJump Las Vegas, described as a ‘controlled freefall’ plummeting
855 feet at a speed of up to 40mph. The attraction is expected to open
April of 2010, and will join three thrill rides already atop the tower: Big
Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. Frank Riolo, CEO of American Casino &
Entertainment Properties, said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring
NORTH AMERICA SkyJump Las Vegas to the Stratosphere. This will not only be North
America’s only skyjump, but also the highest skyjump in the world.”
Table games to flood the
Pennsylvanian slot sector
It will be at least six months before the first cards are shuffled, but millions in licensing fees
for tables are expected to flood into the Pennsylvanian state treasury over the
coming weeks, following the final step in allowing table games into the state’s casinos.
pentopaper per cent after two years. The casino, in September hoping promote broader economic
UNITED STATES licensing fee will be $16.5m instead that the area could development at the local
for the larger casinos and be used for table games. level. We understand our role
Pennsylvania has said yes to $7.5m for the resorts, a The Rivers Casino in in making this legislation
table games legalising poker, figure that will increase after downtown Pittsburgh is tar- work for the citizens of the
blackjack, roulette, craps and June 1. geting 80 tables, including Commonwealth, and we
other table games at slots Doug Harbach, a 20 poker tables, whilst the intend to meet this responsi-
casinos, upping the ante in spokesman for the Pennsyl- SugarHouse Casino pro- bility in the months and
the increasingly fierce com- vania Gaming Control Board, posed for Philadelphia’s years to come. A bet on Penn-
petition among states for said operators would no waterfront is expected to sylvania’s casinos is a bet on
gamblers’ money. probably expand their non- open in the summer with 40 Pennsylvania’s future.”
Governor Ed Rendell was gambling offerings includ- tables initially. Gaming Control Board
hardly ecstatic as his signa- ing hotels, restaurants and A spokesperson for the Chairman Gregory Fajt
ture provided the last step in entertainment facilities to Pennsylvania Casino Associa- added that the passage of
The Sands Casino Resort in
the drawn out process of build on the additional atten- tion said: “Table game legisla- legislation that permits
Bethlehem plans to phase
governments are prepared
passing the law, saying he dance that table games will tion has historically tables games at existing slot table introduction with 80 to to fill budgetary holes with
had misgivings about generate. presented some of the great- machine casinos in the Com-
100 table games in its initial
new gambling income.
increasing the gambling The Mount Airy Casino est challenges confronting monwealth signals a start to
Delaware recently
offer in the state before all of Resort in the Poconos, the state legislatures across the a complex and thorough allowed parlay betting on
the 14 casinos authorized by state’s first stand-alone country. Pennsylvania is not process by the agency. and casino operators. sports at its racetrack
the 2004 law that legalized casino, will launch 73 table unique -- the hard-fought “The challenge to oversee Gaming Control Board casinos with analysts confi-
slot machine gambling were games and 15 poker tables debate in Harrisburg these a managed expansion at executive director Kevin dent that two casinos will be
in operation. whilst the Mohegan Sun past few months, in many Pennsylvania’s casinos from O’Toole added: “The regula- introduced to keep up with
He said the bill was ‘laden racino at Pocono Downs, will ways, mirrors those fought a regulatory perspective is tory process is just one the gambling being offered
with WAMs and pork,’ a refer- offer 60 table games initially, in other states. As with any now before us and the portion of the work before in neighbouring states. Table
ence to the ‘walking-around not including poker. legislation crafted through Gaming Control Board is us,” he said. “While the legis- games have also been
money’ grants that lawmak- Pennsylvania’s most prof- hard compromise, no stake- well-prepared,” Fajt said. “At lation does grant us tempo- approved for a horse track
ers direct toward favoured itable gambling hall, Philadel- holder walks away thinking the same time, no one should rary regulatory authority in Charles Town,
projects. phiaPark Casino & Racetrack that the bill is not without its believe that implementing and will accelerate our Elsewhere, Indiana is
The larger Pennsylvania in Bensalem, has said the flaws. But these flaws pale in table games is as simple as ability to finalize regulations hopeful of introducing river-
casinos will qualify for up to venue will add 120 table comparison to the impor- turning on a spigot. We will for the rules of individual boat casinos on Lake Michi-
250 tables, while the two games as well as 70 poker tant benefits which this leg- move the process along as table games, as well as inter- gan and the Ohio River. Ohio
smaller resorts casinos will tables, as soon as it can. islation provides every quickly as possible, but will nal controls for table games, will host casinos in four
be limited to 50. A third resort The Sands Casino Resort citizen of the Common- not sacrifice thoroughness it is just one of many steps cities, Kentucky’s governor
can be added in 2017. in Bethlehem plans to phase wealth of Pennsylvania. for speed." necessary to make sure the wants slots or table games at
The table-game tax rate table introduction with 80 to “The casino industry Fajt estimates the length public’s interests are pro- racetracks, Chicago plans a
will be set at 16 per cent of 100 table games in its initial looks forward to expanding of this process will take six tected.” new casino and Maryland
GGR, with 2 per cent going offering. Sands opted not to our partnership with the to nine months requiring a The new law in Pennsyl- will see five new slot only
to local counties and munic- add 2,000 slots in a 40,000- state to provide greater significant amount of vania shows how even reluc- venues with 15,000 slot
ipalities. Tax will fall to 14 square-foot area of the property tax relief and resources by both the PGCB tant, recession-affected state machines.
lands Resort with our vast array of
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
amenities ranging from the Wood-
lands Spa, to Mystic Rock Golf
Woodlands wants
Course, to sporting clays, off road
course, skiing, fine dining and
many other activities offers the
to launch Isle of
premiere resort venue in the state
and with the expertise of Isle of
Capri will result in a casino that
Capri casino
offers a unique experience for our
patrons and maximizes the eco-
nomic benefits for the state,” said
Hardy Magerko.
Isle of Capri Casinos president
islehavesomeofthat and Owner Maggie Hardy Magerko and chief operating officer Virginia
UNITED STATES noted that significant changes McDowell said: “Since we first
made to the parameters of the began our discussions with Nema-
Following the State’s decision to resort casino license over the past colin Woodlands and visited the
add table games to the existing three years; including reduction of facility, our team has been con-
slot mix, the Nemacolin Woodlands the patron amenity expenditure vinced that this is the right opportu-
Resort located in Farmington, requirement from twenty-five to ten Capri, one of the most recognizable the resort’s Wild Side entertain- nity in the perfect location to build a
Fayette County, Pennsylvania, has dollars, the addition of more slot and experienced names in the ment complex located at the corner resort casino in Pennsylvania.
announced its intention to file an machines and the expansion into gaming industry, and we believe we of Route 40 and Smith School Nemacolin Woodlands is Pennsyl-
application for a resort gaming table games make operating a have the best venue in terms of Road. The facility formerly was the vania’s premier resort destination,
license having reached an agree- casino at Nemacolin Woodlands a resort amenities and management Woodlands World outdoor store and the plans we are building
ment with Isle of Capri Casinos to very attractive opportunity. to effectively and profitably operate which relocated to downtown together will situate the property to
manage the casino. “Add to this the management a casino,” said Hardy Magerko. Uniontown four years ago. produce maximum benefits for the
Nemacolin Woodlands President and marketing expertise of Isle of The casino would be housed at “We believe Nemacolin Wood- state and the community.”
22 February 2010 • northamericannews
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