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September 1999
North America

30th September   California  Source: Press Release
    The increasing trend for ATM machines to be placed on or near casino gaming floors continued with the announcement that Boyd Gaming Corporation and four other gaming properties had signed a deal with Global Cash Access. Boyd will place the ATM's into eleven of its properties on a three year deal.
    GCA was formed in 1998 through a joint venture with Bank of America and First Date Corporation. According to the release they provide services to more than 1,200 gaming properties nationwide.
 

29th September   New York  Source: Press Release


    The 13th Annual World Gaming Congress and Expo(WGCE) held in Las Vegas 14th to 16th September has set new attendance records according to organizers Gem Communications.
    Attendance was up 8.5% to just over 25,000. Booth sales were also up 12% with 708 companies. 82% of the exhibitors signed up for next years event during the show.
    Gem Communications publishes IGWB (International Gaming & Wagering Business), Casino Executive, Intergaming and Gaming For Africa. Trade shows in addition to the WGCE include, the California Indian Gaming Summit, the Western Gaming Congress, Bingo World, the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress, and the Gaming for Africa trade show.
 

24th September  Las Vegas   Source: Press Release


   Alliance Gaming and IGT who a few weeks ago seemed to be heading for the courts over disagreements in New Jersey have announced that they will be working together on various future projects.
    The problems between the two companies before this announcement were over the exclusive deal that IGT had with operators in Atlantic City, this excluded Alliances Bally Gaming subsiduary from installing it's trademarked Thrillions wide area progressive.
    Bally had filed an antitrust lawsuit against IGT. That now has been dropped and IGT will allow the Bally installations to go ahead.
 

24th September    Mississippi Source: Sun Herald


    Since the opening of the Beau Rivage by Mirage Resorts, gambling revenues in the coastal region of Mississippi have been climbing.
    In July, revenues were a record $102.6 million up 32% over July 1998. In August, revenues were $89.3 million up from $73.6 million in the previous August.
    Figures from the Missisipi Gaming Commission show that the 29 casinos employ some 31,000 employees who take home  $752 million annually in wages.
 

21st September    Detroit Source: Detroit Free Press 


  Casino Windsor tokens are finding their way into the slots of the new MGM Detroit casino. The current exchange rate means that players are finding that a Canadian Dollar is worth $1 US in slot play - a gain of some 50%.
    Management of the MGM have been quick to point out to customers that if caught they are commiting a criminal act. The problem is compounded by the short physical distance between the casinos as well as the many thousands of daily visitors.
Windsor tokens in MGM machines
 

17th September    Las Vegas Source: Press Release


    Harrahs Entertainment is likely to become the first American casino company to actually show people gambling in television advertisements.
    The Federal Communications Commission had previously banned images of persons engaged in actual play. The US Supreme Court  ruled that the ban on showing individuals playing either at the tables or slots violated the rights to free speech. The Federal government will now not object to ads that are fair and non misleading even in States where casino gaming is not currently permitted.
 

14th September    Las Vegas Source: Press Release


    During a financial presentation to brokers William P Weidner president and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Inc. the owners of the Venetian stated that the casino at the end of August was taking an average of $6.4 million per day. The figures break down as $2.2 million table drop and $4.2 million slot handle. At the weekend the table games drop increases to an average of  $3.1 million per day.
    Hotel occupancy rates at at the end of August for the 3,000 plus all suite hotel are currently running at 92% with an average daily room rate of $145.
 

14th September    Las Vegas Source: Press Release


    Mikohn that acquired Progressive Games Inc last summer after the company had filed suit against Shuffle Master Inc. for alleged patent infringements on the Let it Ride Jackpot game, says it will appeal the decision of a Mississippi judge to allow the operation of the game in New Jersey.
    Progressive Games the owners of the patents for Caribbean Stud Poker were unhappy about the jackpot features introduced to Let it Ride believing that the progressive nature of the game was covered by their patents.
    Mikohns Cheif Executive stated that when the case goes to court, although Shuffle Master are temporarily allowed to now operate the game in New Jersey, if they were to lose the case Shuffle Master would be liable to substantial damages.
 

10th September    Las Vegas Source: Press Release


    Shuffle Master announced that it's Three Stooges branded slots, developed in partnership with Acres gaming had received approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The company also said that its new shuffling machine the "King" had also received approval from the board.
    Both products were later on display on the Shuffle Master stand at the WGCE.
 

2nd September    Paris,Las Vegas Source: Various



     The 50 story replica of the Eiffel tower was lit by the great grandson of the designer of the original structure.
    Costing $785 million, Paris, built and opened to schedule by Park Place Entertainment Corp is considerably cheaper then the other recent mega openings. Bellagio, The Venetian and Mandalay Bay cost $1.6, $1.5 and around $1 billion respectively.
    The number of hotel rooms in Las Vegas is up by 11,000 since October 98 and is now 120,000, almost double the figure of 10 years ago. Visitors are expected to top 33 million or an average of 90,000 per day this year.
 

1st September    Reno  Source: Press release


    IGT has completed its purchase of Sodak gaming for a price of around $230 million. Sodak, based in South Dakota and a major supplier of gaming machines and equipment to Native American casinos will continue be run as a separate subsiduary company.