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House of Cards® Gaming Report for the Week of May 23, 2022

This week’s stories include commercial gaming's best start to a year, casino sues the state of Kansas and the band KISS opens a casino.

Have any news or tips regarding casinos, gaming or legislation? Send us an email at newsroom@houseofcardsradio.com and follow House of Cards® on twitter at @hocradio!

House of Cards® - Ep. 748

Now in its Fourteenth Year!

This week Dave talks with Adam Suliman, Vice President of Sports and Digital Gaming for JACK Entertainment, about the latest news coming out of Ohio regarding Jack’s properties and the state’s sports betting industry.

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Jane Lynch Takes Lead In Caesars ‘Funner, California’ Ad Campaign

“Funner, California” — the town that serves as the backdrop Harrah’s Resort Southern California advertising campaigns — has a new mayor.

Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that actor Jane Lynch is the new mayor Funner. Lynch, also an acclaimed author and comedian, succeeds Rob Riggle and David Hasselhoff as the fictitious mayor of the gaming town.

To be factually accurate, Funner is actually Valley Center, Calif. Funner’s origins date back to 2012 when the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians — the gaming venue’s owner — was looking for a unique ad campaign to set itself apart from the dozens of tribal casinos in Southern California.

The Funner concept sparked a variety of additions and enhancements to the casino-hotel with the tribe being devoted to the idea, though it wasn’t until August that leaders of the tribal council voted to make Funner the home of the integrated resort. That year, Hasselhoff was proclaimed mayor.

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NJ Posts Another Strong Sports Betting Month In April from NJ Online Gambling's John Brennan

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New Jersey’s robust betting handle in January was a surprise, since that month marked the launch of mobile sports betting in neighboring New York State.

But the February handle also was strong ($985.6 million), and so was March and its Madness at $1.12 billion.

And now that the state Division of Gaming Enforcement released the April figures on Monday, it’s become even clearer that New Jersey is avoiding a major cannibalization of betting handle by New York even though its residents no longer need to cross the Hudson River to bet. So, no 20% to 25% decline after all.

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The $926.9 million wagered in New Jersey last month fell short of the billion-dollar numbers produced in September through December 2021 as well as January and March 2022, but it compares favorably to previous years.

In COVID-impacted 2021 and 2020, the April numbers were $748 million and a paltry $54.6 million, respectively. In April 2019, during the first full year of legal wagering, $313.7 million was bet in the state at the various regulated sportsbooks.

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House of Cards® Gaming Report for the Week of May 16, 2022

This week’s stories include Bally's Casino coming to Chicago, Aristocrat and Fremont Street Experience sign deal and some announcements from Jackpocket.

Have any news or tips regarding casinos, gaming or legislation? Send us an email at newsroom@houseofcardsradio.com and follow House of Cards® on twitter at @hocradio!

House of Cards® - Ep. 747

Now in its Fourteenth Year!

This week Dave talks with Cordish Gaming Group Vice-President Joe Billhimer about the Pennsylvania market, Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia.

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WPT Global launches Poker Heroes Club led by Steve Aoki, Phil Ivey and Tom Dawn

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WPT Global has announced the latest poker players and celebrity additions to its ‘Poker Heroes NFT Club‘ collection. 

Developed by web 3.0 innovation studio GAMAVRS, the Poker Heroes NFT Club forms part of WPT Global’s launch as the new online poker platform of the World Poker Tour (WPT), operating in over 85 countries.

NFT rewards and experiences have been placed at the forefront of WPT Global’s launch to engage with poker’s next generation of fans.

The Poker Heroes NFT Club is led by Superstar DJ Steve Aoki, who is joined by poker icon Phil Ivey – recognised as the modern game’s greatest player – online poker sensation Tom Dwan.  

Further poker personalities joining the NFT club include – Patrik Antonius, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Brad Owen, Joseph Cheong, Johnny “Vibes” Moreno, Maria Konnikova, Lynn Gilmartin, Maria Ho, Vince Van Patten, Matt Savage, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Adam Owen 

Fans’ collecting Poker Heroes NFTs will be rewarded with special benefits within the WPT Platform, such as unique benefits of exclusive entry into $100,000 + of freeroll tournaments, tutoring by WPT Global ambassadors and participation in million-dollar giveaways

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American Gaming Association’s State of the States 2022 Report

Washington, D.C. – Nationwide commercial gaming revenue totaled $14.31 billion in Q1 2022, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker. This sets a new Q1 record and nearly matches the all-time quarterly record, which was just set in Q4 2021 ($14.35B).

The strong start to the year was punctuated by March’s revenue performance of $5.31 billion. The month marked the highest-grossing revenue month in industry history.

“Consumers continue to seek out gaming’s entertainment options in record numbers,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Q1’s strong results build on the industry’s record year in 2021 despite continued headwinds from supply chain constraints, labor shortages, and the impact of soaring inflation.”

The AGA also released today the annual State of the States report, which details the remarkable industry recovery throughout 2021.

Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker
Total commercial gaming revenue for Q1 2022 increased nearly 29 percent year-over-year. Nearly every (32 of 34) commercial gaming jurisdiction surpassed Q1 revenue from last year and three set quarterly records: Arkansas ($147.4M), Florida ($182.0M) and New York ($996.6M).

Sports betting and iGaming continued to experience tremendous growth, with both verticals setting all-time quarterly records, while land-based gaming showed quarterly growth amidst a traditional seasonal slowdown.

“Four years post-PASPA, legal sports betting’s success is proving what we’ve known all along: American consumers are eager to wager within the protections of the regulated market,” Miller added. “It also reinforces the need to stamp out offshore, illegal operators who prey on vulnerable customers.”

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Jackpot: Reservist helps casino patron receive missed payout!

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --  He didn’t know it at the time, but Jan.8 was Robert Taylor’s lucky day.

The young man from Arizona was in Las Vegas with his family for the weekend to celebrate his brother’s recent graduation from the University of Arizona when he decided to drop into the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino to try his luck on a slot machine or two.

After about 10 minutes of playing, Taylor’s machine briefly indicated that he might have won a progressive jackpot, but then stated that an error had occurred. The machine prompted him to call for an attendant. Progressive slot machines are networked to other machines and offer bigger payouts than standalone slots. This particular machine was linked to several slots in Nevada and other states and was connected to a remote server.

Taylor summoned an attendant who called for a slot technician to examine the machine. After about an hour, the technician was unable to identify the problem and Taylor’s family arrived to take him to a dinner reservation at a different hotel. Treasure Island gave Taylor a little money for his troubles and sent him on his way … without getting his name or any contact information.

In the days that followed, Treasure Island contacted the slot machine manufacturer who determined that Taylor’s machine had indeed hit on a progressive jackpot in the amount of $229,368.52, but a problem with the server blocked the payout.

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THE DEAF POKER TOUR MAKES ITS PHILADELPHIA DEBUT AT LIVE! CASINO & HOTEL ON MAY 12–14

Three-Day, Seven Event Tournament at The Poker Room

Dedicated to Helping Hearing-Impaired Players Compete in Top Casinos

PHILADELPHIA (May 9, 2022) – The Deaf Poker Tour brings its unique brand of poker competition to the Poker Room at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia for the first time this month. The multi-event tournament will run from Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14.

The Deaf Poker Tour was created in 2006 by a group of six friends who wanted to bring together the best hearing-impaired poker players around. Since then, deaf players from across the country converge at each tournament to play in a setting that allows them to hone their skills and enjoy their passion for poker together. This seasonal tournament has made appearances at casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Maryland, and now in Philadelphia.

The tournament provides sign language interpreters and writing materials at each table to help assist conversations between players and dealers. The tournaments are also unique in the way dealers are required to be trained in sign language in order to run the game. Many of the dealers and pit managers at the Live! Poker Room are welcoming the challenge to learn a new skill, meet new customers, and participate in an event that keeps growing because there are no barriers in communication.

"We're thrilled to host The Deaf Poker Tour for their first tournament in Philadelphia," said Anne Tran, Director of Poker at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. "It is truly inspiring to see so many people with an affinity for the game communicate in a different way than we're used to in the Poker Room. The tournament provides us with the opportunity to bridge the gap between the hearing world and the deaf community and we're very proud of it."

More than 100 players are expected to participate in seven events over three days.

 

About Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia

Voted Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania by Casino Player Magazine, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has transformed the South Philadelphia Stadium District into a nationally unrivaled one-stop destination to enjoy the fast-paced action of four major professional sports teams, memorable entertainment, premier dining, well-appointed hotel accommodations and world-class gaming. Conveniently located off I-95 and I-76, the facility features more than 200 luxury hotel rooms that are Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide, a FanDuel® Sportsbook and Lounge, over 2,100 slots and electronic table games, and 150 live action table games, including a dedicated poker room. New dining and entertainment options include the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine; Sports & Social Philly, a one-of-a-kind sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge; the 10th Street Market, a unique food hall featuring Guy Fieri's Taco Joint and Guy's Burger Joint; Philadelphia-favorites Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, Termini Bros. Bakery and Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen; Morty's Deli and Luckie's Liquor. A spirited nightlife scene at Center Bar and R Bar rounds out the Live! experience. The property offers more than 15,000-square-feet of customizable meeting and event space, as well as ample, secure parking. Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia was developed and remains owned and managed by Stadium Casino RE, LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, the premier developer of Live! dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. For reservations, call 1-833-472-5483 or visit Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - @livecasinophl 

About The Cordish Companies  

The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies' Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships, and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter.  

"The Cordish Companies," "The Cordish Company" and "Cordish" are trademarks used under license by independent corporations, legal liability companies and partnerships ("Cordish Entities"). Each Cordish Entity is a separate, single-purpose legal entity that is solely responsible for its obligations and liabilities. No common operations or financial interdependency, and no intermingling of assets or liabilities of the Cordish Entities exists, or should be deemed to exist, as a result of the potential common reference to multiple independent entities operating under the names "Cordish," "The Cordish Companies" or "The Cordish Company" here or elsewhere. 

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