Best Bets: Casino Party Raises Money for Library

When all the bets were down, the funds raised for the Vestavia Hills Library of the Forest at a recent casino night event were up.

The People Affecting Library Success, or PALS, Casino Royale fundraiser in April raised $18,367 for the library’s children’s department.

Proceeds from the third annual fundraiser and silent auction surpassed the 2013 profits by more than $6,800, organizers said.

Professional dealers from Goodfellas Gaming offered guests rounds of blackjack, poker, craps and roulette while they enjoyed live music by Rockstar. Klingler’s served food, and International Wines and Craft Beer served complimentary beverages. Continental Florist decorated the tables, and Serendipity Sweets provided a sweet treats bar.

At the end of the night, guests cashed in their chips for raffle tickets to try to win a variety of items.

“This year’s Casino Royale was full of energy, excitement and fun,” said Taneisha Young Tucker, library director. “We are thankful to the PALS, program sponsors and attendees for making this annual event a huge success. The PALS enable the library to provide quality programming each year for our youngest patrons. We genuinely appreciate their dedication to our children’s department and their determination to help us succeed.”

Money raised by PALS helps fund Summer Reading program activities, including a kickoff, finale, weekly programs, family events, performers, storytellers, prizes, books and equipment.

Kim Blackenburg, Stephanie Smith and Virginia Hornbuckle planned Casino Royale. Brandy Schreiner and Annie Bailey organized the silent auction. PALS board members Anna McClendon, 

Best UK Online Casinos for Summer 2014

Prepare for summer 2014 and beyond by checking out these recommendations for the best UK online casinos. Key to the choices are bonus funds, quality of games, mobile access, live dealers, software providers, and promotions. Check out the options below.

Hippodrome Casino

Hippodrome Casino is a dedicated Microgaming site, giving players access to the developer’s very latest releases. Thus far, Hippodrome players have been able to play top slot releases such as Jurassic Park and The Dark Knight rises.

Hippodrome is also in a position to operate hosted live dealer games, which are complimented by mobile casino access for players with Apple iOS or Android devices. A new player joining Hippodrome Casino can claim an entire welcome package valued at up to £1,000.

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Playtech and NetEnt games are two specialities of Winner, which means players can expect to access blockbuster video slots in the form of Gladiator, Rocky, Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gonzo’s Quest, and various Marvel slots. Winner also has a growing collection of mobile casino games as well as a live dealer platform.

Tivoli Casino

Tivoli Casino is a brand steeped in history, having existed for more than 170 years. Now the brand has emerged as a standout online casino, providing games from top developers such as Microgaming and NetEnt.

Online slots like The Wish Master and Immortal Romance blur the lines between slot machine and story-based adventure. New players with Tivoli can claim a €500 welcome package with up to 100 free spins.

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Players are drawn to EU Casino by the chance to claim up to £1,000 worth of welcome bonus funds on their first deposit. Additional bonuses can be claimed through participation in various challenges and tournaments.

Games take the form of blackjack, roulette, roulette, table games, video poker, and progressive slots. The live casino provides a further draw to players who wish to experience this thrilling new innovation.

Race against time as $3.14B casino deal details out

Best Sunshine International Ltd. can use up to three Saipan development sites for its $3.14-billion integrated casino resort, even as a development plan advisory committee will be formed to review and advise on the resorts design and initial gaming facility. These are among the details of an up to 40-year agreement signed by the Lottery Commission and Best Sunshine on Tuesday and formally presented to Gov. Eloy S. Inos on Friday.

The governor also conferred, albeit for ceremonial purposes, the integrated casino license to Best Sunshine through the Lottery Commission.

Inos, at the same time, re-submitted on Friday Alvaro A. Santos’ name as a nominee to the regulatory Commonwealth Casino Commission. Inos also nominated Joseph C. Reyes to the Casino Commission.

Both appointments require the confirmation of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.

Terence Tay, Best Sunshine’s chief operating officer, said the casino license grant last week is just one of many milestones and timelines to achieve. He echoed the governor’s statement that it’s time to really roll up sleeves and “get to work” to build the integrated casino resort.

“So this particular milestone…merely symbolizes the beginning of another race and in many respects, a race against time,” Tay said at the Friday ceremony.

Just like the governor, Tay acknowledged the hurdles along the process but those have since been overcome and the parties have taken a major step forward.

“Aside from the inherent commercial risk of such a large, massive investment, there’s a lot of work to be done,” Tay added. He asked the community to work with Best Sunshine “to make it happen and we will do it together.”

Within 60 days of the license award, Best Sunshine is required to provide to the Development Plan Review Committee its proposed implementation schedules.

This committee requires two members—an architect or engineer representative or firm experienced in integrated resort development selected by Best Sunshine and representing its interests, and a firm with extensive experience in multiple aspects of integrated resort development representing the CNMI’s interests and reports to the governor.

Best Sunshine agrees that a liquidated damage charge is $100,000 per calendar day. This is for unexcused delays in the development plan schedule, which may be amended from time to time.

The agreement was signed by Lottery Commission chair Sixto Igisomar and Cai Ling Li of Best Sunshine International, and approved as form and legal sufficiency by acting attorney general Gilbert Birnbrich.

Imperial Pacific/Best Sunshine has eight years or up to 2022 to fully complete the project, although the initial gaming facility has to be built within 24 months of land acquisition.

But the existing labor pool of U.S. workers and foreign workers is believed to be not sufficient to build all the needed developments.

Within 36 months, the basic structure of an integrated resort also has to be built but no later than 42 months from license issuance date. These include an 800-room, 4- or 5-star luxury hotel, a $100-million themed entertainment facility with amphitheater, and 10,000 square meters of gaming areas, among other things.

Under the casino license terms and conditions, all of Best Sunshine’s gaming activities authorized under the license are limited to these up to three development sites.

“Development site” means a single parcel of property or a grouping of adjoining connected parcels that presents a unified uninterrupted parcel that is under Best Sunshine’s control.

The CNMI, under the deal, agrees to actively assist Best Sunshine to secure suitable property for the required land.

Under the agreement, Best Sunshine shall build an integrated resort as phase one of the development, inclusive of accommodations, entertainment, retail, service providers, and casino facilities.

Las Vegas Sands: The ‘Best Bet’ In A Growing Casino Industry

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“The house always wins” – and Las Vegas Sands Corporation (NYSE:LVS) is the biggest winner out there. LVS is a multinational integrated resort operator that dominates casino markets around the world, with a 51.59% market share of the total gaming revenue in Singapore and a 22.0 percentshare of gross gaming revenue in Macau (alternating as #1 and #2 in share in different months).

The Resorts & Casinos industry has benefited significantly from an improving global economy, and it is a high growth industry with huge upward momentum. Bloomberg’s 2013 “Industry Leaderboard,” an analysis of 55 industries and 600 leading companies, ranked the casinos industry as the sixth fastest-growing industry (ranked based on sales/revenue growth). Will this huge growth continue? Yes, and there are two reasons why: Macau’s expansion and the potential legalization of casinos in Japan.

PHOTO TOUR: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Floor supervisor Freddy Paniaqua teaches blackjack for free at The Venetian casino.Experience Las Vegas is featuring in-depth photo tours of the city’s world-famous hotels and casino resorts this year. We feature a different Vegas property each month so you can visit virtually before booking your stay, or just fantasize about plush digs outside your budget.

Our August gallery takes us to The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.The Italian-themed landmark offers over two dozen dining options, atmospheric shopping and prominent year-round events, like the magical Winter in Venice. Chefs Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud all man kitchens here and participate in culinary events from UNLVino to Vegas Uncork’d and the first U.S.-hosted Master Tour de France. When guests aren’t eating (or drinking) they can find entertainment at Rock of AgesLipshtickGeorgia on my Mind or more shows, relax on the pool deck, or party at Tao restaurant, nightclub and beach club.

Jubilee at Silver Slipper named Best Casino Buffet

HANCOCK COUNTY, Mississippi — (PRESS RELEASE) – Silver Slipper Casino’s Jubilee Buffet has been voted “Best Buffet” along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast, as announced by al.com, which conducted an informal poll inviting people to vote for the best buffet in the area. Out of 8,000 votes cast, Silver Slipper Casino’s Jubilee Buffet was one of the top three selected, receiving over 3,000 votes. Al.com columnist David Holloway then visited the top three, naming Silver Slipper Casino’s Jubilee Buffet the definite front runner and “Best Casino Buffet.”

John N. Ferrucci, General Manager for Silver Slipper Casino, stated, “Since opening eight years ago, we realized that being a smaller gaming property than our competition, and our location and lack of hotel, might be a challenge and that we would need to do something that would set us apart from the competition.” Ferrucci noted that the majority of the Slipper’s guests drive from Southeast Louisiana, thus they wanted to create a comfortable atmosphere featuring great customer service and an extensive selection of cuisine that catered to them, as well as locals. “We felt that if we could get them here for the great dining experience, they would definitely feel comfortable staying to play and enjoy the entertainment,” stated Ferrucci.

The Jubilee Buffet features a made-to-order pasta station, as well as Asian, Mexican and Southern stations, each offering an extensive selection. The brisket carving station offers fork-tender smoky brisket, slow cooked, daily, in the Slipper’s very own in-house smoker. There is also a huge dessert station which includes sugar-free desserts and a made-to-order funnel cake station, a personal favorite of Holloway.

The Slipper’s dinner buffet is well known for its huge, scrumptious butterflied fried shrimp, peel-and-eat Royal Red shrimp and Snow Crab, offered every night. The buffet is rounded out with an extensive salad bar “reminiscent of a Brazilian steak house” featuring a wide variety of fresh greens, garnishes and house made dressings. Chicken and sausage gumbo is on the lunch menu with seafood gumbo offered at dinner, as well as a soup of the day.

The Jubilee Sunday buffet offers a Champagne Brunch featuring live jazz music and brunch favorites until 3:00 p.m. “It’s a party atmosphere here. Our guests love it and drive from all over for the buffet, the entertainment and the gaming. We may be smaller and harder to find, but our guests feel it’s well worth the drive and that’s what keeps them coming back,” said Ferrucci. “Once our hotel is complete, the first in Spring 2015, we’ll be a complete package and even more of a destination for our guests.”

 

Best Sunshine accepts Saipan casino deal

(Press Release) — The Chairman of the Commonwealth Lottery Commission announced Wednesday aftenoon that an agreement had been reached between the Lottery Commission and Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC for the issuance of an exclusive casino license on the Island of Saipan.

Under terms of the license agreement, the Licensee must construct the following within eight years:

  1. 2,229 hotel guest rooms;
  2. 17,000 square meters of total gaming floor area
  3. 13,532 square meters of food and beverage outlets (at least 23 outlets);
  4. 15,000 square meters of retail space;
  5. 600 seat theatre;
  6. 9,094 square meters of meeting space including ballroom;
  7.      wedding chapel;
  8. 200 villas;
  9. 1,050 square meters of fitness area;
  10. $100 million themed entertainment facility; and
  11. 1,900 square meters of spa facility,

The Licensee estimates the total cost of these requirements at $3.14 billion. In speaking to the lengthy negotiations, Chairman Igisomar stated:

“These were complex negotiations as the license is a long-term agreement that will have far-reaching impact on our island community. The negotiations were not simple and there was significant give and take between the parties, but overall, the Commission was pleased with the outcome. I want to personally thank Commission members Finance Secretary Larson, Commissioner Deleon Guerrero, and Acting Attorney General Birnbrich for the time and effort they committed to this process. In order to ensure that the Commonwealth received the most benefit from this agreement, we increased the requirements for development and required an expedited implementation plan.”

Under this expedited implementation plan, the licensee must develop an initial gaming facility consisting of a five star 225 room hotel within 24 months and then phase one of the required improvements within thirty-six (36) months. Under these requirements, the licensee must complete and open for operations an integrated resort consisting of the following elements:

                 1.           An 800 room four or five star luxury hotel;

                 2.           A $100,000,000 themed entertainment facility with amphitheater;

                 3.           5,372 square meters of food and beverage outlets;

                 4.           2,500 square meters of meeting space (including indoor seating space for 600 persons);

                 5.            5,000 square meters of retail shops;

                 6.           wedding chapel;

                 7.           500 square meter spa/fitness area;

                 8.           10,000 square meters of gaming area (which includes back-of-house areas); and

                 9.           Associated parking, site improvements, landscaping, furnishings, fixtures, utilities and infrastructure.

Chairman Igisomar explained:

“The requirement for construction of an ‘integrated resort’ was modeled after large casino developments such as the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. This concept brings together shopping, gaming, hotel accommodations, housing development, meeting facilities, wedding chapel, spa facilities, restaurants, and family entertainment in an integrated development. Critical to this approach is a license requirement for construction of a $100 million entertainment attraction that is a central focus of the resort. Preliminary discussions on the type of themed entertainment include water attractions and theatrical productions. By integrating these different elements you have much more than just a casino, and instead have a multidimensional project. The license agreement includes quality standards for all rooms, guest services, and shopping.”

Speaking to the legal issue involved, acting Attorney General Birnbrich stated:

“The license agreement is complex. The agreement had to incorporate concepts of licensing, contracts, development requirements, statutory authority, and the dual authority of the Lottery Commission and yet to be established Casino Commission. The combination of these elements resulted in a lengthy agreement. We were careful to separate development requirements which will be under the authority of the Executive Branch and oversight of gaming which will be under the authority of the Casino Commission. These two agencies have coordinated authority for license oversight and enforcement either of which can suspend or revoke the license for a material breach in conformity with the requirements of the Commonwealth Administrative Procedure Act.”

Department of public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero wanted to assure the public that the foremost issue being considered by the Commission was to protect the public interest.

“As DPS Commissioner, I wanted to ensure that the selection process met high standards of transparency and integrity. We approached the entire process of negotiating a license agreement that would be in the best interest of the people. The Northern Mariana Islands are my home and I realize that the decisions we would be making would have long term effects on our families and I want to protect and represent these interests.”

Governor Inos expressed relief that the negotiations were finally concluded:

“This agreement will have a significant impact on our entire community. It will provide the funding necessary to pay interest to employees who withdrew their pension contributions and restore the twenty-five percent reduction to retirees which was one of my primary objectives. However, just as important is that it provides a long-term boost to our economy that will result in the increase in wages, rental rates, property values, and use of local goods and services.

“Another important issue that I want to stress is that it provides an economic future for the people of the Commonwealth. This development will ensure the provision of good paying jobs and provide an incentive for families to remain in the Commonwealth. These last few years, I have witnessed the dispersal of many families who left the islands because of lack of opportunities and I am hoping that this will reverse that trend and provide an incentive to those who left to return. One of the key elements of our culture is our strong family bonds and we need to preserve and protect this element.

“Although I am happy with the signing of the license agreement, we need to be cautious in its implementation so as to protect our environment and island culture. I am happy that the Lottery Commission specifically identified this issue as an important duty of the licensee. We must work together with the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Zoning Office to ensure that the development balances environment issues with the need for economic development. These two elements can be in harmony, but it takes careful consideration by both the developer and government agencies.”

In speaking to the issue of payment of retirees, Secretary Larson stated:

“We are moving forward in an expeditious manner to transfer the $30 million licensee deposit, but this will take several steps. Additionally, once we receive the funds we will begin the processing of payments. This is a complex process that must be done carefully, so we ask for the public’s patience in this matter but rest assured we recognize the need to move quickly.”

Best Online Casinos For US Players

US authorities shut down various online gaming operators from 2006 until 2011 as they sought to enforce the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Three years on from the turmoil and residents of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware can now wager with online gambling sites registered in their home states. Notably, they cannot access sites from anywhere but within their home states.

Opposition to Online Gambling

In response to groundbreaking actions of the aforementioned states, three US senators are attempting to ban online gambling. They are trying to use their political leverage to reverse the actions of the states, which have circumvented national legislation simply by altering state legislation.

A letter voicing concerns was sent to US attorney general Eric Holder in July 2014. US publication Newsweek is equally irate with the legislative manoeuvring by the trio of states and responded by publishing a highly dismissive article in August.

Online Poker in California

Looking to the west of the US, Native American tribe Jipay Nation have announced that they have the right to host online poker games. They argue that Class II games like bingo and poker are covered under the Indian Games Regulatory Act. However, the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission says that Class II games can only be hosted in land-based casinos.

Major Confusion

Confusion is the only certainty amid the tumultuous landscape of US politics. There are 50 continental states that have their own legislation, while the entire country also has legislation, and then Indian reserves have their own legislation. However, what you can be certain of is that the online casinos below will accept US players.

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Number three on the list of US casino sites is Vegas Casino Online, a destination where MAC and PC players can indulge in various casino games without having to download any software. A comprehensive selection of table games, online slots, and various others are provided. The 150% welcome bonus is triggered for deposits of at least $20, with the maximum potential funds to claim being worth $3,000.

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Capping off the fantastic foursome is the sophisticated Rich Casino, where players can wager on roulette, blackjack, video poker, video slots, classic slots, and various instant wins. The progressive jackpot can grow to be worth millions and there is a $3,333 welcome bonus package for new players to potentially claim.

Here Is The Best Casino Stock Around… At A Huge Bargain

By now, many investors have heard about the massive gambling mecca in the Chinese protectorate of Macau. Billions of dollars have poured into the strip, creating a similar amount of profits for investors. Yet investors may not have heard of the prologue to this story. The “Macau story” is played out: growth has sharply slowed and investment opportunities have dried up. 

Or so the financial press would have you believe. 

The truth is quite different. For far-sighted investors, a fresh chance at upside has emerged, especially for my favorite Macau gaming stock, Melco Crown Entertainment (Nasdaq: MPEL ) . A nearly 40% plunge since early March, paired with a still-robust growth outlook, means it’s time to buy. 

Despite New Jersey’s dwindling casino revenue, there’s a proposal to build another one, this time outside New York

Revenue from casinos has fallen more sharply in New Jersey more than any other state, but that isn’t dissuading one group for advocating for a state constitutional amendment to build more.

The Meadowlands Regional Chamber, representing businesses in the Northern New Jersey region outside New York City, announced a plan Tuesday to further develop the area with “multiple themed casino districts.”

“We believe a casino would be incredibly successful,” Jim Kirkos, chief executive of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber, told The Post, citing the 6.5 million people who live within 20 miles of the location who now travel elsewhere for gambling in states like Connecticut and Pennsylvania. “They’re driving though and past us to get to those convenience gaming market.”

Casinos in New Jersey are currently only legal in Atlantic City, which has experienced a significant decrease in revenue since the recession, and still hasn’t fully recovered. From 2011 to 2012, commercial casino tax revenue has fallen by 8.2 percent, the steepest drop in the United States, according to American Gaming Association. Part of the decline is a result of an increase in competition: in the past decade, at least 40 commercial casinos have been built in eight states that have legalized them, including nearby New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In July, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber said in a survey of 93 northern New Jersey business leaders found about three-quarters believed Meadowlands was the best location for a new casino in the state. Residents haven’t always been supportive of expanding gambling in the state, Kirkos said, “but the conversation in New Jersey has changed.”

A study released earlier this month by Moody’s, a credit-ratings service, found New Jersey’s prospects for revived casino revenue look bleak. Already this year, one Atlantic City casino has closed, and more are expected. The city stands in stark contrast with Las Vegas, where revenue has recovered, and plans are being developed to build even more casinos. The difference? Las Vegas is more than just a regional destination, and it has revenue streams other than gambling.

Kirkos said the Meadowlands wouldn’t have the same issues as Atlantic City, however, since it’s already an entertainment destination and hosts concerts and sporting events, including the Super Bowl earlier this year.

“The region has a history of attracting big events,” he said.

In addition to a casino district, the group’s proposal also recommends a convention center and a racino at the Meadowlands Racetrack.