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Labour strike threatens to disrupt Las Vegas casino operation

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Las Vegas casinos are gearing up to face a labour strike that could cost them significant business and resultant revenues.

Last week, members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 voted 99 per cent in favour of going for an all-out strike from Friday onwards if a new satisfactory labour agreement is not signed between labourers and 34 Vegas casinos before Thursday midnight.  On Wednesday, union analysts claimed that casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and in the downtown district are facing a penalty in the nine-figure range in the first month alone if the strike goes forward. MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, which together operate 18 of the vulnerable casinos, could face losses of $206m and $113m, respectively.

Union reps conceded that accurate projections of losses are difficult given that the last major strike was way back in 1984, when Vegas was a very different place, both in terms of the number of hotel rooms and visitor traffic. But the unions maintain that MGM and Caesars are likely looking at a 10 per cent daily cut in revenue.

On the flip side, Vegas properties run by non-union operators like Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts could enjoy a mild boost in business by offering customers the same level of service they enjoyed prior to the as-yet theoretical strike.

The unions, which represent 50k bartenders, cocktail servers, housekeepers, cooks, porters and other staff, are seeking a new five-year contract with annual raises of 4 per cent, while the Associated Press reported that MGM and Caesars have reportedly countered with offers of 2.7–2.8 per cent.

MGM met with union negotiators on Monday and has more talks planned for this week. Both MGM and Caesars continue to express confidence that labour peace can be achieved before the Friday deadline. Other affected operators include Boyd Gaming, Golden Entertainment, Penn National Gaming and Station Casinos.

Source: CalvinAyre.com

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Idaho Lottery Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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Pollard Banknote Limited has congratulated Idaho Lottery on the success of its 30th Anniversary family of Scratch Games™, which launched in February at the $5, $10 and $30 price points. The three games performed extremely well and represents more than 22% of the Lottery’s total instant sales since their launch.

The Lottery’s 30th anniversary year also marked the launch of their first $30 ticket as part of this family of games. Players could also enter any non-winning 30th Anniversary Scratch Game ticket for a second chance draw with an opportunity to win cash prizes up to $30,000.

“Pollard Banknote’s collaboration on our 30th Anniversary family of games captured the playing public’s interest in this milestone year. We have been extremely pleased with the results of our 30th Anniversary Scratch tickets. They’ve led the way in the Idaho Lottery achieving record sales and dividends for our good causes. It’s been a terrific way to celebrate our success on behalf of public education in Idaho,” Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director said.

“We’ve had the pleasure of bringing many exciting games to market in Idaho. It’s an honor to help the Lottery celebrate its 30th anniversary with these three eye-catching tickets, and we look forward to helping the Lottery introduce innovative new games for many more years to come,” Byron Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote said.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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Playson signs partnership with Superbet

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Casino software developer Playson has signed a deal to provide its impressive suite of games to top Romanian operator Superbet.

The agreement will see the innovative slot provider boost the sportbook’s casino offering with titles including Solar Queen, Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win and Fruit Supreme: 25 lines, the latest addition to its Timeless Fruit Slots series.

Having recently obtained its Romanian licence from the country’s regulator (ONJN), this deal is an important step in expanding its influence in the Romanian market and across Eastern Europe.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to have inked this partnership with Superbet and to offer its players our popular suite of slots.

“Expanding our presence in Romania has been paramount after obtaining our licence from the ONJN and we’re thrilled to offer our games to Superbet’s customers.”

Heather Faulkner, Head of Gaming at Superbet, said: “We’ve been hugely impressed with Playson’s portfolio, and we’re sure its games are going to be a big hit with our players.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside such a well-respected provider and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business relationship.”

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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Blueprint Gaming unleashes fury with Gods of Olympus Megaways™

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The gods of ancient Greece are rising once again to bring the power of Megaways™ onto the reels in Blueprint Gaming’s latest release, Gods of Olympus Megaways™.

The action-packed slot, which features the most powerful gods Ares, Athena, Poseidon and the greatest of them all, Zeus, is full of modifiers and free spins rounds.

During the gameplay, the king of gods has the power to award a mystery modifier on any spin, while the Zeus thunderbolt gives players the choice of a godly artefact to reveal one of four free spins rounds – Colossal Free Spins, Wild Storm Free Spins, Mighty Wild Free Spins or the epic Rise Of Olympus Free Spins.

The Megaways™ mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming, raises excitement levels even further with up to 15,625 ways to win.

Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Gods of Olympus is an exciting addition to our slots portfolio, with plenty of bonus rounds to keep players gripped and entertained.

“The superpowers that these famous Greek gods hold ensures that the gameplay can change in an instant, keeping players on the edge of their seat. We’re confident the game will make a thunderous impact in the coming months.”   

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