Atlantic City has a new kid on the block after the owners of Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino business bought the city’s oldest casino. Regulators still need to approve Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s (MTGA) deal for the Resorts Casino Hotel and if it goes through they’ll become the first tribal firm to step foot in AC. The move will give Mohegan three venues within driving distance of New York City and establish it as one of the biggest casino interests in the North East corridor. The MTGA’s CEO Mitchell Etess stated: “The timing is right. We have long looked at the Atlantic City market as an excellent opportunity.”
Maryland could inherit another casino by 2016 if state Governor Martin O’Malley gets his way. The state’s sixth casino would be located in Prince George County and there will be a referendum in November to see what the state voters think of the idea. Penn National Gaming and a consortium comprising The Peterson Cos, Gaylord entertainment and MGM Resorts International have already thrown hats into the ring with the usual promise of jobs and tax revenue. The bill, which was released last week, also sets out provisions for table games to be allowed at all existing casinos.
A statement on O’Malley’s website read: “The legislation will create predictability in the marketplace, make Maryland’s gaming program competitive with other states, protect local and city aid being generated at current sites, ensure authorized facilities are capable of being built, and allow the people of Prince George’s County to decide at the ballot whether they want a sixth site for the benefit of their county.”
A man lied under oath after taking out a lawsuit claiming he’d been viciously attacked by a slot machine. Randy Perkins told a Mississippi courthouse that he was hurt when a slot machine door flew open into his left arm and back whilst he was gambling. The suit, worth $750k, was filed last year and the Tunica Roadhouse Casino have filed a motion to dismiss it.