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US – New Jersey bans smoking in its casinos

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan have launched Administrative Order 2020-19, which prohibits smoking in the indoor areas of any casino or casino simulcasting facility that are open to the public. “We have looked closely at the science and agree with the experts who have concluded that allowing smoking…

Greece – Smoking ban sends Greek casino revenues plunging

The Greek casino market generated GGR of €54.5m in the final three months of 2019, marking a fall of 17.2 per cent from the same period in 2018, according to official figures from Greece’s Hellenic Gaming Commission. A ban on smoking in public indoor areas as introduced in mid-October with an alarming, immediate impact with…

China – Macau to ban smoking at VIP tables by 2019

Macau’s Legislative Assembly voted on Friday to approve amendments to allow smoking in state-of-the-art lounges, equipped with smoke retention and extraction systems, for mass market and VIP areas, but the government has said it still wants a full ban. It voted 24 to eight to allow casinos to install smoking lounges on mass gaming and…

Chile – Chilean revenues reach pre smoking ban levels

The 16 casinos in operation in Chile have reported increased earnings according to statistics released by the Chilean Gaming Control Board (SJC) meaning that earnings have finally reached levels matching those before the smoking ban was put in place in 2013. The introduction of anti-smoking law legislation in Chile cut casinos revenues by 21 per…

China – Las Vegas increase covers over Macau dip for Wynn

Revenues were up in Las Vegas for Wynn Resorts in the third quarter but not by enough to save the operator from three tough months in Macau. Combined revenue for the two markets fell by 1.4 per cent to $1.37bn in the quarter whilst net income increased by five per cent due to lower expenses….

China – Macau dealt further smoking blow

Macau’s mass gaming, casino floors are now smoke-free since although smoking will be permitted in non-gaming, smoking rooms and in VIP rooms. Currently only 12 of the 35 casinos have applied for permission for smoking rooms. The move follows four consecutive months of declining revenue growth amid low liquidity in the junket market, a crackdown…

Chile – Smoking decks help Sun’s Monticello shine

As it begins to recover from the effects of the smoking ban, South Africa-based operator Sun International has seen GGR grow as its Monticello Casino in Chile. Sun International, which now owns 98.9 per cent of Monticello, opened four new smoking decks in September and October, resulting in revenue growth of ten per cent for…

Chile – Over 2,000 new outdoor slots could flood Chile

The introduction of anti-smoking law legislation in Chile has helped stub out 21 per cent in casino revenues from last year’s figures, forcing operators to install slot machines in outdoor areas where players can play and smoke at the same time. Smoking gaming zones can only be opened following official authorisation from Chile’s regulator; Superintendencia…

Australia – Crown wants smoking across VIP Sydney casino

James Packer’s Crown Resorts wants the New South Wales government to allow smoking across the whole of the gaming floor at its proposed Crown Sydney casino. Crown’s concept for a VIP only casino at Barangnaroo was conditionally approved by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell last week. It wants to open a 24 hour-a-day gaming area of…