SD Approves Table Games, Vegas Ice Rinks, Prop 48 Defeated, Mass. Casinos

Atlantic City has struggled to draw tourists over the past few years. One of the biggest obstacles has been a lack of airline service. That situation was worsened today when United Airlines announced that it would stop serving the Atlantic City market. The airline currently flies nonstop to Chicago and Houston. Both cities are hubs in the airline’s system. The routes will be discontinued on December 3, 2014 after just eight months of service.

The airline said it had been unable to fill planes, which often flew with fewer than 50 passengers. The routes were unprofitable for United Airlines.

Two Holiday Ice Rinks Will Not Return to Las Vegas

Two traditional Las Vegas ice skating rinks will not open this year, according to Vegas Chatter. Gold Strike and Venetian have decided to skip this year’s holiday activity. Cosmopolitan will turn its Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip into an ice skating rink after Thanksgiving. Caesars Palace has not announced its intentions this year. Skaters may go to the Las Vegas Ice Center and Fiesta Rancho year round to skate at indoor rinks.

South Dakota Voters Approve New Table Games

South Dakota voters approved a constitutional amendment that would allow the state legislature to approve Deadwood to offer craps, roulette, and live keno. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act expands this to all tribal casinos in South Dakota. The legislature will meet in 2015 to discuss the measure. There is little doubt that the new games will be approved. The first day these new games could be live is July 1, 2015.

Local Voters Reject Newport Grand Table Games

Rhode Island voters approved two measures that would have allowed the Newport Grand casino in Rhode Island to spread table games. The measure required local voters to also approve the casino expansion. It failed at the local level. Newport Grand currently offers slots, video poker and video table games. This vote did not affect those forms of gambling.

California Voters Defeat Proposition 48

Proposition 48 would have allowed the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians to develop a casino on land that was placed into trust for the sole purpose of gaming. The gaming compact was originally approved by the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown. It was referred as a veto initiative and California voters rejected it. Station Casinos, which operates locals casinos in Las Vegas and a California tribal casino, would have managed the resort.

Colorado Rejects Racinos

Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected an expansion of casino gaming to state racetracks. The forms of gaming currently approved for Central City, Cripple Creek and Black Hawk would have been allowed in racinos in three counties had voters approved the measure.

Massachusetts Casinos Will Be Developed

A final attempt to reject casinos in Massachusetts failed. Voters affirmed their desire for three casinos and a slot parlor in the state. Casinos in the state are likely to open in 2016. They will include resorts from Wynn and MGM Resorts.