Each week, CasinoBeats breaks down the numbers behind some of the industry’s most interesting stories. An 80 per cent carbon footprint reduction from Zitro, the BGC’s technology vacancy plan, Caesars Entertainment’s $200m investment in its Atlantic City property and Entain’s revenue origins all feature in our latest throwback to a selection of last week’s headlines.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma revealed that its $165m gaming property, being built in south-eastern Oklahoma, will be titled Choctaw Landing.
Scheduled to open in late 2023, with its groundbreaking set of June 14, the new casino is being built near Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park.
The property will be four-stories and 200,000 square-feet of land and will include 100 hotel rooms, 600 slot machines, and eight table games, along with other amenities.
“We are excited to get started on bringing to life what promises to be an amazing entertainment destination for Oklahomans and our friends and neighbours in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana,” said Janie Dillard, Senior Executive Officer for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
“In addition to the gaming, hotel and entertainment amenities, we plan to offer our guests an opportunity to learn more about our history, our culture and what it means to be Choctaw.”
In support of the UK government’s ‘Levelling Up’ job creation agenda, the Betting and Gaming Council’s members outlined plans to open 15,000 technology vacancies.
The objective was set to cover the next five years, as the BGC and its member companies seek to play a role in the UK’s financial recovery from the pandemic.
Additionally, firms have also outlined that the jobs will focus around the use of technology to drive safer gambling standards, particularly with relation to online products, in order to build on the falling problem gambling rates in the UK – according to UK Gambling Commission data, the problem gambling rate fell to 0.2 per cent last month.
“The BGC wants to build a world class industry that is better understood, respected and a fully engaged member of the communities in which we operate,” explained Michael Dugher, BGC Chief Executive.
“We are proud to work with the Purpose Coalition on the Levelling Up Goals and it is great to see how our members are providing high skilled, well-paid jobs across the retail, hospitality, and tech sectors.”
Caesars Atlantic City received a major renovation after Caesars Entertainment announced a $200m investment in the resort in a bid to improve customer experience.
The plans detail how Caesars will make improvements across Caesars Atlantic City’s valet, hotel lobby, and casino floor amongst other key areas.
Major upgrades to the resort include a new, “unmatched resort experience”, with the first-floor lobby entirely redesigned and including a new Starbucks mobile ordering service. Caesars noted that the store will be a “sleek, contemporary design with minimal decor”.
“Caesars Atlantic City set the standard for extraordinary experiences in the market, and we are thrilled to continue that legacy by reimagining the property from the moment guests step through the doors,” stated John Koster, Regional President for Caesars Entertainment’s Eastern Division.
“This major investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to elevating guests’ experiences at our resorts as well as advancing the Atlantic City tourism economy.”
Entain revealed that over 99 per cent of its revenues came from domestically regulated and regulating markets in 2021.
Publishing its 2021-22 ESG report, which sets out the firm’s approach to, and performance on, sustainability and ESG related issues, the company details its progress made in implementing the objectives of its Sustainability Charter.
“We have continued to make great progress on all areas of ESG, which is fully-embedded throughout all of our operations,” commented Jette Nygaard-Andersen, Entain’s CEO.
“We are committed to providing the safest possible betting and gaming platform, taking a leading role in supporting the communities in which we operate, reducing our environmental impact and in doing so, making Entain the best place to work for all of our people.
“By delivering on this ambition, we will create long-term, sustainable growth for all of our stakeholders.”
Zitro reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability after taking new measures to further reduce the impact of its carbon footprint.
As well as opting for collaboration with suppliers committed to the use of environmentally friendly materials in their manufacturing, as a strategy of social responsibility, the company’s implementation of an internal action plan has seen an 80 per cent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption in software compared to the previous year.
“As a company we have a corporate social responsibility and at Zitro we always try to be one step ahead,” highlighted Johnny Ortiz Viveiros, Founder of Zitro.
“Implementing policies that help protect the environment is part of our company philosophy, so we are committed to sustainable sourcing and prioritise suppliers that engage with emissions-improvement efforts.”