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Jamaica resort considers Vegas model

7 May 2007

JAMAICA – As reported by the Jamaica Observer: "Developers of the Harmony Cove resort in Trelawny are considering the use of a 'Las Vegas model' that would include a mega gaming lounge, a facility that would have over 1,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs), according to a reliable source.

"The Jamaican gaming regulator, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), noted, in its submission to parliament for the current fiscal year that runs to March 31, 2008, that the 'expected advent of mega gaming lounges' would provide continued growth in the sub-sector, currently estimated to rake in J$20 billion in revenue annually.

"…Currently, the Jamaican gaming landscape is characterised by a large amount of small operators with less than 20 machines -around 1,200 operators - and about 12 gaming lounges licensed to carry between 20 and 150 VLTs…"

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