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MGM Springfield Is Now Open For Business

The MGM Springfield will no doubt provide a great economic boost for Massachusetts

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MGM Springfield Is Now Open For Business.

You might think that online gambling has taken over from bricks and mortar casinos but actually this is far from the case. The casino industry continues to thrive – in America last year, casinos generated a record $40.28 billion. This week there has been another welcome addition to the industry, the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. This enormous casino resort which cost a reported $960 million opened its doors on Friday 24th August to enthusiastic gamblers, with their stakes ready.

An Experience For The Senses

MGM have taken a detailed look at the psychology of playing casino games when designing The Springfield. There is limited natural light and windows, and no clocks, so that you can’t tell what the time is – you are more likely to linger longer and lose track. The first visitors spent six hours exploring the 125,000 square foot casino, that comes complete with 2,500 slot machines. There are also 120 gaming tables, featuring all the popular casino attractions  poker to blackjack.

It’a more than just a casino however. The Springfield boasts restaurants shopping and entertainment. It is a one stop shop for the community, and is expected to draw in 15,000 visitors every day. The inauguration ceremony was certainly something to behold, there was an enormous parade around the city, featuring a local celebrities, a marching band, and a procession of Budweiser Clydesdale horses. It was a true spectacle, but then there are many reasons why Springfield has reason to celebrate with the opening of this casino.

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MGM Springfield at Massachusetts.

The benefits to the community 

The MGM Springfield is set to provide a massive boost to the local economy. It took three and a half years to build, providing work to a vast number of local businesses, from engineers to electricians. Now that the casino resort is finally open, it is employing over 3,000 members of staff, it has been estimated that 35% of Springfield residents will be employed at the MGM. Massachusetts City received $15 million from the company as part of the agreement to build. They are also reported to benefit from the resort to the tune of $25 million a year. This is an immense income that could benefit the city and those living there in other ways.

Future developments

MGM spokesman Severus Mancini has confirmed that even after opening weekend, the Springfield casino will continue to draw in large crowds. To add to the excitement, there will be a brand new seven screen Regal Cinema opening at the resort next month, drawing in families to catch a movie and then grab some dinner. There are also plans for some incredible live music acts to play, bringing more crowds and income to the area. Stevie Wonder is playing on 1st September. Here’s hoping that he plays Celebration for Springfield.

Bricks and mortar casinos are alive and well – and whatsmore, they are attracting bigger crowds than ever. The MGM Springfield will no doubt provide a great economic boost for Massachusetts.

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Now Google Let Users Connect With Businesses Within Maps

Last year, Google enabled users in select countries to message businesses using "Business Profiles" on Google

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Google is rolling out a capability on Maps that would let users connect with business profiles in the nearby locations, helping them with the opportunity to ask questions while looking for things to do and places to go or shop.

“You’ll see your messages with the businesses you connect with via ‘Business Profiles’ in the side menu, within the Google Maps app on both, Android as well as iOS devices,” Aditya Tendulkar, Product Manager, Maps, Google wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

For this feature to work as intended, if local businesses were available to accept messages from users, they could install the search-engine giant’s “My Business App” and enable messages.

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Google to let users connect with businesses within Maps. (Representative image) Pixabay

“My Business App” is a free tool that helps small business owners reach more people online and connect with their customers through Google, to escalate the growth of their ventures — much like Facebook “Pages”.

“As long as a local business has enabled messages, you’ll be able to connect with them in a tap. Just look for the ‘message’ button on Business Profiles on Google Search and Maps,” Tendulkar added.

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Last year, Google enabled users in select countries to message businesses using “Business Profiles” on Google, allowing them to send messages to businesses without having to make a phone call.  (IANS)