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Upstate New York casino confident about future despite competition from MGM Springfield

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Although the doors at the New York Capital Region’s first full-scale casino have been open for just over two months, officials there say they’re not worried about future competition from MGM Springfield. Located just over 100 miles… [continue reading]

Betting industry veteran runs Las Vegas’ lone separate horse racing book

Shortly before noon on a typical Wednesday morning at the brightly lit South Point horse racing book, roughly 40 men are studying the day’s competitions in front of computer terminals. Some have coffee cups alongside the notebooks and race information… [continue reading]

Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Indian Reservation rolls across the plains just east of Glacier National Park. There’s a hotel and casino. There are gas stations, a few eateries and a museum to learn about the culture and history… [continue reading]

Casino revenue rebounds strongly across Mississippi in March

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gamblers lost more at Mississippi casinos in March, as revenue rebounded from a dismal February. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $202 million last month, up 7 percent from $188 million in March 2016. March… [continue reading]

A look at Pennsylvania casino gambling revenue

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering an expansion of casino gambling to help the state’s deficit-ridden finances. Here is a look at the existing commercial gambling industry in Pennsylvania: ___ REVENUE Pennsylvania is the nation’s No. 2 commercial casino state behind Nevada,… [continue reading]

Pennsylvania eyes leap to internet for casinos, lottery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Facing huge deficits, Pennsylvania could become the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take its games online in a quest for money from new and younger players. The state government has a… [continue reading]

East Windsor to have town meeting on casino proposal

EAST WINDSOR — In the latest move in the debate over a proposed $200 million to $300 million casino in town, the Board of Selectmen voted grudgingly Thursday to schedule a town meeting that could jeopardize the project. Casino opponents… [continue reading]

Gambling in Texas: Will lawmakers roll the dice this year?

Legalizing casinos, eight-liners — even fantasy sports — all remain long shots for now in Texas as state lawmakers prepare to wrap up their legislative work by the end of May. There’s still time for plans to allow casinos, electronic… [continue reading]

Gambling amendment gets court approval as legislators cancel conference

Following a Florida Supreme Court decision Thursday morning that gave the green light to a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling, negotiations between the Florida House and Senate over gambling legislation were called off. The court ruled 4-2 that the amendment’s… [continue reading]

How Bethlehem, school district win from a Sands sale

Sands Casino Resort came into the city eight years ago as an unlikely hero, scooping up scorched Bethlehem Steel land and turning it into a moneymaker for the old industrial town. The casino brought jobs, wage taxes, host fees, amusement… [continue reading]

Coast casinos taking in more money than last year

The 12 Coast casinos are $14 million ahead for the first three months of the year after posting a $2.8 million increase for March. LuAnn Pappas, president and CEO of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, said March was the casino’s second-best… [continue reading]

Problem poker player gets 8 years in prison for debt scam

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation’s top poker players blamed gambling for derailing his life on Thursday as he was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a $31 million debt collection scam. Travell Thomas, 38,… [continue reading]

Christie to Atlantic City casino owner: Get licensed or sell

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he hopes the owner of the former Revel casino sells the property if he’s unwilling to get licensed. Christie referred to owner Glenn Straub on Thursday during his radio call-in… [continue reading]

Crosby: Later hours for casinos never a topic at meetings

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has “never talked about” extending alcohol serving hours at casinos, its chairman said, though House lawmakers recently made a move to grant the panel that authority. The House Ways and Means budget set for… [continue reading]

Christie: State takeover helps Atlantic City turn the corner

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Gov. Chris Christie is taking a victory lap in Atlantic City, saying his hard-fought takeover of the struggling gambling resort is starting to pay off with projects like a new university campus and a major… [continue reading]

Florida voters may get a say over casino gambling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Supreme Court is signing off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for new casinos. A divided court ruled 4-2 on Thursday that the amendment was not misleading and sticks to… [continue reading]

New Study: Casino Industry is Essential to Small Business Growth

New research reveals casino industry supports 350,000 small business jobs and spurs $52 billion in small business revenues  AGA launches nationwide Small Business Tour to highlight report Washington, DC – The casino gaming industry is driving small business growth across the country by supporting 350,000 small business jobs – that’s more than… [continue reading]

Leading RAWA sponsor in Congress won’t run for re-election

Jason Chaffetz, one of the chief congressional proponents of a federal ban on internet gambling, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, lending a degree of assurance that the activity will not be outlawed in the… [continue reading]

Sports bettor ‘Vegas Dave’ arraigned, arrested

Legal troubles are mounting for prominent sports bettor David Oancea, who is better known in gaming circles as Vegas Dave. The professional gambler, who won fame and fortune by promoting his ability to win big on long-shot bets, pleaded not… [continue reading]

MGM’s CEO paid $16.6 million in 2016, a 25 percent increase

MGM Resorts Ltd. paid Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren 25 percent more in 2016 after the Las Vegas-based company beat its earnings target. Murren received a total of $16.6 million — including $2 million in base salary and $5.7 million… [continue reading]

Apparel retailer Black Clover to open retail space at MGM Grand

An apparel wholesaler has invested in store space at MGM Grand that is the first store to only sell the retailer’s goods. Black Clover, based in Draper, Utah, opens Friday near the Hakkasan Nightclub inside of MGM Grand. The store… [continue reading]

Willingness to take a risk helped make Las Vegas, former mayor says

The collective willingness of visionaries to take a risk and to turn left when everyone else wants to go right has made Las Vegas what it is today, a former Las Vegas mayor believes. Caesars Entertainment executive Jan Jones Blackhurst,… [continue reading]

AGA highlights gaming industry’s positive impacts on small business

The American Gaming Association kicked off the latest phase of its Get to Know Gaming initiative Wednesday morning at a location that bears a complete opposite resemblance to the standard casino floor. The group kicked off a national effort to… [continue reading]

Casino still holding Elvis Presley items sought by estate

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by a Las Vegas casino, a year after the King’s estate filed a lawsuit to get those valuables back from a short-lived exhibit. Westgate Las… [continue reading]

How these A-listers all got the boot from ritzy casinos

Casinos will look for any justification to avoid paying off winning players. Excuses range from slot-machine malfunction to “your friend pulled the lever, not you” (as this poor guy can attest — he put up the money, his so-called friend… [continue reading]