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Hard Rock charts different path for Trump’s former casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Jim Allen once worked for Donald Trump in Atlantic City. Now, the chairman of Hard Rock International is doing all he can to scrub the influence of the man who is now president of the… [continue reading]

Dealmaker Who Bet Big on Duterte Forges Casino-to-Oil Empire

Rodrigo Duterte’s ascent to power in the Philippines has motivated a little-known businessman from the president’s province to become one of the country’s most energetic dealmakers. Dennis Uy, an oil trader from Davao City who counts Duterte as a family… [continue reading]

What to watch for at the 2017 World Series of Poker

“I’m always so excited to start playing the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is the most anticipated tournament series of the year. Every year, it is a different experience and I always can’t wait to see what happens.” —… [continue reading]

Holiday weekend: Here come the tourists — and high temperatures

Memorial Day will be hotter and more crowded on the Las Vegas Strip than last year, if weathermen and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are to be believed. is predicting Monday will be the hottest day of… [continue reading]

Tribal Council removes Cherokee chief from office

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) – A tribal council in North Carolina has voted to remove its chief for only the second time since the early 1800s. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council found Principal Chief Patrick Lambert guilty on… [continue reading]

IGT shares down after 1Q miss, but outlook remains solid

IGT shares took a beating Thursday after reporting first quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations across the board, but analysts expressed confidence in the company’s underlying fundamentals and trajectory. The lottery and interactive giant reported EBITDA of $371 million… [continue reading]

Jim Allen: I believe in Atlantic City

Jim Allen, the Atlantic City native who has gone on to head Hard Rock Entertainment and Seminole Gaming, began his homecoming Thursday by announcing that he would follow up his acquisition of the Taj Mahal with at least $500 million… [continue reading]

AGA’s Freeman warns against proposed cuts to tourism marketing program

A provision in President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal to cut a key travel promotion body could deter foreign tourists from coming to the United States and potentially harm casinos and other leisure industries, warned Geoff Freeman, CEO of the… [continue reading]

MGM Resorts lauded for sustainable energy efforts

MGM Resorts International has received national recognition for its sustainability efforts across multiple resorts. MGM Resorts was one of Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) campaign partners, recognized for excellence and leadership in the use of energy management and information systems to… [continue reading]

Officials admit problems with Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge were missed a year ago

Officials have admitted they investigated safety concerns over a government contractor’s work at one of Hong Kong’s biggest infrastructure projects a year ago, but failed to unearth bigger problems. It was only last week, when graft-busters arrested 21 people for… [continue reading]

Gaming regulators to fine-tune regulations on nightclub employees

Gaming regulators will spend a little more time fine-tuning regulations designed to monitor employees within the nightclub industry, the state Gaming Control Board agreed Thursday. Following a 90-minute hearing, Control Board members directed their staff and attorneys to review comments… [continue reading]

Panel endorses $1.4B Las Vegas Convention Center upgrade

Approval of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s $1.4 billion expansion and renovation project cleared a significant hurdle Thursday with an oversight panel’s unanimous endorsement of the project. The Oversight Panel for Convention Facilities in Clark County — a… [continue reading]

Mississippi group will study lottery but not take a stand

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A study group will gather facts about lotteries in other states but won’t make a recommendation either for or against creating a game of chance in Mississippi, its leader says. “We are not looking for any… [continue reading]

Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The owner of a New Jersey racetrack who wants to build a casino there says the proposal can wait for six years. Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural said Thursday that a proposal to have Hard Rock… [continue reading]

Freeman: expect congressional hearings on sports betting in 2017

There will be congressional hearings examining the expansion of legalized and regulated sports betting later in 2017 with legislation to follow in 2018, American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman promised the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City Thursday morning…. [continue reading]

GAME Act proposing repeal of federal prohibition on sports betting revealed

A congressional committee on Thursday unveiled a draft of comprehensive legislation that would repeal the federal prohibition on sports betting and allow states to legalize online gambling. The Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act or GAME Act, released Thursday morning… [continue reading]

Red Rock Resorts switches CFOs; Marc Falcone resigns, replaced by Stephen Cootey

Marc Falcone, chief financial officer of Red Rock Resorts, Inc., resigned Thursday, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The parent company of Station Casinos said Falcone, whose resignation is effective May 31, will be… [continue reading]

NJ sports betting push continues despite SCOTUS setback

Advocates of expanded sports betting suffered a setback yesterday when the acting Solicitor General recommended that the Supreme Court decline to hear New Jersey’s appeal in its challenge to the federal government. The recommendation substantially diminishes the odds that the… [continue reading]

AGS Customer Summit June 6-8 in Washington, D.C. includes speakers, presentations

As AGS has gained a greater piece of the gambling pie, the company has remained committed to maintaining its personal relationship with its customers. To that end, AGS is presenting its second annual GameON Customer Summit on June 6-8 at… [continue reading]

Why some slot machine themes just don’t work

You would think it would be a sure-fire hit in Las Vegas: a slot machine with a Frank Sinatra theme. It was unveiled in 2001 when then-Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, along with Sinatra’s daughter, Tina, made Dec. 12 Frank… [continue reading]

Mobile betting at Raiders stadium a question mark under lease agreement

The Las Vegas Raiders would have the ability to block wagering from smartphone apps at the 65,000-seat domed stadium they’ll build near the Strip, but whether they would and how that fits within public policy are questions that may not… [continue reading]

Texas lottery winners could stay anonymous

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas lawmakers have voted to allow big state lottery winners to remain anonymous. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday night and sent it to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration. The bill allows individuals who win… [continue reading]

Interactive experiences to be big part of casinos’ futures (updated)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Getting new customers involved in more interactive experiences is going to be a big part of the future for casinos in the United States and around the world, participants in a major gambling conference predicted… [continue reading]

Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery (updated)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation to allow an expansion of casino-style gambling and lottery play to the internet in Pennsylvania passed the state Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers look for ways to heal the state’s deficit-ridden finances by capturing new… [continue reading]

Feds: Supreme Court should nix New Jersey sports betting bid (updated)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s yearslong efforts to allow legal sports betting have brought more opposition from the federal government Tuesday. Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall in a brief filed Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to… [continue reading]