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MGM Resorts International to join S&P 500 index

MGM Resorts International has announced that it will be added to the S&P 500 index effective prior to the open of trading on Wednesday, 26 July 2017. “We are honored to join the esteemed companies that comprise the S&P 500… [continue reading]

Scott Blumstein holds commanding chip lead at WSOP Main Event

One hand continues to dominate the conversation at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Scott Blumstein raked in the largest pot of the tournament in a monumental clash with amateur John Hesp of England and owns a commanding chip… [continue reading]

Singapore to implement strict slot machine regulations for clubs

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs is set to introduce tough new regulations for clubs with slot machines, including a mandatory self-exclusion program, reduced quotas and lifting the age limit from 18 to 21. The new measures, which come into effect… [continue reading]

Sports betting amendment introduced in California State Assembly

A proposed constitutional amendment to authorize sports betting in California was introduced in the state assembly on Thursday, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging federal law against it. Introduced by assemblymember Adam Gray… [continue reading]

O.J. Simpson parole turns few heads at Las Vegas hotel

A bettor’s cigarette smoke swirled in the Palace Station sportsbook as Allen Cardonick focused on a television screen. Others were paying attention to baseball games or the betting lines that scrolled by on a ticker below the TV screens. Cardonick… [continue reading]

Legislature clears path for York County casino referendum

AUGUSTA — A controversial York County casino proposal appears headed for this November’s ballot. On Thursday, the referendum cleared what is likely the last hurdle on the path to the ballot box. Maine law gives the Legislature two options when… [continue reading]

Three Carson City casinos fail to block opening of new competitor

CARSON CITY — A District Court judge has rejected the appeal of three of Carson City’s largest casinos to block the opening of a competitor. Judge James Wilson refused Wednesday to overturn the decision of the Carson City Board of… [continue reading]

When it comes to attracting pro sports, Las Vegas isn’t much of a gamble anymore

When the idea of the NHL coming was still a punchline to jokes about ice existing here only in drinks, an exploratory ticket drive for a possible team rang up 9,000 season-ticket deposits in a month. Last September, three months… [continue reading]

Florida OKs ending dog racing at Magic City Casino

Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a first-of-its-kind ruling. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Wednesday granted a request… [continue reading]

Connecticut’s Casino Bill Is Signed, But Legal Action Likely To Follow

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a measure that would allow the state’s two federally recognized tribes to build and run a third casino. But the legislation looks certain to attract legal action. The casino is planned for the… [continue reading]

MGM exec Glover named president of Atlantic City’s Borgata (update)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – An MGM Resorts International executive will become the next president of Atlantic City’s Borgata casino. The Las Vegas-based firm on Thursday named Marcus Glover as president and chief operating officer of the Borgata, Atlantic City’s… [continue reading]

Tribes, governor sign changes to compact allowing new casino

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – It’s now up to the General Assembly and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve an agreement that could lead to a new satellite tribal casino in Connecticut. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the… [continue reading]

Coast casinos’ luck returned in June with revenue increase

In a year of ups and downs for South Mississippi casinos, June was a big plus to kick off the summer tourist season. The Mississippi Department of Revenue reported Thursday that gross casino revenue on the Coast in June topped… [continue reading]

Golden Gate on Fremont Street to double casino size

The Golden Gate hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas will double its casino size as part of a major renovation announced Thursday. The 111-year-old property will also add a dramatic entry way on Fremont Street Experience and extend OneBar at One… [continue reading]

Florida racetrack casino annual revenues tilt slightly upward

Slot revenues at South Florida racetrack casinos rose by more than 2 percent this fiscal year compared to last, according to figures released this week by the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The eight dog tracks, horse tracks and jai-alai… [continue reading]

Racinos fuel Ohio’s gambling growth while revenue slips in Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Casino gambling in Ohio is growing faster than in every neighboring state, a analysis found. Fueling the growth has been Ohio’s slots-only racinos at seven race tracks, leading to continued gains statewide while gambling revenues fell… [continue reading]

Police nab gang accused of multiple kidnaps at casinos in Manila

Police in the Philippines have arrested dozens of suspects in a major crackdown on kidnapping gangs targeting rich foreigners in Manila. The case came to light after a 48-year-old Singaporean woman who police identified as Wu Yan was kidnapped on… [continue reading]

Lawmakers mull opening ‘satellite casinos’ in an attempt to balance the state budget

Pennsylvania may be on the verge of becoming a national gambling guinea pig. To help balance the still-unfinished, $32 billion state budget, lawmakers have proposed establishment of up to 10 new “satellite” casinos to be scattered around Pennsylvania. Are you… [continue reading]

Reno to abandon downtown alleyway to make way for Fountain District project

The Reno City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to abandon a downtown alleyway– the first step in a planned $500 million private development dubbed the Fountain District. The request for the alleyway property between Washington and Ralston streets south of Fourth… [continue reading]

Here’s the WSOP Main Event player capsules

John Hesp (Seat 1) Chip count: 85.7 million Age: 64 Resides: Bridlington, England Occupation: Semiretired business owner WSOP earnings (not including 2017 Main Event): $0 Odds to win: 4-1 Notes: The oldest player remaining at the final table, he has… [continue reading]

‘Gentleman’ John Hesp emerges as fan favorite at WSOP Main Event

A Chinese broadcasting crew was in town this week following the World Series of Poker Main Event. When the final table was set early Tuesday, the group wanted to interview one of the nine players. The 64-year-old Englishman wearing the… [continue reading]

Giant leap forward for Elk Grove tribal casino

Elk Grove took a major step Wednesday toward having an Indian casino as Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had negotiated a gambling compact with the Wilton Rancheria tribe. Although the compact still needs approval from the state Legislature, the governor’s… [continue reading]

‘Everybody’s gotta watch’: De Niro’s Rothstein quoted in opinion on MGM security guards

A District of Columbia Circuit Court judge quoted Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Robert De Niro’s character in “Casino,” in an opinion released Tuesday that found security technicians at Bellagio and the Mirage cannot be represented by the International Union of Operating… [continue reading]

CRDA signs $7 million in deals to bring larger acts to Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — The board of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has entered into two public-private partnerships, costing up to $7 million, as it looks to attract larger events to Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center. On Tuesday, the board… [continue reading]

AGS’ Orion Premium Cabinet Formally Launches, Surpasses Performance and Sales Expectations

In May 2017, AGS officially released its new, award-winning premium slot machine cabinet, OrionSM. Just a few short months later, Orion has already surpassed performance and sales expectations with more than 350 units currently installed and nearly 700 more installations… [continue reading]