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State’s director of Business & Industry tapped for Gaming Control Board

Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Terry Johnson, the current director of the Nevada Department of Business & Industry, was named to the Gaming Control Board Monday by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Johnson replaces Mark Lipparelli, who resigned as chairman of the… [continue reading]

Hearings set for Sisseton Wahpeton gaming compact

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two public hearings will be held this week on a proposed new gaming compact between the state and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (oh-YAH’-tay) for the tribe’s two casinos in northeast South Dakota. The hearings will be… [continue reading]

Indians give to GOP group while it helps Ala. gov

ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians gave $100,000 to a national Republican organization the same day that organization donated $100,000 to a group helping former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley fight gambling in Alabama. The… [continue reading]

Voters in RI, Ore., Md. to vote on casinos

David Klepper, ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – The slot machines at Newport Grand chirp just like the ones in Vegas. The winners exult and the losers shrug just as they do in Atlantic City. But ask for the blackjack… [continue reading]

Louisiana’s newest casino draws on competition

ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. — A new Baton Rouge casino is taking revenue away from casinos not only in Baton Rouge but in New Orleans and Mississippi, says the manager of a rival gambling hall. The L’Auberge Casino &… [continue reading]

A fight to the finish in Maryland

Howard Stutz, Inside Gaming, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Sometimes, you know when to fold your hand Toronto-based Clairvest Group and Great Canadian Gaming of Vancouver, British Columbia, spent roughly $6 million backing a pair of Oregon ballot questions they hoped would… [continue reading]

Ohio casino caters to Asian-American gamblers

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND (AP) – Northeast Ohio’s new casino has joined others around the country in catering to gamblers of Asian descent. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ( reports that the region’s Asian community is important to the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland,… [continue reading]

Poker Hall of Fame to induct two more members

Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL The Poker Hall of Fame will induct Eric Drache and the late Brian “Sailor” Roberts as the organization’s 43rd and 44th members during the final table of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event later… [continue reading]

Silver Legacy Casino in Reno seeks to resolve bankruptcy case

Chris Sieroty, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL The owner of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino will go before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Reno on Monday seeking approval of an agreement to settle its $142.8 million debt with creditors, allowing it to… [continue reading]

Okada scraps push for directors

Tim O’Reiley, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Kazuo Okada folded his campaign to elect two hand-picked directors to the Wynn Resorts Ltd. board Friday after acknowledging that his legal position made it impossible to win. Simultaneously, he appealed to the Nevada Supreme… [continue reading]

Four Seasons to launch $30 million renovation

Laura Carroll, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL This is the closest you may ever get to being able to walk inside of a Chanel handbag. Just inside the hotel suite inside Four Seasons Las Vegas, a shiny, black quilting pattern graces the… [continue reading]

Macau’s SJM Holdings gets land deal for new casino

ASSOCIATED PRESS HONG KONG (AP) – Casino operator SJM Holdings says it has signed a deal to buy land for a new casino in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling market, giving it a chance to catch up with its rivals’… [continue reading]

Who are top 5 donors to Obama, Romney campaigns?

(Updated) Jack Gillum, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Who are the biggest donors to the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney? The Associated Press examined more than 2.3 million campaign contributions and ranked the top five… [continue reading]

William Hill seeks to buy-out Playtech stake in joint online business

Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review Journal British bookmaker William Hill Plc said Friday it has requested a valuation for the 29 percent minority stake held by partner Playtech Ltd., a first step in assuming full control of its fast-growing and… [continue reading]

Mass. casino application process begins

ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON (AP) – What promises to be a lengthy vetting process for would-be Massachusetts casino developers has officially begun. The state’s gaming commission planned on Friday to make available on its web site Phase 1 applications for developers… [continue reading]

Affinity Gaming licensed in Colorado; company will take control of three casinos

Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Affinity Gaming has been licensed in Colorado, allowing the Las Vegas-based casino operator to complete its acquisition of three gaming properties outside of Denver. The company announced Friday it was licensed by the Colorado Limited… [continue reading]

Gaming regulators grant interactive licenses to three companies

Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Three companies were granted interactive gaming licenses by the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday as the lineup for the state’s potential online poker market grew more crowded. Commissioners licensed Boyd Gaming Corp. the Golden Nugget… [continue reading]

Penn chief: Fighting Maryland casino expansion worth the effort

Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL The regional casino operator, which owns the M Resort, has been the funding force behind the defeat of Maryland’s Question 7, which would allow a Las Vegas-style casino to be built in suburban Prince George’s… [continue reading]

La. casinos win $199.7 in September

Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Gamblers lost nearly $199.7 million at Louisiana’s state licensed casinos in September, up from $188 million for August and $196.6 million for September of last year. Most of the money was dropped at the… [continue reading]

Boyd executive: No plans to restart Echelon project

Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal A Boyd Gaming Corp. executive told the Nevada Gaming Commission Thursday there has not been any catalyst on the Strip that would allow the company to complete the halted Echelon development. During questioning over a… [continue reading]

MGM China signs deal for Macau casino expansion

(Updated) Kelvin Chan, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) – The Chinese arm of U.S. casino company MGM Resorts International signed a land deal Thursday for a new $2.5 billion casino resort in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling market, hoping to… [continue reading]

Panel recommends Sept. racing dates for Churchill

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — Churchill Downs cleared a key hurdle Wednesday in pursuit of September racing that would give the famed track a third live meet next year. A panel of state racing regulators recommended that the… [continue reading]

William Hill sets Obama’s re-election odds at 2-5, Romney now 2-1

Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review Journal After Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, William Hill Plc, a British bookmaker with about 2,350 shops in the United Kingdom, adjusted the odds overseas on the election. Obama’s… [continue reading]

NC high court weighs status of video sweepstakes

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s highest court began grappling Wednesday with whether the state can label video sweepstakes parlors as gambling halls and outlaw the businesses multiplying statewide, or whether the video screens give… [continue reading]

UNITE HERE president resigning, will nominate local Culinary leader as successor

Culinary Local 226 leader D. Taylor, who has been at the forefront of the Strip’s labor movement for more than 25 years, will be nominated at the end of November to become the national president of Washington, D.C.-based UNITE HERE…. [continue reading]