Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 21, 2013 at 4:00 am
Culinary Union Local 226 members were voting Monday to increase dues for a worker strike fund, two weeks before contracts between Strip casino operators and the union expire.
Union members said the vote was just a precaution.
The union and representatives from MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. have held two negotiating session and are continuing to have discussion … [Read more...]
Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm
TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. (AP) - New sets of twin arrows are beckoning travelers on Interstate 40 in northern Arizona.
The Navajo Nation has opened its first casino in the state, the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, named after an old trading post, diner and gas station where red and gold twin arrows aimed at the ground remind motorists of what once was the "best little" stop on the … [Read more...]
Paul Davenport, Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court says a key legal issue remains unresolved regarding whether a southern Arizona tribe was rightfully awarded reservation status for its planned casino site in the Phoenix area.
The U.S. Interior Department must consider anew whether a federal law on land acquisitions by the Tohono O'odham Nation prohibits adding its planned casino site to the tribe's … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's state-regulated casinos all won less money in April than in March. The drop totals $35.8 million.
State police figures show most also won less than they did a year ago. The big exceptions were 8.7 percent one-year increases at both L'Auberge Lake Charles and the slots casino at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
April winnings totaled $196.4 million, up $4.9 million … [Read more...]
Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm
CARSON CITY — A bill that would have allowed private equity groups to place large bets at Nevada sports books appears dead this legislative session after it failed to get a vote Friday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Senate Bill 346, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, had earlier passed the Senate on a unanimous vote with one abstention.
The legislation would have authorized the … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire firefighters are urging the House to pass a casino bill Wednesday to provide more revenue for state programs.
David Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters Of New Hampshire, said at a Statehouse news conference Monday that the state needs money to pay for mental health programs and other spending vital to public safety. He said lawmakers need to … [Read more...]
Sharon Chereb, Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A plan to allow private equity firms to wager chunks of cash at casino sports books was scratched by Nevada lawmakers, along with a measure to make federal election outcomes moneymaking fodder for oddsmakers.
Both measures died Friday when they failed to make it out of committees.
SB346, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, ran into trouble when the chairman of the … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Fifth Street Gaming is looking to hire more than 800 people for the Downtown Grand hotel, the company’s chief executive said Monday. The company expects the hiring process to take four months.
All applications and resumes should be submitted online at www.fifthstreetgaming.com/careers.
The 650-room downtown Las Vegas resort formerly known as the Lady Luck is set to open later this year. Seth … [Read more...]
Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - It could be an anxious wait of up to two months for people in a small Florida city to find out who won the highest Powerball jackpot in history: an estimated $590.5 million.
The lucky ticket was bought sometime Saturday or earlier at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a city of about 13,000 people best known around the state for its brand of spring water with the same … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 20, 2013 at 9:03 am
If Tony Hsieh is the savior of downtown Las Vegas, then Derek Stevens is at least the savior of Fremont Street.
Not to take anything away from Hsieh. The Zappos CEO has a vision. Through the privately funded $350 million Downtown Project, Hsieh seeks to revitalize Las Vegas’ core community.
Stevens, 45, a Michigan native, had his own vision. In a matter of five years, he transformed two … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 20, 2013 at 8:50 am
(Philadelphia, PA) If this city’s current casino operators are worried about the prospects of a big new competitor in the market, they aren’t saying.
Pennsylvania gaming regulators by the end of the year should decide which of six proposals will be awarded the state’s final gaming license, for the Philadelphia area. The winner could be open for business two years later.
Meanwhile, … [Read more...]
Kelvin Chan, Associated Press · May 20, 2013 at 5:43 am
HONG KONG (AP) - A Macau lawyer assaulted in broad daylight in the Chinese gambling haven said Monday the attack was an attempt to intimidate him.
Jorge Menezes said the two assailants used bricks to bash him on the head before fleeing in last week's attack, which recalled the former Portuguese colony's shady past when Chinese organized crime gangs known as "triads" fought for control of … [Read more...]
David Dishneau, Associated Press · May 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm
FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) - The flashy jangle of slot machines is a far cry from the stillness of Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland, but state and local leaders are betting that this week's planned casino opening will transform a struggling lakeside lodge into the economic engine its planners envisioned 15 years ago.
Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn., aims to open the gambling … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm
ATLANTIC CITY — The Boardwalk can’t catch a break.
For the past two decades, Atlantic City’s casino industry has been under siege from gaming competition in neighboring states.
The Southern New Jersey seaside resort, where saltwater taffy was created in the late 1800s, which thumbed its nose at Prohibition in the 1920s and was the inspiration for the board game Monopoly, once owned the … [Read more...]
Stephen Singer, Associated Press · May 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino faces daunting hurdles as it joins a crowded race for the lucrative destination resort business in Massachusetts.
It's been grappling with falling revenue and significant debt at its eastern Connecticut site and now must face down organized local opposition and strong competition in Massachusetts as it tries to expand in southern New … [Read more...]
Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press · May 19, 2013 at 11:07 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One lone ticket in Florida matched each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball lottery jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 19, 2013 at 10:00 am
(Atlantic City) The opening of the $2.4 billion Revel on the northern end of the Boardwalk in April 2012 was one of the most anticipated events in the market since 200
Revel, with 1,898 hotel rooms, a 130,000-square-foot casino, 14 restaurants from award-winning chefs, indoor and outdoor pools and gardens, a 32,000-square-foot spa, nightclubs, theaters, retail and a smoke-free environment, was … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 19, 2013 at 3:39 am
(Atlantic City) Landry’s Inc. paid $38 million two years ago to acquire the rundown, money-losing Trump Marina, and analysts immediately predicted the gaming market’s demise. A few years earlier Trump Marina had been valued as high as $315 million.
The bargain-basement price cemented concern that Atlantic City, where citywide annual gaming revenues fell 41 percent over the past six years, was … [Read more...]
Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press · May 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's all about the odds.
With the majority of possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone is almost sure to win the lottery game's highest jackpot on Saturday night, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars - and that's after taxes.
Of course, the chances of winning the $600 million prize remain astronomically low: 1 in 175.2 million. And lottery … [Read more...]
Michael Hill, Associated Press · May 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tough talk about Indian casinos breaks with the past practice of governors treading carefully with tribes sharply protective of their sovereign rights.
Cuomo's explanation is simple: Money disputes between the state and the tribes have simmered for years. Now he is proposing three casinos in yet-to-be disclosed locations in upstate New York. And he wants … [Read more...]
Jennifer Robison, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 18, 2013 at 2:41 am
A casualty of the recession finally has a pulse.
Five years after construction flatlined at Wyndham Vacation Resorts’ Desert Blue, the company has restarted work on the 19-story, 281-unit timeshare on Twain Avenue just west of Interstate 15.
Wyndham officials said Friday they couldn’t offer any details on the project, except to say it’s early in construction.
“We’re trying to get movement … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm
The California Gambling Control Commission has set a July 11 hearing to determine if Galaxy Gaming California LLC, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Galaxy Gaming Inc., and its CEO Robert Saucier are suitable to continue doing business in the Golden State.
Both have submitted an application for a finding of suitability to supply Native American casinos in California with casino products. In a … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · May 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - After paying an $11 million advance to a struggling Atlantic City casino it intended to buy, the parent company of the world's largest online poker website was left with nothing for its troubles Friday when a judge ruled the casino had the right to scrap the deal.
Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten said The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel could terminate the contract it … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm
The owner of the Riviera posted a modest first-quarter loss as the company experienced a major decline in walk-in traffic because of its location on the north end of the Strip near the dormant Resorts World Las Vegas, Fontainebleau and the SLS Las Vegas project.
“We anticipate that our walk-in traffic will be adversely impacted for the foreseeable future,” Riviera Holdings Corp. said in a … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a revised agreement with a Sacramento-area Indian tribe that owns a struggling casino east of the state capital.
Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated the new compact last fall with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. The tribe owns the Red Hawk Casino, which officially opened in December 2008 just as a national recession began.
Sen. Ted … [Read more...]
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