Associated Press · March 1, 2014 at 9:47 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Casino watchers will be closely following action Tuesday in New Hampshire's House Ways and Means Committee on a bill that is the product of a special gambling commission.
The committee is deciding whether to recommend that the House pass the bill and three other gambling proposals. The House has never passed casino legislation. It killed a Senate-passed bill last spring … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · March 1, 2014 at 12:07 am
As a man worked from atop a scissor lift, Eminem’s voice rang out loud and clear from a cellphone speaker. To the right, two men, speaking Spanish and wearing yellow safety vests, sipped soft drinks while walking the corridor just outside the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This is crunch time.
On Thursday, thousands of workers, most wearing T-shirts and jeans or cargo pants, … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Friday “some legally protected data” was stolen from customers and employees of the company’s hotel-casino in Bethlehem, Pa., following last month’s sophisticated cyber attack on the casino operator’s internal computer operations.
Legally protected data includes Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers and passport numbers.
The company did not reveal the … [Read more...]
Scott Bauer, Associated Press · February 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm CDC Comment (Ken Adams): For a man once known as decisive and brave, Governor Walker has certainly become wishie- washy and timid. Do you think he is just waiting until after the election because he is unwilling to tip his hand and risk any fallout at the polls?
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants six more months to make a decision on whether to approve the Menominee tribe's Kenosha casino project, a delay that would push his deadline to beyond the November election.
Walker released a letter Friday co-signed by the tribe asking the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to extend the original deadline from Aug. 23 to Feb. 19. Walker and … [Read more...]
Hannah Dreier, Associated Press · February 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Computer hackers stole some Las Vegas Sands customers' Social Security and driver's license numbers during a data breach earlier this month, the casino company said Friday.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. said in a statement that the information about some patrons at its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hotel-casino was compromised during the Feb. 10 attack. It was unclear whether credit card … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · February 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's new mayor promises to make the city more business-friendly.
Acknowledging that the seaside gambling resort finds itself in "troubled waters," Don Guardian said the city needs to find a way out of them. Speaking at an economic development forum on Friday, the new Republican mayor said the city has already made changes to ease the process of investing … [Read more...]
Bob Salsberg, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm
BOSTON (AP) - Officials of Penn National Gaming, the first company to hold a license for expanded gambling in Massachusetts, said Friday they would begin construction planning next week at the Plainridge harness racetrack with an eye toward opening a slots parlor there by next spring.
The state gambling commission voted formally on Friday to grant the five-year operating license to … [Read more...]
Sandra Chereb, Associated Press · February 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Lady luck favored Nevada gamblers in January, as casinos statewide posted a 2.8 percent drop in gambling revenue compared with the same month a year earlier, the state reported Friday.
Casinos raked in $884.2 million from gamblers, down from $909.3 million in January 2013, even though the amount wagered had increased by more than $375 million, the Gaming Control Board … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm
Analysts shrugged off a decline in January gaming revenue. They said the Strip and statewide raw figures for the month don’t really tell the whole story.
Nevada gaming revenue declined 2.76 percent in January to $884.2 million while Strip gaming revenue fell 1.41 percent to $499.8 million.
The Gaming Control Board released the numbers Friday.
The Strip’s baccarat revenue fell 14.5 percent … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Las Vegas and Mesquite tourism had a healthy January, giving both cities a nice head start in tourism for 2014.
In Las Vegas, visitation soared in January, with an 8.2 percent increase over 2013. According to the monthly Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority count, 3.39 million people came to the city, up from the 3.13 million who came in January 2013.
The travel authority is citing … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm
A legislative committee tasked with looking at technology’s effect on the casino industry launched a debate Thursday on whether Nevada’s more than 2,000 restricted gaming locations rely too heavily on slot machines as a revenue source.
The issue — whether funds gleaned from gaming in bars, taverns, restaurants and other businesses with 15 or fewer slot machines incidental to the location’s … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 28, 2014 at 10:59 am
Table game provider Galaxy Gaming said it settled its legal issues with Bank of America over a disputed business loan.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Thursday, Las Vegas-based Galaxy said the company and the bank “reached a full settlement of all claims.”
According filing, Bank of America “agreed to dismiss its legal action and (Galaxy) entered into a mutual … [Read more...]
Erik Matuszewski, Bloomberg · February 28, 2014 at 12:01 am
(Bloomberg) -- Wichita State University’s basketball team is making some Las Vegas sports books nervous as it chases history.
A year after a surprise run to the Final Four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament as a No. 9 regional seed, the Shockers from Wichita, Kansas, are the first team in the history of the sport’s highest level with a 30-0 record during the regular … [Read more...]
Bob Salsberg, Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm
BOSTON (AP) - A divided Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose Plainville on Thursday to be the site of the state's first and only slots parlor.
On a 3-to-2 vote, the panel offered the slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming, which plans to operate a $225 million facility at the Plainridge harness racetrack. The track has been struggling to stay afloat as horse racing faltered in … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Martha Coakley warned Thursday against expanding the Massachusetts Lottery online.
Allowing individuals to purchase lottery tickets over the Internet would require the use of credit cards, Coakley said, and using credit cards to buy lottery tickets has long been barred in Massachusetts out of fear that it would lure problem gamblers into crushing personal … [Read more...]
Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm
CARSON CITY — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Las Vegas Sands does not have to give confidential company information to Steven Jacobs, the fired former president of Sands Macau because the matter already was decided in district court.
In a 5-0 decision, justices granted Sands’ petition to overturn a district court order that it produce documents on Jacobs’ dismissal in … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state could get needed revenue by legalizing online gambling, but he acknowledged getting approval would be difficult.
The Chicago Democrat has pushed for online gambling for two years, since the Justice Department OK'd the idea.
"People are already gambling, and we're not making any of the money," Cullerton said … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 11:39 am
WESTON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities were searching Thursday for a central Wisconsin man accused of running a cockfighting ring and illegal gambling operation.
Bee Her, 35, of Weston, was charged Monday with seven felonies related to illegal gambling and animal mistreatment.
He was arrested last month after police found about 50 roosters and hens in his home, some with injuries characteristic of … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 5:25 am
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure aimed at keeping banned gamblers out of Deadwood casinos.
Existing law already gives the South Dakota Gaming Commission authority to prohibit players from entering casinos based on cheating or other misconduct. But officials say it's been difficult to enforce those bans because there is no penalty for banned … [Read more...]
Hannah Dreier, Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 3:33 am
Members of a powerful Las Vegas hotel union are planning a vote next month that could empower organizers to call for a strike.
The Culinary union is negotiating over contracts that cover about 10,000 Las Vegas workers.
Last week, members voted to end a contract extension put in place in June, which means workers now have the right to picket, boycott, and strike.
Culinary spokeswoman … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 27, 2014 at 3:30 am
BOSTON (AP) - The state gaming commission is preparing to award its first license for expanded gambling in Massachusetts.
The panel meets on Thursday to decide between three applicants for the only slots parlor allowed under the state's 2011 gambling law. The proposals are in Leominster (LEH'-min-stuhr), Plainville and Raynham.
The commission spent the previous two days reviewing reports on … [Read more...]
Associated Press · February 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A judge spared the former treasurer for the tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino from prison time for theft, saying Wednesday she was impressed by his reform before the investigation.
U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton sentenced Steven Thomas to three months of home confinement and ordered him to pay $17,7603 in restitution and perform 200 … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · February 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The odds were even longer than usual inside one Atlantic City casino Wednesday morning. But that didn't deter more than 1,300 hopefuls from lining up before the sun rose and standing in a queue that wrapped around the inside of the building.
They weren't at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City to gamble. They were betting that they could land one of the 50 jobs the casino … [Read more...]
Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Passenger counts at McCarran International Airport were off to a flying start in 2014 with January numbers up 5.3 percent over the same month a year ago.
Officials with the Clark County Department of Aviation on Wednesday reported 3.3 million passengers passed through the airport’s gates.
An airport spokesman attributed the increase to Southern Nevada’s steadily improving economy as well as … [Read more...]
Chet Brokaw, Associated Press · February 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota voters would decide whether troubled Deadwood casinos could offer roulette, keno and craps under a proposed constitutional amendment narrowly endorsed by a House committee Wednesday.
The State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 for a measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot.
Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and … [Read more...]
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