Laura Carroll & Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am
It’s Mexican Independence Day, and the city is capitalizing.
On any given weekend Las Vegas attracts 300,000 visitors, but this won’t be your average two-day break: In 2012, Mexican Independence Day weekend ranked No. 12 out of the best weekends of the year for Las Vegas in terms of citywide occupancy, which was 94.4 percent.
On the Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is sold out Saturday, … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 13, 2013 at 9:25 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Playing the big-money games in the North Carolina Education Lottery soon may be as easy as sitting in front of a desktop or opening a laptop.
Lottery officials have announced plans to offer a service that will allow players to buy tickets for its Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 games by subscription through its website.
"By making a subscription service … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm
In the last piece of unfinished business prior to an all-but-certain appeal, Las Vegas Sands Corp. is seeking to slash 90 percent from the trial expenses claimed by former consultant Richard Suen.
After a six-week trial that ended in mid-May, a Clark County District Court jury awarded Suen $70 million for the work he did more than a decade ago to help the company secure its hugely profitable … [Read more...]
Norma Love, Associated Press · September 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A gambling analyst cautioned a special commission Thursday that New Hampshire should separate licensing and enforcement operations if the state legalizes casino gambling.
The Gambling Regulatory Oversight Authority held a public hearing on the regulatory structure the state should have if it moves ahead with a casino. The panel is required to submit draft legislation to … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 12, 2013 at 11:28 am
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - The Scottish Football Association has banned Rangers midfielder Ian Black for at least three matches for betting on his own team's fixtures.
Between March 2006 and July, Black admitted betting on his team not to win three matches.
Black was also found to have bet on a further 10 matches involving his team over that period.
Black played for Inverness until 2009 … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · September 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Want lower taxes? More money for your schools? More jobs?
A referendum on the November ballot promises all that and more to New Yorkers as politicians seek to change the state constitution to allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos.
The rosy language is raising some eyebrows among good-government advocates and those opposed to gambling.
"It has more spin than a roulette … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 12, 2013 at 10:20 am
BOSTON (AP) — Casino gambling foes have gone to court in an effort to keep alive a proposed statewide ballot question that would repeal the 2011 state law that allows up to three casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts.
Attorney General Martha Coakley disqualified the ballot initiative last week, ruling that it could violate the state constitution by resulting in the uncompensated taking of … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm
State gaming regulators gave preliminary approval on Thursday to a marketing agreement between Golden Gaming and Treasure Island in which the tavern operator could deliver its customers as online poker players to the Strip casino.
Under terms of the agreement, Golden Gaming can sign up customers from its three Pahrump casinos and its 40 wholly owned statewide taverns operations to play online … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm
Lottery systems provider Scientific Games received tentative approval on Wednesday from the Gaming Control Board to purchase slot machine manufacturer WMS Industries for $1.5 billion.
The Nevada Gaming Commission will have a final say on the matter on Sept. 26.
Scientific Games is headquartered in New York. It’s largest shareholder is financier Ronald Perelman, who is ranked 26th on the … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 11, 2013 at 9:31 am
With a new partnership in the works, Las Vegas is setting itself apart.
At the Tuesday Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors meeting, R&R Partners presented its annual marketing plan. During his presentation, CEO and Principal Billy Vassiliadis talked about R&R Partners’ work with Google to feature the inside of Las Vegas hotels on Google Interiors.
R&R … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 11, 2013 at 9:17 am
Sometimes, silence speaks louder than words.
The contract between Cox Nevada Telcom and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority remains in effect after Tuesday’s board of directors meeting, despite Chairman Tom Collins placing an item on the agenda suggesting he wanted to terminate the business agreement.
“I was really surprised Cox was selected,” Collins told the board … [Read more...]
Anal Snel, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 11, 2013 at 8:50 am
A UNLV effort to build a new on-campus football stadium and entertainment center moved forward Tuesday with the naming of three resort-casino executives to a new 11-member stadium board.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board picked one of its own members, Boyd Gaming Corp. Chief Operating Officer Paul Chakmak, as its representative on the UNLV stadium board. Chakmak has an … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm
BOSTON (AP) - The competition for the only casino license in western Massachusetts narrowed on Tuesday as West Springfield voters rejected a proposal by Hard Rock International to build a resort casino.
The vote went 55 percent to 45 percent against a host community agreement that would have called for Hard Rock to make minimum annual payments of $18 million a year to the city if a casino were … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) - Voters in Plainville have overwhelmingly approved a proposal for a slots parlor at the state's only harness race track.
Seventy-six percent of the town's voters backed the proposal. About 37 percent of registered voters participated.
Tuesday's referendum was on a host community agreement that was originally reached between the town and Ourway Realty, the current … [Read more...]
Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm
RENO — If you are going to play, then you have to pay.
That was the clear message that Chief Clark County District Attorney Bernard Zadrowski gave Tuesday to gamblers, lawyers, Nevada justices and about 1,000 students in the Reno High School gym.
He argued for the constitutionality of the state’s “markers law” that requires gamblers to pay their debts when requested, or face civil and … [Read more...]
Bob Salsberg, Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm
BOSTON (AP) - A casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, stalled for months on Beacon Hill, got a push forward on Tuesday when a legislative panel approved the agreement.
The vote, coming at a meeting of the economic development committee held in Springfield, clears the way for the full Legislature to act on the compact, which would guarantee the state a share … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm
FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's newest casino is laying off 15 percent of its 450 employees, citing "slower than expected" business since the resort casino opened two months ago.
The Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort opened July 1, but unlike most others in the state, it is not open to the general public. Instead, patrons must be guests of the posh resort, about 40 miles … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's casino revenue fell by nearly 5 percent in August, as gamblers won table games at a higher rate than usual.
The city's 12 casinos took in $298.1 million, down 4.8 percent from August 2012.
Revenue from table games was $78.6 million, down 10.5 percent from a year ago. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement said the casinos fared worse at table … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Gaming regulators in Washington state have withdrawn administrative charges filed against Galaxy Gaming Inc., a company executive confirmed Tuesday.
The charges filed by the Washington State Gambling Commission were the result of a routine audit conducted in 2010. That audit alleged the Las Vegas-based company made numerous misleading statements in its renewal and other applications, and … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The proposed merger of West Virginia's MTR Gaming Group and Nevada's Eldorado Resorts creates opportunity for growth, and executives with both companies told investors Tuesday that they should expect to see the combined company play a role in the consolidation of the gambling industry.
Eldorado and Chester-based MTR announced plans Monday to create a new company, … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm
GLASSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania lawmaker overheard on a wiretap telling the suspected ringleader of an illegal gambling operation that he would conceal a complaint about the man's video poker machines says he has cooperated with investigators and tried to help the person who complained about the machines.
State Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, broke his silence Monday on the wiretap … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) - Voters in Plainville are deciding whether to move forward with a proposed slots parlor at the state's only harness race track.
Tuesday's referendum is on a host community agreement that was originally reached between the town and Ourway Realty, the current owners of the Plainridge track.
The plan was nearly scuttled when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 11:13 am
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - West Springfield voters are going to the polls to whether to allow a proposal for the lone casino in the western part of the state to move forward.
Hard Rock International has proposed a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.
Polls are open Tuesday until 8 p.m.
Under state law, each community where a gambling facility has been … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 10, 2013 at 9:20 am
As the Sands Expo continues its mission to go green, the industry’s taking notice.
The meetings and convention complex at the Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas is undergoing a $35 million renovation that includes new carpet, lighting and motion sensors. Much of the renovations were and are being conducted to meet sustainable criteria set forth by certification bodies.
As a result of its … [Read more...]
Associated Press · September 10, 2013 at 3:06 am
BOSTON (AP) - After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may finally be inching forward.
A legislative committee on Tuesday is expected to vote on whether to send the compact to the full House and Senate for approval.
Patrick signed the revised compact with the tribe in March after an earlier agreement was … [Read more...]
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