October 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm
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 request for an interactive gaming license in Nevada, Boyd Gaming Executive Vice President Bob Boughner said the company expects to … [Read more...]
October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am
(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 catch up with the rapid expansion of rival casino operators.
MGM China Holdings Ltd. said it formally accepted a long-awaited land concession contract … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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 Louisville track, home of the Kentucky Derby, pick up September racing dates that traditionally have gone to Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm
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 improved performance from the first debate resulted in him going from a 4-9 favorite to a 2-5 favorite Wednesday. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm
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 the owners constitutional free-speech rights.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases in which amusement … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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.
John Wilhelm, the current UNITE HERE president, announced in an email message Wednesday he is stepping down, effective Nov. 29 at the general executive board … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 10:32 am
(Updated) Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Two brothers from central New York have claimed a winning $5 million lottery scratch-off ticket they bought at their parents' Syracuse store six years ago, state lottery officials said.
Andy Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, came forward March 1, just 11 days before the top prize in the "$500,000,000 Extravaganza" … [Read more...]
October 17, 2012 at 2:30 am
BOSTON (AP) - Another step on the long road to casino gambling in Massachusetts is being taken as a 90-day window opens for developers to submit preliminary applications to the state.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission plans to make applications available on Wednesday to companies interested in bidding for the sole license to operate a slot parlor. Initial applications for … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - After betting more than $5 million they could persuade voters to approve Oregon's first privately owned casino, the Canadian developers folded their hand Tuesday, saying they would suspend their campaign because there isn't enough support from voters.
Two Canadian companies have spent millions on television commercials promoting a … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - More people who view AC are willing to "Do AC."
The Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casinos, says its multimillion-dollar advertising campaign shows people in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Md., are improving their perceptions of Atlantic City. A survey found that 39 percent of people who saw the … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 9:54 am
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport officials say they are negotiating to buy the Rhythm City Casino for $46 million but won't require any taxpayer money to pay for it.
City officials are expected to announce their intentions on Tuesday.
A council vote is expected on Oct. 24 on whether the city should continue negotiating with Isle of Capri, which owns the casino, and begin … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 9:34 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Lottery officials are questioning The Greenbrier resort's practice of giving bus day-tour groups' access to its casino.
Lottery Director John Musgrave tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/V48a5c ) that the West Virginia Lottery Commission will need to clarify The Greenbrier casino gambling regulations.
The commission plans to … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 5:02 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Lottery officials say the program has reached a milestone by raising more than $500 million for education in the state.
The lottery's executive director, Rollo Redburn, said Monday the lottery has contributed more than $500 million to state education since it was launched in 2005. A transfer of revenue on Oct. 9 pushed contributions over the $500 million … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 4:01 am
CHICAGO (AP) - A member of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship team will serve as chairman of the Illinois Lottery Control Board.
Gov. Pat Quinn named former player Gary Fencik to the five-member lottery board in August.
In a statement Monday, lottery officials said board members elected Fencik to be their chairman.
Fencik was a safety and captain of the … [Read more...]
October 16, 2012 at 1:25 am
Editorial: The Topeka Capital-Journal
The demands of crafting a government budget - at the federal, state or local level - often requires some creative thinking and deft management. But still, the public generally expects government revenue generated for a specific purpose to be spent for that purpose.
In Kansas, that isn't always the way it works with our state government, although it … [Read more...]
October 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is charging ahead in its effort to offer legalized sports betting despite the presence of some hefty opposition standing between the state and the goal line.
The state said Monday that it could begin issuing licenses for sports betting on Jan. 9, assuming a federal lawsuit filed by the major professional sports leagues and … [Read more...]
October 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(Updated) Patrick Walters, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Gross revenue from table games rose 15.4 percent last month compared to the same period a year ago, state gambling regulators reported Monday.
The state's 11 casinos generated $59.3 million in gross revenue from table games in September, an increase from $51.4 million during the same period a year ago, according to Pennsylvania … [Read more...]
October 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(Updated) Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's 13th casino is now scheduled to open by the end of the month.
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. said Monday it will open its new $135 million Isle Casino Cape Girardeau on Oct. 30 in the southeast Missouri town, pending final approval from the Missouri Gaming Commission. The casino includes five restaurants, a 750-seat multipurpose … [Read more...]
October 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The first juror selected Monday for a Philadelphia mob trial said she had been traumatized as a teen by a violent attack and the ensuing threats made when she testified in court.
The woman, now decades removed from the crime, said she could nonetheless judge the mob case fairly.
The racketeering case mostly involves illegal gambling … [Read more...]
October 14, 2012 at 11:15 am
Holly Ramer, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public policy experts estimate that New Hampshire could net more than $50 million a year if it builds a casino in the southern part of the state. Tim Moore puts his share at about $1,500.
Moore, a 43-year-old sales manager from Seabrook, gambles at Connecticut casinos about four times a year, dropping roughly $250 per visit. But he'd bump up … [Read more...]
October 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif., law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.
Twenty-four-year-old Eric Cuellar and 24-year-old Justin Teixeira were jailed Friday afternoon on suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife.
Police say the two men … [Read more...]
October 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm
BOSTON (AP) - The federal government rejected a compact between Massachusetts and the Mashpee Wampanoags, dealing a major setback to the tribe's hopes for building a resort casino in Taunton.
In a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick explaining its decision, the U.S. Interior Department - which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs - said the compact called for the tribe to send too great a share of … [Read more...]
October 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Hoosier Lottery's largest vendor is protesting Indiana's decision to award a private management contract to a rival company.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/QW85Cf ) that Scientific Games argues in an Oct. 5 letter that lottery officials discriminated against the New York-based lottery vendor throughout the contract selection process.
The State Lottery … [Read more...]
October 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm
Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Three companies seeking to develop a resort casino in Springfield submitted applications Thursday to the western Massachusetts city, and a fourth that had previously expressed interest declined to enter the competition.
Penn National Gaming, which unveiled details of an $807 million casino plan earlier in the day, MGM International and Ameristar … [Read more...]
October 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Wayne Parry, Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have approved bills that allow the use of portable betting devices at horse racing tracks, and allow lottery winners to remain anonymous for a year.
A state Senate committee Thursday approved a measure allowing betting on wireless devices at race tracks. A similar bill authorizing the use of such devices at Atlantic … [Read more...]
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