Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm
A Caesars Entertainment Corp. executive is leaving the casino company to return to government work in California.
Marybel Batjer resigned last week as Caesars’ vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility to become California’s Secretary of Government Operations.
Batjer, 58, was named to the position by Gov. Jerry Brown, who announced the appointment Tuesday in … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Newport Grand would get to keep $1 million more a year under a plan endorsed by the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Lawmakers voted Tuesday to reduce the state's share of revenue from the facility for two years to help it stay afloat.
The proposal is contained in the House budget proposal.
Some House members argued that it was unfair to let Newport Grand … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Senate has passed a bill to make all gambling in the U.S. territory illegal after it pays off debt for its financially troubled public hospital.
Pacific Daily News reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1abCpD1 ) that the Senate unanimously approved the bill, which allows some forms of gambling to continue until debt is paid for Guam Memorial Hospital.
The bill says all … [Read more...]
Stephen Singer, Associated Press · June 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino announced Tuesday its first major expansion in five years with a $50 million project calling for more retail space, featuring a New England food market, a multiplex movie theater, bowling and clothing stores.
The Indian-run casino faces falling slot revenue and intense competition in the Northeast, but is betting on the improving economy … [Read more...]
Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Bellagio’s fountains have done it again.
The MGM Resorts International property’s most famous feature was named as the No. 1 landmark in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. The Las Vegas treasure beat out Gettysburg National Military Park, the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, and the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in New York City for the top spot.
TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards … [Read more...]
David Eggert, Associated Press · June 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Lottery is suspending plans to sell tickets and offer games on the Internet pending a review.
The decision comes after lawmakers didn't allocate money to launch an "iLottery" in early 2014.
Lottery spokeswoman Andi Brancato told The Associated Press on Tuesday that officials are putting on hold plans to hire a company to develop an online system and games. … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 25, 2013 at 11:50 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas gambling revenues raised through lottery ticket sales and three state-owned casinos are expected to top $150 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The Kansas Lottery said Monday that the portion of revenues from scratch-off and multi-state lottery tickets was $74.5 million, topping the 2012 mark by $2.5 million.
Revenues from state-owned casino operations in … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 25, 2013 at 2:02 am
Domestic airlines showed renewed interest in Las Vegas in May, and it made a difference.
The 3,757,000 passengers who passed through McCarran International Airport in May marked a 2.6 percent increase from a year earlier, the best monthly growth rate since April 2012.
The 12 months prior to the most recent report, released by the Clark County Department of Aviation on Monday, included nine … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A member of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Commission is asking for the commission to consider adding the game keno.
Keno is an electronic game in which players in restaurants and bars wager on numbers that appear on monitors.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1a7J0yt ) that Commissioner Dianne Lamberth requested Monday that the group formally … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Bally’s Las Vegas is remodeling the 756 rooms and suites inside the hotel-casino’s south tower, which will be renamed the Jubilee Tower.
The name is a tribute to the long-running Donn Arden’s “Jubilee!” The show has been holding performances since 1981.
Caesars Entertainment, which owns Bally’s and the attached Paris Las Vegas, is overseeing the room remodeling project.
Bally’s has two … [Read more...]
David Eggert, Associated Press · June 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider what power, if any, the state has to shut down an American Indian casino in northern Michigan in a case that could have implications for other tribal casino projects in the state.
The Bay Mills Indian Community opened a casino in late 2010 in Vanderbilt in the northern Lower Peninsula about 90 miles south of its Upper … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Ronald Johnson will continue as the general manager of the off-Strip LVH following the end of his tenure as a court-appointed receiver on Sunday.
Johnson, a gaming veteran who did a 15-year stint in management at the Riviera, was installed as receiver in February 2012 after the former controlling owner, an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC, defaulted on
the loan on what was then called the Las … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · June 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - As New York moves to expand gambling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting campaign contributions from casino operators.
Cuomo had said as recently as June 6 that he wanted to rid his casino proposal of politics. Albany's past expansions of gambling have resulted in some of Albany's biggest corruption scandals.
But the … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 24, 2013 at 9:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a business and a union's agreement is valid after the business helped the union organize in return for help with a ballot initiative.
The high court on Monday agreed to hear appeals from UNITE HERE Local 355, which wants to challenge a ruling saying its deal with Hollywood Greyhound Track, Inc., known as Mardi Gras Gaming, may be … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 23, 2013 at 10:32 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gutsy casino entrepreneurs helped launch Mississippi into the gambling business more than 20 years ago, and today a new breed of entrepreneurs are buying up properties for their portfolios.
One constant in the casino market's maturation process: lawyers. At the beginning, there were regulations to learn and transactions to clear for brand new clients. Now firms have teams … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 23, 2013 at 8:59 am
No one can say for certain how much New Jersey’s online gaming market will actually be worth.
State regulators, lawmakers, casino industry insiders and Wall Street analysts have estimated Internet wagers could generate as much as $1.2 billion in gaming revenues in the first year — roughly 40 percent of what Atlantic City’s 12 casinos collected in 2012.
That’s one reason Internet gaming … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) - Voters in Everett overwhelmingly approved an agreement between city officials and Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, who wants to build a $1.2 billion resort casino at the site of a former chemical plant on the Mystic River.
Saturday's vote was the first binding referendum on a casino proposal since passage of the state's expanded gambling law in 2011.
The host … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 22, 2013 at 11:15 am
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) - Voters in Everett headed to the polls Saturday in the state's first binding referendum on a casino plan since the expanded gambling law was enacted.
The outcome will determine whether Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn's proposal to develop a $1.2 billion resort casino on a site along the Mystic River that once housed a chemical plant can move forward and eventually be … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm
As New Jersey prepares for its next court hearing on Wednesday over its efforts to legalize sports betting, gaming officials in Canada are urging lawmakers to vote on a bill legalizing Las Vegas-style sports books.
A bill introduced almost two years ago would allow Canadians to wager on a single sporting event at a time. It’s also seen as way to draw U.S. gamblers to casinos just across the … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm
Andy Choy, president and CEO of the Riviera on the Strip, was fired Friday as the casino’s parent company, Riviera Holdings Corp., continues to reorganize the struggling property’s management team.
Noah Acres, senior vice president of gaming, also resigned.
Choy, who was named CEO in April 2011, declined to comment Friday. The Riviera has lost three key executives within the past year, … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm
For the past few months, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas has been running up the frequent flyer mileage.
With federal Internet poker legalization prospects seemingly at a standstill, Pappas focused efforts of the 1.2 million-member lobbying organization on various individual state legislative activities.
Debate over Internet gaming and online poker surfaced this year in … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm
With its bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Friday, CSD LLC will proceed with plans to open later this summer a theme park on the former estate of former Strip headliner Wayne Newton.
Many of the details have not been decided starting with the name, said Texas businessman Lacy Harber, who owns the controlling interest in CSD and has already invested ten of millions of dollars into its … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm
After more than three years of expensive litigation, the conflicting sides in the CityCenter construction case will give peace a chance.
During unspecified dates in mid-August, about a dozen companies will take part in a negotiating session overseen by private mediator Ken Gibbs. According to a CityCenter spokesman, the session will last six days, when each group is placed in their own room … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors can start collecting signatures in their effort to have voters repeal the measure next year.
State officials on Friday certified an initial 1,000 signatures and petition summary wording from the group called the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs. That means it can begin gathering more than 231,000 … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · June 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The PokerStars website entered into a contract to buy an Atlantic City casino with "their eyes wide open," and now has to live with the consequences of the failed deal, the casino said in court papers.
The Rational Group, the Isle of Man-based parent company of PokerStars, struck a deal in December to buy The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.
But the agreement stated … [Read more...]
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