Matt Woolbright, Associated Press · June 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval finished making decisions on bills approved by the 2013 Legislature on Thursday, less than 10 days after lawmakers left the capitol.
The Republican governor signed 11 bills and vetoed three others to conclude the business of the session.
In the final count, 558 bills from the 77th Legislature were passed into Silver State law. Sandoval … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Guam's tax department has renewed licenses for more than 200 gambling machines despite an ongoing fight over whether the devices are legal.
Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/141OKU7 ) the Department of Revenue and Taxation renewed the licenses for 216 machines for another year.
The territory's attorney general, Leonardo Rapadas, argues that the machines are … [Read more...]
Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm
New data released Thursday by the International Trade Administration show spending by international visitors to the U.S. in April 2013 totaled nearly $14.5 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent when compared to April 2012.
International visitors have spent an estimated $57.9 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related services year-to-date in 2013, an increase of 8 percent when compared to … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Pinnacle Entertainment secured almost $3 billion in financing needed to complete its $2.8 buyout of rival regional gaming operator Ameristar Casinos.
In a filing late Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle said more than a dozen investment banks and institutions have committed the financing for the buyout, which would double the company’s … [Read more...]
Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm
It’s a good thing Eric Baldwin couldn’t hit the curveball. Otherwise, no one would have known how good a poker player he is.
His high school buddies knew from their Friday night games growing up in Beaver Dam, Wis. He took their money on a regular basis, with the pots sometimes growing to as much as $300, which is pretty good coin for a teenager.
Now, the poker world knows how good Baldwin … [Read more...]
Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press · June 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York state and Seneca Indian Nation leaders appear to be making progress toward settling a long-running standoff over casino gambling that has taken on new urgency as Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes plans to allow casinos off tribal land.
Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. met with members of Cuomo's administration for several hours in Albany on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 13, 2013 at 4:12 am
Even with decreased visa wait times and an increasing number of countries being added to the Visa Waiver Program, the U.S. still has its share of issues welcoming international travelers.
A few years ago, wait times just to get an interview appointment to apply for a visa could stretch out to 120 days for persons who wanted to come to the U.S. By increasing staffing in many of the areas most … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm
With just more than a week before a crucial referendum on a Wynn Resorts Ltd. project, a group of volunteers and business owners are going door-to-door in a small Massachusetts town lobbying for the gaming company’s planned $1.2 billion casino-resort.
The pro-Wynn group, Everett United, is made up of dozens of volunteers, with its campaign largely financed by Las Vegas-based Wynn … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 12, 2013 at 9:47 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appeals court says the state can move ahead with its plan to turn over sales and marketing of the New Jersey Lottery to a private vendor.
But the court could still reverse course.
Gov. Chris Christie wants to hand over some lottery functions to a joint venture known as Northstar New Jersey in a deal that would give the state government $120 million … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 12, 2013 at 8:36 am
RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Raynham Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved a host community agreement with a developer that wants to bring a slots parlor to the former dog racing track in town.
Under terms of the agreement reached Tuesday, the developer will pay the town annual fees for more than $1.1 million.
The developer, Raynham Park LLC, is the first to reach an agreement with a host … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 12, 2013 at 4:00 am
Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced it was forming a social poker development studio to expand the free-to-play World Series of Poker game through its Playtika division.
The Montreal-based subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, which owns the World Series of Poker brand, will add a social gaming format of the tournament to its free-to-play slot machine, casino game and bingo … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 12, 2013 at 3:05 am
It was a busy day for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt visited the board Tuesday and signed a trade promotion partner memorandum of agreement with Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, chairman of the convention authority board, and the authority’s president and CEO, Rossi Ralenkotter.
The document … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 12, 2013 at 3:00 am
The Strip’s New York-New York, home to a faux Statue of Liberty and a scaled-down version of the Brooklyn Bridge, will soon house an 18-foot-tall replica of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and other over-sized candy brands.
Hershey’s released details Tuesday of the planned Hershey’s Chocolate World that will occupy 13,000 square feet inside New York-New York.
The project is part of a $100 … [Read more...]
Randall Chase, Associated Press · June 12, 2013 at 12:28 am
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill allowing veterans groups and fraternal organizations to operate slot machines cleared the Senate on Tuesday after lawmakers added a controversial amendment expanding its scope.
The legislation stems from an effort by the Markell administration and lawmakers to appease veterans groups and fraternal organizations after they were told late last year to stop their illegal … [Read more...]
Clarke Canfield, Associated Press · June 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The state's newest casino generated more than $65 million in net revenues in its first year of operation, topping its original projections as well as the revenues of the state's more-established casino.
Oxford Casino had about $53 million in revenues - the amount lost by gamblers - from slot machines between June 2012 and May, and $12 million more from table games such as … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 11, 2013 at 3:26 am
As expected, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has asked Clark District Judge Rob Bare to either reduce drastically, throw out entirely or order a retrial of the verdict won last month by former company consultant Richard Suen.
The award, now standing at $102.8 million including the $70 million granted by the jury, interest and requested trial costs, does not pass legal muster for several reasons, … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 11, 2013 at 3:13 am
CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) — MTR Gaming Group Inc. is letting customers use their smartphones and iPads to place bets on horse races.
MTR says it now has the mobile betting platform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, and Presque Isle Downs & Casino near Erie, Pa. When they are in specific areas of the facilities, customers can use their … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 11, 2013 at 3:05 am
A menacing man in yellow stared unflinchingly at the crowd, his 3-foot- long red goatee swaying slightly as he glared. To his right, his comrade’s shiny royal blue hair covered the left side of his face. The right side, unencumbered by the straight hair, was stoic, covered by white paint.
The two may have appeared frightening, but they were at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday morning … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 11, 2013 at 1:04 am
Remember the original “Star Trek” television series episode titled “Mirror, Mirror,” in which members of the Enterprise crew were transported to a parallel universe with an alternate reality?
That was Nevada in April.
Reno bailed out Las Vegas.
Nevada gaming revenues fell less than 1 percent during April, but double-digit increases from Reno and Washoe County casinos saved the state from … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 11, 2013 at 1:03 am
The Stamis family has two weeks to round up the financing to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy before the main lender gets a chance to oust them from their long-time ownership of locals casino Jerry’s Nugget.
At a hearing Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mike Nakagawa extended until June 26 the so-called exclusivity period, during which only the owners of a bankrupt company can propose a … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm
The ability of a sports fan at almost any tavern in Nevada to get up from their burger, fries and beer and wander across the bar to wager on a football game or the fifth race at Hollywood Park is quickly coming to an end.
When the kiosks were first introduced, you first had to open your account at a casino.
That was the original vision of John English, whose company Multimedia Enterprises in … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The group that represents video slot machine centers at race tracks says casino expansion in New York will cost taxpayers and schools millions of dollars without creating substantially more jobs.
The New York Gaming Association had lobbied to turn their "racinos" at race tracks into the Las Vegas-type casinos proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But the racino group says the … [Read more...]
Laura Carroll, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm
Las Vegas tourism numbers rose half a percent in April.
April visitation rose to 3.34 million visitors this year from April 2012’s 3.32 million, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported Monday.
Year-to-date, Las Vegas visitation is down a slight 0.3 percent, to 13.04 million visitors from last year’s 13.08 million.
Citywide occupancy year-over-year ticked up 0.6 points to … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · June 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's casinos still aren't playing "Back In Black" over their loudspeakers, but the decline in their revenue slowed significantly in May.
And that's what passes for good news these days in a market still struggling to find its footing after being bludgeoned by new competition, a recession and a devastating storm.
The city's casinos won more than $253.1 … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm
State gaming regulators cautioned the casino industry Monday about the use of Google Glass by customers, saying the wearable computers could be used as a cheating device by gamblers.
In a memo published Monday on the Gaming Control Board website, Enforcement Division Chief Jerry Markling said casinos were encouraged “to prohibit the wearing and use of Google Glass, or devices with similar … [Read more...]
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