February 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm
Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
That was the overriding theme from three Strip and downtown casino workers as Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 enter into contract talks with much of the Las Vegas hotel-casino industry.
Several thousand union members convened Monday in meetings at Cashman Center in different sessions to discuss the upcoming contract … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PRESS
Nevada's largest casino companies are about to bet the house on Toronto.
A single integrated resort complex in the heart of Canada's largest city could be worth billions in annual revenue to whichever casino operator wins a heated bidding process for the gaming license.
Of course, there has to be a competition.
Toronto and its residents have the … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Business Press
Whether it's the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Mob Museum, the eclectic Fremont East Entertainment District or the $100 million being poured into the Downtown Grand, investors expect to turn a profit in downtown Las Vegas.
The area's recent renaissance is no coincidence, but a collaborative effort by a group of business owners and … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(Updated) WAYNE PARRY
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's casinos began the new year the way they've spent most of the past six years: taking in less and less money from gamblers.
Revenue at the city's 12 casinos fell by 13.2 percent in January, compared with a year ago. And Revel, the city's newest casino that had been viewed as a potential catalyst for an Atlantic … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Stephen Singer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino has joined the race to open a casino in eastern Massachusetts.
CEO Scott Butera told The Associated Press on Monday that it is working with real estate developer David Nunes to compete for a casino in Milford, about 40 miles west of Boston.
Building a casino just 70 miles from Foxwoods in … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(Updated) Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
MGM Resorts International, which gave up its ties to Atlantic City's casino market nearly three years ago to settle a dispute with New Jersey gaming regulators, is seeking to regain a piece of the action.
The Las Vegas casino giant, which still owns 50 percent of Atlantic City's market-leading Borgata, petitioned the New Jersey Casino … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm
Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The largest stockholder in Affinity Gaming has proposed purchasing all outstanding shares of the Las Vegas based casino operator at a 22 percent premium over the current value.
In a letter Monday to Affinity's board of directors that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Illinois-based Z Capital Partners, which owns 30.5 percent of … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield's mayor has decided to open host community negotiations with each of the two companies hoping to develop casinos in the western Massachusetts city.
Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement on Monday after an internal review by the city of both casino proposals, one by MGM Resorts International and the other by Penn National Gaming.
The plan to begin … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Critics of a proposed smoking ban in St. Joseph are questioning why the gambling floor at St. Jo Frontier Casino would be exempt while bars and restaurants would be forced to go smoke-free.
The casino's general manager counters that revenues would drop 25 percent to 30 percent if a ban were enforced on the gambling hall, which could cost the community jobs and some of the … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm
LONDON (AP) - Bookmakers have been quick to offer odds on candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI, with cardinals from Ghana, Nigeria and Canada among the early favorites.
Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson, Canada's Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria lead in betting with Britain's major bookmakers.
William Hill made Turkson - one of the highest-ranking African … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 11:57 am
Wayne Parry, ASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Three years after agreeing to surrender its half ownership of Atlantic City's top casino rather than cut ties to a family suspected of links to Chinese gangsters, MGM Resorts International has had a change of heart.
The Las Vegas-based company is asking New Jersey casino regulators to allow it to keep its 50 percent stake in the … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am
Chris Sieroty, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Shares of Full House Resorts Inc. will begin trading Wednesday on the Nasdaq Capital Market after the company approved transferring its stock exchange listing from the New York Stock Exchange.
The Las Vegas-based gaming company said shares will continue to trade under its current listing FLL. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, … [Read more...]
February 11, 2013 at 5:40 am
OXFORD, Maine (AP) - Western Maine's Oxford Casino is looking for people interested in becoming blackjack dealers and running roulette, craps and other casino table games.
The casino is holding a recruitment event at Lewiston's Career Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in hopes of getting a large number of applicants interested in becoming card dealers and table game operators.
Casino … [Read more...]
February 10, 2013 at 5:03 am
Sonya Padgett LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Behold, The Crapper: a toilet-shaped porcelain cup filled with light rum, chocolate liqueur and frozen pina colada, all topped with a floating Snickers bar.
Who, you wonder, would drink such a thing? You would be surprised. Mothers. Fathers. Men. Women. More men than women but, still, women. Americans. Europeans. People who want to have a memorable … [Read more...]
February 10, 2013 at 5:02 am
Laura Carroll, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
So you're planning a trip to Las Vegas, but resorts on the Strip, their poorer cousins downtown or one of the scores of name-brand, cookie-cutter places in scattered commercial zones around the valley are not your cup of tea.
You'd rather spend your afternoon in a quiet neighborhood living room, reading a good book with Earl Grey in a fine china cup … [Read more...]
February 9, 2013 at 11:05 am
Jeffrey Collins, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) - As South Carolina struggles to find money to pay to for health care for the poor and fix crumbling roads and bridges, Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris wants to remind the state that he has a deal.
Allow the tribe to open a casino, and the Catawbas won't mind sharing millions of dollars in proceeds with the state, … [Read more...]
February 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
Alissa Skelton, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will again push for several bills that would bring in more money for the state's horse racing industry and offer hope of reversing years of decline.
Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh will be among those pushing for a bill Monday before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
Lautenbaugh introduced a bill and … [Read more...]
February 9, 2013 at 5:11 am
Tim O'Reiley, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The owners of the now-shuttered B.B. King's Restaurant & Blues Club will continue their legal battle against former landlord The Mirage.
The restaurant ownership claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court that the resort massively overcharged the operation for stewarding, the back-of-the-house utility functions shared by … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Harold Heckle, ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID - A multibillion-dollar "EuroVegas" casino resort will be built in the outskirts of Madrid, hopefully bringing much-needed jobs and investment, officials from Spain and Las Vegas Sands casinos said Friday.
Madrid's regional government president, Ignacio Gonzalez, said Eurovegas will occupy an area equivalent to 750 football fields in the suburb city … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Hannah Dreier, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is using the low-grade rivalry between Las Vegas and Atlantic City to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill that could expand the state's online gambling market nationwide.
The day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested that he'd be open to legalizing some form of Internet gambling, the Nevada Republican … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm
Chris SIeroty, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval wants an online gambling bill.
The Republican governor said Friday he will work with Democrat Assembly Majority Leader William Horne to pass a bill within 30 days.
Sandoval said it is "critical" Nevada pass its own online gaming bill, especially with New Jersey considering reworking its proposed online gaming bill. New … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - After weeks of speculation, Caesars Entertainment is confirming that it's trying to lure Britney Spears to Las Vegas for a recurring gig at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Spokeswoman Emily Wofford said Friday the company is in negotiations to install the pop princess on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 31-year-old "Scream & Shout" singer stoked rumors last week by … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm
Laura Carroll, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Las Vegas, we didn't quite make it to 40 million visitors in 2012, but we came close. When all was said and done, 39.7 million people came to the city in 2012, up 2.1 percent from 2011's final total of 38.9 million visitors, according to the monthly Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority count released Friday. And even though it's not quite 40 … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 10:30 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Bet on complications in picking spots for new casinos in New York.
It has become clear since Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January proposed three upstate casinos in yet-to-be identified locations that there is a patchwork of conflicting interests when it comes to gambling in New York. Not only are state lawmakers pushing back at Cuomo's proposal to let a commission dominated by his … [Read more...]
February 8, 2013 at 10:18 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - December was a good month for Nevada casinos.
State gambling regulators reported Friday that casinos statewide took in a little over 10 percent more in gambling revenues during the month than they did in the same period a year ago.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board says casinos won about $943 million during the month, and the state collected more than $39 million based … [Read more...]
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