October 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Kantele Franko, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus opened Monday in Ohio's capital, welcoming hundreds of people who had waited on a chilly morning to be among the first placing bets at the table games and about 3,000 slot machines.
It's the third and largest of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos. It also is the one that will have the most … [Read more...]
October 8, 2012 at 5:00 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas regulators are considering whether they need new rules for providers of promotional tours to three state-owned casinos.
The state Racing and Gaming Commission has scheduled a hearing Friday on the issue. The commission regulates the companies that operate casinos for the Kansas Lottery in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kan.
The commission also licenses … [Read more...]
October 8, 2012 at 3:01 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's newest and largest casino is set to open Monday.
The $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus opens to the public amid growing competition.
The casino on the west side of Columbus sits just about 10 miles from the first Ohio horse racing track to get slots-like gambling machines.
The facility owned by Penn National Gaming Inc. boasts about … [Read more...]
October 7, 2012 at 12:01 am
Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - By ruling that a proposed casino legalization measure was not qualified for the November ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court provided clarity to voters on what issues they'll decide in less than a month. But they punted on whether a state law aimed at avoiding last-minute challenges to ballot measures is working as intended.
Justices … [Read more...]
October 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs Inc. is buying a Mississippi casino and hotel for $141 million cash.
The company said on Friday the agreement to buy Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg is contingent on receiving a gaming license. The deal is expected to close by year's end.
Churchill Downs also owns Harlow's Casino Resort & Hotel in Greenville, 90 miles north of the Riverwalk … [Read more...]
October 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Washington Redskins on Tuesday urged their fans to support a ballot question in Maryland to expand gambling, a high-profile endorsement for efforts to allow a casino in the Maryland county where the team plays its home games near the nation’s capital.
Dennis Greene, president of the team’s business operations, said in the statement that the team was … [Read more...]
October 3, 2012 at 8:51 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's lottery commission is nearing a vote on whether to hire a company to take over more of the Hoosier Lottery's operations.
The State Lottery Commission was expected to vote Wednesday on whether to move ahead with hiring a private vendor or to keep lottery operations as they are.
The panel delayed a vote last week to give its members more time … [Read more...]
October 3, 2012 at 6:05 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Internet gambling in the U.S. and overseas is expected to remain a hot topic for industry executives during a panel discussion about the state of play in U.S. casinos.
The leaders of several slot and gambling machine makers and Las Vegas-based casino companies MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands Corp. are scheduled to take part in the Wednesday forum during the annual … [Read more...]
October 3, 2012 at 3:00 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The casino set to open Monday in Ohio's capital is testing its operations with an invitation-only demonstration day.
The $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus says proceeds from Wednesday's games will go to five local nonprofit organizations. Mayor Michael Coleman and actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on hand for the … [Read more...]
October 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky horse tracks are suddenly jostling one another as state regulators hit the homestretch in assigning next year's racing schedule. Most notably, Churchill Downs is competing for September racing dates traditionally allotted to struggling Turfway Park.
Some thoroughbred trainers say the turf squabbles are a sign of the struggles … [Read more...]
October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(Updated) Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As casinos begin to open around Ohio, Tom Leksan provides a cautionary tale.
The 60-year-old attorney from Cincinnati lost his marriage, his happy home and expects soon to lose his law license as a result of a gambling addiction.
"I'm not saying that casinos are evil. I'm not one of those kinds of people - especially with … [Read more...]
October 1, 2012 at 11:43 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - The Hungarian government says it is planning to ban slot machines, which it says have led thousands of families to ruin.
According to the bill filed Monday in Parliament, slot machines will be allowed only in Hungary's three casinos. The number of slot machines has fallen from around 25,000 to just 2,000 after last year's five-fold increase in the … [Read more...]
September 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Patrick Walter, Associated Press
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A generation ago, this town was booming thanks to a manufacturing behemoth that helped build the New York City skyline, Panama Canal, battleships and countless miles of railway. Now, more than a decade after Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt, the city is reinvigorating itself through a different industry: casino gambling.
Sands Casino Resort … [Read more...]
September 28, 2012 at 9:07 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Some people are speaking out against an American Indian tribe possibly building a casino on land it owns in northern Indiana.
Dozens of people attended a Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing Thursday night on the Pokagon (poh-KAY'-gun) Band of Potawatomi (pot-uh-WAH'-tuh-mee) Indians' plans for what it calls a tribal village at the 164-acre site on South … [Read more...]
September 28, 2012 at 8:09 am
Joe Mandak, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man is scheduled to change his not guilty plea to charges that he evaded roughly $132,000 in income taxes in the years 2009 and 2010 by having friends cash in his winning lottery tickets - which authorities say were his primary source of income.
The two-count indictment returned earlier this year says 69-year old Sherman … [Read more...]
September 27, 2012 at 3:43 am
David Pitt, Associated Press
BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) - A winning $202 million Powerball ticket was purchased at a convenience store in the suburban Des Moines city of Bondurant, but nobody had claimed it by midday Thursday.
Iowa lottery officials encourage people to consult with an attorney or financial planner before stepping forward, so some delay in naming a winner isn't surprising.
"This … [Read more...]
September 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A city lawmaker is seeking support for a resolution to rescind a contract with the Seneca Indian Nation that allows it to operate a casino in Buffalo.
Councilman Michael LoCurto said Tuesday that the western New York tribe has breached the 2006 agreement by scaling back its plans to build a heavily marketed $330 million casino-hotel … [Read more...]
September 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Hurricane Isaac's drenching rains dampened August casino revenues in Mississippi, with closings and bad weather keeping gamblers from losing as much as in August 2011.
Statewide casino revenue fell 3.4 percent from last year, to $178.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures.
In August, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $86.3 million from … [Read more...]
September 25, 2012 at 8:14 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A detention hearing is set for an Oklahoma man accused of running an illegal gambling operation.
Prosecutors claim that Teddy Mitchell was the leader of the operation, which included his two adult sons. Prosecutors claim the men took part in a gambling ring that operated poker games, took sports wagers and laundered gambling proceeds.
Mitchell was … [Read more...]
September 25, 2012 at 3:10 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A councilman in Buffalo is expected to introduce a resolution meant to halt construction of a Seneca Indian Nation casino in the city.
The Buffalo Common Council's community development committee is set to discuss Councilman Michael LoCurto's resolution Tuesday. It seeks to rescind the city's contract with the Senecas, saying the casino won't employ as … [Read more...]
September 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A ballot measure that would give a professional poker player the exclusive right to operate casinos in Arkansas defines gambling so broadly that it would include some types of pinball machines and state fair games, a campaign funded by a Hot Springs horse track told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday.
The Arkansas Racing Alliance and professional poker player Nancy … [Read more...]
September 23, 2012 at 10:26 am
Holbrook Mohn, Associated Press
A gambling company has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a Mississippi casino served a heavily medicated man so many free drinks that he collapsed in the bathroom of his hotel room and died.
The lawsuit against IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi was filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in July and seeks damages of $75 million.
The … [Read more...]
September 22, 2012 at 9:00 am
Jeff Karoub, Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - If legislation working its way through the Michigan Senate had been law last month, the world might never know the name and face of Donald Lawson - the 44-year-old father of two and self-described "hillbilly" from Lapeer who held court with the media on the day he claimed his prize for winning the $337 million in the Powerball lottery … [Read more...]
September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is building a replica of the Eiffel Tower for a new $3 billion hotel-casino in Macau.
The company's chairman Sheldon Adelson says resort, called The Parisian, will feature a scaled-down version of the tower and 3,000 hotel rooms.
A replica of the Eiffel Tower can be found on the Las Vegas Strip at the Paris Las Vegas resort, … [Read more...]
September 21, 2012 at 11:47 am
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield has set an Oct. 10 deadline for companies to show they are qualified to operate a resort casino in the city.
The city said in a statement Friday that qualified responders will be selected for the second phase of the project by Oct. 31. The city would pre-qualify companies based reputation, expertise, financial strength and project … [Read more...]
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