November 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Jennifer Robison, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
For sheer repetitiveness, your Thanksgiving leftovers have nothing on Nevada's taxable sales reports.
State and county sales have spent 2012 trending upward between 2 percent and 11 percent a month on a year-over-over basis, and September's results were no different. Statewide sales came in at $3.73 billion, up 4.2 percent from $3.58 billion in … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Culinary Local 226 leader D. Taylor was formally elected president of UNITE HERE on Thursday, a month after the expected change in the 250,000-member international organization was announced.
Taylor, 55, will give up his role as secretary-treasurer of the 60,000-member Culinary, the largest UNITE HERE affiliate. Secretary-treasurer is the top position … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Buck Wargo, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
A California real estate company has acquired the Ravella at Lake Las Vegas and adjacent Casino MonteLago for $46.8 million.
Arcadia-based Kam Sang Co. acquired the casino building and 349-room Ravella at Lake Las Vegas on Nov. 21 from Village Hospitality LLC, said Phil Wolfgramm, the company's senior vice president.
Village Hospitality, an extension … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Roger Alford, ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer demanding that any legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling in Kentucky start in the Senate.
"That line in the sand doesn't have to be drawn anymore," Stumbo told reporters during a Capitol press conference on Thursday. "I don't care if it's a House bill or a Senate … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - Two lucky ticket holders - one in Arizona and another in Missouri - are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing in the U.S. ever.
Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night, for the … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 10:57 am
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania said profit fell by two-thirds in the fourth quarter due to competition, the weak economy and higher interest costs.
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority said Thursday that net income of $14.8 million was down 68 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011.
Revenue of $351.8 … [Read more...]
November 29, 2012 at 3:48 am
Jim Cole, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO (AP) - The richest Powerball jackpot ever - and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history - has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?
Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Howard Stutz, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The Clark County coroner ruled Tuesday's death of Las Vegas businessman and deal maker Jack Wishna as a suicide.
Wishna, 54, who was found at his home after missing several appointments, died of carbon monoxide intoxication, it was determined after an autopsy Wednesday.
The coroner said Wishna was found in his car at home.
Wishna was a deal … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Steve Tetreault, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
WASHINGTON - Lottery directors from seven states are planning a trip to Washington next week to speak out against a bill that would legalize Internet poker while restricting the online expansion of lotteries and other games.
Officials from Kentucky, Idaho, Washington state, Missouri, New Hampshire, Georgia and Iowa have signed up for the lobbying … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Sean Murphy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gambling-related allegations against the University of Tulsa's athletic director have drawn the attention of the NCAA, which has taken a hard stand against wagering it says could undermine the integrity of the sports it governs.
Officials at the private university said Wednesday they notified the NCAA immediately after learning on Tuesday … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Jeff Amy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi casinos stumbled through their worst revenue month in October since September 1998.
Gamblers lost 8 percent less than in October 2011 as statewide casino revenue fell to $167.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. That's down from $182.2 million a year ago.
If poor results continue, the state's … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm
(Updated) Bob Salsberg, ASSOCIATED PRESS
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) - Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn, rebuffed in his earlier effort to develop a resort casino near the home of the New England Patriots, returned to Massachusetts on Wednesday to visit a new potential site along the banks of the Mystic River.
"We hope to go further with this process and maybe become part of the community in … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 11:31 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Patrons of bus tour day trips can still gamble at The Greenbrier's casino under a revised state policy that clarifies who can access the facility.
Media outlets report that the West Virginia Lottery Commission adopted a new definition of "event" on Tuesday. The revision addresses concerns that bus tour companies in Virginia were promoting day trips to The Greenbrier as … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 3:01 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio authorities plan to share the results of a monthlong investigation into alleged unlawful conduct at the new Columbus casino.
Hollywood Casino Columbus opened last month as the third of four casinos opening in the state after voters approved them in 2009.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien was scheduled to discuss the probe Wednesday morning along with Karen … [Read more...]
November 28, 2012 at 2:02 am
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The Union Pacific Railroad confirmed on Tuesday that it had reached agreement with the Las Vegas Railway Express on a plan that could lead to restoration of passenger trains to the Los Angeles area.
The terms call for Las Vegas Railway paying $56.7 million to cover the cost of designing and building improvements to the tracks to ensure that passenger trains do not … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Passenger carrier Megabus will take another try at the West, including a revival of the Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles route that was discontinued four years ago.
The company will launch a schedule on Dec. 12 with four daily double-decker buses from one bay at the RTC South Strip Transfer Terminal. The trips will take from five hours, 45 minutes to six … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Tim Talley, ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was placed on paid leave Tuesday as the university investigates allegations that he may have been involved with an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City.
University President Steadman Upham issued a brief statement saying Parmley will be on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Upham didn't offer … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm
(Updated) Jeff McMurray, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO (AP) - Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second highest.
The $500 million jackpot, the largest in Powerball's history, represents a potential life-changing fortune. But before shelling out $2 for a ticket, here … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm
David Pitt, ASSOCIATED PRESS
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game.
Their plan appears to be working.
Powerball tickets doubled in price in January to $2, and while the number of … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourists will soon have a new way to see the lights of Las Vegas: By being spit out of the mouth of an 11-story slot machine and zinged down a five-block zip line past some of the city's oldest casinos.
Officials on Tuesday unveiled plans for a permanent zip line on the downtown Las Vegas promenade known as the Fremont Street Experience.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Peter Urban, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
WASHINGTON - Asked Tuesday what is holding up passage of an online poker bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a one-word response. "Republicans."
Reid, speaking to reporters outside the Senate chamber, said support from at least a dozen Republicans is needed to win passage of a bill legalizing online poker. So far, the GOP hasn't … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Buck Wargo, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Officials from the Fremont Street Experience are betting tourists want to do just that. Tuesday they announced plans to replace their modest, 2-year-old zipline with a giant slot machine that will spit out riders about 120 feet above street level for a longer, faster ride.
The new attraction, called SlotZilla, is scheduled to open in June.
"This … [Read more...]
November 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) - About a third of the more than 1,700 workers at a new casino in downtown Cincinnati have been hired.
Hundreds of dealers are undergoing training now at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which is about 75 percent finished.
Still to be hired are about 1,000 more positions, including cashiers, cocktail servers and security. Casino officials say they'll hold hiring events for … [Read more...]
November 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm
(Updated) Jeff Martin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTA (AP) - As the Powerball jackpot soars, the Georgia Lottery on Monday said it was making progress improving the performance of some of its machines that were taking a long time to process tickets, angering some customers eager to place their bets.
"We are aware of it. We're working on it," said lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick.
Reddick said … [Read more...]
November 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Phillip Rawls, ASSOCIATED PRESS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that the state attorney general can destroy gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009, but he stopped short of putting a "slot machine" label on them that could cause problems for their manufacturers in other states.
Circuit Judge Bob Vance issued his ruling after four gambling machine makers … [Read more...]
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