Bob Salsberg, Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm
BOSTON (AP) - Supporters and foes of two high-profile Massachusetts casino proposals are making final pitches to local residents in advance of critical votes that could determine whether the projects ever get off the ground.
Voters in East Boston and Revere will weigh in Tuesday on Suffolk Downs' proposed $1 billion casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred racetrack. Favorable votes are needed … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Voters are holding the cards as to whether New York will authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos following months of debate over the benefits of expanded gambling and the rewording of Tuesday's ballot question.
One casino would be in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, two in the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley region, and another in the Saratoga Springs-Albany area. A New … [Read more...]
Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - That phone call urging you to support expanded casino gambling is coming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The automatic "robo-calls" urge New Yorkers to vote for a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos.
The calls are part of a multimillion dollar promotional blitz by the business-backed lobbying group New York Jobs Now. It won't say how … [Read more...]
David Eggert, Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Explosive growth in the popularity of poker has helped Michigan's charities, churches and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations, so the state's efforts to rein in the charitable gambling industry is sparking backlash.
The industry has grown by more than 20-fold in the last decade, and Gov. Rick Snyder's deputy lawyer Dave Murley drew rare boos when he … [Read more...]
Marc Levy, Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - October's gross revenue from slot machines in Pennsylvania slid slightly at the state's 11 casinos that were open a year ago, Pennsylvania gambling regulators reported Monday.
Overall slot machine revenue rose slightly, but only if counting a 12th casino that opened in recent months, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said.
Casinos brought in $188.97 million in … [Read more...]
Stephen Singer, Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Even as the economy emerged from the deepest recession in decades, Indian casinos increased revenue, according to a recent report.
At commercial casinos, revenue fell slightly in 2011, but tribal-run operations generated 3 percent more in sales, to $27.4 billion, over the previous year, Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac found.
"Tribal casinos are doing a very … [Read more...]
Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 9:56 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is not expected to announce his decision Monday on the fate of a proposed new casino and Hard Rock International entertainment center in Kenosha.
Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson says in an email that the governor is still reviewing the proposal from the Menominee tribe and Hard Rock International and no decision is expected Monday.
Walker met with tribal … [Read more...]
Associated Press · November 4, 2013 at 4:12 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A special panel working on regulations for a future casino in New Hampshire hope to wrap up preliminary decisions so a draft can be written.
The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority meets Wednesday afternoon to continue discussing the regulatory framework they will recommend to lawmakers in December. They reached consensus on beefing up the Lottery Commission … [Read more...]
Steven Slivka, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm
Another Cirque du Soleil performer has fallen during a performance.
The performer in “Zarkana,” a Cirque du Soleil show at the Aria, was taken to the hospital Friday night after he fell during the 7 p.m. performance.
The man, who wasn’t immediately identified, suffered non-fatal injuries, according to a statement from the show.
He was the second performer to fall during a Cirque du Soleil … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm
Las Vegas has won a legal challenge to an ordinance passed in September that lets the Fremont Street Experience LLC control the placement of outdoor bars that have sprouted on the tourist attraction, but the Experience could face more fights down the road.
In a 31-page decision filed on Wednesday, District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez turned down a request to enjoin the law that relegated the … [Read more...]
David Schoen, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm
The winners of the World Series of Poker Main Event have fit a specific profile during the “November Nine” era.
First off, they’re young.
Since the tournament’s final table was moved to the fall starting in 2008, the oldest champion came last year when 24-year-old Greg Merson won it all. The other winners’ ages: 22, 21, 23 and 22.
They’re also largely one-hit wonders. Merson was the first … [Read more...]
Hannah Dreier, Associated Press · November 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A club promoter and eight poker professionals, including one with a sideline as a tattoo artist, are back in Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker main event and lay claim to the $8.4 million prize that goes to the winner.
Seven players will become millionaires at the no-limit Texas Hold 'em final table that runs Monday and Tuesday nights. The first player … [Read more...]
John Przybys, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 3, 2013 at 9:20 am
When the winner of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event is crowned this week, that player will take home millions of dollars, poker immortality, bragging rights for roughly forever and, of course, the World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet, the blingiest piece of championship jewelry in all of sports.
It’s a substantial, striking thing, not even remotely reminiscent of the ID bracelets you … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty · November 2, 2013 at 4:00 am
More than 3,000 Culinary union members took to the Strip on Friday, blocking three lanes of traffic in front of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The workers waved picket signs and chanted, “No justice, no peace,” and “We don’t get a contract, we don’t get no peace.”
As part of the two-hour demonstration, Las Vegas police officers arrested 120 Culinary members who entered the property about … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 2, 2013 at 2:52 am
The Causuarina is out — the Max Casino is in.
777 Gaming, which operates the casino inside the off-Strip Westin Las Vegas, announced Friday the casino name change. The property, across from Bally’s Las Vegas on East Flamingo road, was once known as the Maxim.
The name change to Max Casino was “part of our overall strategy to enhance player experience,” said 777 Gaming CEO Rory Bedore.
The … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 2, 2013 at 12:02 am
One thing you can say about Joe Kaminkow is that he’s always creating.
Since the 1980s, Kaminkow has designed more than 100 pinball machines and amusement games, some of which reside in Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame.
He’s played in a role in creating more than 1,000 different slot machines based on pop culture and entertainment, including “Wheel of Fortune,” “Sex in the City,” and … [Read more...]
Associated Press · November 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The state of New Jersey is seeking another opinion in its efforts to get legalized sports gambling in the state.
In a court filing on Friday, Gov. Chris Christie asked for a hearing by the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. In September, a three-judge 3rd Circuit panel dealt a defeat to the state by ruling that New Jersey's betting law conflicts with … [Read more...]
Associated Press · November 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is questioning whether the opening of a new casino in Kenosha would meet his requirement that there be no new net gambling in the state.
The Menominee tribe argues there would be no increase because it plans to close a small casino on reservation land and the new one would be located at the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park.
Walker emphasizes in a … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 1, 2013 at 9:25 am
Macau’s casino industry shattered its single-month gaming revenue record in October when the market produced an eye-popping $4.6 billion in pre-tax winnings.
The total exceeded the previous record of $3.92 billion set in March of this year.
The Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said Friday the results were a 31.7 percent increase over the October 2012 total. Analysts had been … [Read more...]
Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · November 1, 2013 at 6:49 am
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court said in a unanimous decision on Thursday that tip sharing by casino dealers with employees of higher rank is permitted under state law.
The decision reversed a lower court ruling that found that a policy implemented by casino owner Steve Wynn requiring hundreds of dealers to share tips with supervisors did not comply with Nevada law.
Clark County … [Read more...]
Associated Press · October 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourism authorities say the number of visitors to Las Vegas went down slightly in September compared with last year.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported Thursday that about 3.3 million visitors came to town in September, down 1.6 percent from the same month last year.
The number of conventions and meetings held in Las Vegas in September was up 6.1 … [Read more...]
Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal · October 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Michael Albanese, a former manager at the Palms race and sports book, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday in a betting scheme authorities say defrauded the resort of more than $800,000.
Albanese, 41, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He also has agreed to make restitution to the Palms.
U.S. District Judge … [Read more...]
Deepti Hajela, Associated Press · October 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) - Opponents and supporters of a ballot issue to expand casino gambling in New York state were hoping to swell their ranks Thursday, just days out from the election when voters will make the final decision.
Opponents planned to launch an outreach campaign to voters, with leaflets and ads on radio and television, in advance of Tuesday's election. They said casinos wouldn't bring the … [Read more...]
Kristy Totten, Las Vegas Review-Journal · October 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm
Construction in downtown Las Vegas and weak performance in Boyd Gaming Corp.’s Midwestern and Southern properties accounted for third quarter losses, the company reported Thursday.
For the third quarter that ended Sept. 30, Boyd Gaming Corp. announced a loss of $8.3 million, or 8 cents per share, compared to a loss of $8.8 million, or 10 cents per share, for the same period in 2012.
Net … [Read more...]
October 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - MGM Resorts' third-quarter loss narrowed as gambling revenue improved and it paid less interest on debt.
For the period ended Sept. 30, MGM Resorts International lost $31.9 million, or 7 cents per share. A year earlier the casino and lodging company - whose brands include Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage - lost $181.2 million, or 37 cents per share.
Revenue rose 9 percent … [Read more...]
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