Associated Press · June 19, 2013 at 4:47 am
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is eyeing a bill that allows veterans groups and fraternal organizations to operate slot machines, as long as they give a share of the proceeds to the state.
The bill being considered by the House gaming committee Wednesday cleared the Senate last week, but only after lawmakers added a controversial amendment expanding its scope to include local … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 19, 2013 at 4:00 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declined to OK an American Indian tribe's proposal to relocate a casino in the Upper Peninsula.
The governor's office says he was open to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's plan to close a casino near Marquette and open a larger one at the former county airport. But he says the tribe declined to discuss a broader deal under which it would … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 19, 2013 at 2:48 am
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson will probably return to the witness stand next month.
The wrongful termination lawsuit brought in Clark County District Court by former Sands China Ltd. CEO Steven Jacobs has been set for a weeklong hearing starting July 16 over the initial question of where a trial should take place. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez penciled … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm
SYDNEY (AP) - Two former National Rugby League players and another man charged with taking part in an alleged betting scandal have had their cases thrown out of court.
Former players John Elias and Brad Murray and Jai Ayoub, the son of Murray's manager Sam Ayoub, had been charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.
The men placed bets on a game between North … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm
The Clark County Commission approved without comment on Tuesday a 70 percent rent credit to Michael Gaughan to bring in a new generation of slot machines at McCarran International Airport.
Under the current concession, McCarran collects 86.5 percent of the net revenues from the slots, making Gaughan the largest single contributor to the airport funding after the airlines. During the year ended … [Read more...]
Alan Snell, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm
Populous, one of world’s powerhouse sports architectural firms, has won the job of designing MGM Resorts International’s proposed $350 million 20,000-seat arena slated for a site between New York-New York and Monte Carlo just off the Strip.
MGM, which owns 10 Strip properties, is joining forces with Los Angeles-based AEG to privately build the sports and entertainment venue. MGM projects to … [Read more...]
David Klepper, Associated Press · June 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's bet on expanded gambling starts Wednesday as Twin River Casino begins offering blackjack, roulette and craps in a move to get a head start on neighboring Massachusetts.
The Lincoln casino plans to host a ribbon cutting before the action starts at 65 new tables offering Las Vegas-style games. Twin River won voter approval last fall to expand from a slot parlor … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Management at the Tropicana was noncommittal on Tuesday about what arrangements it has with the developer that has proposed a high-rise roller coaster on the site.
“We have been approached by many companies, given the quality of our location. However, no commitments have been made,” said Fred Harmon, the Tropicana’s chief marketing officer, in a statement.
U.S. Thrill Rides LLC, based in … [Read more...]
Tim O'Reiley, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 18, 2013 at 3:57 am
As Las Vegas turns to high-adrenaline rides to freshen its appeal to visitors, one developer has quietly started to move ahead with a roller coaster that would look down on all but one building on the Strip.
U.S. Thrill Rides LLC has submitted plans to the Federal Aviation Administration in April to build the 650-foot-tall Polercoaster, the company’s name for a scream machine that combines an … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · June 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York residents could see huge resort casinos upstate and an influx of new employers lured by the promise of tax-free operations for a decade under several deals in the works in Albany.
Such is the unpredictability of the late-session rush in the Capitol, where a series of closed-door negotiations with two to four leaders can change the state's future or spoil … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Markell administration officials on Monday proposed an $8 million temporary financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos, which claim they are struggling financially because of high taxes and increased competition from neighboring states.
Administration officials made the proposal to the legislature's capital budget committee as the panel began work on a spending plan for … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gross revenue from table games at Pennsylvania's 11 casinos rose sharply last month.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says table games generated $72.7 million in May, up 13.6 percent from the same period last year.
The increase was fueled by gains at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (up 27 percent) and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in western Pennsylvania (up 52 … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm
BOSTON (AP) - The state's gambling commission has unveiled the second and final application form for companies hoping to build a casino or slots parlor in Massachusetts.
The 236-page Phase 2 application asks for detailed information from would-be developers, including building and site design, economic development plans and how they will manage traffic and other issues in the area where they … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Pinnacle Entertainment put its downtown St. Louis casino and a western Louisiana hotel-casino development on the market Monday to eliminate any federal antitrust issues surrounding the company’s $2.8 billion buyout of Ameristar Casinos.
An agreement with the Federal Trade Commission is still subject to the negotiation of a consent order, commission approval and regulatory gaming approvals, … [Read more...]
Anal Snel, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 17, 2013 at 9:10 am
Many Las Vegas arenas are known for specialty programming — and few have dominated a niche as well as the South Point Equestrian Center.
Overseeing the horse center known for its equestrian events, including championship level, is one of Las Vegas’ most knowledgeable sports venue managers — 21-year arena veteran Steve Stallworth.
Stallworth, a former University of Nevada, Las Vegas … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 17, 2013 at 3:32 am
Clearly, MGM Resorts International’s planned $2.5 billion development on Macau’s Cotai Strip has Wall Street excited.
Lately, analysts are giving the company credit for its fundamentals on the Strip.
J.P. Morgan gaming analyst Joe Greff recently conducted investor meetings with MGM Resorts representatives, including Chief Financial Officer Dan D’Arrigo. The mood was … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm
On an early Tuesday afternoon in June, Ultimate Gaming Chief Executive Officer Tobin Prior took out his smartphone and checked up-to-the-minute operating statistics for Ultimate Poker.
Sixty-five tables were in play, offering stakes from a few pennies to games with a $100 big blind. At the time, 410 players were participating in Nevada’s — and America’s — only legal play-for-play poker … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 16, 2013 at 10:00 am
Let’s halt one rumor before it gains traction.
Scientific Games Corp.’s $1.5 billion acquisition of slot machine manufacturer WMS Industries doesn’t mean a statewide lottery is headed to Nevada.
New York-based Scientific Games provides lottery systems and equipment to U.S. states, Canadian provinces and foreign governments. The company was actively seeking to acquire a traditional slot … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · June 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's casino expansion bill being negotiated behind closed doors included a new provision Saturday that would expand gambling even if voters reject the proposal to build more casinos.
A copy of the revised bill obtained Saturday by The Associated Press includes a provision that would authorize video slot machine centers in New York City's outer boroughs and as many as … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · June 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm
The chief executive of online gaming giant PokerStars agreed to forfeit $50 million to federal prosecutors to rid his himself of a two-year-old complaint filed by the U.S. government.
In a settlement agreement this week with the Department of Justice, the money being paid by PokerStars CEO Mark Scheinberg is based on allegations contained in the April 15, 2011, complaint filed by federal … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - Roulette wheels spun for the first time at Twin River on Friday as the facility held an early opening for invited guests ahead of its grand opening as a casino next week.
The Lincoln slots parlor is expanding to offer Las Vegas-style games including blackjack and craps following a successful voter referendum last fall. Friday's soft opening amounted to a test run before … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · June 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The world's largest online poker website is appealing a judge's ruling that cost it the right to buy an Atlantic City casino.
The PokerStars website's parent company, The Rational Group, had a deal to buy The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel - and had already paid $11 million of that to keep it afloat during the winter. But a judge last month let the Atlantic Club out of … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm
LAS VEGAS - Sin City’s largest union picketed the Las Vegas Strip for the third time this year on Friday.
Culinary Union leaders say they’ve stalled on major issues with Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank. Labor and management have been negotiating a contract for two years, sparing over wages, health care and job security.
The Cosmopolitan, which was built by the German investment … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · June 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Internet gambling isn't expected to start in New Jersey until around Thanksgiving, but Atlantic City's 12 casinos must move fast to line up partners for their online operations.
The state Gaming Enforcement Division has told the casinos they have until June 30 to arrange Internet gambling deals.
The short time frame is intended to give state regulators time to … [Read more...]
Associated Press · June 14, 2013 at 3:02 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack may soon have approval to expand the use of electronic table games.
The West Virginia Lottery Commission is discussing that matter and others Friday in Charleston.
Spokeswoman Kim Florence says Wheeling Island wants to offer blackjack and roulette 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when a live dealer is unavailable.
She … [Read more...]
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