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Navajo council votes to expand casino alcohol use (AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The Navajo Nation Council approved a bill Friday night that would make it possible for people at the tribe’s Arizona casino to drink alcohol while they’re gambling. Tribal law permits alcohol sales and consumption only in… [continue reading]

A $200K casino promotion gamblers will really dig

WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Dig this! An Atlantic City casino will bury vouchers worth a total of $200,000 in the sand behind it in September for gamblers to dig up and win. The Trump Taj… [continue reading]

Panel urges more scrutiny of US companies in Macau (AP)

HONG KONG (AP) – Members of a congressional advisory panel believe U.S. regulators should tighten scrutiny of casino companies operating in Macau, the world’s top gambling market, because of the risk of money laundering. “We need to go deeper into… [continue reading]

Navajo considers bill to expand casino alcohol use (AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Navajo gaming officials want to make it possible for people at the tribe’s Arizona casino to drink alcohol while they’re gambling. Tribal law permits alcohol sales and consumption only in casino restaurants. A bill moving through… [continue reading]

Casino project with Station Casinos ties OK’d by California Senate (AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  The California State Senate approved a compact that allows the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, in conjunction with Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, to build a gaming resort north of Fresno, nearly 40 miles from the tribes reservation…. [continue reading]

Kimmel to represent Las Vegas in latest LVCVA ad campaign (LVRJ)

Just before Jimmy Kimmel weds fiancee Molly McNearney, the former Las Vegas resident will represent his former stomping grounds. On Friday during Kimmels ABC show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 30-second Las Vegas commercials will begin airing, as well as three, in-show… [continue reading]

Indiana regulators sign off on Pinnacle-Ameristar deal (LVRJ)

Indiana gaming regulators signed off on Pinnacle Entertainment’s $2.8 billion buyout of Ameristar Casinos on Thursday, putting the deal a step closer to completion. The merger of the two Las Vegas-based regional gaming giants would give Pinnacle ownership of two… [continue reading]

Court tosses claims by two Harmon subcontractors (LVRJ)

Engineering company Halcrow Inc. has one less legal headache following a Thursday ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court concerning CityCenter’s un­finished Harmon Hotel tower. The court tossed out claims by two Harmon subcontractors, Pacific Coast Steel and Century Steel, against… [continue reading]

Analyst lifts Pinnacle Entertainment rating (AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – An RBC Capital Markets analyst raised his rating and price target for Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Thursday, saying its pending acquisition of Ameristar Casinos Inc. should help its business in multiple ways. THE SPARK: The analyst… [continue reading]

State Senate approves Madera County tribal casino (AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent… [continue reading]

Bowling executives see South Point tournament as major business opportunity (LVRJ)

With the International Bowl Expo under way in Las Vegas this week, executives of some of the bowling industry’s biggest brands have already targeted South Point’s proposed $30 million, 60-lane tournament bowling center as a major business opportunity. “For the… [continue reading]

Ruling on potential takeover fight for Jerry’s Nugget expected by Friday (LVRJ)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mike Nakagawa will decide by Friday whether to open the way for a takeover fight for North Las Vegas locals casino Jerry’s Nugget. During a hearing on Wednesday, an attorney for creditor U.S. Bank requested ending… [continue reading]

Poker tourney at M Resort offers $500,000 prize pool (LVRJ)

The Hollywood Poker Open at the M Resort this weekend is not about competing with the World Series of Poker. The event guarantees participants a prize pool of $500,000 — not much when compared with standards set by World Series… [continue reading]

Pa. House considering measure on lottery contract (AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republicans who control the state House say they’re considering seeking a change to state law to help Gov. Tom Corbett make his case to Attorney General Kathleen Kane he’s legally hiring a British company to manage… [continue reading]

NJ asks judges to make sports betting legal (AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – New Jersey officials say they want to shine a light on sports gambling by legalizing it, arguing in a U.S. appeals court that betting on games can’t be eliminated but can be controlled. Gov. Chris Christie has… [continue reading]

Caesars Entertainment cutting ties with Paula Deen Enterprises (LVRJ – update)

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is dropping its relationship with the company operated by troubled celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen. In a statement Wednesday, Caesars it reached “a mutual agreement” with Paula Deen Enterprises not to renew the two… [continue reading]

Ruling could clear way for a Glendale-area casino (AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s compact governing Indian gaming doesn’t ban more tribal casinos from opening in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Tuesday’s ruling could clear the way for the Tohono (toh-HO-noh) O’odham Nation, which has… [continue reading]

Bally Technologies revs up NASCAR slot machines complete with surround sound (LVRJ)

It took a die-hard NASCAR fan to create a slot machine based on the popular sport. Now, other fans of the stock car racing circuit can play the slot machines nationwide. Bally Technologies is rolling out its NASCAR slot machines… [continue reading]

CFO for Las Vegas Sands leaving, but will remain as a consultant (LVRJ)

The chief financial officer for Las Vegas Sands Corp. is leaving the company but will stay on as a consultant over a six-month period until a replacement is named. The casino operator announced the departure of Kenneth Kay in a… [continue reading]

Speedway Motorsports sees revenues, ticket sales decelerate (LVRJ)

The numbers don’t lie. Speedway Motorsports Inc. — the parent company of Las Vegas Motor Speedway — has watched total revenues, including ticket sales, drop annually for the past five years. Race event-related revenue at Speedway Motorsports’ eight NASCAR tracks… [continue reading]

Caesars exec Batjer leaving for California government post (LVRJ)

A Caesars Entertainment Corp. executive is leaving the casino company to return to government work in California. Marybel Batjer resigned last week as Caesars’ vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility to become California’s Secretary of Government Operations…. [continue reading]

RI House votes to let Newport Grand keep $1M more (AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Newport Grand would get to keep $1 million more a year under a plan endorsed by the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted Tuesday to reduce the state’s share of revenue from the facility for… [continue reading]

Guam Senate passes bill to eventually ban gambling (AP)

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam’s Senate has passed a bill to make all gambling in the U.S. territory illegal after it pays off debt for its financially troubled public hospital. Pacific Daily News reported Tuesday ( ) that the Senate… [continue reading]

Mohegan Sun in Conn. to announce retail business (AP – updated)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino announced Tuesday its first major expansion in five years with a $50 million project calling for more retail space, featuring a New England food market, a multiplex movie theater, bowling and clothing… [continue reading]

Fountains at Bellagio named No. 1 landmark (LVRJ)

Bellagio’s fountains have done it again. The MGM Resorts International property’s most famous feature was named as the No. 1 landmark in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. The Las Vegas treasure beat out Gettysburg National Military Park, the USS Arizona Memorial… [continue reading]