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May 30, 2015

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The watery entrance of Wynn Macau.
Ratings firm leaves grades unchanged for Wynn, Sands and MGM
May 29, 2015
Fitch Ratings analysts say they aren't changing ratings for Wynn Resorts Ltd., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and MGM Resorts International despite a worse than expected situation in ...
Dice roll across the craps table during the opening of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Nevada gaming revenue up more than 5 percent in April
May 29, 2015
Nevada gaming revenue rose significantly in April, with some particularly strong increases in the Las Vegas area, the state said today. The Gaming Control Board said ...
MGM Resorts International re-elects entire slate of incumbent directors
May 28, 2015
The investment management firm Land and Buildings, a minority shareholder, had proposed electing its own slate of directors and waged a campaign encouraging MGM Resorts to convert the company into a real estate investment trust to boost its value.
The sign outside the Westgate Las Vegas is show in this April 23, 2015, file photo.
Former Riviera operators approved to manage Westgate Las Vegas
May 28, 2015
The operators of the closed Riviera received final regulatory approval today to run the Westgate Las Vegas. The Nevada Gaming Commission voted to ...
A rendering commissioned by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers shows what a casino could look like with the addition of games allowed under Senate Bill 9.
How skill-based slots, social media and more will shape the casino of the future
May 28, 2015
Senate Bill 9, which unanimously passed both chambers of the state Legislature before Gov. Brian Sandoval signed it this month, allows for an element of skill in the traditionally chance-heavy realm of slot technology. It presents an opportunity for the casino industry to ...
This Jan. 31, 2014, photo shows a game of Internet Texas Hold-Em being played on a computer screen in Atlantic City N.J.
Slow start, gradual improvement for U.S. Internet gambling
May 27, 2015
Gambling industry participants and analysts agree that Internet betting is off to a slow start in the U.S. But despite challenges including ...
Gaming group ‘troubled’ by possible government credit card ban at casinos
May 21, 2015
A recent report that found federal employees improperly used government credit cards at casinos could have unnecessary consequences for the gaming industry ...
A man operates a joy stick for a skill-based bonus game on an IGT slot machine during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo Center Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
Sandoval signs bill allowing for skill in slot machines
May 21, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office today announced that he signed legislation paving the way for the state gaming industry to incorporate skill into slot machines. Senate Bill 9 directs Nevada gaming regulators to ...
Teamsters picket outside SLS Las Vegas for valet workers
May 20, 2015
A union representing valet workers is calling its latest protest against SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino a strike although none of the hotel's workers are on the picket line. Teamsters Local 986 said ...
Nancy Rapoport
UNLV law professor is a key player in Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy case
May 20, 2015
UNLV law professor Nancy Rapoport was recently appointed to lead a committee that reviews bills for legal work as well as other professional fees and expenses tied to ...
A view of the newly renovated main entryway at the Stratosphere on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Stratosphere parent reports big profit increase for first quarter
May 18, 2015
The company that runs the Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s and the Aquarius in Laughlin reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday. The company said its net revenue boost stemmed from more slot revenue, better occupancy, higher average daily room rates and ...
Nevada's Senate Bill 443 would allow business entities to place bets at sports books, paving the way for groups such as investors.
Gaming on Nevada’s legislative radar, even if not the focus
May 18, 2015
Nevada’s casino industry hasn’t been the main focus this year in the Legislature, but it is an important part of the action in Carson City. Casino executives have been ...
U.S. prosecutors refile charges in FBI ruse case
May 14, 2015
Federal prosecutors in Nevada have added a conspiracy allegation and re-filed Internet bookmaking charges against a Malaysian businessman who won a recent court ruling that his rights were violated in an FBI search of ...
An exterior view of the Cosmopolitan hotel tower Monday, March 11, 2013.
Loss down, casino revenue up at Cosmopolitan in first quarter
May 13, 2015
This is the Cosmopolitan’s first full quarter under the control of its new owner, Blackstone Group, which took over the property late last year. The Cosmopolitan saw its biggest year-over-year quarterly improvement on ...
Riviera operators get initial approval to run Westgate
May 13, 2015
The operators of the shuttered Riviera are moving across the street. The state Gaming Control Board today granted its initial blessing for executives from Paragon Gaming ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace.
Caesars Palace could face up to $20 million in federal fines
May 12, 2015
Caesars Palace could face paying between $12 million and $20 million worth of fines stemming from a federal investigation into how the casino prevents or ...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Interstate-11/Boulder City Bypass project near Boulder City Monday, April 6, 2015. The $318 million project is expected to be completed in 2018 and create about 4,000 jobs.
Reid renews push to ban online gaming, maybe even poker
May 11, 2015
Online poker is legal and up and running in Nevada. Poker and other online gambling is legal in New Jersey and Delaware, with at least 10 more states considering joining in ...
Hooters hotel-casino just off the Las Vegas Strip.
Hooters Casino Hotel is snapped up for $53.8 million
May 8, 2015
The Las Vegas resort famous for its wings, and other things, has been sold. Hooters Casino Hotel, just east of the recently sold Tropicana, has been snapped up by the resort investment company Trinity Hotel Investments of New York.

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Boyd CEO sees positive signs for Las Vegas in 1st quarter
Boyd Gaming, the Las Vegas-based casino company whose local properties include the Orleans, Suncoast and the California, reported its first-quarter earnings today. Its downtown Las ...
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Locals casinos, Borgata shine for Boyd in the latest quarter
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Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Strip Scribbles: Ricky Moreno, Tyson Beckford, Krewella, Mac King, Jeff McBride
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Insurers bypass long-held rules to add hidden risk
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Las Vegas Sands coverage

Former CEO’s lawsuit against Sands China stays in Nevada
A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because ...
Death plot in Macau draws attention during Adelson testimony
Adelson says he and company president Michael Leven talked about ousting Jacobs before Leven headed to Macau for the face-to-face firing ...
Adelson denies Las Vegas execs had hand in Macau CEO firing
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson spent an entire day Monday denying that Las Vegas Sands officials had a hand in firing Steven Jacobs as ...

MGM Mirage coverage

Celebrity preview: iHeartRadio Pool Party, Gumball 3000, Billy Currington, The Script, Thompson Square, Twisted Sister
We start this weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview and Royal Robin Rundown with breaking entertainment news: the Gumball 3000 rally and celebration at MGM Resorts Village ...
Ratings firm leaves grades unchanged for Wynn, Sands and MGM
Fitch Ratings analysts say they aren't changing ratings for Wynn Resorts Ltd., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and MGM Resorts International despite a worse than expected ...
Strip Scribbles: Emeril’s seafood fest, Twizzlers, Rubio, Franco and Grimm
To the uninitiated, the thought of fried Florida frog legs might be off-putting, but not when Emeril Lagasse’s chef Heath Cicerelli at Emeril’s New Orleans ...

Stations Casinos coverage

Another duel for Dotty: Slot parlor chain facing scrutiny in city of Las Vegas
Less than six months after Clark County commissioners passed sweeping new rules targeting so-called slot parlors, popular tavern chain Dotty's is under scrutiny again over ...
Station CFO optimistic about Las Vegas economy after strong 2014 performance
Locals gaming giant Station Casinos, whose properties in the valley include Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch, reported its fourth quarter and ...
Judy Alberti, popular longtime entertainment exec, splits with Station Casinos
One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in Las Vegas entertainment over the past two decades is stepping down.

Wynn Resorts coverage

Ratings firm leaves grades unchanged for Wynn, Sands and MGM
Fitch Ratings analysts say they aren't changing ratings for Wynn Resorts Ltd., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and MGM Resorts International despite a worse than expected ...
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On the eve of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Guetta led the party at XS, and the partygoers included Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of ...
Photos: Amber Rose parties with DJ Lil Jon at Surrender
Tattooed and short-crop-haired model Amber Rose was in the company of two male friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore early this morning partying at ...

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