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July 29, 2015

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Lights are shown on the Riviera facade Sunday, May 3, 2015, before the casino closed.
Tourism authority committee votes for $42 million Riviera demolition plan
July 28, 2015
The shuttered Riviera inched closer to destruction today when a subgroup of the Las Vegas tourism authority voted in favor of plans to demolish it for $42 million. A Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority committee considered ...
 In this Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, patrons play craps at a table at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. In the competition to attract and keep the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses. During a May 2015 hearing, dealers said they often had to endure abuse from high roller betters while extending courtesies average players do not receive.
High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse
July 28, 2015
One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager throw chairs ...
In this 2010 photo, a baccarat game is shown in the high-limit room at Hard Rock Hotel.
Nevada gaming revenue down more than 8 percent in June
July 28, 2015
Dragged down by a particularly unfavorable month on the Strip, the Nevada casino industry suffered a steep decline in statewide gaming revenue in June. The Gaming ...
An exterior view of the Fremont casino in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
Revenue up 3.5 percent for Boyd Gaming in 2nd quarter
July 24, 2015
Boyd Gaming, the casino company whose Las Vegas area properties include the Orleans, the California and Sam’s Town, reported its second-quarter earnings on Thursday. Revenue was $559.9 million, up 3.5 percent from pro forma net revenue in ...
Henderson commercial real estate broker Joe DeSimone, shown Thursday, April 16, 2015, has taken charge of Railroad Pass. Changes at the historic property are already taking place.
Railroad Pass owner approved to run historic casino
July 23, 2015
The new owner of the historic Railroad Pass casino is finally in complete control of the property he acquired from MGM Resorts International this spring ...
The exterior of the Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip.
Revenue and earnings rise for Penn National, which is buying Tropicana
July 23, 2015
President and CEO Timothy Wilmott reiterated in a statement today that his company expects to complete its two-phase plan for the Tropicana in the next three to five years ...
This 2011 file photo shows Pinnacle Entertainment's Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg, Miss.
Casino deal is latest to separate gambling from real estate
July 23, 2015
A deal involving Pinnacle Entertainment is the latest example of a casino company separating its gambling operations from its real estate to generate cash. Las Vegas-based Pinnacle ...
Blake Sartini in the Gold Bar, a private enclave in Golden Gaming headquarters, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Golden Gaming merger gets final Nevada regulatory approval
July 23, 2015
Golden Gaming, the company behind the PT’s tavern chain, three Pahrump casinos and many of the slot machines inside Nevada grocery stores, will soon become a publicly traded business that also ...
Hilton closes longtime casino in Puerto Rico
July 22, 2015
One of Puerto Rico's biggest and best known casinos closed Wednesday after 40 years of operation in another blow to the U.S. territory's struggling economy. The Condado Plaza Hilton laid off ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace.
Judge rules Caesars can be sued while unit in bankruptcy; stock tumbles
July 22, 2015
Judge Benjamin Goldgar decided Wednesday that the casino giant won't be immune to litigation, unlike its Caesars Entertainment Operation Co. unit, which filed for bankruptcy in mid-January in hopes of shedding $10 billion worth of ...
Couples watch the show at Bellagio Fountains on Monday, March 16, 2015, on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons
July 17, 2015
Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought but casino-resorts say its fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions ...
Scott Kreeger is the president and COO of SLS Las Vegas.
Amid struggles, SLS reaffirms its efforts to attract locals
July 17, 2015
SLS Las Vegas is by no means a neighborhood casino: It’s located on the Strip, which many locals avoid, and a lot of its chic restaurant and nightlife options feel like they’d fit in at other upscale, tourist-focused resorts. Yet the financially struggling SLS still wants local residents to ...
In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson testifies in court in Las Vegas.
Judge keeps exhibit sealed in Las Vegas Sands case
July 16, 2015
A Nevada judge on Thursday denied an attempt to unseal a private investigator's report in a wrongful termination case against casino company Las Vegas Sands Corp., Sands China Ltd. and the companies' chairman Sheldon Adelson. The ruling came after ...
MGM Resorts International on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, announced plans for an approximately 5,000-seat theater at the Monte Carlo. The theater is expected to open in late 2016.
MGM sends ripples across Strip with 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo; shuffling of BMG, Jabbawockeez
July 15, 2015
MGM Resorts International has given its 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena a little buddy. Announced today in a series of moves previously reported is a new theater planned for the Monte Carlo. This entertainment hub is ...
A view of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, Sept. 16, 2011.
Moody’s sees brighter outlook for U.S. gaming industry
July 14, 2015
Moody’s Investors Service is feeling much better about the financial future of gaming than it did around the same time last year. The credit rating agency has upgraded the outlook from ...
In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 file photo Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, delivers the keynote address at Colliers International Annual Seminar at the Boston Convention Center, in Boston.
Boston says Wynn Resorts reps knew of mob ties to land
July 13, 2015
Recently discovered interviews with at least five people suggest Wynn Resorts knew a mob associate with felony convictions would profit from his stake in the waterfront land where ...
Bettors stand in line to make wagers during the NCAA basketball tournament. A new law allows business entities to bet on sports, as well.
Sports wagering evolving locally, across the nation
July 13, 2015
Change is coming to Nevada sports books. At the state level, lawmakers recently approved a bill that allows groups of people to place wagers as a single entity. Meanwhile, the industry is preparing for an even bigger transformation at the national level: the spread of ...
Scott Kreeger, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, said the resort has an 18-month to two-year period to “ramp up.”
Despite slow start, SLS boss confident in future
July 13, 2015
Having worked as an executive at MGM Resorts International and Station Casinos, Scott Kreeger understands the Las Vegas market. He also knows about struggling resorts, having taken over SLS Las Vegas after leaving the now-closed Revel in ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Revenue up 3.5 percent for Boyd Gaming in 2nd quarter
Boyd Gaming, the casino company whose Las Vegas area properties include the Orleans, the California and Sam’s Town, reported its second-quarter earnings on Thursday. Revenue ...
Boyd Gaming pledges $2.5 million for UNLV hotel college building
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming announced today that it will spend $2.5 million to expand the hotel college at UNLV. The money will pay for ...
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 ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Penn & Teller debut on Broadway as Ben Hale makes million-dollar decision, Matt Goss explores not-so-new horizons
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Crossroads lounge at the Marriott Marquis hotel. The resort is home to Marquis Theater, where tonight Penn ...
Monday By the Numbers: Mac King’s total audience count at Harrah’s; Bryan Cranston’s set at EDC
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‘Jersey’ father Travis Cloer and ‘Million Dollar’ dad Benjamin Hale talk fatherhood
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Las Vegas Sands coverage

Las Vegas Sands’ earnings drop 30 percent as Macau problems reverberate
CEO Sheldon Adelson admitted in a statement that the high-end gaming market in Macau was particularly challenging, but he said his company is focused on ...
Judge keeps exhibit sealed in Las Vegas Sands case
A Nevada judge on Thursday denied an attempt to unseal a private investigator's report in a wrongful termination case against casino company Las Vegas Sands ...
Groups seek private investigator's report on Las Vegas Sands
A news organization and nonprofit group want a Nevada judge to unseal a private investigator's report that they say may tie casino company Las Vegas ...

MGM Mirage coverage

Aureole, Delmonico, Joel Robuchon, Picasso, Guy Savoy win Wine Spectator top awards
Five Las Vegas restaurants have received the highest honor, the Grand Award, in Wine Spectator’s 2015 Restaurant Awards, which highlights global restaurants that offer the ...
If this is it for Rush, they leave on a high note
Rush-infused memories are so plentiful and indelible, we don’t always know where to begin or end. On Saturday night, the band took that task themselves, ...
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Stations Casinos coverage

Culinary Union targets bank’s ownership stake in Station Casinos
The Culinary Union’s latest attempt to exert pressure on Station Casinos seeks to bring a complex international finance scandal before ...
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 ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Mark LoRusso to replace Paul Bartolotta at Wynn; two new chefs at Aureole; Shibuya chef departs
Mark LoRusso has a long history with Wynn Las Vegas, most recently with Botero at Encore. Before Botero, LoRusso was executive chef of Tableau at ...
Christina Jones: The road to the world championships by way of Las Vegas
I look down, and I am naked. I look up, and I am standing in front of thousands of people, flashing cameras and panels of ...
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As one might expect, fantasy football leads the way in popularity; however, there are millions playing others sports ranging from baseball and basketball to golf, ...

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