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An exterior view of Caesars Palace, June 6, 2013.
Caesars division asks for more time to file bankruptcy plan
April 17, 2015
The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under some $18 billion in debt. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. lawyers filed a motion this week asking ...
In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas.
Judge says FBI ruse violated rights of Las Vegas hotel guest
April 17, 2015
The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer ...
Elaine Wynn speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Rio.
Elaine Wynn wins advisory backing in board battle
April 16, 2015
Elaine Wynn has secured a third-party advisory endorsement in her contentious campaign for re-election to the board of Wynn Resorts making her tied with her opponents as the public fight approaches ...
Senate passes bill allowing more businesses to bet on sports
April 16, 2015
A Nevada bill that would allow more businesses to place bets at race and sports books is moving forward. The Senate passed SB443 on Thursday in an 11-10 vote, with Democrats opposed. It now heads to ...
Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of billionaire Steve Wynn, filed suit to lift divorce-related restrictions on the sale of her stock in Wynn Resorts. Fellow board members voted against nominating her for another term.
Another advisory firm frowns on Elaine Wynn’s re-election
April 13, 2015
Elaine Wynn has encountered a setback in her fight to stay on the board of Wynn Resorts due to an advisory firm’s recommendation that shareholders not support ...
Regulators shifting focus to deal with high-tech gaming
April 13, 2015
With a growing threat of computer hacking and new types of video games on the horizon, the state Gaming Control Board is shifting its focus to keep up with the changing casino environment. “There is more technology than ...
MGM Resorts calls shareholder proposal seriously flawed
April 13, 2015
MGM Resorts International is urging shareholders of the casino-resort company to ignore an investment firm's proposal suggesting the company be converted into a real estate ...
Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association,  speaks during a news conference at Aristocrat Technologies in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.
Gaming association sets sights on fighting illegal gambling
April 13, 2015
The gaming industry is trying to crack down on illegal gambling via a new project from its Washington, D.C.-based trade group. At a summit of state attorneys general in ...
Brenda Stokes appears in Las Vegas Justice Court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, December 28, 2012.
Trial reset in casino dealer slaying, slashing case
April 13, 2015
A death penalty trial has been postponed to next year for a former Las Vegas blackjack dealer accused of kidnapping and fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend's daughter ...
Insurers bypass long-held rules to add hidden risk
Insurers bypass long-held rules to add hidden risk
April 12, 2015
State insurance commissioners are supposed to watch the premium dollars that policyholders send their insurers, making sure the money is invested safely so that policies can be paid out when the holders die. Investment-grade bonds are fine. But money for a troubled casino company? Controlled by the same giant investment firm as the insurer? That could be …
An exterior view of the NV Energy building in Las Vegas Monday Oct. 20, 2014.
Several big resort companies are working to sever ties with NV Energy
April 10, 2015
Several Las Vegas resort companies and a prominent tech business are seeking approval to obtain their electricity outside of NV Energy, a move that poses questions about ...
Staff place bundles of cash and the championship bracelet on the table after two finalists are determined during the 2014 World Series of Poker main event final table Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the Rio.
MGM Resorts, Wynn go cashless at poker tables
April 10, 2015
Two major Strip casino operators recently made changes to their poker operations that may reflect a broader push to beef up their anti-money laundering efforts. Effective this month, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts no longer allow cash at their poker tables. Previously, poker players could use cash without first converting it into chips. Some experts think the change is motivated by ...
Click and ka-ching: Is gaming really the Internet's "killer application"?
Half-truths and absurdities litter the debate over Internet gambling
April 8, 2015
No good arguments or data to support banning online gambling were cited at a Congressional hearing last month.
Police: Laughlin hotel guest threatened to shoot casino security in barricade
April 7, 2015
Authorities say a hotel guest who barricaded himself inside a casino hotel room for hours had threatened to shoot anyone who forced him out. Harrah's casino-hotel in Laughlin called police about ...
Crapped out: Atlantic City’s Revel closed after only two years, but it’s hardly the only victim of a recent wave of similar closures.
Deal to close Tuesday on sale of former Revel casino
April 7, 2015
After nearly nine months of wrangling, failed deals and waiting in vain for a higher price, the sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is expected to be finalized ...
A view of the M Resort in Henderson taken from a helicopter May 21, 2012.
Man who killed himself at M Resort believed Henderson casino wronged him
April 6, 2015
A man who fatally shot himself at the M Resort on Easter Sunday revealed in a letter last year that he became suicidal after losing his lifetime buffet pass at the casino ...
Elaine Wynn speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Rio.
Advisory firm: Don’t vote for Elaine Wynn, other Wynn Resorts nominees
April 6, 2015
An advisory firm has recommended shareholders show their dissatisfaction with the state of affairs at Wynn Resorts in an upcoming election of board members ...
Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon at the Rio Wednesday, May 8, 2013. She was honored with the chamber's Free Enterprise Award. Jones Blackhurst is executive vice president of communications & government relations for Caesars Entertainment.
Former Las Vegas mayor discusses the future of gaming
April 5, 2015
Jan Jones Blackhurst, former mayor of Las Vegas, discusses gambling over the Internet, the bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment and the importance of corporate giving, among other topics ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Even when dealing free games, the house finds a way to win
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Locals casinos, Borgata shine for Boyd in the latest quarter
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New restaurant at the Cal reflects broader nongaming trend
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Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Insurers bypass long-held rules to add hidden risk
State insurance commissioners are supposed to watch the premium dollars that policyholders send their insurers, making sure the money is invested safely so that policies ...
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Las Vegas Sands coverage

Several big resort companies are working to sever ties with NV Energy
Several Las Vegas resort companies and a prominent tech business are seeking approval to obtain their electricity outside of NV Energy, a move that poses ...
Judge insists Sands China hand over documents to former CEO
A Las Vegas Sands subsidiary has been ordered, again, to hand over documents without redactions in an ongoing wrongful termination lawsuit against the company. After ...
New president at Venetian, Palazzo starts this month
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MGM Mirage coverage

Strip Scribbles: Hakkasan’s second anniversary; Jordin Sparks; Weird Al; Foxtail’s 18-and-older party
The four-day celebration weekend to mark the second anniversary of Hakkasan at MGM Grand begins tonight and runs through Sunday with performances by global superstar ...
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli to reunite at Keep Memory Alive gala
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Strip Scribbles: Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao + $400 million; Teller’s ‘Play Dead’ to return to L.V.; Mariah’s arrival
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Stations Casinos coverage

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.
More than 200 jobs open for summer pool, restaurant workers
It’s not exactly pool weather in Las Vegas, but resorts already are gearing up for the summer with a number of hiring calls for pool, ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Elaine Wynn wins advisory backing in board battle
Elaine Wynn has secured a third-party advisory endorsement in her contentious campaign for re-election to the board of Wynn Resorts making her tied with her ...
Four decadent and fabulous brunches on the Strip
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Another advisory firm frowns on Elaine Wynn’s re-election
Elaine Wynn has encountered a setback in her fight to stay on the board of Wynn Resorts due to an advisory firm’s recommendation that shareholders ...

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