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March 6, 2015

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Professional poker player Bryan Micon says he was victimized by authorities in a raid over his affiliation with the Seals with Clubs poker website.
Bitcoin bust: Poker site prompts raid, investigation by Nevada gaming authorities
March 6, 2015
The promoter of an unlicensed online poker site where players gambled in Bitcoin says he was doing nothing wrong. But the Nevada gaming authorities who raided his home on Feb. 11 are still investigating what they found when ...
Dotty's near Eastern and Serene in Henderson is shown Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Vexing question: When is a casino a big casino?
March 6, 2015
When Becki Johnson’s busy life as a wife, mother and executive assistant gets too hectic, she seeks a break from the madcap modern grind: She plays video keno. But not on the Strip, where the hubbub of cavernous casinos, ebb and flow of boozy strangers, and stampedes of tourists gets on her nerves. Instead, Johnson tries her luck at Dotty’s Gaming & Spirits …
Elaine Wynn speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Rio.
Elaine Wynn moves to renominate herself to Wynn Resorts board
March 5, 2015
Elaine Wynn pushed back at a decision to remove her from the board of her ex-husband’s resort company today, filing preliminary ...
A rendering shows the $800 million MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
MGM sets March 24 groundbreaking on $800M Massachusetts casino
March 5, 2015
MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield meeting for ...
Steve Wynn answers a question from the audience during his keynote speech at the Global Gaming Expo, G2E, about the Sands Expo on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. .
Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn earned $25 million in 2014
March 3, 2015
Steve Wynn may have recently taken a pay cut as CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. but no need for sympathy for the casino-hotel mogul. Wynn earned $25.3 million in 2014. That was nearly ...
Elaine Wynn speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon at the Rio Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Wynn Resorts wants Steve Wynn’s ex-wife off board
March 2, 2015
Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s board of directors says it want Steve Wynn's ex-wife off the panel. In a financial filing Friday, the board said it would not re-nominate Elaine Wynn because of conflict-of-interest concerns and a legal complaint she has pending against her ex-husband and the company's CEO, Steve Wynn. The board says Elaine Wynn sent it a letter saying she will ...
This 2015 file photo shows the Westgate Las Vegas.
Sports betting contest expands reach with satellite tourneys
March 2, 2015
A Las Vegas-based pro football sports betting contest is aiming to expand its reach much like the World Series of Poker did by offering free satellite tournaments. The sports book at Westgate Las Vegas announced Monday it has partnered with ...
Rep. Dina Titus renews push to repeal sports wagering tax
Feb. 27, 2015
Seeking to save as much as $11 million in taxes paid by some Nevada companies each year, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus today reintroduced legislation that would roll back a federal handle tax on sports wagers. In a letter to the leaders of ...
A view of the Las Vegas Strip taken from a helicopter May 21, 2012.
Gaming revenue up on Las Vegas Strip, statewide in January
Feb. 27, 2015
Nevada gaming revenue rose notably in January, thanks to a particularly good month on the Strip, the state reported today. The Gaming Control Board said Nevada casinos won ...
Gold medalist David Wise of Reno celebrates with silver medalist Mike Riddle of Canada and bronze medalist Kevin Rolland of France after the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Nevada Gaming Commission approves betting on Olympics
Feb. 26, 2015
State gaming regulators approved a request from the South Point to alter regulatory language that prohibits wagers on amateur sports, which previously included ...
Harley Davidson-themed slot machines are displayed at the IGT booth during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo Center Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Regulators OK merger between lottery operator, slot maker
Feb. 26, 2015
Nevada gambling regulators say a $6.4 billion merger between an Italian lottery operator and U.S. slot machine maker can ...
A view of the stalled Fontainebleau resort, right, on Las Vegas Boulevard South on Dec. 30, 2014. Fontainebleau Las Vegas filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009. Carl Icahn assumed part-ownership of the project in 2010.
Bank of America reaches $300 million settlement over Fontainebleau
Feb. 26, 2015
Bank of America Corp on Wednesday said it reached a $300 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by lenders that helped finance construction of the failed Fontainebleau Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which filed for ...
The Revel resort, right, is shown next to the closed Showboat on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlantic City.
Revel sale resurrected; $82M price agreed on for former casino
Feb. 24, 2015
A Florida developer agreed to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million Tuesday, a week after a bankruptcy judge declared his former deal to buy it at a higher price dead. Glenn Straub's new contract gives him a discount from the $95.4 million his Polo North Country Club would have had to pay under ...
Gaming towns not exactly three of a kind
Feb. 22, 2015
While gambling cities are affected by some of the same trends, their casino industries differ significantly. Las Vegas long has been the pre-eminent gambling city in terms of name recognition and historical identity. Over the past decade, however, Macau has sprinted far ahead of Las Vegas in gambling revenue ...
MGM looking to hire more than 500 employees
Feb. 20, 2015
If you missed earlier rounds of local job fairs this year, you’re in luck: MGM Resorts is hiring for more than 500 permanent positions at its properties along the Strip. The company’s career fair will be ...
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority plans to use the site of the Riviera as part of a $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project, which includes a 1.8 million-square-foot expansion of exhibit and meeting space, shown here.
Tourism authority OKs $182.5 million purchase of Riviera
Feb. 20, 2015
Las Vegas tourism officials today agreed to pay $182.5 million to buy the Riviera, paving the way for the closure and demolition of the nearly 60-year-old resort. At a special meeting ...
The Revel resort, right, is shown next to the closed Showboat on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlantic City.
Second deal to sell Atlantic City’s shuttered Revel casino falls through
Feb. 20, 2015
Another deal to sell Atlantic City's former Revel casino is dead. A bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Revel AC's request to terminate a deal to sell the shuttered gambling resort to Florida developer Glenn Straub's Polo North Country Club for $95.4 million. The sale of the casino ...
An exterior view of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
Cosmopolitan’s new owner, Culinary signal strife is over
Feb. 18, 2015
It was perhaps a bit early for champagne, but reps from both the Cosmopolitan and Culinary Union Local 226 raised a toast in hopes of ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Locals casinos, Borgata shine for Boyd in the latest quarter
Boyd Gaming, the casino company that operates several Las Vegas properties including the California, the Orleans and Suncoast, announced its fourth quarter ...
New restaurant at the Cal reflects broader nongaming trend
Boyd Gaming celebrated the debut of a new restaurant at its flagship downtown Las Vegas casino on Friday, one that company officials say is part ...
Boyd Gaming launches mobile sports-betting app
Boyd Gaming announced today the launch of its new mobile sports-betting application. Called B Connected Sports, Boyd’s app is available ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Las Vegas comedy musical gem ‘Idaho’ to be rooted at the Smith Center
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Ailing Kerry Simon to close Simon in Palms Place, KGB in Harrah’s
Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that KGB in at Harrah’s and his popular Simon Restaurant & Lounge in Palms Place will be shuttered shortly. Carson ...
Strip Scribbles: Downtown tourist scams warning; Andre Rochat’s 35th anniversary; Oscar chefs
Operators of The Haunted Vegas Tours, The Vegas Mob Tours, The Haunted Mob Tour and The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt are warning tourists that unscrupulous people ...

Las Vegas Sands coverage

New president at Venetian, Palazzo starts this month
John Caparella, who’s been president of the Venetian and Palazzo since 2011, is departing next month. He will be replaced by George Markantonis, who was ...
Las Vegas Sands has tough 4th quarter in China, but profits still up
Las Vegas Sands, the casino company that controls the Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip, reported its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings ...
Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson to lead China subsidiary
Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson will take the same title at his company's subsidiary in Macau, Asia's gambling mecca near Hong Kong. Sands China ...

MGM Mirage coverage

Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’: I see owner confidence, growth, new concepts, investments
Economically, I see some positive shifts. Confidence of the operators to open and remodel is much, much higher than it was. Robin, it’s a whole ...
Hotel rates, fight-ticket prices skyrocketing for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2
Hotel insiders tell me that regular rooms are being booked in a frenzy, some already with a starting price of $1,250 to $1,500 a night ...
MGM sets March 24 groundbreaking on $800M Massachusetts casino
MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield ...

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

Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’: I see owner confidence, growth, new concepts, investments
Economically, I see some positive shifts. Confidence of the operators to open and remodel is much, much higher than it was. Robin, it’s a whole ...
Elaine Wynn moves to renominate herself to Wynn Resorts board
Elaine Wynn pushed back at a decision to remove her from the board of her ex-husband’s resort company today, filing preliminary ...
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ to open bar in Las Vegas, talks dining scene, pub vs. bar
Las Vegas is famous for some of the greatest nightclubs in the world, you know that, but we’re not famous for the best bars in ...

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