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March 28, 2015

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Trinidad T. of Magna, Utah hit the $10,744,293.40 progressive jackpot on an IGT Megabucks® $1 slot machine at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on March 14, 2015.
Utah woman wins $10.7 million on Megabucks slot at Westgate
March 16, 2015
Westgate Las Vegas officials say a 78-year-old woman has won $10.7 million on a Megabucks slot machine. The casino-hotel's spokeswoman said Trinidad Torres of Magna, Utah put $100 in the ...
Elaine Wynn speaks during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Rio.
Wynn Resorts battle to oust Elaine Wynn intensifies
March 16, 2015
Wynn Resorts today shed more light on its board’s decision to remove Elaine Wynn from its ranks, while she continued campaigning to keep her seat. In a proxy statement ...
A view of the “Sex and the City”-themed slots in Zynga’s Hit it Rich! game.
Even when dealing free games, the house finds a way to win
March 16, 2015
It sounds paradoxical, but it’s true. Social casino games essentially are free versions of table games and slots that anyone can download on a mobile phone or computer. Typically, users are given free tokens to start, and win or lose tokens as they play. Developers make money when players buy additional tokens. Consider Caesars Interactive’s social poker game as an example: Players receive ...
The Revel casino is seen Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City.
Judge denies $82 million Revel casino sale
March 13, 2015
A bankruptcy judge on Friday denied the sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino to a Florida developer. That left the $2.4 billion property with no obvious buyer as the summer season approaches and its ...
Kentucky's Marcus Lee, left, and Michigan's Jordan Morgan go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis.
Kentucky’s unbeaten season makes Las Vegas squirm
March 11, 2015
The University of Kentucky’s undefeated regular season has Nick Bogdanovich sweating. If the Wildcats don’t lose this year ...
Judge insists Sands China hand over documents to former CEO
March 10, 2015
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 an evidentiary hearing that ...
The 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, is shown Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The wheel is the centerpiece of the $550 million Linq project, a retail, dining and entertainment district by Caesars Entertainment Corp.
World’s tallest observation wheel falls short on riders
March 9, 2015
The world's tallest observation wheel hasn't quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner. Caesars Entertainment officials have said the High Roller was just shy of ...
In this May 12, 2014, photo, a few vehicles are parked in front of Harrah's Tunica casino in Robinsonville, Miss., before its closure in June 2014.
Caesars seeks to demolish part of former Harrah’s in Tunica
March 6, 2015
A division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to "dismantle and liquidate" part of its shuttered Harrah's casino complex in Mississippi's Tunica County. A Wednesday court filing said Caesars wants to remove five barges that hold a 136,000-square-foot casino in Buck Lake, an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River about 30 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. Caesars didn't ...
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 ...
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 ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Even when dealing free games, the house finds a way to win
It sounds paradoxical, but it’s true. Social casino games essentially are free versions of table games and slots that anyone can download on a mobile ...
Locals casinos, Borgata shine for Boyd in the latest quarter
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Harrah's Entertainment coverage

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Las Vegas Sands coverage

Judge insists Sands China hand over documents to former CEO
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New president at Venetian, Palazzo starts this month
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MGM Mirage coverage

How a Las Vegas expansion hockey team’s roster would take shape
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Stations Casinos coverage

Station CFO optimistic about Las Vegas economy after strong 2014 performance
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Wynn Resorts coverage

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