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January 31, 2015

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Fans cheer a play by the Seattle Seahawks as they watch Super Bowl XLVIII from Scooters Pub, 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
Gaming group: Illegal bets on Super Bowl will total $3.8 billion
Jan. 22, 2015
Americans will illegally wager 38 times more money on this year’s Super Bowl than they will legally in Nevada, the only state with full-fledged sports betting, according to ...
Wynn Resorts unveiled a new tower design for its planned Massachusetts casino on Thursday,  Jan. 22, 2015.
Wynn redesign of Massachusetts casino has a familiar look
Jan. 22, 2015
Wynn Resorts unveiled a new tower design for its planned Massachusetts casino today, and it should look familiar to anyone who’s seen the Wynn or Encore in Las Vegas. Massachusetts gaming regulators awarded the Boston-area casino license to Wynn’s $1.6 billion project last year, but they requested ...
This artist's rendering released Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass.
Mohegan Sun joins lawsuit challenging Wynn casino license in Massachusetts
Jan. 21, 2015
Mohegan Sun is suing Massachusetts gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival. The Connecticut-based casino company ...
The California Noodle House recently opened at the California in downtown Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming officials say the opening is part of a companywide effort to revitalize nongaming offerings at its properties.
New restaurant at the Cal reflects broader nongaming trend
Jan. 17, 2015
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 of a larger strategic focus on nongambling amenities. “What we’re trying to do is update our restaurants and bars, because there’s so much more nongaming that is important in ...
Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, delivers the keynote address at Colliers International Annual Seminar at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Wynn says his $1.6 billion resort on the waterfront across Boston will offer the largest hotel rooms outside of Las Vegas.
Wynn touts $1.6 billion casino in Boston appearance
Jan. 15, 2015
Steve Wynn says his $1.6 billion resort on the waterfront across Boston will offer the largest hotel rooms outside of Las Vegas and echo ...
This July 11, 2014, aerial photo shows the Atlantic City, N.J. beachfront with many of its Boardwalk casinos.
Almost half of Atlantic City’s casino revenue lost in 8 years
Jan. 14, 2015
Atlantic City has lost nearly half its casino revenue over the past eight years as competition in nearby states cannibalized its market and drove four casinos out of business. Figures released Wednesday by the state's Gaming Enforcement Division show the casinos took in ...
In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment division to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday
Jan. 14, 2015
Lawyers for the operating division of Caesars Entertainment say the company will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday. The move is intended to ...
Catskills developers want to bid for fourth N.Y. casino
Jan. 13, 2015
Developers behind a proposed casino in the Catskills want to be included if a New York state board reopens the bidding process for a fourth casino license. Investors behind the Nevele Resort Casino wrote to the state's Gaming Commission Tuesday asking to submit a proposal. A board appointed by the commission will vote Tuesday evening on whether to ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Junior creditors try to halt Caesars restructuring plan
Jan. 12, 2015
Junior creditors of Caesars Entertainment filed court papers today seeking to prevent the debt-ridden casino company’s financial restructuring plan from taking effect. In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, the junior creditors are attempting to force Caesars’ operating subsidiary into bankruptcy before ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace, June 6, 2013.
Caesars clears threshold for creditor support of bankruptcy plan
Jan. 9, 2015
Caesars Entertainment has cleared a critical threshold of creditor support for a bankruptcy restructuring plan in its operating subsidiary, the casino company announced today. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Caesars said that more than 60 percent of first-lien bondholders have signed ...
In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas.
Poker not in the cards for defendants in FBI ruse case
Jan. 8, 2015
A judge says a Malaysian businessman and his son can't play poker at Las Vegas casinos while they await a ruling on whether the FBI illegally entered their hotel suites to investigate what prosecutors say was a $13 million illegal Internet gambling ring. U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman said ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Caesars nears threshold for creditor agreement on bankruptcy plan
Jan. 8, 2015
With the deadline for a bankruptcy agreement fast approaching, Caesars Entertainment said today that more than 50 percent of first-lien bondholders signed on to a financial restructuring plan for ...
This undated photo provided by the University of Alberta shows University of Alberta researcher Michael Bowling and team member Michael Johanson. A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful for real-world challenges, according to a paper released Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, by the journal Science.
Self-taught computer program finds super poker strategy
Jan. 8, 2015
A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas. The program considered 24 trillion simulated poker hands per second for two months, probably playing more poker than ...
KT Lim, chairman/CEO of the Genting Group speaks during a news conference at Steelman Design Monday, March 4, 2013. The Genting Group announced plans for Resorts World Las Vegas, a multi-billion dollar resort to be built on the site of the stalled Echelon project.
Genting plans for Miami site still a mystery
Jan. 7, 2015
It’s been three and a half years since Malaysian casino group Genting bought the Miami Herald’s 14 acres for a then-eye-popping $236 million, and shortly after unfurled plans for a grandiose gambling resort on the site that chairman and CEO KT Lim promised would become
This artist's rendering released Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass.
Wynn: Boston declined to take $1 million casino payment
Jan. 7, 2015
The city of Boston refused to accept a $1 million check to help offset the impact of the resort casino planned for neighboring Everett, gambling giant Wynn Resorts said Wednesday. Boston sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission earlier this week, seeking to ...
This artist's rendering released Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass.
Wynn completes land deal for Massachusetts casino
Jan. 5, 2015
Wynn Resorts has finalized its $35 million purchase of a contaminated property along the Mystic River in Everett on which it plans to build a $1.6 billion casino. The company owned by Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn said Monday the purchase of the former Monsanto chemical plant site is a key step toward starting cleanup of the 33-acre parcel and eventual construction. The deal had been ...
The grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip.
After stormy start, do better days lie ahead for SLS Las Vegas?
Jan. 2, 2015
For evidence of just how important Sam Nazarian was to the creation of SLS Las Vegas, look no further than the iconic starfish-like silver sculpture that looms large at the front entrance. It's reportedly a caricature of Nazarian himself. Nazarian has been the face of the property since he purchased it when it was still the Sahara in 2007. He closed the Sahara four years later, then ...
Players compete on the first day of the World Series of Poker main event Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Las Vegas. Players are vying for the $10 million first-place payout at the poker tournament. (AP Photo/John Locher)
More than 13,000 expected in new poker Colossus event
Dec. 23, 2014
World Series of Poker organizers say the 49-day tournament returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas May 27 to July 14. Organizers announced the dates Tuesday and a new event ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

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 ...
Chief operating officer leaving Boyd Gaming, won’t be replaced
A top executive at Boyd Gaming is leaving the casino company and will not immediately be replaced. Boyd, based in Las Vegas, announced today the ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

J.T. plays to cameras at MGM Grand; Marie Osmond announces D&M world tour; Felice Garcia leaving ‘MDQ’
During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” on New Year’s Day, Marie Osmond told affable co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford that she and brother ...
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars,’ Mac King, WSOP, ‘MDQ’ and new restaurants
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Las Vegas Sands coverage

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MGM Mirage coverage

Celebrity preview: Enrique Iglesias + Pitbull, Jackie Evancho, Burt Bacharach, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Tinashe
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Q+A: DJ Jazzy Jeff talks Hakkasan Group, traveling, Seahawks and Bonnie Raitt
From “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star to being a much-sought-after DJ and producer and multiple Grammy Award winner, Philadelphia’s DJ Jazzy Jeff is thankful ...
Q+A: Rock in Rio’s Roberta Medina: ‘We’re going to bring something different to Las Vegas’
Since its inception in 1985, Rock in Rio with 1.38 million concertgoers has been a cultural phenomenon. Thirteen festivals have taken place in three countries ...

Stations Casinos coverage

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.
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Santa Fe Station GM: Be a go-getter, but be a ‘go-giver,’ as well
The vice president and general manager of Santa Fe Station talks about how her experience in the military translates in the hospitality industry, the most ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Monday By the Numbers: NBT’s live-music outlay; ticket targets for ‘Showstoppers’ and ‘Frank’
The latest data culled from our scrambling around the scene. This week’s Monday By the Numbers column touches on ballet and a helicopter. Enjoy this ...
Wynn and Encore ink residencies with 27 DJs in Las Vegas
The nightclub wars on signing top global DJs intensified this morning when Steve Wynn revealed an amazing slate of no less than 27 sultans of ...
Star Surveillance: Steven Seagal, Eric Church, Chauncey Billups, Lance Bass
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