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July 29, 2015

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Slot machines at the Eldorado Casino in downtown Henderson on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Don’t count them out yet: Slots remain important cog in Nevada’s gaming industry
July 10, 2015
Slot revenue dropped sharply in 2008 and 2009, much like the rest of the state’s gambling business, and still remains far below its peak from before the economic downturn. After a few years of more stable performance, however ...
The exterior of the D Las Vegas hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
Contrite thief returns Blarney Stone to downtown casino
July 9, 2015
What was originally thought to be a heist of a good luck charm at The D has turned out to be little more than a drunken mistake. The hotel's Blarney Stone, a piece of rock originally from ...
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.
Owner of Railroad Pass casino moves one step closer to gaming license
July 8, 2015
The local real estate professional who bought the historic Railroad Pass casino received gaming regulators’ initial approval to run the property today ...
Blake Sartini hasn’t stopped growing his Golden Gaming LLC, which operates PT’s and Sierra Gold taverns in Nevada.
State board approves merger that will give Golden Gaming control of Maryland casino
July 8, 2015
Golden Gaming, the company behind the PT’s tavern empire, took a big step forward today in its plans to expand beyond Nevada ...
Ron Pollard, pioneer in the betting industry in Britain, dies at 89
July 8, 2015
You might not want to wager that the Loch Ness monster, which has made appearances either for real or in imaginations for centuries, was going to show itself indisputably any time soon. But as Ron Pollard understood, a fair number of people would make that bet. Pollard, a British oddsmaker who ...
A player's distinctive hat stands out during first day of play in the World Series of Poker's Main Event on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the Rio.
World Series of Poker Main Event draws 6,420 players for $60.4 million prize pool
July 8, 2015
Nine poker players will leave the Rio as instant millionaires next week. Everyone who advances to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, which will be contested over ...
MGM selling two Reno casinos to Eldorado Resorts
July 7, 2015
Eldorado Resorts will acquire MGM’s 50 percent interest in the Silver Legacy Resort as well as the entirety of Circus Circus Reno. Eldorado plans to pay ...
In this June 26, 2015, photo, customers leave the Playground, developer Bart Blatstein's $52 million remake of the former Pier Shops complex, in Atlantic City, N.J. Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working.
Atlantic City betting big on nongambling attractions
July 6, 2015
Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working. Nine years ago, the city's casinos started realizing they needed to offer more than just gambling if they still wanted visitors. They doubled down on expensive investments like ...
Professional poker player Bryan Micon.
Las Vegas man tied to Bitcoin poker site pleads guilty
July 6, 2015
Bryan Micon, pursued by Nevada gaming officials for his involvement with an unlicensed gambling website, pleaded guilty to the charge against him today. Micon appeared this morning ...
Dotty's near Eastern and Serene in Henderson is shown Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Las Vegas still wrestling with rules for tavern gaming
July 1, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council decided today to tackle a technically complicated and politically charged issue that has vexed state and local officials in Nevada for years — how to regulate slot machine gaming in bars. The decision arose ...
In this June 27, 2015, photo, Lacy Jones plays in the Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship during the World Series of Poker at the Rio.
Women players at World Series of Poker still rare sight
July 1, 2015
Women at the World Series of Poker are like a royal flush: rare. Last year, the gender split for the Main Event of the weeks-long tournament in Las Vegas was almost 24 to 1. This year's highly popular Colossus event ...
The Cosmopolitan.
Law firm accuses Cosmopolitan of keeping $3.35 million
July 1, 2015
An Atlanta law firm says the Cosmopolitan should return $3.35 million an attorney for the firm wired to the casino-hotel without its knowledge. Real estate law firm ...
New Caesars CEO starts today, replacing Gary Loveman
July 1, 2015
Casino giant Caesars Entertainment has a new chief executive starting today. Mark Frissora, who formerly led the rental car company Hertz, has replaced Gary Loveman as CEO of Caesars, which operates ...
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks to the media while stopping at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop during his first visit to Las Vegas as declared candidate Thursday, May 28, 2015.
Congressional push to ban online gaming gains prominence with Rubio
July 1, 2015
The GOP senator's support for an effort to ban gambling on the Internet makes him a key champion for a cause close to the heart of ...
Terry Downey, president and general manager of Aliante, has little time or patience for pessimism.
Aliante Gaming leader: Innovation adds to casino’s success
June 29, 2015
Terry Downey had retired after a long and successful career with Station Casinos. But he was talked back into working and became president and general manager of Aliante Gaming, which runs Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas ...
Casino mogul James Packer's group has filed plans with Clark County for a Strip resort known as Alon Las Vegas. A photo of a rendering of Alon, taken Friday, June 26, 2015, is shown above.
Vision for Alon Las Vegas, resort on former New Frontier site, is filed with county
June 26, 2015
Plans filed with Clark County late last month show a two-tower, 1,100-room project called Alon Las Vegas to be built on the 34.6-acre site just north of Fashion Show mall ...
Gamblers play roulette at the Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway in this file photo.
Nevada gaming revenue passes the $1 billion mark in May
June 26, 2015
Nevada gaming revenue topped $1 billion in May, with Clark County boasting a particularly good month, the state said today. The Gaming Control Board said ...
Steve Wynn gives a keynote address during the Global Gaming Expo at the Sands Expo on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
Steve Wynn to pay $422,380 in legal fees in lost defamation claim
June 25, 2015
A California judge has ordered casino mogul Steve Wynn to pay $422,380 in legal fees and costs to the Wall Street hedge fund manager Wynn sued for defamation. Las week District Judge William H. Orrick reduced ...

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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
In advance of this Sunday’s special day, I talked with four stars on the Strip about how they see and tackle their own duties as ...

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, ...
Celebrity preview: Mariah Carey, Scott Disick, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Jonas, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett
Are reality-TV stars Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian back together after their split after 10 years and three children? Who knows, but we do know ...

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 ...
Fantasy Sports Combine founder Bo Brownstein: FSC delivers premium live experience
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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