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August 29, 2015

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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 ...
Professional poker player Bryan Micon.
Man charged with running Bitcoin poker site agrees to guilty plea
June 25, 2015
Bryan Micon, the man targeted by state officials for allegedly running an illegal online gambling website, appeared in a Las Vegas court today and agreed to plead guilty to the charge against him. Micon’s plea will allow him to ...
New South Pacific casino eyes Las Vegas, Atlantic City workers
June 25, 2015
Workers armed with casino licenses in Atlantic City are in demand — just not in the struggling New Jersey shore town. The Press of Atlantic City reports Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants is ...
A man operates a joystick for a skill-based bonus game on an IGT slot machine during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
Regulators begin the tricky task of forming rules for skill-based slot games
June 24, 2015
Nevada's effort to make casino floors feel more like arcades advanced Wednesday as gaming regulators started crafting the rules that will govern the introduction of skill into the state’s slot machines. The Gaming Control Board ...

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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 ...
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Harrah's Entertainment coverage

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Las Vegas Sands coverage

Estimates are in for NV Energy exit fees for MGM, Sands, Wynn
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MGM Mirage coverage

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Stations Casinos coverage

Station Casinos’ revenue up 5 percent from second quarter of last year
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Wynn Resorts coverage

Ben Vaughn: My Top Five favorite brunch spots in Las Vegas
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