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J.D. Morris

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After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014, J.D. moved to Nevada to be a reporter for the Sun. Previously, he spent four years working for Berkeley's student newspaper, The Daily Californian, where he was the managing editor his final year. He has also reported for The Orange County Register as an intern. He grew up in Salinas and Bakersfield, Calif.

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Sorting out Caesars: How company slid into distress, and what’s next
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
With Caesars appearing to be poised to file for bankruptcy as soon as January, the company's future could be complicated. Here's an explanation of what's happening, and what could happen as ...
Regulators OK $5.1 billion merger of gaming technology companies
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Nevada regulators today approved the merger of Scientific Games and Bally Technologies, paving the way for two of the biggest gaming technology companies to become an even larger combined entity. The state Gaming Commission ...
Revenue, profit up for Stratosphere parent company
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The Stratosphere’s parent company, which also owns Arizona Charlie’s and the Aquarius in Laughlin, reported its third-quarter earnings today. As with last quarter, nongaming revenue was key to ...
Nevada online poker company Ultimate Gaming shutting down
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Ultimate Gaming, one of Nevada’s three legal online poker providers, announced today that it’s ending operations in the state. The move comes about two months after Ultimate Gaming withdrew from New Jersey. In a news release, the company referenced some of the online poker industry’s overall struggles as ...
Slot parlors among host of gaming issues legislators will tackle
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Slot parlors, the role of technology in gambling and illegal sports betting are among the casino-related issues that the Nevada Legislature could take up when it convenes ...
Caesars layoffs to be ‘spread out evenly’ among properties, won’t exceed 680 workers
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Debt-saddled Caesars Entertainment confirmed today that it’s laying off less than 1 percent of its total workforce amid ongoing attempts to improve the company’s financial situation. Caesars employs about ...
Station reports modest revenue growth for 3rd quarter
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
ocals gaming giant Station Casinos, whose properties include Palace Station, Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort, reported its third quarter earnings today. Station’s adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and management fees — its cash flow — was ...
MGM, Station announce charitable gifts for military families
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
In the spirit of Veterans Day, two Las Vegas casino companies recently announced major charitable contributions to the military community. MGM Resorts International said today it’s committing ...
Caesars CEO encouraged by Las Vegas tourism indicators
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Caesars Entertainment, the debt-saddled operator of many of the Strip’s most iconic resorts, reported its third quarter earnings today. Caesars has begun formal discussions with some creditors as ...
Revenue up, loss down at Cosmopolitan for third quarter
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
The company that operates the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas reported its third-quarter earnings today. Revenue increased in every major category for the resort ...
Medical marijuana a recurring theme at gaming law conference
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Medical marijuana and the Nevada casino industry don’t mix, gaming officials said at a conference today, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
Will GOP’s surge be a deal-breaker for expansion of online poker?
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
More than a year and a half after Nevada legalized online poker, the game still hasn’t taken off here. And Tuesday’s election results don’t offer much hope that Congress will help improve the situation. Experts say the game would be more popular if ...
2nd Wheel of Fortune slot debuts in IGT social casino
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Another variation of the Wheel of Fortune slot machine is now offered in a free-to-play digital casino. International Game Technology announced today that the Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin game is available in ...
Is Las Vegas becoming the competitive bowling capital of the world?
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Can Las Vegas be the competitive bowling capital of the world? The South Point is trying to make it happen. Eight months ahead of schedule, the off-Strip hotel rolled out a new $35 million bowling tournament center on Thursday, adding to the long list of ...
Boyd Q3 revenue up slightly; loss slashed by more than half
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Boyd Gaming, a regional casino operator with nine properties in Las Vegas, reported its third quarter earnings today ...
Casino mogul Steve Wynn still ‘very bullish on Macau’
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Wynn Resorts, which runs the Wynn and Encore properties on the Strip in addition to resorts in Macau, reported its third quarter earnings today. Wynn Resorts Chairman Steve Wynn ...
Nevada gaming revenue down nearly 6 percent last month
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Nevada gaming revenue dropped in September, the second straight month of decline, the state reported today. The state Gaming Control Board said Nevada casinos won ...
2 months after SLS opens, President Rob Oseland is leaving
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Two months after opening, SLS Las Vegas is getting a new president. The Strip’s newest resort, which opened as a $415 million renovation of ...
Gaming industry could soon grow — or shrink — in these 5 places
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
As Las Vegas’ major gaming companies are considering further domestic growth, states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey and California are themselves debating the expansion — or retraction — of gambling ...
South Point poker website gets final approval
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
South Point’s online poker website, Real Gaming, received final approval from state gambling regulators today. Real Gaming became the third real-money online poker site to operate in Nevada when it ...
Linq to host Red Bull Global Rallycross auto race
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Auto racing is coming to the Linq next month. The Strip’s fledgling open-air mall and entertainment complex will host the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship finale Nov. 4 and 5. The race will be held at the ...
North Las Vegas in search of a more humane solution for feral cat population
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
In North Las Vegas, the feral cat population numbers at least 20,000 by some estimations. What to do about them? The mayor pro tem, Anita Wood, is working on an ordinance that would give the city options for curbing their numbers without killing them ...
Same-sex marriage welcomed by Strip resorts, tourism officials
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
At the Aria’s wedding chapel, spouses-to-be can choose from two lounges in which to prepare themselves for the big ceremony: one for grooms and another for brides. Their layouts evoke traditional gender expectations, with the guys getting a pool table and the larger bride’s lounge boasting plenty of mirrors. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Nevada, the lounge layout might give pause in ...
MGM Resorts selling Gold Strike in Jean
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
MGM Resorts International announced today it has entered into an agreement to sell the Gold Strike in Jean to JETT Gaming, a slot machine route company ...
Westgate Resorts raising staff minimum wage to $10 per hour
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Westgate Resorts, which runs two properties in Las Vegas, announced today a companywide minimum wage increase to $10 per hour. The increase is effective ...
Las Vegas Sands 3Q revenue dips, profit grows
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Las Vegas Sands, the casino company that runs the Venetian and Palazzo resorts on the Strip, announced its third-quarter earnings ...
Tabletops could touch off new trend in sports betting
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Interactive tables in sports books could be the next big thing for MGM Resorts.
New games coming to PT’s? Golden Gaming’s COO discusses what’s on the horizon
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
What's next for Golden Gaming? Steve Arcana, the regional tavern and slot operator's COO, talks about recent acquisitions and how the company is positioning itself for ...
4 arrested in Culinary protest near Red Rock Resort
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Four protesters were arrested tonight during a demonstration against Station Casinos in which hundreds marched from a local high school to Red Rock Resort. Organized by ...
Bellagio remodeling 403 main-tower suites
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The Bellagio is beginning to remodel all 403 suites in its main tower, the final piece of a major project that started about three years ago, the resort announced today. The suites will be ...
Company plans to reopen Horizon casino on Lake Tahoe as Hard Rock
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The company that operates Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino today earned initial approval from state gaming regulators to reopen a shuttered Lake Tahoe casino under the same brand. Warner Gaming is transforming the former ...
Sneak preview: See the slots previewed at Global Gaming Expo
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
As always, the Global Gaming Expo featured a number of slot machines that will soon debut on casino floors. Much of the equipment that major gaming technology companies showed off skewed toward pop culture themes — and television shows in particular. Here are a few ...
At G2E, Sheldon Adelson reiterates disdain for Internet gambling
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Sheldon Adelson continued his crusade against online gaming on Wednesday, passionately opposing its legalization during an appearance at a major gaming industry ...
myVegas app makes deal with Station, adds blackjack
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Most social gaming applications are free to play for Nevada gamblers — by law, they have to be — but the myVegas application gives some Las Vegas casinos a way to cash in on them by ...
Wynn says gambling not key to casinos’ success — it’s everything else
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Wynn delivered a keynote address to a packed crowd at the first full day of the Global Gaming Expo, or G2E, at the Sands Expo. Much of his remarks focused on revenue sources aside from gambling, an area to which the casino industry has shifted attention ...
Study: Gaming contributes $240 billion to U.S. economy
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The gaming industry contributed $240 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, as much as the state budgets of New York and Texas combined, according to a study released today. The American Gaming Association announced the results of the study at ...
Nevada gaming revenue dips 3.6 percent in August
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
After steadily increasing all summer, Nevada’s gaming revenue declined 3.66 percent in August from the same month last year, the state reported today. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said ...
Power conference: Wynn, Adelson among headliners at Global Gaming Expo
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Neither Steve Wynn nor Sheldon Adelson has given a solo speech at the Global Gaming Expo, the massive annual industry conference in Las Vegas. That's scheduled to change this year ...
Gaming commissioner calls Riviera turnaround ‘pretty incredible’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Riviera managers shed more light on likely future renovations of the casino today when they appeared before state gaming regulators. The Nevada Gaming Commission today finalized approval of ...
Bingo: Station Casinos hoping an old game can attract a young crowd
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Long the domain of the elderly, bingo rooms may not seem like an attractive location for millennials to gamble. But Station thinks a new approach to the game may make it a hit among them. After a reportedly successful turnout at a similar event last month, Station hosted a millennial-minded bingo event complete with ...
Sam’s Town laser, water show temporarily closing
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
People itching to check out the laser and water show at Sam’s Town better hurry up: It's going dark next month — temporarily. Sam’s Town announced today that ...
Boyd Gaming launches mobile sports-betting app
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Boyd Gaming announced today the launch of its new mobile sports-betting application. Called B Connected Sports, Boyd’s app is available ...
Tech company has its sights set on young money
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Millennials are attractive to advertisers because of their numbers and spending power; they are a demographic that few publicly traded companies have been able to exclusively target. So Remark tries to capture young people’s attention where they spend a lot of time ...
Eastside Cannery gets new general manager
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The Eastside Cannery, a locals-oriented casino in the southeast valley, announced a new general manager today. Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns the property on Boulder Highway, said ...
6 places where Las Vegas casino companies want to expand
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Wynn Resorts is far from the only major Las Vegas-based casino company seeking to expand its territory in the United States. New casino projects are popping up throughout the Northeast, for example, fueling an expansion of gaming in that region that is ...
How UNLV got one of the most powerful computers on the planet
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
About two months after UNLV acting President Don Snyder assumed his position in February, he met with a university task force on information technology. The group wanted ...
Chief operating officer leaving Boyd Gaming, won’t be replaced
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
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 departure of ...
Wild Vegas: Hundreds of animal species call Southern Nevada home
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Experts warn that how long they last may largely be up to us.
Longtime gay rights activist Cleve Jones on LGBT movement in Las Vegas, progress at Culinary
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
On the eve of the weekend’s Pride festivities, four days before lawyers spoke before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a small crowd gathered for a panel in Las Vegas about the case. One of the audience members there was Cleve Jones ...
Gaming Control OKs license for Irish-themed taverns
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Golden Gaming cleared a regulatory hurdle today on its way toward operating four more taverns in the valley. The Gaming Control Board approved ...

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