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October 31, 2014

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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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Is Las Vegas becoming the competitive bowling capital of the world?
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
“All the casinos in town that have bowling centers, there’s a reason: It’s a popular sport, anyone can do it and it’s also a great demographic,” said South Point general manager Ryan Growney. “(Bowlers) like to drink beer, they like to have a good time, they like to gamble — so it’s a demographic that casinos are going to obviously try to reach ...
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 ...
Riviera could be in line for a $100 million facelift
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The Riviera, one of the oldest resorts in Las Vegas, is due for a substantial facelift. An executive from the company that operates the Riviera told state regulators ...
Company takes data-rich approach to helping hotels set room rates
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Two former Wynn executives and a San Francisco technology industry leader are using big data to try to change the way hotels ...
Global Cash Access buys Multimedia Games in third slot machine merger in two months
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Global Cash Access is paying $36.50 per share, a 31 percent premium over Multimedia Games’ closing stock price on Friday, according to a company statement ...
MGM sells historic Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
MGM has entered into an agreement to sell the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, an 83 year-old property in southeast Henderson, to a commercial real estate firm. In a statement announcing the sale Friday afternoon ...
Couples challenging Nevada’s gay marriage ban ready for court
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
When Sara Geiger gave birth to her daughter five years ago, she and her partner couldn’t avoid being reminded that they did not enjoy the same legal rights as other parents ...
How much has leisure and hospitality employment grown in Nevada? Check these charts
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Next year, the number of people employed in Nevada’s leisure and hospitality sector could return to the highest level it had reached before the recession hit. Since falling to a low point of slightly fewer than 304,000 employees in November 2009, the state’s leisure and hospitality labor ...
Excalibur buffet closes for remodeling
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
MGM Resorts International, which owns the Excalibur, announced today that the Medieval-themed hotel and casino’s buffet is closed for remodeling, effective immediately. It’s scheduled to re-open in January 2015 ...
Here we grow again: PT’s parent company acquires four more taverns
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Golden Gaming, which owns PT’s Entertainment Group, plans to expand by adding four Irish-themed taverns in the Las Vegas Valley. They are ...
1,500 rally in latest Culinary effort to pressure Station
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Las Vegas casino workers, faith leaders and others marched to a rally at Boulder Station today in protest of what they described as unfair labor practices from Station Casinos. The demonstrators called on Station to ...
Nevada casino revenue up slightly in July
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Nevada casino revenue increased less than 1 percent in July from the same month last year, partly due to continued gains on the Las Vegas Strip. The state Gaming Control Board reported today that ...
Former Caesars exec named CEO of Affinity Gaming
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Affinity Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino company with properties in Nevada, Colorado and the Midwest, announced today that it hired a Caesars Entertainment veteran as its new CEO. Michael Silberling is succeeding David Ross ...
Only one sure way off the black book
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
John Mealey Jr. wasn’t around to celebrate his recent removal from Nevada’s “black book.” Mealey, who was convicted of cheating at slot machines and card games, was taken off the List of Excluded Persons on July 25 only because he died almost a full year earlier. His case is ...
With its small casino floor, is SLS offering a look at the future of Las Vegas?
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
At about 60,000 square feet, the casino floor at SLS Las Vegas is smaller than many on the Strip. But the new resort's operators say they're confident that ...

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