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J.D. Morris

Gaming Reporter

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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Alternative stadium plan suggests $550 million in public money instead of $750 million
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The head of an influential state tourism panel today suggested slashing the amount of public money for a proposed domed football stadium by $200 million, triggering ...
Gaming pioneer Salerno seeking OK for daily fantasy sports operation
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Daily fantasy giants FanDuel and DraftKings remain out of the state, and it’s not clear if or when they will ever return. However, Nevada gambling regulators may allow sports betting pioneer Vic Salerno to bring daily fantasy sports back in a manner that ...
UNLV academic named to another gaming studies role at UNR
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
A top UNLV gambling academic has been named to a chair position at UNR in a move aimed at fostering greater collaboration between the historic collegiate rivals ...
MGM Resorts raises profit growth goal by $100 million
Thursday, June 16, 2016
MGM Resorts International said today that its initiative to cut costs and grow revenue should generate an additional $100 million annually before certain costs. The company had previously ...
Gaming association: Concerns about pro sports, casinos ‘widely overblown’
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The casino industry’s chief lobbying voice in Washington, D.C., sees an opportunity in reports this week that the NHL is ready to grant an expansion team ...
Want to be a superhero? Now you can ‘train’ to be one at Treasure Island
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Treasure Island is now home to an interactive attraction that takes visitors on a journey through the Avengers superhero franchise ...
Reduced to rubble: Riviera’s Monaco Tower imploded
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The most prominent portion of the once-glamorous Riviera, the first high-rise on the Las Vegas Strip, has been wiped off the map to make way for something new. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., the Riviera's 24-story Monaco Tower met a splashy and swift ...
Au revoir, Riviera: Here’s a spectator’s guide to Tuesday’s implosion
Monday, June 13, 2016
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Las Vegas Strip will repeat an act it has staged many times before: an implosion at an old resort to make way for something new. This time it’s the Riviera, and Tuesday’s implosion of the Monaco Tower is the first ...
Celebrating the Las Vegas showgirl: An icon lives on in one group’s evolving passion project
Monday, June 13, 2016
In the Rat Pack-era neighborhood of Paradise Palms, one house is an entertainment sanctuary. Among thousands of artifacts are many treasures pulled from the historic showgirl extravaganzas of the Strip. But the collectors learned that it’s not all glamorous when a home becomes a museum.
Former L.V. mayor spotlights glaring lack of women in top gaming jobs
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Jan Jones Blackhurst stood in a large ballroom at the Mirage on Wednesday and showed an image that she said illustrated a critical issue for the casino industry ...
Mirage ‘changed everything’: How integrated resorts can remain dynamic
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The casino industry has evolved a lot since the Mirage’s transformational debut in 1989, but resorts still have room to grow to keep up with today’s customers. That was one of the key messages delivered during a series of public discussions held Tuesday at the Mirage as part of a major weeklong academic conference on ...
Wynn says he doesn’t understand nightclubs, loves nongaming revenue
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Steve Wynn said today that he thinks young people probably waste too much time on social media and that he’s not a huge supporter of “the nightclub crowd.” The casino mogul ...
First of 2 Riviera hotel towers set to come down June 14
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
he first of two hotel tower implosions at the Riviera will take place June 14, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said today. The authority announced that the shuttered hotel-casino’s Monaco Tower will ...
Boyd Gaming selling its stake in the Borgata to MGM
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Boyd Gaming Corp. is selling its 50 percent interest in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City to MGM Resorts International, the companies announced today. The $900 million deal will put the New Jersey casino entirely in the control of MGM Resorts, which already owns the other half. But the corporate maneuvers ...
IGT reports higher revenue but greater loss in 1st quarter
Friday, May 27, 2016
Slot machine and lottery company International Game Technology reported its first-quarter earnings this week. IGT said its revenue growth, using the more comparable 4 percent figure, was mainly reflective of “strong lottery performance, particularly in ...
Old Riviera site pitched for proposed NFL stadium
Thursday, May 26, 2016
A top Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive said today that the proposed 65,000-seat football stadium his company is pushing for may end up being built on the Strip. When plans for ...
Las Vegas Sands unveils plan to build 17,500-seat concert venue
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Las Vegas Sands Corp. today announced plans for a new 17,500-seat live music venue behind its Strip resorts, a move that will add yet another dimension to ...
Nevada regulators approve $2 million fine against Las Vegas Sands
Thursday, May 19, 2016
State regulators today approved a $2 million fine against Las Vegas Sands Corp. that stemmed from past allegations of accounting problems with the casino operator’s business in ...
$4 billion Resorts World project gets key approval
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Resorts World Las Vegas took a big step forward today when Nevada gaming officials gave a key regulatory approval to the $4 billion project. The Nevada Gaming Commission ...
Stratosphere operator among 8 new members of casino trade group
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The casino industry’s Washington, D.C.-based trade group announced today it has added eight new members, including multiple companies from Las Vegas. The American Gaming Association said ...
3 takeaways from casino industry’s latest huddle on anti-money laundering
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday’s conference provided another window the important realm of what casinos do to fight money laundering, and what can happen when things go wrong. Here's a glimpse into ...
At wedding chapel, seeds of love find fertile new ground
Monday, May 16, 2016
Riviera’s wedding chapel has been successful downtown after relocating in the Plaza. One year after the Riviera closed its doors on the north end of the Strip, a small part of it is living a strong second life downtown. Greg and Marina Welch, who for years owned the Riviera’s wedding chapel, are at the helm of the Plaza’s chapel now. They …
L.V. leaders hot on getting NFL team, aren’t sold on public funding for stadium
Friday, May 13, 2016
Backers of a proposed 65,000-seat football stadium have presented local tourism leaders with a tricky question: How badly do they want to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas?
Station Casinos official calls Palms a ‘compelling strategic addition’ to casino empire
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Station’s first-quarter results come on the heels of significant huge transactions ...
MGM Resorts parking to stay free for locals through Dec. 29
Thursday, May 12, 2016
MGM Resorts International will start introducing paid parking across its Las Vegas hotels June 6, but the casino operator said today that Nevada residents won’t be charged to self-park for more than …
Las Vegas Sands agrees to $2 million fine from Nevada gaming regulators
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Las Vegas Sands has agreed to pay a $2 million state fine due to previous federal-level allegations of accounting violations in China and anti-money-laundering failures in Las Vegas. The Gaming Control Board said ...
Station Casinos picks up Palms, near Strip, for $312.5 million
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Station Casinos said Tuesday that it is buying the off-Strip Palms resort for $312.5 million, yet another recent example of locals-oriented casino operator expanding in the valley. Red Rock Resorts Inc., Station’s new corporate name following its recent initial public offering, announced that ...
Agreement transfers ownership of Cashman Center back to city
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Local tourism officials today signed off on an agreement that paves the way for ownership of the Cashman Center to eventually transfer back to ...
Optimistic economic outlook brings locals back into the game
Monday, May 9, 2016
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. is buying three more casinos, and Station Casinos raised more than $531 million in its long-awaited initial public offering. Boyd's moves placed a heavy bet on locals, and Station's success speaks highly of where Southern Nevada ...
Golden Entertainment grows revenue, eyes Pennsylvania expansion
Friday, May 6, 2016
Golden Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based company that operates casinos and slot machine routes in Nevada and elsewhere, in addition to a major tavern chain, reported its first-quarter earnings this week.
Scientific Games revenue and loss grow in 1st quarter
Friday, May 6, 2016
Scientific Games, a major slot machine and lottery company, reported its first-quarter earnings this week. The company said its revenue increase was driven by strong growth in its interactive business segment. But the company said it also faced a $7 million unfavorable currency translation impact, a drop in gaming systems revenue and ...
Caesars Entertainment reports revenue increase, $308 million loss in first quarter
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Caesars Entertainment, the casino giant behind many resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and elsewhere, reported its first quarter earnings today ...
Steve Wynn now says planned lake will include 10-story island
First-quarter revenue drops at Wynn Resorts
Thursday, May 5, 2016
CEO Steve Wynn recently revealed that he wants to develop a huge lake attraction, along with an additional hotel tower, meeting space and more, on land that currently houses ...
Lucky Dragon casino fully financed, will be finished this year, backers say
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Backers of the Lucky Dragon resort under construction just off the north end of the Strip say the project is fully financed and on track to open later this year. The boutique project hit ...
Macau struggles, tax provision hurt MGM’s 1st-quarter results
Thursday, May 5, 2016
MGM Resorts, the casino company behind such Las Vegas Strip properties as the MGM Grand, Bellagio and Aria, reported its first-quarter earnings today. Revenue at the company’s United States resorts grew 3 percent compared to 2015, excluding its jointly owned properties. But revenue from ...
Resorts World construction to ramp up this year, finish in 2019
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Resorts World Las Vegas will begin full-scale construction sometime in the last three months of this year. Appearing before the Nevada Gaming Control Board ...
County commission pushes back on criticism of proposed Strip-airport expressway
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Plans to build an elevated expressway between McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip were again received favorably by county officials Tuesday as they discussed some $427 million in financing for ...
Concert review: Rihanna reminds us of her raw performance power
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The pop star offered a sultry, dynamic combination of material at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Tropicana owner Penn National gaming grows revenue, earnings in first quarter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Penn National Gaming, the casino company that owns the Tropicana and operates M Resort, reported its first-quarter earnings today ...
Raiders owner willing to spend $500 million on move to Las Vegas
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said today he was serious about moving his team to Las Vegas and offered a half-billion-dollar pledge for a proposed ...
With new corporate name, Station Casinos IPO raises more than $531 million
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Shares of Red Rock Resorts Inc., the new corporate name of Station Casinos, began publicly trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market today after the company raised more than $531 million in ...
Boyd Gaming revenue grows but earnings fall in 1st quarter
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The biggest developments on Boyd’s radar right now are its recently announced acquisitions of three casinos: the Aliante in North Las Vegas, and the valley’s two Cannery properties. The company ...
Boyd Gaming buying Cannery casinos in valley for $230 million
Monday, April 25, 2016
Boyd Gaming Corp., fresh off its announcement last week that it would acquire the Aliante casino, said it has reached an agreement to buy the Las Vegas assets of ...
Boyd Gaming to purchase Aliante casino for $380 million
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Boyd Gaming Corp. announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy the Aliante casino in North Las Vegas for $380 million. In purchasing ...
Marnell Gaming gets final OK to buy Nugget in Sparks
Thursday, April 21, 2016
State gaming regulators today granted final approval to Marnell Gaming LLC’s acquisition of the Nugget casino in Sparks. The Nevada Gaming Commission signed off on the company’s purchase of the Northern Nevada property for ...
Stevens brothers purchase more property on Fremont Street
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Downtown Las Vegas casino owners Derek and Greg Stevens today announced they bought more real estate on Fremont Street ...
Commission to kick light-rail conversations into high gear
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Plans to bring light rail to Las Vegas are moving forward, at least for now. Proponents of the transit technology are pushing it as a way to better connect McCarran International Airport with the Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Officials have not yet resolved one of the proposal’s biggest uncertainties — how it would be funded — but they have started to make some progress on the general concept ...
Las Vegas Sands revenue, earnings fall in 1st quarter
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Las Vegas Sands, the casino company that runs the Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip, as well as properties in Macau, Singapore and Pennsylvania, reported ...
Shares of MGM real estate subsidiary up 4.8 percent on first day of trading
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Shares of MGM Resorts International’s new real estate subsidiary were up 4.8 percent today at the close of their first day of public trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Las Vegas-based casino operator announced ...
Slots? Not. Why gaming isn’t key part of some new Strip attractions
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Park. T-Mobile Arena. The Linq promenade. The proposed Paradise Park at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. What do they have in common? Their development stemmed from one factor: The decrease in …

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