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June 23, 2017

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Football fans watch games during NFL opening day at the Red Rock Resort's race and sportsbook Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.
Gaming regulators OK pari-mutuel betting on nontraditional events
June 22, 2017
Bettors in Nevada can now place pari-mutuel style bets on events like e-sports tournaments, the World Series of Poker and the NBA draft after the Nevada Gaming Commission today unanimously approved ...
Derek Stevens appears onstage for a Boston concert Friday, July 15, 2016, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which he owns.
Stevens relishes blank canvas in devising downtown resort
June 20, 2017
While owners of other gaming companies are building additions to their properties or buying existing resorts, Stevens is preparing to tear down older venues and construct a new resort in their place. The Las Vegas Sun interviewed Stevens last week to talk about ...
In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. The casino said on Nov. 3, 2016, that a woman who was shown that she won nearly $43 million on a penny slot in August 2016 actually won $2.25.
Woman sues casino that offered her steak dinner instead of $43 million jackpot
June 16, 2017
Katrina Bookman captured national attention last year when she played a "Sphinx Slot Machine" at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, and it appeared as ...
Station Casinos placed new chairs for slot players when it completed its acquisition of the Palms in 2016. According to one manufacturer, the right chair at the right game can really help a casino’s bottom line.
Bet your bottom dollar chairs matter in casinos
June 16, 2017
The bulk of Nevada’s economy rests on one unglamorous, taken-for-granted object. We’re talking about chairs — the kind seen in front of almost every one of the 166,855 slot and video poker machines in Nevada. Players dropped nearly $2 billion into casino coffers while ...
A view of the Stratosphere on a stormy day in May 2016. The iconic Las Vegas property was recently sold to Golden Entertainment.
Golden Entertainment’s purchase of four casinos illustrates midmarket consolidation
June 13, 2017
A trend toward consolidation on the Las Vegas Strip, with fewer companies owning more casinos, appears to aptly describe the locals market after Monday’s announcement that Golden Entertainment is buying American Casino Entertainment Properties. The sale of American — which owns the Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and the Aquarius Casino in Laughlin — to Golden is expected to be completed by the end of the year, pending ...
Football fans watch games during NFL opening day at the Red Rock Resort's race and sportsbook Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.
Casino industry ramps up effort to repeal sports betting ban
June 12, 2017
The casino industry's largest lobbying group in the U.S. is ramping up its efforts to repeal a federal law that bans sports betting in most states. Geoff Freeman is the president and ...
The Stratosphere on Las Vegas Blvd on September 30, 2015.
PT’s Pub owner buying Stratosphere, other casinos
June 12, 2017
Golden Entertainment, the company that owns PT’s Pub, a slot route company and casinos in Pahrump and Maryland, announced today it is buying American Casino and ...
The Trump Taj Mahal resort in Atlantic City is shown Oct. 24, 2014.
A sneak peek at Hard Rock’s plans for the old Taj Mahal casino
June 10, 2017
Poolside and restaurant gambling, skill-based slots, fantasy sports betting and hidden VIP gambling rooms are among Hard Rock International's initial plans for their remake of the former Trump Taj Mahal casino. A wish list the company submitted to New Jersey gambling regulators was ...
Maine panel to investigate $4.3M funding for proposed casino
June 9, 2017
Maine's ethics commission voted Friday to investigate the source of $4.3 million in funding behind a proposed casino in southern Maine, but lawyers for the casino backers refused to accept subpoenas for the investigation. The referendum campaign is led by Lisa Scott, sister of Shawn Scott, who organized ...
Japan's Universal accuses founder Okada of improper loan
June 9, 2017
Universal Entertainment Corp., a Japanese maker of slot machines, said on Thursday it was investigating what it suspects was an improper transfer of funds by Kazuo Okada, its founder and ...
Connecticut House approves new casino, off-track betting, sports betting; MMA approved by Senate
June 7, 2017
In a major expansion of gambling, the state House of Representatives voted early Wednesday morning for an East Windsor casino, an expansion of off-track betting sites and possible ...
Jim Murren, chairman/CEO of MGM Resorts International, during The Parks first-ever tree lighting ceremony in Toshiba Plaza Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.
Why Trump shouldn't kill Brand USA tourism program
June 6, 2017
President Trump's recent budget proposal may inadvertently make it harder to achieve one of his central economic goals — curbing ...
Police: Teens held after gun fired in casino loitering case
June 6, 2017
Police say a gunshot was fired at a Las Vegas Strip casino but no one was injured during the overnight arrest of two teens initially stopped on ...
Fireworks explode during the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara, in the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
Gaming experts on how SLS can succeed on the north Strip
June 2, 2017
Intense speculation has surrounded SLS, the Strip resort purchased last week by Alex Meruelo and Meruelo Group, since it opened in 2014. To get a feel for what might happen, the Las Vegas Sun spoke to several ...
This July 11, 2014, aerial photo shows the Atlantic City, N.J., beachfront with many of its Boardwalk casinos.
Christie promises Atlantic City casinos more rule relief
June 1, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie is promising Atlantic City's casinos some more relief from rules and regulations governing the gambling halls. After meeting Thursday with the heads of ...
Gamblers play roulette at the Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway in this file photo.
Nevada gaming revenue up 1.19 percent in April
May 31, 2017
Nevada’s gaming revenue increased by 1.19 percent to $886,528,810 in April, compared to a win of $876,135,199 for the same month in 2016, the Nevada ...
Qui Nguyen, left, of Las Vegas competes against Gordon Vayo of San Francisco during the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.
World Series of Poker tournament opens at the Rio
May 30, 2017
The 48th Annual World Series of Poker kicked off 54 days of play Tuesday, enticing tens of thousands of players from around the world to Las Vegas with an ...
The Trump Taj Mahal casino and resort is pictured Sept. 10, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J.
Hard Rock charts different path for Trump's former casino
May 26, 2017
Jim Allen once worked for Donald Trump in Atlantic City. Now, the chairman of Hard Rock International is doing all he can to scrub the influence of the man who is now president of the United States from his signature casino. Hard Rock, the gambling arm of the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, is working on a remake of the former Trump Taj Mahal casino, which the company bought in ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Where to watch the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas
Whether you are a visitor staying on the Strip or in Las Vegas downtown, or if you are a local taking a long lunch, here ...
Boyd’s purchase of Cannery casinos nears completion
Boyd Gaming’s purchase of the Cannery casinos is expected to be completed shortly after special sessions of both the Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission ...
Downtown's California completes redesign for ‘modern island vibe’
An ambitious renovation of the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been completed, giving new flair to its Hawaiian motif. In the hotel’s west ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Couple hits near $1 million jackpot on penny slots at Harrah's in Las Vegas
A pair from Phoenix is $944,337 richer after hitting a jackpot at a Harrah’s penny slot machine ..
Where to watch the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas
Whether you are a visitor staying on the Strip or in Las Vegas downtown, or if you are a local taking a long lunch, here ...
Serial litigants sue Harrah's over ADA issues
A disabled person with a history of suing businesses in Las Vegas has filed an Americans with Disability Act lawsuit against Harrah’s Las Vegas. ...

Las Vegas Sands coverage

Deal's off: MGM not buying Sands Casino Bethlehem, sources say
The $1.3 billion deal to sell Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to MGM Resorts International has collapsed, according to multiple sources. What would have been one ...
Adelson: Best quarter for LV Sands since recession
During a conference call with investors Wednesday to discuss 2017’s first-quarter earnings, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said his ...
Betting on red and black: Roulette makes a comeback in Nevada
Roulette, the iconic casino game featured in numerous Hollywood movies, is making a bit of a comeback in Nevada casinos, showing marked increases this year ...

MGM Mirage coverage

As travel industry awaits slowdown, travelers pack bags — for now
The travel industry is voicing a common refrain: President Donald Trump’s travel ban, terror attacks in Europe and a laptop ban represent a recipe for ...
Why Trump shouldn't kill Brand USA tourism program
President Trump's recent budget proposal may inadvertently make it harder to achieve one of his central economic goals — curbing ...
MGM Resorts lauded for sustainable energy efforts
MGM Resorts International has received national recognition for its sustainability efforts across multiple resorts. ...

Stations Casinos coverage

Red Rock Resort revenues up in 1Q
Economic growth, renovation and redevelopment were the watchwords in the first-quarter earnings call for Red Rock Resorts, which owns and operates locals giant Stations Casinos.
Train leaving the Station: Railroad theme jettisoned in Palace Station's renovation
Palace Station will soon be ditching its train motif as a multimillion-dollar renovation project on the 41-year-old casino continues. The remodeling began last fall, and ...
What's next for the Palms?
It’s appropriate that the Palms, which hosted the reality TV show “The Real World” and was a hangout for young celebrities and rock stars, has ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Wynn: City would ‘go bonkers’ when it hosts Super Bowl
Recent success of the Wynn Resorts’ Macau properties grabbed the lion’s share of attention from analysts on a conference call Tuesday to discuss 2017 first-quarter ...
RNC political director joins Wynn Resorts
One day after Steve Wynn was made finance chair for the Republican National Committee (RNC), Wynn Resorts announced that the RNC's political director would be ...
Macau VIP rebound encourages Wynn in earnings call
During a 2016 fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call, Wynn Resorts principals, including CEO Steve Wynn, fielded questions about financial results and the state of ...