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January 22, 2017

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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, left, makes the reach near the goal line past a 49ers defender during the first half of an NFL game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta.
NFL Playoffs by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of championship weekend
Jan. 20, 2017
Local sports books have spent most of the NFL season getting pummeled financially in the rare year where the betting public has regularly succeeded. Bookmakers can now find relief in knowing the season won’t end that way, not from a futures perspective at least ...
Las Vegas Sands Corp. owns the Venetian and Palazzo.
Las Vegas Sands paying $7 million to settle corrupt practices probe
Jan. 19, 2017
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to U.S. authorities to end a more than five-year corrupt practices investigation of ...
Gambling expansion likely for Pennsylvania in 2017, lawmakers say
Jan. 17, 2017
Two Western Pennsylvania state senators are in the middle of a push for a comprehensive gambling expansion bill that is likely to add online casino games and resolve legal problems with ...
One of the many sculptured angels about the exterior of Caesars Palace on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
U.S. judge OKs plan for Caesars' unit to exit $18 billion bankruptcy
Jan. 17, 2017
A federal judge gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to a plan to reorganize a subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., clearing the way for the operating unit to exit bankruptcy two years after filing for Chapter 11 protection with ...
Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision
Jan. 17, 2017
Supporters of legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and several other states were dealt a no-decision of sorts Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a ruling on whether it will take up ...
Santa Fe Station's bingo room, which opened in November, is introducing Xtreme Bingo and Ladies Night.
Bingo! Classic game goes Xtreme at Santa Fe Station
Jan. 16, 2017
Two themed nights — Xtreme Bingo and Ladies Night — are being introduced at Santa Fe Station’s new bingo room.
Bettors jump to underdogs and sportsbooks suffer big losses
Jan. 16, 2017
Forget Aaron Rodgers — the most impressive performance of the NFL playoffs belongs to the betting public, which jumped from favorites to underdogs at precisely ...
One of the many sculptured angels about the exterior of Caesars Palace on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
Caesars unit clears way to exit bankruptcy protection
Jan. 13, 2017
Caesars Entertainment Corp's main operating unit has cleared the way for the casino operator to exit bankruptcy protection with an agreement that ends the ...
This July 11, 2014, aerial photo shows the Atlantic City, N.J., beachfront with many of its Boardwalk casinos.
Atlantic City casinos see 1st revenue increase in 10 years
Jan. 12, 2017
Internet gambling has helped Atlantic City's casinos post their first revenue increase in a decade. Figures released Thursday by state gambling regulators show the casinos won $2.6 billion from gamblers in 2016, an increase of ...
Clemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates a last second touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow (13) during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.
Clemson victory makes big winners out of bettors in Las Vegas
Jan. 10, 2017
Bookmakers were feeling so good about things with Alabama up 14-0 midway through the second quarter of the College Football Championship that they offered 19 points to ...
A Wonder Woman slot machines are displayed in the Bally Technologies booth during the final day of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo Center Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Marketing to inner children: How Hollywood changed the slot machine paradigm
Jan. 9, 2017
The idea of combining popular entertainment with slots began 20 years ago with “Wheel of Fortune.” The game-show-cum-slot-machine continues to rank, in terms of revenue generation, as the most successful slot machine of all time. “Wheel of Fortune” proved the power of a good slot game paired with a known entity that appeals primarily to adults. But it’s the appeal of nostalgia that allows a slot based on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on casino floors ...
The Trump Taj Mahal resort in Atlantic City is shown Oct. 24, 2014.
Atlantic City mayor urges Icahn to sell ex-Taj Mahal casino
Jan. 4, 2017
Atlantic City's mayor is calling on billionaire investor Carl Icahn to sell the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino, saying his struggling city can't afford to let such a big piece of its Boardwalk lie vacant indefinitely. Republican Don Guardian says allowing the casino to ...
Whole lotta latte: Barista wins $900,000 in NFL betting contest
Jan. 3, 2017
Damon Graham spent much of his Sunday at Starbucks working as he usually does, making lattes and double espressos for thirsty customers. Then he took a lunch break to ...
The Nevada Highway Patrol and Metro Police block the entrance to the Rio off Flamingo Road after a power outage at the Masquerade Tower led to guests being evacuated on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
Official: Power won't be fully restored at the Rio for days
Dec. 30, 2016
The busy New Year's holiday weekend is likely to come and go before a Rio casino hotel tower in Las Vegas fully recovers from a power outage that prompted a 900-room evacuation, officials said Friday. Spokesman Richard Broome of the Rio's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, said the company is testing to see whether rooms on the lowest 20 floors can be occupied Friday. That could mean about 500 rooms would ...
Feds: $2.5M seized from Michigan gambler's luggage was scam proceeds
Dec. 29, 2016
At the casino tables, he looked like a rock star — a high-stakes roller who cashed out nearly million-dollar winnings. He flew first class, courtesy of the casinos, and racked up ...
This photo taken Friday, April 24, 2015, shows the former Showboat and Trump Taj Mahal casinos in Atlantic City, N.J.
Will 2017 be better for Atlantic City than 2016 was?
Dec. 29, 2016
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian did not mince words in looking back over the past year. "I'm so glad 2016 is over," he said. "2016 hit bottom for Atlantic City." But will 2017 be much better? It could be, if several things ...
A bird's-eye view of the Las Vegas Strip at dusk, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Nevada casino revenue down 1.5 percent in November
Dec. 29, 2016
The gaming win for nonrestricted casinos in Nevada was $930.4 million in November compared to $944.3 million for November 2015, a drop of 1.47 percent. ...
 Jim Barbee, chief of the Gaming Control Board’s Technology Division.
Vetting Nevada's casino games takes meticulous team of techies
Dec. 29, 2016
Jim Barbee is chief of the board’s technical division, which has a number of roles when it comes to Nevada’s gaming regulations. One of them is approving ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

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 ...
Boyd Gaming says profitable quarter a result of stronger local economy
Keith Smith, president and chief executive officer of Boyd Gaming, said that in Las Vegas, the company is benefiting from “a local economy that continues ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Q+A, Part 1: Clint Holmes discusses his show at Palazzo opening July 16
Ask Clint Holmes to ponder his new residency at Palazzo starting July 16, and he describes it as “exciting, frightening and fulfilling — all at ...
Bill Medley totally righteous at Composers Showcase; Penn Jillette’s latest book to diet for
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Two of the last three standing tattoo artists for the finale of “Ink Master” are from Las Vegas: Christian Buckingham and Cleen Rock One. They ...

Las Vegas Sands coverage

Las Vegas Sands paying $7 million to settle corrupt practices probe
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to U.S. authorities to end a more than five-year corrupt practices investigation of ...
How Sheldon Adelson lost $3 billion in 30 minutes
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Urban Chamber honors business, community leaders with annual Green Tie Awards
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MGM Mirage coverage

MGM Resorts' self-parking fees begin on Thursday
The era of free parking on the Strip officially will end at midnight Wednesday when MGM Resorts International begins charging locals for self-parking at all ...
MGM insists new resort outside D.C. won't pry business from Las Vegas
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International’s first casino-resort in Maryland opened to the public on Thursday night as thousands of eager guests and local residents passed ...
Video: MGM gives sneak peek inside the new Park Theater
MGM Resorts International unveiled its newest entertainment venue today, the 5,200-seat Park Theater, which is attached to the Monte Carlo and sits across from T-Mobile ...

Stations Casinos coverage

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 ...
Station Casinos-run property in California prepares for hotel opening
The 200-room hotel under construction at Graton Resort & Casino in California's wine country since September will officially open to the public on Nov. 15, ...
Palms workers petition to keep jobs; new owner says they will
Hundreds of Palms employees have signed a petition to retain their jobs, seniority and benefits when Station Casinos takes over the resort, the Culinary Union ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Wynn dumps Ford cosmetics after flap with Melania Trump
Wynn Las Vegas has stopped selling Tom Ford cosmetics and sunglasses and President-elect Donald Trump declared on television it is because of the designer's dis ...
Wynn says: Alexa, modernize my Las Vegas hotel rooms
Wynn Resorts announced today it will soon add Amazon’s Echo device to all its hotel rooms at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, allowing guests ...
Wynn Resorts sells nearly half interest in new Strip mall
Wynn Resorts has sold almost half its interest in Wynn Plaza, the new mall it is building on the Las Vegas Strip, and 88,233 square ...