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February 20, 2017

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Fans in the Gonzaga student section hold signs that state "27-0", the team's record after winning an NCAA college basketball game against San Francisco in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Sports bettors embracing Gonzaga's bid to enter NCAA Tourney unbeaten
Feb. 18, 2017
Some intuitive gamblers who were unafraid to wager on a high-priced proposition bet before the college basketball season began look like they’re only a couple weeks away from ...
MGM misses 4th-quarter profit forecasts
Feb. 16, 2017
MGM Resorts International on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $24.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Las Vegas-based company said ...
Workers wire new electronic games at the new 20-story Wind Creek Wetumpka, a gaming casino owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians under construction in Wetumpka, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The casino will open Dec. 17 and the hotel in late January or early February. The project cost $250 million and will replace a smaller casino the Creeks have operated next door.
Should South Carolina gamble on casinos?
Feb. 14, 2017
Every two months or so, Willie Rae Lee scrapes together $200 and steps onto a bus bound for Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, Wind Creek in Alabama or a few other casinos dotting the Southeast ...
Russians engineer a brilliant slot machine cheat — and casinos have no fix
Feb. 13, 2017
In early June 2014, accountants at the Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis noticed that several of their slot machines had—just for a couple of days—gone haywire ...
Pedestrians are shown along the Las Vegas Strip on Christmas Day Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.
Impact of Trump travel ban minimal so far on Las Vegas tourism
Feb. 9, 2017
It’s a simple formula for Las Vegas: Fewer visitors to the area mean fewer gamblers and shoppers, which means fewer dollars not coming into the local economy. It has been more ....
New York's newest casino opens in Schenectady
Feb. 8, 2017
Another casino has opened in upstate New York. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined other state officials and local leaders Wednesday at the new Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady. The Las Vegas-style casino is ...
Pennsylvania man wins $1 million on Las Vegas slot machine
Feb. 7, 2017
An unnamed slot player at the Cosmopolitan on Super Bowl Sunday went back to his favorite machine with $2 before ...
The Trump Taj Mahal, which closed in October, is shown in Atlantic City, July 1, 2016. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who acquired the resort from bankruptcy, says he now plans to sell it after a political feud.
'I'm done with it': Irritated Icahn plans to unload ex-Taj Mahal over political spat
Feb. 7, 2017
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says he will try to sell the former Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, blaming a failed bill by the leader of New Jersey's state senate as the last straw. Icahn told the Associated Press on Monday he has decided to seek a buyer for the casino he shuttered on Oct. 10. He said his mind was made up by a bill written by Senate president Steve Sweeney that would have punished Icahn for closing the Taj by ...
Discarded Super Bowl 51 "prop" bets are shown on a table during the Big Game Bash at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. .
Nevada sports books break record for Super Bowl handle
Feb. 6, 2017
Tom Brady wasn’t the only one breaking records Sunday night. Nevada sports books broke the Super Bowl handle record with $138.5 million in wagers ...
Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger reveals the custom-built sports broadcasting studio and new home of VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network) within the South Point Hotel on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.
Musburger unveils new studio at South Point for sports-media venture
Feb. 3, 2017
More than 200 fans at South Point's sports book were "looking live" Friday at the unveiling of a custom-built studio set to host live weekly broadcasts with veteran TV sports host Brent Musburger. "Everybody take a peek, there it is," a smiling Musburger said as a curtain fell to reveal ...
Board: Pennsylvania casino served player 27 drink in 9 hours
Feb. 3, 2017
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has fined a casino $25,000 for serving a gambler 27 drinks in a nine-hour period. Mount Airy Casino Resort says it won't comment on the fine. The gambling board says the fine was ...
Newest NY casino has 2K slots, 77 table games, 1 cemetery
Feb. 3, 2017
New York state's newest casino has 2,000 slot machines, 77 table games, 12 poker tables, a food court, a concert venue — and a cemetery. The Las Vegas-style del Lago Resort and Casino opened Wednesday in ...
The Wynn hotel-casino on Las Vegas Boulevard on Sept. 30, 2015.
RNC political director joins Wynn Resorts
Feb. 1, 2017
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 the company’s newest senior vice president. ...
In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, a game of roulette is simulated at Tioga Downs during a media tour of the new gaming floor in Nichols, N.Y. Thousands of new slot machines and gaming tables that are part of New York state's casino growth spurt will bring millions of dollars a year to treat problem gamblers.
New York pumps up gambling treatment as it expands gambling
Feb. 1, 2017
Thousands of new slot machines and table games debuting this month as part of New York state's casino growth spurt are bringing not only more chances to gamble ...
Gamblers play craps on the casino floor of the Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, April 21, 2014.
Nevada gaming revenue down 2.73 percent in December
Jan. 31, 2017
Nevada gaming revenue for December was down 2.73 percent compared to the same month in 2015, with Clark County casinos seeing a drop of 4.34 percent, state regulators reported. Statewide, nonrestricted casinos — those with table games and ...
Steve Wynn makes a point during his keynote speech opening the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking at  the Mirage on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Steve Wynn to become RNC finance chairman
Jan. 30, 2017
Fox News reports that Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn will be the new Republican National Committee finance chairman, accepting the job after being asked directly by ...
Brent Musburger opens up about decision to leave ESPN for Las Vegas media startup
Jan. 30, 2017
On Tuesday night, Brent Musburger will call his final game for ESPN before heading to Las Vegas for his new job. At age 77, Musburger did not expect to embark on a new career in the desert, but here he is as ...
The Wynn hotel-casino on Las Vegas Boulevard on Sept. 30, 2015.
Macau VIP rebound encourages Wynn in earnings call
Jan. 26, 2017
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 ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

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Harrah's Entertainment coverage

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Las Vegas Sands coverage

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MGM Mirage coverage

MGM misses 4th-quarter profit forecasts
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Stations Casinos coverage

What's next for the Palms?
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Wynn Resorts coverage

RNC political director joins Wynn Resorts
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Macau VIP rebound encourages Wynn in earnings call
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