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Atlantic City Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Responds to State Audit Criticism, Including Massive Miss America Funding Bump Amid Plummeting Ratings

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Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) held its first meeting since New Jersey State Auditor Stephen Eells’ office released a scathing report on what it claims are the agency’s mismanagement and misuse of tax funds. Last week, the state audit concluded that the CRDA “did not always ensure an effective and efficient use of…Read More

MGM Resorts-Invested Hedge Fund Wants Company to Sell Macau Casinos, Merge Real Estate Trust

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MGM Resorts is the latest publicly traded casino company with an activist hedge fund that doesn’t intend to sit back and collect profits without having a voice in the gaming operator’s direction. Less than a week after revealing hedge fund HG Vora Capital had amassed a nearly five percent ownership stake in Caesars Entertainment, the…Read More

Las Vegas ‘Life is Beautiful’ Music Festival Attendees May Be in Denial of Security Risks Post-October 1 Shooting, Says Counter-Terrorism Expert

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Attendees to this weekend’s Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas should take proactive measures to assure their own safety, a local counter-terrorism expert is warning.That includes identifying exits and escape routes, as well as potential areas to take shelter. The three-day concert drew 137,000 attendees last year, and organizers expect this…Read More

Rapper Drake Drops $200K Gambling at Hard Rock Atlantic City After Sold Out Gig

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Superstar rap artist Drake lost almost $200,000 gambling at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City early Sunday morning, according to sources on the scene. After performing a sold-out show in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center in part of his Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour, Drake and his entourage made the short commute…Read More

President Trump Hits Campaign Trail in Las Vegas, as Prediction Markets See Nevada Democrats Defeating GOP in November

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President Donald Trump is traveling to Las Vegas this week to campaign for several Nevada Republican Party candidates who are embattled in hotly contested elections to be determined in November. But despite the presidential backing, online bettors believe it’s Silver State Democratic candidates who will emerge victorious. The president is set to deliver his “Make…Read More

Las Vegas Fish (Pedicure) Story: Spa Craze Could Sink or Swim with Tourists If Legalized

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Las Vegas fish pedicures: sounds weird, but casino spa execs are always looking for a new gimmick to promote. The latest one — actual tiny fish that eat dead skin off someone’s feet as part of a spa pedicure — could arrive dead in the water unless it can pass a morass of regulatory and…Read More

Australian Researchers Find Link Between Video Game Loot Boxes and Problem Gambling

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Loot boxes, which are virtual containers offered in video games that award players various elements including skills, weapons, and cheat codes, can lead to higher instances of problem gambling, a study commissioned by Australia’s federal government concludes. A survey of 7,000 video gamers was compiled for the Australian Environment and Communications Reference Committee (ECRC), and…Read More

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Files to Close Hotel After Unsuccessful Auction

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Owners of the Lucky Dragon in Las Vegas have asked a US bankruptcy court for permission to close its 203-room hotel after an auction held last week turned up fruitless. Developer Andrew Fonfa defaulted on a $90 million loan in January issued by San Francisco real estate investment group Snow Covered Capital (SCC). After no…Read More

Pennsylvania Township Officials Deny Bribery Allegations Relating to Penn National Satellite Casino

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Springettsbury Township supervisors in York County, Pennsylvania, are firing back at allegations made by a resident that they were bribed by Penn National Gaming to allow the gaming company to develop a casino inside a local mall. Penn National, a nationwide regional casino operator based in the Keystone State, filed formal plans last week with…Read More

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Eyeing December Fight, Odds Favor ‘Money’

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are finalizing a deal that would put the two boxers back in the same ring for a rematch of their 2015 fight spectacle.     On Saturday, the two superstars announced they would indeed square off for a second time. Pacquiao told reporters in his native Philippines that the fight…Read More

Nevada Judge Allows Steve Wynn Defamation Lawsuit Against Former Salon Director to Proceed

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Steve Wynn is suing former Wynn Las Vegas salon director Jorgen Nielsen on grounds that he purposely made false statements to media outlets regarding the billionaire’s alleged sexual misconduct. Attorneys for Nielsen requested the court dismiss the defamation lawsuit by citing anti-SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) regulations, which seek to protect individuals from intimidating lawsuits…Read More

Hurricane Florence Wreaks Havoc on Carolinas, But Harrah’s Cherokee Resorts, Casino Boats Spared

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Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, is responsible for the deaths of at least 18 people in the Carolinas. The deadly storm has finally moved north, as Carolinians begin the painful and costly recovery process. Along with the lives lost, some 575,000 homes remain without power. Rivers and lakes continue to flood, roads…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Files Flamingo, Cromwell Trademark Protections in Macau

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Caesars Entertainment is focused post-bankruptcy on expanding its portfolio internationally, and trademark protection filings made this week in Macau show the company remains interested in the world’s richest gambling hub. The Macau News Agency reports that subsidiaries of Caesars have filed to protect the Flamingo and The Cromwell brands in the Chinese enclave. The filings…Read More

NASCAR Believes Sports Betting Could Grow Interest in Auto Racing

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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs begin this weekend with the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And with the Strip roughly 15 miles south, and sportsbooks littered throughout the area, the topic of sports betting as it relates to auto racing has become a talking point heading into the 10-race…Read More

Mega Moolah Jackpot Surpasses $21M, Will Set Guinness World Record for Largest Online Slot Payout

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The Mega Moolah online progressive slot jackpot now stands at more than $21.5 million, which means when one lucky gambler finally hits it, the payout will mark a new Guinness World Record. Operated by Isle of Man’s Microgaming, the Mega Moolah online progressive jackpot hasn’t been hit since one fortunate player snagged a $10.9 million…Read More