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Encore Boston Harbor Continues Hiring Spree, Women Encouraged to Apply

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The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor had its soft opening yesterday, and is set to officially welcome the public come Sunday, June 23. But casino reps say the integrated resort located across the Mystic River in Everett has a long way to go in terms of hiring its complete workforce. Wynn Resorts says the casino…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Board Frustrated With Billionaire Carl Icahn Regarding Acquisition Price

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The Caesars Entertainment Board of Directors is becoming frustrated with billionaire Carl Icahn over a potential selling price of the casino operator that owns its namesake brand, as well as Harrah’s, Bally’s, and Horseshoe properties across the US. The news comes from the New York Post‘s Josh Kosman, who has broken several updates on the…Read More

President Donald Trump Launches 2020 Campaign, Las Vegas Casino Tycoons Expected to Assist

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President Donald Trump will formally announce his re-election campaign today in Orlando, and several Las Vegas casino billionaires are expected to fund his run at another four years in the Oval Office. His message is expected to again be one that he’s a DC outsider – though that is a tougher sell considering he’s spent…Read More

Analyst Sees ‘Interesting Story’ With Red Rock, Likes Boyd’s Cash Flow

Red Rock Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: RRR), the operator of 20 casinos, could be a compelling bet for investors in the future. But at least one analyst sees some difficulties in estimating the impact of the company’s efforts to ramp up the Palms Las Vegas following an expensive renovation of the off-Strip property. Wolfe Research analyst…Read More

Former MGM Resorts Employees Unite Online to Find New Jobs

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Former MGM Resorts employees who have been let go in recent months are bonding online to help one another find new careers in the gaming industry. For the more than 1,000 MGM workers given pink slips this year, finding a new employer in Southern Nevada isn’t exactly an easy process. Data from the Bureau of…Read More

MGM Springfield Continues to Lag Behind Pre-Market Gross Gaming Revenue Expectations

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MGM Springfield, the $960 million integrated casino resort that opened last August, continues to trail far behind its pre-opening gross gaming revenue (GGR) projections. Data released Monday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission shows that the MGM Resorts property won $22.28 million in May, a 2.14 percent bump on the previous month. Plainridge Park – the…Read More

Eldorado Resorts Selling Three Casinos, Could Hint Company Nearing Deal for Caesars Entertainment

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Reno-based Eldorado Resorts is selling three of its casinos in a joint deal with Century Casinos and VICI Properties for $385 million. The move could hint that a takeover of Caesars Entertainment is officially in the works. Eldorado is selling the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia, and the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau…Read More

Las Vegas Iconic Reality Show ‘Pawn Stars’ Cashes In for More TV Gold

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“Pawn Stars,” the hit History Channel reality series that has featured the Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop for nearly a decade, has been renewed for 40 new hour-long episodes. The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop has become a Las Vegas attraction in its own right, so much that casinos across Sin City have…Read More

Resorts World Manila Reopening Casino Second Floor Where Deadly 2017 Attack Occurred

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Owners of Resorts World Manila in the Philippines plan to soon reopen the casino’s second floor where a deadly attack in 2017 left 36 people dead. It was nearly midnight on June 2, 2017, when a lone gunman later identified as Jessie Javier Carlos entered the casino’s second floor high roller area and began firing…Read More

Arkansas Casino Proposal Approved by State Racing Commission, Five Bids in Pope County Rejected

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The Arkansas casino proposal for Jefferson County submitted by a Native American tribe has been formally approved by the state’s racing commission. On Thursday, the Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously signed off on plans for a $350 million casino resort in Pine Bluff. The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and its Downstream Development Authority is behind the…Read More

Wynn Resorts Receives Approvals to Open Encore Boston Harbor on June 23

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The Encore Boston Harbor is now only days away from opening, as Wynn Resorts has received the necessary approvals to open the casino resort on June 23. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission authorized three trial gambling days next week before the opening, and assuming there are no unexpected problems, the Everett resort is on track for…Read More

Pennsylvania Gaming: SugarHouse Rebranding, Casino Satellite and Truck Stop VGTs Approved

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The Pennsylvania gaming landscape continues to change. Soon, the SugarHouse Casino will be known as Rivers Casino Philadelphia, as the property’s parent company looks to align its US gaming locations under one brand. Rush Street Gaming, a Chicago-based gaming and hospitality group, gained approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) this week for the…Read More

US Sportsbooks Take $9B in Wagers in First Year Following SCOTUS Ruling

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Legal sportsbooks in the United States printed more than $9 billion worth of sports betting ticket slips in the first year following the historic Supreme Court decision. It was May 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the longstanding federal ban on sports betting known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Surges 22.5 Percent in May, Hard Rock Gains Market Share

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Atlantic City casinos won $266.76 million last month from their land-based, online, and sports betting operations. That’s 22.5 percent more than the gaming operators collected in May of 2018. The industry had two more casinos this year. Hard Rock and Ocean Casino Resort opened this month a year ago. The casinos were also armed with…Read More

Former Texas Casino Cruise Ship Sued by Woman Claiming Negligence Over 2017 Injury

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A Texas casino cruise ship company that operated the Jacks or Better gaming vessel out of Galveston is being sued by a woman on allegations of negligence that resulted in “severe and lasting” injuries. Attorneys for Michelle Wilson of Harris County, Texas, filed a lawsuit in Galveston County District Court last week seeking damages against…Read More

NFL Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Linked to Arkansas Casino Proposal

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is involved in an Arkansas casino proposal through his hospitality company Legends. In a release announced this week, Legends says it’s partnering with the Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) to develop a casino resort in Pope County. Legends was founded in 2008 by Jones – an Arkansas native – and the…Read More

US Commercial Casinos Won Record $41.7B in 2018, 3.5 Percent Increase on Prior Year

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US commercial casinos reported gross gaming revenue (GGR) of $41.7 billion in 2018, up 3.5 percent year-over-year and the industry’s all-time best mark. The annual GGR gain equates to around $1.4 billion more kept by domestic commercial casinos. The data comes in the American Gaming Association’s “State of the States 2019: The AGA Survey of…Read More

Illinois Gaming Board Could Become ‘Pro-Gaming’ as State Awaits Final Bill Approvals

Illinois government officials are relatively restrained on the eve of the state’s expected expansion in gambling — despite one report efforts are underway to make the Gaming Board “pro-gaming.” Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to soon sign the far-reaching gaming bill approved earlier this month by the General Assembly. It allows for a new casino…Read More

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to Assume Control of Ontario’s Niagara Casino Bundle Tuesday

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Mohegan Gaming an Entertainment (MGE) will take over the reins of two Canadian casinos on Tuesday, the Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. MGE CEO Mario Kontomerkos said Friday it was “the next stage of our international expansion” and promised to invest “several hundred million” in the properties. The Connecticut-based tribal casino operator was granted…Read More

Cipriani Announces $450M Casino Hotel in Uruguay’s Punta del Este Resort Town

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Cipriani, an international operator of luxury restaurants and clubs, is investing $450 million in a casino resort located in Uruguay’s Punta del Este. The hospitality group says it will restore the beachfront town’s Tudor-style San Rafael Hotel landmark, and construct a new accompanying building that will serve as a hotel and casino. The new complex…Read More

Aruze Gaming CEO Takahiro Usui Resigns, Billionaire Kazuo Okada Loses More Control of Former Company

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Aruze Gaming CEO Takahiro Usui has announced his resignation from the company, as the Hong Kong manufacturer continues to distance itself from its founder and former chairman Kazuo Okada. Usui has been viewed as an ally to Okada, the billionaire who was forced out of the company by his own family members in 2017. The…Read More

MGM Could Be More Appealing to Japan’s Regulators Overseeing Venue Licensing Because of Layoffs

Layoffs at MGM Resorts International may help — not hurt — the operator capture one of three coveted gaming licenses up for grabs in Japan, company officials said. Brian Sandoval, the ex-Nevada governor and former judge and state Attorney General who is president of global gaming development for the company, said the reduction in labor…Read More

Nevada US Attorney Nicholas Trutanich Says Marijuana Prosecutions Possible

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Nevada US Attorney Nicholas Trutanich says that while marijuana isn’t his office’s focus, the prosecution of those doing business in the cannabis industry isn’t off the table. Nevada is home to recreational and medicinal marijuana. But it remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug in the eyes of the federal government – the same grouping as…Read More

Cannabis ETF Meets UFC Star Alexey Oleynik in This Unusual Sponsorship Arrangement

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ETF Managers Group (ETFMG), the fund issuer behind the world’s largest exchange-traded fund (ETF) dedicated to marijuana equities, is looking to drum up more notoriety by sponsoring an Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight star. New Jersey-based ETFMG is the firm behind the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF(NYSEARCA: MJ), and the company has agreed to be the official…Read More

China Travel Warning to US Amid Ongoing Trade War Could Hurt Gaming Industry

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China has warned its citizens about traveling to the US amid the ongoing trade war between the two countries, and that could damper revenue for businesses operating in the gaming industry. This week, China issued a travel advisory to its citizens warning them that unnecessary trips to the US should be avoided. “Recently, US law…Read More