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Long-Beleagured SLS Las Vegas Getting $100 Million Renovation from New Owner Alex Meruelo

Developer Alex Meruelo is ready to turn the SLS Las Vegas — long the butt of many jokes for everything from its Michelin Man-esque entry statue to its poor performance — into a beautiful swan. The plan to reinvigorate SLS Las Vegas with $100 million of renovations began this week. Upgrades to the casino floor…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City Executive Shake Up Includes Fast Track for Casino Commission Requirements

New Jersey’s Hard Rock Atlantic City is dotting its i’s and crossing t’s, getting all its ducks in line to move Tampa-based incoming president Joe Lupo in position to take over the casino resort’s ops just four months after the new property opened. New Senior VP of Marketing Jeffrey Hook is joining Lupo from Florida,…Read More

Scientific Games Acquires Real-Time Sports Betting Data Supplier Don Best

Scientific Games Don Best sports betting

Scientific Games, the Las Vegas company that manufactures slot machines and table games and develops interactive online gaming and lottery products, is acquiring real-time sports betting data firm Don Best. Based in Las Vegas, Don Best provides subscribers real-time odds from both US and offshore casinos. The sports wagering information platform allows customers to compare…Read More

Imperial Pacific Blows Through Four Executive Directors in a Year as Latest Chairman and CEO Resigns

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Imperial Pacific International has lost another executive. The controversial company is in the process of building the Imperial Palace on the Pacific island of Saipan, a project that has been beset by problems this year. CEO and chairman Henry Cheang’s departure after less than a year in the job will cause further disruption to the…Read More

Slot Manufacturers Say Millennials Will Come Around With Age, Baby Boomers Still Alive and Well

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Millennials have far less interest in traditional games of chance found on casino floors compared to their demographic predecessors, but slot manufacturers did their best to spinning that reality this week at the 2018 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas (G2E). Executives from major slot manufacturers said patience is key when it comes to the…Read More

US Gaming Industry Outperforms Economy in August in Every State but Nevada

US gaming industry

The casino economy was booming in August right across the US, with one exception — Nevada. Of the 21 states covered by market analyst Ken Adams in his most recent review of the US casino industry, 20 enjoyed at least 2 percent revenue growth, buoyed by a healthy national economy. Gaming expansion helped too, including…Read More

Football Season is Good for Business in New Jersey, SugarHouse Online Arm Learns

There’s more evidence of New Jersey’s insatiable appetite for betting on football games: the Garden State two-year-old online arm of land-based SugarHouse Casino announced that its revenues have more than doubled in only one month with the arrival of college and professional football. The Pennsylvania-based casino launched PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey in 2016 with slot…Read More

Interpol Chief Goes AWOL in China and Resigns: Spearheaded ‘Corruption Crackdown,’ Hit Macau Casino Sector Hard

Meng Hongwei

President of Interpol Meng Hongwei has been arrested in China as part of an “anticorruption investigation,” authorities in Beijing said Monday. The international crime-fighting agency said on Sunday that it had received his resignation “with immediate effect.” It is unclear where Meng is being detained. Meng was previously China’s vice minister of public security, who…Read More

Former Trump Plaza Atlantic City Workers Receive Severance Checks Four Years After Resort Closing

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Hundreds of former Trump Plaza employees in Atlantic City are receiving severance checks more than four years after the Boardwalk casino resort closed in September of 2014. The Unite Here Local 54 casino workers union negotiated a deal in 2009 with Trump Entertainment Resorts that required the company to pay certain employees in the event…Read More

Hard Rock Pitches Female Empowerment With Japan Integrated Resort Bid

Hard Rock Japan casino resort

Hard Rock International is taking a different approach than its competitors in trying to woo over Japanese officials for one of the three integrated resort casino licenses. Along with promising a substantial investment in developing an entertainment and hospitality complex featuring a casino floor, Hard Rock is conveying a message that it will empower women….Read More

Galaxy Executive Says US-China Trade War Could Have Impact on Macau Casinos This Fall

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Galaxy Entertainment Group Deputy Chairman Francis Lui Yiu Tung told GGRAsia that the trade war between the United States and China could impact gross gaming revenues (GGR) in Macau this autumn. Francis Lui added his voice to a growing number of analysts and industry insiders who have tried to guess how tariffs and other steps…Read More

Bobby Baldwin — Longtime Las Vegas Casino Executive and Former Poker Pro — Exiting MGM Resorts

Bobby Baldwin leaving MGM

MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that veteran executive Bobby Baldwin will be leaving the company later this year. Baldwin has been the president and CEO of Project CityCenter since 2005, and also serves as the chief customer development officer for MGM. Contribution to Gaming ‘Immeasurable’ Previously, Baldwin had served as the president of the Bellagio…Read More

Eldorado Resorts Takes Control of Tropicana Atlantic City, Fires Entire Online Gaming Team

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Just two days after Eldorado Resorts assumed the operations of the Tropicana in Atlantic City, it sacked the entire in-house team manning its New Jersey online casino, according to sources who spoke to Online Poker Report this week. According to OPR, the sources said they believed it was a “vote of no interest and/or confidence…Read More

Boyd Gaming Announces Fremont Hotel Expansion in Thriving Downtown Las Vegas

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Boyd Gaming wants to add hundreds of rooms at its Fremont Hotel and Casino by adding a new hotel tower at the downtown Las Vegas property. The casino operator has filed paperwork with the Las Vegas City Council seeking approval to build a 320-foot tall, 509-room hotel tower at Third Street and Ogden Avenue. Boyd…Read More

FanDuel Urges Florida Players to Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 3, Claims Ballot Measure Threatens DFS, Sports Betting

Fan Duel Florida Amendment 3 battle

DFS and sports betting operator FanDuel has joined the fight against Amendment 3 in Florida, a ballot measure that if approved would place all future gambling expansion in the state in the hands of voters. Opponents of Amendment 3 say the measure will rob lawmakers of powers to negotiate new casino profit-sharing deals with the…Read More