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Could an Asian Wynn Resorts Buyout Happen? Experts Say It’s Possible, and Steve Wynn Can’t Stop It

Jim Murren Steve Wynn sex scandal

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Wynn Resorts and its recently dethroned ex-leader, Steve Wynn. But gaming industry analysts think the rollercoaster ride may not have ground to a halt just yet. They believe a company takeover is, in fact, likely, with potential suitors being large conglomerates in Asia, or even competitor MGM Resorts….Read More

Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas to Experience Interactive Multimedia Revamp

Fremont Street Experience Revamp

The Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas is getting a revamp. On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Council agreed a grant of $9.5 million for “floor to ceiling” renovations which will include a large-scale update to the video canopy attraction. The 1,500-foot long, 90-foot wide canopy, suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian thoroughfare, has not…Read More

Mount Airy to Build Satellite Casino in Western Pennsylvania’s Lawrence County

Mount Airy Pennsylvania satellite casino

The parent company to the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains submitted a winning bid for the third of 10 satellite casino locations today, with the offer of $21,188,888.88 topping the other sealed submissions. Mount Airy #1 LLC selected a 15-mile radius in Lawrence County centered in New Castle, a city about 50…Read More

Poker Players Alliance Director John Pappas Leaving Lobbying Organization, Shepherded Online Poker Through Black Friday to Legalization

John Pappas PPA steps down

Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas is leaving his post after almost a decade as the advocacy group’s top lobbyist. He will be succeeded by current vice president, Rich Muny. Pappas led the PPA, which lobbies for the interests of players and the online poker industry, through a tumultuous decade for the game,…Read More

Closed Indefinitely: Duterte Shuts Philippine Casino Market to New Developers, Orders Freeze on Licensing

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte orders freeze on new casino licenses.

The Philippine casino market may be booming but enough is enough, according to the country’s controversial president Rodrigo Duterte. At the International Casino Exhibition in London on Wednesday, Casino regulator PAGCOR announced that Duterte had brought the hammer down on new entrants to the market, ordering the regulator to refrain from considering any more licenses….Read More

Lucky Dragon Casino Foreclosure Auction Postponed, Possible Backstage Deals Push Date Back

Lucky Dragon auction postponed

The Las Vegas Lucky Dragon Casino auction was abruptly postponed on Tuesday, even after a crowd of about 30 people showed up. That gathering had been hoping for a shot at taking ownership of the now-shuttered off-Strip property. The auction was to be held outside the Nevada Legal News building, off of Charleston and South…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Must Not Leave Casinos in the Cold, Delegates Tell ICE

CEO of Hard Rock Japan Edward Tracey

Japanese casino regulation was a key topic at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE Totally Gaming) this week as delegates from across the world descended on London Docklands for one of the gambling industry events of the year. As ever, while operators showcased their latest innovations on the floors of the ExCel London exhibition center, gaming’s…Read More

Caesars Raises Resort Fees, as Being a Las Vegas Tourist Becomes Ever More Expensive

resort fees Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment has raised resort fees at nine of its properties in Las Vegas, making visiting Sin City that much more expensive for overnight visitors. The Los Angeles Times reports that Caesars, fresh out of bankruptcy, implemented higher resort rates on February 1. The increase is as much as $5 per night. Caesars Palace now…Read More

CEO Steve Wynn Steps Down After Weeks of Sex Scandal Rumors, Stock Price Rebounds on News of Resignation

Steve Wynn resignation scandal

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn has submitted his resignation to the company he founded, amid an expanding sexual misconduct scandal that was hurting both the company’s stock prices and convention business. The company issued a statement early Tuesday evening confirming Wynn’s departure. The 76-year-old, credited with playing the most significant role in developing…Read More

Las Vegas Resorts Score Big on US News & World Report’s 2018 Best Hotels List

Las Vegas casino resort rankings

Eleven Las Vegas resorts received “Gold Badges” in US News & World Report’s 2018 Best Hotels list, making it one of the best cities in the country for hospitality destinations. The distinction means these properties placed in the top 10 percent of the 2,194 hotels that scored high enough to be included in the rankings. US News…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City Signs Partnership with GiG for Future Online Casino

Hard Rock Atlantic City Seals Online Gaming Deal with GiG

The Hard Rock Atlantic City has sealed a deal with the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to launch a new online casino for the New Jersey market. According to GiG, CEO Robin Reed knew the casino will have the familiar “sizzle of the Hard Rock music, entertainment and lifestyle brand” of the casino and café chain,…Read More

MGM China Confirms February 13 Opening for MGM Cotai

MGM Cotai to open February 14

MGM China is planning to open its long-awaited MGM Cotai mega-resort in Macau on February 13, in time for the highly lucrative Chinese New Year period. This is despite a Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) statement of last week that the property had not yet been awarded the necessary hotel and amenities licensing it needs…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Opens Thursday, Ahead of Schedule and in Time for Chinese New Year

Resorts World Catskills opening

Resorts World Catskills is opening its $900 million doors this Thursday, February 8, in an effort to attract visitors traveling during the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday. The last of four commercial casinos to open in Upstate New York, Resorts World is the closest of the group to New York City at 90 miles, and also…Read More

Ditch ‘Swimsuit Sexism’ at ICE Totally Gaming, Says UK Regulator

ICE Totally Gaming warned over sexism

The International Casino Exhibition (ICE Totally Gaming) kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday) as the world’s gaming operators descend on London Docklands for the one B2B gaming event that truly unites the entire gaming industry –  both online and off. But this year, the UK Gambling Commission is hoping the promo girls keep their clothes on. In…Read More

Australian Racing Regulator Orders Shutdown of Bitcoin Betting Platforms

Neds CEO Paul Cherry’s bitcoin betting in Australia plan scuttled

The Northern Territory Racing Commission (NTRC) has told all bookmakers licensed by the state to “cease and desist” from offering bitcoin betting in Australia. The warning comes just days after recently established online bookmaker Neds launched Australia’s first dedicated bitcoin sports betting platform, which allowed bettors to deposit, wager and withdraw in the digital currency,…Read More