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LVCVA Sin City Ad Campaign Celebrates Adult Freedom and ‘Only Vegas Moments’

New Las Vegas ad campaign released

A new Las Vegas ad campaign released this week by the LVCVA — the city’s convention and visitors authority — attempts to highlight the unique persona that is Sin City, showcasing four unique and modern scenarios that are designed to grab a viewer’s attention. You could call it “What Happens in Vegas 2.0,” as it…Read More

Caesars Korea Casino Resort to Open 2021, First Asian Venue for Gaming Giant

Caesars Korea

Caesars Korea — the casino operator’s first foray into the East Asian gaming market — will be completed in early 2021, according to William Shen, senior vice president and managing director of Caesars Korea and Japan. Shen, speaking exclusively to GGRAsia on the sidelines of last week’s G2E Asia conference in Macau, said the $700…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Resorts See Profits Decline Nearly 12 Percent, But Optimism Remains

Atlantic City casino revenue profits

Atlantic City casino resorts saw gross operating profits fall 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) reports this week that operating profits plummeted to $123.6 million, a loss of about $16.3 million compared to the first quarter in 2017. Gross operating profit reflects earnings before interest,…Read More

Las Vegas Culinary Union Votes to Authorize Strike, 34 Casino Resorts Could Be Impacted by June 1

Las Vegas economy union strike

The Las Vegas Culinary Union — composed of 50,000 casino resort workers — voted on Tuesday by a 99 percent member vote to authorize a strike at anytime after 12:01 am Pacific Time on June 1 if efforts to negotiate a Hail Mary pass fail in the next nine days. The Las Vegas economy could come…Read More

Can Sports Betting Save the Atlantic City Race Course?

Atlantic City Race Course

New Jersey plans to have its sports betting regulations in place by June 7, by which time Monmouth Park will be ready to go. In fact, it was ready in 2014, when only a federal injunction prevented it from unveiling its shiny new William Hill sports book, and it has been chomping at the bit…Read More

Boomtown Reno Casino Fined for Offering Links to Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

Boomtown Reno

The Boomtown Casino in Verdi, near Reno, Nevada, was lucky to keep its license this week after it was forced to explain to the Nevada Gaming Control Board why it had provided links on its website to unlicensed offshore gambling sites. The casino, which is owned by BCH Gaming Reno, escaped with a $40,000 fine…Read More

PokerStars Seals Deal with Hong Kong-Listed Casino-Hotel Group to Expand Asian Tournament Footprint

Stanley Choi, chairman of International Entertainment Corp

PokerStars’ parent The Stars Group has inked a deal with Hong-Kong-listed International Entertainment Corp to operate land-based poker tournaments in “certain Asian counties” under the PokerStars brand, according to a filing by International to the Hong Stock Exchange. International Entertainment is the owner-operator of the five-star AG New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino in…Read More

Connecticut Plans Special Session to Fast-Track Sports Betting

Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said this week that “the world has changed” since the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, paving the way for state-sanctioned sports betting. Malloy said he would talk with lawmakers on Wednesday with a view to organizing a special session to try to get a sports betting bill passed. He told…Read More

Culinary Union Expected to Vote for Citywide Las Vegas Strike, Walkout Unlikely

Culinary Union

The Culinary Union, Nevada’s biggest casino workers’ union, will vote on Tuesday on a measure that threatens to bring Las Vegas to a virtual standstill. For the first time in 15 years, the union’s 50,000 bartenders, bellmen, cocktail servers, food servers, housekeepers, kitchen staff, and porters will decide by ballot whether to stage a citywide…Read More

Japanese Lawmaker Claims Pachinko Industry Morally Unsuitable for Casino Market Role

Should Pachinko industry participate in Japanese casino market?

A Japanese lawmaker has questioned whether the pachinko industry can be trusted to participate in a future Japanese casino market. As reported by Asian Gaming Brief this week, Takashi Takai, a member of the Lower House, who represents the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has submitted a series of questions to the government querying the…Read More

Hainan Casinos Unlikely with Beijing Stalwartly Opposed, Experts Say

Sanya, Hainan island

The likelihood of China turning the southern province of Hainan into a casino hub to rival Macau is minimal, according to expert opinions canvassed by the South China Morning Post at the recent Global Gaming Expo Asia 2018 (G2E Asia) in Macau this week. Su Guojing, founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon (which describes…Read More

Steve Wynn Draws on Fine Art Savoir-Faire with Self-Created Global Art Business

Steve Wynn launches Sierra Fine Art

Steve Wynn — the man who once reinvented Las Vegas — has now reinvented himself: as an art dealer. According to artnet.com, fallen casino mogul Steve Wynn, 76, has launched a company called Sierra Fine Art LLC, which will hawk multimillion-dollar artworks, including Picassos, Matisses, and Warhols. Its website, sierrafineartllc.com, was built on March 21,…Read More

Non-Gaming Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Grabbed Up by Hilton, Hotel to Morph into Waldorf Astoria

mandarin-oriental-las-vegas-suite-bathroom

The Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas — a AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Triple Five-Star casino-less property — will become the Waldorf Astoria come August. The Mandarin Oriental has for years vied with the chichi Four Seasons for the city’s most luxurious non-gaming hotel. Now, it will be “reimagined and renovated” in a $50 million…Read More

Delaware Could Beat New Jersey in Race to Expand Sports Betting Options

Delaware sports betting

New Jersey looked like the leader in the race to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) earlier this week. But developments later in the week have changed that outlook, with Delaware now in position to offer full-scale sports betting first. Initially, it looked…Read More

Bankrupt Lucky Dragon Casino in Las Vegas Searching for Fresh Blood, Developer Says Chinese Firms Interested

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas casino bankruptcy

The failed Lucky Dragon casino in Las Vegas has been cleared to begin accepting bids from interested buyers. The off-Strip gaming resort  has indicated it’s open to outright buyers, or those willing to partner with current management. A federal bankruptcy court approved the casino’s bid procedures this week, which formally allows parties to enter into…Read More