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Twin River Management, Union Lodge Dueling Labor Complaints Related to Crimes at Rhode Island Venue

Twin River casino management has filed a federal complaint alleging the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 334 — which represents workers at the Rhode Island venues — is using a strategy of harassment, as it pressures company officials. The new complaint was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It follows the union…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Officially Changes Name to Wind Creek Bethlehem to Reflect New Ownership

Wind Creek Bethlehem

The Sands Bethlehem is now the Wind Creek Bethlehem, this week officially adopting the name of its new owner, Wind Creek Hospitality. Wind Creek is the business arm of the Alabama-based Poarch Creek Indians, which purchased the Pennsylvania property, along with its convention center, from former owners Las Vegas Sands for $1.3 billion, a deal…Read More

Encore Boston Harbor General Contractor, Subcontractor Exchange Allegations over Disputed Bills

Representatives from Suffolk Construction — the general contractor for the recently-opened Encore Boston Harbor — and subcontractor Coghlin Electrical Contractors — which claims it is owed over $30 million in unpaid bills for the project — continue to meet as Suffolk now says Coghlin has failed to provide needed documents and used “unfair business practices.”…Read More

Online Casino Gaming Has Lift Off in Pennsylvania Through Hollywood and Parx, Poker and Blackjack Have to Wait

Pennsylvania online casino

Almost two years after Pennsylvania passed sweeping gambling reforms that legalized online gaming, poker and sports betting, the first licensed and regulated real-money online casinos opened for business in Pennsylvania Monday – kind of. After months of rigorous product testing by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB), Penn National’s Hollywood Casino (pa.hollywoodcasino.com) launched on Monday…Read More

Macau Junket Suncity ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Offending Chinese Government

Suncity

Playboy CEO of leading Macau junket Suncity Group Alvin Chau appeared rattled by the recent focus on his company by Chinese state media as he addressed a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental Macau over the weekend. Last week, a financial paper owned by Beijing’s official state-run press agency, the Xinhua News Agency, accused Suncity…Read More

WSOP Final Table: Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Garry Gates Closes Gap on Chip Leader Hossein Ensan

Five players will retake their seats at WSOP Main Event final table at the Rio Las Vegas when play resumes tonight. Among them is Garry Gates, a poker journalist and survivor of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. Gates has become a fan favorite on the rail, and during last night’s play, closed the gap…Read More

Indiana Majestic Star Casino to Become Hard Rock Gary Through $400M Partnership

Four months after the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved the sale of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary to Spectacle Entertainment, the new owners made a big announcement. Over the weekend, the company announced a $400 million partnership with Hard Rock International to rebrand the northwest Indiana casino as Spectacle moves it from two boats…Read More

Twin River to Acquire Two Eldorado Casinos in Mississippi and Missouri for $230 Million

Twin River

Twin River Worldwide Holdings has announced Thursday that it will acquire two Eldorado Resorts casinos, the Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City, Mo., and the Lady Luck Vicksburg, Miss., for an all-cash transaction of $230 million. The Rhode Island-based company has been on something of an acquisition spree of late. Earlier this year it completed…Read More

Las Vegas Police Had No Specific Mass-Casualty Response Policy at Time of Mandalay Bay Shooting, Internal Report Shows

October 1 shooting

Las Vegas Metro Police (LVMPD) did not have a specific policy in place for responding to a mass-casualty incident at the time of the Oct. 1, 2017 Mandalay Bay shooting. That’s the conclusion of an internal police “after-action review,” which lists 93 recommendations to better guard against future atrocities. The report acknowledged that while the…Read More

Japan Moves Forward in Process to Set Up Gaming Regulatory Committee

A committee that will eventually oversee casino regulation in Japan is now taking shape as gaming operators interested in capturing one of three likely licenses continue to wait for more details. Two officials were appointed this month to develop the new committee, according to GGRAsia. The officials — whose names were not immediately available —…Read More

Mohawk Nation Teams Up with Stars Group on New York Sports Book, Stars Eyes Future Online Potential

New York sports betting

The Saint Regis Mohawk Nation of New York will partner with the Stars Group to bring sports betting to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in the northern part of the state near the Canadian border. The tribe said Tuesday it had started construction on what will be known as “Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book.”…Read More

US Tourists Return to DR and Its Casinos After Fears Over ‘Mysterious’ Deaths Abate

Hard Rock Punta Cana

US flight bookings to the Dominican Republic have rallied after a sharp plunge last month as prospective visitors were rattled by a spate of allegedly mysterious American deaths in the Caribbean country in May and June. The dramatic fall in visitation was a grave concern for DR’s gaming industry which is closely tied to the…Read More

WSOP Main Event Officially Biggest Since 2006 at Height of Poker Boom

WSOP

The numbers are in for the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas — and reports of the game’s demise have been wildly exaggerated. In fact, with the WSOP celebrating its half-century, this is the second biggest field of all time, with 8,569 runners ponying up the $10,000 buy-in —…Read More

Montana Casino Customer Who Beheaded Fellow Patron Was Alleged Zombie Fantasist Who ‘Wanted to Eat Brains’

Montana Beheading

A man accused of decapitating a winning customer at Montana Lil’s Casino in Billings, Mont., was allegedly “obsessed with zombies” and discussed eating the victim’s brain, according to new charges filed in the case. Donald Ray Cherry, 32, and associate Jeffrey Glen Haverty, 35, have been charged with deliberate homicide in the death of Myron…Read More

Vancouver Man Found Dead in South America Linked to Money Laundering of Drug Proceeds Via BC Casinos

Silver International

A Chinese-Canadian man from Vancouver who was under surveillance by Canadian Police (RCMP) for his alleged links to a criminal syndicate that laundered hundreds of millions of dollars through British Columbia’s casinos was found dead in Colombia, South America last month. Colombian media reported that the body of Richard Yen Fat Chiu, 47, was discovered…Read More