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Nevada Lobbyist Blames Gambling Industry for Lack of Federal Online Poker Bill

“It’s your own fault!” That’s the message to the gambling industry from lobbyist Jon Porter, formerly a representative for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District for three terms, and now a finger-pointer at the gaming industry at large for the lack of a federal directive when it comes to online, regulated poker. At a gathering of casino…Read More

Illinois Casinos To Pay More Than Their Fair Share in Taxes

It’s a blue state – meaning it leans heavily towards Democratic voting – so perhaps it should come as no surprise that Illinois is grappling with tax issues; in this case, what percentage land-based casinos should fork over to the state from their annual revenues. But while a casino-heavy state like Nevada takes a mere…Read More

Caesars’ Debt-Servicing Agility Troubles Wall Street

If you think your credit card debt is overwhelming, imagine carrying $20 billion worth, and long-term debt at that. Now add to that a declining revenue stream and a net loss of $1.74 share on the New York Stock Exchange. For Caesars Entertainment Corp., this nightmare is a reality now, and the folks on Wall…Read More

“Hangover” Franchise Is PR Boon for Caesars and Vegas

Sometimes the best hotel PR is iconic movie PR: it worked for the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego with “Some Like It Hot”; for the Plaza with “The Way We Were” and now “The Great Gatsby”; and now, Caesars in Las Vegas – and Sin City itself – are enjoying the fruits of fame…Read More

Mohegan Sun Wants Tournament Basketball; NCAA Objects

Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino has some pretty strong ties to women’s basketball. The Mohegan Sun Arena is the home of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, and the state is enamored with the exploits of the University of Connecticut Huskies, as they have been the most successful team in women’s college basketball over the past decade. Bid for…Read More

Pacquiao To Get His Own Macau Slot Machine

Manny Pacquiao has been successful in boxing, politics, and as an entertainer. He has a huge following worldwide, especially in the Philippines and throughout Asia. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Pacquiao will soon be the subject of his own slot machine, one that will debut in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau. Boxing Icon…Read More

Macau Hackers Apprehended After High-Stakes Theft

A high-stakes Macau gambler is none too happy, after a local casino’s cyber VIP room accounts were hacked, with 3 million Hong Kong dollars ($387,000 U.S.) of his online funds being pilfered by the perpetrators. Macau Judicial Police have now arrested two computer programmers, both just 20 years old, in connection with the cyber-attack; they…Read More

Max “altiFC” Altergott Takes Down Super High Roller Event in Monaco

22-year-old online player Max “altiFC” Altergott thrilled audiences with his talent for high-stakes poker recently by winning the €100,000 Buy-in Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. First Time Live Hard to believe this was Altergott’s first major live tournament, as the German high-stakes cash game…Read More

Atlantic City’s Revel Moves Forward Post-Bankrupcty

If you were going to plan the worst year possible for a brand new casino, it would probably look something like what has happened to the Revel Casino in the past 12 months. The Atlantic City casino opened in April 2012, and just about nothing has gone right for it ever since. High Cost, Low…Read More

Toronto Casino Plan Nixed by City Council

Canada’s biggest city won’t be getting a new casino any time soon. The Toronto City Council has voted against a plan to build a new casino in the city, dashing the hopes of many major U.S. casino operators who were hoping to expand into that very lucrative market. The rejection comes after a long debate…Read More

WSOP Europe Schedule to Include New High Roller Event

The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) began as a sideshow to the main WSOP in Las Vegas, but has grown over the years to become a big event in its own right. Today, WSOP officials announced the latest addition of the WSOP Europe, which is scheduled to take place this October in Enghien-les-Bains, France,…Read More

You Can Always Go Downtown Las Vegas

An old Petula Clark song from the 1960s extolled the virtues of going downtown, where you could “just listen to the music of the traffic in the city/Linger on the sidewalk, where the neon signs are pretty.” She probably wasn’t singing about Downtown Las Vegas, and it was decades before the Las Vegas Strip’s red-headed…Read More

Judge Rules Against PokerStars in Atlantic Club Dispute

We’ve all taken bad beats at the poker table – but few will ever be nearly as big as the one suffered by PokerStars recently. PokerStars’ parent company, the Rational Group, is out $11 million after a deal gone bad with the Atlantic Club, an Atlantic City casino that the online poker giant had hoped…Read More

It’s Not Just for Gambling Anymore: Atlantic City Aims for “Destination Resort” Status

Poor old Atlantic City: it lost the race to be the first U.S. gambling Mecca to offer legal online gambling; it’s still recovering from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Sandy; and its revenue stream has been more of a trickle, by casino standards anyway, in recent years. Now the Atlantic City Alliance, a group…Read More

Oneida Indians and New York’s Cuomo Agree to Casino Deal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been looking to expand casino gambling in his state. The Oneida Indian Nation has long wanted to settle land claims and build a new casino in Central New York. There couldn’t have been a more perfect match. The Oneida Indian Nation has now signed agreements both with Governor Cuomo,…Read More