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Nevada Sports Betting Embroiled in Battle of Who Can Accept Wagers

Back in the day, if one mob crew was siphoning business from another mobster famiglia in Las Vegas, you know what happened: all hell broke loose. Not much has really changed; the battles have just moved away from the mob and into the state legislature.  The latest such battle involves huge corporate casino sports books…Read More

The Little Black Book That No One Wants to Be In: Ex-Con Frank Citro Wants His Name Clean

It’s never been done before, but there’s always a first time: a 68-year-old Las Vegas man with numerous felony convictions who did a two-year stint in the Federal pen for illegal bookmaking and loansharking now wants his name cleared off of the infamous so-called “Black Book” that is kept by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board (GCB)….Read More

Private Casino, Sir? Bellagio Raises the Bar for High-Roller Offerings with Villa Privé

Massive penthouse suites, private butlers, professional chefs preparing gourmet meals right in your room: that’s nothing new to the high-rollers, (aka “whales”) of the gambling universe. People who can afford to gamble anywhere from high six-figures right on into the millions expect to be courted like the hottest chick in the class by casinos all…Read More

Health Agencies Say No to Ottawa Casino

A proposed Ottawa casino in Ontario, Canada is facing opposition from a host of usual suspects and one not-so-usual suspect: local health agencies. They claim gambling just ain’t all that good for the public health and isn’t needed. Those revelations came to light at a press conference earlier this week where Jeff Morrison, Centertown Community…Read More

Let’s Make a Deal: Land Values on the Las Vegas Strip Still Way Below Their Glory Days

It’s not like it was six or seven years ago:  Boyd Gaming’s Corp.’s recent sale of the former Stardust/Echelon site to purchaser Genting Group for $350 million (which amounts to about $4.02 million per acre) indicate that land values on the Las Vegas Strip are still a staggering 90 percent below their peak almost a…Read More

Oh Behave! Nevada Gaming Regulators Tell Vegas Casinos to Keep It Legal

Summer’s around the corner, and you know what that means: the notorious Las Vegas casinos’ summer pool parties are about to get into full swing. That means bikini-clad maidens everywhere, outrageous amounts of incredibly overpriced booze flowing like a river, and, oh yeah, possibly some illicit activities going on as well. In an effort to…Read More

San Francisco Game Developers Conference Is Serious Business

If you’ve always wanted to be someone who designs those cool, high-tech casino slot games you’ve played, you better be booking a flight yesterday to this week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC)  in San Francisco; but don’t go up there looking for work unless your resume is dazzling.  Major recruiters like Bally’s Technologies aren’t playing around…Read More

Hawaii Just Says No to Gambling Study

You probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that gambling of any kind is banned in Utah; after all, the heavily Mormon state looks down on sinful activities of any kind. But Hawaii? How did the last state to join the Union get so persnickety when it comes to games of chance anyway? No Resolution…Read More

No Smoking Revel Going Up in Smoke with Bankruptcy

Just days short of a year since it opened to great fanfare, Atlantic City’s no smoking casino experiment Revel is looking to declare bankruptcy, based on federal securities regulators’ disclosure statements the casino filed earlier this week. Through the magic of high finance sleight-of-hand, some $1.5 billion in staggering debt will now be converted into…Read More

Toronto Casino Allegations Slow MGM, Wynn and Sands Developments

A recent report by The Toronto Globe and Mail suggests that Las Vegas casino corporations MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands could all struggle to obtain their intended licenses to operate in the Ontario, Canada area due to allegations of corruption and bribery carried out during their dealings in the Chinese region of…Read More

Massachusetts Casino Trends Survey Reveals Some Surprises

A survey of more than 3,000 New England residents conducted this week by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Policy Analysis reveals some interesting facts about Massachusetts’ casino-goer trends, and possibly those of the nation as a whole. Those surveyed spanned five New England states, minus Vermont, and were not exclusively casino-goers. Of those…Read More

Macau Gaming Revenues Through the Roof for March

The economy may still be crawling back on its belly everywhere else, but in Macau, money seems to be falling out of the sky, at least for its lucrative casino industry. A J.P. Morgan analyst estimates that March gross Macau gaming revenues for the world’s most successful gambling destination ever will top out at $3.67…Read More

Chinese Laundry Through the Slots: Money Laundering Alleged for Med Tech Firm

You think you have a gambling problem? How about $116,000 per month on a slots habit? That’s how much Bi Xiaodong, wife of China Medical Technologies (CMT) CEO Wu Xiaodong, is rumored to have pumped into the high roller slot machines at Las Vegas’ upscale Wynn and Bellagio casinos between 2005 and 2010, playing with…Read More

Little Less Conversation, Little More Retraction for Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment will be forking over $225,000 in fines to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement shortly, but the fines are for the bad behavior of a major client that went unchecked in Las Vegas. Already confused? The plot for this one has more drama than Caesar and Cleopatra themselves, and shows the delicate…Read More

Palms Sports Book Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

A 30-yr-old Palms Casino sports book employee has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, following allegations of a multiperson scheme that bilked the casino out of more than $800,000. Kassie Baker, who is currently free on her own recognizance, received the indictment from a federal grand jury last July along…Read More