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Stanley Ho Extending Macau Casino Empire

The King of Gambling is coming to Cotai. That’s the news out of Macau, as Stanley Ho’s SJM Holdings has won government approval to build a casino on the Cotai strip, the hottest growth area in the region. Cotai New Hot Spot In recent years, Macau has left Las Vegas in the dust when it…Read More

Steve Wynn Tells Nevada Legislators He Supports “Broad-Based Business Tax”

Steve Wynn told Nevada legislators in a closed-door meeting that a broad-based business tax of 0.5 percent is the way to go for all businesses who pull in more than $1 million annually. That would translate to a relatively modest $50K for companies just over the $1 million threshold, but substantially more for huge conglomerates…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Must Pay Consultant Richard Suen $70 Million in Final Judgment

After two days of jury deliberations, the verdict is in: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has to fork over $70 million in past due fees and accrued interest to one-time consultant  and Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen for his role in getting LVS into the Macau gaming market at the start of the decade. Second Suit…Read More

Iovation Connection to Ultimate Gaming Probed

Iovation’s website touts the online security company as “fraud protection for online gaming,” and that’s exactly what Nevada’s first legal online poker site, UltimatePoker.com, was indirectly using them for, via a third party; until a few chat rooms got wind of the former Ultimate Bet’s “security” connection, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) did…Read More

Phil Ivey Says “That’s a Crock” to Britain’s Oldest Casino

Phil Ivey, the poker pro so good he’s been termed the “Tiger Woods of Poker”, has popped up in the press after filing a £7.3 million ($12.1 million) lawsuit against the oldest casino venue in Britain, Crockford’s Casino. The poker legend claims the exclusive London-based casino is refusing to payout the £7.3 million in winnings…Read More

Temporary Block Placed on Alternate Bid for New Jersey’s Atlantic Club

As the continuing saga of PokerStars’ attempted entree into the Atlantic City casino market unfolds, Rational Group US Holdings, the parent company of the online poker site, successfully gained a court order that places a temporary block on the Atlantic Club casino-hotel owners from selling the venue to another bidder. The temporary court order bars…Read More

Kansas Casinos Prove Wizardly in Gaming Revenue Growth

There’s no place like home for gross gaming revenue; at least according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) 2012 annual commercial casino market report. While Vegas and Nevada continue to lead the field in pure gaming revenues, the fastest-growing state is: Kansas. Kansas? Yep, Kansas. Who even knew they had casinos in Kansas?  Maybe you…Read More

Rational Group Still Intent on Atlantic Club Deal

Rational Group, the British parent company of PokerStars, the online poker site, has declared it’s still interested in purchasing the Atlantic Club, in New Jersey’s Atlantic City, despite earlier deal negotiations falling through for the company. The deal struck with Rational Group back in December was apparently contingent on the firm obtaining its license from…Read More

Marcus Bebb-Jones Receives 20-Year Sentence for Murder

Marcus Bebb-Jones, the British former professional poker player found guilty of murdering his wife, has now been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a case that’s been drawn out for more than 16 years. For those who missed our previous coverage of this story, Sabrina Bebb-Jones’ absence was reported by a member of staff at…Read More

U.S. Gaming Revenues Pass Go and Collect More Than $200

Maybe it’s a sign the recession is receding, or maybe it’s just a reflection of the growth of legal land-based gambling across the U.S., but whatever the reason, the American commercial casino industry took in $37.34 billion in 2012, and that’s a nice 4.8 percent jump from the year prior. It’s also the biggest growth…Read More

Right Hand Could Be Problem for Mayweather September Fight

We hope he has it insured by Lloyd’s of London for a couple trillion bucks: we’re referring to Floyd Mayweather’s right hand, of course.  His punches did some damage to opponent Robert Guerrero in their big WBC welterweight match last week, but Mayweather’s hand also took some damage and it remains to be seen if…Read More

Gaming Control Board Holds Businesses’ Fate in Their Hands

It was just another monthly meeting of the Nevada Gaming Control Board on May 1, 2013. But for big businesses like Aristocrat Technologies, Pinnacle Entertainment, and GambleID, it might have been a nail-biter: the GCB has the power to approve or deny licensing of virtually anything gaming- related, and they take that job very seriously….Read More

Gambling Execs Living Large as Highest-Paid CEOs for Public Companies

Wanna make the big bucks? Maybe your mom told you to go into law or medicine, but the real money is in gambling. Not as a high-roller; as a casino executive. If you don’t believe us, check out these staggering paychecks recently revealed in the Sweet 16 rankings of CEO pay for public companies that…Read More

UltimatePoker.com Off to Good Start with Online Poker in Nevada

Even though technically you have to be in Nevada to play the first legal online poker ever in the U.S., that hasn’t stopped people in every state in America, and from 20 other countries abroad, from signing up to be part of history. Yep, looks like Stations Casinos-owned UltimatePoker.com, the first-ever regulated legal U.S. Internet…Read More

Vegas Strip and Macau Push MGM Resorts into the Black

Things are looking green over at MGM Resorts International: after some dicey P & L statements for the past few years, the first quarter of 2013 put the casino conglomerate in the black. They can applaud performances by their Las Vegas Strip CityCenter development,which pulled in an all-time earnings record, and its Macau cash cow,…Read More