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Nevada Gaming Control Board Internet Tip Line in Overdrive Since Steve Wynn Sex Scandal

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) says its telephones have been ringing off the hook since the Wall Street Journal exposed sexual misconduct claims against Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn last month. The flood of calls has led to the gaming regulator launching an online portal where information can be reported. The tip board can…Read More

Chloe Kim Lives Up to the Hype, Wins Snowboarding Halfpipe Gold as Oddsmakers Predicted

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Chloe Kim emerged on Tuesday as the next Shaun White of US snowboarding. The 17-year-old phenom, entering her first Olympics after she was too young to compete four years ago, took to the halfpipe in PyeongChang under an exorbitant amount of expectation. She did not disappoint. Despite it being her first Olympics, and the average…Read More

MGM Cotai Opens at Last with 500 Hotel Rooms for Chinese New Year

MGM Cotai Opens for Business

Finally, MGM Cotai opened its doors on Tuesday – and the brand new $3.4 billion property is already fully booked for Chinese New Year, according to MGM China. Or at least, the 500 hotel rooms that are currently operational will be filled when the festivities get underway this week. It has another 900 currently unavailable….Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

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Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

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The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

Tinian Dynasty Operator Broke, Can’t Afford Lawyer

Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, Northern Mariana Islands, money-laundering

Hong Kong Entertainment, owner of the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, told a federal judge this week that its financial situation was so bleak that it could no longer afford a lawyer to represent it in ongoing legal claims filed by creditors. The casino on the Pacific island of Tinian, one of the Northern Mariana…Read More

Fontainebleau to Morph Into The Drew Las Vegas By 2020

Fontainebleau to become Drew Las Vegas

The Drew Las Vegas could be the first new casino resort to rise on the Las Vegas Strip since the Cosmopolitan in 2010, if it beats Resorts World to the punch. Remodeled from the shiny blue wreck of the doomed Fontainebleau, The Drew will open in 2020, developers said Monday, a full 15 years after…Read More

Las Vegas ‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’ Slogan Faces New Scrutiny in Light of Steve Wynn and #MeToo Movement

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“What Happens Here, Stays Here.” The very well-known ad slogan that kicked off as the Las Vegas mating call in 2003 may now be going the way of the Dodo bird: towards extinction. Is there still time to pull it back and save it? The iconic catchphrase, which the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s…Read More

US Gross Gaming Revenue Nearly $41.2 Billion in 2017, as Casino Expansion Continues

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Gross gaming revenue at US commercial casinos totaled roughly $41.2 billion last year, according to Reno-based market analyst Ken Adams. In his 2017 Adams Revenue Report, prepared for online gaming media outlet CDC Gaming Reports, the financial analyst says continued casino expansion across the US is responsible for the 3.7 percent year-over-year increase. Adams pointed…Read More

WeChat Warns Users Not to Gamble Through Messaging App

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WeChat, the most popular social media application in China, is warning users amid the current Lunar New Year holiday week to avoid gambling through the mobile network. Tencent Holdings, the developer of the app that has nearly one billion active users, says in a notice that incidences of gambling through WeChat increase during the February…Read More

Toxic ‘Third-Hand’ Smoke Lingers in Casinos Long After Bans Are Enacted, Says Study

Casino smoking bans don’t eliminate third-hand smoke for months

Smoking bans may have cleared the perennial fog hanging above the slot machines at your local casino, but a new study by San Diego State University (SDSU) suggests that lung-torturing “third-hand smoke” lingers for months after the bans come into force, and those industrial-strength air ventilation systems don’t appear to make much difference, either. What’s third-hand…Read More

New Jersey Lottery Game Hurts Atlantic City Casinos, State Lawmakers Contend

New Jersey Lottery Quick Draw

The New Jersey Lottery game Quick Draw poses a serious threat to Atlantic City casinos, so says two state lawmakers arguing this week before the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee. A keno-like format that costs $1-10 per play, Quick Draw debuted last year in an effort to grow lottery revenues. Players select from 1…Read More

Steve Wynn Scandal Improves MGM, Las Vegas Sands Japan Casino Odds, Threatens Macau Operations

Steve Wynn Japan casino Macau

Steve Wynn and the company he founded have much more to lose than its namesake founder in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal. Wynn Resorts, along with every other major casino operator, is currently awaiting the release of Japan’s integrated casino resorts bill. Depending on the governing specifics, companies have floated concepts that could…Read More

Parx Casino Wants to Limit Pennsylvania Online Gambling Licensees to One Skin Only

Parx Casino CEO Anthony Ricci wants to contain Philadelphia online gaming market

Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino is seeking to limit the scale of the state’s impending online gaming market by insisting participating land-based operators should be confined to just one skin each – or, in simple terms, one gambling website per casino. State lawmakers passed legislation in October which, among other things, legalized online gaming. Under the terms…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Opens with Promise to Rejuvenate Region

New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul opens Resorts World Catskills

Resorts World Catskills flung open its doors on Thursday morning. And nine minutes after the biggest of New York State’s four new commercial casinos opened for business, we had a winner from among the throng of people checking out upstate New York’s newest attraction. “It was so exciting to be the first one to cash…Read More