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World Series Odds Favor AL Pennant Winner, Houston Frontrunner Entering League Championship Series

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The World Series odds favor the winner of the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox American League Championship Series (ALCS), with the winner of the National League pennant expected to be the underdog in the Fall Classic. Last night, the Red Sox fended off the New York Yankees in dramatic fashion after the Bronx Bombers…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Tax Increases, Funds Earmarked for Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

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The New Jersey sports betting tax on gross win is increasing 1.25 percent beginning in December, and the added funds will be earmarked for the state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). When the added tariff goes into effect, sports wagers placed at Atlantic City casinos or parimutuel racetracks will be taxed at an effective rate…Read More

Long-Beleagured SLS Las Vegas Getting $100 Million Renovation from New Owner Alex Meruelo

Developer Alex Meruelo is ready to turn the SLS Las Vegas — long the butt of many jokes for everything from its Michelin Man-esque entry statue to its poor performance — into a beautiful swan. The plan to reinvigorate SLS Las Vegas with $100 million of renovations began this week. Upgrades to the casino floor…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City Executive Shake Up Includes Fast Track for Casino Commission Requirements

New Jersey’s Hard Rock Atlantic City is dotting its i’s and crossing t’s, getting all its ducks in line to move Tampa-based incoming president Joe Lupo in position to take over the casino resort’s ops just four months after the new property opened. New Senior VP of Marketing Jeffrey Hook is joining Lupo from Florida,…Read More

Japan Integrated Resort Committee Details Casino Site Selection Process

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Japan’s integrated resort (IR) committee tasked with overseeing site selection of the country’s three forthcoming commercial casinos wants a regulatory plan in place to begin reviewing potential host cities by July 2019. GGRAsia says the Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion is currently reaching out to prospective cities and prefectures to gauge interest and learn…Read More

Imperial Pacific Blows Through Four Executive Directors in a Year as Latest Chairman and CEO Resigns

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Imperial Pacific International has lost another executive. The controversial company is in the process of building the Imperial Palace on the Pacific island of Saipan, a project that has been beset by problems this year. CEO and chairman Henry Cheang’s departure after less than a year in the job will cause further disruption to the…Read More

Slot Manufacturers Say Millennials Will Come Around With Age, Baby Boomers Still Alive and Well

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Millennials have far less interest in traditional games of chance found on casino floors compared to their demographic predecessors, but slot manufacturers did their best to spinning that reality this week at the 2018 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas (G2E). Executives from major slot manufacturers said patience is key when it comes to the…Read More

US Gaming Industry Outperforms Economy in August in Every State but Nevada

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The casino economy was booming in August right across the US, with one exception — Nevada. Of the 21 states covered by market analyst Ken Adams in his most recent review of the US casino industry, 20 enjoyed at least 2 percent revenue growth, buoyed by a healthy national economy. Gaming expansion helped too, including…Read More

Football Season is Good for Business in New Jersey, SugarHouse Online Arm Learns

There’s more evidence of New Jersey’s insatiable appetite for betting on football games: the Garden State two-year-old online arm of land-based SugarHouse Casino announced that its revenues have more than doubled in only one month with the arrival of college and professional football. The Pennsylvania-based casino launched PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey in 2016 with slot…Read More

Rio Rumor Mill: Las Vegas Casino Could Be Demolished, Possible Future Site of MLB Ballpark

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The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino rumor mill is once again churning, and the latest gossip is that the off-Strip property is headed for demolition to make way for a Major League Baseball (MLB) ballpark. The latest comes with Vital Vegas, which comes from ear-to-the-ground blogger Scott Roeben. In August, the media site relayed rumors…Read More

College Football National Championship Odds Shorten on Alabama After Three Top 10 Teams Lose

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Week six in the college football season saw three teams ranked inside the AP Top 10 lose, and that has oddsmakers even more confident in Alabama’s chances of winning the National Championship for the third time in four years. The Crimson Tide easily took care of business against an meager Arkansas team on Saturday. However,…Read More

Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeats Conor McGregor, Post-Fight Brawl Erupts

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Conor McGregor was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday night at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, but the punches weren’t over after the rear-naked choke submission in round four. A post-fight brawl ensued when Khabib exited the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach Dillion Danis. Two other men then proceeded to enter the Octagon and throw…Read More

Former Trump Plaza Atlantic City Workers Receive Severance Checks Four Years After Resort Closing

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Hundreds of former Trump Plaza employees in Atlantic City are receiving severance checks more than four years after the Boardwalk casino resort closed in September of 2014. The Unite Here Local 54 casino workers union negotiated a deal in 2009 with Trump Entertainment Resorts that required the company to pay certain employees in the event…Read More

Hard Rock Pitches Female Empowerment With Japan Integrated Resort Bid

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Hard Rock International is taking a different approach than its competitors in trying to woo over Japanese officials for one of the three integrated resort casino licenses. Along with promising a substantial investment in developing an entertainment and hospitality complex featuring a casino floor, Hard Rock is conveying a message that it will empower women….Read More

Ocean Resort Casino Bringing VSiN Sports Betting Show to Atlantic City

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Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City and the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) are teaming up to produce a weekend sports betting program that will be broadcasted live from the Boardwalk property’s William Hill sportsbook. VSiN live streams its daily sports betting programs from the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. But in the…Read More

NFL Players Association Says League Fumbling Sports Integrity Issue

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NFL Players Association (NFLPA) President DeMaurice Smith says the league’s testimony before a congressional committee discussing the liberalization of sports betting did little to ease his ongoing concerns on protecting the integrity of the game. Five witnesses presented their expertise before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations last…Read More

Bobby Baldwin — Longtime Las Vegas Casino Executive and Former Poker Pro — Exiting MGM Resorts

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MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that veteran executive Bobby Baldwin will be leaving the company later this year. Baldwin has been the president and CEO of Project CityCenter since 2005, and also serves as the chief customer development officer for MGM. Contribution to Gaming ‘Immeasurable’ Previously, Baldwin had served as the president of the Bellagio…Read More

Eldorado Resorts Takes Control of Tropicana Atlantic City, Fires Entire Online Gaming Team

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Just two days after Eldorado Resorts assumed the operations of the Tropicana in Atlantic City, it sacked the entire in-house team manning its New Jersey online casino, according to sources who spoke to Online Poker Report this week. According to OPR, the sources said they believed it was a “vote of no interest and/or confidence…Read More

Boyd Gaming Announces Fremont Hotel Expansion in Thriving Downtown Las Vegas

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Boyd Gaming wants to add hundreds of rooms at its Fremont Hotel and Casino by adding a new hotel tower at the downtown Las Vegas property. The casino operator has filed paperwork with the Las Vegas City Council seeking approval to build a 320-foot tall, 509-room hotel tower at Third Street and Ogden Avenue. Boyd…Read More

New York-New York Heist ‘Blackface’ Serial Armed Robber Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas

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A white man who disguised himself with blackface makeup to rob the cashier cage at New York-New York pleaded guilty in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday to one count of interference with commerce by robbery. 26-year-old Cameron James Kennedy was under court-ordered home confinement in Las Vegas because of previous bank robbery charges when he…Read More

FanDuel Urges Florida Players to Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 3, Claims Ballot Measure Threatens DFS, Sports Betting

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DFS and sports betting operator FanDuel has joined the fight against Amendment 3 in Florida, a ballot measure that if approved would place all future gambling expansion in the state in the hands of voters. Opponents of Amendment 3 say the measure will rob lawmakers of powers to negotiate new casino profit-sharing deals with the…Read More

MGM Resorts Multi-Victim Lawsuit Consolidation Push for Mandalay Bay Shooting Victims Denied by Judicial Panel

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MGM Resorts won’t be bringing one consolidated lawsuit in front of one federal judge in the case of the individual civil suits the gaming operator has filed against more than 1,900 victims of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled this…Read More

Nevada Final State to Approve Penn National $2.8 Billion Pinnacle Takeover, Deal Expected to Complete This Month

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On Wednesday, Nevada became the 14th and final state to approve the $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment by Penn National Gaming (PNG). Following a special hearing of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission, PNG CEO Tim Wilmott said the company expects to close transaction in mid-October. The number of states…Read More

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Licenses Issued for Hollywood, Parx Casinos

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Two sports betting licenses have been granted in Pennsylvania, but Keystone State residents won’t be gambling on the Eagles and Steelers for at least several more weeks. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) signed off on applications from Penn National’s Hollywood Casino near the Harrisburg capital in Grantville, and Greenwood Gaming’s Parx Casino in Bensalem,…Read More

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Hotel Closes, Casino Project Aimed at Asian Demographic Officially a Dead Hand

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The Lucky Dragon Hotel closed its doors for good on Tuesday, eight months after its casino operations bit the dust, and less than two years after its grand opening. Last month, owner Andrew Fonfa received permission to shutter the hotel from a judge after a bankruptcy auction failed to attract a single bidder. The first…Read More