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Lien Placed on TEN Atlantic City, Former Revel, for $62,000 in Unpaid CRDA Payments

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The TEN Atlantic City saga continues, as a judge has placed a lien on the casino resort for owner Glenn Straub’s refusal to pay $62,000 in Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Special Improvement District (SID) fees. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the failed payments date back to 2015, when TEN owner Glenn…Read More

Trump Administration Holding Firm Against Federal Repeal of Sports Betting Ban, Says NJ’s Christie

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The Trump administration isn’t too anxious to push Congress on a bill that would repeal the current federal ban on sports betting. That’s according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), whose state remains embattled in its quest to allow horse racetracks and Atlantic City casinos to offer wagering on sports. The lame duck governor…Read More

World Series of Poker Host Rio in Las Vegas Disinfects Water System After Legionnaires’ Breakout

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The water systems at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have been disinfected following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a spokeswoman for the casino confirmed this week. Two former guests who stayed separately at the casino, one in March and one in April, later contracted the disease, which initially alerted health authorities…Read More

Wynn Resorts Allegedly Bans Social Media Entrepreneur for Marijuana Ties

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Wynn Resorts reportedly turned away a gambling patron who tried to enroll in its Red Card rewards program for his ties to the cannabis industry. MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich tells Leafly, a marijuana information website, that he signed up for the loyalty card while in Las Vegas last week. But after submitting his registration, Wynn…Read More

Philippines Reverses Plan to Prohibit Online Gaming Companies from Leasing Prime Office Space

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Earlier this year, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ramped up his crackdown on online gambling by banning companies involved in the industry from occupying prime real estate in special zones designated for tax incentives and other business assistance. But now government officials, led by Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza, are rethinking that position….Read More

Caesars Sends Skill-Based Games Packing from AC Properties After Failing to Meet Profit Markers

Danger Arena skill-based machines pulled from Caesars Atlantic City

Caesars’ first-ever skill-based gaming experiment, involving slots-video game hybrids, appears to be a bust. The machines are being pulled from the gaming floor in its New Jersey casinos after failing to earn their keep. When Caesars launched the video gaming machines (VGMs) at three of their Atlantic City properties back in November, the move was…Read More

Crown Resorts Employees Detained in China Since Last Year Now Charged With “Promoting Gambling”

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Australia’s Crown Resorts says their 17 employees who’ve been detained in China since late last year have been formally charged with “offenses related to the promotion of gambling.” Last October’s arrest was a result of China cracking down on “corruption,” per President Xi Jinping’s directive. The People’s Republic bars foreign casinos from directly advertising their…Read More

Philippines Casino Proposed Entry Fee Aimed at Deterring Attackers Could Deter Business More Often

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A plan to impose an entry fee for all casinos in the Philippines would have a detrimental effect on the sector’s thriving mass market, analysts for investment banking group Morgan Stanley said on Monday. The opinion was issued following the introduction of a bill on Friday in the Philippine House of Representatives. Rodolfo Albano III,…Read More

US Open Golf Odds Favor Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson’s Withdrawal Costs Sportsbooks

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The golf odds at Las Vegas sportsbooks for this week’s US Open at Erin Hills unsurprisingly put defending champ Dustin Johnson in the frontrunner position for the second straight major. The Westgate SuperBook has DJ at 7-1 as of Monday morning to win in Wisconsin. He’s followed by 2014 US Open and four-time major titleholder Rory…Read More

Unite Here Local 26 Union Reaches Tentative Deal with Rhode Island Casino

Unite Here Local 26 Twin River

Unite Here, a powerful nationwide labor union headquartered in New York City, has reached a tentative deal with the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island over a new healthcare benefits plan. The Unite Here Local 26 chapter in Rhode Island that represents union members working in the hotel, food service, laundry, and casino gaming industries,…Read More

Golden Entertainment Buys American Casino and Entertainment, Adding Stratosphere in Las Vegas to Gaming Portfolio

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Las Vegas-based gaming distributor and casino conglomerate Golden Entertainment is adding to its holdings, the company announced on Monday. Stratosphere owner American Casino and Entertainment is being snapped up by Golden for an $850 million price tag, which includes $781 million on the table in cash, plus four million shares of the new owner’s shares…Read More

Bacterial Disease Legionnaires Infects Guests at World Series of Poker Host Resort

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The bacterial disease Legionnaires has been discovered inside a hot water heating system at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Currently hosting the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP), health officials tested water heaters at the Caesars-owned property after two guests who stayed at the resort on different occasions reported infections. One system was found…Read More

Puerto Rico Casinos Could Benefit Should American Statehood Materialize, But Still a Long Shot

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Puerto Rico, like many tourist destinations with balmy temperatures, has long offered casinos as a lure to visitors. But an economy that is now in shambles has affected the island nation’s gaming industry, and on Sunday, Puerto Ricans voted emphatically for statehood, although an even more emphatic number stayed at home. Ninety-seven percent of those who…Read More

Innovative Slot Machines Targeting Millennials Fall Short, Expert Says

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Skill-based slot machines are all the rage in the gaming industry in 2017, but the new products, thought to be innovative concepts by some casino executives, won’t do much to attract the millennial, one expert opines. The American Gaming Association (AGA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently hosted a one-day conference at Wynn Encore in Las Vegas….Read More

Japan Casino Bill Expected to Implement Stringent Safeguards to Combat Problem Gambling

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The Japan casino law currently being drafted in the nation’s legislative body is rumored to be focusing on the best ways to prevent potential problem gambling that might arise from the commercial integrated resorts. Japan approved a bill to end commercial gaming prohibition last December, with the stipulation that the National Diet, its version of congress,…Read More