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Western Conference Finals Likely to Determine NBA Champ, Oddsmakers Say

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The conference finals tip off Sunday and Monday, and oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel the winner that prevails out of the West will ultimately win the NBA Finals. The NBA Playoffs are down to its final four, with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets doing battle in the Western Conference, and Cleveland Cavaliers and…Read More

Mark Wahlberg Gets Atlantic City Ocean Resort Casino Blessing, Former Revel to Reopen June 28

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Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Mark Wahlberg, has a vested interest in Atlantic City’s new Ocean Resort Casino and is praying it will be a fruitful one. Just for good measure, the actor-turned-entrepreneur — who was raised Roman Catholic, and has a permanent felony record for acts of violence committed in his teens — had the property…Read More

Japan Gaming Congress Focused on Nation’s Fledgling Casino Industry

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The Japan Gaming Congress began on Thursday in Tokyo, with delegates and government officials on hand to discuss a variety of issues and topics related to the future of casinos in the Asian country. There’s no absolutely guarantee that Japan will have casinos in the near future. But lawmakers are working towards passage of the…Read More

MGM Resorts Announces $2B Stock Repurchase, Hints Potential Wynn Acquisition is No More

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MGM Resorts says it plans to repurchase $2 billion worth of its own shares over an unspecified period of time, a motion that shows company executives are bullish on its future. The $2 billion repurchase follows a $1 billion stock buy announced last September. In a release, MGM says that buyback has been successfully completed,…Read More

NHL Stanley Cup Odds Favor Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights

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The Stanley Cup odds favor the Lightning and Golden Knights meeting in the NHL finals, with Tampa Bay expected to be the favorite over the first-year expansion team. Vegas advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks on Sunday to win the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Golden Knights…Read More

Morgan Stanley: Macau Gaming Poised for Continued Growth, Firm Raises Mass Market Forecast

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Macau gaming should continue to see gross revenue growth “for the next few years.” That’s according to analysts at Morgan Stanley Asia, who opined this week that the enclave’s casino industry is healthy. That isn’t necessarily a surprise considering gross gaming revenue (GGR) climbed more than 19 percent in 2017 to $33.2 billion. Last year…Read More

Las Vegas Union Representing 50,000 Resort Workers Threatens Strike, Walkout Would Cripple City

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The largest Las Vegas union in gaming and hospitality is threatening resort and casino operators with a strike that could see as many as 50,000 workers walk off the job. The Culinary Union, a branch of the nationwide Unite Here labor organization, will hold a vote May 22 at the Thomas & Mack Center of…Read More

Louisiana Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports, But There’s a Catch

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The Louisiana legislature has voted to legalize daily fantasy sports. The State Senate on Wednesday approved the state’s DFS legislation by 21-15, following an overwhelming blessing from the House last month. But Louisiana DFS fans won’t be able to play with impunity just yet. Voters must decide at a November ballot whether the competitions should…Read More

NBA Odds Favor Golden State Over Houston, Cavs Finally Get Some ‘Love’

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Las Vegas NBA odds favor the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for the fourth straight year in the championship series. But before Steph Curry and LeBron James once again square off, two teams will hope to block the rivalry rematch. On Tuesday night, the Warriors and Houston Rockets both capped off their semifinal…Read More

Las Vegas Lucky Dragon Casino Hoping for Bankruptcy Sale, But Main Creditor Has Other Ideas

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Andrew Fonfa, owner of the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, is hoping to sell the doomed venture via bankruptcy auction. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, bid procedures are scheduled to be considered at a court hearing on May 14, but there’s a big dispute about the valuation. Fonfa believes his property is worth $143…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Could Save Historic Underground Railroad House

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A Pennsylvania casino operator might come to the rescue of a historic house in York County that was part of the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Penn National Gaming, which claimed the first satellite casino auction with a winning $50.1 million bid in January, selected a 15-mile radius centered in York County. Now, the casino…Read More

The Players Championship Odds: Spieth, McIlroy, Day Top List, Tiger, and Phil Lurk

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The Players Championship tees off Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where oddsmakers feel Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day will battle for golf’s so-called fifth major. The Westgate SuperBook has all three superstars at 14/1 to win The Players. Spieth’s grouping with the shortest odds of the 144-man field comes…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Bill Dead for 2018 But MGM Scores Symbolic Victory in Connecticut House

Bridgeport casino bill pulled for 2018

The effort to bring a casino resort to Bridgeport, Connecticut was pulled from the State Senate on Tuesday, as the clock ticked towards the end of the legislative session. Proponents of the bill said there was simply not enough time to gather the required votes before the midnight Wednesday deadline, at a time when Senators…Read More

Las Vegas Casinos Grapple With Marijuana Legalities and Employee Testing Issues

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Nevada’s new legal recreational marijuana laws have Las Vegas casinos inhaling confusion. And unlike Caesars Entertainment — which recently announced it would no longer screen most of its job applicants for pot use — most of the other major Strip operators are either keeping mum or continuing their screening for use of the drug, which…Read More

Park MGM Takes Over for Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas

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The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip officially rebranded as Park MGM today, Wednesday, May 9. The building’s $550 million revamp is far from complete, but on Wednesday, its website was displaying “introductory rates” on some of its rooms, offering guests a sneak peek at the Strip’s newest property at a…Read More