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Las Vegas Club and Mermaid Set to Reopen, But Only for Eight Hours

Las Vegas Club Mermaid Derek Stevens

The shuttered Las Vegas Club and Mermaid casinos located on the Fremont Street Experience are scheduled to reopen later this month, albeit only for eight hours each. Those in search of nostalgia in Downtown Las Vegas can visit the gaming floors and test their luck on temporary slot machines placed in the buildings. The Las…Read More

Las Vegas Illusionist Surrenders $975k Before Sentencing on Child Porn Charges

Jan Rouven child pornography payments

Jan Rouven just saw another facet of his life disappear on Monday, nearly $1 million from the sale of his home in Las Vegas’s Centennial Hills neighborhood. The former magician, who had headlined the “New Illusions” show at the Tropicana for about two years before being arrested on child pornography charges in 2016, turned over most of…Read More

Rhode Island Casino Workers Vote to Strike, Walkout Could Commence Friday

Rhode Island casino UNITE HERE Local 26

Rhode Island casino workers are threatening to walk off the job at Twin River in Lincoln unless their healthcare benefits are restored to previous levels. UNITE HERE Local 26, the Boston-based chapter of the national union that represents workers in hospitality industries, says Twin River Management slashed healthcare benefits for its members without any collective…Read More

Iowa Governor Defends Borrowing Private Plane from Operator With Casino License Pending

Iowa’s first female governor Kim Reynolds defends use of private jet

Iowa’s brand-new Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ use of a private plane owned by a casino operator was not untoward, nor was it in any way connected to the operator’s pending license casino application. That came straight from the horses mouth, as Governor Reynolds this week defended her decision to commandeer the plane in question, which…Read More

MGM CEO Jim Murren Pushes Back Against Trump Travel Ban and Budget Plans

MGM Jim Murren US tourism travel

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren, a longtime Republican, publicly endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton last year for the White House. Though the now-president once worked in the same industry, Murren felt the former first lady was more qualified for the job. Murren denounced then-candidate Trump’s proposed travel ban on certain Middle Eastern countries of origin to…Read More

Billionaire Michael DeGroote Too Frail for Missing Millions Mafia Lawsuit

Michael DeGroote too ill for Dream Casino lawsuit

Canadian billionaire Michael DeGroote is “mentally unfit” to participate in a long-running legal battle over a $120 million casino fraud, his lawyers have said. Filing a motion a to appoint a litigation guardian to represent the 83-year-old businessman and philanthropist in court, lawyers said their client is suffering from chronic pain and dementia and can…Read More

PAGCOR Says Manila Casino Mass Killing Won’t Hurt Gaming Revenue, or Impact Martial Law Directive

PAGCOR Andrea Domingo Manila attack

PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is none too concerned over the long-term fiscal implications stemming from the recent terror wreaked on Resorts World Manila that left 37 innocent dead. PAGCOR CEO Andrea Domingo told reporters this week that her agency doesn’t expect the country’s casino industry to suffer as a result of the…Read More

Nationwide Sports Betting Would Be Home Run for ESPN, Odds of Legalization Shortening

sports betting ESPN SportsCenter

Last month, a “discussion draft” to end sports betting prohibition in the United States was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (R-New Jersey). The shell bill’s introduction by the longtime congressional lawmaker from the Garden State was in response to Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall’s recommendation to the Supreme Court that they reject an appeal challenging…Read More

Gunshot Fired at Planet Hollywood, While Las Vegas Orders Bollards to Better Protect Strip

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas bollards

The scene was chaotic at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. An underage male fired a gun inside the Strip resort as Metro Police were trying to take him and another teenager into custody. No one was injured, but it was a sobering reminder, following last week’s Resorts World Manila tragedy in the…Read More

Connecticut Legislature Passes East Windsor Tribal Casino Bill at Zero Hour

Uri Clinton MGM Connecticut tribal casino challenge

It’s game on for Connecticut’s contentious third casino. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the state’s House of Representatives voted to approve SB 957, which would authorize construction of the state’s first casino outside tribal lands, in East Windsor, close to the border with Massachusetts. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has indicated he will not…Read More

Vegas Oddsmakers Take 2017 Warriors Over 1996 Bulls in Hypothetical Matchup

Las Vegas oddsmakers Warriors Bulls

Las Vegas oddsmakers believe if the NBA world could get their dream matchup, a Finals between the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the smart money would be on this year’s likely champs. Up 2-0 on the defending title holders, the Bay Area team seems impossible to beat. Sportsbooks in Nevada give the…Read More

Adelson Casino Wages Ad War Against Pennsylvania VGT Expansion

Sheldon Adelson, owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

An aggressive $1 million advertising campaign backed by Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is attempting to block legislation in Pennsylvania that would allow video gaming terminals (VGTs) in truck stops, restaurants, bars, and off-track betting facilities. Adelson’s Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is leading the fight against House Bill 1010, which would…Read More

Macau Government Demands Casino Security Reports After Manila Attack

Macau casino security report

Two government agencies in Macau met over the weekend to discuss ways to secure its sprawling casino floors from violent attacks. Last week’s deadly rampage inside the Resorts World Manila complex sparked the cause for concern. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) met with the city’s Judiciary Police and representatives from the major casino resorts on Sunday to…Read More

Maryland Live! Casino Celebrates Five Years by Transitioning Into Resort Destination

Maryland Live Casino MGM National Harbor

Maryland Live! Casino opened its doors back on June 6, 2012, and quickly became the most robust gambling floor in the state. It remained the top dog until MGM opened its $1.4 billion National Harbor resort across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, last December. Not willing to fold to its larger neighbor some 35 miles…Read More

Men and Women Handle Gambling Addiction Differently, Research Finds

Female gambling problems

Both men and women are susceptible to problem gambling. But when addiction hits and the gambler is headed toward rock bottom, the two sexes differ in how they handle the distress. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Gambling Studies by researchers at the University of Adelaide, the Australian Gambling Research Centre…Read More