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Macau Visitation Surges During Golden Week, Junkets Want Credit Database

Macau Golden Week visitation

Macau visitor arrivals jumped almost 12 percent year-over-year during China’s October 1-7 Golden Week, much welcomed statistics for casino resorts that suffered from a recent typhoon that caused an economic loss of $1.42 billion. China has two Golden Weeks each year where employers are encouraged to give their workers paid time off for an entire…Read More

Maryland Casinos Not Named MGM See Revenues Fall Over 12 Percent

Maryland casinos MGM National Harbor

Maryland casinos struggled in September 2017 compared to the same month a year earlier, as their total gaming win plummeted 12.3 percent. Maryland Live! near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, once the richest gambling floor in the state, generated $46.9 million in earnings, a 13 percent loss on 2016. Caesars’ Baltimore Horseshoe collected $21 million, a…Read More

Bill to Promote Safety on Indian Casino Reservations Introduced as Tribal Operators Forced to Defend IGRA

Senator John Hoeven introduces bill to promote Indian casino safety

The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee (IAC) introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to strengthen public safety on tribal reservations, addressing concerns that Indian communities experience some of the highest crime rates in the US, according to federal data. The bill, introduced by IAC chairman, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain…Read More

Maine Casino Developer Shawn Scott Vilified by PAC Website

Shawn Scott

In Maine, a contentious casino proposal, which has found its way onto the November ballot, became the target of a no-holds-barred web campaign this week which seeks to characterize the its developer as “Shady Shawn.”, launched by political action committee “A Bad Deal for Maine,” urges voters to reject the proposal of casino entrepreneur…Read More

Penn National Gaming in Reported Merger Talks with Regional Operator Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment merger talks

Penn National Gaming, the company that owns both the Tropicana and M Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, is exploring acquisition of Midwestern operator Pinnacle Entertainment, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two casino conglomerates have been holding “off-and-on-again” discussions about a consolidation of their combined 49 gaming properties for awhile, although they have…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Still Among Potential 2026 World Cup Host Venues

Raiders stadium Las Vegas World Cup

The $1.9 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium that’s expected to soon break ground between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue just west of I-15 and the Strip is still in the running to host 2026 World Cup matches. The United Bid Committee (UBC), an organization made up of soccer’s governing bodies from the US, Canada, and…Read More

MGM Resorts Abandons ‘Welcome to the Show’ Marketing Campaign in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

MGM Resorts marketing Jim Murren

MGM Resorts, the parent company to Mandalay Bay, is putting its recently debuted marketing campaign that concluded: “We are not in the hotel business. We are in the holy sh*t business” on the shelf for now. Titled “Welcome to the Show,” the ad blitz hit television and social media late last month, and the branding message had a…Read More

Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s Past Reveals Loner Who Liked Hookers, Planned Attack Meticulously

Stephen Paddock Las Vegas shooting

Details of mass killer Stephen Paddock are starting to paint a picture of a loner who liked to hang out with prostitutes in Las Vegas, had recently gained a lot of weight, and might not even have been set on Las Vegas and the Route 91 Harvest Festival as his original target. Adam Le Fevre, an…Read More

Tropical Storm Nate Heads to Gulf Coast, Casinos Hope to Remain Open

Gulf Coast Casinos Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate is now the latest in a series of natural disasters that could be heading towards the Gulf Coast this weekend, where it’s expected to make landfall as a hurricane. Mississippi residents have been warned to prepare, but for now, Gulf Coast casinos are expected to remain open over the upcoming Columbus Day…Read More

Alabama AG Sues to Shut Down Charity Bingo Operators Offering Slots

Alabama casinos bingo attorney general

Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall has filed numerous lawsuits against charity bingo halls, claiming they’re operating illegal slot machines in violation of the state constitution. In his lawsuits, Marshall asked courts stop via preliminary injunctions what he says are illegal gambling operations and public nuisances. Seventeen counties in Alabama have adopted constitutional amendments to authorize…Read More

Can Anyone Beat the Indians and Dodgers Before the World Series? Las Vegas Doesn’t Think So

Cleveland Indians Dodgers World Series

The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to meet in the World Series later this month, that is of course assuming Las Vegas oddsmakers have their lines correctly in order. The Division Series of the MLB Playoffs begins today, with the four remaining teams in the American League taking the honors. The Boston…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Brings in David Beckham to Promise $10 Billion Spend in Japan

Las Vegas Sands David Beckham

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is reaffirming its earlier commitment to spend upwards of $10 billion, should they receive one of the two integrated casino resort licenses in Japan. At a conference in Tokyo this week, LVS President Robert Goldstein explained that the potential venue would be much more than a casino and hotel, but also…Read More

Donations Pouring in from Businesses, Celebrities, and Everyday People for Las Vegas Victims, First Responders

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner

The outpouring of support from the Las Vegas residents, celebrities, and businesses in response to Sunday night’s deadly massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival was immediate and extensive. More than $14 million has already been pledged to charities helping victims and first responders, and people responded so quickly to requests for blood donations that…Read More

Money Laundered in British Columbia Casinos Allegedly Funded Terrorism, Drugs

Paul “King” Jin links to British Columbia casinos

The failure of some British Columbia Casinos to enforce stricter AML procedures has facilitated the alleged laundering of drug money and financing of terrorism, according to a report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). As reported by Canada’s Postmedia, the RCMP believes an illegal money transfer business in Richmond, BC, lent cash to Chinese…Read More

Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock May Have Planned Escape, Targeted Jet Fuel Tanks

Stephen Paddock Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo revealed at his most recent press briefing that investigators believe shooter Stephen Paddock didn’t plan for things to end the way that they did. He wanted to cause many more fatalities, and much more chaos. Lombardo said law enforcement is not ruling out that Paddock had plans to escape his…Read More