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MGM CEO Jim Murren Out as AGA Chairman, Penn National Exec Appointed

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MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is stepping down as chairman of the American Gaming Association (AGA) and handing over the reins to colleague Tim Wilmott, the Penn National CEO who’s served on the lobbying group’s board since 2015. Time for Change In a press release issued this week, AGA President Geoff Freeman said the trade…Read More

PAGCOR Auctioning Two Parcels of Land at Site of Solaire Casino

PAGCOR Solaire auction

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is auctioning two parcels of land in Manila which make up the current location of the Solaire Resort and Casino. According to the PAGCOR announcement, the “item” up for bid, known as Bay City Properties, comprises two plots that include approximately 160,000 square meters of land. The minimum…Read More

Caesars LINQ Promenade Unveils Plans for First Zipline on Las Vegas Strip

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In keeping with Caesars President and CEO Mark Frissora’s promise to grow the casino conglomerate post-bankruptcy, the company announced plans to build the first zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. Fly LINQ will cost approximately $20 million and be constructed above the LINQ Promenade. Construction is expected in spring of 2018 with an anticipated completion…Read More

Indiana Casino Says Smoking Ban Would Cost 400 Jobs, $3 Million Annually

Indiana casino Majestic Star smoking ban

Northwest Indiana casino operator Majestic Star is threatening local officials in Gary on the dangers of implementing a smoking ban that would extend to its riverboat gambling floors. In 2012, Indiana enacted a statewide indoor smoking ban, but exemptions were provided for private membership clubs, bars and taverns were liquor sales outsell food, retail tobacco…Read More

Gov. Christie Appoints New Casino Control Commission Chair, Atlantic County’s Dennis Levinson Not Surprised

Casino Control Commission Matthew Levinson

Matthew Levinson (R) has been ousted from the Casino Control Commission (CCC) after a little more than five years overseeing the agency responsible for licensing Atlantic City’s casinos and key employees. Governor Chris Christie (R) announced the appointment of current New Jersey Parole Board Chairman James Plousis (R) to the CCC role. Levinson was assigned…Read More

Duke Enters NCAAM Season as Title Favorites, Bettors Like Michigan State

Duke NCAA March Madness basketball odds

The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils are the consensus favorite among college basketball analysts to be the team to beat for the 2017-18 NCAAM season. After being upset by South Carolina in the round of 32 during March Madness, the Blue Devils return perhaps the most talented roster in the nation. Welcoming in Trevon Duval at…Read More

Czech Republic Casino Owner Leon Tsoukernik Countersues Aria and Matt Kirk in Dispute Over $3 Million Poker Table Loan

Leon Tsoukernik Matt Kirk Aria countersuit

After remaining mostly silent about losing $3 million in a high-stakes poker game to Matt Kirk in May, King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik has decided to let his lawyers speak for him. In a lawsuit counterclaim filed Wednesday against the Aria in Las Vegas and the Australian player Kirk, the suit alleges that they were…Read More

OJ Simpson Banned by Cosmopolitan on Las Vegas Strip, Sportsbooks Could Resume Parole Odds

OJ Simpson Cosmopolitan parole odds

OJ Simpson and a group of friends were removed from a bar inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sometime around midnight Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The casino resort did not say why security escorted Simpson off the premises, but those present posting photos of the incident on social media are fueling plenty of…Read More

Golden Entertainment Eyes Expanded Gambling Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania expanded gambling

Recent Las Vegas Stratosphere casino buyer Golden Entertainment is now considering options across the country in Pennsylvania. Under the auspices of its Golden Route distributed gaming division, the operator is ready to jump into the newly expanded gambling scene in the Keystone State. The Keystone State’s expanded gambling bill, signed into law in late October…Read More

Matthew Levinson Reportedly Out as New Jersey Casino Control Commission Chair

Matthew Levinson Casino Control Commission

Matthew Levinson, the chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) since 2012, reportedly won’t be reappointed to the position. That’s according to ROI, a business news source that covers New Jersey. Levinson’s five-year term was due for renewal in August, but there’s been an unexplained holdup. Founded in conjunction with New Jersey legalizing…Read More

Las Vegas Casinos Changing ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies in Wake of Shooting

Las Vegas do not disturb

After the October 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, one point of speculation was that shooter Stephen Paddock may have been able to more easily prepare his attack by leaving a “do not disturb” sign on his room at the Mandalay Bay, prompting hotel staff not to enter his…Read More

MGM Resorts Reports Strong Q3 Revenue, Says Las Vegas Bookings Have Rebounded After Shooting

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MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren spoke with investors this week regarding the company’s third quarter financial performance, a timeframe that concluded September 30, the day before the October 1 shooting. Murren said net income totaled $149.1 million, which translates to 26 cents per share for investors. That met Wall Street analyst expectations, sending MGM Resorts…Read More

Supreme Court Likely to Rule in Favor of Michigan Tribe in Casino Dispute

Gun Lake Casino case

Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to side against a man attempting to shut down a Michigan tribal casino, based on questions that were asked while the court heard arguments on Tuesday. The case dates back to 2008, when David Patchak sued after the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (also known as the Gun Lake Tribe)…Read More

OJ Simpson Popping Up Around Las Vegas Amid Calls for Station Casinos to Ban Him

OJ Simpson Station Casinos

OJ Simpson was released from prison on parole in October, after serving nine years at Lovelock Correctional Center in the middle of nowhere, Nevada. In his first few weeks back in the free world, the former NFL star and actor has found a new home in suburban Las Vegas, which has some locals angry, but others…Read More

Revel Atlantic City Reportedly Sold, Owner Glenn Straub Again Denies Rumors

Revel Atlantic City Glenn Straub

New month, new rumors surrounding Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion Boardwalk casino resort that has sat vacant for over three years. The latest development comes from a notice made public by the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office that seems to hint that current owner Glenn Straub has finally found a buyer. A Notice of Real…Read More