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Golden Gaming, the operator of Southern Nevada taverns, has entered a marketing agreement with Hard Rock Hotel. Customers of 43 taverns can use loyalty points earned for amenities at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It is the first partnership between a tavern operator and a full-scale casino property. Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/15)
According to a survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute, 59% of Massachusetts residents support casinos in the state, and 42% said they supported a casino in their community. A survey conducted in November found similar results, with 61% of residents supporting casinos, with a margin of error of 4.5%. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (4/15)
The Vietnamese government has approved the relocation of a proposed casino hotel, according to developers Donaco International. The casino planned for the north part of the country and geared toward Chinese players is scheduled to open for a "soft launch" by May 18. The development will include a five-star hotel with 428 rooms. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (4/15)
The City of Osaka, Japan, plans to invite developers to submit bids for a proposed casino in Osaka Bay, officials said. "We have reached the point where we need to start accepting proposals," said Ichiro Matsui, the governor of the Osaka prefecture. Japan's parliament plans to consider a bill to allow casinos ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games hosted by Tokyo. Reuters (4/15)
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is proud to share the next video from the new video series sponsored by Bally Technologies -- Inside the Industry: Insights from Today's Movers and Shakers. Please take a moment to watch the eleventh video in the series, featuring Geoff Freeman, President & CEO, American Gaming Association. Top industry executives were interviewed at G2E 2013, where they offered insights on today's most pressing issues in the gaming industry. Mark your calendar today for G2E 2014. We'll see you there -- one week later -- Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., has filed a lawsuit in federal court against poker player Phil Ivey alleging he cheated in mini-baccarat. Ivey won $9.6 million in 2012 from the Borgata through high-stakes mini-baccarat. The Borgata alleged Ivey won by "edge sorting," which is prohibited by state casino regulations. Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/11)
Schenectady, N.Y., Mayor Gary McCarthy said he plans to "shortly" announce details of a proposed casino for the town. "I believe we'll be doing a project that is complementary to the development that has happened downtown and in the rest of the community," McCarthy said. The Mohawk Harbor mixed-use development could include plans for a casino, according to the real estate developer behind the $150 million project. American City Business Journals (4/11)
Bethlehem, Pa., Mayor Bob Donchez said the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has not yet been sold. Las Vegas Sands announced plans to sell the casino in January, and Tropicana Entertainment was reportedly interested in the property. Las Vegas Sands and Tropicana declined to comment. Lehigh Valley Business (Bethlehem, Pa.) (4/11)
Siri's Casino opened on Friday in Reno, Nev., as the first new casino in the city since 1995. Casino owner Jeff Siri said he modeled the casino decor after South Beach in Miami. Siri's Casino features 140 slot machines and a full bar. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (4/12)
Multimedia Games Holding Co. Inc. and Bee Cave Games Inc. have teamed up to offer video slot games on social platforms. Both companies are based in Austin, Texas. The partnership's first title, Zombie Outbreak, is available on Facebook. American City Business Journals (4/11)
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has received more than a thousand job applications for 500 positions at the casino. The $128.5 million project is still under construction, and is expected to open this summer. "We're going to treat people right and create a great environment for them to grow their careers and really enjoy coming to work each day," said Todd Moyer, general manager for the casino. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (4/13)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/12)
The Department of the Interior approved a request for additional time to review a proposed tribal casino from Wis. Gov. Scott Walker. The Menominee tribe has proposed an $800 million casino on the grounds of a former racetrack in Kenosha, Wis. Walker's new deadline for reviewing the proposal is Feb. 19, 2015. American City Business Journals (4/11)
The University of Saint Joseph and other universities have started offering education for gaming executives in Macau. "Within a world-class gaming capital, there's no way that we should not be bringing the world's leading business universities to cater for these business leaders," said Emilie Tran, dean of the faculty of business, government and social work at the university. Macau Daily Times (Macau) (4/14)
AGA has been actively engaging policymakers and stakeholders to encourage the passage of legislation to prevent costly litigation caused by patent trolls. Patent trolls cost American businesses, including the gaming industry, billions of dollars annually. Get involved and call for reform via Twitter -- simply click to share the message.
G2E Asia is proud to announce that Pansy Ho, co-chairperson and executive director of MGM China Holdings Limited will give the keynote address at the 2014 G2E Asia Conference. The keynote will take place on Tuesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. For information, please visit www.G2EAsia.com.
Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer
International Gaming Technology (IGT) has partnered with Boyd Gaming for the first progressive slots jackpot across state lines in the U.S. Powerbucks will link jackpots in Nevada and New Jersey at Boyd Gaming properties. "We're thrilled to provide our customers with the opportunity to attract and entertain more players, giving them more life-changing jackpot potential with Powerbucks," said Eric Tom, executive vice president of global sales for IGT, in a statement. Las Vegas Sun (4/10)
The latest version of a bill for two casinos in New Hampshire includes $25 million in community aid. The state House Ways and Means Committee is considering legislation passed by the state Senate that authorizes 5,000 slot machines between the two casinos. The bill has received support from the Senate president, as well as from the general manager of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (4/11)