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Some analysts predict the passage of a bill to allow for casino resorts in South Florida is unlikely. However, other analysts say there is enough demand in the Sunshine State to support resort casinos, in addition to the state's tribal casinos. "There is a customer demand that could easily support additional capacity and better gaming facilities," said Bill Lerner, managing director of the Union Gaming Group. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/2)
This week, the GGB Podcast features an interview with Derick Mooberry, the senior vice president of games for Bally Technologies, on the company's international strategies and how the design of games drives them.
Wis. Gov. Scott Walker has requested a 180-day extension on a deadline to decide on a proposed tribal casino in Kenosha, Wis. "[G]iven this project's complexity and its potential impact on many areas of the state, we need additional time to obtain a thorough, independent economic analysis," Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, said in a press release. The Menominee Indian Tribe has proposed a casino at the site of a former dog racing track. American City Business Journals (2/28)
Casino revenue in Macau rose 40% in February to set a new record for the month. The Chinese city reported $4.8 billion in casino revenue for last month, boosted by visitors from the mainland over the Chinese New Year holiday. "Clearly, it's evidence that there's still pent-up demand to play from mainland customers," said Philip Tulk, an analyst at Standard Chartered Plc. "Macau's becoming a more accessible and realistic spot for visitation." Bloomberg (3/3)
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 tenth video in the series, featuring Derek Stevens, Owner & CEO, the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D Las Vegas. 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.
Franklin P. Jones, American humorist
Penn National Gaming had the winning proposal for the sole slots parlor license in Massachusetts by a 3-2 vote, with the two dissenters -- including state Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby -- voting in favor of the Massachusetts Live! proposal in Leominster. The state Gaming Commission awarded the license for a slots parlor with 1,250 slot machines at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass. The racino could open as early as next spring, but a temporary parlor could be built within the next six months, pending the commission's approval. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (2/27)
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of Las Vegas Sands in a dispute about handing over e-mails related to the firing of Steven Jacobs from his position as president of Sands Macau. Jacobs was dismissed in 2010, and a district court levied a fine against Las Vegas Sands and Sands China in 2012 and stated it must produce the e-mails. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/27)
A Nebraska lawmaker is withdrawing a bill for casino gaming in the state because of lack of support. State Sen. Russ Karpisek said he plans to table the bill, which would have allowed voters to decide on a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gaming. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (2/27)
S.D. Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law that penalizes banned gamers who enter casinos in Deadwood, S.D. A prior law allowed casinos to ban players, but there were no penalties attached if players ignored the ban. The new law creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for players who enter a casino after being placed on an exclusion list. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.) (2/27)
Rocky Gap Casino Resort has asked the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission for permission to add 19 slot machines. If the request is approved, the casino in Allegany County, Md., would feature a total of 577 slot machines. The machines would come from Maryland Live!, which seeks to reduce its slot machine count by 100 to make room for more table games. American City Business Journals (2/27)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is on track to open its Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel next year. Local businesses in Cherokee County, N.C., are looking forward to a boost from casino traffic. "I think it is obviously going to move the needle some, but if we are not prepared for it, if we don't do what we need to do as small, local businesses, then at some point we are going to get pushed out by the big names and the chains," said Jon Silver, owner of Corner Coffee Co. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (2/27)
A legislative committee recommended no further changes to Nevada laws over restricted gaming licenses, which allow bars and taverns to offer slot machines as incidental to main revenue. However, some casino operators said rules governing the locations should be enforced. "The vast majority of the restricted licensees play by the rules of the game," said Guy Hillyer, executive vice president of Cannery Casinos. "But there are others that don't. Give the regulators the tools they need to make sure these locations are brought into compliance." Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/27)
According to media reports, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., plans to introduce a bill to prohibit online gaming and poker. The legislation would rewrite the Wire Act of 1961 to include online gaming. This follows recent news that the senators from Nevada -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dean Heller -- plan to introduce legislation that would rewrite the Wire Act to prohibit all online games except poker. Poker News Daily (Las Vegas) (2/27)
State Sen. John Cullerton, president of the Illinois Senate, says Illinois should legalize online gaming to generate tax revenue. "People are already gambling, and we're not making any of the money," Cullerton said. "There are other states that are just getting started that are bringing in some money." The Washington Times (2/27)
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The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement approved a multi-state, progressive slots system on Wednesday. The division said "several states" have expressed interest but only identified South Dakota. The Powerbucks system will be operated by International Game Technology. A launch date is not known, as other states will have to approve similar regulations. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (2/26)
Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said a Cordish Cos. proposal for a slots parlor in Leominster, Mass., received the highest grade of "very good" in a general overview of the project. "Thus our analysis suggests that the strategic value of the Leominster location, filling a relatively unserved part of the state and creating a bulwark to a potential Southern New Hampshire facility, has the highest strategic competitive value," Crosby wrote in a report. Cordish is competing with Penn National Gaming, which was rated "sufficient," and Raynham Park, which was rated "sufficient to insufficient" for the sole slots license in the state. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/26)