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Ted Whiting, director of surveillance at Aria casino in Las Vegas, said the casino relies on old-fashioned observation instead of high-tech facial recognition software. "You can't walk through Aria without us catching your face," Whiting said. "It's virtually impossible." Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/23)
Daily fantasy games for football and other sports have exploded with the advent of online wagering. Due to an exemption in a 2006 law governing online poker, the practice of betting on fantasy games is legal in 45 U.S. states. Sports Illustrated and USA Today have also launched their own daily fantasy gaming sites. ABC News (8/24)
As president of the North America Division of Ainsworth Game Technology, an Australian company that manufactures slot machines, Mike Dreitzer is tasked with building the company's market share in the U.S. "This is very much a marathon and not a sprint," Dreitzer said. "The culture of this company is that we're building it over time and doing right by our customers." The company currently has a 1% market share on U.S. slot machine floors. Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/23)
Boulder Station celebrated its 20th anniversary in Las Vegas on Saturday -- along with 115 employees who have been with the casino since day one. "We've all grown up together, our kids have grown up together," said Renee Sheehy, a cocktail waitress and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Las Vegas Sun (8/23)
This week, the GGB Podcast sits down with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, who took office early this year and must now deal with the bad news hitting the city.
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New Jersey regulators announced that a system linking progressive slots in Atlantic City, N.J., casinos with Nevada casinos went live on Wednesday. The system, which is designed to create large jackpots, connects 100 slot machines in Atlantic City with 600 slot machines in Nevada. Las Vegas Sun (8/21)
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved a gaming license on Thursday for the SLS Las Vegas. The $415 million casino is scheduled to open Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip on the site of the former Sahara. The 56,000-square-foot casino will offer 74 table games and almost 800 slot machines. Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/21)
The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved a land-based casino site for the Diamondhead Casino Corp. The developer had received approval in the 1990s for a casino on the water, but the state allowed land-based casinos after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (8/21)
Bruce Koloshi, a New Jersey resident, pleaded guilty to attempted cheating at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut 11 months ago when he marked cards with invisible ink that he could see with special contact lenses. Koloshi was sentenced to 10 months in prison and banned from the state's casinos. He has previously been convicted of cheating in Nevada, Iowa and Illinois. Having already served his time in Connecticut, he will be released shortly to head to Louisiana, where he faces similar charges. The Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration) (8/21)
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (8/21)
State Rep. Joseph Wagner said a casino in Springfield, Mass., could still proceed if voters in the state decide to repeal the gaming law. "Local control is a central tenet of the gaming law," he said, arguing that other state residents can't decide a casino's fate, according to the law. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said he would also work to build the MGM Resorts International slated for Springfield even if voters reject the law. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (8/22)
Casino executives say Nevada should allow same-sex marriage in order to compete for wedding tourism. "We have reached a point in the state of Nevada where our current laws governing gay and lesbian marriage have made our most vital industry, tourism, uncompetitive," said Michael Weaver, senior vice president of marketing for Wynn Resorts. Weaver said he feels local businesses are losing to those in the 19 states where same-sex marriage is legal. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (8/21)
The Washington Supreme Court ruled against the Nooksack Indian Tribe in a contract dispute over a loan for a casino. The tribe secured a $15 million loan to renovate its casino in Deming, Wash., in 2006 but failed to make payments. The tribe argued that sovereign immunity prevented a loan-servicing company from seeking payments. The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (8/21)
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would allow Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung to acquire a casino in Cairns. Fung plans to purchase The Reef Hotel Casino through his company, Aquis Reef Holdings Ltd. The deal would allow Fung to operate two casinos in Cairns if he receives approval to build the Aquis Resort, but the commission said it would not amount to a monopoly. Reuters (8/21)
Chinese investors plan to build the largest casino in the Caribbean for $1 billion. The Singulari resort planned for Antigua would include luxury hotels, a golf course, a horse-racing track and other amenities. Yida International Investment Group, based in Beijing, is the lead developer behind the project. Macau Business Daily (8/22)
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Robert Quillen, American journalist
After land prices on the Las Vegas Strip peaked in 2007 at around $33 million an acre, investors such as James Packer and Genting have scooped up parcels of land for relative bargains. Packer purchased a stake in the former New Frontier site, while Genting paid around $4 million an acre for land for its Resorts World Las Vegas development 18 months ago. Other vacant properties on the Las Vegas Strip that could be attractive for investors include the Riviera and the halted Fontainebleu project, experts say. Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/20)