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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)
Caesars Entertainment Chairman CEO Gary Loveman appeared on Fox Business to discuss the turnaround of Las Vegas. "We've seen a turnaround of visitation. If you take Vegas as our best market in the United States, people are coming to see us at a younger age and they're coming for different reasons," Loveman said. Caesars has renovated its hotel rooms, retail space and other amenities to attract the new breed of visitor seeking entertainment, in addition to gaming. Fox Business (4/9)
Caesars Entertainment is targeting the Montreal market by offering travel packages with charter flights from Plattsburgh, N.Y., to Atlantic City, N.J. The Plattsburgh International Airport is located within an hour's drive from Montreal. "In this extremely competitive marketplace, it is essential that we as an entertainment and hospitality company align ourselves with outstanding partners such as the Plattsburgh International Airport," said Scott Barber, regional president of Caesars Entertainment's Mid-South Division, in a statement. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (4/10)
The Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will pay the $1 million casino application fee to New York to convert the racino into a full casino. However, James Featherstonhaugh, a minority owner of the racino, said the racino has not yet decided whether or not to submit the application. The state will return the license fee if an application is not submitted by June 30. American City Business Journals (4/10)
Casino revenue for the six casinos in the St. Louis area dropped 8% in March on a year-over-year basis. The casinos generated $92.7 million in revenue for March, according to the Illinois Gaming Board and the Missouri Gaming Commission. The River City Casino was the only casino to report a boost in revenue in March, with a 2% increase compared to the same month last year. American City Business Journals (4/10)
The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) (4/11)
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (4/11)
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency plans to hire five more employees to perform background checks on potential Horseshoe Baltimore employees. The casino has already started hiring employees ahead of its opening in August or September, and plans to fill 1,700 positions. "We're aware of the time crunch," said Stephen Martino, director of the agency. American City Business Journals (4/10)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada has the highest concentration of gaming supervisors out of all 50 states. For every 1,000 jobs, 6.06 jobs in Nevada are gaming supervisors. However, Las Vegas does not hold the record for highest concentration of gaming supervisors on a city level with 7.13 gaming supervisors per 1,000 jobs -- Atlantic City, N.J., boasts 12.97 gaming supervisors per 1,000 jobs. Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/10)
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/10)
Tribes in Maine are asking to be included as the state proposes launching a study on expanded gaming. "We're concerned that if the tribes aren't mentioned explicitly, we'll be left out," said state Rep. Madonna Soctomah of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The state is home to three tribes, as well as two commercial casinos. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (4/10)
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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is expected to consider a bill today to allow two casinos in the state. The House Ways & Means Committee plans to hear the bill, which would share casino revenue with every municipality in the state. Gov. Maggie Hassan has previously supported casino legislation. New Hampshire Public Radio (4/9)