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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicted a referendum to expand gambling in the state will pass, but not by a wide margin. "I'll be working to pass the referendum, and then it's going to be up to the voters to decide whether or not they want it passed," Cuomo said. Voters will decide the issue in November. WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (9/23)
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement wrote to several casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., asking for more information about online gaming partners. The agency said it received more detailed information and that it plans to keep its target date for launching Internet gambling. "The Division remains committed to meeting the statutory deadline of November 26," said spokeswoman Lisa Spengler. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (9/23)
A key piece of online poker for Nevada is verifying the location of gamblers, who are required to be within state lines. LocAid, a California company, provides location services to Nevada firms. "We can locate more than 5 billion devices anywhere on the planet through multiple location sources," said Rip Gerber, CEO of LocAid. VegasInc.com (Las Vegas) (9/24)
The Marina Bay Sands casino resort in Singapore is finding success with a 99% occupancy rate for its hotel. Operated by Las Vegas Sands, the Marina Bay Sands is looking at expanding its 2,500-room hotel. "[W]e'd love to increase our inventory of rooms," Marina Bay Sands CEO George Tanasijevich said. Tourism in Singapore is booming, primarily hosting visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India, and increased by nearly 50% from the end of 2009 -- just before the first casino opened -- to 2012. Reuters (9/23)
The AGA released new research today at Global Gaming Expo showing that Americans generated nearly 10 percent of the $33 billion worldwide online gambling market in 2012. The AGA also launched a campaign using the new film Runner Runner as a cautionary tale to educate policymakers and the general public about the need for legislation to regulate online gambling in the U.S. Visit the campaign's microsite for more information.
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The City Council in Greenville, Miss., approved a plan for the Trop Casino to move its operations to the city's waterfront. “We’re going to bring back some of the old things that they used to do in Greenville like boat racing,” said Chris Strobbe, general manager of the casino. “It will open up the lakefront for the city." Mississippi Business Journal (9/20)
Caesars Entertainment is investing $185 million to transform the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall into a boutique hotel in Las Vegas. The property will reopen as Gansevoort Las Vegas with 188 refurbished hotel rooms and suites. “This will be the first true luxury boutique hotel on the Strip that is not located inside another facility,” said Eileen Moore, Caesars regional president. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/22)
The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut share intelligence to help catch casino cheaters. The collaboration recently led to the arrest of Bruce Koloshi, who marked cards with invisible ink that could be read by his specialized contact lenses. The tribal casinos are also part of a larger network of casinos that share information. The Detroit News (9/23)
Legislators in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., are tackling the problem of how to spend $500,000 in casino revenue-sharing funds. The county administrator requested project proposals, and received 56 applications in two weeks. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (9/19)
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/22)
Foxwoods has hired an attorney based in Milford, Mass., to help the casino developer move ahead with a proposal for a $1 billion casino in the town. “We’re looking to engage with as many people familiar with the on-ground situation as we can,” said Stephen Oakes, a spokesman for Foxwoods. Milford Daily News (Mass.) (9/21)
Nevada lawmakers and casino executives predict gaming compacts with other states will boost online poker in the state. "I think it’s in everybody’s interest at the end of the day that there be compacts among states and that there be shared liquidity," said Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/22)
Goo Technologies, a firm based in Sweden, has created an engine which enables the 3D technology behind Casinofloor.com. “The launch has been a phenomenal success. We’ve actually never seen this level of user engagement and paying customer conversion in a new iGaming launch before,” said Jack Mizel, spokesman for Casinofloor.com. VentureBeat (9/19)
Madrid is urging the Spanish government to move ahead with approving a casino from Las Vegas Sands. "We must do everything in our power to prevent a deal like Eurovegas slipping through our fingers," said Madrid President Ignacio Gonzalez. The U.S. firm wants smoking to be allowed in the casino, which is banned under current Spanish law. Reuters (9/19)
Macau Business Daily (9/23)
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The Cordish Cos., the developer behind a proposed slots parlor in Leominster, Mass., has signed an agreement with a local organization to provide jobs for the disabled. "Our agreement with Arc is consistent with our commitment to reach out to all populations in the region, including our citizens with disabilities, to provide employment opportunities at Massachusetts Live!," said Joe Weinberg, a managing partner with Cordish. Leominster voters must still approve the proposed casino in a referendum Sept. 24. Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) (9/19)