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A Las Vegas-based research firm says gaming could be the ticket for Japan's infrastructure needs ahead of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. “We think the government should consider integrated resort development, at least in Tokyo, as a means to help the related Olympics infrastructure come to fruition,” said Grant Govertsen, a principal in Union Gaming Group. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/14)
Overnight casino boats from Hong Kong are offering a tourist alternative to Macau casinos. After the cruise ships reach international waters, passengers are allowed to gamble. "The cruise ship can be a good substitute for mainland tourists," said Hoffman Ma, deputy chairman of casino-boat operator Success Universe. Bloomberg (9/15)
Officials in Plainville, Mass., dispute neighboring Foxborough's claim that it would be affected by a proposed slots parlor and should be compensated. Foxborough is home to Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play football, and Plainville officials say the stadium's impact is greater than a parlor would be. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/15)
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George Santayana, Spanish-American writer and philosopher
The Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Md., received county approval to build an addition for table games and other amenities. The Worcester County Planning Commission approved a plan to add almost 53,000 square feet of space. The Dispatch (Ocean City, Md.) (9/13)
The historic Cal Neva Resort and Casino, once co-owned by Frank Sinatra, is slated for major renovations. The casino on Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line. Criswell-Radovan, a developer based in Napa, Calif., bought the property earlier this year. KTVN-TV (Reno, Nev.) (9/12)
Clyde Barrow, a professor at UMass Dartmouth, said New Hampshire should look to Delaware, Rhode Island and West Virginia for models of how to regulate gambling. "...You can see in the case of Delaware and Rhode Island, which respectively have two and three casinos, have 59 and 51 employees respectively, and that is to supervise traditional lottery, virtual and live table games, VLTs and charitable gaming combined," he said. New Hampshire Public Radio (9/12)
As New York voters prepare to vote on a casino referendum in November, neither side of the issue is campaigning at a fever pitch. The race for mayor of New York City will "take most of the oxygen out of the room," said James Featherstonhaugh, the president of the New York Gaming Association. A poll conducted last month by Siena Research Institute found 49% of New York residents were in favor of casino expansion. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (9/12)
The City Council in Fitchburg, Mass., unanimously approved hiring legal counsel to assist with a community agreement over a proposed casino. Cordish Cos., based in Maryland, has proposed developing a casino for the neighboring community of Leominster, Mass. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (9/12)
Officials in Easton, Mass., are negotiating a community agreement with developers behind a casino in neighboring Raynham, Mass. David Colton, the town administrator for Easton, said a proposed traffic mitigation plan is not sufficient. "I think we have a lot to talk about in terms of traffic,” Colton said. Wicked Local (9/12)
The Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its expansion, which includes a hotel tower, movie theater and other amenities. The expansion will be completed in 2015, and will also add 700 permanent jobs. KXII-TV (Ardmore, Okla.) (9/13)
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Sarah Grand, British writer and women's rights activist
The Nevada Gaming Control Board gave a preliminary green light to an agreement between Golden Gaming and Treasure Island. The marketing deal allows Golden Gaming customers to sign up for online poker offered by Treasure Island through 888 Holdings. “This is a good example of new ideas coming to the marketplace,” said A.G. Burnett, chairman of the control board. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/11)
The Nevada Gaming Control Board granted preliminary approval to a bid by Scientific Games to purchase WMS Industries for $1.5 billion. New York-based Scientific Games provides lottery systems, while WMS Industries manufactures slot machines in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/11)
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/11)
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/12)
Some residents of Milford, Mass., have formed a pro-casino group called "Citizens for Milford’s Future." The group supports a proposed $1 billion Foxwoods casino for the town. “We’re not going to get a second bite at this apple, we're not going to get a second chance,” said Michael Kaplan, the group's founder. Milford Daily News (Mass.) (9/12)