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Finlandia Casino, an online casino for Finns and Swedes, went live recently with offerings from Net Entertainment and Betsoft Gaming. Hosted offshore in Costa Rica and Malta, the online casino accepts bets only in Euros. OnlineCasinoArchives.com (9/8)
Singapore is considering a bill that would outlaw online gaming as well as the advertising or marketing of online gaming to Singaporeans, with exceptions for domestic nonprofits. The Parliament is expected to debate the Remote Gambling Bill at its next session. The Straits Times (Singapore) (subscription required) (9/8)
The 26th Annual Gaming Hall of Fame is set for Monday, Sept. 29, at Hyde at the Bellagio at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate honorees, network with colleagues and support AGA's affiliated charity, the National Center for Responsible Gaming. Find out more about tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
The Early Bird Discounts for the new flexible seminar pricing options at G2E 2014 have been extended to Friday, September 12. Register for your FREE Exhibit Hall Pass (a $299 value) and save on seminar passes today.
Golda Meir, former Israeli prime minister
Global Cash Access Holdings announced plans to acquire Multimedia Games Holding for about $1.2 billion. Global Cash provides ATMs and other cash solutions to casinos, while Multimedia Games provides slot machines to tribal casinos. The deal is expected to generate $800 million in revenue. Reuters (9/8)
A plan to expand gaming beyond Atlantic City, N.J., is one of several that lawmakers and industry leaders are slated to discuss at Gov. Chris Christie's gaming summit today. About three-dozen officials will gather in a closed session to discuss the city's future, including training displaced casino workers and jointly focusing on gaming and nongaming revenue growth. Bloomberg (9/8)
Florida-based Latitude 360 could buy the Showboat casino from Caesars Entertainment in Atlantic City, N.J., and open it as a food and entertainment complex rather than a casino. "We feel Atlantic City is a perfect location for us," said Latitude CEO Brent Brown. "The food and beverage component there is very strong." Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/5)
MGM Resorts International plans to sell an 83-year-old casino in Henderson, Nev., to First Federal Realty, pending regulatory approvals. The Railroad Pass casino opened in 1931, and its operator was granted the fourth gaming license issued in the U.S. Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (9/5)
A New York panel will hear 16 proposals today and Tuesday from 15 casino developers hoping to win one of four gaming licenses from the state. Public hearings begin in two weeks. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (9/7)
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City generated $7.2 million in adjusted gross revenues for August, its first month of operation in Sioux City, Iowa. Hard Rock replaced the Argosy Sioux City, whose highest August revenue in 10 years at $5.3 million was 35% lower than Hard Rock's first month. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (9/5)
Erie Times-News (Pa.) (9/5)
Sam Nazarian, the businessman behind the SLS Las Vegas, said he received encouragement for the first opening of a casino on the Las Vegas Strip in four years, even from those behind competing properties. Analysts predict the casino will do well and could determine future development on the Strip. "Perhaps current and future operators will consider complete overhauls of some of the aging Strip casinos as opposed to the historical model of implosion to new development," said Credit Suisse gaming analyst Joel Simkins. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/6)
This week, the GGB Podcast features a discussion with Jamie Odell, chief executive of Aristocrat Technologies, on his company's purchase of VLC, Paltronics and the ongoing consolidation in the supplier side of the gaming industry.
A U.S. district judge ordered the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho to halt poker tournaments, saying that the state constitution clearly permits only slot machines, off-track betting and bingo. The Coeur d'Alene tribe will litigate rather than enter into arbitration. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/5)
Israel-based Queenco Leisure International may sell land envisioned for a casino expansion in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The company owns 9 hectares (22.23 acres) of land, but it is facing "cash flow distress." The Cambodia Daily (9/5)
Global Gaming Women (GGW) will have a dedicated, full day of educational sessions at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) on Monday, Sept. 29. Program highlights include informational sessions on the gender pay gap, personal branding, networking, an exclusive state of industry address from gaming female leaders and a keynote event featuring Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and New York Times bestselling author. For more information or to register, visit the G2E website.
G2E is working to identify Emerging Leaders in the gaming industry under the age of 40 who are on the path to executive management or who have achieved this level already due to exemplary achievement within their role. This year's program offers five seminar scholarships, designed to support the flight and hotel cost of attending G2E, and will include a 4-day seminar pass and a mentoring event with top executives in the industry. Nominate yourself or submit your nomination.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has decided that casino subcontractors will not be required to undergo criminal background checks unless requested by the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau. Catherine Blue, the commission's general counsel, said the move will help streamline the process for hiring casino vendors. Boston Herald (9/5)