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A summary in Monday's AGA SmartBrief should have said that the Ohio Casino Control Commission and Rock Ohio Caesars agreed that Rock Ohio Caesars Finance will pay the fine agreed upon by the two entities. SmartBrief regrets the error.
William Arthur Ward, American writer
The SLS Las Vegas opened on Saturday with fireworks and a full house. The $415 million resort on the former site of the Sahara held a VIP reception for 3,600 guests Friday evening and opened just after midnight Saturday. "We wanted to create a place with energy and excitement," said Rob Oseland, president of SLS Las Vegas. Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/23)
The Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati have agreed the casino will pay a fine of $200,000 after failing to disclose financing details for a furniture and equipment purchase. It marks the biggest fine ever levied by the commission. "There was no issue with their financial stability," said Matt Schuler, executive director of the commission. "The issue was not reporting to the commission that they failed to close on a transaction." WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (8/22)
Net revenue from casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., dropped 4.9% in the first half of the year, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement reported Friday. However, gross operating profit for the same period rose by 17.3%. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (8/22)
The Ohio Casino Control Commission is investigating at least 36 illegal gaming locations in the state, including skill-game parlors that award cash. Under state law, winners of skill games are only allowed to receive gift cards or gas cards as rewards. Earlier this month, the state seized 54 machines at House of Skills in Mahoning County. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (8/21)
Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (8/23)
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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John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist
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)