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The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (11/29)
Mohegan Sun has partnered with Suffolk Downs racetrack for a casino in Revere, Mass., and the state gaming authority could make a decision on the proposal as early as Tuesday. "We're not going to be importing something into this region," said Mitch Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. "We're going to be building something from the ground up that belongs in this region." American City Business Journals (11/27)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/26)
In a special GGB Podcast, this week Dick Rizzo, the vice chairman of Tutor Perini Construction, reflects on his 30 years of building Las Vegas, from a kitchen at the Tropicana to the multibillion-dollar projects of CityCenter and the Cosmopolitan.
Tribal casinos in Michigan continue to operate despite an expired gaming compact between six tribes and the state. "The casinos have been part of the fabric in these communities for 20 years now," said Dave Murray, a spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. "They're job providers." MichiganRadio.org (11/29)
A Japanese gambling firm is proposing to bring online gaming to Macau. Dynam Japan Holdings is looking to partner with a local company to bring "online casino games in Macau, provided that such games comply with all applicable laws and regulations of Macau." Macau Business Daily (11/29)
Michel de Montaigne, French writer
The City Council in Davenport, Iowa, unanimously approved a development agreement for a land-based casino by Scott County Casino LLC. Developer Dan Kehl plans to purchase the Rhythm City Casino, and then use the riverboat casino's license for a new $110 million casino resort. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (11/26)
Dan Keating, the developer behind the proposed Wynn resort in Philadelphia, has joined another casino project in the city after Wynn Resorts withdrew from the running two weeks ago. After publicly opposing the proposal when he was part of the Wynn team, Keating has joined the team behind Market8. "We now believe that in every important respect, the Market8 project stands head and shoulders above all other proposed projects, and that this is an opportunity that it would be unfortunate for the city and commonwealth to miss," Keating said. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (11/27)
Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs racetrack are expected to finalize today the formation a partnership for a proposed casino in Revere, Mass., sources say. Voters in Palmer, Mass., rejected a proposed casino by Mohegan Sun earlier this month, but the developer wanted to stay in the race for a state casino license. Suffolk Downs was also seeking a partner after cutting ties with Caesars Entertainment for a proposed casino project at the racetrack. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/26)
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (11/26)
The U.S. attorney's office decided not to pursue wire fraud charges against John Kane and Andre Nestor, two men who exploited a bug in an IGT Game King poker machine in 2009. Although the pair walked off with more than $400,000 in winnings, the government dropped the charges last week. The Verge (11/25)
New Jersey residents are embracing the state's launch of online gambling. "It's great knowing the government is paying such close attention to everything that goes on here. I feel absolutely safe playing this," said Jon Hernandez, an online gambler in the state. Six casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., are offering online gambling, and a seventh casino is expected to join next week. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/26)
The Navajo Nation has proposed a gambling compact with New Mexico that would extend through 2024. However, the state Legislature wants the tribe to change the compact to account for "free play" when calculating payments to the state. The tribe's current compact expires in June 2015. American City Business Journals (11/26)
When the AGA released its comprehensive study of the total impact of the commercial casino industry, "Beyond the Casino Floor: Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry," it made a number of other resources available that further tell the story of the industry's economic impact. The "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website includes a suite of resources -- a copy of the report, an interactive map detailing state and local data, market data fact sheets and a section where casino employees talk about the impact the industry has had on their lives. Visit the "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website to see all of the available tools.
In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday.
Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. president
New Jersey launched Internet gambling at midnight Tuesday, with six casinos cleared to begin online gaming. The Golden Nugget casino will remain in restricted play for about a week, while it works out reporting issues and some game freezes. New Jersey is the most populous of the three states that offer online gambling, with 9 million residents. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (11/25)
Traditions at the Glen in Union, N.Y., gave a presentation of casino plans at a community meeting on Monday. "We're going to create 900 construction jobs when this project starts and on an ongoing basis," said Bill Walsh, Traditions owner. "There will be 1,500 permanent jobs that will be created just on site right here." WBNG-TV (Johnson City, N.Y.) (11/25)