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Playtech has acquired Aristocrat Lotteries and Aristocrat Lotteries Italia, which manufacture video lottery machines, for about $13.6 million. "The acquisition will position Playtech's land-based operation as one of the leading suppliers of VLT [video lottery terminal] systems in Europe and Latin America," Playtech said. City A.M. (London) (9/3)
Global Gaming Women's (GGW) annual Kick Up Your Heels fundraising reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Caesars Palace Luxury Suite. All event proceeds benefit the GGW Charitable Education Fund, a scholarship program that helps women of gaming enhance their business skills and advance their careers through continuing education opportunities. In 2014 alone, GGW awarded 26 scholarships to Women's Leadership Conference and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Proceeds from 2014's Kick Up Your Heels reception will help continue to grow this program in 2015. Read more for tickets and sponsorships opportunities.
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Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer
A recent study by WhiteSand Gaming, commissioned by the Maine Legislature, concluded that Maine has the capacity for up to two additional casinos if one of them is in southern Maine. Maine is now home to two casinos, Hollywood Casino in Bangor and Oxford Casino in Oxford. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (9/2)
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore attracted more than 50,000 visitors over Labor Day weekend after opening its doors less than a week earlier, on Aug. 26. General Manager Chad Barnhill said the casino's opening numbers were in line with other Horseshoe casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati, and said the casino is expected to draw 5 million annual visitors. American City Business Journals (9/2)
Video gaming machines at local bars have raised more than $150,000 for Quincy, Ill., since they were introduced in July 2012. According to the Illinois Video Gaming report, the city is home to 83 video gaming machines. Each business is limited to two video gaming machines per location. WGEM-TV (Quincy, Ill.) (9/2)
Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (9/3)
Caesars Entertainment and other casino companies can offer other businesses lessons about protecting privacy in a digital world, said Adam Tanner, author of "What Stays in Vegas," because of what data is collected, and how, and what casinos do with it. "If you do give data about yourself, you're going to be rewarded based on how much you play, with a free meal, hotel rooms, other perks such as concert tickets. But you can go to the casino and gamble completely anonymously... [I]n many cases today, other businesses do not give you the choice," Tanner said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/2)
The College of Southern Idaho offers a course in blackjack dealing through a partnership with Cactus Petes Resort Casino. The four-week, non-credit course is open to anyone interested in the business, and many course graduates work in the local casino -- though skills in dealing blackjack don't limit them locally, said table games trainer Lauren Walker. "You can move all over the country with it," she said. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (9/2)
The Clark County, Nev., Commission is considering an ordinance to ban glass bottles on the Las Vegas Strip. The law is meant to reduce the amount of litter, and glass bottles will still be allowed in bags that are stapled shut. The Nevada Resort Association supports the ordinance, although some other local businesses are opposed. Las Vegas Sun (9/2)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has filed legal briefs to overturn Massachusetts' denial of a tribal casino on Martha's Vineyard. The tribe's plan to convert a community center on the island into a small casino was challenged by Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick in a lawsuit. The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (9/2)
Las Vegas Sands is evaluating locations in South Korea for an integrated casino resort, said George Tanasijevich, managing director of global development. "We think it is a top development opportunity for our industry, for our company, and we are very eager to find an opportunity to contribute in Korea in an appropriate manner," he said. The Korea Herald (Seoul) (9/2)
The Bahamas is expected to introduce this week a bill allowing online gaming. In May 2013, a law was proposed that would have allowed online gaming by tourists whose home countries allowed the practice; it is unclear whether the current bill would be similar in scope to that bill. PokerNews.com (9/2)
The AGA Communication Awards deadline closes this Friday, Sept. 5. The AGA Communications Awards program recognizes outstanding advertising, marketing and financial, public relations and corporate communications in gaming. The only such awards program of its kind, the AGA Communications Awards program celebrates the excellence found in the gaming industry's diverse communications efforts. Read more about the event and enter online.
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. The nomination deadline is Monday, Sept. 8. 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.
William James, American philosopher and psychologist
Caesars Entertainment, the owner of the Showboat Casino Hotel, has found jobs for more than 470 casino workers after the Atlantic City, N.J., casino closed on Sunday. Caesars also owns three other casinos in Atlantic City: Caesars, Harrah's and Bally's. The Showboat, which closed after 27 years, employed around 2,000 workers. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (8/29)
The Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J., will close its doors today after two years of operations. The high-end casino, built for $2.4 billion, never found a niche with regular Atlantic City casino visitors, experts say. "If there had been a range of new attractions and potential customers with enough discretionary income, I think that Atlantic City could have absorbed the new capacity," said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/1)
Fitch Ratings has forecast $2.5 billion in casino revenue for Atlantic City, N.J., in 2015, meaning that most of the revenue generated by the casinos that are closing will stay in the city. The ratings service also said it does not predict any casino closures next year, as well as boosts in business to Taj Mahal, Caesars and Bally's. Its overall picture of Atlantic City is bright: "Atlantic City remains one of the few places in the populous tri-state area to offer a full suite of eat, play and stay options and has by far the lowest gaming taxes," its report stated. Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/29)