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Siri's Casino in Reno, Nev., has partnered with William Hill Race & Sports Book to add sports and race betting. Nevada regulators have to approve the plan before the casino can move ahead with the plan. "Hopefully, it will bring more business in," said Jeff Siri, the owner of the casino. Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (7/2)
Philly.com (Philadelphia) (7/2)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/2)
Professional poker player Phil Ivey said skill led to his $9.6 million win in baccarat at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, N.J. "Each and every penny of defendants' winnings was the result of sheer skill," Ivey's lawyers wrote. Ivey seeks to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by the casino that alleges Ivey cheated through edge sorting. Las Vegas Sun (7/2)
Jersey City, N.J., is the state's most active municipality on online gaming sites operated by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, according to a report. Caesars operates three websites in the state: HarrahsCasino.com, CaesarsCasino.com and WSOP.com. "Jersey City from month one has been performing well for us," said Seth Palansky, a spokesman for Caesars Interactive. The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, N.J.) (7/2)
Sun International, based in South Africa, plans to purchase an additional stake in the Monticello Grand Casino in Chile. Sun International owns 44.2% of the casino now, and plans to purchase another 44.2% from an Austrian company, as well as 10.5% from minority shareholders. Reuters (7/2)
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Caesars Entertainment unveiled details of its Linq Hotel & Casino, which is slated to open Oct. 30 as a highly social experience. The $223 million renovation of the former Quad Resort & Casino will offer 2,256 rooms and suites, as well as the Linq Promenade with restaurants, bars and retail shops. Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/1)
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will present his case today for delaying a casino license for the Boston area until after a November ballot initiative that could repeal the state's gaming law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear Walsh's arguments, and could vote on the matter as early as today. Reuters (7/2)
Aria casino on the Las Vegas Strip has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for not allowing state regulators watch gaming at a roulette table with high stakes. The regulators did not identify themselves when asked by security guards to leave the area. The Nevada Gaming Commission must approve the settlement. Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/1)
The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fair Game, a collection of performing arts venues in upstate New York, said it has reached agreements with 10 casino-license applicants. The agreements allow the theaters joint booking agreements with the casinos. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (7/1)
Online gaming grew 8.8% in Nevada in May, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Meanwhile, online gaming dropped in Delaware during May for the first time since it was introduced in November. OnlinePoker.net (7/1)
A U.S. District Court judge ruled the state does not have jurisdiction on a dispute between Massachusetts and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) over a proposed casino on Martha's Vineyard. Because the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act must be interpreted to rule on the case's main focus, wrote Judge Dennis Saylor, the issue is under federal jurisdiction. Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (7/2)
American City Business Journals (7/1)
Casino developers are looking to Australia as the next destination poised to attract Asian gamers. Four new casinos are planned for the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. "China is Australia's fastest growing inbound tourism market and tourists from China are the largest spenders in Australia," said Leo Jago, chief economist for Tourism Research Australia. The West Australian (7/2)
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Seventeen proposals were submitted by Monday afternoon's deadline from applicants for New York's four casino licenses; the pool originally contained 22 bidders. Genting submitted proposals for two casinos; Penn National and Cordish Cos. teamed up for a $750 million proposal. Caesars upped its proposed spending from $750 million to $880 million, and other bids range from a $300 million Hard Rock International proposal upstate to a $1 billion Empire Resorts proposal in the Catskills. Las Vegas Review-Journal (6/30)