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This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, file photo of an artist rendering provided by MGM Resorts International via The Republican shows part of a proposed casino complex in Springfield, Mass.
MGM Resorts finalizes purchase of 2 Massachusetts properties
Aug. 1, 2014
MGM Resorts International has taken ownership of two city-owned properties in downtown Springfield as it plans to build an $800 million casino there. City and casino officials confirmed Friday that the Las Vegas-based casino giant closed on the...
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Macau casino revenue falls for 2nd straight month
Aug. 1, 2014
Casino revenue in the global gambling mecca of Macau fell for a second straight month in July as Chinese high rollers stayed away because of Beijing's corruption crackdown. Official data released Friday show that revenue fell...
Jose Figueroa of Puerto Rico looks over slot machines in Bally Technologies' Pro Wave cabinets during the G2E convention at the Sands Expo Center Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
Scientific Games strikes $3.3B deal to buy Bally Technologies
Aug. 1, 2014
Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games. The electronic gambling machine maker said Friday that it will pay $83.30 for each share of Bally. That amounts to a 38 percent premium to Bally's closing price of...
James Packer, executive chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Australia's richest person, answers questions after a speech at the Astra Conference on subscription television in Sydney, Australia, on March 15, 2007.
Billionaire James Packer seeking return to Las Vegas
July 31, 2014
Australian billionaire James Packer is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier after buying a piece of a loan backed by ...
The Trump Plaza towers over Vera Coking's three-story rooming house Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Atlantic City. The decrepit boarding home owned by the Atlantic City woman who has been turning down multimillion-dollar offers for the building in the shadow of Trump Plaza since the 1980s is now up for auction.
Home owned by Trump holdout auctioned for $530,000
July 30, 2014
She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 86 and, at last, has sold. The 29-room property Vera Coking and her husband bought...
A view of the lobby following an official opening ceremony for the Downtown Grand in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
Downtown Grand names 4 new executives
July 30, 2014
The Downtown Grand has a slate of new executives. Management announced today that Marie Ramsey was hired as chief financial officer; Jeffrey Rabinowitz joined as ...
Suspects in alleged World Cup betting scheme freed from custody
July 29, 2014
A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release. Fifty-year-old Wei Seng Phua and...
An exterior view of the Wynn and Encore Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
Wynn Resorts 2nd-quarter profit rises on Las Vegas strength
July 29, 2014
Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s second-quarter earnings increased 57 percent, bolstered by strong results in Las Vegas. The casino operator's adjusted profit topped...
A person plays a table game at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday, July 16, 2010.
Cardsharp’s arrest in Pennsylvania is victory for Nevada gaming board
July 29, 2014
For 15 years, Jubreal Chahine has lurked at the illicit edges of the gambling tables, a habitual casino cheat who made his living by an opportunistic sleight-of-hand that landed him top ranking on the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s “most-wanted” list. But this month...
Pedestrians stroll with drinks at the Fremont Street Experience Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Police facing bigger crowds on streets downtown, on the Strip
July 28, 2014
Downtown’s rebirth is gaining so much steam and the way tourists are enjoying Las Vegas is changing so fundamentally that it’s forcing Metro Police to change the way they ...
An exterior view of the Bellagio, June 6, 2013.
Bellagio robber spent stolen cash on prostitutes, hotel room, police say
July 28, 2014
Metro Police said the suspect they arrested in Friday’s robbery at the Bellagio scored up to $45,000 in cash and proceeded to celebrate with a...
In this 2010 photo, a baccarat game is shown in the high-limit room at Hard Rock Hotel.
Nevada casino revenue hits $11.2 billion for fiscal year
July 25, 2014
Nevada casinos reported revenues of $11.2 billion last fiscal year, up 2.9 percent from the prior year. The increase was due mainly to baccarat. Casinos won $1.6 billion on ...
Nevada gambling revenue jumps 14 percent in June
July 25, 2014
Nevada officials say casino revenues shot up more than 14 percent in June thanks to a banner month on the Las Vegas Strip. The state Gaming Control Board reported...
A view of the Aria during a tour of MGM Mirage's CityCenter project Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.
MGM Resorts fined $100,000 over gaming complaint at Aria
July 24, 2014
The Nevada Gaming Commission fined MGM Resorts International $100,000 in connection with a complaint that gaming agents were blocked from observing ...
A lone bellman waits for customers at the entrance to the Trump Plaza, which is expected to close its doors as soon as Sept. 16, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. With gambling operations in other states pulling business from Atlantic City, the remaking of its defining industry is driving a furious effort to reimagine the New Jersey resort.
Atlantic City strives to rise even as its casinos fall
July 23, 2014
The booming Fourth of July weekend in Atlantic City belied the wrenching problems plaguing this New Jersey resort. In the winter and even midweek in the summer, Atlantic City — battered by storms, declining property values and, increasingly, crushing competition from gambling operations in neighboring states — is relatively quiet.
Las Vegas man arrested at Pa. casino has gambling-cheat record
July 21, 2014
A Las Vegas man arrested over the weekend at a Pennsylvania casino has been on Nevada gambling regulators' radar as a casino cheat since 1999. Jubreal Chahine, 40, was spotted Saturday afternoon at ...
Lake Tahoe casino undergoing $60 million in renovations, will reopen as Hard Rock
July 17, 2014
The Park family acquired the property formerly known as The Horizon in March and announced a partnership with Warner Hospitality. The new owners say the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will …
This artist's rendering released Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass.
Boston mayor: ‘No-win’ situation with Wynn; will boycott arbitration
July 15, 2014
State gambling regulators are weighing how to respond to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's refusal to participate in arbitration with Wynn Resorts for a ...

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