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April 19, 2014

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An IGT video slot machine promotes Power Bucks during the G2E convention at the Sands Expo Center Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.  Power Bucks is a "bolt-on" progressive, meaning casinos can digitally connect it to any IGT slot machine to make it a progressive. When Power Bucks is enabled, a progressive tracker appears at the top of the screen.
New Jersey announces multistate casino jackpot plan
Feb. 26, 2014
http://blog.northjersey.com/meadowlandsmatters/7919/new-jersey-announces-multi-state-casino-jackpot-plan/
Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sands ready to invest $10 billion in Japan casino
Feb. 24, 2014
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-24/las-vegas-sands-ready-to-invest-10-billion-in-japan-casino.html
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.
In rush to legalize gambling, more states are outsourcing regulation of casinos to private firms
Feb. 21, 2014
hen Springfield, Mass., needed to choose who would build its first casino, the city hired an outside adviser to help with the process. The consulting firm Shefsky & Froelich recommended the deal go to MGM Resorts International. At the same time, the consulting firm also was working as a registered lobbyist in Illinois for MGM Resorts.
Slot machines at the Eldorado Casino in downtown Henderson on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Slot players will be able to use prepaid access cards in Nevada
Feb. 21, 2014
The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved amendments to two regulations that would allow the use of prepaid access instruments in conjunction with approved wagering accounts.
The Peppermill in West Wendover.
Peppermill's $1M settlement over slot machine spying is finalized
Feb. 20, 2014
The Nevada Gaming Commission conducted a meeting today in Las Vegas. The commission conducted a suitability hearing and considered the licensing of Todd McTavish, senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for Austin, Texas-based Multimedia Games.
The legendary Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand Las Vegas.
The legend and cult of the $2.345 million Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand
Feb. 19, 2014
Just what does a 20-year-old MGM Grand slot machine have that keeps people from around the world playing it day and night? The answer is a $2.345 million jackpot! The machine is now the only one left of the original 50 that MGM Grand had for its opening 20 years ago.
As the jackpot in the multi-state Powerball lottery passes $500 million, cashier Lynn Rosati sells tickets to Denise Trout at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, Ariz. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Trout was buying tickets for about 20 family, friends and office workers who had promised her a 30% cut if they won.
Tonight's Powerball lottery jackpot rises to $400 million
Feb. 19, 2014
The sixth largest jackpot in U.S. history is on the line with tonight’s Powerball lottery drawing. Officials with the multistate lottery game estimate the jackpot at $400 million.
The South Point hotel and casino is seen Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
South Point online poker site goes live
Feb. 19, 2014
South Point’s entry in the online poker arena, Realgaming.com, has started operations, becoming the third company to offer real-money play within the state.
An exterior view of the Bellagio, June 6, 2013.
MGM Resorts narrows its 4th-quarter loss to $38.3 million
Feb. 19, 2014
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International reported its fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.
Casino dealers work on their respective games during a media tour of the new Solaire Casino, one of the country's  biggest casinos, Thursday  March 14, 2013, at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines.
Philippines misses 2013 gaming revenue goal but still has sights set on overtaking Las Vegas
Feb. 18, 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/18/philippines-gaming-idUSL3N0LN36X20140218
In this file photo from Friday, May 22, 2009, patrons pass under the entrance marquis to the Sands Casino Bethlehem when it opened its doors to the public for the first time, in Bethlehem, Pa.
Las Vegas Sands now says hacking went deeper than previously realized
Feb. 18, 2014
Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday that hacking into their websites and internal systems last week went deeper than the company had previously known. All of the Las Vegas-based company's sites were down for six days after hackers posted images apparently condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.
This Nov. 19, 2013, photo taken from a computer screen in Atlantic City, N.J., shows a game of online poker in progress on the global partypoker.com site. The site's parent company, bwin.party, is partnered with Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and will begin offering a test of Internet gambling to New Jersey residents on Nov. 21. Company officials say the global site is very similar to what New Jersey residents will experience when they log on. New Jersey is the third state in the nation to legalize online gambling.
Boyd CEO demolishes myth that regulated online gambling will cannibalize land-based casino revenue
Feb. 18, 2014
http://www.onlinepokerreport.com/10901/online-gambling-does-not-hurt-land-based-casino-revenue/
Gambler wins $3.8 million on slot machine at Atlantis in Reno
Feb. 18, 2014
A lucky gambler was getting down to the last few dollars when he or she struck it big at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. Casino officials say the winner is a regular guest at the casino and won $3.8 million Sunday playing a Wheel of Fortune machine.
An exterior view of Palazzo on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, on the Strip.
Las Vegas Sands websites restored a week after hacking
Feb. 17, 2014
Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked.
Joe Asher, President and CEO of Brandywine Bookmaking LLC, form left, Vic Salerno, CEO of American Wagering Inc., Ralph Topping, CEO of William Hill and Jeff Siri, the president and CEO of Club Cal Nevada Satellite Race and Sportsbook Division, at Brandywine Bookmaking in Las Vegas Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
William Hill starts hunt for new chief executive a year early
Feb. 17, 2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10642939/William-Hill-starts-hunt-for-new-chief-executive-a-year-early.html
Caesars acquires another social gaming business
Feb. 17, 2014
Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s online gambling subsidiary has acquired another social gaming business.
Easy-to-learn High Card Flush gaining popularity at the tables
Feb. 16, 2014
High Card Flush might be the easiest game at the tables. The brainchild of a card dealer at the Rio, the game also has become one of the most popular on casino floors.
An exterior view of Palazzo on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, on the Strip.
Las Vegas Sands websites remain down, probe continues
Feb. 14, 2014
Websites for casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. remained down for a fourth day on Friday, while company, state and federal investigators trace the origin and effect of a hacking intrusion.

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Boyd Gaming, IGT team on progressive jackpot network in Nevada, New Jersey
Las Vegas-based slot maker IGT this afternoon announced it was rolling out the nation’s first multistate progressive jackpot network. Powerbucks is being released at Boyd ...
Boyd Gaming narrows loss to $47.3 million in 4th quarter
Boyd Gaming, a Las Vegas-based company, reported its fourth-quarter earnings today.
Boyd CEO demolishes myth that regulated online gambling will cannibalize land-based casino revenue
http://www.onlinepokerreport.com/10901/online-gambling-does-not-hurt-land-based-casino-revenue/

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Jason Alexander’s new one-man show at Harrah’s reveals ‘Seinfeld’ secrets, pokes fun at Las Vegas
Producer Seth Yudof told me: “He also does a Q+A session with the audience about the 14 years of ‘Seinfeld.’ It’s really funny. He’s really ...
Chefs Week: Kerry Simon to open downtown Las Vegas restaurant next month
Kerry has taken over the old John E. Carson Hotel for his innovative cuisine at Carson Kitchen: “I have long wanted to open a true ...
Sales tax slice: The house really does always win — Las Vegas casino purchases airplanes, escapes sales and use taxes
http://www.bna.com/sales-tax-slice-b17179889155/

Las Vegas Sands coverage

Las Vegas Sands donating $7 million to bolster UNLV hospitality program
UNLV officials this morning announced a $7 million donation from the Las Vegas Sands Corp. to help build a new academic building for the hotel ...
Major GOP donor tests his influence in push to ban online gambling
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC0QqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F03%2F28%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fmajor-gop-donor-tests-his-influence-in-push-to-ban-online-gambling.html&ei=WHg0U9LuN6igyAGn0IGgCg&usg=AFQjCNHfDS2tm8_Yjs_QN7agKDi604FWtw&sig2=6fBKp8vHLGAWm3vGtLW5JA&bvm=bv.63808443,d.aWc
Why is the Cotai vision a boon for Las Vegas Sands?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2014/03/12/why-is-the-cotai-vision-a-boon-for-las-vegas-sands/

MGM Mirage coverage

MGM, Hakkasan form partnership to build, manage luxury hotels worldwide
MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group are partnering in a joint-venture to develop luxury hotels around the globe. Formation of MGM Hakkasan Hospitality was announced ...
Photos: Alex Pettyfer re-creates ‘Magic Mike’ at Beacher’s Madhouse minus supermodel ‘wifey’
Hunky British actor Alex Pettyfer, who stripped down in “Magic Mike” alongside Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, re-created the same hi-jinx while celebrating his 24th ...
Preview: Stars offer up-close auction items for annual Keep Memory Alive gala at MGM Grand
This year’s glittering event is a salute to Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Hosted by Sir Michael Caine, Quincy Jones and Kenny Ortega, the night also ...

Stations Casinos coverage

Station Casinos ends year strong but still loses $104 million in 2013
Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based operator of 15 locals casinos in Southern Nevada, reported its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings today.
Online poker starting to pad companies' bottom line
It’s still too early to tell how profitable online poker will be, but trailblazing gaming companies are beginning to generate revenue from their Internet investments.
Station Casinos says payroll taxes, Obamacare drag on Las Vegas economy
Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, operator of 15 locals casinos in Southern Nevada, reported its third-quarter earnings today.

Wynn Resorts coverage

Strip Scribbles: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jerry Lewis, Wolfgang Puck and Criss Angel
I’ll be filming today a version of my old show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” touring unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s three Las ...
Celebrity preview: Country’s biggest stars, ACM Awards, Michael Jordan, Rob Thomas and Teller’s ‘Tempest’
If country music and its superstars are not your cup of tea, then you’ve got a cornucopia of comedians and illusionist Teller’s magical version of ...
Strip Scribbles: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ triumph; Michael Jordan’s golf benefit; George Clooney’s tequila
Teller hosts his star-studded premiere and celebration Saturday at the new 500-seat tent theater in Symphony Park outside the Smith Center, and even with “The ...

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