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April 18, 2014

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Don Johnson, CEO of Heritage Development, a Wyoming-based company that uses computer-assisted wagering programs for horse racing, at a pool party at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Johnson’s blackjack winnings include more than $15 million at three Atlantic City casinos in 2011.
Meet the whale who took casinos for $15 million
Feb. 14, 2014
http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/gaming/article/Meet-the-whale-who-took-casinos-for-15-million-5229184.php
The Peppermill in West Wendover.
Peppermill faces $1M fine for slot machine spying
Feb. 14, 2014
A $1 million fine is being levied on Peppermill Casinos Inc. that owns operation in Reno, Sparks, Henderson and Wendover for sending out an employee to illegally gather information on the slot machine win percentages of its competitors.
The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip.
Regulator: Las Vegas Sands hackers didn't steal credit cards
Feb. 13, 2014
A Nevada gambling regulator said Thursday that the hackers who knocked down all Las Vegas Sands websites for three days and counting did not steal any patron data, including credit card information.
The lobby of Lisboa Casino, opened in 1970 by Stanley Ho.
Macau's only home-grown casino group, SJM, breaks ground on Lisboa Palace casino
Feb. 13, 2014
http://www.financeasia.com/News/372191,sjm-bet-is-a-sign-of-the-times-in-macau.aspx
The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip.
FBI, Secret Service investigating Las Vegas Sands hacking
Feb. 12, 2014
The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the hacking of the Las Vegas Sands casino company's websites, which remained out of service more than a day after they were hijacked.
Pinnacle credits Ameristar acquisition for boost in earnings
Feb. 12, 2014
Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment, operators of 16 casino and racino properties in nine states, including two in northern Nevada, reported its fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.
Players participate in the $1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em Tournament at the World Series of Poker on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Rio in Las Vegas.
WSOP announces calendar for 2014 event
Feb. 11, 2014
The 45th annual World Series of Poker kicks off the day after Memorial Day, culminating with a November main event worth $10 million, organizers announced today.
$50 million renovation begins at Sparks Nugget casino
Feb. 11, 2014
A $50 million renovation project is underway at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.
An exterior view of Palazzo on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, on the Strip.
Websites of Venetian, Palazzo casinos hacked
Feb. 11, 2014
The websites of casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. were hacked on Tuesday morning and remained down as of the afternoon.
MGM Resorts adding charging stations for electric vehicles
Feb. 11, 2014
Drivers of electric vehicles will soon find 27 new charging stations at nine MGM Resorts International properties along the Las Vegas Strip.
Diners enjoy the view from the Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Stratosphere operator reports 4th-quarter loss of $2.8 million
Feb. 10, 2014
Las Vegas-based American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, operator of the Stratosphere and two Arizona Charlie’s properties in Las Vegas and the Aquarius in Laughlin, reported its fourth-quarter earnings Monday.
UNLV kicks off fundraising effort for Hotel College academic building with announcement of $2.5 million gift
Feb. 10, 2014
A drive to raise money for construction of a new academic building for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration kicked off today with the announcement of a $2.5 million gift.
Visitors to the Aria at CityCenter walk through the casino floor Dec. 17, 2009.
Gaming agents say they were blocked from observing game at Aria
Feb. 7, 2014
Two gaming agents were observing play on a roulette table in a high-limit room when they were approached by an Aria casino supervisor who said they were no longer welcome. The state Gaming Control Board has asked that a fine and action be taken against the license of MGM Resorts, which owns and controls the Aria.
A Total Blast video slot machine by Bally Technologies is displayed Thursday, March 29, 2012. The new slot machine incorporates many arcade game-type features.
Bally Technologies has 10th straight profitable quarter
Feb. 6, 2014
Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies, which manufactures and distributes slot machines and casino systems, reported its second-quarter earnings Thursday.
Adelson takes on Disney in Florida casino battle
Feb. 6, 2014
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/disney-battles-casino-operators-over-florida-expansion.html
The M Resort in Henderson.
Penn National Gaming reports 4th-quarter loss of $888 million
Feb. 6, 2014
Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming, operators of the M Resort and 25 other casino and racino properties in 17 jurisdictions, reported its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.
A late-afternoon view of Venetian Macau from a Crown Towers suite
In Macau, signs of a slowdown in gaming revenue
Feb. 5, 2014
http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/macau/50475-signs-of-a-slowdown-in-gaming-revenue.html
An exterior view of SLS Resort (formerly the Sahara) on Las Vegas Boulevard on Monday, July 15, 2013.
'We are back': SLS Las Vegas opening Labor Day weekend
Feb. 5, 2014
The announcement arrived today in the form of a banner across the forthcoming resort’s website, where SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian posted a blog item about the opening.

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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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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
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