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1. Praise, criticism for departing Caesars CEO

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Outgoing Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman received plenty of praise as well as criticism during his tenure. Loveman has been known to write personal notes to the families of top executives, extolling the virtues of his employees or thanking families for their support of key team members. However, some people, such as Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo, have said Loveman provided "absentee supervision." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


2. MGM Resorts' Atlanta proposal would create 3,500 jobs

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A $1 billion downtown Atlanta gambling complex proposed by MGM Resorts would bring 3,500 jobs to the area, according to state Rep. Ron Stephens. "It's massive in its size and its elegance," said Stephens of the proposed casino. "This is a game-changer. I'm looking for a win-win-win, and this is it." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required) (07/01)


3. Strip's Alon Las Vegas hotel-casino to feature 1,100 rooms

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Former Wynn Resorts executive Andrew Pascal says that the upcoming Alon Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Strip will include two towers with a total of 1,100 rooms and "integrated resort offerings." Pascal, who has teamed with Australian billionaire James Packer, declined to name a contractor or estimate the cost of the complex. "We are building a team of seasoned industry operators, entrepreneurs and global designers who bring a fresh, new approach to what we think the future of Las Vegas should be," he said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/26)


4. Mark Frissora takes over as Caesars Entertainment CEO

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Mark Frissora's tenure as CEO of Caesars Entertainment is officially underway. Frissora replaces Gary Loveman, who is still the company's chairman and will monitor the company's current bankruptcy restructuring. Frissora said he plans to identify "new opportunities to drive growth and efficiency, which will ultimately create shareholder value." Las Vegas Review-Journal (07/01)


5. Report: Millennials want more movement, fewer traditional slots in casinos

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Millennials are disinterested in games such as slots that don't facilitate social interaction, according to a YWS Design & Architecture report. "[B]eing able to physically move around a space as one consumes an entertainment offering with others" is important to millennials, YWS found. Forbes (06/27)


6. Poll: Pechanga Casino is nation's favorite

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Pechanga Resort & Casino, winner of a nationwide poll conducted by 10Best.com, has been named America's favorite casino by USA Today. "We are ecstatic about being voted No. 1," said Lee Torres, Pechanga's vice president of marketing. "Being the nation's favorite casino is an incredible honor, and it's a testament to the perseverance of the Pechanga tribe." Mohegan Sun came in second in the voting, while Foxwoods Resort Casino took third place. Indian Country Today (07/01)


7. Z Capital increases bid for casino operator Affinity Gaming

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The bid for casino operator Affinity Gaming has increased, with Illinois investment group Z Capital now offering $11.50 per share for the company. In May Affinity rejected Z Capital's offer of $9.75 per share. Z Capital owns 40.5% of the company. Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/29)


8. Casino industry hopes skill games will draw players uninterested in slots

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Casino industry analysts and game developers agree that younger players, who are often disinterested in slots, may be drawn in by games with skill-based elements. Game developer Gregg Giuffria is working on a line of betting games that feature joysticks and controllers. "The next wave of people aren't going to stand there and play slots. The industry has to change or disappear," he said. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (06/30)


9. Interactive tables grow in popularity at MGM properties

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Interactive touchscreen tables that allow patrons to play bingo, video poker and slots via an intuitive interface have grown in popularity, and there is a good possibility that cash games will replace the tables' free games next year at MGM properties. "This is one more step in our strategic initiatives that will revolutionize how Generation X and Y experience our properties," said Tom Mikulich, senior vice president of business development for MGM Resorts. "Our ultimate goal is to convert the 'free to play' games to 'real money games' in early 2016." Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/28)


10. Margaritaville CEO talks local, global expansion plans

Casino & Gaming SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Margaritaville Holdings is on an aggressive path to expand, not just in the U.S. but globally, with its fourth hotel already under development. "The growth opportunity is somewhat boundless. We're going to be destination-focused in America and around the world," CEO John Cohlan said. HotelNewsNow.com (06/24)




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