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October 29, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Atlantic City, N.J., casinos shut down due to advancing storm
    Casinos in Atlantic City closed Sunday following a directive issued by the state of New Jersey over concerns about Hurricane Sandy. Casino Association of New Jersey President Tony Rodio, who is also the president and CEO of Tropicana Casino and Resort, said the city's casino industry expects softer blows from the hurricane compared with last year's Tropical Storm Irene. "Irene was different. That was in the summer, and it was a Friday through Sunday. This is the end of October, starting on a Sunday. It won't be as impactful from a financial standpoint as long as there isn't continued disruption after," Rodio said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Penn National to begin $61 million renovation of Mo. casino
    Penn National Gaming will close half of its Harrah's casino in the St. Louis area to begin a $61 million renovation project on the gaming facility, which will see the property rebranded as a Hollywood Casino next week. Tony Carlucci, general manager of the new Hollywood Casino, said the property was expected to close Sunday and reopen Nov. 2. The gaming company announced its acquisition of the casino last May. Heights, Mo. (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic Club plans to remain open beyond key deadline
    Officials at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., say the gaming property will stay in business beyond a deadline set under a restructuring agreement it secured from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission last year. Under the deal, Colony Capital agreed to keep the casino open at least until Oct. 31. "It's business as usual," said Atlantic Club spokeswoman Cathleen Kiernan. "As of November first, nothing is changing." The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City works to become entertainment destination
    Atlantic City, N.J., is hoping to follow in Las Vegas' footsteps as it refashions itself into an entertainment destination. The city is enticing visitors with a new campaign aimed at promoting nongambling attractions in the city as it faces competition from nearby states. Caesars' Eastern Division President Don Marrandino, who is based in Atlantic City, said the transformation taking place in the city has a lot of similarities to what Las Vegas has gone through. "We want to become an all-round resort ... . Vegas experienced a very similar paradigm shift in the '90s," Marrandino said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Palm Beach County, Fla., to hold slots machine referendum next week
    Palm Beach County, Fla., voters will decide next week whether to allow slot machines in the county. Supporters of the Nov. 6 referendum say allowing the games would create new jobs as well as generate millions in tax revenues for local schools. "In order to be competitive with our neighbors to the south, we absolutely have to have that opportunity," said Shelley Vana, County Commission chairwoman. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Voices 

  • Ultimate Gaming exec looks forward to online poker website launch
    Ultimate Gaming Chief Technology Officer Chris Derossi is pleased he'll finally be able to help launch an online poker website in Nevada. When Derossi founded online gaming software developer CyberArts, which was acquired by Fertitta Interactive last year, he watched the market with interest but stayed out over legal concerns. On Oct. 18, the Nevada Gaming Commission issued a license for Fertitta Interactive to operate Internet poker websites in the state. "This has allowed us to realize the original vision I had with the company, which was to offer poker to consumers. ... It's now legal in Nevada and no question, the launch is going to be exciting," Derossi said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • 2 proposed Colorado casinos could boost local economy
    Two tribal casinos proposed for Colorado would create new jobs and improve the local economy. The Sleeping Giant Group is proposing a casino hotel near the state's Yampa Valley Airport, while the town of Dinosaur is discussing getting into the casino business with the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. "A casino there, should they win all the approvals, is absolutely feasible. It would definitely create jobs, and it would be good for the community," said Steve Gallaway of Gaming Market Advisors, which prepared a report for the town and tribe. The Denver Post (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA white paper advocates for regulatory reform
    The AGA white paper, Improving Gaming Regulation: 10 Recommendations for Streamlining Processes While Maintaining Integrity, makes a wide range of recommendations for national and state-specific reforms that would improve the gaming regulatory system. The paper notes that regulation must evolve to keep pace as advancing technology transforms the industry, changing both the games to be regulated and the tools available to regulators. To download a full copy of the report, visit the AGA website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Aristocrat (Macau) Pty Ltd.
    With more than 50 years industry experience and more than 2,000 staff members globally, Aristocrat has built on its Australian market leadership and reputation to become a premium supplier of groundbreaking technologies and services to the international gaming industry. Aristocrat enjoys a well-earned reputation for outstanding performance and strong brand equity in more than 200 jurisdictions around the world. Aristocrat (Macau) Pty Ltd. will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. For more information on Aristocrat, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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