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February 13, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Work beginning at SLS Las Vegas
    Conversion plans for the closed Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas are poised to forge ahead since developer SBE Entertainment has obtained $415 million in financing for the project. The groundbreaking for the boutique hotel casino is set to begin Tuesday. "I know these kinds of projects usually begin with an explosion. We've been on the property since it closed, maintaining the building and the facility. This week, we'll start the interior push," SBE CEO Sam Nazarian said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Developers put finishing touches on Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
    The developers of the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati are putting in place the last pieces of the gaming facility, including $23 million in infrastructure enhancements. The $400 million casino is nearing its scheduled March 4 opening. "When the cake is complete, you want to put the frosting on. And that's what we're doing now," said Steve Rosenthal, a partner with Rock Ohio Caesars. WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Downtown Grand hotel in Las Vegas shares sneak peek at new rooms
    The former Lady Luck casino hotel in Las Vegas, which will reopen as the Downtown Grand hotel at the end of the year, has offered a sneak preview of its guest rooms. The new casino hotel will include 650 rooms and a rooftop pool that features a bar, restaurant and gaming space. The gambling property is also planning to offer outdoor gambling. "Since this is a private street, we can put gaming right out on the street. And I can tell you, we will do gaming in the street," said Zachary Conine, chief business development officer with Fifth Street Gaming. Las Vegas Sun (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Las Vegas union members hold planning session on contract talks
    The members of two unions representing culinary workers and bartenders employed at Las Vegas casinos and resorts held a planning meeting Monday to come up with strategies for impending talks to renew their contracts with major casino companies. "We fear the current benefits status we have now will change. It's important for both the union and the corporations to work together to maintain it," said union member Dunnunique Ahmad. (Las Vegas) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Casino M8trix files suit against San Jose, Calif., others
    The Casino M8trix in San Jose, Calif., has filed a lawsuit against the city, its Division of Gaming and Richard Teng, who is administrator of the city police department's division of gaming control, claiming that the delay of its opening is due to conflict of interest. "The unfortunate circumstance of the months of delay in opening the Casino M8trix is that the victim has not just been the casino and its employees -- some of whom had to find jobs elsewhere because of the delay, but also the city of San Jose and the taxpayers," the casino said. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Casino kicks off online poker website
    American Casino & Entertainment Properties has launched, its free-play online poker website. The company received a license to operate an interactive gaming website from the Nevada Gaming Commission in September. "With the launch of this free-to-play website, we can now bring the excitement of play found at our properties to anyone with Internet access, no matter their location," said Alec Driscoll, director of gaming development at American Casino. Las Vegas Sun (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Work to expand Michigan tribe's casino to begin soon
    The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe said work to expand its Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish, Mich., may begin in April or May. The expansion project includes the installation of additional slot machines and table games and the construction of 150 hotel rooms and a diner. "The time has come to make the changes necessary to ensure we have continued growth and development within the Saganing area," said Ron Nelson, Arenac County District 11 Tribal Council member. (Michigan) (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mashpee tribe casino project clears a federal hurdle
    The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe took a step forward toward its plan to open a casino in Taunton, Mass., after it received favorable news about its land trust application from the Interior Department. "I write to inform you that the Office of Indian Gaming has completed its review of the Tribe's request for a determination that these lands qualify as the Tribe's 'initial reservation,'" Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn told the tribe in a letter. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Stay up-to-date on online poker
    Online poker is one of the hottest topics in today's gaming industry. Everyone seems to be talking about it -- politicians, regulators, gaming companies, the media and players -- but where can you get all the information about the issue that you need? The AGA has created the Online Poker Headquarters on its website with links to videos, opinion pieces, white papers and background about the issue, along with information about how you can get involved in the effort to pass federal legislation to allow states to legalize and regulate online poker. Visit the AGA's Online Poker Headquarters to see all of the resources that are available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newly designed floor plan to be unveiled at G2E Asia 2013!
    Attending G2E Asia 2013 (May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao)? If so, be sure to check out our newly designed floor plan aimed at maximizing exposure for all companies. If you are still looking to exhibit at G2E 2013, there is limited exhibit space available for new advertising opportunities. For more information, contact Todd Sheahan in the United States at +1-203-840-5397, or Lay Eng See in China at + 86 21 2231 7028. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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