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November 28, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Fahrenkopf notes risks of inaction on federal online poker legislation
    The Justice Department's opinion on the Wire Act issued last year has led at least seven states to introduce legislation to legalize online gambling, and more are considering it. "The whole dynamic changed Dec. 23 of last year. It has set the stage that, if Congress doesn't act quickly, it will be the largest expansion of gambling in the nation's history," said Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. Draft federal legislation supported by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would restrict online gambling with the exception of online poker. The Washington Times (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • The secret to success of Caesars Entertainment's loyalty program
    Caesars Entertainment is a pioneer when it comes to guest loyalty programs because it offers opportunities for revenue growth in addition to just giving members free goodies, this feature says. The loyalty program offers deals that members can use right away, in the company's hotels and casinos. "You gamble and you get what you want. You play today you can eat today and stay today. We'll give you comps in advance and if you tell us you will play we believe you," Caesars CEO Gary Loveman said. Hotel Interactive (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fremont Street Experience unveils plans for giant zip line
    Fremont Street Experience officials have announced plans for a 1,700-foot zip line with a gigantic slot machine to replace its existing zip line. "It will be a new icon for downtown Las Vegas (and) for all of Las Vegas. I can't imagine a 120-foot tall slot machine in an environment like Fremont Street with riders going above thousands of people," said Thomas Bruny, director of marketing for the Fremont Street Experience. Construction on the $11 million attraction, which is slated to open in June, will start in January. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. racino developer gets extension for casino license application
    Endeka Entertainment, developer of the proposed Valley View Downs racetrack and casino in Mahoning Township, Pa., has obtained a 60-day extension for filing a casino license application with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The company, which now has until Jan. 25 to file its application, requested the extension earlier this month. Ellwood City Ledger (Pa.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Mass. lottery to launch new poker game similar to keno
    The Massachusetts Lottery will introduce a new poker game similar to keno next year. According to Paul Sternburg, executive director of the lottery, about 1,000 keno outlets will put the game to test during the launch period. Sternburg said the establishment of the game is not associated with opening of casinos in the state. "Whether casinos were coming or not, we decided to do this. We thought the concept would work well," he said. (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chance of passing Internet poker bill in Senate fades
    Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., are suggesting that there is little chance of federal legislation on Internet poker being brought forward to the Senate's agenda. "The front burner for everybody else is this rules package and the fiscal cliff ... it's just hard getting it to the forefront so that we can make it an issue and get it moving," Heller said. "I said on a number of occasions that to bring an Internet poker bill to come to the floor you need 15, 17 Republican votes. At this stage, we've gotten none," Reid said. Las Vegas Sun (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Bingotimes Digital Technology Co. Ltd.
    Bingotimes has been one of the most well-regarded technology companies in the gaming industry since 1992. With the use of automated gaming, Bingotimes produces an objective of fairness, justice and transparency. By pursuing the highest and newest technology, Bingotimes meets the needs of all the players in the worldwide gaming market. Bingotimes Digital Technology Co. Ltd. will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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