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February 8, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Springfield, Mass., committee recommends 2 casino companies
    The Springfield, Mass., City Council's Casino Siting Committee has recommended that Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno move ahead with negotiating with MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming on their casino proposals. The committee also recommended that Sarno place both bids up for a citywide referendum. "I believe the advantages to that is it will increase competition between both companies, strengthens Springfield's chances of obtaining a license, and [e]nsures that the entire process is transparent by giving the Springfield voters a choice," Council President James J. Ferrera III said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Detroit's Greektown Casino opens new restaurant, parking garage
    The Greektown Casino in Detroit has opened a new restaurant called Brizola. "We've heard that often times our guests don't want to leave the casino floor -- they want to stay on the casino floor, yet they want to have a good fine dining experience -- and that's why we built this restaurant for them," Casino Food and Beverage Director Hassan Yazbek said. The casino also introduced a new Market District that features different dining choices and has opened a new valet parking garage. WWJ-TV/WWJ-AM (Detroit) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio casinos report January revenue of $53.2 million
    Figures released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission show that the state's three casinos took in gross revenues of $53.2 million in January. "It's hard to look at the numbers from month to month and find a trend. Once the fourth casino opens in March and all four casinos have been open for a year, we'll have a better basis to make comparisons," said Tama Davis, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Mass. commission names new executive director
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has hired N. Richard Day, a casino regulator in Washington state, as its new executive director. "He has 11 years of experience running a facility similar in size to the one we will be. He knows this business cold. He has a great law enforcement background. It's very exciting," commission Chairman Stephen P. Crosby said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor conditionally vetoes online gambling bill
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed legislation Thursday that would legalize online gambling in the state, said he would favor the bill with a few conditions. Christie said he would sign the bill into law if lawmakers limit it to a 10-year trial period and include a higher tax rate on casinos. "With these goals in mind, I have concluded that now is the time for our state to move forward, again leading the way for the nation, by becoming one of the first states to permit Internet gaming," Christie said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Macau casino hotels are fully booked for Chinese New Year
    Casino hotels in Macau are now fully booked for Feb. 12 to 14 for the Chinese New Year holiday, said Deutsche Bank AG analyst Karen Tang. According to Tang, the increase in hotel occupancy could help lift casino revenue in the gaming hub by 15% on a year-over-year basis. "For resorts, this is almost like reaping the windfall of lucky money," said Lantis Li, an analyst at Capital Securities Corp. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA releases comprehensive economic impact study
    The AGA recently released Beyond the Casino Floor: Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry, the largest and most comprehensive study of the total impact of the commercial casino industry in nearly 15 years. The report examines not only the direct economic impact on communities where casinos are located, but also the indirect and induced impacts of the industry and its employees nationwide. The study also measures the impact of the nongaming amenities that have become a crucial part of casinos' revenue streams. Download the full report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E TV highlight: Go behind the scenes at the Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show at G2E 2012
    Take a peak behind the curtain with CINTAS uniform designer Natalia Masiewicz at the G2E 2012 Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show, sponsored by CINTAS, by watching the exclusive video on the G2E Blog. Natalia will take you through her new design that provides functionality and shows off the luxurious side as well! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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