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December 12, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Fahrenkopf: Congress must pass online gambling legislation now
    American Gaming Association President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf says Congress needs to pass a federal online gambling bill to regulate the expanding gambling market. "Congress must act now to pass federal legislation to address online gambling -- before it's too late. Failure to do so will result in the further proliferation of poorly regulated online gambling activities that risk U.S. jobs (by empowering offshore operators), make law enforcement extremely difficult and put consumers at risk. And that is a scenario that none of us can afford," Fahrenkopf wrote in Politico. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Joingo® Launches Location Based Marketing Automation
Joingo's system allows Operators to define geographic regions, as broad as the US or specific as their on-property venues, and deliver personalized offers automatically as their customers enter and exit those regions. To learn more about the ultimate in intelligent mobile marketing, click here.
  Industry Update 
  • Penn National, MGM pitch casino plans for Springfield, Mass.
    MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming presented their casino plans for Springfield, Mass., to the public Tuesday. Both companies said they plan to create new jobs, help improve tourism and businesses in the city and solve traffic concerns. "Ultimately, we will be responsible for mitigation (of any traffic issue)," said William J. Hornbuckle IV, MGM's president and chief marketing officer and president of MGM Springfield. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commission to accept commercial casino bids for southeast Mass.
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Tuesday it will accept initial applications from developers of commercial casinos for the state's southeastern region. The panel does not intend to abandon the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's casino proposal for Taunton with its latest move. The law permitting gambling in the state gives preference in the region to a federally recognized tribe. Meanwhile, Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said he is optimistic that the tribe's plan for a casino in Taunton will advance. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • MGM to celebrate work force diversity through music program
    MGM Resorts International will hold a 90-minute music production that will include 70 of the company's employees as part of its corporate diversity celebration. The "Inspiring Our World" program will be performed in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. "We respect and value our diverse and immensely talented team members as the foundation of our success as a global company," Chairman Jim Murren said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Echo Entertainment names new CEO
    Echo Entertainment has named John Redmond as its new chief executive. Redmond, who served as an executive of major American casino companies, will replace Larry Mullin in January pending regulatory approval. "He has a deep knowledge of all aspects of casino and entertainment operations and will bring international experience and perspective to Echo's strategy for corporate growth," Echo Chairman John O'Neill said of Redmond. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Debunk the myths about slot machines
    According to an annual AGA survey, the slot machine consistently is named the public's favorite casino game. But, despite their popularity, there are a lot of misconceptions about how slot machines work. The main point to remember is that each spin or play is a completely random event independent of any spins that came before it. A lot of the myths about the machines fall apart when you consider this fact. Learn more about how slot machines operate by downloading "Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Understanding Slot Machines." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gain access to gaming's hottest markets: Exhibit space still available for G2E Asia 2013!
    With Asia now representing the industry's two highest grossing markets, Macau and Singapore, and with new projects under way in the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea and more, there's no better time or place to introduce your products and services than G2E Asia 2013. Taking place May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao, next year's show features a newly designed floor plan aimed at maximizing exposure for all companies, as well as many new advertising opportunities. For more information, contact Todd Sheahan in the United States at +1-203-840-5397 or by e-mail, or Lay Eng See in China at +86 21 2231 7028 or by e-mail. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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