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December 31, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Hooters Casino seeks improvement with changes, new amenities
    The Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, which hopes to gain distinction on the Strip, is undergoing renovations. The casino hotel's plans include refurbishing hotel rooms, construction of a beach club and opening up the view of its casino. "We want people to look at this as a casino that has a Hooters restaurant inside of it and not a Hooters with a casino. We wanted to give better sight lines. Now you can see through to the back of the pool," said Eric Arnold, the casino's executive director of marketing. Las Vegas Sun (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Maryland Live! Casino gains advantage in 24-hour operation
    The Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Md., which began operating 24 hours a day last week, has gained an advantage, says James Karmel, a Harford Community College professor who has studied the gambling industry. "Maryland Live has a huge advantage, in that it is up and running and can try to build that customer loyalty that is so important. Those people gambling at 4 or 5 a.m. are going to be hard-core, and that's a niche you want to establish as the market gets more crowded," Karmel said. The Baltimore Sun (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamblers in Western Pa. look forward to new casino, hotel
    Western Pennsylvania will welcome a new casino, hotel and games in 2013. In Fayette County, Isle of Capri Casinos will open the 13th casino in the state, the Lady Luck Nemacolin casino, in the summer. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in North Strabane will begin construction of a 200-room hotel that will be attached to the casino in the spring, while the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh looks to add new slot machines. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Toledo casino meeting some expectations, exceeding others
    As the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Ohio has marked its seventh month in business, operator Penn National Gaming said it is pleased with the gaming facility's performance. "Table games, poker and food and beverage in particular have far exceeded our expectations and slots is actually right around where we expected it would be," said Richard St. Jean, the casino's general manager. Toledo Free Press (Ohio) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cleveland casino to hold Hollywood-themed New Year celebration
    Ohio's Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will feature a 1950s Hollywood-themed party tonight as part of its first New Year celebration. "Since it's our first year in Cleveland, we thought we'd hark back to the founding of the Horseshoe," said Christina Karas, Caesars Entertainment's local spokeswoman. The Horseshoe Casino brand was first introduced in 1951. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Supporters boost efforts to push for gambling expansion in Texas
    Texas may see the largest effort to expand gambling in the state during the upcoming legislative session. Political analyst and Quorum Report editor Harvey Kronberg said gambling proponents are beefing up efforts. "They're bringing super heavyweight guns this time, some incredible lobbyist types and they're never short of funds. The problem has been there's been no consensus on how to get there," Kronberg said. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AGA & G2E News 
  • Find economic impact data at the state and county level
    The AGA used the data from its comprehensive study of the impact of the commercial casino industry to create an interactive map that allows users to explore state- and county-level economic impacts throughout the country. Visit the "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website to check out the interactive map. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Paltronics Macau

    Paltronics Macau -- This group includes One Link Slots, LED Jackpot Meters, One Link Media, Media SQZ Top-Box Controller, One Link Tables, Min/Max Table Limit LCD Displays, Bonus Spin Side Table Games, CMS (Casino Management System), Touch Screen Wayfinding Kiosks, Conference Centre Management Displays, Graphics and Animations. Paltronics Macau will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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