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March 12, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • MGM, Penn National present Springfield, Mass., casino plans
    Two gaming companies made public presentations Monday of the casinos they hope to build in Springfield, Mass. MGM Resorts International officials discussed their casino project for the South End of the city. "MGM Springfield, we hope, will bring millions of people to the city and cars back into the city," MGM CEO James J. Murren said. Meanwhile, Penn National Gaming executives presented details of a casino for the North End. "Simply put, we are the only company in the process who knows how to build a successful project in markets just like Springfield," Penn National CEO Peter M. Carlino said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Industry Update 
  • Las Vegas Sands sets its focus on large-scale resorts
    Las Vegas Sands, which is set to build a $9.8 billion billion casino-resort complex in Alcorcón, Spain, later this year, is currently focused on developing big resorts, according to Sands spokesman Ron Reese. The company is also working to sell its casino in Bethlehem, Pa. "It's safe to say that Las Vegas Sands is focused on large-scale integrated resorts, rather than smaller, regional sites. That said, we're very proud of our investment in Bethlehem," Reese said. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City reports February gaming revenue of $212.3 million
    New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement released figures Monday showing that casinos in Atlantic City took in $212.3 million in gambling revenues in February. Kevin DeSanctis, Revel's chief executive officer, said the gambling resort has seen an improvement in its leisure and group business. "Our numbers are starting to head in the right direction -- more than 44 groups held meetings at Revel in February, and we exceeded our leisure bookings forecast," DeSanctis said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Rancho Cordova, Calif., officials work to abolish Internet cafe casinos
    The Rancho Cordova, Calif., City Council passed a 45-day moratorium that prohibits any Internet cafe casino from opening while they search for options to ban the establishments. The "mini-casinos" -- which operate sweepstakes and casino games on computers -- are considered illegal. "There's no licensing requirement, no background check and no regulation. Where's the integrity?" American Gaming Association executive director Judy Patterson said of the businesses. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Salem, N.H., voters to weigh in on gambling referendum
    Salem, N.H., voters are considering a nonbinding referendum today on whether the town should host a casino. Other efforts to expand gambling in the state have been put forward by some state leaders. State Sen. Chuck Morse has sponsored a bill that would expand gambling at Rockingham Park in Salem, and the state Senate Ways and Means Committee sent it to the full Senate last week. Gov. Maggie Hassan supports the bill. The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 888 Holdings creates joint venture for U.S. business
    888 Holdings has formed a joint venture with Avenue Capital Group as it prepares to launch its business in the U.S. The All American Poker Network will introduce the online betting firm's brands once it is licensed and state or federal regulations are finalized. "Working with a substantial financial partner provides the firepower that we need to take advantage of the significant opportunities that will be provided by a regulated U.S. gaming market," 888 CEO Brian Mattingley said. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • New York leaders unveil new casino bill
    New York Assemblymen James Tedisco and Tony Jordan and state Sen. Kathy Marchione unveiled a new casino bill Monday that requires sites of proposed casinos in the state to be identified. The legislation also calls for Saratoga Gaming & Raceway to be one of the sites selected for a Las-Vegas style casino. "It doesn't make sense to build more gaming centers. We already have a racino here. We don't need to reinvent the wheel," Tedisco said. The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Save the date for the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction
    Mark your calendars for the 14th annual National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) Conference on Gambling and Addiction Sept. 22-24. Co-located with G2E, the 2013 NCRG Conference is offering more sessions for gaming industry and regulators in the "NCRG at G2E" track. Come learn about the best practices in responsible gaming programs and patron education efforts, as well as the latest research on gambling disorders. For more information, visit the NCRG Conference website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Unity Technologies
    Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, an intuitive and flexible development platform used to make wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3-D and 2-D content. The "author once, deploy everywhere" capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Japan and Korea. For more information on Unity Technologies, please visit Unity Technologies will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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