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December 3, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Ameristar withdraws casino proposal in Springfield, Mass.
    Ameristar Casinos has dropped its bid to build a resort casino in Springfield, Mass. "This was a difficult decision that will unfortunately result in us not being able to bring a world-class casino entertainment facility to western Massachusetts," said Gordon Kanofsky, the company's chief executive. The company said it has not decided on any other development plans for the 40-acre site on Page Boulevard, which it acquired for $16 million in January. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Atlantic City officials consider indoor marketplace project
    New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has funded a study to determine whether an indoor market project would be suitable in the city. Earlier this year, a general plan that would lay the groundwork for a marketplace and a tourism district in the city was approved. CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri has said the project would cost millions and it could occupy 20,000 to 40,000 square feet of space. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Ill. governor is optimistic about having casino deal by January
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said he and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are "very close" to a deal to expand gambling in the state and allow a casino in Chicago. "I'm optimistic by the ninth of January that we can come up with a bill that meets all of our criteria. The mayor and I are very close on the issue of strong regulation and ethics, and making sure the money goes to schools and infrastructure," Quinn said. Emanuel said he is also confident about coming up with a legislation that would meet the governor's criteria and could pass the General Assembly. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Calif. tribe gets approval to build off-reservation casino
    The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has cleared a hurdle to its plan to build an off-reservation casino in Madera County, Calif., with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs' agreeing to put the land in trust. "This decision brings our tribe one step closer to realizing our generations-long dream of helping our people and our community," Tribal Chairwoman Elaine Bethel Fink said. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Harrah's Cherokee resort opens new spa
    The new spa at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina opens Dec 3. The Mandara Spa offers visitors 18,000 square feet of space to enjoy a mixture of Balinese and Cherokee-inspired treatments such as a lavender facial. The new spa is part of the resort's $650 million expansion. Cherokee One Feather (N.C.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hayden casino proponents not backing down
    Sleeping Giant Group, the proponent of a gaming facility near Colorado's Yampa Valley Airport, is pushing with its plan to build the off-reservation casino. The organization's Steve Hofman said the Sleeping Giant has begun discussions with representatives of Indian tribes that might be interested in owning the casino. "We have a sense that there is some real interest in what this market represents and what we have done so far on the project," Hofman said. The Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tribal casino in Calif. credits its loyal customers
    The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson, Calif., credits its loyal regional customer base for its continued success. "We're the kingdom for the common guy. People feel comfortable here," said Rich Hoffman, the casino resort's chief executive. The tribal casino recently unveiled an $80 million refurbishment of its gaming space, hotel and restaurants. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Ontario gaming group seeks new operators to run casino
    Ontario Lottery and Gaming has released a request for proposals for companies interested in building and managing a new gaming facility in the city or expanding the Rideau Carleton Raceway. According to the documents issued by the provincial agency, a new Ottawa gaming hall should have more than 800 slot machines, 600 live table games and nongambling amenities. Operators would be required to retain the racetrack's current employees for at least a year. Metro (Canada) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA Presses Congress for Action on Online Poker
    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has launched a campaign urging the U.S. Congress to act now to pass legislation to establish federal guidelines for regulating and licensing legal online poker. Without congressional action, the U.S. is poised to see widespread legalization of all types of online gambling and a state-by-state patchwork of regulations that puts gaming patrons, problem gamblers and minors at unnecessary risk. The AGA effort encourages Congress to introduce and pass a bill and includes the release of an informational video, an outreach campaign to educate lawmakers and other stakeholders, and a combination of earned and social media to increase awareness of the issue. Visit the AGA Online Poker Headquarters to watch the video and learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check out G2E 2012 highlights on YouTube and don't forget to follow G2E on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
    Be sure to check out 2012 video highlights and interviews from the show floor on YouTube, and You won't want to miss these videos -- they are one of a kind and will leave you smiling and informed! Then, see how G2E is preparing for 2013 and find out what's going on in the gaming industry today by connecting with G2E on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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