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February 22, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Online gambling now legal in Nev.
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill legalizing online gambling in the state immediately after lawakers passed the legislation on Thursday. "This bill is critical to our state's economy and ensures that we will continue to be the gold standard for gaming regulation," Sandoval said. Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman AG Burnett said the state has received about 20 online gambling license applications. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Revised design for Caesars' Baltimore casino gets approval
    Baltimore's Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel has approved a modified design for a casino Caesars Entertainment plans to build in the city. "The large garage has become a building rather than an accommodation, and I think that's very promising," UDARP reviewer Gary Bowden said. A Caesars' executive said permits for the Horseshoe Baltimore, which is expected to open in the summer of 2014, could be obtained within a week. The Baltimore Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caesars to implement resort fees at its Las Vegas properties
    Caesars Entertainment said it will begin charging resort fees at its Las Vegas hotels instead of charging separately for amenities such as wireless connections and fitness centers. "This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees. We continue to do all we can to provide our guests with the best value, best products and best experiences in Las Vegas," said Gary Thompson, Caesars' director of corporate communications. Las Vegas Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commission to evaluate plan to accept casino bids for southeast Mass.
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has set a March 21 meeting to hear from interested groups as it decides on whether to accept applications from developers of commercial casinos for the state's southeastern region. Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said a vote may take place that day. "I think inviting people in to speak is a good idea. For the people involved, this is a pretty high-stakes question," Crosby said. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vegas offers more than its Sin City nickname would imply
    The Las Vegas Strip may be the iconic tourism image, but downtown Las Vegas is coming into its own, offering a more cultural persona. Downtown Project was created in 2011, with investments to drive real estate, tech startups, shops and education. Tony Hsieh, CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop, is one of the biggest investors; his company is looking to create its own campus in the area. The Mob Museum opened last year, and Container Park with stores and restaurants is slated to open in the spring. Travel Weekly (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • SHFL Entertainment has growth opportunity in Asia
    Union Gaming Research analysts say the Asian slot machine market, where 23,600 slot machines are expected to be delivered through both expansion and replacement, offers SHFL Entertainment an opportunity to grow. According to the analysts, the gaming supplier's "Duo Fu Duo Cai -- Fu" slot game "is performing well above house average in Macau." (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Ind. lawmaker adjusts casino legislation to spread revenue losses
    Indiana state Sen. Luke Kenley has amended a gambling bill to reduce revenue losses among casino host communities. When it was approved by a state Senate committee last week, the bill -- which would permit the state's riverboat casinos to move onto land, cut their taxes and allow some table games at horse tracks -- would have cost host communities $40 million. Kenley's change would spread the revenue loss among all Indiana counties. "We'll find out Monday if everybody will vote for it," Kenley said. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Dig deeper into the gaming industry with AGA research
    Throughout its history, the AGA has conducted and published research on a wide variety of topics, including slot machines, taxation and the attitudes of casino employees and community leaders in gaming jurisdictions -- just to name a few. Consult the AGA's library of white papers to learn more about some of the most significant issues facing the gaming industry today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newly designed floor plan to be unveiled at G2E Asia 2013!
    Attending G2E Asia 2013 (May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao)? If so, be sure to check out our newly designed floor plan aimed at maximizing exposure for all companies. If you are still looking to exhibit at G2E 2013, there is limited exhibit space available for new advertising opportunities. For more information, contact Todd Sheahan in the United States at +1-203-840-5397, or Lay Eng See in China at + 86 21 2231 7028. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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