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January 17, 2013
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Gaming News By the Industry, For the Industry

  Top of the Deck 
  • Md. may soon launch bidding process for new casino, official says
    Donald C. Fry, chairman of a Maryland commission that selects casino locations, said on Wednesday that he expects to release a request for proposals for a casino in Prince George's County during the commission's meeting on Jan. 31. According to Fry, companies interested in building a casino in the county would likely have until May to submit bids. The Washington Post (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Pa. becomes the country's No. 2 gambling market
    Pennsylvania's 11 casinos took in $3.16 billion in 2012 and landed in the nation's second spot in terms of a gaming revenue market, after Las Vegas. "Pennsylvania grew so fast because the casinos are located throughout the state and located closer to the main population centers," said John Kempf, a gaming analyst at RBC Capital Markets. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rock Gaming to acquire Detroit's Greektown Casino
    Rock Gaming officials have announced a deal to purchase the Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit as part of the company's profit-making strategy that also aims to breathe new life into cities. "We really like the connectivity of the Greektown property. It's right in the heart of downtown. It's surrounded by an entertainment district," said Matt Cullen, CEO of Rock Ventures. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas has more than $1B in downtown development
    Construction projects worth $754 million were completed in Las Vegas in 2012, and $355 million worth are currently under way, according to the city's Economic and Urban Development Department. This year, several projects should be completed, including the $100 million renovation of the former Lady Luck Hotel & Casino and Zappo's $40 million upgrading of the former Las Vegas City Hall. TravelPulse (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City to ramp up efforts on attracting more visitors
    Atlantic City's tourism and development authorities plan to increase publicity efforts to show that the city is still open for business despite superstorm Sandy and to attract more visitors to the city. The New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority also said it looks to put additional funding into the city's Tourism District. "We believe things are happening that we can take advantage of for a new day in Atlantic City," said John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Some casino firms won't back campaign for N.Y. gambling referendum
    Several casino firms say they likely won't financially support campaigns to promote a public referendum on gambling in New York. Their decision comes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week that the first phase of his plan to expand gambling in the state includes placing three casinos upstate. "It's risk capital. If it were more specific, and we believed there were opportunities and we did the polling and the polling was strong, it could be a matter of putting in money," said Alan Feldman of MGM Resorts International. The Wall Street Journal (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electronic pull-tab sales in Minnesota fail to match projections
    The gross sales of electronic pull-tabs in Minnesota have failed to match a revenue forecast for the games, according to information presented to the state House Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform. The games so far have generated $4.2 million in gross receipts. Legislative action is being considered by the House Committee to improve sales. "We're hoping for good news in the months to come. Lacking that, I expect there will be a greater call for changes," said state Rep. Joe Atkins, chairman of the House Committee. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New rule aims to secure electronic kiosks at Atlantic City casinos
    A new regulation designed to mitigate cases of credit-card fraud and identity theft at casino cash kiosks in Atlantic City will take effect Jan. 29. "We've prosecuted people. We catch them. But I want to be in a position where we are one step ahead of the person who commits the fraud or criminal activity," David Rebuck, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement director. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Canadian city committee will hear casino proposal
    A Hamilton, Ontario, businessman has requested an audience with the city's General Issues Committee next month to present a proposal to build a casino that would include dining, entertainment, gaming, lodging, nightlife and retail. However, the city would have to inform the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission about the casino by March, and some councilors have expressed concern that they would not have enough time to consider the proposal. (Canada) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Take part in training opportunities with the NCRG Webinar Series
    Created in conjunction with G2E, the NCRG Webinar Series provides free year-round educational opportunities to help individuals better understand critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming -- without having to leave their own home or office. You can learn more about these free training sessions by visiting the NCRG's upcoming webinar page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meet the G2E Team at Booth #S0-169 at the ICE Gaming Show and get a chance to win a conference pass to G2E 2013!
    The G2E Team will be at the 2013 ICE Gaming Show in London Feb. 5-7 in Booth #S0-169. When you stop by the booth, be sure to drop your card and be entered into a drawing to win a five-day all-access conference pass to G2E 2013 Sept. 24-26 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. If you want to connect with the G2E Team to discuss exhibiting at G2E and/or G2E Asia 2013, e-mail Todd Sheahan. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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