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March 11, 2013
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  • Penn National unveils new renderings of Mass. casino design
    Penn National Gaming revealed revised sketches for the casino it wants to build in Springfield, Mass., a day ahead of Monday's planned public presentation of the $807 million casino. "We believe one of the benefits of the updated design is that it will link the casino and hotel more seamlessly to Main Street and encourage visitors to venture into the downtown area," said Tim Wilmott, the company's president and chief operating officer. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Nevada reports January gaming revenues of $909.2 million
    The Nevada Gaming Control Board said the state's casinos together took in $909.2 million in January, compared with $1.038 billion in the same month last year. Meanwhile, gaming revenues for the Strip were $507 million. According to gaming analysts, it should be taken into consideration that the Chinese New Year was celebrated in February this year, while it fell in January last year. "We believe the January-February combined comparison will offer a more meaningful look into annual growth,"said Cameron McKnight, a Wells Fargo Securities gaming analyst. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Treasure Island seeks consulting firm for planned convention center
    The Treasure Island in Las Vegas is working on bringing a consulting firm on board that will conduct a study to determine necessary factors such as size and location for a convention center it is planning to add. "It's something we want to do," said Michelle Knoll, the resort's senior vice president of communications. "We just want to be certain it makes sense." VegasInc.com (Las Vegas) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Congress making new attempts at federal online gambling legislation
    With more states working to legalize Internet gambling, Congress is once again trying to come up with a federal framework. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who had introduced an online poker bill in 2011, said he intends to present a bill this spring. Meanwhile, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say they plan to reintroduce a federal Internet gambling bill. "Senator Heller believes federal legislation for online poker is crucial, and will continue to work with Senator Reid and like-minded colleagues to get a bill passed," said Chandler Smith, communications director for Heller. Reuters (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online gambling in Atlantic City may attract social gaming firms
    With the passage of Internet gambling legislation, Atlantic City, N.J., will likely bring in online gambling firms as well as some of the most popular social gaming companies once regulations overseeing the online gambling industry in the city are put in place. "The business is going to be big. Everybody wants to use New Jersey as trial and error," said Rich Roberts, chief executive of game developer Slingo. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Ladbrokes in online partnership talks with Playtech
    Ladbrokes is reportedly in advanced talks with Playtech about a partnership deal that would give the software supplier an expanded role in managing Ladbrokes' online casino and bingo games. According to the report, the two companies are expected to announce a partnership in the coming days. Reuters (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • U.S. congressman's bill may aid Mashpee tribe's casino plan
    Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., has reintroduced a federal bill that could help advance the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's plan to open a casino in Taunton, Mass. The tribe is awaiting approval of its land trust application with the Interior Department as a requirement for the casino. "As the ranking member of the Natural Resources Committee that has responsibility for Native American issues, I've supported legislation to correct the flawed ruling, which held that the Secretary of the Interior may only take land into trust for Indian tribes under federal jurisdiction as of 1934," Markey said. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Finance & Policy 
  • Nev. lawmaker introduces bill against casino comped meals taxation
    Assemblyman Harvey Munford has introduced legislation in Nevada that would relieve casinos of taxes on comped meals for employees. "This has been ping-ponging in court for years. An employer shouldn't have to pay to feed an employee," said state Sen. James Settelmeyer, who is a cosponsor of the bill. Las Vegas Sun (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Celebrate a decade of the AGA Code of Conduct
    When the AGA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming was adopted in 2003, the pledge to employees, patrons and the community was the first document to establish an industrywide standard for responsible gaming. The commercial gaming industry has changed in the last decade and in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the code, the AGA has released an updated version of the document that acknowledges the evolution of how the industry communicates with employees and customers. Visit the AGA website to download a copy of the updated code and learn more about this industry standard. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    You can still check out 2012 video highlights and interviews from the show floor on YouTube, and www.globalgamingexpo.com. Then, keep up with how G2E is preparing for 2013, and what's going on in the gaming industry today by connecting with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and the G2E Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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