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January 11, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Springfield, Mass., to decide on casino referendum next week
    The Springfield, Mass., City Council will meet on Monday to decide whether to hold a citywide or a ward referendum in approving any casino proposal for the city. Hearings were held by the city's Planning and Economic Development Committee throughout the city to determine which type of vote residents would prefer. The results of those hearings suggested strong support for a citywide vote. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • MGM looks to improve its Las Vegas properties, says CEO
    MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren told the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday that the company plans to prioritize improving its properties in Las Vegas. Murren said MGM looks to invest more than $500 million into its Vegas properties. "We finished the year on a high note in 2012, both operationally and financially," he said. (Las Vegas) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Hard Rock to announce casino proposal for Mass. fairgrounds
    West Springfield, Mass., Town Councilor Brian J. Griffin said that Hard Rock International would announce a proposal today to build a casino resort at the city's Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. "I've been assured that it'll be a tremendous event ... to show that they're very interested in our community and the surrounding communities. And I expect great things [Friday]," Griffin said. WSHM-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City's Resorts Casino reveal new VIP lounges
    Two new VIP lounges that are part of a $60 million renovation project at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., were to be unveiled Thursday. Resorts spokeswoman Courtney Birmingham said the new lounges were intended not only for frequent guests but also to attract new customers to the gambling facility. "We want to create a memorable guest experience every time. It's also reinvesting in our customers who have been loyal to us for 35 years," Birmingham said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete pouring begins for Resorts' Margaritaville project
    The $35 million Margaritaville-themed LandShark Bar & Grill at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., took a step forward Wednesday with the pouring of concrete. Resorts hopes to open the dining and entertainment venue by Memorial Day. "It is exciting for Resorts, our team members, our guests and for Atlantic City as a whole," Resorts President and CEO Mark Giannantonio said of the milestone. "This will be a one-of-a-kind destination that will change the landscape of Atlantic City." The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Visitor arrivals to Las Vegas up 2.5% in November
    A 16.6% increase in attendance at Las Vegas conventions helped lift the number of visitors to the city in November. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas played host to 3.1 million in November, an increase of 2.5% over the same month last year. Steve Brown, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said results for the month show that "at least in one respect, our tourism industry has recovered to where it was prior to the recession." Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Numbers show signs of recovery in Atlantic City's tourism
    Figures released by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority signal that the city's tourism industry is recovering from superstorm Sandy. "We are beginning to witness upticks in several month-to-month statistical reporting categories," said ACCVA President Jeffrey Vasser. The number of shows held at the city's casino hotels in 2012 grew 24%, while the Atlantic City Convention Center saw a 20% increase in the number of conventions, meetings and trade shows in December 2012 from December 2011. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • presses for liberal betting rules in Germany digital entertainment, which is licensed to offer online casino and poker games in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein state, is pushing for liberal betting rules across Germany. "There is now a question over how the existing regime in Schleswig-Holstein can coexist with the alternative system proposed by the other 15 Laender (German states) that seeks to allow sports betting only and with significant additional restrictions for the online offer, restrictions that do not apply to land-based operators," said. Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Responsible gaming training for gaming employees from the NCRG
    Employee training is a key element of any successful responsible gaming program, and EMERGE, a groundbreaking online training program developed by scientists at Harvard Medical School, is the solution to all your training needs. EMERGE is ideal for all levels of employees, and its web-based design requires no special software or equipment. Learn more about how EMERGE can help your employees succeed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Mega Fortris (Malaysia)
    Mega Fortris is the global supplier of high quality security seals to a wide range of industries around the world. Their products are associated with industry leaders in the transport sectors on land, sea, rail and air. The effectiveness and versatility of the seals have secured customers in industries like chemicals, oil and gas, food and beverage, ICT, hospitality, casinos, security companies, banks and manufacturing industries. For more information on Mega Fortris, please visit Mega Fortris will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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