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March 5, 2013
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  • Ohio's Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati officially opens
    Ohio's $400 million Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati welcomed its first patrons on Monday. The gaming facility, which is the last of four casinos approved by state voters to open, is expected to generate $227 million in gross revenue in its first year of operation. It includes a World Series of Poker room and a VIP players' lounge. "I think it's incredible. It's a Vegas casino," celebrity chef Bobby Flay said. The News-Times (Danbury, Conn.)/The Associated Press (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mohegan Sun unveils name, brand of Mass. casino project
    Mohegan Sun has announced the brand and name for a casino it is proposing to build in Massachusetts. The casino operator told Palmer town officials and residents Monday that its casino project would bear the name "Mohegan Sun Massachusetts." "Mohegan Sun Massachusetts represents what we expect our project will come to represent: the premier New England gaming brand -- and one of the premier gaming brands worldwide -- delivering for Massachusetts," Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority CEO Mitchell Etess said. Boston Herald (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. gaming regulators schedule casino public hearings
    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has scheduled three days of public hearings that will give Philadelphia residents the chance to express their opinions on casinos proposed for the city. The board added a hearing on May 8. Previously announced hearings will take place April 11-12. "The board is committed to providing a hearing schedule that helps as many persons as possible attend these important meetings to present testimony," Gaming Control Board Chairman William H. Ryan Jr. said. American City Business Journals/Philadelphia (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Z Capital scraps Affinity Gaming buyout proposal
    Affinity Gaming said Z Capital Partners has withdrawn its proposal to acquire all outstanding shares in Affinity. According to Affinity, a board committee reviewed the company's proposal and "tried to engage in meaningful dialogue, but could not successfully negotiate confidentiality and standstill agreements with Z Capital." Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • AGA files brief opposing PokerStars' acquisition of Atlantic Club
    Lawyers for the American Gaming Association said the group opposes PokerStars' effort to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., due to the company's alleged use of illegal tactics and violation of U.S. laws. "Any action allowing PokerStars to be licensed would send a damaging message to the world of gaming, and to the world beyond gaming, that companies that engage in chronic lawbreaking are welcome in the licensed gaming business," the AGA said in the brief. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/5), Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. governor rejects expanded gambling bill
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have authorized casinos in the state and slot machines at state racetracks. "This is a bad bill for the people of Illinois. As I made clear when I vetoed Senate Bill 1849 last summer. I will not approve of any gaming expansion without strong ethical standards, comprehensive oversight and dedicated resources for education," Quinn said. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hopes are high in New Jersey with legalization of Internet gambling
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the state could double its gaming revenues with the legalization of online gambling, and many other experts say online gambling will benefit bricks-and-mortar casinos. Gene Johnson, a senior vice president of Spectrum Gaming Group, noted, "It will be much more connected to land-based gaming than we see in Europe. We strongly believe it will drive some incremental business to the physical casino." However, some casino industry veterans are worried that it will not live up to expectations. "It's so new and unproven that it's a flip of a coin," said Ed Spotts, a tourism instructor at Temple University in Philadelphia. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Use social media to keep up with the AGA
    If you are looking for up-to-the-minute information about AGA activities and news from the gaming industry across the country and around the world, look no further than the AGA's Twitter feed and Facebook page. Follow the AGA on Twitter or like the AGA on Facebook so you don't miss the latest news. Connect with the AGA today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Macao Polytechnic Institute
    The Macao Polytechnic Institute's Gaming Teaching and Research Centre will work toward responding effectively to the needs of the community. By increasing the number of casino management training courses, the institute will see to it that more qualified local staff will be promoted in management positions and that more quality training services are provided to related industry professionals. For more information on Macao Polytechnic Institute, please visit Macao Polytechnic Institute will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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