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February 21, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Fahrenkopf expects revival of federal poker legislation
    American Gaming Association president and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf said he believes Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, will revive a federal online poker bill in the House this year. "I wouldn't be surprised if a new bill was introduced in this session," Fahrenkopf said Wednesday at the iGaming North America Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. He said online gaming companies must put consumer safety protections in place and develop programs to combat problem and underage gambling. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • MGM may sell properties in Las Vegas, chairman says
    MGM Resorts International Chairman Jim Murren said the company, which runs 10 casinos on the Strip, would consider selling some of its properties in Las Vegas if doing so proved to be profitable. "We have no plans, but I wouldn't rule it out. After a long and brutal recession that impacted Las Vegas, there are consistent signs of improvement and investor interest," Murren said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Centaur Holdings completes acquisition of Indiana racino
    Centaur Holdings, owner of Hoosier Park in Indiana, finalized its purchase of the Indiana Grand and Downs in Shelbyville after the state Gaming and Horse Racing commissions gave final approval of the acquisition Wednesday. The company bought the racino for $500 million. "We're done; it's over. And we're really excited. This is the result of a lot of time and effort from our (Centaur) team, legislators, both communities and a lot of other people," Centaur Chairman and CEO Rod Ratcliff said. The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caesars launches program for hiring former military members
    Caesars Entertainment has launched a hiring initiative Wednesday that is aimed at hiring U.S. military veterans. The company, which has approximately 10,000 job openings nationwide, hopes to offer positions for former military members through the Enlisting Heroes program. "This program is based on the experience we've had with veterans working for us. The initiative is not simply the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do," Caesars Chairman Gary Loveman said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Davenport, Iowa, receives 2 new designs for interstate casino
    Ingenus Management and Consulting has submitted two new interstate casino designs, as requested by Davenport, Iowa, officials as part of an agreement to develop a land-based casino in the city. "We have to look at what makes the most sense from a site standpoint and attracts the most people off the highway. It is one of the many issues we have to look at. Nothing is cast in concrete," Mayor Bill Gluba said of the designs. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penn. gaming board OK's table games for Lady Luck casino
    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has unanimously approved a table games certificate for the Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County. Isle of Capri Casinos will operate the casino, which will include 28 table games and 600 slot machines. "We are thrilled that the table games authorization has been completed and look forward to offering our guests, and the guests at Nemacolin, a full complement of slots and table games when we open in the summer," said Jill Alexander, an Isle of Capri spokeswoman. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Portion of Quad casino in Las Vegas to open soon
    Officials say work on an area of the refurbished casino at the Quad, formerly the Imperial Palace, is expected to be completed by March. Slot machines have already been installed at the new 65,000-square-foot gaming space. Las Vegas Sun (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Ala. AG files suit against 3 tribal casinos, closes VictoryLand
    Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has shut down the VictoryLand casino in Shorter, Ala., alleging that the gaming facility is operating illegal gambling. Strange's office also filed a lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in an effort to close the tribe's three casinos in the state. "While we respect Mr. Strange's attempts to fulfill his duties as State Attorney General, he is not a federal official and therefore, has no jurisdiction or enforcement authority over tribal land or tribal gaming operations," the tribe said. (Alabama) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nevada Gold & Casinos introduces online casino app
    Nevada Gold & Casinos launched its free-to-play online casino application Wednesday on Facebook. "Social gaming is one of the leading technology innovations in our industries," said Trevor Taylor, a vice president with Nevada Gold. Taylor said the Gold Star Slots application allows its customers to play at home while familiarizing new players with the company's South Dakota and Washington gaming properties. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
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  • G2E TV interviewed Chuck Underwood, generational marketing specialist, at G2E 2012
    If you missed out on seeing Chuck Underwood, pioneer of the "Generational Marketing Strategy," at G2E 2012, then take a few minutes to watch the video on the G2E Blog. Underwood brings his consulting expertise and explains the impact of generational marketing within the gaming industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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