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October 19, 2012
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  • Harrah's to transfer games on Iowa riverboat casino into hotel
    Bo Guidry, general manager of Harrah's riverboat casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, said the company plans to move the casino into its hotel. "Pending our board's approval in November, and the approval by the gaming commission in the state of Iowa, we will proceed to relocate our casino to the convention center space we have at Harrah's," Guidry said. One of the reasons for transferring the games is the increasing cost of maintenance. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cleveland casino assigns hosts for gamblers of Asian descent
    Ohio's Horseshoe Casino Cleveland has two hosts dedicated exclusively to gamblers of Asian descent, as the number of Chinese customers playing at the casino increases. Jason Tsang and Wesley Poon, who both speak Chinese fluently, handle a variety of tasks to cater to the group, including arrangements for players' hotel stays and complimentary meals. "They take care of everything. The customer is very comfortable," said a Chinese-American guest at the casino. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aria's buffet closed for renovation, MGM says
    MGM Resorts International officials said Aria Resort & Casino has closed its buffet for refurbishment. The new buffet, which will reopen before the year is out, is expected to offer different food options and a new atmosphere. Las Vegas Sun (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Noodle bars are a sure bet at many Atlantic City casinos
    Many casinos in Atlantic City have put in noodle bars and restaurants with the hope of attracting Asian gamblers. "Everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. It's come to be expected. You're going to have a gourmet restaurant, you're going to have a buffet and you're going to have a noodle bar," said Edward Spotts, a tourism instructor at Temple University. According to observers, casinos value the market segment because Asians who visit gaming facilities are considered to be more frequent gamblers. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas luxury meets value in Best Bets guide
    The 2012 edition of Las Vegas' Best Bets features the top choices for travelers who want to save their pennies but enjoy luxurious experiences. It cites Caesars' Octavius Tower as having the best luxury hotel room prices on the Strip and the Sapphire Gentleman's Club as the premier venue for bachelor parties. Travel Weekly (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Springfield, Mass., posts casino proposals online
    Officials of Springfield, Mass., who have pledged to be transparent with casino proposals, have posted full plans filed by three companies vying to build a gaming facility. The website, managed by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, contains the detailed phase 1 proposals. "This is evidence we intend to keep our word. Everyone in the public will be as well-informed as those who are working on this on a day-to-day basis," said Kevin E. Kennedy, chief development officer. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nevada regulators issue 3 online gaming licenses
    The Nevada Gaming Commission has issued licenses for Fertitta Interactive, Boyd Gaming and the Golden Nugget to operate online poker websites in the state, pending technology approval. Bob Boughner, executive vice president of Boyd Gaming, said online poker businesses in Nevada would generate $180 million yearly. "The total revenues in the state from poker will be twice what they are today with online poker," he said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
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  • Save the dates for G2E Asia 2013 and G2E 2013
    Save the date for G2E Asia 2013: May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao, Macao, China.
    Save the date for G2E 2013: Sept. 24-26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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