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February 7, 2013
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  • Mohegan Sun teams up with firm on Philadelphia casino
    Market East Associates, one of the companies seeking a license to build Philadelphia's second casino, has partnered with Mohegan Sun for its gaming project. "Mohegan is one of the nation's top entertainment and gaming destination operators. We couldn't be more excited about teaming up with them for the sake of developing a world-class gaming and entertainment project," said real estate developer Ken Goldenberg, who assembled Market East Associates. The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Davenport, Iowa, plans to submit casino license application in April
    Davenport, Iowa, is planning to submit a casino license application to the state Racing and Gaming Commission on April 18 as part of the requirements for the acquisition of the Rhythm City riverboat casino. The city wants to purchase the gaming facility from the Isle of Capri for a plan to develop a land-based casino. "If everyone is making good progress, we would be looking for March preparing the application and the April IRGC meeting," Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin said. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati announces partnership with hotels
    The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which will open next month, has agreed to partner with seven hotels in the city as part of its plan to team up with local attractions and businesses. "The urban location of the casino places it conveniently near the most luxurious hotels in downtown Cincinnati. We're delighted to send our guests to these downtown hotels to explore some of the best hospitality that Cincinnati has to offer," said Mike Warren, vice president of marketing for the casino. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Warren County, Iowa, officials considering casino feasibility
    Economic development officials in Warren County, Iowa, are exploring the possibility of casino gambling in the county. Jason White, executive director of Warren County Economic Development Corp., said the group is considering opportunities that could lift the county's tax base and benefit residents and local schools. "Given the focus and attention some communities in the metro have given this, we thought it might be within our realm to at least investigate whether that was even a possibility for us," White said. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Customer demands spur changes at Hollywood Casino Columbus
    Ameet Patel, vice president and general manager of Ohio's Hollywood Casino Columbus, said the casino would install six additional poker tables and scale down the number of its slot machines by about 500 due to customer demand. Patel also said that the gaming facility's bar will be expanded. "We've also seen big crowds in our bar and lounge area, particularly on weekends, and we want to provide more room for our customers to enjoy the food, beverage and entertainment offerings we're providing," Patel added. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel construction on Pinnacle's Harvey, La., casino to begin soon
    Geno Iafrate, Pinnacle Entertainment's executive vice president of regional operations, said construction af a $20 million hotel at the company's Boomtown Casino in Harvey, La., will begin at the end of this month. The 150-room hotel, which will include a fitness center and a meeting venue, is expected to be completed in about 13 months. Iafrate also told the Baton Rouge Rotary Club this week that the area's casino market could be bringing in up to $50 million a month. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Springfield, Mass., city councilor seeks some leniency in casino hiring
    Springfield, Mass., City Councilor Bud L. Williams said he hopes the state gaming commission and the company that could be awarded with a license to operate a casino in the city would consider hiring residents with minor criminal records. "When dealing with an urban setting, there is a lot of challenges with people having a history with the criminal justice system. We have to take a hard and fair look at it and be sensitive enough to have a discussion about it," Williams said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Focus 
  • $1.2 billion gambling resort to open in Philippines next month
    A $1.2 billion casino hotel development in Manila, Philippines, owned by Enrique Razon Jr.'s Bloomberry Resorts Corp., will open on March 16. Among the shareholders of the casino are Australian billionaire James Packer and Macau gaming executive Lawrence Ho. "Many of the most modern resorts and gaming equipment and facilities are installed and will be used in Solaire Manila," Bloomberry said. The Philippine Star (Manila) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • 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, look no further than the AGA's Twitter feed and Facebook page. Follow the AGA on Twitter or like the AGA on Facebook so that you don't miss the latest news. Connect with the AGA today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E TV interviewed Christine Reilly of the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) at G2E 2012
    If you missed the interview with Christine Reilly, senior research director at the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) at G2E 2012, then take a few minutes to watch the video on the G2E Blog. The 2012 NCRG's Conference on Gambling and Addiction is focused on recovery, risks with online gambling and future trends within the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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