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March 19, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • N.J. issues regulations for fantasy sports betting
    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has published temporary regulations allowing casinos in the state to offer fantasy sports betting. The new wagering option will not be considered gambling despite being thought of as such by some industry observers. "No state gaming regulatory agency has yet taken such a precedent-setting step to provide regulations that establish guidelines to casinos that wish to provide this product. This new product will allow our casino members to provide new and exciting entertainment opportunities," said Tony Rodio, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor signs bill allowing casinos to have a beach bar
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday that will authorize Atlantic City's Revel and other casinos in the city's Tourism District that were built after Aug. 31, 2011, to include a beach bar. "Governor Christie's action will help newer casinos, such as Revel, compete. They will have the same opportunity as existing ones to open these amenities and increase tourism and entertainment revenue in an area specifically designed to boost tourism," said Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, a sponsor of the legislation. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Minn. regulators give go-ahead for electronic bingo games
    The Minnesota Gambling Control Board has approved the first electronic bingo games, which are expected to help fund a new stadium for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings along with electronic pull-tabs that are already available at establishments. "It's a good day. We're tickled pink that we now have a linked bingo provider with a game and three [electronic] pulltab providers. Charities look forward to having a full package of electronics," said Al Lund, Allied Charities of Minnesota's executive director. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Nongaming amenities bringing people to casinos
    Casino visitors are spending more and more on entertainment amenities, according to the "Bring It On Home: An Overview of Gaming Behavior in New England" report from the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis. "The availability of table games, numerous non-gambling amenities, the physical attractiveness of the facilities and the general atmosphere of the facilities continue to differentiate New England's resort casino market from the convenience gambling market," according to the report. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Tribe to build hotel tower at Tulsa, Okla., casino
    Officials of the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Okla., say a 500-room hotel tower will be part of the casino's expansion. The building will include a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant. "I'm excited about our partnership with Margaritaville. This is a great future for both groups. Our history in Indian Gaming and the experience Margaritaville will offer those who visit will make this a premier destination resort," Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said. KJRH-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snoqualmie tribe reviews plan to expand casino
    The Snoqualmie Tribal Council is reassessing the tribe's plan to expand its casino, which calls for construction of a 20-story hotel. The initial proposal included a conference center, a 340-room hotel, expanded casino and theater and two parking facilities. The Seattle Times (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Cyprus to unveil new poker technology at Nations Cup
    Cyprus will showcase new poker technology at this year's European Nations Cup, which will be held in April at the Annabelle hotel in Paphos. Instead of receiving actual cards, players will be dealt their cards on their smartphones. "We are making history in Cyprus through the use of technology. The smart phone and iPad are now integral part of our lives. Many people around the world come into contact with poker through their smartphones," International Federation of Poker founder member Patrick Nally said. Cyprus Mail (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AGA & G2E News 
  • Find economic impact data at the state and county level
    The AGA used the data from its comprehensive study of the impact of the commercial casino industry to create an interactive map that allows users to explore state- and county-level economic impacts throughout the country. Visit the "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website to check out the interactive map. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E TV interviewed Staci Alonso from International Gaming Technology (IGT) at G2E 2012
    If you missed the interview with IGT's Staci Alonso at G2E 2012, then take a few minutes to watch the video on the G2E Blog. Staci discusses the new and exciting games that IGT will be releasing including such titles as Family Guy ® and Dolly Parton's 9 To 5®, which includes a state of the art "Interactive Jukebox" feature. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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