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January 21, 2013
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  • Official: Ameristar acquisition strengthens, diversifies Pinnacle
    Officials of Pinnacle Entertainment, which is in the process of acquiring Ameristar Casinos, say the deal has helped the company become more financially stable because of Ameristar's expansive reach. "So, you put all that stuff together, our financial strength, the general economic conditions of the world are not great, but better, the financial health of our company is substantially better, solved for the diversification and the risk of having too much exposed in one market, solved for because of the Ameristar transaction," said Geno Iafrate, Pinnacle's executive vice president for Regional Operations. American Press (Lake Charles, La.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Nev. gaming board aims for better relationship with Macau regulators
    The three members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board visited Macau last week to build a better relationship with regulators in Asia's gaming hub. "We've established a good rapport with the DICJ and will lead to a good era of cooperation and discussions amongst the two agencies. We were well-received and, as with all things in Asia, these relationships take time to nurture," Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nev. governor commends MGM employees for volunteer efforts
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has given the 11th Annual Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award to MGM Resorts International for the efforts of its employees in contributing more than 113,000 volunteer hours to Las Vegas in 2012. "Volunteerism, like charitable giving, has suffered a bit as families look inward. And yet, in every corner of our state, members of the Nevada family continue to step up and give up their time. So today, we proudly recognize some stand-out individuals and organizations who have given of their time, treasure and talent," Sandoval said. Las Vegas Sun (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer has until Friday to submit Pa. casino license application
    Endeka Entertainment, developer of the proposed Valley View Downs racetrack and casino in Mahoning Township, Pa., has until Friday to submit its casino license application to the state Gaming Control Board. Anton Leppler, an Endeka spokesman, said the company is committed to the racino project. "The staff and senior management have been working hard toward that goal. ... Everyone's committed to this project being done in Lawrence County," Leppler said. Beaver County Times (Pa.) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • New Jersey refuses to turn off machines made by AC Slots
    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said it will not shut down slot machines developed by AC Slots, which is in the process of closing its business. The move comes after Gaming Laboratories International issued a recommendation that state gaming regulators shut down the Axcess slot machines due to legal and regulatory issues. "The division slot lab has thoroughly tested the Axcess platform and has not identified any integrity issues which would cause the division to revoke the product," said Lisa Spengler, spokeswoman for the division. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Focus 
  • Macau gaming market should increase by 13% this year
    A Morgan Stanley report predicts 13% growth for Macau's gambling market this year. Morgan Stanley analysts Katherine Sun and Praveen K. Choudhary say the gaming hub's VIP gross gaming revenue should increase by 10%, while a 20% expansion is expected for the mass market. "Though we project a slowdown in mass growth next year, it should still grow faster than VIP," Choudhary and Sun wrote. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Toronto residents want a casino, mayor says
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is optimistic that city residents are in favor of a plan to develop a casino in the city. "I have a pretty good feeling of what they want out there. How can people say no to this?" Ford said during his radio program on Sunday. His statement followed the city's fifth and final public meeting on the proposed casino development. The Toronto Star (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA releases updated Code of Conduct in conjunction with 10th anniversary
    The American Gaming Association (AGA) today released an updated Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, reflecting the evolution of the gaming entertainment industry during the past decade. Release of the updated Code coincides with the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the original, which has served as the commercial gaming industry's blueprint for addressing responsible gaming since it was created. The Code is a pledge to patrons, employees and the public to make responsible gaming an important part of daily business operations for all AGA members. Read the AGA press release for more information on the updated Code of Conduct. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Kejieda Amusement Equipment Manufacturer
    Kejieda Amusement Equipment Manufacturer, in conjunction with Qiangsheng Electronic Hardware Co. Ltd., the largest cabinet manufacturer in China, is a professional designer/manufacturer in all kinds of gaming machine and cabinets. The whole company is mainly engaged in R&D, manufacturing and selling OEM and ODM cabinet products that pass the RoHS certification. For more information on Kejianda, please visit Kejianda Amusement Equipment Manufacturer will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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