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October 18, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Las Vegas Sands sees great opportunities in Macau, exec says
    Las Vegas Sands, which is developing a $4.4 billion gambling resort in Macau, sees greater opportunities in Macau as it continues to explore other countries in Asia for expansion prospects. "We think we've got great opportunities from an organic perspective. We're continuing the ramp up of our Sands Cotai Central," Las Vegas Sands Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Kay said. Kay said the company would also like to expand in Europe, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam. HotelNewsNow.com (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Mass. commission opens application process for slots-parlor bidders
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has officially opened the application process for companies interested in operating the sole slots parlor to be licensed in the state. "The commission looks forward to receiving applicant submissions, which will then be subject to extraordinarily rigorous background investigations to determine an applicant's absolute financial stability and absolute corporate and personal integrity," commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caesars to build conference center at Harrah's Resort
    Caesars Entertainment said it plans to add a $134 million conference center at its Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Caesars Eastern Division President Don Marrandino said the proposed two-story facility would occupy 100,000 square feet and cater to business conferences. "The most important thing we need is something to drive midweek business. We don't have anything near what this will be. We're not looking for trade shows and things like that. This would be a business center," Marrandino said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Mass. commission halts efforts to attract more Boston casino bidders
    Massachusetts Gaming Commission members, who hoped to spur competition for a gaming license in Boston, have decided not to hire a consultant to help attract developers. The Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston remains the lone bidder for a casino license in the Boston area. "We are anxious to have multiple bidders for that license. But there's not much we can add at this point," commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said. Boston Herald (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  iGaming 
  • Churchill Downs launches online gambling site
    Churchill Downs has launched its online gambling site, Luckity, which features 24 cash games. Ted Gay, president of the Churchill Downs Interactive subsidiary, said the site targets customers who enjoy night races and casual bets on jockeys. "Luckity is really designed with those fans in mind, and with an effort to bring other fans like that to racing," Gay said. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Tribe to temporarily halt construction of casino in Wetumpka, Ala.
    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians plan to temporarily stop construction of a new casino in Wetumpka, Ala., to have a meeting with the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians, who oppose the project because they say it is sacred ground. "Our Tribal leadership has a meeting scheduled with the Muscogee Creek Nation's leadership in the next few days. We will have a comment after that meeting," the Poarch Band tribe said in a statement. The Birmingham News (Ala.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • $1 billion gambling resort to open in Philippines next year
    A $1 billion casino hotel development in Manila, owned by billionaire Enrique Razon Jr., will open in March. Brad Stone of Global Gaming Philippines, which will manage the Solaire Resort and Casino, says the Philippines could become one of the largest gaming hubs in Asia because of the limited number of casinos in the region. "By 2016, the gaming market in the Philippines will be [worth] $3.3 billion [in annual revenues]," Stone said. He said the Philippines gaming market could compete with Macau. Philippine Daily Inquirer (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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