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October 4, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Gaming execs are optimistic about future industry growth
    Several casino executives are optimistic about growth in the gaming industry over the next five years, indicating continued expansion in Asia. MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren expects stronger business performance in Las Vegas this year, compared with last year. Meanwhile, International Game Technology CEO Patti Hart said online poker would stimulate growth in American casinos. "The gaming industry has done incredibly well in reinventing itself several times," Hart said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Caesars unveils $180 million renovation plans for Bill's Gamblin' Hall
    Caesars Entertainment is looking to refurbish hotel rooms and the casino at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon in Las Vegas. The $180 million renovation also calls for the construction of a rooftop pool deck and a nightclub. Caesars Chairman Gary Loveman told analysts and investors Tuesday that the company was expanding and improving its properties in key markets to boost available financial resources. "We need to find new channels which require us to spend much less capital," Loveman said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
 
  • Survey: Nonsmoking policies draw concern from frequent gamblers
    A survey conducted by Richard Stockton College professors showed that casinos saw declines in gambling revenues in states that enacted smoke-free policies. Israel Posner, executive director of Stockton's Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism, said committed gamblers are more affected by smoking bans. "The more gambling is important to them, they would be less likely to visit a smoke-free resort," said Brian Tyrrell, an associate professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  iGaming 
  • Nev. board recommends online gaming licenses for 3 casino operators
    Affiliates of Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos have been given initial approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to receive a license to operate online poker websites in the state. Golden Nugget also received a recommendation for an online gaming license from the board. Golden Nugget's website, which will use a Bally Technologies platform, could eventually be connected to its casino in Atlantic City if New Jersey legalizes online poker operations. VegasInc.com (Las Vegas) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sportingbet reports growth in Australian operations
    Sportingbet CEO Andrew McIver said the company's acquisition of Centrebet and the sale of its Turkish business have helped boost overall profits for the company and operations at its Australian unit. "Our successful acquisition of Centrebet, which has out-performed our expectations, disposal of Turkey and introduction of regulation in our other key countries has resulted in over 80 percent of the group's revenue now being derived from regulated and/or taxed countries," McIver said. Reuters (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Tribal governor lauds good partnership with Full House Resorts
    George Rivera, governor of the Pueblo Pojoaque Tribe, said Full House Resorts' management of the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, N.M., has helped bring the resort to profitability. Full House's vice president of Indian Gaming development, James Dacey, said during a session at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas that strong partnerships require "shared goals, defined successes and uncomfortable conversations." Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Las Vegas Sands to secure loan for Macau resort early next year
    Las Vegas Sands Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Kay reportedly said the company would sign the bank loans for its casino resort project on Macau's Cotai Strip in the first quarter of 2013. The gaming firm expects to spend about $2.5 billion to build The Parisian, with construction beginning in November. MacauBusiness.com (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Take part in training opportunities with the NCRG Webinar Series
    Created in conjunction with G2E, the NCRG Webinar Series provides free year-round educational opportunities to help individuals better understand critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming -- without having to leave their own home or office. You can learn more about these free training sessions by visiting the NCRG's upcoming webinar page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E 2012 concludes today. Catch all the highlights on Twitter, Facebook and the G2E Website.
    Today is the final day of G2E 2012. Check out video highlights at www.globalgamingexpo.com and photos on the G2E Digital Press Room. Save the date for G2E 2013: Sept. 24-26, 2013, in the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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