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October 1, 2012
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  • Fahrenkopf: G2E will highlight evolution of gambling industry
    American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said this year's Global Gaming Expo, which kicks off this week at The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, will focus on the evolution of the casino industry. "I think evolution is the key word at this year's show. The industry is evolving through expansion, such as Ohio, Massachusetts and Maryland," Fahrenkopf said. According to Fahrenkopf, about 430 exhibitors registered for the four-day conference and trade show. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Venetian touts new poker room's additional space, features
    The Venetian hotel casino in Las Vegas has improved its poker room by giving players more space and new deals. "We have carefully integrated new poker room features and services -- keeping poker player needs front-of-mind," said Kathy Raymond, the resort's executive director of poker operations. The Sands Poker Room's 59 tables can accommodate 600 players. Las Vegas Sun (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadwood, S.D., casinos report 9% increase in August revenue
    The total gross revenue of casinos in Deadwood, S.D., increased 9% to $11.5 million in August, compared with revenue of $10.6 million in the same month last year. "The huge jump in table games points directly to the increase in bet limits that began in July, and as that fact becomes more apparent to our visitors and potential visitors, we should continue to see that segment rise," said Tom Nelson, president of the Deadwood Gaming Association. The Black Hills Pioneer (Spearfish, S.D.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gaming facility helps revitalize Bethlehem, Pa.
    A gambling resort in Bethlehem, Pa., is breathing new life into the town 10 years after the huge Bethlehem Steel mill closed. The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem -- which occupies part of the former mill property -- has continued to be profitable since it opened in 2009. Bob DeSalvio, general manager of the casino, said the gaming facility's industrial legacy would help attract customers. "This will help blanket us from competition. We're telling a story that is much bigger than a casino story," DeSalvio said. ABC News/The Associated Press (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa commission approves Boyd's buy of Peninsula Gaming
    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has given its approval to Boyd Gaming's plan to purchase Peninsula Gaming. The Las Vegas-based company had said last spring that it agreed to buy Peninsula for $1.45 billion. The purchase would include the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan. Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission spokesman Bill Miskell said the commission has not yet scheduled time for the deliberation of Boyd's background and certification. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan./BizTalk blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Revere, Mass., mayor plans to include closed race track in casino deal
    Revere, Mass., Mayor Dan Rizzo looks to include acquisition of Suffolk Downs' closed greyhound track in his casino negotiations with the owners. Rizzo hopes to acquire the property so it could host a stadium for the New England Revolution soccer team. "It's a very important property to the future of the city of Revere. It's definitely something I'd like to see in play as we consider mitigation," Rizzo said. Suffolk Down owners are in talks with Rizzo for a proposal to build a $1 billion casino resort at the racetrack. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hard Rock officially opens new casino tower in Catoosa, Okla.
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Okla., held a ceremony Friday for the grand opening of its new 98-room casino tower. "I looked into the new area, and I thought, man, that's really beautiful. What a difference 18 months makes," said Shawn Slaton, interim CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment. The tower includes a poker room, 500 gaming machines, 15 table games and a food court. Tulsa World (Okla.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Omaha tribe to refurbish, give new name to casino
    The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska will reopen its CasinOmaha near Onawa, Iowa, under a new name. The tribe plans to build a new facility to replace the casino and rename it Blackbird Bend Casino. Missouri River flooding forced the casino to close in June 2011. Bill Walsh, CEO of Blackbird Bend, a subsidiary that operates the casino, said that groundbreaking for the new casino will take place this month and that a temporary facility will open in December. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stay connected to the AGA and NCRG on Facebook and Twitter during G2E
    During this week's Global Gaming Expo (G2E), stay up-to-date on all the most interesting conference sessions and exciting events by connecting with the AGA on Twitter and Facebook. We'll bring you the latest news from the greatest show in gaming. In addition to following the AGA, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has multiple ways for you to learn about the latest in responsible gaming research and education during its annual conference -- even if you can't be there in person. Connect on Twitter, Facebook or Gambling Disorders 360˚, the NCRG's blog. Don't miss any of the action. Get connected today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E begins this week! Last chance to register, and don't forget to download G2E Mobile, sponsored by Konami
    Are you ready for G2E 2012? Make sure you download G2E Mobile, the official G2E 2012 app, on your phone or tablet today and log in to be automatically entered for a chance to win a cruise! See official rules. If you still haven't registered to attend G2E, take a few minutes to register now. If you can't be there, watch iGaming conference content -- the hottest topic in gaming -- from the comfort of your office or home with the iGaming Virtual Ticket, sponsored by GCA for just $199. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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