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March 21, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Table games arrive at Maryland Live! Casino
    Workers are now preparing roulette, poker and craps tables at the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Md. The casino looks to launch the table games on April 11. "This is the first pit they're setting up here. The rest of the pit will be blackjack," said Neal Sloane, vice president of table games at the casino. WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • MGM partners with HBO to promote TV show at Las Vegas' Luxor
    MGM Resorts International, which owns and operates the Luxor in Las Vegas, has teamed up with HBO to promote its television show Game of Thrones at the property. "The show's got 10.4 million viewers per episode. It's globally a hit," said Jim Holborow, director of event marketing and promotions with MGM Resorts. Guests will see different advertisements of the show at the hotel casino -- including on key cards and blackjack table tops -- until the end of this month. (Las Vegas) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MGM considering adding staff at its Detroit casino, CEO says
    MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said the company's casino in Detroit is proving to be profitable. He also said the company is considering hiring more workers at the casino over time. "We're thinking of doing some expansion, but you're limited by Michigan law in terms of how big your casino can be and there are other constraints. ... I think we'll hire a few hundred people more over time but it's not like big buckets of expansion," he said. (Michigan) (free registration) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: N.J. saw 5% increase in visitors, 3% rise in spending
    The number of visitors to New Jersey rose 5% in 2012, according to a new report released by the state Wednesday. According to The Economic Impact of Tourism Report, visitor spending in the state also increased nearly 3% despite Hurricane Sandy's disruption. "New Jersey really is coming back," Gov. Chris Christie said at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Fewer people opposed to Internet betting in N.J.
    The number of people who are against Internet betting in New Jersey has dropped sharply, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll. According to the survey, 46% of respondents are against state lawmakers' decision to legalize online betting, compared with 67% recorded two years ago. "Voters may be accepting the inevitable, or have acquired new information that brought about a change of heart, given the heightened exposure any new legislation brings with it," said Krista Jenkins, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and the poll's director. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.)/The Associated Press (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • San Diego casino hopes to become a destination with new hotel
    The Viejas Casino near San Diego is hoping to become a destination now that its $36 million hotel is complete. "The primary focus is as an amenity for our current gaming customers. Casinos are quite often associated with certain things -- buffets, hotels, entertainment -- and so we've been working toward creating the fully fledged resort destination," Viejas spokesman Robert Scheid said. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  Finance & Policy 
  • Indiana House committee revises casino legislation
    A House committee in Indiana has amended a gambling bill to remove provisions that some viewed as promoting gambling expansion and to provide funding guarantees for host communities. In arguing for a provision that would have allowed horse tracks to hire live dealers, Centaur Chief Operating Officer Jim Brown said that a "quirk in the law today is costing Indiana over 600 full-time, good-paying jobs -- jobs that each full time employee working in them will earn an average of over $40,000 a year and qualify for comprehensive health care benefits." Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.) (free registration) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Take full advantage of AGA research by going "Beyond the Casino Floor"
    When the AGA released its comprehensive study of the total impact of the commercial casino industry, "Beyond the Casino Floor: Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry," it made a number of other resources available that further tell the story of the industry's economic impact. The "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website includes a suite of resources -- a copy of the report, an interactive map detailing state and local data, market data fact sheets and a section where casino employees talk about the impact the industry has had on their lives. Visit the "Beyond the Casino Floor" section of the AGA website to see all of the available tools. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E 2013 Blog post: G2E Asia 2013, iGaming, Security & Surveillance pavilions showcase latest trends for casino
    With changing trends and technologies in the gaming industry, iGaming and Security & Surveillance have become the main area of focus at G2E Asia as they open their own pavilions. Check out the G2E Blog for more information and remember to save the date for G2E Asia 2013, taking place May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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