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October 30, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Rodio confident losses from Sandy won't have lasting effects
    Casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., may lose $5 million a day in lost gambling income as a result of the superstorm. Casino Association of New Jersey President Tony Rodio, who is also president and CEO of Tropicana Casino and Resort, said despite the losses the storm's financial effects should be considered a short-term obstacle. "This is a one-time occurrence. ... You have to take this one-time occurrence and put it in perspective. I don't see this as having a long-term effect on the industry one way or another," Rodio said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Connecticut casinos shut down due to hurricane
    Connecticut's two casinos closed as Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast. "We would like to thank everyone for their patience as we deal with weather-related delays and closures," said a statement on Mohegan Sun's website. The Mohegan Sun casino and the Foxwood Resorts Casino decided to halt operations as state officials expected heavy flooding and power interruptions. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gaming remains important to Cosmopolitan, CEO says
    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is looking to boost its casino revenues as it approaches its second anniversary. The casino hotel added 40 jobs after the volume of table-game play in its Talon Club grew. CEO John Unwin says gaming remains as a significant feature of the property. "Gaming is a very important element to the Cosmopolitan, and it's an important element to our customers," Unwin said. "Table games from day one have been very successful for us. They're so successful we opened the Talon Club last November. It has been wildly successful." (Las Vegas) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spa at South Point in Las Vegas to undergo renovation
    The spa at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will undergo a full renovation. The Costa Del Sur Spa & Salon will offer new services and treatments, a Jacuzzi and a lounge when the project is completed. "This project is more than a simple facelift to the exterior," said Ryan Growney, South Point general manager. Las Vegas Sun (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tropicana Las Vegas will join DoubleTree by Hilton franchise
    Hilton Worldwide and Tropicana Las Vegas have signed a franchise agreement to affiliate the upscale resort to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand. "We are thrilled to be affiliated with such a first-class organization that shares our customer-centric values, and we are honored that DoubleTree by Hilton selected us to represent their marquee brand on the Las Vegas Strip," said Alex Yemenidjian, CEO of the 1,600-room Tropicana Las Vegas. The property is scheduled to become the Tropicana Las Vegas -- a DoubleTree by Hilton in January. TravelPulse (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas celebrates reopening of Neon Museum
    The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which preserves the glory of the city's casinos in neon signs, began welcoming guests to its visitors center Saturday. "I don't think there's another opportunity to experience the history of the city in such a unique way. It's a cultural experience as the signs being art, artifacts of innovative design," museum Executive Director Danielle Kelly said of the institution. The museum, established in 1996, has collected about 160 signs. Fox Business/The Associated Press (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  International Focus 
  • Exhibition Place casino could garner $195M annually for Toronto
    A report by Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti has found that a casino at Exhibition Place could generate up to $195 million each year for the city. The report includes data from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and analysis from accounting firm Ernst & Young. "It must be noted that this potential revenue would have significant impact on providing fiscal sustainability to the city's annual operating budget by eliminating the need for one time revenues and providing financial flexibility to meet growth pressures," the report says. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/29), NOW Magazine (Toronto) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Responsible gaming training for gaming employees from the NCRG
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  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Aruze Gaming Macau Limited
    Aruze Gaming, a global gaming corporation since 1983, designs, develops and manufactures slot machines and gaming devices for the global casino market. The corporate office is in Las Vegas with subsidiaries and branches in Macau, Australia, South Africa, Japan and the Philippines. Aruze Gaming Macau Limited will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. For more information on Aruze, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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