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October 25, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Developer discloses details of proposed Philadelphia casino
    Bart Blatstein of Tower Investments wants to build a $700 million casino and entertainment complex in downtown Philadelphia that would be managed and operated by Hard Rock International. The project would include converting the former Inquirer building into a boutique hotel. The developer is eying Philadelphia's second casino license for the gaming facility, which would house up to 3,300 slot machines and 150 table games. "It's the biggest project that I will ever do. I will never do anything as game-changing and transformative as this. We want to create the best entertainment resort in the country," Blatstein said. American City Business Journals/Philadelphia/Natalie Kostelni blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Industry Update 
  • Isle of Capri's Missouri casino gets initial approval for license
    Isle of Capri's casino in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been given initial approval by the Missouri Gaming Commission to receive a license to operate. The company will be licensed when the $135 million gaming facility opens next week. Chet Koch, Isle Cape Girardeau's general manager, said the company has already employed 725 people, exceeding the 450 jobs that the casino pledged to create. Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rock Ohio Caesars proposes tall sign for Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
    Rock Ohio Caesars submitted an application Wednesday at a zoning hearing in Cincinnati seeking approval for a plan to install an 80-foot sign along Interstate 71 to attract customers to its Horseshoe Casino. According to the application, the casino finds the sign necessary because the facility sits 70 feet below the interstate. WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zynga to partner with for real money gambling
    Social gaming company Zynga said it has finalized a partnership agreement with Digital Entertainment to offer real-money casino games in the U.K. by the middle of next year. "Partnering with an established leader like is a strategic and prudent way for us to enter a key [real-money gambling] market," said Barry Cottle, Zynga's executive vice president of corporate and business development. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Melco Crown, Belle ink agreement for Manila casino hotel project
    Developer Belle Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Melco Crown Entertainment to develop a resort in Manila that would include a casino and a hotel. Belle said both companies agreed to make equal financial contributions for the project. "We are confident that MCE will bring its expertise in operating a highly successful integrated resort complex and strongly contribute to promoting the Philippines as one of Asia's premier tourism destinations," said Willy Ocier, Belle's vice chairman. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Q3 EBITDA for Galaxy soars by 46% to $335.5 million
    Galaxy Entertainment Group's third quarter EBITDA grew 46% to $335.5 million, which was lifted by the steady influx of visitors to its new gaming property. "The Macau gaming market continues to evolve with VIP gaming revenues moderating from historic highs and higher margin mass revenues growing as a proportion of total gaming revenue. Looking ahead, Galaxy remains very confident in the growth prospects for the industry," the company said. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Stay up-to-date on online poker
    Online poker is one of the hottest topics in today's gaming industry. Everyone seems to be talking about it -- politicians, regulators, gaming companies, the media and players -- but where can you get all the information about the issue that you need? The AGA has created the Online Poker Headquarters on its website with links to videos, opinion pieces, white papers and background about the issue, along with information about how you can get involved in the effort to pass federal legislation to allow states to legalize and regulate online poker. Visit the AGA's Online Poker Headquarters to see all of the resources that are available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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