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January 29, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • N.J. Assembly OK's bill to allow Revel's beach bar
    The New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of a bill that would allow Atlantic City's Revel and other planned casinos to build beach bars in the Atlantic City Tourism District. "Beach bars have become a important draw for casinos to attract people who want to unwind and enjoy the surf and sand," bill sponsor Assemblyman Chris A. Brown said. The state Senate had already approved the measure, which now awaits Gov. Chris Christie's signature. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Hard Rock's Ohio racino to carry new "Rocksino" brand
    Hard Rock International revealed Monday that its gambling and entertainment facility at the Northfield Park racetrack in northeast Ohio will carry the company's new gaming brand. "We want to bring something special to a region so rich in music history and are proud this location will launch the 'Rocksino' brand," said Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen. WEWS-TV (Cleveland) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. fairgrounds "is ready for development," CEO says
    Eugene J. Cassidy, the chief executive officer of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., said Hard Rock International's proposed casino is part of an effort to help "sustain" the exposition's future. "There is plenty of room here for both projects to live in harmony. ... It is a lot of wasted space. It is ready for development," Cassidy said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Va. Senate panel rejects casino bill; lawmaker vows to press ahead
    A Senate panel in Virginia has turned down legislation that would allow casinos in Hampton Roads. State Sen. Louise Lucas, who sponsored the bill, said she plans to introduce new legislation next week that would allow riverboat-style casinos. Lucas is seeking alternative funding for transportation projects. "I will introduce a casino bill every year because I do not want my grandson to be my age paying tolls. We ought to be able to generate a long-term, sustainable source of funding without tolling our taxpayers to death," Lucas said. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (subscription required) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill allowing mobile betting at racetracks signed into law
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Monday allowing mobile sports betting at racetracks. "It's technology allowing the racing industry to reshape itself by drawing younger customers," state Assemblyman John Burzichelli said. The new law will permit mobile betting activities only within the premises of the state's four horse tracks. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WTO OK's Antigua's plans to sell goods in violation of U.S. copyrights
    The island nation of Antigua received approval Monday from the World Trade Organization to launch a website to sell products that directly infringe on U.S. copyright laws. The threatened move by the island nation is in retaliation for U.S. laws restricting American access to online gambling sites based there. "The United States will not tolerate theft of intellectual property and will take whatever steps are most efficient and effective to prevent this from happening," said Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Nkenge Harmon. The Hill/Global Affairs blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  International Focus 
  • Bahamas voters reject legalization of gambling
    The majority of voters in the Bahamas voted Monday to refuse a two-part referendum that would have allowed the creation of a national lottery and the legalization of taxed underground gambling centers. "The prime minister was clear that his government would be guided by the results of the referendum and the will of the people, notwithstanding the low voter turnout," said Bradley Roberts, chairman of the ruling party. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Developing a blueprint for responsible gaming
    In his February column in Global Gaming Business magazine, American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf examines the importance of the AGA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming on the 10th anniversary of its adoption. He also discusses the AGA's recent release of an updated version of the code that reflects the evolution of the industry and how technology has changed the way gaming companies communicate with their employees and patrons. Read the whole column here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meet the G2E Team at Booth #S0-169 at the ICE Gaming Show and get a chance to win a conference pass to G2E 2013!
    The G2E Team will be at the 2013 ICE Gaming Show in London Feb. 5-7 in Booth #S0-169. When you stop by the booth, be sure to drop your card and be entered into a drawing to win a five-day all-access conference pass to G2E 2013 Sept. 24-26 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. If you want to connect with the G2E Team to discuss exhibiting at G2E and/or G2E Asia 2013, e-mail Todd Sheahan. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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