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January 23, 2013
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  Top of the Deck 
  • Md.'s gambling vote upheld in county court
    An Anne Arundel County, Md., Circuit Court judge on Tuesday upheld the state's vote in favor of expanding casino gambling. Opponents argued that language used on the ballot required that the measure be approved by a majority of all registered voters in the state, instead of only those who voted in November, but the judge rejected the argument, among others. The Washington Post (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Iowa's Hard Rock Sioux City project gets $35 million in financing
    The proposed Hard Rock-branded casino in Sioux City, Iowa, has obtained $35 million in financing from M. Brent Stevens, a former Peninsula Gaming CEO. "I'm happy to partner with Brent. He has a significant track record of successful gaming operations in Iowa. ... His attaching his name to a project like ours is a great endorsement," said Bill Warner, president of Sioux City Entertainment. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maryland Live! Casino opens training school for card dealers
    The Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Md., is opening a training school for dealers as it prepares for the arrival of more than 100 table games. "We're looking for a smile, number one. A good personality and someone with a thick skin," said Al Forshini, a head instructor at the school. WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Fla. may take a while before coming up with gambling plans
    Florida state Sen. Garrett Richter, who heads the Senate Gaming Committee, said it may take up to 18 months before state lawmakers begin working on a legislation that could shape the state's gambling plans. "From where I stand on it, I want to do something deliberative and thoughtful," Richter said. The legislature plans to seek bids to conduct a review of all gambling issues in the state before considering any legislative changes. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  iGaming 
  • Pa. lawmakers want to keep lottery out of online gambling
    Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and other lawmakers have asked Gov. Tom Corbett to clarify that the state's lottery cannot include online gambling under Camelot Global Services, a firm that hopes to take over management of the lottery. "Not only is this a broader expansion of gambling than has been described, but these games will directly compete against our highly regulated casinos," the senators wrote in a letter to Corbett. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • MGM CEO pitches casino resort plans in Toronto
    MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren shared his company's Toronto casino plans in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada. Murren said MGM prefers the Exhibition Place to be home to a possible resort-casino project in the city. "While there are several locations ... that are being considered, Exhibition Place is the one within the city that we believe offers the greatest opportunities," Murren said. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Neb. lawmaker introduces measure allowing more forms of gambling
    Nebraska state Sen. Paul Schumacher has introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to authorize more forms of gambling. "I think the people are ready now to keep the money in Nebraska," Schumacher said. If passed by the Legislature, voters will have to approve it before it becomes part of the Nebraska Constitution. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dig deeper into the gaming industry with AGA research
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  • 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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