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January 31, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Deadwood, S.D., casinos report 9% revenue jump
    Casinos in Deadwood, S.D., reported a 9% year-to-year jump in total gross revenue for December. The city took in $107.3 million in gross revenues in 2012, compared with $100.8 million in 2011. "Those are really encouraging numbers for Deadwood. I think what we're seeing is the economy is starting to get a little bit better. People feel more confident in their futures," said Chuck Turbiville, president of Deadwood Lead Economic Development. The Black Hills Pioneer (Spearfish, S.D.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pinnacle completes acquisition of majority stake in Texas racetrack
    Pinnacle Entertainment has finalized a deal to purchase a 75.5% stake in Pinnacle Retama Partners, which owns the racing license for Retama Park Racetrack in Selma, Texas. The Las Vegas-based company also forged a deal with Retama Development Corp. to operate the track. "We will immediately begin work to integrate Retama Park into our portfolio and look forward to leveraging Pinnacle's operational and marketing expertise to improve the track's operating performance," Pinnacle Entertainment President and CEO Anthony Sanfilippo said. American City Business Journals/San Antonio/Alamo City Beat blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sports betting business is growing in Nevada
    Sports gambling is proving to be a huge business in Nevada. According to the state Gaming Control Board, a total of $2.8 billion was wagered by casino visitors on sporting events in 2011. Joe Asher, William Hill's CEO of U.S. operations, said the company is now working to improve its mobile sports betting apps and increase its kiosks statewide. "Mobile and kiosks are so important to the future of this business in Nevada because (we) need to keep up with technology. Customers also want the convenience," Asher said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Davenport, Iowa, City Council OK's interstate casino proposal
    The City Council of Davenport, Iowa, has unanimously voted in favor of Ingenus Management and Consulting and Financial District Properties, which seeks to build a casino by an interstate highway and a satellite boutique casino in the city's downtown. "The commitment to the downtown is still there, and we will work with them on the development that may or may not include a boutique casino," Alderman Bill Boom said. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • N.Y. legislative leaders hold meeting on gambling expansion
    New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said state Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to place three casinos upstate is "still evolving" after he and other state legislative leaders held a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Cuomo. During the meeting, Cuomo said state lawmakers need to approve legislation on casino plans and locations. "What we are looking for: eligible regions, eligible counties," Cuomo said. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Tribe plans to expand Tulsa, Okla., casino
    Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said the tribe is making design plans for an expansion of its River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Okla. The expansion includes more gaming space as well as hotel rooms and meeting venues. "We will be making public announcements about this project in the very near future, which will include the introduction of internationally known hospitality brand names not currently in the area," Tiger said. Tulsa World (Okla.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chumash Indians' liquor expansion request approved
    The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has approved the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' request for an expanded liquor license for its casino resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The tribe wants to serve liquor at its buffet-style restaurant and at a showroom for specific events. The Lompoc Record (Calif.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Focus 
  • Construction of Baha Mar resort in Bahamas is one-third complete
    The $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort project in the Bahamas is on track to open in December 2014, said Baha Mar Ltd. Senior Vice President Robert Sands. The casino-hotel will include 1,000 rooms and three other properties with 1,200 rooms total that will open in spring 2015. The complex will eventually total 3,450 rooms including previously existing properties and the largest gaming facility in the Caribbean at 100,000 square feet. Travel Weekly (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA report details opportunities for effectively regulating online poker
    A recent AGA white paper, "Online Gambling Five Years After UIGEA," examines the state of the online gambling market in the United States and around the world and the principal public policy concerns surrounding online gambling -- ensuring the integrity of the games, respecting territorial limits, excluding underage gamblers and implementing responsible gaming programs -- and how they can be addressed successfully with regulation and new technology. The paper concludes that Congress has a unique opportunity to build a comprehensive policy that includes the licensing and regulation of online poker. Download the full paper here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: IBASE Technology Inc.
    IBASE specializes in industrial PC products and gaming platforms that power the latest video slot machines worldwide. These gaming systems fulfill the mission of supporting brilliant 3-D graphics and efficient interfaces for cash-handling devices, gaming ports, and the growing, massive volume of interactive game data. Our custom packages include long-term, short-term and intermittent hands-on tactical support based on the specific needs of each customer. For more information on IBASE, please visit IBASE Technology Inc. will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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