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December 13, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • MGM proposes to build expanded pool at Circus Circus
    MGM Resorts International has submitted plans to Nevada's Winchester Town Advisory Board for a project that would occupy 5.5 acres of land on its Circus Circus Drive property in Las Vegas. According to the proposal, the project would include a children's pool, two water slides and a river channel. "We are conducting our due diligence by pursuing tentative approvals for a zoning change for recreational purposes. However, to use the term 'water park' at this point to describe any developments on that acreage would be premature, as the evaluative process itself is still in very preliminary stages," said MGM Spokeswoman Yvette Monet. (Las Vegas) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Mass. racetrack to compete for slot machine bid
    Officials of Raynham Park in Raynham, Mass., met with Massachusetts Gaming Commission consultants this week as the racetrack prepares to apply for a slots parlor license in the state, according to a spokeswoman for the commission. The Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville is also seeking to win the bid to obtain a license. Bidders have until Jan. 15 to submit their applications and initial application fee of $400,000. American City Business Journals/Boston (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wolfgang Puck celebrates 20 years of success in Las Vegas
    Wolfgang Puck celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Las Vegas restaurant, Spago, this week by showcasing a one-of-a-kind anniversary menu with some dishes selling at their 1992 prices. In 2005, the American Gaming Association included Puck in the Gaming Hall of Fame due to the improvements he brought to casino dining. "We showed the gaming industry that the restaurant can be profitable," Puck said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Deal reached on lease extension for Iowa's Argosy Casino
    Sioux City, Iowa, and Penn National Gaming have reached an agreement on an extension of the Argosy Sioux City casino's lease until an onshore casino opens in the city. "We thank the city for all their work through such unprecedented times. The long-term stability of our employees, as well as the revenue we generate for the community, has been of utmost importance to us since day one," said Tim Wilmott, Penn National's president and chief operating officer. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. commission to guide casino firms in community negotiations
    Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are planning to offer guidelines for determining what constitutes a "surrounding community" that can negotiate with a company seeking to build a casino in a nearby city or town. Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the gaming commission, said casino developers should determine those communities and collaborate with them. "We will try to give enough guidance that the applicant and the community can work it out in advance, pretty much knowing where we would go," Crosby said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • New hotel opens at Michigan tribe's FireKeepers Casino
    The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new 242-room hotel at the tribe's FireKeepers Casino in Emmett Township, Mich. "The hotel will provide rooms and the event center is going to provide business opportunities to recruit from other locations that this would be a destination place to host a business conference," tribal council Chairman Homer Mandoka said. Battle Creek Enquirer (Mich.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Companies seek to popularize Texas Hold 'Em in China
    International gaming companies are kicking off efforts to promote Texas Hold 'Em in China through tournaments and academies. On Friday, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment's World Poker Tour will hold the first major Texas Hold 'Em event on mainland China with, an online gaming firm based in Beijing. "We aren't pushing online gambling at this point, but we are trying to develop the game," said Steve Heller, CEO of World Poker Tour. The Wall Street Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Filipino billionaire partners with Okada on $2 billion Manila casino
    Robinsons Land Corp., which is controlled by billionaire John Gokongwei, has signed an initial agreement with Kazuo Okada's Universal Entertainment Group for a planned $2 billion casino resort in Manila. The Manila Bay Resorts project will include a casino, hotels, residential spaces and restaurants. According to Universal, the final contract will be signed by the end of January. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Join the American Gaming Association -- The Voice of the Commercial Casino Industry
    Since 1995, the American Gaming Association (AGA) has served as a national advocate for commercial casinos and their employees. The AGA's varied activities, from communicating gaming's positive impacts and protecting industry interests on Capitol Hill to coordinating industrywide initiatives and the industry's largest trade shows, all have one primary purpose: to help the gaming industry succeed. Go here for more information about how to join the AGA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E Asia 2013 exhibitor spotlight: Cole Kepro International LLC
    Cole Kepro International is an industry leader and global designer and supplier of manufactured turnkey gaming cabinets and related products that are the foundation for Class II and Class III electronic gaming machines. Cole Kepro is responsible for many cabinet designs, all of which can be customized to meet customers' requirements and specifications. In addition, Cole Kepro can offer custom-designed cabinets, contract manufacturing of turnkey cabinets, harnesses and mechanical and electronic components. Cole Kepro International LLC will exhibit at G2E Asia 2013 May 21-23 at The Venetian Macao. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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