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January 10, 2013
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  • 4 developers to present casino plans for Woodbury County, Iowa
    Four companies interested in seeking a license to operate an onshore casino in Woodbury County, Iowa, are presenting their plans today during the state Racing and Gaming Commission's regular monthly meeting in Altoona. "It's really kind of an opportunity for each of the groups proposing to put their best foot forward," commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti said. The casino proposal chosen by the commission will replace the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Fahrenkopf has effectively represented the gaming industry
    American Gaming Association President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf, who announced earlier this week that he will step down in June, has done an excellent job in representing and leading the growing casino industry, according to this editorial. "From an era where casino gaming was relatively rare and confined to specific places to today, ... Mr. Fahrenkopf helped lead an era of rapid growth for the industry," says the article. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work on new Hard Rock racino in Ohio is beginning
    Construction on a Hard Rock-themed gambling and entertainment facility at the Northfield Park racetrack in northeast Ohio is beginning. "Everything is moving forward now. All the financing is in place ... We're going to start to see some serious construction here in the next couple of weeks," said racetrack owner Brock Milstein. Groundbreaking will be held in the spring for the racino, which is expected to open later this year. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Governor considering plan for 3 casinos in upstate New York
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his State of the State address on Wednesday that his plan to expand gambling in the state includes placing three casinos upstate. "We propose a casino gambling plan to boost upstate development. ... I believe casinos in upstate New York could be a great magnet to bring the New York City traffic up," Cuomo said. WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renovations on Isle Casino in Biloxi, Miss., under way
    Work to transform the Isle Casino in Biloxi, Miss., into a Golden Nugget has begun. The hotel rooms at the property are now being upgraded. "We are moving fast to bring a new product to the customers in Biloxi. We want people to see the new rooms. We want them to get excited for the changes that are coming this year," said Amy Chasey, Golden Nugget's vice president of marketing. WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nev. board recommends online gaming licenses for 2 companies
    A subsidiary of Golden Gaming, which owns the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino in Nevada, has received a recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a license to operate an online poker website in the state. The board also recommended that Italian gaming firm Lottomatica Group receive an online gaming license as a technology provider. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Sands China begins training program on responsible gaming for staff
    Sands China's front-line employees will go through a two-day training program on responsible gambling, which was launched on Jan. 9. "After you've finished this training program, you'll have a set of very important skills on hand. You'll be able to recognize signs of gaming addiction, you'll learn skills on how to deal with problem gamblers while on the casino floor, and you'll know how to assist those wanting to apply for gaming exclusions," David Sisk, Sands China executive vice president and chief operating officer, told employees at the training. Macau Daily Times (Macau) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • AGA white paper advocates for regulatory reform
    The AGA white paper, Improving Gaming Regulation: 10 Recommendations for Streamlining Processes While Maintaining Integrity, makes a wide range of recommendations for national and state-specific reforms that would improve the gaming regulatory system. The paper notes that regulation must evolve to keep pace as advancing technology transforms the industry, changing both the games to be regulated and the tools available to regulators. To download a full copy of the report, visit the AGA website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the date for G2E 2013!
    Mark your calendars now for G2E 2013, taking place one week earlier, Sept. 23-26 (Exhibits: Sept. 24-26) at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. If you're interested in exhibiting at G2E 2013, e-mail Todd Sheahan. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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