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October 12, 2012
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Gaming News By the Industry, For the Industry

  Top of the Deck 
  • 3 companies submit casino applications for Springfield, Mass.
    MGM International, Ameristar Casinos and Penn National Gaming have submitted applications for a casino license in Springfield, Mass., meeting the Thursday deadline set by city officials. On the same day, Penn National disclosed details of its proposed $807 million gaming facility in the city. The company's plan calls for construction of a 300,000-square-foot casino and hotel, which would house up to 3,500 slot machines and about 100 table games. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hard Rock reaffirms interest in Mass., despite canceling Springfield casino: Hard Rock International said it remains interested in developing a casino in Massachusetts, despite calling off plans to build a gaming facility in Springfield. "Due to various project-related obstacles relative to the timing of the City of Springfield's two-phase Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals process, we have chosen not to submit a proposal," the company said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • Borgata names Tom Ballance as new president and COO
    Tom Ballance, senior vice president of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, has been named the casino resort's president and chief operating officer. Ballance's appointment will allow Bob Boughner, executive vice president and chief business development officer for Boyd Gaming, to grow his role with the gaming firm. "By assuming responsibility for Borgata's day-to-day operations, Tom's promotion enables Bob Boughner to take on a larger role in the management of Boyd Gaming, while still overseeing the operations of Borgata," Boyd CEO Keith Smith said. (Las Vegas) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • N.J. Senate panel OK's bill allowing mobile betting at race tracks
    A New Jersey Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow mobile sports betting at race tracks. Similar to legislation approved earlier, which allows patrons to use mobile devices for gambling on casino hotel premises, the race-track bill would allow betting activities only within the sites of the state's four horse tracks. "You can do so many activities these days with a mobile device, so expanding it to our horse-racing industry is the smart approach to keep it competitive," Assemblyman Tim Eustace said. The Assembly has already approved the bill, which now goes to the full Senate. WJTV-TV (Jackson, Miss.)/The Associated Press (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penn National to move ahead with casino plans for Sioux City, Iowa
    Penn National Gaming said it intends to push ahead with plans to build a $100 million gaming facility in Sioux City, Iowa, despite being overlooked by nonprofit partner Missouri River Historical Development. On Wednesday, the MRHD board agreed to partner with Sioux City Entertainment on a proposed Hard Rock casino complex in the city. "The partnership announcement by MRHD also does not change Penn's resolve to remain in Sioux City and to keep our 300-plus employees employed while we work to get these challenges put behind us," Penn spokeswoman Karen Bailey said. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Heller is optimistic about passage of Internet poker bill
    Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said he is optimistic that he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can pass federal legislation on Internet poker this year. "And I have no doubt that it needs to get done by the end of the year. And I fully support working with Senator Reid in making that happen," Heller said. He said the bill, which could help boost the gaming industry, could get enough support in Congress. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Winnebago Tribe proposes 2 casino options for Sioux City, Iowa
    Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's development firm, said the company will present two different sites for its casino proposal for Sioux City, Iowa, to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The company could remodel a historic hotel and an adjacent building for the Warrior Casino & Hotel project, or build The Pearl Sioux City at a downtown site facing Pearl Street. "Our discussions with the powers to be made us realize that perhaps we wanted to also do an option closer to (Interstate 29), just for visibility purposes. So, we decided to spend a pretty significant amount of money putting together another full-blown proposal," Morgan said. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AGA & G2E News 
  • The AGA Is Your Information Source on Federal Issues Impacting Your Industry
    From travel and tourism promotion and maritime security to Internet gambling and tax issues, there are a number of federal legislative and regulatory issues that affect the gaming industry. The AGA website can help you track these issues and more. Keep abreast of federal issues here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the dates for G2E Asia 2013 and G2E 2013
    Save the date for G2E Asia 2013: May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao, Macao, China.
    Save the Date for G2E 2013: Sept. 24-26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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