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March 15, 2013
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  • Kerkorian looks to acquire additional MGM shares
    Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp., which holds the largest stake in MGM Resorts International, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it might explore acquiring additional shares of the casino company. Last year, Kerkorian sold 20 million shares of his MGM stock for $268 million. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Penn National, MGM unveil hiring plans for proposed Mass. casinos
    Penn National Gaming said it plans to hire 90% of its staff from Springfield, Mass., should the gaming company obtain a license to build a casino there. "We recognize that this is a lofty goal, but we believe it is important to set the bar high to try to maximize job opportunities for the residents of Springfield," Penn National spokesman Eric Schippers said. Meanwhile, MGM Resorts International, which is also hoping to build a casino there, said it aims to employ workers from Springfield and from its neighboring communities. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. racetrack president is optimistic about slot machine bid
    Gary Piontkowski, president of the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass., is confident that his proposal to add 1,250 slot machines at the racetrack will come out on top in the competition to win Massachusetts' slots-only license. "We have everything in place except this agreement and the referendum. We pulled our first permits in Plainville for this [expansion] in 2009. The garage is built. I figure we are 24 to 30 months ahead of everyone," Piontkowski said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. racino developer is in talks with Penn National
    Endeka Entertainment, developer of the proposed Valley View Downs racetrack and casino in Mahoning Township, Pa., has obtained a 78-day extension to come up with at least $170 million in financing for the casino. Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission executive director George Crawford, who approved the extension, confirmed that the developer is in talks with Penn National Gaming to manage or acquire a stake in the racino in exchange for the company's financing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Md. lawmakers pass legislation to open casino jobs to ex-offenders
    The House of Delegates in Maryland passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with criminal records to apply for jobs at state casinos. Leaders in Baltimore, where a Horseshoe casino is scheduled to open next year with 1,700 employees, requested the change. "If a person hasn't committed a crime in seven years, has been clean for seven years, we've vetted that person well enough," state Del. Curtis S. Anderson said in support of the bill. The state Senate approved a similar bill last month. The Washington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Finance & Policy 
  • N.H. Senate approves casino bill
    The New Hampshire Senate has voted in favor of a casino bill supported by Gov. Maggie Hassan. "The Senate has sent a strong, bipartisan message today about how we can come together to fund our priorities, a message that echoes what I have heard from people and communities throughout New Hampshire," Hassan said. The legislation, which would allow one casino with up to 150 table games and 5,000 video slot machines, now goes to the state House for consideration. The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Explore every angle with Gambling Disorders 360°
    Are you interested in learning more about gambling disorders and responsible gaming? Check out Gambling Disorders 360°, the blog for the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, where you can find the latest news, issues and research relating to gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Subscribe via e-mail or RSS to stay informed! 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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