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November 29, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • 3 companies to present casino plans in Springfield, Mass., next month
    Springfield, Mass., has scheduled a public presentation of casino plans from three companies hoping to build a gaming facility in the city. Residents and business owners will be allowed to question Ameristar Casinos, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming about their proposed developments on Dec. 11. "We are thrilled to welcome three high quality casino developers to present their proposals to the residents and businesses of the City of Springfield," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Wynn visits Everett, Mass., to view possible casino site
    Steve Wynn toured Everett, Mass., on Wednesday to view a possible casino site on the Mystic River. "I remind most of you that in my business the development makes the destination. The kind of facilities we build become destinations unto themselves," Wynn said when asked about probable customers of the planned facility. Wynn, who didn't make any definite commitments, said that discussions with the city are preliminary. "Massachusetts has become very interesting to my company," he said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadwood, S.D., casinos report 4% revenue jump
    The total gross revenue of casinos in Deadwood, S.D., grew 4% to $9.4 million in October, compared with $9 million in the same month last year. Factors contributing to the growth were mild weather and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce promotion of several well-attended events, said Chuck Turbiville, director of Deadwood Lead Economic Development Corp. The Black Hills Pioneer (Spearfish, S.D.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City, N.J., prepares for Christmas with holiday decorations
    Crews have started to spruce up several places in Atlantic City with decorations as the Christmas season nears. The embellishment is part of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's holiday plans for the city. "We really wanted to have Christmas lights that blow away all the gloom we had in the past and to show that we are back, open for business and this will be a good holiday season for everyone," said Don Guardian, CRDA Special Improvement Division's executive director. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Betfair names Alexander Gersh as new CFO
    Betfair has appointed Alexander Gersh as the company's new chief financial officer. Gersh, previously CFO at technology company NDS, will begin work next week as Betfair begins to roll out cost-cutting initiatives. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Expansion of Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., spurs new jobs
    The $60 million expansion of the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., will add more than 350 new jobs to the town. "We added about 80 staff on this first phase and we're picking up almost another 300 employees between now and May when the hotel opens," said Barrett DeFay, who works with Choctaw Casinos. The project's first phase has been finished, while the second phase is expected to be completed in May. KFSM-TV (Fort Smith, Ark.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Netherlands plans to sell casinos, legalize Internet gambling
    The Netherlands plans to sell its Holland Casino properties and legalize online gambling to spur competition in the Dutch state. "It is unclear at this stage if it will be a sale or an initial public offering. The government hasn't decided how the sale will take place," said Justin Franssen, a lawyer who specializes in the gaming sector. Holland owns 14 casinos in cities, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AGA & G2E News 
  • Building stronger relationships for women in gaming
    Global Gaming Women (GGW) was launched by the AGA to nurture emerging female leaders in the international gaming industry by fostering stronger relationships between top female executives and promising managers.  GGW creates opportunities for women in the industry to learn from each other, share ideas, discuss best practices and take advantage of mentorship opportunities. For more information about upcoming events or to get involved, visit the GGW page on the AGA website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gain access to gaming's hottest markets: Exhibit space still available for G2E Asia 2013!
    With Asia now representing the industry's two highest grossing markets, Macau and Singapore, and with new projects under way in the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea and more, there's no better time or place to introduce your products and services than G2E Asia 2013. Taking place May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao, next year's show features a newly designed floor plan aimed at maximizing exposure for all companies, as well as many new advertising opportunities. For more information, contact Todd Sheahan in the United States at +1-203-840-5397 or by e-mail, or Lay Eng See in China at +86 21 2231 7028 or by e-mail. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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