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March 20, 2013
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  • MGM Grand's new Hakkasan nightclub to open next month
    Angel Management Group, developer of the Hakkasan Las Vegas at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has announced that the $100 million restaurant and nightclub will open April 18. "After more than two years of hard work and intricate planning, we are thrilled to open the venue and see our guests' reactions," said Neil Moffitt, Angel Management's CEO. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • William Hill's new sports book in Las Vegas' Plaza officially opens
    William Hill's new sports book at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas officially opened Tuesday. The William Hill Race & Sports Book includes 75 TV screens, 37 carrels, 25 tables with seating and 12 digital display boards. "I'm totally confident it's the nicest sports book downtown. We look at the William Hill as our flagship downtown," said Dan Shapiro, director of marketing for William Hill. (Las Vegas) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. casino commission approves Revel's new CEO
    The New Jersey Casino Control Commission has approved Jeffrey Hartmann to serve as the interim CEO of Atlantic City's Revel casino, replacing Kevin DeSanctis. "I am delighted to officially transition into this new role. As the premier resort destination in the Northeast with expanding dining, gaming, and entertainment options and employees dedicated to providing guests a signature Revel experience, I see substantial opportunity, working with our Revel professionals, to drive growth," Hartmann said. The Philadelphia Inquirer/The Associated Press (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hard Rock's focus shifts to global expansion
    After three years of reorganization and strengthening of its internal structure, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino can now turn its eye toward growing its brand across the globe, says Executive Vice President Michael Shindler. The company is looking to sign five deals each year, with a focus on gateway markets such as Beijing, Hong Kong and New Delhi, Shindler said. Hard Rock's overall pipeline has about 60 deals in various stages of negotiation, with most of the projects outside the U.S. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Owner reaches agreement with buyer of Greektown Casino
    Greektown Superholdings, which owns Detroit's Greektown Casino, has signed a binding term sheet with Dan Gilbert's Athens Acquisitions to set the price for its remaining shares. Last month, Gilbert said he planned to acquire Greektown's remaining shares from its shareholders instead of gaining control through the board of directors. The Detroit News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City expects to open art retail space by September
    A project to convert the first floor of a parking garage in Atlantic City, N.J., into an art retail space took a step forward after the city's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority voted to award the L. Feriozzi Concrete Company Inc. a $1.3 million contract to build the interior of the facility. The 17,000-square-foot space, which will include art galleries and a museum, is expected to open in September. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nev. commission asks for comments regarding online poker
    The Nevada Gaming Commission wants to consider public comments before drafting rules to implement legislation allowing interstate online poker. People may submit comments until April 12. "Regulatory language will be drafted after comments are submitted and will be considered at a regulatory workshop yet to be scheduled," the commission said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Hard Rock in Tulsa, Okla., completes new hotel tower
    Work on the new 10-story hotel tower at the Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Oklahoma is complete. The additional 100 suites brings the total number of hotel rooms at the resort to 454. The expansion also includes a new gaming space that has a poker room, 500 electronic games, 15 table games, a bar and a food court. Tulsa World (Okla.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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