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Criminal charges related to Harrah's remodeling dismissed
LAS VEGAS - A cloud of criminal charges that has hung for two years
over Harrah’s Entertainment, in connection with illegal remodeling at
its eight local hotels, was finally dispelled Friday morning.
Treasury Extend Compliance Date on Gambling Act (Update3)
The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve gave U.S. financial companies
six more months to comply with rules intended to limit the use of
payment systems for Internet gambling.
Displeased With Delay in Implementation of Gambling Law
Senior House Republicans, including a key supporter of a 2006 law
designed to curb Internet gambling, said Wednesday that the Obama
administration’s decision to delay implementing the law thwarts the
will of Congress.
Online Poker Can Be Subject to Manipulation, FBI Says
Internet-based poker games can be subject to manipulation, a top
Federal Bureau of Investigation official said.
head opposes online gambling
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians tribal chairman on Thursday
testified in Washington D.C. against legislation to legalize and
regulate Internet gambling in the United States.
officials will eye Dubai -- CityCenter investor's debt raises concerns
LAS VEGAS - State gaming regulators, who licensed Dubai World last
month to share in revenue from the soon-to-open Aria's casino, are
closely watching the financial maneuverers of the Persian Gulf
emirate's investment arm as it deals with a potential default of some
$60 billion in debt.
Plans to Buy Planet Hollywood Casino
LAS VEGAS - Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has filed an application
to purchase the struggling Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las
Vegas, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Monday.
AG says any Station Casinos trustee must be licensed by gaming
RENO- Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and gaming
regulators are intervening in the Station Casinos Inc. bankruptcy case,
demanding that if a trustee is appointed that the trustee be licensed
by state casino regulators. Link to various court
documents in the Station bankruptcy case.
call for revoking Foxwoods license
PHILADELPHIA - "Foxwoods is deadwood," said State Rep. Michael H.
O'Brien (D., Phila.).
sports betting Web site gets $28.2 million fine, placed on probation
for 5 years
ST. LOUIS - Defunct online gambling site BetOnSports.com has been
sentenced to probation and a $28.2 million fine that lawyers on both
sides say probably will never be paid.
Hard Rock plans to enter Caribbean with an all-inclusive resort and
The Hard Rock chain plans to open its first all-inclusive resort and
casino next spring, when it begins operating the 121-acre Moon Palace
Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
post-casino future -- One state official says it in public: Nevada
can’t count on other people’s money anymore
Nevada Controller Kim Wallin is talking up the need to diversify the
state’s economy, cautioning other officials that—unlike past
recessions—there is no guarantee the casino economy will ever rebound.
Blago attorney says he would take 5th if called as witness in casino
CHICAGO - Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich would refuse to testify,
asserting his rights under the 5th Amendment, if called to the witness
stand in a civil suit in which a group of casinos are fighting Illinois
racetracks for millions of dollars, one of his lawyers says.
STREET EXPERIENCE: ACLU says rights remain curtailed -- Motion: Court
orders for mall ignored
This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a motion
that asks a judge to consider holding the defendants, including the
city of Las Vegas, in contempt of court. The civil rights group
contends the defendants have failed to comply with a court order that
bars them from interfering with people who engage in protected
activity, such as street performances, at the pedestrian mall.
Casino struggles in first year -- Casino’s first year marred by
recession, bad weather, high debt and tribal conflict.
WASHINGTON STATE - Snoqualmie Casino’s one-year anniversary passed
quietly in November, met with none of the fanfare that accompanied its
opening in 2008.The Snoqualmie Tribe had hoped the casino would bring
in an influx of money to the tribe and an elevated standard of living
for its 600 Native American members. But the casino’s revenue has been
much lower than anticipated, and it has been marred with setbacks,
conflict and controversy.
Vdara exec predicts strong sales at new hotel -- Despite optimism,
hotel is only sold out one night in next few months
After a night of grand opening festivities, Vdara’s first public guests
checked into the hotel Wednesday and while the hotel has only sold out
for one night in the next few months, Vdara’s general manager is
predicting strong occupancy through the month.
Silver Club takes step towards reopening
Nevada's Gaming Control Board recommended approval of applications
Wednesday for new ownership of six Northern Nevada casinos run by the
Holder Hospitality Group, including the now-closed Silver Club in
regulators endorse new owner for Minden casino
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended approval of Michael
Pegram to buy the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.
owner hopes to keep 3 Elko-area properties
ELKO, NV - Casino owner Holder Group hopes to keep ownership of three
properties in the Elko area slated for public auction later this month.
Icahn Leads in Pursuit of Bankrupt Las Vegas Casino
Famed entrepreneur Carl Icahn placed a stalking-horse bid on the
Fontainebleau casino in Las Vegas, attempting to duplicate his success
at acquiring the Tropicana casino in New Jersey.
to close all 365 rooms, lay off 100 workers
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas will close its
365 rooms on Dec. 14 and lay off about 100 workers.
The Bear Growls
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
by Bill Zender
provides contrarian solutions to common gaming management issues.
It is must reading for
patrons and casino employees.
Bill Zender knows the art of casino management. In addition to having
worked in, managed, and owned casinos for decades, Zender has also been
an enforcement agent for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as well as
spent time as an advantage player, exploiting the vulnerabilities of
casinos from the civilian side of the tables. Today, he travels the
globe consulting for the international casino industry.
In Casino-ology, Zender
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breaches; ill-conceived non-negotiable-chip programs; and past-posting,
marked-card, and false-shuffle scams. He addresses player tracking
systems, 6-5 payouts for blackjacks, the subtleties of marketing to
Asian customers, nuances of the derivative pit games, even the science
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By challenging long-cherished conventions, Casino-ology provides
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Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the
Game Inside the Game, by Bob Nersesian
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Nersesian is an attorney who represents victims of casino wrongdoing
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