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ARIA: THE CRESCENDO -- Newest, most expensive joint on the Strip opens
with fireworks, fanfare
Wednesday was all about celebrating the opening of CityCenter's
centerpiece, but it was also a time for putting the $8.4 billion
project into perspective.
Bill McBeath -- President and COO, Aria
If you build a resort with the lofty expectations associated with
CityCenter, you can’t hand over the keys to just anybody. When it came
time to choose a president and chief operating officer of the Aria
hotel and casino, the centerpiece of CityCenter, MGM Mirage turned to
Bill McBeath, who has held key management positions with some of Las
Vegas’ most successful properties — Mirage, Treasure Island and
Northern Nevada's fortune tied CityCenter success, or failure
CityCenter's potential benefits extend beyond Clark County's border.
All of Nevada has a stake in the project.
Murren, execs lend insight into Harmon blame game
MGM Mirage likely will not seek legal action against the participating
parties involved with structural issues that delayed and significantly
altered the design on the Harmon Hotel, according to the company’s
chairman and CEO, Jim Murren.
sweetens bid for Station -- Company offers $2.45 billion in cash,
assumed debt for casinos, land
Boyd Gaming Corp. sent another message Tuesday that it intends to be a
serious player in Station Casinos' bankruptcy by offering $2.45 billion
for most of the company.
Gaming May Be Getting A New Partner
MESQUITE, NV - Reports by KLAS-TV and the Las Vegas Sun on Friday, Dec.
11, broke the news that negotiations were underway for Frank Toti to
become involved with Black Gaming, LLC.
Thanks to Nic Alfonsetti in Mesquite, NV for submitting the above
cites weak demand in closing hotel towers
The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas is temporarily closing two of its
three hotel towers and its buffet, citing slow business during the
Silver Dollar Casino sold
Calgary's Silver Dollar Casino has been bought by Colorado-based
Century Casinos, Inc. in a $10.6-million US deal.
Mo. levies no penalty on former Pinnacle CEO
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri regulators decided Wednesday not to
punish a former casino executive who warned a St. Louis-area official
that there would be political consequences for voting to help another
officially default on Foxwoods loans
CONECTICUT - Legal ramifications in 'uncharted waters' after
Mashantuckets fail to make $7.5 million interest payment
Gaming board blasts Foxwoods over a deadline
Lawyers for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday slammed the
Foxwoods Casino developers for missing a Dec. 1 deadline to submit
architectural renderings of its stalled South Philadelphia slots
parlor, and advised against an extension to March 1.
suing state for malicious prosecution in Binion case
Sandra Murphy, known for her conviction and eventual acquittal in the
death of her boyfriend and Las Vegas casino executive Ted Binion, is
suing the state for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
pleads guilty to casino fraud -- The Missourian created counterfeit
gambling chips to swindle a casino near Grove
TULSA, OK - A Missouri man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing from an
Oklahoma casino by creating counterfeit gambling chips.
to allow Las Vegas ads on postseason telecasts
NEW YORK — The NFL will allow advertising for Las Vegas on game
telecasts this postseason, including the Super Bowl.
Obama legalize gambling?
Along with health care reform and usher in economic incentives,
president Barack Obama is on the mood to change the face of online
gambling in the United States. Merrill Lynch representative said: "We
believe that it could ultimately pave the way for on-line gaming
regulation rather than prohibition."
Singapore to bar over 28,000 people from casinos
Singapore's National Council on Problem Gambling will send letters to
over 28,000 people in Singapore, barring them from the two upcoming
casinos, local media reported on Wednesday.
Icahn Trumps the Donald and Gains Control of 3 Atlantic City Properties
Entities controlled by Carl C. Icahn have purchased a majority of the
outstanding first lien bank debt from Beal Bank of Trump Entertainment
Resorts Holdings LP, the owner of the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza and
Trump Marina properties in Atlantic City, NJ, from.
Sands Casino scam attempt doesn't pay off -- New York woman faces
prison after pleading guilty to thefts. She stole $10,000 in 13 hours.
PENNSYVANIA - A New York woman accused of a career of casino scams
faces sentencing in January for stealing from patrons of Sands Resort
was high roller at Vegas blackjack table
When he wasn't forking over cash to silence his harem of beautiful
bimbos, Tiger Woods tossed tens of thousands of dollars on the
blackjack table at a Sin City casino, according to one of his
Tiger scandal puts VIP hosts on spot
Tiger Woods' widening infidelity scandal has brought unprecedented
media scrutiny to the roles of VIP casino and nightclub hosts and
whether they are involved in hooking up clients with sex partners.
VIP service that seduced Tiger Woods
On any given evening at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, a long queue
will stretch from the floor of the casino to the entrance of a
nightclub called The Bank.
looks to unload Crown corporations -- Facing record $24.7-billion
deficit, province considers privatizing major companies including LCBO,
Hydro One and OLG
The cash-strapped Ontario government is looking into the sale of all or
part of its collection of Crown corporations, including the provincial
lottery company and the retail monopoly on liquor sales, to raise cash
to close a $24.7-billion deficit this year.
All major Reno-Sparks casinos seeking devaluation of properties
Fourteen casino properties in Washoe County will be devalued by $99
million -- 26.5 percent -- for tax purposes in the year starting July
1, because of the continuing decline in gaming.
Casinos want state high court to ban card counters
INDIANAPOLIS - A court ruling that requires an Indiana casino to allow
a gambler to play blackjack even though he admits counting cards could
force the state's casinos to institute new rules that could push
players to other states at a time when gambling revenues have already
taken a hit, gambling experts say.
Rock Hotel investor granted state gaming license
A major player in retail shopping centers has received a Nevada gaming
license after investing in the company that owns Las Vegas’ Hard Rock
Management of Greektown Casino Hotel in flux as Fine Point Group's
DETROIT - Leadership of the Greektown Casino Hotel will be in flux as
of January 1 after Greektown's board of directors decided not to offer
a new contract to Las Vegas-based Fine Point Group, which has run the
casino for the last year.
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
Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting
by King Yao
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Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the
Game Inside the Game, by Bob Nersesian
book should be read by everyone who sets foot in a casino: average
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