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Bourbon Square Casino in Sparks to close

By Lars J On January 31, 2015 • No comments yet


Bourbon Square Casino in the Victorian Square of Sparks, Nevada is being sold and will close soon. The former Silver Club was completely refurbished after being closed for several years and re-opened in August 2013. Reports indicate that a new casino will not be opened in its place. The hotel portion could become multi-family residential housing and the casino space may be used for offices. The casino is expected to close no later than February 5th. The New Orleans themed casino stirred economic activity in Sparks, just next to Reno, which has seen gambling and other venues suffer from a changing […]

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Idaho race regulator retires early amid controversy

By Lars J On January 31, 2015 • No comments yet


Say Goodbye to Historical Racing Machines Idaho Racing Commission Director Frank Lamb announced Friday that he would leave his post a couple of months early. He had already said he would retire at the end of the legislative session. The current announcement comes two days after it was revealed he also worked as a consultant and lobbyist for a private racing operator in neighboring Wyoming. The element at the heart of the situation is called Instant, or Historical Racing. Lottery giant GTECH and Idaho tribes with casinos stand to lose a lot of money if the betting practice, legalized in […]

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IGT releases first online, mobile & land-based slot

By Lars J On January 30, 2015 • No comments yet

Prowling Panther splash

In one fell swoop, American gaming giant IGT (now owned by GTECH) has rolled out the first ever simultaneous launch of a slots game on all three metrics. Normally we see them release first to the land casino market, then to online play, and finally over mobile devices. The game is Prowling Panther – rather than standard paylines it features 720 ways to win, which makes it part of the MultiWayXtra Game Family. Panthers stalk the reels and the game offers brilliant graphics, animation and sound along with free games and stacked multipliers. The games is highly volatile, meaning that […]

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20th Century Fox casino and theme park for South Korea

By Lars J On January 30, 2015 • No comments yet


20th Century Fox plans to build a 75 acre theme park and casino in the southeastern Korean municipality of Changwon City. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. It will be built in the 700-acre Ungdong Entertainment Complex and be called Twentieth Century Fox World Korea. An Australian company, Village Roadshow Ltd., will be the park operator. About half a year ago 20th Century announced plans for a 25 acre theme park in Malaysia to become part of the Genting Highlands (Resort World Genting), Malaysia. That attraction is expected to open sometime in 2016 and is part of […]

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Hard Rock applies for Atlantic City gaming license

By Admin On January 29, 2015 • No comments yet


Hard Rock Casinos still has an interest in Atlantic City and submitted its application for a gaming license to the state Casino Control Commission.   Hard Rock Casino’s chairman and CEO Jim Allen said there have been talks between Hard Rock and the new owner of the Revel Casino property Glenn Straub who purchased the bankrupt Revel for $95.4 million dollars, however stressed that there was no agreements.  He also said Hard Rock had a bid on the Revel Casino, but no amount was disclosed. Allen went on to explain that while Hard Rock remained interested in the New Jersey market, […]

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Phu Quoc Island catches a break – casino approved

By Lars J On January 28, 2015 • No comments yet


Phu Quoc, the heart-shaped paradise island in southern Kien Giang province has been given the green light by the Vietnamese government to build a casino and entertainment complex on “Pear Island”. The 30,000 square meter (322,917 sq ft) casino would host between 200 and 400 gaming tables and as many as 2,000 slot machines. No local nor foreign investors have been identified for the project, but reports indicate that Vietnamese money is favored for the venture. Phu Quoc is situated within a UNESCO recognized World Biosphere Reserve and is located off Vietnam’s southeastern coast. The island is scheduled to become […]

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Change comes at a cost for Springfield – MGM moves forward

By Lars J On January 28, 2015 • No comments yet

Artist's Rendering

Integrating an estimated $800 million casino into a historic district of a city established in 1636 is no mean feat – and it can’t happen without some disruption of daily life. MGM Springfield has 33 months to get the job done before they face fines for a delayed project, and are only slightly behind schedule for their remaining 30 month projection of a 2017 Grand Opening. MGM Resorts International recently released a development timeline to Springfield city officials outlining their projections. They originally planned to break ground in December. However, permitting, evictions, demolition, and reclamation are daunting tasks. Most of […]

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Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman to speak against the Black Book

By Lars J On January 27, 2015 • No comments yet

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Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will conclude his speaking engagement at his restaurant and bar in the Plaza Hotel & Casino this Thursday. The program runs from 6:30-8:30pm on January 29th. The subject of the dinner series will be on his opinions about the famous Las Vegas Black Book being unconstitutional. People listed in the book are not allowed anywhere on a casino’s property – restrooms, bowling alleys, or even Oscar’s Steakhouse. To get a feel for the Oscar Goodman character all you need to know is the true name of Oscar’s Steakhouse, it’s “Oscar’s Beef * Booze * […]

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Kent Great American Casino to close

By Lars J On January 26, 2015 • 1 comment

According to the Seattle Times, Great American Casino, in Kent, Washington will close their doors on March 14th. We have not been able to confirm with the owners or managers as of press time. Phone calls have been met with busy signals at the casino as the word spreads about the demise of this once popular fixture about 10 miles from SEATAC. Great American Casino in Kent opened in late 2003 according to the World Casino Directory listing, last updated in October. The Kent location is one of four owned by Great Canadian Gaming in the state. Other locations include […]

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City of Dreams Manila – Grand Opening: February 2, 2015

By Admin On January 26, 2015 • 1 comment

City of Dreams Manila

Philippines:  City of Dreams Manila which has already had a soft opening for the casino has announced its grand opening date for the general public as February 2nd, 2015.  The casino which will boast over 3,000 slot machines and 500 tables for baccarat and other exciting games is located only a few blocks away from the largely successful Solaire Casino Resort.   This is a major milestone for the Philippine’s “Entertainment City” a strip of land on the Manila Bay which is also home to an amusement park and the Mall of Asia (which is the largest shopping mall in […]

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe to open Wednesday

By Lars J On January 25, 2015 • No comments yet

Credit: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe

The much anticipated Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will hold grand opening ceremonies at 7:45pm on January 28, 2015. But it looks like instead of a bunch of suits with giant scissors cutting a ribbon, or even a swinging bottle of bubbly to smash against a wall, they’ll launch the South Shore casino resort with the smashing of an ice guitar sculpture. Classic. The event will take place on the patio of the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar restaurant (named after the out of bounds powder area at Heavenly Mountain Resort). The casino  doors will open  at 8pm. At […]

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Chukchansi Indians press release regarding re-opening of Chukchansi Gold Casino

By Admin On January 25, 2015 • 1 comment


Regarding the issue of reopening the closed of Chukchansi Gold Casino Resort, and the state of the Tribe itself: A quorum of all voting members the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians came together Saturday in the largest turnout in the Tribe’s history to affirm the six Tribal leaders of the “Unification Council” to execute the reopening agreement with the NIGC and to administer elections for all seven Tribal Council seats. This was only the fourth time since the Tribe adopted its Constitution in 1988 that a General Council meeting reached quorum and was able to conduct business on behalf […]

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Boomtown New Orleans – New Hotel Opens!

By Admin On January 25, 2015 • No comments yet

Boomtown Casino New Orleans - New Hotel

Boomtown Casino New Orleans opened up its $20 million dollar hotel expansion in late January 2015, an addition that hopes to boost its gaming revenues.  Boomtown Casino New Orleans is actually located in Harvey but is just across the canal from New Orleans.  The five story hotel has 150 new guest rooms to accommodate gamblers, there are also 9 Junior Suites and 8 Two-Bay suites, free internet service, four conference rooms and a fitness center.  The hotel completes the early vision Boomtown Casino had for its project.  According to Howard Rowland, the vice president and GM for Boomtown, “It’s about […]

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Galaxy brings Broadway to Macau

By Lars J On January 24, 2015 • 1 comment

broadway galaxy

Galaxy Entertainment Group will open Galaxy Macau Phase II (of IV) along with the Broadway Macau on May 27, 2015. Galaxy Macau is the firm’s flagship property in Macau on the Cotai Strip. With the addition of Broadway Macau, the destination will double in size to over 1.1 million square meters at an investment of HK$43 billion (US$5.5 billion). Two further phases are planned that will bring Galaxy’s investment in the area to $HK100 billion. Site investigation for the remaining phases of the development is expected to begin later this year. The former Grand Waldo was closed in mid-2013 to […]

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Olympic Casino to open its largest casino in Malta

By Admin On January 23, 2015 • No comments yet

Olympic Casino Logo

Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) enters Maltese market and opens its largest casino on the Malta’s top tourism region. The new casino will be established in cooperation with Maltese hotel and entertainment enterprise Eden Leisure Group and OEG will start to operate the casino under a management agreement. Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) is beginning the provision of casino management services in Malta. For the Malta operations subsidiaries OEG Malta Holding Limited and OEG Malta Gaming Limited have been established in Malta. OEG owns directly or through subsidiaries 100% of the Maltese subsidiaries’ shares. OEG Malta subsidiary has concluded an agreement for […]

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