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March 17, 2018

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From its roots in turn-of-the-century card clubs and windswept hotels in the 1940s to the world’s most expensive and elaborate resorts, Nevada’s gaming industry has defied explanation, fueling the growth of the newest major city in America.

This $13 billion industry now funds nearly half of the state budget and is rapidly becoming a global enterprise, firmly establishing Las Vegas-style casinos as an icon of capitalism and pop culture. Turn here for the latest news, insights, analysis and observations on this dynamic industry.

Former Carson City casino could become retail, housing space
Friday, March 16, 2018
The owners of a former hotel and casino in downtown Carson City say potential buyers could convert the property into retail and housing space. The Nevada Appeal reports the owners of the Ormsby House on Thursday withdrew their ...
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NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of the Midwest Region
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Bettors and bracket-poolers have boiled the Midwest Region down to a multiple-choice question. “Which team will win the Midwest,” might as well be presented in SAT-format. ...
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Five things about Sands Bethlehem buyer Wind Creek's casino in Alabama
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The circular casino floor, surrounded by shops and restaurants, measures 57,000 square feet and offers more than 1,600 slot machine-style, electronic-gambling machines under amber-colored lights and ...
Caesars contesting $50M fee for 2 Indiana casino licenses
Caesars contesting $50M fee for 2 Indiana casino licenses
Monday, March 12, 2018
Casino giant Caesars Entertainment is threatening to drop plans for building a new casino in southern Indiana while arguing that it shouldn't be forced to pay a ...
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Getting a cocktail while gambling made easier at this Las Vegas casino
Monday, March 12, 2018
The days of waiting for a cocktail server to take your drink order while playing a slot machine are over at one Las Vegas casino. Now, it's as simple as pressing a few buttons. The more than 600 machines at the Westgate Las Vegas are equipped with the Beverage Ordering Service System that allows players to skip waiting for a cocktail server to make their rounds. Westgate is believed to be one of the first properties in Las Vegas to ...
Virginia, Villanova are a strong pair of favorites in NCAA Tournament
Virginia, Villanova are a strong pair of favorites in NCAA Tournament
Monday, March 12, 2018
No great teams this year? Las Vegas indicates otherwise
The award for Selection Sunday’s most appropriately dressed goes to Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller, who tweeted a picture of himself in a green ...
Woman wins $500,000 in promotion at Eastside Cannery
Woman wins $500,000 in promotion at Eastside Cannery
Thursday, March 8, 2018
A New York woman won the $500,000 top prize last week in the Eastside Cannery’s monthlong Rainbow to Riches promotion. Players qualify for the game based on their slot play, and participants are ...
Las Vegas Sands to sell Pennsylvania casino for $1.3 billion
Las Vegas Sands to sell Pennsylvania casino for $1.3 billion
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is selling its Pennsylvania casino to an American Indian tribe from Alabama for $1.3 billion, the company ...
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Bettor sues harness-racing trainer for loss linked to doping
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
An aggrieved harness-racing bettor has gone to court to recoup more than $31,000 in winnings he said he was cheated out of when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey two years ago. Leading figures in harness racing said they had never before heard of ...
Rep. Dina Titus urges preservation of internet gambling
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A U.S. congresswoman whose Nevada district includes the Las Vegas Strip asked the federal government Tuesday to keep internet gambling legal. Democratic Rep. Dina Titus wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, urging ...
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Sports betting's big wager: Will younger bettors ante up?
Monday, March 5, 2018
As the push to legalize sports gambling in the U.S. nears a crucial Supreme Court decision, states hoping to reap a financial windfall could face another hurdle: Attracting younger players used to online fantasy sports ...
Nevada gaming revenue tops $1 billion in January
Nevada gaming revenue tops $1 billion in January
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Nevada’s casino gaming win dipped by 2.05 percent in January but still broke the $1 billion mark, the state Gaming Control Board reported today. Although a drop from January 2017 — about $1.03 billion to ...
Winning bid tossed in Pennsylvania casino license auction
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Las Vegas Sands Corp. submitted the highest bid Wednesday in an auction for the rights to Pennsylvania's fourth mini-casino license, but ...
MGM says Mandalay Bay business recovering after Oct. 1 shooting
MGM says Mandalay Bay business recovering after Oct. 1 shooting
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Mandalay Bay is beginning to emerge from the cloud of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, but the Strip resort isn’t out of the woods yet, MGM Resorts International executives said today during ...
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Police: Man's meth lab caused fire in A.C. casino hotel room
Friday, February 16, 2018
Police in New Jersey charged a man with setting up a methamphetamine lab that caused a fire in an Atlantic City casino hotel room, leading four floors to be evacuated. Wednesday's fire at the Tropicana casino injured ...
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Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company
Friday, February 16, 2018
A termination agreement between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing with his name released today leaves him without any severance or compensation and prohibits his involvement in any competing gambling business for two years. The Las Vegas billionaire resigned as ...
Caesars to check 'Do Not Disturb' rooms daily
Caesars to check 'Do Not Disturb' rooms daily
Friday, February 16, 2018
One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob. Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press today it also is considering giving ...
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With ruling on national sports betting due, will Las Vegas ever be the same?
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Back in the September of his years, Frank Sinatra would take the mic and command this little lounge stage. Still the headliner of all headliners at The Sands, four miles down The Strip, Sinatra would escape to this neighborhood joint, the ...