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February 17, 2020

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February 17, 2020

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Time is money for a casino
Scoblete explains that since the house edge is geared to work over time, the longer a player stays at a table or sits at a slot machine, the more likely it is for the casino to win.  read more

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$10 million expansion at Yellow Brick Road Casino in New York

The new 19,400 square-foot sportsbook and entertainment venue at the Oneida Indian Nation resort in upstate New York features 65 slot machines, two Topgolf Swing Suite bays, 20 LED screens, luxury bowling lanes, a full-service bar and more.  read more
$10 million expansion at Yellow Brick Road Casino in New York



Ameristar KC guest hits $160,000 jackpot

A Kansas resident turned a visit to the Missouri casino into a $160,000 payday when he hit a giant jackpot on IGT's Five Star Poker game on 5 February.  read more



MGM Resorts CEO stepping down

Jim Murren has been chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International since 2008. He will serve in his current leadership roles until a successor is appointed.  read more

Solid start to 2020 for Atlantic City

The Division of Gaming Enforcement report released last week indicates that January gaming revenue for Atlantic City was up 22.6% over the same period last year.  read more

Talking Stick Resort celebrates 10th year

In addition to $10 million in cash giveaways and special events, the Arizona resort announced a poolside concert series, kicking off with the Steve Miller Band and culminating with Pitbull.  read more

Foxwoods introduces Local Tastes Thursdays

Local Tastes Thursdays at the Connecticut casino will be inspired by the farm-to-table movement and will feature locally sourced ingredients on a pre fixe four course menu.  read more



Record January for NJ sportsbooks

Garden State online and retail sportsbooks generated $540.1 million in bets, up 71.3% from $385.3 million in January 2019, according to official reports.  read more

Harness racing season begins at Saratoga Casino Hotel

Sunday marked the beginning of the raceway's 79th season of live harness racing following a record-breaking year in 2019 that saw the all-source handle exceed $48 million.  read more

CBS Sports and William Hill announce partnership

The new deal makes William Hill the Official Sports Book and Wagering Data Provider across all CBS Sports platforms.  read more

Indiana sportsbooks launch 2020 with huge January

Indiana's $170.8 million handle in January was up 9.5% from the then-record $161.8 million in December, according to official reporting released last week.  read more



Wynn named world's largest 5 Star resort

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort in Las Vegas have each earned five-star status and are now the largest and second largest Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resorts in the world, respectively.  read more

Basketball mania to take over SAHARA Las Vegas

From 19-21 March, Beers and Bets, CASBAR Lounge, The Tangier and Paradise Lounge will welcome guests with party packages, food and beverage specials, premium viewing offerings and more.  read more



WSOP Online Gold Bracelet events finalized

The World Series of Poker is bolstering its online offerings in 2020 to help elevate this popular variant with new price points and freezeouts.  read more



Jay Leno to appear at North Star Mohican

Leno will be the celebrity speaker the night of the Wisconsin resort’s annual Stars, Cars, and Handlebars Car Show this fall.  read more

Mariah Carey returns to Caesars Palace

Carey, who has sold over 200 million records, began an eight-show residency at The Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip last week.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
The Chinese territory of Macau will allow casinos to reopen on Friday following a 15-day closure imposed to help block the spread of China's virus outbreak.
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