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August 25, 2014

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August 25, 2014

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The Captain
Gaming guru Frank Scoblete tells the life story of the Captain, whom he calls the greatest craps player that ever lived and the man responsible for starting the dice control revolution.  read more

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Casino City Gang: Is this just a fantasy edition

Casino City's Vin Narayanan, Aaron Todd and Dan Podheiser discuss the growth of daily fantasy sports, loyalty programs in the casino industry and when the Gang is willing to "waste" money on long shot items like lottery tickets or raffles.  read more
Casino City Gang: Is this just a fantasy edition



SLS Las Vegas debuts to fireworks, reception

The $415 million, 1,620-room Strip hotel-casino opened just after midnight Friday following a lavish VIP reception for 3,600 guests and a fireworks display. The resort brings an L.A. feel to Sin City, particularly in its restaurants.  read more

Borgata may gain from shrinking market

In Atlantic City, where gaming revenue has declined more than 60 percent in the past seven years, the Borgata remains the class of the market.  read more

Coffin: Casino ban casts "shadow" on medical pot

Las Vegas Councilman Bob Coffin criticized the Nevada State Gaming Control Board's exclusionary stance that state casino licensees cannot be involved in the sale of medical marijuana because it's still a federal crime.  read more

Aria treats security the old-fashioned way

The casino relies on a small, skilled surveillance team and a complex system of cameras. The team is filled with former dealers, cage tellers, security officers — even a retired dentist. Together they patiently observe.  read more

Dreitzer credits success to his mentors over 20 years

Mike Dreitzer, now president of Ainsworth Game Technology's North America Division, was mentored by many respected Nevadans during his 20-year tenure as an attorney and gaming executive.  read more

Stutz: Bill would repeal sportsbooks' handle tax

Nevada sportsbook operators pay 0.0025 percent in a federal handle tax on every sports wager placed in the Silver State.  read more

Mississippi growing as elite golf and gaming destination

The state's five highest-ranked golf courses in Golf Magazine are all partners or amenities to highly acclaimed casino resorts.  read more



Jackpot ends era of MGM Grand slot machine

The resort's last three-reel slot, the Lion's Share, is facing retirement after finally paying out $2.4 million Friday night. The machine has been at the MGM grand so long it predates modern ticket-in-ticket-out systems.  read more

Scientific Games-Bally deal gets federal antitrust OK

Federal antitrust regulators signed off on Scientific Games' $5.1 billion acquisition of Bally Technologies. The deal is still subject to approval from Bally's stockholders and regulators.  read more

The Reel Life: Decadent dog edition

A Vancouver restaurant has developed a $100 hot dog. It's soaked in vintage Cognac, fried in truffle oil and topped with Kobe beef, fresh lobster and the restaurant's signature picante sauce.  read more



EPT to use GPI in new player rankings

The European Poker Tour will introduce three new Player of the Year leaderboards for Season 11, using the Global Poker Index formula for its player rankings.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Amaya Gaming, which purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion in June, plans to launch a sportsbook product in 2015.
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