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Downtown Grand Casino Opens
The downtown Las Vegas resort property once known as the Lady Luck will reopen on November 12, 2013, as the Downtown Grand, the property’s chief executive said recently.

Seth Schorr, CEO of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas, said a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Nov. 12. Schorr also said reservations were being accepted for rooms with availability beginning Oct. 27.

“We have been working hard on this project for several years,” Schorr said. “The support of the entire downtown community has been overwhelming, and we look forward to adding another amazing element to the revitalization of Las Vegas.”

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Lucky Big Wheel
Lucky Big Wheel by Aruze Gaming is an innovative multi-station version of the popular table game, the Big Six. Aruze's award winning G-STATION game gives players the opportunity to spin the big wheel to win. Lucky Big Wheel also captures player's interest with its vivid illuminations and sharp sound effects.



Las Vegas Downtown Growth
Don’t blink too long in downtown Las Vegas. You might crash into a beer garden.

Las Vegas’ formerly forlorn urban core is adding bars, restaurants, small businesses and even a resort at a dizzying pace, even for Southern Nevada’s boom-and-bust history.

The changes — and a few outlandish ideas — were the subject of a panel discussion on Monday that included former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Downtown Grand operator Seth Schorr.

Among the ideas was the notion that a beer garden in the underpass beneath the railroad tracks west of Main Street might make it more pleasant for walking. Currently it’s an area with wide, under-used streets and narrow, even lesser-used sidewalks.

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Online Gambling is Big Business in the US
According to a study released by the casino industry this week, in 2012 Americans spent $2.6 billion on gambling websites. The study came as part of the industry’s renewed push for Congress to regulate online gambling.
Despite its dubious legality, Americans spent an impressive $2.6 billion on online gambling in 2012.The study was released by the American Gaming Association which said that the results highlight the need for federal legislation in order to end the current state of ambiguity on online gambling.

The study was carried out by research firm H2 Gambling Capital and found that Americans accounted for a significant proportion of the $33 billion worldwide online gambling market.

After treating online gambling as illegal, in late 2011 the Justice Department released an opinion saying that only sports betting should be prohibited under the 1961 Wire Act. This created the possibility for American’s to legally enjoy online poker and possibly other casino games.

Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the AGA, said, “Americans account for nearly 10 per cent of the global online gaming marketplace at a time when the business is illegal in all but three American states. It is past time for policymakers to put necessary safeguards in place.”


The New Benjamin
There's a New Benjamin in town, and the casino companies were ready for him.

For years, Las Vegas' gaming companies had been preparing for the Oct. 8 debut of a new $100 bill. In advance of its arrival, resorts and equipment manufacturers spent thousands of hours making sure every slot machine and money-taking device would accept them without a hitch.

It worked. Bosses at the biggest gaming companies say the transition so far has been smooth.



Bullish on Baccarat
Baccarat helped boost Strip gaming revenue to a second-straight monthly double-digit increase in September, but analysts told investors not to read too much into the results.

The house again played lucky.

Fueled by a larger-than-average hold percentage in baccarat, casinos throughout Nevada collected $958.8 million from gamblers in September, a 7.4 percent increase compared with September 2012.

The Gaming Control Board reported the results Thursday.

On the Strip, gaming revenue increased 13.4 percent to $563.1 million.

September’s results followed an 11.17 percent increase statewide in August, which included a nearly 20 percent increase on the Strip.

Baccarat was the primary revenue provider.

On the Strip, casinos collected $115.5 million from the game, an increase of 49.1 percent compared with September 2012. Betting on baccarat increased 7.6 percent to $734.9 million. Casinos held an abnormally high 15.72 percent of all wagers on baccarat, compared with 11.35 percent last year.

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The Mouse That Hates Slots - Disney War on Casinos
Recent Sunday’s New York Times carried a bombshell tucked quietly inside an otherwise pedestrian piece about Disney ramping up political efforts to thwart the further expansion of casinos in Florida.

It seems that for the sake of ideological purity, Disney has decided to halt the use of Star Wars and Marvel characters or themes on slot machines by whatever legal method is available. The Mouse House now owns Marvel and Lucasfilm, so they can obviously do whatever they wish. Reportedly, this shift is already underway.

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IGT’s James Cameron’s Avatar™ Video Slots Series Named "Best Slot Producer" by Global Gaming Business:

IGT’s James Cameron AVATAR™ Video Slots and James Cameron AVATAR™ Treasure of Pandora were named “Best Slot Product” in the 2014 Gaming Technology Awards. Hosted by Global Gaming Business. Examples of first-in-class innovation in James Cameron’s AVATAR™ Video Slots include: players’ ability to customize their gaming experience by picking their character and music and the ability to create a player profile that can be saved for future play.

IGT Wins American Gaming Association’s “Voice Communications Award” for Industry’s First Interactive Annual Report:

IGT won the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Gaming Voice ‘Best 2012 Annual Report’ Award for an interactive annual report – an industry first. The innovative, interactive annual report works seamlessly across desktops and mobile devices making IGT’s 2012 financial information and vision for the future accessible anytime, anywhere. The annual report received more than 26,000 mobile visits and 2,000 unique page views within the first three months. It was a huge success.

IGT Wins Systems Solutions Business at Station Casinos:

Station Casinos has chosen IGT as its exclusive systems provider at all Station Casinos properties. In addition to being the exclusive systems provider, IGT will also provide Station Casinos with floor-wide Service Window technology, utilized through the Universal Game Adaptor (UGA) at the all-new Graton Resort & Casino in Northern California scheduled to open on November 5. This will enable the Service Window feature to be used across all capable EGM’s on the floor, allowing for direct marketing to players at any one of the 3,000-plus machines.



Casinos Win Big on Baccarat - Revenues Rise 11%

Baccarat giveth and the baccarat taketh away. In August, the game giveth. Nevada recorded its fourth highest baccarat revenue total ever during August and the highest percentage increase since June 1999, fueling double-digit gaming revenue totals statewide and along the Strip.

The Gaming Control Board said that casinos statewide collected almost $955.3 million in gaming revenues during August 2013, an 11.17 percent increase compared with $859.3 million collected in August 2012. Baccarat revenues accounted for more than 69 percent of the state’s monthly increase.

On the Strip, casinos collected $589 million in August, an increase of 19.98 percent compared with $490.9 million in August 2012.

The hold percentage for Baccarat — the amount of wagers the casinos kept compared to was what was won by players — was 18.85 percent. The 12-month average hold for baccarat is 12.83 percent.

“Although the headline number looks strong, this was mostly a ‘luck’-driven result, as Strip properties played extremely lucky in August,” RBC Capital Markets gaming analyst John Kempf told investors.

Other Table Games Not Far Behind

The Strip also had a strong month from table games. The revenue from games, minus baccarat, increased 21.5 percent.

“While baccarat is clearly the star of the month, domestic play exhibited encouraging trends,” Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Carlo Santarelli told investors.

Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets gaming analyst Steven Wieczynski said Strip casino operators have seen improved numbers in the past few months coming from food and beverage offerings, which can be attributed to normal tourist traffic. Gaming revenues, however, has largely been driven by internationally sourced baccarat play.

“All told, we are generally pleased with the August results,” Wieczynski said. “As we have noted for some time, we continue to believe a more pronounced Strip recovery will be largely predicated upon a return of domestic visitation.”

The amount wagered on baccarat actually fell 1.3 percent to $1 billion. Gaming Control Board Senior Research Analyst Michael Lawton said the decrease was the fifth consecutive monthly decline in baccarat wagering, a game that is often dependent on special events centered around high-end business.

Union Gaming Group Managing Director Bill Lerner said that historical high baccarat volume takes place in January and February (Chinese New Year) and the September and October period (special events).

“Recently, there seems to be less clarity on when large players come into town,” Lerner said.

The double-digit gaming revenue increases statewide and on the Strip were a rebound from steep declines in July.

With August’s results on the books, statewide gaming revenues up less than 1 percent for the first eight months of the year. On Strip, gaming revenues have increased 2.1 percent through August.

“We believe the recovery in Las Vegas’s gaming fundamentals remains tepid,” Susquehanna International Group gaming analyst Rachael Rothman told investors.

During August, Clark County as whole did not fare as well.

Casinos in North Las Vegas saw gaming revenues decline almost 18.3 percent, casinos along the Boulder Strip experienced a 12.7 percent decrease, while downtown casinos saw gaming revenues drop 8.3 percent.

Overall, Clark County gaming revenues increased 12.3 percent.

Lawton attributed the declines in certain markets to slot machine revenue reporting timing for the locals market due to the month ending on a weekend. Much of the slot machine totals in the locals market will fall into September’s figures.

Meanwhile, revenues from the balance of Clark County increased 4.47 percent during August. The reporting area includes revenues from Ultimate Poker, which was the state’s only online gaming website operating in August.

Union Gaming Group said the results are included with revenues from card games, which showed an increase 43.7 percent in August. Lerner said the number implied that online poker did “roughly $600,000 in gaming revenue during the month.

“We believe this is notable given there hasn’t been many tangible financial results yet of online gaming,” Lerner said.

Gaming regulators won’t break out online poker revenues into a separate category until three websites are operating.

Nevada collected $514 million in gaming taxes through Sept. 26, based gaming revenues reported in August, an increase of 3.46 percent. For the first three months of the fiscal year, gaming tax collections are up less than 1 percent.

~ As reported by Howard Stutz in the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper -

~ Source of this article for Casino Insider News is from RMC Daily News -


Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ — Bally Technologies
Michael Jackson makes another appearance on casino floors in Bally Technologies’ Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. The follow-up game to the popular Michael Jackson King of Pop, this new title features familiar game play and all-new bonuses set to five of Michael Jackson’s iconic hits: “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ bonuses are unlocked in the Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Bonus Spin. Players touch and spin a record to reveal which of the three games bonuses they won, or a credit award.

Bad Free Games features ten free games and includes the Locking Stacked Wilds feature. Throughout the bonus, Locking Stacked Wilds that land on any reel stay in place for the remainder of the free games. Billie Jean Free Games awards ten free games and Locking Wild Multipliers. During the free games, Locking Wilds reels remain in place for the remainder of the bonus as Michael Jackson dances on screen awarding multipliers.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Free Games awards 15 free games and features the popular Hot Zone feature. Whenever a disco ball appears on the third reel, players are awarded a pick ‘em feature and receive one of three Hot Zone shapes that then move to the game screen to turn all symbols it covers wild.

Plus, the game includes a Leaning Wilds mystery bonus that occurs randomly. During game play, Michael Jackson can appear on screen to award full reels of wilds.

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