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are gambling that casino databases will have big payoff
Hackers are targeting Las Vegas casinos’ customer databases in order to
gain access to personal financial information or steal players club
points, according to gaming regulators.
Tahoe's Cal Neva to reopen casino next month -- GM of Baldini's in
Sparks to take over; future of entire property still murky
CRYSTAL BAY, NV — Clinking coins, singing slot machines and shouts of
joy and dejection should soon be emitting again from the Cal Neva
Resort, Spa & Casino as operators of the historic location plan to
reopen its casino, officials have confirmed.
Hilton casino foreclosure hearing put on hold; discussions turn to
ATLANTIC CITY — A foreclosure hearing for the Atlantic City Hilton
Casino Resort has been called off while both sides try to work out an
agreement to possibly sell the money-losing Boardwalk gaming hall, a
court official said.
Rock Casino plans to close poker room
SAN FRANCISCO - North Bay poker players are bracing themselves for the
impending loss of one of their favorite spots, as River Rock Casino in
Geyserville plans to close its poker room at the end of this month.
Shuffle Trips Up Blackjack Players
Frankly, those policing casinos do a better job than those policing our
stock markets. Yeah, I know, there’s gambling and then there’s
investing — but, c’mon, loaded dice or Bernie Madoff, a rigged game is
still a rigged game.
Thanks to Green Chip member Spokanimal
for providing the above link.
Casino Commission OKs ex-gang boss from New York to gamble in Atlantic
ATLANTIC CITY - Robin Chee made no attempt to hide his notorious past
as a leader of the Ghost Shadows, a Chinese street gang involved in
extortion, drug trafficking and illegal gambling in New York.
Annie Duke Discusses New Professional Poker League
On Tuesday, news broke that Federated Sports and Gaming and the Palms
Casino Resort, Las Vegas, had launched a joint venture to create a new
professional poker league. Also involved in the project were former
World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, chairman and
co-founder of FS+G, and poker professional Annie Duke, who would be
commissioner of the new league.
arrested for robbing casino guests
BILOXI – Biloxi police have arrested two women accused of robbing
arrested for urinating in casino lobby
A drunken patron urinated in the lobby of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono
Downs casino early Wednesday, then shouted profanities at security and
police who confronted him, according to arrest papers filed.
State of Nevada technically lacking ...
The state’s casino industry continues to choke on the dust created by
the rapid responses of other gaming jurisdictions to new developments
among technology oriented companies.
BlackBerry to the future: Gaming takes step ahead
If Nevada's gaming industry is to grow again, it must be allowed to use
Bank Gambles on Vegas' Newest Hotel and Casino -- Can The Cosmopolitan
Survive in the Struggling Sin City?
The hottest party in Las Vegas this New Year's Eve was not at any of
the monster casinos people know so well. In fact, it had nothing to do
with magicians or show girls.
Valley casinos betting on Hispanics -- Although its competition focuses
on Asians, casino group pursues own niche by engaging Spanish speakers
of Southern California
PRIMM, NV - Last year, the head of marketing for Primm Valley resorts
pitched his boss on an $85,000 entertainment act to fill the 6,500-seat
arena at Buffalo Bill's, one of three budget hotels the company
operates in Primm.
gambling in Texas: Why and when it could happen
Cautiously following in the footsteps of other states seeking a source
of additional income, Texas is entertaining the option of expanded
gaming. The Legislature reconvened on Jan. 11 and if a proposal passes,
gambling could be Texas’ newest version of black gold.
says it's laying off nearly 3 dozen
The Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi notified almost three dozen employees
Monday morning that they are being let go.
named GM at Aquarius Casino Resort
LAUGHLIN — Sean Hammond has been named general manager of the Aquarius
Casino Resort in Laughlin, according to a statement from the casino’s
parent, American Casino & Entertainment Properties.
Wynn nightclub workers say management committed to tip-sharing
When it comes to Wynn Las Vegas nightclub workers having to share tips
with managers, employees say the casino’s attitude about the
arrangement is that it’s never going to change.
seek jobs at Station Casinos
LAS VEGAS - For Chris Roberts the opportunity to interview with a
recruiter from Station Casinos Inc. for 10 minutes meant a chance to
finally get back to work.
M Life loyalty program
MGM Resorts last week rolled out in Las Vegas its upgraded M Life
customer loyalty program
Is Upselling Important? How Can Hotels Improve Revenue Directly from
the Front Desk?
The importance of upselling at the front desk has increased over recent
years due in large part to the changing methods of booking rooms. A
well-managed upselling program can benefit all parties involved if done
dealers train before the opening of Gun Lake Casino
WAYLAND, Mich. - Card dealers for the new casino in Wayland are
getting ready for next month's grand opening.
Las Vegas tourist sues for refund after sex act led to ‘tragic’ arrest
A tourist says he was traumatized when Las Vegas police threatened to
arrest him after he complained about an act of prostitution in his
The Bear Growls
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
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