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North Las Vegas planning consent for Station Casinos

Red Rock Resorts Inc. has cleared a major hurdle in its plan to bring a new gambling-friendly development to the city of North Las Vegas. The North Vegas Planning Commission last week approved the firm’s plan for a 600-room venue with a 75,700 sq ft casino to be built on a 67-acre plot of land situated on the north side of the Clark County community.
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Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot will give a voice to the public regarding the launch of Bally’s casino.

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- #ChicagoCasino community advisory council to gather input on Bally’s project Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced the creation of a new advisory council to gather community input on the city’s #casino plans.

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Station Casinos clears hurdle for new North Las Vegas resort

Station Casinos has won approval for a 67-acre hotel-casino in North Las Vegas. The project is scheduled to go before the North Vegas City Council on October 19. Station is also building a $750 million resort in the southwest Las Las Vegas Valley and tearing down some hotels that never reopened after the pandemic. It plans to demolish the Wild Wild West hotel near the Strip and redevelop the site.  People who lost their jobs at the shuttered hotels would be the first hired at new one. Red Rock Resorts has not been allowed to hire them for 14 months.
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Station Casinos clears hurdle for new North Las Vegas resort

How will New York City casinos affect Wind Creek Bethlehem?

Wind Creek Bethlehem is a straight shot down Interstate 78 from New York City. Trans-Bridge Lines has a daily trip from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to Wind Creek with stops at Newark Airport and Clinton, New Jersey. Several other companies based in New jersey offer daily and weekly trips.
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Related Partners, Wynn Resorts to Bid for Hudson Yards Casino

The casino would be located next to Javits Center on the western side of Hudson Yards. Lawmakers approved up to three full-service casinos for the New York City area in April. The state’s gambling commission has until October to create a board that will oversee the application process. The six-person advisory committee that Related and Wynn will have to win over will include representatives from Mayor, Governor, City Council, Borough President, the local Assembly member and the state senator.
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Related Partners, Wynn Resorts to Bid for Hudson Yards Casino

City shortlists three bids for new casino

Bally's Corporation proposes a $1.74 billion casino and hotel on the current Tribune Publishing Plant. The plan expects the casino to offer 3,400 slots and 173 games, while the hotel tower will deliver 500 hotel keys. Other amenities include a 3-000-seat theater, Immerse Agency exhibition experience, sports museum, extension of Riverwalk, outdoor park, an outdoor music venue, amenity terrace featuring a large pool spa, fitness center and sun deck.
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City shortlists three bids for new casino

Related Companies and Wynn to Bid for New Casino in Midtown Manhattan

The Related-Wynn proposal would have to get approval from a six-person community advisory committee. Mayor Eric Adams will have a representative on the committee, as will the governor, the local City Council member, borough president, local Assembly member and the state senator. The committee will also include the mayor, governor and a state legislator. Mr. Adams has close ties to Mr Cohen, who helped bankroll a super PAC that supported his candidacy during the 2021 Democratic primary. For decades, New York City officials and developers have debated what to build in Hudson Yards. If a casino were built, it would open at a time of more transformation in the neighborhood.
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Editor Opinion: Aspen Mine Expansion Dedication Strikes Jackpot

Aspen Mine Center in Teller, Colorado, has a new expansion dedicated last week. The project cost more than $1.3 million and involved a variety of partners. It houses 15 offices, 20 employees, three or so conference rooms, a drug testing area and a hefty lineup of client services. The client programs are directed by Lisa Noble, who is a seasoned veteran in the community challenges facing southern Tiller. She headed the Gold Belt Communities Build A Generation effort, which helped to spearhead the Aspen mine Center two decades ago. TMJ’s Bob Volpe was involved in renovation of the original renovation.
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Did the OLG break its promise not to allow slot machines in bingo halls? Wong-Tam demands answers from province to find out

Kristyn Wong-Tam wants to know if the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. broke its promise not to allow slot machines in bingo halls. The program has seen 37 Ontario bingos updated to include new technology, including 2,900 gambling machines. There are four modernized b Bingos in Toronto, one with close to 100 machines and three others with well over 100. Experts say the machines use the same sophisticated strategies employed by casino slots to keep users engaged and spending money. OLG says there’s a distinction between the math behind the gambling and the outcomes.
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Did the OLG break its promise not to allow slot machines in bingo halls? Wong-Tam demands answers from province to find out
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Two Lotto millionaires may not realise they have winning tickets

August was an exciting month for National Lottery players all over Ireland, as five new millionaires were crowned in just four weeks. The National lottery urged players to check their tickets carefully, because two of Ireland's newest million euro prizes remain unclaimed. Galway City Council street cleaners scooped the lotto jackpot prize of €5,541,001 on August 3. A player from Co. Sligo became the first millionaire of the special raffle on Friday, August 5, after purchasing their winning ticket worth €1,005,000 million in The Regional Stores, Ballinode.
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Housing to Healthcare: New Casinos Could Help Winnebago Reservation Grow

Ho-Chunk Inc. and Nebraska Horsemen are building a racetrack-casino in Omaha. The new gambling regulations were approved in May. WarHorse Gaming, owned by Ho- Chunk, broke ground on a Lincoln casino in two months. Ho Chunks contributed $6.6 million to the campaign called “Keep the Money in Nebraska” that passed in November. Nebraskans are spending about $400 million per year at casinos in Iowa and other bordering states.
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San Jose leaders say no to statewide gambling measures

Two propositions to legalize and expand sports betting are coming to voters in November. San Jose officials oppose both of them. They fear it will hurt the city's casinos and reduce gambling revenue. The city collects 16.5% in revenue tax from Casino M8trix and Bay 101. It generates about $15 million annually for the City. Online revenue would be taxed at 10%. 85% of the money would go to undefined permanent and interim housing needs, and 15% to tribes for expanding tribal government, public health, education, infrastructure and economic development.
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Bally's Submits Application For Downtown Chicago Casino License

Bally's has submitted its application for a casino license to the Illinois Gaming Board. The company wants to build a $1.7 billion venue in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. If approved, Bally’s would operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North while the permanent venue is built on the former Tribune Publishing plant grounds. Baly”s was approved by the Chicago City Council on May 25. The city hopes the Bly“s casino will generate $800 million in annual revenue at full maturity and generate an estimated $200 million tax revenue for the city.
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Bally's Submits Application For Downtown Chicago Casino License

Osage Nation delays two casino openings to fall 2023

The Osage Nation has been working on two new casino projects in Oklahoma. One is in Pawhuska and the other is located in Bartlesville. Both were set to open in the fall of this year but have now been delayed due to supply chain problems involving materials needed for construction.
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Osage Nation delays two casino openings to fall 2023

Will there be a ‘Mega Casino’ Next to Leicester Square?

Westminster City Council wants to build a high-rise casino close to Leicester Square. The government had previously proposed to allow mega casinos in major cities, but they pulled back in late 2004. East London's Olympic Park and Milton Keynes's casino were opened in 2011 and 2012 respectively.  The plans came to light in October 2021.
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Florida regulators warn Jacksonville officials on proposal to allow "adult arcades" over illegal gambling concerns

The Florida Gaming Control Commission has warned that a proposal to legalize adult arcades in Jacksonville could be illegal. The proposal was filed by City Council member Garrett Dennis. He will defer the proposal until the office of General Counsel Jason Teal tells him if it contains illegal gambling. In 2013, an investigation led to 57 illegal betting arrests and a $300 million racketeering and money-laundering scheme involving the Allied Veterans of the World. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned because of her connections to them. Three years ago, Jacksonville banned what it called “simulated gambling devices” after labeling them a public nuisance.
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Florida regulators warn Jacksonville officials on proposal to allow "adult arcades" over illegal gambling concerns

Nebraska: Ogallala City approves $100M Elite casino project in event of new licenses allowance

Ogallala City Council and Keith County Board of Commissioners approved plans for a $100 million project. The project would be built by the same company that's building a casino at Fonner Park in Grand Island. It would feature a racetrack, a 120-room hotel, 10,000 square feet of convention and event space, RV park and a high-end truck stop. Elite filed for the gaming license on June 28. If approved, it would pave the way for temporary casino by end of this year. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed off rules to allow casino gambling in the Cornhusker State.
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Nebraska: Ogallala City approves $100M Elite casino project in event of new licenses allowance

First Va. casino opens in Bristol

First Va. casino opens in Bristol. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol was the first casino to receive a Virginia Lottery Board license. The temporary space in the former Belk store of the Bristol Mall has 30,000 square feet with 870 slots, 21 tables and a sportsbook.
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Atlantic City Casino Smoking Ban Now Seen As Coming

Half of the state senators are now co-sponsoring legislation to enact the ban. Majority of Assembly members back the bill. Senate President Nicholas Scutari doesn't like smoking indoors. He thinks the industry and advocates will work together to get the law passed. The bill has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy and the Atlantic City Council. It has also the backing of majority of South Jersey Democrats. They are copping to the legislation.
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Atlantic City Casino Smoking Ban Now Seen As Coming

Merkur Slots gambling shop calls for consistency in bid to open 24/7

Merkur Slots wants to extend the opening hours of its gambling shop in Worcester to 24 hours a day. The current closing time is midnight. Shipley Amusement Centre in Broad Street was given permission to open 24/7. The move is part of a multi-million-pound regeneration project in the city centre. It will see the grade II-listed Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange buildings in Angel Street transformed into a new performing arts venue. Almost £18 million was awarded to the council from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.
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Shapack Proposes Apartments, Hotel Near Casino Site

Shapack Partners is planning to build a 1,110-unit apartment building along Grand Avenue and a 141-room hotel next to the Bally's casino. The development will rise 600 feet. Shapack also filed a zoning application to redevelop three sites near the intersection of Milwaukee and Union avenues and Hubbard Street. The proposals include 454 affordable units. Onni Group's plan to develop 2,700 apartments on the southern end of Goose Island, just north of the casino site was approved.
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Shapack Proposes Apartments, Hotel Near Casino Site

City Receives Bally's $40M Upfront Payment For Chicago's 1st Casino

Bally's has paid $40 million to the city as part of its pitch for the $1.7 billion riverfront casino and resort. The money will support the City's pension costs and generate $200 million in yearly tax revenue. Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an extensive community host agreement for Bally’s last week. Baly's casino at Tribune Publishing, 700 W. Chicago Ave., will include 3,400 slots, 173 table games, 500 hotel rooms, a 3.000-seat entertainment venue, six restaurants, and a food hall.
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City Receives Bally's $40M Upfront Payment For Chicago's 1st Casino

Elon Musk's Las Vegas Strip Dream Gets Much Bigger

Elon Musk's plans are often ambitious. He wants to build a city on Mars and revolutionize transportation and energy on Earth. His SpaceX has brought the internet to places it has never gone before and his Boring Co. invented a new way to dig tunnels.
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Two Station Casinos properties in Las Vegas to stay closed until June 2023

Two Station Casinos properties, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho, have been closed since the pandemic. The North Las Vegas City Council approved their closure until June 4, 2023. Station's Fiesta Henderson has been shut since March 2020. Its Palms property was sold to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who reopened it in April 2022.
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California: Elk Valley Casino opens with more space and offerings than previous venue

The new Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City, California, officially opened its doors on Friday. The 36,000 square-foot venue is located off Highway 101 and is bigger by half than the older casino it replaced. It features 300 slot machines, table games including blackjack and Spanish 21, a separate poker room, an events center, Warrior Bar and Grill and The Perks! Gift Shop. Guests at the new property will continue to receive all points and benefits earned at former location. The project took about eight years to secure the federal approval needed for the casino site to be taken into federal trust.
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California: Elk Valley Casino opens with more space and offerings than previous venue

This Week in Gambling: News from Vegas, Massachusetts and WSOP

The 2022 World Series of Poker has opened in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment has decided to rename their Bally's - Las Las Vegas Casino. Station Casinos are still closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Two of them have been approved by the North Las Vegas City Council to stay closed until at least 4 June 2023. The company has announced that they could remain shuttered for at at the least another year. There is a Massachusetts sports betting update just in time for the NBA Finals.
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Indy Gaming: ‘Economic challenges’ keeping five Clark County casinos closed into 2023

Five casinos in Southern Nevada are not going to reopen. The economic downturn is keeping the doors locked. Red Rock Resorts spends $2.1 million every three months to keep the properties operational. The Southern Nevadans produced a gaming revenue record of $1.17 billion in March. It is expected to be higher in the first four months of 2022. There are also concerns about the impact of inflation and high gas prices. For now, the three companies have written off any reopening plans. They are still required to pay state license fees and certain slot machine and table game taxes.
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Indy Gaming: ‘Economic challenges’ keeping five Clark County casinos closed into 2023

Wind Creek Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois

Wind Creek broke ground for a new casino in Cook County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in September 2023. Hard Rock is the only other operator currently operating a casino. Illinois lost $331 million annually in gaming revenue to Indiana.  Hard Rock has been operating in Rockford since November. Bally's applied for Chicago's downtown casino license. It was rejected. Governor Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill in June 2019. He signed it with sports betting. Wind Creek estimated creating 600 new construction jobs and generating $155 million in revenue by 2025.
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Virginia's budget deal clears Richmond's second casino referendum but ties licensing to legislative study on Petersburg's rival bid

Virginia's new state budget agreement includes language that would delay state licensing of a proposed casino in South Richmond even if voters approve it in November's second referendum. The new budget deal would not allow the Virginia Lottery to license the facility if it's approved until after the completion of the legislative study of Petersburg's potential rival site.
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Virginia's budget deal clears Richmond's second casino referendum but ties licensing to legislative study on Petersburg's rival bid

Harbor Park casino on tap in Norfolk

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe wants to build a temporary casino in Harbor Park for the home of the Norfolk Tides. The city's Planning Commission approved the proposal. It's not a done deal, but the tribe has applied for a two-year conditional use permit for it. HeadWaters Resort and Casino is set to open in two years. There will be 625 slot machines and an upgraded restaurant. Dining patrons will have views of Harbor park, though they will need to leave the casino to get to the ballpark gates.
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Chicago City Council Approves Bally's $1.7bn Casino Plan

Chicago City Council approved Bally's $1.7bn casino plan 41-7 on Wednesday. The final step is for the Illinois Gaming Board to approve the casino. Alderman Brendan Reilly questioned the revenue projections of the project.
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Chicago City Council Approves Bally's $1.7bn Casino Plan

Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West

Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West. The vote followed a frenzied week of casino votes at City Hall. Mayor Lori Lightfoot thanks labor leaders for helping her deliver a Chicago casino after decades of "futility". . The Illinois Gaming Board must approve the deal. It was a schedule without precedent for a City council. it was on Monday, recessed, and then the Bly”s plan was muscled through.
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Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West

Who's left out of the casino?

The city council approved a plan to offer Chicago's sole casino license to Bally's Corporation. Brian Hopkins, Anthony Beale, Ed Burke, Ray Lopez, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Brendan Reilly, and Michele Smith voted against the proposal. Sophia King recused herself from the vote. The proposal will now go to the Illinois Gaming Board for approval. If approved, the new casino-resort and entertainment complex will be constructed at the Chicago Tribune’s Publishing Center in the River West neighborhood. Construction is expected to be completed in 2025. Baly's plans to operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North neighborhood in meantime.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Surges To $122 Million For April

Illinois venues in play posted a 15.9% increase in April revenue to $122.4 million. The state received $21 million in tax receipts from casino gaming in the first four months of the year. Bally's was selected as the city's preferred operator on May 5. Chicago City Council could vote on the proposal next week. The Special Committee on Chicago Casino is meeting on Friday. It is expected to delay the vote until Wednesday.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Surges To $122 Million For April

Ricketts signs off on Nebraska casino rules but first bets are still months away

Nebraska governor signed rules to allow casino gaming. The regulations are set to go into effect Monday. It will take a few weeks before any license applications can be filed. Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission will approve the fee structure next month. Then, potential casino operators could apply for licenses the next day. It is likely to be late summer or early fall before work can begin on the casinos proposed at the existing horse racing tracks. at Lincoln Race Course. There would be more than 1,200 gaming stations, 196-room hotel, event space, several restaurants and a spa.
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Ricketts signs off on Nebraska casino rules but first bets are still months away

Suburban Chicago Casinos Nearing Construction

Full House Resorts finalized an agreement with Waukegan to open a temporary casino. The temporary facility will be open by September. It will stay open while the permanent facility is under construction. After the temporary agreement, Full House has an option to purchase the land for $30 million. Bally’s in River West is on track to be operated by Fullhouse. Governor JB Pritzker signed a 2019 bill into law that created paths to new casinos across the state. A $1.7 billion proposal for a Baly”s casino in Chicago was approved by the City Council last week.
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Suburban Chicago Casinos Nearing Construction

Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner

Chicago is in a hurry to approve a $1.7 billion casino deal. Chicago CFO testified that the city loses $1000 million per day in revenue without a functioning casino. Joliet has had a double casino payday for nearly three decades. In northwest Indiana, officials in Gary and Lake County have reacted to recent developments in Chicago. The first casino in Illinois opened May 4, 1993. It was called the Empress. Now it's owned by Hollywood Casino. They also own the naming rights to Tinley Park’s outdoor amphitheater. In Gary, the officials reacted by delaying the casino approval.
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Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner