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After underwhelming first year, can casino improve fortunes?

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Aerosmith, New England Patriots cheerleaders and a five-tier birthday cake: Massachusetts' first Las Vegas-style casino is throwing itself an indulgent birthday bash Saturday. But one year after opening in western Massachusetts, MGM Springfield has underperformed its lofty revenue promises...

FireKeepers Casino celebrates a decade of growth

Aug. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Henry and Pat Jones were visiting Michigan to see family and tour the state's casino circuit. Earlier this month, the Florida couple made a stop at FireKeepers Casino, which was celebrating its 10-year anniversary. As ABBA's "Money, Money, Money" played over speakers and flashing...

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering. Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola and Waterloo offered betting on-site and through a mobile app, while casinos in...

New Mexico casino allows bets on in-state university teams

Aug. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico casino has made the decision to accept bets on collegiate football and basketball games involving in-state teams, a report said. Isleta Resort & Casino will accept wagers on the University of New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State University Aggies beginning this...

Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for Connecticut

Jul. 23, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There she is. Here she isn't. Miss America is leaving Atlantic City for the second time, trading one casino town for another in a move that caps a whirlwind of change at the nearly century-old pageant. This year's pageant will be held at the Mohegan Sun Connecticut in Uncasville,...

Indiana casino hotel closes with planned move to inland site

Jul. 15, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 300-room hotel built opened by Donald Trump's casino company in 1998 to help draw gamblers to a northwestern Indiana casino has been shut down. The June 30 closure came as the current owner of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary is working to move it from along Lake Michigan to a location...

Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

Jul. 15, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago. The Gaming Board announced last week that it had selected Union Gaming Analytics of Las Vegas. The study is required by the gambling expansion law Gov. J.B. Pritzker...

1st racially integrated Las Vegas casino redevelopment eyed

Jul. 5, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The site of the first racially integrated casino in Las Vegas is part of a redevelopment plan aimed at revitalizing the city's west side. The Las Vegas Sun reports the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority is one of several entities that could buy the former Moulin Rouge hotel for a...

Las Vegas resort's 'The Strip Starts Here' stirs pushback

Jul. 4, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas resort's new slogan "The Strip Starts Here" is sparking pushback from nearby hotels and casinos. KSNV-TV reports the SLS Las Vegas recently celebrated its rebranding and name change to the SAHARA but its hashtag #TheStripStartsHere is facing playful criticism. For example,...

All backgrounds bet on becoming World Series of Poker champ

Jun. 28, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

Tens of thousands of professional and amateur poker players go on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas every summer in hopes of returning home richer, owning a gold bracelet and having considerable bragging rights. They are young and old and overwhelmingly male. They are college dropouts and accountants, entrepreneurs and...