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Thousands of online, sports bets placed on Conn.'s 1st day

Oct. 19, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Thousands of virtual bets started being placed early Tuesday, the first day that online sports wagering and casino games were made available to all eligible adults within Connecticut. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owners of Foxwoods...

Maui hotel workers will need to apply for jobs after sale

Oct. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Employees of the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui will have to apply for jobs once new operators of the hotel take over later this year. BlackSand Capital, a Hawaii real estate investment firm led by Honolulu developer B.J. Kobayashi, said last week...

Gila River tribe breaks ground on 4th casino in Phoenix area

Oct. 19, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Gila River Indian Community’s gambling operation has begun construction of its fourth casino in metro Phoenix. Gila River Hotels & Casinos on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Santan Mountain casino, which will be...

New Jersey has its first $1 billion month in sports betting

Oct. 18, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's sports betting industry became the first in the United States to take in more than a billion dollars' worth of bets in a single month, in September, as football season sent more gamblers to sports books and, crucially, their phones, according to...

Foxwoods casino seeks approvals to build high-end RV park

Oct. 15, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PRESTON, Conn. (AP) — The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owners and operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino, is seeking to develop a luxury RV resort on land the tribal nation has owned since 1994. The tribe and Blue Water Development Corp., of Ocean City, Maryland, recently...

Developer aims to bring 4th hotel to Honolulu suburb

Oct. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A developer aims to bring a fourth hotel to the Honolulu suburb of Kapolei amid demand from local residents and business travelers for less expensive hotel rooms outside of resort districts. A Utah-based partnership is seeking a city permit to build a...

Sale of half Ocean casino to Detroit Ilitch group approved

Oct. 14, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey gambling regulators on Thursday approved the sale of half of Atlantic City's Ocean Casino Resort to the Ilitch organization, which owns professional sports teams, a nationwide pizza chain and a casino in Detroit. The New Jersey...

Caesars Entertainment, Spiegelworld ink $75M theaters deal

Oct. 14, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Caesars Entertainment and the company that produces the show “Absinthe” in Las Vegas are teaming up on theater and dining projects in three states that will cost nearly $75 million. Caesars told The Associated Press on Thursday it has...

Attorney: Photo business that closed working with customers

Oct. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An attorney for a North Dakota photography business that abruptly went out of business and left many wedding couples in limbo said Wednesday the company is working to release photos and images, It's unclear whether customers who paid in advance for uncompleted work...

Latin casino operator buys Vegas Strip parcel for $120M

Oct. 13, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Chilean businessman and co-founder of the largest casino resort operator in Latin America has reached an agreement to buy 10 acres (4 hectares) of Strip-front land that formerly housed the Riviera from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $120 million. ...