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January 07, 2013 5:47 PM by Ray Poirier

Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK) has received the demolition permits needed to begin the demolition of River Downs racetrack in Ohio.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Board reports the state’s 11 casinos brought in nearly $2.5 billion in gross slots revenue during 2012, an increase of about 2.7 percent over the previous year.

Iowa Lottery officials say they have no immediate intention of offering Internet gaming and have taken a position opposing federal approval of Internet gambling.

The Gold Dust Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota, has closed temporarily, idling its 52 employees. A re-opening date has not been announced.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is making the jump from jailbird to TV star. He and his new bride reportedly will star on a new cable television show to be called, “The Governor’s Wife.”

Under a new gaming pact recently signed with North Dakota state officials, the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe has been authorized to conduct riverboat gambling.

Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) has already claimed the Louisville, Kentucky, gaming area for its own should the state approve casino gambling. However, Gov. Steve Beshear has already expressed serious doubt such legislation could pass this year.

Operators of so-called Sweepstakes Cafés in Ohio have formed a lobbying unit called the Internet Café Coalition of Ohio to pressure lawmakers to pass a law approving such gaming activities.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at RayPoirier@GamingToday.com.

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The possibility of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas inched a bit closer to reality when owner Mark Davis not only pledged to move the Raiders to the city, but put $500 million into the proposed $1.4 billion domed stadium.

Since its opening six months ago, the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center has nearly doubled its booked meetings and conventions through 2019 and expects to bring nearly 300,000 conference attendees to Atlantic City. 

More than four million people traveled through McCarran International Airport during March, a 5.5 percent increase over March a year ago. It was the airport’s best March total in eight years. 

​Clark County’s gaming win fell 3.59 percent to $796.69 million during March during the same period a year ago. But the rest of the state did not do any better as the statewide win for March was also 3.04 percent lower at $922.27 million.

Leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes have received preliminary assurances from federal officials that gambling agreements with the state would not be jeopardized by the proposed third casino they hope to open.

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