Ray Poirier

Gaming Today Ray Poirier

Ray Poirier has been a resident of Las Vegas, and a member of the GamingToday staff, for the past 20 years. He was invited by longtime friend and GT founder, Chuck Di Rocco, to leave beautiful New Hampshire to become part of the GamingToday team.

Like Chuck, Ray has had two primary careers: newspapers and horse racing. After a dozen years as a reporter and editor at the Lawrence, Mass., Eagle-Tribune, he left to become publicity director, and later general manager, of Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. The track was ravaged by fire on July 29, 1980.

He later held executive positions with Ogden Corp. at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., and Fairmont Park in Collinsville, Illinois.

Ray and his wife, Shirley, have five children and 10 grandchildren.

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Macau smoking ban adds to casino misery

Macau smoking ban adds to casino misery

posted on February 02, 2015 by

A corruption crackdown by the Beijing government caused gaming growth to hit the skids in Macau for the final seven months of 2014. A smoking ban currently being developed by the Macau government could affect gaming revenues even more.

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Kansas Commission receives four casino applications

Kansas Commission receives four casino applications

posted on February 02, 2015 by

Last week, the Pittsburg City Commission voted unanimous support for the project submitted by JNB Gaming for a $62 million casino complex . Other bidders included Wichita businessman Phil Ruffin.

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Analysts urge investors to look past Macau slump

Analysts urge investors to look past Macau slump

posted on February 02, 2015 by

Yes, things are bad in Macau but investors must think long term. That was the general attitude of most gaming analysts Monday following the announcement that January gaming revenue fell 17.4 percent.

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Golden Gaming, Lakes Entertainment plan merger

Golden Gaming, Lakes Entertainment plan merger

posted on January 26, 2015 by

Blake Sartini has watched his Golden Gaming enterprise grow from a local slots route to a major gaming company. Monday, he announced a merger with publicly-traded Lakes Entertainment Inc. (LACO).

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Gov. Cuomo seeks bigger fourth license project

Gov. Cuomo seeks bigger fourth license project

posted on January 26, 2015 by

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted casino licenses distributed to economically-troubled areas. The committee he appointed to act on the plan awarded licenses in three different areas. That didn’t quite satisfy Cuomo.

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