Casino Insider

May 2, 2011 8:27 PM

Harness racing will return to the Meadowlands racetrack on May 7, according to an announcement made by the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Maine Gaming Control Board has approved the nomination of retiring Public Safety Commissioner John Morris as a replacement for Robert Welch as its executive director.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is dumping Ed Van Petten as executive director of the Kansas Lottery, a job he has held since 2000. Brownback has named former state Sen. Dennis Wilson to the $133,000 post.

Also in Kansas, the House has voted 62-59 against seeking a lawsuit to prevent Peninsula Gaming from building a casino in Mulvane.

Lake Tahoe Planning Commission in Nevada has approved a new hotel-casino to be built on the site of the Tahoe Biltmore. The four-story structure will take three years to build, beginning in 2012.

Ray Neilsen has resigned as executive chairman of Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) to focus on his family’s charitable foundation.

Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc. (DDE) has declared a $0.03 per share dividend to be paid June 10 to shareholders of record on May 10.

A renewed effort is being made in Rhode Island to allow Twin River slots parlor to offer table games, thus becoming a full-fledged casino.

Peter Bernhard has been reappointed chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Iowa lawmakers have ordered the Racing and Gaming Commission to study the possibility of legalizing Internet poker. A report will be due on Dec. 1.

Florida greyhound tracks will no longer be required to have live races in order to qualify for a gaming license under a bill approved by the House of Representatives and the state Senate.

Potential flooding of the Mississippi River has caused officials at Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK) to advise that its $357 million hotel/casino project in Baton Rouge will open in the summer of 2012.

Voters in Calcasieu Parish have approved the plans of Creative Casinos LLC to place the Mojito Pointe riverboat casino in their area.

Gaming equipment manufacturers are expected to participate in the Southern Gaming Summit being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi on May 4 and May 5.

PokerTek Inc. (PTEK) says it had placed additional poker tables at a casino in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A last-minute effort to create a one stand-alone casino site in Hawaii has failed, leaving Hawaii and Utah as the only two states without some form of gambling.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has tapped his close associate, David L. Rebuck, to be the head of the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement.