Casino Insider

May 16, 2011 7:33 PM

After some six decades of operation under several different ownerships, the Sahara Hotel/Casino on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip closed on Monday.

Amid the crackle of firecrackers and the beat of Chinese drums, the $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau hotel/casino opened in Macau over the past weekend.

The Crow Tribe of Montana has opened the new Apsaalooke Nights casino, replacing the old Little Bighorn Casino that faced several safety violations.

Newly-restructured Trump Entertainment Resorts is considering a multi-million dollar renovation for the Trump Plaza Hotel/Casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The Nevada Supreme Court is in the process of deciding whether a civil sexual assault case against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Harrah’s Entertainment should be held in Washoe County or Douglas County.

Rich Schneider, a former executive with International Game Technology (IGT) and Acres Gaming, has been named chief product officer by Aristocrat Technologies.

Maryland lawmakers have reduced the gaming tax for the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort to 50 percent from the previous 67 percent in hopes of finding a buyer for the lodge.

Tourism officials say there were 3.4 million visitors to Las Vegas during the month of March, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.

VictoryLand Greyhound Park in Shorter, Alabama, has ended live racing.

Resort fees, a controversial charge being applied to hotel bills throughout the hospitality industry, will no longer be charged by Caesars Entertainment Corp , according to a company spokesman.

Activists in Illinois say they had enough votes to ban smoking in that state’s casinos but were stymied because Sen. Martin Sandoval would not bring the bill up for a committee vote.

Missouri banker Shaun Hayes has resigned from the board of directors of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE) for personal reasons.

Atlantic City reported a 7.1 percent decline in gambling revenues during the month of April. Proceeds shrank to $289.4 million.

Federal prosecutors in New York have confirmed that deals have been reached with all three indicted Internet poker site operators that will permit them to distribute the funds held for poker players.