Casino Insider

Jun 6, 2011 7:00 PM

A bill that would have rescinded a ban on smoking in Louisiana bars has been defeated. State law prohibits smoking in most public places but does not include casinos and racetracks.

Casino Aztar in Evansville, Ind., now owned by Tropicana Entertainment, plans to go forward with a $7 million construction project that was delayed by the property’s previous owner.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) completed the necessary paper work to take full possession of the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, a property that was acquired through the purchase of outstanding debt.

Penn National also announced it had appointed Ameet Patel as general manager of the New Hollywood Casino being built in Columbus, Ohio.

Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) said it has promoted Cori Rutherford to the position of vice president and general manager of Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino in Illinois. She previously was the property’s director of operations.