Casino Insider

Jun 18, 2012 5:26 PM

Gambling revenues in Nevada grew 9 percent during the months of April, according to gaming officials, but visitation fell by 0.9 percent, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) says the company has renewed the contract of Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer, through 2014.

Ousted investor Kazuo Okada, whose 20 percent interest in Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) was bought back at a discount by the company’s board of directors, has asked a federal judge in Nevada to issue a preliminary injunction to protect his stake and return it to him.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hosting a public forum to evaluate the economic impact associated with expanded gambling. Late last year, the state approved a new law that permits the granting of three casino licenses.

The Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg, Miss., will change its name to Lady Luck Casino next year, says owner Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE).

The Seneca Indian Nation plans to install a giant video screen at the top of its Niagara Falls casino. The 20-foot tall screen will display the word “casino” from the 26-story hotel tower.

The new owners of the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County, Mississippi, have told county officials they have established as a priority the construction of a hotel adjoining the gambling facility.

The Kansas Lottery has reported the Mulvane casino, currently operated by Peninsula Gaming of Dubuque, Iowa, but slated to be purchased by Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD), had gambling revenue of $15.1 million during the month of May. That topped the April number of $14.5 million.

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly agreed to ban the use of “Fighting Sioux” as the nickname of sports teams at its university.

A bill establishing rules for all the gaming operations in Ohio was signed by Gov. John Kasich last week.

Now that the deal to build a convention center at Aqueduct racetrack has fallen apart between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Malaysia’s Genting, the owners of Empire City at Yonkers Raceway, a successful racino, say they are thinking of building such a facility.

What was described as an “illegal horse track” was dismantled last week by the Arizona Department of Gaming. The property being used was located half-way between Phoenix and Tucson.

Troubled Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced it plans to cut 77 jobs from its engineering department.

The 20 percent stake in Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino held by the late casino developer Don Barden is being purchased by Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm, thus increasing his ownership in the facility from 69.5 percent to 89.5 percent.

Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) says it has appointed Jonathan Little as director of government and community relations, and Matt Shuffert as senior president of its hotel/casino in East Chicago, Ind. Also, the company says it has promoted Toni Pepper to chief information officer.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) plans a 2014 opening for its Youngstown, Ohio, racino. The license more recently was held as Beulah Park in Grove City.

An appeals court has confirmed the ruling that invalidated a gambling license for a Canadian investor in La Mesa Racetrack and Casino in Raton, N.M.