Casino Insider

May 20, 2013 8:00 PM

Tom Arasi, who played a major role while working for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) in developing the Marina Bay Sands property in Singapore, is joining Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR) as president of hospitality.

Mohegan Sun says it has taken on the Finard Properties real estate investment firm as a partner in its proposal to build a casino in Palmer, Massachusetts.

The California Senate has approved a revised gaming compact Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

Not waiting for further competition from a casino in Philadelphia, Sugarhouse casino has received permission to expand its property with improvements the company says will cost some $155 million. Six companies have applied for the sixth and last Pennsylvania casino license.

There won’t be any additional casino licenses authorized in Delaware. A House committee tabled a proposal that would have authorized the issuance of two more licenses to go with the three already operating.

Gaming Partners International Corp. (GPIC) has appointed Martin Berkowitz as interim administrative officer.

MGM Resorts International (MGM) has requested July 16 be designated by the City of Springfield, Mass., as the date on which the city’s voters will consider its plans for an $800 million casino project.

Plans in Toronto, Canada, for a multi-billion dollar entertainment project that attracted a number of major gaming companies, have been halted by the city’s Mayor Rob Ford.

The Nevada Gaming Commission has approved the acquisition of Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. for $1.8 billion, including debt.

Financially-troubled Revel hotel/casino in Atlantic City has dropped its one-of-a -kind non-smoking policy.

The Biloxi, Mississippi, City Council has approved a resolution permitting the city to borrow up to $20 million to finance the construction of an athletic stadium.

Opponents of a Las Vegas-style casino near Phoenix, Arizona, has asked a federal judge to reconsider his recent ruling that declared the construction plans legal.

The Casino at Ocean Downs in Maryland now operates 24-hours per day. The new hours will continue through September 30. 

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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