Casino Insider

May 27, 2013 5:30 PM

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, during April was reported as 3.549 million, a 0.2 percent decline from last year’s 3.554 million.

Ohio lawmakers are opposed to having the state lottery sell tickets over the Internet. A section of the state budget proposes the lottery be prohibited from Internet sales, a practice being adopted by other states.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) announced the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the company’s independent public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31.

Employees at Hollywood Casino Toledo have agreed to unionize. They will be represented by a joint council of the UAW and the United Steelworkers Unions.

Carlos Ruisanchez has been named president and CFO of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK). Also promoted was Ginny Shanks, who was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Las Vegas-based Global Gaming Asset Management, an organization run by three former Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) executives – William Weidner, Bradley Stone and Garry Saunders – has been chosen to manage the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in The Bahamas.

Easing the transition from one company to another, the Maine Gambling Control Board has ruled that Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) won’t have to apply for a new operator’s license when it acquires the Oxford Casino for $160 million.

Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, a longtime supporter of expanded gambling in his state, has removed his name from proposed legislation because of a “perceived conflict of interest” with a law firm where he is counsel.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) has asked an Iowa judge to block a rival to its Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino from developing a land-based casino in downtown Sioux City, Iowa.

The Toronto, Canada, City Council has made it official. There will be no multi-billion dollar casino/entertainment development in that city. The decision places the future of Woodbine racetrack in jeopardy since it was looking toward revenues from slot machines to support its future operation.

International Game Technology (IGT) reports it has received an International Certification Services approval for its China Research and Development Office.

Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) has received a contract from Loteria Electronica International to provide instant tickets and services to the Dominican Lottery.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Salvatore Maniaci, a retired Rio Rancho police officer, to the state Gaming Control Board.

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe has applied for federal approval of its plans to build a casino along Interstate 90 near the town of Oacoma in central South Dakota.

Maryland Live!, the state’s largest casino, has started building a poker room. The room is expected to open in late summer.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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