Casino Insider

Jul 1, 2013 6:00 PM

No one is saying just how it happened but the legislation that authorized the expansion of gambling in New York state does not include a provision that banned accepting campaign contributions from casino operations. The provision was part of the original bill but somewhere along the line it was deleted.

Bob McDevitt, longtime leader of the largest casino workers union, has been re-elected to another three-year term of Local 54, UNITE-HERE.

The Navajo Nation Council has approved a bill that will make it possible for gamblers at tribal casinos to consume alcohol while gambling.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a two-year budget that does not include any gambling revenues and fails to address the financing for the state’s deteriorating highways. She said a special session may be called in the fall.

Harry Curtis, gaming analyst for Nomura Equity Research, has raised his rating on MGM Resorts International from neutral to buy. He also raised his share target price from $16 to $18.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a racetrack that also has a casino-style operation, says it will add 50 new gambling terminals this month. To make room for the machines, the operators say they will reduce the size of their poker room.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) announced CFO Kenneth Kay will leave that position at the end of this month. A search is underway to replace the executive.

The case of a Las Cruces, New Mexico, resident who was arrested for running an Internet café, will be heard by the state Supreme Court. His conviction in a lower court was overturned by a decision of the Court of Appeals.

A federal judge has ruled Arizona’s compact governing Indian gaming doesn’t ban more tribal casinos from opening in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

An Ohio legislative panel has dropped a budget proposal that would have required casinos to keep patron photos on file for five years. It originally was suggested keeping the photos would help in reducing money laundering. The matter will be studied by the Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering.

Louisiana state officials reported Dale Hall, chairman of the state’s Gaming Control Board, has died from complications resulting from surgery.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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