The Casino Industry Insider by Ray Poirier - 07-08-08

Jul 8, 2008 7:00 PM

The Casino Industry Insider by Ray Poirier | THE INSIDER: Indiana gaming regulators have changed the "junketeers" rule to permit more groups to participate by lowering the registration fee to $250 from $5,000.

Well-known poker consultant, author and player David Sklansky has been added to PokerTek’s team of experts. PokerTek Inc. (PTEK) has introduced a dealer-less poker table to the industry.

Harrah’s Entertainment says it will pay the interest on some of its bonds with additional debt. This will permit the company to preserve its cash to be used for other purposes.

MTR Gaming Group Inc. (MNTG) has opened a 50-table card room at Running Aces harness racetrack in Columbus Township, Minnesota.

Douglas County, Nevada, commissioners have voted 3-2 to deny "The Beverly Hillbillies" star Max Baer Jr. to right to install a casino sign that far exceeds the county restrictions.

An estimated 9,000 players stood in line to be among the first to hit the video lottery machines at the new Hollywood Slots at Bangor Casino in Bangor, Maine, a facility recently built by Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN).

The National Labor Relations Board has certified the selection of the UAW union to represent the dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Analysts at JP Morgan Securities have upgraded the shares of Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) from "underweight" to "neutral."

After struggling to come up with the financing for his $780 million casino project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, developer Don Barden has asked for permission to delay construction of certain parts of the plan.

Nevada Gold & Casinos Inc. (UWN) will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008 results on Thursday, July 10, at 2 p.m. PDT.