Casino Industry Insider news bites - 06-16-2009

Jun 16, 2009 5:00 PM
The Insider by Ray Poirier |

Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) has been selected by the Arizona Lottery to be its primary instant ticket vendor. Also the NFL has endorsed a SGMS subsidiary as the company to provide the expertise related to the use of professional football themed scratch-off lottery tickets.

WMS Industries (WMS) has extended its license agreement with toy maker Hasbro Inc. through 2016. The company has enjoyed a great deal of success with the Monopoly brand.

A West Virginia lawmaker has switched sides and now endorses permitting a county vote to see if Charles Town racetrack should be permitted to have table games. The property is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN).

Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has asked that the operating licenses of two dog tracks he owns in Kansas not be revoked until he has had a chance to lobby lawmakers to increase his share of slots revenues.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says the new Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) casino in Bethlehem is "probably the most successful brownfield redevelopment project in the country."

The New Mexico Gaming Control Board has approved a casino license for a proposed $50 million racetrack in Raton.