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A deal worth driving for?

Operators of the three Primm Valley casinos are banking that Clark County residents will be willing to drive 45 minutes for a f ree night’s stay . Through Dec. 31, the properties, operated by financially troubled Herbst Gaming, are offering anyone...

Something to ‘bog’ about

Among the holiday decorations inside the Palazzo are approximately 225,000 cranberries poured into the resort’s atrium pond. Ocean Spray donated the cranberries, which are often used as a holiday decoration enhancement. Assistant R-J Business Editor...

The Viejas C****o Arena?

The Viejas C****o Arena? Having a gaming company or gaming executive’s name attached to a building or facility at UNLV isn’t much of an issue. The Boyd School of Law, Harrah’s School of Hotel Administration, Sam Boyd Stadium and the Fertitta Tennis...

Judge Leavitt, meet Las Vegas Sands

Maybe Clark County District Judge Michelle Leavitt won some kind of strange lottery. Earlier this year, her courtroom was tied up during a six-week trial in which Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen won a $58.6 million judgment from Las Vegas Sands...

S&P says gaming rolls snake eyes

Researchers from Standard & Poor’s visited Las Vegas recently. No word on which shows they enjoyed, which restaurants pleased their tastes or if they partook in some gambling activity. We do know, however, that the rating service’s fundamental...

Shuffle Master calls for a cease-fire

The legal hostilities have ceased somewhat between Shuffle Master and Elixir Gaming, the company formerly known as Vending Data Corp. The companies announced Tuesday that Shuffle Master had dropped an appeal related to a patent infringement lawsuit...

Macau casinos face tough Chinese economy

Deutsche Bank’s chief economist in China issued a report recently saying the country’s gross domestic product is expected to slip in 2009. That assessment, said Bill Lerner, the company’s leading gaming analyst, is bad news for Las Vegas casino...

MGM Mirage heightens security

The terrorist attacks in India caused MGM Mirage to increase security at its Las Vegas casinos over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The company operates 10 casinos on the Strip. Cars going in and out of the MGM Mirage casino parking...

Alliance supports online gaming regulation

The Review-Journal carried a two-part Washington Post series Sunday and Monday detailing an Internet wagering scandal where online poker players were cheated out of millions of dollars on the gambling Web sites Ultimatebet.com and AbsolutePoker.com...

Economic troubles hit slot manufacturers

Much has been written over the past few months about the economic troubles facing the major slot machine manufacturers. Industry giant International Game Technology, for example, has reported diminishing revenues and is going through employee...

New casino hopes to match price to patrons

The challenge for Station Casinos in opening Aliante Station is to not scare away the customers. In other words, the $662 million North Las Vegas hotel-casino may resemble Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, but it better not have Red Rock prices.

It's plain that pain's a regular refrain

The delay of a $734 million expansion at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut says as much about the economic state of the gaming industry as the Aug. 1 announcement by Boyd Gaming Corp. that it was halting construction of the $4.8 billion Echelon.

IGT talk amounts to Street nothings

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in August gave Wall Street the impression that International Game Technology had acquired 22.5 percent of casino technology provider Progressive Gaming International.

Signs of trouble from slot giant

Twelve months ago, Wall Street analysts never imagined having concerns about International Game Technology. The Reno-based company, which has a large corporate presence in Las Vegas, controls the lion's share of the worldwide slot machine market.