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New Jersey finds a Ho unsuitable

Pansy Ho, right, daughter of Macau gambling king Stanley Ho and a partner with MGM Mirage in a casino venture in the Asian enclave, has been determined to be unsuitable by New Jersey gaming regulators due to her father’s suspected connections to...

Claudine Williams: An Appreciation

Claudine Williams was raised in the rackets and proud of it. As a schoolgirl in Louisiana and Texas, when others her age were practicing their arithmetic, she was putting her skills to a practical use by dealing cards at a backroom casino. She was...

COMING SUNDAY: The death of a hotel maid

FOR SUNDAY: On the October morning in 2000 that Essie Oten Reed was murdered, she rose before dawn as usual and dressed for work as a housekeeper at Circus Circus. She had held the job 14 years and supported her family through good times and bad on a maid’s wages.

Casino legend Claudine Williams dies

Claudine Williams, a hard-working Louisiana girl who grew up to become a top Las Vegas casino executive and community philanthropist, has died after a lengthy illness. She was 88 years old. Williams is recognized as the first woman in Nevada to lead...

TIME’S UP: Wynn Art Gallery closes

If you have a Rolex, it’s time to check it and note the passing of the Wynn Art Gallery. If you don’t have a Rolex, you’ll be able to purchase one at the Wynn Las Vegas Rolex store on the site of the closed Wynn Art Gallery. Turns out casino boss...