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Applicants sought for casinos in upstate N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses must provide resolutions of support from local lawmakers and be able to pay licensing fees that will run as high as $70 million, state gambling regulators said Monday.

Casino billboard to start flashing love notes

The Cosmopolitan casino plans to start broadcasting the animated artwork of British artist Tracey Emin on its LED billboards every hour for 3 minutes.

As megaresort trend fades, companies focus on luxury in ‘small’ settings

Las Vegas is getting smaller. That is, if you call 1,600-room and 1,100-room Strip hotels “boutique” properties. By the end of the year, Las Vegas will have about a half-dozen hotel-casinos that operators classify as “boutique,” “luxury” or “lifestyle” in their marketing efforts.

Nevada gaming revenues down 13.7 percent in February

Nevada casinos went into February facing a comparison to the state’s largest gaming revenue month in almost five years and a baccarat revenue month that was an all-time record.

Culinary and Bartender workers authorize strike

Members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions voted Thursday to authorize a strike at 10 downtown Las Vegas casinos and two other properties, though they have not determined when strikes could begin. The authorization comes after a more than a year-and-a-half of negotiation with the casinos, said Culinary Local 226 spokeswoman Bethany Khan.

Sands board member becomes online gaming company stakeholder

New York-based investor Jason Ader, a Las Vegas Sands Corp. board member, has become the second-largest shareholder in European online gaming giant Bwin.party, acquiring a 6 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange-listed business in February. The investment could seemingly put Ader at odds with Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson.

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