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William Hill becomes official ESPN odds supplier
Sept. 14, 2020
The William Hill betting chain will become the official odds supplier for ESPN across all its platforms in a deal announced today that expands the bookmaker's ...
In this Dec. 28, 2005, file photo, Judy King of Daytona Beach, Fla., holds her cigarette while playing a slot machine at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Park MGM will be smoke-free when it reopens
Sept. 14, 2020
One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday. Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said Anton Nikodemus, president and ...
Longtime UNLV professor Felicia Campbell in her office in June 1975.
Felicia Campbell, UNLV professor who studied gambling and pop culture, dies at 89
Sept. 12, 2020
When Felicia Campbell first saw what would become UNLV's campus back in 1962, she said, “My God, it’s a gas station.” The campus was just five small ...
An exterior view of the Encore hotel-casino Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Wynn Resorts files lawsuit over ‘melee’ at Strip casino
Sept. 12, 2020
Wynn Resorts is punching back following what the company described as a melee at its Encore casino over Labor Day weekend. Wynn is suing 15 to 20 unnamed people involved in a fight in the resort lobby, according to a lawsuit filed today in ...
Chairs are spaced for social distancing in the SuperBook at the Westgate Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.
Las Vegas sports books ready for big NFL opening weekend
Sept. 11, 2020
Las Vegas sports books are gearing up for a busy first weekend of NFL action, despite the coronavirus pandemic. John Murray, executive director of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, said he expects a big turnout Sunday, even though fans and bettors will have ...
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, left, talks with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther during an NFL football training camp practice Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, Pool)
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 1 winners against the spread
Sept. 10, 2020
Bettors don’t have to look too far to find the biggest line move of NFL’s week 1. It’s come on Las Vegas’ new hometown team. ...
An exterior view of Allegiant Stadium Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
Behind the scenes on the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
Sept. 6, 2020
Keeping the meeting secret was such a priority that Raiders leadership didn’t even put it on their calendars. If word got out that they were seriously flirting with relocating to Las Vegas ...
A first-grader studies in a supervised virtual learning center at the Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Wynn Las Vegas announced it is offering a program that will allow children of employees to attend the centers at Boys and Girls Clubs locations.
Wynn Resorts helps employees struggling with child care issues
Sept. 5, 2020
With many parents facing challenges with child care and distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, one Strip casino company is among businesses that have stepped up to help. Wynn Resorts has contracted with the Boys and Girls Clubs ...
Las Vegas casinos-unions pact extends health benefits into 2021
Sept. 1, 2020
Tens of thousands of working or furloughed employees at the two largest Las Vegas casino companies will keep family health benefits until March 1 under an ...
Dealers wait for customers at a roulette table at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J., on June 18, 2019.
Borgata: Ocean Casino is poaching our execs, trade secrets
Aug. 28, 2020
Atlantic City's top casino is accusing a rival of poaching a half-dozen of its top marketing executives in an attempt to “cripple” it by using secret details about its best and most profitable customers. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Nevada, the Borgata casino says ...
A view of the MGM Grand as seen from Rivea at Delano Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2016.
MGM Resorts set to lay off 18,000 employees nationwide on Monday
Aug. 28, 2020
MGM Resorts International will lay off 18,000 furloughed employees nationwide on Monday, company officials said. In a letter ...
Gamblers place bets on roulette during the reopening of Excalibur Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Nevada casino winnings report charts slow return of gamblers
Aug. 26, 2020
Casinos reported sluggish results in winnings last month, resulting from a slow return of business following more than two months of coronavirus closures, Nevada regulators ...
An exterior view of the Bellagio on Aug. 28. 2016.
Slot player hits $3.9 million jackpot at Bellagio
Aug. 24, 2020
A slot machine player hit a $3.9 million progressive jackpot Saturday at the Bellagio, according to a news release. The player, who was not identified, hit the jackpot on ...
An exterior image of the Mirage May 15, 2020.
Las Vegas’ first modern megaresort the Mirage reopens this week
Aug. 24, 2020
Just in time for Labor Day weekend when Las Vegas visitation is expected to get a significant bump, MGM Resorts is reopening the casino resort that started t all when it comes to ...
An exterior view of Casino Royale on the Las Vegas Strip Dec. 26, 2017.
Nearly 100 workers laid off from Strip property
Aug. 22, 2020
A Strip casino plans to permanently lay off nearly 100 employees, according to a notice sent to state officials.
Rob Bone, vice president of tables, utilities & electronic table games at Scientific Games, poses by electronic table games in the company's showroom Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.
Pandemic is pushing players toward electronic table games
Aug. 17, 2020
Demand for electronic table games has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, as some players want to sit by themselves and casinos seek a cheaper way to offer games like blackjack and roulette, an industry executive said.
Kiosks are set up in the lobby at Caesars Palace for guests to check-in while maintaining social distance, Thursday Aug. 13, 2020.
Remote check-in lets Las Vegas Strip hotel guests avoid lines, social distance
Aug. 17, 2020
When Yolanda Navarez visits Las Vegas, she walks right past the people lined up at the hotel check-in desk and heads straight to her room. A regular at MGM Resorts properties, she uses her phone to pull up ...
An exterior view of the Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip Dec. 26, 2017.
MGM Resorts plans to reopen the Mirage on Aug. 27
Aug. 14, 2020
The Mirage will reopen Aug. 27, according to a news release issued today by MGM Resorts International. The Strip resort has been closed since ...

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Las Vegas casinos with coin-play slots scramble as coin shortage hits US
Because of a nationwide coin shortage brought on by business closures out of COVID-19 concerns, casinos with the coin-play machines have had to scramble to ...
Reeling from pandemic, Boyd Gaming laying off at least a quarter of its workforce 
Boyd Gaming Corp. is permanently laying off at least 25% of its employees because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the company said. ...
Boyd Gaming to reopen Kansas casino this weekend
The Kansas Star Casino will reopen Saturday with slot machine availability only ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Harrah’s joins list of Caesars properties opening next week
Because of stronger-than-expected customer demand, Caesars Entertainment said today it will open a third Strip casino next week. Harrah’s will open at 11 a.m. on ...
Photos: A look inside the remodeled rooms at Harrah's on the Strip
Take one step into the newly renovated rooms at Harrah’s and the upgrades are obvious: The design appears to be bold and sophisticated tones with ...
Police investigating theft of gaming chips from Strip casino
Metro Police say they are looking for three people who stole chips from a Las Vegas Strip casino Wednesday night. Detectives are investigating the incident, ...

Las Vegas Sands coverage

Behind the scenes on the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
Keeping the meeting secret was such a priority that Raiders leadership didn’t even put it on their calendars. If word got out that they were ...
Venetian anticipates reopening on June 1
The Venetian is taking hotel reservations for stays starting June 1, when it plans to reopen its casino, more than a dozen restaurants and shops, ...
Las Vegas Sands plans in Japan are 'unreachable,' Adelson says
Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson has decided to stray from plans to open a resort in Japan. The resort company indicated it ...

MGM Mirage coverage

Park MGM will be smoke-free when it reopens
One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday. ...
Park MGM to resume operations in October
The Park MGM, which has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen next month, MGM Resorts International said today. “Park MGM ...
MGM Resorts set to lay off 18,000 employees nationwide on Monday
MGM Resorts International will lay off 18,000 furloughed employees nationwide on Monday, company officials said. In a letter ...

Stations Casinos coverage

Station Casinos reopens 3 poker rooms with 8-handed play
Station Casinos reopened three poker rooms today, playing eight-handed with plexiglass barriers between players. The rooms at ...
Some restaurants at 3 Station Casinos properties reopening
Some restaurants at three Station Casinos properties in the Las Vegas Valley will reopen starting Tuesday, according to a news release from the company. At ...
Station Casinos to scan employees, guests for fever
Station Casinos plans to check the temperatures of its employees and guests, and anyone with a fever will not be allowed on property, the company ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Wynn Resorts files lawsuit over ‘melee’ at Strip casino
Wynn Resorts is punching back following what the company described as a melee at its Encore casino over Labor Day weekend. Wynn is suing 15 ...
Wynn Resorts helps employees struggling with child care issues
With many parents facing challenges with child care and distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, one Strip casino company is among businesses that have stepped ...
Pandemic casualty: Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas to close
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas will close next week. A casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-trumpeted Las Vegas buffet has largely gone away ...