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Pro-casino group launches TV ads

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A coalition of labor groups is continuing to up the ante in its effort to bring a casino to National Harbor with a new television ad that began running Monday in the Baltimore market.


The push follows last week’s collapse of a work-group proposal on expanded gambling that included both a sixth casino in Maryland, in Prince George’s County, and table games at existing slots venues.


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Delaware House approves gambling expansion

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.


In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.


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Nevada Casino Bosses Close Ranks to Support Republicans

Nevada Casino Bosses Close Ranks to Support Republicans | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
Nevada casino bosses fundraise for Republican cause; Wynn Resorts seeks Joe Francis' assets; US legal tussles worry Asian legislators...



Monarch Casino & Resort Inc, which runs the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, saw net revenue grow 3.9% to $34.6m in Q1 2012. Operations income was up 7.4%, but adjusted EBITDA was essentially flat and hotel revenue was off 12.7% due to the cancellation of a significant convention.


A different significant get-together will go ahead as planned next Friday at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian hotel in Vegas. Politico reported that Adelson is hosting a fundraiser at the Venetian on April 27th to benefit House Speaker John Boehner. Adelson’s family spent $15m on long-shot candidate Newt Gingrich for most of the Republican primary campaign, but now that Mitt Romney is seen as inevitable, Adelson is throwing his support behind the overall Republican cause. Recent disclosure filings indicate that Adelson has already given $5m to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Boehner-related super PAC.


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Intertops Stops Accepting New US Players

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Intertops.com, which recently became part of the newly branded Revolution Network, has stopped taking new US customers at this time.


Details of this decision were not immediately known. Upon attempting to sign up from within the United States, the following message appears:


Thank you for your interest in Intertops! Unfortunately, we are unable to accept new customers from your country or region at this time.If you believe you received this message in error please contact our customer support team.


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US casinos slowly coming back from recession woes

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The nation's commercial casinos continued their slow-but-steady comeback from the recession last year, with revenues up 3 percent nationwide and jobs holding nearly steady, according to a report released Wednesday.


The American Gaming Association's annual report noted the nation's 492 non-Indian casinos or other legal gambling halls paid nearly $8 billion in taxes to state and local governments, a 4.5 percent increase over 2010.


The casinos took in $35.6 billion last year.


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Arson charge pending in Vegas Golden Nugget fire

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A 33-year-old man who was rescued by Las Vegas firefighters from a smoke-choked hotel room is facing arson and attempted murder charges in a fire last month that caused minor damage on an unfinished floor but forced the evacuation of dozens of guests from upper floors at the Golden Nugget casino, a fire official said Monday.


Jerod Pressnell was in custody under guard at a Las Vegas hospital, but fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said he will face charges that could get him decades in state prison.


"It was definitely intentional," Szymanski said of the March 15 fire that caused only $1,000 worth of damage.


A motive and method for starting the fire wasn't disclosed. However, Szymanski said arson investigators determined that a hotel safety system had been tampered with before the fire.


Automatic sprinklers snuffed out flames minutes before Pressnell was rescued by firefighters in a locked room filled with boxes of soggy and smoldering linen and bedding on the unoccupied 22nd floor of the casino's 25-story Rush Tower.


No one else was hurt.


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