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Casinos, other gaming establishments to follow new county rules on occupancy, social distancing on May 1

April 23rd, 2021 - 6:00pm
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced on Friday that it will allow gaming establishments to follow capacity limits and social distancing requirements set by their counties when the state turns pandemic health and safety decision-making over to local governments on May 1.

End of an era: Sands sells Strip properties for $6.25 billion

March 3rd, 2021 - 6:30am
Two months after the death of founder Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands has divested itself of its Las Vegas Strip properties, ending an era that began with a long-ago imploded casino that was once home to the Rat Pack.

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Las Vegas-based PlayStudios deal with Murren-led company follows slot machine industry growth pattern

February 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
Arriving late to the party oftentimes has benefits. Just ask Jim Murren.

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Burdened by the pandemic, Nevada casinos see revenue drop more than $6 billion

The MGM Grand hotel and casino sign
January 27th, 2021 - 2:00am
As Nevada grappled with the effects of the pandemic, the gaming industry’s revenue dropped to $18.3 billion in the 2020 fiscal year, down 25.2 percent from $24.5 billion in the previous year, according to a new report from the Gaming Control Board.

Las Vegas Sands' future rests with Miriam Adelson and her nearly 57 percent ownership

January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Long before the passing of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, the casino company he founded and commanded with his overwhelming presence for more than 32 years, was going through a transformation.

Adelson, gaming and political force, dies at 87

January 12th, 2021 - 6:04am
Sheldon Adelson, the son of a Boston cabbie who became a billionaire and left an indelible mark on the worlds of gaming and politics, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 87.

Court finds state gaming regulators don’t have jurisdiction to discipline Steve Wynn

A photo of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas
November 20th, 2020 - 8:40am
In an order issued Thursday, Clark County District Court Judge Adriana Escobar wrote that the state’s Gaming Control Board overstepped its regulatory bounds last year when it filed a formal complaint against Wynn seeking to prohibit the former casino executive from future involvement in the casino industry.

Sisolak appoints his former general counsel as new Gaming Control Board chair

November 10th, 2020 - 3:31pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak has chosen his former general counsel, J. Brin Gibson, to lead the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Sandra Douglass Morgan leaving post as chair of Gaming Control Board

Wynn Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip
October 29th, 2020 - 3:51pm
Sandra Douglass Morgan, who has played a key role shepherding the gaming industry through the pandemic, has resigned as chairwoman and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

A gambler at heart: Derek Stevens opening first all-new resort in four decades in downtown Las Vegas

October 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens gained a reputation for high-stakes sports wagers and a hands-on operating style that evokes memories of the Glitter Gulch gambling proprietors of a bygone era. But Stevens credited his father, a retired architect from Michigan who is conservative by nature, with planting the seed for the biggest bet taken on downtown Las Vegas in 40 years.

Nevada Supreme Court rules in favor of former hair stylist sued for defamation by Steve Wynn over sexual misconduct allegations

September 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
In a three-justice opinion issued Tuesday, members of the court reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled in favor of Jorgen Nielsen in an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a defamation claim filed by Wynn in April 2018. The lawsuit was filed after the former hair stylist went on the record for a Wall Street Journal investigation into Wynn’s alleged sexual harassment against employees that ultimately contributed to his departure from the publicly traded casino company.

As online gaming expands in the U.S., experts worry Nevada could be left behind

August 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
In April and May combined, when Nevada’s casinos were closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, statewide gaming revenues totaled $9.44 million, a more than 99 percent decline over the same two months in 2019.

Suit alleges Vegas police violated constitutional rights in handcuffing, frisking all Black attendees at party, labeling it gang event

Clark County Detention Center
August 18th, 2020 - 11:51am
The incident, which a court later said happened without specific or credible evidence of criminal gang activity, denied the plaintiffs equal protection and caused them severe emotional distress, according to the complaint.

Gaming Control Board files health and safety complaint against the Sahara Las Vegas

August 5th, 2020 - 12:15pm
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has lodged its first COVID-19-related complaint against a Las Vegas Strip property. The regulatory agency filed a complaint Monday against the Sahara Las Vegas with the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Culinary Union begins court battle over COVID-19 protections for Las Vegas Strip workers

June 29th, 2020 - 12:52pm
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has filed a lawsuit against three Las Vegas Strip properties, alleging employees aren’t being protected from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Survey shows tourists getting cold feet as coronavirus cases spiral upward

June 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
On questions about when international flights to Las Vegas would resume, whether rodeos could fill seats and when conferences of more than 50 people would be back, Hill responded that “projecting things based on a calendar at this point is more difficult than projecting things based on the health situation.”

Culinary Union wants face masks required in public areas

June 22nd, 2020 - 1:57pm
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is calling state and local leaders to follow California’s lead and enact a policy requiring face masks in public areas.

Digital and cashless gaming technology viewed as bringing casinos into the 21st century

June 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Cashless gaming has been used on slot machines throughout the casino industry for at least two decades, although it wasn’t initially accepted by customers. When the original systems, dubbed ticket-in/ticket-out, were introduced, they confused older slot players, who didn’t understand why winnings came out in the form of a ticket voucher, rather than cash, which they had originally loaded into the machine.

Sportsbooks see betting enthusiasm, especially via mobile apps, even as athletic events are slow to return

June 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
For nearly three months — a time period normally marked by March Madness, the debut of Major League Baseball and professional hockey and basketball playoffs — all was quiet in Nevada’s sportsbooks. Now, the familiar hum of activity inside these sports-viewing meccas is returning despite a coronavirus-altered athletic landscape.

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