January 11, 2011

M Life Player's Club from MGM Resorts International

mgm-grand-logo.jpgI was surfing a bit this morning and found an interesting post called Who Owns Las Vegas over at's Casino Gambling blog. I've never had much need to join most of the casino loyalty programs since my trips to Vegas are so rare and spotty, but I thought the description of MGM's new M Life program was worth mentioning:

Right now, MGM Resorts is kicking off a casino loyalty program that rivals the old Harrah's program. Their new player's club, called "M life," will include a dozen properties. Your casino action will automatically be updated from every casino in the group, from the MGM Grand Detroit, the Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi, to the company's nine resorts in Las Vegas. In case you lost track, the Vegas casinos include: Aria, Bellagio, Luxor, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, and New York New York.

If you're on your way to Vegas anytime soon (or Detroit or Mississippi, but that seems less likely) it seems worthwhile to sign up since I can almost guarantee you'll end up at one or more of these casinos during your stay.

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October 1, 2010

Supreme Court Upholds Casino Ban On $65,000 Winning Blackjack Player - What?


This is a pretty amazing story, and we had no idea the Supreme court sees such cases. Apparently a player who won $65,000 over a 7 year period playing blackjack at the Grand Victoria Casino on the Ohio River has had his ban upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Tom Donovan became adept at card counting after completing an online course and was able to put his skill to work at the casino before his antics were discovered and he was subsequently banned in 2006.


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September 17, 2010

Waterfront SugarHouse Casino Launches in Philadelphia


That's right - it's finally open - the SugarHouse Casino on North Delaware Avenue features three lucky sevens on the Ben Franklin Bridge in it's sign, and hopefully the luck is really there so this casino does well in the poor economy.

With the casino's opening Thursday, management wants to lure gamblers from the tri-state area into Philadelphia's first casino with the slogan: Philly Loves a Winner. Located a mile north of the bridge in the city's Fishtown neighborhood, the ultramodern, $390 million venue expects to take another bite out of Atlantic City, which already is bleeding billions from mounting competition.

Via Courier-Post at Sugar House Casino  

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August 27, 2010

Don't Leave Your Kids in the Car at a Casino


Here's some advice - how about not taking your kids to a Casino? A Northern California couple has gone to jail because they left their newborn child in a car while attending a casino. The baby girl was discovered in the underground parking lot of the Thunder Valley Casino.

More at Parents of casino car-park baby jailed

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August 20, 2010

Rock Gaming and Harrah's Entertainment May Create 1 Billion Dollar Casino in Cincinnati


Rock Gaming LLC and Harrah’s Entertainment are exploring a partnership in the development and operation of two casinos in Cincinnati that will represent $1 billion of investment. Rock, a subsidiary of Detroit-based Rock Holdings Inc., is the lead on the two projects, while Las Vegas-based Harrah’s would manage the facilities. We are seeing other states which have passed casino bills like Ohio take more than a year to get their casinos even started. Looks like if bills pass in other states like here in Massachusetts, we can imagine the revenue and building of the casinos to take years.


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August 13, 2010

Suffolk Downs Mulls Layoffs After Casino Bill in Limbo

Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe/ File

Owners of Suffolk Downs said they are considering laying off employees and reducing purses for race winners now that the track cannot count on casino gambling to rescue its money-losing operations. It's no surprise with Suffolk downs dumping more than $35 million into the track just to keep it afloat in hopes of slots to help boost the bottom line. Too bad they can't just scale the track down and still make some money.

Via The Boston Globe

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August 6, 2010

Gambling Bill Not Dead in Massachusetts


The gambling bill just will not die. Days after the measure appeared to be deadl, some Beacon Hill lawmakers are discussing ways to revive it, now that the Legislature appears likely to return to formal session to spend an unrelated infusion of federal Medicaid and education money.

We'd like to encourage our representatives to take some time, remove the slot parlor crap, and pass the bill.

Via The Boston Globe

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July 30, 2010

Mass Governor Close to Signing Casino Bill


It looks like the end of the month and session is here to decide on casinos in Massachusetts, and now the governor is backing down on no slots at racetracks. I'm not sure why he thinks that would be a bad idea, given the tracks are already gambling places. We'll see how this turns out in the next 24 hours.

In a significant shift in his public position, Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon that he would sign a casino gambling bill with one slot parlor and three full-scale casinos if legislators agreed to break a "logjam" on other unrelated measures.

Patrick has previously said he opposed slot parlors at racetracks and reiterated Wednesday that they would not provide as much economic benefit as full-scale casinos. But, in challenging the Legislature today, he said he was willing to accept one slot parlor if it was competitively bid and the process was transparent, provided legislators move about a half dozen bills -- including some related to crime, health care costs and economic development -- in the final 48 hours of the session.

Via MetroDesk - The Boston Globe

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July 16, 2010

No Go on Waterfront Casino In Boston


Stephen Wynn of Las Vegas has his eye on the Boston waterfront for a casino, but the Hub Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he would not support it. The mayor insisted that Suffolk Downs, which has proposed a $600 million betting complex, is the right place for the city’s first resort-style casino, saying it has been a gambling establishment for 75 years.

Maybe before fighting over where the casinos would be, the senate and house might want to pass a bill allowing it? Maybe this is all show, and we're on our way to casinos in Mass but it seems unlikely this year or next given the current debate.


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June 18, 2010

Mass Senate Ready to Pass Casino Bill


Even more news on the casino front here in Massachusetts - and it looks like the bill this time does not guarantee an Indian tribe get one of the casinos.

Massachusetts lawmakers are estimating three proposed casinos would generate up to $1.8 billion in gambling revenues each year and add 12,000 jobs to economy.

Massachusetts would receive a quarter of those revenues -- up to $450 million a year -- under a bill released by the state Senate Friday. In a major change from an earlier version, one of the three casinos would no longer be guaranteed for an Indian tribe.


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May 21, 2010

Fall River Mass Casino Faces Long Odds


We've actively tacking the proposed Fall River Casino here in Mass, that was as of a few weeks ago going to be a Bio Park, and that the location of the proposed casino keeps changing. The tribe announced Monday that it intends to scrap plans for an Indian casino in Middleboro in favor of locating a gaming resort at a 300-acre site near Route 24 in Fall River. But the plan, which includes three hotels and a shopping mall, trumpeted by tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell and Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan Monday, may have as many, if not more, roadblocks than the Middleboro site.


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April 30, 2010

What should you wear in Las Vegas or Any Casino?

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See how cool this looks?
Casino clothes can be casual or upscale.

Seriously - what should you wear in Las Vegas or any casino? Whatever suites you. Las Vegas and casinos are a very casual place, with that you can dress as comfortable as you want. Most restaurants do not have dress codes, however, if you are planning on a nice dinner at one of the more upscale restaurants you could be required to have a coat. Your best bet for clothing is simple;

What the full answer? Check out this amazing article over at What should you wear in Las Vegas?

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April 23, 2010

Polling Shows Major Casino Support In Massachusetts

A recent poll shows most adults in Massachusetts support casinos - but most don't want one in their own community, according to a new statewide survey by the Western New England College Polling Institute in Springfield. The telephone poll of 528 adults, conducted April 11-15 and partly during a floor debate about casinos on Beacon Hill, found that 58 percent in Massachusetts support approval of casinos for the state while 35 percent are opposed.

Let's hope that we can get this bill passed in Mass, so we can get the jobs much needed and revenues to support our state at all levels.

At Polling shows casino support -

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April 16, 2010

Mass Senate Takes It Slow On Casinos After House Passes Bill


Massachusetts Senate leaders are putting the brakes on House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s determined push for gambling legislation, sending clear signals yesterday that they would take their time and give the issue a fresh look in June. Yep, they're going to drag their feet on the proposed 2500 jobs, and billions in revenues so each one of them can get their piece. Oh well - let's hope it just passes later this year and we can stop sending people to CT to gamble with money they should be spending in Mass.

At The Boston Globe

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