Archive for June, 2016

Atlantic City’s Local 54 Comes to a Deal with 3 of 5 Casinos in Labor Negotiations

Atlantic City’s Local 54 Comes to a Deal with 3 of 5 Casinos in Labor Negotiations

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Atlantic City’s casino workers union has reached a deal with 3 of the 5 casinos with which they had been involved in negotiations. If a deal had not been reached by July 4, the Local 54 of the Unite-HERE would have gone on strike. That would have involved 6,500 of the union’s Atlantic City membership […]

A New Revel Casino Would Be Bad for Business in Atlantic City’s Casinos

A New Revel Casino Would Be Bad for Business in Atlantic City’s Casinos

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Revel Building’s owner, Glenn Straub, is contending with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement about a casino license. Meanwhile, industry analysts have suggested that a new Revel Casino would be bad for Atlantic City’s gaming industry. Revel Casino was one of a wave of four Atlantic City casinos which closed in 2014. Those […]

The California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee Has Approved an Online Poker Bill

The California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee Has Approved an Online Poker Bill

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, June 27th, 2016

A committee in the California State Assembly voted to approve an online poker bill last week. The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved AB 2863, which is a modification of earlier iPoker bills which failed to gain traction. Previous bills had a controversial “bad actor” clause, which banned companies which continued to accept real money play from […]

Retrial Hearings Begin for Man Convicted of Murder in a 2011 Nugget Casino Shooting

Retrial Hearings Begin for Man Convicted of Murder in a 2011 Nugget Casino Shooting

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Ernesto Gonzales, the 58-year old man who was convicted of murder in a 2011 casino shootout, appeared in a Reno court on Thursday for preliminary hearings in his retrial. Gonzales had his murder conviction overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court in December 2015. Ernesto Gonzales was convicted of murder and conspiracy charges in the 2011 […]

Boris Johnson Is the Betting Favorite to Replace David Cameron as British PM

Boris Johnson Is the Betting Favorite to Replace David Cameron as British PM

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Brexit vote is history. 72% of all voters in the United Kingdom were asked to answer this question in a referndum on Thursday: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The British exit or “Brexit” vote split the UK elites from many working class voters, […]

NY Assemblyman Gary Pretlow Says Fantasy Sports Is a Game of Skill, But Poker Is Not

NY Assemblyman Gary Pretlow Says Fantasy Sports Is a Game of Skill, But Poker Is Not

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow made a statement this week which is bound to offend many American poker players. Gary Pretlow failed in his attempt to pass an online poker bill in the New York State Assembly. At the same time, Pretlow had been able to get enough votes for a similar daily fantasy sports […]

Golden State Warriors Installed as Early Favorites to Win 2017 NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors Installed as Early Favorites to Win 2017 NBA Finals

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

One of the most remarkable Game 7s in NBA Finals history is barely over and the Las Vegas sportsbooks have released their odds on who will win the 2017 NBA Title. The Golden State Warriors, who lost Game 7 at home by a mere 4 points, are the favorites to win next year’s championship. Game […]

A Man Was Arrested for Grabbing a Policeman’s Gun at Treasure Island Casino Rally: Donald Trump Was His Target

A Man Was Arrested for Grabbing a Policeman’s Gun at Treasure Island Casino Rally: Donald Trump Was His Target

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, June 20th, 2016

A man was arrested over the weekend for his attempt to grab a policeman’s firearm during a Donald Trump political rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. The Californian man had practiced firing weapons at a California gun range, and is now alleged to have driven to the Las Vegas rally in order to […]

Atlantic City Casino Workers Vote to Strike on July 4 If They Are Not Given a Fair Contract Offer

Atlantic City Casino Workers Vote to Strike on July 4 If They Are Not Given a Fair Contract Offer

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Workers at four Atlantic City casinos voted to authorize a strike if the Unite Here Local 54 was not given a fair contract by the start of the July 4 holiday weekend. The Thursday vote for a potential strike is said to have passed by an overwhelming margin. The threat of a strike over Independence […]

Station Casinos’ Owners Are on the Verge of Selling UFC for $4.1 Billion

Station Casinos’ Owners Are on the Verge of Selling UFC for $4.1 Billion

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, June 17th, 2016

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is on the verge of being sold for around $4.1 billion. One of the bids was made by China Media Capital, while the other bid was placed by a combination of Dalian Wanda Group and WME-IMG. Whichever company wins the bidding is going to own the entire UFC. Both sides […]