LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 31-year-old former Las Vegas casino worker has been sentenced in federal court to probation and to pay a portion of about $232,000 in restitution for his role in what authorities say was an $800,000 betting fraud scheme.
Matthew Kidle on Monday became the last of three former Palms Casino Resort race and sports book employees sentenced in the case stemming from horse races wagers between 2006 and 2007.
Kidle pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Kidle apologized before sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey.
Former Palms sports book supervisor Michael Albanese was sentenced in July to one year in federal prison.
Former sports book ticket writer Kassie Baker was sentenced in May to three years’ probation.

'CABINET DEBATE.' President Benigno Aquino III is awaiting the Cabinet recommendation on Caesars Entertainment’s bid to obtain a license to operate in the Philippines. File photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet officials are divided over the possible entry of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) – America's largest casino operator – in the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III said on Wednesday, October 22.

Asked about the status of CZR's plan to apply for a license to operate in the country at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Aquino said, "That is subject to debate amongst the Cabinet....I’m still awaiting the consensus coming from the Cabinet when they present it to me."

He said that "there are sectors that are saying they (CZR) will not add to the gaming industry and the revenues, therefore, of government; there is a sector that says Caesars is a brand name that kind of tells the world that we’re, in a sense, we have arrived."

In his 4-hour technical stop in Los Angeles in September, the last leg of his working visit to the US, Aquino met with CZR chairman Gary Loveman and Steven Tight, president of CZR's international developing unit, upon their request. They expressed their interest to build a billion-dollar resort in the country.

So far, Aquino said only the Department of Tourism supports the proposal, while the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is against it, while the Department of Finance “is in between the two.”

"At the end of the day, they come in, is there a net gain or a net minus? And that is what I’m asking or waiting from the Cabinet clusters concerned to come up....We’re reviewing whether or not it is worth...all the attendant hassles," he said, adding that the proposed casino-resort is expected to be opposed by the Church.

Aquino said CZR executives told him that the gaming aspect of their proposed Philippine venture only comprises 30% of the income, while the remaining 70% will come from the resort/entertainment aspect.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that SugarHouse Casino has joined the team as an Official Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

“We are proud to add SugarHouse Casino to our growing roster of partners as we work with them in providing our fans with unique assets and events,” said Sixers Chief Revenue Officer Chris Heck. “We look forward to tipping off our road season with SugarHouse on October 29 and building together valuable parts of our in-game experience here in Philadelphia.”

“We’re Philly’s only casino, so we’re proud to partner with the Philadelphia 76ers,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “The Sixers team this season is young and fun—all things we can relate to at SugarHouse—and we can’t wait to cheer them on.”

When the Sixers take the floor in Indiana for their first regular season game against the Pacers, SugarHouse Casino will host the team’s season “Tip-Off Viewing Party” on Wednesday, October 29 at SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125) from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (game tip-off at 7:00 p.m.). Sixers legends Darryl Dawkins and Ambassador of Sixers Basketball World B. Free will attend, along with members of the Sixers Phlight Squad, who will interact with fans and give away prizes. The “Tip-Off Viewing Party” is free to attend and open to fans 21 and over. This event is a part of Sixers Blue Week, presented by Independence Blue Cross.

SugarHouse Casino’s season-long promotions include hosting the $100,000 Buzzer Beater Challenge at 10 Sixers home games (detailed below). During a break in play, one lucky fan will have the chance to participate in a shooting challenge to win the cash prize.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) will release its third quarter financial results on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. (PDT).
Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc. (DDE) has set Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 a.m. as the time it will announce its earnings for the third quarter.
International Game Technology (IGT) will report fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results on Thursday, Nov. 6, after the market closes. There will be no conference call since the company is in the process of being acquired by GTECH.
Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (MPEL) will announce its unaudited financial reports for the third quarter on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 a.m. PDT.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) says its board of directors has added Micheline Chau as a Class II director. Her term will expire in 2015.
Monarch Casino & Resorts Inc. (MCRI) said its third quarter earnings reached $4.1 million or $0.24 per share. Revenue during the period was $48.6 million.
North Star Mohican Casino Resort in Bowler, Wisconsin, has chosen to install an array of systems to be provided by Bally Technologies Inc. (BYI).
The three-deck Argosy Casino replica of a 1920s-era paddlewheel boat has moved from Sioux City, Iowa to Wood River, Illinois.
Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of American Gaming Association, has been named one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C., by The Hill.
Michael Thomas, former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut, has filed an appeal to his conviction of embezzling monies from the tribe. He is serving an 18-month prison sentence.
The Poarch Band of Creeks Indians is expanding one of its casinos in Alabama. The tribe says it is spending $65 million for an expansion of the Creek Casino in Montgomery, Alabama.
Lakes Entertainment Inc. (LACO) has received a payment of $1.4 million from ONDISS Corp. for the transfer of Lakes’ remaining interest in Dania Entertainment Center in Florida.

Chef, restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author Guy Fieri, host of the popular Food Network program, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” has partnered with Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono on the casino’s recently opened Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen.

Open 24 hours a day, the restaurant serves some of Mr. Fieri’s most famous creations, including Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger, Vegas Fries, Motley Que Pulled Pork Sandwich and Buffalo Blue-Sabi Wings. The drink menu features craft beers, Sonoma County wines from Mr. Fieri’s hometown and a frozen tap system shot bar and handcrafted Booze Hound Shakes made with vanilla frozen custard.

Have you ever sat at a winning slot machine or table game and have a person sit right next to you smoking a cigar or cigarette? You can’t breathe, and you don’t want to give up your winning seat. Yes, there are nonsmoking areas, but they have limited table games and slot machines.

Casinos are now the entertainment centers for senior citizens. Have Missouri elected officials or medical providers visited a casino lately? What’s up with casinos receiving exceptions to smoking bans?

In 2004, I had stage 4 cancer supposedly caused by secondhand smoke. I have never smoked a day in my life.

There should be no smoking in all public places. Companies who allow smoking should pay much higher premiums than nonsmoking companies. What about casino employees who have to stand there in a cloud of cigar and cigarette smoke? Jobs are hard to find, and sometimes working in a smoking place is all that is available.

If our elected officials can’t get a ban on smoking in public places approved, then put it on the ballot. The surgeon general has a warning on smoke products, but the state does nothing to protect the health of the people of Missouri.

All voting people, stand up and call your representative to make Missouri a smoke-free state. This includes banning electronic cigarette products in public places as well.