When the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers failed to extend their lease at Orleans Arena, the team took an unconventional route in finding a new home. The Wranglers plan to spend $4 million to build a new, 3,500-seat venue on the roof of the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to the Law Vegas Review-Journal (via Extra Mustard). The 11-year-old team draws about 4,600 per game, and is widely known for its zany promotions (Indoor Winter Classic, anyone?), so playing their 36 home games on the roof of a casino doesn’t really seem that far off the map. Vision Building Systems, LLC, a Las Vegas-based modular building company, will build the metal structure — which will be covered with a fabric shell — on top of the hotel and casino in a spot that was once a parking garage, so it’s able to handle the weight of the venue. The team plans to rent out the arena during off-times throughout the hockey season to increase revenue, but it won’t keep the ice in place during the Vegas summer. The Wranglers finished 12-31 in the 2013-14 season.
REVERE, Mass. —The battle for votes in a casino fight in Revere is heating up during the final weekend before the vote.
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Opponents of the plan have mobilized, going door to door and making phone calls, urging residents to vote against the plan.
“We don’t have a lot of money, we don’t have a lot of resources, we don’t have a ton of people,” Pastor Tim Bogertman, of First Congregational Church, said. “But we have a great group of people who are committed and we’re going up against a giant.”
Religious leaders have led the fight against the mayor and other leaders who say a casino would bring jobs to town.
“We’re very confident going into Tuesday that our voters will come out – similar to the way they did back on Nov. 5th and support this project,” said Mayor Dan Rizzo.
On Nov. 5, Revere voters did approve a casino plan at Suffolk Downs, but residents in East Boston voted against it.
That outcome prompted a new vote and a new plan, located entirely in Revere.
The referendum on the casino plan will be held on Tuesday.
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An Argentine group is converting the Dania Jai-Alai fronton in Broward County to a casino, providing jobs to more than 300 people from poker dealers to cashiers to waiters.
The Casino Club group, with minority partners from South Florida, bought the facility for $65.5 million in May 2013.
They are spending an initial $20 million in the fist phase of the makeover of the Dania Casino and Jai-Alai. That involves installing roughly 550 slot machines, a poker room and a deli, set to open in early 2014.
Long-term plans call for 1,400 slots, hotels and a marina, according to South Florida media reports.
The Argentine group operates 27 casinos, some under the Casino Club brand. The Dania venture is their first casino in the United States, Dania’s manager Bernie Gamboa told local media.
Casino Club bills itself as the largest chain of casinos and slot machines in Latin America. The company launched in 1992 in Comodoro Rivadavia in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region and employs more than 2,200 people, its website said.
The Dania site will become the eighth pari-mutuel in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to offer slots after Florida voters in 2004 allowed county referendums for slots at horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons. The Seminole Tribe of Florida also has three casinos in Broward, reported gambling writer Nick Sortal of the South Florida Sun Sentinel..
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming had paid $152 million for the Dania jai-alai site in 2006. But it chose not to install slots, citing a tax rate of 50 percent (now lowered to 35 percent) and competition from the nearby Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which also has blackjack. Dania and other pari-mutuels can't offer blackjack, Sortal reported.
Once the first phase at Dania opens, owners plan a second phase likely to take about a year to complete. That involves ripping up most of the jai-alai seats to make room for more slots, poker, restaurants and other facilities.
Jai-alai must be offered for property owners to keep the slot license. Workers have left several rows of seats for the few people who still watch and bet on the ancient Basque game. In the 1990s, the crowd was often thousands, but more gambling options and a players' strike crippled jai-alai, Sortal said.
The thud of nail guns and screech of drills echoed inside the cavernous shell of exposed cement, silver ventilation shafts and metal framing of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore rising on Russell Street.
As cement trucks rumbled over stubborn patches of ice outside, Chad Barnhill, the casino's general manager, showed off what will be the 122,000-square-foot, two-story casino floor.
The work to raise the city's first and only casino is "progressing along very well" and is "on pace" for an August or September opening, despite the recent foul weather, Barnhill said.
Preparations for the $442 million casino's launch also are ramping up away from the construction site. Officials at Horseshoe — a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment — are seeking partnerships with city hotels, working to bring in local restaurants and hosting local job fairs. City officials are hashing out transportation and security plans to launch the casino on a firm footing.
While the Horseshoe promises to become the city's next big tourist attraction, city and casino officials understand that defining and protecting the venue's image will be critical to its success.
"They want to make as big a splash as possible," said James Karmel, a gambling analyst and Harford Community College history professor.
The casino's management aims to leverage Horseshoe's proximity to other tourist attractions around the Inner Harbor, about a mile away, and the nearby stadiums.
"It's our biggest competitive advantage," Barnhill said.
Whereas the state's other casinos are in towns — Berlin, Cumberland, Hanover and Perryville — with little name recognition beyond the state, the Horseshoe Baltimore will be "easily recognized" by customers across the region and country, Barnhill said.
"You don't have to ask, 'Exactly where is that?' " Barnhill said. "There are a lot of ways to incorporate a love of Baltimore. The culture here in Baltimore is extremely friendly, in general, and it's very positive for us to be a part of it."
Horseshoe is coming late to the party. The state's established casinos already have built their customer bases. Maryland Live, nearby in Hanover, will have been open more than two years when Horseshoe opens and is by far the state's largest casino.
But Barnhill said Horseshoe is making up ground fast. It has issued a request for proposals from Baltimore hotels up and down the price spectrum to create package deals for overnight gamblers. A mix of "celebrity chef restaurants" and authentic Baltimore eateries are being lined up to "tie together what Baltimore has to offer," he said.
And progress is being made in the race to hire 1,700 casino employees, with special attention going to city residents and veterans. Another job fair is being held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Union Baptist Church on Druid Hill Avenue in Upton.
City officials, meanwhile, are planning to make sure the city's endemic problems — namely traffic and crime — don't harm the casino.
"We understand how important traffic concerns and, most importantly, safety concerns are regarding the location of the casino and people being able to enjoy the casino," said Kaliope Parthemos, the city's deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. "So we are ensuring that we have taken all the appropriate steps to ensure that we don't have traffic problems and that crime isn't an issue or a concern in the area."
Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, a city police spokesman, said the Police Department has been working on a "comprehensive security plan" for the casino for more than a year.
Through a "public safety partnership that exists between city agencies and all the stakeholders" in the casino project, police are working to ensure their presence at the South Baltimore site is "comprehensive in nature" without "pulling resources from any other part of the city," Kowalczyk said.
Barnhill said casino officials also take safety seriously and will employ state-of-the-art security throughout the casino, its 3,500-space parking garage and the property — standard for Caesars venues.
Building a casino in a city like Baltimore hasn't changed Horseshoe's approach, he said, though it might change its messaging.
"It requires us to make sure that we communicate with the customers that this is as safe as any other place," he said. "We're very lucky we're right near the two ballparks. Customers are already comfortable coming down here."
TEMECULA, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was fatally shot in a guest room at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula Friday night.
Deputies responded to the casino located on the 45000 block of Pechanga Parkway around 11 p.m., and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds in the lobby of the casino.
Police say the victim entered the lobby of the casino following the shooting to seek emergency medical treatment.
He was transported to Temecula Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
A female, associated with the victim, was located in a guest room at the casino suffering from non-life threatening injuries.
The victims' identities have not been released.
Deputies say no suspects are outstanding. No further details were released.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding this incident was urged to contact Investigators Bowen of the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Devine of the Sheriff's Southwest Station at (951) 696-3000.
CARSON CITY – A $1 million fine is being levied on Peppermill Casinos Inc. that owns operation in Reno, Sparks, Henderson and Wendover for sending out an employee to illegally gather information on the slot machine win percentages of its competitors.
The state Gaming Control Board and the Peppermill signed a settlement Thursday in which the company admitted the allegations in the two-count complaint.
The complaint alleged that since 2011, Peppermill employee Ryan Tors had a slot machine “reset” key that allowed him to enter the slots in other competitors to determine the amount of hold. That’s the amount of money kept by casino on the wagers.
On July 12, 2013, security caught Tors using a reset key at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. A subsequent investigation revealed that, beginning at least in 2011, Tors had used the reset key to obtain the information in 10 other casinos in the Reno-Sparks and Wendover areas.
The complaint, drafted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Somps, said Peppermill’s management instructed Tors “to use a slot machine reset key to access and obtain theoretical hold percentages information from slot machines belonging to one or more casinos that are competitors.”
The stipulation, signed by Peppermill president William Paganetti Jr., said the casino company cooperated with board investigators in providing records and interviews with executives.
Paganetti said the Peppermill, one of the largest clubs in Reno, did not use the information gained by Tors to change the hold percentage in its slot machines or to gain a competitive advantage over other casinos.
The board said, however, it would file another complaint against Peppermill if it found the illegally obtained information was being used to change the slot machine hold percentage.
Gaming Control Board records show the win percentage on slot machines statewide in 2013 was 6.4 percent.
A reset key enables a person to place the slot machine into an out-of-service mode and permits the person access “to theoretical hold percentage information, diagnostic information, play history, events logs and game configuration.”
The Peppermill Casinos own Western Village in Sparks, Rainbow Club and Casino in Henderson, the Rainbow Casino and the Peppermill Inn & Casino, both in Wendover.
The Nevada Gaming Commission must approve the stipulation.