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Mountain Lion Tries to Sneak Into Casino

Cat's OK after being caught near Harrah's in Reno

(Newser) - An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager." Healy says coming-of-age... More »

Harrah's Rolls Dice on Surface

Microsoft's touch-screen tables debut at Rio

(Newser) - A Las Vegas casino has become the first to roll the dice with the much-touted Microsoft Surface, a touch-screen table that lets gamblers order drinks, watch YouTube videos, and even flirt. Harrah’s Rio hotel yesterday installed 6 of the tables, which start at $10,000, the AP reports. “... More »

Paris Burned: Hilton Billions Pledged to Charity

Grandpa Hilton pledges $2.3 billion to charity

(Newser) - The woman who made "hotel heiress" synonymous with sex tapes and partying won't be inheriting the hotel fortune: Paris Hilton's 80-year-old grandfather, hotel magnate Barron Hilton, will give 97% of his $2.3 billion fortune to the Conrad Hilton Foundation, reports the Los Angeles Times. In doing so, Barron... More »

Gambling Firm Agrees to Buyout

Penn National Gaming changes hands for $8.9B

(Newser) - The casino-operator buyout spree continued today as Penn National Gaming agreed to be acquired by two private-equity firms for $8.9 billion. The deal, which allows the company to solicit bids for 45 days, includes $2.8 billion in debt. News of the $67-a-share offer, a 31% premium over yesterday's... More »

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