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She Won Big at the Casino. Her Drive Home Was Terrifying

Authorities say Iowa man ran woman's car off road, stole the $18K she'd just won

(Newser) - What should've been a night of celebration turned into a night of terror for an Iowa woman who'd just won $18,000 at an Iowa casino. One suspect has since been arrested. According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Timothy Spencer of Berwick witnessed the woman hit it big...

In March, US Casinos Raked in a Record Sum

$5.3B was the highest single-month total ever, American Gaming Association says

(Newser) - Inflation may be soaring, supply chains remain snarled, and the coronavirus just won't go away, but America's casinos are humming right along, recording the best month in their history in March. The American Gaming Association, the gambling industry's national trade group, said Wednesday that US commercial casinos...

Restaurant's New Hire Talks, Plays Music, and Works for Free

Faced with worker shortage, Tin Lizzie's in Deadwood, SD, recruited a robot server

(Newser) - At the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort in Deadwood, SD, a labor shortage left management scrambling to figure out a way to alleviate current workers' stresses. "We thought outside the box," Assistant General Manager Josh Thurmes tells Local 12 in introducing the casino eatery's newest staffer: a robot...

Masks Come Off in Nevada Casinos
Nevada Unmasks Gamblers

Nevada Unmasks Gamblers

Governor lifts mandate for most public places

(Newser) - Signs announcing face masks were required came down in Nevada casinos on Thursday, after the state dropped its mandate for public places. The change was effective immediately. "It's really an exciting day," said Stephen Thayer, general manager of the Strat in Las Vegas. Employees were relieved that...

He Won $230K on Vegas Slots and Didn't Even Know It

After casino machine malfunction, Nevada gaming agency's meticulous detective work finds winner

(Newser) - A tourist who visited Las Vegas last month got lucky not once, but twice after he won a huge jackpot from a slot machine and never even realized it. CNN reports on the Nevada Gaming Control Board's "exhaustive" search for the Arizona man after the slot machine he...

Tribal Leader's Casino in a Garage Broke Ground
Tribal Leader's Casino
in a Garage Broke Ground
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Tribal Leader's Casino in a Garage Broke Ground

Fred Dakota wanted more from the US than a promise 'not to kill us'

(Newser) - Fred Dakota, whose garage casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1983 was a milestone for Native American gambling, has died. He was 84. Dakota, a former leader of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, died Monday at his home in Baraga, the AP reports. The cause was not disclosed. Tribal...

Trump Plaza Is No More
Trump Plaza
Is No More
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Trump Plaza Is No More

It's the 'end of a not-so-great era' in Atlantic City

(Newser) - Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has disappeared in a cloud of dust. The gutted casino came down in a planned implosion in Atlantic City, NJ, on Wednesday morning, with the New York Times quipping, "It was not the biggest or the best implosion ever." Still, there was "...

2 Big Companies Announce Layoffs
2 More Companies
Announce Layoffs

2 More Companies Announce Layoffs

MGM Resorts and Coca-Cola join the list

(Newser) - Two more big companies announced layoffs on Friday:
  • MGM Resorts will lay off 18,000 people as the casino industry struggles to recover. That represents about a quarter of the company's American workforce of 68,000 before the pandemic took hold, reports the Wall Street Journal .
  • Coca-Cola said it
...

Nevada Governor Has News About Casinos, Himself

Resorts reopen June 4, and Steve Sisolak was potentially exposed himself

(Newser) - Nevada's blueprint on reopening the state includes a nugget of interest not just to state residents: Vegas casinos will reopen their doors on June 4. Each individual resort will have to submit a detailed plan ahead of time, reports the Las Vegas Sun , but visitors can expect to see...

Tribes 'Can't Fund Any Programs' After This Loss

American Indians are losing their best source of income

(Newser) - When the Kalispel Tribe of Indians closed its casino as the coronavirus took hold in Washington state, it essentially shut down its economy. That difficult choice has played out nationwide as some 500 Native American casinos have voluntarily closed during the pandemic, often taking away tribes' main source of income...

Las Vegas Is Reeling
Las Vegas Is Reeling
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Las Vegas Is Reeling

Job losses unprecedented in a city built on hospitality and tourism

(Newser) - New York City may be the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in terms of illnesses, but when it comes to job losses, the New York Times declares Las Vegas to be "ground zero." The broad strokes are simple enough: About a third of the local economy is tied...

Vegas Mayor Slammed for 'Misguided' Remarks
Vegas Mayor Slammed
for 'Misguided' Remarks
THE RUNDOWN

Vegas Mayor Slammed for 'Misguided' Remarks

She wanted city to be 'control group' for reopening

(Newser) - Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who is pushing for casinos and other businesses to be allowed to reopen, says she wants the city to be a "control group" for relaxing shutdowns. The workers who would actually be affected say they want to go back to safe workplaces—and they...

Vegas Casinos to Close for First Time Since 1963

Nevada governor shuts down gambling for a month

(Newser) - Gambling is grinding to a halt in casino-mecca Las Vegas after the governor of Nevada issued a sweeping statewide order to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Democrat Steve Sisolak ordered a monthlong freeze on gambling, shutting down everything from the famous casino resorts to slot machines found in...

Hundreds Went to the Casino. 200-Plus Got Sick

'How it started at this point doesn't really matter anymore': health official on La. norovirus outbreak

(Newser) - An outbreak of norovirus at a southwestern Louisiana casino has left at least 200 people sick and has prompted an investigation by state health officials. The Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the illnesses reported at L'Auberge Casino in Lake Charles last weekend were norovirus-related, news outlets report. The...

A Collapsed 'Wet Floor' Sign, a Casino, and a $3M Fall

Employee had just walked past the warning without righting it before woman tripped over it

(Newser) - A "Wet Floor" sign warning customers had been knocked over at Jack Casino in Cincinnati, and an employee stepped around it but didn't bother to stand the sign up. Moments later, Lynda Sadowski tripped over it, breaking a kneecap, the Enquirer reports. An Ohio jury has agreed that...

Bellagio Heist Goes South, Suspect Is Shot

Vegas police officer also injured but has already been treated and released from hospital

(Newser) - "I'm in the poker room and we've been locked in for an hour, not even bathroom, no joke!" That was just one of the tweets that allegedly emerged from inside the Bellagio casino and hotel during an attempted heist in Las Vegas Friday night. Las Vegas...

$1.2M Casino Scam Gets 2 Into Nevada's Famous 'Black Book'

Anthony Grant Granito, James Russell Cooper banned from state casinos after ripping off Bellagio

(Newser) - Thirty-two people appear in Nevada's "black book"—the Gaming Control Board's list of personae non gratae in the state's casinos. Anthony Grant Granito and James Russell Cooper just became Nos. 33 and 34, thanks to their role in scamming the Bellagio out of $1.2...

No Easy Fix for Russian Hack That Scams Casinos
No Easy Fix for
Russian Hack
That Scams Casinos
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No Easy Fix for Russian Hack That Scams Casinos

'Wired' dives into how St. Petersburg group figured out slot machine patterns

(Newser) - An iPhone and a few well-timed button pushes by a mysterious patron was all that was needed to make a Missouri casino's slot machine pay out lots of cash. But this wasn't just a random scammer who'd figured out how to play the machine: It was part...

A Slot Machine's Deception, a Man's Tragic Death
A Slot Machine's
Deception, a Man's
Tragic Death
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A Slot Machine's Deception, a Man's Tragic Death

Scott Stevens killed himself after a 6-year gambling addiction—were the machines to blame?

(Newser) - About 1% of the US population (around 3.2 million Americans ) has a gambling disorder, per the National Center for Responsible Gaming —and the Atlantic tells the tragic story of one of those addicts and how a lawsuit took the entire industry to task for his death. Scott...

Trump Wants Name Off 'Appalling' NJ Casinos

The Donald says run-down Trump Plaza, Taj Mahal ruining his 'luxury' brand

(Newser) - Donald Trump is taking a break from protesting the arrival of Ebola-infected health workers in the US to attend to more important matters: himself. Specifically, he's suing Trump Entertainment Resorts to take his name off of Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, two Atlantic City casinos the corporation...

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