Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the Strip

Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the Strip
Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the StripIt might not be drawing all the publicity as its neighboring arena project on the Strip, but the new park under construction next to New York-New York Hotel & Casino that will lead people from the Strip to the $375 million arena is showing its first green signs.Mature trees such as acacia, mesquite and palo verde, landscaping including native and desert-adaptive plants and planters made from local-quarried sandstone are being installed for the “microclimate” in the 5.5-acre park.Called the Park, the new area leads to a plaza and, then, the 20,000-seat arena being built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).The arena, park and plaza are scheduled to open in April. AEG and MGM Resorts are partnering on the arena and plaza, and MGM is building the park by itself. MGM Resorts is spending $100 million on the park, including costs for the New York-New York and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino plaza renovations, while MGM and AEG are sharing the cost for the new plaza serving the arena.The park’s trees, shade structures and misting system being built are expected to lower temperatures by 10 degrees and offer a cool refuge from life on the Strip, said Don Thrasher, president of Park District Holdings LLC, an MGM Resorts International subsidiary.The park entrance near the Shake Shack restaurant at New York-New York is the main pedestrian entry to the MGM-AEG arena for people walking along Las Vegas Boulevard. Passing foot traffic is 30,000 daily, Thrasher said this week.Park visitors will stroll about 800 feet on a paved walkway made from 2-feet-by-2-feet marble cobblestones, with various patterns and colors, before reaching the 75,000-square-foot plaza.The park runs along New York-New York’s northern side and will include five indoor-outdoor food and beverage outlets linked to New York-New York. MGM Resorts will own two of the food places, national brands will run two others and a local group will manage the fifth food spot, Thrasher said.The park will include eight fixed kiosks, too, he said.In all, about 200 trees are being planted through the park, along the plaza perimeter and a gentle-curving road that will lead from the Strip to Monte Carlo. The road, formerly Rue de Monte Carlo, is now called Park Avenue and was realigned to include the gentle curves.The park will have no grass, but crews are installing native landscape that can cope with the region’s desert climate.The plaza of just less than 2 acres will lead to the front of the arena, which is already adorned with glass. The arena is expected to host more than 100 annual events such as boxing matches, concerts, basketball games and Ultimate Fighting Championship shows. It will also host a National Hockey League team if the NHL approves prospective owner Bill Foley’s bid for a new franchise. A new NHL team could play as early as the 2017-18 season.Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.

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Howard Stutz – Inside Gaming: R&R's D.C. division to oversee MGM National Harbor marketing

Howard Stutz – Inside Gaming: R&R's D.C. division to oversee MGM National Harbor marketing
Howard Stutz – Inside Gaming: R&R’s D.C. division to oversee MGM National Harbor marketing“What happens in D.C., stays in D.C.,” probably won’t fly.Las Vegas-based marketing firm R&R Partners will play a role in launching the $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor development, a resort complex under construction across the Potomac River from the nation’s capitol.The contract to oversee brand marketing efforts for the project, which will be operated by Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International, was awarded to R&R Resources+. The firm is headed by Steven Horsford, who represented Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District before losing his re-election bid last fall. R&R Partners is a minority owner of R&R Resources+, which earned the contract through its status as an independently owned Minority Business Enterprise.R&R Resources+ will focus on diversity marketing, corporate social responsibility and workforce strategy for the hotel-casino, which is part of the National Harbor development in Prince George’s County, Md. The MGM project is expected to open late next year.For politically-connected R&R Partners, best known for its work with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and developers of the well-known Las Vegas slogan, “What happens here, stays here,” MGM National Harbor provides the firm with a showpiece project outside its home market.”It’s going to take a sustained marketing effort that’s customized to the area,” said R&R Partners CEO Billy Vassiliadis. “It’s a great project for Steven and his team as well as a being a great opportunity for MGM.”Vassiliadis said a goal of the R&R’s Capitol Hill office is to find clients outside the traditional political spectrum.”There is a great story here with this project and how it is being viewed within the Maryland community,” Vassiliadis said.MGM National Harbor is attached to the 150-acre National Harbor development, a mixed-used retail, dining, residential and hotel complex built by the Peterson Cos. of Fairfax, Va. The site once housed a rock and gravel quarry along the Potomac River.More than 5,000 people work in National Harbor, and the location draws 8 million to 10 million annual visitors. The 2,000-room Gaylord National has nearly 500,000 square feet of meeting space. The development has a water taxi service that ferries visitors to and from the National Mall in Washington; historic Alexandria, Va.; Georgetown; and Washington Nationals baseball games.Analysts have touted the earnings potential of MGM National Harbor, which sits on a quarter-mile-long, 23-acre site along Interstate 95. It will house a 125,000 square-foot casino, a 24-story, 308-room hotel tower, retail, restaurants, a spa and convention and meeting space.Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets gaming analyst Steve Wieczynski said the resort has the potential to be one of the top-producing regional gaming facilities in the United States. He predicted MGM National Harbor will produce annual cash flow of $175 million to $250 million.The region’s gaming environment is competitive. The northern Virginia area is filled with potentially lucrative gaming customers. Those players travel to Atlantic City, or head to casinos in West Virginia (Penn National Gaming’s Charlestown Races), or Baltimore (Cordish Cos.’ Maryland Live! and Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s Horseshoe Casino Baltimore).That’s one reason MGM National President Lorenzo Creighton wanted a firm with “strong expertise in the hospitality and gaming industries, as well as deep market knowledge and extensive relationships in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, all of which are assets to our business.”Before getting elected to Congress in 2012, Horsford, a Democrat, spent 10 years as the CEO of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Nevada largest workforce agency, which trained thousands for workers for hotel-casino industry.Horseford said MGM’s well-established commitment to a diverse workforce will be well-received in Prince George’s County.”Throughout my career, I have supported this philosophy, that diversity and equal opportunity are critical to a thriving marketplace,” Horsford said. “It’s gratifying to find myself back where it all started.”Horsford began his career with R&R, working for the company’s government affairs team in Las Vegas and Carson City.MGM National Harbor is expected to open by the end of 2016 or early 2017.Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.

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Success! Amazing Footage Of The First Slot Machine In Space Is Released

Success! Amazing Footage Of The First Slot Machine In Space Is Released
Success! Amazing Footage Of The First Slot Machine In Space Is ReleasedSAN JACINTO, Calif., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – It was a galactic 20 years in the making but finally on the morning of Sunday, June 14th 2015, just before 10 a.m. – the team at Soboba had lift off! 25 crew members, engineers and volunteers gathered just outside Lovelock, Nevada to cheer on the first slot machine successfully launched into space.Soboba Casino’s slot, nicknamed “Icarus,” was carried aboard a spacecraft designed by the not for profit and independent space company JP Aerospace. It ascended with the help of a super high-altitude weather balloon. Rising to an elevation of 99,000 feet (just shy of its 100,000 foot goal) aboard “Away 117,” Soboba launched the world’s first slot machine into space! Also accompanying the miniaturized three-wheel, one-armed bandit was a payload of specially produced commemorative Soboba Club cards by Ablecard of Azusa, California which will be distributed to select Soboba players and VIPs. After a five hour journey and over 16 hours of searching at the edge of a Northern Nevada mountain, “Away 117″ and Icarus were successfully recovered and the spectacular footage of the “slot in space” was intact.”This is yet another first for Soboba Casino,” declares Soboba Casino’s General Manager Scott Sirois. “Our partnership with the great people of JP Aerospace was out-of-this-world and we could not be happier with the result. This launch lets our players know that we will go to the stars and back to win them over.”Icarus is a fully-functioning, albeit much smaller slot machine, and is operated with coins, reels, gears and springs, similar to the devices used when slot machines had their start in the 1900′s. Unlike other slot machines it contained a small, hidden compartment with messages penned by casino employees; this mechanical-celestial voyager is pulling double duty as a time capsule to be opened during Soboba’s 40th anniversary in 2035.”In June of 2015 Soboba Casino celebrated its twentieth anniversary,” exclaimed Soboba Casino’s Director of Marketing Michael J. Broderick. “The Team at Soboba decided to honor this monumental occasion by accomplishing a monumental feat: to be the first casino in history to launch a slot machine into space, and prove that ‘Soboba is out of this world.’ We successfully did it and with that success we have made a lasting mark on space travel as well as gaming history.”The entire journey was filmed, and will be produced and edited by Inman Productions of Riverside, CA. From preparation, to lift-off, to the final moments of the slow decent by parachute, every step of the 12-inch tall, 2.5 pound Icarus’ flight was captured on film. “Soboba Casino’s Mission to Space” will debut at the 20th Anniversary party on June 27, 2015 along with the unveiling and display of the slot machine Icarus and a mockup of the space vehicle “Away 117.”Be the first to see the video of the first slot machine in space: First Slot Machine in SpaceCelebrating 20 years Soboba Casino features approximately 2,000 of the newest, hottest slot machines, an expansive and modern non-smoking room, 20 classic gaming tables featuring all your favorite card games, and a large outdoor event arena which easily accommodates over 10,000 people. Need to recharge & refresh? Visit the cozy Soboba Café and Coffee Kiicha, or experience AC’s Lounge with full cocktail bar and three giant HD flat screens including the “Sobobatron”, the Inland Empire’s biggest HD video wall.Soboba Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. Come join us for all the fun and then some! Soboba Casino. Where Everybody Goes to Play! For more information visit: soboba.com  Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150625/225818Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150625/225819  

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Money Rain—INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES

Money Rain—INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES
Money Rain—INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES It’s raining, it’s pouring! Incredible Technologies’ latest slot concept, Money Rain, boasts an unprecedented 25,000 ways to win with Scatter Ways. Money Rain takes the theme of “money” and flips it on its head, literally. The innovative reel mechanic featured in Money Rain showcases the colorful money symbols folding in half and flipping, similar to the numbers flipping on a digital clock. Players are hoping to land four or more yellow transforming symbols during the main game to unlock the Money Reel—a smaller sixth reel that is locked during game play. Once unlocked, the Money Reel spins to decide which uniform symbol will replace the mystery symbols as players are hoping to land a high paying scatter symbol for epic wins.  Visit www.itsgames.com for more info.  Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Casino Journal. 

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Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features

Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features
Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features Playtech’s Virtual Football Game due for release towards the end of 2015 In recent years we’ve seen some big name brands like William Hill known for sports betting venturing into the online casino marketplace. Online casinos entering the sports betting arena on the other hand has not been so common, and if you’ve ever wished your favourite online casino could offer a wider range of betting options, software giant Playtech may have just the answer for you in the not too distant future. In a recent announcement the software giant unveiled a series of unique, innovative industry first features within an expanded Virtual Sports Portfolio. This exciting new portfolio which will be available towards the end of 2015 will include a range of fully simulated sports games which allow for realistic betting and gameplay. Licensees of this new multi-channel package will be able to select from football, basketball and trotting, greyhound and/or horse racing, velodrome and speedway as well as tennis, each with its own league and tournament fixtures all with full sports animations and in-play betting functionality. This platform will be available across media including retail, mobile and satellite and will be compatible with most devices. Those in the know maintain that the games will be of the same high quality as Playtech’s casino games offering in terms of the graphics, with these having been shot on location using feature film motion capture technology and real life professional sportsmen and women. The games will offer realistic odds and a host of betting options as well as multi-language functionality with local language commentary being featured within each game, making these games the ultimate experience in virtual sports. Head of Playtech’s Virtual Sports division (yes they have a division for this already), Elliot Norris has been quoted saying that the virtual sports portfolio that the company is able to offer is the best the industry has ever seen. Playtech has also received a number of positive reports from licensees and test audiences in regulated markets – so we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the new launch! Watch this space for release details and reviews.

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Boyd Gaming Appoints Paul Whetsell, John Bailey To Board Of Directors

Boyd Gaming Appoints Paul Whetsell, John Bailey To Board Of Directors
Boyd Gaming Appoints Paul Whetsell, John Bailey To Board Of Directors LAS VEGAS, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that Paul Whetsell and John Bailey have been appointed to its Board of Directors.Whetsell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Hotels & Resorts, owner and operator of 22 upscale hotels and resorts across the United States and Canada.  Bailey is managing partner of Bailey Kennedy, a Las Vegas law firm specializing in corporate and gaming law.”Paul and John are outstanding additions to an already distinguished Board of Directors,” said Bill Boyd, Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming.  “With almost four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul will be an invaluable advisor to our Company as we continue to execute on our long-term growth strategy.  And as one of Nevada’s most respected attorneys, John will further strengthen our legal expertise on the Board.  We are pleased to welcome John and Paul to the Board, and we look forward to working with them in creating value for all Boyd Gaming shareholders.”With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Whetsell was named President and CEO of Loews Hotels in January 2012.  Previously, he was President and CEO of CapStar Hotel Company, which he founded in 1987.  Whetsell served as Chairman and CEO of Meristar Hospitality Corporation, a spinoff of CapStar, until 2006, and was Chairman and CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts until 2003, remaining Chairman until 2009. Whetsell is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and serves on the Association’s Industry Real Estate and Financing Advisory Council.  He is also a past member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).  Whetsell currently serves on the Board of Directors of NVR, Inc., a multistate homebuilding and mortgage banking company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and the national Board of Trustees of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Bailey has more than 30 years of legal experience, with a particular focus on commercial corporate litigation, healthcare law and gaming law.  His clients include many of Nevada’s largest healthcare providers, as well as prominent travel and tourism leaders.  Prior to founding his law firm in 2001, Bailey was an associate and shareholder with Lionel Sawyer & Collins, previously the state’s largest law firm.  Bailey was previously a member of the Board of Directors of SHFL Entertainment, Inc., and was Chairman of its Governance Committee.  He has also served in board positions of a wide range of regulatory and community importance over the last 15 years, including as Chairman and a Commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Nevada State Bar Moral Character and Fitness Committee; Chairman of the Governing Board of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy; member of the Board of Directors of the Council for a Better Nevada; and member of the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.About Boyd GamingHeadquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20030219/BOYDLOGO 

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Baccarat scheme, Reality or impossibility?

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How to increase through any kind of selection of online and mobile casino games like online poker, blackjack and roulette, often the player will be to win constantly on the search for a method their particular opportunities. A lot of experiences Baccarat players think that just about every way a technique is usually so completely based on misunderstandings and appropriate. All of us we announced a look at a few of the most common practices to make a plan to a tangible result on the baccarat technique misunderstanding.

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Baccarat the easiest game in the casino

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Together in answering the question; “What is the easiest game to play in the casino?”, I’m quick to give a long answer. Simple answers not. Although Baccarat is the easiest game to play, it is not the easiest to learn (it may be – I’ll explain later in this article), and it may not be the easiest game to beat (dice game).

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