August 3, 2013
I actually live in Las Vegas and did a staycation at the Rio. The $18 resort fee, more reasonable than some, includes use of the gym and the hotel's luxurious spa. I spent hours in the spa - whirlpool, steam room, sauna - and it was all included in the per-night fee. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino , 3700 W. Flamingo Road; (866) 746-7671 Ruth Furman Las Vegas
July 31, 2013 |
RealNetworks Inc., the company that makes the RealPlayer streaming software, is betting it can revive its casual games business with the help of its casino games on Facebook. The casino arm, which features games including video poker and blackjack, is part of the Seattle company's GameHouse division . The company is trying to get more users and increase engagement by launching GameHouse Casino Plus, a monthly sweepstakes in which users can enter to win $100,000. Rob Glaser, founder and interim chief executive of RealNetworks, said casual games are a difficult business because there are many competitors and all the games are essentially the same.
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July 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A Central Valley Indian tribe has earned the right to build a new casino with 2,000 slot machines near the city of Madera, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. Brown's action permits the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to proceed with the controversial casino, ending a fight that divided Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento and could reshape the future of gambling in California. The deal was made possible through a rare federal approval process that allowed the tribe to build on land it has just recently acquired.
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June 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate gave final approval to a controversial new tribal casino that divided Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento and could reshape the future of gambling in California. The 22-11 vote, which split members of both parties, will allow the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a new casino with 2,000 slot machines on a 300-acre parcel just north of Madera in the Central Valley that was once slated to be a NASCAR track. The deal was made possible through a rare federal approval process that allowed the tribe to build on land it has just recently acquired.
June 16, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - He's the biggest nightclub owner in Los Angeles, the man whose Hyde Lounge and Shelter became prime hunting grounds for the paparazzi. He's been photographed cozying up with Paris Hilton, Kristin Cavallari and Sofia Vergara. When HBO's "Entourage" needed a club owner, he got the part - playing himself. Now Sam Nazarian is moving to shed his party boy image and become a Vegas mogul, hoping to parlay his success in L.A.'s fiercely competitive club scene into the cutthroat world of casinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 |
A wildfire was burning Sunday afternoon near the Morongo Indian Reservation northwest of Banning, officials said. The Hathaway fire started just before noon in Hathaway Canyon and had reached 1,300 acres by early Sunday evening. No houses or structures were threatened by the blaze, but authorities said it was sending a plume of smoke toward Big Bear. About 400 firefighters were fighting the fire, aided by nine air tankers and five helicopters. Elsewhere, firefighters in L.A. County battled small brush and grass fires in Gorman and Lake View Terrace on Sunday but brought them quickly under control.
May 14, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A Hong Kong businessman hit a $70-million court-awarded jackpot Tuesday when a jury agreed that he had helped the casino empire run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson get a gambling foothold in China. This is the second time in five years that jurors have awarded consultant Richard Suen a sizable sum in the bitter dispute. A jury's 2008 finding for Suen was thrown out on appeal. Adelson's lawyers vowed Tuesday to appeal the latest verdict. Suen claimed he was owed $328 million for lobbying mainland Chinese officials to grant the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
May 6, 2013 |
More gamblers are hitting the slots and blackjack tables in the U.S., giving the industry a 4.8% boost in 2012, its biggest since the recession. Consumer spending at casinos grew to $37.3 billion, slightly below the industry's 2007 record high at $37.5 billion, according to a report released Monday from the American Gaming Assn. The boost is due to an improving economy and increased consumer spending, the trade group said. Revenues are also up because of the opening of new casinos in markets like New York City, Kansas and Ohio.
May 5, 2013
Centennial Events Avalon will celebrate its 100th birthday throughout the year, but many events are taking place June 20-26 (www.catalinachamber.com/avalon100/) June 20 – Centennial Festival / Fair June 21 – Community Fish Fry June 22 – Xceptional Music Concert June 23 – Catalina Movie Night on the Beach (movies filmed in Catalina) June 24 – Community Picnic at Joe Machado Field June 25 – Local Band Night June 26 – Community Gala Dinner at the Casino A multimedia program showcasing Catalina's history will play at the Casino at specific times throughout the week.
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May 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) employed a little legislative arm-twisting to persuade lawmakers to pass a measure that would allow a Central California Indian tribe to open a casino just off a major state highway. The Assembly ratified the new compact between the state and the North Fork Band of Mono Indians with the bare minimum 41 votes needed for passage. After an initial vote, the measure had just 34 members in support -- before Perez publicly warned members that the Assembly has been known to keep members in chambers for up to nine hours until the necessary votes to pass a bill were offered.