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January 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Las Vegas is no longer the gambling capitol of the world. Not by a long shot. The tiny Chinese city of Macau reported a whopping $45 billion of gambling revenue in 2013, a figure analysts expect will be about seven times as much as casinos on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.  Strip casinos generated $6.2 billion of gambling revenues in 2012 and are on pace for a slight gain this year. Macau's nearly three dozen casinos raked in $4.2 billion in December, according to data released Thursday by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, the gambling regulator.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Obama administration policies stimulating an expansion of tribal gambling have touched off new battles over proposed tribal casinos in California and elsewhere. Since President Barack Obama took office, the Department of the Interior has recognized dozens of new tribes and approved requests from a handful of others to acquire land that could house a casino, contingent on deals between the tribes and their home states. The department rejected nearly all such applications under President George W. Bush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A harrowing security video was released this week of an October shooting inside Las Vegas Bally's Hotel and Casino that left a comedian from Southern California dead. The video, released Wednesday, shows the shooter opening fire on two security guards at the entrance of a club and then continuing into the casino.  That's where authorities say he was tackled by 40-year-old comedian Kenneth Brown, according to KTLA-TV .  Brown wrestled the shooter to the ground, but the gun went off and Brown died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- California's second-largest Indian tribe could soon have its first casino under a deal signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new compact allows the Karuk tribe to build and operate a gambling hall with up to 1,500 slot machines on a 10-acre parcel the tribe owns in Yreka, near the Oregon border. The group is also planning an adjacent 80-room, 48,000-square-foot hotel. The deal, which must be ratified by the Legislature, is the latest gambling accord signed by Brown, whose recent pacts have come under fire from lawmakers, other tribes and anti-gambling activists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Governor Jerry Brown made a rare visit to southeast Los Angeles County on Monday for an unveiling of plans for a new casino building in Hawaiian Gardens, a 1-square-mile city bordering Orange County. It was the second time in little more than a month that the governor has been on hand to celebrate a local casino project, even though he doesn't often make public appearances. “I come here today because I want to recognize a family and a business that is contributing to the local community,” Brown told reporters and local officials outside the Gardens Casino, gathered inside a tent with a carpet, potted plants and a chandelier.
OPINION
November 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
At a time when unions are struggling to organize workers in the private sector, the Supreme Court is being asked to make unionization more difficult even when an employer agrees not to resist it. The court should reject the notion that such "neutrality" agreements violate the law. On Wednesday, the court will be asked to allow a Florida casino to renege on an agreement it made with the Unite Here union under which management promised to remain neutral...
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles landlord and developer CIM Group has completed its elaborate makeover of the Lady Luck, a once-popular Las Vegas hotel and casino that opened in 1964 and closed in 2006. After an estimated $100-million renovation, the complex at 3rd Street and East Ogden Avenue is now called the Downtown Grand Las Vegas and considered the centerpiece of the city's Downtown3rd Entertainment District. The Downtown Grand has 634 rooms in two towers -- the 18-story Casino Tower and 25-story Grand Tower; 25,000 square feet of gaming space plus bars and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
It cost more than $800 million to build, spans 340,000 square feet and will employ 2,000 full-time workers. It also carved a deep rift in Sonoma County's political landscape over the past decade, spurring legal action, acrimony and even some death threats. But on Tuesday morning, the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park opened its doors an hour ahead of schedule to a screaming crowd of thousands. With that, one of the largest casinos in the state -- and among the largest tribal gaming operations in the nation -- kicked into gear, swamping roadways as thousands of Bay Area motorists headed north.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Matt Pearce
LAS VEGAS - Visitors at Ballys casino on the Strip, where a gunman killed one patron and injured two employees Monday, say they're not shocked by the shooting -- stressing that violence can erupt anywhere, even in a gambling mecca where operators try to create a bubble of free-spirited carelessness. “I guess they could increase security,” said Barry Leeming, a British citizen who wandered among slot machines hours after an argument over a cover charge at the Drai's After Hours nightclub led to the death of a “good Samaritan” club patron who tried to stop the altercation, which left three others wounded, including the suspect.
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