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May 1999
North America

28th May    Washington   Source: AP

    Casinos apparently will avoid any recommendation of new taxes or federal supervision in next month's report from a national gambling commission.
    The report, which the National Gambling Impact Study Commission is scheduled to finish during a meeting in San Francisco, has a June 18th release date. It is thought the report will propose restrictions on state lotteries, criticize American Indian casinos for being secretive and discourage racetracks from installing slot machines.

27th May    Illinois   Source: AP

    The Illinois Legislature this week approved a measure that allows Casino gambling in Cook County.
    The casino's likely location is in Rosemont, just minutes from O'Hare International Airport, the world's second-busiest with 200,000 passengers per day. No other major U.S. air hub has a Casino so close, though there are slot machines in the terminals at airports in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.

26th May    Las Vegas   Source: Press release (edited details)

    Park Place Entertainment Corp. and Don King Productions Inc. announced today that they have agreed to a six Mega Fight package that includes the heavyweight rematch between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
    The fight is scheduled to take place in November of this year at one of Park Place's properties in Las Vegas or in a joint venture with another Las Vegas property.
    Park Place Entertainment is the world's largest gaming company, as measured by casino square footage and revenues, and is the only casino gaming company with a leading presence in Nevada, New Jersey and Mississippi -- the three largest gaming markets in the United States.
    In 1999, the company will own or have an interest in 17 gaming properties located throughout the United States and in Australia and Uruguay, with a total of 1.4 million square feet of gaming space and approximately 23,000 hotel rooms.
    In April of 1999, Park Place Entertainment entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Caesars and Sheraton gaming assets of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The transaction is scheduled to close in the fourth quarter of 1999, pending regulatory approval.

20th May    Las Vegas   Source: Press release

    Mikohn Gaming Corp. has signed a contract in excess of $1 million to provide an interior signage and electronics package for the temporary MGM Grand Detroit Casino scheduled to open later this summer.
    Operated by MGM Grand, Inc. this temporary facility will feature approximately 75,000 sq. ft. of gaming space with more than 2,300 slot machines, about 80 table games, and three restaurants. This operation will serve as a prelude to the permanent MGM Grand Detroit Casino, an $800 million mega-resort to be built within the next four years.

14th May    New Orleans Source: AP

   The driver of the bus that crashed on Mother's Day, killing 22 people, had been fired twice in the last decade for marijuana use and tested positive for the drug shortly after the deadly crash, federal investigators said.
     The bus had been chartered from LaPlace, Louisiana, 20 miles (32 km) west of New Orleans, to a casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

14th May    Las Vegas   Source: Press release

    Casino Data Systems announced that the Nevada Gaming Control Board denied the $34 million claim of Anna Lisa Barton and awarded her the Cool Millions(TM) secondary jackpot of $4,427, which had already been paid.

14th May    Los Angeles   Source: Reuters

    Mirage Resorts Inc. said it plans to build a new Las Vegas Strip mega- resort, possibly as early as next year, just south of the $1.9 billion Bellagio resort that it opened in October.
    Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released figures on Wednesday showing an 11.3 percent increase in visitors to Las Vegas in March from the year-ago period. There were nearly 3 million total visitors, up from 2.6 million a year earlier.
    Mirage already has an ownership interest in five of the six hotel-casinos stretching along the center of the Las Vegas Strip from its Treasure Island to Monte Carlo, which it part-owns with Circus Circus Enterprises Inc.

12th May    New Orleans   Source: Press release

    Harrah's New Orleans this week began training for the estimated 550 to 650 dealers who are expected to be employed by the Casino.
    Offered free to participants, provides an extensive certification for the table games. Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat are six-week courses. Craps is a ten-week course, and Poker is an eight-week course.
    Every student is expected to be trained in two major games (Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat) and three minor games (i.e.Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride & Poker). Dealer trainees must be able to meet interpersonal, attendance and appearance standards, and also be able to attain a gaming license from the Louisiana State Police.

May 5th   Kansas   Source: Press release

    The Gaming Entertainment Research and Education Foundation (GEREF) announced today new funding commitments of $1.95million, bringing the total amount pledged by the casino industry to nearly $7 million since 1996. These funds will support disordered gambling research through the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), a division of GEREF.