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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Eldorado, Caesars merger gets final approval needed for deal to close

by Richard N. Velotta

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission on Friday approved Eldorado Resorts Inc.’s $17.3  billion acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corp., the last regulatory approval needed before the deal can close.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

More layoffs ahead for hotel-casino workers

by Bailey Schulz

More layoffs lie ahead for many Las Vegas hotel-casino workers.

Several properties gave the state notice of mass layoffs since June 4, when hotel-casinos were allowed to reopen following a 78-day state-mandated shutdown in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.  The notices – sent directly to furloughed staff – comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which is meant to ensure employees have notice before significant layoffs so they have time to find work elsewhere.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Nobody knows how many resort workers are infected – including employees

by Bailey Schulz

Aileen Rotzin has a deadly secret – one she doesn’t want to keep.

The M Resort cage cashier tested positive for COVID-19 on July 4, one month after she first returned to her job at the Henderson casino.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Judge Rules For California Tribes On Sports Betting Initiative Extension

by Jill R. Dorson

A California Superior Court judge on Thursday made office his tentative ruling to allow a coalition of federally-recognized tribes 90 more days to collect signatures for a legal sports betting referendum that would go on the November 2022 ballot.  The tribes sought an extension due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in the state.

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Article by Brendan Bussmann published in Global Gaming Business Magazine

Free to Play

by Brendan Bussmann

As the sports arena fell silent due to the coronavirus, a host of new sports and games sparked the curiosity of sports fans and bettors, such as esports, Belarusian soccer, Russian ping pong, Taiwanese baseball, darts and more.  However, the main professional leagues and other U.S. sports have moved to free-to-play (F2P) as a way to stay engaged with fans during this unprecedented and uncertain time.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Board investigating 111 cases of safety noncompliance at casinos

by Bailey Schulz

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has opened 111 regulatory cases to determine whether certain Nevada casinos have been noncompliant with the board’s new health and safety policies.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Sahara gearing to get back to meetings, conventions business

by Richard N. Velotta

With an experienced new sales executive at the helm, a partnership with a global group sales organization in place and more than $150 million in improvements completed, the Sahara Las Vegas is jumping back into the meetings and conventions business.

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John English interviewed by Global Gaming Business News

Old School Oddsmakers Talk Sports Betting’s Future

by David Ross

At the heart of sports betting is the oddsmaker or bookie, who determines the odds on, say, an L.A. Chargers quarterback completing a pass in the third quarter of the game.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in CDC Gaming Reports

California’s latest effort to legalize sports betting resembles state’s failure at Internet poker

by Howard Stutz

At this rate, Utah – one of two states still without any form of regulated gaming – will have legal sports betting before California.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Nevada Independent

Digital and cashless gaming technology viewed as bringing casinos into the 21st century

by Howard Stutz

Cashless gaming has been used on slot machines throughout the casino industry for at least two decades, although it wasn’t initially accepted by customers.

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