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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Legislature must prioritize keeping Nevada gaming gold standard

by Richard N. Velotta

Nevadans should hope that the state senators and Assembly members were paying attention last week to current events in the gaming industry along with their political races.

Voters in six states approved varying forms of expansion.  That means new competition in the form of new sports betting in Maryland, Louisiana and South Dakota, new casinos in Virginia and Nebraska and higher betting limits in Colorado.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Gaming votes in 6 states overwhelmingly approved by voters

by Richard N. Velotta

It could be days before some key political races are decided, but gaming issues in six states had decisive results in Tuesday’s election – and they all passed.

Sports wagering measures were approved in Maryland, Louisiana and South Dakota, and casino gaming was authorized in Virginia.  Betting limits were eliminated in Colorado, and Nebraska established a regulatory system for casino gaming at the state’s racetracks.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in CDC Gaming Reports

Gaming on the ballot: Virginia approves four casinos; sports betting coming to three states

by Howard Stutz

Ballot issues in six states were all headed toward approval by healthy margins Tuesday.  Casinos will be added to four cities in Virginia, Nebraska’s racetracks will also add casinos, gaming options are being expanded in Colorado, and sports betting was approved in three states – Maryland, South Dakota, and Louisiana.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in SportsHandle.com

Nebraska Voters Approve Major Gaming Expansion

by Jill R. Dorson

As of midnight CST, and with nearly 80% of precincts reporting, Nebraska was poised to approve a massive expansion of gaming that could ultimately allow for legal retail sports wagering in the state.  Nebraska is one of the six states that had some sort of gaming-related initiative on the ballot.  Marylanders approved statewide mobile and retail sports betting while voters in more than 50 Louisiana parishes approved retail sports wagering.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in CDC Gaming Reports

Gaming on the ballot: Six-state sweep predicted for sports betting and gaming expansion

by Howard Stutz

Two analysts believe the gaming industry could see a clean sweep in six states where ballot referendums covering sports betting legalization and casino expansion are in the hands of voters Tuesday.

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MGM Growth CEO fields questions about possible Sands leaseback deal

by Bailey Schulz

MGM Growth Properties executives were questioned on a possible leaseback deal with Las Vegas Sands Corp. on Monday.

Sands confirmed last week that it was in “early discussions” to sell its Las Vegas assets. Company spokesman Ron Reese declined to comment Monday on whether the company is considering a leaseback deal or in discussions with MGM Growth, a real estate investment trust affiliated with MGM Resorts International.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Circa opening shows ‘promise’ for downtown, watchers say

by Mike Shoro and Bailey Schulz

Las Vegas visitors will have access to a new adult playground this week: Circa.

The 777-room, 1.25 million-square-foot resort casino opens at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.  The property, developed by Derek Stevens, has already changed downtown’s skyline, offering a 35-story structure – downtown’s tallest – that includes the six-pool swimming venue and a three-story sportsbook.  The property’s hotel tower is set to open later this year.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Expectations run high for Circa’s opening

by Bailey Schulz

Like many things in Las Vegas, casino openings are known for being over the top.

But the extravagant parties – often accompanied by VIP guest lists, fireworks, and performers – are more than just an excuse to pop a few bottles of champagne.  They’re a casino’s first chance to make an impression and kick-start operations, and could affect customer relations down the road.

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Caesars to reopen the Strip’s Cromwell, but with a twist: Guests must be age 21 and older

by Howard Stutz

Maybe there was something about allowing The Cromwell to serve as the setting for the CBS television series Love Island that inspired Caesars Entertainment.

The boutique-sized Strip resort, one of Caesars’ last remaining casinos on the Strip still shuttered since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen next week, but with a twist:  All guests must be age 21 and older.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Cromwell will be final Las Vegas Strip resort to reopen

by Bailey Schulz

The Cromwell, the last Strip resort with its lights still off, is set to reopen to adults only on Oct. 29.

The boutique property’s hotel and gaming floor will be open seven days a week for those 21 and over, according to a Thursday statement from parent company Caesars Entertainment Inc.

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