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Betting On The Future

Decades of experience have taught Southern Nevadans that the gaming industry is in constant flux, whether it is introducing new slot technology, dealing a different version of poker or accepting wagers while a sporting event is in progress. But the latest recession, which dealt the nation its most severe economic blow since the Great Depression, has contributed to major shifts in gaming that raise serious questions about the health of the industry going forward, at least as it exists in Las Vegas.

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  • Bingo's Your Best Bet

    Bingo's Your Best Bet

    Monday, December 30 2013 4:24 PM EST2013-12-30 21:24:18 GMT
    Next time you walk past a bingo parlor you'd be foolish to make fun of the players. Nevada casinos had a lower win percentage on bingo last year than any other gambling activity, according to data fromMore>>
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  • I-Team: High-Priced Gifts Lavished on High Rollers

    I-Team: High-Priced Gifts Lavished on High Rollers

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 2:43 PM EST2013-11-13 19:43:55 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's gaming industry is still trying to climb out of the hole created by the recent recession, which means the competition among casinos for the loyalties of so-called whales is ferocious.More>>
    Nevada's gaming industry is still trying to climb out of the hole created by the recent recession, which means the competition among casinos for the loyalties of so-called whales is ferocious.More>>
  • I-Team: Betting on the Future

    I-Team: Betting on the Future

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 2:40 PM EST2013-11-13 19:40:25 GMT
    One cliche about las vegas is that our town re-invents itself every ten years or so. The reality is that the re-invention process is now underway all the time. A dramatic transformation is unfolding withinMore>>
    A dramatic transformation is unfolding within the economic engine that drives Nevada, not only in the games and attractions offered, but also within the customer base itself.More>>
  • I-Team: Off Strip Casinos Bet on the Neighborhood

    I-Team: Off Strip Casinos Bet on the Neighborhood

    Thursday, November 7 2013 9:16 PM EST2013-11-08 02:16:52 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas gaming industry, especially on the Strip, is always in a state of change so it can keep up with the times. But that isn't necessarily true for the other strip in Las Vegas. ThinkMore>>
    The Las Vegas gaming industry, especially on the Strip, is always in a state of change so it can keep up with the times. But that isn't necessarily true for the other strip in Las Vegas.More>>
  • I-Team: Technology Trumps Traditional Casino Gaming

    I-Team: Technology Trumps Traditional Casino Gaming

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 6:36 PM EST2013-11-06 23:36:19 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- If the Las Vegas gaming industry is to thrive, it needs to keep up with the times. But how do casinos stay relevant in a time when the entire globe is opening up to gaming on mobile devices?More>>
    If the Las Vegas gaming industry is to thrive, it needs to keep up with the times. But how do casinos stay relevant in a time when the entire globe is opening up to gaming on mobile devices?More>>
  • Sports Betting Favored by Fans

    Sports Betting Favored by Fans

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:27 PM EST2013-11-04 19:27:02 GMT
    Sports betting is one of the few bright spots in Nevada's gaming industry, with a record $3.45 billion wagered statewide in 2012. Data from the UNLV Center for Gaming Research shows that the total handleMore>>
    Sports betting is one of the few bright spots in Nevada's gaming industry, with a record $3.45 billion wagered statewide in 2012.More>>
  • Gambling's Shrinking Piece of the Pie

    Gambling's Shrinking Piece of the Pie

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:25 PM EST2013-11-04 19:25:35 GMT
    The popular notion that Nevada tourists are placing more emphasis on entertainment and shopping and less on gaming certainly shows up in casino revenue numbers but there is one glaring exception -- theMore>>
    The popular notion that Nevada tourists are placing more emphasis on entertainment and shopping and less on gaming certainly shows up in casino revenue numbers.More>>
  • Casinos Cash In as Losers Pay Up

    Casinos Cash In as Losers Pay Up

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:23 PM EST2013-11-04 19:23:51 GMT
    Nevada casinos are carrying less bad gaming debt than they did immediately following the last recession but still have more such debt on their books than they did before the economy went sour. CasinosMore>>
    Nevada casinos are carrying less bad gaming debt than they did immediately following the last recession but still have more such debt on their books than they did before the economy went sour.More>>
  • Are Poker Rooms Folding?

    Are Poker Rooms Folding?

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:21 PM EST2013-11-04 19:21:33 GMT
    Poker rooms were drying up in Nevada when Tennessee accountant Chris Moneymaker converted a $39 online satellite tournament investment into an improbable $2.5 million victory in the 2003 World Series ofMore>>
    Poker rooms were drying up in Nevada when Tennessee accountant Chris Moneymaker converted a $39 online satellite tournament investment into an improbable $2.5 million victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.More>>
  • Dealers Disappearing, What Happened to all the Casino Workers?

    Dealers Disappearing, What Happened to all the Casino Workers?

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-11-04 19:18:01 GMT
    Casino department employment in Nevada and on the Las Vegas Strip is trending downward but the decline began far earlier statewide than on the Strip. Nevada peaked in 2001 with 59,908 employees in casinoMore>>
    Casino department employment in Nevada and on the Las Vegas Strip is trending downward but the decline began far earlier statewide than on the Strip.More>>
  • People Have Money to Burn During Vegas Winter

    People Have Money to Burn During Vegas Winter

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-11-04 19:16:03 GMT
    January is the most popular month for gambling both statewide and on the Las Vegas Strip, according to gaming revenue figures from the UNLV Center for Gaming Research and the Las Vegas Convention and VisitorsMore>>
    What drives up gaming revenue at the beginning of the year? Hint: It's not people trying to win some money to pay off their holiday credit card bills.More>>
  • Macau Leaves Las Vegas in the Dust

    Macau Leaves Las Vegas in the Dust

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:15 PM EST2013-11-04 19:15:33 GMT
    Think of Macau as the talented football running back who finds an extra burst of speed in the open field and it's easy to visualize how the Asian tourist destination is leaving Nevada and the rest of theMore>>
    Think of Macau as the talented football running back who finds an extra burst of speed in the open field and it's easy to visualize how the Asian tourist destination is leaving Nevada and the rest of the gaming world far behind.More>>
  • Vegas Visitors are Betting Big on the Strip

    Vegas Visitors are Betting Big on the Strip

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:14 PM EST2013-11-04 19:14:58 GMT
    A 2012 market survey prepared for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority by GLS Research of San Francisco revealed the following gaming habits among visitors to Las Vegas: Of those surveyed 72More>>
    A 2012 market survey prepared for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority by GLS Research of San Francisco revealed the following gaming habits among visitors to Las Vegas.More>>
  • Fighting for a Seat at the Table

    Fighting for a Seat at the Table

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:13 PM EST2013-11-04 19:13:07 GMT
    If you notice wider aisles and a bit more space on casino floors than in prior years, there's a possible explanation. There are fewer casino games, tables and slots in Nevada, according to data from theMore>>
    If you notice wider aisles and a bit more space on casino floors than in prior years, there's a possible explanation.More>>
  • Baccarat Dethrones Blackjack as King of the Strip

    Baccarat Dethrones Blackjack as King of the Strip

    Friday, November 1 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-11-01 22:41:49 GMT
    British super spy James Bond helped glamorize baccarat on the silver screen a half century ago but it hasn't been until recent years that the card game popular among Asian high rollers began drawing attentionMore>>
    British super spy James Bond helped glamorize this game on the silver screen a half century ago but it hasn't been until recent years that the card game popular among Asian high rollers began drawing attention in Las Vegas.More>>
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