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Las Vegas Debate Completes Gaming’s Emergence on National Scene

vegassignThe final presidential debate will be held Wednesday, October 19th and the attention of 80 million or more Americans will be fixed on Las Vegas. That’s fitting because 2016 will go down as one of the most consequential years for the gaming industry.

Once confined to Nevada and New Jersey, gaming now operates in 40 states, supports more than 1.7 million American jobs and generates $38 billion in tax revenues annually for communities across the United States.

Gaming’s growth has led to broad public support for the industry, which may be one reason why Las Vegas and industry participants are playing such a prominent role in this year’s election.


Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort Thinks Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

img_3030In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort will show their support with a “Pink Pearls to Save the Girls” campaign, running the entire month of October. The campaign aims to raise awareness through events and associate promotions with proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research.


The campaign began on October 1st with the Casino Resort’s building and logo being illuminated pink. Front of house associates will dress in pink polos for the month, a pink ‘Tata-tini’ drink will go on sale at property bars and the table game felts will switch from blue, to pink, all as a sign of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort’s support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort made a $5,000 donation to support Breast Cancer Research. Associates of the Resort committed to showcasing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; walking away with the Largest Team Award at the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. “Our community is very important to us and this campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness is something we can do to make a difference,” Page Pearson, Employee Relations Manager, said.

There are several ways the community can get behind the “Pink Pearls to Save the Girls” campaign. On October 22, at 8PM, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort will hold a Rock the Pink Fashion Show in Partnership with Dillard’s. Local breast cancer patients and survivors will take to the stage to rock the runway in the Strand Event Center. Tickets are a $10 donation and can be purchased via, through the call center or via Scarlet Treasure’s Gift Shop, with 100% of proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research. In partnership with Dillard’s, from every bra fitting in the month of October, Dillard’s will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen.

Pink ribbons will be available to purchase from Scarlet’s Treasures Gift Shop, with all proceeds from the ribbon sales going to Breast Cancer Research.


The resort is also holding an internal bra decorating contest, with associates voting for their favorite bra with their money. At the end of the voting period, all proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. The winning bra will be posted on Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort’s social media sites. “The team at Scarlet Pearl is committed; actively participating and contributing to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness” said LuAnn Pappas, CEO of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.


The resort welcomes the upcoming month and the opportunity to give back to the community.


For more information about or call 1-888-266-5772.


About Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort: Scarlet Pearl Casino and Resort is a privately held company based in D’Iberville, MS. The casino resort features 300 hotel rooms, a Miniature Golf Course, an event center, a luxurious pool and multiple restaurants. In addition to the non-gaming amenities, the casino is home to over 1,350 slots, 45 table games, including Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, and a 10 table Poker Room. The casino opened in D’Iberville, MS December 9th, 2015

Special ‘Auction at Graceland’ With Priceless Elvis Items October 29

Memphis, Tenn. – During the Grand Opening weekend of The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel, guests of the sold-out celebration, along with other Elvis fans and collectors, will raise their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis and music history, during a special “Auction at Graceland” to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016.


Blackjack Tip: Can Third Base Cause You To Lose?

p18_pic1_blackjackYou’re playing blackjack with another player and the dealer deals out the following hands: you get a 10-6; your fellow player, who happens to be seated at third base, has 9-7, and the dealer’s upcard is a 5. You act first, and with a 16 against a dealer 10, you follow the basic playing strategy and stand. You glance over at the third baseman and expect him to also stand on his 16. However, you cringe when you see him signaling the dealer for another card. Sure enough, he draws a 10 and busts. The dealer flips over her hole card and it’s a 10, giving her 15. You say to yourself, “If that dummy at third base would have stood, the dealer would have drawn that 10 and busted.” The dealer then draws her third card from the shoe and flips over a 6 for a 21.

You slump in your chair as you helplessly watch the dealer scoop your chips into the chip tray, saying to yourself, “I just lost because of that clueless player at third base.”


Breeders’ Cup: The Best Returns to the West


The best of the thoroughbred racing industry will return to the West Coast once again on November 4-5 for two of the biggest racing days of the year – the Breeders’ Cup.


The 32nd annual Breeders’ Cup will be contested at Santa Anita Park for the eighth time, but this extravaganza is expected to be a little different from those in the past. It’s the first with the American Pharoah effect in full force.



Texas Hold ’em: Phil Hellmuth and Playing the Top 10 Hands

Knowing how to play the top ten hands in Limit Hold ’em can mean the difference between winning and losing. In this column, 13-time World Series of Poker Champion Phil Hellmuth, Jr. offers some examples of correct play strategy. This is an excerpt from his best-selling book, Phil Hellmuth’s Texas Hold ’em available on and major bookstores everywhere.


Types of Casino Gamblers & The Things They Say

When it comes to gamblers, you will notice a lot of different eclectic personalities and behaviors. You will see everything from superstitious rituals to over zealous excitement with visions of guaranteed jackpots. Whatever category you find yourself in, or your favorite gambling buddies, we feel that most fall in to one of three categories. Check them out and see which you align with the most.


Casino Comps: Knowing the Numbers

Interests of casinos and players don’t always precisely align when it comes to comps. Naturally enough, as players we’ll take whatever we can get. Cash back, free play, room and meal comps, shows, golf – bring it on!

Casinos want to make sure their money is being spent productively. The purpose of comps is to reinforce player loyalty and provide an incentive for players to return. Ideally, from a casino standpoint, the biggest comps will go to the players who add the most to the casino’s bottom line. Determining who those players are has become more scientific over the years.


Casino Cocktails: Flavors from Fantastic Bartenders

When it comes to cocktails, just about anything goes. Whether you are in the mood for a classic drink like a Manhattan or a Gin and Tonic, or want something more evolved like a Margarita or Whiskey Sour, it is likely that you will find what you are looking for at your favorite casino.

We are excited to highlight some of our favorite cocktails from casinos around the country, and the friendly smiles that might be serving them!


G&D’s Annual Casino Dining Guide – Apps, Entrees and Desserts

Here we are again with some of our favorite apps, entree’s and desserts at casinos around the region in our Annual Casino Dining Guide. We hope you get a chance to taste them for your selves! Bon Appetit!


Football Bets to Top $90 Billion For Second Straight Season – $88 Billion Illegally

Washington, DC – Ahead of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kicking off the 2016 NFL season tomorrow, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is estimating that fans across the country will bet $90 billion on NFL and college football games this season. However, $88 billion – or 98 percent – of all bets will be made illegally thanks to a federal government ban.


Illegal betting reached $4.1 billion on Super Bowl 50 earlier this year. In 2015, fans bet at least $150 billion on all sports. In a sign of how serious the problem of illegal gambling has become, more than 30 law enforcement leaders from across the country gathered in June for the first-ever Law Enforcement Summit in Washington, D.C. to better understand the massive illegal sports betting market in the U.S and what steps can be taken to address it.


“The American appetite for sports betting has never been greater,” said Geoff Freeman, AGA president and CEO. “Unfortunately, a failing federal ban drives this national pastime into the illegal market and threatens the integrity of the games we love. As law enforcement’s deep concern with the thriving illegal gambling market demonstrates, it is time to address this problem and bring sports betting out of the shadows.”


Momentum for a new approach to sports betting continues to gain momentum.


Research released before last season’s big game found that 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds (66 percent) believe states should decide whether or not to legalize sports betting.


Further, 41 percent of Super Bowl viewers – 47 million people – have bet on the Super Bowl at some point, according to research conducted by The Mellman Group. An equal number say they have placed some type of sports bet in the past year. That’s nearly three times the number of people who attended every NFL game last season (17.3 million).


In addition to fans, support for a new approach to sports betting continues to gain support from key stakeholders. The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) this summer took a major step in support of rooting out the thriving illegal market by unanimously passing a resolution making clear their desire to address illegal sports betting through regulation. The USCM pledged to work with AGA to lead national discussions on the potential benefits of the regulated market and help identify platforms to protect city revenues.


Additionally, the National Conference of State Legislatures last month passed a policy directive saying, “the federal government must recognize the sovereignty of states to allow or to prohibit sports gambling by its residents… The federal ban instituted under the PASPA has not prevented the conduct of illegal sports gambling, but has in effect restricted the ability of all but a few states to regulate and collect revenue from sport gambling wagers estimated to be in the billions of dollars each year, to the detriment of state economies.”


Pennsylvania lawmakers also passed a resolution recently calling on Congress to repeal, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which is responsible for the federal ban. New York has expressed a desire to take similar action.


In recognition of growing interest in sports betting, experts in sports, gaming, law enforcement and integrity will convene in Las Vegas at Global Gaming Expo (G2E), presented by AGA, September 26-29. Highlighted by a conversation with NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, a newfound proponent of legalized sports betting, the approximately 25,000 attendees will learn more about the latest on this issue through insightful new research and panel discussions with leaders from across the globe. Media interested in covering the trade show can register here.


Methodology: In coming up with its illegal gambling estimates on football, the AGA took a conservative estimate of illegal sports betting activity from the National Gambling Impact Study Commission’s Final Report. It applied GDP growth as reported by the Census Bureau to make these dollar figures current to 2016. Finally, the AGA assumed that the proportion of legal gambling activity on football at Nevada sports books is the best available indicator of what proportion it might make up in the illegal market, and applied this ratio to the larger illegal gambling figure.


About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

Wind Creek Casinos Offer Alabama Excellence

WindCreekAtmore_Pool_Overall_WebWind Creek Casinos—three first-class operations—have established a wide footprint across Alabama under the guiding ownership of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The Poarch Band is the only federally recognized tribe of Native Americans in Alabama.

The Wind Creek properties encompass casino-hotels in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, but each property is unique with strong appeal for its visitors.



Final Round! – Who’s the Casino Culinary King? Vote for your favorite chef!

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The Final Round of Gaming & Destinations’ Casino Chef Showdown is set and ready to go! 

Congrats to Chef Morgan from IP Casino Resort & Spa (Biloxi, MS) and Chef Cole from Rising Star Casino Resort (Rising Sun, IN) for making it to the final round!

By voting in the Final Round, you will be entered to win the Ultimate Casino Culinary Getaway! CLICK HERE to Vote!


First Mobile Tablet Slot Gaming Introduced at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots


Fair Ground Race Course & Slots – New Orleans, LA


It’s official! The first Take ‘N Play mobile slot tablets have been unveiled at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. The racetrack is the first slots facility in the world to take advantage of the technology to enable casino patrons to transfer their live slot play to a tablet provided by the property for seamless play in designated spaces, such as outdoor patios in smoke-free gaming markets. Developed by slot leader, Scientific Games, the convenience of the system is a big draw for customers.


A Day in the Life of … a Casino Bartender

A good bartender is a lot of things to different people- a joke teller, a shrink, an advisor, a best friend, and of course, a dispenser of adult beverages. Of course, in the case of a casino bartender, there are usually a few additional roles they’re required to play. Recently, I spent some time chatting with Lamista Hackworth, a bartender at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. Over the course a few delicious mimosas, and a few (dozen) hands of video poker, I asked Lamista to share her insights into what it’s like being a casino bartender.