New Linq Rooms, South Point Bowling, Trump Taj Mahal Closing

The Linq Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has put over 1,000 recently remodeled hotel rooms into service. The new rooms were first rented by guests on October 30. The rates are very reasonable. Weeknights start at $64 and weekends are under $100 per night.

The Linq was known as the Quad until earlier this month. Before that, it was previously known as Imperial Palace. The last remnants of Imperial Palace were removed from the hotel this week when the Oriental roofline was taken off of the top of the structure.

South Point Opens State of the Art Bowling Center

South Point opened what may be the most luxurious bowling center in the country this week. The resort hopes to attract bowling tournaments and draw recreational guests to the facility. South Point is already home to many majors in the bowling circuit. South Point is located on Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip.

Chukchansi Casino to Remain Closed

A dispute among tribal leaders created an armed standoff last month at Chukchansi Casino near Fresno, California. This situation caused guests to race to the exits, leaving chips and slot credits behind, while fearing for their safety. The casino was shut down immediately through a court order. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill determined that the order should stay in place, at least until tribal leaders find a compromise that would allow the facility to operate in a safe manner without dispute.

Trump Taj Mahal to Close in December

Trump Taj Mahal notified employees in September that it would close on or near November 13, 2014. This was due to its financial condition that forced it to close Trump Plaza, its sister casino. It has now pushed that date to an estimated time of December 1. It attributes the ability to stay open on a court ruling that allowed it to stop making pension and health insurance payments on its employees.

Several Ballot Initiatives Related to Gaming in November

There are nine ballot initiatives related to expanding gambling on ballots November 4. South Dakota voters will decide if the state legislature should be able to approve live craps, roulette and keno for casinos in Deadwood. It would also apply to reservation casinos located throughout the state.

A Massachusetts anti-casino group was able to put a repeal question on the ballot. Voters there will be asked to stop casinos in the state. At this time, three proposed casinos and one tribal slot facility are in the planning stages.

Colorado voters will decide if the state’s racetracks will offer be able to offer the same games that are spread in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek. Some of the revenue would go towards education.

Rhode Island voters will be asked if table games should be allowed at Newport Grand. They will also decide if a casino’s relocation requires voter approval.

Kansas, South Carolina and Tennessee will decide of charities should be allowed to offer gaming. Raffles will be the topic on Kansas and South Carolina ballots, while Tennessee voters will decide if charitable lotteries are appropriate.