Barden Enters Pittsburgh Slot Race - Wednesday 28th of December 2005

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "Detroit businessman who is the nation's only African-American casino operator will join the battle for Pittsburgh's slot machine license, with a proposal to build a $300 million to $350 million riverfront complex on land west of Heinz Field.

"Don Barden, owner of five casinos, including one in Las Vegas, confirmed yesterday that he will bid for the city's slots rights. He is one of at least six candidates in a field that includes the Penguins and Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises.

"…In Pittsburgh, the proposed casino also would carry the name Majestic Star. Mr. Barden will head a group called PITG Gaming LLC. He said he would reserve at least 19 percent of the casino ownership for local investors.

"…Mr. Barden explored sites in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for the last two years before deciding to bid here. He said the state's $50 million slots entry fee and the 54 percent tax rate on revenue made developing two sites infeasible. He said he settled on Pittsburgh because of the demographics and the site…"

Other news from around the same time

Pocono Resort Plan Moves Forward - Wednesday 28th of December 2005

POCONO MANOR, Pennsylvania – A world-class resort and casinoin the Poconos is one step closer t....


Sportsbook.com Releases Grammy Odds - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

NEW YORK – The nominations for the 48th AnnualGrammy Awards have been announced - and Sportsboo....


Lawsuit Filed Against MGM Companies - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

MICHIGAN – Prominent attorney MayerMorganroth has filed a 69 million dollar lawsuit in Detroit ....


Mac-Friendly Video Poker Launched - Wednesday 18th of January 2006

Video poker for Macintosh users is now available at MacOnlinePoker.com . The casino games all wor....


Penn National Gaming Files For License - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania – Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced today that it fil....


Boyd Gaming Opens South Coast Casino - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

LAS VEGAS – Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that its newest property, South....


Hilton Receives Offers - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

LONDON – As reported by Reuters: "Britain's Hilton Group Plc, which is in advanced talks to sell ....


InterCasino Wins Online Award - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

UNITED KINGDOM Not satisfied with being North America andEurope's top online casino, InterCasino is....


Flash Casino Game Launched By 888.com - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

Casino on Net also known as 888.com launched their flash casino game for Mac, Linux, Windows, and....


Crowd Packs IP Casino's Grand Reopening - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

BILOXI, Mississippi – As reported by the Biloxi Sun Herald: "A crowd of impatient gamblers rushed....