Arkansas AG Asks Court to Reject Casino Backers' Complaint – U.S. News & World Report

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What is Elgin getting in new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? – Chicago Daily Herald

What is Elgin getting with the impending new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? And should the community be concerned that casino behemoth MGM Resorts International is exiting the risky Illinois market?

The short answer: It could actually end up being a good deal for everyone, experts say.

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Eldorado Resorts, which announced plans Monday to buy the casino for $327.5 million, has been on a buying spree the last several years. Along with buying the Grand Victoria Casino, the Reno, Nevada-based company announced it’s part of a $1.85 billion deal involving two other companies that will add the operating assets of seven casinos in six states to the Eldorado portfolio.

Eldorado has a reputation for bringing quality entertainment and dining to its acquisitions, gambling analyst Ken Adams said.

Company officials said the Grand Victoria has been well maintained, which will allow them to focus on the guest experience without the need to undertake capital investments.

“They are focused on restaurants and entertainment,” Adams said. “They do a really good job everywhere they go.”

Founder Don Carano opened the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada in 1973, and, in the past 45 years, the company has continued to grow. It owns and operates 20 other properties in 10 states.

“That would indicate some financial stealth, and some very good operation skills,” Adams said.

Those skills will be needed for the Grand Victoria Casino to remain competitive in what’s considered an unstable Illinois gambling environment. Among the risks are yearly attempts by state lawmakers to add casinos, especially in Chicago, and steady increases in video gambling terminals at bars, restaurants and truck stops.

However, MGM Resorts International leaving the Illinois market isn’t necessarily cause

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Casino Questions, State Police, Stun Guns, Hot Sox: The Short List – New England Public Radio

Recently, there’s been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

This all came up after casino mogul Steve Wynn divested himself from his company, which is building the Everett casino, after sexual harassment allegations became public.

Another scandal has come to light at the Massachusetts State Police — this one involving its payroll director. She’s alleged to have stolen $23,000 from the department over a 15-month span. There have been some reforms put into place for the State Police to address other problems, and Governor Baker said that anything that happens on his watch “belongs to me.” 

Also this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for stun guns to become legal in the state. This doesn’t come as a big surprise as the court had a previous decision overturned by the Supreme Court regarding the state’s ban on the electronic weapons. And one police chief says they should be regulated just like firearms.

Finally, it’s been a good month so far for Boston’s professional sports teams. The Bruins and Celtics are doing well in the playoffs, and how about those Red Sox? They’re off to their best start ever. 

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HDMI Vs. DisplayPort: Which Is Better For Gaming? – Tom's Hardware

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Water-cooling specialist EKWB starts selling complete custom gaming PCs – PCWorld

People often turn to boutique PC builders like Maingear, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, and Origin PC when they want a badass, over-the-top, liquid-cooled beast of a system, but don’t want to worry about cutting tubes and tightening fittings themselves. The newest entrant in the custom desktop landscape practically wrote the book on extreme cooling. EK Water Blocks, the creator of custom liquid-cooling hardware beloved by enthusiasts around the globe, announced on Friday that it’s now selling full PCs dubbed EK Fluid Gaming Systems.

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The timing’s no coincidence. Every EK Fluid Gaming System relies on the potent AMD 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs released yesterday—either the Ryzen 5 2600 or Ryzen 7 2700X, more specifically. No Intel chips are on offer.

In fact, while Fluid Gaming Systems pack powerful hardware, they pack universal hardware, unlike the highly configurable options available at many other boutique PC vendors. EKWB’s keeping the component selection simple as it dips its toes into the full-system waters.  At the moment, every machine’s built in a customized InWin case, with AM4 motherboards and GeForce graphics cards coming from MSI, G.Skill’s blinged-out Trident Z RGB RAM available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and storage limited to Samsung’s blazing 960 Pro on the SSD side and Seagate BarraCuda drives for mass storage. Only EVGA power supplies are available.

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The custom InWin case for EK Fluid Gaming Systems.

But the power supply selection is where things start to get interesting. As you’d expect from EKWB, Fluid Gaming Systems offer nifty extras catering towards enthusiasts. Every system ships with CableMod ModMesh power supply cable extensions in white, red, blue, or green.

Each PC also includes liquid cooling bolstered by EKWB’s highly regarded Vardar fans, which are jazzed

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