“I think this area south of Charleston [Boulevard] and north of Sahara [Avenue] is up and coming though, and some of that attention Fremont East is getting will turn here. If there were more residential development, something in the middle range, then we’d see real sustainable growth in the neighborhood with more retail and restaurants.” — RCG Economics‘ John Restrepo on the early fiscal effects of SLS Las Vegas.
Having thrown its workforce to the wolves as part of its bankruptcy plan — one that may not ultimately save any jobs — Trump Entertainment Resorts has pissed off the wrong guy: state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D). Chief creditor Carl Icahn has pledged to invest $100 million in Trump Taj Mahal if New Jersey commits hundreds of millions more to a taxpayer bailout of TER and its dubiously competent management team. In a series of tweets, Sweeney laid out his opposition to the rescue plan …
I won’t allow Icahn to use any state grants, tax breaks, subsidies to help underwrite attempt to take away rights and benefits of workers … If the court’s ruling stands, then middle-class America has lost. We should be building economy from the bottom up by supporting workers … It’s unfair and un-American to allow billionaires like Icahn to exploit the financial difficulties of the casino industry to prey on workers. Continued >>
In the casino world it’s pretty much unheard-of for a company to hang a “for sale” sign on itself without a suitor in view. Patti Hart did it successfully at International Game Technology, earlier this year. Now Full House Resorts is trying to lure a buyer. Since Full House stock has 55% since the start of the year, this might be a target of opportunity for companies in growth mode, like Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.
Buyers would have to swallow one bitter pill, namely that flagship casino Rising Star Riverboat is getting pummeled by rival casinos and racinos closer to Cincinnati. Full House’s other occupants are Continued >>