Every city has its cross to bear. In the case of Las Vegas, it’s former steroid user, baseball player and serial dumbass Jose Canseco. He obviously skipped firearm-safety class the day they told you to make sure your gun is empty before cleaning in it. Luckily for Canseco, no vital organs were injured, just a finger in his left hand. (Had he shot himself in the head, would the bullet have found anything to hit?)
* On a distantly related note, Caesars Entertainment continues to burn through cash. It offered Toby Keith $325,000 to perform one show at Planet Hollywood and make an in-person appearance at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. Still, that pales next to the $4.5 million put before Kanye West to perform nine shows at The Axis, at Planet Hollywood. If I were Celine Dion, I’d be a bit miffed, since the Kanye payday exceeds the $476,000/concert she pulls down at Caesars Palace. And who does more for Vegas tourism?
* Card-counting may be legal in Maryland but nobody told Continued >>
During yesterday’s call with gaming analysts, Steve Wynn admitted to being “confused” by a Macao gaming market where revenues in October could fall 20%-23%. “The new regulations in smoking, the turmoil in Hong Kong lately, in the month of October, and of course, the policy of the central government in being very aggressive about what appeared to be misconduct and corruption in the government… has had an impact in Macao on October – we all noticed it … I don’t know if it is a squall or if we are in the rainy season, or how long it will last, but we are still very bullish on Macao.”
You know things are serious when Wynn Macau President Ian Caughlan says an impending smoking ban is the least of the casino’s concerns. Still, Wynn said, “Generally speaking, we were happy with the third quarter.”
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