Many called, few chosen for New York casinos

By David McKee ~ December 18th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm No Comments »

Count mega-budget offerings from Genting Group and Caesars Entertainment among the marquee-name dismissals in the New York Gaming Facility Location Board‘s final HRH Albanycut of casino applicants. Also going into the circular file were a second Genting project (Resorts World Hudson Valley), along with a Penn National Gaming/Cordish Gaming joint venture, and proposals from Full House Resorts, Churchill Downs, Mohegan Sun and a Hard Rock-branded project (right). It was a bad day from brand names, who generally got swept from the board. Considering Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess‘ family’s decades-long connection to the Catskills, that rejection must have been especially painful.

Orange County went 0-for-six, as Continued >>

Quote of the Day

By David McKee ~ December 18th, 2014 @ 10:01 am No Comments »

“Meanwhile, Americans continue to play cards on unregulated, off-shore poker websites. Americans also continue to place wagers through online, unregulated, off-shore sports books. And there are no signs that the collapse of the republic is imminent.” — from a Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial, criticizing proposed congressional bans on Internet casinos and poker.

Vegas hits the jackpot & other Case Bets

By David McKee ~ December 17th, 2014 @ 4:39 pm 1 Comment »

We don’t know how much they’ve spent yet and how much of a blockbuster year this will be for Las Vegas but we know one thing for certain. We’ve finally broken the 40 million mark pinup-picin annual visitation, a Holy Grail long sought by the tourism industry. Heck, we may hit 41 million by the time midnight strikes on New Year’s Eve. We doubt that Visitor #40 Million was garlanded with roses or laurels. But, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “To mark the milestone, tourism officials are giving away Las Vegas suite upgrades, dining and thrill experiences and beauty makeovers to random tourists with local entertainers Penn &Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair (above) making the presentations.” Carrot Top? We want people to come here, not scare them away.

* Cordish Co. got the deal it was looking for to build a Continued >>

Taj at Icahn’s mercy; The wrath of Wynn

By David McKee ~ December 17th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm No Comments »

Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO Bob Griffin (below) has basically flung himself at the feet of Carl Icahn and begged the billionaire to keep funding Trump Taj Mahal “well into Griffin2015,” while Unite-Here‘s appeal of a bankruptcy court ruling is adjudicated, maybe longer. (If I were Icahn, I’d like to know what I’m getting in return.) Icahn’s ultimatum of ‘Give me tax breaks or I’ll kill this casino’ having fallen upon deaf ears in Trenton, there’s a serious danger the Taj will close this Saturday. This may not be cause for grief among other Boardwalk operators, all of whom stand to inherit what little business the Taj still does.

In yet another of his open letters, Griffin wrote, “The state, city and the union have all abandoned us. You are our last hope to find a solution that will keep the Taj open and save these 3,000 jobs.” Say what you like, the man has a flair for melodrama. However, he needs to work on Continued >>

Further Reading

Many called, few chosen for New York casinos

Quote of the Day

Vegas hits the jackpot & other Case Bets

Taj at Icahn’s mercy; The wrath of Wynn

Sayonara, Sam; Showstopping Steve

Atlantic City: Fertitta wins, Taj too close to call

Quote of the Day

Fixing Foxwoods, Perryville

Much ado about Harmon

Captain Loveman’s sinking ship

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