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 cut 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.
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“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.
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 in 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.