Weak quarter for Las Vegas Sands; Penn weathers a blow

By David McKee ~ January 29th, 2015 @ 11:51 am No Comments »

SheldonThere was definitely some grit in the 4Q14 financial results for Las Vegas Sands‘ Strip properties. Table play was down $102 million, or 16%. And those players who showed up played lucky. Table revenue was down 26%, or $37 million. Coin-in at the slots was healthy, though, up 8%. Looser hold percentages, however, turned the gain into a 2% loss. At $150 million, casino revenue was $38 million down (-20%). Retail, entertainment and F&B almost equaled the gambling haul, grossing $143 million (+2%). And although room rates were up, averaging $222, 81% occupancy and a decline in revenue per available room spelled a 5% decline.

Overseas, Marina Bay Sands came in above Continued >>

Super Bawl

By David McKee ~ January 28th, 2015 @ 12:07 pm No Comments »

Never mind that it’s one of the biggest weekends in Sin City, the National Football League continues to stick its fingers in its ears when it comes to casinos that dare whisper the words football“Super Bowl.” Not only must Las Vegas hide behind the “Big Game” euphemism when promoting Super Bowl-related events, if they show aforesaid large-scale game on TV screens that exceed 55 inches, the NFL is prepared to make trouble.

While the league might more sensibly opt for a piece of the action, which included a $119 million wagering pool last year, it prefers to pretend Las Vegas doesn’t exist. It’s missing out on a big slice of pie. According to the American Gaming Association, $3.8 billion will be bet illegally on the Super Bowl, dwarfing legal wagers into insignificance. You’d think the NFL would want Continued >>

Case Bets: IGT, Hard Rock, Golden Gaming

By David McKee ~ January 28th, 2015 @ 11:24 am 1 Comment »

web1_WEB-IGT-LOGOProfits were slimmer for International Game Technology in 1Q15, with the company reporting $35 million, 56% less than a year ago. IGT, which is in the process of being acquired by GTECH, offered little commentary on the results. CEO Patti Hart issued a statement that “market challenges remain in the land-based casino business.” However, the company’s social-gaming sector — driven by DoubleDown Casino, up 11% — grew 23%, grossing $91.5 million.

* The former Horizon Casino on the shores of Lake Tahoe, purged of Continued >>

Caesars wins big

By David McKee ~ January 28th, 2015 @ 10:29 am 1 Comment »

Ruling earlier than expected, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross handed Caesars Entertainment a massive, possibly decisive victory in its bankruptcy fight, transferring the caesarscasino_1case from Wilmington to Chicago. Gross ruled that Caesars, despite some behavior that “on its face is suspect,” was entitled to “just enough deference” to choose its own battleground, “even though the decision may have been made to favor third parties and insiders” to choose the ground on which it would fight. He added that he felt the Chicago court would apply sufficiently stringent scrutiny to “serious allegations that the debtors’ controlling equity holders, Apollo Capital Group and TPG Capital, engaged in a series of self-dealing transactions.”

Gross said the dissident creditors “raced to Continued >>

Further Reading

Weak quarter for Las Vegas Sands; Penn weathers a blow

Super Bawl

Case Bets: IGT, Hard Rock, Golden Gaming

Caesars wins big

Caesars on the defensive

Hard Rock back to A.C.?; Today Massachusetts, tomorrow Vermont?

Golden, Scientific on the move

Where will the Caesars fight be fought?

Possible Pennsylvania cutback?; Prudes pressured Walker

Adelson gives himself promotion; Making Macao family friendly

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