Glenn Straub may be America’s newest casino owner but he’s quickly emerging as its most unpredictable. While he plans to reopen the gambling component of Revel, his latest brainwave is to add an anti-aging institution. Details are sketchy at present, but we can glean a few ideas from Straub’s own regimen, which involves multivitamins, among other things. (Weekly polo games probably won’t happen, though — although, given the preposterous bulk of Revel, anything is possible.) “We’ll give you a week of knowledge and maybe extend your life,” Straub says of his concept. Off the wall as it may sound, it would diversify the Atlantic City economy and give tourists a new reason to visit the Boardwalk.
“Clearly, with two bankruptcy filings in less than two years, Continued >>
January was good for the State of Nevada (+8%) but especially powerful for the Las Vegas Strip, up 15%. The casinos played lucky, with baccarat winnings up 68.5%, despite 13.5% less being wagered. Strip slot revenues were up 4%, even if they didn’t quite keep pace with a 6% increase in coin-in. Table play was a bit anemic. Casinos won 6.5% more on the felt but players wagered big, 21% more than last year. Casino Electronics Show was credited with helping to drive the strong business.
The locals market stubbornly refuses to recover, down 6%. Downtown was off 11% and the Boulder Strip slid 15%. (According to Deutsche Bank, proxy Boyd Gaming was 6% off.) North Las Vegas was down 6% and the remainder of Clark County was flat. Laughlin pancaked as well but Continued >>
Indiana municipalities caught a break when the state House of Representatives voted against scrapping the state’s $3 admission tax, which goes to casino-hosting localities. That keeps $200 million in the kitty of jurisdictions like LaPorte County, home to Boyd Gaming‘s Blue Chip riverboat. State Rep. Tom Dermody (R, right) vowed to revisit the issue in 2016. However, the House did pass a bill chockful of goodies for casinos, including permission to move on land, an extension of a tax cut on free play, tax incentives for new construction and live dealers for the state’s two racinos. The bill passed overwhelmingly, although it still faces the obstacle that is Gov. Mike Pence‘s veto pen. (The prospect of live dealers at the tracks is one of the aspects that sticks in Pence’s gubernatorial craw.) The bill must also survive one more vote by the full House.
In a peculiar flip-flop, the House initially amended the bill to remove the live table dealers, 96-1, then put them back in, 76-22. Hoping against hope, Continued >>