Whenever you think the Revel saga is done, a new complexity arises. Glenn Straub‘s $82 million purchase is set to be ruled upon in bankruptcy court tomorrow. But, slipping over the transom at the last minute come Leo Pustilnikov and fellow developer Isek Shomof, brandishing $80 million. While Straub has placed $82 million in escrow, Pustilnikov and Shomof are making “an offer of funds.” Ooooooh, an offer of funds! How exciting. The duo argues that their seemingly lowball offer outdoes Straub’s because $10 million of his $82 million in cash comes from a forfeited deposit on his (since superseded) $95 million bid. They must be mighty enamored of Revel, since they’re making a purchase offer without ever having seen the place.
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Sheldon Adelson can call Macao‘s doldrums “cyclical” until he’s blue in the face but there’s no mistaking that the gambling enclave is having serious problems. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement when February revenue falls 49%. VIP play is especially hard to find, down 60% in sheer volume and 56.5% in revenue. Las Vegas Sands took an especially heavy hit, its VIP revenue down 66%. MGM Grand Paradise took a 59% haircut and Wynn Macau was walloped worst of all, its VIP revenue falling 70%. “During a recent visit … to four of the city’s glitziest casinos, VIP rooms were mostly desolate,” reports Reuters.
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Both the Indiana state Senate and Gov. Mike Pence (R) could still nix the deal, but the Indiana House of Representatives voted 76-19 to put riverboat casinos ashore and OK live dealers at the state’s Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park racinos. Pence is hung up on the live-dealer provision, which he incomprehensibly deems an “expansion” of gambling in the state. Maybe it will have to be sacrificed to get the other casinos off the rivers, something that should have been done years ago. (God forbid it should take a calamitous tornado to open Pence’s eyes.)
Referring to the landslide vote for the bill, state Rep. Tom Dermody (R) held out hope of changing Pence’s mind, saying, Continued >>