Category Archives: Aristocrat

Running the tables in Pennsylvania; MGM woos Georgia (again)

Due to Pennsylvania‘s quirky habit of releasing slot and table game revenue numbers in staggered fashion, we don’t often comment on Keystone State gambling revenues. Fortunately, the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV consolidates the information into one handy-dandy report. … Continue reading

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Ducey: Let’s make a deal; Trump = legal sports betting?

It looks like the State of Arizona may be ready to throw in the towel in its losing fight against the Tohono O’odham Nation over its Desert Diamond casino. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has inked a new compact with 10 … Continue reading

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Isaacs moves on; 50 years of Laughlin

Gavin Isaacs will be taking it easy, the CEO of Scientific Games is moving up to vice chairman, his CEO’s chair to be filled by former Norwegian Cruise Line executive Kevin M. Sheehan. If anybody’s earned the right to take … Continue reading

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So long, Sammy; DFS gets a wakeup call

As predicted here, Sam Nazarian has liquidated his 10% stake in SLS Las Vegas to majority owner Stockbridge Capital Group. He’ll still get some extra cash out of the deal, which licenses his SLS brand to Stockbridge (although you could … Continue reading

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Pit bosses think their job is the pits; One-hoss Hsieh

PayScale.com has been researching the most and least meaningful jobs, and some of it reflects unfavorably on our casino industry. Table game supervisors “report that they do not find their jobs meaningful, 20% actually believe their jobs make the world … Continue reading

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Macao casinos feel the heat; $41 million jackpot voided

When the government of Macao makes a suggestion, it’s more like an order. For instance, last week, Secretary for Economy & Finance Lionel Leong summoned representatives of all six casino concessionaires to a meeting in which he ‘requested’ increased hiring and … Continue reading

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Fly the friendly slots; New tax takes aim at slot routes

Unlike most states, Maryland hasn’t hit the saturation mark and a bill to put a slot route into Thurgood Marshall Airport will probably have little effect on that. The slots will only be accessible to ticketed passengers, with the idea … Continue reading

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Freeman’s strange plea; Aristocrat on the move

This morning, a strange letter landed upon my cyber-desk, signed by American Gaming Association Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Rayme. However, it’s perfectly congruent with the aggressive tendencies of AGA President Geoff Freeman, so I look upon him … Continue reading

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Super Bowl hits Vegas jackpot; Hope for Caesars overseas

“It was embarrassing, humiliating and unbearable,” but when the Super Bowl was over, Nevada sports books had cleaned up … except for that safety on the first play from scrimmage, costly for the Denver Broncos and the books alike. Heavy … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“When a television show goes off the air, it only has the longevity or staying power that is commensurate with the charm, intelligence, humour and great acting ability and the principal character.” — Adam West, wryly promoting Aristocrat Technologies new … Continue reading

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Herbst Gaming: new name, familiar faces

No, the company hasn’t been dissolved. But with the various Herbst boys having been run off — plus the negative brand equity created by their eponymous casino firm’s financial collapse — new ownership decided it’s time for a new moniker. … Continue reading

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“The CityCenter shuffle”; Atlantic City saved … for now

That’s what subcontractors are calling the maze of paperwork they’ve had to negotiate while laboring on MGM Mirage‘s $8.5 billion metaresort. When it comes to real estate and construction coverage in Las Vegas, there’s Tony Illia and then there’s everybody … Continue reading

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Strip bottoming out

September’s Nevada gaming revenue numbers are in and the good news is that the Strip is only -4% year/year. (Strip revs were down all of ’08 but didn’t fall off the cliff until October, when they tumbled 26%.) This makes … Continue reading

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Case Bets: Seminoles, Tropicana, Shuffle Master, Stanley Ho

Seminoles offer to lay $288 million and 12,000 new jobs on the table, for starters. Sunshine State Republicans blow them a raspberry. Constitutional or not, Gov. Charlie Crist's compact put a good deal in place for both sides. (It wasn't … Continue reading

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Head-scratcher at Shuffle Master

Come March 15, Shuffle Master CEO Mark Yoseloff finally gets to leave the company — something he's wanted to do for a while but which has been stymied by the difficulty of replacing him. Just how difficult was it? So … Continue reading

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The prodigal son

Poor Kerry Packer; the late Australian mogul and famous high roller must be doing all his rolling in the grave now. Reputed for being daring at baccarat and cautious in business, the media baron is at least spared the indignity … Continue reading

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Aristocrat @ G2E

Aristocrat Technologies previews its new slot products. Try not to get carried away by President Nick Khin's enthusiasm.

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