Category Archives: Environment

Crony capitalism at Sands; Ilani Casino packs ’em in

Rob Goldstein isn’t exactly a pauper these days but a swoon in Las Vegas Sands‘ Macao takings also took a chomp out of Goldstein’s wallet. His compensation in 2016 was 19% lower than the year before. By contrast, CEO Sheldon … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Water rights are civil rights, and civil rights are human rights. This is not a money problem. This is a democracy problem. Flint, Michigan, is a moral parable about the peril of giving up control of your water.” — NAACP … Continue reading

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“The Las Vegas casino giant said Tuesday the material was transported to licensed landfills across the country over the course of about seven months and filled more than 8,800 truckloads and 4,300 railcars.” — Mind-boggling statistics on Wynn Resorts‘ cleanup … Continue reading

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Smoke got in their eyes; Curious doings at Mohegan Sun

Macao Chief Executive Fernando Chui is denying that his government is abasing itself before casino operators even as his administration rolls out a new policy, proposed but not yet adopted, that would represent a total cave-in on Chui’s drive to … Continue reading

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Caesars: The comedy is (almost) finished; Lawmaker gets high — on revenue

By merging Caesars Acquisition Co. (which holds most of the goodies) with Caesars Entertainment, the conglomerate may be finally able to ring the curtain on its bankruptcy. It’s been a long-running show, often replete with elements of farce. What seems … Continue reading

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(Pot) Smoke gets in their eyes; Enter the Lucky Dragon

Just say “No.” That’s what Nevada gaming regulators are advising casinos who might be tempted to take advantage of the new legality of recreational marijuana in the Silver State. Bowing to federal law, the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania lawmakers screw the pooch; Adelson’s way or the highway

Pennsylvania communities are scrambling to reach voluntary revenue-sharing accords with the casinos they host after the Legislature left the issue in limbo. Rather than address the host-community fee on its own, the House of Representatives tacked on approval of Internet … Continue reading

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Five-point solution for Atlantic City; The Crown 18

Will Atlantic City be the master of its domain or will Gov. Chris Christie (R) insist upon a state takeover? That’s the question after Mayor Don Guardian (R) steered a five-point rescue plan through a heavily divided city council. In … Continue reading

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Caesars dips toe in skill-based slots; MGM National Harbor snares Dylan

Caesars Entertainment is going on the road, as it were, to test-drive its first foray into skill-based slots. It’s going to install six Gamblit Gaming slot carousels at Harrah’s Rincon, with 36 slated for Las Vegas deployment next year. The … Continue reading

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Galaxy cautious on Macao; No smoking in Mesquite?

One swallow doesn’t make a spring and, if you’re Galaxy Entertainment CEO Lui Che-Woo, one month of 1% growth in gambling revenue doesn’t constitute a recovery in Macao: “Give me two more years to see if there’s a recovery here.” Now … Continue reading

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Straub resurfaces; Last casino to Clarksville

In case you’re wondering, “Whatever happened to Glenn Straub?”, the answer is that he’s finally been dragged, kicking and screaming, into applying for a New Jersey gaming license for Revel and is finalizing the paperwork. Huffington Post also reveals than … Continue reading

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Packer in a pickle?; Adelson speaks, R-J listens; Big casino sale in Philippines

We haven’t been able to confirm for certain whether or not James Packer‘s latest attempt to conquer Las Vegas, the casino-resort Alon, is definitely kaput. It definitely hasn’t evolved beyond some exquisitely vague, bare-bones documents filed with Clark County. However, we … Continue reading

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New ally for Mashpee; Adelson: My way or the highway

In the latest twist of the Project First Light saga, the Justice Department has interceded on behalf of the Mashpee Wampanoag. It has asked a federal judge to revisit his ruling that the Mashpee lacked standing and that the Interior … Continue reading

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Missouri is doing just fine, thanks; Cautious hope for Moulin Rouge

Pinnacle Entertainment did a masterful job of managing expectations in its quarterly earnings call, citing disruptive road work around Ameristar St. Charles as a potential setback from the property. Today, Missouri released its July gaming results and — surprise — … Continue reading

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New vibe for Venetian; Atlantic City workers flee to D.C.

For the first time in 17 years, The Venetian is using TV advertising. We’re not only impressed by the length of the abstention but also by the fact that Las Vegas Sands has done so well without the assistance of the … Continue reading

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Wynn Boston Harbor breaks ground; MGM modestly beats expectations

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has apparently thrown in the towel in his opposition to Wynn Boston Harbor, with the consequence that construction will have begun by this time tomorrow.  The $2.1 billion project’s endurance is a tribute to Bostonian Steve Wynn‘s … Continue reading

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Wynn Boston Harbor a ‘go’; Caesars’ big score

Depending on how peevish Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is feeling, groundbreaking on Wynn Boston Harbor could be a week away. Wynn Resorts‘ acknowledgement of its latest victory contained just a hint of battle fatigue, saying the rejection of Curtatone’s arguments “hopefully … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Hundreds of dead mice were found in the kitchen of this building! If you like mice and roaches, stay at the Taj Mahal!” — Unite-Here Local 54 Organizing Director Benjamin Albert taunting customers — and citing Atlantic City Health Department statistics … Continue reading

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Revel … still not open; Cautious hope for Internet gambling in Pennsylvania

Glenn Straub‘s once-bold gambit to reopen Revel has turned into an embarrassing face-plant. Perhaps rushing to market in hopes of beating Bart Blatstein‘s Showboat to the hotel traffic, Straub announced a hasty revival of Revel as a casino-hotel without securing … Continue reading

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Atlantic City back on death watch?; Money problems at Moulin Rouge

Things are suddenly looking grim for Atlantic City: A new Monmouth University poll shows voters evenly divided on a referendum to end the Boardwalk’s monopoly on casino gambling, an erosion of public support for the resort city. Assessing the situation … Continue reading

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