Category Archives: Phil Ruffin

Trump keeps them guessing; Meet your new neighbor, Steve Wynn

Could the president of the United States build a Las Vegas casino? That’s regulatory terra incognito that Nevada regulators will have to explore as Phil Ruffin and Donald Trump continue with their plan to erect a Trump-branded casino next door … Continue reading

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Trump’s Vegas Castle?; Florida Lege speaks with forked tongue

Just a few months ago, the idea of a Donald Trump-branded casino on the Las Vegas Strip would have seemed like a joke. Trump’s brand equity in gaming had dwindled to zilch and the man himself was out of gaming … Continue reading

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Straub: Name my casino!; RAWA breathes its last … for now

Glenn Straub has either thrown up his hands over the task of renaming Revel or is feeling the spirit of democracy. Either way, he’s taking suggestions from the Twitterverse as to potential new monikers, with a $10,000 for the winning … Continue reading

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Genting comes to Massachusetts; Trump impasse on the Strip

As the Mashpee Wampanoag were preparing to break ground on Project First Light, halfway around the world Genting Malaysia was revealing the details of its management contract with the tribe. Genting holds a seven-year pact, by way of its Genting … Continue reading

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Secrecy prevails in Nevada; Doubletalk Down Under

In a step backward for public transparency, the Nevada Gaming Commission has decreed that privately held casinos no longer have to disclose their financial performance. Not only will this spare SLS Las Vegas the embarrassments that are its quarterly reports, … Continue reading

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Tracks questionable in Kansas, safe in West Virginia

“Wouldn’t we just be taking money from [Kansas Star Casino] and moving it to Mr. Ruffin’s pockets?” So asked state Rep. Mark Kahrs (R) of a controversial bill to permit a Sedgwick County vote on whether to convert Phil Ruffin‘s Wichita … Continue reading

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DFS advances in some markets, retreats in others; Caesars rubs your nose in it

Daily fantasy sports, the loud frat brother of sports betting, is close to a signal victory in Virginia. Both houses of the Virginia Assembly have passed DFS legalization with veto-proof majorities and sent the legislation to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). … Continue reading

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Trump plotting Vegas comeback; Mohegan Sun gains Korean foothold

Even after his improbable spate of electoral successes, you have to wonder if Donald Trump is serious about running for president. His attention is already wandering to a market where the art of the deal has not panned out for … Continue reading

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MGM’s sudden Connecticut ardor; Labor peace in Detroit

Connecticut‘s government is trying to have an MGM Resorts International lawsuit dismissed, but MGM isn’t going away quietly. It’s targeted the no-bid process whereby a Mohegan Sun–Foxwoods Resort Casino joint venture was juiced into a third, off-reservation casino, location still … Continue reading

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Phil Ruffin, International Man of Mystery; Another day, another DFS probe

So now we know where those The Mirage-is-for-sale rumors were coming from. Seems that the place really was not for sale, although Phil Ruffin wished it was, to the tune of $1.3 billion. And, as badly as MGM Resorts International … Continue reading

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Trump Trek: The wrath of Khan

Donald Trump‘s touring show is playing Treasure Island even as I type this (Phil Ruffin was the opening act). The Culinary Union‘s Bethany Khan was loaded for bear and unleashed this blast at The Donald today.

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Poor Phil Ruffin

First he gets skunked in his attempt to secure the last Kansas casino license, now’s he being used as a prop in Donald Trump‘s traveling freak show. Ruffin, by the way, is Trump’s designated mandarin of China policy. If the Chinese … Continue reading

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Ruffin loses in Kansas; Expanded New Jersey gambling dissed

Three casino proposals were weighed in the balance and two were found wanting, as the Kansas State Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board sifted the pros and cons, ultimately settling on the lowest-budgeted of the contenders, Kansas Crossing. The project, named … Continue reading

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Kansas gets down to brass tacks; Lindsey Graham, man of mystery

After years of waiting, the fate of Kansas‘ seemingly unwanted fourth casino license, long in abeyance came down to three-and-a-half hours of presentations by a trio of rival bidders. The Kansas Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board will make its choice by … Continue reading

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Case Bets: Okada, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ruffin

It’s been a good week for Kazuo Okada. The boss of Universal Entertainment Corp. announced that investigations of him in Japan and the Philippines had closed and given him a clean bill of health. The probes were set off by … Continue reading

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The fees that ate Las Vegas

 First, the good news. Harrah’s Las Vegas casino floor, one of the most claustrophobic and unpleasant in town is getting a makeover. And, while they’re at it, Caesars Entertainment is converting the space formerly occupied by The Cafe at Harrah’s and … Continue reading

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MGM’s urban renewal; Ruffin rides again

Despite an atmosphere of uncertainty in Massachusetts, executives at MGM Resorts International are putting their faith in a November victory at the ballot box. They’ve closed on the purchase of two tornado-damaged buildings, the Springfield State Armory (shown) and the … Continue reading

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Camptown Races; Concord in Boston

What if they gave a casino and nobody came? That’s what happened to Kansas, which drew nary a bidder on its fourth and final casino license, deemed by many to be too close to Oklahoma (rife with casinos) to be … Continue reading

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Culinary: Two down, 14 to go; Quiet crisis at Sands

Culinary Union-represented workers at the Riviera and at Treasure Island have cause for celebration, being the beneficiaries of new, five-year collective bargaining agreements.  Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline took the extra step of hailing the Riviera deal as “mutually beneficial” to … Continue reading

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China: Hands off Hainan

China dealt a severe blow to the hopes of Big Gaming this week, declaring the island of Hainan off-limits for gambling. “We cannot at all allow Hainan to operate casinos,” declared resident Communist Party strongman Luo Baoming. This cannot have … Continue reading

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