Archive for the 'Sheldon Adelson' Category
Back when Las Vegas Sands was waffling over the completion of Sands Bethlehem and rattling its tin cup for joint-venture partners, I suspected that Sheldon Adelson had lost his stomach for the project and would probably sell it. Sands has even been hinting at it for the past 18 months. At a rumored $1 billion, [...]
“This issue doesn’t affect us because really we don’t know anything about these investigations.” — Madrid Mayor Aña Botella, winning the Ostrich Award last summer by sticking her head in the, uh, sand with regard to scandal-plagued Las Vegas Sands and its Iberian mega-ultra-über-meta-casino resort proposal.
Although the government of Macao enjoys nothing better than to make casino owners wait and fidget for their land leases to be “gazetted,” today is MGM Resorts International’s lucky day. MGM China received final approval for its Cotai Strip megaresort. Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli calls the timing “ahead of expectations,” which suggests that Macanese [...]
By the time Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis realizes he’s made a mistake, he’s almost always past the point of no return. Although it is my deeply rooted opinion that smoking is a noxious, disgusting habit that invades other people’s space, banning it has been demonstrated to cause a 15% or greater decrease in the revenues [...]
After a long (17 years) and eventful tenure at the top of the American Gaming Association, President Frank J. Fahrenkopf is calling it a day. On June 30, he hands over the reins to a successor as yet to be named. Although this decision was taken over a year ago, the AGA is only now [...]
After a long, abyssal plunge, Las Vegas‘ real estate market has bottomed out — or so knowledgeable people tell me. Seems that the banks ’round here ignored Mitt Romney’s (bad) advice to dump the “shadow inventory” en masse into the marketplace, which would have sent housing prices into an incredible downward spiral. No, they’re keeping [...]
‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house, shareholders were beginning to cool on the value of Ameristar Casinos stock. It closed ever so slightly down from Pinnacle Entertainment’s $26.50/share offer price. Perhaps I was wrong and $869 million is enough to get this deal done, after all, though I still expect rumbles [...]
For those of us who missed it this year, the best Christmas tradition of which I know.
First and most importantly …
To you, the reader, who makes this possible, a year of happiness, health and wealth, whether material, intellectual or spiritual.
Atlantic City: Good luck in a year that will end with ‘13.’
Boyd Gaming: New TV commercials.
We’ve learned two important things today. One, that the Mayan calendar is not the most reliable predictor of events. Two, that Ameristar Casinos‘ on-again/off-again talk about putting itself up for sale was back in “on” mode. Before hardly anybody got wind of what was happening, Ameristar cut a deal to be purchased by Pinnacle Entertainment. [...]
If your casino or club employs CLS Transportation, today would be a good day to call in sick and take the phone off the hook. Seems the limo fleet of CLS was taking Las Vegas visitors for a ride, running up $2.8 million in fraudulent credit card charges (try explaining those to the wife!), writing [...]
This just in … One weekend of performances of Peepshow was all that Mrs. Ice-T managed to do before fleeing back to New York City, at least temporarily, according to an S&G source. So if you’ve got Peepshow tickets this week, I’m afraid you’re screwed.
Prepare to stick a fork in Eli Roth’s Goretorium, which is [...]
One weekend down, nine to go. Bear that in mind if you simply must see Faith Hill and Tim McGraw play The Venetian. The clock’s a tickin’. Since my knowledge of the McGraw-Hill oeuvre (separately and together) consists of the intro to Sunday Night Football, I will defer to Mike Weatherford’s review which strikes me [...]
In an even more surprising development than Steve Wynn getting voted out of Foxborough, the seemingly leading contender for a western Massachusetts casino abruptly withdrew from the fray last Friday night. In a stunning abdication, Ameristar Casinos CEO Gordon Kanofsky allowed that he didn’t feel had his company had enough of a chance to emerge [...]
If Sheldon Adelson played the ponies as he does politics, he’d enter a Shetland in the Kentucky Derby and put all his money on it to win. What could be better than knowing the Las Vegas Sands CEO blew $100 million trying to buy the White House and a sizable tranche of Capitol Hill in [...]
So says the Brookings Institute, which raised Las Vegas to 194th from 245th in GDP (now at $47K/year) and job growth over the last year, behind such feeder markets as Bakersfield, California and Monterrey, Mexico. That’s the first year of Sin City GDP growth in the last five. Domestically, Vegas was 46th among 76 United [...]
For months, state Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), has been threatening to push an enormous gambling expansion through the Illinois Legislature during its lame-duck session. He says he’s “getting very close” but we’ve heard that kind of braying from Lang previously. A sock puppet of Illinois‘ horsey set, Lang won’t be satisfied with any bill that [...]
Update: Seeking Alpha’s Brad Thomas has run the numbers on the Penn split and doesn’t like the risk/reward scenario.
Fifteen years and many consolidations ago, the casino industry was seized by a brain fever. It was set off by the bidding war between Hilton International (led by Steve Bollenbach) and Starwood Resorts (then run by current [...]
This just in: It’s another winning strategy from those gaming-industry masterminds at Colony Capital. God forbid you’re playing at the Atlantic Club and work up an appetite. Or did Tom Barrack hear about “Stiff of the Year” and wants to get in the race?
There’s no point in revisiting Midwestern casino misery month in, month out. [...]
No sooner were Wall Street analysts uttering serious concerns about a slow post-Sandy recovery for Atlantic City than who should pop up on CBS This Morning but Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman, doing damage control …
It’s hard to decide which is funnier: doddering Charlie Rose unwittingly picking at a Loveman sore spot by mentioning Macao, [...]
But first, because it will never, ever get old …
Also this, from @daveweigel: “[Florida] exit poll: Obama winning Jewish vote by 40 points. 40 points. Nice work, Sheldon Adelson.” We’ll tap dance on Sheldon’s head some more further down, but let’s roll out the barrel for gaming’s winners last night. There were five ballot questions, [...]