Category Archives: South Carolina

The Cathedral of St. Al Davis

The eternal flame in honor of St. Al is just too much. * Could South Carolina rush in where Georgia has hesitated? The Palmetto State has costly infrastructure problems and Gov. Henry McMaster (R) has indicated he would veto

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Huge January in Nevada; Georgia nixes casinos (again)

Sinusitis had us down for the count for a few days but we’re back with a fresh serving of S&G. First off, New Year’s was boffo for Nevada (up 12%) with the Las Vegas Strip pulling in 14% more than … Continue reading

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Station, Culinary at it again; Attack of the Russian slot cheats

After reaching a fragile labor peace with Station Casinos, the Culinary Union is heading for another scrum with the company, publishing a petition to “Stations Casino” [sic!], detailing various and sundry workplace complaints, such as “first aid supplies were not … Continue reading

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New Deal; Same old same-old at Wynncore

In a dramatic semi-reversal, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has said he is open “to keep the discussion going” on casinos in the state. The governor’s sudden open mindedness comes with several caveats, including the assurance that casino gambling won’t detract … Continue reading

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Icahn amputates nose, spites face; Casinos for Carolina?

In a “So there!” move, Carl Icahn has petitioned, as part of a sale process, to have a five-year deed restriction placed on the Trump Taj Mahal, preventing anyone from reopening it as a casino until 2022. He’s also surrendering … Continue reading

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Adelson’s Capitol Hill puppet show

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) held another kangaroo court on Internet gambling and was in his best Sheldon Adelson-like Luddite form, scoffing at geofencing software. “It’s naive at best to think you can put a wall on the Internet,” said the willfully ignorant … Continue reading

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Well done, Horseshoe; Hard Rock gets hacked

Last week, Horseshoe Baltimore found itself a sitting duck during the civil disturbances that followed the death of Freddy Gray. With police imposing a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, Horseshoe had no choice but to curtail its operating hours, closing at 9 … Continue reading

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Murren takes sanguine view; Straub’s struggles

With MGM Resorts International having rejected one REIT proposal, in part because it relied too much on asset sales, Union Gaming is teeing up another. It’s not providing specifics but says it would provide “additional financial flexibility without the disruption of … Continue reading

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Election Special: What’s at stake; Fire sale at Trump

We know the big enchilada is Massachusetts, where repeal of the state’s casino law is on the ballot. It looks like it’s going to lose big-time, but anti-gambling sentiment runs deep in parts of the state. We’ve already been over … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, California, Charity, Colorado, Election, Environment, Kansas, Marketing, Massachusetts, Racinos, South Carolina, South Dakota, Station Casinos, Steve Wynn, Technology, Tribal, Trump Entertainment Resorts | 1 Comment

Strange doings in Alabama

Continuing its persecution of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, the State of Alabama is taking them to federal appeals court. And it looks like state Attorney General Luther Strange might have a leg to stand on. He’s citing the … Continue reading

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Adelson winning one-sided war

If it appears that Sheldon Adelson is rolling to victory in his jihad against Internet gambling, it’s primarily because his opposition has gone belly-up. First, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren called the battle “a fight we cannot win,” then … Continue reading

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Loveman utters heresy; Adelson’s sock-puppet theatre

Buried deep in Caesars Entertainments ‘s 1Q14 earnings call was this bombshell from CEO Gary Loveman: “We are looking at all of our options to reduce the cost of doing business here. All the businesses in [Atlantic City] are under tremendous pressure.” That’s … Continue reading

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Tropicana Bethlehem?; One acre and a casino

Las Vegas Sands‘ waving of the white flag over its Sands Bethlehem casino may have finally yielded a buyer. Having stated publicly, however, that $1 billion was the asking price may have limited Sands flexibility to negotiate (not to mention … Continue reading

Posted in Alabama, Cannery Casino Resorts, Carl Icahn, Current, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Sheldon Adelson, South Carolina, Tribal, Tropicana Entertainment | 1 Comment

What’s “incidental” & other Case Bets

When the Clark County Commission went out of its way to define “tavern gaming” in 2011, it went into all sorts of minutiae about kitchens and such. But it neglected to address the elephant in the room: How much gambling … Continue reading

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The long arm of the law

According to a story broken by Reuters, U.S. officials are going to put the onus on casinos to verify where high rollers’ funds are coming from. It could take at least for FinCEN to develop this new law, “likely to … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Florida, Harrah's, Massachusetts, Mohegan Sun, Penn National, Regulation, Sheldon Adelson, South Carolina | 2 Comments

Palmetto State stalemate; Wynn strikes again

Back in 2005, the State of South Carolina, bowing to the inevitable, legalized cruise-to-nowhere gambling ships that operate out of Palmetto State ports. Now the Catwaba Indian Nation hopes to leverage that legislation into VLTs for itself. The state says … Continue reading

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Singapore: Many called, two chosen; Tunica catches a break

VIP junket operators are coming to Singapore, J.P. Morgan stock analysts reported. Actually, they’re already there in the form of “shadow junkets,” according to Singaporean media. And if Las Vegas Sands or Genting Berhad are knowingly dealing with illegal junketeers, … Continue reading

Posted in Colorado, Current, Economy, Florida, Genting, Internet gambling, Louisiana, Macau, Marketing, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pokergeddon, Politics, Regulation, Sheldon Adelson, Singapore, South Carolina, Stanley Ho, Taxes, Technology, Wall Street | 1 Comment

“Luck” you!; A new gaming bonanza?

Last week, Mandalay Bay hosted an advance screening of the pilot episode of Luck, which debuted on HBO last night. If it was hard to follow on the ginormous MBay screen, I cannot imagine how impenetrable it seemed on a … Continue reading

Posted in Ameristar, California, Horseracing, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Pinnacle Entertainment, Problem gambling, Racinos, South Carolina, Taxes, Tribal, TV | 5 Comments

Dear Floridians …; Mission unfinished; Blue skies

Sarah Palin says, “vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt.” I say, “Vote Newt, please, because the concurrent stream of Sheldon Adelson stories is a blogger’s dream come true. Keep that gravy train going!” (Besides, it’s had the side … Continue reading

Posted in Ameristar, Atlantic City, Current, Election, Environment, Florida, Harrah's, International, Louisiana, Marketing, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Penn National, Politics, Problem gambling, Sheldon Adelson, South Carolina, Steve Wynn, TV | 3 Comments

Gilbert’s Dixie deal; Linq begins; Musical chairs at Penn

Dan Gilbert‘s descent upon the Baltimore market, in tandem with Caesars Entertainment, isn’t exactly news but the revelation that it will operate under the Harrah’s imprimatur (relegated to tertiary status by Caesars CEO Gary Loveman) certainly is. Gilbert’s undergraduate career … Continue reading

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