Category Archives: Cretins

Bellagio is burning; Parking valets stiffed

Remember the Monte Carlo fire and how it was fueled by construction foam? It was much the same story last night when the south “arm” of Bellagio caught on fire, a blaze which raged for 25 minutes. “You can smell that sulfur,” said … 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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Adelson out of stadium deal; Tepid December on Strip

It didn’t take long for Sandoval’s Folly, the mooted [your city here] Raiders stadium to blow up in the governor’s face. With characteristic irascibility, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson withdrew from the project, taking his $650 million with him. … Continue reading

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Wynn disses douchebags; Showboat sails again

In a characteristic about-face, former nightlife enthusiast Steve Wynn is belittling Millenials (“sort of short on brains”), social media (“dim-witted time”), while conceding the importance of non-gaming revenue to today’s Las Vegas. Said Wynn of the nightlife generation, “we’re doing well … 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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Quote of the Day

“When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works … Continue reading

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Lucky Horseshoe for Maryland; Old McDonald had a casino

What would have been a revenue-negative July for Maryland casinos turned into their biggest month ever, thanks to Horseshoe Baltimore. Gaming revenue rose more $23 million, with all that and more coming from the Caesars Entertainment property. While the casino is … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“If you were planning to see the Duck Dynasty inspiration, Duck Commander Musical at the Rio, you best get the lead out. I’m hearing it’s operating on a wing and a prayer. It opened two weeks ago.” — Las Vegas … Continue reading

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Quack Pack attack

Since it’s the altar on which A&E recently sacrificed Longmire, I don’t have warm feelings about Duck Dynasty, although the network itself goes one better, depicting Phil Robertson and his clan as bizarre backwoods cretins. With a pedigree like that, … Continue reading

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The village idiot; Knuckle-dragging in Maryland

Every city has its cross to bear. In the case of Las Vegas, it’s former steroid user, baseball player and serial dumbass Jose Canseco. He obviously skipped firearm-safety class the day they told you to make sure your gun is … Continue reading

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USA Today: Those evil casinos!

With the gaming industry temporarily exhausted from over-expansion and saturation, USA Today has chosen this moment to pounce with an anti-gambling editorial. The graybeards on the USA Today editorial board clearly haven’t been paying close attention — racinos in Delaware, … Continue reading

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Wretched excess; Caesars’ good deeds

As long as Las Vegas casinos continue to provoke untrammeled, excessive behavior at their pool parties, they’re going to make the police blotter. It seems that one MGM Grand guest got an unwelcome surprise when he passed out in a restroom. … Continue reading

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Strangest story of the year

Steve Wynn‘s Encore is making news in a way its owner would probably prefer it didn’t (and not for the first time this year). Bryanna Warren, Trinity Kennard and Charmella Triggs picked up a couple of guys in an Encore bar … Continue reading

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When titans wed; Cupidity at Revel

Just when you thought the manufacturing sector had engaged in enough consolidation that it would take a pause to pay down debt (or at least burp) comes a mega-consolidation. International Game Technology‘s two biggest rivals will become one. Ronald Perelman‘s … Continue reading

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Would you let this man rob your casino?

Despite 14 arrests for cheating at a couple dozen Las Vegas casinos, the Nevada Gaming Control Board never saw fit to nominate hall-of-fame cardshap Jubreal Chahine for inclusion in the Black Book, not even after it publicly characterized him as … Continue reading

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Argosy’s charmed life; Paging “Jersey Shore”; Boyd’s (alleged) botch

It’s The Perils of Pauline over at Penn National Gaming‘s Argosy Sioux City. A July 1 closure has been stayed until July 10 while Judge Eliza Ovrom ponders the merits of the case. She’s scheduled final arguments for the 10th, … Continue reading

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New York: Promises and excuses

New York casino developers are enumerating the economic benefits for their prospective employees. Make no mistake, many of the jobs will be entry-level, minimum-wage employment. Saratoga Casino & Raceway is predicted a 47%/30% split between unskilled and skilled employees, with … Continue reading

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Shamelessness at Suffolk Downs

In a ludicrous reversal, the owners of Suffolk Downs offered to end horseracing at the track if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission would, pretty please with cream on top, give them a casino license. Up to that point, Suffolk Downs has … 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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Selective outrage at Mandalay Bay; Tough call in Delaware

Mandalay Bay, which hosts Los Angeles Clippers pre-season play, and which advertises during Clippers games is out of the picture … for now. Although the NBA has banned unspeakably vile Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league, Mandalay Bay is … Continue reading

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