Category Archives: Rhode Island

MGM’s big rake in Washington; Resort projects power Massachusetts

It should come as no surprise that Washington, D.C., the land of smoke-filled rooms where sleazy deals are made, should be deliver a bumper crop of players to MGM National Harbor‘s 39-table poker room. Even with a truncated month of … Continue reading

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Strip booms in October; Trouble in Tiverton

Not even a 16.5% decline in table wagers could hold back the Las Vegas Strip last month, as gaming revenues shot up 14%, to $563 million. Statewide, casinos didn’t do so badly either, up 11%. The one-armed bandits on the … Continue reading

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Florida: Scott loses, big time; Coup d’etat in Atlantic City

Fourteen more years. That’s how long the Seminole Tribe can have exclusive rights to blackjack in Florida, thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. It’s a huge win for the Seminoles and not entirely unforeseen, given how … Continue reading

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Straub makes some odd choices; Tiverton still up for grabs

Glenn Straub won one round, lost another in his quest to revive Revel as Ten. On Oct. 18, he received a certificate of occupancy, paving the way for him to reopen the property. (Last spring’s effort was a Chinese fire … Continue reading

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Atlantic City saved

It’s all over. The fat lady hath sung. And Atlantic City lives to gamble another day. Discouraged by poll numbers that showed insurmountable support for the status quo in New Jersey, expansion PAC Our Turn NJ is closing up shop. That … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Everybody including Twin River, the competitor across the border 17 miles away in Rhode Island, projected that Penn [National Gaming] would do more than it’s been doing. Exactly why it isn’t, nobody’s quite sure. Whether it’s that you can’t smoke … Continue reading

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Plainridge Park hits the one-year mark; Pennsylvania casinos spurn booze tax

Recording its first anniversary with a reported $160 million in revenue, against projections closer to $300 million, is Penn National Gaming‘s Plainridge Park a dud? Not so fast. The casino reports the highest win/slot/day by far of any casino for … Continue reading

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NHL makes it official; Isle opens new casino

Fortunately, it looks like we won’t have to worry about our NHL-franchise-to-be playing under a cliched name like “Las Vegas Gamblers.” Says majority owner Bill Foley, speaking of the league, “They’d prefer we don’t go in that direction.” Also, Foley seems … Continue reading

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Study: Triads rampant in Macao casinos

Wow, what a shocker — not. A new study by T. Wing Lo and Sharon Ingrid Kwok of the City University of Hong Kong for the British Journal of Criminology reports that casino operators look for junket partners who have ‘dor’ or … Continue reading

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Painful progress for Seminole compact; Casinos dead in Georgia

It will be back to the negotiating table for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), if a state House of Representatives version of the compact with Seminole Tribe is accepted in the state Senate. The compromise version of the compact adds slots … Continue reading

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What’s Sheldon’s game?; Penn struggles at Plainridge

Sheldon Adelson‘s apparent use of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporters to get back at Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is putting him and his purchase of the newspaper under the microscope of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Casino owners aren’t barred from owning … Continue reading

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Louisiana: Robbing Peter to play Paul; New disclosures from Genting

Were it not for the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, gaming revenues would have stumbled 7.5% downward last month. Add Tilman Fertitta‘s new showplace, which grossed $20 million, and you have a 15% increase in the Lake Charles market. But, as … Continue reading

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Ohio: Caesars effects a turnaround; Heightened scrutiny for MGM Springfield

Although it’s got one foot out the door in Ohio, the management half of Rock Gaming Caesars, i.e.,  Caesars Entertainment, is starting to shore up the recent decline of its casinos in the Buckeye State. Horseshoe Cincinnati and Horseshoe Cleveland … Continue reading

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Penn charms Wall Street

JP Morgan analyst Joseph Greff recently sat down with Penn National Gaming COO Jay Snowden and, of course, the big topic of conversation was Plainridge Park. Penn doesn’t see Wynn Everett — when it opens in 2018 — as a … Continue reading

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The benefits of casino gambling make themselves felt

Minimum wages are a contentious issue on the campaign trail but a settled one at $450 million Stadium Casino. The in-progress Philadelphia gambling hall has committed to a $12/hour minimum wage for its construction and permanent personnel alike. That’s one … Continue reading

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Fantastic month for Atlantic City; Gural gets his wish

As the window for apples-to-oranges comparisons of Atlantic City casino revenue closes, so does the gap between same-store and outright gross-gaming revenues. In September, casinos were up 10% on a same-store basis (i.e., excluding the four closed ones from the … Continue reading

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Doubts pervade Massachusetts; California casino resurrected

A recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal poked fun at Massachusetts‘ nascent casino industry and at Penn National Gaming‘s Plainridge Park in particular. All that schadenfreude may not have been gratuitous after all, in view of the gloom presently … Continue reading

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Massachusetts enters the fray; Delaware racinos press their case

It’s hard to believe but we’re only a few days from the opening of Plainridge Park Casino, bringing gambling to one of the last major, untapped markets in the U.S.: Massachusetts. While the Penn National Gaming property hasn’t been entirely … Continue reading

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Straub’s latest truce; Twin River readies for competition

Bitter foes Glenn Straub and ACR Energy Partners have agreed to make nice and keep the lights on (literally) at Revel, at least for the short term. The brinkmanship between these two parties had reached such extremes that ACR cut … Continue reading

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Penn “upbeat” about future; Connecticut tribes closer to new casino

Penn National Gaming CEO Tim Wilmott recently broke bread with J.P. Morgan analyst Joseph Greff, who found Penn management “positive and primarily focused on PENN’s robust development pipeline,” which it thinks will produce improved cash flow even before the Tropicana … Continue reading

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