Category Archives: Culinary Union

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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Quote of the Day

“This country was built on the backs of slaves, on land stolen from Indigenous peoples, and most of its inhabitants are descendants of immigrants. We will not be silent as our government discriminates based on religion and national origin – … Continue reading

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Boyd: The big squish; Trump’s double-dip

“Squishy.” That was how JP Morgan analyst Joseph Greff described Boyd Gaming‘s third quarter. The soggy verbiage was probably inspired by flooding that has vexed Boyd in Louisiana. The company is also facing stiff, new competition for IP Biloxi on … Continue reading

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Big Gaming meets the Street

Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli has been in town and conducting a busy schedule of meetings. Pride of place must go to Wynn Resorts, which declared the opening of Wynn Palace “very clean,” with “solid” VIP business. Hotel occupancy is … Continue reading

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Adelson expands; Caesars sweetens the pot

Las Vegas Sands never did get around to building that historical museum it promised Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and it finished its hotel in quick-and-dirty (and fugly) fashion. But that doesn’t mean that Sands is still clinging to CEO Sheldon Adelson‘s pronouncement … Continue reading

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Boulder Station goes union; Neon Museum sets records

Having finally bowed to management’s stipulation of a secret ballot election, as opposed to a card check, the Culinary Union can belatedly claim a victory in its long-running war with Station Casinos. Employees at Boulder Station, under the oversight of … Continue reading

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MGM’s China gambit; Mixed quarter for Station

MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho are performing a fancy juggling act with MGM stock. The former is going to buy an additional 188 million shares in MGM China, increasing its hold on the property to 56%. In return, Ms. … Continue reading

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Pinnacle dominates Louisiana; Trump settles Vegas case

Pulled under by the Shreveport/Bossier City market (-6%), June gaming numbers in Louisiana came in 3% off last year’s. Pinnacle Entertainment‘s Boomtown Bossier ($5 million) far outperformed the competition, up 11%. Hardest hit were the Caesars Entertainment properties, with usually reliable … Continue reading

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Palms purchase confirmed; Adelson gets rapped

It’s official: Red Rock Resorts has purchased The Palms for $312.5 million. It got a bargain when one considers the inventory that comes with the deal — the Palms Place condo tower, 710 hotel rooms, 85 of the most famous … 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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Missouri: No misery here; Trouble at Trump

Foot traffic in Missouri casinos was up 3%, as customers spent 4% more than last year, leading to an 8% increase in casino revenue. Both Pinnacle Entertainment and Penn National Gaming came in comfortably above Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli‘s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“[Donald] Trump has got to be the first presidential candidate who’s ever owned a business that sold porn, and certainly the only Republican to have ever (openly) hawked gay porn.” — Josh Androsky, reporting on a stay at Trump International, where … Continue reading

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Big change for Tropicana; MGM wins in Springfield

Tri-State News, Weather Indiana will have a second land-based casino (three, if Majestic Star gets its way) after the Indiana Gaming Commission looked with favor on the pleas of Tropicana Entertainment and the Evansville city fathers. “That money allows us to buy … Continue reading

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Illinois beats the odds; MGM goes au naturel

Well, here’s a novel piece of news out of Illinois, where it always seems that gloom and doom hold sway. Gaming revenues were up 2% last month. That’s even more impressive when you consider that it’s being measured against a … Continue reading

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To park or not to park, that is the question

Jim Murren wants more than our money with MGM Resorts International‘s controversial new parking fees. He wants our gratitude. “I ask them to honestly reflect what it means to be a local and how the tourist economy has improved their … 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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Quote of the Day

“This contract is an example of when multiple parties have a vested interest in the outcome, lives can be changed.” — Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas CEO William McBeath, announcing the consummation of a four-year labor pact with the Culinary Union. … Continue reading

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Runaway costs in Springfield; Lucky Dragon not so lucky

MGM Springfield is turning into the worst of both worlds. Not only has the ‘wow’ factor been subtracted (“really the least interesting part of our project,” one exec contended), with the result that the casino-hotel looks more like a bank … Continue reading

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“Mr. Trump says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, the Trump workers say, ‘Start here.’” —Trump International Hotel employee Maria Elena Durazo, calling for unionization of the hotel at a rally attended by Hillary Rodham Clinton, as reported by the Las … Continue reading

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