Category Archives: Affinity Gaming

Warm spring in the Midwest; Vegas Vic gets political

Don’t believe anyone who says the economy is bad: Casino takings are up all across the Midwest. The biggest gain was in Ohio, where casino win rose 7%, even though players continue to blow off Jack Cleveland ($18 million, -8%). … Continue reading

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Gaming up nationally — but Louisiana gets hammered

America‘s casino industry had a winning month in January, up 3.5% to $3.4 billion. Even Illinois, which has never recovered from the smoking ban, was in the top four, behind Nevada (naturally), Pennsylvania and Louisiana. The only serious loser was … Continue reading

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Trump vs. Las Vegas; E-sports is big busine$$

“Donald Trump is the most uninformed president the U.S. has ever had.  This is not an opinion.  It is based on the realities of how human beings communicate:  He does not read.  ‘[Trump] said in a series of interviews that he does not … Continue reading

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A slight chill in the air

Even allowing for additional weekend in 2016, gaming results last month were a tad frosty,  shall we say? The best market was Missouri, which was merely flat. That was largely due to strength in the St. Louis area, where Pinnacle … 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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Taj Mahal: Soon with 100% less Trump?; Sands jams up players

While the last vestiges of Donald Trump‘s ownership of Trump Taj Mahal were liquidated when Carl Icahn took over, it retained the name and continued to buy Trump Water. (The taste of douchebaggery?) What concerns politicians in Trenton is the prospect … Continue reading

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Lucky Dragon gets another step ahead; ETGs a hit at Sands Bethlehem

Lucky Dragon Casino is speeding to completion while Resorts Las Vegas and Alon can’t get out of the starting blocks. (Resorts World did Tweet that it had finished paving its parking garage, making it Las Vegas‘ most high-budgeted place to put … Continue reading

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Atlantic City boosters gain momentum; Gamblit takes important step forward

New York State gaming forces are taking a more-than-disinterested view of the upcoming referendum on Atlantic City‘s monopoly on casino gambling in New Jersey. For instance, Genting Group, owner of Resorts World New York, is opposing the measure behind stalking … Continue reading

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New era at Trump Taj Mahal; Blasphemous gambling promo spanked

He’s been handed a small budget ($15 million) for the task at hand, but new Trump Taj Mahal boss Anthony Rodio has been charged with undoing the damage inflicted on the property during the Bob Griffin era. This includes “reactivating … Continue reading

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Penn talks turkey; Celebrity brawl at Aria

Next week Penn National Gaming turns on the Marquee Rewards spigot at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Given some of management’s recent disclosures, it won’t come a day too soon: 85% of Penn’s customer base comes to Sin City but stays … Continue reading

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Where to dump Trump?; Straub stumped

Although he’s buried millions of dollars in New Jersey, having been party to four casino bankruptcies, Donald Trump doesn’t want his carcass interred there. Instead, when he goes to that big sand trap in the sky, he wants to be … Continue reading

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Cornrows and casinos

Those who argue that Iowa is saturated with casinos found plentiful ammunition in the latest set of revenue numbers from the state. True, Hard Rock Sioux City is doing far better than its predecessor, Argosy Sioux City. Also, Harrah’s Council … Continue reading

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Pacific overtures

Lord knows where they keep coming up with the money for these things, especially with a prepacked bankruptcy being bruited about, but Caesars Entertainment and partner Lippo (a Chinese firm) are beavering away on a South Korea casino complex near … Continue reading

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Horseshoe Baltimore launches; Hypocrisy in Indiana

On a “gritty stretch of Russell Street” in Baltimore, partners Caesars Entertainment and Rock Gaming are preparing to bust out their latest inner-city casino. Not only will it provide commendable urban renewal, it will also give Maryland Live! its most … Continue reading

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Station vs. Dotty’s: He said, he said; A perfect confluence in Vegas

So, did Station Casinos bid for its gadfly, the Dotty’s chain of slot parlors or didn’t it? Dotty’s owner Craig Estey is alleging a Feb. 5, 2013 meeting at which Station made a play for the dozens of demi-casinos which … Continue reading

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(Economic) climate change in New Jersey, Nevada and Iowa

Jobs are coming back to Atlantic City … well, at least a trickle. In a month, casino operators will be required to have their Internet-gambling personnel on site in New Jersey. We’re not talking about large numbers of staff — … Continue reading

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Macao’s incredible jackpot; Execs on the move

If you think the emergence of Macao as the gambling capital of the world has been amazing, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. That’s the essence of a new report from Nomura Securities. It predicts that the Macao market has the … Continue reading

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Adelson undeterred; Winners and losers

I’m not sure which part of this story is more alarming: That Affinity Gaming was the victim of a widespread identity-theft scheme for seven months … or that the company didn’t disclose it until late this year. It certainly makes … Continue reading

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MGM: Crossing fingers and hoping; Bloodbath in Indiana

After several ups and downs, MGM Resorts International finds itself justthisclose to a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. The state’s equivalent of the Nevada Gaming Control Board urged a finding of suitability. Whether the circumspect Massachusetts Gaming Commission agrees hangs upon … Continue reading

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