Category Archives: Philippines

Reading Trump’s tea leaves; Paper to MGM: Give us your money — or else!

What does the nascent Trump administration bode of tribal gaming? That question is vigorously bandied about in the new issue of Global Gaming Business. Although fairly circumspect in his opinions, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest Stevens Jr. sees cause … Continue reading

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Sports betting a political football; Lucky Dragon doing just fine

Lawmakers in Maryland are entering the fray over sports betting. Unlike their counterparts in New Jersey, they’re not challenging the federal government directly. The proposed law, as drafted, would make sports betting legal in the Free State *if* the Bradley … Continue reading

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Next stop, Terre Haute

Now that ex-Gov. Mike Pence (R) has moved on to bigger and better things, casino expansion is back on the table in Indiana. The question seems to be more one of “where” than “if.” Lawmakers are warming to Dan Lee‘s … Continue reading

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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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Florida grilled over blackjack games; Caesars’ lucky streak continues

Things are looking grim for Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s case against the Seminole Tribe. An attorney for the state was described as getting “shellacked” by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. The latter zeroed in on the state’s “designated player games” … Continue reading

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Revel becomes Ten; Bluhm enters Atlantic City market

As we enter the waning months of 2016, Glenn Straub has decided to wait until next year to reopen Revel. He also announced its long-awaited new name: Ten (actually it’s “TEN” but we don’t go for that all-caps tomfoolery at … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Glenn Straub, Internet gambling, Macau, Neil Bluhm, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Regulation, Revel, Tilman Fertitta, Tropicana Entertainment, Unite-Here | 1 Comment

Shady dealing in Massachusetts; Caesars mediation breaks down

Shadowy casino speculator Eugene McCain is trying to make his coveted Revere slot a fait accompli by having a special election held prior to November in which local voters would express their ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ before statewide voters weigh in … Continue reading

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The IRS won’t be denied; Philippines a hotbed of uncertainty

Could the federal government have to invade Miccosukee Tribe of Florida land in order to shut down the band’s casino? That’s one possible scenario (placing a lien on gaming revenues is another) if the tribe continues to defy the Internal … Continue reading

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Packer in a pickle?; Adelson speaks, R-J listens; Big casino sale in Philippines

We haven’t been able to confirm for certain whether or not James Packer‘s latest attempt to conquer Las Vegas, the casino-resort Alon, is definitely kaput. It definitely hasn’t evolved beyond some exquisitely vague, bare-bones documents filed with Clark County. However, we … Continue reading

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Cold comfort for Wynn; Nebraska racino initiative crashes and burns

As Wynn Resorts predicted in its last earnings call, it will get more table games from the Macao government after Wynn Palace opens … 50 tables, phased in over two years. That’s a pretty mingy allocation but is in line … Continue reading

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Isaacs moves on; 50 years of Laughlin

Gavin Isaacs will be taking it easy, the CEO of Scientific Games is moving up to vice chairman, his CEO’s chair to be filled by former Norwegian Cruise Line executive Kevin M. Sheehan. If anybody’s earned the right to take … Continue reading

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Tribal gaming reaches new high; New concept for Railroad Pass

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Last year was the best ever for tribal casinos, up 5% from 2014, coming in just a bit shy of $30 billion. Recent efforts to align tribal and private-sector casino interests come at a time … Continue reading

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Battling along the Boardwalk; Supreme Court gives tribes the brush-off

While the previous record for an Atlantic City casino strike is 34 days, the showdown at Trump Taj Mahal looks like it will go the distance. Neither Local 54 of Unite-Here nor Carl Icahn shows any signs of backing down … Continue reading

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Strike at the Taj; Macao half-full or half-empty?

While Tropicana Entertainment managed to stave off at the very last minute a strike at its eponymous Atlantic City casino, Trump Taj Mahal was not so fortunate. In a 99% predictable outcome, roughly 1,000 Taj workers walked off their jobs … Continue reading

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Top Golf’s impressive debut; Lucky Dragon’s calculated risk

“My only problem is A.D.D.” read the T-shirt of one of the celebrants at last night’s opening of Top Golf, on the MGM Grand campus. He was certainly in the right place. If you are serious about honing your skills, … 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

Posted in Culinary Union, Economy, Law enforcement, Macau, Palms, Philippines, Regulation, Sheldon Adelson, Station Casinos, The Strip | 1 Comment

Pinnacle/GLPI deal gets OK; Hard Rock courts Cypriots

Shareholders of Pinnacle Entertainment have voted to approve a deal whereby all but one of the company’s physical assets would be sold to real estate investment trust Gaming & Leisure Properties, while Pinnacle would continue to exist as a casino-management company. … Continue reading

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Adelson sets the pace; Philippine gaming scandal grows legs

As March gets off to a week start in Macao, operators who don’t yet have a presence on the giant landfill known as Cotai — namely Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Sociedade de Jogos de Macau — are being … Continue reading

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Hang up for MGM National Harbor; Dances with insolvency

If a July opening of MGM National Harbor, in Maryland, sounded too good to be true, it was. The company says “things got more and more real” and the Washington Post reports that MGM executives told it the target “was … Continue reading

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Rosy prospects for Boyd; Victories in Indian Country

Top Boyd Gaming executives sat down with JP Morgan analyst Joseph Greff and sketched out their program for the coming year, with includes new restaurant concepts at 12 casinos (including 20 new restaurants this year) and 167 hotel rooms at … Continue reading

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