Category Archives: Atlantic City

Quote of the Day

“Water rights are civil rights, and civil rights are human rights. This is not a money problem. This is a democracy problem. Flint, Michigan, is a moral parable about the peril of giving up control of your water.” — NAACP … Continue reading

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Atlantic City runs the table; Next, the “Osaka Strip”?

It’ll take a lot more than an extra weekend day to account for a 7% spike in Atlantic City‘s gaming revenue. When you subtract the corpse of Trump Taj Mahal from the body count, the year over year comparison is … Continue reading

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Exit Trump, enter Hard Rock; Casinos in Cuba again?

Hard Rock International is putting its money where its mouth is, judging from the preview it gave of the Hard Rocked Trump Taj Mahal. The most obvious changes will be on the exterior, where all the tiki-tacky Trump theming will … Continue reading

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Hard Rock to spend big in Atlantic City; Bad news for slot makers

In the biggest vote of confidence Atlantic City has received in a decade, Hard Rock International has announced that it intends to invest $375 million in the former Trump Taj Mahal. On top of the 1,000 projected construction jobs, Hard … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Cordish Co., Economy, Golden Gaming, Hard Rock International, Harrah's, International, Lawrence Ho, Marketing, Maryland, MGM Mirage, New York, Penn National, Pinnacle Entertainment, Station Casinos, Technology, Tribal | 2 Comments

Trump’s revenge; Larry Flynt, casino boss

Why is Trump Plaza the whitest elephant among Atlantic City casinos? (Scroll to bottom) Because its operating costs include a $1 million ground lease to former American Jewish Congress head Robert Lifton, who owns the underlying acreage. This little poison … Continue reading

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Slim hope for North Dakota casinos; Russians hack U.S. slot machines

North Dakota lawmakers are still averse to the idea of state-owned casinos (which caused a fair number of birthing pains for Kansas) but they split the baby on casino expansion this week. While the House Judiciary Committee still stamped “do … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, International, Law enforcement, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, PokerStars, Politics, Problem gambling, Sheldon Adelson, Singapore, Tilman Fertitta, Tribal | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Affinity Gaming, Atlantic City, Boyd Gaming, Churchill Downs, Economy, Eldorado Resorts, GLPI, Harrah's, Illinois, Internet gambling, Isle of Capri, Louisiana, Marketing, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Pinnacle Entertainment, Sheldon Adelson, Taxes, Tilman Fertitta, Tropicana Entertainment, West Virginia | Leave a comment

Pennsylvania: Land of confusion

When it comes to making gaming policy in Pennsylvania, handwringing Gov. Tom Wolf (D) is no help at all. He wants another $100 million in gaming revenue — but only if it doesn’t come at a cost to existing casinos … Continue reading

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Atlantic City suffers February hiccup; Caesars K.O.’d in Korea

All good things must end and, in the case of Atlantic City, a pretty steady comeback hit a pothole in December, with business down 2%. Even Borgata ($58 million) was down a percentage point. Citywide, slot revenue was actually up … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“As a player organization, the Poker Players Alliance takes consumer protections very seriously. I would argue that states like Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have created a far more reasonable and effective approach to consumer protections than those who would simply … Continue reading

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MGM antes up for Sands Bethlehem; Glenn Straub, man of mystery

Last week’s premature announcement by Sands Bethlehem President Mark Juliano that a sale, probably to MGM Resorts International, may have redounded to Las Vegas Sands‘ benefit. The reported sale price has crept up to $1.3 billion. Since a sale would … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“The bones of the Taj Mahal are as good as anything in town, and it’s something we felt we could do something spectacular with, from the height of the ceilings to the way the casino floor is laid out.” — … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Sands

Since the Las Vegas Review-Journal continues to pretend that the Sands Bethlehem sale isn’t taking place, we’ll fill you in on the latest. At least one Wall Street analyst is certainly taking the rumblings emerging from Bethlehem at face value. Deutsche Bank‘s … Continue reading

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Sheldon stifles story; Trump Plaza’s end near

News about Las Vegas Sands‘ negotiations to sell Sands Bethlehem (confirmed) to MGM Resorts International (alleged) have been all over the Internet, especially once MGM’s name entered the discussion. You know where the story hasn’t been? Yup. Sheldon Adelson‘s very … Continue reading

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More resort fees at MGM; Sands Bethlehem sold?

It was show time for the big boys at the J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Management Access Forum, starting with MGM Resorts International, which had to get started by explaining why fourth-quarter numbers had been “coming in well below … Continue reading

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The case for cannibalization; Hard Rock buys Taj

There’s still a big budget shortfall in Pennsylvania and state Rep. Mike Sturla thinks he has at least part of the answer: slot routes. Casinos can be expected to decry this proposed solution and some already are. But for Sturla … Continue reading

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Wayne Newton, Mr. Convention; Adelson covets Vietnam

If you doubted that the convention business is the new face of Las Vegas, it trotted out the pretty visage of Wayne Newton. The latter’s Casa de Shenandoah is promoting itself as the new place to hold your meeting, offering to … Continue reading

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Caesars: The comedy is (almost) finished; Lawmaker gets high — on revenue

By merging Caesars Acquisition Co. (which holds most of the goodies) with Caesars Entertainment, the conglomerate may be finally able to ring the curtain on its bankruptcy. It’s been a long-running show, often replete with elements of farce. What seems … Continue reading

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Atlantic City warms up; Tribe puts faith in Trump

Judging by his apparent failure to build brand awareness of Ten, mogul Glenn Straub is going to have trouble cracking the Atlantic City nut. That’s fine by his rivals, who are all doing very well without him. Online gambling continues … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“It is very hard to open a casino that doesn’t have another casino within 100 miles, so the pie is really being divided up. The bottom line is going to be in three, four, five years when the rest of … Continue reading

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