Category Archives: Charity

Conservatives diss Adelson; Penn loses court battle

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions goes ahead with a ban on Internet gambling, he could be in for a world of hurt. Never mind the states with online casinos. He’d be messing with the states that have online lotteries, a … Continue reading

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Wynn shows Adelson up; Schenectady casino opens tonight

Contrary to crude insinuations by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Steve Wynn‘s gift of $7 million in company stock late last year went mainly toward medical research at the University of Iowa’s Wynn Institute for Vision Research ($5 million), while another $1.7 … Continue reading

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Wynn-Adelson feud renewed; Caesars readies wrecking ball

Until recently, Sheldon Adelson was the face of Republican Party fundraising. But the GOP’s new fair-haired boy is a certain Steve Wynn and Adelson doesn’t appear to be taking it lying down. His Las Vegas Review-Journal, showed uncharacteristic investigative moxie … 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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Crisis mode in Pennsylvania; Hard Rock unifies the brand

Although Pennsylvania lawmakers theoretically have three months to amend an “incredibly complex” state law that directs casino revenue to host cities and counties, the grim reality is that the Lege has only eight session days in which to get it … 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

Posted in Architecture, Boyd Gaming, California, Charity, Cordish Co., Culinary Union, Downtown, history, Lucky Dragon, Marketing, Maryland, MGM Mirage, North Las Vegas, Palms, Regulation, Station Casinos, Tribal | 1 Comment

Hooters’ inspirational initiative; New York legalizes DFS

Plucking General Manager Michael Storm from the executive ranks of The D and the Golden Gate and installing him at Hooters Casino Hotel is proving to be one of the best ideas that property’s had in a long time. Storm’s … Continue reading

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Election special: New Jersey, New York, Oregon

An MGM Resorts International executive with whom I spoke yesterday told me the New Jersey casino ballot initiative is trailing badly in the polls. We hope he’s right, especially as news of the closure of Trump Taj Mahal (and Glenn … Continue reading

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Mashpee casino blocked; Wynn: Doing more with less

Carcieri v. Salazar and the Indian Reorganization Act have come back to bite the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in the hindquarters. U.S. District Judge William G. Young has ruled against a Taunton casino project, siding with the contention of a group … Continue reading

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Icahn leaves Taj workers nostalgic for Trump; Megaresort proposed for NYC

You can measure the acrimony between Unite-Here Local 54 and Tropicana Entertainment by the fact that striking workers at Trump Taj Mahal are using Donald Trump as a stick with which to beat Carl Icahn. By astutely negotiating a pact … Continue reading

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Monte Carlo, meet Park MGM; Wynn, Adelson, Barrack help Trump

In the end, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren couldn’t decide between “The Park” and “The Park at MGM Grand” as the new name for Monte Carlo, so he dubbed it Park MGM, which sounds like someplace you leave your … Continue reading

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Dan Lee raises Hoosier hackles; Sioux City mess not done yet

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has made it pretty clear that there aren’t going to be any new casinos on his watch, just riverboats converted to onshore facilities. Try telling that to Full House Resorts CEO Dan Lee, however. The … Continue reading

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Straub: Name my casino!; RAWA breathes its last … for now

Glenn Straub has either thrown up his hands over the task of renaming Revel or is feeling the spirit of democracy. Either way, he’s taking suggestions from the Twitterverse as to potential new monikers, with a $10,000 for the winning … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Charity, Downtown, Election, Entertainment, Glenn Straub, history, Internet gambling, Iowa, MGM Mirage, Mohegan Sun, Neil Bluhm, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Phil Ruffin, Politics, Revel, Sports, Tamares Group, Taxes, The Strip, Transportation, Tribal | 1 Comment

Ohio leads the Midwest; Boyd a good neighbor in Iowa

With gaming expansion off the table in all Midwestern states (other than a potential tribal casino in Indiana), Ohio has been making out like a bandit, its gaming revenues up 13% from last year, as the state’s industry is now … 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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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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Savior for Showboat?; Steve Wynn to build locals casino

Bart Blatstein has emerged as the potential savior for the Showboat, currently a millstone around Stockton University‘s neck. If so, it will be a bittersweet coup for the developer, as it’s the second time he’s missed out on a gaming … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Charity, Economy, Glenn Straub, Harrah's, International, Marketing, Massachusetts, New York, Racinos, Steve Wynn, Taxes, The Strip, Trump Entertainment Resorts | 2 Comments

New chief at Resorts World; Pay cut for Wynn

In a change of horses that might kick-start development of dormant Resorts World Las Vegas, boss Christian Goode is out, replaced by Gerald Gardner, a former top aide to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. The groundbreaking for the project has now … Continue reading

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Celebrity Caesars investors get clipped

As the opposing sides entrench for an acrimonious battle over the assets of Caesars Entertainment, a few early losers are emerging. Unsecured creditor Robert DeNiro‘s Nobu in Caesars Palace is owed $459,964 and loud-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay can yell all he … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“We have always been incredibly grateful to our military community, and this partnership is another great example of our ongoing ‘Operation Thank You’ commitment to veterans.” — Station Casinos Chief Marketing Officer Staci Alonso, announcing that the company would be providing … Continue reading

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