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“The United States is not a perfect country, and it has a great distance to go before it fully achieves its goals of liberty and equality. But preserving what works and defending the rules and values on which democracy depends … Continue reading

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Programming note

S&G is back online at Twitter, with the new handle @Stiffs_Georges. I look forward to seeing you there.

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It’s official: Las Vegas Raiders; Crime on the Strip

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell having slammed the door on Oakland, we’re going to have to follow Adam Schefter‘s lead and get used to saying “Las Vegas Raiders.” Needless to say, this is a huge coup for Sin City, all the bigger … Continue reading

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“Perhaps if the utility called the exit fee a resort fee the casinos would be more comfortable with an exorbitant fee imposed on them for profit.” — anonymous LVA reader on Las Vegas Sands‘ and MGM Resorts International‘s recalcitrance at … Continue reading

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Business as usual at Boyd; Pinnacle looks to expand

* Top brass at Boyd Gaming met with J.P. Morgan analyst Joseph Greff and reported a relatively unruffled start to 2017, although the delayed mailing of income-tax refunds (about three weeks later than usual) was retarding results a bit. Still, … Continue reading

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Freeman gets Christmas wish; Florida lawmakers: Let’s make a deal

American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman could hardly have asked for a better present, all wrapped in a big, dollar-bill bow: The IRS has abandoned a set of proposed casino-reporting “reforms” that would have been intrusive, onerous and costly. (Of … Continue reading

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Rascal, 2004-2016

Yesterday, my wife and I said goodbye to our beloved cat Rascal. He had contracted a very malignant and aggressive cancer of the mouth, and had quickly wasted away. Finally, it reached the point where he could no longer eat … Continue reading

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“For someone to hold up a Facebook post as journalism is kind of an affront.” — Ross Connelly, editor and publisher of the plucky little Hardwick Gazette, a rural Vermont newspaper.

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Casino lingo that’s getting tired

Why is “Millennials” a more overused term than “skill-based slots”? Read more and find out.

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“You might think, ‘Well, that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power. Well, let Britain … Continue reading

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NHL picks Las Vegas; Borgata carries Atlantic City

It’s not been officially confirmed and it’s not a final decision, but The Associated Press is reporting that the NHL‘s executive committee has chosen Las Vegas businessman Bill Foley‘s proposal to create an expansion franchise in Sin City. In a … Continue reading

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Riviera goes down

Of all the implosions I’ve watched in Las Vegas since 1999, I can’t remember one being prefaced with three minutes of fireworks. Here’s the whole shebang of the demolition of the Riviera‘s Monaco Tower, marred only by an unfortunate change … Continue reading

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Would that our politicians could speak as directly and selflessly to the genocide in Orlando as Jimmy Fallon does.

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“In the short-term there will be conflicting information and worry about the aviation sector in the region, but we remain bullish on the long-term prospects on airlines flying out of, and headquartered in Gulf States (UAE, Qatar) specifically.” — Jonathan Galaviz, … Continue reading

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“Darkness” comes to Vegas

I wouldn’t be worth my salt as a theatrical promoter if I didn’t plug my latest production, Steve Tesich‘s The Speed of Darkness, now playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre. The Speed of Darkness is a visceral drama that deals … Continue reading

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Stick ’em up!

Addressing concerns about the quantity and proximity of parking to the T-Mobile Arena, executives at MGM Resorts International are busting out plans for a $54 million parking garage, to be built on the northwest corner of the Excalibur “campus,” cannibalizing … Continue reading

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Catastrophe for DFS; Strong month for Missouri

Daily fantasy sports’ house of cards continued to topple yesterday when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered FanDuel and DraftKings to cease and desist from taking bets in the Empire State, home to 500,000 DFS players. According to the … Continue reading

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“We will show some love to the clown.” — Eldorado Resorts‘ CEO Gary Carano, promising to bring the Reno iteration of Circus Circus into the 21st century. Eldorado will also rebrand and add a Hampton Inn to its Scioto Downs … Continue reading

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Caesars loses Ohio; Parking fees on the Strip?

In a lose-lose scenario, Caesars Entertainment is losing its management contracts at Horseshoe Cincinnati, Horseshoe Cleveland and Thistledown Racino. Even with the valuable Horseshoe brand, all three had been losing business in recent months. Caesars had long ago sold its … Continue reading

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