Category Archives: Detroit

Saturation in Ohio; Japan: Go big or go home

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) leveled the playing field when he allowed third-party racinos to join the juiced-in Penn National Gaming and Caesars Entertainment casinos in the Buckeye State. The question now is how level a playing field is a … 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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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

Posted in Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Glenn Straub, Golden Gaming, Greenwood Racing, Hard Rock International, Harrah's, Internet gambling, Isle of Capri, Macau, Maryland, MGM Mirage, Mohegan Sun, Pennsylvania, PokerStars, Revel, Sheldon Adelson, South Korea, Tropicana Entertainment | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Atlantic City, Boyd Gaming, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Harrah's, Kansas, Massachusetts, MGM Mirage, Mohegan Sun, Neil Bluhm, New York, North Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Politics, Racinos, Steve Wynn, Tilman Fertitta, Tribal, Tropicana Entertainment, Wall Street | Leave a comment

Warm December in Atlantic City; Las Vegas stages comeback

Online gambling continues to be a hit with New Jersey players, up 31% to $18 million in December. Resorts Digital‘s market share has eked past Tropicana Entertainment‘s but Golden Nugget is far and away the leader, with 26%. Enjoy it … Continue reading

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2017: Boom or bust?

Vital Vegas, whose predictive skills are superior to ours, recently came out with a blockbuster, forecasting that Las Vegas Sands or MGM Resorts International or Wynn Resorts (or maybe some combination of the above) might be headed into bankruptcy. “Tectonic … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Detroit, Economy, Harrah's, Japan, Macau, MGM Mirage, Regulation, Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, Wall Street | 1 Comment

LV Monorail lives; MGM shatters expectations

Whether or not you consider the Las Vegas Monorail a while elephant, its trunk is going to grow a bit longer. Clark County is diligently pursuing the permits that would enable it to extend the Monorail to Mandalay Bay, where … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Boyd Gaming, Detroit, GLPI, Harrah's, Illinois, Macau, MGM Mirage, Mississippi, Neil Bluhm, Penn National, Sheldon Adelson, Slot routes, The Strip, Transportation, Wall Street | 1 Comment

Ohio: Gilbert to have the last laugh?

It looks like Dan Gilbert is gaining traction with his “Jack” brand (soon to be slathered over Greektown Casino in Gilbert’s native Detroit). Although Jack Cincinnati was flat ($15 million), its counterparts in Cleveland ($17 million) and at ThistleDown Racino … Continue reading

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Strip still catching up; Nevada taking bets on the Olympics

While gaming companies on the Las Vegas Strip are fairly sanguine about 2016, a new report by Alex Bumazhny of Fitch Ratings takes a somewhat gloomier view. For one, he notes that revenue per available room “growth during the recovery … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Dining, Economy, Election, Geoff Freeman, Macau, Ohio, Penn National, Pennsylvania, Sports, The Strip, Westgate LV | 2 Comments

Revel … still not open; Cautious hope for Internet gambling in Pennsylvania

Glenn Straub‘s once-bold gambit to reopen Revel has turned into an embarrassing face-plant. Perhaps rushing to market in hopes of beating Bart Blatstein‘s Showboat to the hotel traffic, Straub announced a hasty revival of Revel as a casino-hotel without securing … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Atlantic City, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Environment, Glenn Straub, Internet gambling, MGM Mirage, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Politics, Regulation, Revel, Slot routes, Sports, Technology | 1 Comment

Hard May in Illinois; Buyer found for F-blew?

Casino patrons in Illinois are spending a bit more these days but there were 8% fewer of them last month, leading to a 6% revenue decline, partly due to one fewer weekend this year. On an individual basis, casinos tended … Continue reading

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MGM wows Wall Street; Lucky Dragon clears major hurdle

Stock analysts were expecting MGM Resorts International to report 1Q16 cash flow of $590 million but the lion overshot projections, bringing in the sheaves to the tune of $618 million. JP Morgan analyst Joseph Greff credited much of the success … Continue reading

Posted in Cirque du Soleil, CityCenter, Detroit, Entertainment, James Packer, Lucky Dragon, LVCVA, Macau, Melco Crown Entertainment, MGM Mirage, Mississippi, Sheldon Adelson, SLS Las Vegas, Steve Wynn, The Strip, Wall Street | Leave a comment

New life for California online poker?; Maine casino push struggles to stay alive

Online poker is described as being “as close as [it’s] ever been” to legalization in California. So says California Nations Indian Gaming Association Chairman Steve Stallings, as a bill by Assemblyman Adam Gray shows signs of advancing. The primary obstacle, as ever, … Continue reading

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That impersonal touch; Big day for MGM

What is almost completely missing from this commercial? Caesars Entertainment guests are lengthily shown drinking, dining, riding the High Roller (which could use the traffic) and — as a very brief afterthought — gambling. So the company’s definitely on the … Continue reading

Posted in California, CityCenter, Detroit, Dubai, Genting, Harrah's, International, LVCVA, MGM Mirage, Mississippi, Penn National, Regulation, Riviera, Taxes, Technology, The Strip, Tourism, Tribal, Wall Street | 1 Comment

Banner week for Wynn, Station; Life after Macao for MGM

Station Casinos closed out the year on a strong note, posting its 11th straight quarter of net revenue growth and 19th of improved cash flow. It marked blue-ribbon finish to a year that saw the highest revenues for the company … Continue reading

Posted in CityCenter, Detroit, Harrah's, Macau, MGM Mirage, Mississippi, Station Casinos, Steve Wynn, The Strip, Tourism, Transportation, Wall Street | 3 Comments

Atlantic City under siege; Detroit casinos deliver

New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) hasn’t been elected governor yet but he’s behaving as though he were the Garden State’s chief executive. He’s the driving force behind a suddenly urgent move to exert state control over Atlantic City. … Continue reading

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Boston: Has Wynn finally won?; Massachusetts mulls i-poker

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh seems to have finally put his grandstanding aside and is making conciliatory noises about Wynn Resorts. Has the smackdown of his lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission finally brought Walsh to his senses? Or is this … Continue reading

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MGM’s sudden Connecticut ardor; Labor peace in Detroit

Connecticut‘s government is trying to have an MGM Resorts International lawsuit dismissed, but MGM isn’t going away quietly. It’s targeted the no-bid process whereby a Mohegan Sun–Foxwoods Resort Casino joint venture was juiced into a third, off-reservation casino, location still … Continue reading

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No Great Pumpkin for Las Vegas; Further woe for Macao

It was Las Vegas Strip casinos’ bad luck to have Oct. 31 fall on a Saturday, meaning that revenues (particularly from slots) from that weekend won’t be reported until the end of November. Consequently, Strip revenues fell 5% in October, … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder Strip, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Dining, Downtown, Economy, Galaxy Entertainment, Lake Tahoe, Laughlin, Law enforcement, Macau, Maryland, Melco Crown Entertainment, MGM Mirage, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sheldon Adelson, Stanley Ho, Steve Wynn, Wall Street | 1 Comment