Category Archives: Riviera

Trump keeps them guessing; Meet your new neighbor, Steve Wynn

Could the president of the United States build a Las Vegas casino? That’s regulatory terra incognito that Nevada regulators will have to explore as Phil Ruffin and Donald Trump continue with their plan to erect a Trump-branded casino next door … Continue reading

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Riviera: Now they tell us!; Paddy Power’s bad electoral bet

Turns out there was more contaminated soil at the Riviera site than originally estimated … 23 times more. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, what was originally estimated to be 430 tons of toxic dirt turned out to be 9,980. … Continue reading

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Macao: Dirty money; What Millennial problem?

Is Macao‘s gaming prosperity built on “often shady links to organised crime and racketeering” through the junket business? The South China Morning Post‘s Niall Fraser contends that it is. As of 2013, $202 billion in ill-gotten-gains were flowing through the … Continue reading

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So long, Riviera

For those of us who couldn’t be there, this was the scene as the remaining vestiges of the Riviera swooned gracefully into a pile of debris. You can see spectators scurrying to evade the dust cloud, as it threatens to … Continue reading

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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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Murren minces few words; Wynn Boston Harbor sets opening date

Commiting truth isn’t as rare in the casino business as in politics but MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren was startlingly candid in yesterday’s earnings call, crediting a surge in Las Vegas summer business to a Zika virus outbreak in Florida, … Continue reading

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Station trumps stadium selection

Station Casinos has vaulted to the forefront of the parties vying to host an NFL-size stadium on their property. While Station’s vast real estate bank has long been viewed as the ace up its sleeve, the company has had difficulty … Continue reading

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Riviera site to become a stadium?; Cordish, MGM face off in Maryland

It’s anything but certain that the [your city here] Raiders are coming to Las Vegas, but our civic leaders are moving ahead as though it were a done deal. The preferred site for a Las Vegas Sands-backed stadium, on Tropicana … 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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Trump: How to make out like a bandit; Big plans for Station

To give the devil his due, if you visit Trump Taj Mahal and are dismayed because “carpets are frayed and dust-coated chandeliers dangle above the few customers there to play the penny slot machines,” you are not entirely witnessing the … Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic City, Boyd Gaming, Donald Trump, Harrah's, IGT, MTR Gaming, Palms, Regulation, Riviera, Station Casinos, Technology, The Strip, Tilman Fertitta, Transportation, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Wall Street | 1 Comment

Atlantic City back on death watch?; Money problems at Moulin Rouge

Things are suddenly looking grim for Atlantic City: A new Monmouth University poll shows voters evenly divided on a referendum to end the Boardwalk’s monopoly on casino gambling, an erosion of public support for the resort city. Assessing the situation … Continue reading

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Adelson, master manipulator?; MGM REIT launched

Is Sheldon Adelson the secret string-puller behind Kelden Engel‘s petition drive to have part of the Riviera preserved? John L. Smith hints at that in this morning’s edition of Adelson’s Las Vegas Review-Journal. “If he’s carrying the water for someone who … Continue reading

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Internet gaming backstops Atlantic City; Swordplay in Vegas

Traditional casino revenue fell 2% last month in Atlantic City but online winning were up 18%. The entry of PokerStars wasn’t immediately felt, as Resorts Digital‘s market share stood at 12%. behind Borgata ($4 million, 28%), Caesars Interactive (20%), Golden … Continue reading

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Sexcapade case closed; GLPI/Pinnacle deal a certainty

Followers of jurisprudence will be denied one of the more prurient evidentiary hearings in history now that Vegas High Roller sexpot Chloe Scordianos has decided to plead guilty to disorderly conduct rather than face trial for committing sex acts in … Continue reading

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Unhappy Easter in Illinois; Money-laundering mess in Sparks

Easter, if you can believe it, is being blamed for a 2% decline in Illinois casino revenues last month. Argosy Belle continued to be the problem child of the state, down 13% (to $5 million). Slot-route competition continued to do … Continue reading

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Complications at the Riviera; PokerStars a hit in New Jersey

Implosion of the Riviera could occur as early as June, so doesn’t hesitate to have your  picture taken in front of it. However, the timeline could be extended by a number of complications. Now that a demolition firm has been … 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

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Trouble at the Trop; Liberace resurgence in Vegas

After a methodical — or at least slow-moving — investigation, FBI agents dropped the hammer on Tropicana Las Vegas‘ resident illusionist, Jan Rouven. The latter is accused of felony child pornography, having allegedly had myriad violent child-porn images and videos … Continue reading

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The ubiquitous Packer; The 27% solution

James Packer has already missed his 2015 deadline for breaking ground on Alon and once again he is taking his eye off the Las Vegas ball. He and his Nobu co-investor, Robert DeNiro, have cut a deal with Antigua and … Continue reading

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Up and down the Strip

SLS Las Vegas is finally doing better, if by “doing better” you mean losing only $39 million in a full 3Q15 as opposed to the $46 million lost in the truncated (five-week) 3Q14. Stockbridge Capital Partners continues to have to … Continue reading

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