Category Archives: Planet Hollywood

Bellagio is burning; Parking valets stiffed

Remember the Monte Carlo fire and how it was fueled by construction foam? It was much the same story last night when the south “arm” of Bellagio caught on fire, a blaze which raged for 25 minutes. “You can smell that sulfur,” said … Continue reading

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The Cathedral of St. Al Davis

The eternal flame in honor of St. Al is just too much. * Could South Carolina rush in where Georgia has hesitated? The Palmetto State has costly infrastructure problems and Gov. Henry McMaster (R) has indicated he would veto

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Quote of the Day

“When we first announced ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ four years ago, we were certain that Britney’s residency would revolutionize the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas, and are thrilled at how successful the show has been. Caesars Entertainment has always led … Continue reading

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Caesars’ slippery slope; Parx, Sands lead Pennsylvania

In 20 years of covering the gaming industry, I have rarely seen an example of looting a company so brazen as the “sale” of Total Rewards from Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. to parent Caesars Entertainment for $0.00. And since Big … Continue reading

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Macao junketeers left holding the bag; Lionel Richie wows the ladies

We could see another shakeout in Macao junket operators. According to Daiwa Securities Group, most of the industry is “struggling just to break even.” Part of that problem is that they’re carrying almost $3,9 billion in bad debt — and you … Continue reading

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DFS advances in some markets, retreats in others; Caesars rubs your nose in it

Daily fantasy sports, the loud frat brother of sports betting, is close to a signal victory in Virginia. Both houses of the Virginia Assembly have passed DFS legalization with veto-proof majorities and sent the legislation to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). … Continue reading

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Ground shifts on i-gaming in California; T-Mobile’s new trophy

California took one step forward and one step back in the field of Internet gambling. A bill to legalize online poker was scratched from yesterday’s legislative agenda. If it makes you feel any better, the opposition of six major California … Continue reading

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Hope for Atlantic Club; Boffo month for Maryland

Not so fast, says Endeavor AC about yesterday’s report that its purchase of the Atlantic Club was defunct. The would-be purchaser says it has “a very strong and creditable private equity source to finance the acquisition and development of the … Continue reading

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Schneiderman tightens the squeeze on DFS; Caesars’ Korean woes

If you’re in New York State and lost money to FanDuel and DraftKings, you may be in line for a refund. At least that’s the case if Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has his way. He’s suing the two daily fantasy … Continue reading

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Bluhm restless in Massachusetts; Adelson’s latest innovation

Few regulatory bodies move as slothfully as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and it’s got one would-be developer, Neil Bluhm, kind of antsy. “I’ve got other things to do,” he told the Boston Globe, adding, “Do I want to be here? Yes. … Continue reading

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Wynn splits expectations

Wynn Resorts split Wall Street expectations for cash flow in Macao last quarter, as well as on the Las Vegas Strip. Analyst Carlo Santarelli of Deutsche Bank said Wynn’s Vegas room revenue “wasn’t great” and characterized management’s projections as “a tad aggressive.” … Continue reading

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Baccarat blowout on Strip; Ader strikes again

Strip casinos had the impossible task of keeping up with last June’s baccarat tally (when revenues shot up 155%) and, as might be expected, fell off the pace. The volume of play plunged 43% and revenue tumbled 57%. As for … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“In keeping with your recent comment about Caesars’ former CEO Gary Loveman‘s penchant for skipping maintenance on existing properties, I had the following experiences at this week’s four-night stay at Planet Hollywood: TV in room didn’t work at all. Bathroom … Continue reading

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Ghosts of projects past; Alabama rethinks gambling

With so much Las Vegas Strip acreage either in flux (Tropicana Las Vegas, Hooters Casino Hotel) or newly on the market (“Project Jackpot”), CBRE Las Vegas has been moved to unleash 60.5 acres on Harmon Avenue that were the graveyard … Continue reading

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Boyd shatters expectations; Dover Downs flounders

Compared to Steve Wynn‘s gloom — and sapped stock price — about Las Vegas’ immediate economic prospects earlier this week, Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith was bullish on Sin City. And why not? Boyd reported profits of 31 cents a … Continue reading

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The perils of Pence; Court prods Caesars

Indiana‘s casinos are now officially at the mercy of Gov. Mike Pence (R). The Hoosier State’s General Assembly passed a compromise bill that has something for the casinos (transplanting to terra firma) and something for Pence, namely a five-year moratorium on … Continue reading

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Macao’s Great Recession; Caesars shreds contracts

Yes Virginia, there is a recession in Macao. With two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the casino city meets Wall Street‘s definition of a recessionary economy. Eighty percent of Macanese revenue comes from gambling, so when the central government … Continue reading

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The village idiot; Knuckle-dragging in Maryland

Every city has its cross to bear. In the case of Las Vegas, it’s former steroid user, baseball player and serial dumbass Jose Canseco. He obviously skipped firearm-safety class the day they told you to make sure your gun is … Continue reading

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The fees that ate Las Vegas

 First, the good news. Harrah’s Las Vegas casino floor, one of the most claustrophobic and unpleasant in town is getting a makeover. And, while they’re at it, Caesars Entertainment is converting the space formerly occupied by The Cafe at Harrah’s and … Continue reading

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Big Apple, smaller bites; Checkmate on the Strip

“There will never be another Mohegan Sun. That’s the way the market has shifted.” So says Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority CEO Mitchell Grossinger Etess on the smaller, economy-sized casinos he and his fellows will have to build in New York … Continue reading

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