Category Archives: Indiana

Wynn: Paradise deferred

Perhaps it’s the distraction caused by casino legalization in Japan. Perhaps it’s the cost creep (now up to $2.4 billion) at Wynn Boston Harbor. Whatever the reason, Wynn Resorts has scaled down its plans for Wynn Paradise Park. Rest assured, … Continue reading

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Warm spring in the Midwest; Vegas Vic gets political

Don’t believe anyone who says the economy is bad: Casino takings are up all across the Midwest. The biggest gain was in Ohio, where casino win rose 7%, even though players continue to blow off Jack Cleveland ($18 million, -8%). … Continue reading

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Reading Trump’s tea leaves; Paper to MGM: Give us your money — or else!

What does the nascent Trump administration bode of tribal gaming? That question is vigorously bandied about in the new issue of Global Gaming Business. Although fairly circumspect in his opinions, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest Stevens Jr. sees cause … Continue reading

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Mixed results in Indiana; New Hampshire tries, tries, tries again

Casino revenue was down 4% last month in Indiana but, with one less weekend than last year and a 6% decline in foot traffic, I’m disinclined to read too much into the results. However, just for the record, let’s look … Continue reading

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Next stop, Terre Haute

Now that ex-Gov. Mike Pence (R) has moved on to bigger and better things, casino expansion is back on the table in Indiana. The question seems to be more one of “where” than “if.” Lawmakers are warming to Dan Lee‘s … Continue reading

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Lukewarm Christmas in Louisiana; New casino for Indiana?

Despite an extra weekend in December, Louisiana gaming revenues were only modestly up, +4%, although gambling fever sure gripped Baton Rouge, where casinos won 14% more than last year. New Orleans has fallen to a distant third ($47 million) as … Continue reading

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A slight chill in the air

Even allowing for additional weekend in 2016, gaming results last month were a tad frosty,  shall we say? The best market was Missouri, which was merely flat. That was largely due to strength in the St. Louis area, where Pinnacle … Continue reading

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Macao: Big brother is watching; Quandary in Indiana

Just as it looked that Macao was beginning to climb out of one government-created crisis, along comes another. According to a report in the South China Morning Post, the central government was cutting the maximum withdrawal amount from UnionPay ATMs … Continue reading

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End of a golden tribal era; Vegas Vic gets his due

Already gaming pundits are reading the entrails of the presidential election and predicting that while a Donald Trump administration could be Bad News for Internet gambling it will be Very Bad News Indeed for tribal gaming. Words like “disaster” are … Continue reading

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Mixed bag in Indiana; Don’t mess with Massachusetts

One less weekend day in October helped depress casino revenues in Indiana, down 3%. However, individual property results were all over the place, making generalizations perilous. For instance, Majestic Star II in Gary was down 9%, to $5 million, but … Continue reading

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Indiana does well, Missouri does better

Foot traffic at Indiana casinos was down last month but players wagered more freely, 4.5% up from last year, leading to an almost 2% increase in casino revenues. Penn National Gaming was right in line with overall state performance and … Continue reading

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Indiana gamblers visit less, play more; Rude surprise at Seminole Hard Rock

Indiana casino customers visited less last month but more than made up for it with increased spending, keeping Hoosier State gaming revenues stable. That even-keel figure conceals some big swings and roundabouts at individual property. Horseshoe Hammond had an unaccountably … Continue reading

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Poker players 1, Adelson 0; Competition in Maryland gets ugly

For the first time in anyone’s recollection, the Republican Party has dropped its opposition to Internet poker from the election platform. It’s a win for the Poker Players Alliance, which lobbied for the change of heart. This doesn’t mean the … Continue reading

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Tribal gaming reaches new high; New concept for Railroad Pass

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Last year was the best ever for tribal casinos, up 5% from 2014, coming in just a bit shy of $30 billion. Recent efforts to align tribal and private-sector casino interests come at a time … Continue reading

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Atlantic City goes to pot; MGM, Boyd, Pinnacle, Red Rock Resorts meet The Street

We’ve come a long way from the days of Reefer Madness. Latest case in point: Atlantic City, where Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D) is pushing recreational “tea” as a cure to the city’s penurious condition. Weed would be legalized on the Boardwalk and … Continue reading

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Indiana celebrates 20 years of casinos; Racinos gain traction in Nebraska

“I read that one of the steel plants is closing more lines. We have 70 jobs open right now,” says Horseshoe Hammond General Manager Dan Nita, alluding to the resiliency of the Indiana casino industry, which is celebrating 20 years. … Continue reading

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Indiana market battered; Foxwoods branches out

One less weekend of business hit Indiana casinos fairly hard last month. The state’s industry was down 7%, to $186 million. Patrons were spending more — a heartening metric — but foot traffic was off nearly 12%. However, even less … 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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Warm spring for Indiana; Trouble ahead for Packer and Ho

While Illinois casinos were flat last month, the action was livelier next door in Indiana. Admissions declined 4%, meaning that players were spending 9%, as casino revenues rose 5%. The percentage champion was Tropicana Evansville, up 17% on an $11 … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“This casino project takes a significant piece of property off the tax rolls, and this is a problem for a county that has the dubious distinction of having the highest percentage of tax-exempt properties in the whole state. I think if … Continue reading

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