Category Archives: LVCVA

Quote of the Day

“The survey showed that 69 percent of people gambled while on their trip to Las Vegas, down 18 percent from 1996 when 87 percent of tourists said they gambled. Those gamblers were playing an average of 1.9 hours a day … 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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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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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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Quote of the Day

“I was a little bit embarrassed for them that they would perpetuate the notion that people sitting around in the suburbs of Las Vegas and Henderson and Boulder City are sitting around on Sunday afternoons saying, ‘I wish we had … Continue reading

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Raiders to Vegas? Don’t bet against it

The boulder that is Mark Davis‘ and Sheldon Adelson‘s attempt to move the [your city here] Raiders to Las Vegas is gaining momentum as it rumbles downhill. The growing support among NFL owners is not unconditional. Sin City would be one … 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

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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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Save the Riviera!; Soggy March in Louisiana; The blacklist

Local preservationist Kelden Engel is trying to fight the power. He’s seeking 51,000 qualified signatures in a petition drive to halt demolition of the Riviera, currently slated for June. Not only is he racing the clock, he may be fighting … Continue reading

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Lobbyists win in Atlantic City fight; Untimely reprimand for Bluhm

As Atlantic City fights to maintain its monopoly on casino gambling in New Jersey, it’s getting a lot of help from casino companies themselves — and lobbyists are making out like bandits. The biggest spender to date has been Caesars … 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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Showdown on the Boardwalk; Lies, damned lies and poll numbers

It’s war to the knife and knife to the hilt between Carl Icahn and Unite-Here Local 54 President Robert McDevitt over the labor situation at Trump Taj Mahal. (For the record, Donald Trump is now affiliated with the casino in … 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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Quote of the Day

“I’m supportive of both those ventures, but I’m absolutely opposed [to] … any attempt to rob the Las Vegas Convention Center of its desperately needed cash to build anything — whether it’s a stadium, or a launching pad to the … Continue reading

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Big government wins in Atlantic City; Sheldon’s money grab

“From the looks on your faces, you don’t like ‘Kumbaya’ moments. I’m sorry for that. It’s time for some tough decisions and some pain as we move forward.” So said Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian (R) as he acceded to a … Continue reading

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Macao ends 2015 quietly; Record visitation not good enough for Vegas

That “squish” you heard from across the sea was Macao‘s gaming market reporting a decrease of 21% last month, practically good news when measured against November’s 32% plunge. Mind you, Macanese casinos were averaging $74 million in win per day, … 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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