Category Archives: Neil Bluhm

Temporary relief for Illinois; CityCenter for sale?

As a huge gambling expansion works its way through the Legislature, casino owners in Illinois must feel like condemned men awaiting the execution. At any rate, it behooves them to gather roses while yet they may. Fortunately, gamblers felt like … 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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MGM National Harbor, Maryland Live duke it out

MGM National Harbor strapped a jet pack on Maryland gaming revenue, up an eye-popping 38% last month. The bad news for other operators is that, once you subtract MGM, gaming revenues are down 11%. However, the fact that the declivity … Continue reading

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Casino gridlock in Florida; Illinois contemplates “grand bargain”

There’s a saying that a man who wears two watches never knows what time it is. In the case of the Florida Lege, it knows something dramatic needs to be done about gambling policy but is of dramatically different mindsets … Continue reading

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Caesars: The comedy is (almost) finished; Lawmaker gets high — on revenue

By merging Caesars Acquisition Co. (which holds most of the goodies) with Caesars Entertainment, the conglomerate may be finally able to ring the curtain on its bankruptcy. It’s been a long-running show, often replete with elements of farce. What seems … Continue reading

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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

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Sports betting a political football; Lucky Dragon doing just fine

Lawmakers in Maryland are entering the fray over sports betting. Unlike their counterparts in New Jersey, they’re not challenging the federal government directly. The proposed law, as drafted, would make sports betting legal in the Free State *if* the Bradley … Continue reading

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Wynn shows Adelson up; Schenectady casino opens tonight

Contrary to crude insinuations by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Steve Wynn‘s gift of $7 million in company stock late last year went mainly toward medical research at the University of Iowa’s Wynn Institute for Vision Research ($5 million), while another $1.7 … Continue reading

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MGM National Harbor a hit with players; Fertitta talks a good game

Given its high profile, MGM National Harbor had to hit a home run for MGM Resorts International and, judging by the numbers, it’s done just that. Last month it grossed $49 million, which — when the numbers are adjusted to … Continue reading

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Crescendo of criticism in Connecticut; Adelson has solid 3Q17

“These legislators have it right, and they are proposing what Connecticut should have done from day one: put in place a process that is fair, open, transparent, reliable, and competitive,” said MGM Resorts International spokesman Alan Feldman, as opposition to … Continue reading

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Wynn Palace a work in progress; Hawaii ponders i-gaming

Wall Street analysts were pleasantly surprised by the latest results from Wynn Palace, which exceeded expectations. As JP Morgan analyst Joseph Greff wrote, the Palace “has reconfigured the main casino floor (mass market), adding new slot/poker sections and opening up … Continue reading

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Plainridge Park defies the odds; Gaming advocate’s conflict unearthed

States with lotteries are loath to let casinos in their borders. It’s an idea that’s D.O.A. in Nevada and Kansas protected its flank by making the casinos the property of the state lottery. However, a study by the Massachusetts Gaming … Continue reading

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Cheerless Christmas in Illinois; Whitewash at Caesars?

Despite two extra weekend days, gaming revenues in Illinois were down 5% last month. For all we know, gamblers may have been saving up for Christmas but we think this points to the increasing prevalence of slot routes (many owned … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania gets a second look; Tioga Downs debuts new casino

Funny that we should have been discussing Pennsylvania yesterday. Fitch Ratings analyst Alex Bumazhny made a field trip to Philadelphia and Bethlehem, and came away impressed by the $164 million expansion of SugarHouse. He concluded that its new features, which … Continue reading

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Running the tables in Pennsylvania; MGM woos Georgia (again)

Due to Pennsylvania‘s quirky habit of releasing slot and table game revenue numbers in staggered fashion, we don’t often comment on Keystone State gambling revenues. Fortunately, the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV consolidates the information into one handy-dandy report. … Continue reading

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Atlantic City: Golden Nugget now tops; MGM’s holy rollers

There’s a new leader in Atlantic City‘s Internet-gambling arena. Not PokerStars over at Resorts Digital. They’re still in last place. No, grabbing 24.5% of market share, Golden Nugget now heads the pack. Borgata has 22%, Caesars Interactive holds 18% and … Continue reading

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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

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Trump Taj Mahal: End of an era; Wynn joins Atlanta pursuit

“It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend for the final time. I worked here and lived here, it was my whole life and now it’s closing. It’s all been taken away. My whole body is shaking.” So said longtime Trump … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh pleads with Rivers Casino; Strong numbers from Maryland, Illinois

Pittsburgh is essentially saying “Pretty please” to Rush Street Gaming‘s Rivers Casino, begging the latter to keep voluntarily paying $10 million a year to the city, even though Rush Street is no longer under any legal obligation to do so. Pittsburgh Finance … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania casinos trounce state; MGM looks to Brazil

Pennsylvania cities and counties could find themselves short of money soon — and legislators have to locate even more cash on short notice, as though the current budget impasse wasn’t trouble enough. The commonwealth has been given three months, tops, by the … Continue reading

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