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Vegas for Everyman (and Woman)




Back in January 2015, the Stratosphere launched a marketing campaign aiming to capitalize on people who miss the old Las Vegas. “Take Vegas Back,” declared a series of billboards. Since then, the casino has amplified that message, promoting an alternative… [continue reading]

A Not So Grand Bargain




The Illinois legislature is attempting to devise a compromise budget bargain that will satisfying both political parties and the governor.  The state is in a two and half year budget crisis that started when Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the first… [continue reading]

Casino businesses push for expansion, but public clamor is lacking




I live in a county in Florida that is somehow still growing, which means more strip malls, which means another McDonald’s on every new outparcel. Last week, while seeing yet another one going up, I realized: Hey, we have enough… [continue reading]

Lessons Learned from G2E Asia




The Innovation Group came away with countless invaluable takeaways from our time at G2E Asia. Our top lessons learned include: 1. All things related to the emerging Japanese gaming market were on the minds of virtually every conference attendee. While… [continue reading]

Environmental shades of green: MGM’s embrace of increased renewable energy use must be good for business




News that MGM Resorts International is supporting legislation to gradually increase the amount of electricity Nevada uses from renewable energy sources was cheered by progressive environmental groups. If Assembly Bill 206 gains traction in the final weeks of the 2017… [continue reading]

Given its history, hard not to be skeptical about Resorts World’s future




First it was supposed to open in 2016. Then 2018. Then 2019. Now, 2020. Resorts World Las Vegas, the supersized, Chinese-themed casino project on the Strip, got a new boss this week, another expected opening date, and another promise of… [continue reading]

AGA Capitalizes on Opportunities Abroad




Dear Gaming Colleague, While the main focus of the American Gaming Association (AGA) remains in the U.S., we continue to capitalize on unique opportunities to strengthen American companies abroad. Over the last 10 days, AGA hosted the most successful Global… [continue reading]

A Cowardly and Cautious Preakness Wager Tip: David Papadopoulos




As a public handicapper, I’ve always been reluctant to just say, “I like the favorites in this race.” It feels a touch cowardly, a touch too obvious. What’s the point of it? But in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, I must say,… [continue reading]

Up, Up and Away – Maybe




The revenue crisis in Macau seems to have ended.  Gaming revenues have been rising for nine months after plunging for twenty-six months.  Until May 2014, casino revenues in Macau had increased month over month for ten years, peaking at $45… [continue reading]

Seminoles’ CEO suggests bid process for Florida expansion




The Seminole Tribe of Florida was noticeably quiet during the state’s legislative session, which ended last week. But Jim Allen, Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment’s president and CEO, dropped quite the bombshell last Thursday at a conference in Miami. Allen suggested… [continue reading]

Gaming titans finally have a pal in the White House, but…




Proposed changes to race and sportsbook regulation target money launderers




When the Nevada Gaming Commission meets Thursday, members will consider tinkering with Regulation 22, the state’s rules governing race and sportsbook wagers. Under scrutiny will be a section that would require new record-keeping requirements on all wagers that pay out… [continue reading]

At the Intersection of Social Games and Casino Games




International Game Technology recently announced that it is selling its social gaming division, Double Down Interactive, for $825 million. The sale could offer a glimpse into how casinos will be working with social games in the future. First, these kinds… [continue reading]

A City and an Industry in Transition




The casino industry has changed dramatically since the 1980’s when I worked at the Comstock Hotel and Casino.  In those days, Reno was a vibrant, growing and expanding casino market; it was the number three gaming market in the country… [continue reading]

Later last call in Mass. would cause Conn. casinos to take note




If Massachusetts amends its liquor laws to enable casinos to serve later than 2 a.m., Foxwoods Resort Casino would be interested in following suit. Mohegan Sun would have to consider it, too. In the gaming world, it’s all about staying… [continue reading]

The most dreaded word in Florida? Uncertainty




The most feared word for Florida operators isn’t “taxes.” It’s not even “competition” or “Seminoles.” It’s “uncertainty.” And that’s what we have after Florida legislators battled through multiple facets of the state’s gambling laws in recent weeks, trying to find… [continue reading]

54% online gaming tax betrays lack of understanding




As proposals for legalizing online casino gambling in Pennsylvania lurch from one bad idea to another, one thing becomes apparent: Legislators need a better sense of the business and attraction of gambling. Debates in Harrisburg about online gambling are nothing… [continue reading]

Chris Moyer grew into his role as a gaming industry representative




Serving as chief spokesman for the American Gaming Association is not a simple task. Universal consensus among the AGA’s diverse membership is oftentimes a challenge. Chris Moyer, however, skillfully handed the role as the AGA’s senior director of public affairs… [continue reading]

AGA Board Update; G2E Surging




Today, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) was recognized as one of the top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by a national trade industry outlet. This type of recognition affirms that G2E is the best place for the gaming industry to: Discover… [continue reading]

The Perfect Match: My parents and their final years in Las Vegas




My father, Joseph Stutz, died Dec. 5 at the age 95. My mother, Lois Stutz, passed away on April 25 at the age of 91. We knew in our hearts that dad and mom couldn’t be apart for long. They… [continue reading]

Gaming experts to debate mid-Atlantic: How much is too much?




The mid-Atlantic gaming market almost like pulling on a shirt: Tug one corner and the rest of the fabric stretches to adjust. The first Atlantic City casino opened almost four decades ago. In the early 1990s, the city’s success was… [continue reading]

Odds-On Favorite




Sports betting’s popularity is soaring to new heights. In February, nearly 50 million Americans wagered on the NFL’s grand finale an estimated $4.7 billion—but only a little over $100 million of that was legally wagered in Nevada. In March, Americans… [continue reading]

Book Review: Jean Scott’s The Frugal Gambler’s Casino Guide




All hail the Queen of Comps. For almost twenty years, former English teacher Jean Scott has been sharing advice on how to enjoy all the best of what casinos offer on a limited budget. The Frugal Gambler, published in 1998,… [continue reading]

The Guest House at Graceland: An Elvis tribute that — thank you, very much — isn’t tacky




MEMPHIS — Like most Americans of a certain age, I grew up with Elvis Presley. Not the actual man from Tupelo, but the image of him as filtered through my big sisters’ obsession, the endless air play his hits received,… [continue reading]

Our Turn: Why legalizing casino gambling would be wrong for New Hampshire




For more than 40 years, New Hampshire legislatures have debated the merits of legalizing casino gambling, and for 40 years they have rejected it. On Thursday, when it next convenes, the New Hampshire House will debate and vote on it… [continue reading]