Ho empire looks to the future

Stanley Ho enjoyed a monopoly on Macau casinos for over 40 years, but welcomed his first competitors (Las Vegas Sands International, owners of the Venetian Las Vegas, and Steve Wynn) this year. According to his daughter, Ho is hoping to rebrand his casinos and effectively compete with the newcomers. From China Daily: In an exclusive … Read more

Porn or advertising?

The Nevada Gaming Control Board still hasn’t decided whether racy Hard Rock billboard ads are legitimate advertising, pornography, or inducements to cheat. There is now a trial (!) set for November. Commissioners had already rejected a $300,000 settlement of a three-count complaint, and now the adventure continues. From the LVRJ: Hard Rock Hotel President Kevin … Read more

Bible study (updated)

Gambling has been around for thousands of years, and many religions have at least tolerated it in moderation. Still, many churches offer religious objections to gambling.A recent letter to the editor in the Jamaica Gleaner lays out a Christian pro-gambling argument: CHRISTIAN GREETINGS. It is with great trepidation that I write this letter, asking the question … Read more

Loveman talks shop

Chris Palmieri of BusinessWeek recently spoke to Harrah’s Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman about the impending Harrah’s/Caesars merger.  Here are some excerpts: Q: What’s the rationale for this deal? A: We want to be the leading distributor of gaming. The way our company does that is to leverage distribution. Caesars gives us vastly improved distribution in … Read more

Don’t youse knock NJ

In an otherwise unremarked-upon political outrage that I picked up from the Drudge Report, here’s this.  Christie Vilsack, Iowa’s first lady, apparently has been quite critical of the ways that African Americans, residents of Eastern PA and New Jersey, West Virginians, and Southerners speak.  She’s no political lightweight: her endorsement of John Kerry is credited … Read more