Will Expansion Mean Contraction? | Global Gaming Business Magazine

In this month’s Global Gaming Business, I take a look at what impact the expansion of casino gaming has had on mature jurisdictions: But since then, further expansion has put pressure on “mature” gaming markets like Atlantic City, Mississippi and Delaware, which have seen revenues decline. This raises the question of whether further expansion will … Read more

Delaware starts table games

Table games are about to arrive in Delaware. From CBS-3: Gambling on table games begins this week at the first of Delaware’;s three racetrack-casinos.Low-limit test games begin Monday at Harrington Raceway & Casino, and the casino plans to go live with table gaming Friday for the start of the Memorial Day weekend, pending final approval … Read more

AC had a bad 2009

The Atlantic City gaming numbers are in, and 2009 was definitely not pretty. From the AC Press: Casino revenue plunged for the third straight year in 2009, falling below $4 billion for the first time since 1997 as the soft economy and competition from neighboring slot parlors continue to erode the Atlantic City market. Year-end … Read more

Morality, economics, and gambling expansion

I’ve got a new column in the LVBP, about the dubious morality (and even more dubious economics) of many states that legalize gambling: There's a paradox here: Many states legalize gambling only to bring in revenue in lieu of raising taxes. When their citizens can't generate the kind of tax revenues state governments can't do … Read more

Shifting mores in Mass

Massachusetts used to have a reputation as a haven for blue laws–and bluenoses–but gambling is gaining in popularity. From Boston.com: Three years ago, you couldn’t even buy a six-pack of beer on Sunday in most Massachusetts cities and towns – and now the governor is proposing not just one but three casinos. Despite some lingering … Read more

Gaming Expansion at G2E

I’ve finally gotten official word today: I’m moderating a panel at this year’s Global Gaming Expo. Here’s the session: Gaming Expansion: Push and Pull Factors in 2008 and Beyond Tuesday, November 11, 9:15 AM-10:15 AM In recent years, gaming expansion has been inconsistent, with dramatic victories in Pennsylvania and Kansas, partial success in Florida, and … Read more