Miracle Man & More in Vegas Seven

In today’s Vegas Seven, I have an About Town profile of the work Russell Joyner’s done with Miracle Mile Shops: The International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual REcon event is the Super Bowl for retail real estate professionals. It’s going on right now at the Las Vegas Convention Center, so all eyes in the shopping-mall … Read more

TR @PH in V7

A week ago today, Planet Hollywood officially became a Total Rewards property. In my latest Vegas Seven column, I talk a little about the behind-the-scenes work that made this possible:P If you didn’t notice anything unusual at Planet Hollywood recently, don’t feel bad: You weren’t supposed to. But behind the scenes, and occasionally in front … Read more

Comparison shopping in AC

Yesterday I wrote a bit about the numbers behind the proposed mini-casinos considered for Atlantic City. Now, with news that Hard Rock is talking about spending $300 million to build a mini-casino, I thought I’d do a little number-crunching and learn if you’d be better off using that money to buy an existing property or … Read more

Latest GFJ: The Power of Twitter

My much-anticipated Green Felt Journal piece about casino tweeting–which inspired me to finally claim @unlvgaming and get to work–is out, in today’s Vegas Seven: Casinos are always looking for new ways to reach customers. So it’s no surprise that they’ve embraced Twitter, the popular social networking application that lets anyone tell the world, in 140 … Read more

You on the phvegas big screen

If you really want to see your name in lights, you’ve got the chance this weekend, thanks to the folks at Planet Hollywood. From their press release: Now through Sunday, Feb. 28, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is giving everyone a chance to be famous by posting photos and messages on … Read more

Giving the little guy a chance on the Strip

It’s Thursday, which means another edition of the Green Felt Journal in Vegas Seven magazine. This week, as whether the “little guy” still has a chance on the Strip:P Last year at around this time, “deconsolidation” was the buzzword along the Strip. MGM Mirage had just announced its sale of Treasure Island to Phil Ruffin, … Read more

Thoughts on Harrah’s “spree”

My comments on the recent Harrah’s purchase in the LVRJ were a combined Planet Hollywood/Ohio racetrack thought: David Schwartz, director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Gaming Research Center, said that the “common sense and intuitive response” would seem to be to ask why a company carrying $19.3 billion in debt is “buying more … Read more

Prive investigation and gaming regulation

There’s a great article by Liz Benston in the LV Sun today about the investigation that ultimately deprived a nightclub of its license: Managing a Las Vegas nightclub requires the deft and daring skill of operating a party environment that almost crosses the line into illegal activity. Anything less would be considered too tame to … Read more

Another day, another bad marker case

Along with word that business in Las Vegas is “bouncing along the bottom,” the big news today is the latest in celebrity bad marker cases, former NBA star Antoine Walker. From the LVRJ: Walker faces three felony counts related to writing bad checks at Las Vegas casinos between July 2008 and January 2009. According to … Read more

Always check your door

As a former casino security officer, I take a greater concern than some with people keeping themselves safe while on vacation at a casino resort. Often, carelessness and lack of vigilance can lead to burglaries or worse. Since most crimes committed in casinos are crimes of opportunity, you can be proactive and prevent most, but … Read more