The Casino Pioneer Poised For A Comeback In Las Vegas And Beyond

My latest Forbes post looks at why the influence of Bill Harrah might be making a comeback: William Fisk Harrah came into the gambling business in 1933. Having left UCLA before completing an engineering degree, he bought a bingo operation his father had been running in Venice Beach. Harrah the younger already had firm ideas …

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In Las Vegas, One Of The Mob’s Biggest Money Earners Tells All | Forbes

This Forbes piece looks at one of the most unique shows in Las Vegas: A stage musical of mob history? Surely, you think, this is just another piece of inauthentic Vegas kitsch, a knockoff of a knockoff of the real thing. It’s got to be the mafia equivalent of what Zombie Burlesque is to post-apocalyptic …

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Why Billion-Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta Is Betting Big on Las Vegas

My most recent Forbes post examines why Tilman Fertitta is interested in expanding his Las Vegas footprint. The pending departure of Caesars CEO Mark Frissora makes this only more intriguing. It’s no secret that Las Vegas has had its challenges this year. So when, earlier this month, billion dollar buyer Fertitta proposed a merger with casino …

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Las Vegas Casinos Are Worried The Worst Is Yet To Come | Forbes

My latest Forbes post examines the significance of Nevada’s third quarter gaming results. Fascinating stuff, to be sure: The September disappointment caps a challenging quarter during which net gaming win decreased by over seven percent. Considering that, in their second quarter conference calls, casino executives were apologetic over a quarter that actually saw a nearly …

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Panel Discussion: Evaluating Gaming vs Non-Gaming Guest Spending | CDC 

For my friends at CDC Gaming Reports, I took a long look at a very interesting panel session: For the past few years, panelists, pundits, and panjandrums have laid the blame for this decline at the foot of younger players. But Jacks sees it differently. “It’s not the millennials’ fault,” he said. Zenishek echoed his …

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The Las Vegas Insider Meetup Where Casinos Find The Future | Forbes

In Forbes, I just tried to explain the phenomenon that is G2E: “The show,” as the true insiders call it, is divided into two parts. “Education” is a 12-track series of panels, seminars, and keynotes on topics ranging from gaming leadership and career development to non-gaming growth opportunities in esports (one of several new 2018 …

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