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  • Illinois VLTs Now Exceed Casinos in Taxes Generated
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    Illinois has just seen a changing of the guard; in fiscal year 2017 VLT tax revenue exceeded that of the state’s ten casinos for the first time.  The change has been a long time coming, but it is here to stay.  The act that created a legal VLT industry in... Read more »
  • Global Gaming Gets Unique Coverage
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    The 2017 version of Global Gaming Expo, G2E ended on October 5, 2017.  By all accounts it was a success, even in the face of the carnage at the Route 91 Harvest concert.  In that attack 58 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded while attending the concert in... Read more »
  • The Pac Man Returneth
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    The 1980s popular icon, Pac Man is coming to Las Vegas.  On display for the first time as a gambling device at G2E, Pac Man is bringing hope to the casino industry.  The industry needs a new generation of slot players and can possibly Pac Man help.  It might bring... Read more »
  • Fall Is Here and G2E 2017 Is Just Around the Corner
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    For young people just starting out in gaming, eager to learn all they can about casinos and casino gaming and for experienced executives who want to catch up with friends and see the latest slot machines, Las Vegas is the place to be in the fall.  Every autumn industry leaders... Read more »
  • Carl Raked in the Pot in Icahn Poker!
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    Carl Icahn just sold the unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas for $600 million making a tidy profit of $450 million on the deal. The $2.6 billion, but still unfinished Fontainebleau has been standing half finished since declaring bankruptcy in 2009; Icahn bid on the property at the time and took possession... Read more »
  • We Need to Install Bollards Now!
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    Bollard is a 19th century word that is being re-purposed in the 21st century.  The word used to refer to a short, thick post on the deck of ship or a wharf.  But it is now being used to describe a steel post used to protect people from cars.  And... Read more »
  • Playing Chinese Croquet with the Red King
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    In its own way, doing business with China is like playing a game of croquet with the queen of hearts.  The rules are not quite clear and they are subject to change at a moment’s notice.  And if the queen is displeased, she cries “off with his head!”  This was... Read more »
  • Remembering Wayne Williams: a Friend and Mentor
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    Wayne Williams was 89 years old when he died on August 2nd.   He was a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington and a very good person.  Wayne spent the majority of his life working for his tribe.  He was dedicated to tribal culture and history as his mother and... Read more »
  • Macau, Hong Kong and the Chinese Dance of Time
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    Macau and Hong Kong have much in common.  Both are former colonies that have been reclaimed by China.  In 1997, Hong Kong left the shelter of the United Kingdom and submitted to the authority of China.  Macau was transferred from Portuguese control to China in December of 1999.  In the... Read more »
  • Piggly Wiggly and Daisy Usher in a New Era
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    Make no mistake about it, Illinois is a gambling state.  In the Land of Lincoln, there are ten casinos, five horse race tracks, a $3 billion a year lottery and 26,000 VLTs located in 6,000 bars, restaurants, truck stops, fraternal and veterans establishments.  Illinois has more separate places to gamble... Read more »