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  • 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 »
  • Fantasy Sports Catches a Wave
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    In the waning days of June, Delaware, New Jersey and Maine passed fantasy sports legislation and Indiana approved regulations.  Those states have joined Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and Vermont in permitting it in some form, bringing the total to... Read more »
  • Cheating Slots in the 21st Century
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    At a meeting recently, an associate asked me about a slot scam that had taken place in 2014. The case was reported by Wired Magazine in February in intriguing detail.   The described incident took place in St. Louis where a man played slots for two or three days always winning,... Read more »
  • Every Casino’s Nightmare is Here!
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    Our worst nightmare has happened; a casino in the Philippines was the target of an armed attacker.  In a world dominated by real and imagined terror attacks, everyone is worried about the potential of an attack in their immediate environment.  As London reels from yet another attack, most cities are... Read more »
  • A Not So Grand Bargain
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    The Illinois legislature is attempting to devise a compromise budget bargain that will satisfying both political parties and the governor.  The state is in a two and half year budget crisis that started when Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the first budget of his term in office in 2015. In fact,... Read more »
  • Up, Up and Away – Maybe
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    The revenue crisis in Macau seems to have ended.  Gaming revenues have been rising for nine months after plunging for twenty-six months.  Until May 2014, casino revenues in Macau had increased month over month for ten years, peaking at $45 billion.  Up to that point there seemed to be no... Read more »
  • A City and an Industry in Transition
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    The casino industry has changed dramatically since the 1980’s when I worked at the Comstock Hotel and Casino.  In those days, Reno was a vibrant, growing and expanding casino market; it was the number three gaming market in the country after Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  The picture is very... Read more »
  • A Battle Begins in Earnest in Oregon and Washington
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    On Monday, April 24th, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s casino opened.  Impatient crowds chanted Open! Open! Open! during the formal ribbon cutting ceremony.  The crowds had been lining up for hours waiting for the doors to open and the state police reported an 8-mile long traffic jam of cars waiting to... Read more »