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April 18, 2011

Vegas Gang #60 - April 18th, 2011

Posted by Hunter

Episode #60 is up!

Listen here:

This time on the show:

* Internet Poker's Black Friday
* Sam Nazarian's Delusional SLS Project
* Kerkorian to Leave MGM Board
* MGM Resorts in Macau
* Change of Control at SJM

** Sure Bets **

* HBO's Game of Thrones
* Total Wine
* Nevada Southern Railway
* Macau Aerial Photos on Google Maps
* CityCenter Deaths Movie on Kickstarter


Read archived comments (5 so far)
April 19, 2011 10:13 AM Posted by detroit1051

I'm glad your discussion of the Trop included recognition of Alex Yemenidjian. He learned a lot by working for/with Kirk Kerkorian and deserves much of the credit for turning the Trop around.

I, like Jeff Simpson, am disappointed that Bellagio is losing Fontana to another club. We'll know whether it's totally out of sync with Bellagio when it opens New Year's Eve. I'm fearing the worst.

April 19, 2011 11:03 AM Posted by Dave

A few sources I've talked to inside the B seem optimistic, so I'm reserving judgment until it opens.

Though honestly, unless they've got a ball pit and swings, I'm not really in the demographic they're catering to right now.

April 22, 2011 3:24 PM Posted by Jeff in OKC

This episode sounded the best ever, thanks!
I listened the first time last weekend, so there are a couple things I'll comment on when I listen again and remember. Sux being over 50.One thing I do remember is that I don't think I can bet on horse racing online in Oklahoma. Sounds crazy, I know. I have TVG (a horse racing TV channel) here at the shop and it lists Oklahoma as one of the 20 or so states where you can't bet the races they broadcast online.
I don't like what Sam Nazarian is doing.

April 22, 2011 11:36 PM Posted by Jeff Simpson

My bad, Jeff. I overstated the availability of legal online horse betting.

My point during the show remains, that it is ridiculous that (residents of so many states -- instead of everywhere in the U.S., what I said on the podcast) can bet online on horse races but the federal government considers Internet poker to be illegal.

April 23, 2011 5:09 AM Posted by Paolo

Another great show. I'm interested in the motives behind Nazarian trying to take his company public- redoing the Sahara has to have something to do with it. Promises of a new, redone casino on the Strip may be helpful in generating interest in an offering, or maybe the cash to do the project is why they need to IPO in the first place.

I don't quite see what a nightclub/bar operator would do with the amounts of money that could be raised in public capital markets, unless the private investors just want to cash out (which could be the case).

Couple this with Chuck's rooftop tale and something doesn't smell right.