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  • Mon, Dec. 5, 2:22 PM
    • The Lucky Dragon formally opened over the weekend just off the Las Vegas Strip.
    • The Asian-themed casino hotel is the first ground-up complex to be built in Las Vegas since 2010.
    • The Lucky Dragon is hoping to attract local residents of Asian descent and Asian tourists from West Coast cities to its 37 gaming tables and 300 slot machines.
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    | Mon, Dec. 5, 2:22 PM
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  • Thu, Dec. 1, 8:26 AM
    • Gaming revenue in Macau increased 14.4% in October to 18.8B patacas ($2.353B), according to data from the Macau Gaming and Inspection Coordination Bureau.
    • The monthly tally is higher than the consensus estimate from analysts for a 11% gain and marks the best monthly growth rate since February 2014, although it came against a comparable from last year that was the low point for the Macau slump.
    • "Visitation is starting to grow again and more importantly, people are staying longer," notes CLSA analyst Marcus Liu. Melco Crown chief Lawrence Ho says the region is seeing a "natural" recovery.
    • Macau casino stocks: Wynn Macau (OTCPK:WYNMF, OTCPK:WYNMY, WYNN), Sands China (OTCPK:SCHYY, OTCPK:SCHYF, LVS), MGM China (OTCPK:MCHVF, OTCPK:MCHVY, MG), Galaxy Entertainment (OTCPK:GXYEF), SJM Holdings (OTCPK:SJMHF, OTCPK:SJMHY), Melco Crown (NASDAQ:MPEL).
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    | Thu, Dec. 1, 8:26 AM | 16 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 1:35 PM
    • Lawmakers in Japan have reopened debate on allowing casino gambling.
    • The effort to approve casino development has the support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, but will need extra votes from members of coalition partner Komeit to pass.
    • The initial bill being considered is a "decriminalization" law, while a casino gambling implementation bill will follow if the initiative stays on track.
    • CLSA thinks Japan could generate $40B in annual gambling revenue.
    • Casino operators with an eye on Japan include Galaxy Entertainment (OTCPK:GXYEF), Melco Crown (NASDAQ:MPEL), SJM Holdings (OTCPK:SJMHY, OTCPK:SJMHF), Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) and MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM).
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    | Wed, Nov. 30, 1:35 PM | 15 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 29, 11:00 AM
    • Casinos in Nevada reported that gaming win revenue increased 11.12% to $986.20M in October. The four-month fiscal YTD revenue haul is +4.86% Y/Y.
    • Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip improved 14% to $562.7M. Strip fiscal YTD revenue +4.86%.
    • It's always interesting to dig into the gaming win details. For October, a 25% increase in revenue from sports books jumped out.
    • Nevada Gaming Control Board full report (.pdf)
    • Related stocks: CZR, CACQ, BYD, FLL, CZR, WYNN, MGM, LVS.
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    | Tue, Nov. 29, 11:00 AM | 6 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 18, 11:52 AM
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  • Tue, Nov. 1, 2:34 PM
    • Gaming revenue in Macau rose 8.8% in October to 21.815B patacas ($2.726B), according to data from the Macau Gaming and Inspection Coordination Bureau.
    • The increase is the largest in Macau in over two years and sailed past nearly all estimates from investment firms.
    • Macau casino stocks: Wynn Macau (OTCPK:WYNMF, OTCPK:WYNMY), Wynn Resorts (WYNN +3.8%), Sands China (OTCPK:SCHYY, OTCPK:SCHYF) Las Vegas Sands (LVS +1.1%), MGM China (OTCPK:MCHVF, OTCPK:MCHVY), MGM Resorts (MGM +1.4%), Galaxy Entertainment (OTCPK:GXYEF -1.2%), SJM Holdings (OTCPK:SJMHF, OTCPK:SJMHY), Melco Crown (MPEL +7%).
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    | Tue, Nov. 1, 2:34 PM | 27 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 31, 2:40 PM
    • There's a growing wave of support for a legalized sports betting framework in the U.S. to take advantage of the huge market and reel in some of the money going to off-shore and illegal betting options.
    • State lotteries, sports betting shops and Native American casino entities are all calling for action from Capitol Hill or on a state-by-state basis.
    • Professional sports league also cooperating. "We've been supportive of legalized sports betting, and we'll continue to be supportive," says NBA Senior VP Dan Spillane. Already in the mix, a NHL expansion team is due to debut in Las Vegas next year and the NFL is trying to lure the Oakland Raiders to the region.
    • Perhaps the most intriguing angle with legalized sports betting is the growing interest from tech firms in having their hands in the billions of dollars likely to flow through the U.S. betting market. ESPN reports that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) already have patents covering sports betting platforms, while some industry experts think a widespread mobile betting platform from a tech heavyweight is inevitable (Facebook or Google?).
    • What to watch: If Congress takes the final decisive step, a number of dramatic partnerships and M&A deals between Silicon Valley and existing casino operators could start flying.
    • Related stocks: OTCPK:EIHDF, OTC:BTFRF, OTC:PYGMF, OTCPK:PDYPY, OTC:WIMHF, OTCPK:WIMHY, RRR, CZR, MGM, BYD, OTC:LDBKF, OTCPK:LDBKY, OTCPK:RANKF, DUEL, DDAY, DRAFT, GDEN, NYNY, CHDN, FLL, PENN, SGMS, CNTY, OTCQB:TPCA, LVS, ERI, WYNN, ZNGA.
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    | Mon, Oct. 31, 2:40 PM | 11 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 28, 9:10 AM
    • Casinos in Nevada reported that gaming win revenue increased 3.6% to $949M in September. The three-month revenue haul is +2.8% Y/Y.
    • Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip improved 7.5% to $542.5M, while downtown Las Vegas casinos saw a 3.6% rise during the month to $49M.
    • Casino revenue by type: Games and tables +5.5% to $363M, baccarat -7.8% to $93M, slot machines +2.4% to $13.5M, sports books +15.2% to $41M (12% hold for football).
    • The convention business boomed in Vegas during the month, with attendance up 16%. Overall visitor volume was 3.7M. The most striking metric may be the 9% increase in average room rate to $137.11, a favorable read heading into Q4.
    • Nevada Gaming Control Board full report (.pdf)
    • Related stocks: CZR, CACQ, BYD, FLL, CZR, WYNN, MGM, LVS.
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    | Fri, Oct. 28, 9:10 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 24, 8:24 AM
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  • Fri, Oct. 21, 3:05 PM
    • The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the license for the Lucky Dragon Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
    • The Asian-themed resort is scheduled to open on December 3.
    • The opening of the Lucky Dragon coincides with the start of nonstop Beijing-to-Las Vegas flights.
    • The Lucky Dragon is also the first new ground-up casino to launch on The Strip for the last several years.
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    | Fri, Oct. 21, 3:05 PM
  • Sat, Oct. 15, 10:23 AM
    • The Nevada legislature approved a plan to fund a domed 65K-seat NFL stadium in Las Vegas through a $750M hotel tax.
    • A group led by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson hopes to lure the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas before the 2020 season. Adelson is backing the venture with $650M of his family's money.
    • Las Vegas already landed a NHL expansion team and is not anathema to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who supports legalized sports gambling under a federal framework. Professional sports on or near The Strip are seen as another tourism driver.
    • Related stocks: CZR, CACQ, BYD, FLL, CZR, WYNN, MGM, LVS.
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    | Sat, Oct. 15, 10:23 AM | 9 Comments
  • Tue, Oct. 4, 4:59 AM
    • Macau casino stocks are on watch as tourists spend billions in China during the Golden Week national holiday.
    • This year, sparkling new properties such as the Wynn Palace and the Parisian are expected to draw solid traffic.
    • Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM), Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Melco Crown (NASDAQ:MPEL), and Galaxy Entertainment (OTCPK:GXYEF) all showed gains yesterday after the sector delivered its second straight month of positive revenue growth in what some analysts think marks a turnaround moment for the sector.
    • A solid Golden Week performance could reset expectations for Q4 even higher.
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    | Tue, Oct. 4, 4:59 AM | 22 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 29, 11:17 AM
    • Casinos in Nevada reported that revenue fell 5.23% to $860.7M in August.
    • Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip fell 15% to $449.6M, while downtown Las Vegas casinos saw a 7% rise during the month to $43M. Revenue from Reno casinos was flat at $51M.
    • In a little bit of a sign of the times, Blackjack winnings ($81M) outpaced the Baccarat win tally ($74M).
    • Nevada Gaming Control Board full report (.pdf)
    • Related stocks: CZR, CACQ, BYD, FLL, CZR, WYNN, MGM, LVS.
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    | Thu, Sep. 29, 11:17 AM | 17 Comments
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