Friday Five

Today, I’m introducing a new feature, Friday Five. It’s just a simple list of five links or articles that came across my Twitter stream, email or alerts. They’re the stories that have made me wonder, question, worry or smile. In an effort to not be a marketing platform for the company I work for, I’ll refrain from including Isle of Capri Casinos stories, but as you can probably imagine, some of the gaming industry articles may relate to our business. I’m also going to keep the option to throw in an article about our company that I may be particularly excited about. Fair warning.

So without further ado, here are my first Friday Five.

Last week, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement granted Tropicana Casino and Resort approval to put slot machines and electronic table games in The Quarter, its shopping and dining area across the street from the casino. Now Harrah’s is petitioning to set up gaming in yet another non-gaming area. My two cents: AC doesn’t need MORE slots and tables. They need more customers and a cease-fire on some pretty aggressive marketing wars. Read more…

Bwin.Party (formerly PartyPoker) once held over 40% of the worldwide online poker revenue, but all that changed in 2006 with the introduction of the UIGEA and the company’s subsequent withdrawal from the US market. However, an agreement between PartyPoker and the Department of Justice could open the doors to the US again. Bwin could easily be one of the biggest players once online gaming is legalized. The question is who will follow the leader. Read more….

All of the major players seem to be vying for the possibility of operating mega-resorts in the state of Florida. This clip, however, was the first I saw regarding regulation and how it could change to accomodate this level of operation. You have to wonder how these possible changes will impact the existing operators. Yeah…and then there are those pesky issues with the Seminole agreement with the state and the tax structure already in place. I’m sure I’ll share a story on that at some point. But you can read more here about the possible changes.

The strategic partnership announced this week between MGM Resorts and Creative Casinos is sure to be a game changer for MGM, Creative and the existing operators in Southwest Louisiana all competing for that lucrative Houston business. Even with a reduction in travel to Las Vegas, there were still 27 weekly nonstops from Houston to Las Vegas. I wonder how many of those passengers are already in the M-Life program. I wonder how many more passengers they can drive from the area to Las Vegas now. Read more…

Great slogans are like great memories in a handful of words. Thanks to Nora Richardson for this great clip from her blog, The Branding Spot. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.

See you next Friday!

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Friday Five

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