National Professional On line casino as well as Racino Gaming Revenue Examination

A Period of time of Adjustment

Oops! That large hissing audio is the gaming balloon that experienced been developing more than the several years, slowly and gradually getting rid of air. But, it has not been a tide that reduced all ships however, as some rising and increasing gaming jurisdictions showed powerful expansion in 2008.

All round, the industrial and racetrack casino sectors (excluding Indian gaming), experienced a three.5 % drop in gaming revenues for 2008, making a total of $36.2 billion, down some $800 million from 2007. It was the Racino sector that has tempered this fall, as they showed a acquire of practically $1 billion in 2008, thus bringing the Commercial sector market place drop to $one.8 billion, or six.7 p.c. Nevada was the greatest loser in 2008, dropping practically $one.three billion, a lot more than 50 % of which stemmed from the Las Vegas Strip segment.

Hunkering Down

For the most portion, on line casino operators ended up caught fairly flat-footed by the extent of the 2008 earnings downturn, as it was not right up until the 3rd and fourth quarters when it really nosedived. Driving the crest of 12 months above year market expansion throughout the country and the availability of enough credit and fairness funds, new construction and expansion proliferated in modern many years. Nowadays, faced with the realities of declining, or at best stagnant demand, numerous of these assignments are now regarded over-leveraged and/or above-sized. As a outcome a lot of gaming businesses are making an attempt to renegotiate their financial debt – created much more tough by reduced valuations – even though also paring down operational costs. The latter has turn out to be a very problematic conundrum when working with the competitiveness, specially in people jurisdictions that are now vying for industry shares with new emerging on line casino initiatives in neighboring locations. A subject matter we discuss far more fully in the State by State investigation area of this publication.

As a result of these problems the gaming business landscape is now strewn with impending fatalities. Amongst the more noteworthy troubled corporations are Station Casinos, Empire Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment, Greektown Holdings, Legends Gaming, Tropicana Amusement, Herbst Gaming and the record grows each and every week.

“How long will these financial problems persist, and are we at the base but?” are inquiries no a single seems to be answering however. What is distinct however is that most gaming jurisdictions will have to understand how to deal with a smaller pie.

Be aware:
This examination contains only gaming revenues of licensed casinos and pari-mutuel retailers that provide on line casino video games, and not Indian gaming operations, card rooms, or little non-casino type slot places. The total report, which includes revenue tables is available on our internet page.

Enter/Output Model

A key factor that looks to have arisen from the ashes of this present trend is that numerous casino assignments had been just too big to help themselves. The input, in terms of investment decision dollars, was not proportional to the output, in phrases of web revenue following credit card debt services, in contrast to formerly attained results. A lot more and/or bigger is not constantly greater. Looking at the rise in non-gaming income at the Las Vegas Strip resorts, gave impetus to the growth of a lot more extensive features in a lot of other jurisdictions. The flaw in this technique even so is that the expenses related with widening market place penetration and occasioned-use, are considerably greater than people incurred to entice the foundation market place.

As daytripper marketplaces grow to be much more competitive, casino venues will have to rely more and much more on their in-house hotel patrons, and measurement their houses (and expectations) accordingly. Even though Steve Wynn started a major craze in making up-marketplace mega-destinations, there simply was not enough desire on the Strip to warrant the a lot of other related initiatives that followed that aimed at the identical area of interest.

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Other Gaming Routines

Though there are no revealed in depth knowledge of American Indian gaming revenues, anecdotal proof appears to propose that this phase has been as hard hit as the Industrial sector. The two Connecticut Indian gaming installations report slot income of $one.6 billion in 2008, representing a fall of about seven percent, or nearly $114 million, much more than doubling the three.five per cent drop from the 12 months ahead of. This market is apparently still reeling from the ripple-effect of a casino enlargement in Rhode Island, and the opening of slot operations in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Arizona Division of Gaming reviews that contributions based mostly on a gaming earnings formula from the state’s 23 Indian gaming casinos, have been declining each and every quarter in 2008 in contrast to the preceding yr reducing .8 percent in the very first quarter, seven.5 percent in the next quarter, 9.five percent in the 3rd quarter, and sixteen.1 p.c in the fourth quarter.

Some SEC reporting Indian gaming properties report related decreases. Seneca Gaming, which operates three Course III casinos in upstate New York, stories that while calendar yr 2008 showed an practically 2 % expansion rate in gaming revenues, there was an eight.7 p.c decrease in the third quarter and an nearly ten per cent decline in the fourth quarter of 2008, in comparison with 2007. Gaming earnings trends at close by Niagara Falls, Ontario were down 1.5% in 2008 in comparison with 2007.

It’s been a combined-bag for point out lotteries throughout the country. The North American Association of Point out & Provincial Lotteries reviews that U.S. lotteries produced a overall of $sixty.six billion in revenue in fiscal 2008, up about three per cent from the previous 12 months however some jurisdictions documented decreases, most notably California, which confirmed an 8 percent fall. Inasmuch as some of these states are on a variety of fiscal 12 months finishes, it would seem that the information does not mirror the impact of 3rd and/or fourth quarter results.

In accordance to knowledge supplied by Equibase, horse racing pari-mutuel revenues keep on their downward spiral, slipping 7 % to $ billion in 2008, as opposed to $14.7 billion in 2007.

Planned & Proposed New Expansions

As previously famous, it has been new gaming jurisdictions that have spawned much of the growth in once-a-year on line casino/racino revenues over the several years, and their impact is apt to keep on into the around foreseeable future.

Miami Dade voters accepted a ballot issue that permits each of a few pari-mutuels to have a on line casino facility of up to two,000 slot devices. The Flagler Pet Keep track of and Miami Jai-Alai are reportedly arranging opening in late 2009 or early 2010, although the Calder set up in Miami Gardens has yet to introduced its plans. There are quite a few other proposals being regarded as that would further expand casino growth during the point out.

The condition ultimately obtained all around to reissuing its tenth license, late in December, 2008 awarding it to Midwest Gaming & Leisure, LLC for a one,two hundred+ game on line casino positioned in Des Plaines just east of O’Hare. The new facility is not most likely to open right up until 2010. There has also been some dialogue about permitting an boost in per spot gaming positions and slots at racetracks, although neither initiative appears to have any traction at this time.

The state’s expanded lottery software that makes it possible for for the improvement of four casino gaming zones and slots at existing horse and dog tracks seems mired, as only one facility is presently underneath building, although three other proposals ended up rescinded. The only bidder on the Cherokee County contract, claimed it could not contend with the new Quapaw tribal casino in Oklahoma, which is located so near to the point out line that its parking lot is in Kansas. The Boot Hill On line casino Resort in Dodge City is planing a December 2009 opening with 575 slots and ten table online games, along with a second stage owing to open in 2011 with 875 slots and 20 table video games. The point out has prolonged the application approach for the other 3 zones right up until April, 2009.

There is even now a whole lot of ‘jockeying’ heading on, but the prospect of as numerous as eight slot parlors and racinos seems to be again on the entrance-burner, but likely not resolved for the duration of the existing legislative session.

Las Vegas
There are about 14,000 rooms scheduled to appear on line in 2009, with the most current becoming the 390 place M Vacation resort in Henderson. There are expansions underway at both Caesars Palace and Tough Rock and new hotels include two factors of the City Middle project, and the Fountainebleau.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s new casino advancement assignments in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, while delayed, are reported to even now be on-keep track of for opening this 12 months and/or early 2010.

There is a bill under thing to consider that could more than double Penn National’s slot machines to 3,000, as nicely as a proposal that would take away the restriction that slots be situated inside five miles of the observe. Scarborough Downs, which has been unsuccessful in convincing local people to permit slots, could be taking into consideration shifting to a much more hospitable town.

A referendum was approved in November, 2008 that allows for the development of 5 casinos with a whole of fifteen,000 slots, and now the bidding war is afoot despite the fact that it is not as extreme as the state had expected.

Grand Soleil On line casino Vacation resort in Natchez had been slated to open up in 2008, but has run into numerous financing problems and while the resort portion is open up, the riverboat is reported to open in the Spring of ’09. Harrah’s Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, although scaled back again fairly, is even now on observe to open up this 12 months.

New England
Massachusetts, a sleeping-big in conditions of market likely, is nonetheless maneuvering to open up casinos/racinos, and/or a Class III Indian gaming facility, but are not able to appear to muster the political assist. A current research concluded by Dartmouth University estimates that Massachusetts resident expended far more than $920 million very last yr at Connecticut casinos and slot machine parlors in Rhode Island and Maine. The New Hampshire legislature not too long ago declined an alternative to build casinos, nevertheless the subject matter is most likely to be revisited, specifically if Massachusetts decides to go ahead. There are also makes an attempt in Maine to rethink its alternatives.

New Jersey
Atlantic City’s casinos have imposed their political will on staving off the addition of slot equipment at racetracks by recently agreeing to continue augmenting purses with an additional tax. The governor nevertheless, has appointed a new panel to review the state’s sagging racing program which ironically, can only be preserved by allowing the tracks to have slot devices especially at the Meadowlands. (See The Nor’easter Squeeze area)

New York
Just when it seemed as if Aqueduct’s 4,five hundred VLT facility would ultimately be produced, the profitable bidder indicated an incapability to make the essential $370 million fee, citing the existing lending local weather, and throwing the venture back again into the lap of the governor. Though the industry need in the region could be regarded very powerful, the prospect of extra competition from close by Belmont could have an influence on Aqueduct’s underlining financial feasibility, particularly considering that marginally less than 30% of the net acquire is retained by the operator.

Programs to relocate Monticello Raceway into a vacation resort intricate are currently being reconsidered probably owing to equally the probable opening of at least one or perhaps two racino functions in the NY metro region, and the resurfacing of initiatives to improvement a Class III Indian gaming facility in the Catskills.

But another gaming proposal is being set forth in Ohio, after last year’s edition was turned down by the voters. This prepare calls for 1 casino every in the state’s premier metropolitan areas: Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. There would be a least expense needed of $250 million, as nicely as an first licensing payment of $50 million, and a 33 p.c tax on gaming profits.

The Sands in Bethlehem is thanks to open up in the Spring of ’09, and the new Rivers project in Pittsburgh is envisioned to be operational in August, ’09 whilst Philadelphia’s two slot amenities nonetheless wallow in a political mire, but are predicted to begin building this 12 months.

South Dakota
The Lodge at Deadwood is slated to open in the Tumble of 2009, and consist of 300 video games, 140 rooms and a wide variety of amenities.

Legislators are proposing a voter referendum that would amend the condition structure to enable on line casino gambling in designated areas, as well as allow gambling on American Indian lands in Texas and at existing racetracks.

West Virginia
The Greenbriar, the state’s venerable vacation resort facility has filed for bankruptcy, but has a new suitor in Marriott Accommodations, who have reportedly tendered an offer. State govt has proffered the notion of permitting the vacation resort to supply on line casino game titles, but this energy is in as well early a phase to have any traction a single way or an additional.

Indian Gaming
A current Supreme Court docket ruling that restricts the taking of lands into believe in on behalf of federally regarded American Indian tribes has additional stymied some new Class III gaming initiatives across the place. Furthermore, there were eleven Indian casino assignments turned down by the DOI previous calendar year simply because of its new rule that casinos must be around sufficient to a reservation that tribal associates can function at them. It has been recommended that the new Obama administration may be more sympathetic to the growth of Indian gaming tasks, but this situation has however to be dealt with.

Meanwhile, there are other Class III tasks in the various levels of development. The Seneca casino project in Buffalo, NY, even though operating a tiny short term facility, has delayed an already underneath design long lasting facility till the marketplace rebounds. They have also expressed an curiosity in developing a casino in the Catskills. The condition gaming compact with Seminoles in Florida is being challenged, and could influence their programs for bigger initiatives. There are new Indian gaming tasks set to open up in Michigan and Oklahoma this 12 months, and other individuals are in the preparing stage. Texas may allow the reopening of Indian gaming facilities and let other venue and there are plans afoot by the Navajos in Arizona to build further casinos. California is poised to open two to a few new Course III casinos in 2009/10.

The Nor’easter Squeeze

Complete gaming earnings in Atlantic City has declined 7.six %, from $4.9 billion in 2007 to $four.5 billion in 2008 with decreases continuing into 2009, as the metropolis is obtaining alone in an extreme comp-war with the Pennsylvania venues. At a single time the only casinos in the Northeast had been situated in Atlantic City, the place it appeared as if it might in fact even eclipse the Las Vegas Strip’s annual gaming revenues.

Little by little nevertheless its marketplace share was currently being encroached on, 1st by the advancement of a large Course III gaming operation in Connecticut, and then another slots functions in Rhode Island, and then video clip lottery terminals at New York racetracks, racinos in West Virginia and Delaware, and most lately Pennsylvania.

Now, with the planned opening of slot operations in Maryland, the impending opening of a new on line casino in Bethlehem, PA, and sooner or later two functions in Philadelphia, the noose is tightening around Atlantic City’s long term potential customers. It is reliance on day-trippers lulled it into a untrue perception of safety, and it now finds alone obtaining to redefine its mission assertion to “spot resort.”

The only dilemma with this strategy even so is that it is unwell-outfitted to pull it off. For all intents and functions, Atlantic Metropolis is beneath-roomed and/or over-gamed. There is simply -tripper marketplace to go all around, and their effective trading region is tightening, as the peripheral populations northward now/will have far more all set access to a widened provide in New York (Yonkers, and soon at Aqueduct and potentially Belmont), westward in Pennsylvania and southward in Delaware, West Virginia and Maryland.

Other than the ocean entry, the city’s only true aggressive advantages are its hotel ability and the availability of desk online games, despite the fact that the latter is most likely to eventuate in Pennsylvania, and perhaps Delaware. In get to sufficiently contend as a spot vacation resort the town requirements to build added guest rooms and not necessarily gaming ability. By comparison, the Las Vegas Strip qualities – true gaming locations, in that they do not have a lot of a day-vacation market place, apart from for the ‘locals’ – have an common of .87 gaming positions for every visitor space while Atlantic City’s average is 2.seventy four positions for each guest place.

It is not a coincidence that Atlantic City’s two largest hotels, the Borgata and Harrah’s Marina, both of which additional new rooms in 2008, were the the very least impacted by the most current downturn. The Borgata skilled a gaming income fall of one.six %, whilst Harrah’s Marina described a 4.9 % boost compared to 2007. Furthermore, the toughest strike venues, specifically the AC Hilton, Resorts and the Trump Marina, also have the smallest number of rooms. In the meantime some of the venues are teetering on viability, including the the Trump homes and Resorts with the hoped for sale of the Tropicana has been even more delayed, and shedding valuation.

With a continual increase in gaming revenues through 2006, the town appeared key for further improvement, which precipitated planning for four new resort initiatives, every of which have now been indefinitely delayed. Revel Amusement Group’s $two.five billion venture remains an iron skeleton, Pinnacle Enjoyment has declared it might look for to market its razed Sands website, MGM Mirage has shelved its on line casino plans, and Penn Countrywide appears to have stopped its pursuit of the Bader Field airport internet site.


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