In the Casino Industry, It’s Good Not to Get TOO Attached to Anything!


I have heard many of those who write or speak about Las Vegas say that you shouldn’t get too attached to things in the gaming industry, because as soon as you do, they’ll be gone.

“Don’t it always seem to go….”

It’s so true……so many things I have remembered and enjoyed in Vegas, and in casinos everywhere, only to never find them again.

“That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

Which is why I thought I’d post this today after hearing about the impending sale and implosion of the Riviera, the first hotel/casino I stayed at in Las Vegas. Not that I ever wanted to go back to the Riv, with all the choices over the last 20 years, but still,mite right up there with Flamingo, the Sands, the Dunes…..etc.

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”  (Thank you, Joni Mitchell, from “Big Yellow Taxi”)

New England Casinos had some great things, but, to quote my Canuck heritage – “There they are…..gone!”

Here’s a list of some of the things – from New England Casinos, Las Vegas or casinos in general:

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    What a great looking machine, and the graphics and video were way ahead of its time!

    Odyssey 4-play Video poker & Slot Machines – they looked like a slot machine from another planet.

  • Fidelia's Coffee Shop

    Fidelia’s Coffee Shop

    Fidelia’s – Mohegan Sun’s previous 24 hour coffee shop/restaurant.  Great food, decent prices, and the feeling of times gone by like the vegas casino coffee shop, only nicer surroundings.

  • An Atlantic City with a fun Boardwalk and 12 casinos – now, it’s just sad.
  • Great availability of full pay video poker – although Mohegan Sun does have full pay JOB, they don’t accrue points.
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    Coupon Book

    Coupon books in Vegas – it was really fun to eek out a little free slot play here and some matchplay there, finishing up with a free hotdog or drink.

  • Fado Irish Pub

    Fado Irish Pub

    Twin River’s “FaDo” Irish Pub – It was the reason a lot of people went to twin river.  Great food, and entertainment.  Sure gave Mohegan’s Lansdowne Pub a run for it’s money.

  • The old buffet at Mohegan Sun – the new version is a pricier, lower quality Studio B Buffet (M Resort, Las Vegas).  It looks like a model copy, just smaller.
  • Arena Football!  Remember when Mohegan Sun had arena football?  Sorry to see it go.  It was fun to watch all that scoring.
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    Vacation Village – great old Vegas

    Vacation Village, a dumpy little casino with some of the greatest airfare promotions in the south of the strip, & the


    One of the first Brew pubs in Vegas – Stratosphere in the background.

    Holy Cow in Las Vegas, the first Brew Pub in Las Vegas across from the Sahara, which is also gone.  I also miss Stardust, Aladdin, Lady Luck, and Frontier – they had character.

One thing I won’t miss, but I thought I would – coins!  Nope, love the TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) and don’t miss the hopper fills, never mind my dirty hands from dealing with coins.

That’s all for now


Was It A Happy Labor Day for 8000 AC Employees?



Today, the  day after Labor Day, 2014, some 8,000 employees of Atlantic City’s closing casinos are looking for work.  Some say it’s market saturation, others say mismanagement. My opinion for the blame falls on many shoulders:

1) AC itself.  For over a decade, most of Atlantic City took the arrogant approach to marketing – simply depending on day-trippers and bus-trippers, while competition grew all around them.  Their measly little airport, and the long trip by car with tons of tolls is just not a trip people want to make as much anymore – especially when casinos are less than an hour away in the northeast.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Doesn’t Seem to have that Midas Touch

2) Mismanagement by Caesars.  Originally Harrah’s & Caesars entertainment, the two merged to be one of the big boys in gaming.  What does it have to show for it?  A financial hole deeper than the Grand Canyon, properties not kept up throughout the US, and closings, such as Showboat.  Did you know that Showboat in AC was making money?  And yet, those employees are without jobs because Caesars wants to push everyone to their center boardwalk area.

3) Market Saturation.  Yup, it’s true.  We’ve got a whole bunch of casinos out here in the northeast – spread out so that an hour drive will bring you close to some casino anywhere from Maryland to Maine.  But isn’t it that great American Spirit, founded by a hard-working blue collar class, that found new ways of prosperity when the chips are down?  All AC did was build a few retail outlets and said “Here we are, the East-coast Vegas – we know you’ll come here no matter what.”  And $5.00 parking – after all those tolls getting there, who wants to deal with that?  There is no status quo – either you pass them by or they pass you, and AC has been passed by is for the past decade has been lurking behind the pack.


Atlantic Club, or previously the Atlantic City Hilton

What happened is the closing of the Atlantic Club, formerly the Atlantic City Hilton, and the 6th casino built in AC 24 years ago – as the Golden Nugget by Steve Wynn!…………….Gone




Showboat Ac

The Atlantic City Showboat

What happened is today, Showboat is closed.  A mainstay next to the Taj Mahal for low and mid -rollers – heck it even had a bowling alley before many big names out west like Stations and South Point added them to their resorts………………Gone




Revel Ac

The Billion-Dollar Atlantic City Revel

What happened is Revel, the billion-dollar beauty couldn’t make it.  The hotel that it was compared to was Las Vegas’s Cosmopolitan.  Cosmo found a buyer, it’s still in business and turning around.  Revel…………….Gone




Trump Plaza

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

What happened is Trump Plaza is closing.  Did you know Harrah’s initially built it with Trump as a joint-venture?  Yup, and then pulled out, letting Trump run it. In 2013, it seemed the property would be sold and renovations would be made.  But, to no avail.  It’s deterioration made it undesirable.  Trump Plaza……………………Gone very soon.



You know who aren’t to blame? all those men and women who gave their heart and soul to those casinos – many from the day it opened.  To those loyal AC casino employees of you, I pray that the best is ahead of you.  AC let you down.


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