Reunion ahead for Lanni/Weidner?

Mar 17, 2009 4:07 PM
Gaming Insider by Phil Hevener |

Casino execs would be an intriguing pair

Terry Lanni considered the news of Bill Weidner’s abrupt departure from Las Vegas Sands, Inc., after 14 years and didn’t try to hide what sounded like a chuckle.

He was on his cell phone somewhere thinking for a moment about the way things used to be and what the future may hold.

"Maybe," he was saying, "We can do something together."

That was not a statement about a plan in the works or even under consideration, merely his way of saying that Weidner is a man for whom he has a lot of respect and one never knows what might happen down the road.

It was Lanni who brought Weidner into the casino business in Atlantic City more than 30 years ago, a time when Lanni had traveled east from LA to oversee what would become Caesars in the Boardwalk and wanted to hire a few good people.

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Weidner was one of them.

Lanni must remain on the sidelines of the gaming industry until the end of November this year when his non-compete agreement with MGM expires. There is no reason to believe he will necessarily leap out of retirement then, but, well, a good deal, the right deal, one never knows.

"I think there will still be a lot of bargains available by then (late this year)," adding, as he has in the past, that he would not consider another project that did not have the blessing of Kirk Kerkorian.

Can you imagine Lanni and Weidner once again on the same team? They would have plenty of time to discuss their favorite Sheldon Adelson stories.