Donald Trump told a New York radio station that he would
sue the state if the Seneca Indians were permitted to build casinos.
The entrepreneur and casino mogul has long opposed opening
the door to more gambling in New York State. Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts
Inc., owned by Trump, has around 30 percent of the gambling market in Atlantic
In an effort to protect his Atlantic City investments,
Trump helped fund the New York Institute of Law and Society’s campaign against
the Catskills casino project the St. Regis Mohawks wanted to build. The Seneca
Indians also want an upstate casino.
Trump argued that a Catskills casino would damage New York
City’s economy by draining off dollars.
“I have much bigger interest in New York than I have in
Atlantic City, because I’m the largest developer in New York City,” Trump
said. “New York City is far more important to me in that sense, from an
economic standpoint, and honestly, New York City would be very, very severely
hurt if they had casinos going up in the Catskills.”
The St. Regis Mohawk tribe plans to ignore Trump and will
send representatives to meet with Gov. George Pataki to discuss the planned
project at Kutshers Country Club, outside of Monticello. The Mohawks are working
with Park Place Entertainment on the deal.
“We don’t feel intimidated by Donald Trump or anyone
else opposed to the development of a casino resort in Sullivan County,” tribal
spokeswoman Rowena General said. “We couldn’t have gone this far without the
necessary political support.”
Mohegan is pumped
The gas station at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino is
dispensing more fuel than any station in the state and possibly all of New
The station is pumping about 725,000 gallons of gasoline
per month. Michael J. Fox, executive director of the State Gasoline and
Automotive Service Deals of America, said that the 1,000 stations in Connecticut
pump a monthly average of 135,000 gallons or nearly six times less.
The Mohegan tribe pays all federal and state taxes when it buys the gasoline and sells it for five cents above market price. Mohegan Sun officials plan to add another station on the reservation and expect to double the volume of gas sold to $1.5 million gallons a month.
Louisiana State Police reported that gambling revenues at
Harrah’s New Orleans Casino were down 9.4 percent from July 2000.
The $21.2 million gamblers left at the casino last month
was below the $22.9 won by one of the state’s riverboats, the Horseshoe Casino
in Shreveport. The land-based New Orleans casino has three times more gambling
space than the riverboat.
Louisiana lawmakers had granted a huge tax cut to the
gambling hall to head off the casino’s second bankruptcy in five years.
Harrah’s stated that changes were being made to turn the New Orleans situation
Miss gaming a hit
The 30 regulated casinos in Mississippi posted the best
month in what has been a less-than-spectacular year.
The casino brought in $254.1 million in gross revenue for
July, a two-percent rise. The 12 casinos along the coast posted a three percent
gain in gross revenue compared to July 2000. The Mississippi River casinos were
up less than one percent.
Biloxi-based Isle of Capri Casinos, blaming the sluggish
economy, reported an earnings decline of more than 40 percent for the
three-month period ending July 29. Aggressive spending on marketing was credited
with the overall gain across the state.
Slots not okay in OK
A federal judge in Oklahoma ordered the stoppage of
electronic machines that resemble slots.
The Shawnee Tribe in Norman plans to appeal the decision
that ruled against a proposed 48,000-square foot gaming center. The issue is
whether the machines in the planned casino are games of skill or chance. Games
of chance are illegal in Oklahoma.
Judge Wayne Alley’s order remains in effect until the
National Indian Gaming Commission makes a final decision.
Winnebagos won’t budge
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has been unsuccessful
in efforts to make the Winnebago Indian tribe raise the minimum age for betting
customers from 18 to 21 at its riverboat casino.
State officials said it could take up to five years before
negotiations can begin. The casino is located in Sloan, about 20 miles south of
Sioux City. American Indian tribes have sovereignty of their land and are not
bound by state gambling laws.
The Belle of Sioux City riverboat casino received a $10,000
fine after an underage gambler played slot machines there for nearly an hour
last February before being asked to leave. The Commission’s chairman, Bill
Hansen, is “guardedly optimistic” that the age limit will be raised.
Indiana backs Binion
Jack Binion, the son of one of Nevada’s earliest casino
operators, was able to retain his Indiana gaming license.
The State Gaming Commission voted unanimously Friday to
approve the riverboat gaming renewal application for Binion, the CEO of
Horseshoe Casino, located in Hammond.
The vote followed a lengthy application process and a
detailed review of Horseshoe’s performance since it was first approved for an
Indiana license in November 1999. A group of gambling opponents cited an
Illinois board report last year that found Binion unable to operate the Joliet
riverboat casino purchased in 1999.
Belterra keeps rising
Belterra Casino posted a $9.1 million increase in revenue
for July, continuing its rise since opening last October.
The Indiana Gaming Commission said the total gaming revenue
market in the state jumped 11 percent compared to July 2000. Numbers at Argosy
Casino and Grand Victoria Casino declined.
Argosy and Grand Victoria are Belterra’s major competition.
Full House deal ends
The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribe voted to sever
its ties with Full House Resorts Inc. after six years of failed efforts to bring
gambling to the tribe’s reservation in California.
Full House, a Las Vegas company, has reported spending
hundreds of thousands of dollars on unsuccessful attempts to establish gaming
resorts in the Coachella Valley.
“We are not going anywhere right now,” said Mary
Belardo, the tribal chairwoman. “I think it is a good time to do it.”
The Torrez-Martinez have short-term plans to build a small casino and truck stop near Highway 86 and Salton Sea. A future casino is planned near Coachella and I-10.