MGM back on targetas Rosemont bidder?

Sep 17, 2002 10:20 AM

   AS THINGS GO AROUND ETC.””“Don’t be surprised to see MGM MIRAGE back in control of the remaining riverboat casino license being kicked around Illinois,” suggested our Midwest pipe.

   “In case you haven’t noticed, Gov. Ryan has named a new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board replacing a guy who was dead set against the license going to Rosemont, which is nearly as near to O’Hare Airport in Chicago as McCarran is to Las Vegas. With this appointee, Ryan now has his own five people as the decision makers. And the new chairman is a real estate developer who is very close to Chicago Mayor Daley.

   “Remember, MGM did a lot of ground work with the town and the former license holder, the Emerald Casino group before the old gaming board pulled the plug on the deal. With the Emerald Group out of the picture, MGM MIRAGE can buddy up to the Rosemont officials and “bam” here’s a team that can work for everybody’s benefit,” he said.


   WHERE’S THE BEEF? “Forget the beef”¦where’s the food?” asked one of our readers when he showed up recently at the Massachusetts trotting track, Plainridge Racecourse.

   “There ain’t any,” was the response he got.

   “Can you imagine a racetrack without food stands,” said the pipe. “In all my years of attending races at tracks, large and small, in all parts of the country, I’ve never been to a track that didn’t have a food concessionaire of some sort.

   “Why, old Louie Jacobs made a fortune selling hot dogs at racetracks, and ball parks, and other sports venues.

   “Maybe some enterprising young fella ought to get himself one of those hot dog carts you see so prominently on the streets of New York and set up a stand at the track grandstand. He’d probably make a fortune,” the pipe added.


   TAKING A.C. OVER VEGAS EXECS: “Joe Weinert must have had his tongue in his cheek when he wrote recently that casino companies are favoring Atlantic City execs over their Las Vegas counterparts” suggested our east coast rosebud.

   “Well Joe is probably the most knowledgeable gaming writer out there so he must have had a reason for writing what he did,” we replied.

   “In his piece for the Press of Atlantic City, he noted that Timothy Wilmott of Harrah’s, Wally Barr of Park Place, Mark Brown of Trump’s operations, and Jack Gallaway of Isle of Capri are all Atlantic City based or trained. Naturally, when he invited comments from those people they agreed citing such things as keener competition,” she explained.

   Asked if he agreed, a Vegas-oriented executive chuckled behind his hand while throwing out some names such as Mandalay Bay’s Glenn Schaeffer, Mirage Resorts’ Bobby Baldwin, MGM Grand’s Jim Murren and John Redmond, Rampart’s Bill Paulos, The Venetian’s Bill Weidner, and the Michael Gaughan and Frank Fertitta teams that run those money-makers, Coast Casinos and Station Casinos.

   “And, has he forgotten the major war between Steve Wynn and Donald Trump over Vegas-trained Dennis Gomes who now works for Aztar?” queried the Vegan.


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IGT TAPS CONNIE JONES FOR NEW POST: IGT has named Connie Jones as its new Director of Responsible Gaming. She will head up the company’s Corporate Responsible Gaming Program, which was adopted in 1997.

   Prior to the appointment, Jones was in charge of responsible gaming for Anchor Gaming. The company merged with International Game Technology in December 2001.

   Jones' involvement in the realm of problem gaming began in January 1999 when she was recruited from the government relations group of Powerhouse Technologies Inc. to oversee its new responsible gaming program.

   The company merged with Anchor Gaming the same year. In accepting the position, Jones stated, "I am sincerely honored to have been chosen to head up this program for IGT. I believe gaming companies must take the bold step of adopting aggressive measures to counter problem gambling. It is critical for the survival of our industry."