Casino fall stuns Detroit

Nov 18, 2002 10:46 PM

   Detroit’s three casinos suffered its first-ever monthly drop in October, falling one percent compared to the same period last year.

   The MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown and MotorCity raised a combined $92.2 million and blamed the drop on the rise of business at neighboring Casino Windsor across the Canadian border in Ontario.

   “This year’s numbers are significantly better,” Casino Windsor spokesman Jim Mundy said. “We’re pleased with the direction we’re heading.”

   Revenues plunged 90 percent at Casino Windsor immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks raised tensions along the American-Canadian border.

   According to the Detroit News, local casinos are beginning to see evidence that some gamblers are getting tapped out in a weak economy. The casinos also indicated that customers might be losing some of their excitement knowing the industry has now been existence in Detroit for three years.

   Tribes tab Hogen

   Phil Hogen, a former U.S. attorney for South Dakota, was named the next chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

   Hogen, who served as the vice chairman of NIGC from 1995-99, said the commission would face a challenge overseeing the continued expansion of the Indian gaming industry.

   “The challenge is to make sure the industry stays clean and that the economic development benefits go to the tribes,” Hogen said.

   The U.S. Senate confirmed Hogen’s nomination last Thursday night.