Three cheers for the Terrible two’s!

Dec 3, 2002 6:12 AM

   SECOND TIME’S A CHARM! Here’s a toast to our friends at Terrible’s Hotel and Casino, on the site of the old Continental Hotel at Paradise and Flamingo roads. You have to give the Herbst brothers and their partners credit for creating such a popular locals casino in such a short amount of time.

   Said Ed Herbst, “We look forward to celebrating and saying thanks with a day of fun, and the great values we’re famous for.”

   The celebration starts on Friday, and the customers are the ones to get the goodies. All day beginning at 11 a.m., there will be 2-for-1 drinks, 2-for-1 buffet, 2-for-1 entrees and 2-for-1 on royal flushes for Players Club members.

   There will also be free champagne and cake from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Moreover, all month (Dec. 1-28) Players Club members will receive 10X cash back for their slot play.

   This is a party that shouldn’t be missed!


   OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW: Frustration last year motivated Boyd Gaming Inc. (BYD) officials to abandon plans to support the Narraganset Tribe of Indians in their pursuit of a casino in Rhode Island.

   But, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET) hasn’t hesitated to fill the gap.

   The company announced it has entered into an agreement to partner with the Narragansetts to pursue a gaming compact with the state. That, however, could be a long time coming.

   The state has formed a commission to study the impact gaming in any form would have on the state, which now permits greyhound racing at Lincoln Greyhound Track and jai-alai at Newport Jai-Alai. However, both of those pari-mutuel facilities have slot machines and are seeking to increase the number currently permitted.

   So, before the tribe could move to develop a casino, it would need a recommendation from the study commission and then receive approval on a state ballot from the electorate. That was the delay that forced Boyd Gaming to look elsewhere.


   POLITICS APLENTY IN NEW MEXICO: The back room tussle over a gaming license for R.D. Hubbard has been fierce. Hubbard, owner of Ruidoso Downs in Albuquerque, must be licensed annually to continue operating the slot machine emporium next to his track called Billy the Kid Casino.

   When time became critical, Hubbard was granted a 60-day extension beginning Oct. 23. Now, his lawyers have filed for a 90-day extension to next March 24.

   That presents a problem since the Gaming Control Board has only three members remaining from its full five-member board. Thus, all three board members would have to vote in favor of renewing Hubbard’s gaming license. And, this would fly in the face of the board’s attorney and staff who have recommended that the license not be granted.

   Also entering the fray is Hubbard’s attempt to get a racing license for a track to be built in Hobbs, N.M. The governor removed three members of the five-member racing commission to prevent them from granting Hubbard’s petition for the Hobbs license.

   Hubbard’s lawyers have warned the politicos that if his client’s license is not granted they’ll end up in court.


   AND, IN THE BEGINNING”¦: “Las Vegas Nights,” as they are called in Connecticut was the legal vehicle used by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to get the court approval for the construction of Foxwoods resort.

   Under the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, as constructed by Sen. Harry Reid and others, tribes could only pursue gambling that already existed in the state. At the time, most Connecticut lawmakers ignored the fact that the state permitted charitable groups to hold these “Las Vegas Nights.”

   The courts ruled that if it existed for charity, or for any other reason, then it opened the door for tribal gaming.

   With both Foxwoods and the nearby Mohegan Sun flourishing, Connecticut lawmakers want to shut the door on further tribal casinos, thus a major effort is underway to bring the General Assembly back into special session to repeal the charitable gambling law.

   The special session effort seems to be attracting supporters from both sides of the aisle.


   THE ULTIMATE BOTTOM LINE! Everyone knows that slot machine revenue fuels the gaming industry in Nevada. Some casinos, such as Station resorts, attribute as much as 85 percent of their gaming win to machine revenue.

   But does anyone fully appreciate how tough it is to keep those players in their seats? Literally? Well, a Reno firm certainly knows. Gary Platt Manufacturing produces seats that are used in casinos, about 30,000 of them annually.

   Unlike sliding a chair into a banquet hall, creating a seat in a casino is a science. The seats are often used 24-hours a day with some players happy to remain ensconced for hours at a time.

   That means the seat must be comfortable, sturdy, functional and, hopefully, lucky to the player!

   Actually, Platt strives to create a no-frills, cushioned seat with lumbar support and even flashing lights.

   One day it would be nice if they came out with a seat the ensured lining up those elusive 7’s!