Hopefully Vegas revenue reports bullish on NFR

Jan 8, 2013 3:07 AM

The big year-end events have come and gone, including the National Finals Rodeo and the Christmas and New Year’s four-day weekends. Local casinos and other tourist-related businesses will be reporting bottom-line increases, if the crowded thoroughfares, packed eating establishments and bustling casinos are any indication.

In 2013 both Christmas and New Year’s fall on a Wednesday. We’re not sure how back-to-back mid-week holidays will fare compared to this year. Will people come in earlier and stay longer? We hope so.

Among the more interesting sites during the rodeo last month was the temporary stable set up on vacant land just south of the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa on Las Vegas Boulevard South. With the daytime World Series of Team Roping event at the South Point Equestrian Center to complement the evening “go-rounds” as they call them at the Thomas & Mack, the 1,200 climate controlled stalls at the Equestrian Center were not enough to hold all of the four-footed visitors.

But SP top gun Michael Gaughan and his ever-innovative management team simply erected additional temporary stalls down the road. We didn’t get an official count, however heard it was about a thousand or so. The green and white horse housing was easily visible from both I-15 and Las Vegas Boulevard South, but even if you didn’t see it, your nose would have told you it was nearby. Within a few days after the rodeo ended, the horses, stalls and giant manure pile were gone.

Someone must have gotten a bonus load a fertilizer!

BIG BUCKS: Two of the top five richest equine events are now held in Las Vegas. According to the Team Roping Television website, the richest horse-related events of 2012 were the Breeders Cup at $20 Million, the Dubai World Cup at $10 Million, the World Series of Team Roping at $6 million (Las Vegas), the National Finals Rodeo at $6 Million (Las Vegas), and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at $5.4 Million. And, as they say, that ain’t hay!

BETTING THE BULLS: No, not the Chicago team. We’re talking about the four-legged kind. We got an email last week asking if we knew where the writer could find odds on Professional Bull Riders events since the season opened over the weekend at Madison Square Garden.

Like the National Finals Rodeo, the PBR has thousands of fans (nearly 70,000 attended the finals here last year), many of whom would be willing to wager a dollar or two on the outcome of an event.

For the first time MGM Resorts posted odds and took bets on the NFR at its sports books last month, and GT columnist Micah Roberts tells us they have taken bets on PBR in the past and should do the same when the PBR finals come to town Oct. 23-27, but if an event is not held in Las Vegas, there won’t be any odds.

Maybe if enough people show interest we will see more odds and betting opportunities in the future.

CLEAN AIR: We hear Racing Systems International of Pembroke Pines, Florida, has teamed up with Moleculair Technologies, a green technology company based in Las Vegas, to promote the latter’s Indoor Air Purification System, which they claim eliminates smoke, odors and other air pollutants while drastically reducing energy and maintenance costs.

They say the system is not a cover-up scent (thank heavens), but actually cleans the air so smokers and non-smokers can peacefully exist. (Is that possible?)

If it truly works the way they say it does, it could be a big plus for casinos.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].

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