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January 13, 2009 - I've been hearing a lot about how Vegas and the brick 'n mortar casino gambling industry as a whole have been suffering and taking hits as a result of these pressing economic times. I've heard so much, in fact, that sometimes it kind of makes you think that Vegas is losing money and going broke. Well, we all know the Casinos Edge isn't going to allow that to happen. And let's face it - Vegas and Atlantic City aren't losing money.

The latest report accounting for the woes of the land-based gambling sector are regarding Atlantic City and the riverboat casino scene in Indiana. Showing an 18.7% decline in revenue for the month of December,  Atlantic City is indeed not doing as well for itself the same time last year. You could actually say the same for the entire year of 2008. However, the reality of the situation is that Atlantic City's eleven casinos still won $302 million from gamblers in December. Now, let me ask you - Does that sound like Atlantic City is going down? Oh, and did I mention that Harrah's actually showed a 4.9% increase in revenue?

Sure, there are losses to deal with - namely, job cuts, less tax revenue and ripple effects in the local economy. However, when you hear the execs and casino managers talk about "the way things were", you would think they were eating fried beans out of a can.

Over in Indiana, the situation is no different. The Casino Association of Indiana is complaining that it now takes more casinos to do the same amount of business that fewer casinos did in times past. But the fact remains that Indiana's eleven full service casinos still brought in $2.5 billion in revenues for 2008, which was only $0.2 billion less than 2007. And the horse tracks better not even open their mouths to complain. Since the introduction of casino slot machines little over one-half year ago, they have brought in an additional $195 million.

I guess my point is that I still agree with the mindset that casinos are recession proof. Sure, they are prone to ups and downs. But the bottom line is that the House Advantage will always exist over gamblers and the casino will always win more. If the brick 'n mortar industry can't get enough money to feed their fat faces, they should start lobbying to regulate online gambling in the U.S. Until then, brick 'n mortar casinos should quit their whining and suck it up. Okay, I feel better now. Thanks for listening...

Originally published: January, 2009 | Categories: Gambling

 

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