Study: Casino could be a jackpot

Study: Casino could be a jackpot

There are 27 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 4, 2011, titled Study: Casino could be a jackpot. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

An off-reservation casino proposed for Anthony, N.M., by a northern New Mexico pueblo would generate about $157.2 million in economic activity and about 1,490 jobs in its fifth year, when operations reach full hilt, a federal analysis found.

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Las Cruces, NM

#21 Jun 5, 2011
I think it would be a wonderful addition to our community. Competition for Sunland would be a good thing.
Are you serious

Danville, CA

#22 Jun 5, 2011
BGrubb wrote:
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You clearly didn't READ as I was talking about the SUPPLY side of the equation and NOT expenses. The key reason Las Vegas, NV casinos are having problems is the tourism is simply not there. Fewer people are traveling which results in less money coming into the casinos. Hence casinos like the Sahara are closing their doors after 50 years of operation.
As a person who works in the Las Cruces hotel industry I tell you tourism is way down here as well. It is so bad that the hotel that was planned for the convention center wasn't built even after it was down graded from 180 room full service to about 120 room semi-service. The number of projected tourists simply wasn't there to support another hotel and given the state of the economy it is doubtful there are enough to support a casino.
This casino project made some degree of sense when the economy was good but in this uncertain economy this has all the signs of turning into a Peter-Paul Casino and that is the LAST thing this area needs. much tourism has Anthony, NM received in the past versus Las Vegas, NV? It cannot be compared... How much tourism is Anthony, NM currently getting? I'll bet (no pun intended) that there would be an increase after the casino is built, hence raising the economy in that city.

The Las Cruces Convention center hotel issue is very different than a casino hotel...guaranteed, if the Las Cruces convention center was a casino, a 180 room hotel would have been completed on time with no barriers, and we Las Crucens would benefit economically.

I read your statements just fine, however I feel that your logic is flawed, and I'll respectfully agree to disagree. Build the casino.
The Patch

Las Cruces, NM

#23 Jun 6, 2011
I have nothing against gambling however, if we are going to allow casinos off the reservation then legalize gambling across the board. Why should one ethnic group have a monopoly on any given industry. It's pure racism.
LOPeasy money

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Jun 6, 2011
To get a casino the solution is easy, just payoff the govenor. susie would gladly take the money and then say it is good for all involved. Especialy her.

Santa Fe, NM

#25 Jun 6, 2011
when your biggest attraction is a casino you know it's going to fail.
Just wondering

Albuquerque, NM

#26 Jun 6, 2011
Just wondering about the fundamental basis for the off reservation casino. Isn't the point to move money from the area of the casino to the area of the reservation? That is, won't money be moved from the poorest end of the state to the richest north end of the state? Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Bernalillo counties are one, two, and three in per capita income while Dona Ana county is in the bottom third or so of per capita income.

Since: Jan 10

Las Cruces, NM

#27 Jun 6, 2011
Are you serious wrote:
<quoted text> much tourism has Anthony, NM received in the past versus Las Vegas, NV? It cannot be compared... How much tourism is Anthony, NM currently getting? I'll bet (no pun intended) that there would be an increase after the casino is built, hence raising the economy in that city.
Again you don't get it. Most of the people staying in hotels in Las Cruces are actually going go to another destination avoiding El Paso for reasons of traffic of because of the reports regarding Ciudad Juárez. In short for most of the tourists coming through here Las Cruces is NOT a destination but a stopping point on the way to a destination.

People seem to have this Field of Dreams mentality with this casino--build it and they will come. The reality is as the fate of the Las Cruces Conversion Center Hotel showed that is NOT the case; the numbers showed that even with the pull of the convention center that a hotel right next door could not make it.

For the Anthony Casino to succeed you would have to bring in more OVERALL tourists with Anthony as their final destination and there is nothing to show THAT is going to happen with the economy in the state it is in.

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