Bill To Lift Smoking Ban In Casinos Advances

Mar 18, 2011 Full story: Cbs2chicago.com 12

A pair of bills that would allow people to smoke in Illinois casinos has made it out of a House committee.

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“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#1 Mar 19, 2011
It's about time.
Bad Everywhere

Atlanta, GA

#2 Apr 5, 2011
Here's a article from Atlantic City and they still allow smoking, WHAT'S there excuse???

ATLANTIC CITY -- New Jersey's 11 casinos reported their gross operating profit fell by nearly 28 percent last year as fierce competition from gaming halls in neighboring states continued to batter the nation's second-largest gambling market.

Year-end tax data released Monday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement showed the casinos with a total gross operating profit of nearly $535 million. That's down from the nearly $730 million in gross operating profit in 2009.

The figure includes earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and other costs, and is a widely accepted measure of profitability within the gambling industry.

David Hughes, chief financial officer for Trump Entertainment resorts, said 2010 was a tough year because it includes a half-year of financial impact from table games in Pennsylvania, which began in mid-July.

"The problem for the city as a whole has been competition and economics," Hughes said. "For 2011, I think you'll still see a decline in the market, but it'll be much less."

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa claimed the biggest annual profit at $174.6 million, while the Atlantic City Hilton claimed the greatest loss at nearly $19 million.

In percentage terms, the biggest decline was at Resorts Casino Hotel, which posted an operating loss of $18.5 million, a decline of nearly 41 percent.

Trump Marina Hotel Casino posted an $8.3 million operating loss, compared with a $4.9 percent operating profit a year earlier. It is being sold next month to Texas-based Landry's restaurants, and will be re-branded as the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino posted a $2.3 million operating loss, compared to a $9.2 million operating profit a year earlier.

Even though the Borgata posted the city's biggest profit, its numbers were still down 14.5 percent from a year earlier.

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City posted a $134.5 million operating profit, down 9.4 percent from a year earlier.

Caesars Atlantic City had an operating profit of $71.8 million, down 34.3 percent, while Bally's Atlantic City had a $71.2 million operating profit, down 30.5 percent.

The Showboat Casino Hotel had a $45 million operating profit, down 28.7 percent, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort had a $50.6 million operating profit, down 40.4 percent, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort, which was sold to billionaire Carl Icahn in March 2010, had a $35 million operating profit, up 7.2 percent. It was the only Atlantic City casino to see an increase in its gross operating profit for the year.

Caesars had the highest hotel occupancy rate at 91.4 percent, and an average room rate of $94.70 for the year. Bally's was at 90.4 percent occupancy and averaged $86.59 a night.

Occupancy at the Borgata, Harrah's, Showboat, Tropicana and Taj Mahal was in the 80 percent range. The lowest occupancy was at Resorts, at 66.2 percent, with an average room price of $66.20, the lowest in the city.

The 2,769-room Borgata led all casino hotels with 860,416 occupied room nights, while Trump Marina, the smallest casino-hotel at 728 rooms, had the fewest at 192,834.
Wait

Atlanta, GA

#3 Apr 5, 2011
Atlantic City allows smoking and profits are declining. Delaware Casinos are 100% smoke free and they are exceeding expectations, sounds like Illinois needs to take a road trip and find out why the 100% smoke free Delaware Casinos are doing so well. AC and Delaware are only an hour apart!

Here's Delawares Report:
Delaware casino revenue for 2011 exceeds state’s expectations
March 20th, 2011 | Author: admin
Delaware casino revenues — the fourth-biggest source of money for state government — continue outpacing fiscal 2011 budget projections, despite intense competition from neighboring Pennsylvania and Maryland, official state figures show.
Through February, two-thirds of the way through the state’s fiscal year, the state treasury has received $164.5 million from slot machines, table games and pro football betting at Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
Aware of the pressure from the three Philadelphia-area casinos and Maryland, the Markell administration and lawmakers anticipated that revenues would fall this year. They thought revenues would drop even though table games were added in the spring of 2010.
Forecasters expected $217 million — about $20 million less than generated in 2010. Instead, the money has been rolling in at a higher rate.
Coupled with $17.5 million in table games licensing fees due by June 1, if the pace continues, Delaware would reap about $254 million after expenses — about $37 million more than budgeted.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#4 Apr 5, 2011
It's not about time, it's about distortion and it's about perceived financial issues. If it were about time, they would wait for things to balance out over the long run--even if it meant dropping a few casinos from the lineup and having the money go elsewhere (GASP!!)

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#5 Apr 5, 2011
Most of the Illinois casinos are just across a bridge from smoke friendly casinos on the state line. Why weren't all the anti smokers flocking to them? They had over two years to show how good business would be. One casino in Indiana is less than one half mile from the Chicago city limit.
Bad Everywhere

Atlanta, GA

#6 Apr 6, 2011
generalsn1234567 wrote:
Most of the Illinois casinos are just across a bridge from smoke friendly casinos on the state line. Why weren't all the anti smokers flocking to them? They had over two years to show how good business would be. One casino in Indiana is less than one half mile from the Chicago city limit.
Atlantic City allows smoking and revenues declined.
Delaware Casinos are smoke free and exceeded expectations
One hour drive from each other.

What about MANAGEMENT? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
What about MARKETING? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
What about the economy? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
To say it is about the smoking restrictions is foolish and wishful thinking for the tobacco companies and the few smoking addicts. I just showed you two states that share their borders and they are opposite of Illinos and Indiana. I'm leaning towards management and marketing as the problem and not the healthy smoking restrictions. Sounds like the political leaders are in bed with big tobacco, AGAIN! Shame on them!!!

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#7 Apr 7, 2011
Bad Everywhere wrote:
<quoted text>
Atlantic City allows smoking and revenues declined.
Delaware Casinos are smoke free and exceeded expectations
One hour drive from each other.
What about MANAGEMENT? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
What about MARKETING? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
What about the economy? Maybe that's the problem in Illinois.
To say it is about the smoking restrictions is foolish and wishful thinking for the tobacco companies and the few smoking addicts. I just showed you two states that share their borders and they are opposite of Illinos and Indiana. I'm leaning towards management and marketing as the problem and not the healthy smoking restrictions. Sounds like the political leaders are in bed with big tobacco, AGAIN! Shame on them!!!
The Illinois casinos are walking distance from their smoke-friedly competitors.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#8 Apr 10, 2011
generalsn1234567 wrote:
<quoted text>The Illinois casinos are walking distance from their smoke-friedly competitors.
I have to say I like the reference to "smoke-frying".

Perhaps your claim should be viewed in the context of actually getting smokers off their backsides and walking, eh?
ItsAFact

Frederick, MD

#9 Apr 10, 2011
Hugh Jass wrote:
<quoted text>
I have to say I like the reference to "smoke-frying".
Perhaps your claim should be viewed in the context of actually getting smokers off their Perhaps your claim and walking, eh?
Perhaps your claim is nothing but blowing it out your backside!
ItsAFact

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 Apr 12, 2011
generalsn1234567 wrote:
<quoted text>The Illinois casinos are walking distance from their smoke-friedly competitors.
The problem is, too many lardasses do not want to make the trek to the other casinos (you know, the short walking distance), so the lardasses cry and moan and want to allow it where they plop their fat backsides.
Its funny, the perpetually and chronically unhealthy lifestyles, continue to be that way.
ItsAFact

Frederick, MD

#11 Apr 12, 2011
Smoke Free wrote:
<quoted text>The problem is, too many lardasses do not want to make the trek to the other casinos (you know, the short walking distance), so the lardasses cry and moan and want to allow it where they plop their fat backsides.
Its funny, the perpetually and chronically unhealthy lifestyles, continue to be that way.
Buzz off TWINKIE TROLL!
ItsAFact

West Palm Beach, FL

#12 Apr 12, 2011
ItsAFact wrote:
<quoted text>Buzz off TWINKIE TROLL!
Not funny cream filling sucker.

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