Pollstar Live! Casino Planning
The annual casino panel may not have had Larry King this time but it did have Bill Borenstein, who was ready to add the entertainment value.
The moderator did plenty of preparation on Powerpoint. And the panel was introduced by a tape of comedian
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The introductions also included photos of the panelists and, in Ed Micone’s case, some very old photos (it was a running joke; we didn’t start it).
“Ed, tell us about booking talent before telephones,” Borenstein began. Micone, who had been managing talent since the ’70s and spent much of the ’90s at
The theme was keeping the casino business alive, but the established environment appears to be entrenched: The casinos’ entertainment budgets remain tight, and casino patrons still stay at the tables. The trick is to wait for some acts to become “casino ready.”
And there will always be room for
But, as Borenstein said, showrooms are loss leaders and he is concerned new casinos will drop talent entirely.
Borenstien had “quick topic rounds.” He threw the first question to Peter Manning. “Booking challenges in multiple venues: how do you handle the challenges?” How does
Manning said his properties have different needs and do not normally conflict, although it can become challenging at times to explain to property managers, even if they work for the same parent company, why an act will work better in one building than another. C3 is also organizing its properties to make pitches for several dates at a time for, say,
But as Davis noted, Checker and
“That stuff is liked by your slot players and that’s the people who make your casinos very happy.”
And they don’t have to price the tickets; they’re set at an affordable rate and the players can bring their friends.