Amy Calistri

Poker, Casino and Gaming Biz Industry Beat

Posts by AmyCalistri:

  • Are China’s Whales Fleeing Macau for Vegas?

    Nevada Pays a Price for Bad Chinese Markers
    02 Aug 2012

    The Macau situation we reported on last month is getting worse. Macau gaming revenues grew only 1.5% in June, the slowest growth rate in three years, according to this Las Vegas Review-Journal article. And based on data from both the Wynn and Las Vegas Sands, more of China’s whales appear to be flying to Vegas to […]

  • Can Tom Dwan (and Phil Ivey) Save China?

    Macau slowdown could weigh on Wynn and Las Vegas Sands
    17 Jul 2012

    As the WSOP got underway in Vegas, one question kept surfacing: Where’s Tom Dwan? Up until June 26, well into the WSOP schedule, Dwan was where he had been for the last six months: Macau. Dwan, aka durrrr. has grossed more than $2 million in tournaments, but he is best known for his cash game […]

  • One Drop Investor Edition: Volume Two

    Dan Shak and Bob Bright
    01 Jul 2012

    The million dollar One Drop event has attracted its fair share of professional poker players. But it has also attracted some notable professionals from the investment world. In our One Drop Investor Edition: Volume One, we profiled David Einhorn. In Volume Two, we profile two more investors — with strong poker credentials. Dan Shak Investment Style: […]

  • The One Drop Investor Edition: Volume One

    Andy Beal [scratch] and David Einhorn
    01 Jul 2012

    The skill set required for poker and investing are similar. Success at either requires an ability to minimize losses, maximize gains and manage a bankroll. Trading firms and hedge funds often recruit from the professional poker ranks, as this LA Times article, featuring Chris Fargis, explains. So it should be no surprise that a number of the […]

  • Gaming Equipment Companies Virtually Expand

    Shuffle Master, IGT, Bally and WMS ink online gambling deals
    25 Jun 2012

    Casinos were hard hit during the financial downturn, putting pressure on their gaming machine and equipment suppliers. A flurry of deals suggests game suppliers are looking to reduce their exposure to brick and mortar casinos by tapping into online gambling. Shuffle Master sells and leases poker card shuffling machines. As Howard Stutz noted, the company posted […]

  • The Return of the Las Vegas Local

    Slot Revenues Soar as Visitor Volume and Poker Revenues Retreat
    17 Jun 2012

    According to the latest Nevada State Gaming Board report, gaming revenues in Nevada rose nearly 6.2% in April. And as Chris Sieroty noted, high-end baccarat was a key driver for the state’s performance as well as the Strip’s 7.5% revenue boost. High-end baccarat gets a lot of attention because it is seen as a barometer […]

  • Tweets From the WSOP: Volume 1

    Old Farts, Bathrooms, and a Cry For Help
    10 Jun 2012

    Twitter is becoming an all important tool for taking the pulse of the WSOP.  But as whoisdavidclark mentioned in his post, tracking player and chip count feeds can be a daunting task. In case you’ve missed a few, we’ve collected some notable tweets from the WSOP so far: Age: Online poker introduced a younger generation […]

  • How a Tennis Star Could “Let” PokerStars into Spain

    Rafael Nadal rumored to be Estrellas poker ambassador
    30 May 2012

    Nearly every poker player knows that May 27 kicked of the 2012 World Series of Poker. It was also the first day of Tennis’ coveted Rolland Garros, better known as the French Open. But that may not be only common feature between tennis and poker this year. The Spanish blog PokerGenio posted a rumor that […]

  • Three Survival Tips For the WSOP

    Hoodies and drag queens (what else?) could give you the edge
    25 May 2012

    In 2005, veteran poker blogger and author of “Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker”  put together his “Top Ten Survival Tips on Surviving Las Vegas.” Dr. Pauly’s sage advice, which ranges from hydrating to the proper tip for a stripper, stands the test of time. For […]

  • Casino Poker Rooms Suffer in Post-Black Friday Era

    Live poker a weight to recovery without online support
    30 Apr 2012

    Las Vegas casino gambling revenues have been on a notable rebound. But in the year following online poker’s Black Friday, brick and mortar poker room revenues haven’t necessarily kept pace. From February 2011 to February 2012, according to the the latest Nevada Gaming Control Board report, the state’s total gaming revenues (excluding sports books) increased by […]