Harrah's Reverses Huge Losses


Banned User - flamming, disrespecting admin,
Dec 10, 2006
Go Figure:rolleyes:

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Harrah's Casino Empire Reverses Huge Losses

"Harrah's Entertainment isn't the flashiest gaming operation in the world, but it's the largest, with more than 40 casinos across the U.S. and others overseas. Held primarily under ownership of Apollo Management LP and Texas Pacific Group Capital, Harrah's provides a casebook example of how casinos make money in down markets.

During the fourth quarter, Harrah's had a net income of $298.3 million, according to its recent report -- a far cry from fourth-quarter 2008, when Harrah's lost $4.78 billion. The uptick comes in spite of a 7.9% downturn in revenue, year over year, which reflects casino gaming's lackluster state.

But the bottom line is testament to Harrah's skill at maximizing all of its available edges. While Harrah's can't change the public's current aversion to blowing money at games with hopelessly tilted odds, the company has worked hard on what it can control.

"They're doing a phenomenal job of cutting expenses," says Bill Lerner, principal of Union Gaming Group in Las Vegas, including buying power, reduced wages, and yielding labor -- precisely the expenses that get overlooked during boom times. "When business recovers, Harrah's operating leverage will cut the other way," Lerner says. "A little bit of revenue will contribute to a disproportionately large growth in cash flow and earnings.""


Banned User
Dec 24, 2005
Hi All,

Whilst Vegas and other land based casinos are feeling the pinch of online casinos, poker rooms and other online gambling venues. The estimated 16 Billion from online gambling (I believe - 2008), was well and truly a moderate estimate at best.

With the USA seeming to being among the worst hit by the economic downturn, and just recently some Candian states announced they are looking at legalising online gambling, I really think the USA will follow suit.

Is the US really going to sit on their hands and be happy watching Canada rake in its tax share of this multi billion dollar industry. I think not ;)





Complaints (PAB) Manager
Staff member
Jan 20, 2004

... just recently some Candian states ....

Um, Canada doesn't have 'states', it has provinces and territories.

The United States, as you might imagine, is replete with states, hence it is often called 'The States'. Canada is not one of them. Nor is Mexico. Nor Iraq for that matter though the Cheney crew worked hard to change that. But I digress.