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The Bedford Report

March 08, 2011 11:25 ET

Macau Remains Gambling Core -- Will Vegas Ever Catch Up?

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Melco Crown Entertainment & MGM Resorts

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) -  Back in 2006 the tiny island of Macau surpassed the Las Vegas Strip as the world's gambling core after the government allowed overseas casino operators to enter the region. Over the last five years Macau revenues have continued to surge, while Las Vegas gaming has struggled amidst surging unemployment numbers. With Vegas still posting disappointing numbers, casino operators have begun looking elsewhere for possible revenues comparable to Macau. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Resorts and Casinos Industry and provides research reports on MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (NASDAQ: MPEL). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-MGM

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-MPEL

One hundred percent of Melco Crown's revenue is derived from Macau. The company operates the Crown Macau and Mocha Club gaming interests in Macau and is developing the City of Dreams casino and resort complex.

MGM's Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Murren is confident that Las Vegas' fortunes are turning around, claiming "the recovery that has been long awaited and frustrating in its timing is gaining momentum." MGM reported a loss of $139 million, or 29 cents a share, for the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $433.9 million, or 98 cents a share, a year earlier.

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Las Vegas could face more national competition as Florida is currently seeking to lure more gamblers to its state. Two state senators announced last Friday that they filed legislation that would allow five Las Vegas-style casino hotels in Florida, spaced across the state.

Last year Florida expanded their gambling industry when they reached a compact agreement with the Seminole Indians, authorizing blackjack and baccarat at Seminole casinos. Lawmakers also lowered the gambling tax rate that pari-mutuels pay, and eliminated limits in poker rooms across the state. In its first year of its expanded gambling deal with the state, the Seminole Tribe took in $2 billion.

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