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LV Bear is a longtime advantage player based in Las Vegas with extensive knowledge of the gaming industry.

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Casino death watch list

The Bear Growls: Reno-area Casino Death Watch may claim a third one

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Silver Club has been horribly mismanaged for quite a while, focusing on coin-playing fleas instead of trying to get the overflow from JA Nugget. Its closure would be no surprise, having been predicted by several of us. Better would be if someone with a functioning brain purchased the dump. We’ll see. Silver Club in Sparks […]

Bear Praise: Lucky’s sportsbook revisited

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Previously, I wrote:  …  Hopefully the new ownership will get rid of the twin failures, casino manager Navegante Group and sportsbook failure Lucky’s Race and Sports Book.  Lucky’s  is not even in the same league with the former independent book that was at Grand Sierra.  Apparently undercapitalized and definitely paranoid, Lucky’s is an embarrassment.  I […]

The Bear Growls: Reno-area casino death watch list revisited; two of the eight already met the prediction

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

 On June 13, 2008,  I posted:  It appears that the current business plan for some Reno casinos is for present ownership to loot as much from them as quickly as they can, then let them go under. As a staunch Reno supporter for a decade, and as one who makes at least fifteen trips a […]

The Bear Growls: RIP Reno Siena — It has downgraded itself to a low-level grind joint

Friday, June 13th, 2008

  As reported in the June issue of Current Blackjack News, Siena has lowered its table max to only $300. A pit employee recently told an inquiring patron, “Management doesn’t want anything but small action anymore.” There is now a laughable $3 minimum, $200 max double deck where on a recent visit, most patrons were […]