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Commonalities and Distinctions with Two Libertarian Hospitality Segments:
Casino Gaming and Gentlemen’s Clubs
Guest Presen...
Presented by:
A Déjà Vu™ (Full Color)
Series UNLV Lecture
Comprehension of a Construct: It is All
About the Execution
4
Or…For the More Macabre
5
Or…For Attempted “Over Achievers”
from Oklahoma
6
The carpenter’s rule, “Measure twice,
cut once” was ignored
7
Two Underexposed Hospitality
Management Fields
• Just as with a striptease artiste’s strategic
cloth coverings or the deal...
Two Libertarian Hospitality Businesses
Gentlemen’s Clubs Casinos
Premise
• Libertarian hospitality ventures are
significantly and fundamentally different than
current common hospitality f...
Purpose
• The purpose of the presentation is to discern,
unique commonalities between and
distinctions of two hedonic, lib...
Methodology
• This presentation is intended as an
interpretive meta-analysis of contemporary
primary and secondary data ga...
Spot the Differences
• There are enough
commonalities between
casinos and
gentlemen’s clubs in
terms of business
structure...
Highest Hospitality Industry ROI
Potential
• Ironically, these two niche
sectors, are all too often
conducted without the
...
Hospitality Universal Attributes
• Gentlemen’s clubs and casinos maintain the
same challenges and business concerns as
mor...
The traditional KPI of RFM is Not
Sufficient for Analysis
• Unlike the perishable “inventory” of the
lodging industry or t...
RFM+D; “D” is for Duration
• The measurement paradigm for libertarian
hospitality is most robust and parsimonious
when it ...
1) Due to the visceral, sensorial, experiential nature of
both casinos and gentlemen’s clubs they are difficult to
replica...
1a) Mostly Brick & Mortar
Environments, BUT…
• Core businesses are heavily
reliant on “brick and mortar”
physical space an...
1b) Attendance Emulation
2001 (Tampa) 2001 Live (Web Cam)
“Real Money” Intrastate Internet
Casino Gaming
2) Yet, the market realms are consistently
expanding geographically into new jurisdictions
Wynn Macau Déjà Vu® Tijuana
2a) Geographic Dispersion, Property Clustering and
Positioning Diversification / Self or Contrived
Customer Segmentation
•...
2b) From RCI’s 10 K
• We currently operate clubs under the name ―Rick's
Cabaret in Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth, Te...
2c) Gravity models may be used to determine
“willingness” to allocate travel resources
3) Still, as so-called “vice” industries, there is not always
universal community welcoming; thus, the NIMBY phenomenon
Ca...
4) Libertarian Hospitality Venues are
Populace Exclusive
• Gaming and Casinos serve a
legislatively, and, some
might argue...
5) Usage of Discretionary Income
• Monies expended with libertarian
hospitality are almost purely from
discretionary in li...
5a) Thus, B.E. Policies and Practices -
“Faux” Currency is De Rigueur
Cheques / Chips “Script”
5b) Guests are segmented by varying measures of
“worth,” and all patrons are not inherently equal
5c) Unlike in manufacturing and certain other service-based entities,
intangibles are highly valued and considered key res...
5d) The Pareto Principle Maintains
6) Unique Barriers to Entry
• Barriers to entry
include:
• Zoning matters
• Egregious excise taxes
• Legislative restricti...
6a) The Delineation Confusion
Between Correlation and Causality
The Myth(s) of Secondary Effects
• The “secondary effects"...
6b) Gaming Prohibitionist and
Controllers
NCALG AGA
6c) Business Operational Stability May
Be Contingent on External Whims
• Jurisdictions have a vested interest as recipient...
6d) Non-Libertarian Hospitality Venues Do Not
Face as Significant Level of Resistance
Chain Restaurant General Lodging
7) G&Cs maintain, almost exclusively, cash based business models
• A plethora of regulations,
including those focusing on
...
7a) Access to “King Cash” as a Revenue
Stream
• A significant amount of cash (e.g.,
driving currency) is drawn from
ATMs u...
8) Diversified portfolios of revenue sources are becoming more
important to ensure financial viability
• G&Cs are no longe...
8a) Alternative Holdings
RCI’s Bombshells MGM’s T-Mobile Arena
8b) The Mirage Model; Leveraging Auxiliary
and Ancillary Revenue Streams
Wynn was right!
• Ever since the “Mirage
Model” w...
8c) Patron Opportunity and Revenue
Assurance Diversification Via Leasing
El Cortez’s “Happy Feet” Venue Club Cabaret in Cr...
8d) Still, There are Significant Investment
Challenges with Marginal Industries
• Publicly traded stocks
have numerous
cha...
9) G&Cs in select, key markets have become
hyper-competitive
VGC Holdings
• We believe maximum
profitability and sustained...
10) Labor for G&Cs is comprised of both full-time employees (with associated
benefits) and independent contractors and equ...
Thank You For Your Attention
David J. Paster
• Principal
• Yarborough Planning, LLC
• 4599 North Washington Street
• Suite...
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  1. 1. Commonalities and Distinctions with Two Libertarian Hospitality Segments: Casino Gaming and Gentlemen’s Clubs Guest Presentation on Thursday, September 8th, 2016for the Graduate Students of: • Tony L. Henthorne, Ph.D. • William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration • University of Nevada, Las Vegas • 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 456023, BEH 447 • Las Vegas, NV 89154-6023 USA Presenter: David J. Paster, Principal © All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Presented by:
  3. 3. A Déjà Vu™ (Full Color) Series UNLV Lecture
  4. 4. Comprehension of a Construct: It is All About the Execution 4
  5. 5. Or…For the More Macabre 5
  6. 6. Or…For Attempted “Over Achievers” from Oklahoma 6
  7. 7. The carpenter’s rule, “Measure twice, cut once” was ignored 7
  8. 8. Two Underexposed Hospitality Management Fields • Just as with a striptease artiste’s strategic cloth coverings or the dealer’s tucked hole card flush with the baize in blackjack, what is exposed is often less interesting than what is left shrouded. • Two fields, in academia and in practice, have been underexposed to the aligning discipline of hospitality business management’s rigor.
  9. 9. Two Libertarian Hospitality Businesses Gentlemen’s Clubs Casinos
  10. 10. Premise • Libertarian hospitality ventures are significantly and fundamentally different than current common hospitality fields such as lodging and restaurants due to composition of their respective distinct business models.
  11. 11. Purpose • The purpose of the presentation is to discern, unique commonalities between and distinctions of two hedonic, libertarian industries to assist with the development of conceptual constructs.
  12. 12. Methodology • This presentation is intended as an interpretive meta-analysis of contemporary primary and secondary data garnered.
  13. 13. Spot the Differences • There are enough commonalities between casinos and gentlemen’s clubs in terms of business structures, positioning terminologies, and evaluative that theory and applicable validating comparisons might be made.
  14. 14. Highest Hospitality Industry ROI Potential • Ironically, these two niche sectors, are all too often conducted without the benefit of “scientific” management (that would provide an operational capability to maximize efficiencies of scale and scope and act on the economic frontier), also provide the greatest proportional net profit margins to equity holders • While a lodging facility is fortunate to experience a 10% net profit margin and the highly unstable; high failure-rate restaurant business weighs in around a 3.5% to 6% net profit margin, gentlemen’s clubs and casinos boast average (and overall traditional equity market return trouncing) net profit margins of ~30% and ~24% respectively.
  15. 15. Hospitality Universal Attributes • Gentlemen’s clubs and casinos maintain the same challenges and business concerns as more traditional hospitality ventures such as optimizing the weighted average cost of capital (W.A.C.C.), liquidity, and free cash flow (C.F.C.) to ensure commercial sustainability.
  16. 16. The traditional KPI of RFM is Not Sufficient for Analysis • Unlike the perishable “inventory” of the lodging industry or the capacity constraint and shift differential weighted “turns” with the dining sector, patronage’s incremental contribution to these establishments should not only be systematically evaluated via the model limited, traditional RFM marketing loyalty/satisfaction metric.
  17. 17. RFM+D; “D” is for Duration • The measurement paradigm for libertarian hospitality is most robust and parsimonious when it incorporates the critical prediction of time expended at activity. • The variable of “D” can reflect duration of gaming with “time on device” (TOD) or, in gentlemen’s club, “Time Experience at Stage Environment” (TEASE)©.
  18. 18. 1) Due to the visceral, sensorial, experiential nature of both casinos and gentlemen’s clubs they are difficult to replicate and / or outsource Primal Passive
  19. 19. 1a) Mostly Brick & Mortar Environments, BUT… • Core businesses are heavily reliant on “brick and mortar” physical space and immediate stimulation of senses, but complementary operational extensions have found advantages in cyberspace (e.g., Internet profit and / or promotional sites) where a “continuation of experience” may occur. • Casinos are now offering, to varying degrees, state sanctioned and regulated, legalized on-line gaming in NJ, DE, and NV. • Brand associated “freemium” social-gaming is a complex and maturing experiential. • Gentlemen’s clubs, extending their voyeuristic reach, allow, among other Internet services, individuals to watch what is happening in the club and even remotely tip by a “make it rain” option with torrents of $1 bill dropping out of a machine controlled from their computer at home. (George, 2012)
  20. 20. 1b) Attendance Emulation 2001 (Tampa) 2001 Live (Web Cam)
  21. 21. “Real Money” Intrastate Internet Casino Gaming
  22. 22. 2) Yet, the market realms are consistently expanding geographically into new jurisdictions Wynn Macau Déjà Vu® Tijuana
  23. 23. 2a) Geographic Dispersion, Property Clustering and Positioning Diversification / Self or Contrived Customer Segmentation • (G&C) corporations practice geographic dispersion as well as geographic clustering to minimize some risk factors while maximizing efficiencies. • The respective operations play to the dominant audience.
  24. 24. 2b) From RCI’s 10 K • We currently operate clubs under the name ―Rick's Cabaret in Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas (2); Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York, New York; Austin, Texas and Indianapolis, Indiana. We also operate a similar nightclub under the name • Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami Gardens, Florida. We also operate a total of four nightclubs (one in Houston, one in Dallas, one in Charlotte, North Carolina and one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), as ―Club Onyx, upscale venues that welcome all customers but cater especially to urban professionals, businessmen and professional athletes.
  25. 25. 2c) Gravity models may be used to determine “willingness” to allocate travel resources
  26. 26. 3) Still, as so-called “vice” industries, there is not always universal community welcoming; thus, the NIMBY phenomenon Casino Protest GC / Strip Club Protest
  27. 27. 4) Libertarian Hospitality Venues are Populace Exclusive • Gaming and Casinos serve a legislatively, and, some might argue, ethically and morally, limited populace. • While restaurants and hotels serve the hospitality needs of all ages, gentlemen’s club and casinos (G&C) provide entertainment only for those who have reached the age of majority (i.e., ADULTS Only)
  28. 28. 5) Usage of Discretionary Income • Monies expended with libertarian hospitality are almost purely from discretionary in lieu of disposable expenditure • Discretionary expenditure is that which is not necessary for personal or familial maintenance. If a person chooses to gamble or patronize a gentlemen’s club, then he or she is disposing of what is “left-over” after immediate and secondary needs (e.g., Maslow's Hierarchy) are met. • Unfortunately, under the “new normal economy,” discretionary spending is one of the first behaviors to be extinguished by income continuity uncertainty.
  29. 29. 5a) Thus, B.E. Policies and Practices - “Faux” Currency is De Rigueur Cheques / Chips “Script”
  30. 30. 5b) Guests are segmented by varying measures of “worth,” and all patrons are not inherently equal
  31. 31. 5c) Unlike in manufacturing and certain other service-based entities, intangibles are highly valued and considered key resources by owners and management. • With the advent of computer-based loyalty programs and increased adoption of multi- channel direct marketing, casinos have capitalized on the benefits provided by operational intelligent grounded CRM. • Not surprisingly, gentlemen’s clubs, because they have not become as ubiquitous or socially acceptable as gaming halls, do not, with any regularity, cross the relationship mote between facility and patron’s personal or professional life with one-to-one marketing efforts.
  32. 32. 5d) The Pareto Principle Maintains
  33. 33. 6) Unique Barriers to Entry • Barriers to entry include: • Zoning matters • Egregious excise taxes • Legislative restrictions • Ability to obtain and maintain licensing • Working within hostile host communities • A paramount of example of this is present in Texas as reported by the New York Times, • “In 2007, state legislators passed the Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, which imposed the fee on nearly 200 establishments that feature live nude performances and allow the consumption of alcohol. • The $5-per-customer entrance fee, which is imposed on the business and not the patron, is intended to raise money for sexual assault prevention programs and health insurance coverage for low-income people” (Fernandez, 2011).
  34. 34. 6a) The Delineation Confusion Between Correlation and Causality The Myth(s) of Secondary Effects • The “secondary effects" doctrine allows municipalities to zone, or otherwise regulate, sexually oriented businesses like strip clubs. Negative “secondary effects" (externalities) attempt to legislatively justify limiting First Amendment protection of speech conducted inside strip clubs. – T.J. Brooks Social Agenda Drivers
  35. 35. 6b) Gaming Prohibitionist and Controllers NCALG AGA
  36. 36. 6c) Business Operational Stability May Be Contingent on External Whims • Jurisdictions have a vested interest as recipients of tax revenue and other fees levied. • In short, there is a considerable level of risk with investment assumed by G&Cs that other businesses do not face in terms of being adversely affected by the whims of varying regulator and community interests, especially since there raison d’etre is based on jurisdictional specific, codified, limited, (and often) zoned but still privileged status.
  37. 37. 6d) Non-Libertarian Hospitality Venues Do Not Face as Significant Level of Resistance Chain Restaurant General Lodging
  38. 38. 7) G&Cs maintain, almost exclusively, cash based business models • A plethora of regulations, including those focusing on anti-Rico and money laundering stoppage (e.g., “operation choke hold”), affect G&Cs on a daily basis. With both businesses, “Cash is King.” • While the rest of the commercial society has moved towards the increased use of debt and credit, hard currency is still the choice means by which to make transactions. • C&Gs historically report negative working capital, where current liabilities exceed current assets. • This is consistent with other businesses that report a working capital deficit, which increases net cash provided by operating activities. • This is because the companies receive immediate cash payment for sales, while inventories, accrued expenses, and other current liabilities normally carry longer payment terms.
  39. 39. 7a) Access to “King Cash” as a Revenue Stream • A significant amount of cash (e.g., driving currency) is drawn from ATMs using either checking / banking debit cards or the usurious procedure of credit card advances. • Actually, participation ATMs (a euphemism for the “chop” the house of the C&G’s take from the private or bank ATM providers) are a major contributor to the bottom line for G&Cs • Most of these ATMs have higher than normal withdrawal fees and lower than normal (e.g., at a typical bank branch ATM) withdrawal limits to increase frequency of visitation and thus increase revenues.
  40. 40. 8) Diversified portfolios of revenue sources are becoming more important to ensure financial viability • G&Cs are no longer financially one-trick ponies that rely on the sub-optimization to either the casino gaming floor or dancer derived money. • As with any investment, while some returns may be lessened, as long as the overall return is greater than the hurdle rate, then the company is proceeding in the right direction. • Even though gaming and dance provision might be the primary sources of income, they are certainly not the only revenue streams.
  41. 41. 8a) Alternative Holdings RCI’s Bombshells MGM’s T-Mobile Arena
  42. 42. 8b) The Mirage Model; Leveraging Auxiliary and Ancillary Revenue Streams Wynn was right! • Ever since the “Mirage Model” was introduced during 1989 in Las Vegas, many casino properties find the contributions to the bottom line come more from auxiliary (e.g., food and beverage, hotels) and ancillary (golf, showrooms, retail) streams. Hustler’s Roof Top Karaoke
  43. 43. 8c) Patron Opportunity and Revenue Assurance Diversification Via Leasing El Cortez’s “Happy Feet” Venue Club Cabaret in Creve Coeur, IL
  44. 44. 8d) Still, There are Significant Investment Challenges with Marginal Industries • Publicly traded stocks have numerous challenges due to the hesitance of investors to become involved with “marginal industries”.
  45. 45. 9) G&Cs in select, key markets have become hyper-competitive VGC Holdings • We believe maximum profitability and sustained growth in the industry is obtained by owning and operating upscale adult nightclubs • . Our current strategy is to acquire upscale adult nightclubs in areas that are not market saturated and where the public is open to these types of establishments. Pinnacle Entertainment • We face significant competition in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate. • Such competition may intensify in some of these jurisdictions if new gaming operations open in these markets or existing competitors expand their operations. • Our properties compete directly with other gaming properties in each state in which we operate, as well as in adjacent states. • We also compete for customers with other casino operators in other markets, including casinos located on Native American reservations, and other forms of gaming, such as lotteries and Internet gaming.
  46. 46. 10) Labor for G&Cs is comprised of both full-time employees (with associated benefits) and independent contractors and equivalent “on-board” staff Tip Out • As with hairdressers, most dancers serve legally as independent contractors and colloquially “pay to play”. • Except for at unionized clubs in California and some establishment in Minnesota where all workers must receive a wage by legislation, most “talent” pays a sliding fee (based on basically a regression equation comprised of variables that predicts their potential earnings for a shift) to set-up shop and practice their craft. On Board Status • The respective “fee” “on- board” dealers pay is their sacrifice of a set of standardized wages and benefits. Like entertainers, these dealers hope that the gratuities will compensate for the foregone and more traditional sources of income derived from the combination of salary and benefits.
  47. 47. Thank You For Your Attention David J. Paster • Principal • Yarborough Planning, LLC • 4599 North Washington Street • Suite 20D • Stillwater, OK 74075-1299 • United States of America • david.paster@hotmail.com • (702) 813-5062 • LinkedIn ™ David Paster; • http://www.linkedin.com/pub /david-paster/48/234/190
  48. 48. Further Information May be Found at:

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