Paragraphs highlighted in green indicate diagrams or tables that can be shared in the “Case exhibits” section.
Paragraphs highlighted in blue can be verbally communicated to the interviewee.
Paragraphs highlighted in orange indicate hints for you how to guide the interviewee through the case.
The following structure/framework provides an overview of the case:
First we will start with the more qualitative part of the case.
1. What are Poker Inc.’s options to counteract the possible expansion of the competitors?
Information that should be shared with the interviewee:
There are currently no casinos in Kingsville.
There are competing casinos in Royal City, but they are not relevant as the market is saturated and mature.
Royal city has 25% taxes on revenues while Kingsville has 50%.
This is a rather simple question, which should lead the interview to the conclusion that he/she has to evaluate the impact of an own casino on the company’s revenues compared to a competitor’s one.
Open an own casino in Kingsville.
Now we can start with the more quantitative part of the case.
2. What are the consequences for the current revenue if a casino opens in Kingsville?
that should be shared with the interviewee:
- Poker Inc. revenues are $1 B.
- Revenues are generated mainly by customers from 4 cities:
- Royal City
- There are no casinos in Banktown and Westpark due to government regulations.
- Banktown and Westpark are about 5hrs driving time away from Kingsville and 3hr away from Royal City.
- Kingsville is about 1hr away from Royal City.
- The customer base is 1.5 million per year.
You should share Diagram 2 with an overview of the revenue per city and Table 1 with the customer segmentation.
After some analysis by the candidate share this information:
Gamblers: only want to gamble and care mostly about convenience. They will prefer the new and closer casino in Kingsville - 100% conversion
Vacationers: want to get away from their everyday life and stay for a weekend or a week. Therefore they would not choose the Kingsville casino - 0% conversion
Experiencers: want to live the casino experience (shows, lights, etc.) and show interest in the casino itself. Experiencers may want to go somewhere else - 50% conversion
As customers from Banktown and Westpark have to drive very far to Kingsville, they will still prefer Royal City.
Revenue lost to new competitor casino in Kingsville
Lost revenue = Revenue * % of rev from Kingsville
Lost revenue per type:
Gamblers = $400 m * 25% * 100% = $100 m
Vacationers = $500 m * 25% * 0% = $0 m
Experiencers = $100 m * 25% * 50% = $12.5 m
Total revenue lost = $112.5 m
Revenue lost if Poker Inc. build casino in Kingsville
As the $112.5m lost due to the new casino will in that case benefit Poker Inc., this will not result in a revenue loss. However, the tax rate in Kingsville is higher, and therefore the additional taxes that have to be paid will result in losses for Kingsville.
Revenue lost = Revenue lost to taxes = Revenue of new casino * ∆tax =
Revenue of new casino * (new tax-old tax) = $112.5 m * (50% - 25%) = $28.125 m
A competitor’s casino will reduce the overall revenues by $112.5 m.
If Poker Inc. builds own casino, it will reduce its own revenues by $28.13 m due to higher taxes.
3. What is your recommendation to Poker Inc. about the strategy?
Poker Inc. should build a new casino in Kingsville.
The opening will only affect customers in Kingsville and the different segments will react differently. This should be assessed in more detail.
There are although some risks associated with it. For instance could a competitor be first to open a casino and therefore get the 1st mover advantage or there could be high costs of construction/operation of the new casino.