“The house always wins.”

I imagine you’ve heard that saying before.

Another, related saying is: “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

I often hear that one with respect to the lottery. But the insight is transferable: Casinos (the house) can’t win if you don’t play.

As the U.S. continues to manage through this wicked virus, places are reopening.

This is good for those who want to get out of the house.

And it’s good for “the house.” So, let’s take advantage of it.

Let’s make the house pay us for once…

This Casino Stock Plummeted 80%

In a March 26 article, I looked at beaten-down names that had been ravaged by COVID-19.

What I noticed was: When looking at comparable names, it often makes sense to buy the one that has fallen the most.

One of the companies that had fallen the most was Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD). Its shares fell more than 80% from its 52-week high in February.

But today, things are less bleak for Boyd and for its peers.

Let’s see what the house is cooking…

We’re Back, Baby

There are signs of life.

On Monday, Eldorado Resorts said it would reopen three of its Louisiana casinos.

Shares rose 20% on the day of the announcement. And they’ve continued to move higher since.

MGM Resorts said it will begin to reopen its casinos in Mississippi by the end of May.

Some casinos that have already reopened have hosted gamblers from halfway across the country.

This is real!

Boyd Gaming owns 29 casinos in 10 states. It started to open its casinos in Louisiana and Mississippi starting on Wednesday.

Boyd has seven centers in the two states. They’ll all be open by the end of the month.

After all, the house can’t win if you don’t play.

And with more people playing, I’m looking at Boyd shares.

Betting on Boyd

Boyd executives know shares are cheap. They remain more than 40% below their 52-week high.

We’re seeing signs that important people … people who are “in the know” … believe there’s tremendous upside here.

Over the past month, insiders at Boyd bought more than $1.6 million worth of company shares.

That was the sixth most of any company in the consumer discretionary sector.

And they’re not the only ones.

Billionaire Steven Cohen runs Point72 Asset Management.

He’s one of the most talented hedge fund managers. Forbes ranks him as the 100th richest person in the world.

His group increased its stake in Boyd by 700 times in the first quarter. It bought more than 1 million shares.

Things are starting to go Boyd’s way. This is an attractive chart:

BYD Has More Than Doubled Since March 18


This is what happens when a stock goes from bad to less bad. Boyd is making higher highs and higher lows.

I suggest you look into shares today. People are looking to get out of the house … which will benefit the kind of “house” that Boyd runs.

I believe shares will rise to $25 in short order as we return to more normal times.

This could be a short-term trade, however.

If COVID-19 cases flare up, casinos will be one of the first places to close again. So be prepared to take your profits off the table.

Good investing,

Brian Christopher

Editor, Profit Line

P.S. If you’re interested in other stocks that will thrive in a post-COVID world, make sure to check out the May issue of Total Wealth Insider. My friend Jeff Yastine has two tech plays that are already benefiting from the economy’s slow march back to normal. To learn more, click here.