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Find the Perfect Gaming Stock for Your Portfolio

Amanda Buchanan
December 27, 2011

Not all investors are created equal. Factors and metrics can matter differently for each of us, and as a beginner, it's important to decide which are essential to you before investing your hard-earned cash in a business.

Let's take a look at three companies in the gaming sector -- Wynn Resorts (NYSE: WYNN  ) , Melco Crown Entertainment (NYSE: MPEL  ) , and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS  ) -- to see which one is right for you.

Wynn Resorts
Wynn Resorts' executives own 16.1% of the company. That means they have nearly $2.2 billion of their own money on the line. It isn't the highest ownership in the industry, but when you pair that with top-flight management, the company makes a great stable choice for a somewhat volatile sector. Wynn also pays a dividend, which indicates they have investors' best interests at heart.

Melco Crown Entertainment
Another set of important metrics (especially for gaming companies) is how much cash the casinos are generating (using property EBITDA) ve