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Rules of the British Game in Vegas Seven

Last month, I traveled to London to give a series of lectures to students at Cass Business School. While there, I had some thoughts about the differences between gambling in the US and the UK, so I wrote a Green Felt Journal about it for Vegas Seven:

The result is a casino industry that is tiny by American standards. British casinos are far more niche than ones in Las Vegas or other places in the U.S. With a small spread of games, few slot machines and not much to offer outside of gaming, there’s just not much of a reason for a non-gambler to spend much time there. It’s the photographic negative of Strip casinos, which seem to be about everything but gambling these days.

via Rules of the British Game | Vegas Seven.

Lots of interesting differences between the two countries. It shows me that there’s no one way to do things–different groups prefer different kinds of gambling.

And it’s also difficult to generalize from one to the other. About 12% of total UK gaming revenue comes from online/mobile. Does that mean that, once it’s established, US online will be a $12 billion or so a year business? I don’t know, because the gambling patterns are so different.

Laundry and elevensies in Vegas Seven

In addition to the big George Maloof interview, I’ve got two other pieces in this week’s http://www.weeklyseven.com.

The first is my usual Green Felt Journal column, in which I ask the question “How do you clean sheets from 250,000 beds, 365 days a year…and get a fascinating answer from Brady Industries’ Travis Brady:

Keeping Vegas clean is big business. Brady estimates that, after payroll and possibly the power bill, the laundry tab might be a casino’s biggest expense.

Each hotel room generates between 10 and 20 pounds of laundry a day. Once the housekeeper tosses the linens down the laundry chute to the ground floor, linen-filled carts are loaded into trucks that speed off to one of the Valley’s six Brady facilities. Together, these plants process about a million pounds of laundry a day, 365 days a year.

Nights in White Linen | Vegas Seven

I love the title the editor gave the piece. And the photo gives you a sense of the industrial scale of the laundry facility. Not having spent a lot of time in factories, it reminded me most of some out of Willie Wonka. Without anything edible. Or Oompa Loompas. OK, that was a bad analogy, but it’s a very advanced, very large, and very complicated operation.

My third piece for the week is this week’s The Week, about tomorrow’s 11-11-11 exuberance:

This kind of obsession is mostly a post-millennial phenomenon, fit for our information-age tribalism—a world of logos and symbols and magical thinking. Las Vegas’ first 11-11-11, Nov. 11, 1911, passed without any discernible hoopla—no 11-cent horse rental promos from the Las Vegas Livery or $1.11 union suit specials from Will Beckley’s men’s store. Likewise, another date that would seem to have a natural Vegas connection, July 7, 1977, didn’t cause much of a stir. Blame it on the Carter-era malaise.

The Power of Ones | Vegas Seven

So I had a busy week, writing wise. And it’s not over yet.