2
Jun

Macau: More than just gambling

Most people associate Macau with gambling, but according to the Rugged Elegance Inspiration Network, you can get some nice clothes made there, too.
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1
Jun

Genius at work.

People sometimes call me a casino expert, and I usually disavow any claim to the title, partially out of modesty, and partially because that would put me into some pretty shady company. Case in point: Richard Ellison, who just pled guilty to kidnapping two octogenerians, one of whom was his mother.
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30
May

Take down that (casino eatery)

Another week, another email from “Al Absecon,” who’s still on his “one man quest” to have the statue of Lenin outside the AC Tropicana’s Red Square restaurant removed. Here it is, in its entirety, minus the obligatory Lenin photo:
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26
May

Garden State loves Vegas?

Vegas marketing is so pernicious that even denizens of New Jersey, which boasts the casino capital of the East, Atlantic City, prefer flying to the desert to driving “down the shore.” But the guy in charge of marketing AC says that’s no problem.
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24
May

I’ve been busy

I haven’t updated for a week because I’ve been busy with several projects at work, which I’ll be happy to announce as they become official, and completing the renovations and repair on my new old house.

In other news, I’m officially the Director of the Center for Gaming Research now. I don’t have a new job–I’ve just had my title changed. So even though things are hectic, they’re going well.

17
May

Digesting the Strip

Good writing can transform an otherwise blah piece about industry consolidation into something that is actually enjoyable to read. Witness a recent account of a gaming conference from the AP’s Adam Goldman, long a favorite here:

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16
May

Underwater gambling

It used to be that “sleeping with the fishes” meant that you had permanently cashed in your chips. But a planned Macau casino will let people gamble in an underwater gambling hall.
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12
May

Casino communism in AC?

As you may have heard, Dennis Gomes, described as the “gimmick king of Atlantic City” (his official title is president of resort operations for Aztar, which owns AC’s Tropicana) is leaving Aztar a bit early. One of my readers seized on this newsbit to send me an interesting email….
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10
May

Gambling and history collide!

As a historian of gambling, I always take issue with the assumption that casinos are somehow antitechtical to history or historic places. They are, of course, part of the flow of history. But the “Gambling vs. History” banner is being unfurled for an epic fight to prevent the slots from spinning near the hallowed ground of Gettysburg.
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9
May

Compulsive gambling drug?

Is there a drug that can turn you into a compulsive gambler? A group of Canadian Parkinson’s patients says yes, and have filed a class action lawsuit against the drugmaker.
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