At G2E

For those of you who are curious, my session this morning at G2E on the Wire Act was, I think, a real success. Bob Blumenfeld gave a great summary of the US/Antigua WTO case and Bill White from Global Cyber discussed the possibilities of intra-state legal Internet gaming. All in all, an interesting session. I couldn’t believe that, at 8 in the morning, we had well over 100 people attend.

In other news, the official ribbon-cutting took place this morning. In some ways mere formality, in some bizarre street theater, I won’t soon forget it.

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One year in

It’s hard to believe, but Die is Cast is one year old this week. Here’s a few random thoughts: If Rome on HBO couldn’t get any cooler, there was gambling–and a gambling-related brawl–that, according to episode 2’s title, “brought down the republic.” Was the gambling scene historically accurate? In a sense, yes: all the archaeological … Read more

Gulf Coast update

Projections of the damage caused by Katrina, it seems, keep getting worse. The governor of Mississippi was quoted as saying that all Gulf Coast casinos had been completely destroyed. Even if it’s not that dire, it looks very bad. Any destruction of property, of course, pales beside the loss of human life, just as any talk of rebuilding takes a back seat to the immediate effort to save lives.

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Update from Harrah’s

I just got a press release detailing what’s going on with Harrah’s casinos in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina. It’s not the end of the world for the company by any stretch of the imagination–they’ve got property damage and business interruption insurance–but things don’t sound that great for the Gulf Coast casinos, with no re-opening dates even guessed at.

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