13
Jul

Canadian gaming illegal?

Today, nearly every nation or state grants some sort of gambling franchise, usually in the name of revenue enhancement, i.e., cash. With the police cracking down on illegal rivals, these gambling monopolies are usually pretty lucrative for everyone involved. In Canada, though, the authors of a new report believe that Ontario’s state-sanctioned gaming industry may be illegal.
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11
Jul

Russian casinos

Since 2002, Russia has become a truly casino nation. Moscow alone, which had 30 casinos in 2002, has almost double that number today. But many American visitors would be a bit surprised by what they found behind the doors of a Moscow gambling house: Victorian decor…and arm wrestling?
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8
Jul

Dennis’s impact

Hurricane Dennis might be wreaking havoc with Gulf Coast casinos soon, and the Mississippi Gaming Commission is ready. Even before an official shut-down order has been issued, though, Gulfport music lovers have bad news.
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8
Jul

Castaway

According to the LVRJ, ‘Life goes on’ in Las Vegas after the London terrorist attack. Events like that show how trivial much of the “news” is, particularly the sort of thing covered on this site. Still, if you are interested in the world of gambling as seen from Las Vegas, there are several stories out there.

An unpopular Kansas scratch-off game claims to be the first interactive lottery, but I remember reading about New Jersey doing this at least a year ago, and with better results.

In one high school, smoking and drinking have declined while gambling rates are up–nearly a quarter of all students gamble at least once a week. Does this means that teens are being taught to channel their impulses in a more socially useful way, i.e., participating in an activity that is heavily taxed by state governments? It would be ironic if “education lotteries” contributed to the growth of teen gambling.

A conference at Mandalay Bay proved that Internet poker is getting bigger and bigger.

But, in order to build, you must destroy and, with little fanfare, the demolition of a historic casino is beginning this week.
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6
Jul

Partying on

The Party Gaming stock offering has been big news lately. There’s a profile of the company’s chief owner Ruth Parasol, for example, that makes interesting reading. But what about the people who actually run the site?
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5
Jul

Wireless wishing

In the true spirit of blog-dom, here’s a story about a story that, for me, is more interesting than the original story. The State of Nevada has recently approved wireless gaming in casinos, and I think that the industry might be interested in hearing the reaction from a gamer’s website. While these aren’t your hardcore gamblers, they probably do represent a more tech-friendly demographic than average.
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2
Jul

Written up

More write ups for the casino carpet mania! Even the New York Times had a piece, which I guess is the pinnacle of recognition.

Anyway, if this is your first time here, enjoy this site, and check out the carpets here. There are some other photo galleries as well, and of course this blog.

1
Jul

It’s the bread

I’m proud to write for Casino Connection, the official magazine of Atlantic City casino employees. After all, I used to be one, and it gives me a nice platform to talk about Atlantic City history once a month. This month, it has a great article about something that makes Atlantic City unique–its Italian bread.

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29
Jun

Cutting the Wire is here (virtually)!

You can’t read it yet, but you can pre-order it from amazon.com at an incredible price: $16.47 for all 296 pages. Of course, if you want to buy the hardcover for $49.95, I’m not going to stop you.

It’s still under construction, but you can check out my very own Cutting the Wire section to learn more about the book.

I’m really amazed that the book is available this inexpensively. Routledge has raised the price of Suburban Xanadu and amazon, for some reason, has raised it even further. I was starting to think that I was going to be totally priced out of the market.

If you order now, you’ll probably get the book in August. For a sneak peak of the chapter titles, check my annotated table of contents. I’ll be posting reviews as I find out about them.

Amazon.com: Books: Cutting the Wire: Gaming Prohibition And the Internet (The Gambling Studies Series)

28
Jun

Solid socio-economic research

I get people asking me all the time for quantative measures of the “social impact” of gambling. I try to convince them that such a thing is hard to measure. But, if you’re unhampered by standards of academic rigor, it’s easy to make wildly inaccurate claims based on second-hand evidence.

Take, for example, this letter to the editor in the Sun-Sentinel:
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