13
Jun

Double exposure

Transitioning a property from a name its had for over fifty years is never easy. When Harrah’s bought the Horseshoe name and brand from the downtown Binion’s Horseshoe casino, the actual property was left with an identity crisis: it was always the Horseshoe first and Binion’s second.

They’ve changed the sign and relaunched the website, but for a short time you can see the present and past co-existing. Check it out:
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13
Jun

The dark side of con artistry

The great thing about people is that they can justify virtually anything to themselves. To hype a show called “Casino Takedown,” a con artist and casino cheat rationalizes his career by saying it’s not really stealing. Really?
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7
Jun

Betting from beyond the grave

Just because you shuffle off your mortal coil doesn’t mean you have to stop gambling. For that matter, it’s got a distinct advantage: you don’t have to pay off your markers. Of course, you can’t really collect your winnings, either, but the thrill of getting action down is really the important thing, isn’t it?
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6
Jun

Don’t eat your friends?

I like anthropomorphic animals as much as anyone. In fact, it was this image, and this image alone, that turned me on to this article:
Doctor Dog
So has medicine in China really gone to the dogs? Read on and find out.
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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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