The gambling monkey

It’s official: the barbarians are at the gate. There is now a species of monkey named for an online casino. This is another one of those stories that might turn out to be a spoof, but has been picked up by several major news organizations, so I guess it is legitimate. Even if it isn’t, it’s a good laugh.
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Boston OC bust and the Internet

Last night there was a Law and Order episode on TV that was clearly based on the Whitey Bulger-Boston FBI scandal. It got me thinking about that case, so imagine my surprise when, this morning, I read a story tangentially involved in it. Turns out that the brother-in-law of the convicted agent, John Connolly, is one of twevle guys indicted on federal racketeering charges which, interestingly, involve a Costa Rica-based sportsbook.
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City Center-piece

MGM Mirage has gone outside Las Vegas to find an architect for the 4000-room casino resort that will anchor its ambitious City Center project that will replace the decidedly unambitious Boardwalk casino. It looks to be an interesting project.

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Condos on the Strip

It’s pretty rare to meet someone these days who isn’t developing a condo project along the Strip. According to experts, all this verticality is going to be good for business.
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Antigua/US WTO ruling

The WTO’s appellate body has upheld an earlier decision that seems to give Antigua-based remote wagering sites–online sportsbooks–the right to market and sell cross-border betting services to American citizens. Though the body found that the US federal government did have the right to restrict gambling as a morals issue, because the Interstate Horseracing Act allows remote account wagering, it can’t claim that remote account wagering is an affront to the public morality.
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Betting on the Pope

Gamblers can take any event, no matter how solemn or tragic, and turn it to betting purposes. So it’s really no surprise to learn that some bookies are taking action on who the next pope will be, or that Italians are betting lottery numbers associated with John Paul II.

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The World

A while ago I talked about how the idea of a 10,000 room moon-themed casino hotel on an artificial island was pretty dumb. I think I’ve found something even more grandiose: a 300-island resort off the coast of Dubai.
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Quick notes, 4/4/05

There is a plethora of news today. For example, plans to dramatically expand the UK’s casino industry might have hit an impasse, but that’s no reason for Britons to stop betting on their upcoming elections.

West Virginians, coming down from the amazing run of their men’s basketball team in the NCAA tournament, now have to deal with a report that video poker is hurting charitable giving.

In one of the strangest things I read today, a couple is suing Treasure Island, alleging that four security officers trespassed in their honeymoon suite–as they were consumating the marriage. Specifically, the article says that they stood around watching, and the couple only noticed after one of the officers coughed.

I don’t know anything about the case, but I find it interesting that the local head of the ACLU, while declining to specifcally denounce casino security, referenced the propensity of casino security officers to be poorly trained violators of people’s rights. I know when I was a security officer I was always ready to trample all over people’s rights to cheat, steal, and injure casino guests and employees, so I guess that makes me guilty as well.

Lucky 13th conference

This morning I got an email informing me that the 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking is set. It’s going to be held from May 22-26 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This is the leading academic conference on gambling in the world, and I’m looking forward to being involved.
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April Fool’s for fools

If you’re like me, you’ve got no patience for people who send out emails with fantastically untrue stories on April Fool’s Day, thinking that this is some kind of great joke. Even worse are the alternative newspapers and webloggers who do this crap. I don’t know why, but it’s really stupid.

Then, of course, no one can read anything without wondering whether it’s all a gag or not. So in lieu of a major post today (and, honestly, because I’m a bit pre-occupied with a few other projects), here’s 5 gaming-related stories that are, to the best of my knowledge, absolutely true…although I had my doubts about the first one:

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