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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6
May

Another great headline

You’ve got to love an editor at the Las Vegas Sun making it sound like the Keystone State is banking on more people’s lives to be ruined by problem gambling: Pennsylvania plans for more gambling addicts.

5
May

What’s wrong with being sexy?

People always complain when old casinos get imploded, but thi truly is the end of an era: the Del Mar motel has had its license revoked. Why, you may ask? Because, in the words of the deputy city attorney, it is a “whorehouse.” This story must be seen to be believed. This is another one of those Las Vegas stories that would plausibly pass as satire or farce, but is, incredibly enough, real news.
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4
May

CNBC-bound

If you’ll be watching CNBC at 4:12 Eastern today, you’ll see me getting interviewed about Kirk Kerkorian. The MGM Mirage’s biggest owner is in the news because he is buying a big chunk of GM stock.

You can see me talk confidently about Kerkorian’s role in Las Vegas and gaming history, then attempt to adroitly deflect a question about his personal life…I know that he plays tennis, but we really don’t move in the same circles.

And no, I didn’t say that the GM stock buy was a part of a gambit to buy GM just to fold it into MGM, though they changeover would be pretty low-cost: they’d just have to add an extra M.