Question of the day

Today the Birmingham News asks, Is there a problem gambling can’t solve? Read the article to find the answer.

Cool Art

I’ve got plenty on my desk today, so I don’t have time to really post on anything. In the meantime, take a look at this cool online art site, the Olea Nova online fine art gallery.

In search of…

This has nothing to do with the TV show In Search Of, I just want to imagine Leonard Nimoy narrating this entry while spooky music plays in the background. This is actually about the disturbing variety of search terms that lead people to this site. I might not be posting for the rest of the week, so I figured this was a good time to post this perennial topic.
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Big prize gone, tix still for sale

The odds of winning the lottery are bad enough, but Michigan is adding insult to injury by selling tickets for the Golden Pack, long after the top prize was won. This is the kind of thing that, if a person tried to do, would be called fraud, but because a state does it is called “maximizing revenues.”
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Cutting the Wire!

I know that I write frequently about Roll the Bones, my forthcoming book with Gotham, and I’m always referencing Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2005.

I signed the contract with “the Press” a while ago, but I held off on an “official” announcement until now because we hadn’t agreed on a title.

The book is being edited right now and will be available in the Fall. I’m really excited to have something published by the U of N Press, because they do fine work, and working with everyone there has been great.

I will be relentlessly publicizing the book here and anywhere else I get the chance, so stay tuned.

In other news, I’m in Atlantic City now and will be on the East Coast through next week. So entries will be few and far between.

There is a story about weight restrictions being placed on Borgata Babes, the cocktail servers at that Atlantic City casino, that I’d like to comment on in detail, but for now let me just say that I think that encouraging employees to manage their health is an excellent idea, and that executives should lead by example. No one should ask of others what they are not willing to do, right?

I’ll discourse more freely on this when I get to a faster internet connection and can assemble all the evidence.

Until then, in case UNLV decides to implement a similar policy, I’m carefully monitoring my cheesesteak intake and taking advantage of the running opportunities on the World Famous Boardwalk (yes, it is capitalized).

Internet news: take it or leave it

If it’s on the Internet, it’s got to be true, right? Maybe not. According to Dow Jones (so says Yahoo), Wynn Resorts is looking to build in Singapore. That seems reasonable. But one paragraph in, the article says that Wynn owns the Bellagio and Mirage.
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Then what is the new penny slots?

It’s official:Texas Hold ‘Em is the new bingo, at least according to the Cincinnati Post. Is this officially the moment that Hold’Em jumped the shark?
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What happens in Novosibirsk…

…doesn’t have to stay there. Here’s a news story you rarely see in Las Vegas, despite the fact that many of its 37 million visitors each year spend much time in casinos: A woman gave birth to a son inside a Russian casino.
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Casino cafeteria

While double checking the list of new arrivals from the Gambler’s Book Club against the UNLV catalog, I came across a singular title:Casino Cafeteria.
This gem has the alternate title: What you always wanted to know about casino gambling but were to [sic.] intimidated to ask.

It is allegedly “a smorgasbord of standard and unusual questions that are asked by people who are new, who work and who play in the exciting gaming industry.”

Points for effort, but typos in the title are usually not harbingers of a literary masterpiece.

Good news for visitors to the Gaming Collection: because I’m diligently ordering new books, you’ll have about 200 new titles to browse in a few weeks.

Gambling or investing in the future?

I read an article about the president’s proposed changes to Social Security that got me thinking about the great debate over whether investing in the stock market is or isn’t gambling.

Within the past week, I’ve written a draft of the section of Roll the Bones covering several stock bubbles of the 18th and 19th century. I’m going to give you a sneak preview sample, as that’s the best way to put the article into historical context:


[Even after several bubbles crashed] investors still sought the next “sure thing,” showing that the English gambling spirit was irrepressible. One writer described Jonathan’s, a coffeehouse near the royal [stock] exchange, as “being full of gamesters, with the same sharp, intent looks,” although these gamesters had turned in their cards and dice for stock in the Bank, East India, South Sea, and lottery tickets.

So is investing Social Security money in the stock exchange tantamount to gambling? Read on to see if the AARP and Christian Coalition have any more clue than 19th century English stockjobbers.

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