An impressive beast

A longtime reader sent this one to me, and, since I seem to have a special weakness for strange animal stories (e.g., the police nemesis turkey, Philadelphia fried chicken restaurant deer, and the unforgettable mystery mammal), I’m going to share what I’ve learned about the pride of Alapaha, Georgia: Hogzilla.
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Birthday wishes!

While browsing Harrah’s website, I decided to sign up to get email updates about properties. I already get them from most casino companies, and I figured that it might be a good idea to do the same for the soon-to-be world’s largest. I gave my email, the name of “UNLV Special Collections, and a birthdate sometime in March 1957 (the year the university was “born”).

So imagine my delight this morning when I got an email offering a Happy Birthday From Harrah’s.

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Paris Hilton vs. Dogs

Thanks to ESPN’s Page 2, we get this great matchup in an NCAA-inspired tournament whose exact nature is, for me, rather vague: Poker Playing Dogs vs. Paris Hilton.
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Macau Mania

You’ve got to love the subhead for this Guardian look at Macau: “With mobsters jailed and foreign investors pouring money into its gaming industry, Macau is enjoying a spectacular boom .”
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“I’ll take Sin City for $200, Alex”

Today I got this email from the Las Vegas Centennial Celebration Committee:

Answer: This is the date that a Las Vegas Category will be featured on

Question: WHAT IS: MONDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2005?

That’s going to be fun, but what about an entire round based on Las Vegas and gambling topics?

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Mob mix-up

When casinos opened in Atlantic City in 1978, New Jersey governor Brendan Byrne famously warned organized crime to keep their stinking paws off of his state. Well, those weren’t his exact words, but they would have been in Charlton Heston had been playing him. Come to think of it, Byrne wasn’t going around half-naked either, so I guess the Planet of the Apes reference doesn’t really work.

To make sure that organized crime remained out of the state’s lucrative casino gaming business, strict controls were enacted. Those deemed unacceptable were placed on the list of undesirable persons and excluded. It works fine, until you exclude the wrong person.
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Legalizing online gaming?

As I’ve said before, the fiscal pressures in state legislatures will eventually outweigh anti-gambling rhetoric, and Internet gaming will be legalized in the US. USA Today now apparently feels the same way.
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Covering the gambling business

Have you just been assigned the “casino beat” and aren’t sure where to look for information? Well, you’re not the only one. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Suzette Parmley tells all.
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NCAA troubled by betting

In case you missed ESPN’s hyperbolic exposition of “bracketology” this weekend, the berths for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament have been announced, beginning one of bookies’ favorite times of the year, March Madness. And the NCAA is shocked, yes, shocked that people gamble on the tournament, and suggests that the best way to end this national rite is to usurp the right of the people of Nevada to decide whether or not their state should offer legal sports betting.
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Pokie Pop-ups

I was just saying to a group today that other countries are far ahead of the US when it comes to “harm minimization” in gambling. Here’s a case where, many in the industry say, minimization goes too far: regular reminders to gamblers that they are…gambling.
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