Casino carpet updated!

Since it’s been so wildly popular, I’ve updated the casino carpet galleries.

There’s an entirely new galllery for Clark County properties that I haven’t already gotten–it’s just a start.

I also added a great deal to the Atlantic City gallery. Most importantly, I added the new Trump Plaza carpet, which is truly excellent. I also added several from the Taj, including the bac pit and poker room, that I had previously neglected. Wild Wild West also gained 2 new images.

In other news, you have only two weeks to wait before Cutting the Wire comes out. I know I’m excited about it.

There is also some good news for those of you who want more carpet: gallery 7 is on the way. I took several pictures at Foxwoods, and I can think of no better way to extend the carpet gallery concept to Indian land.

Programming note

If you live in the Las Vegas area and for some reason don’t have plans for tonight between 9 and 10, you can spend an hour watching me talk with News One’s Jeff Gillan on Las Vegas One, cable channel 19.

We’ll be discussing Cutting the Wire, which is apparently available now. I say apparently because, although the station has a copy of the book, I still don’t. I’m hoping that I’ll get home and find a copy in the mailbox, but who knows? It should be an interesting hour of TV.

The President resigns?

The President casino, long a mainstay in Biloxi, is closing up. It’s barge is being relocated. I’m sure that it’s a fine institution, but I had my doubts about the casino when I took a look at the carpet:
The President
It’s so lackluster–like someone dropped a bunch of swizzle sticks on the floor. When I first saw that carpet, I knew the casino wasn’t a winner.
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Stardust notes

I’ve gotten a few emails from the Stardust that might be of interest. First off, for you karaoke enthusiasts:

Karaoke is now featured in the Starlight Lounge on the following days:

Monday . . . . . 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday . . . . . . 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of being a Vegas Strip lounge singer but lacked the talent, ambition, or personality, this is your shot. You might see me down there sardonically belting out “The Gambler.”

Also, an email update this morning let me know that Rick Thomas is celebrating the arrival of a new baby white tiger, and that, as a media person, I can call to schedule an interview, presumably with Rick, although it’d be great to get a word from the tiger as well.

The Ho’s unworthy suitor

With real estate values skyrocketing on the Strip, those holding land there are in the catbird seat. But the sale of the Westward Ho, a small casino near Circus Circus that also has an Industrial Road property, the Ho, has been complicated. It seems that someone has been stringing the Ho along. I’m not making this up.
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I had a pretty quick–though comprehensive–tour of Foxwoods and the surrounding area yesterday, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s amazing to me that, in less than 20 years, a gambling operation that started as bingo has grown into the world’s largest casino resort. On the Greyhound ride up there (I’ll post some pictures of that; it was quite a journey), I read a bit of sci-fi, which got me thinking:
Imagine if someone traveled back in time to 1985 and said the following:
1. Poker will be a spectator sport shown on several television channels
2. The world’s largest casino will be in rural Connecticut
3. The world’s biggest casino poker room will be in that same casino
4. The communist government of China would be encouraging Americans to build casinos (albeit in a “Special Administrative Region”
5. A company whose main asset is a virtual poker room would have an IPO worth $10 billion (give or take)

People would think that person was writing an implausible story.

It just goes to show that, as I’ve steadfastly maintained, the truth is stupider than fiction. That, and never, ever underestimate the willingness of people to gamble.

Anyway, Foxwoods was really something else. Even if you’re not a gambler, it’s worth a trip just for the people-watching.

Also, for you foodies, the buffet has the best cole slaw I’ve ever tasted, and some really interesting bread pudding. It tasted like it was made from sweet potatoes or carrot cake or something like that.

But that wasn’t the most interesting thing about the tour: I’ll hold that honor for the cultural/historical museum, which incredible almost beyond words. For those of you who think that Indian gaming doesn’t “give back,” I’d advise you take take a tour of that facility.
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