I’m always reading that casinos in Mexico are just around the corner. Then, like a will o’ the wisp, they aren’t there when I turn the corner. According to one writer, we should expect more of the same in the future.
Continue reading Mexican casinos? No time soon
“We’re on the verge of one of the greatest booms in the country.”
– New Jersey State Senator Bill Gormley, describing the incorporation of a new House of Blues into the Showboat expansion.
Is it all right if I’m embarrassed to be born in a city where a casino expansion gets this kind of gushing praise from a state senator? Writing that, I thought of the dynamic between state sen. Clay Davis and Stringer Bell on The Wire.
This whole thing hardly seems like news, but it made the papers.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, 01.07.05.
Want to get a gift for that special someone? Why not hop on the latest commodity bandwagon and get them something with the World Series of Poker logo on it?
Continue reading What a gift!
First racetracks added slot machines. Now, they may be one step closer to becoming full-blown casinos.
Continue reading Evolution of racinos
“We need to educate international tourists before we get to the branding or experience of Las Vegas because if they don’t know what Las Vegas stands for it will fall on deaf ears.”
–Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Read the whole story here: Las Vegas SUN: Vegas ad campaign may not mean success with foreign tourists.
It’s quite a hoot. It seems that the slogan is too risque for some conservative Asian cultures, yet hardly provocative for permissive Europeans.
“It’s like this place is haunted by the images of this city in its glory days.”
–Curtis Bashaw, head of Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, on seeing black and white photos of the old boardwalk in casino executives’ offices. Actually, Curtis, I think it’s called an appreciation of history, and most thinking people display it on occasion.
Read the original story here: Las Vegas SUN: Atlantic City turns to history for image
As an Atlantic City native who wrote a book on the evolution of the casino resort, I’ve got some definite thoughts about the role of casinos in urban redevelopment. Now, a year and a half after the publication of Suburban Xanadu, some people in my hometown might be starting to see the light.
Continue reading Like I’ve been saying…
Just in time for the end of ’04, I’ve added a new photo gallery–Macau–and added images to “Casino Fun.” The challenge is to see if you can find my picture of boxing cats somewhere else on this site. It will not disappoint.
Have a great New Year’s. I’ll probably be w/out fireworks here in Las Vegas, but that’s OK with me. Fireworks are, I think, the most overrated thing since ebooks.
Happy new year!
If you work as a female bartender for Harrah’s Reno, that is. The supposedly ultra-liberal US 9th Court of Appeals recently decided that Harrah’s had the right to fire a bartender who refused to wear makeup.
Continue reading Court says makeup is mandatory
If you read the New York Times, you might have read yesterday’s edition (Sunday, 12/26/04). If you read yesterday’s edition, you might have read the business section. If you looked at the front page of the business section, you might have started reading a below-the-fold story entitled, “Is there Life After Blackjack? Ask MGM.” And if you kept reading after the jump to page 4, you might have read a few words by your humble blogger.
Continue reading Famous for a day