As I discuss in my forthcoming book about the Wire Act (the title is still evolving), the current US “prohibition” of online gaming is encountering significant challenges. This article discusses some of them.
Continue reading Online gaming backlash?
I got a player’s card here when I visited Biloxi, and I’m still getting emails with room offers, even though I didn’t play a nickel. Thanks to the magic of the web, you too can seeTreasure Bay… a pirate-themed casino resort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
If you read my bio, you know that I used to work in casino surveillance, so new stories about it are always favorites of mine. I’d read about this “incident” from Caesars before, but it’s back in the news again.
Continue reading Surveillance under watch
I’ve always said that casino resorts evolved on the Strip as insular, self-contained businesses–if you’ve read Suburban Xanadu, you know as much. They could be in the Mojave desert or on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and their architecture remains much the same. A wonderfully undetailed news story about Antarctica casinos might be the most extreme example of this.
Continue reading Casinos in a cold land
How do you combine being an edgy comedian with bring a renowned casino performer? In George Carlin’s case, not so well. His farewell show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas might have been his chance to let off some steam, and I only hope that someone got all of this on tape.
Continue reading Biting the hand that feeds
After 9 days and I don’t know how many thousand miles, a well-received address at the International Conference on the Gaming Industry and Public Welfare in Macau, an interview on Macau TV, and loads of hospitality, I returned to Las Vegas today. And I’m not even out of my car before the fun starts.
Continue reading Back in Vegas
In a sentence, I’ve seen a lot and had a really good time here. I’ve also got a links to Stanley Ho and Steve Wynn’s thoughts on Macau.
Continue reading More from Macau
Greetings everyone. I”m at the University of Macau right now, thanks to the benevolence of a few people, and I’ve got web access, which means a quick update.
It was a very long, no frills plane ride. In the past my trans-Pacific flights have been on planes with TVs built into the seat and video games and stuff on demand. This time, there was one screen for the whole compartment, and I had a really lousy view. I’ve got to say that my viewing of “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” left quite a bit to be desired.
Do the airlines think that teenage girls are the dominant demographic of international travelers? It seemed like every movie was geared towards them. I fell asleep during the opening of “First Daughter,” but I got an idea of the plot.
Anyway, Macau is pretty nice. Yesterday, I spent most of the day in Hong Kong and got a tour of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Happy Valley Racetrack. It was absolutely incredible. I’ll post pictures when I get back. I’ve also got a bit I want to do on horse names. My favorite: “Multidandy.” There were a lot of other great ones.
I’ll have the lowdown on the Macau casino industry soon, and hopefully some photos to go with it. They are a bit stricter about cameras in casinos here, and I don’t think I want to press my luck about it.
I’m going to be posting sporadically at best for the next ten days or so, as I’m flying to Macau to attend a conference on gambling and the public welfare. I’ll try to post updates as I get web access, but as usual I have a vague idea at best of where I’ll be going and exactly what I’ll be doing.
If for some reason you need to get in contact with me, your best bet is to email me or to try the Holiday Inn Macau, (44) 853 783 333. Even that’s a crapshoot, though.
In any event, I wish everyone reading the best, and feel free to post any links to this message, if you find a news story you think I should write up. And if you are in the area of Macau, stop by the conference.
As came up in a discussion at the local United Blood Services center yesterday, people who move to Nevada know what they’re getting into–gambling, and lots of it. Gambling at supermarkets, at gas stations, and even at casino coffee shops thanks to the magic of keno. But Nevada Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins is showing why that body meets only once every two years: he’s proposing that the 2005 Legislature waste time increasing the statutory distance between casinos and schools or churches.
Continue reading Better late than never?