Fish and chips in downtown LV

NOTE: I stole that headline from the lede (or lead) to Liz Bentsen’s article, which seems to be the most complete coverage of the story that confronted me as I straggled into work late this morning.

The story is: Landry’s Restaurants is buying the Golden Nugget from Tim Poster and Tom Brietling.
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No problem in Nepal

I really need to get some reading for Roll the Bones done, but this story was just too good to pass up. Add martial law to the things that will not stop the wheels from spinning in a casino. Plus, the page has the coolest ad I’ve ever seen.
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Showgirl showdown

It seems that the Tropicana in Las Vegas has something called the “Showgirl Showdown,” which from its name suggests showgirls staffing casino games.
Either that, or The Price is Right has a new segment.
There’s a picture from the Sun that shows the showdown in progress. I just thought that this was a great opportunity to remind people what a bad bet the game is. Darwin Ortiz says that it is “superfluous to even talk about strategy at a game that offers such outlandishly high house percentage.” He doesn’t mean that in a good way, folks.

Las Vegas SUN: Photo: Jennifer Ron-Monroy mans the Big Six table game

Misplaced morals?

Adelphia Communications is going to start offering triple-x hardcore porn to its Southern California video-on-demand customers. I’m not posting about this because of any personal interest in hardcore porn, or just because I want to get lots of hits from people searching for “casino hardcore porn” or similar terms. Rather, I want to salute the brilliant writing of LA Times staff writer Sallie Hofmeister, who, by cleverly juxtaposing two paragraphs, made a sly point about would-be moralists.
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Fuller not guilty

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller did not, according to jurors, run a gambling house, even though prosecutors said he presided over games “like a pit boss.” Did the state fail to make its case, or are juries unwilling to convict people for the “victimless” crime of running a private casino?
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Foxwoods getting bigger

On the bottom-line crawl of this morning’s news, I noticed that a $700 million Foxwoods expansion is national news.
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Times are a-changing

The Rat Pack doesn’t play casinos anymore. Well, unless you count Rat Pack imitators. Instead, you might see the Doobie Brothers. Is this progress? If you like the 1970s, yes.
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Bringing down the school district

Ben Mezrich’s Bringing Down the House, the story of the MIT count team, has sold a lot of copies. But, it seems, it’s not that popular with high school librarians. Still, kids in one Oregon high school will still be free to read the book for an assignment.
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Chimeras gone wild!

I once thought that The Island of Dr. Moreau was nothing more than a cinematic masterpiece. Now, it seems, it may be a view not of the future, but the present, where scientists create human/animal hybrids with only their imaginations to stop them.
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Get a haircut!

Recently, North Korean television began a bold new initiative aimed at conquering a threat to national supremacy: bad hair.
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