17
Mar

How to Prepare for Emerging Gaming Today – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I expand a little on my testimony in front of the Gaming Policy Committee:

During a meeting convened by Governor Brian Sandoval earlier this month, the task before the Gaming Policy Committee was clear: Figure out how Nevada can adapt to emerging gaming—a sprawling, shifting area that, right now, comprises three main groups: daily fantasy sports (DFS), skill gaming and e-sports—without compromising its reputation as the “gold standard” of gaming regulation. The stakes are high: Failure to adjust quickly may mean that the state’s gaming industry goes the way of faro table manufacturers.

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I could have written a few thousand more words on this. Gaming is (I think) in the not-so-early stages of a historic shift. Just look at how the bigger category of games has changed in the past 20 years. I’m interested in seeing how board game sales, for example, have fared, and how home “gaming” (in the broadest sense) has changed since the introduction first of consoles, then PC, then mobile games.

3
Mar

Embracing eSports Isn’t Such a Bad Idea for Casinos – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I get to share what I’ve learned about the burgeoning place of esports in Las Vegas:

The IS-7 thunders over the rubble of a ruined cottage just as a T110E5 comes crashing through the trees. They simultaneously fire on the Spahpanzer Ru 251, which is rocked by explosions but manages to hang on. As the attackers reload, the Ru 251 wheels backward, searching for cover. But an SU-152 is waiting to deliver the kill shot. In a fiery blast, the Ru 251 ceases to exist.

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This was a real education for me. I’ve got to say that I’ve found BattleViewer.com to be absolutely compelling viewing. It’s amazing how quickly I get invested in the matches. It’s nice to see casinos starting to embrace esports groups.

 

18
Feb

The Future of Las Vegas Transportation – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I consider the future of transportation in the “core” of Las Vegas:

Today, Las Vegas gladly welcomes 42 million-plus visitors each year. But there’s one more guest who has been showing up too much lately: gridlock.

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In some ways, Las Vegas is a victim of its own success here. As it is able to convince more visitors to vacation here, moving them around becomes progressively more difficult. I’m very interested to see what kinds of solutions actually are enacted.

4
Feb

2015 Casino Report Card – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I consider the meaning of the 2015 Nevada casino numbers. How did the state’s gaming industry do last year?

Overall, it was a year that showed the continuing transition in Nevada gaming. Read more: 2015 Casino Report Card – Vegas Seven

It really was a continuation of 2014, with slight growth statewide and a slight decline on the Las Vegas Strip–despite record visitation numbers and higher overall spending. It’s not really news anymore to say that non-gaming is growing while gaming really isn’t (on the Strip, at least), but it’s worth repeating, since it gives some of the developments on the Strip context.

21
Jan

Check-In Kiosks Represent the Latest Evolution in Hospitality – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I take a look at why you might be checking into Caesars properties at a kiosk, and what it means:

Yet times have changed. If you are one of the 42 million plus who come to Las Vegas each year, you can’t help but be aware that the city doesn’t act like it’s here only to make your wishes come true. Traffic. Hustlers, costumed and otherwise, on the sidewalks. Resort fees. And the inescapable fact that you’re not the only one looking to have a good time: Even in a smallish Strip resort, you are one of thousands of very special, very important people, each of you needing what you need right now. Obviously, you’re not all going to get it when you want it.

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This is a pretty big investment in technology for Caesars, and so far it looks like guests are using it. Skipping the line should be way more convenient, at the very least.

6
Jan

What 2016 Holds for Gaming – Vegas Seven

People love to ask for predictions. I really don’t like predicting things. So naturally my first Green Felt Journal of the year is a look ahead at 2016. Keep in mind that I’m not trying to predict anything here; I’m just talking about what is scheduled to happen, and what it might all mean.

So what will 2016 hold for the Las Vegas gaming-tourism complex? Change for certain, although the nature of that change won’t be clear until it’s upon us.

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Will this be the year casinos crack that millennial code? Are skill-based games, gaming lounges, check-in kiosks, and new entertainment venues going to lure more than 45 million visitors? I’ll find out the same time that you do.

17
Dec

Casinos Court the Newest Generation of Gamblers – Vegas Seven

In my latest Green Felt Journal, I consider how chasing millennials will change Las Vegas casinos. It’s already started:

Sit in at any gaming conference and you’re bound to hear despairing talk of millennials and gambling. Capturing the millennial market, the thinking goes, is the key to success for Las Vegas casinos in the near future.

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I talk about the Lavo Casino Club and the upcoming Encore Player’s Club here. If they are successful, I’d expect to see everyone getting in on this trend.

3
Dec

How Howard Hughes Changed Las Vegas Forever – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I consider the changes that swept Las Vegas thanks to an arrival over Thanksgiving weekend, 1966.

For the weekend, though, it was business as usual. That Friday, 5,000 doctors arrived for an American Medical Association convention. Don Rickles could be seen at the Sahara’s Casbar lounge. And a young stand-up comedian named Woody Allen made his Las Vegas debut at Caesars Palace’s Circus Maximus showroom.

Down the boulevard at the Desert Inn, a guest who would change Las Vegas forever checked in—Howard Hughes.

How Howard Hughes Changed Las Vegas Forever – Vegas Seven

The basic explanation that you hear is that Hughes chased out the mob, brought in the corporations, and made Las Vegas respectable. I take a more nuanced look at his impact here, but mostly I wanted people to consider how one person’s arrival can shuffle the deck.

18
Nov

Mob Protégé Bernie Sindler Tells All – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I introduce you to Bernie Sindler, Meyer Lansky’s one-time protege and a new author.

When card games were dealt in clubs and private homes, when the mob ran most American gambling and when Las Vegas was barely an idea, Bernie Sindler was there. Read More

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Bernie’s got quite a story to tell. He’s a guy who first came to town in 1946 and knew just about everyone. Fascinating.

4
Nov

Get to Know the 442nd Regimental Combat Team – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I talk about a truly amazing group that recently visited Las Vegas:

The men gathered in this room, however, are extraordinary. They are members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military.

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It really was an honor to meet this group of Nisei veterans. I spoke with Lawson Sakai for about 45 minutes. Being as enthusiastic about history as I am, it was an unbelievable experience for me. Mr. Sakai is not just an eyewitness to history, he made history. I’m going to be sharing what he told me with students for a very long time.