Kids gambling are breadwinners?

Yesterday, I wrote up a story about a wealthy Singapore family who sent their teenage son to a casino management seminar to learn about the business of gambling. Today, we’ve got something from the other end of the socio-economic spectrum: South African school children who gamble so that their families can eat.
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Teenage gambling expert

Let’s say you’ve got a 17 year-old who’s gambling a bit more than he should. Would you tell him to stop gambling immediately? Offer to bank him in exchange for a cut of the profits? Well, two Singapore parents decided the best solution to their son’s gambling “problem” was to send him to a casino management seminar. Seriously.
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More poker on TV

When I saw this news, I groaned inwardly…ESPN is showing even more televised poker next year. I know this gem of knowledge because I got the press release straight from Harrah’s, along with a 2005-6 poker season schedule. Yeah, I just typed “2005-6 poker season” with a straight face.
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Primates double down?

Doing research for Roll the Bones, I became more convinced than ever that gambling is pretty close to a human universal. I don’t just mean playing slots or picking the Eagles to cover–I’m talking about the more general sense of gambling as risk-taking. Come to find out that it’s not just humans who like to gamble: monkeys are just as happy to bet the house.
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WTO deadline

There has been a great deal of ambiguity about the WTO decision in the Antigua/US dispute. Both sides have claimed victory, and there is no real roadmap for what is going to happen. I’m chairing a session on this at G2E, which may feature debate between representatives of the US and Antigua, or may not.

Today’s story is that the US has been given an April deadline to comply with the WTO ruling, though I’m not sure exactly what that entails.
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A center I’d like to visit

Academic centers dealing with gambling have rather prosaic names: Reno has Bill Eadington’s excellent Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming; a consortium of Canadian universities has the Alberta Gaming Research Institute; and of course there is my own Center for Gaming Research. Not too flashy, but you get the picture: people studying gambling.

Anyway, I was scanning the day’s gambling news when I learned of Denmark’s contribution to the study of gambling: the Centre for Gambling Mania.

I wonder if Hulk Hogan is an emeritus research fellow there and says things like, “What are you gonna do, brother, when gambling mania runs wild on you?”

The Centre for Gambling Mania…until I can list a guest lecture sponsored by them on my C.V., my life will be incomplete.

The Centre figures in a story about gambling age limits in Denmark, BTW.
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Wynn is Wired

I’ve often thought that casinos were technological and organizational marvels. Thousands of people spread out over thousands of square feet, working together (usually) to accomplish the mutually contradictory goals of making sure the house always wins and keeping the customer happy. It turns out I’ve been understating things–according to Steve Wynn, his latest casino is on par with the pyramids–and not the one down the block, either.
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Gambling history…for the ignorant

While I was writing Roll the Bones, I thought sometimes that maybe there was a good reason that no one had yet written a thorough history of world gambling–because there isn’t any interest in reading it. But I find that I’m wrong: there is already such a book out there. There’s just one problem: to read it, you have to believe that gambling is an social evil willfully unleashed by parasitical con artists.
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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.