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Seven Year Switch: How Las Vegas Hospitality Has Changed




Pharaoh woke from a terrible dream. Seven beautiful, fat cows emerged from the river to graze. It was good to be the master of such bounty. Then seven hideous, skeletal cows rose up and devoured the sleek ones. The last… [continue reading]

Bill to lower gambling appears to be DOA in Nevada Legislature




If you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, you should be old enough to play blackjack and drop a few dollars into a slot machine at the local casino. At least, that’s the logic of Assemblyman Jim… [continue reading]

God Bless Them One and All




The second week of February had miserable weather in some parts of the country. Snow storms, blizzards and swollen rivers reaching flood level made headlines from New York to California. But three articles in particular caught my attention. One was… [continue reading]

Silver helps make it a weekend to celebrate for NBA




The first signal that Adam Silver was more enlightened than the average commissioner came just months into his reign when he broke ranks with other sports leagues by calling for the legalization of sports betting. Not only that, the NBA… [continue reading]

Sports gambling a South by Southwest topic? Yep…




There’s music, art, theater and … sports gambling? Yes, the biggest topic on the American Gaming Association’s agenda has crossed over into the mainstream now, and here’s the evidence: the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals, an annual gathering focused… [continue reading]

After Epic Super Bowl, U.S. Sports Betting Push Picks Up Steam




A new poll has found only 15 percent of American adults admit they would bet on the Super Bowl if it were legal to do so, a surprisingly low percentage given the amount of money the casino industry’s main lobbying… [continue reading]

A valentine to Vegas past: Lynn Zook’s new book makes Strip sparkle with nostalgia




It was just before Christmas in 1955 when New Orleans sax man Sam Butera received a phone call at home. It was his old pal and occasional running mate Louis Prima on the line. Prima’s high-energy performances with Keely Smith… [continue reading]

Gaming numbers cruncher has lots to digest




This time of year, David Schwartz, the director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, crunches more numbers than an accountant on a tax-filing deadline. If it has anything to do with revenue generated on a casino floor, Schwartz has a… [continue reading]

Oh Come On Roger, Let it Go!




Roger Goodell insulted all of us who work in or are associated with the casino gaming industry, and I am pissed. The week before the Super Bowl is a busy time for sports media; reporters gather en masse resulting in… [continue reading]

Life-changing money, with just one pull




Most casino patrons have a dream: That one card, that one lucky number, that one slot pull … and their fortunes will be made. A current example can be found on the progressive Megabucks slot machine at Native American casinos,… [continue reading]

Game of inches: Each passing season brings legalized sports betting nationally closer to reality




I grew up in Las Vegas during an era when many American newspapers refused to carry the daily betting-line information. Don’t laugh. It wasn’t that long ago. Whether out of a genuine concern for public safety, or an affected fretting… [continue reading]

Lift the Harmful, Failing Federal Ban on Sports Betting




Before the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons even take the field for Super Bowl LI, the action will have long since commenced. Nearly 50 million Americans are scurrying to place their bets before kickoff, and wagers on the NFL’s… [continue reading]

What the Future of Tech and AI Looks Like for Las Vegas




Hospitality is labor-intensive. It takes many hands to create the Las Vegas experience, from housekeeping to meal service. But perhaps that human touch won’t be needed at all someday. Two recent developments in autonomous technology and artificial intelligence will have… [continue reading]

Goodell makes it clear odds are against Las Vegas




Roger Goodell’s position on Las Vegas is evolving. Now he can at least say the city’s name without a look of disgust spreading across his face. Actually, the look may be more of a knowing smile now that the deal… [continue reading]

Poker-Winning Machine Is No Threat to Humans




I didn’t worry too much when computers beat humans at checkers, chess, or Go. It was, after all, only a matter of time before someone built a powerful computer with a vast database of known game situations. But now that… [continue reading]

Wynn and Adelson: Trying to Please in Macau




It is earnings season; in the next few weeks all of the major gaming companies will reveal their 4th quarter results.  The first to do so was Las Vegas Sands reporting $607 million income and $3.07 billion in revenue.  Income… [continue reading]

GAMBLING COMPLIANCE: President Trump’s Opening Salvo Unsettles Online Gambling Industry




Any hope that President Donald Trump might be a dependable ally in the White House for the online gambling industry vanished on January 10 when Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama testified during his confirmation hearing to become the next… [continue reading]

Public’s disinterest could bode well for Interblock, Isle casino




We’ll soon find out how much the public cares about integrity at casinos. A lawsuit filed on January 20 in South Florida accuses game manufacturer Interblock and racino Isle Racing and Casino of ripping off electronic dice players. The suit… [continue reading]

Blackjack cheater’s Black Book membership a reminder of a long Nevada tradition




From the look of his criminal record, blackjack cheater Bujar Kaloshi appears easier to catch than the common cold. He has been apprehended and convicted for card-marking in casinos in Nevada (twice), Connecticut, Iowa, and Louisiana. The New Jersey Division… [continue reading]

Wanna bet? Once gambling-shy NFL plans move to Vegas




Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. Paul Hornung and Alex Karras each… [continue reading]

Lucky Ladies Aside, Don’t Bet Against This Macau House




One woman in Macau is doing very well betting against casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. A gambler who “wins every day” weighed on Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings, Chief Operating Officer Rob Goldstein told an investor call this week. Shareholders… [continue reading]

Bad luck or bigger problems? Making sense of LV Sands’ 4Q miss




Las Vegas Sands reported earnings and net revenue below consensus expectations for the fourth quarter of 2016 Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a dip in after-hours trading. But there remains ambiguity as to whether the performance was due to fundamentals or… [continue reading]

How States Can Maximize Gaming’s Many Benefits




Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to address the Louisiana Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force. The formation of this Task Force is an astute acknowledgment that the public policies that guided gaming’s expansion beyond Nevada and New… [continue reading]

Gulfstream’s $12 million horse race gallops along as nearby casino remains quiet




The best kind of gamble is when none of the money at risk is yours. That’s the situation for Gulfstream Park, which hosts the richest-ever horse race on Saturday. The Pegasus World Cup in Hallandale Beach, Florida, this Saturday, offers… [continue reading]

Gaming may like the new president, but it will miss Harry Reid




The windy speeches and accolades are over. From the look of things, most of the protests have ended, too. I’m not talking about the inauguration of President Donald Trump, but the departure from Washington of retiring U.S. Senator Harry Reid…. [continue reading]

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