August 31, 2006
Well another month has gone by, and its time to look back at August on the Casino Snob.
In the casino entertainment world we took a closer look at Cirque du Soleil and their odd blend of wonder and performance. We also let folks in on the hilarious and amazing duo of Penn & Teller, and how they can catch them perform in Vegas
In the Casino and Gaming section, we took some time to check out Baccarat, that high-brow game thats so simple even a secret agent can play it while on duty. We also spent some time with the Ponies at Rockingham Park. We even "touched down" on the sports bet scene when you have the inkling to bet on the NFL.
Texas Hold'em Took some of our attention, as we looked at a bunch of books that promised to help you win at the tables. And while technically It was back in July, we can't help but mention our post on craps, mainly because we just love the game that much.
In the Cuisine area, we kicked off Casino Cocktail Friday in style. Thats one series we just KNOW we are going to enjoy posting on for ages to come :)
All the while, the news ever flows onward, we did our best to give you the highlights of the Casino world. A look back at the gulf coast a year after Katrina, the talk about the largest casino in the world, and of course the current debate of the legality of Online Gaming.
Yes-sir-ee its been a good month here at Casino Snob, and we're glad to have you here with us! We hope you enjoyed you're summer, and now we're looking forward to Fall, and to all the casino-y goodness that awaits us!
August 31, 2006
Looks like Harrah's has its eye's set across the pond.
Here's the stoy from Gambling Planet:
London Clubs said on Thursday it had agreed to a takeover offer from the world's biggest casino operator Harrah's Entertainment worth 279 million GBP ($530million).
The 125 pence-a-share recommended offer represents a premium of around 27 percent to London Clubs' closing share price on Wednesday, the two companies said.
Harrah's said London Clubs provided an ideal launch pad for expansion in Britain, where a new wave of licences for Las Vegas-style casinos are due to be approved, and in Europe, in particular Spain.
August 30, 2006
If you happen to be in Vegas, one show we here at the Casino Snob can't help but reccommend is Penn &Teller. If you have never heard of these two, you are clearly living under a rock, but no worries, as we will be the crowbar of understanding. Yes, Penn & Teller are amazing, smart, funny, sick bastards, and its just the kind of entertainment that can make a trip to Vegas that much more special.
Continue reading: "Its like Magic, only Better"
August 29, 2006
Its been a year since Katrina ravaged the gulf coast. Sadly one of the many losses to the area was the Mississippi coast casinos, essentially large barges upon which casinos stood, because they were essentially forbidden to build on land itself.
Now a new bill has been passed that allows casinos to build on land, and the investments coming in are rehabilitating the area even faster than many had expected. Jobs for casino employees are rapant, and higher wages and benefits are being offered to try to retain folks in the booming markets.
Yes, from the darkness of the storm, it appears Biloxi, and the other Mississippi Casio scenes are coming back with a vengence. Way to go Mississippi, we're very glad to see you're bouncing back, and we're looking forward to checking out your new and more luxurious casinos!
Boomtown Casino Marketing Director Chett Harrison says business has doubled in part because, with fewer casinos open, they're getting a bigger share of the strong gambling market.
Gaming revenues on the Gulf Coast jumped 15 percent from June to July, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. And for several months now, the handful of casinos reopened in Biloxi have been pulling in 75 percent to 80 percent of the revenue that a dozen coastal casinos made before Katrina.
Read it all, and listen to the article at NPR.org
August 28, 2006
We talk about the summer "best of" from Shavingstuff.com as well as other products and news from around the 'pire. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.
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3:30 Best Razors
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7:20 Best aftershave
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13:30 The Scotch Blog
14:15 Guest Review: Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
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33:02 Mix and Measure Bowls
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36:01 Electrolux Cyber Fridge
39:27 World of Warcraft Collectible Card Game
43:37 Lost the Game
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August 26, 2006
We just read this on Gambling Planet:
Sands Macau, the pioneering Las Vegas-style casino that has revolutionized Macau's gambling industry, claims to be the largest in the world after expanding its gaming rooms, according to a Thursday statement.
Sands, owned by American casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, opened a new third floor, boosting the number of gaming tables by almost two thirds to 740.
The existing two floors -- including VIP rooms -- have also been extended, the company said, and the casino has also boosted its slot machines by 365 to 1,254.
"The addition of these tables now confirms Sands Macau's position as the largest casino in the world," the statement said.
Sands was the first foreign-owned casino to open in Macau when the former Portuguese enclave's gaming market was liberalized after 40 years under the control of tycoon Stanley Ho.
It spearheaded a wave of some US$25 billion investment that will see dozens of new casino and hotel resorts open in the next five years, revitalizing a century-old industry that had become mired in gang-related violence and declining earnings.
Sands' owners are also building a huge casino district on newly reclaimed land that will hold some 20 of the new resorts, including a replica of the successful Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.
Just think, with 1254 slot machines, you could put a quarter in every one all day, and probably never get bored. Just slide along from room to room and play them all!
Here's more on Macau at Wikipedia, so you can plan your next trip. And FYI, We'll gladly accept your all expenses paid invitation for review.
August 25, 2006
We've already taken a look at Baccarat this week, and so it only makes sense to have Casino Cocktail Friday at the Baccarat table. A very sophisticated combination of liquors, the Martini has been associated with class and style for decades. Whats more, these days you can get martinis of all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of flavors undreamt of in years past.
Baccarat also is a game of class. It has long been the favorite of the rich and famous, as well as a certain secret agent. The beauty of Baccarat is its simplicity. You have just three bets to choose from, and those who play know that really the only bet is to bet with the house, as it reduces the houses edge to a very small amount.
Read on to find out why we think the martini at the Baccarat table is a winning combination.
Continue reading: "Casino Cocktail Friday -- Martinis and Baccarat"
August 24, 2006
Well, the call has come in, our lucky friend has officially won $77. At least they finally figured that out. Now the question remains, will they mail a check, or force our nearly bursting pregnant friend to hoof it back to Rockingham Park to collect her prize.
August 23, 2006
So, you think of yourself as a secret agent, or perhaps just a fancy socialite? Or perhaps you are looking for a game you can play when you don't want to think too hard, but don't want to give the casino your checkbook either. Well dear friends, the answer to your gaming prayers is Baccarat, and while James Bond couldnt be here, the Casino Snob will tell you all you ever needed to know about it.
Continue reading: "All about Baccarat"
August 21, 2006
A few friends of ours here at the Casino Snob hold a yearly event called "Ponies and Bombs". The bombs portion is a leisurly boat ride on Canobie Lake in New Hampshire to watch the Canobie Lake Park fireworks. The Ponies portion is an afternoon at the ponies watching and betting on the races at Rockingham Park.
This year, with the advent of Casino Snob, yours truly decided that a proper review of the park was in order. I packed my camera, and my notebook, and headed off on what was bound to be an exciting adventure, and let me assure you friends, an adventure it was. The races, the beers, and the culmination of a 8+ months pregnant woman getting ripped off out of her winnings should make this a unique review to be sure.
Continue reading: "RockingSham Park"
August 20, 2006
Via Casino City
NEBRASKA – As reported by the Nebraska State Paper: "Depending on how fast signatures can be counted, and the time appellate courts need to review the matter, Nebraskans might have a chance to vote in November on a plan for building three casinos.
"District Judge Karen Flowers ruled Thursday that signatures on initiative petitions seeking a vote on the gambling proposal should be counted.
"Attorney General Jon Bruning promptly took the case from Flowers' court and went down the street to the state Court of Appeals.
"Secretary of State John Gale previously said the petition proposal was basically the same as one that went to the people in 2004…"
August 19, 2006
We found this rather interesting book that mixes computer simulation, mathematics - and yes of course BLACKJACK.
This book is about computer simulation, experiments, and theoretical approaches to unify various strategies in black jack. The computer simulation uses the simple strategy that a player must stay when the number of low cards is two or more. Otherwise, when the number is exactly one then the player must hit. Contrary to the author’s expectations, the simple strategy did give consistent positive results for the player.
At Discoveries in Black Jack: Strategies and Mathematics
August 18, 2006
Ahh.. another Friday. Nothing our staff loves more than a reason to drink on the job. This week we will be taking a look at a drink that is best served in a warm Caribbean location. And what better to play when enjoying this drink, then Caribbean Stud Poker! If you like poker, and you like relaxing, then read on and learn why we love this combination.
Continue reading: "Casino Cocktail Friday -- Dark n' Stormy at the Caribbean Stud Poker Table"
August 16, 2006
If you happen to be one of the lucky few out there with lots of money to blow, and a hankering for the big casino lifestyle, it looks like Casinos may be a bit less willing to go that extra mile for you. Yup, just like in the real world, the Whale is looking like it will be endangered.
Continue reading: "Whales on the Decline"
August 14, 2006
The summer is starting to wane, the air is getting a little cooler, the apples are beginning to ripen, and all this can mean only one thing: Football season approaches!
We here at the Casino Snob like pretty much any sport, but few hold such a warm place in our hearts as Football. We're not talking about soccer, although we do like that too, we're talking about good old American smashmouth football. Its exciting, its hard hitting, and its a drama of muscle and determination that we just love watching every week.
And seeing as we are entering the football season (which starts on September 7th incidentally) we've decided to share our insights into the sports betting that can be had around the fine institution that we call the NFL.
Continue reading: "Are You Ready?"
August 10, 2006
Welcome to the first of many installments of "Casino Cocktail Friday". We will endeavor each week to bring to you a different cocktail, and a game you can enjoy it at. And what combination has the honor of being first?
Why its none other than a Mojito at the blackjack table. Read on to find out why this unlikely pair is a winner.
Continue reading: "Casino Cocktail Friday -- Cuban Class at the Blackjack Table"
It looks like "AAAhnold" is hard at work trying to generate more funds for the state of California. WIth this deal, he is allowing some Cahuilla Indians to make a bunch of new slot machines, as well as open a new casino. And at 15%, that aint half bad.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and one of the state's richest Indian tribes are expected to announce a deal Tuesday that would send nearly $2 billion in casino earnings over the next two decades to the state's general fund, much the way taxes are collected on other industries.
In exchange for giving up a previous deal that did not require the tribe to feed California's coffers, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians would be allowed to increase from 2,000 to 5,000 the number of slot machines it operates, as well as open a third Palm Springs-area casino.
The tribe would pay the state 15 percent of its net earnings from the new machines and an increased share of revenue from its existing slots, said the Agua Caliente's press secretary, Nancy Conrad.
"This is a deal that the tribe is very happy with, that all sides will be very happy with," she said. "Look at how much is paid out in business tax by others — it's about 8.3 percent. This is well above that. The tribe is paying more than its fair share."
Read the whole story at Gambling Planet
August 7, 2006
There is a lot of ambiguity today about online gambling. And while that ambiguity may be cleared up for everyone real soon, the current state ofthe industry is grey grey grey.
A recent wired article takes a look at the gaming industry, to try and decipher wether its ok, or not ok, to win those poker tournaments online.
The House bill that would ban internet gambling -- except for horse race betting and state lotteries -- is an attempt to close a perceived loophole in the 1961 Wire Act, one of a series of laws meant to crack down on racketeering.
Similar legislation failed in the House in 2000, but many blame that on the efforts of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is accused of spending lavishly to get the bill killed on behalf of an online lottery company.
The Wire Act explicitly forbids businesses from using a wire communication facility to assist in placing bets on "any sporting event or contest." But the wire law doesn't cover other types of casino betting, a federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled, leaving some doubt whether prosecutors can shut down Internet poker and other casino games.
Of course, with or without a new law from Congress, the Justice Department interprets all online gambling to be illegal. Other countries allow it, so online companies have set up operations outside the United States but with easy access to U.S. players and their computers.
"Online poker is online gambling. And online gambling, we would say, is illegal," Justice Department spokeswoman Jaclyn Lesch said.
Read the whole article at Wired
Ask any poker player and they will tell you that the key to winning at the poker tables, is information. Information about yourself, information about your opponents, and information about the game. We here at the Casino Snob have just the thing to give you all the information you need to hit the poker tables of your favorite casinos.
Continue reading: "How to Win at Hold 'Em"
August 6, 2006
Few shows are as beloved as the circus. And while the Cirque du Soleil is no ordinary circus, it makes for an extraordinary show. An amazing blend of talents, and spectacles, both children and adults can delight in seeing something you are not likely to see anywhere else.
The Cirque has five shows in Las Vegas, and the casino snob will introduce you to them all. We'll also point you to some of the outside-Vegas shows you can take in. So settle into your seat, grab yourself a popcorn (or a martini) and don't fear the clowns, as we take a closer look at Cirque du Soleil.
Continue reading: "Everybody Loves the Cirqus"
August 5, 2006
It turns out, a faulty slot machine can be VERY costly to a casino. Some lucky gamblers managed to take in nearly half a million dollars on a faulty machine that was returning ten times the money put in!
Continue reading: "Slot Machine Gives out 10x The Wager...Always"
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August 4, 2006
Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of www.SingleServeEspresso.com to its growing family of product and especially kitchen focused Web logs. SingleServeEspresso.com will provide news, insights and reviews of espresso coffee, and espresso machines, especially the newer easy to use ESE Pod espresso machines and Super Automatic Espresso machines, both of which make espresso at the touch of a button that rivals the corner café.
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