December 28, 2006
Digital technology still can't transport a shrimp cocktail or a beer in a football cup to television viewers across the nation.
But on Sunday it will come closer than ever to bringing the experience of Las Vegas' Fremont Street to nearly 16 million American households. For the first time the lights and sights of downtown Las Vegas will be the backdrop for a continuous, live, nationally televised New Year's Eve concert party.
On Wednesday production crews were hanging light trusses and standing barricades in the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall in preparation for the event, dubbed America's Party.
"The canopy is going to make this one so spectacular," said Bart Peters, executive in charge of production for CDUSA, the company producing the party.
The company typically holds single televised concerts with about 300 audience members in its 14,000 square foot studio in Los Angeles. The event Sunday is expected to draw more than 15,000 people, include six bands on two stages, and incorporate the four blocks of Fremont Street as well as the overhead canopy of lights.
"That is our whole thing with music, to make you feel as if you're the one at the concert," Peters said.
Although Fremont Street is the home base for the event, which will be televised from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on DirecTV, it will also include jumps to New York; Austin, Texas; and Denver to capture celebrations there.
It will also incorporate live video from the event with graphics fed onto the overhead LED canopy.
Read the whole story at the Casino City Times
December 22, 2006
From all of us here at the Casino Snob to all of you, have a safe and happy holiday! Here's hoping santa leaves a few scratch tickets in your stocking !
December 20, 2006
If you're going to head somewhere special for the new year, you may as well do it Vegas Style.
Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Parties Where are you going to be when the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve. Hopefully I can help you find the New Years Eve Party that fits you and your budget. Remember, just because you can drink at all hours of the day does not mean you should. Pace yourself, I once started a little too early and I passed out right on Fremont street before the party really got started. (I was young and did not understand Las Vegas on New Years)
That is About.com
's opening paragraph for Vegas New Year's and that writer is not lying. New Years in vegas is a serious event.
If you think you have what it takes to rock it hard on December 31st, then read all about the fabulous venues coming up:
About.com's New Year's Events
Vegas.com's New years page
Las Vegas Online's Party Listing
December 13, 2006
It seems that some employees are hopping mad at their treatment by the Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Connecticut's Channel 8 has mentioned the site, albeit briefly, and the site seems to have some serious traction with current and former employees.
Time will tell if New Year's Day at the Woods is actually affected, or if this is just empty complaining. A quick "WHOIS" shows that the anonymous source who made the website, was at least smart enough not to register the site with their own name:
foxwoods, CT 06339
Created on 12-02-2006
Expires on 12-02-2007
December 11, 2006
You know we love our Jack Colton, and today's hints from the man, are to tip well. Jack has a whole tipping guide up on his site ready for your perusal. Here's a snippit:
"Your VIP Host.
There are a million and one different types of "VIP Hosts" in Las Vegas. Some get you limousines and hard-to-get tickets at no charge, some get you into a nightclub, and some simply sit you down at your booth and introduce you to your cocktail waitress. How much you tip your VIP Host depends entirely on the host and the service they have given you. I’d say $75 on the low end and $1,000 on the high end.
Drinks aren’t cheap here, and either are you. Plan on tipping your bartender at least $1-$2 per drink. Just remember that in the end you might be saving money, as bartenders will often “hook up” good tippers with free shots or drinks. If nothing else...they will probably serve you a lot faster the next time around"!
Head on over to Jack's place and read the rest of how you should tip.
December 8, 2006
Boy have we got something special for you today! For that poker fan in your life that has EVERYTHING, here's something they will LOVE. Its a DVD of chip tricks that you can learn yourself, all explained and performed by Rich Ferguson.
Here's the Blurb:
"This DVD is packed with 20 of the hottest stunts and tricks you have seen on television or at a poker game - all explained in detail by Rich! You'll see tricks like Chip Shuffling, Pull Over, Sweep and more!! Also included are bonus tricks never been revealed to the public until now!"
Ok.. maybe it sounds a little over the top, but c'mon, how could it NOT rule!
And while you're at it, you can pick up the Card Stunts trainer too!
December 6, 2006
The Casino City Times had this article about the Sands stepping into online gaming:
"Las Vegas Sands Corp. will venture into the world of online gambling through a partnership with fledgling wireless-gaming device provider Cantor Gaming.
The casino operator announced Monday it will offer its gaming property brands -- Venetian, Sands, Palazzo and Paiza -- to an online casino site targeted toward gamblers in the United Kingdom. Cantor, an affiliate of New York-based financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald, will manage the site, which would be licensed out of Alderney in the British Channel Islands.
Both Las Vegas Sands and Cantor Gaming said safeguards would be built into the site so that wagers from U.S. citizens would not be accepted.
Financial terms were not announced, but sources familiar with online gambling said the companies would likely share any revenues the Web site generates. The yet-to-be-named Internet site is expected to launched by the middle of next year. "
Sadly, it sounds like its all for the UK. Perhaps with the new congress, we can get our internet gaming back. In the meantime, the UK gamers will certainly enjoy the potential of what the Sands can bring.
December 3, 2006
"Carl’s Jr. recently made waves when it partnered with the Palms Casino Resort to debut the $6,000 Combo Meal, offered exclusively on the Vegas hot spot’s room service menu.
The combo meal earned notoriety via a commercial that ran in all Carl’s Jr. markets and featured Palms owners, the Maloof brothers – Joe, Gavin, George Jr. and Phil, – enjoying good company, good wine, and delicious Carl’s Jr. fare. The 30-second commercial, set at the Palms Mint High Limit Lounge and scored to Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” revealed that a 24-year-old bottle of French Bordeaux is the perfect complement to the Original Six Dollar Burger™ from Carl’s Jr. "
A Kick in the Head indeed! Read the whole story at QSR Online
December 1, 2006
His Station and Four Aces by C. M. Coolidge, 1903
While there are many variations on the paintings of Dogs Playing Poker, according to Wikipedia, the real deals will sell for upwards of $75,000 and even over $500,000, not exactly a weekend's rake. But if you are loooking for something to spruce up your poker room, there are alternatives within the average budget.
Art.com has a selection of prints of The Dogs Playing Poker series, as well as many more poker-related art for your clubhouse.
Here are a few examples we liked:
Head on over to Art.com and see their whole line of affordable art prints!