March 29, 2007

Your Next Casino Destination: Kansas!?!?!

According to the Kansas City Star, the state has finally approved of casnios! It sounds like our next casino trip may be to heart of the bread basket!

After midnight, the Kansas Senate approved a historic gambling bill authorizing casinos in Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Dodge City and southeast Kansas, as well as slot machines at race tracks.

Thirty-nine of 40 Senators had voted as of midnight, holding open the vote for one lawmaker who wasn’t present. The final vote was 21-19. A final procedural challenge was mounted but fell short.

The bill passed the House on Monday, and Senate approval sends it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has already voiced support for the proposal.

It was a narrow but stunning victory for supporters, who waged a 12-hour filibuster in the Senate to keep the bill breathing. Until the vote, the critical 21st vote seemed impossibly elusive, much as it had been in years past.

“It was a long time coming,” said Sen. Jim Barone, a Frontenac Democrat. “But as in life, all good things are worth waiting for, and this is a good, good thing.”

We couldn't agree more Mr. Barone.

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March 22, 2007

Casino Demolition: A VideoParade

With the recent destruction of the Startust, we were just thinking back on all of the lovely casinos that have been blasted away to rubble in the recent past. Then we thought, gee, think any videos can still be seen on You Tube? Happily for us, if you dig around, the answer is yes.

Now we present, a parade of destruction, a view of new Vegas, an orchestra of exploding casinos:


Stardust:



We're not sure which one this is:

Desert Inn / Wynn Parking Garage Explosion

Grand Casino in Biloxi MS

Alladin Hotel and Casino

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March 19, 2007

Jack Colton Says: Get Past the Velvet Ropes!

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Any reader of our site knows that we LOVE our Jack Colton. He is like some sort of demigod to us. His expertise in the Vegas night life is something that no mere mortal could have acquired. Well today's pearl of wisdom that we have been inspired by, is his advice on how you get past those pesky velvet ropes at your favorite club.


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At this point you will want to break into smaller groups of two (2) or three (3) guys, and start keeping a look out for groups of girls that you might be able to merge with. Think about it. You are standing in close proximity in a relatively bright and quiet place to virtually the same crowd that you will be inside a fast-paced loud club with. Not only can you see girls in natural light (which can be a huge difference when you add club lights and a few drinks in your system), but this is a perfect chance for you to approach them without sounding like a complete sleazebag. A good line would be “I’m here with four of my friends, and we all can get in quicker if we have some girls with us. Would you and your friends like to get in quicker?” More often than not (unless they are locals), they will be more than happy to work with you.

Do you not see the brilliance of Colton? Read all the wisdom that The Colton has to offer on this topic and others, at JackColton.com

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March 13, 2007

Stardust is DUST!

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CNN has the goods on today's newest sad demise of a grand old dame of Vegas history.

The Stardust is now just a memory.

The casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon.

Hundreds of people partied beneath tents and on makeshift patios before Boyd chairman Bill Boyd's four grandsons pushed a plunger to detonate the building. The blast generated a massive dust cloud that chased the revelers into cars, buses and nearby casinos. (Watch famous landmark go down Vegas style -- with flash and panache Video)

"It hurts. We cried," said Sheila Navarro, 51, a school supplies buyer from Oxnard, California, who took shelter in the nearby Frontier casino-hotel. She came with three sisters, her mother, an aunt and a brother-in-law to say farewell to the casino she's gambled at for more than 30 years.


The above image of the now blasted casino came from the website of the Architecture Studies Library of UNLV May students long remember her grace and charm!

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March 9, 2007

Want to Start Your Career in a Casino? Head to Detroit.

We wouldn't have thought Detroit was the place for that new casino opportunities, but hey, who are we to argue!

While it prepares to open a new $765 million hotel and gambling center, the MGM Grand Detroit Casino will hire 1,000 new workers this summer.

The casino has openings in areas including administration, finance, food and beverage, hotel operations, human resources, table games and marketing.

''It's nice to be announcing some good job news for Detroit,'' MGM spokesman Bob Berg told The Detroit News for a story published Thursday. ''All these jobs will come with a full benefit package with competitive wages.''

Interviews will begin later this month. The casino will open a downtown staffing center to conduct interviews and training, the Detroit Free Press reported.


Rest of the story at the South Bend Tribune.

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March 5, 2007

Sahara for Sale

It seems that a legend among casinos, the Sahara, is up for sale. Sadly, as the times changed, and part of Vegas became Old Vegas, the Sahara lost much of its business.

Owners of the Sahara Hotel and Casino, a hangout of Hollywood’s 1960s "Rat Pack" and the setting of the original "Ocean’s Eleven" film, have agreed to sell the aging property to an investor group.

Officials from Los Angeles–based SBE Entertainment Group LLC and San Mateo, California–based Stockbridge Real Estate Funds said they’ve entered into a contract to purchase the Moroccan–themed casino and hotel from Gordon Gaming Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The Sahara is one of the last remaining original properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and we are thrilled with the possibilities that it presents," SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian said in a statement late Friday.

Read more over at the Cay Compass News.

Lets just hope this old dame's new owners show her the respect she deserves.

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March 2, 2007

Whats Black and Blue and Green and Read All Over?

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Phil Gordon has put together a nice collection of little books to help guide you to upping your poker playing potential. All of you know that Phil is a world-class player, and he doesnt hold back in his set of books. You can get each one individually if you like, but we like this little box set on our library shelf.

The black book begins with the basics, but with some sound observations from the poker pro. Then the green book guides you into being a better player overall, with its methods for staying ahead and profitable. The blue book brings it home, helping you turn from amateur to pro. Deffinitely a must have in your poker library

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