April 30, 2007
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April 25, 2007
Billion you say? What happened to the good old days when casinos were only in the millions?
According to the Gambling Planet, Las Vegas is about to get a brand new $2.8 BILLION casino / mega resort. This new mystery casino will be owned by a private company called Fontainebleau Resorts.
The company, majority owned by Turnberry Associates principal Jeffrey Soffer, quietly broke ground on the 9.91 hectare site north of the Riviera hotel-casino in February and has kept its plans secret until Monday.
"It’ll be a contemporary design and it will blend what’s current and what will endure in contemporary art, striking design, world-caliber architecture, new technology and hip music," Fontainebleau CEO Glenn Schaeffer said. "It’s not about the past, it’s about the future."
Wow, we love surprises, especially 2.8 billion dollar surprises.
April 19, 2007
We saw this on Boing Boing, and decided it was far too cool not to pass on!
Behold, the Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon. This beauty is a marvel of watch-making is being covered over at the Watchismo Times, and we want one!
Just introduced this week at the Geneva SIHH show, this hautegadget has an actual miniaturized mechanical slot machine just above the hands and tourbillon. Each roller has five symbols , hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes, and three liberty bells for jackpot. When the arm on the side is pulled, the spin also activates a striking mechanism of chiming gongs - for those vintage casino sounds.
Wow. We don't even want to KNOW what this vintage beauty would cost us, but it is really something special. We could sit anywhere and play slots all day! Only one question, where do the quarters come out from?
April 18, 2007
We came across an interesting story today about a writer for one of our favorite poker and gambling news sites, the Casino City Times. It seems that one of their staff is attempting to trade his way up from a sixty cent winning at an online poker tournament all the way to a seat at the World Series of Poker.
Here is Aaron's story:
Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at PKR.com. I planned on playing until I lost it all, but PKR.com decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA.
This reminds us of an Internet phenomenon called One Red Paperclip, where a very clever guy named Kyle MacDonald managed to make a series of trades starting with one red paperclip, and ending up with a HOUSE!
Aaron currently has made a trade for the sixty cents for 500 novelty poker chips from GoldenPalace.com, and he managed to trade those for a basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers.
It sounds like Aaron is being smart, and is definitely well on his way to getting that seat!
We will be watching his progress, and rooting him on!
Follow Aaron's Trading Quest over at his website: Sixty Cent Main Event
Read more about Aaron and his stories over at the Casino City Times
Finally Learn more about the World Series of Poker at their Official Site
April 13, 2007
We were perusing the Terra Nova blog, to see if we could get more info on this whole Second Life Virtual Casino thing, and we were rewarded with a link to this rather thoughtful analysis of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, and how it may in fact pertain to such venues as Second Life.
Here's a snippet to whet your appetite:
Does UIGEA apply to Second Life's casinos? It's possible - and here's why:
To begin, UIGEA prohibits gambling businesses from accepting credit cards, checks, or other bank instruments from American gamblers who illegally bet over the Internet.
Is it thus illegal, under U.S. anti-gambling statutes, for Second Life casino operators to accept bets placed with Linden dollars? The answer is probably yes. The relevant statutes cover circumstances in which not currency, but simply "something of value," is wagered. And Linden dollars have "value" because they are convertible into U.S. dollars.
In other news, it seems that Massachusetts Congressmen Barney Frank is lining up to defend Internet Gambling, and even seek a repeal of the recent law in as soon as two weeks!
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank stated that he will present a bill within two weeks to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), but will need much more time to gain support for the bill and would not seek a carve out for online poker.
"I think a reconsideration among my colleagues is beginning," he said to European reporters in Belgium during his overseas visit this week. "It's not far enough along yet so I wouldn't move the bill but I plan to introduce the bill and if the storm of public unhappiness is great enough, I will try to substantially revise that ban."
Read the rest of THAT story over at Poker Pages News
April 11, 2007
While Online Casinos have been given the official boot here in the United States, an interesting question arises around another concept: casinos (and gambling) within other legal forms of online gaming. There are "games" that have such degrees of freedom for their users, that they allow nearly anything to happen. Anything like say... an online casino.
A massively multi player online game that has been around for some time now, called Second Life, is one such environment. The basic premise of this "game", is that there is no "game" at all. It is in effect, a virtual world where members can own properly, create goods and services, and all with the understanding that anything they create in the world belongs to them, and not the game's publisher or creator. Second Life is a bit different in that regard, as most online games make it clear via user agreements, that players have no rights, nor ownership of anything within game worlds. Second Life also adds some complication because they purposely peg their in-game currency (The Linden) to the US Dollar. This provides a legal, and surprisingly liquid market where REAL currency and VIRTUAL currency can change. (To us, this is starting to sound like Firepay and its brethren..eh?)
Read More after the Bump
Continue reading: "When is a Casino... Not a Casino? Virtual Gambling in Second Life"
April 9, 2007
Sometimes you and your "crew" can't make it out to your favorite big-time casino, but that doesn't mean you have to be stingy on the gear! If you are as serious as we are about making every casino experience as spectacular as it can be, then why not get together and splurge on some real casino furniture.
Pictured below, we have an excellent folding roulette table from Kardwell.
We've mentioned Kardwell in passing back when we learned that Vegas was becoming a furniture capitol, and we have to say we just like their furniture.
Now, this roulette table is not simply for your once a year game. At around $1500 (the roulette wheel is sold separately), this table is for the serious gamers only. But just think of it, if everyone in your gang chipped in say $100-$150 bucks, you can turn your den into a swanky casino. We're sipping martinis at your place in our minds as we write this!
Besides the fun of having your own semi-professional gear in your house for parties and get-togethers, you can also rent it out to other clubs and fund-raising groups. Imagine the fun you'll have being a dealer at the Rotary Club's next Casino Night fund raiser!
Head on over to Kardwell's for this table, and many other really high-end home casino gear.
Oh, and don't forget to look the part with a cool green Vegas Visor!
April 5, 2007
We recently had the chance here at the Casino Snob Offices to watch that classic movie: Casnio. This movie was released in 1995, and it still ranks among our favorites.
This movie has an all-star cast of your favorite crime dramas, including Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and a little bit of Sharon Stone for some spice. The story is a tale of two mobsters who move into the growing town of Las Vegas. It is a wonderful look into the seedier side of the early days of sin city. As both of these wise-guys attempts to make thier mark in their own way. Deniro plays the character who tries to live the civilized Vegas, while Pesci turns to the darker, more violent side of things.
If you are staying in for the evening, and dreaming of your next casino outing, you may consider spending it watching this classic of the casnio movie genre.
Read about it at IMDB (The Internet Movie Database), buy it at Amazon.
April 2, 2007
It seems that with the recognition of the Mashpee Wampanoags as a Native American tribe, there is a chance that Massachusetts will see its first Casino. All will depend on the state legislature, and the newly elected governor of the state, but with tax revenues being low of late, there is a possibility that the chance for new state income will be welcomed.
Typically, those living in New England have to travel to Connecticut to visit either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, a new Massachussets addition would add another venue for those looking for a close casino.
In February, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs — after 32 years of legal wrangling — officially recognized the Mashpee Wampanoags as a tribe, a decision that ultimately could lead to the first legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts.
Read the whole skinny over at the International Herald Tribune