June 29, 2007
Its refreshing to see a country (or in this case, bloc of countries) actually trying to embrace onling gambling, instead of trying to find ways to rein it in. We hope the spirit of open-ness might hop over to this side of the Atlantic!
The story is over on Gambling Planet
The European Commission has taken action to put an end to obstacles to the free movement of sports betting services in France, Greece and Sweden. The Commission has formally requested France and Sweden to amend their laws following consideration of their replies to letters of formal notice sent in April and October 2006.
These formal requests take the form of "reasoned opinions", the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. In relation to Greece the Commission has decided to send an official request for information on national legislation restricting the supply of sports betting services. This takes the form of a letter of formal notice, the first step in the Article 226 infringement procedure. Greece has two months in which to respond.
June 27, 2007
Wether you are an aspiring casino operator, or just a joe whos interested, this book will lay out all you ever wanted to know about how a casino functions as a business. Here is the editor's review:
Complete guidance to the ins and outs of gaming operations
Management personnel need a thorough understanding of the business side of the casino industry to ensure profitsâand to avoid losses. It's a sure bet that Casino Operations Management, Second Edition will help current and future gaming management professionals better serve any casino.
Written by experts with over 65 years of combined experience in the field, this Second Edition offers all the critical skills and know-how to equip gaming and casino operators with the knowledge needed for the management office, cage operations, and table game and slot operations.
This updated edition features detailed coverage of:
* Current high-roller marketing tactics and their effect on profitability
* The effect of popular money management systems on casino profits
* The initial development process of an Indian casino
* Studies designed to identify the patronage motives of gamblers, including those of riverboat customers
* Slot club design: player rating issues, point accumulation schemes, and more
* Principles of casino floor design: managing table game and slot location
* Studies designed to measure the profit contribution of popular slot promotions
Casino Operations Management, Second Edition uses simplified mathematics and statistics throughout, and provides readers with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the casino industry business. It is a must-have reference for students and casinos that develop managers internally.
Check out Casino Operations and Management at Amazon
June 25, 2007
If you are looking for a show to see in Vegas, and you love magic, then you can take a gander at Hans Klok, the "Dutch David Copperfield". His show, "The Beauty of Magic" ,is going on at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin). Oh yeah,. and the kicker...its got as its feature star, Pamela Anderson!
Sex and magic have always gone together well, and this show seems to have just that right bit of balance between the beauties on stage and the amazing feats performed along side them.
Here's a snippet of the Vegas.com review:
Klok, who is famous for the speed and agility of his illusions, has brought his unique brand of magic to the Vegas stage in The Beauty of Magic at Planet Hollywood's Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show also features Playboy Playmate and actress Pamela Anderson as one of Klok's assistants.
Klok began his foray into magic when he received a box of magic tricks at the age of 10. He incorporates his life story into his show with the help of a young boy who portrays the young Klok on stage. The show is a journey through Klok's life and world travels. With the help of creative sets, images projected on large screens behind the stage and a troupe of talented backup dancers, Klok takes the audience to Paris, New York and India, performing illusions along the way.
Klok also pays tribute to some of his heroes with tricks made famous by Houdini and Harry Blackstone. While Klok does perform some sleight of hand tricks, most of his show is made up of grand illusions -- cutting people in half and making people disappear and reappear with ease. One trick involves Klok surviving a guillotine and in another, a pair of legs with no body attached appears to stroll across the stage.
The Beauty of Magic homepage
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
See Vegas.com for tickets.
June 21, 2007
This is a crazy lawsuit, but if it works, we're gonna be rich!
Casino Gambling Web has the story:
Many people around the world would love to have the casinos in which they gamble give their money back at the end of the night if they lose. A man in Sydney is taking that thought to the next step, he is suing a Sydney, Australia casino, Star City, for allowing him to lose his money.
The sticking point to the case, is, the man, Behrouz Foroughi, voluntarily went on an exclusion list of problem gamblers, which, in turn, barred him from the casino.
He claims that not only did the casino let him back in, but they gave him access to the high rollers room. He said that since he joined the list, he has been to the casino 65 times.
June 20, 2007
Via Casino City Times, comes this story from the Philidelphia Inquirer about Atlantic City's next big gamble, a massive indoor pool. As noted in the article, the problem with Atlantic City, is that its not always summer. Harrah's has decided to change all that, and build a gorgeous glass dome enclosed half-acre pool.
Planners have aimed to achieve a tropical ambience, and Harrah's invested $1 million worth of landscaping in the attempt. Scores of palms, ranging from 17 to 45 feet tall, have been planted around the pool, including 20 towering Washingtonia palm trees, along with ficus, white birds of paradise and bamboo.
The pool itself will be kept between 78 and 81 degrees, and the water is specially formulated to eliminate the heavily chlorinated smell normally associated with indoor pools.
Several interesting points about the new Harrah's pool complex:
On Sundays, it's the setting for a luau.
Although it's open only to hotel guests during the day, themed public events are scheduled four nights a week, when anyone can attend and visitors can take a dip.
Now we have no reason not to visit Atlantic City, even in the off months. Huzzah! (or should we say.. Harrah!)
June 18, 2007
Bingo is often the "forgotten" casino game. Most people probably wouldn't even consider it when rattling off a list of games found in casinos. But still, bingo is one of the most popular games of chance played in this country! It is beloved by charities and churches alike for fund-raising, and it is a game that is both easy to play, and easy to host.
So whats stopping you from hosting your own bingo party? NOTHING!
To begin with, you can pick up a set of bingo supplies here at Casino Supply.com. They have everything you will need from balls, to tumblers, to cards. And while some bingo versions serve up the random spots by using playing cards to deal out the numbers, we prefer the tried and true ping-pong ball approach. Nothing quite beats that visual of the ball coming out of the tumbler.
Once you have your supplies, you will want to know how to setup your bingo evening. Here is a list of the types of covering patterns you can go for, and the nicknames they go by.
If its your first time calling a bingo game, you may want to read this BBC article on bingo calling. Its got all you need, right down to the nicknames given to the balls that come out. (essential for adding flavor to the calling process!)
You can also learn more about the basics of Bingo, and even some of its history on Wikipedia
Finally, if you are interested in playing more than hosting, here's some crucial info on your chances of winning from the Wizard of Odds.
So there you have it. A bunch of BINGO links, for hosting your own game, or learning where to play the best games. And the next time someone asks you what your favorite casino game is, don't forget to consider BINGO!
June 13, 2007
The Casino City Times is reporting on the story of a woman's quest to make a new casino a green one.
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Daniela Valdes kicked off her summer break with a petition drive that gathered 700 signatures calling for Pittsburgh's planned arena and casino to be built as environmentally friendly buildings.
"...Bob Oltmanns, a Barden spokesman, would not discuss today whether the casino's design includes plans to make it environmentally friendly. A Penguins spokesman could not immediately comment.
"City officials, including Planning Director Noor Ismail, said late last month that they hope the new casino will incorporate a 'green building' design to ensure energy efficiency. Casino design plans, which could detail the building's energy-saving traits, could receive the city Planning Commission's scrutiny late this month.
We think this is a fantastic idea. There's no reason that these new multi-million dollar complexes can't be made environmentally friendly. That way, when you lose your stake at poker, you can at least feel good that you weren't destroying the environment while you did it.
In a continuing attempt to get a handle on internet gambling with something other than just a sledge hammer, Rep. Jim McDermott is taking his stab at a tax framework. We certainly hope that some kind of agreement can be met on these issues because a flat ban is simply no fun.
From Gambling Planet:
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Taxation Enforcement Act (IGRTEA) today, just hours after Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) announced he would introduce a bill amending the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
McDermott's measure would create a tax regime for U.S. online gambling companies expected to generate $6-$25 billion in U.S. tax revenues in its first five years of enactment, according to the representative's press office.
The bill is meant to serve as the tax mechanism for Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA) and could possibly be discussed along with other U.S. Internet gambling legislation during tomorrow's House Financial Services Committee hearing at 10 a.m.
McDermott is slated to introduce the bill on the house floor this evening, according to spokesperson Mike Decesare, but he was unable to confirm whether the legislation will officially be a part of tomorrow's hearing proceedings.
June 11, 2007
If you Haven't heard of Criss Angel, you are missing out. He is a magician, illusionist, and daredevil. And he filmed the third season of his television show at the famous Luxor in Vegas. That season is airing now on the A&E channel.
Here's the Snippit from A&E's webstie:
Mindfreak takes viewers into the world of Criss Angel -- called the "postmodern Houdini" by MTV -- whose distinct blend of magic, mentalism, and dazzling pyrotechnic effects has made him the hottest young magician in America today. In past seasons, he has astonished fans with such incredible feats as hanging suspended by hooks from a helicopter over the Nevada desert and splitting a woman in two in a public park.
In the third season -- in addition to celebrity guests, street performances, and behind-the-scenes looks at the magic -- Criss Angel will perform all new mind-bending feats: levitating 500 feet above the ground over Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel and Casino, (whose 800-degree light beam is the only man-made object besides the Great Wall of China that can be seen from space), making a Lamborghini vanish -- at high speed -- and topping Houdini himself in a tribute to the father of magic.
If you are a Vegas casino goer, than like us, you're probably a sucker for a good magic show. This is deffinitely one that will keep you guessing... unless you buy his Secrets DVD of course!
Read about Criss Angel at Wikipedia
Visit Criss's Mindfreak Homepage
Visit the Luxor's Page on Criss
Visit A&E's Criss Angel Page
June 8, 2007
You can imagine what its like to be sitting on a massive call, turning to your opponent in an attempt to discern some tell from him by staring into the pools of his eyes, only to be rewarded by the cold stare back from the glassy orbs of a reptile. This is what it must be like playing against Greg "Fossil Man" Raymer.
Now, that cold empty fear, can also be what your opponents feel when they look to you! Behold, the Greg Raymer lizard eyes glasses!
Now you have what you need to strike deep mamalian fear into the hearts of your opponents! Oh, and if you REALLY want to help your table image, eat a live mouse or two.
"Fossil Man"'s homepage
Lizard Eye Glasses at Amazon
June 7, 2007
Via Casino City Times:
A US House of Representatives panel announced on Monday it will hold an inquiry on Friday to re-examine online gambling, which has effectively been prohibited in the country thanks to the introduction of 2006's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
The hearing will asses whether Internet gambling can be monitored to protect the interests of consumers while simultaneously protecting the payments system, House Financial Services Committee stated.
Committee Chairman Barney Frank introduced a bill in April that would revoke an effective ban on online gambling, in opposition to the UIGEA's implementation by Congress in late 2006.
June 6, 2007
In the endless search for new and more interesting slot machines, manufacturers have hit upon a whole new category of potential one-armed-bandits: reality TV dysfunctional famillies.
Yes.. according to Jackpot.co.uk...
Online casino software developer Microgaming has signed a licencing deal with one of the most recognisable (though some would say dysfunctional) families in the world, the Osbournes.
In what it's a slight departure from Microgaming’s current successful licenced slots (including the massively popular Lara Croft and Hitman slots), the deal will see Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly feature in slick, graphic intensive video slots, set for launch later this year.
Now we wonder whats next... The Hogans?
June 4, 2007
If you're in Vegas, and looking for some comedy this week, you can check out Howie Mandel at the MGM Grand. He is performing in the Hollywood Theatre from June 4th to June 13th nightly.
From Howie's Bio from his home page:
While Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years, he has been thrust back in the spotlight as the host of what has become a national phenomenon "Deal or No Deal." The show has become an instant hit and is consistently one of the most watched programs each week. NBC has put the show on both Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 P.M. and the ratings continue to grow each week. The show allows contestants to have a chance of becoming an instant millionaire combining nothing more then instinct with luck.
Howie Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning “St. Elsewhere,” to the international (and also Emmy nominated) “Bobby’s World,” Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene.
Howie started his career on a dare during a trip to Los Angeles in 1979. He was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and Howie was coaxed by his friends to get up and try his luck. As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd who immediately hired him to appear on the comedy game-show “Make Me Laugh”. His appearance on the show led to talk show appearances, a stint as Diana Ross’ opening act and eventually to the television series, “St. Elsewhere,” where Howie spent six seasons as “Dr. Wayne Fiscus” on the award-winning NBC drama.
Howie’s Emmy Award-nominated animated children series, “Bobby’s World”, ran eight seasons on FOX and now appears in syndication six days a week in 65 countries. As the series’ creator and executive producer, Howie was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters. Howie attributes the show’s success to drawing the story lines from real life.
Howie has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show," and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. He frequently appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno performing his signature hidden-camera bits. He also is one of the first people that Regis calls to fill in for him when he takes a vacation from “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Howie also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the US and Canada.
Get Tickets at the MGM Grand's official site.
Check out Howie's home page
June 1, 2007
Myths and schemes about casino games and bets are as old as gambling itself. The logic behind many of these concepts is sometimes dizzyingly complex, but the idea is always the same. They always end with the line "and that is why XXX is the best bet in a casino". We've all heard them a thousand times, and we've heard it from every angle possible.
But the question lingers... what IS the best bet in a casino?
Continue reading: "The Straight Dope: What Casino Game Offer the Best Odds?"
Luckily for you, we know where to get the Stright Dope. After the Jump, find out what we've learned.