September 26, 2007
It seems that over the last couple of years, the home of the Star Trek Experience, the Las Vegas Hilton, has been undergoing some serious renovations. This investment in the hotel, has been pushing the quality feel of the place in whole new directions. One might think that the hotel and casino is trying to elevate itself above its nerdy (and fantastic!) attraction.
Casino City Times has the story:
Over the past three years, the Hilton has remodeled 1,523 of its 3,000 rooms and suites, installed Italian marble floors in the lobby, remodeled the casino and the porte cochere, added a new lounge and expanded the sports book. "This is probably phase one of different phases of enhancements for the property," said Rudy Prieto, Las Vegas Hilton general manager and chief executive officer for the off-Strip property. "We will always continue to consider what our options are in terms of redevelopment." The room upgrades include new beds, 37-inch plasma televisions, wireless Internet access and ports for MP3 music players. The hotel, which is owned and operated separately from the Hilton hotel chain by Colony Resorts, plans to continue the hotel room renovations in 2008. Bill Lerner, a gaming analyst for Deutsche Bank, said the remodeling has made the resort's public areas in the entrance brighter and more comfortable. "That's a critical public face to have focused on," Lerner said. "Working on the entrance and the hotel reception and lobby are important things to have focused on. Keeping it fresh is critical, and I think they have done a good job." Lerner said the demographic for the hotel, which is on 59 acres on Paradise Road north of the Las Vegas Convention Center, are midweek conventioneers and value customers. The hotel has been running at 90 percent occupancy during the week and slightly higher on weekends, spokesman Ira Sternberg said. Nearly 40 percent of the occupied rooms during the week are bought by people attending conventions at the hotel's 200,000-square-foot meeting space. Sternberg said the property also benefits from being near the northern anchor of the Las Vegas Monorail, which averages 19,000 passengers per day, connecting the Hilton to the Strip. Prieto said redevelopment projects on the Strip's north end should increase foot traffic to the property in the next few years.
September 25, 2007
Have you ever just yearned to host that fantastic casino-themed get together, or corporate event, but you couldn't get the group to the casino? Well, now you have nothing to fear, Interactive Entertainment Concepts has the answer, rent-a-casino. You can rent just about everything you may need, including some Las Vegas Showgirls. Sadly, they aren't listing prices on their site, but we're sure for the folks who need to bring the casino to the party, IEC is the answer.
September 19, 2007
While we are feeling pretty dirty for even bringing it up, we would be remiss if we didn't post at least once about the talk of Vegas the last couple days. Yes, O.J. Simpson. THE O.J. Simpson who was acquitted of murder, and who now has been arrested for armed robbery.
If you simply MUST read the details, you can read them from Vegas' own Review Journal. We are sure that you won't miss any gory details on this ongoing story.
Of course, if you are actually *IN* Vegas now. Take advantage of the extra news coverage, and the gawking crowds, and sneak PAST them into the games! We bet those poker tables are a touch emptier with everyone outside right now.
September 18, 2007
It looks like the folks in the northeast won't be stuck with only Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun for long. The governor of Massachusetts has given his blessing to create 3 new resort style casinos in the Bay State. The plan is to use revenue from the casinos to help pay for the state's ailing infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
Bridges not falling down, AND casinos in Massachusetts!! Yes Please!
Here's the story on the Boston Herald
The governor promised to devote about $200 million annually in casino revenue to pay for bridges and roads, a sum he said would be enough to eliminate the need for a gas tax hike.
Patrick’s announcement yesterday came at precisely the same time a special state commission was formally rolling out a highly publicized plan calling for an 11.5-cent increase in the gas tax. Some observers said the purpose of his timing was clear: to blunt the commission’s findings and allow the governor to take control of the issue.
September 13, 2007
We are always loving it when new games are developed around crazy licenses. Its kind of surprising it took this long to see super hero-themed games. Marvel is a great license to kick it off, with a vast array of heroes and situations to choose from. We can see it now... Spider Man Sic Bo, Ride the Wolverine Wave, Hulk Hold'Em!!!
Forbes has the skinny:
CryptoLogic Ltd said it has gained the exclusive rights to develop the first-ever internet casino games based on popular Marvel super heroes Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four.
Under the agreement, made through the internet gaming software developer's WagerLogic Ltd unit, CryptoLogic (nasdaq: CRYP - news - people ) will remain the sole developer of internet casino games based on the Marvel characters through 2010.
The games based on these characters are scheduled to launch in December 2007, the company added.
September 11, 2007
There are plenty of casino guides out there. And surely all of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Few however, can say that they can guarantee that they will pay for themselves. The American Casino Guide '07 can, and its a sure-thing. No, its not some crazy betting scheme, or some rigged game they tell you about. Its simply some great coupons that you can get inside.
The Casino City Times had this to say about the book:
Published annually since 1992, the 2007 American Casino Guide, with $1,000 in casino coupons, is jam-packed with detailed information on every casino/resort, riverboat and Indian casino in the U.S. with useful advice from top gambling experts on how to play and win at the most popular casino games.
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The American Casino Guide is the #1 best-selling casino directory with names, addresses, phone numbers, games, room rates, and more for more than 700 casinos in 37 states. The Guide comes complete with maps of all states showing where the casinos are located, plus detailed maps of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, and the Mississippi resort towns of Biloxi and Tunica.
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You'll get four charts that lay out the expert strategy for playing blackjack, plus four more charts that show you how to use the proper strategies on video poker machines.
The guide comes with plenty of tips on how to get the most for your money when visiting a casino by taking advantage of casino promotions and fun books. A must for everyone planning a visit to a casino!
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The American Casino Guide is the only casino gambling book that includes casino coupons to save you money when you visit the casinos.
Even if you use just one coupon you could easily recover the purchase price of the book. Use them all and you can save more than $1,000! See the listing of 187 coupons in this year's book.
Here's a list of all the coupons you can get in the '07 edition posted by the Casino City Times:
September 7, 2007
If you are a lover of the flair and style of the Mardi Gras atmosphere, but you can't get down to the Big Easy, then perhaps you should consider a stay at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
Theres plenty do do within the grounds, from the House of Blues and Finnegan's Wake, to Masque, the masquerade themed bar. There is also a steady stream of acts coming to perform throughout the place. Check out their nightlife page to get more of a feel of what you can find.
On the dining front, you get a wide array of dining options from the French Quarter Buffet, to the Canal Street Bread and Sandwich Co., to Casa di Napoli. Clearly there is a bit of the Big Easy from a cuisine standpoint, and you can certainly find something to eat if you are hungry. Poboys RULE!
Of course, a casino would not be a casino without some sweet sweet gaming. Showboat has your fill with over 80 table games ranging from craps, to blackjack, to poker, and they also have a horse racing simulcast, and plenty of slots to pass the time on.
All in all, Showboat has what you need for a wonderful vacation with a little bit of Mardi Gras flair.
Check out more at the Showboat Website.
September 6, 2007
We know how it is. You've been out all night working the tables. You stumble into the room, tired from too much caffeine, and a bit of adrenaline. As you meander further in, you smack your shin on the coffee table. If only you had a Poker Night Light! Then you would be able to clearly see the old beer bottle in order to doge it. And at under 20 bucks, it sure beats a trip to the ER!
September 5, 2007
It sounds like those in the US who are just dying for some gambling action can get their itch scratched at UK gambling sites now. This may, in fact, be in conflict with US laws, but hey.. whats a little Unlawful Gaming Act among old friendly nations?
From Gambling Planet:
Britain's new gambling law comes into force at midnight, legalizing U.K. advertising campaigns for the first time and licensing online casinos that can accept bets from gamblers worldwide including the U.S.
William Hill Plc, Gala Group Ltd., and 13 other companies find out tonight if their virtual casino licenses have been approved to start accepting bets immediately, a spokesman for the Gambling Commission, the U.K.'s new regulator, said today. More than 300 others applied to operate licensed online sites including sports betting under the Gambling Act 2005.
The U.K. law highlights a potential conflict with the U.S.'s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, adopted in 2006, which prevents credit-card companies from collecting payments for online bets. The legislation has prompted gaming companies to shut down U.S. operations to focus on Europe and Asia.
"We aren't banning people from using Web sites based in the U.K.,'' Julia Smith, a spokeswoman on gambling for the U.K.'s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said in a telephone interview. "It is up to the consumer what they do.''
It will be interesting to see if this becomes an issue between US and UK leaders, or if in fact the US will now have more pressure to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act.