December 6, 2006

Sands to Start Online Gaming

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.

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November 19, 2006

The Battle of Connecticut: Part 2 - FIGHT!

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For those folks living in the north east, there are few options for getting in some casino gaming. One basically has to choose between two Connecticut casinos: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. But the question persists, which one to go to? Where should we spend our valuable free time? Which casino will give us more of what we want?

Fear not readers! We here at Casino Snob have placed these two casinos head to head, in a series we are calling "The Battle of Connecticut". In part 1 of our series, we took a look at the raw numbers surrounding these two behemoths. And while Foxwoods was clearly the larger of the two mega-complexes, there was actually alot of parity in the two casinos.

Today we are going to look at the overall experience and feel of the two, and we will try to see who will come out on top in the battle for the gamblers!

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November 11, 2006

Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means is a chance for us to bring the world of Casinos into a loved one's life! We've got a handle on the holidays and some great ideas for gifts you can get even the most difficult to buy for on your list. So grab that holiday list, and prepare to shop till you drop as we present to you the Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide!

Theres one thing a casino snob loves, and thats playing anytime, anywhere. Check out these home-casino items that would look great jammed in an oversize stocking, or wrapped up for giving!

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We begin with a selection of Felt Tops. These are sure to warm the heart of any home gamer. And if you're a regular reader of the site, you may even be able to win a few from the house when they host their first game. And what could be nicer in the holidays than taking it from the house.
Here we have a Caribbean Stud Poker felt top. The opposite side also has a Texas Hold'Em trainer, though we've never had use for that side.

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For those who prefer the Blackjack world, we can reccommend this Black Jack Felt Top. Its got all you need to hit or stay from the comfort of your parlor. Does anyone even have a parlor anymore?

Baccarat At Home!
As we've discussed before, Baccarat is so easy, even a drunken monkey can play it. And the best part is, folks think its sophisticated, so help them look like the coolest gamers around, and get them this Baccarat Mat.


Craps Layout
And of course, what home casino would be complete without a sweet craps setup. You're loved one can shoot the bones all night, and if you're extra nice, you can play the stick person.

So, you get the felt tops all right, but what about the other accessories they'll need? No problem. Here is a set of essentials that every home gamer will want.


Kem
First and foremost, any card game will need cards. And the best cards around are Kem cards. A solid set of Kem Cards will last you for a very very long time. They are more expensive than regular cards, and thats because of the quality of them. We've raved about these cards before, and we stick by 'em.


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Now that you have picked up the cards, you may want to also pick up an 6 deck shoe. This will help you deal those cards in the slickest way possible. Its ideal for blackjack dealing, but its also handy for any card-dealing game your loved one may want to play. The kids even like to play go fish with it.

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That may take care of the card players, but what about those craps accessories? Not to worry!
First off, we have the dice themselves. Now sure, any dice will do in a craps game. But if you want to let your casino snob show their casino style, then you have no choice but to get some profesional craps dice. You can grab a small set of five, or if you have a whole army of snobs (or one really forgetful one), you can pony up and get the brick of 400!

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And now that you have all those dice, you'l want to get your snob the wooden bowl to hold them in! This bowl looks attractive on the table, and helps keep the spare dice separate from the dice that are in play.


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Finally for that craps lovin' casino snob, the best of all craps accessories, the stick. They can run around and beat things like its a riding crop, or they can just handle the dice like a pro, and keep their home game cooking into the wee hours. And because size DOES matter (the size of the table silly!) you can choose from a selection of sticks including 24, 30, 36, 42, and 48. For the record, we reccommend the 42, but only because its the answer to life, the universe and everything.

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But what if your snob's thing is slots? No worries! You can start with a sweet selection of slot machines. They range in price, and style. Included in this group are the Welcome to Las Vegas Skill Stop SLOT Machine, the Fru Full Skill Stop SLOT Machine, and the God Game Skill Stop SLOT Machine. You can even get a personalized version of the Welcome to Las Vegas model! Throw in a pack of tokens for your skill slot machine, and your slot lovin snob is as happy as a pig in mud!


Video Poker Machine
If they are someone you REALLY like. And if they do have just everything, then why not give them the real deal. This is a multi game video poker and slot machine. Just imagine your snob and their pals huddled around this baby cheering on as the bings abd boops whail on. Hmm.. Now that we think about it.You may want to get a set of earmuffs while you're at it, so you can sleep at night.


If you still need more ideas, why not check out the following articles. They have some books that may interest your casino snob, and help them improve their game when they head to the casino for fun.

All About Blackjack
All About Baccarat
All About Craps
How to Win at Hold'Em
Discoveries in Blackjack


We hope we've set you on the right track for your holiday gift giving extravaganza. If you are looking for other gift ideas, you can always browse the rest of the blogpire, listen to our podcast, and see what other ideas spring to mind!

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November 7, 2006

October Wrap Up

Lean back in your easy chair and buckle that safety belt. Its time for the Casino Snob October Wrap up!

Blogpire News
We had more podcasts this past month. If you havent heard them yet, you can listen to yours truly, and Jay Brewer wax rhapsodic about all the blogpire has to offer.

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06


Casino Snob Book Club
We kicked off a new category with a look at the perennial casino book: Bringing Down The House. Its a fine read, and you should deffinitely check it out.


Casino Style
There were a couple of Casino Cocktail Fridays. We sipped on a Tequila with Let it Ride and we had a frothy cold one while we played the slots.

We had some smart advice from Jack Colton to never wear sunglasses in those night clubs.

And finally in style, we took a great look at Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, and took an overview of the best of the Vegas Music CDs of that classic crooner.


Casinos
The Battle of Connecticut began, with our look at the two big casinos in CT, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The battle still rages on, and we're excited to see round 2, but for now you can check out the Tale of the Tape.

We found out about the Casino And Gaming Fund and how you can bet on the house.

And finally we learned a little about Kevin Costner's Casino Adventures, and why Nevada may be getting a little more smoke free.


Entertainment
THe big news was of course our look at all the stuff going on for Halloween in Vegas. We are thinking that next year we will have to schedule a trip there for just the week of Halloween, as nowhere else can we slide on our Marilyn Manson costume and potentially win twenty thousand dollars.


News

Playboy made a big swing early in the month by opening up its new playboy club at the Palms.

We also covered a funny and crazy bank heist that looked like Ocean's Eleven.

But all that sex, crime, and rock and roll could not outshine the big bomb of October, the online gambling ban within the US. We are still dealing with the reprocussions, which have included places freezing accounts, buyouts, and mergers galore.

Yes, it was a wild October, and we're excited to see what happens next as we head into the Holidays.

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October 24, 2006

Voters Get the Chance to Cut Through the Smoke In Nevada...A Little

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Voters in Nevada this coming election will get the chance to help reduce the smoking in casino venues.
Sadly, gaming floors are staying smoke-able. Most of us here at Casnio Snob are non-smokers, and we are all hoping secretly that our favorite gaming establishments will begin to adopt more non-smoking policies. Nothing takes the buzz of your awesome night of gaming like that headache that sneaks in from too much lingering smoke.

Neither of two competing measures on next month's ballot to restrict smoking in Nevada dares to prohibit smoking in casinos.

The gaming-floor exemption to both smoking ban proposals reflects Nevada's libertarian attitude toward compulsive behavior and the understanding that smoking, drinking and gambling go hand in hand.

Preventing gamblers from smoking, the assumption goes, would be bad for business, and therefore bad for the state.

Some gaming insiders are quietly worried that in the next decade, a wave of public opinion may be calling for a total ban on casino smoking.

But evidence suggests that Nevada could acclimate to nonsmoking casinos and that the gaming industry could actually benefit by it over the long haul - while sparing casino employees the health risks of working around smokers.

Question 5 on next month's ballot, supported by the Nevada State Medical Association, the American Cancer Society and other health groups, would ban smoking in most venues save for the gaming floors of casinos. The initiative exempts bars that don't serve meals, although most bars in Nevada - partly to comply with a law allowing slot machines in bars only if gaming is "incidental" to the business - also prepare food.

Question 4, backed by gaming interests as a response to Question 5, would ban smoking in retail stores, galleries, libraries, museums and similar places that already tend to be nonsmoking, while allowing bars as well as grocery stores and convenience stores with slots to continue to accommodate smokers in those gambling alcoves.

If both petitions get more than half of the vote, the petition with the most votes would win.

Read the whole article over at the Casino City Times

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October 17, 2006

Kevin Costner In Dispute Over Casino

Dances With Courts
While trolling the back-news for interesting stories we discovered that Kvin Costner is in a dispute with a couple of soon-to-be-ex-partners over ownership in a South Dakota Casino. We had no idea he even owned one! Now we want to travel out there to see what this place is all about!

Kevin Costner is asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to help him cut ties with two business partners in a Deadwood casino Costner owns.

The star is asking the court to send the case back to a judge for a final decision so he can become the sole owner of the Midnight Star, an eating and gambling establishment where costumes Costner wore in various movies line the walls.

Costner filmed much of 'Dances With Wolves,' which won the Academy Award for best picture in 1990, on South Dakota's plains and in the Black Hills, where Deadwood is located.

The actor owns 93.5% of the casino and hired Francis and Carla Caneva to manage the operation and gave them each 6.5% ownership.

Costner fired the couple in July 2004 and asked them to part ways as partners, as well. When they declined, he chose to dissolve the partnership.

In order to formally sever ties, the casino's fair market value had to be determined, which has been the subject of much dispute.

Costner's accountant put the value of the casino at $3.1 million, while the Canevas got another Deadwood casino owner to testify he would pay twice that amount, or $6.2 million.

A judge agreed with that amount and ordered Costner to buy the business for $6.2 million or sell it on the open market.

Costner appealed the decision, arguing that the value of the casino wasn't derived from a hypothetical buyer and seller, as is required by the Internal Revenue Service, and that the value was set without viewing any financial documents.


-- from Gambling Planet
Kevin Costner Image from IMDB

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October 11, 2006

Betting On the Bank

Gamign And Casino Fund

As we were trolling the stories on the Casino City Times, we came across a mention of a mutual fund called the Gaming and Casino Fund. Apparantly its a fund that invests in only gaming and casino related stocks. To our knowledge, it is the first fund to solely invest in gaming and casino related companies. We were fascinated by the concept, and we dug deeper to find out more.

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October 7, 2006

The Battle of Connecticut: Part 1 - The Tale of the Tape

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For those folks living in the north east, there are few options for getting in some casino gaming. One basically has to choose between two Connecticut casinos: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. But the question persists, which one to go to? Where should we spend our valuable free time? Which casino will give us more of what we want?

Fear not readers! We here at Casino Snob have placed these two casinos head to head, in a series we are calling "The Battle of Connecticut". We will take an in-depth look at both Mohegan Sun, and Foxwoods, and we will find out what each's strengths and weaknesses are. And through our exploration, we will provide you with all you need to decide where to visit on your next Connecticut Trip!

Read on for Part 1 - The Tale of the Tape


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October 2, 2006

September Wrap Up

Another busy month here at the Casino Snob, and the time has come to do the September Wrap Up, so warm up some apple cider, and in this early October, let's remenice about the September just past.

On the gaming scene, the first thing we did is take an in depth look at BlackJack with another in our "all about" series. We covered the basics of the game, as well as a few products that we though could enhance your black jack experience.

We also took a look at some sweet products for your home casino with the high quality Kem Cards and your very own slot machine.

In addition, we reported on our happy experiences with the Winning Bid slot machine we found at Mohegan Sun.

In the Casino Style section, as always, we had a slew of Casino Cocktail Fridays covering such lovelies as The Gimlet, the Cosmopolitan, the Ace of Spades, Dumpster Juice, and the Campari and Soda.

We also pointed out the one hundred percent pure style of Jack Colton.


Finally on the news front, we pointed out many interesting stories. Among our favorites were the Roulette Device, the electronic poker table, and the money train.

We hope you found those treats interesting, and we'll do our best not to trick you as we enter October, and the heart of Fall.

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October 1, 2006

Playboy Club Opens at the Palms in Vegas

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Well, now we know where we should be on October 6th, at the Palms resort and casino in Las Vegas. And thats because Playboy Enterprises is opening its first new Playboy Club in over twenty years.

We weren't around to enjoy the clubs of yesteryear, but the lifestyle and attitude of the Playboy Club fit right in with the kind of scene that Vegas is today. Classy and fun.

Located at the top of The Palms new Fantasy Tower, this modern interpretation of the iconic Playboy Club is a must-visit entertainment destination for visitors in Las Vegas. The Playboy brand, which for years has been synonymous around the world with the "good life," brings a new level of excitement to the Playboy Club which is connected via glass enclosed escalators to the N9NE Group's new restaurant concept, Nove Italiano, and Moon nightclub which pays homage to Playboy with a giant Rabbit Head as the centerpiece of the dance floor.

In a scene that merges the past with the present, The Playboy Club introduces a complete integration of lounging and gaming, which has never been attempted before in Las Vegas. Custom design elements from the bunny buttons on the sofas to the collage wallpaper featuring every centerfold from the last 25 years reflect the image of the Playboy logo and capture the Playboy lifestyle.

Sixty plasma screens display visual riches from the archives of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., while dozens of Playboy Bunnies don signature Bunny Costumes as well as a modern version designed by Roberto Cavalli.

Read on at the Casino City Times

The Palms Las Vegas

Playboy Club

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