October 2, 2006

No More Online Gambling in the US?


Well, it looks like the nuclear option has hit. Online gambling will no longer be legal in the US. It is a sad day for gaming Americans. This new law, "the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006", will have sever impacts on the gaming companies here in the US, and abroad, as all that revenue will either vanish, or go underground.

First off, it all went down under the guise of ammendments to a port security bill, and of course it happens just as congress is heading home for final campaigning for the mid terms. Slimy.

Yahoo News Had this report today:

Online gambling firms faced their biggest-ever crisis on Monday after U.S. Congress passed legislation to end Internet gaming there, threatening jobs and wiping 3.5 billion pounds ($6.5 billion) off company values.

Britain's PartyGaming Plc, operator of leading Internet poker site PartyPoker.com, and rivals Sportingbet and 888 Plc said they would likely pull out of the United States, their biggest source of revenue.

"This development is a significant setback for our company, our shareholders, our players and our industry," PartyGaming Chief Executive Mitch Garber said.

The House of Representatives and Senate unexpectedly approved a bill early on Saturday that would make it illegal for banks and credit-card companies to make payments to online gambling sites.

Read on for more from around the News Wires.

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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


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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September 26, 2006

And Mom Said Those Games Would Never Do You Good.

Did Your mom tell you you were playing too many games? Did she tell you to go outside and play instead of sharpening those board-game skills?

Well mom, take a look at this:

The much anticipated PartyGammon.com Million takes place in January, with some seats still remaining. The tournament, which offers the largest guaranteed prize pool in the history of backgammon, will take place at the famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, from the 21st-25th January, 2007. The field will feature a maximum 128 players and consist of online qualifiers and players who directly buy-in to the tournament.

The $500,000 minimum guaranteed first prize of the PartyGammon.com Million is estimated to exceed this year's World Championship top prize five times over, with the remaining minimum $500,000 being distributed to other finishers in the main and consolation event.

A $500,000 prize to win a backgammon tournament ain't too shabby. So the next time you're thinking of getting people together to play a boardgame, you may want to consider backgammon, it may come in handy for next year's tournament!

p.s. If you can get to the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, you really should do it. That place is simply spectacular.

Read the whole story at the Casino City Times

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September 22, 2006

Your Window to See a Classic Casino is Closing

Its a bittersweet thing to see a clasic casino like the Sands in Atlantic City close down. Though, while the Sands is a classic, its one of the city's smallest casinos, and the megaresort that will fill its large shoes will likely be an amazing place in its own right. We look forward to checking it out.

The Sands Casino Hotel has stopped taking hotel reservations beyond Nov. 10 as it prepares to close down to make way for development of a $1.5 billion megaresort by its new owner Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.

Although Nov. 10 is currently the last day for hotel bookings, it is still unknown whether that will actually be the date that the gaming hall closes for good after 26 years in business, Sands President George Toth said.

Toth said it is anticipated the entire casino hotel will shut down sometime between Nov. 10 and 24. The gaming floor will close first, followed by the bars and restaurants and then the hotel operations within a day or two.

Read the whole story at the Press of Atlantic City

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September 19, 2006

Cell Phone Camera May be Key to A Players Winnings

As we were trolling the news this morning, we found this very interesting article.

A man who claims he hit a $737,203 jackpot on a nickel slot machine has hired an attorney after the club claimed the big win was a huge mistake.

Sornpaserd Unkeowannulack, 31, was playing the nickel slots at the Table Mountain Casino on Friday, when the "Deep Pockets" machine announced he hit the jackpot. But when Unkeowannulack began celebrating, officials at the Indian gaming club said the machine was broken and he wasn't eligible for any prize.

"They immediately said there was a malfunction," said Unkeowannulack, a self-described professional gambler who lives in Clovis.

Unkeowannulack took a picture of the machine with his cell phone, and his friend called attorney Scott Kinney.

Let this be a lesson to you all, carry your cell phones with you! Those cameras could come in handy when you have to document your potential winnings! You can be sure those of us here at the Casino Snob have taken notice, and we won't be leaving home without our trusty cell phones.

Read the whole story at the Fresno Bee

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September 14, 2006

Sometimes You Wonder, Is it Worth It?

It looks as tho Bally's has gone a bit too far in trying to prosecute some guy who they thought had cheated the casino out of sixty-five cents. The "former gambler" was found innocent, and now hes countersuiing to the tune of $5.1 million . We konw why hes a "former gambler", because hes already gambling in the courts!

The case of the 65-cent slot cheat has turned into a megabucks lawsuit.

Seven weeks after he was found not guilty of cheating at slots, a former gambler has amended his civil suit against Bally's Atlantic City to add a charge of malicious prosecution and raise the damages he is seeking from $500,000 to $5.1 million.

Calvin Maultsby, 61, has been waging a legal battle against Bally's ever since he was arrested at the former Claridge Casino Hotel on Sept. 22, 2003, for allegedly cheating a 5-cent slot machine out of $9.75.

Nearly three years after the arrest, the case finally went to trial in Atlantic City Municipal Court. A judge found Maultsby not guilty on July 26 of charges he had manipulated the slot machine by “fast feeding” coins into it to make it pay out a bigger jackpot.

With an air of sarcasm, Maultsby began referring to himself as the “65-cent slot cheat” because 13 nickels were confiscated from him by State Police and given to the casino during his arrest. The 65 cents represented the overpayment when the slot machine was cashed out.

Article via Press of Atlantic City.

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A little Security At Your Next Vegas Convention

Las Vegas Convention Center

As we all know, some of the biggest conventions in the US happen Las Vegas. We really think that its just an excuse to get in town to play in the finest casinos around, but its nice to know that while we're there, we'll be as safe as we can be.

The Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday moved one step closer to becoming the first venue of its kind with an on-site fire station equipped to handle some of the worst crises imaginable.

By August 2008, the nation's third-largest convention center will likely house one of only a handful of U.S.-based CBRNE engines, Clark County Fire Department leaders said Tuesday.

In addition to performing standard firefighting tasks, the $450,000 vehicles and their crews are equipped to deal with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive-related incidents.

The proposed Station 33 -- which is still subject to Clark County Commission approval next month -- would also put a special bomb response unit known as "ARMOR" just moments away from most of the city's largest tourist attractions. Plans also call for a secondary command post and a traditional rescue/ambulance vehicle.

That sounds like one serious engine. And now we're wondering if it still makes the siren sound.

At any rate, you can read more on the story at the Casino City Times.

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September 13, 2006

Not Quite a Casino, But A $163 Million Jackpot Rules

Well, its not quite a Casino, but when the lotto gets high, we like to pay attention.

Casino City Times had this news today:

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to create excitement, as a total of 931,218 tickets from coast to coast were winners in the Tuesday, September 12 drawing. Since no ticket matched all six numbers to win the estimated $135 million jackpot, the jackpot for the Friday, September 15, 2006 drawing grows to an estimated $163 million.

The winning numbers in Tuesday's drawing were: 03-16-25-30-44 and the Mega Ball number was 42.

A total of eight tickets came within a heartbeat of winning the jackpot by matching the first five numbers and only missing the Mega Ball number. Those tickets were purchased in California (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), New Jersey (2) and New York (1).

This jackpot has been growing since August 1, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 12 times without a winner. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are approximately 1 in 40.

Mega Millions is played in 12 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 PM Eastern Time, 10:00 PM Central Time and 8:00 PM Pacific Time.

Now its not quite "mad rush to the quick-mart" time, thats more at the 300 Million mark, but for those of you with a Mega Millions in your state, it may be worth playing a card or two. Good luck, and remember us when you win!

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September 12, 2006

Massive Underground Casino Busted in Seoul

Police arrested three men and booked 25 others Monday for operating an underground casino in Seoul that investigators say is the largest of its kind in the country.

Police discovered the illegal casino in Changan-dong, downtown Seoul. It traded more than 217 billion won ($226 million) in stakes and prizes since opening last November, police said.

The 430-square meter casino, which occupied the fifth-floor of a 13-story building, was fully equipped with a dozen of closed-circuit television cameras and several triple-hinged security doors. A secret passageway allowed customers to escape to a motel on the seventh floor.

Law enforcement officials questioned another 44 people with secret memberships who frequented the casino. The group included businessmen, office workers, housewives and a kindergarten principal.

Let this be a lesson to everyone, if you are going to gamble, you'd better do it in an above-board casino. First of all, your less likely to be cheated. And second, you can probably go back to it a month from now.

Read the whole story at the Korea Times

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