September 9, 2006

There's More than One Way to Get Fumed at a Casino

PURCELL, Oklahoma – As reported by the Purcell Register: "Toxic fumes emitted from a restaurant's drain at the new casino kept Goldsby and Purcell Fire and Rescue busy for about 10 hours last week.

"Goldsby Fire Chief Larry Paulk said they responded to a chemical spill call around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday at the Riverwind Casino.

"…Purcell Fire Chief Mike Clifton said he was told that degreaser was poured down the drain, along with bleach. This caused the chlorine-gas fumes.

Yikes!

Is it just us, or is the fact that this place was called the "Riverwind" ironic?

Story at Casino City Times

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September 8, 2006

All Aboard the Money Train!

Its election season, and as a result, we're seeing all sorts of political maneuvering. While this usually means more calls for gambling regulation, sometimes its a call for more gaming establishments. This particular idea sounds pretty darn cool: A train whose revenues would come from an onboard casino!

Independent gubernatorial candidate Barbara Merrill on Tuesday proposed a passenger train service between Portland and Montreal that would get part of its revenue from an onboard casino.

Merrill unveiled her plan for the "Maine to Montreal High Roller" at a news conference held on the back of a passenger train outside a renovated station in this midcoast city.

"It's time," she said, "to get Maine's economy off the branch line and onto the fast track" by completing a passenger rail link to Canada that can provide access to the rest of North America.

"Instead of being at the end of the line, Maine will be the connection between New York and Boston in the Northeast and Montreal and Toronto in Canada," Merrill said.

Read the whole story at Maine Today

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September 6, 2006

New Heavy Rail Lines to Ease Traffic in Vegas?

As often as we visit the Strip in Las Vegas, its easy to forget that it is in fact a functioning street. Overawed by the giant mega-casinos you forget that there is a rather busy street in-between. Its made even more busy by the thousands upon thousands of visitors. If you've ever left Vegas on a Sunday via the airport, you know just how many visitors the city gets each week. With all that traffic, its nice to know the city is trying to plan for its growing future, by putting in some heavy rail lines to reduce the congestion. This may lead to a nice vacation opportunity where you can stay in southern California, and take the rail into Vegas for a day or two. Sign us up!

A heavy rail line bringing tourists in from Southern California and elsewhere will have to be a part of the solution to growing traffic problems along the Strip resort corridor, Regional Transportation Commission General Manager Jacob Snow and other local experts agree.

Snow believes that rail links, including renewed local Amtrak service and a new magnetically levitated passenger line connecting Las Vegas and Southern California, will help relieve congestion in the resort corridor, which is generally bordered by Interstate 15, Paradise Road and Tropicana and Sahara avenues.

"I think we're going to need them both, Amtrak and maglev. (Interstate) 15 simply has limited capacity," Snow said, explaining that rail links can help reduce drive-in tourist traffic on Interstate 15, which is already clogged nearly to capacity.

With 25,000 hotel and hotel-condo units likely to be added to the Strip in the next four years, and possibly 80,000 condominium units coming out of the ground along the resort corridor, the number of cars in the area could increase by 50 percent over today's 225,000 daily trips.

Read the whole story at the Casino City Times

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September 5, 2006

Wynn opens up new Casino on Macau

Looks like Macau is becoming the worlds next big casino hotspot, and Stephen Wynn is there to be a part of it.

American gaming mogul Stephen Wynn was ready to throw open the doors of his new US$1.2 billion (€930 million) casino to gamblers Wednesday in Macau — the Chinese territory that seeks to rival the Las Vegas Strip as the world's epicenter for gambling.

The sleek Wynn Macau casino with a sloping roof is a key part of Macau's bid to transform itself from a second-rate spot for day-tripping gamblers to a major global tourist destination with luxury hotels, resorts, shows and convention centers.

Full Article at the International Herald Tribune

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Trump-Tastic Boat Show in Atlantic City This Week

Yeow-Yacht

Well it looks like Mr Trump is throwing one hell of a boat show at his Atlantic City casino this weekend. If you happen to be in the city this weekend, and you can find your way to the Trump Marina Hotel Casino, you should be in for a pretty sweet view into some amazing boats.

Full story at Casino City Times

This September boating and gaming will meet like never before.

From September 7-10, 2006, Atlantic City and Trump Marina Hotel Casino will be the main stage for one of the country's premier boating events, the Atlantic City In-Water Boat Show. This show is the largest in the region and the second largest of its kind in the entire country. As the first major show of its kind for the fall season, the event provides a first glimpse at the latest boating innovations and newest models for 2007.

Trump Marina Hotel Casino

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September 4, 2006

When you Gamble, Don't be Dumb

Some jack-ass parents decided to leave their kid in the car when they went inside to gamble. In our opinion, they deserve whatever they get. Moves like those are decidedly NOT gambling responsibly.

A New Jersey couple faces charges of child abuse and child endangerment, after allegedly leaving their three-week-old son alone in a car in an Atlantic City casino parking garage for several hours.

Security personnel at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino found the child at around 1 a.m. Saturday, after some patrons reported seeing him in the back seat.

They notified city police, who were able to get the baby out of the vehicle. Police waited at the scene until the parents returned to their car around 4 a.m.

The 21-year-old father and 19-year-old mother were arrested. The child was placed in state custody.

Story from Gambling Planet

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August 31, 2006

August Wrap-Up

Well another month has gone by, and its time to look back at August on the Casino Snob.

In the casino entertainment world we took a closer look at Cirque du Soleil and their odd blend of wonder and performance. We also let folks in on the hilarious and amazing duo of Penn & Teller, and how they can catch them perform in Vegas

In the Casino and Gaming section, we took some time to check out Baccarat, that high-brow game thats so simple even a secret agent can play it while on duty. We also spent some time with the Ponies at Rockingham Park. We even "touched down" on the sports bet scene when you have the inkling to bet on the NFL.

Texas Hold'em Took some of our attention, as we looked at a bunch of books that promised to help you win at the tables. And while technically It was back in July, we can't help but mention our post on craps, mainly because we just love the game that much.

In the Cuisine area, we kicked off Casino Cocktail Friday in style. Thats one series we just KNOW we are going to enjoy posting on for ages to come :)

All the while, the news ever flows onward, we did our best to give you the highlights of the Casino world. A look back at the gulf coast a year after Katrina, the talk about the largest casino in the world, and of course the current debate of the legality of Online Gaming.

Yes-sir-ee its been a good month here at Casino Snob, and we're glad to have you here with us! We hope you enjoyed you're summer, and now we're looking forward to Fall, and to all the casino-y goodness that awaits us!

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August 29, 2006

A Year After Katrina, the Gulf Coast Casinos are Bouncing Back

Biloxi Revenues

Its been a year since Katrina ravaged the gulf coast. Sadly one of the many losses to the area was the Mississippi coast casinos, essentially large barges upon which casinos stood, because they were essentially forbidden to build on land itself.

Now a new bill has been passed that allows casinos to build on land, and the investments coming in are rehabilitating the area even faster than many had expected. Jobs for casino employees are rapant, and higher wages and benefits are being offered to try to retain folks in the booming markets.

Yes, from the darkness of the storm, it appears Biloxi, and the other Mississippi Casio scenes are coming back with a vengence. Way to go Mississippi, we're very glad to see you're bouncing back, and we're looking forward to checking out your new and more luxurious casinos!

Boomtown Casino Marketing Director Chett Harrison says business has doubled in part because, with fewer casinos open, they're getting a bigger share of the strong gambling market.

Gaming revenues on the Gulf Coast jumped 15 percent from June to July, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. And for several months now, the handful of casinos reopened in Biloxi have been pulling in 75 percent to 80 percent of the revenue that a dozen coastal casinos made before Katrina.

Read it all, and listen to the article at NPR.org

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August 26, 2006

Macau .. more like MacWOW

We just read this on Gambling Planet:

Sands Macau, the pioneering Las Vegas-style casino that has revolutionized Macau's gambling industry, claims to be the largest in the world after expanding its gaming rooms, according to a Thursday statement.

Sands, owned by American casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, opened a new third floor, boosting the number of gaming tables by almost two thirds to 740.

The existing two floors -- including VIP rooms -- have also been extended, the company said, and the casino has also boosted its slot machines by 365 to 1,254.

"The addition of these tables now confirms Sands Macau's position as the largest casino in the world," the statement said.

Sands was the first foreign-owned casino to open in Macau when the former Portuguese enclave's gaming market was liberalized after 40 years under the control of tycoon Stanley Ho.

It spearheaded a wave of some US$25 billion investment that will see dozens of new casino and hotel resorts open in the next five years, revitalizing a century-old industry that had become mired in gang-related violence and declining earnings.

Sands' owners are also building a huge casino district on newly reclaimed land that will hold some 20 of the new resorts, including a replica of the successful Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

Just think, with 1254 slot machines, you could put a quarter in every one all day, and probably never get bored. Just slide along from room to room and play them all!

Here's more on Macau at Wikipedia, so you can plan your next trip. And FYI, We'll gladly accept your all expenses paid invitation for review.

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August 20, 2006

Nebraska to be Next Vegas?

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Via Casino City

NEBRASKA – As reported by the Nebraska State Paper: "Depending on how fast signatures can be counted, and the time appellate courts need to review the matter, Nebraskans might have a chance to vote in November on a plan for building three casinos.

"District Judge Karen Flowers ruled Thursday that signatures on initiative petitions seeking a vote on the gambling proposal should be counted.

"Attorney General Jon Bruning promptly took the case from Flowers' court and went down the street to the state Court of Appeals.

"Secretary of State John Gale previously said the petition proposal was basically the same as one that went to the people in 2004…"

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