March 13, 2007

Stardust is DUST!

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CNN has the goods on today's newest sad demise of a grand old dame of Vegas history.

The Stardust is now just a memory.

The casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon.

Hundreds of people partied beneath tents and on makeshift patios before Boyd chairman Bill Boyd's four grandsons pushed a plunger to detonate the building. The blast generated a massive dust cloud that chased the revelers into cars, buses and nearby casinos. (Watch famous landmark go down Vegas style -- with flash and panache Video)

"It hurts. We cried," said Sheila Navarro, 51, a school supplies buyer from Oxnard, California, who took shelter in the nearby Frontier casino-hotel. She came with three sisters, her mother, an aunt and a brother-in-law to say farewell to the casino she's gambled at for more than 30 years.


The above image of the now blasted casino came from the website of the Architecture Studies Library of UNLV May students long remember her grace and charm!

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March 9, 2007

Want to Start Your Career in a Casino? Head to Detroit.

We wouldn't have thought Detroit was the place for that new casino opportunities, but hey, who are we to argue!

While it prepares to open a new $765 million hotel and gambling center, the MGM Grand Detroit Casino will hire 1,000 new workers this summer.

The casino has openings in areas including administration, finance, food and beverage, hotel operations, human resources, table games and marketing.

''It's nice to be announcing some good job news for Detroit,'' MGM spokesman Bob Berg told The Detroit News for a story published Thursday. ''All these jobs will come with a full benefit package with competitive wages.''

Interviews will begin later this month. The casino will open a downtown staffing center to conduct interviews and training, the Detroit Free Press reported.


Rest of the story at the South Bend Tribune.

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March 5, 2007

Sahara for Sale

It seems that a legend among casinos, the Sahara, is up for sale. Sadly, as the times changed, and part of Vegas became Old Vegas, the Sahara lost much of its business.

Owners of the Sahara Hotel and Casino, a hangout of Hollywood’s 1960s "Rat Pack" and the setting of the original "Ocean’s Eleven" film, have agreed to sell the aging property to an investor group.

Officials from Los Angeles–based SBE Entertainment Group LLC and San Mateo, California–based Stockbridge Real Estate Funds said they’ve entered into a contract to purchase the Moroccan–themed casino and hotel from Gordon Gaming Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The Sahara is one of the last remaining original properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and we are thrilled with the possibilities that it presents," SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian said in a statement late Friday.

Read more over at the Cay Compass News.

Lets just hope this old dame's new owners show her the respect she deserves.

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February 21, 2007

Vegas Wants an NBA Team

It seems that Las Vegas is pushing very hard to add to its sports venues. And while the NBA All-Stars game was just held there, It will be an uphill battle for the fast-growing city to land a permanant team.

The odds, however, that the NBA or any other league will soon come to Las Vegas for more than just a vacation — through relocation or expansion — are low. For now.

David Stern, the NBA commissioner, has made "integrity of the game" his battle cry and says that local gambling on the league, though regulated, would violate that tenet. He maintains that casinos must take all NBA games off their oddsmakers' books before Las Vegas could be a viable site.

"There's only one stumbling block," Stern said in a recent interview, referring to the betting on NBA games. "It has to be off the books for consideration. It is that, more than any other issue."

We are pulling for you Vegas, we'd love to be able to swing in, grab seats at a game, and enjoy yet another form of entertainment in the city that is famous for it.

Read the whole story over at the International Herald Tribune

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February 1, 2007

Vegas, the Furniture Capitol?

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Ok.. not that kind of Furniture.... but a furniture capitol none the less!


LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The builders of the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas on Monday announced two more steps toward completing the $3 billion furniture trade center.

The steel frame of the third phase of the eight-building project started rising Tuesday and construction on the fourth building will begin by the end of the year.

The announcements about the future of the project came during the first trade event for Building B of the center, a 16-story, $345 million structure.

The event, called the Winter Las Vegas Trade Market, is expected to surpass the attendance record of 60,000 people set during the World Market Center's inaugural event in July 2005.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman welcomed the construction news, saying that Southern Nevada would benefit by gaining a foothold in the growing furniture and household furniture industry.

"We learned a lesson on 9-11 that we could not just be a one-horse town," said Goodman, referring to the downturn in Las Vegas tourism following attacks by terrorists on New York City and Washington, D.C. "We need to have different businesses in our community."


Read more at the Casino City Times

Three Billion seems like alot for a furniture mega-warehouse, but hey.. we just gamble. It seems with Macao becoming the new gambling hot-spot, the good people of Vegas are starting to think of their fall back careers.

By the way, if you like that craps table pictured above, you can see it at Kardwell.com

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January 24, 2007

Step aside Vegas, Macao is the New Top Dog

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Macao surpassed the Las Vegas Strip to become the world’s biggest gambling center in 2006, measured by total gambling revenue, according to industry analysts and government figures released today.

In the eight years since Macao, a former Portuguese colony on the coast near Hong Kong, was returned to Chinese control in 1999, it has experienced a huge boom in casino investment, and millions of mainland Chinese have been flooding into the tiny island territory to gamble.

As a result, gambling revenue soared by 22 percent in 2006, reaching $6.95 billion, according to figures released by the local administration today.

We knew it was coming, and now its official. Macao is the now the world's gambling center. But don't worry Vegas, you'll always have a place in our hearts!

Read more at the Financial Times.

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January 22, 2007

Net Teller Leaders Arrested in US, Stops Taking US Funds

It looks like the US is serious about enforcing its new anti-online-gambling act, and Net Teller's leaders are living proof.

Neteller plc announced today that it has temporarily suspended its shares on the London AIM stock market after its two Canadian founders and former directors were arrested in the United States. Investors were left rather shocked by the news after Neteller issued the following statement:

"While travelling separately in the US, Mr (Stephen) Lawrence and Mr (John) Lefebvre, both former directors of the Company, were detained by US authorities on Monday, 15th January 2007. Other than as shareholders, neither Mr Lawrence nor Mr Lefebvre has any current position with or connection to NETELLER. The Group has not received any communication or correspondence from any US authority regarding this or any related matter. . . Pending clarification of the situation the Board has sought immediate temporary suspension of NETELLER's shares. Further information will be issued in due course."

Reported last week at Gambling Planet
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Later in the week :

Due to recent US legislative changes and events, effective immediately, US customers with Neteller accounts are no longer able to transfer funds to or from any online gambling sites.

All US members will continue to be able to use their NETELLER e-wallet account to safely transfer funds to and from non-gambling merchants and are not required to close their account or withdraw their funds.

Also on Gambling Planet

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January 15, 2007

Poker After Dark, An Intriguing New Show On NBC

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NBC has jumped on the poker bandwagon with their new show, Poker After Dark. Its airs late night (2 a.m. in most markets), and is NBC's attempt to get in on the poker craze. As a late night show, we think it works nicely, though as the review at PokerNews.com points out, the show's format does sometimes lack in the commentary.

All in all, its more poker for us to consume, and if we're up that late, maybe a little less Mike Sextant is just what the doctor ordered.

Here are some more links on the show itself, and check your local listings for airtime:

Official Poker After Dark Show Website

The Official Poker After Dark Blog by NBC

Poker News.com Review of the Show

Some Classic Phil Helmuth fun on the show via You Tube

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January 13, 2007

AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Takes over Vegas

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Well, Vegas has become a home of naked bottoms and flashing breasts. We mean.. MORE naked bottoms and flashing breasts. If you happened to notice a porn star or two as you were hitting the hot spots around Vegas recently, it wasnt you're imagination, it was the advent of the 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, the largest adult entertainment tradeshow there is.

Unfortunately, we missed everything *stupid poker!*, but lucky for us, there are sites like Fleshbot, who followed every detail of the expo.

Follow the following link to Fleshbot's coverage with care, as it is most deffinitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

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January 6, 2007

No Walk Out at Foxwoods?

It seems that the walkout of employees at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut that was expected to happen over the New Years weekend failed to materialize.

"The Mashantucket Pequot tribal chairman said this morning that the tribe-owned Foxwoods Resort Casino cares about its employees and questioned the "momentum" of the group of employees who planned to call out sick in large numbers.

…'If those people had the momentum they claim, we would've seen something over the weekend,' said Michael Thomas, chairman of the tribal council, after today's inauguration ceremony for tribal leaders.

"'He's right,' said spokesman Bruce MacDonald. 'We had a very busy New Year's Eve. We were fully staffed. We were over-staffed just in case a lot more people called (out).'…"

As seen on the Casino City Times

Well, while its always good to see gaming establishments staying open for business, we hope that at least all the publicity has awakend the Foxwoods management to the grievances of its employees so they can be addressed.

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