life in vegas

Living in Las Vegas, Dave’s home since 2001.

More about G2E

Tons of articles about G2E 2004. Here’s a few: GLOBAL GAMING EXPO: Experts take ideas for a spin Marketers eye young crowds, branding Slot makers feel celebrities’ pull at expo Gambling expo highlights glitz Survey: Casinos shifting to younger designs BusinessWire news archive for entire show I haven’t seen anything specifically about the Wire Act …

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The G2E Panel

The much-anticipated “Legal Limbo” panel at G2E 2004 is now history. I’m blogging from the expo floor, so this will be quick–look for an update tomorrow with links to any media coverage. Bascially, I said hello, then introduced Bob Blumenfeld, who spoke about the Wire Act and the “March Madness” prosecutions of March 1998. Bob …

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Live at G2E

G2E was much as I anticipated it–very large, with many new machines. Here’s a few: Click on it–you can see it in full size, the fruit of my brand new Minolta 5.0 megapixel camera–look for more great images soon. Anyway, I know that gaming manufacturers don’t target their machines towards kids, but when’s the last …

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Speed bumps

I don’t have any news story about this: it’s just personal observation. There are too many speed bumps in Las Vegas. They just put three of them in the driveway that leads out of my apartment complex, probably because the hammerheads that live there were speeding around the curving road that leads to Howard Hughes …

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Porn or advertising?

The Nevada Gaming Control Board still hasn’t decided whether racy Hard Rock billboard ads are legitimate advertising, pornography, or inducements to cheat. There is now a trial (!) set for November. Commissioners had already rejected a $300,000 settlement of a three-count complaint, and now the adventure continues. From the LVRJ: Hard Rock Hotel President Kevin …

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Girls’ night out!

In an effort to cater to women, the Rio is building “The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out,” an entertainment complex geared towards women seeking a fun night out.  From biz.yahoo.com: Billed as The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out� destination, the Rio’s new complex will be the first in Las Vegas to offer such a venue. The multi-faceted …

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Misguided loyalty?

As I reported earlier, the Venetian was rather quietly fined a while back for several violations, including the rigging of a contest–a game of chance.  I would think this would tend to discredit the legal casino industry in Nevada and would provoke a few license revocations, but it actually only garnered a million-dollar fine.    …

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Merger update

Here’s a great capsule summary of the Harrah’s/Caesars merger proposal, and a breakdown of Harrah’s Caesars, MGM MIRAGE, and Mandalay Resort group, from Yahoo Finance: Casino operator Harrah’s Entertainment is close to buying bigger rival Caesars Entertainment in a $10 billion deal that would form the world’s largest casino empire with $8.8 billion in annual …

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