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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Sports Betting | 7 comments

Unprofessional Service Yet Again at M Casino Sportsbook


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I usually let things slide.  Especially in the service industry.

It’s perfectly understandable that some people have a bad day.  Or, an employee has a personal issue and can’t fully concentrate on his job.  Occasionally, things just go wrong — and it’s best to simply let it go.

No more.  Not this time.

Once again, the M Casino Race and Sportsbook (Cantor Gaming) in Las Vegas provided yet more evidence that they’re quite possibly the most unprofessional staff in the entire city.  I’ve visited lots of Las Vegas sportsbooks over the years, so that’s really saying something.

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas | 4 comments

Is the New SLS Las Vegas Already in Serious Trouble?




Could the new SLS Las Vegas be the latest casino flop, a la Atlantic City’s Revel?

Just weeks after a garish and glittery opening over Labor Day weekend — which attracted plenty of Hollywood celebrities, at least one big-time rock star, and rave reviews from the fawning local and gambling press desperate to put positive spin on languishing hopes for the long-awaited transformation at the northern end of The Strip — SLS Las Vegas appears to be in serious trouble.  Already.

The problem:  No one’s going there.

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Personal, Picture 1, World Series of Poker | 5 comments

More Classic Poker Photos from My Private Collection



(Photo:  At the 2002 World Series of Poker….with no grey hair yet) 



Here’s another sampling of my private collection of poker photography.

All of my snapshots were taken between the years 1997 and 2003.  They were locked inside a file cabinet for more than a decade.  Now I think is a good time to share these images with those of you who enjoy looking back on the game’s history.  With the 2014 world championship November Nine as well as the Poker Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony coming soon, let’s now take a look back on some of poker’s best.

Read my original display of classic photographs here:  POKER HALL OF FAME:  PAST AND PRESENT (A PHOTO ESSAY)

Accompanying each photo, I’ve added some personal thoughts as to what I remember about the photos and the people in them, when they were taken.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

My Advice for Stand-Up Comedians


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Most people aren’t funny.

By this, I mean people who are not professional stand-up comedians.  In other words, unless you are paid frequently to tell jokes and entertain total strangers while standing beneath a bright spotlight, then zip it, okay?  While there’s a real comedian onstage talking, please keep your thoughts to yourself.  Don’t interrupt the performer.  Got that?

Here, let me try and make myself a little more clear:  SHUT THE FUCK UP.

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Politics, Sports Betting | 5 comments

Lies, Lies, and Videotape — Sheldon Adelson Skewers Poker Players Again




Yesterday, Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns and operates The Venetian Luxury Hotel Resort Casino in Las Vegas, appeared as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo, which is the world’s largest casino industry annual convention.

I attended.

To put it kindly, Mr. Adelson’s 50-minute talk received what I would classify as a lukewarm response.  Unlike the Sands Expo Center’s main ballroom which was filled to full standing-room only capacity the day before, when fellow casino mogul Steve Wynn spoke to a similar gathering, the allure of Mr. Adelson’s appearance filled only about two-thirds of the seats in the room, despite ideal placement as the prime time speaker on the show’s biggest afternoon (Wednesday).  Some attendees boycotting?  Mass disinterest?  Perhaps those who didn’t bother to show up to see the man who rules his mighty kingdom in the flesh already realized what most of the rest of us didn’t — that Mr. Adelson is a selfish, rambling bore.  Despite this, one might have expected this far-more controversial public figure and political lightning rod to draw a significantly bigger crowd, but that didn’t happen (see photo evidence at conclusion of this article).

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