“My candid answer is nobody knows what will happen except God and he hasn’t told me.” — state Rep. Robert Elliott (R), on the future of wannabe racino Rockingham Park, in New Hampshire.
Get your tickets now for next week’s iGaming North America 2014 conference, to be held at Planet Hollywood. The thought of a keynote speech by Ultimate Poker‘s Tom Breitling doesn’t get our pulses racing — but one of the marquee events is going to Las Vegas Sands‘ Andy Abboud and Caesars Interactive CEO Mitch Garber a-wrasslin’ over the merits of online gambling. At least we hope there will be some fireworks. If they were just elaborately polite to one another, that would be a waste of attendees’ money and — at $595 to $1,495 — attendees are entitled to some verbal fisticuffs from those two.
Most people hear the term “a bar” and think it means one bar. Downtown casinos have done some creative listening and taken it to mean multiple al fresco libation stations. Because Mermaids and La Bayou owner Steve Burnstine isn’t a member of Fremont Street Experience, he’s been barred (pun intended) from setting up outdoor liquor stands of his own. He can only grind his teeth as the Golden Gate and other nearby casinos do a brisk trade at their pop-up bars. The Experience has also been trying to have it both ways, urging a crackdown on packaged liquor sales, the better to Continued >>
If you haven’t seen Pawn Shop Live! at the Golden Nugget, you’ve still got a couple of weeks to do so but on April 17 it reopens at the Riviera. Don’t go expecting a stage version of Pawn Stars. Directed by Troy Heard, Pawn Shop Live! is a satirical mashup of elements that’s more like an “origins” story of Rick, Corey and Chumlee. Audience reaction has been mixed, so expect some revisions when the show reopens at the Riv.