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World’s Best Casinos: Encore at Wynn Macau Opens to the Public

Monday, April 26th, 2010
The Encore Casino Hotel at Wynn Macau

Encore at Wynn Macau: The World's Loveliest Hotel

Steve Wynn knows gambling. Better yet, Steve Wynn knows casinos. And still better yet, Steve Wynn knows hospitality. Apparently, he also knows his works of art, but that’s beside the point. For the sake of this article, Steve Wynn knows pretty much all there is to know about running a successful casino resort. Case in point is the fact that Wynn has opened yet another casino in the gambling hungry city of Macau. That makes two casinos in Macau under Steve Wynn’s belt – basically, to offset his twin properties on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Opening Wednesday of last week, Encore at Wynn Macau is much like Wynn Las Vegas, except that instead of one casino to be shared by both resorts, Encore at Wynn Macau has its very own casino. Needless to say, the gambling industry is doing just fine in Macau, unlike in Las Vegas where monthly revenue has steadily declined over the last two years.

In addition to the 205,000 square foot casino, Encore at Wynn Macau offers a sprawling complex of over 400 stores and boutique shops, including Chanel and Cartier, as well as six restaurants to feed the hungry masses after a day of gambling and shopping.

For anybody who has never stayed at the Wynn Las Vegas, it is certainly a pleasure. In fact, I personally consider it the best place to stay on the Las Vegas Strip. Sure, it’s all relative, but I simply could not get over the comfortable, modern feel of the resort, coupled with the beautiful view of the Red Rock Mountains from my chic room. And if you’re like me and have never stayed at Encore at Wynn Macau, it might just be the perfect reason to plan that trip to visit China (or all of Asia for that matter) that you’ve never been planning to do. After all, Steve Wynn himself calls it, “the loveliest hotel in the world”.

Las Vegas Casinos See Greater Decline in Gambling Revenue for 2010…

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Oh Las Vegas I feel your pain! But then again, I don’t feel the pain of your hotheaded governor who recently threatened President Obama after he spoke to a group of high school seniors and urged them to save money for college rather than gambling it in Las Vegas.

So yes, Las Vegas continues to lose gambling revenue. Ever since the unofficial recession started, Las Vegas has experienced a gradual decline in the money it takes from people. Look, I completely understand that in order for Las Vegas to continue being the “playground” it has become for adults over the years, it needs a whole lot of money coming in. But you know what? Las Vegas isn’t going anywhere – and the loss of revenue really isn’t that big of a loss.

January 2010 saw a 3.2% decrease in overall revenue compared to January 2008. Granted, 2008 was a loss from 2007, and all but one month in the last two years has seen an increase in revenue. But still, that revenue came in at $888.3 million for the month of January 2010. Needless to say, business is still good.

Casino operators and the Nevada Gaming Control Board would certainly love to see Las Vegas faring better, yet, they know things aren’t going to overnight. Referring to January 2010 as a soft month, the Gaming Control Board says they are expecting an even larger decline in the coming months this year. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. And that, my friends, is the World Series of Poker, which makes its way into Vegas during the Summer months.

That said, I have something to say to Las Vegas. Dear Las Vegas, maybe if you hadn’t fought against regulating online casino gambling all those years, you wouldn’t be in the fix you’re now in. And let me remind you that WSOP is primarily fueled by the online poker industry. You can thank the PPA later for saving your ass this year. And don’t go blaming the economy either – cough, cough Project City Center, cough, crazy condo developers – for the Pennsylvania gambling industry has seen increases in revenue. Sure, Atlantic City is going bankrupt, but that’s what happens when you let Donald Trump open a casino. Oh wait, Trump recently set up shop in Vegas, did he not? 🙂

President Obama Gets Bashed About Las Vegas Comment: I Feel Sick With Laughter

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
LV Mayor Says He Will Take Obama Down!

Enraged LV Mayor, Oscar Goodman Says He Will Take Obama Down!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am most definitely partial to President Barrack Obama in relation to other U.S. politicians, especially those of the far right. So much so, in fact, that us avid Obama supporters generally get labeled by the anti-Obama camp as being naive idolaters who believe that Obama simply can’t do anything wrong….no matter what he does. So, if Obama decides to start dropping nukes, well then, if you ask me, don’t worry about a thing. He’s Obama. He knows what he’s doing.

In other words, no, I don’t believe Obama can’t do anything wrong. The fact that Obama supports offshore drilling and nuclear energy, while I don’t necessarily believe that’s the cure for America’s energy woes, I am 99.9% sure Obama is doing it to appease Republicans and usher in a transition into an America primarily fueled by renewable energy sources. Could this end up slowing the growth of clean energy sources like solar and wind? Maybe. So yes, I believe Obama could do me wrong in the context of energy. And yes, anything else. All politicians are unpredictable. And depending what’s dear to us, there’s plenty that can go wrong.

Think about it. When a public official negatively impacts something dear to you, even if it’s the right thing to do on the whole, that public official is very likely going to fall out of favor with you. They flat out f’d up your world. So, basically, I guess what I’m trying to say three paragraphs deep into this post, is that when President Obama recently made a comment that Americans need to tighten up their belts in these tough economic times, I can understand how certain industry would get down trodden when the President of the United States is telling their customers to not spend as much money.

But what I can’t understand, and quite frankly, makes me laugh and sick to my stomach at the same time, is Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, hastily calling together a news conference to tell the President he will never be welcome in the town of Las Vegas, calling him a “slow learner” and threatening he (Goodman) will “do everything (I) can to give Obama the boot”, shortly after word spread that Obama told high school students in New Hampshire, “You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.”

Okay, so maybe Goodman (not maybe…more like definitely) is just a crazy, irrational person? The Mayor goes off the deep end for a day, and soon all is forgotten and forgiven – not that there’s anything to be forgiven if you ask me.

Look, I know the Las Vegas economy is really hurting right now. But Mr. Mayor, you are the one who allowed an unprecedented flurry of condo construction to take place on scared money. You are the Mayor. And now you want to blame the President for warning Americans…err, high school students, to not blow their money on your games of chance? Are you crazy? You realize he was speaking to high school students, right? So instead, you and your State senator, Shelley Berkley, not to mention certain media outlets, blow his comments entirely out of context and claim that because Obama tells high school students to not blow their money gambling (which does happen by the way), but rather, to start saving for college, Las Vegas is going down the drain. Well, if that’s the business you are losing, then by all mean, down the drain you go man!

This is almost as ridiculous as last year when Las Vegas tourism and casino officials openly complained, claiming that when Obama told bailed out corporations – bailed out corporations – to not spend federal money on bonus trips to Las Vegas (which was happening, by the way), numerous companies cancelled their Las Vegas business trips, consequently hurting the city direly. Uhm, can you say “recession”?

In my opinion, this whole thing is utterly laughable. Just as laughable is the fact that the anti-gambling camp is all mum’s-the-word. It’s funny how loud they cry out whenever the government liberalizes casino gambling, but when the man whom they love to hate encourages high school kids to not blow their college savings on gambling, consequently receiving a mountain of irrational backlash, they say absolutely nothing in his defense. Truth be told, what it all really comes down to is irresponsible reporting. Even Yahoo, and of late, the increasingly biased Associated Press, warped President Obama’s comments completely out of context, scantly mentioning the fact that Obama was speaking at a high school, every so itching to get an emotional reaction, which they did.

And now even I’m emotional! Only it’s the other way around. Try North, because at this rate, Canada is looking like a really viable option for an expatriate in the making.

Online Poker Network Receives the Esteemed eCOGRA Certification

Friday, December 4th, 2009

eCOGRA Online Poker Software

Whenever an online gaming software developer receives an eCOGRA certification, it’s pretty big news. Besides the fact that there are little over ten software developers boasting the eCOGRA Seal of Approval to begin with, for the first three years in which eCOGRA was in operation (2005-2008), there was one lone software developer (Microgaming) which online casinos could license, and consequently be eligible to receive the “Play it Safe” Seal of Approval, which is now called the “Safe and Fair” Seal of Approval.

Indeed, many things have changed at eCOGRA in the last couple of years. In addition to developing an approval process for software developers – a necessary move to remove stigmas that eCOGRA was favorably biased toward Microgaming, who was a founding member of eCOGRA – the leading non-profit group for enforcing online gambling best industry regulatory standards also implemented an approval process for bingo rooms and sportsbooks – extending beyond the original mainstay of online casino sites and poker rooms. They also have a reputable portals list, which Online Casino Suite is proud to be included on.

So…going back to my original point about software developers receiving an eCOGRA certification, the CEREUS online poker network is the most recent software platform to get a green light from eCOGRA. This is especially impressive considering CEREUS’s young but spotted past track record.

CEREUS should be considered a relatively young poker network. Apparently taking twelve months to develop on the backend, CEREUS was launched in 2008 and soon after saw several large poker rooms join, or rather, form the network, including Tokwiro Enterprises Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Tokwiro Enterprises, by the way, owns and operates the CEREUS network, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which they also

Well, if you play online poker already or at least keep up on the latest poker news – and considering you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last two years – there’s a good chance you caught wind of the cheating scandals that took place at both of these poker rooms. No small incident, the scandals resulted in players being cheated out of $20 million, with former WSOP champ, Russ Hamilton, caught up in the middle of it all. FYI, do yourself a favor and stay clear of ANY online gambling site connected with Russ Hamilton in any way. He was found by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to be the main person responsible for and benefitting from the cheating scandals.

While Tokwiro Enterprises nor the Kahnawake Gaming Commission did nothing to punish the offenders (a tricky legal matter to say the least), they did compensate all of the players who were affected by the cheating (traced back to super-user, fake accounts). Now, with an approval from eCOGRA, Tokwiro has taken an even larger step in damage control, and in rebuilding its reputation with poker players – many of which are U.S. residents.

According to eCOGRA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Beveridge, “Cereus management’s complete cooperation and commitment to an in-depth inspection and monitoring process involving the network’s transaction records and its software has been remarkable. Going forward, we are confident that the network’s adherence to our standards and best business practice requirements will prevent any reoccurrence of the unfortunate incidents of the past.”

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