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Another great show guys.
Speaking of Tommy and the Luxor Light, a segment on Pahrump’s favorite resident, Art Bell, would be pretty entertaining. Live from the Kingdom of Nye (county) as he likes to say. Like some podcasts, credibility is of absolutely no concern to him – just entertainment value. Too bad he isn’t on the radio as much as in the late 90s.
How ’bout my WVU Mountaineers winning the NIT? “We’re Number 66, We’re number 66!”
“I wouldn’t take a dump at the olive garden”
According to TD & BMo, Joker’s Wild is worth stopping at, the Gold Coast is good, but the Hard Rock is not worth the trip because of the white trash element. Interesting outlook….
hawkeye, i think there is a distinction that is important. it is the Eurotrash at the Hard Rock, not the white trash, that sours the place. if you can’t appreciate some of the finer points of White Trash, you have no business being in Vegas, Eurotrash on the other hand should be avoided at all costs.
The Luxor creatures might just be bats. You sometimes can see bats circling at night above the lights that illuminate the Desperado roller coaster in Primm. Very cool as you’re climbing the lift hill. They stay high enough not to bother you. This was pointed out to me by the daughter of a truck driver who I was riding the coaster with at the time.
Not to mention Hawkeye, everything has to be taken in context. The Hard Rock wants to be an elite hotel and charges for it. Those other joints know what they are and allow you to catch various diseases absolutely free!
well, it is good to be back. just caught up with the shows. Tommy, thanks for the props to my Cal Bear alumni, and hey BMo, our football program under Tedford is looking pretty good.
spring training was awesome! except that one of our games was called in the 5th inning due to a rainout – that really sucked since we were in the desert and it was the first rain they had in a month and we got stuck in it.
but, i got the autographs of the A’s newest additions (Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart) and caught a ball from Nick Swisher, so i am a happy camper. Even got to watch the last place Coyotes beat the 1st place Anaheim Ducks from the second row behind the glass.
dipper, how do you become an A’s fan from Austrailia? anyway, not sure when you are coming, but the only baseball around here is the LV 51’s, the Dodgers triple A team, and their next home stand isn’t until April 13th.
one glaring omission from the downtown review – how could you leave out the live Chicken playing Tic-Tac-Toe at Fitzgeralds. That is a must see.
also, i just read that Glitter Gulch just completed a $3.5 mil renovation and upgrade. i might just have to venture in there one of these days.
WTO Rules U.S. Web Gaming Ban Illegal
March 30 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. ban on offshore Internet gambling payments is illegal, the World Trade Organization said today, upholding a previous decision that allowed for possible sanctions.
Shares of online gambling sites including PartyGaming Plc rose after the WTO said the U.S. ignored its previous ruling that challenged the U.S. ban on payments to gaming Web sites while allowing bets on its own soil.
Antigua and Barbuda, a Caribbean nation of 80,000 people, has challenged Bush administration efforts to close the estimated $12 billion global business to U.S. residents, who account for half of the market. The U.S. banned credit card companies from processing payments to betting sites such as SportingBet Plc and Empire Online Ltd., which then ceased U.S. operations or sold them for nominal amounts.
Today’s ruling “ vindicates all that we have been saying for years about the discriminatory trade practices of the United States,” Antiguan Finance Minister Errol Cort said in an e-mailed statement.
PartyGaming shares, which jumped as much as 16 percent after the decision, rose 1.75 pence, or 3.5 percent, to 51.75 pence in trading on the London Stock Exchange.
Shares of SportingBet, which said this week it plans to transfer its London offices to the Channel Islands because of U.K. regulation, rose 1.5 pence to 66.75 pence.
Antigua, the smallest government ever to lodge a WTO complaint, scored an initial victory against U.S. online gambling restrictions when the WTO found in April 2005 that the U.S. had pledged to open the industry to competition 10 years earlier. Today’s ruling rejects a U.S. appeal against that.
The U.S. agreed that today’s ruling finds it failed to comply with the two-year-old decision.
Still, the U.S. says the report allows it to maintain a ban on Internet gambling to “protect public order and public morals” as long as it doesn’t discriminate against foreign companies, Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, said in an e-mailed statement.
“We are currently reviewing our options,” Hamel said.
The U.S. has argued that the prohibitions pre-dating the October law apply to both foreign and American betting services, and the WTO’s decision only applies to gambling on horseracing, which is allowed to discriminate against foreign companies.
The U.S. “had an opportunity to remove the ambiguity” between legalized betting on horse racing across state borders and bans on other forms of gambling, the WTO judges wrote in today’s 41-page decision. “Instead, rather than take that opportunity, the U.S. enacted legislation that confirmed that the ambiguity at the heart of this dispute remains,” today’s report concludes.
The U.S. says that its latest law isn’t covered by the WTO ruling and said that its 1995 commitment to open gambling to foreign companies was an oversight by the Clinton administration.
Analysts questioned whether U.S. would allow online gambling based on today’s ruling.
“I have no idea at this stage what measures they could put in place to force America’s hand,” said Julian Easthope, an analyst of online gaming stocks at UBS AG in London.
Antigua may seek sanctions in the form of withdrawing intellectual property protection for U.S. trademarks or copyright. Known as “cross-retaliation,” such sanctions are legal at the WTO when an economy can’t afford to impose sanctions in the form of higher customs duties on goods.
“We’re really hoping that as their options run out and the U.S. sees that they can’t delay any more, they’ll enter into negotiations with us,” Mark Mendel, chief legal counsel to Antigua said in a telephone interview from the Caribbean.
“The writing is on the wall, and anyone who takes the time to read the report will realize it’s not true” that the ban can be justified on moral grounds, he said.
Income for the 32 registered online casinos in Antigua and Barbuda has fallen to $130 million a year from $1 billion in 2000, the Antiguan government says. The country developed online gambling to boost a tourism-dependent economy after several hurricanes in the 1990s.
Antigua successfully argued in its complaint that the U.S. protects a domestic gambling industry while failing to live up to its international commitments.
Charlie McCreevy, commissioner for the European Union’s internal market, labeled the U.S. law “a protectionist measure” on Jan. 30, saying the EU should complain to the U.S. after Congress passed the legislation barring credit card companies from processing payments. President George W. Bush signed the measure into law on Oct. 13.
At the time, U.K. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell compared the U.S. law to the American alcohol ban of the 1920s, saying the measure may force online gambling underground into an unregulated black market.
Hey LGH, I literally just took down the freddie’s tournament for 4 hundo. Why don’t I gamble professionally?
Good job Patch! Next time I’m in the area maybe I can get some lessons.
So give us some of the details. Any hands stick out in your mind?
Here’s my first lesson….if you get dealt 7-3 off suit at the final table….SHIP IT. I got priced in with this gem of a hand short stacked in the small blind and after the embarassment of turning it over….I quadrupled up after flopping 2 pair. I then cruised on to victory. Now don”t just go picking up the seven trey and start thinking you’re Joe Hachem. Just like Kojack…You gotta KNOW HOW TO PLAY IT of course.
HOLY CRAP I’M HERE! Hey patch, KGB, LGH… and others!
I got something that could be for your This Ain’t Iowa segment. Three homeless men in Las Vegas were arrested for sleeping next to their own feces. While gross, it isn’t against the law persay, so they sued, and won. Now Vegas is $45,000 poorer for it. Perhaps they should have opted for some buffet vouchers too. Here’s the whole story which I found on Fark.
Homeless men win $45,000 settlement with City of Las Vegas
March 29, 2007 11:18 AM
Homeless men win $45,000 settlement with City of Las Vegas
Sleeping next to human feces. Not many people would want to do it, but it’s not a crime in Las Vegas. Yet three homeless people were arrested and charged with that offense last November.
Those three men sued the city over those charges and just won a settlement for $45,0000. That was how much the City of Las Vegas says the experience those three men went through was worth after being arrested for a nonexistent city ordinance.
“The City has taken the wrong tactic by criminalizing homelessness,” ACLU attorney Lee Rowland said. The civil rights of David Hicks, Jerry, and John, were violated last November, according to Rowland.
Rowland says the three were singled out because they are homeless and arrested for a city ordinance that had already been rescinded. “I didn’t even know it was there,” Hicks said laughing. “Was I supposed to go around searching for it?”
Hicks says the feces in question was over two hundred feet away and that he had no idea it was even there. He says Las Vegas City Marshals would not have even made the arrests if he wasn’t homeless. “The constitution says we have all inalienable rights. And I’m entitled to those same rights.”
“This quick money to them represents an ability to get back on their feet,” attorney Brent Bryson said. “They can purchase a used car, if they so desire. They can get an apartment.” Bryson says he originally sued the city for $2 million, but decided on a quick settlement instead so his clients could get the money sooner.
Bryson says it wasn’t about the money, but about helping his clients get back on their feet. “I substantially discounted my standard fees for a case of this nature.”
Out of that $45,000 settlement, each of the three men were supposed to get $15,000. But after Bryson’s reduced fees, each man was handed a check for $10,000, leaving Bryson with a payday of $15,000.
Hicks says he’s happy with any amount. He says he plans on using the money to get an apartment and to join the labor union.
The ACLU says the settlement sends a message to the city. “Clearly, I think this settlement shows that the city cannot violation the constitution without consequences,” Rowland said.
News 3 tried to get in touch with the City Attorney’s Office about this settlement, but they did not return our calls.
The latest survey by Homeless Service Providers shows the number of homeless people in southern Nevada is somewhere around 15,000 people.
Have a mini casino review on the Gold Coast. I spent the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament there and was pleasantly surprised.
The Gold Coast isnâ€™t much of a destination resort, not much in the line of restaurants, and no nightlife, but it does offer some good gambling options. $5 and $10 2-deck blackjack all week, (compared to the Mandalay Bay, which on Saturday night had no tables for less than $25, and even those had the continuous shuffling machines). Also, a decent sportsbook, and plenty of 9-6 Jacks or Better video poker.
All for $325 for 5 nights during a busy weekend, about the same as one weekend night on the strip that week. And the Rio and Palms, which both offer plenty of dining and nightlife, are next door.
One additional comment on the smoking ban. Although the casinos were as smoky as ever it was nice to be able to escape to a restaurant or bar for some clean air. A noticeable difference.
hey tommy d, the hotel that was next to the stardust and part of the harrah’s/barbary coast trade was the westward ho, not wild west willie’s or whatever you have been calling it.
you guys are still doing a great show, facts be damned!
p.s. boyd gaming also partnered with MGM/Mirage on the Borgata in Atlantic City which is a really nice place, so i can’t wait to see more of what they have planned for eschelon place.
oh and bmo, speaking of back handed complements, thanks for the “mofobes won the joker’s wild tourney – he’s a good player, but any brain dead jackass could win that tournament.”
i forgot, how much did you cash for?
Dude…bdell slumming on the boards. Man alive I thought they only flew you in for games. Awesome.
“Punting a Grumpy” Bmo Challenge.
You guys have probably seen/heard of Barry Greenstein making several thousand $ from the 2+2 forum for uttering the phrase “LOL Donkuments” on High Stakes Poker.
I say we throw out another similiar challenge. I’ll pledge $100 to the BMO charity of choice (greensteins is fine) if he can work in the phrase “punting a grumpy” on Ca$h Poker. We gotta have visual evidence. Hopefully it can become a youtube phenom. Anybody else interested in pledging?
Sorry about that mofobes. That was one of those scenarios that as I was saying it, I wanted to take it back, but instead I just kept talking and making it worse. It’s kind of a trademark of mine. To make things worse, I’ve played in that tourney 4 times and only cashed once, never a win, so what does that say about me.
Hey! I just found you guys a week ago and I’ve listened to every show now. What kind of loser am I, you ask?
I’m the kind of loser that lives in Chicago, not Las Vegas, and has to barter with his wife every year just to get clearance for his annual pilgrimage.
This year’s penance: Resurface and paint two rooms in our hundred year-old house over my spring break . . .
Needless to say, my Ipod is now paint and primer bespattered and I am fully up to date in the saga of Brian & Tommy.
My rooms are painted and Ill see you in July!
-Chris Duhon’s Nemesis
no worries bmo, i thought it was pretty funny and i don’t take myself that seriously. the timing was great since you had just made the comment to tommy about how you guys always receive those kind of compliments.
‘Spooning with the Grumpies”
This is a worse visual than “Sweatin to the Oldies”..yikes!…that’s saying something!
Point of interest…”Forever Plaid” is performing tommorow @ the Gold Coast”.
Awesome!.. if you just surfaced from a bomb shelter after 50 years.
Good luck to Hawkeye Brad (Florida) and Steve IWP (OSU) for champion of the TAI bracket (based on Brad’s analysis of the scenarios).
Regarding Patch’s BMO challenge – I’m in for fifty. I say it also counts if he gets Kristy Gazes to say it. However, just so its clear, I suggest it does NOT count if it is said in the increasingly likely case where Doyle Brunson actually accidently does punt a grumpy at the table.
I’d like to see the over-under number on how many times they will mention that Ohio St\Florida is the same National Championship match-up as College Football…
Plays for Sunday. I’m taking all dogs.
Miami +6 over Detroit
Dallas +2 over Phoenix
Utah +5.5 over Houston
d dog, i’m setting that # at 7.5
this is from intro of the pregame through the presentation and “one shining moment”
Update, I found the Heat at +7. Hopefully it won’t come to that.
Dutch, I gotta take the over. They’ll mention it at least 7 times before tip off! The question is, how many times will they cut to footage of the football game. I’ll set that # at 3.5.
2-0-0 What can I say, I’m just that good.
I don’t know what you guys are thinking. If you must have a 50 foot Robot of MJ where better a place to have it than in the middle of the desert. This way it can be over looked and forgotten asap and hopefully covered up by desert sand storms over time like the Statue of Liberty in The Planet of the Apes.
2-0 way to go mate!
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I just had to mention this:
I live in Wichita, KS and the owner of the New Frontier, Phil Ruffin recently bought our greyhound park… Well imagine that! they just passed a bill that allows him to put 800 slot machines in the park. When he bought the place there would maybe be 15 people in it on a Friday night and now it will be hoppin on a Tuesday.
He is planning on renovating the park in a Vegas style. The best part is he is going to put a Gilley’s in it with a mechanical bull and everything!!! don’t get too excited, what is basically a novelty bar in Vegas will be just another bar here in Wichita… But if you’re in the area and need your Gilley’s fix give me a ring and we’ll see who can last further on the bull.
BTW, we are also getting a 200 million dollar casino… woohoo. I just hope they put in a nice poker room!!
“and only 24 more hours til we get shownotes and a new poll”
Just living up to the very high standard set by the hosts.
“if youâ€™re in the area and need your Gilleyâ€™s fix give me a ring”
No offence Raisin Bran, but I sat up for 3 hours last night trying to come up with a reason why I would ever be in Wichita, KS and I came up empty.
Just returned after an absence and really like your new look! But what happened to the “Ace of Tractors”?