Slot machines and video gambling were once marginal to the success of casinos — but nowadays, they account for up to 85 percent of the gaming industry's profits. And casinos have devised a dizzying array of strategies
to make these machines as addictive as possible, from the elaborate algorithms beneath the hood to the position of the armrests.
posted by Chrysostom
on Aug 11, 2014 -
The Touch-point Collective
: Crowd Contouring on the Casino Floor -
'Historically, casinos have been eager adopters of technologies that help them to gather knowledge about their customers. The knowledge-gathering repertoire of the modern casino has shifted from telephone surveys, focus groups, and rudimentary datasets to complex feats of reconnaissance and analysis enabled by player tracking systems, data visualization tools, and behavioral intelligence software suites. Many surveillance techniques first applied in casinos were only later adapted to other domains—airports, financial trading floors, shopping malls, banks, and government agencies.' There are some large, embedded .avi files in the page, be careful. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Aug 6, 2012 -
The files of the God of Gamblers case can be read as a string of accidents, good and bad: Siu’s run at the baccarat table; Wong’s luck to be assigned an assassin with a conscience; Adelson’s misfortune that reporters noticed an obscure murder plot involving his casino. But the tale, viewed another way, depends as little on luck as a casino does. It is, rather, about the fierce collision of self-interests. If Las Vegas is a burlesque of America—the “ethos of our time run amok,” as Hal Rothman, the historian, put it—then Macau is a caricature of China’s boom, its opportunities and rackets, its erratic sorting of winners and losers.
Evan Osnos on a real-life "God of Gamblers" and the rise of Macau
, The New Yorker
posted by jng
on Apr 6, 2012 -
The Man Who Broke Atlantic City
Don Johnson (no, not that one) won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino. Not long before that, he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million. Here’s how he did it.
posted by modernnomad
on Mar 14, 2012 -
After hearing of a recent heist in which a bandit wearing a motorcycle helmet
robbed the Bellagio of $1.5 million in chips (the 10th Vegas casino robbery this year), I remembered the scene from Ocean's 11 where Reuben expounds
upon why it is nigh impossible to steal from a Las Vegas casino. But that simply isn't true. Granted, no one has infiltrated a casino for a massive $160 million haul, but sizable losses have occurred over the years: 18 Casino Heists: The Strange, The Surgical, and The Stupid
; 5 Most Famous Casino Heists in History
, Top 10: Epic Las Vegas Heists
; 13 Real Heists from Around the World
(there is duplication of mentioned events on these sites, as well as non-casino-related crimes). Casino Security
(Wiki) may be high tech
(Google .pdf quickview), but it's not unbeatable
(Casino insider tells (almost) all about security). Of course, there are other ways
to steal from a casino, but you might still get caught
. And it's hard to find much lore about successful robberies, mostly because casinos don't want that kind of publicity. [more inside]
posted by bwg
on Dec 15, 2010 -
2 July, 1958 - 13 March 2007.
The Stardust Hotel/Casino
was reduced to dust
(youtube) at 2:30 am this morning.
Initially opened in 1958 as the first low-budget property on the strip (rooms cost $6 a night), it (and the Westward Ho nearby) has been demolished to make room for a 5,300 room $4B ultra-luxury resort named Echelon
, currently the second most expensive property development in Nevada (behind Project City Center
down the road).
One of the few remaining remnants of old Vegas, it was mob-owned/operated until at least 1984 (when the gaming commission levied a $3M fine for skimming), and is probably best known as the setting for the mostly nonfiction book
Over the years, it could lay claim to having the largest casino, the longest pool, the most rooms (twice), the largest neon sign, the only drive-in theater, the largest fine ever levied by the gaming commission, and the most consecutive live performances by Wayne Newton. It was also one of the last properties on the strip to use the more expensive metal-centered gaming chips
posted by toxic
on Mar 13, 2007 -
Most gamblers will laugh at the idea that there exists a scientific method to (legally) beat a casino roulette.
Well, it turns out that they
is a PDF file with more details, in Spanish)
Mileage may vary
posted by magullo
on Jun 24, 2004 -
No kids in the casino
A stunning new casino opened recently in Atlantic City, filled with fancy restaurants and other relaxations for adults, but if you're in A.C. with the kids and aren't staying at the big B
, don't bother bringing them. The friendly guards will be turning you away at the door.
posted by billsaysthis
on Jul 6, 2003 -
MOON: Because you've been everywhere else. [warning: sound and flash]"Moon Resort and Casino will be an escape into the future with hundreds of attractions including a giant lunar-themed aquatic center, exclusive shopping complex, terrestrial biosphere, moon buggy rides, and its own International Space Station. Nestled between the [10,000 room] hotel's dramatic wings will be the centerpiece of the resort, the Moon itself, towering over 350 feet and housing the world's largest casino."
The creator is not without controversy
, but Robin Leach is already on board
posted by me3dia
on Nov 25, 2002 -
"Moon opens for business"
The first commercial trip to the moon has been approved by the US government, according to the BBC. TransOrbital, Inc.
received approval to launch its TrailBlazer satellite into lunar orbit in June of 2003; the satellite will not
touch down, but instead will orbit the moon and "provide stunning, high-definition (HDTV) video and maps of the lunar surface (at 1 meter resolution), as well as new images of earth-rises over lunar craters." [press release
] Another company, Lunacorp
, is hoping to send its own satellite up soon.
posted by me3dia
on Sep 10, 2002 -
Israel to launch flying casino
Ah...there he goes again. No. This is not about middle east chaos. This is gambling for "high stakes"--casino in the air. Claimed to be a first, can this sort of thing "take off" and be established in other countries? Would you try this form of gambling?
posted by Postroad
on May 28, 2002 -