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David Thomas
Feb. 24, 2009

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Gambling is supposed to be fun. Looks like the Riv "gets it".

(Suggest removal) 3/3/12 at 6:17 p.m.

Las Vegas comes alive at night. Construction? Really? What about the tourism trade? If nothing else Vegas should be on Pacific Daylight Savings Time. That's where the money is.

(Suggest removal) 11/16/11 at 5:31 p.m.

Online poker and other forms of gaming would be a boon for Las Vegas, especially if gaming companies based there were the major players. Ceaser's Ent has already entered the legal overseas market. Online poker would be a valuable branding and engagement platform.

As for it being a job killer, no I don't think so. Online poker - and most other games - are played for micro-stakes and at speeds no brick and mortar human dealer can match. Playing online breaks the ice for many interested players who are too intimidated by Vegas culture to begin playing at real casinos. (Try splitting tens in Vegas blackjack and you'll generally endure the wrath of major jerks at the table.) Bringing the overseas jobs to Nevada, along with the tax revenue from the businesses and the 1099s issued to big winners would make a big dent in current economic problems.

I don't know why the Justice Department thought this was a good time to shut down online poker in the US. Perhaps some pressure was applied to get the loose canons indicted so there could be resolution. Why they haven't been shut down earlier, and their famous U.S. quasi-owners included in the indictment, I don't know. It seems to me that if this was a holy crusade by the justice department, why didn't Bush push for it? What's in it for the Obama justice department?

Suppose that Senators Reid and Menendez along with Rep. Frank and other congresspeople who support Federal legalization and taxation succeed. While the PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute brands may be banned from U.S play, their proprietary software, player bases in the millions and affiliate support would still be invaluable assets to a legitimate operator opening up a legal U.S. poker site.

Opposition to online gaming by the Nevada power elite, seems ill considered. Heck, I bet you could get Utah to support basing online gaming companies there for the high tech jobs and enormous tax benefits they would bring. So why isn't the only state which has legal gambling, prostitution and 24 hour liquor service not surfing this tsunami which will most certainly hit the USA in the near future?

(Suggest removal) 4/17/11 at 1:31 p.m.

Hey Gary, Wake the f*** up.

Nobody in the history of the "Planet Hollywood" brand, not even Bruce, Sly or the Govenator has been able to make a go of this brand.

If this works, you might want to consider running for Harry Reid's seat and making this country work. You're not a conservative are you? If so, nevermind.

If you're even a moderate, whatever, I'd move to Nevada just to vote for you. But if PH flops, you can always move the WSOP there. Yep, that'll do it.

(Suggest removal) 2/22/10 at 6:26 p.m.

Dear Messrs Silverstein and Loveman;

cc: all card counters

I believe I can offer a solution to your problem which I perceive to be the tremendous losses experienced by casinos which do not bar card counters.

My solution is a new game which not only welcomes card counters, it will convert them to assets in the form of celebrities which attract visitors much like Penn and Teller.

BlackJack eXtreme(r) is a proprietary game evolved from poker (or created by God if you don't believe in evolution), but patented by us.

The real point is that it's time to stop fighting the skills of blackjack card counters and embrace the future which will enrich your coffers.

You can actually play BlackJack eXtreme on Facebook, but soon on even more sites and eventually for real money play online and in enlightened European, Asian and tribal casinos.

Think about it. Card counting is not a skill to be feared and suffered at the expense of bad publicity (such as this article), but celebrated and elevated to the level of that of professional poker players. Yes, Gary, professional poker has done much to enrich your company through the WSOP. Why stop there?

Everyone on this thread, come on over to Facebook and play our demo of BlackJack eXtreme. Our real software which includes tournaments (using poker tournament structures including sit and goes) will be online in about six weeks, the good Lord and our programmers willing.

Can't we all just get along and stop all this arresting, banning and suing crap? I think so. Follow me boys, the promised land is just ahead.

Your's truly,

Virtual Dave

P.S. (Is this over-the-top self-promotion? Is is possible to be over-the-top with self-promotion in Las Vegas? Just asking.)

P.S.S: Beyond self-promotion my editorial point is that card counting is not really a problem for casinos. It's a myth that the casinos promulgate to imbue the game with the romance of potential dominance. But card counters don't dominate blackjack, in the long run the only way to beat the game is to play with impeccable adherence to the system for hours upon hours on end.

If you can do that, you can make a lot more money in less adversarial situations. I never met a casino executive who didn't chuckle when I brought up the subject of card counting. The whole thing is a publicity stunt for the players and the casinos.

PPSS: The real money is in BlackJack eXtreme.

(Suggest removal) 2/13/10 at 8 p.m.

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