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November 13, 2008

Vegas Gang #21 - November 13th, 2008

Posted by Hunter

Vegas Gang #21 is online:

This time around we cover:

* Terry Lanni to Leave MGM Mirage
* Las Vegas Sands Financial Woes Continue
* Should the Nevada Gambling Age Be Lowered to 18?
* WSOP Changes This Year

Feel free to leave any comments below.

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Read archived comments (14 so far)
November 13, 2008 9:48 PM Posted by shows vegas

I will absolutely vote in the trippies!
We love you!

November 14, 2008 9:29 AM Posted by Jeff in OKC

Those California wildfires anywhere near you, Hunter?

Great show, again. Must have been hard stopping anywhere near an hour this time. I do hope Jeff Simpson is wrong about Mr. Lanni running for Governor, though.
Thank you all for doing this regularly for your loyal listeners.

November 14, 2008 9:31 AM Posted by Hunter


Yes, the fires are right here in Santa Barbara - I watched it start last night from my roof and at least one friend has lost their house. It's quite bad.

November 14, 2008 1:25 PM Posted by David McKee

The sudden obsolescence of our Lanni discussion was a sobering reminder of the mercilessness of the 24-hour news cycle. I read the WSJ piece this morning and wanted to put a bag over my head.

November 15, 2008 7:34 AM Posted by Jeff in OKC


You gotta give us an update, we're getting kind of worried out here. I think your legion of loyal fans would like a new thread covering your struggles. Or maybe just an "I'm OK" once in a while. Hope you are well.

November 15, 2008 8:50 AM Posted by Hunter

I'm fine, thanks for asking. Friends came dangerously close to losing their homes and of course many people did. Sad.

I've been updating my Twitter stream regularly here over the past few days:

November 16, 2008 9:23 AM Posted by JK

Looks like Encore (Wynn) has updated its website. They now have more pictures of the resort suite (all older ones) and you can also book Wynn rooms on the site. I should expect that we should see another update soon as Danny Gans tickets go on sale this Tuesday according to Ticketmaster.

November 20, 2008 8:07 AM Posted by TC from Boston

building off what JK said it is interesting to now be able to book a Fairway Villa online....

November 21, 2008 8:25 AM Posted by motoman

TC, I was going to ask where you saw that, but now I see they've added WLV's rooms to the Encore reservation page. Their new reservation calendar *sucks* compared to WLV's original -- looking up available dates is clumsy and tedious, and very frustrating. I hope the addition of WLV's info doesn't mean the Wynn page will be coming down. (I was hoping they'd see the light and adopt the WLV format for Encore's system.)

November 21, 2008 8:37 AM Posted by Hunter

The Encore system will be taking over for WLV's as soon as it has been deemed stable enough. It's being tested at Encore first. It's developed in house vs. the older one that was licensed. I assume it will continue to improve.

November 21, 2008 10:51 AM Posted by motoman

Apologies for the negativity. But I seriously tear my hair out trying to look up rooms at Encore. Instead I should offer them feedback on the user-friendliness of the old system...and hope they can come much closer to that.

November 21, 2008 10:53 AM Posted by Hunter

I honestly think they know it's not perfect yet, which is why it's still only running on Encore, which I assume currently has much smaller volume levels.

It's actually already been improved since it first launched so I have hope they'll get there.

November 24, 2008 6:54 PM Posted by johnnysiii

This is a podcast that I never miss. I'm curious to know if the group thinks that Encore's design is a hedge against losses in the U.S. by attracting Asian high-end gaming customers?

Great job on last week's episode. This continues to be an entertaining, insightful show that I won't miss.

November 24, 2008 6:57 PM Posted by Hunter

First off, thanks for the kind words.

Just speaking for myself, Encore's design has been set for quite some time at this point, before the current downturn. That said, pretty much every high-end place is at least somewhat fine-tuned to attract Asian customers, as they traditionally have been great for the bottom line.