It’s that time of year again for collectors of casino memorabilia – basically anything with a casino name on it – to head to the South Point Casino for the 24th Annual Casino Collectibles Convention. Actually, even if you don’t collect anything casino related, you should still go as you are sure to enjoy this fascinating look at all things casino.
Plus, it is one of the best entertainment bargains you will ever find here in the Valley of Dollars. The exhibit floor is open Thursday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is only $10 on Thursday, $5 Friday and Saturday is absolutely free. You just can’t go wrong at those prices.
Among the activities for Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club members will be a blackjack tournament, a banquet and several education seminars, including “Playing Around with my Chips Again” presented by Dick Bartley and “Secrets of the Chip Guide” presented by Charles Kaplan.
MISSING FOOTBALL: If you are counting down the days until the first NFL game of the season and can’t wait to play your first parlay card, wait no more. Simply stop in at the South Point sportsbook and pick up a Jackpot Parlay Card.
New sportsbook top gun Chris Andrews has already put out this popular card for the first week of the NFL season. It is one of the best bargains ever – no points, no handicaps, ties win – only $5. The winner, the player with the most correct selections, will take home a guaranteed $25,000.
There is no limit so you can play as many cards as you like. You can get all the details at the book. Check it out because as fellow columnist Richard Saber likes to say, “You just may be walking around lucky.”
MAKE IT LEGAL: The push to legalize and regulate sports betting has been gaining steam in recent years. Of course step one is to repeal the federal ban on sports betting. In that light, more than 30 law enforcement leaders gathered last week for the American Gaming Association’s first Law Enforcement Summit. The purpose was to better understand the massive illegal sports betting market in the United States and determine what steps can be taken to address it.
There were attendees from the FBI, ICE, Interpol D.C. and many other top federal, state and local law enforcement organizations along with several gaming practitioners and regulators.
At the conclusion of the confab there were three main takeaways: 1. Law enforcement is key to addressing outdated federal sports betting law; 2. Illegal sports betting is anything but a victimless crime; 3. A regulated sports betting market could aid law enforcement efforts.
GET WELL WISHES go out to Monti Rock’s longtime partner Bruce, who landed back in the hospital last week after a serious illness.
IT’S A FACT: Gaming provides more than 200 distinct career occupations according to the American Gaming Association, and 50 percent of the workforce is made up of women, higher than the national average.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected]