Some of my friends who are sharp gamblers contend that leveling criticism against casino-industry executives for their foolhardiness is so easy, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. I don't know. Sometimes I think that remark is insulting ... to actual fish in actual barrels everywhere. In this example, a blackjack table employing a continuous shuffle machine had a sign on it to prevent "mid-round entry" by players. The thing is, with a continuous shuffle machine there are no rounds. It's all one big round. If you take it literally, no one would ever be allowed to enter the game, I guess. Sigh.
If you're interested in the Hooters casino on Tropicana Avenue from a gambling perspective, I hope you're a poker player because the place is a blackjack wasteland.
It's not news that paranoia strikes deep among people who run blackjack pits in Las Vegas, but Hooters takes it to a new low.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
What makes boxing a great sport is that it showcases controlled violence -- emphasis on "controlled."
So even though the object is to hit the other guy so hard that he loses consciousness, when it takes place in a strictly managed environment under a set of rational rules and regulations, a boxing match can be a sublime spectacle.
Without those rules and regulations, though, it would deteriorate into utter chaos, even barbarism.