I’ve been holding off on telling anyone about this until I actually saw the magazine with my name in print and it’s finally time. A few months ago I submitted my first article to Casino Player magazine. The article “Vegas Travel Goes High Tech” is based loosely on information I’ve been gathering for Get Vegas Apps. I view it as an introduction to the masses on how technology is making travel to Vegas that much more easy and awesome.
I have a couple more articles coming up in Strictly Slots in the next couple months that touch on technology and slot machine marketing. This is my first time on paper so it’s pretty exciting. Below is a snippet of the article and feel free to check out the full article if you like. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to share a freebie in the future so you can subscribe here for either (or both) magazine if you like.
Today, there are many ways that apps on our smartphones can affect (and dramatically improve) our trips to LasVegas. No matter where we are,we can check for flight information (times,prices,delays,etc.); check our comp accounts, to see if we have access to free or discounted rooms; and browse restaurant and show reviews. For those of us who are a bit on the neurotic side,we can plan our Vegas vacations down to the minute—all by simply tapping buttons our phones.
I’m not sure if it’s the people I follow on twitter or if I’m just noticing it more, but I have seen a number of “Top X Things To Do In Las Vegas That Doesn’t Include Gambling.” I’m not going to censor myself today. I’ve had way too much coffee for that.
There, it’s out of my system. Thank you for letting me vent. People don’t visit Las Vegas to not do awesome things. People visit Vegas for three things.
Sure there are other things in between those activities, but those aren’t why people visit Las Vegas. Look at lions, tigers, dolphins? Sure I’ll look, but not if I’m on a hot streak at the blackjack table. However, I’d stop playing blackjack to grab a steak and bottle of wine. I don’t know anyone that says let’s stop gambling to walk so we can walk out and watch the Bellagio fountains. No men or women I know from back east would ever do such a thing. Because of this I tend to brush off lists of other things to do in Vegas.
However, my parents are visiting me and while I’m busy taking care of business they’re going to be lost old people in a new land. They don’t gamble. They are not my people. For them, I’m looking at these lists looking for old people things to do.
So, I’ll tell them to walk up and down the strip for some exercise. I’ll make sure they catch the Bellagiofountains and conservatory. That’s their kind of thing. I’ll make sure they check out the pirate show at TI. Hey, it’s free. Let’s be straight, they’re not here to visit Las Vegas. They’re here to visit their son who happens to live in the land of eat.drink.gamble.repeat.
Let me also be straight about myself. Since I moved to Vegas I don’t attack the city like I did when I was a tourist. Sure I still take vacations in Vegas. I did in July around the Queens of the Stoneage concert and I’m planning my annual December trip. However, in between raging I’m living a normal life that sometimes takes me to these other activities. Case in point – my drive through Red Rock Canyon. That’s not something I would have done as a tourist, but living here is entirely different. Still, when I’m vacationing here I’m visiting eat.drink.gamble.repeat. If you follow me on twitter you may have just noticed me go kind of crazy about eat.drink.gamble.repeat. I’ll blame Styx and Helmet for that.
Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I don’t know anyone that visits Las Vegas to do anything on these “Things to do in Las Vegas” lists. The people I know come to vegas for three things. To eat, drink and gamble.
Jeff Ma wrote the awesome book Bringing Down The House with Ben Mezrich. Looking at him, you may remember his cameo in 21. Besides being a card counter for the MIT blackjack team Jeff has also been a part of fantasy sports (he used to appear on the MLB fantasy podcast) and got into sports in general.
This interview, from tech crunch, touches on his new book in addition to blackjack, sports and movies. It’s a nice view/listen. Enjoy.