Rick in Vegas III (Final)

This is going to be my last report until I get home Saturday night, Internet is just too expensive when it’s not free here in the press room at G2E – thanks to the organizers of the event for thinking of us.

Interesting day – I finally met up with John, a friend online for a few years. We’re going to team up with Steve and meet another online friend Barry for a night on the town tonight. Things are pretty cool around here, I like the town, wouldn’t mind coming back sometime.

On the show floor, today was the final day. Swag everywhere as they try to unload it – the nice lady at the Sega booth even begged us to drink from her keg beause she didn’t want to cart beer back home. We helped. :) The Baywatch girls are handing out smoothies, other scantily clad ladies are handing out t-shirts at the WMS and Mikohn booths, and IGT spent a bit of time yelling at me for taking pictures of their slots. SLOTS. As in, machines. :) Pretty interesting show, hopefully the contacts I’ve made will help back home.

So until Saturday night, alas my time here is almost done. I haven’t hit Emeril’s or Coyote Cafe yet so I need to get moving. And John’s mad that I haven’t seen anything on the list he gave me so it looks like sleep isn’t an option the next two days.

Take care, be well, enjoy Survivor without me, and see you Saturday!

Cheers!

Rick In Vegas II

Well, back to the hotel for a little bit of work. My friends are still out at an unnamed “bar”, so I thought it a great opportunity to hide out, work a bit, update the sites, and watch some TV. Day two of the conference reiterated to me the point that the land-based casinos and game makers are light years ahead of the online people. The games and bonus structures these people are coming up with are amazing – the online folks DESERVE to be tucked away in the back corner. Hopefully they stop whining about that long enough to pay attention to what’s going on around them.

There are a lot of great people here, though, and it’s been a pleasure to meet them. I’ll drop names and links when I get back. It was also great to catch up with a few of my ex-coworkers at Crypto, now moved on. Paul Gragtmans is working with a company that’s doing wireless games and they look 1000X better than they did a couple years ago. These folks are doing some great stuff, I’ll let everyone know about it. The big news coming through my circle of friends and so forth is the appearance of our former COO at CRYP, David Outhwaite, at the DCEG booth. I really enjoyed chatting with him, he seems to have the energy and drive that DCEG needs to take it to the next step. The folks at Odds ON have even released a great new poker product – looks nice.

But y’all are bored of this, right? Vegas is a lot of fun. I did a bit of gambling tonight (with someone else’s money) at the Bellagio. What a sweet place that is. Managed to scored two free Margaritas for my efforts and they were really, REALLY good. I’ve hit them, here (Paris LV), Harrah’s, Bally’s, Treasure Island, and a few others whose names escape me. I’ve also had the buffets at Bellagio and Paris thus far. Can’t wait to show you the view from the room here – right out on the giant Eiffel Tower and a perfect shot of the Bellagio Water Show. Cool. Spent some time the last two days swimming in the pool before work in the afternoon. This IS indeed the life. ;)

Starbucks is still keeping me alive. They can still pump their Chai full of ephedrine here, good for wiring yourself up for conferences. I met Butterbean (the fighter) and Wink Martindale today. Wink is old. His girlfriend is not.

Cheers! (BTW – where are the comments! COMMENTS!!)

Rick in Vegas I

Hey all,

Just checking in from the press room here at the Global Gaming Expo. They’ve really set this up well, impressive. Free net access is great too as the net access in the room isn’t working out like I’d hoped.

I don’t have too long – lots of press, few computers. Check out WMS Gaming, a slot company that’s recently released Survivor, Hollywood Squares, Monopoly, and my favourite, Pac-Man (& Ms. Pac-Man) slots and video slots. These things are wild! I’m going to have to do at least one article on them, they’ve outdone themselves with these. I had a chance to play the bonus rounds of the Survivor one a couple times, lots of fun. They have them at my hotel and the progressive jackpot is already $386,000+!

Back to the show – lots to do, little time to do it. Thank God for Starbucks, they’re keeping me alive.

Cheers!