by Cathy Resmer
Saw this NY Times article on the Drudge Report this morning, about Vegas casinos expanding their operations. Apparently some of them are planning to allow gamblers to use wireless devices to play the slots while relaxing poolside. The gizmos, which would be available at hotel/casinos, may be in use early next year.
The devices wouldn't actually be connected to the Internet, so technically it's not online gambling. But it's close enough that I can justify pointing out my article in this week's paper, about online poker. Writing this story was fun. The central conflict is very sharply defined. Online gamblers say that what they're doing is legal. Law enforcement officials say it's not. And yet the gaming industry continues to expand. It's a curious situation.
Haven't gotten any negative feedback on the story yet, which may be proof that it was balanced, or might simply mean that no one's reading it. The guy from PokerStars did email, though. He said he liked the story, and offered to send me some shwag. "Not to recruit you in the criminal element," he writes, "but if you'd like a PokerStars fleece or jacket, pls reply with
size and address and I will send you one." Tempting, albeit unethical.
And don't forget, you can bet on poserFish starting Monday, if you dare.