Elliot Frome Is Moving His Base of Operation To Las Vegas

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How many times does a person move from northern New Jersey to Las Vegas in a lifetime?

It was the summer of 1985 and the plans had been in the works for months. My parents called me in my dorm one night to tell me they had decided they were retiring to Las Vegas that summer.

At the time, they thought I might transfer to UNLV or one of the UC schools. But, having made many friends and in the middle of pursuing my degree, transferring just didn’t seem prudent. I decided I would stay at State University of New York (SUNY)-Albany.

When I got home for summer break, I found much of our house already packed up. Because they were moving across country, I convinced my parents to allow me to live off campus for my final two years, figuring I would need a place to stay at times when the dorms were closed.

In June, we took a trip up to Albany to set up my new room with much of my furniture from my room at home. In early August, we began the 10-day drive across country. We went through Wilkes-Barre, Toledo, Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff and Kingman before arriving in Las Vegas.

Once we arrived, I spent an additional two to three weeks in Las Vegas before flying back to New York to get ready for school. For the next two years Las Vegas was essentially my home. For the following 10 years or so, I would visit 2-3 times a year.

My parents had an incredible “retirement” in Las Vegas. Well, maybe retirement isn’t the right word. My father would go on to become the “godfather” of video poker and change the casino floor forever with his work on games like Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and Spanish 21.

It is now the summer of 2011, 26 years later. To quote Yogi Berra – it’s déjà vu all over again. My wife and I have spent the last six months staging our house and packing up our stuff in anticipation of our move to Las Vegas. We promised that once my eldest son was in college we would head out of the New York area.

After researching countless cities, we decided Las Vegas had the most to offer us. Most of our friends think we’re going because of my profession. There are benefits there as well. The ability to see casino games in person will certainly help me write about games and develop new games. But, the primary reasons dealt with the quality of life Las Vegas affords us.

I wrote this column, some 2-3 days before from the “hurricane of the century” hit us almost directly. Of course, Hurricane Irene was coming in as a Category 1. So we planned to endure what we felt would be a light rain compared to what those in New Orleans dealt with a few years ago.

The prediction was more rain from Irene than I will see the next 2-3 years in the Las Vegas valley. If this wasn’t bad enough, we actually had an earthquake here, too, this past week. I personally didn’t feel a thing, but about an hour before it hit, we were at the top of the Empire State Building, where I am told it was felt.

I can’t really say I won’t deal with the same in Las Vegas. I was there in 1992 when a significant earthquake hit between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and felt my parent’s apartment get shaken up quite a bit.

Several months ago, I announced that I was changing the name of Compu-Flyers to Gambatria. I knew then, that that was the beginning of a good deal of change in our lives. In about 2-3 weeks when we arrive in Las Vegas, the end phase of that change will begin. Compu-Flyers, now known as Gambatria will return to Las Vegas after a 13-year hiatus.

From a base of operations in Las Vegas, I hope to be able to write about more up and coming games and to write in more detail about what I see going on in the casinos.

I hope that Las Vegas will be as good to my family as it was to my parents. I hope I can be as good for Las Vegas as my father was.

Check out my blog at gambatria.blogspot.com.


About the Author

Elliot Frome

Elliot Frome’s roots run deep into gaming theory and analysis. His father, Lenny, was a pioneer in developing video poker strategy in the 1980s and is credited with raising its popularity to dizzying heights. Elliot is a second generation gaming author and analyst with nearly 20 years of programming experience.

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