EDITOR’S NOTE: Here are portions of opinion pieces and unusual happenings pertaining to gaming activities around the country.
Brain craves gaming
Researchers in Switzerland believe that a brain chemical called dopamine could be responsible for why some people are addicted to gambling.
Scientists, tracking levels of dopamine in the brains of monkeys, found a "biochemical rush" occurred as anticipation of a reward grew. They also found some brain cells, or neurons, released even higher levels of dopamine as delivery of a reward became uncertain.
Christopher Fiorillo, author of the study, said he expects "little difference between humans and primates with respect to dopamine neurons." He noted that the research suggests that dopamine levels in the brain during gambling would rise just before the outcome is revealed."
United Press International
Foxwoods eyes change
The battle of customer supremacy in Connecticut between Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods has reached a new arena ”” no pun intended.
Up to now, Foxwoods’ lack of action in attracting sports events has been in stark contrast to the $1 billion expansion at Mohegan Sun, which includes trendy restaurants, a luxury hotel and a significant presence in the sports world with a WNBA franchise playing most of its games at the resort’s new 10,000-seat arena.
"At the moment there are discussions about expansion," said Tom Cantone, vice president of entertainment at Foxwoods. "We have to wait and see what direction we go."
The Hartford Courant
Reviving Sands with Sinatra
The Sands Casino in Atlantic City is trying to reverse a downward spiral by launching a new marketing theme around Frank Sinatra’s classic "All the Way."
Sands said the theme "will reflect Sands’ heritage as the classic, vintage casino experience." The casino is trying to restore the Rat Pack glamour of Sands’ glory days.
"The Copa Lounge entertainment is alive again and a full schedule of headliners is planned for the Copa Showroom," President Tom Davis said.
The Press of Atlantic City
CNN over NCAA?
At least in Reno, the war is distracting bettors who normally are engrossed in March Madness.
"I think it’s down a little bit," said Chris Andrews, the Cal Neva’s vice president of race and sports operations. "I think the lead-up to the tournament was affected by the war."
Andrews said he was glad to see the NCAA basketball tournament go on without interruption.
"Everybody needs a distraction from the war," Andrews said.