It was an exciting weekend in Las Vegas and Super Bowl XLVII did not disappoint. All of our pipes tell us the town was packed from stem to stern. Sports books around town filled up early, valet parking at many casinos was full, sports bars were overflowing and even gated communities had long lines at the security gate as guests waited to get to private SB parties.
There is no doubt the half-hour blackout was a downer, especially for fans sitting in the Superdome, and it certainly changed the momentum of the game, but for those in the casinos around town there were options to break the boredom of waiting. Just a few steps away were plenty of blackjack and craps tables, roulette wheels and slot machines so it is more than likely the gaming handle saw a little spike while crews in New Orleans worked frantically to put the lights back on. Food and beverage sales probably did well too.
Of course we must make our annual plea to the NFL to bring back the marching bands for half time. We realize we are in a minority, and we certainly have nothing against Beyoncé (although the music made our dogs howl so we had to turn the sound off). We simply believe marching bands and football go hand in hand. Every football game we ever attended during high school and college had a band at halftime.
The NFL could hold contests throughout the year and bring the top two or three bands to the Big Game to perform. Maybe Pepsi or another sponsor could get involved. It certainly seems a lot more family friendly than the current programs. The NFL does want to be family friendly, doesn’t it?
SMART MOVE: Wish we were one of the smart bettors who backed the Baltimore Ravens at 18-1 at the start of the playoffs. There must have been a number of them because the line changed quickly. Whoever they are, they have big smiles on their faces now.
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Chinese New Year is February 10 and casinos around town have been celebrating the Year of the Snake, an earthly symbol believed to bring mystery and delight. It is said individuals born during this year tend to be intelligent, ambitious and graceful.
In commemoration of the holiday Palazzo has constructed a giant peach tree and animated snake – Sophie Chow – in its Waterfall & Atrium Gardens. Sophie is 98 feet long, has blinking eyes, a tongue that moves in and out, and her head moves side to side. Her face was intentionally kept juvenile to pay tribute to the birth of a new year.
According to the Feng Shui master who helped design the exhibit, it is recommended guests walk clockwise around the tree and snake display three times to bring blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Mankind upon them.
Feng Shui is the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy.
A WINNER: We were impressed with the movie “Life on the Line” shown at LVH Saturday. The documentary, directed by Isaac Feder, gives viewers a realistic look at what it is like to be a professional sports bettor in Las Vegas, and features GT writer Ted Sevransky.
In case you are wondering, it is not easy. Like any entrepreneur, they put in 80-plus hours a week and risk their bankroll daily. They certainly have my respect.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].