Golden Knights bringing in the cool as fall arrives in Vegas

Golden Knights bringing in the cool as fall arrives in Vegas

September 26, 2017 3:09 AM


Cooler weather has finally debuted in Las Vegas, ushering in one of the nicest times of the year to visit the Valley of Dollars. Temperatures drop to the mid-80s to low 90s during the day, which is very pleasant for us desert dwellers; the nights have a bit of coolness and often a refreshing breeze.

Of course along with the great fall weather comes a great sport – hockey. And this year for the first time ever Las Vegans have a home team to root for – the Vegas Golden Knights.

Yes, we are excited, as is everyone here at GamingToday. Our Knights have already made their presence known, winning three of their four preseason games to date and scoring an impressive 9 goals in their opener against Vancouver. Their next three games will be here at T-Mobile Arena and should be very exciting.

Then, next Wednesday, Oct. 4, the regular season (1,271 games, 82 per team) begins and the Knights’ first game will be Friday, Oct. 6 at Dallas. In honor of our new team, GamingToday will debut a special section devoted to everything Knights in its Oct. 3 issue. And each week throughout the season you will find solid information in this section to help you formulate your betting strategy, including odds, game analysis, statistics and more. Don’t miss it.

THE FUTURE: That’s what those attending the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo, Oct. 2-5, will be trying to decipher. Presented by the American Gaming Association, the international gaming trade show and conference brings together the top minds and key executives of the industry each year to forecast what is to come.

This year, with the Supreme Court accepting a case that could result in the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), it seems groundbreaking sports betting legislation could be on the horizon across the country. That potential has created a lot of interest at G2E as a search of their educational seminars turned up nine that will deal with some aspect of the topic.

One session titled “Is It or Isn’t It? iGaming within Sports Betting in the U.S.” will include Art Manteris, VP of race and sports operations at Station Casinos, on the panel. He will be joined by moderator David Purdum (gambling writer, ESPN) and co-panelists Daniel Kustelski (co-founder/CEO Chalkline Soorts) and Kip Levin (CEO Betfair US and TVG).

The group will look at how iGaming fits into efforts to legalize sports betting in the U.S., at both federal and local levels, and cover questions such as: Does “ring-fenced,” mobile sports betting (as in Nevada) count as iGaming? If so, is that model useable in other states if they introduce iGaming? Is the U.S. better off modeling other iGaming formats such as the U.K or other European jurisdictions?

Sounds like an interesting session.

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Gaming Hall of Fame inductees – Diana Bennett, a casino­ management luminary and renowned philanthropist; John Breeding, the visionary behind the electronic card shuffler and proprietary table games; Joe Kaminkow, the legendary slot game designer who pioneered the industry in licensing branded games; and Melvin B. Wolzinger, a prominent Nevada businessman and Las Vegas community leader.

The honorees were “instrumental in shaping the casino-gaming industry,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “From revolutionizing the way games are seen and experienced, to reshaping employee operations and business development, these leaders’ achievements extend throughout the nation, and even the world.”

They will be feted at an invitation-only ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Chairman’s Reception during the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

GET WELL WISHES go out to Arlene Diamond, lovely wife of retired sportsbook operator Sid Diamond, who ran numerous books over the years, including the Excalibur when it opened in 1998. Hope you’re back on your feet soon, Arlene.

A GOOD CAUSE: Awareness Is Prevention has teamed up with the Anthem Country Club to create a golf tournament to raise funds to help fight sex trafficking. The event takes place Oct. 30, but you need to sign up by Oct. 15.

To enter ($300) or sponsor a hole ($200) go to or (search for golf tourney).

See you around town.