CFL providing a taste of football as we prepare for Bookies Battle

Jul 17, 2018 3:08 AM

We are just a bit over two weeks away – 16 days to be exact – from the first preseason game of the 2018-19 NFL season. On Thursday, Aug. 2, the Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens will kick things off for all those who have been feeling “football withdrawal.”

Of course many of you may have found the Canadian Football League and perhaps you have been following the advice of GT’s columnist Ian Cameron when making your selections. But for us it’s just not the same as the NFL.

The other thing that makes the upcoming season so exciting is the return of our annual Bookies Battle football contest, which begins with the first week of the regular season. This will be the 39th year for the contest that pits the Nevada bookmakers against the line each week. It is one of the most difficult contests out there as, because of GT’s print deadline, the entrants must make their selections on Monday before the Monday night game is even played. Plus, they must pick every game.

This year, with the debut of sports betting in New Jersey, Mississippi (expected to begin Saturday, July 21) and soon other states, we may see some entrants from outside Nevada, which we think is very exciting. We will have all the details in the coming weeks.

FETCH AND JETT: In the mid-1960’s there was a science fiction television series called “Lost in Space.” One of its quirky characters was a robot capable of doing some amazing calculations but not much else, although he did understand and speak English quite well, often displayed very human emotions, and warned the youngest Robinson family member of imminent danger by yelling, “Danger, Will Robinson!” and flailing his arms about.

Since then, things in the robot world have changed a lot as evidenced by the recent debut of Fetch and Jett, two Relay robots responsible for delivering snacks, sundries and even spa products directly to guest suites at the Vdara Hotel & Spa, on the Strip between Aria and Bellagio.

The robots, designed and built by robot developer Savioke, are capable of navigating around people and objects, can prioritize multiple requests and even know how to operate the elevators. After a guest makes a request, a hotel employee simply loads the requested items into the robot’s compartment, inputs the guest’s room number and hits the “GO” button.

Upon arrival outside the guest’s room, Fetch and Jett will call the guest, and once the door opens their secure, tamper-proof lids automatically unlock so the guest can retrieve their order. Then, the robots ask the guest for feedback on their service before heading back to their docking stations.

Sounds like a fun way to get service.

ON THE MOVE: Earlier this month Gregory Smith, acting executive director of the Illinois Lottery, was selected as the new permanent president and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. His appointment will be effective Friday, July 20.

Gaming Laboratories International announced that Jacqueline Lin has been named client service representative. Lin will work out of the GLI Asia office located in Macao.

Del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York, has welcomed two new key team members – General Manager Mark Juliano and Director of Sales Bradley Zimmer. Juliano brings 30 years of industry experience to the Finger Lakes resort and Zimmer, a Liverpool native, has nearly 20 years.

Congratulations to one and all.

See you around town.