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What all you can get for $15 and under at Crown Casino Melbourne
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What all you can get for $15 and under at Crown Casino Melbourne?

What all you can get for $15 and under at Crown Casino Melbourne

Crown Melbourne Australia offers some awesome sweet and sour wonders for you when it comes to their excellent food and drinks. Here are six wonderful items to enjoy for $15 or under when you visit Crown Casino.

1. $10 Cocktail on Tuesdays

$10 cocktail at crown casino

Every Tuesday the casino offers Hump Day celebrations a day early at The Hub located in Kingpin with $10 Cocktails or $7.50 Mocktails. The cocktail curators are trained in producing any one of theur Signature Cocktails and Mocktails that will have you planning your weekend social at Kingpin before the working week has even ended.

2. Espresso martini for only $10

$10 martini

You can step into a cocktail lover’s paradise at Crown everyday from 5 pm to 8 pm. For a limited time, indulge in an irresistible espresso martini for only $10. This offer is available at Lumia Bar, Velvet Bar and Atrium Bar.

3. Margo’s Hot Food Specials from $7.50

Food Specials at Crown Casino for $7

Margo’s Café offers both dine in or takeaway meals and an array of tasty special offers at the hot counter. Try the daily selection of hot counter meals with a small plate of 3 items from just $7.50 and a large plate with 5 items from $12.50! Margo’s is located on the casino floor, patrons must be 18 years or over and not be prohibited from entering the casino or Crown Entertainment Complex for any reason.

4. Carlton Draft for $15 during the AFL

Carlton Drought Crown casino

When there is the AFL season it means Footy Fridays! Grab your mates and catch all the best action on the mega screen at Lagerfield every Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy the delicious menu and share two pints of Carlton Draft for $15. Crown practices responsible service of alcohol so doesn’t allow below 18 years of age.

5. Try Chef’s Harvest $15 Meals

Chefs Harvest at Crown Casino

Every day | 12pm – 10pm in June you can order the fresh harvest  with chef prepared seasonal meals every day at Crown. Enjoy chicken breast filled with spinach, mushrooms and gruyere cheese on creamy gnocchi and spinach or wok fried chicken with basil, chilli and cashew nuts served with steamed rice. Every meal includes a selected drink and four hours free multi-level parking, all for $15. Offers available only at Emporio Pizza & PastaTia ToSho Noodle Bar and Margo’s Cafe.

6. Enjoy a Cajun Spiced Halibut Burger, chips and a drink for just $15

Fish and Chippery

Every Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm  at the Fish and Chippery you can check out the new squid on the block. Not your typical takeaway, this Melbourne CBD gem takes all of its inspiration from its wiser counterpart, The Atlantic, focussing on delivering the freshest seasonal produce from the sea in a fun and fast takeaway format. Swim by and visit along the Crown Riverwalk, and every Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm enjoy a Cajun Spiced Halibut Burger, chips and a drink for just $15!

Space Invader game
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Space Invader the Online Sci Fi Game Of The Universe- Play free online and with apps

Space Invader game

The old classic retro video game if you remember was Space Invader. Released in 1978 Tomohiro Nishikado’s creation was an instant arcade hit that soon made it into player’s homes via the Atari. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and features two-dimensional graphics where the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon and earn as many points as possible.

Space often conjures up ideas of faraway worlds and exotic aliens, both of which add an extra element of interest. Indeed, even though Space Invaders is extremely basic in terms of gameplay by today’s standards, players still enjoy it thanks to its outer space vibe.

Where to play this game?

Space Invader pokie

You can go on this space adventure now online with your mobile or PC and quickly discover that there are whole words of entertainment beyond the comics and movies available on earth. Moving forward towards the present day, you can also see examples of the sci-fi genre in the casino gaming world, everything from Star Trek and Transformers to unique pokie creations like Starburst have all taken something from the sci-fi genre. Whether it’s in-game characters, animations or themed features, sci-fi has basically been used to give slots another level of popular appeal.

Space Invader pokies from Ash Gaming is designed to look like an old-school arcade game machine, complete with the original buttons at the bottom and some very retro 8-bit graphics on the screen. The game matrix features 5 reels and just 10 fixed paylines in total. You goal is to try and find winning combinations of symbols onto these paylines in order to trigger cash prizes.

The most common symbols of the game are the classic 3 aliens, a blue, a green and a purple one. All combinations in Space Invaders consist of 3, 4 or 5 identical symbols on a payline, and all the aliens can award up to 20 times the value of your bet. The last 4 icons represent space canons, flying saucers, an army of giant aliens and a desolated planet. Being rarer in the game, you can expect rewards going up to 150 times your wager with these symbols.

Space Invaders is also rich in original bonus features that will remind veteran players of the original Space Invaders arcade game, while triggering some big wins as well. You will notice the moving canon at the bottom of the game screen. Every time it stops under reel 2 or reel 4, you can a chance that it will shoot down one of the symbols and turn it into a wild that can replace any other icon. Winning combinations triggered with a wild are worth twice as much as usual.

A red UFO can appear on top of reel 3 during the game. If the canon is aligned with it, it will shoot it down and trigger an immediate free re-spin, during which additional wilds will appear scattered across the screen.

Play Space Invader with Apps

Space Invader game apps

Also you can enjoy Space Invader all free with apps.  Download the game from app stores on your mobile and enjoy the game. Almost all the stores be it Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft or any other are offering this game all free.

Sci Fi games now in Virtual Reality

Also if you  accept the basic premise of sci-fi books and movies is to escape reality, then virtual reality is obviously the best gaming medium to achieve that goal. By slipping on a VR mask such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive players feel as though they’re stepping into a different part of the universe. This fact hasn’t been lost on the game designers of this world as there are plenty of sci-fi offerings making a splash in 2018. On a slightly superficial level, you’ve got rhythm games like Beat Saber. For something a little more technical, Star Child is your ticket to an alien world. Part adventure, part interactive role-playing game, Star Child sees you make friends with certain creatures and battle others.

Games have certainly provided another entertainment outlet for fans over the years and, as technology improves, this only looks set to continue. From basic arcade games through to today’s virtual reality experiences, it’s certainly worth boarding a ship bound for the edge of the universe where entertainment is what all you need.

Tech infused in Las Vegas casinos
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Tech luxury infused in Las Vegas hotels to dazzle guests besides the glamour of gambling

Tech infused in Las Vegas casinos

A robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher)

 

What do you think you will expect in Las Vegas hotel room when you  visit one of the brand casinos? You are offered finest luxuries of the room and best of wine and dine. If you wanna something in the room it takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call.

Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas’ casino-hotels also can get towels, food and toiletries delivered with just a few taps on their smartphone. It comes as the staples of hotel room technolog,  a phone on a nightstand and a flat-screen TV aren’t cutting it anymore in the hypercompetitive world of Sin City tourism.

You can use tablets to control room features like lights and temperature. Shower infusers and special lights promise travelers a chance to recharge. Also a 4-foot-tall robot can point visitors to the nearest ATM. In the battle for millions of Las Vegas’ tourists, voice-assisted speakers and purification systems also are part of the push to attract ever-more-demanding customers and keep them coming back.

Tablets used as room service in Las Vegas

Here an interactive tablet in a suite at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. The tablet allows guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights, among other things. (AP Photo/John Locher)

 

So with the latest technology all infused together in the hotel the casino brands are trying to make themselves evolve to become more relevant to a younger audience that is highly technologically enabled. This is what was remarked by Robert Rippee, director of the Hospitality Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Las Vegas hotels are not the only ones using such technology. The Acme Hotel Co. in Chicago put an Amazon Echo in every room and the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, California, has equipped rooms with iPads. But what sets Sin City properties apart is the volume of guests they handle, which can test the technology that must be easy to understand.

“Let’s say the tablet is a Microsoft Surface, but the tablet you use is an iPad, so you immediately have a gap,” Rippee said. “You, as the user, now have to learn to use a product an operating system you are unfamiliar with. If you are here for two nights, you are going to discard it.”

Robots at Las Vegas

The texting service at Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment launched a texting service at its 3,976-room Caesars Palace casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in August 2017, months after rolling it out at two boutique hotels. Senior vice president and chief experience officer Michael Marino said the service aims to improve guests’ stay after the company noticed a dip in phone calls. It’s not like they have less needs, it’s just that something has happened over the last couple of years where people just don’t like to call people anymore.

Ivy the Artificial Intelligence at casinos

Four properties now have the service named Ivy, which the company credits for higher scores of two of its hotels on travel review website TripAdvisor.

The service uses artificial intelligence to automatically answer common questions and requests, such as gym location and hours of operation. But trained staffers type back responses to more complex inquiries such as where Muslims should face to pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.

“The window of your room faces to the East. If you pray facing the window, you will be oriented towards Mecca,” Ivy answered within two minutes.

Robots working at Las Vegas Casinos

The Cosmopolitan casino-hotel also launched a chatbot a year ago, around the same time Wynn Resorts announced that an Amazon Echo would be installed in every room of the Wynn Las Vegas casino-hotel.

At the Aria and Vdara hotels, each room is equipped with a tablet with applications that allow guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights. Travelers also can choose special rooms at the MGM Grand and The Mirage with several lighting options, including one that helps the body’s internal clock, and a device that infuses the shower’s water with vitamin C.

Meanwhile, a shiny white, wide-eyed standing robot named Pepper in the lobby of the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel can answer a set of preprogrammed questions, including checkout time, how to connect to the Wi-Fi network and the location of the spa.

Robot Bartenders

Robots working as Las Vegas Bar tenders

Robots serve drinks at the Tipsy Robot, which opened this summer inside the Miracle Mile Shops next to Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas. (David Montero / Los Angeles Times)

 

Also Robot bartenders have made their way to the Las Vegas Strip. Bar owner Rino Armeni swears this isn’t yet another move to replace human beings.

“No, no, no,” he said gamely and with a laugh. “It’s entertainment — like the Bellagio fountains.” Though, it should be noted, the fountains have not joined the labor force and been retrained to become, say, baristas.

The Tipsy Robot opened in August 2017 inside the Miracle Mile Shops next to Planet Hollywood Casino, squeezing its way onto the Las Vegas Strip along with a roller-coaster atop a tower, replicas of iconic world landmarks and a 24-7 world of gambling, booze and quirkiness. It celebrates the weird, the new and the now.

The futuristic setting inside the Tipsy Robot feels like a mash-up of a bar, Apple Store and car manufacturing plant. The centerpiece of the watering hole is the two bartender robots affixed to a stage-like bar. They are white, mechanized assembly-line arms moving with jerky fluidity.

Above the robots, liquor bottles hang upside down like hummingbird feeders, and the steel arms whirl, twirl and stretch upward to let the alcoholic nectar flow down into the mixer with precision before pouring the mixed drink and then place it onto a grooved slat.

The finished product is then slowly slid to the edge of the bar already forgotten as the robotic arm moves to the next order on the alcohol assembly line. You can sit in front of the smart tablet and  place orders and looked over the drink options. Isn’t this interesting and entertaining.

World's largest Music and Entertainment venue
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World’s Largest Music and Entertainment Venue Coming to Las Vegas

World's largest Music and Entertainment venue

The world’s largest music and entertainment venue will be coming to the Las Vegas Strip thanks to the Sands Corporation and Madison Square Garden Company. The two are joining forces, with a few other partners, to build a 400,000 square-foot site that will be the world’s largest built specifically for music and entertainment.

According to the executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, James Dolan, the company believes that there is a demand for venues specifically focused on music and entertainment.

The venue will be on Sands Avenue, between Manhattan Street and Koval Lane, and it will have direct access to the Venetian and Palazzo hotel-casinos. The centre will have 17.500 seats that will face the front of the stage and also have scalable seating capacities to accommodate a wide variety of shows.

According to Sheldon G. Adelson, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO, at a time when significant conversations are taking place about the city’s future tourism needs, a state-of-the-art venue designed, built and exclusively dedicated to bringing the world’s greatest musical and entertainment acts to Las Vegas is the type of development it should all be excited about.

The venue will make use of the latest technology to achieve the best possible acoustics. Also this the space will be able to deliver new and innovative experiences for both performers and the audience.

Sans and MSM are working with Azoff, Live Nation Entertainment and Oak View Group on the project. They are all confident that the result will be a world-class performance venue that will attract people from around the world. According to Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, this new venue will pioneer the next generation of fan experiences and content development, and raise the bar for innovative branding opportunities.

World’s Largest Music and Entertainment Venue

The two companies announced  that they were creating a “venue of the future” capable of housing large touring concerts, specially designed residences and full-blown productions and events.

The Nevada-based Kaempfer Crowell law firm submitted pre-application project documents with Clark County in October 2017. The documents include a diagram showing a proposed 585,000-square-foot music venue, which would sit on the southeast corner of Koval Lane and Sands Avenue. Sands owns the roughly 18-acre parcel of land.

In addition to superior acoustics, state-of-the-art technology will be utilized throughout the building, creating a venue of the future capable of delivering new and innovative experiences for both artists and fans. Also the venue will reinvent the VIP experience, with luxurious seating options and exclusive clubs and lounges.

The proposed music venue is considered a high-impact project given its size, scope and the number of people it likely would draw to the area, hence the pre-application requirement.

Aside from the company’s iconic and namesake arena in New York City, Madison Square Garden is also behind The Forum, an arena-sized venue in Los Angeles dedicated to music and entertainment.

Entertainment venues have been the latest trend in Las Vegas. The 650,000-square-foot T-Mobile Arena, owned by MGM Resorts International and AEG, debuted in spring 2016. It’s considered a multi-purpose entertainment venue that hosts concerts, sporting events and awards shows as well as being the home of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team.

Movie studios- Now Racing to control the entertainment experience of autonomous cars
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Movie studios- Now racing to control the entertainment experience of autonomous cars

Movie studios- Now Racing to control the entertainment experience of autonomous cars

Most of the Australians drive to work each day and with the impending adoption of autonomous vehicles, that commute is going to look very different indeed which is going to be a much more exciting and enjoyable prospect.

While the likes of Tesla, Google, Apple and the world’s major car manufacturers work to develop their autonomous driving technology, the entertainment industry is also gearing up for the day when your car drives itself. Suddenly you’ll be free to check your e-mails, do some reading and maybe even take a nap, if the law permits.

But if advertisers and the entertainment industry  who refer to the approaching proliferation of autopiloted cars as a “new consumer space” have it their way, you’ll be watching plenty of content.

In fact, Warner Brothers has already teamed up with Intel to create an immersive entertainment experience for drivers who don’t need to watch the road.

According to Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich, the rise of the AV industry will create one of the greatest expansions of consumer time available for entertainment as seen in a long time and it’s not just typical screen viewing they’ve got in mind.

He also explained that not only do you see passengers consuming content ranging from movies and television programming, you imagine riders enjoying immersive experiences never seen before, courtesy of in-cabin Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) innovations.

Like if a fan of the superhero Batman could enjoy riding in the Batmobile through the streets of Gotham City, while AR capabilities render the car a literal lens to the outside world, enabling passengers to view advertising and other discovery experiences.

Movie studios

Warner Brothers certainly isn’t the only movie studio eyeing off the potential of the autonomous car experience. Earlier in 2017, Paramount Pictures hired its first ever in-house futurist, Ted Schilowitz, who believes the windshield can become the movie screen of tomorrow. Ifyou look at the windshield and windows, they are ‘screens’ at the right distance to be entertainment portals.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, some analysts predict that in-car streaming entertainment could be worth as much as $US200 billion per year in extra revenue in the not too distant future. It does make sense for entertainment companies to race to capitalize on the new-found freedom of attention while on the road. Like if Netflix can strike a deal with Tesla to integrate its platform into the car’s system it would be a pretty canny way to reach potential new customers and advertisers are also licking their lips at the possibilities.

A spokesperson from America’s National Association of Broadcasters told Fox News that they could deliver interactive, geo-located advertising based on nearby shops, restaurants and businesses, the potential to turn what was once a chore into an entertainment experience is immense.

Intel and Warner

Intel and Warner Brothers have struck a deal for in car entertainment systems

 

The car-loving Australians would no doubt be a prime target given the amount of time many of would spend in traffic each day. In Sydney, about 58 per cent of commuters relied on their car, according to a survey of 5000 Australian commuters done by the Australian Automobile Association and NRMA earlier in 2017. A research report published by the Australian Government in 2016 found that about a third of employed people in Sydney have return commutes to and from work of more than 90 minutes a day  that’s basically an entire movie.

The average return trip time in Sydney stands at about 71 minutes, and it’s not much better in Melbourne. It’s probably the worst part of the day for most people, but perhaps they’ll soon be able to pretend they’re in the Batmobile while cruising in Gotham City.

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Lady Gaga to start Las Vegas residency at Park Theater end of this new year 2018

Lady Gaga

Fans of Lady Gaga will be excited to hear that the pop star has announced a two-year residency in Las Vegas and will be joining other big names such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up their own residencies.

Gaga said that she will begin the two-year engagement at the 5,300-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM in December next year, part of the transformation of the Monte Carlo hotel in to the new Park MGM resort.

In a statement Gaga said that it has been a life-long dream of hers to play in the home of Elvis, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John and so on. She said that the honour of playing in Vegas is humbling and that she intends to create a “new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”

The series of performances begins in late 2018. The pop superstar wrote on Twitter, “The rumors are true. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show!! It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed! Love you little monsters we did it, meet me in Las Vegas!!” The residency will be comprised of 74 concerts with the possibility of extending the run. Variety, the major show business publication, citing its sources, says that the deal is worth $100 million, with Gaga earning over $1 million per show.

Over the last decade Gaga, in addition to gaining popularity for her songs, she has become known for stunts such as setting her piano on fire and wearing a raw meat dress. Last February she began the Super Bowl halftime show by singing “God Bless America” from the top of Houston’s NRG Stadium.

She had a health scare a few months ago and postponed the European leg of her world tour until early 2018 citing severe pain. In 2013 she was hospitalised for a hip injury and she also revealed that she suffers from the musculoskeletal disorder fibromyalgia.

A number of top musicians are drawn to Las Vegas residencies as they allow the performers to remain in one location and still draw in large crowds without the need to tour.

About Lady Gaga

About Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta born March 28, 1986, an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as experimenting with new images.

Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. She studied at CAP21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician. After Def Jam Recordings cancelled her contract, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”, also proved successful.

Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Gaga has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’s power and earnings rankings. She was ranked at number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012, finished second on Time’s 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. She is known for her philanthropic work and social activism, including LGBT rights, and for her non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.

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Did the red rooster brought the first casino in Las Vegas

Red Rooster

Can a rooster bring the first  casino on the Vegas Strip. But rooster is a simple bird and he did set an alarm to wake the players up for wonderful games. Jest apart, Red Rooster was the first casino on the Las Vegas strip now where stands the Mirage Casino.

Even before gambling arrived in Sin City Red Rooster was actually a night club that served alcohol though it was prohibited at that time. Also Nevada officials had banned gaming in 1911. So when the state of Nevada passed legislation legalizing gambling in March of 1931, owners of the Red Rooster quickly took advantage of the new law, becoming the very first recipient of a gaming licenses in Clark County, Nevada. They were granted this license on April 1, 1931. Reportedly, they opened with just a few pokies machines and one blackjack table.

Red Rooster Casino

“Crime lords, illegal whiskey, federal stings and mysterious fires … par for the course in the tale of the Red Rooster, the first nightclub on what would eventually become the Las Vegas Strip” – Robert Stoldal, from Ace of Clubs, a history of Red Rooster and Meadows at KNPR. Photo: Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

Irony is that though Red Rooster became the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip, it also became the first casino in Las Vegas to lose its gaming license.

According to the book, “License to Steal” by author Jeff Burbank, the new gaming board revoked the Red Rooster’s license on July 7, 1931, after federal authorities raided the casino for selling alcohol as prohibition was still the law of the land. So, this first casino in Las Vegas lasted for less than 100 days.

The other “first casino on the Strip” contender was established on a desolate parcel a little south of where today’s Stratosphere now stands. It was the oddly named Pair O’ Dice, which had been a successful club previously, but which was granted a gaming license in May of 1931, just a month after the Red rooster.

Like the Red Rooster, the Pair O’ Dice was built on Highway 91, also known as the Los Angeles Highway, which would later be called the Las Vegas Strip. The Pair O’ Dice’s location was on land that would later become the Frontier Hotel and Casino directly across the street from where the Wynn and Encore stand now.

Owners of the Pair O’ Dice purposely built the nightclub or casino south of downtown, so as to try to capture some of the Los Angeles tourist traffic headed on Highway 91 into downtown. Like the Red Rooster, they too illegally served alcohol, but were somehow spared the wrath of the United States government, and continued to stay open.

After years and years of successfully operating as “The Frontier”, and then the “New Frontier” Hotel and Casino, the resort was closed and demolished in 2007. Grand plans to build a replica of the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City on the now-vacant land have failed to materialize, meaning this parcel of land on the Las Vegas strip was busier and more happening back in 1931 than it is today.

While the Pair O’ Dice was the first sustained casino on the Strip, the first resort with a casino was the El Rancho Vegas, which opened in April of 1941.

Unlike the Pair O ‘ Dice, which was basically a nightclub with a few pokies machines, one blackjack table, one craps table, and one roulette wheel, the El Rancho Vegas was more like the grand dad of the Strip casinos you know today. It had a swimming pool, a showroom, the first buffet in the nation, and fancier accommodations than at the hotels on Freemont Street a few miles to the North.

According to UNLV, the resort also had a whopping 70 pokies machines, and 4 table games, and the largest restaurant in Las Vegas. The hotel portion consisted of 63 rooms. This Las Vegas first sat on the land across from the SLS Hotel and Casino.

There is also a false and common belief that the Flamingo was the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The Warren Beatty/Annette Bening 1991 hit film “Bugsy” helped spread the misconception around. In one dramatic scene, Warren Beatty’s character Bugsy, character based on mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel stops his car in the middle of a lonely desolate highway in the desert. Here, as it was told, Bugsy came up with his vision of what would soon be the luxurious Flamingo Hotel and Casino. In reality however, Siegel and his mob associates purchased a majority interest in the already-planned resort, with Bugsy forcibly taking over the design and construction aspects.

In fact, the Flamingo opened on December 26, 1946 – that is 15 years after the opening of the Pair O’ Dice a mile up the road, and five years after the opening of El Rancho Vegas. For their part, Flamingo officials can brag that they were the first casino on the southern part of the Las Vegas strip.

What the Pair O ‘ Dice, El Rancho Vegas, and Flamingo started, has turned into a multi-billion dollar miles-long stretch of entertainment that is the premier gambling destination in the country.

Of the Strip, and nearby Strip properties, twenty-two are mega resorts, which the UNLV Center for Gaming defines as a resort having gaming revenues of at least $72 million per year. Strip properties bring in over a billion dollars of gaming revenue a year – of what the big change that came from a small, humble Red Rooster, Pair O’ Dice and some of the other first casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Research now on new study on female gambling and the influence of pop culture on betting

Female gambling Research

Bookmakers are offering gambling markets on television programmes such as The Bachelorette starring Sophie Monk.

Deakin University launches new study on female gambling and the influence of pop culture on betting. The rise of reality television betting, female-targeted pokie machines and Instagram influencers will form part of new study on women’s changing attitudes towards gambling.

The research, undertaken by Deakin University, will analyse if the saturation of advertising is making gambling more socially acceptable for young women. Associate Professor Samantha Thomas, from Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development, said gambling companies were increasingly targeting women with a range of tailored marketing strategies.

During Melbourne Cup week in 2017, online bookmakers were using female celebrities and influencers to promote products in their social media posts. It also includes the promotion of entertainment options and women’s groups from clubs and hotels, and a range of female-centred entertainment options from the casino.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unequalled world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine all in one place.  Encompassing the famous Melbourne Cup Day, along with three other key racedays, Victoria Derby Day, Crown Oaks Day and Stakes Day, the Melbourne Cup Carnival holds a unique position in world racing as there is no comparable week where crowds of such magnitude gather to celebrate thoroughbred racing.  The Melbourne Cup is the iconic race of the Carnival, with increasingly the best thoroughbreds from around the world showcasing the very best of the sport.

The manufacturers of poker machines are using branding that is much more friendly and appealing to younger women as well, including the development of Britney Spears, Ellen and Big Bang Theory themed machines. Bookmakers are even offering gambling markets on events that are popular with young women, such as The Bachelor.

Associate Prof Thomas said women’s traditional preference for luck-based, rather than skill-based, gambling is changing. Until recently online bookmakers typically gave women a decorative role in advertising, but they are now starting to feature women as the protagonist.

The new Crownbet ad specifically features a woman, Australian actress and model Nicky Whelan repeatedly using the tagline: ‘If I were a betting man’. The ad portrays a sense of female empowerment and confidence through wagering.

The new study will access if the saturation of advertising is making gambling more socially acceptable for young women, and why their attitudes towards some forms of gambling, such as sports betting, are changing.

While there has been a significant amount of research on young men and gambling, there is almost no research on the gambling behaviours of young women in Australia.  So to properly understand this behaviour to develop strategies and help reduce and prevent gambling harm among young women, researchers are looking to speak with young women aged 18-34 who have gambled on the pokies, horses, sports, or at the casino in the past year. To find out more about the study, email gambling.research@deakin.edu.au.

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The ten pokies machines that brought change in gaming and punters will always cherish

pokies machines cherish

Pokies machines give hours of entertainment. It is not necessary that you need to spend money or place bet or play with real money to get this fun of gaming as most of the machines are available free to play. When you enter a casino you see lots and lots of pokies machines but do you know these pokies machines have all changed with times. As new technology enters the casino and gaming world so do the pokies also get a change of things like in machinery, structure, game play and other things. Here are ten pokies machines that brought change in gaming and punters will always love to speak of them.

1. The Sittman and Pitt Pokies Machine

Sittman and Pitt

The Sittman and Pitt Pokies machine is the first pokies machines that was invented in 1891 by Sittman and Pitt. In this pokies you needed to insert a nickel into the coin slot and then had to try and win prizes by building the best poker hand possible from the five spinning drums that displayed a selection of 50 card faces.

2. The Liberty Bell Pokies Machine

Liberty Bell Pokies machine

The classic pokies machines that you see today at casinos is said to be the resemblance of the Liberty Bell pokies machines developed by Charles Fey between 1887 and 1895 that hit casinos across the world over the 20th century. This pokies machines had three spinning reels with five symbols available to hit. These symbols consisted of diamonds, hearts, horseshoes, spades and the Liberty Bell icon. It offered the first automatic payout system and this would change the way betting and gaming operated.

3. Money Honey Pokies Machine

Money Honey

Money Honey pokies machine introduced the electro-mechanical pokies machine onto the market. It was in 1963, US-based developer Bally launched the this first pokies of such kind. Previous pokies had included elements of electro-mechanical design but this took things to a whole new level. The bottomless hopper and potential 500 coin win made it more attractive to the mass market at a time when Las Vegas was growing fast it is now. It was the perfect launching of this pokies at the perfect time.

4. Fortune Coin Pokies Machine

Fortune Coin

Fortune coin pokies machine was launched in 1976 by a firm called  Fortune Coin Co. This was the first video pokies machine to be introduced into casino market. It would set the precedent for decades of pokies machine releases. The pokies machines you still see on the casino floors to this day all draw inspiration from this pokies machine. It possessed a 19-inch Sony Trinitron color receiver and boasted logic boards for the machine’s functions. Its first live public demonstration came at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The machine became hugely popular along the Las Vegas Strip and Fortune Coin Co would eventually go on to become owned by renowned software developer IGT.

5. Reel ‘Em In Pokies Machine

Reel Em pokies

In the year 1996 WMS released Reel Em In pokies machines.  It was the first video pokies to offer a second screen bonus feature. Modern day pokies live and die by their bonus features. It’s hard to imagine a world when they didn’t exist.

Still WMS has continued to innovate the industry with the stunning Zeus pokies, the 6-reel behemoth of Raging Rhino, and the introduction of the Colossal Reels on a number of its titles such as Spartacus – Gladiator of Rome. This remains the most important pokies in their portfolio due to the impact it had on the industry by introducing the world to more in-depth bonus features.

6. Cleopatra Pokies Machine

Cleopatra pokies

This pokies machine was launched in the year 2005 with the Egyptian-themed and was 5-reel, 20-payline pokies from renowned developer IGT. It was a simplistic video pokies that took the world by storm. The chance to win 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier made it a must-play with novice and experienced players alike. For many pokies players, it’s one of the first games they ever played on.

Since its release, Cleopatra has spawned sequels and has also enjoyed equal levels of success on both the online and mobile platforms. It is unlikely you will ever see a day when this pokies machine is not available to play at a casino somewhere in the world. Only a few other pokies such as Playtech’s Desert Treasure, Microgaming’s Thunderstruck II, and WMS Gaming’s Zeus come close to the immortality of Cleopatra but the Egyptian Queen still rules the land.

7. Sushi Bar Pokies Machine

Sushi bar

Sushi Bar was launched in the year 2012 when 3D technology had already stepped in the gaming market. Everybody that witnessed the 3D movement back then will remember the red and blue cardboard glasses and the basic graphics produced from the technology. That has all changed now.

With the introduction of lots of 3D games as well as 3D TV screens things are lot more glamorous and fun now. Betsoft Gaming led the way with their array of 3D pokies. Sushi Bar was one of their finest releases along with Good Girl, Bad Girl, Mamma Mia, and More Gold Diggin’. These pokies brought a whole new gloss to the visual side of pokies gaming.

8. Mega Fortune Pokies Machine

Mega Fortune Pokies

Mega Fortune pokies were hit in 2013 when one anonymous player at the Finland-based Paf Casino hit the Mega Fortune mega progressive jackpot for a value of €17,860,868. It was the largest ever jackpot win on an online pokies machine. Only Microgaming’s Mega Moolah has come close to surpassing that figure when Jon Heywood triggered the game’s mega jackpot for £13,212,882 on 6th October, 2015.

9. Iron Man Pokies Machine

Iron Man pokies

Iron Man was released in 2014 by Playtech brought Marvel themed pokies into the casino industry. Playtech launch a number of Marvel-themed pokies like The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers. The pokies all received very positive reviews and changed the landscape of a lot of Playtech-operated casinos online. They also proved to be a big hit at land-based casinos. The future of the pokies now hangs in the balance with Marvel planning to adopt a more family-friendly approach to their business but for the time they graced casinos around the globe, they were brilliant.

10. Jack and the Beanstalk Pokies Machine

Jack and Beanstalk

Now it is time for Virtual reality pokies and soon NetEnt is going to release many pokies machines with VR technology and other of their popular pokies with Jack and the Beanstalk being touted as one potential title.

Besides these ten pokies machines there will be a time when more will be added to the list  when VR and AR games will be on rise in coming years soon.

2017 big winning year for Queensland
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2017 was the ‘Big Winning’ year for lottery players across Queensland

2017 big winning year for Queensland

THE Far North has emerged as one of Queensland’s lotto hot spots in the past 12 months with residents enjoying a combined windfall for more than $64 million.

A total of nine division one wins were recorded in the region throughout the year, which was just behind the Gold Coast where 13 winning entries were recorded.

In just the 4870 postcode area there were three division one winners which totalled $42 million.

Lotto winner

Customer Susan Lui has her fingers crossed for another lotto win in Far North Queensland. Picture source: Justin Brierty

During the past 12 months, between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017, Queensland lottery players enjoyed 105 division one prizes and pocketed more than $303.5 million in division one prize money.

While Queensland had the third highest number of division one wins nationally during the 12 month period, the state had Australia’s highest amount of division one prize money.

Golden Casket spokesman Matt Hart said a total of 63 millionaires were created across Queensland during the 12 month period. 2017 will long be remembered by many as a year of big wins for lottery players across Queensland.

Division one wins

Division one wins across Australia. Picture: The Lott/Supplied

According to Matt Hart there have been clusters of division one wins in certain areas in each state, these vary from year to year and in 2017 and seen division one wins land far and wide across Queensland in both metropolitan and regional areas.

He said one of the highlights in 2017 was in June when a young mother from Cairns recorded a $40 million Oz Lotto win.

Cairns is also home to another unclaimed division one lotto prize. An entry bought at NewsExtra DFO Cairns, shop 255, DFO Cairns, 274 Mulgrave Road, Cairns, won $2 million in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3315 on 22 January 2014.

You can play Saturday TattsLotto gives you the chance to take home a share in an estimated $4 Million dollars every Saturday! There are also regular events called Superdraws which offer Division One prize pools of $20 Million or more. Saturday TattsLotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Saturday night and to win you have to match 6 winning numbers in a single game.

Monday & Wednesday Lotto gives you the chance to become a millionaire each Monday and Wednesday with a guaranteed $1 Million dollar prize pool for up to four winners! Monday & Wednesday Lotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Monday and Wednesday night and to win you have to match 6 winning numbers in a single game.

Australian lotteries to win

Oz Lotto is a jackpotting game where 7 winning numbers are selected from a lottery draw barrel. To win the jackpot your entry needs to match all 7 winnings numbers in a single game, and if no one wins Division 1, the prize pool jackpots to the next draw. Oz Lotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Tuesday night and has jackpotted to over $100 million in the past!

Powerball is Australia’s biggest official jackpotting lottery. With the biggest prize pool and hundreds of thousands of winners each week, if there are no Division 1 prize winners, the prize pool jackpots to the next draw which has been as high as $80 Million! Powerball draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Thursday night and is a game of chance drawn from 2 barrels. 6 numbers are drawn from the main barrel and 1 Powerball number is drawn from the Powerball Barrel. Match all 6 winnings numbers plus the Powerball in a single game to win the jackpot!

Set for Life gives you a chance to win $20,000 a month for 20 years. It is the only game that allows you to play your numbers across 7 consecutive daily draws – that’s a chance every day of the week to be Set for Life! Draws take place every night at 9.00pm (AEST). To win first prize, your entry needs to match all 8 winning numbers in a single SET.

Besides these there are many other pool, mega and raffle lotteries to play and win. Try your luck then?