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Mobile Games Market Rising Stars

July 31, 2017
Mobile Gaming

Mobile Gaming Revenues

Mobile games market rising stars are certainly worth examining. People are used to the gaming markets in certain countries dominating the entire international market. The United Kingdom has one of the biggest gaming markets in the world, of course. Australia has been powerful within the gaming market for a while as well. Japan and South Korea have been the leaders of the online gaming market in the East for a while. Since South Korea helped to create and popularize the genre of e-sports in the first place, this should continue.

However, the people looking for the best NZ casinos will be only too happy to report that a lot of different markets are currently emerging throughout the world. Given the tremendous proven popularity of online gaming, particularly online casino gaming, this was only inevitable. Gambling in general has a lot of proven economic benefits. Almost anything that actually gets rich or middle-class people to spend money and to pour it back into the economy can be helpful. All countries have rich and middle-class people, even though the middle-class is shrinking throughout the world.

Setting up an online casino gaming industry in a nation certainly takes work, but it doesn’t even remotely compare to the amount of work that it takes to create a much more physical and mechanical niche. People don’t have to get a lot of equipment and set up complicated factories. Setting up the plans for a game, designing the game, and repairing bugs in the game will certainly be energy-intensive. However, for the people who have been involved in other emerging markets in other countries, the online casino gaming niche is going to seem like the sort of thing that could start overnight.

Indonesia has one of the biggest gaming markets if people are looking at the revenue numbers specifically. Southeast Asia in general has one of the biggest and most successful emerging markets in the world in terms of gaming, if people decide to look at areas in terms of regions as opposed to countries. Latin America is just behind Southeast Asia in that way. Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico are the countries that are performing particularly well within the Latin American region, and this should only continue. Given their proximity to North America and the tourists that they get from North America, both of these markets might be able to influence one another.

Africa and the Middle East are both expanding in terms of their gaming markets as well. A lot of people have been surprised that this has been the case, but they shouldn’t be so shocked. The United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have all been impressive in terms of their development otherwise, and gaming should not constitute an exception.

These emerging markets truly indicate that the entire world is starting to arrive on the scene when it comes to gaming, with fewer regions getting left out of it entirely. People all over the world should soon be able to enjoy gaming wherever they are.

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On This Date: July 2, 1971 The Union Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas Opened

July 2, 2017

The Plaza, originally named the Union Plaza (Photo by:

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The “Union” was removed in 2011 (Photo by:

Opened on July 2, 1971 with the owners including local businessmen: Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site.

In the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, the construction of the Union Plaza is visible in the background. In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, a model of the Plaza serves as the hotel tower.

The hotel portion closed on November 11, 2010. The hotel re-opened September 1, 2011 as the Plaza.

Re-modeled rooms of the Plaza in 2011

Re-modeled rooms of the Plaza in 2011

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On This Date: June 30, 1996, The Sands Hotel & Casino Closed

June 30, 2017

Sands Hotel & Casino

Sands Hotel & Casino A Place in the Sun

On this date the Sands Hotel & Casino Closed, June 30, 1996. The Historic hotel was the seventh hotel to open on the famous Las Vegas Strip on December 15, 1952. The Sands was was owned by Howard Hughes in the mid 1960’s.


Sands Hotel & Casino witht the Famous Rat Pack names on the Marquee

The original movie, Ocean’s 11 was filmed at the Sands and during this time movie stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford performed at the Copa Room. This is considered the birthplace of the “Rat Pack” and it was called the “Summit at the Sands”.  Another Famous lounge act was that of Louis Prima who performed at the Sands in the ’60s and early ’70s. The hotel was closed on June 30, 1996 and later imploded on November 26, 1996. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino now resides at the Sands former location.

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On This Date: June 20, 1947, Mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Shot & Killed in Beverly Hills, CA

June 20, 2017
Bugsy Siegel Mug Shot

Bugsy Siegel

On this date: Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was shot and killed in Beverly Hills, California. In 1945, Bugsy Siegal, was instrumental in establishing the first resort on the now famous Las Vegas Strip with the opening of the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.

Siegel befriended fellow hooligan Meyer Lansky, with whom he established the Bugs-Meyer Gang, a band of ruthless Jewish mobsters that ran a group of contract killers under the name Murder, Inc.

Siegel opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million on December 26, 1946. Billed as the world’s most luxurious hotel, the 105-room property and first luxury hotel on the Strip, it was built seven miles from Downtown Las Vegas out the the city limits in Clark County Nevada.


Bugsy was brutally killed On the evening of June 20, 1947, when bullets came crashing through his living room window in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile back in Las Vegas, three of Lansky’s cohorts entered the Flamingo Hotel and declared a takeover. Although Lansky denied involvement in the hit, there is little doubt that Siegel was murdered on orders.

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On This Date: May 26, 1989 – Three UNLV Rebel Basketball Players photographed in a hot tub with Richie “The Fixer” Perry

May 26, 2017
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Ritchie “The Fixer” with UNLV Basketball players in hot tub

On this date May 26, 1989, Three University of Las Vegas, (UNLV), Mens Basketball players are photographed with convicted felon Ritchie “The Fixer” Perry. Ritche was convicted in 1973 and 1984 for a point shaving scandal.

Richie the Fixer

Richie the Fixer

The man they called the “Fixer” got his nickname because he was twice convicted for taking part in mob-backed sports fixes. In 1973 related to manipulating the outcomes of (horse) harness races in New York and then in 1984 related to the Boston College men’s basketball point-shaving scandal (nine games altered in the 1978-79 season).

UNLV Rebels’ star players: Moses Scurry, Perry, Anderson Hunt and David Butler were part of a team that beat Duke by 30 (103-73) in the 1990 NCAA national title game .

The photos and scrutiny led to Tark’s resignation after 19 seasons, and appeared at a time when Nevada officials were considering black booking Perry, which would have banned him from all casinos.

Perry was convicted in 1997 of bookmaking and tax evasion in a federal case out of New York.

Side note: Perry’s attorney was Oscar Goodman, Oscar later became the Mayor of Las Vegas.

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On This Date: May 22, 1943 Little Church of the West’s First Wedding

May 22, 2017

Little Church of the WestOn This date was May 22, 1943, this first wedding at the Little Church of the West took place.

Captain George N. Calvert of the fourth armored division of the United States army and Miss Helen Gates of Hollywood, California came to Las Vegas for a quiet wedding. Because of gasoline rationing and restrictions on other travel, their friends and family were unable to make the trip here for their ceremony. The Last Frontier Hotel, site of the Little Church Of The West, made all of the arrangements for this landmark wedding, including the guests. There were 100 guests in western and pioneer costumes attending the ceremony. Roy Rogers and radio star Chester Lauck were the ushers.

The Little Church of the West opened its doors in 1942 on what would become The Strip. The chapel was originally built as part of the Hotel Last Frontier complex on the Las Vegas Strip. The chapel was moved from the north side of the hotel to the south side in 1954. In 1979, to make way for the Fashion Show Mall, the chapel was moved onto the grounds of the Hacienda. In 1996, when the Hacienda was closed and demolished, the chapel moved again to its current location on the east side of the strip south of the Mandalay Bay.

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1992.

Photo By: Larry D. Moore

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