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Letters to the Editor - Jack Binion

Good morning, fellow Las Vegan amigos! Why morning you might ask? Well, this moment marks a new beginning in the history of Las Vegas. A new day has broken, and a new era is upon us.

"Jack, we know you're dead," you're probably thinking to yourself. You don't know nothing 'bout Jack Binion kid!

I am alive, and I'll be here to offer you advice and wisdom as an old-timer who knew when to hold or fold, cut and run at the right time.

Ah, the glory days.

I rode out on top, and no one is going to drag me down. No one touches Jack Binion.
So, what's to make of the recent mess on the Strip?

Let's think about it for a little while. Just a couple years ago, gaming stocks were untouchable just like my face. MGM Mirage stock was trading for nearly a hundred bucks a share.

These days, I could practically buy the Bellagio for the dough I've got buried in a nice plot right off Sahara, and I could finish wiping my butt with those worthless Las Vegas Sands stock certificates.
So, what's the fuss?

Why've these new suits imported from some basement in Wall Street run their company ass first into the ground? Listen, kids, it's because they've lost their roots. They don't know nothing.

Las Vegas is about gambling.

Guess what? It's not about running a Club Med for washed up, old bastards and yuppie kids. It's not about turning every corner of your casino into some queer, Miami club scene.

It's not about plugging in another tired old bunch of French circus clowns hopped up on meth, jumping around like a bunch of cats on a hot tin roof. And hey, it's not about building an entire new center of the city!

Vegas is about gambling. Pure and simple.

Knock down the clubs, cut off the fancy chefs' fingers, plow over the VIP lounges, and put in some more blackjack tables. Slap the face of every smart aleck, 20-something kid who walks in the door. Tell 'em Jack said so. And if they got a problem with that, they can come talk to me. I'll burn 'em.

Jack Binion

Jan/Feb 2010 Editor's Letter

Dear Vegas,

It's time to put the tree and lights away, clean up the spilled champagne and tack up your new year goals onto your wall. Yes, the holidays are over and January has arrived. In other words, there's no time to waste, at least that is how I am feeling right now-no fault of my own. And it is not just me. Just about everyone around me has become very jazzed about their prospects in 2010. The top of the year always warrants excitement, but for some reason it's on another level this time around. Whatever the reason, it is incredibly contagious.

So now I'm psyched. I've already set my goals for the year and have decided, with all the rumbling exuberance in town, to revise them and set the bar higher; still realistic, but more ambitious than originally planned.

While taking another stab at the blueprint and projections for my year, I paused to reflect: Every year, we write down our New Year's resolutions-the things we want to accomplish in the next 365 days-but do we actually achieve all of them by the end of the year, or is this annual ritual exactly that: a ritual? Is it just an activity we do to support our temporary excitement for potential change in our lives, one that inevitably fizzles like my eternal resolution to take my relationship with Jessica Alba to next level?

I would venture to say that many of us actually do become successful in attaining most of what we set out for at the beginning of the year. As for the small percentage of loftier goals that get overlooked during their twelve month stint, they should still hold great importance as well, shouldn't they? We actually took the time to imagine them and commit them to paper. So this year let us try something new to ensure that we cover all of our bases and leave no runners stranded on the field.

1. Review your list of goals twice a month at least, to monitor where you stand, and in what direction you are headed.

2. To get on the right path towards accomplishing those grandiose resolutions we talked about, perform small tasks one at a time. The step-by-step approach will make it much easier to accomplish your larger goals.

3. Edit away, but try not to delete. You have every right to alter your path as nothing should be written in stone, so pressure need not apply.

4. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions, especially those that might slip through the cracks. That person will prove quite helpful because, when you make a friend privy to your plans, they will hold you accountable to carry them through.

5. Last but not least, as you reflect on what you have achieved, don't forget to reward yourself. There is nothing like buying that coat you have been eyeing or taking a weekend trip up to California wine country to keep you on track.

Whatever you are resolving to accomplish this year, dedicate yourself fully and make it count. Einstein once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Do yourself a favor and avoid this all-too-common habit by switching up your approach to tackle those resolutions that are prone to slip through the cracks.

Happy 2010 Las Vegas, and my sincerest thank you for continuing to support and read LasVegas.Net Magazine!

Kindest regards,
Nick Bougie
Senior Editor