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Are Your Purse Strings Attached To Your Heart Strings?

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 16th October 2007 2:36am
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Steve Friess has a great piece on The Strip Podcast Blog about the ongoing saga of John L. Smith. If you're a Vegas nut, you've probably got a bunch of Smith's books on your bookshelf, if you don't, well, you should. Smith has brought us many valuable books outlining some of the more colorful characters to have graced Las Vegas's stage over the last hundred years, including "Running Scared" (Steve Wynn bio), "No Limit" (Bob Stupak bio), "Sharks In the Desert" (Vegas History), "Of Rats and Men" (Oscar Goodman bio) and many many more. He is also a featured columnist at the Review-Journal, the best writer they've got on staff.

Over the past three years, John's daughter has been fighting a recurring battle with cancer. In John's most recent column, he's documented the last three years of his family's fight against the disease. Steve Friess put it best with is suggestion to get out the Kleenex before you read his heart wrenching account of the last three years.

As if that weren't enough to deal with, John has recently had to declare bankruptcy due to a lawsuit brought upon him by Sheldon Adelson, majority owner of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Las Vegas Sands operates the Venetian Las Vegas, Venetian Macao, Sands Macao and will operate a large chunk of the casinos on the Cotai Strip. I won't go into the details about the reasons for the lawsuit, Steve recaps the evolution of the inane lawsuit in his post. You should take a quick detour to his story, then come back here when you're done.

Now that you're back, VegasTripping would like to echo and amplify Steve's call for making educated travel decisions as relates to the Venetian. Personally, I will not be staying, playing, dining or going to any shows at the Venetian (Las Vegas or Macao) or the Sands Macao, for the foreseeable future.

I truly hope that your purse strings are connected to your heart strings and, for the time being, you will stay, play, dine and dance at casinos other than the ones listed above.



Comments & Discussion:

Fuck the Venetian!
What sucks is that I need to attend a convention there in January, but aside from buying a drink or two in the casino bar for networking purposes, there's no way in hell I'm gonna stay, dine, gamble, club, or shop there!

Odd that they would seek this kind of bad press weeks before their new hotel is to open.

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