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"Y'know... T.I. The rapper?"
So this was some years back and I just remembered it after having a talk over lunch with a manager about the weirdest call I got. I was working for a Tunica, MS casino hotel reservation department (there's only three of 'em anyhoo), and it was Friday night - so obviously the hotel was packed, not to mention WSOP was just a week away. (M = Me, C = Customer) M : Thank you for calling (HOTEL), I'm (Me), how can I help you? C : (drunk-ish) Heyyy man, look. Me and some people just got in town for the night and I just need a room, whatever you got. M : Sure, let me have a look at our availability. May I have your rewards number? C : Nah, i don't have any of those man. M : Very well. May I just have your first and last name please? C : Cliff. M : I'm sorry, full name please? C : Clifford. Harris. Y'know. T.I.? The rapper? (Didn't register to me just yet that I actually know who TI is, despite the fact that one of his songs is on my daily playlist at that time) M : Thanks. Let me check on the availability for you (asked the standard Q's like how many people, how many people, preference, etc. M : Okay, I have checked on it and unfortunately we are fully booked for the eveni- C : I get that you're all out of regular rooms, so if y'all got a suite, it's fine by me. I'm payin'. Just get me one, man. M : Well, we do have a premium deluxe with a jacuzzi that freed up for tonight... C : yeah, how much is that? M : $250 plus tax and a resort fee of - C : get outta here *click* I sh*t you not. That was how the call went. Just not sure if he really was TI. He does sound a lot like tha dude. and he's a southie, so... idk.
I'm right in the middle of a few different rooms, all ~4hr 15 mins, +/- 15 minutes. I plan to do once a month, staying overnight on a Friday/Saturday and then playing the next day. I've moved away from a casino and the couple random home games I play in don't really scratch that itch. 1/2 NLHE. Looking for any advice on whether or not it would be enjoyable, clean, cheap rooms/hotel nearby. Something to do if I'm not playing cards or good food/bars nearby. Horseshoe Tunica, MS Pearl RiveGolden Moon Philadelphia, MS Harrah's Cherokee, NC
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE:1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995
Fighting TV Samurai, the first ever 24-hour pro wrestling and martial arts TV network, debuted in Japan this week with a live show put together by Antonio Inoki. It's a premium channel that customers pay for as part of their satellite package. Only 3,000 homes had signed up for it by launch time which is disastrous for the new network, but Dave points out that ESPN and CNN lost millions of dollars for years before they really took off to where they are today. Whether Samurai has the financial backing to lose money like that for the first years is the big question. But they seem to be aware that it will be an uphill climb, as financial backers have been saying they expect it to be around 2005 or so before the channel starts to pay off. Among the content on the channel are old episodes of AJPW and NJPW, live events from WAR, Tokyo Pro, Big Japan, WCW's international shows, Promo Azteca, and some old golden age of American wrestling shows. Plus a weekly sports talk show hosted by Inoki, a SportsCenter-type nightly show covering all the wrestling news in Japan, and more. Plus they have the entire 300-episode run of Tiger Mask cartoons. Plus lots of karate, kickboxing, and martial arts events. They plan to have 8 hours of programming per day that will repeat 3x daily. The only notable note from the live Inoki show that aired at the debut is that Willie Williams indeed challenged Inoki to a match for the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome show (as covered in the last issue) so that match will happen (turns out that channel still exists today, so they did indeed survive. I have no idea if it's still a wrestling/MMA channel or not though).
There's been a lot of random media coverage about pro wrestling this week. An article in TV Guide was critical of Milton Bradley and Nintendo for their sponsorship of Raw and Nitro. The article called both shows "the creepiest, most unnerving, least scientifically explainable, most downright bizarre (television) programming of all." The author wrote negatively about the Pillman/Austin gun angle and took some shots at Nitro as well. The article concluded by saying the 2 shows "supply the most sadistic, stomach-turning, gross, psychologically discombobulating programming on television today." The Feb. 97 issue of Muscle Mag has an article about bodybuilder Achim Albrecht and weightlifter Mark Henry joining the WWF and talks about others in that industry who have joined pro wrestling.
EMLL announced they will be doing a tour of Japan in February. They'll be only the 2nd foreign promotion to try and run a tour of Japan on its own (WWF did one in 1994 that flopped). Due to the El Hijo del Santo heel turn, EMLL is currently the hottest promotion in Mexico. AAA was left in shambles by all of its best workers jumping to Promo Azteca and they're surviving on big names from the past to carry them right now. As for Promo Azteca, they have great workers, but the few shows they've held so far have been lackluster.
Speaking of the Santo heel turn, the heat for it has been so insane that police have been having to keep fans from rushing the ring to attack him. In an interesting note, Santo is only working heel at the major arena in Mexico City right now, but is still working babyface at other shows throughout the country.
La Parka debuted for Promo Azteca and did an interview saying he left AAA because they didn't take care of the wrestlers as human beings and said he had to miss shows due to personal reasons and AAA didn't work with him on those issues. He said he didn't leave over money. Dave disagrees, saying the "personal reasons" he missed AAA shows was because he chose to work WCW shows on those dates instead because they paid more, so when it comes down to it, he definitely left over money.
Vampiro will no longer be going to Promo Azteca to team with Konnan, saying that he is afraid it will damage his reputation in Mexico after all the things Antonio Pena has said about him. Also, Vampiro is apparently mad at Konnan for getting tattoos on his arm because Vampiro feels that is copying his gimmick or something. Umm, sure.
Antonio Pena is using his WWF deal to try to get big stars to sign deals with AAA, promising them he can get them work in WWF if they join him. He's gone after El Hijo del Santo, Vampiro, and Lizmark, among others. The magazine Super Luchas, which Pena puts out, has listed almost every major name in AAA as working the Royal Rumble PPV.
Hiroshi Hase debuted in All Japan this week, cutting a promo. He said he'd always wanted to work in AJPW (having spent his entire career up until now in NJPW). He made no mention of New Japan and NJPW has never publicly acknowledged that he's left the company.
Sabu has been working in All Japan and to the surprise of many, he has been allowed to do all of his usual crazy table and chair spots. That style goes completely against the usually serious AJPW style and some of the other wrestlers have complained about it. But Giant Baba's opinion is basically that Sabu is a small, below average worker otherwise, so if you're going to use Sabu, you may as well let him do his gimmick because otherwise, what use is he?
Atsushi Onita cut a promo at an FMW show, saying that he had only told one lie in his life and that was that he would never wrestle again. He asked the fans to forgive him and asked if they had ever lied before too. It didn't work. The crowd booed him and chanted that he was a liar. Japan takes their retirement stipulations seriously and they're upset that Onita is going back on his word. Onita is scheduled to make his return to the ring next week after retiring over a year ago. The arena holds 4,000 and is already sold out.
Nude photos of Japanese women wrestlers Manami Toyota and Chikako Shiratori have been released in the past few days. No word if Brad Maddox or Xavier Woods was involved.
Last week's USWA show drew another record-low crowd, with some saying it was as low as 150 people. But this week's show was back up to around 600 with Jerry Lawler's first match back as a babyface. Memphis shows have been losing money for awhile but the Louisville and Nashville shows were carrying the company. But business in those cities is down now too. They're trying to start running more shows at the casinos in Tunica, MS since they get paid a guaranteed amount no matter the attendance. They're also considering moving the weekly Memphis shows back to Wednesday nights, so that Lawler can be there every week. Right now, most of the wrestlers in USWA are making the minimum $40 per show and work other jobs outside of wrestling to pay their bills.
There was more this week on the story of the 17-year-old kid who got bladed by New Jack at an ECW show last week. People there live were saying it was the most blood they'd ever seen in a wrestling match. It has become a major story since the kid was underage. After the incident, New Jack got on the mic and said he "didn't care if the motherfucker bled to death." Most people thought it was in character, but backstage, with no fans around, New Jack was said to be laughing about it which led a lot of people to saying he should be fired. New Jack was fired once before, for attacking another wrestler backstage, but Heyman eventually brought him back, saying that if he made one mistake, he'd be gone. A few weeks later, New Jack ended up going to jail for awhile, which seems like it should be the "one mistake" but Heyman didn't fire him. Then he had a fight with Brian Pillman, which also didn't lead to him being fired. A few weeks ago, New Jack got into a fight with a fan, but Heyman said the fan hit him first and called him the N-word, but others have disputed that and Heyman seems to have buried any footage of the incident. Point being, The Gangstas are one of ECW's most popular acts and Heyman has found a million excuses to avoid firing New Jack when he obviously has deserved it. As for this incident, there have been accusations that New Jack cut the kid that bad on purpose but Dave hasn't seen the video of it yet. Heyman says the kid told him he was 19 and that he was trained by Killer Kowalski (neither of which is true) but the kid's father says everyone knew he was 17. Also, the police nearly arrested the kid's father for child abuse later that night because they didn't believe a cut that deep could come from a wrestling match and thought the father had abused him. For now, the family has no plans to take any legal action and they actually seem to be enjoying their 15 minutes of fame.
Here's the only known footage of the Mass Transit Incident. It's shit quality but still pretty graphic, so....be warned. The cutting is at about 3:08.
ECW is planning to release Blue World Order t-shirts because the group has gotten over so big.
ECW is also planning to come out with those foam hand merch gimmicks that say EC F'n W on it and has a middle finger pointing up. Expect those to get confiscated at every WWF and WCW show that people will inevitably bring them to.
Big Dick Dudley is currently in jail for probation violation. No word why exactly.
Paul Heyman is looking at either March 2nd or March 30th as possible dates for the first ECW PPV. The 30th would be Easter Sunday but Dave doesn't think it will hurt the buyrate any for them to run a show on that date.
On Nitro, Chris Benoit and Steve Regal had an insanely stiff match against each other, which led to Regal getting busted open early in the match. The camera pulled away so as not to show the blood. So the entire match was only shown from one stationary camera a mile away from the ring.
Japanese wrestler Yuji Nagata is scheduled to work all of 1997 in WCW and Dave says he's an incredible worker, which means WCW won't push him at all.
Harlem Heat is reportedly negotiating with the WWF.
The WCW hotline talked about former ECW valet Kimona Wanalaya possibly coming in to WCW soon. They also mentioned Raven coming in, but Dave says that was a 100% work. He says Gene Okerlund needed a name to use because the lie about wrestlers jumping promotions usually does good business on the hotline and they needed a boost since the hotline numbers have been down lately. So he made up the story and someone suggested he use Raven (considering Raven would indeed be in WCW about 6 months later, I think Dave was probably wrong about this one).
Marcus Bagwell has a role in a movie called Day of the Warrior and apparently it's so bad that it makes Hogan's movies look like Masterpiece Theater. Bagwell plays "The Supreme Warrior" in a loin cloth and face paint and he has a fight scene with a Penthouse Pet who he headbutts in the breast and get knocked out by it. (Here's the movie. Enjoy. Heads up if you're watching at work though, lots of nudity throughout, even in the opening credits. And Bagwell basically looks like Tatanka. It's so laughably, terribly low-budget bad.)
Eric Bischoff was interviewed in a South Carolina newspaper and talked about the time Vince McMahon interviewed him for an announcing job in 1990 and being told McMahon didn't remember him. "In June of 1990 I was down there for an interview and audition and talked to Vince for probably half an hour. If he doesn't remember it, perhaps he was engaged in some of his admitted chemical activity during that time. But I was there. He was there....The nonsense and perception of reality that Vince McMahon, a guy who has admitted using steroids to try to beef up what was otherwise a scrawny, frail little individual, I think when he wakes up in the morning, he looks in the mirror and still sees that 80-pound birdface punk that nobody wanted to play with, and he has to deal with that every day. And the way he's trying to deal with is trying to create this perception. And I just hope people are smart enough to see through this nonsense and deal with reality."
WWF is taping shows from London this week and told a story about Sid and Bret Hart having a brawl at the hotel after one of the shows, which is obviously playing off the real life story of the Sid/Arn Anderson brawl in England a couple of years ago.
When Ahmed Johnson returns, they plan to put him against Goldust so Ahmed can get a few wins under his belt. They're pretty much phasing out the Goldust character now (21 years later, Goldust is still killing it on Raw and no one has seen Ahmed Johnson since he played Suge Knight in an MC Hammer movie for VH1 16 years ago).
Achim Albrecht made his debut on the latest house show tour, using the name Brakus. He wrestled against Tom Prichard (his trainer) 3 nights in a row and reports are that he was absolutely huge. Prichard sold well for him but the crowd didn't get into it and he didn't seem to get over.
There's a good chance Mil Mascaras will be in the Royal Rumble match, because apparently this show is being held in 1972 instead of 1997. Dave says Mascaras was one of the biggest draws in the world at one point, especially in that San Antonio region. But by the 80s, he meant nothing there, and means even less now.
TOMORROW:UFC Ultimate Ultimate 2 fallout (it takes up a big chunk of the issue so I had to give it a paragraph), Royal Rumble news, tons of ECW happenings, and more...
So, I am currently on Celexa & Depakote, which both pretty much just state on the bottle that alcohol consumption will just exacerbate the side effects of both/either one. Has anyone had any experiences where having a few drinks turned into a catastrophe from medication? I am a little concerned about an upcoming trip (going to Tunica, MS, to hang out in casinos with my boyfriend and his family for a few days) because I know I'll want to have drinks in the day and the evening. I love me some mai tais. I am not a regular drinker and have not had any issues with the moderate drinking I've done since being on meds but I just want to make sure I'm not underestimating the effects it could have on me. Edit: Thanks for your replies! I will call my doctor and ask her what she thinks. I wouldn't be driving or anything, since we're staying in a hotel/casino but I know the last time we went on that trip, I was only drinking moderately. I don't want to risk it so I may have to forego my beloved mai tais. :'(
I failed this class last semester so I am taking it again. I am working on my final right now and I can't figure out what this question is asking of me. I really have no idea how to answer this question. Im not asking for the answer, but how to approach this question. Discuss the following excerpt from an article in the Wall Street Journal several years ago. In your discussion use information in the article and the concepts of: "price discrimination," “elasticity” and "barriers to entry" to explain both the current success of Harrah's strategy; and the prospects for continued success with the strategy. 5 pts TUNICA, Miss. -- She doesn't know it, but Linda Maranees is the subject of a behavioral experiment that could change the odds of the gambling business. The Memphis, Tenn., retiree, her blouse bedecked with sequined cards and dice, has just received invitations to two nearby slot tournaments, along with vouchers for $200, all courtesy of Harrah's Entertainment Inc. "Harrah's is savvy," says Ms. Maranees, who admits that once in the casino door, she is bound to spend much more than what Harrah's has given her. That is exactly what the Las Vegas-based company is banking on. Over the past two years, Harrah's has quietly conducted thousands of clinical-style trials to determine what gets people to gamble more. Based on its findings, Harrah's has developed closely guarded marketing strategies tailored individually to the millions of low-rollers who make up its bread-and-butter business. The results are impressive enough that other casino companies are copying some of Harrah's more discernible methods. At the center of Harrah's strategy is a former Harvard professor named Gary Loveman and a vast mathematical model much like the ones that airlines use to fill seats with the highest-paying fliers. But this one scores gamblers on how profitable they can be to Harrah's. Richard Mirman, the company senior vice president who refined the model, boasts that it is Harrah's "secret recipe" -- on a par with the famous unrevealed formula of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The model tells Harrah's marketers how to appeal to gamblers such as Ms. Maranees, based on data tracking their previous behavior in casinos. Spitting out "behavior modification reports," Harrah's computers suggest that Ms. Maranees -- an avid slot-tournament player -- will respond best to a cash offer, while Tina Montgomery, a real-estate agent from nearby Oxford, Miss., is better motivated by a free hotel room. As Ms. Montgomery gambles downstairs, she explains, "my husband stays in the room."
This is my speciality and there's really not a lot of literature out there. Depends on what you're trying to get at but Ralph Thomas is way ahead of the curve. If you're new to it and are looking to start from the bottom, it's a lot tougher. I haven't read a lot of the books out there because I had on the job training but the one that I thought was best (and it's still really not that good) is this one
1.) Feel: You know a lot of times, to be quite frank we just don't have time to do meaningful analysis so you have to be comfortable with making an educated guess. For example, hotel occupancy in July was softer than expected. Rates for all of our competitors were dropping so they obviously were feeling the same thing. We weren't sure why but we knew it was Tuesday and the the next two weeks look bad. Anything you would do to try to affect occupancy that quickly (e.g., do hotel rate specials on expedia, send out a postcard, send out an email, etc.) is going to take a few days to get done. Do you have time to do a few days worth of analysis then sit around and figure out what it all means to the business?
2.) Qualifications: To get in at the entry level (e.g., analyst) we'd look for some sort of analysis training. If it's not through experience, something like a degree in stats or finance. If you wanted to work in marketing and we didn't have a business intelligence tool in place, you'd also need to know SQL and access. At a managerial level you'd need a few years of experience doing this kind of work and industry experience.
3.) There's really no standard. Teradata had a lion's share of the market for a long time but most people are shying away from it as it's quite experience. You see more and more places using SAS now. But again, because of the expense, you also have a lot of places that just get the data out of the source system via SQL and dump it into excel and access.
Overall, it's probably 65% planned and 35% unplanned depending how dynamic a market you're working in. On the strip, you're dealing with longer timelines to get people in the door (e.g., you're planning a big concert that's going to take place in 9 months) so it's a little less reactionary vs. a local's market like a Stations casino or some smaller market where you have lots of competitors and people who come very, very frequently which causes business to be very volatile. But definitely, in every market I've worked in, the first thing you do in the morning is look at the previous day's performance and do a lot of talking and looking at reports to figure out if you're on the right track or if you need to change directions.
The biggest challenge with the casino business is that we rely solely on discretionary income and for the most part customers are still weary of spending too much since 2008. That and the expansion into new jurisdictions diluting supply.
With regards to your second question, what's the saying? You don't know what you don't know? There are various technologies I can think of that would really help us but they're generally expensive and as a business we don't really like to spend money on un-proven tech.
At my particular casino it's easily 90% North American and 10% international with the 10% not gambling much. Usually here to sightsee or for a conference. Have never broken it out by country of origin but typical stay is 3 days and $100 per day in gambling which is a little on the low end for the strip.
Well, this is quite broad, and depends on a lot of things like your age, budget, tastes, etc. Give me more of that kind of stuff and I can help you. With regards to hotels, the first few weeks of December are the slowest of the year. Once you get to your hotel try this.
It's all relative depending on the casino, time, etc. At a place like Wynn, in the middle of the night on a random Tuesday,you're probably talking like $50K to catch your eye. At a shitty place in the middle of nowhere Mississippi, then it's probably $1K.
Definitely very separate as LV locals are notoriously price sensitive. I.e., they go to whoever gives them the biggest offers in direct mail. Since we're on the strip, we choose not to play in that kind of marketing war with the Stations of the world.
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