Las Vegas new names

Posted by gambler101 on Oct 2, 2010 in live poker

How much impact does a name have on an organization?

Several Las Vegas based companies feel that their names can make a difference on how their organization is viewed. Some of the organizations are trying to change their names in order to attain a better image and another is fighting for the rights to keep their name. We will take a look at The Las Vegas Sands Inc., The Hotel Plaza, and The Tropicana who are all contemplating taking actions based around their names.

The Las Vegas Sands Inc. feels that the “Las Vegas” part of their name makes the company look restricted or limited to just Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sands Inc. owns multiple locations all around the world to include three locations in Macau, which make them the biggest American presence in Asia when it comes to gaming resorts. The Las Vegas Sands Inc. also has in process the opening of a new location in Singapore at the tune of a 5.5 billion dollar price tag for the new location. Even though The Las Vegas Sands Inc. owns the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip with all of these other great locations all around the world, the company wants a name that better represents them. The Las Vegas Sands Inc. is contemplating on removing “Las Vegas” from their name and adding something more accurate like “International” or “International Resorts. If The Las Vegas Sands Inc. makes the change from now on they will either be known as “Sands International” or Sands International Resorts”. With the struggling economy taking a big toll on Las Vegas maybe it is best if the corporation distances themselves from the name of the city that is being hit hard by a bad economy.

The organizations that are fighting for their rights to their trademark name are the two divisions of the Tropicana. A few years ago The Tropicana Las Vegas Inc. went into bankruptcy and most recently it has exited Chapter 11 thanks to the Tropicana’s main financier Carl Icahn who put up 150 million dollars to get the Las Vegas division out of bankruptcy. Carl Icahn’s companies control the Atlantic City division and now the two divisions are in a battle for the rights to the “Tropicana” trademark. The operator of The Tropicana Las Vegas claims they own the Tropicana trademark according to a Nevada court ruling however this is not preventing Carl Icahn, of Tropicana Atlantic City, from suing in order to claim the rights to the trademark name.

The Plaza Hotel located in downtown Las Vegas is also undergoing some big changes. The Plaza is currently under renovation in order to keep itself competitive and up to date against other organizations that are currently improving themselves. The renovations will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million dollars. Along with a physical change the owners of the Plaza hotel feel a name change is needed. The owners of the Plaza hotel feel a name like the “Union Plaza” will be better for the newly renovated location once it opens. The Plaza hotel has kept some of their sections open during their renovations, as they are a big part of the Freemont Street Experience. Maybe a name change along with a new look can help the Plaza withstand the bad economy and compete with the fierce competition.

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Bill Smith and Longdoodie

Posted by gambler101 on Apr 3, 2010 in live poker

Bill Smith won the WSOP’ main event in 1985.

He was a very interesting poker character. He did not play terribly well when he was either sober or drunk, but in between he had a fantastic loose-aggressive style. When he won the WSOP main event, he arrived sober at the final table, but kept on drinking until he was completely intoxicated. By then he had accumulated a massive pile of chips and his aggressive plays aided by some good luck led him to the finish line.

In the mid 1960’s, there was huge poker around the western part of the Lone Star State. Bill was running a large game in an apartment house. His partner was Tennessee Longgoodie AKA James Roy. Both are in the pictures in Doyle’s book.

Bill played in games with many of the old rounders in those photographs: Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Sailor Roberts, Amarillo Slim, George Barnes, Joe Floyd, Doc Ramsey, Pat Renfro, Paul Harvey, and Skeet Childress. The ole big hat Rangers raided Bill’s big game, the Cattleman’s game. Bill Smith had been arrested, robbed, stiffed, broke, and made some sweet scores also.

Back then they played with paper money. When a game ran all night, there would be huge stacks with lots of ones, five, twenties. After such an all day and all night game, it boiled down to four players, Bill, Tennessee Longgoodie and two wealthy producers, live ones.

Goodie and Bill threw in together with a sign, this being the way things were done back then. The sun was just coming up and there were only the four of them in this motel room. A big pot a show horse couldn’t jump over comes up between the two businessmen. There are big piles of paper money on the table and this saddens Bill and Goodie because one of them is about to bust the other one.

Now Jake had this habit of moving in on a flush draw and if he caught a call, he would jump up from the table and have everyone tell him how the deal came out. Well, he jumps up and runs to the window. Now the other fellow pockets what little he had left and gets up and gets his coat and leaves. Jake followed him outside and they were talking. Goodie and Bill were peeking out the window. The big ole pot was still sitting there in the center of the table as were the cards.

Finally they both drive off. Goodie and Bill cut up that money like it was a boarding house pie. They won one of the biggest pots of the night and neither of them were even in the pot.

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