Podcast 210: Blackjack’s Rule of 9; New Orleans Smoking Ban; Ultimate Bloody Mary

Podcast 210, 2/22/15 … In this brief and somewhat hacked-up episode, Tony shares the “rule of nine” for doubling with soft hands at Blackjack. After a brief, sad sojourn covering the new smoking ban in the City of New Orleans, Jason mixes up an ultimate Bloody Mary augmented with a kick of a special pepper sauce.

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6 thoughts on “Podcast 210: Blackjack’s Rule of 9; New Orleans Smoking Ban; Ultimate Bloody Mary

  1. Mike Reply

    I just returned from New Orleans. The state law exempts casinos, stand alone bars and a few other places. But that is a floor: states can go above. Prior to 2007, state law preempted smoking laws at the local level. The ban enacted in 2007 ended smoking in restaurants and most other places.

    The new law only exempts cigar bars, patios and tobacco shops. Harrahs seems to have not worked very hard for an exemption until the last moment. In Detroit, the casinos lobbied hard and early to be exempt. Not sure why. Harrahs now wants a lower tax rate to make up for the lost business.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      You think the move for Harrah’s N.O. might be tied to the Caesar’s bankruptcy? A tax concession is more valuable than a smoking exemption, perhaps.

      • Mike Reply

        Don’t know. After the ban passed, a council member was to introduce a bill inserting an exemption for Harrahs, but pulled it when it got negative press. I doubt it would have passed.

        If Caesars starts becoming willing to trade tax rates for smoking, that could impact exemptions already granted in other states.

        It will be interesting to see if casino revenues decline or increase. Most bans in the last few years were enacted during recessions, so proponents and opponents argued over what caused the drops.

        • Jason Gillikin Reply

          I’d really like to see one of the big Strip casinos make a no-smoking approach. Would be straightforward to look at quarterly gaming revenue relative to the trajectory of other local properties in a simple paired T test or something, to at least add clarity to the hypothesis.

          • Mike

            Would you really? If it happens, the anti-smoking groups will become relentless in their push to expand them.

  2. Jason Gillikin Reply

    You think the move for Harrah’s N.O. might be tied to the Caesar’s bankruptcy? A tax concession is more valuable than a smoking exemption, perhaps.

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