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End of the Bar

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 10:11 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 10:11 PM

Love the seating and sight lines here, Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hello Lee

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 9:50 PM

E.L.nO. and All Tomorrow’s Petty at Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

The Original

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 12:13 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:13 PM

Small sausage and pepperoni, Carbone’s on Randolph, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Frosty Mugs Rule

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 11:33 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:33 AM

Carbone’s on Randolph, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

Midnight Runner

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 11:27 am GMT -5 in Running at 11:27 AM

Scenes from last night, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

EHS Freshmen Wildcat Band

Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 7:49 PM

Way to go, kid one!

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Golden Love Time

Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:16 PM

Fries of a clown

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Toolmaster Of Brainerd

Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013 09:09 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:09 AM

He played guitar like a master but faster…

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

Casino Social Gaming

Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013 12:12 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology at 12:12 AM

Online gaming has been the talk of the bricks and mortar casino world for some time. Now that the DOJ has given the green light, states are falling all over themselves to introduce legislation legalizing various forms of online gambling for real money play. Nevada and New Jersey were the first ones out of the gate (no big surprise there), with the former doing poker only (see Ultimate Poker) and the latter basically trying everything. Delaware has also approved iGaming and Iowa may be the first Midwestern state to get something passed.

Minnesota didn’t introduce anything this session – which may be due to a bit of fall-out from the electronic pull tabs that were intended to help pay for the Vikings stadium. If the first group of states is successful, however, I’m sure you will see something introduced very soon – most likely via the state lottery. That’s how the Canadian provinces did it and I think support would be high on both sides of the aisle for something like this.

What about the tribes? It’s an interesting legal question, because current Class III gaming (Vegas style slot machines) on tribal lands was authorized at the federal level by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Since there is no federal legislation at this point for online gaming, tribal compacts would have to be negotiated state by state. Most tribes don’t want to re-open existing compacts (particularly in Minnesota), so it will be interesting to see how this progresses. Some of the California tribes have introduced legislation in Sacramento, but nothing has passed so far.

While we all wait to see what happens in the real money arena, there are plenty of free-play options around. Lots of vendors are pitching various products and platforms to existing casinos to get their players comfortable playing online and most of the major slot manufacturers have been buying up or partnering with newer tech companies. Real money play has been a reality in most of the world outside of the United States for some time, so the technology is proven and will be simple to implement when the laws catch up.

Social gaming (most notably via Facebook) has meshed with casino gaming in a big way. Almost all of the major slot companies have versions of their games on Facebook or in the mobile app stores (see the High 5 Casino shot above), and there is real money to be made in the sale of chips to players (even though it’s all “free play” and you don’t win anything). IGT and WMS have a large number of their real-world games available on Facebook, complete with the exact same sound and graphics you will find on an actual casino floor. Ballys and Aristocrat have hit the mobile app stores in a big way, although I don’t know how much they make selling apps for a buck or two.

Then there is my favorite – myVegas by MGM Resorts. Developed by Playstudios, this Facebook app has elements of Farmville (build your own Vegas Strip!), the option to purchase additional chips, strong branding around the various hotels, unique custom games and an extremely clever marketing tie-in that allows players to earn real comps in Las Vegas. Just about the only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s Flash-based, so it doesn’t run on mobile devices (they do have an iPhone app that is very well done, but doesn’t involve playing the web games).

I’ve played a lot on myVegas and have earned enough points to claim a free suite at Mandalay Bay and tickets to see a Cirque show. I’ve never purchased chips (you are granted additional free chips every few hours), so this was truly free play entertainment. I love the branding and marketing aspect of their product and it will drive real world game play in their bricks and mortar facilities when we visit next month. I don’t think they envision it as anything other than a marketing expense, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a decent amount of money on chip purchases. Hell, there is even a fan site that tracks every update and promotion. Well done MGM!

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2013 at 12:12 am

Managing Your IT Career

Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 5:32 PM

http://www.mnheadhunter.com/mh/2013/05/managing-your-it-career-minnebar-8-video.html

Originally published by DK on May 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hello again Axis

Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 05:18 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 5:18 PM

New webcams have arrived

Originally published by DK on May 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Dinner on the Point

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 8:57 PM

Steak with Mary, Alex and Steve the Mayor, Birch Point, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Perk

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:25 PM

Third hole, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Coming Soon

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 02:25 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 2:25 PM

New furniture for the hotel…

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I’m not with *that*

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Links,Sports at 1:16 PM

http://www.theonion.com/articles/adrian-petersons-boyfriend-can-take-a-hint,32594/?ref=auto

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Waiting for Sandcastle

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:30 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:30 AM

Colleen and kid two, future site if Sandcastle Restaurant, Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

Swamp

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:25 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:25 AM

Rattle the bones, dreams that stick out, a medical chart on the wall…

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:22 am GMT -5 in Links,Television at 8:22 AM

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Loblaw-Law-Blog/47652122718

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

Faster than a speeding shutter

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:20 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 8:20 AM

New Superman slots, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

Breakfast from Tobies

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 05:51 am GMT -5 in Food at 5:51 AM

Fresh and hot caramel roll, Tobies, Hinckley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2013 at 5:51 am

Roller Tag

Posted Monday, May 27th, 2013 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Running,Sports at 12:18 PM

Kid two skates while I run – Lake Nokomis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Frank Underwood

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 09:27 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 9:27 PM

Of all the things I place in high regard, rules are not one of them.

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

More cold swimming

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 5:24 PM

Kid one and two in the pool, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Swine Atmosphere

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:22 PM

Pig Ate My Pizza, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Trader Joe’s

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:44 PM

St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Piggy Pie

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 03:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 3:04 PM

Pig Ate My Pizza, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Pig Ate My Pizza

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013 02:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:50 PM

Lunch with the Shusters, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Look who’s driving now

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 04:59 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:59 PM

Kid one back in the day, getting a head start on her permit

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Road to Nowhere

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 4:34 PM

…the future is certain, give us time to work it out…

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

60F and windy, but pool’s heated

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 04:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports at 4:31 PM

Kid two and friend in her new pool, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Ridin’ the rails

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 4:30 PM

Trains tracks all the 16th hole, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The bridge of death

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 04:28 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:28 PM

Site of the lightning storm downpour slip and fall, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Co-director

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:51 PM

Tapemark meeting at Panera Eagan

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

It was *this* close

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 11:10 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:10 AM

Brad’s tee shot in the par three 15th, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

The creek she’s a movin’

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 09:06 am GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 9:06 AM

Hole 6, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

Radiolab

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Quotes at 3:36 PM

An orchestra of sex…

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Someplace new for lunch

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:54 PM

Adventures Restaurant & Pub, Virginia, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Shama Talks Tapemark

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013 10:24 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links at 10:24 AM

http://shamasportsheadliners.com/tapemark-golf-good-stories-great-cause/

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

If You Could Read My Mind

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013 09:46 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:46 AM

Just like an old-time movie, ’bout a ghost from a wishin’ well…

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

Jean’s Superior 50K Race Report

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 11:29 pm GMT -5 in Links,Running at 11:29 PM

http://jeansrunningcafe.blogspot.com/2013/05/superior-spring-trail-race-50k.html

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Gopher Crossing

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 09:16 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 9:16 PM

Between 15 and 16, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

That old sunset glow

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 09:15 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 9:15 PM

Sunset over Vermilion, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Who wants to break this in?

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 04:57 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 4:57 PM

One of our four new pontoons, Marina, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wish I had time to play

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:35 PM

10 tee, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The New MOA

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 10:35 am GMT -5 in Shopping at 10:35 AM

Looks pretty awesome…

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

Mark Knopfler

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 09:41 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:41 AM

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain, there should be sunshine after rain…

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

Go Team Medtronic!

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 08:33 am GMT -5 in Links,Running at 8:33 AM

http://mtcmarathon.email.clockwork.net/_asset/7f0p7n/TC-1-Mile-CTC-Fastest-Team_Final.pdf

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

New this week

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 8:16 PM

Room 301 now has a microwave! Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Officially Permitted

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Family at 3:49 PM

Kid one and grandma celebrating the new drivers permit at Perkins, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Best slot graphics ever

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 11:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Movies at 11:24 PM

WMS Iron Man slot machine (coming soon)

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Mystic Showroom

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 08:54 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 8:54 AM

2013 Great Plains Indian Gaming Conference and Tradeshow, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

Over these hills…

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 08:52 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 8:52 AM

Mystic Lake Hotel, Prior Lake, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

The green is popping

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 08:51 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 8:51 AM

Spring in Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

Carl Spackler

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013 11:21 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Movies,Quotes at 11:21 PM

I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite awhile…

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Frosty Waffle Cone

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013 09:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:44 PM

Kid two, Wendy’s, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

That thing was really good

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 9:43 PM

Cranberry pecan bleu salad, Meadows Grill, Prior Lake, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Fun Day at Mystic

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013 06:24 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 6:24 PM

Stanley Crooks Memorial Texas Scramble, Meadows at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Chef parties are the best

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 6:31 PM

Left Handed Cook one-year anniversary party, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Congrats Kat & Thomas!

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 05:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 5:57 PM

One year anniversary of The Left Handed Cook, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Stefon

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Pop Culture,Quotes,Television at 4:52 PM

D.J. Baby Bok Choy!

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Florida Homies

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 12:27 pm GMT -5 in Family at 12:27 PM

Ann and Bob visit St. Paul

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Watercolor

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 12:15 PM

Kid one art

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Finally Sprung

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 11:43 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 11:43 AM

Mother-in-law’s tree, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

Kermit the Forg

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:45 PM

Frog swag in cheese land

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Party at the golf course

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 07:55 pm GMT -5 in Family at 7:55 PM

Pozarski 50th Anniversary Party, Hickory Hills GC, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

All PRs for the Fish

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 6:19 PM

FoxJ Invitational Meet, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Fish Meet

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 01:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 1:43 PM

Kid two at FoxJ Invitational, Bluewater Aquatic Center, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Lots ‘o Drums

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 01:41 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 1:41 PM

Marijuana Deathsquad, Icehouse, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Macaroons & Sipping Shots

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 01:37 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:37 PM

SALTY CARAMEL MACAROON ICE CREAM SANDWICHES 8 – Icehouse After Menu, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Good food, intimate venue

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013 02:07 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Friends at 2:07 AM

Icehouse with Liemandt, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2013 at 2:07 am
 

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