LAST CALL: AGA forced to deal with hungry press

There's no such thing as a free lunch, but try telling a journalist that.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, but try telling a journalist that.

Last Call recently received a breathless call from an anonymous disgruntled reporter.

"You want to hear about a real PR scandal?" We're all ears.

Seems said reporter was having a fine time riding the gravy train at the American Gaming Association's (AGA) annual convention in Las Vegas, until a staffer told him he wasn't invited to dinner at the gala Gaming Hall of Fame awards dinner.

The AGA, he hinted darkly, had overbooked, and when it had to cut back, confiscated press passes.

The hacks were clearly hacked off.

Turns out that those reporters who regularly cover the industry had been given meal tickets. But the event was deluged with hacks who wouldn't know a slot machine if it bit them. Even they hardly went hungry, being feted with brunches.

Mercifully, enough seats were left open to accommodate all the hungry hacks in attendance, and they all ate happily ever after.

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