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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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‘BINGO!’ ‘Oh, BLEEP!’

Bingo World 07-08-2013Someone asked a foreign visitor what he had done the night before. “I played BINGO OH BLEEP,” he replied.

“What’s that?”

“It’s a game where a man reads off a bunch of letters and number until one person yells, “BINGO!” and everybody else shouts, “Oh, BLEEP!”

That’s what I was thinking about when we cut through Fairmont cemetery after cruising through New Lorimier. As soon as we crested the hill, we couldn’t believe how many cars were parked at Bingo World. The lot perimeter was parked two deep and the street in front had cars parked for at least a block in each direction. More cars were pulling in all the time.

In 2010, the Bingo folks were concerned that the new Isle Cape Girardeau Casino would siphon off their business. Looks to me they’re holding their own.

How’s the casino doing?

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau 07-08-2013We decided to swing by the Casino to see what its parking lot looked like. The Missourian had a June 12, 2013, story that said that attendance had dropped off sharply – 42% – in May from a peak of 123,000 in March. Not only was attendance down, but the average stay per patron was shorter.

The parking lot in front of the main entrance sure had a lot of empty spots.

Look to the left

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau 07-08-2013They have  huge parking lot, so maybe I didn’t capture the part where the cars parked. Here’s a view to the north lot area. Not exactly packed.

Look to the right

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau 07-08-2013How about to the right? There were a few more cars on the south side. And, to be fair, I counted about 13 cars to the right of the frame in another photo.

Still, I have to ask myself, how many of those belong to employees? I would bet it takes a whole lot more people to staff a casino than a bingo hall.

I wonder if we can get the shoe factory back?

 Earlier Casino / Shoe Factory stories

4 comments to ‘BINGO!’ ‘Oh, BLEEP!’

  • Keith Robinson

    The joke “Bingo, Oh Bleep”, reminds me of a skit by Benny Hill about a foreigner that witnessed a golf tournament and called the game “Odamtubadjo” because that is what the crowd yelled when the man hit the little white ball with the stick and it rolled past a hole in the ground.

  • Dick McClard

    The big prize was up to $11, 000 . That brings out a few extra players.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Another BIG event in CAPE and never knew…first it was Elmwood and now this. I eat with my dad at senor citizens almost every day I am here in town,but the crowd at BINGO is BIG in Cape an dit is right next door!

  • Walter Lamkin

    I was in Cape one Sunday a month or so ago to visit my dad and he wanted to go to the Casino for brunch after church. Dad will eat anything but mac & cheese and Spam (too much in WW II), so he really enjoyed the buffet. We wandered into the casino and my primary thought was “Do they still permit smoking?” Apparently so. I was underwhelmed by the entire experience.

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