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November 11, 2013

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November 11, 2013

arrowJohn Grochowski: Doubling for less in blackjack

Doubling for less in blackjack
Gaming expert John Grochowski explores whether there's every a good time for doubling for less and does the math on the house edge in blackjack.  read more
 

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Ryan Riess wins WSOP Main Event, $8.36 million

The 23-year-old from Michigan (right) was in beast mode for most of the night last week as he dominated heads-up play against Jay Farber to win the World Series of Poker Main Event and $8.36 million.  read more
Ryan Riess wins WSOP Main Event, $8.36 million
 

POKER News

POKER

Riess completes 10-year journey

Ryan Riess was 14 years old when he started hosting $10 poker tournaments in his basement in Clarkston, Mich., on Friday nights. Ten years later, he claimed the $8.36 million first-place prize and the title World Champion at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.  read more

Casino City Gang: Main Event champion edition

Casino City's Vin Narayanan and Aaron Todd join Dan Podheiser from Las Vegas to discuss Ryan Riess' victory at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy and how the casino ballot proposals in Massachusetts and New York fared.  read more

McEvoy, Nguyen enshrined in Poker HOF

Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy have distinctly different personalities. But when the two were inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame Sunday, they were both overcome with emotion.  read more

Unflappable Lehavot finishes third at WSOP Main Event

There isn't much that can distract Amir Lehavot at the poker table; not even a crazy bunch of French-Canadians.  read more

Loosli stays patient, finishes fourth at WSOP

France's Sylvain Loosli didn't play any of the first 17 hands at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.  read more

Tran goes from favorite to fifth at WSOP Main Event

JC Tran entered the World Series of Poker Main Event final table as the chip leader, but the cards didn't come his way.  read more

McLaughlin wins the "battle of the rail," finishes sixth

The men and women dressed in green, covered in Shamrocks, and chanting in French were Marc-Etienne McLaughlin's friends.  read more

Brummelhuis places seventh, accomplishes goal

Michiel Brummelhuis started the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event hoping not to finish in ninth.  read more

Benefield confident of decisions on the felt

David Benefield had some of the biggest lay downs in the early stages of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, but he also showed that he wasn't afraid to put his chips to use.  read more

Newhouse unable to parlay lucky start, finishes ninth

Even though a fortunate flop kept him in the tournament, Mark Newhouse was unable to move up the pay ladder, finishing in ninth place in the World Series of Poker Main Event.  read more

November Nine predictions revisited

Casino City's Aaron Todd wrote a "top-10 things to watch for in the November Nine" column prior to the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Let's see how he did.  read more

CASINO News

CASINO

Bay State blunders: Massachusetts now an embarrassment on gaming scene

Howard Stutz argues that initially, gaming observers thought the Massachusetts licensing process was moving too slow. Now, it seems totally out of whack.  read more

Caesars executive says he has nothing to hide

Mitch Garber says he was more surprised than anyone that his background was one of four concerns cited by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission when it indicated last month that Caesars Entertainment might not be found suitable to operate a casino in the state.  read more

Gaming insiders welcome New York's approval of casinos

New York voters approved an amendment to the state constitution last week that authorizes seven Las Vegas-style casinos. Two will be in the Catskill-Hudson Valley region, where some potential sites include old Borscht Belt hotels.  read more

Macau casinos produce record-breaking $4.6 billion in October

The Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said Friday the results were a 31.7 percent increase over the October 2012 total.  read more

Revel secures additional financing

The New Jersey casino has increased its credit line to $150 million and is also looking into "strategic alternatives" to its current business strategy.  read more

SLOTS News

SLOTS

IGT reports fourth-quarter drop in net income, but profits increase for fiscal 2013

The company said its net income for the three months ending Sept. 30 was $63.5 million, compared with net income of $88.1 million a year earlier.  read more

The Reel Life: Stun gun edition

A Bears fan allegedly burnt his wife, a Packers fan, with a stun gun after the teams played last week. Note to NFL fans: Don't do something that stupid -- even for a bet.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Jay Farber won $5,174,357 for finishing in second in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
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