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March 3, 2008

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March 3, 2008

arrowMark Pilarski: The lure of automated table games

The lure of automated table games
Pilarski explains the nuances of the electronic, multiple-player table games that are cropping up at casinos while also offering the odds of getting the exact same hole cards in Texas Hold'em for two hands in a row.  read more
 

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'Bringing Down the House' goes Hollywood

With the nationwide debut of "21" just weeks away, author Ben Mezrich and "Bringing Down The House" protagonist Jeff Ma tell Casino City how they met, how Kevin Spacey ended up making their movie and how their lives have changed in the days and years since the MIT blackjack team busted Vegas.  read more
'Bringing Down the House' goes Hollywood
 

CASINO News

CASINO

Downtown Las Vegas snaps long slide

Gamblers lost more than $630 million in downtown Las Vegas casinos in 2007, slightly more than the year before, ending a three-year slide for the historic gambling market.  read more

Bid to build flying casinos is questioned

As the Las Vegas Sands proceeds with plans to retrofit two former passenger airliners into modified flying casinos, Nevada gaming regulators are asking questions about auditing policies.  read more

California casino nearly completed

The VIP grand opening for the $300 million Agua Caliente Casino Resort Hotel and Spa is set for April 18 with the 340-room hotel and expanded casino scheduled to open to the public on April 19.  read more

Binion's sale set to close this week

MTR Gaming Group reports that it has joined TLC Casino Enterprises and agreed to close the sale of Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel on or before March 7.  read more

Report: Negative casino impact unfounded

Connecticut’s two casinos have not caused the surge in crime and traffic accidents that some predicted, new research suggests.  read more

Problem gambling worries end plans for U.K. casino

The British government admitted that it ditched plans to build a Las Vegas-style casino because of concerns over problem gambling, crime and family breakdown.  read more

Seminoles says 'no thanks' to Las Vegas offer

The Seminole Tribe has turned down an offer from Triple Five to purchase the nearly four acres the company owns across from Mandalay Bay.  read more

Nevada Palace to be replaced by parking lot

The 29-year-old Nevada Palace hotel-casino on Boulder Highway closed for good last week to make way for a parking lot fronting the $250 million Eastside Cannery, which is scheduled to open in late summer.  read more

SLOTS News

SLOTS

Slots give a boost to Pennsylvania tracks

The Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid Atlantic Racing Forum last week revealed that the increase of slots revenue at the state's tracks helped them increase the number and quality of horses and attract more spectators.  read more

The Reel Life

It was another week of big winners with a Finnish player hitting the $309,766 progressive jackpot on Blackjack Ballroom's Poker Ride.  read more

POKER News

POKER

'Jesus' prevails at the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson outlasted a field of 64 poker pros and celebrities and took down Andy Bloch in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship finals to collect the $500,000 first prize.  read more

Phil Ivey captures coveted L.A. Poker Classic title

The man who previously had the most WPT final table appearances without a win rid himself of that tag last week when he scored a victory at Commerce Casino's L.A. Poker Classic and walked away with $1.5 million.  read more

PPA spends close to $1 million in lobbying efforts

The Poker Players Alliance spent $900,000 in 2007 to lobby the U.S. government to exempt poker from the UIGEA.  read more

Bodog launches Bodog Poker Open Main Event satellites

Main Event Satellites for the inaugural Bodog Open are underway with each one awarding 20 seats to the $500 Buy-In Main Event on March 9.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
More than 1.1 million people were arrested during the 361,000 gambling cases uncovered in China last year, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
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