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June 20, 2016

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June 20, 2016

arrowFrank Scoblete: The grass may just be greener

The grass may just be greener
Frank Scoblete examines this age-old adage from a gambler's perspective and says if your grass isn't green enough, there's no harm in moving to another field, or, in this case, another game.  read more
 

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Las Vegas NHL expansion could be 'revolutionary' for sports betting

If, as expected, the NHL officially announces this week that it will be expanding to Las Vegas, Casino City's Gary Trask says the move will serve as a huge boost to the sports betting industry and may help pave the way for regulation and legalization in additional U.S. states. (photo by Creative Commons)  read more
Las Vegas NHL expansion could be 'revolutionary' for sports betting
 

CASINO News

CASINO

Pala Casino to give away five Mercedes-Benzes

Through July, players can swipe Privilege cards at any eligible kiosks to be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, or $1,000.  read more

Union authorizes July strike against Atlantic City casinos

If a contract isn't reached by July 1, members of the Unite-HERE union say they'll go on strike against five of the city's eight casinos. (Associated Press)  read more

Mohegan Sun announces renovation project for Sky Tower

The 1,200-room hotel will undergo a multimillion-dollar rebranding of the existing spa, along with a completely new spa built as part of the Earth Tower, which opens in fall 2016.  read more

Revel Casino opening in Atlantic City delayed

Key permits still need to be issued, say city officials, but owner Glen Straub insists a good portion of the resort could open by Friday. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  read more

Riviera Casino implosion a success

The Las Vegas Strip resort-casino was imploded around 2:35 a.m. last Tuesday, preceded by fireworks. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  read more

POKER News

POKER

Jason Mercier snags fifth WSOP gold bracelet

Mercier collected $422,874 in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, and there's speculation there may be an additional $1.8 million coming to him from side bets.  read more

Poker pro grabs $10,000 Razz win at WSOP

Ray Dehkharghani won $273,338 and received a gold bracelet after a fierce heads-up duel with Jason Mercier.  read more

WSOP Event #25 won by New York poker instructor

Poker pro Michael Gagliano took home $448,463 after coming out on top at a table that included pros and newcomers alike.  read more

Korean-born New Yorker seizes first career WSOP gold bracelet

Calvin Lee scooped the final pot of the $3,000 six-handed No-Limit tournament on the unscheduled fourth day that extended into overtime.  read more

Canary Islands native wins WSOP gold bracelet

Cesar Garcia won $447,739 in the $2K buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, making it the biggest win of his career.  read more

Poker pro earns third WSOP gold bracelet

Ian Johns bagged the $290,635 prize and became the second two-time gold bracelet winner at the 2016 series.  read more

New York online poker bill passes Senate

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Bonacic, passed a Senate vote 53-5 last week, but was not advanced before the end of the current year's legislation session.  read more

SLOTS News

SLOTS

PA lobbies against VGTs in bars and taverns

Last week's legislation proposes the addition of up to 85,000 video gaming terminals in Pennsylvania bars, which could add another challenge for struggling casinos. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  read more

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announces daily slot tournaments

The 100 Days of Summer $100,000 Giveaway starts this week, offering players an opportunity to win $1,000 in prizes every day until Sept. 27.  read more

The Reel Life: Fake Uncle Pennybags edition

A gang of con men used Monopoly money to buy several million pounds of jewels. The Reel Life wonders if that includes Luxury Tax.  read more

SPORTSBOOK AND FANTASY SPORTS News

SPORTSBOOK AND FANTASY SPORTS

Nevada Gaming Board votes on fantasy sports

Last week, the Gaming Control Board gave initial approval to race and sportsbook pioneer Vic Salerno for a fantasy sports betting system similar to pari-mutuel wagering. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  read more

NY passes bill legalizing daily fantasy sports

Last Friday, both houses of the New York legislature passed a bill that, if signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, would make daily fantasy sports legal. (NBC Sports)  read more

ENTERTAINMENT News

ENTERTAINMENT

World-record helicopter stunt at the Taj

Erendiera Wallenda and the international show Zirkus arrive at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on July 14, entertaining crowds with a variety show and helicopter performance.  read more

The Orleans Showroom to host Trace Adkins

The chart-topping country music singer performs July 30 and 31 in Las Vegas.  read more

Queen of Comedy to visit Suncoast Showroom

Considered one of the most successful international comedians, Sommore will bring her comedy act to the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in late July.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Macau suffered a 9.6% year-over-year drop in gambling revenue in May 2016, representing the 24th straight month of decline for the "Las Vegas of Asia."
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