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June 22, 2015

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June 22, 2015

arrowFrank Scoblete: The 5-count and short decks at blackjack

The 5-count and short decks at blackjack
Gaming guru Frank Scoblete explains a new craps trick and gives a handy tip to blackjack players who are concerned the casino is shorting them 10s from the deck.  read more
 

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Poker dealer wins Monster Stack, $1.2 million

Perry Shiao, a 25-year-old playing in only his second career World Series of Poker event, defeated Eric Place in a heads-up duel that lasted almost three hours. Shiao entered the final table seventh in chips and faced nearly a 2-to-1 chip disadvantage when heads-up play began. (Photo courtesy of WSOP.com.)  read more
Poker dealer wins Monster Stack, $1.2 million
 

POKER

Hastings continues run, wins another bracelet

Brian Hastings won the $1,500 Ten-Game Mix event, notching his second WSOP bracelet of 2015 and $133,403. The 26-year-old now has three career bracelets.  read more

Max Pescatori wins second bracelet of 2015 WSOP

The Italian poker pro collected his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet and $292,158 after winning the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low World Championship event.  read more

Jason Mercier wins third WSOP bracelet

The 28-year-old Florida poker pro won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max event and $633,357, notching his first bracelet in no-limit Hold'em.  read more

CASINO

Casinos filing more suspicious activity reports

Even though casinos are reporting customers' suspicious activity more frequently, one federal prosecutor believes more can be accomplished through a "culture of compliance."  read more

Remembering Kirk Kerkorian, Vegas' most reclusive billionaire

Kirk Kerkorian, founder and longtime owner of MGM Resorts International, passed away last week at the age of 98. Kerkorian is a founding father of modern Las Vegas known for his 1967 purchase of the infamous Flamingo, which might have saved the Strip.  read more

Developers of baccarat variation see game grow to 700 tables

EZ Baccarat is being played from San Diego to Nova Scotia to Macau, and over the last five years, the game has grown 315 percent.  read more

Las Vegas cab drivers warn about dangers of overwork

The drivers are being asked to work extra 12-hour shifts to compete with companies like Uber, but many worry that the resulting exhaustion poses a danger on the roads.  read more

Hospitality Hall to replace outdated UNLV building

The $56 million Hospitality Hall will soon house the Las Vegas Harrah College of Hotel Administration.  read more

SLOTS

Casino Arizona player wins $200,000

Mabel L. from Mesa, Arizona, won the progressive jackpot on the 5-cent slot Triple Double Lucky 7s.  read more

Casinos call IRS proposal 'complicated ... unproductive'

Gaming industry representatives say the proposal to lower the WG-2 threshold on winnings from $1,200 to $600 would do little to generate tax revenue and much to generate extra paperwork.  read more

Scientific Games signs deal with Oregon Lottery

The deal will see Scientific Games provide the Lottery with 2,000 video lottery terminals starting later this year.  read more

The Reel Life: Fooled by a feline edition

In Maine, a woman climbed 75 feet up a tree to save a cat. The woman got stuck in the tree. The cat climbed down on its own.  read more

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Did You Know?
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has fined Caesars $15,000 for soliciting gamblers who signed up for a self-exclusion list.
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