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September 24, 2007
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|September 24, 2007|
|Sometimes the road from showcase to casino slot floors takes a few months. Sometimes it's a few years. In the few months department, there's IGT's Guaranteed Play Video Poker, one of the most buzzworthy products at the 2006 Global Gaming Expo. On the few years side, there's Bally Technologies' Pong, which I initially reviewed in 2004.
By Vin NarayananFor the second time in a month, Bodog has relocated itself on the World Wide Web. Last week, Bodog dropped newbodog.com in favor of bodoglife.com.
|Harrah's Entertainment, MGM Mirage and Las Vegas Sands expressed interest last week in entering the underserved Massachusetts gaming market, but want more information before proceeding.
Shuffle Master announced this week that the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has ordered that a number of Stargames' slot machines be turned off at various casinos and slot halls in Macau and that all Stargames' slot machines be turned off at Starworld Hotel and Casino.
BackgammonMasters now offers blackjack games for real money. Popular demand and the huge success of play-money blackjack prompted the company to quickly unveil the real-money version of the classic game.
Pinnacle Atlantic City announced last week that the implosion of the legendary Sands Casino Hotel will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 9:30 p.m. (rain or shine).
Harrah's Atlantic City will unveil the final phase of the property's $550 million upgrade and expansion project in early 2008, when the property opens a new 961-room, 44-story hotel tower and "Taste of the Shore" food emporium featuring classic Jersey Shore culinary favorites.
|The Nevada Gaming Commission last week unanimously rejected a concept of allowing casino customers to use their debit cards to buy ticket in-ticket out vouchers that can be gambled on slot machines.
Super Slotto Celebration, a multi-player, community-style bonus slot game, is proving to be a hit in Connecticut.
Bodog might have moved again, but that didn't keep their slots from paying off big.
|Players can now qualify for World Poker Tour events on specially-themed cruises and in amateur tournaments.
It looks like art class is finally about to pay off. Absolute Poker announced last week a new promotion that promises to pay cash for the best user-created avatars.
Sweden's Emanuel Karlen won $25,000 and the right to play Doyle Brunson heads-up by capturing the Doyle's Room Summer Series Freeroll Grand Finale last week.
Did You Know?
Horizontal gaming wheels, such as those used in roulette, were invented in England in 1720 for a game called roly-poly. Roly-poly was banned in England in 1745, but the horizontal wheel traveled well. By 1796, modern roulette was being played in France.
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