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Casino City’s Friday Five: Jackpots, openings and WSOP edition

7 June 2024

The start of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event is less than a month away, but there's no shortage of casino industry news tide us over. This week's highlights include a new gaming experience at a Mississippi casino, a steakhouse coming to the Las Vegas Strip, a jackpot win at a Strip casino, and a new deposit limit in the Netherlands.

Let’s begin with a six-figure win:

5. Face Up Pai Gow Poker jackpot at The Venetian Las Vegas
A lucky guest at The Venetian Las Vegas closed out May with a jackpot.

Kevin Schenk from Canada was playing Face Up Pai Gow Friday morning, 31 May, when he was dealt five aces, winning a $219,578 jackpot by making a $5 side bet.

4. COTE Vegas to open in 2025 at The Venetian Las Vegas
Located at The Venetian Las Vegas, the Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, recently named North America's Best Steakhouse by World’s 101 Best Steak Restaurants, will debut early next year as a part of the resort’s $1.5 billion reinvestment project.

COTE Vegas will draw inspiration from its renowned counterparts in New York, Miami, and Singapore while introducing new, immersive dining experiences unique to Las Vegas.

Guests can expect the highest quality cuts of beef, ranging from A5 wagyu from Kobe, Sendai, and Miyazaki to 45, 90, and 120-day aged steak. The menu will feature the concept's signature Butcher's Feast, offering diners a chance to experience four cuts of the highest quality beef, and a variety of Korean-inspired sides, along with Steak & Eggs, Legend of the Seven Jades, and more.

COTE Vegas will be located in the Waterfall Atrium at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

3. Gold Strike Casino Resort opens Next Level Lounge
Gold Strike Casino Resort, the Mid-South casino resort destination, formally celebrated the opening of Next Level Lounge powered by Aristocrat Gaming, its newest gaming experience, on 5 June.

The Next Level Lounge offers guests an elevated experience, featuring the latest in modern electronic gaming options along with a renovated aesthetic.

With more than 45 new games to choose from, The Next Level Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The Next Level Lounge is more than a destination. It is an experience,” said Dean Rubin, senior vice president and general manager for Gold Strike. “With its array of new and thrilling gaming options, guests are in for a treat. They won't want to miss the opportunity to engage in this newly renovated space.”

2. Netherlands regulator sets €300 deposit limit for younger players
On Monday, the Dutch Gaming Authority publishes the appropriate Policy Rule of Responsible Gaming. The Ksa is taking a big step towards realizing a safer online gambling market. The main adjustments and clarifications are the obligation to ‘real time monitoring’ and the establishment of a financial dumping limit.

When depositing €300 (young adults aged 18 to 24) or €700 (from 24 years) or more, the provider must check whether the player can afford the gambling amount. If this is not the case, the provider must block further deposits for that calendar month.

Another important step taken by the Ksa is being stricter on the real time monitoring of gambling behavior. The online game provider must detect, analyze and intervene to reasonable suspicion of gambling addiction.

1. Trayner wins WSOP $1,000 Mystery Millions
Malcolm Trayner captured his first WSOP bracelet earlier this week after taking down Event #5: $1,000 Mystery Millions for $1,000,000 as the Australian player was the last man standing from a field of 18,409.

Trayner got the better of Carson Richards in a heads-up duel that saw the American player pick up $536,080 for his runner-up finish.

A prize pool of $16,199,920 was generated with this Mystery Millions Event being the biggest-yet with its field size.

With this victory, Trayner climbs from 170th up to 35th on Australia's All-Time Money List and more than doubles his lifetime tournament cashes. Unbelievably, this is Trayner's first-ever WSOP tournament that he played and he managed to overcome the field and take it down.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.