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December 13, 2021

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December 13, 2021

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arrowJerry Stickman: It's all about blackjack

It's all about blackjack
Stickman breaks down the basics of the popular casino game and explains both the advantages and disadvantages, including the fact that in order to maximize returns, the player must have knowledge of basic strategy.  read more
 

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Ohio votes to legalize sports betting

Last week, the Ohio Senate approved final changes to a comprehensive sports gaming bill and if Governor Mike DeWine signs the bill into law, as expected, both retail and mobile sports betting could be live in the state by the spring of 2022.  read more
Ohio votes to legalize sports betting
 

POKER News

POKER

Gulas Jr. wins WSOP Europe Main Event

The gold bracelet in the €10,350 WSOPE Main Event remains on home soil as the Czech Republic's Josef Gulas Jr. defeated Johan Guilbert heads-up for €1.27 million.  read more

World Poker Tour to make Las Vegas Strip stop

The World Poker Tour returns to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event from 15-19 December.  read more

Lucky Hearts Poker Open returns to Florida casino

Coming off a record breaking Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open in November, tournament poker is returning to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, starting 13 January.  read more

SPORTS News

SPORTS

Iowa sportsbooks set new high in wagering

Iowa's online and retail sportsbooks generated $287.2 million in wagers in November, up 229.5% from $87.2 million in November 2020.  read more

TWiG: DraftKings CEO said what?

This week's gambling news is a bit of a surprise, as the CEO of DraftKings said that players who bet for profit are “not the kind of players” his company wants.  read more

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opens Caesars Sportsbook

In addition to placing wagers at Caesars Sportsbook’s main ticket counter on the casino’s first level, sports fans can use 14 self-service betting kiosks located throughout the casino.  read more

Esports Entertainment to team up with Hard Rock AC

Esports Entertainment Group announced a new partnership with the Hard Rock Atlantic City that will be kicked-off by hosting the first sanctioned esports skill-based wagering event in the U.S. in January.  read more

Live! Casino and Hotel opens FanDuel Sportsbook

Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed opened the new FanDuel Sportsbook with a ceremonial first bet at the Maryland casino. The bet was a $20 moneyline wager on Dustin Poirier to win at UFC 269, which did not cash.  read more

MGM National Harbor in Maryland sportsbook now live

The state's first bet was placed by Gov. Larry Hogan at the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge. Hogan placed a futures wager on the Washington Football Team to face the Baltimore Ravens in the 2022 Super Bowl.  read more

CASINO News

CASINO

The Venetian Las Vegas creates a millionaire

The guest was playing IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Double 3x4x5x Pay game when the three Wheel of Fortune symbols lined up to activate the progressive jackpot for a payout of $1,022,077.  read more

Miracle Mile Shops to begin renovations next year

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas will begin an extensive interior and exterior transformation complete with elevated finishes, upgraded technology and digital design elements.  read more

Fertitta pulls out of deal to take casino company public

FAST Acquisition and Feritta Entertainment announced that they have agreed to mutually terminate their $8.6 billion merger agreement, originally entered into on 1 February 2021 and amended on 30 June 2021.  read more

Will Atlantic City casinos really close without tax breaks?

State Senate President Steve Sweeney said last week that casinos have told him that four of the nine gambling houses are in danger of going out of business if the tax relief bill does not pass. (AP News)  read more

Full House chosen to build casino in Waukegan

American Place was originally one of five proposals submitted in response to a “request for proposals” to develop and operate a new casino and entertainment destination in Waukegan, Illinois.  read more

Hard Rock starts plans for temporary Virginia casino

The development of the temporary casino strengthens Hard Rock's presence and commitment to Bristol, marking the brand's first major milestone in the city.  read more

LAS VEGAS LIFE News

LAS VEGAS LIFE

12 Days of Deals at SAHARA Las Vegas

Through Friday, 24 December, guests can receive a special offer featuring one of the property's venues and amenities.  read more

Las Vegas spreads holiday cheer with festive décor

Festive decorations and sparkling lights have ushered in the jolly holiday season in Las Vegas, which shines merry and bright as the ultimate destination for visitors looking to celebrate with some holiday cheer.  read more

Ring in the New Year at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

On New Year's Eve, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will welcome 2022 with style, complete with chart-topping live entertainment and nightlife, special dining offerings and exciting celebrations.  read more

ENTERTAINMENT News

ENTERTAINMENT

Planet Hollywood to host The Doobie Brothers

On the heels of their 50th Anniversary Tour, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee, will perform iconic hits starting Friday, 13 May 2022.  read more

Shania Twain unveils final 16 residency dates

The "Let's Go!" residency at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas will have its final 16 dates from 3-18 June and 26 August - 10 September.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
2021 revenue for U.S. casinos reached $44.15 billion as of the end of October, which breaks the record for a single year, according to the American Gaming Association. The previous high of $43.65 billion came in 2019.
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