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July 13, 2009

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July 13, 2009

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Questions about splitting pairs in blackjack
Splitting pairs at the blackjack table can be confusing. This week, Krigman spells out four key points that will help players decide when it's safe to split, when it's not and when it's wise to buck Basic Strategy.  read more

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Phil Ivey still alive and kicking at WSOP Main Event

With the pressure of making the money off their shoulders, players at the Main Event Sunday focused on having fun -- and chipping up. Almost 80 players had more than a million chips when the cards went in the air on Monday, including Phil Ivey, who is attempting to win his first Main Event title and eighth career bracelet.  read more
Phil Ivey still alive and kicking at WSOP Main Event



Money bubble bursts at WSOP Main Event

An electric Amazon Room erupted Saturday afternoon when Kia Hamadani busted out of the World Series of Poker Main Event in 649th place, meaning the other 648 players in the room had officially cashed.  read more

Hellmuth, 'ElkY' chip up as WSOP Main Event bubble nears

As the World Series of Poker Main Event field dwindled from over 2,000 to around 800 Friday night, the Amazon Room turned into a series of one-act plays, with a couple of well-known pros serving as headliners.  read more

Ivey provides the drama, Wayans delivers the fun

Phil Ivey charged up the leaderboard while actor/comedian Marlon Wayans earned the respect of fans and dealers before busting out late during Day 2B.  read more

Mood shifts during Day 2A of Main Event

Things grew more serious on Day 2A of the Main Event as players shifted gears from enjoying the WSOP experience to survival.  read more

Capacity Day 1D field forces WSOP to turn away players

The WSOP was forced to turn away hundreds of players after Day 1D of the Main Event "sold out." But the players that did register in time to make it to the felt provided plenty of entertainment.  read more

Candidates for 2009 Poker Hall of Fame released

The public has spoken and has nominated 10 individuals for the 2009 class of the Poker Hall of Fame -- including Tom McEvoy, Mike Sexton and Daniel Negreanu.  read more



Las Vegas Sands says Macau still in play

Sheldon Adelson says his company is looking to raise between $3 billion and $4 billion to restart construction of several hotel-casinos in Macau.  read more

Nevada gaming win has upside, downside

The state's gaming revenues fell 8.3 percent in May, which ended seven straight months of double-digit declines.  read more

Atlantic City casinos continue revenue slump

Casinos in Atlantic City reported a $322.7 million win in June, a 13.6 percent decline from a year ago.  read more

North Carolina casino breaks ground on expansion

Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel broke ground on a new 532-room luxury tower as part of a $633-million expansion.  read more

Banks say Fontainebleau faces huge liabilities

A group of banks being sued by Fontainebleau Las Vegas say the Strip resort's debt levels would far exceed its market value if it opens next year.  read more

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun to join forces

The two Connecticut casinos are launching a joint advertising campaign to market southeastern Connecticut as a gambling destination.  read more

Testimony heard in Wynn dealer case

Nevada's state labor commissioner will hear from Wynn dealers who want the company's tip-sharing policy stopped.  read more



The Reel Life

It was a week filled with big slot winners. So instead of talking about multiple-time felons or governors with mistresses, we're going to focus on the positive news this week.  read more

Ohio to have slots at racetracks

Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative leaders cut a deal for slot machines at Ohio's seven horse tracks.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Players have come to the WSOP from at least 115 different nations and territories. By contrast, only 80 nations were represented at the most recent Winter Olympic Games.
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