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April 14, 2008

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April 14, 2008

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arrowMark Pilarski: Double down in blackjack, but avoid insurance

Double down in blackjack, but avoid insurance
Pilarski lists three main reasons why doubling down is so advantageous to the blackjack player while also explaining why you'll make more money in the long run by never taking insurance.  read more

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A 'golden moment' for the Trump International Hotel & Tower

Donald Trump says that his new gold-clad condo and hotel tower is “defining luxury in Las Vegas” and those who were present at Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building got an up-close view as to why the real estate mogul can make that claim.  read more
A 'golden moment' for the Trump International Hotel & Tower



Harrah's Entertainment changes name to Caesars Entertainment

Nearly three years after spending $9 billion to acquire rival casino operator Caesars Entertainment, Harrah's moves to capitalize on the name.  read more

Riviera Casino awarded three diamonds by AAA

The classic Las Vegas resort becomes the 26th Strip property hotel to be recognized with the distinct hospitality industry award.  read more

Floods close Isle of Capri Casino

The casino in Natchez, Mississippi was forced to temporarily close on Sunday and won't reopen until flood waters in the area recede.  read more

New owners improve odds at Binion's

Players who walk into Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel will now enjoy better odds than they would have five weeks ago after the new owner of the legendary casino changed the house rules for blackjack and craps.  read more

Mississippi casino plan in the hands of gaming commission

Mayor A.J. Holloway has signed the zoning change for the South Beach Resort & Casino and now it will be up to the Mississippi Gaming Commission to decide if the casino will be built on the Biloxi Strip.  read more

Dubai World files for Nevada gaming license

The government-owned conglomerate of the Arab state hopes to buy more than 10 percent of MGM Mirage's stock.  read more

Smoking ban coming to Connecticut casinos?

Gov. Jodi Rell has kicked off discussions with the owners of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos over banning smoking at the casinos.  read more

Harrah's, Orbitz sign deal

Harrah's Entertainment has increased its hotel distribution network in Atlantic City through an agreement with the popular online travel site.  read more



Mr. Monopoly celebrates 10 years as slot tycoon

The iconic millionaire cartoon character from the classic board game Monopoly has been featured on nearly three dozen slot games over the last decade.  read more

The Reel Life

It was a busy week at the Reel Life. Between jetting across the country to play some land-based slots and keeping track of all the people winning big jackpots, we barely had time to sleep.  read more



WSOP nixes rumor of live Main Event broadcast

The World Series of Poker denied last week's blog reports that said it was considering televising the Main Event final table live -- or plausibly live -- on ESPN.  read more

Full Tilt Poker announces dates for FTOPS VIII

The eighth FTOPS will take place beginning May 7. With 24 events, Full Tilt has high hopes that it will surpass the $15 million in prize money that was awarded in February for FTOPS VII.  read more

Champions to receive WPT bracelet

The World Poker Tour and Bellagio will host the WPT Ceremony of Champions at the world-renowned “O” Theatre on April 21, honoring the 96 WPT Champions crowned during the first six seasons on tour.  read more

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