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February 15, 2016

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February 15, 2016

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arrowAlan Krigman: Exceptions to basic strategy in blackjack

Exceptions to basic strategy in blackjack
While he is only aware of three cases when a blackjack player should stray away from basic strategy, Krigman explains why you should make these rare exceptions with the hope of wringing a tiny drop of blood out of the proverbial stone.  read more

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Vegas casino openings and expansions: Cosmopolitan unveils sports bettor's paradise

The new sportsbook — now twice the size of the previous space — opened days before Super Bowl 50, and guests responded by helping the resort increase its handle on the big game by 50%, compared to last year. (photo © Erik Kabik/  read more
Vegas casino openings and expansions: Cosmopolitan unveils sports bettor's paradise



Steve Wynn in 'happy' place with Boston

The casino mogul says he's reached "happy terms" with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, his first public comments on a pact that fends off interference from the city in his $1.6 billion Everett casino plan. (Boston Herald)  read more

Three Pennsylvania casinos fined by Gaming Control Board

Mount Airy Casino, Parx Casino and Hollywood Casino were fined for using non-approved gaming chips, allowing cash advances to self-excluded persons, and leaving unaccounted decks of cards on the gaming floor, respectively.  read more

Marnell Gaming to acquire Nugget Casino Resort

Marnell will initiate a capital improvement plan for the Sparks, Nevada, property including new slot machines, renovation of the Nugget's 800 West Tower hotel rooms and convention area, casino floor, restaurants and showroom.  read more

Experience 'March Mania' at the Eldorado

The Reno resort-casino will have nonstop hoops action and slam-dunk specials for basketball fans looking to catch the NCAA Men's Division I Men's Basketball Tournament from March 17-19.  read more

Mohegan Sun Pocono to reduce energy consumption by 22%

The Pennsylvania casino is installing a CHP system that will provide a reliable, energy-efficient source for heating and electric power.  read more



The Reel Life: Assault with a deadly reptile

A man who threw a live alligator through a Wendy's drive-through window is facing multiple criminal charges, because alligators are dangerous.  read more

Players hit jackpot on Aristocrat's Buffalo Grand slot four times

In a span of just two weeks, four players have won a combined $2.64 million through grand progressive jackpots.  read more



Ascuaga resigns from NV Gaming Commission

Michonne Ascuaga resigned from the regulatory panel one day after it was revealed that the Northern Nevada casino she managed is under a federal investigation for failing to implement effective anti-money laundering programs. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  read more

KISS By Monster Mini Golf moving to the Rio this spring

The new Las Vegas location will feature an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed 18-hole miniature golf course filled with state-of-the-art video and animatronics and never-seen-before KISS props.  read more



TWiG Video: Sports betting invasion

Professional sports leagues in the U.S. may be changing their tune on sports betting, so long as they can find a way to profit from it. Plus, J. Todd provides updates on payment processing in the daily fantasy sports industry.  read more

DFS roundup: ESPN terminates exclusivity deal with DraftKings

According to Yahoo Finance, DraftKings was unable to both continue sponsoring ESPN and pay its mounting legal costs.  read more



PokerStars looks to revolutionize heads-up poker

PokerStars announced the beta release of its new social and low-stakes heads-up mobile poker app, Duel.  read more

Palm Beach Kennel Club player wins $174,293 Bad Beat jackpot

No one has ever been so thrilled to get knocked out of a WSOP Circuit event as Phillip Lee Clements, who jumped into a cash game and won a whopping $174,293 bad beat jackpot.  read more

Ozark Poker Championship is back with $70,000 guaranteed

The 12-event series at Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs will culminate with a $40,000 guaranteed Main Event from Feb. 26-28.  read more



Ringo Starr to perform at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel

In addition to Starr, the June 4 performance will include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.  read more

Cassadee Pope coming to perform free show in Oklahoma

The former contestant on "The Voice" will bring her soaring vocals to Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs on Feb. 20.  read more

Holy Holy to perform at Talking Stick Resort

The supergroup formed by original members of David Bowie's band will celebrate the late singer's music and life at the Scottsdale casino on April 22.  read more

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Did You Know?
In 2015, downtown Las Vegas properties saw an increase in hotel occupancy (3.4%), average daily room rate (4.9%) and gaming revenue (6.4%).
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