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December 16, 2013

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December 16, 2013

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arrowJohn Grochowski: Early surrender in blackjack

Early surrender in blackjack
John Grochowski explains why an early surrender, which is rarely offered at blackjack tables in brick-and-mortar casinos, provides a small edge for the player.  read more

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Caesars sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman

The lawsuit claims Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby's undisclosed connections to the Wynn Resorts proposal in Everett amounted to "tortious interference" with Caesars' proposed partnership with Suffolk Downs. Caesars withdrew its application for a Massachusetts gaming license in October. Meanwhile, Spectrum Gaming, which conducted Caesars' suitability review, said it did not make any recommendations regarding the license.  read more
Caesars sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman



Casino City Gang: Hypocrisy on the Hill edition

The Gang discusses the latest House subcommittee hearing on online gambling and the latest news regarding PokerStars and New Jersey, and Vin Narayanan gives an update from the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Arizona.  read more

Sands' stance called hypocritical in House hearing

During a House subcommittee hearing examining the status of iGaming in the United States, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Las Vegas Sands Vice President Andrew Abboud's anti-online gambling stance felt "a little hypocritical."  read more

SLS aims to avoid the Cosmo's mistakes

The SLS Las Vegas will open in September, but some question whether the swanky hotel-casino will mirror the Cosmopolitan's errors and focus too heavily on its nongaming business.  read more

For Las Vegas bookmakers, big money is on the title game

William Hill trading director Nick Bogdanovich expects the BCS national championship game between Florida State and Auburn to get a majority of the wagers among college football's 35 bowl games.  read more

Sands cancels $30 billion EuroVegas development in Spain

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson said the company canceled the project because it's in the best interest of the company's shareholders and will concentrate its efforts in Asia.  read more

East Coast iGaming rollouts see mixed results

Gaming analyst Brian McGill is bullish on the New Jersey market's long-term prospects, but thinks Delaware racetracks seemed unprepared for their launch.  read more

National Finals Rodeo to leave Las Vegas

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association board voted to move the Super Bowl of rodeo to Central Florida.  read more

Macau business helping Sands', Wynn's credit

Gaming analyst Dennis Farrell Jr. said Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts have the best credit profiles of any of the major casino operators, primarily because of their wholly owned Macau operations.  read more

Despite media report, Wynn Resorts is finished with Philadelphia

The report suggested Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn was not finished with Philadelphia, despite his company's license-application withdrawal.  read more

Twin River to acquire Hard Rock in Biloxi, Miss.

The Hard Rock features a casino with 1,342 slot machines, 51 table games and four poker tables and a AAA-rated four diamond hotel.  read more



Tweets of the Week: How to view your losses

Alec Torelli starts an interesting debate about the hardest part of playing poker, and Scotty Nguyen spreads holiday cheer in the most Scotty Nguyen way possible.  read more



The Reel Life: Don't hit the snooze edition

We all hit the snooze button in the morning to salvage some more sleep time. But studies show that hitting the snooze actually makes the eventual wake up -- when the alarm goes off again -- much worse to deal with.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
A state record of $342.6 million was bet on college and professional football in Nevada in October.
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