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November 16, 2020

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November 16, 2020

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arrowJohn Grochowski: Splitting fives in blackjack

Splitting fives in blackjack
When hearing that a blackjack player split fives against a dealer's six, Grochowski explains that the correct play, according to basic strategy, is to double down, rather than split.  read more

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US commercial gaming revenue rebounds in Q3

Commercial gaming revenue totaled $9.04 billion in Q3 2020, reaching 81% of Q3 2019's total and soaring 294% compared to the historic lows of Q2 that were caused by pandemic-driven casino closures, according to the American Gaming Association.  read more
US commercial gaming revenue rebounds in Q3



WSOP announces the return of the Main Event

The hybrid online and live version of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship will begin for international players on Sunday, 29 November and domestically on Sunday, 13 December.  read more



Michigan to shut down its casinos again

A three-week pause has been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which includes casinos closing down again, beginning on 18 November.  read more

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation closing more properties

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation suspended casino operations at Elements Casino Mohawk and Elements Casino Flamboro as of yesterday.  read more

TWiG: Midweek Las Vegas casino closures

Most popular casinos in Las Vegas have reopened since June. But with the pandemic still raging, a second round of casino closures is now taking place.  read more

Detroit casinos posted over $100 million in October

The three Detroit casinos reported $101.4 million in monthly aggregate revenue in October while continuing to operate at 15% capacity due to COVID-19 health concerns.  read more

Poker room at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh reopens

Live poker resumed at Rivers Casino last week with players and dealers required to wear face masks and tables limited to a maximum of seven players.  read more

New COVID-19 restrictions hit Atlantic City

Casino floor and gaming operations will remain open and uninterrupted, but indoor dining outlets will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  read more



Foxwoods reports October slot revenue

In October, the Connecticut casino reported slot revenue of $26.1 million, down from the $27.6 million reported in September.  read more

$20 million won at Boyd Gaming's Nevada properties

Boyd Gaming players throughout the Las Vegas Valley won multiple jackpots of $10,000 or more in October at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Cannery, California and Fremont.  read more



Virgin Hotels Las Vegas accepting reservations

Rooms and suites at the new Las Vegas resort, located at the former home of the Hard Rock Casino Hotel, are available for stays beginning 15 January, the date of the scheduled grand opening.  read more

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to reopen on 22 December

The Caesars Entertainment resort, located just off the Strip, will accommodate weekend stays, Thursday through Monday, while the gaming floor will be open seven days a week.  read more

Back in Action poker tournament at Bally's Las Vegas

The tournament will offer one-day and two-day events through 22 November while the property welcomes players back with a 28-table capacity, with eight players separated by plexiglass dividers.  read more

Downtown Grand offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

When booking a stay on 16 November through Cyber Monday, 30 November, travelers can take advantage of limited-time discounts, including 50% off of a five-night stay.  read more

Resorts World Las Vegas announces nightlife and dining options

The concepts coming to the property opening next summer will include a world-class nightclub and beach club, a social gaming bar, and an Asian-influenced dining venue.  read more

Dine Al Fresco throughout Las Vegas

With fall Las Vegas weather here, guests will find choices perfect for people-watching, romantic spots that offer private enclaves, and relaxed décor for friendly meetups.  read more



Indiana sportsbooks shatter monthly record

October's sportsbook handle was more than $230 million in the state, with online betting generating 83.6%, or $193 million, up slightly from September.  read more

New Jersey sportsbooks set another all-time record

New Jersey's online and retail sportsbooks combined to break their own monthly all-jurisdiction record for the third consecutive month with $803.1 million in bets in October.  read more

Virginia mulling mobile sports betting applications

The Virginia Lottery announced on Thursday that it is reviewing 25 applications for mobile sports betting permits submitted during the initial 15-31 October application period.  read more

FanDuel to partner with Fairmount Park Racetrack

Under the terms of the agreement, the Illinois racetrack will be rebranded as FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Illinois sportsbook handle jumped 117.9% to $305.1 million in September compared to August, according to the state's gaming board's latest numbers, with mobile wagering accounting for $283 million of the total handle.
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