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May 17, 2021

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arrowJerry Stickman: Hold advice for Jacks or Better

Hold advice for Jacks or Better
When a reader asks how to play an inside straight draw in Jacks of Better video poker, Stickman provides a detailed breakdown for the top three moves to make, depending on pay tables.  read more

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Las Vegas gaming floors return to 100% capacity

Caesars Entertainment properties, along with many others throughout Las Vegas, announced last week that the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved a return to full occupancy, without social distancing, on casino floors.  read more
Las Vegas gaming floors return to 100% capacity



No masks for fully vaccinated at Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore no longer require guests to wear a mask and trusts they will "take appropriate precautions based personal vaccination status."  read more

MGM properties returning to full occupancy

Last week, all MGM casino resorts in Las Vegas began allowing 100% occupancy on gaming floors with no social distancing required.  read more

TWiG: No restrictions in Las Vegas

In the new This Week in Gambling video, we discuss how Las Vegas casinos are being allowed to open at full capacity without coronavirus restrictions or social distancing.  read more

Boyd Gaming casinos go full capacity

Masks are still required inside and all non-gaming areas remain at 80% capacity, in compliance with current government directives.  read more

The STRAT opens up casino floor

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod in Las Vegas announced last week that it returned to 100% capacity on its casino floor.  read more

Special Restaurant Week menus at Bazaar Meat

The SAHARA Las Vegas venue will offer a special menu for $80 per person to benefit Three Square Food Bank on June 8-13 and June 16-18.  read more

Fremont Casino celebrating 65th anniversary

In honor of its anniversary, the iconic Downtown Las Vegas casino is offering gift giveaways, a $6,500 Hot Seat promotion and a festive lineup of themed cocktails from 28-31 May.  read more

Las Vegas monorail to reopen on 27 May

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced the Las Vegas Monorail will resume operations at 7 a.m. on Thursday, 27 May, in time for Memorial Day.  read more



Big comeback for US gaming revenue

U.S. commercial gaming revenue topped $11 billion in Q1 2021, matching Q3 2019 as the industry's highest-grossing quarter ever, according to the American Gaming Association.  read more

Ocean Casino Resort reopening Beachclub

New Jersey natives Cash Cash will reopen the Beachclub at the Atlantic City resort casino on 29 May, followed by Grammy Award-nominated Meduza on 30 May and Fergie DJ and PS1 on 31 May.  read more

Detroit casinos report $108.98 million in April revenues

In April, table games and slots generated $107.44 million in revenue, and retail sports betting produced $1.54 million.  read more

MGM Springfield real estate sold for $400 million

MGM Resorts will lease the property and continue to operate the Massachusetts property following the transaction, with no expected change to its employees, vendors, customers and the community.  read more



PokerGO's All-Stars Comeback Tour continues

The newly revamped “All-Stars Comeback Tour Powered by PokerGO” season will award tournament seats to a 64-player capped event in December, streamed from ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  read more

Plexiglass comes down at Las Vegas poker rooms

The plexiglass dividers that have been a staple of Las Vegas poker rooms during the coronavirus pandemic came down last week at several casinos. (Las Vegas Review-Journal  read more



April jackpots at Treasure Island Las Vegas

Treasure Island Las Vegas awarded major jackpots in the month of April, including a $21,218 win on a Golden Wins Deluxe machine.  read more

IGT slots pay out $16 million in April

Four massive land-based and online jackpots totaling more than $16 million were awarded on the Megabucks, Powerbucks, and Wheel of Fortune slots games in April.  read more



Major upset in Preakness Stakes

Rombauer staged a powerful rally down the stretch of Pimlico Race Course to register the upset victory in Saturday’s 146th Preakness Stakes at 11-to-1 odds.  read more

New Jersey sports betting handle dips in April

Not surprisingly, revenues slipped during a seasonal slowdown in sports, while iGaming posted its third month of more than $100 million.  read more

Six-month low for Indiana sports betting handle

As the sports scheduled thinned, Indiana sportsbooks collected $236.4 million in wagers in April, with online betting accounting for 88.4% of the handle.  read more

Tennessee quickest to hit $1 billion in sports bets

With $1.1 billion in six months, the Volunteer State became the quickest legal sports jurisdiction to reach the $1 billion milestone in U.S. history.  read more



Chappelle and Rogan add Las Vegas date

Due to popular demand, a second show has been added for Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Garden Arena on 8 July.  read more

The Whiskyx coming to The Cosmo in Las Vegas

The pool complex overlooking the Las Vegas Strip will host an evening of whisky tastings, live musical performances, award-winning restaurants and more on 23 October.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Casinos and bingo halls in England and Scotland were permitted to re-open today, and on Wednesday in Wales, after obtaining final approval from the Government.
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