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November 17, 2014

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November 17, 2014

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Big wins and big losses
Frank Scoblete tells stories about some of the largest wins and losses he's seen in a casino, including a player who won $300,000 in craps.  read more

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Online poker's Ultimate Gaming folds after 19 months

Ultimate Poker became the nation's first legal and regulated real-money online poker site when it launched on April 30, 2013. But after 19 months of revenues falling far short of once-lofty projections, the company decided to end its operations in Nevada.  read more
Online poker's Ultimate Gaming folds after 19 months



Martin Jacobson wins WSOP Main Event title

Sweden's Martin Jacobson beat Norway's Felix Stephensen heads up Tuesday to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. The $10 million first prize is the largest Main Event payout since Jamie Gold won $12 million in 2006.  read more

Casino City Gang: Marathon Main Event edition

The Gang discusses all the action from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, which saw Swedish pro Martin Jacobson take home the bracelet and $10 million. They also brainstorm some ideas on how ESPN and Caesars could better produce the November Nine in the future.  read more

European domination at WSOP likely to continue

Sweden's Martin Jacobson, Norway's Felix Stephensen and the Netherlands' Jorryt van Hoof had a key advantage over their counterparts at the WSOP Main Event final table: Easy access to online poker.  read more

Hard work pays off for top-three at 2014 WSOP

Martin Jacobson, Felix Stephensen and Jorryt van Hoof may have been the three hardest working players in this year's November Nine, and it paid off for the European trio.  read more

Newhouse finishes ninth for second year in a row

Things may have gone differently in Mark Newhouse's second run at the World Series of Poker's Main Event on Monday night, but William Tonking sniffed out his river bluff.  read more

Lone amateur at WSOP final table exits fifth

Billy Pappas carried the hopes and dreams of the foosball community and the greater Boston community on his back at the Main Event final table.  read more

Tonking out in fourth, wins $2.8 million at Main Event

Outside of Mark Newhouse, no one took their exit from the Main Event final table on Monday night and Tuesday morning harder than William Tonking.  read more

Andoni Larrabe's unorthodox style leads to sixth place

The 22-year-old professional poker player from Spain took home $1.6 million for his finish at the WSOP Main Event.  read more

Sindelar never gets comfortable, finishes seventh

Las Vegas pro Dan Sindelar, who took home more than $1.2 million for seventh, said, "All the delays and commercial (breaks) that we were going through, it was really tough for me to get focused and get in the zone."  read more

Brazil rejoices in Politano's eighth-place finish

Saying Bruno Politano got Brazil excited about the World Series Main Event might be the understatement of the century.  read more

November Nine TV coverage a surreal experience

While Vin Narayanan and Aaron Todd report on the World Series of Poker Main Event final table live from Las Vegas, Casino City's Dan Podheiser stayed in Boston to watch ESPN's coverage of the November Nine on a 30-minute delay.  read more

PokerStars' California prospects get stronger

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has joined the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California's three largest card clubs and Amaya Gaming in an effort to operate PokerStars once legislation is enacted to legalize online poker.  read more



Stutz: Industry coverage anything but boring

Howard Stutz reflects on 10 years covering the gaming industry, looking back on some of the most memorable moments during the past decade.  read more

Operating income, cash flow recede at Affinity Gaming

The Las Vegas-based company said its corporate expenses grew 128.3 percent as it successfully fought a Colorado casino referendum, hired a new CEO, reconstituted its board and worked to "remediate" a data breach.  read more

Caesars to trim nationwide workforce by less than 1 percent

The company, which operates nearly 40 casinos in 14 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario, is attempting to restructure its gaming industry-high $22.8 billion debt.  read more

Station Casinos grows third-quarter revenue, cash flow

The casino operator said its overall revenue for the quarter that ended Sept. 30 was $311 million, a 2.1 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago and the company's largest third-quarter figure since 2008.  read more

AGA making its voice heard on major gaming issues

American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman said the AGA should be the group to clear up misconceptions or untruths about a regulated casino industry.  read more



The Reel Life: Buzz cut edition

The first rule of chainsaws is to keep them away from your "private" area. But one Florida man chooses to not play by the rules.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings and online poker room 888 each had patches on three sponsored players at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
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