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August 18, 2008

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August 18, 2008

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arrowJohn Grochowski: The birth of a craps player

The birth of a craps player
In his on-going series about first-time casino trips, Grochowski relays a reader's story about how his sister-in-law went from being nervous about craps to enjoying it in just two hours.  read more

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Excalibur makes the move to electronic poker tables

The Excalibur in Las Vegas shut down its poker room Sunday night and will re-open it this Friday, but there will be no live dealers or real poker chips. Instead, 12 PokerPro tables will be in place, giving Las Vegas its first electronic poker room.  read more
Excalibur makes the move to electronic poker tables



Nevada casinos suffer another loss in June

The Gaming Control Board reported that Nevada casinos won $949.3 million in June, making it the sixth-straight month casino revenue dropped in the state.  read more

'Participation slot games' reduced at Harrah's

Dozens of slots, including the popular Wheel of Fortune game, have disappeared in past weeks from Harrah's-controlled casino floors and have been replaced by nonparticipation machines. Casinos keep all of the take on nonparticipation slots, but share participation slot revenue with game makers.  read more

Macau authorities nab dealer for stealing chips

A casino dealer who allegedly stole HK$300,000 worth of chips for gambling and repaying debts was arrested by the Judiciary Police last week.  read more

Planet Hollywood still in the red despite increase in revenue

The $200 million-plus makeover of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino last year helped the property narrow its losses in the second quarter. The company reported a loss of $12.2 million compared with a loss of $15.2 million a year ago.  read more

Vancouver casino opens

After a $40-million facelift, the 116-year-old Hastings Racecourse opened the doors last week to its new 42,000-square-foot casino that features live entertainment and restaurant service.  read more



The Reel Life

In this week's edition, we celebrate the jail sentence for a spammer, a big win at CSCasino and big Microgaming jackpots for the taking.  read more

Slots revenues slip again at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun

The ongoing slump continued at Connecticut's Indian casinos in July. Foxwoods' revenue dropped 3.2 percent over the previous year while Mohegan Sun saw a 14.6 percent decline.  read more

Seneca Nation pays New York $57.3 million in slots taxes

The temporary slots-only Seneca Buffalo Creek in downtown Buffalo generated $2.8 million alone in taxes.  read more



Bronshtein wins two FTOPS events in one night

Atlanta-based poker pro Yuval "yuvee04" Bronshtein tells Casino City how he made history last week by winning consecutive events during FTOPS IX and cashing in for more than $170,000.  read more

Smyth wins Macau Irish Poker Classic

The World Series of Poker pot-limit Omaha world champion captured the Irish Poker Classic €300 with one rebuy Omaha event at the Macau Sporting Club in Ireland last week and took home €3,400.  read more

Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival qualifiers underway

Qualifications are underway at for the €250,000 Irish Poker Festival, which takes place this October.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps told the Baltimore Sun that he thinks it would be "cool" to play in the World Series of Poker and "meet some of those poker guys."
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