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February 18, 2008

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The keys to doubling down in blackjack
Blackjack buffs earn much of their money when they win a decent fraction of their double downs. But too few doubles - or too many that fizzle - can cost even the most skilled player.  read more

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Changes in the world of slot machines favor the house

Brokopp reports that in the last 10 years slot players are betting more and winning less, thanks to the proliferation of multi-coin/multi line low denomination games, which pack a higher hold percentage. Penny games also returned, but in illusionary form. In many cases it takes dollars per spin to play them.  read more
Changes in the world of slot machines favor the house



Las Vegas reports a record number of visitors

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that the city's visitation grew to 39.2 million in 2007, marking the fourth consecutive year it set a new visitation record.  read more

Atlantic City figures dip

In what may be a harbinger for 2008, casino revenue sank 10 percent in January to $355 million, according to figures released last week by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.  read more

Smoking ban hurts Illinois casino numbers

Illinois casino losses were Missouri casino gains in January after a statewide smoking ban in Illinois sent gamblers to neighboring states.  read more

Tip sharing battle moves to courts

Wynn Las Vegas is attemtping to prevent a voter initiative that would roll back the resort's tip sharing policy from reaching the ballot in November.  read more

Monte Carlo fire causes nearly $100 million in damages

While workers readied the Monte Carlo for its return to business, MGM Mirage officials said that damage at the 3,000-room Strip resort from a rooftop fire three weeks ago will total just under $100 million.  read more

Casinos coming to the friendly skies?

Airbus says that a fully-fitted casino on the world's biggest airliner could be delivered as early as 2012.  read more

Macau revenues rival Las Vegas

China's red-hot gaming destination raked in $10.4 billion in winnings in 2007, virtually matching the 2006 take for Clark County, the Nevada jurisdiction that includes Las Vegas and surrounding areas.  read more



Mohegan Sun awards another slot jackpot

Juncun Kopica of New Hampshire hit the progressive Wheel of Fortune machine for just over $2 million, the largest jackpot won to date in 2008.  read more

Mount Airy awards second Supershot Jackpot

Charles Batarick took home $109,567.90 last week to become the third six-figure winner in the past 45 days at the Pennsylvania casino.  read more

The Reel Life

It was a Bullion Bonanza for Ep K at Jackpotjoy as the lucky online slot player cashed in for £20,597 earlier this month.  read more



U.K. court says poker is a game of chance

A British appeals court declared last week that poker is a game of chance under U.K. law, and Gutshot will need a license if it wants to offer the game at its private club.  read more

Canadian 18-year-old wins EPT event

In a history-making effort, Mike McDonald won the German Open to become the youngest person to win a European Poker Tour event.  read more

Best Damn Poker Show begins airing

The reality poker series follows 18 'regular' poker players on two teams, led by pros Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke.  read more

World Poker Tour TV schedule released

The sixth season features 23 two-hour WPT episodes with the season premiere airing Monday, March 24 in its new time slot of 9 p.m. ET. This season features three new tour stops, more than 20 new WPT Poker-Made Millionaires and a new hostess, Layla Kayleigh.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
An estimated 3.8 million adults play bingo regularly in the U.K. and there has been a 16% increase in the number of people under the age of 41 that play the game, according to Britain's Bingo Association.
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The Hustler
The Hustler
Perhaps the greatest gambling movie of all time. Paul Newman plays "Fast Eddie" Felson, who wrecks his personal life as he tries to beat "Minnesota Fats" (Jackie Gleason) in a high-stakes pool match. The movie won two Oscars and was nominated for seven others.

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