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arrowJohn Robison: Are near-miss slot jackpots calculated?

Are near-miss slot jackpots calculated?
Robison explains that while it may seem that you suffer more near misses as your bankroll dwindles, the truth is the result of a spin is determined by the RNG, which has no idea how many credits you have left.  read more

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Wynn Sportsbook to host March Madness television show

Steve Wynn will create even more madness on the Las Vegas Strip during the NCAA men's basketball tournament this March when his race and sportsbook hosts a series of one-hour TV shows. The new show will air on FSN and analyze all of the tournament action with basketball icons Bobby Knight and Billy Packer, right, as hosts.  read more
Wynn Sportsbook to host March Madness television show



Caesars Palace delays opening of tower

Harrah's Entertainment announced last week that it is delaying the opening of its 660-room Octavius Tower expansion at Caesars Palace until demand for hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip improves.  read more

CityCenter extending hope on a huge scale

Shell-shocked from months of fruitless searching, job seekers showed up in droves last week to apply for the record 12,000 jobs CityCenter will create.  read more

Tropicana's new president ready for challenge

Ron Thacker says he hopes that his position heading one of the Strip's most storied resorts will be the last one in his long and distinguished career.  read more

Revenue drops at three Detroit casinos

December revenue at Greektown, MotorCity Casino and MGM Grand all dropped, but yearly revenues were up by 1.84%.  read more

Casinos no longer a sure bet for U.S. states

Once seen as a cash cow, casinos are struggling around the country as consumers opt to hold on to their money.  read more

Hawaii gambling opponents weigh in

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he would oppose any effort to legalize gambling in Waikiki or anywhere else on O'ahu.  read more

Macau visitor numbers leap in 2008

The number of visitors to Macau rose 11 percent in 2008, despite the economic downturn and visa curbs on mainland travelers.  read more

Study says casino air 14 times smokier than outdoors

A study by Purdue University found that air in casinos contains 14 times more secondhand smoke than air outside.  read more



The Reel Life

The Reel Life enjoys going out on the town, but we always make sure we get home in a safe and responsible manner. Unfortunately, not everyone is that safe, and one drunken British woman has us shaking our heads.  read more

Nebraska senator wants to legalize slots

Sen. Russ Karpisek says that $80 million could be generated if the state passes a new bill that would allow video slots in its five horse-racing venues.  read more



Judge rules that poker is a game of skill

A Pennsylvania judge said last week that Texas Hold'em is a game of skill and therefore is not gambling under state law, a ruling that the Poker Players Alliance thinks will set an "excellent bar."  read more

Poker Pack heads to Australia for Aussie Millions

The Asian Poker Tour's premier team of players, including JC Tran and Chino Rheem, will look to start 2009 strong.  read more

Rousso to appear in SI in 'custom content' piece

Bikini photos of Vanessa Rousso will be seen in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition next month as part of a PokerStars-sponsored "custom content" piece, which the online poker room paid for.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
The elevator at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas travels 21 m.p.h. and completes the 1,149-foot trek to the top in just 37 seconds.
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