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October 19, 2015

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October 19, 2015

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arrowAl Krigman: How to get an (almost) free shot at a jackpot

How to get an (almost) free shot at a jackpot
If you want a shot at a slot jackpot without losing any money (most of the time), Al Krigman provides some guidance. But the most important advice, however, comes from "pragmatic poet" Sumner A. Ingmark, whose words of wisdom ended most of Krigman's columns.  read more

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Steve Wynn unloads on Macau on conference call

The chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts said he does not yet know how many table games he will be able to open at the $4 billion Wynn Palace, and he didn't mince words, calling the Macau policy of allocating table games, "the most ludicrous decision that I've seen in my 45 years of experience."  read more
Steve Wynn unloads on Macau on conference call



Openings & Expansions: Choctaw Casino targets wide demographic with new luxury amenities

Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma is hoping the addition of nongaming amenities such as an entertainment district, a luxury spa and new guest rooms will draw visitors of all ages from key markets.  read more

Bellagio craps dealer pleads guilty in hop bets scam

Former craps dealer James R. Cooper Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft for the two-year-long con in which he colluded with two players to fraudulently pay out more than $1 million in wins.  read more

This Week in Gambling: Cheating scandal rocks DFS industry

J Todd recaps the continuing daily fantasy sports soap opera and reports on a Bovada Casino player hitting a slot machine jackpot worth more than $103,000.  read more

Plainridge Park pulls in $12.6 million in September

The Massachusetts slot parlor saw gross gaming revenue drop 17.1% in its third full month of operation.  read more

Batty for Bucks promo starts Oct. 26 at Pala Casino

The Halloween-themed promo will see players earn entries into a grand prize drawing in which the first-place winner will take home $50,000.  read more

Mohegan Sun wins Casino of the Year at IEBA Awards

The awards are voted on by top entertainment executives in the nation, including the biggest agencies, artist management groups and other arenas, theatres and clubs throughout the U.S.  read more



MGM: Build a parking garage for new arena

The current plans for the new MGM-AEG arena in Las Vegas don't include a dedicated parking garage. Richard M. Velotta thinks that's a problem.  read more

Cost of Riviera demolition increases by $1.84 million

The demolition of the Riviera Hotel and Casino property and preparation of the land as outdoor exhibition space is going to be a bigger job than originally thought.  read more



Aristocrat launches A Christmas Story slot game

Ralphie, the Old Man, Mom Parker and the whole town are in A Christmas Story, a feature-rich, three-level standalone progressive video slot.  read more

Record-breaking Mega Moolah jackpot win by the numbers

On Oct. 6, a British soldier named Jon Heywood won the largest jackpot in online gambling history — a whopping £13,213,838.68 at Betway Casino. Aaron Todd breaks down the jackpot by the numbers.  read more

The Reel Life: It pays to be vegan edition

A landlord in Washington state is offering tenants $200 off their rent if they are vegan or vegetarians. Talk about a big score!  read more



DraftKings CEO's Reddit AMA comes back to haunt him

Jason Robins said the daily fantasy sports site was "almost identical to a casino." Nevada's attorney general's office cited the comments when determining that the business model constituted wagering on sports and would require a license from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  read more

Amaya-owned StarsDraft to pull out of all but four U.S. states

The daily fantasy sports site will continue to operate in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Kansas and Maryland.  read more

Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 6

Only 2.5% of DraftKings' Millionaire Maker entries followed Dan Podheiser's advice to pick Matthew Stafford, but those that did picked up a whopping 37.9 points from the QB slot.  read more



ESPN WSOP Main Event Recap: Episodes XI, XII

As Day 6 of the 2015 Main Event winds down, Daniel Negreanu gets closer to the finish line while Thomas Kearney emerges as a force to be reckoned with.  read more

New Jersey approval of PokerStars could boost online wagering

The approval from New Jersey gaming regulators allows the industry giant back into the U.S. market, where it had fallen afoul of UIGEA enforcement in 2011.  read more



It's "Back to the Future" at the Plaza

On Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., the site of Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise Casino & Hotel will commemorate the date that Marty arrives in "Back to the Future II."  read more

Brad Paisley to return to Mohegan Sun

The country superstar will perform on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 16.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that 74.7 million Americans are playing fantasy football this year, spending $4.6 billion.
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