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arrowJerry Stickman: The downside of playing 'hunches'

The downside of playing 'hunches'
While most video poker players use the "hunch strategy," Stickman explains that those who want to get the most out of every penny played must learn that what they may "feel" is not always the most optimal move.  read more

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Atlantic City casinos enjoy record year in 2019

In 2019, the beachfront destination in New Jersey saw 12 straight months of revenue growth during the first full year of retail and online sports betting and the operation of its two new resort casinos, Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel Casino.  read more
Atlantic City casinos enjoy record year in 2019



New Jersey ends year with $4.5 billion handle

Garden State sportsbooks and online casinos performed in December in much the same way they spent the rest of 2019: With new records and more growth.  read more

Pennsylvania sportsbooks flourish in 2019

Sportsbooks brought in $342.6 million in December, capping a year that generated $1.5 billion in wagers, including $1.1 billion in online wagers.  read more

Washington considers sports betting bills

The two bills filed last week have received support from the largest licensed card room operator in Washington and include tribal sports betting.  read more

National Lacrosse League and BetMGM announce partnership

The deal makes BetMGM the exclusive gaming partner of the NLL and marks the first gaming partnership for the sport of lacrosse in the U.S.  read more



WSOP introduces 'Value Menu' event schedule

Events priced $1,000 and under are sprinkled throughout the 2020 World Series of Poker, which takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, beginning 26 May.  read more

Hollywood Casino fined for unapproved tournaments

The Pennsylvania casino in Dauphin County was fined $20,000 for conducting poker tournaments that had not been approved by the Gaming Control Board.  read more



UKGC bans gambling with credit cards

The ban, which comes into effect on 14 April, is an attempt to help curb problem gambling, the U.K. Gambling Commission announced last week.  read more

Island Resort and Casino announces $30 million expansion

The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved the expansion of the casino property in Harris, Michigan to include over 100 hotel rooms.  read more

MGM Resorts agrees to sell MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay

Similar to the sale of Bellagio last year, the $4.6 billion agreement will see MGM Resorts International lease back the two Las Vegas properties when the sale is finalized.  read more

Caesars Entertainment announces sale of Harrah's Reno

The agreement to sell the property is for $50 million to an affiliate of CAI Investments. Caesars will continue to operate the property upon closing of the transaction.  read more



San Manuel Casino premieres Monopoly slot

The slot at the Southern California casino features the classic Monopoly theme, multipliers, wilds, big wheel bonuses and multiple jackpots.  read more



The Cosmo celebrates Chinese New Year

The Las Vegas Strip casino will showcase a traditional lion and dragon dance, culinary prix-fixe menus and specialty artwork to commemorate The Year of the Rat.  read more

Planet Hollywood Casino hosting Scorpions in July

Promoted by Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions "Sin City Nights" kicks off Saturday, 4 July at Zappos Theater at the Las Vegas Strip casino.  read more

The Buddy Holly Story is coming to Beau Rivage

The show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals takes the stage at the Mississippi casino for four shows from 28 February to 1 March.  read more

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa welcomes Lenny Kravitz

The 45,000-square-foot venue, formerly known as The Joint: Tulsa, will reopen as Hard Rock Live on 26 April, with Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz taking the stage.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said in a speech last week that knocking down the vacant Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, once owned by President Donald Trump, is one of his main goals for 2020, calling it "the biggest eyesore in town."
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