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January 27, 2014

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January 27, 2014

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Splitting eights in blackjack
Gaming guru John Grochowski explains why splitting eights in blackjack, even when the dealer shows a 10, is always the correct move. Grochowski notes that playing defense is the best strategy in minimizing losses.  read more

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Casino City Gang: Garden State edition

It's all New Jersey, all the time this week, as Vin Narayanan, Aaron Todd and Dan Podheiser discuss the state's early Internet gambling revenue numbers, a marketing agreement between PartyPoker, the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers, and a chip counterfeit controversy at the Borgata Winter Open.  read more
Casino City Gang: Garden State edition



Two Las Vegas casinos now accept Bitcoin

The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate began accepting the digital currency for nongaming transactions last week. Several people flocked the D's American Coney Island restaurant to pay for hot dogs with Bitcoin.  read more

Analysts say casinos in Japan are certain

Two Nevada casino companies have already made inroads with Japanese officials to build a nearly $5 billion hotel-casino in Osaka, and other gaming operators are looking to follow suit.  read more

National Finals Rodeo to stay in Las Vegas for 10 years

The agreement ends a flirtation by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association with Orlando, Fla., and Dallas.  read more

Cosmopolitan guests can transfer points to Marriott Rewards

Guests staying at the 2,995-room Strip resort will now be able to transfer points between the Cosmopolitan's Identity program and the Marriott Rewards program.  read more

Gaming companies using Indian casinos to tap new markets

Penn National struck a deal with a San Diego-area Indian tribe and is planning to build a $360 million casino complex in Southern California.  read more

Gaming, Olympic officials on lookout for betting irregularities

Olympic Committee officials and Nevada gaming regulators announced an agreement to work together in monitoring betting activity on the Sochi Winter Olympics to ensure the integrity of the competition.  read more

Arpin's stadium work will help shape Las Vegas sports

MGM Resorts senior vice president Rick Arpin is overseeing the company's new $350 million, 20,000 seat arena, which is supposed to open in 2016.  read more

"Sin City" moniker might no longer fit Las Vegas

Some businesses use the label to grab customer attention, but some residents are offended by the negative connotation.  read more

Settlement talks in CityCenter case remain murky

Even if the settlement goes forward, a legal battle could erupt about whether the amount is high enough and how much of a credit Perini Building would receive if CityCenter won damages at trial over the unfinished Harmon hotel's construction.  read more

Regulators OKs record $5.5 million fine against CG Technology

The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved the fine levied related to illegal bets by a top CG executive.  read more

Legislative committee on technology plans to broaden scope

Issues that failed during the 2013 Legislative session, including entity wagering on sports and allowing bets on elections, may get reheard over the next few months.  read more



Regulators accept Bally's $125,000 fine

The Las Vegas-based slot machine maker previously admitted to charges that it failed to register key employees with the state's Gaming Control Board.  read more

DoubleDown Casino founders leave IGT

The news follows IGT's first-quarter earnings release, in which the slot machine giant said it could see a profit decline this year because of several "acquisition-related expenses" surrounding DoubleDown.  read more

The Reel Life: Peyton Manning's "Omaha" edition

Peyton Manning is going to the Super Bowl, and the entire city of Omaha, Neb., is riding on his coattails.  read more



Philadelphia player wins $183,623

The player hit the bad beat jackpot at Harrah's Philadelphia while playing at a $1-2 no-limit Hold'em table.  read more

WSOP circuit event brings over 22,000 players to Choctaw

The circuit, which featured 12 World Series of Poker ring events, included a Main Event prize pool of more than $2.1 million.  read more

Tweets of the Week: Lame comparisons edition

Poker players tweeted about Mazda's recent awful commercial and, of course, Justin Bieber.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
The sportsbook favorite has gone 26-19-2 against the spread throughout Super Bowl history, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
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