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August 3, 2009

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arrowMark Pilarski: Doubling up on bets and hopes

Doubling up on bets and hopes
Pilarski explains to a reader why the "double-up option" when available while playing video poker is one of the best bets the casino has to offer since you have a chance to double your money on a virtual coin flip.  read more

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New TV show 'Face The Ace' makes its debut on NBC

Casino City's Vin Narayanan reviews the premiere of NBC's new primetime poker TV program "Face The Ace" and finds that despite a weak debut on the game-show circuit by host Steve Schirripa the show has potential -- especially if the fellow Full Tilt pros can follow the lead of Erick Lindgren.  read more
New TV show 'Face The Ace' makes its debut on NBC



Prostitution activity found at topless Rio pool

Las Vegas police officers arrested several people for "prostitution-related activity" last Saturday at the Rio's Sapphire Pool, resulting in the hotel-casino’s decision to close the topless section of the pool complex.  read more

Hard Rock opens new tower in Las Vegas

The Hard Rock welcomed its first guests to the new 490-room Paradise tower in Las Vegas Friday night. The opening marked the completion of the first phase of Hard Rock's $750-million expansion project.  read more

New casino helps Pennsylvania gaming revenues grow

Statewide revenues grew 18 percent last week to almost $40 million, but excluding newly opened Sands Bethlehem revenues were up just 5 percent.  read more

Prive liquor license appeal denied

The Planet Hollywood nightclub will be closed until at least Aug. 4, due to allegations of lewd sexual behavior, illegal drug use, dangerous levels of alcohol abuse and sexual assaults.  read more

MGM Mirage under scrutiny in N.J.

New Jersey's casino regulators are reopening a licensing hearing to determine MGM Mirage's suitability to hold a gaming license in New Jersey.  read more

Gaming stocks mostly stagnant in July

Analysts said gaming stocks may see more movement in August as the news of second-quarter earnings begins to settle.  read more

Businessman to bid $450M for Greektown Casino

Tom Celini, a one-time part owner of the MotorCity Casino, said his lawyers would file the purchase plan with the bankruptcy court.  read more

Casinos watch power shift in Macau

Fernando Chui was overwhelmingly appointed Macau's new chief executive, taking over the post previously held by Edmund Ho.  read more

Hundreds line up for Planet Hollywood job fair

People started lining up at 5:30 a.m. last Thursday morning for the beginning of Planet Hollywood Resort's two-day job fair.  read more

Delaware, casinos reach deal on revenue

The deal will give 29.4 percent of revenues to the state, 66.1 percent to the casinos and 4.5 percent to horse racing.  read more



New casino hopes to take in $400M

The Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania that opens next week will feature 3,000 slot machines -- the maximum immediately allowable by law -- and says it hopes to take in more than $400 million in its first year of operation.  read more

The Reel Life

The Reel Life is always looking for ways to make extra dough to support our lifestyle. But we would never try to make crime our side business, unlike this unfortunate South Carolina man.  read more



ESPN announces web only poker show

"ESPN Inside Deal" will feature some of the biggest players in the game and cover news each week while taking an inside look at the "poker lifestyle." The new show debuts Tuesday and the featured guest will be Chris Moneymaker.  read more

APT Macau releases schedule

The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will run from August 12–23 at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
The number of poker-related letters sent to members of the U.S. Congress in July totaled 150,000. That's nearly twice as many as the number sent in all of 2008, according to
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