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Dumb luck or different paybacks?
Gaming expert John Grochowski explains that while the same slot game at different casinos might have different paybacks, the most likely reason you might win more at one casino than another is just dumb luck.  read more

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Casino City Gang: The right touch edition

Vin Narayanan and Aaron Todd delve into the motives behind Steve Wynn's push for casinos in Boston and Philadelphia, discuss the best mobile gaming apps, and explore the cheating charges at an Ohio casino and seemingly fluid "ethics" of casino behavior.  read more
Casino City Gang: The right touch edition



Bill's Gamblin' Hall to close Feb. 4 for renovations

The Caesars-owned hotel-casino will reopen as a boutique resort in early 2014 under a new name and theme and is expected to employ more than 1,000 workers.  read more

SlotZilla putting 11-story zip in Fremont Street Experience

Officials from the Fremont Street Experience announced on last week plans to replace their modest, two-year-old zipline with a giant slot machine that will spit out riders about 120 feet above street level for a longer, faster ride.  read more

Cantor Gaming opens new Silverton sportsbook

Cantor Gaming also operates sportsbooks at the M Resort, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel, The Venetian, The Cosmopolitan, the Palms and the Palazzo.  read more

Gaming's expansion has Indiana concerned

Ten of Indiana's 13 casinos are in counties adjacent to Illinois, Michigan and Ohio -- states that used to provide them with a wealth of customers.  read more

Toronto casino plans in doubt after apparent removal of mayor

Pro-casino mayor Rob Ford was ordered out of office Monday after an Ontario judge found he had flouted conflict of interest rules.  read more

Report: Steve Wynn pursuing Massachusetts casino site

The Las Vegas casino developer is pursuing a site for the second time in the Bay State. In May, Wynn pulled out of a deal with the Kraft Group, owner of the New England Patriots, that would have built a $1 billion casino-resort adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.  read more

Las Vegas Sands declares $2.75 special dividend

Chairman Sheldon Adelson says returning capital to shareholders is a priority for the company. Adelson and his wife Miriam will receive a payment of around $1.17 billion as a result of the special dividend.  read more

Largest Affinity Gaming shareholder wants to increase stake

Z Capital, an Illinois-based private equity firm, said it has two separate agreements to purchase 823,488 shares and 844,940 shares of Affinity Gaming.  read more

Stevie Nicks to perform at Fantasy Springs

Stevie Nicks, one of the most successful female artists in rock history, is headed to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for a March 2 concert.  read more

Pala's "Treasure Quest" giveaway underway

Players can try to win a share of $150,000 by playing Treasure Quest kiosk machines free in the casino once every 24 hours starting Monday, Dec. 3 until Sunday, Jan. 27.  read more



The Reel Life: "Super Drunk" edition

The Reel Life has said it a million times: Don't drink and drive. But apparently, an NHL prospect hasn't been listening, because if he had, he wouldn't have been arrested for drinking and driving while dressed as Tinky Winky from The Teletubbies last month.  read more

Ron Jeffrey named Managing Director of Bally Australia

Ron Jeffrey had been Sales Manager for Bally Australia since 2010.  read more



Politicians point fingers over Web poker delay

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid says at least a dozen Republican votes are needed to win passage of a bill licensing online poker. So far, the GOP hasn't delivered.  read more

Lottery chiefs head to Washington to oppose online poker bill

Officials from Kentucky, Idaho, Washington state, Missouri, New Hampshire, Georgia and Iowa have signed up for the lobbying fly-in.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Ameristar has pulled the plug on its efforts to build a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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