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March 31, 2008

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March 31, 2008

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arrowGayle Mitchell: Part I: A ranking of top slot machines

Part I: A ranking of top slot machines
One of North America's leading experts on casino gambling begins her Slots Playground column with Part I of her list of the 10 slots that have the potential of hitting at the high end of 95%, led by White Orchid.  read more

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British poker pro prevails at Paddy Power Irish Open

Neil Channing took out home-crowd favorite Donal Norton heads–up at the final table of the €3 Million Irish Open in Dublin last week. For his efforts, Channing returned home to London with a €801,400 check, the biggest payday of his career. Norton, meanwhile, picked up €420,000 for his weekend's work.  read more
British poker pro prevails at Paddy Power Irish Open



Adelson willing to expand in Asia

The Las Vegas Sands CEO announced that his company will replicate what it has built in Macau in other Asian gaming markets if the jurisdictions cough up lucrative tax breaks and infrastructure construction costs.  read more

MGM Grand at Foxwoods sets sights on May grand opening

Director of Hotel Operations says the $700-million, 825-room, business-friendly hotel and casino will be ready for its scheduled grand opening on May 17 with no soft openings or phase-ins necessary.  read more

'21' wins big at the box office

Movie-goers laid their money down on "21" as the card-counting blackjack film inspired by the best-selling book "Bringing Down the House" brought in a box-office-best $23.7 million in its debut weekend.  read more

Court says complimentary meals are tax-exempt

The Nevada Supreme Court reversed a Washoe County District Court decision in a dispute between the Sparks Nugget and the Department of Taxation and ruled that comped meals provided to casino patrons are exempt from the state sales and use tax.  read more

Report predicts tougher times for casino industry

The economic slowdown has the casino industry facing its toughest challenge since the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a report released by a leading Wall Street bond rating house.  read more

Strip casino honoring Elvis is in the works

New York-based FX Real Estate and Entertainment is planning an Elvis-themed hotel-casino development for nearly 18 acres on the Strip across from CityCenter, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week.  read more

Atlantic City smokers enraged by ban

The thought of not being able to light up while playing their favorite game has enraged the Atlantic City smoking crowd, which may be out of luck if a proposed full smoking ban at city casinos is put in place.  read more



The Reel Life

The folks at the Reel Life were feeling frisky this week, so they've given the popular weekly feature an "attitude" facelift. In their sights this week are repeat winners, big winners, even bigger winners and small winners.  read more

Maine house approves slot bill

The Maine House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a bill allowing Maine Indian tribes to operate up to 400 slot machines if they have an existing license to run high-stakes bingo games.  read more

Rhode Island slots siphon from Connecticut casinos

As revenues at Connecticut's two Indian casinos - Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun - declined last year, expansion at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino led to $373.3 million in revenues, a 13.3 percent increase from 2006.  read more

Slots rejuvenate Pennsylvania harness racing industry

Pennsylvania has seen a resurgence in harness racing with bigger purses, better competition and more players ever since slot machines were legalized in 2004.  read more

California slot machine expansion begins

Less than two months after California voters approved gambling expansion deals, tribal casinos have installed thousands of new slot machines and are preparing to add more.  read more



Bodog pro cashes in at Wynn Classic

Team Bodog's Josh Arieh captured the $1,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2008 Wynn Classic last week, living up to his reputation as one of the best Pot Limit Omaha players in the world.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Victoria has announced that it will become the first Australian state to ban automated teller bank machines from the floor of its pokie venues in order to reduce problem gambling.
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Bodog Super 21
With the release of the movie "21" last week, we thought we'd take a look at a fun blackjack variation on Bodog – Super 21. The basic concept is the same, but there are differences in the rules that change the nuances of the game.

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Rain Man
Rain Man
Dustin Hoffman is brilliant as the autistic Charlie Babbitt in this classic from the 1980s. And Tom Cruise is watchable as the younger brother trying to take advantage of Charlie's ability to do complex math and count cards in the blink of an eye.

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