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Video poker comps vs. slot comps
Scoblete explains that since most slots often have a higher house edge than video poker machines, they receive better comps because the computer assumes that over time they will lose more money to the house.  read more

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TWiG: Could Las Vegas casinos close again?

Last week, the state of Nevada followed CDC recommendations, mandating that casino guests must wear masks. Could another Las Vegas closure actually happen again?  read more
TWiG: Could Las Vegas casinos close again?



Sky Tower opens at Choctaw Casino Durant

The new tower at the Oklahoma resort features 1,000 rooms, an expanded gaming experience, and two pools and several restaurant options coming soon.  read more

Two bingo progressive wins at a pair of Arizona casinos

One lucky local won $68,342 at Arizona Charlie's Decatur on Sunday, 31 July, while the other player won $47,650 at Arizona Charlie's Boulder on Tuesday, 3 August.  read more



Illinois sports betting falls in June

Illinois' retail and online sportsbooks took in $476.5 million in wagers in June, down 6.1% from $507.3 million in May. That is the lowest handle since sportsbooks collected $449.2 million in November 2020.  read more

BetMGM expands into Arizona

BetMGM plans to bring its platform online once legalized sports betting launches in Arizona. The company will also open retail sportsbooks at the three Arizona Gila River properties and at State Farm Stadium.  read more

New Jersey legalizes fixed odds betting on horse racing

New Jersey becomes the first state in the U.S. to allow customers to place fixed-odds horse racing bets through official license-holders, rather than only parimutuel bets.  read more

Penn National Gaming to acquire Score Media

Penn National Gaming announced last week that it will acquire theScore, a Canadian digital media and sports betting and technology company, for approximately $2 billion in cash and stock.  read more



Olives at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens

Last week, four-time James Beard award winner and celebrity chef Todd English announced the opening of his latest restaurant, Olives, at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.  read more



Sindelar wins NL Hold'em Grand Finale

The last event of the summer series saw Dan "Feeltheflow" Sindelar defeat a field of 1,355 players on his way to his first gold bracelet and $159,100.  read more

No-Limit Hold'em Championship goes to O'Connell

The $146,893 victory was a bit of redemption for Drew "dudeguydrew" O'Connell, who just two days earlier finished sixth at the final table of the $600 NLH 6-Max Championship for $13,615.  read more



Seminole Classic Casino pays $300,000

A guest was playing the Snake Oriental Fortune slot machine at the Florida casino on Monday, 3 August when it hit for $312,768.  read more

Treasure Island in Las Vegas announces July jackpots

The Las Vegas Strip casino announced it awarded several jackpots over $10,000 or more in July, including a $25,442 win on Double Jackpot 7s.  read more



El Alfa's tour to make Las Vegas stop

El Alfa's World Tour will wrap up in Las Vegas at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Sunday, 21 November.  read more

Femmes of Rock to take over Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Femmes of Rock, starring Bella Electric Strings, will hit The Event Center stage at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Saturday, 6 November.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Last Wednesday, the bill to license sports betting in North Carolina passed the Senate committee. Sports wagering would be offered for college and professional sports with some amateur sports available.
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