January 3, 2011

Poker Player Downs 42 Drinks in 17 Hours

beer_poker.jpgFor a lot of neophyte gamblers, the only reason to hit the casino is for the free drinks you get at the table. While this is a nice perk, you may want to keep your drinking to a relative minimum - not only will you stay sharper, you'll also keep out of trouble.

Having a drink at the casino while playing poker isn't anything to write home about. Over New Year's Eve, it wouldn't even be unusual to have quite a few drinks as part of the night's festivities. But one man at the Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia may have gone a bit far by having an incredible 42 drinks served to him at the poker table over a 17-hour period, resulting in severe consequences for several casino employees.
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November 3, 2010

Jeff Forrest Wins World Poker Tour Finals

JeffForrest_Large.jpgSounds like this year's World Poker Tour World Poker Finals, which happened Tuesday, had a nice little bit of drama going on - sorry we missed it. Not only was there a record number of draw-outs (over 200), young up-and-coming Jeff Forrest took the whole shebang for over half a million bucks. This also kicked up some dust over the Card Player of the Year race - check out the full story at

When it was all said and done a young poker talent stood atop the field of 242 players as a WPT champion that won a title in his very first WPT event. Jeff Forrest, a 22-year-old rising poker talent beat Dave Inselberg heads up after the two outlasted an impressive final-table lineup that included Keven Stammen, Mohsin Charania, Nikolai Yakovenko, and Thomas Marchese.
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October 27, 2010

2 Hour Power Outage at Golden Nugget

golden_nugget_outside.jpgCan you imagine being in a casino, ready to hit a hot streak on a slot machine or video poker game, and suddenly having the power go out? Gamblers at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas faced that very problem last week when the power went down and stayed down for two hours.

My first thought that someone must've done it on purpose to go all Ocean's 11 on the place, and then I remembered - the Golden Nugget probably doesn't have all that much anyone wants to steal. happened this afternoon at Golden Nugget, where the power went out for almost two hours because of an underground cable being severed. Oddly enough, it only affected Golden Nugget and not any other business on Fremont St.

During the outage, all gambling ceased and was shut down, while most people were told to leave the casino.

[via Las Vegas Vegas]

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October 18, 2010

Randy Couture Charity Poker Tournament: October 30

Mixed martial artist Randy Couture will be holding "Operation All In," a charity poker tournament to benefit American GIs, on October 30 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Sounds like a great event for a great cause (helping wounded soldiers get back on their feet, so to speak), and you can expect to see some celebrities there too.

The winner of the "Operation All In" charity poker tournament will take home $10,000 in cash and top finishers will win valuable sponsored product prizes.

The buy-in for "Operation All In" is $225 with $100 multi re-buys. Tournament participants will also receive free entry to the first annual Randy Couture Halloween bash starting at 8 p.m. inside Gold Diggers nightclub overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. For those not wishing to participate in the poker tournament, general admission tickets to the Halloween bash will be available for $25 at the door.

Check the press release for more information and a list of celebrities.

The Xtreme Couture blog has a video with more information as well:

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September 10, 2010

Lion Mauls Trainer at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas - Trainer Lives


Looks like the guy made it, but wow! Dramatic footage of a Lion attack was caught on video tape by a couple honey-mooning in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The big cat at The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand, mauls the trainer in what appears as if it was unprovoked.

The trainer only sustained minor injuries and required stitches in his leg. The footage was first shown by Today, but is now on YouTube.

Via Gather

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July 23, 2010

Mass Gov Pushes Casino Bill - Will it Pass?


Just not sure at this point if we're going to see a casino bill pass this July in Mass. Gov. Deval L. Patrick said Thursday that legislators should approve a casino bill that he can support or one that can withstand a veto, but he emphasized he wasn't threatening a veto. How about trying to get this thing done and get some jobs for Mass citizens?

"As they work through their differences, they also know they're going to have to either get something to me that I can support or they're going to have to send something to me with a veto-proof margin," the governor said.

"Now, we're not at the point of threatening a veto because they're not at the point of agreement," he added.


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July 9, 2010

Casinos In Mass Being Discussed in Secret


Well - almost in secret. It seems to get the final bill done, they've locked out the naysayers and are wrapping stuff up behind closed doors.

A legislative conference committee was working behind closed doors last night to make a deal that would allow casino gambling in Massachusetts.

One member of the conference committee, Senate President Pro Tempore Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said keeping the talks private would be the best way to produce a compromise.


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June 11, 2010

Nevada Casino Winnings Down 5.7% in April - Yuck


That's right folks - things are still down in Vegas. COME ON PEOPLE - Gamble! Hehehe. Regulators say monthly casino winnings in Nevada decreased 5.7% in April, to a little more than $810 million, compared with the same month a year ago.The state Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday that state tax collections based on those winnings was just under $40 million, or 23.4% less than last year.

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May 28, 2010

Poor People Spend 9 Percent Of Income On Lottery Tickets and Keno


Is this really a surprising number? When you have so little, you gamble a bit to think about getting rich, and well it leads to poor tracking of how much you spend right? Right.

The study neatly illuminates the sad positive feedback loop of lotteries. The games naturally appeal to poor people, which causes them to spend disproportionate amounts of their income on lotteries, which helps keep them poor, which keeps them buying tickets.

Via The Consumerist

At Frontgate

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March 26, 2010

Hard Rock Considers Boutique Style Atlantic City Casino


With New Jersey saying it will downsize the requirements from 60,000 square feet for a casino to 20,000 feet and also the number of hotel rooms a casiono needs to have, Hard Rock International said it's considering building a casino hotel in Atlantic City with Och- Ziff Real Estate after a New Jersey lawmaker proposed allowing smaller developments at the seaside resort.

The first phase of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino would cost about $300 million, excluding land, and be located at the beachfront at the intersection of Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk, the company said today in a statement.

Via BusinessWeek

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March 5, 2010

The City Beneath Las Vegas - Life in the Las Vegas Tunnels


We've covered this before, but Austin Hargrave has captured a ton of really amazing pictures of this dark and screwed up world. You'd think with all the money this wouldn't happen in Las Vegas - a city with enough temptations to make even one week in it tiring for mind, body, and soul. Despite that exhausting nature though, some crave to be there—even if forced to live underneath it all.

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December 4, 2009

Online Gambling Under Renewed Scrutiny - Go Figure

Like this is a big surprise according to Information Week Congress has begun to grapple with the thorny issue of online gambling and Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has indicated he'll push new legislation that will legalize some forms of online gambling while regulating the practices at the same time.

At Frank's House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday, supporters and opponents of Internet gaming alternately advocated for and condemned online gambling, which is said to add up to $16 billion a year with most of that figure coming from U.S. bettors.

Via InformationWeek

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October 16, 2009

Prof's Las Vegas News Blog - Las Vegas Gets Posted There


We thought we'd tip our hat to the Las Vegas Blog. We get their updates via email and the web each week - and they're awesome. Yep - if you want daily Vegas news - the Las Vegas Blog is for you. Recent stories include:

  • Garth Brooks out of retirement, in Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas Halloween Photos 2009 Hi-Rez Free
  • Cobra, Mustang auctioned in Las Vegas for over $300,000
  • Palazzo/Venetian takes flight with Southwest Airlines
  • Paranormal Activity followup filming in Las Vegas

At Prof's Las Vegas News Blog - Las Vegas Gets Posted Here

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September 25, 2009

Homeless People Live in Tunnels Under Las Vegas


Nightline just did a segment on the underground tunnels in Las Vegas that are home to thousands of homeless people. The segment is both amazing and horrifying. In a city with so much money - why are the homeless options to live underground in filth?

Millions of tourists walk up and down the Las Vegas strip every year, looking to have fun and make some money. But beneath the flashing lights, there is a much darker side of Las Vegas.

Underneath Sin City's most famous casinos is a secret world: a labyrinth of tunnels that run for miles under the Las Vegas Valley. Built to protect the desert city from flash floods, the tunnels have become home to hundreds of Las Vegas' homeless.

Nightline visited the underground world beneath the Las Vegas strip, with Matthew O'Brien, author of "Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas," as our guide.

Video at Las Vegas Strip Home to Homeless

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