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November 3, 2011       111103

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GBT and DOJ Strike Deal, FTP Sale Pending


After weeks of waiting, Subject: Poker can confirm that Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US Department of Justice have come to terms that allow GBT’s acquisition of Full Tilt Poker to continue. If FTP’s current shareholders agree to acquisition of their company, this deal with the DOJ will provide for payment of all players worldwide.  Thanks to Green Chip member martidani for providing the above link.

Boyd Gaming, MGM In Online-Poker Partnerships With Bwin.party

Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) and MGM Resorts International (MGM) separately entered agreements with an online-gaming company as the casino operators position themselves to enter the online-poker industry, if it is legalized in the U.S.

‘Girls Gone Wild’ chief suing Wynn over Las Vegas debt

"The prosecutors were duped," Houston told The Associated Press. "They received information from Wynn employees that was basically bogus information."

Former NBA player Antoine Walker to get probation on bad check charges

LAS VEGAS - As part of a plea agreement, Walker will receive probation and be ordered to pay restitution to three casinos he has an estimated $750,000 in gambling debts with.

Judge rules street performers’ lawsuit can continue against Metro Police, Venetian

For years, street performers and Las Vegas casino operators have clashed over whether the sidewalks along the Strip and Fremont Street are a public stage or private property. Now, a new court ruling suggests police and casino security personnel will be held accountable if the free speech rights of those performing on the sidewalks are threatened.

Homeland Security PSA says paying for hotel room with cash is “suspicious activity”

Guests checking in at big hotels like the Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn will now be met with the face of Janet Napolitano when they turn on their televisions, as Homeland Security’s ‘See Something, Say Something’ snitch campaign continues to expand.  Thanks to Green Chip member Samo for providing the above link.

MGM Resorts says Las Vegas rebound continuing

MGM Resorts International executives today said a broad-based recovery is continuing in the Las Vegas hotel-casino market despite national economic worries.

Sports betting changes closer to reality in Canada

Members of Parliament voted Tuesday night in favour of Windsor-Tecumseh NDP MP Joe Comartin's private members' bill that if passed would change the criminal code to allow gambling on one sporting event at a time.

Cantor Gaming debuts new sports book at The Venetian

Cantor Gaming on Tuesday debuted its latest race and sports book in Las Vegas, a three-month, multimillion-dollar renovation of the previous facility at The Venetian.

Resorts World Casino New York City: 65,000 people on opening weekend

Amid the debate about destination gambling resorts in South Florida, Genting Group reports that more than 65,000 people turned up for the opening weekend of Resorts World Casino New York City.

Political discussion at casino table leads to catfight at Sands Bethlehem


PHILADELPHIA - Two women who were playing Three Card Poker at the casino Friday night wrestled and punched each other after a discussion about politics turned physical.

Reintroducing the final nine players in the World Series of Poker Main Event -- Play resumes Saturday at the Rio and concludes Tuesday


LAS VEGAS - The World Series of Poker implemented its November Nine format four years ago so that fans could get to know the players competing at the final table for the game’s biggest prize.

Permits OK’d for remodel of Sahara — minus roller coaster

LAS VEGAS - The shuttered Sahara would reopen with a renovated casino floor and 1,622 hotel rooms, but minus its signature roller coaster, under plans unveiled Wednesday.

Nightclub gets license as Fremont East tackles noise complaints

LAS VEGAS - A nightclub at the center of a downtown noise controversy will enclose its outdoor concert venue to make peace with neighbors.

Hooters’ creditor presses for quick sale or foreclosure


Neither side is backing down in the Hooters Las Vegas casino resort bankruptcy case, with Hooters’ main creditor asserting again Wednesday it should be allowed to foreclose on and sell the property.

State regulators recommend partnership to control Palms hotel-casino

LAS VEGAS - Representatives of FP Holdings LP, a partnership between TPG Capital, formerly known as Texas Pacific Group, and Los Angeles-based Leonard Green & Partners LP, said the face of the property, George Maloof, would continue to manage the 10-year-old property and the adjacent Palms Place condominium development.

Professional poker player and his son both facing felony after raid

DE WITT, NY - Tips given to DeWitt police about suspicious activity at an Ambergate Road residence led to the arrest of a father and son on felony marijuana charges, the DeWitt police said today.
Thanks to Green Chip member Albee for providing the above link.

Online casino cheating at craps

Michael Shackleford, the Wizard of Odds, warns about blatant cheating at craps at certain online casinos. The cheating is associated with software from BLR Technologies. Shackleford leaned about the cheating from others; and then took his own sample, making 328 pass-line bets and recording the results. His http://wizardofodds.com/casinos/blr-tech.html contains the results and analysis. He had too few winners and too many losing sevens with huge statistical significance. His 328 bets had 81 winners and 247 losers, which differs from the expected result by an astronomical 9 standard deviations.
Thanks to Stanford Wong and Current Blackjack News for the above item.

Willy Allison's View from the Catwalk -- Rules and Procedures

Most people know why casinos have rules. But why do they have procedures?

River Rock strikes deal to restructure $200 million in debt

SANTA ROSA, CA - River Rock Casino has reached a deal with creditors to restructure $200 million in debt due this month, casino officials said Wednesday.



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