Penn National Gaming Sells Tropicana Las Vegas

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Penn National Gaming announced that it has agreed to sell the Tropicana Las Vegas to Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI). The deal for the casino on the south end of the Strip is for $337.5 million. Interestingly, the $337.5 million will not be paid in cash, but rather in a “non-cash rent payment.” The… Read more »

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Coronavirus: MGM Shuts Down Las Vegas Casinos

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It was inevitable As the United States finally starts to embrace the seriousness of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing has become the key tool in fighting the virus. By staying away from each other, by limiting crowds, we can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. To this end, MGM Resorts International announced on… Read more »

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Sahara Las Vegas Opens New Seven-Table Poker Room

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The north end of the Las Vegas Strip, particularly once you get past the Wynn, isn’t the most exciting place for poker players. Things got a little more interesting on Valentine’s Day, though, when the Sahara Las Vegas unveiled its new poker room. It is the first time poker has been offered at the casino… Read more »

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Iowa Casino Fined When Woman Sneaks In Her Kid

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Look, I will be the first to admit that as a parent, I am pretty amazing. I mean, while my wife and daughter were out of town recently, I watched the movies Get Out, Us, and Alien with my son. That’s a damn fine dad right there. But while I would love to take him… Read more »

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Hard Rock Las Vegas Closes After 25 Years

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The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is no more. On Monday morning, after a weekend-long party, the 25-year old landmark closed. The building is not going anywhere, but when it re-opens in the fall, it will be Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The giant Stratocaster will be gone, the music theme will be… Read more »

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PokerStars Founder Isai Scheinberg Voluntarily Surrenders to U.S. Authorities

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PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg is on United States soil for the first time in a couple decades after turning himself in to federal authorities to face charges stemming from the Black Friday indictments. Writing was on the wall According to Forbes.com, Scheinberg was visiting Switzerland a few months ago when federal prosecutors attempted to have… Read more »

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Harrah’s Reno Sold, Will Become Non-Gaming Property

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$50 million deal Caesars Entertainment and VICI Properties announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to sell Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino an unnamed affiliate of CAI Investments. The sale price is $50 million, with 75 percent going to VICI Properties and 25 percent going to Caesars. Once the transaction is complete, Harrah’s Reno will… Read more »

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Sahara Las Vegas to Re-Open Poker Room

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In a surprising move that has become all too rare in recent years, the Sahara Las Vegas casino announced that it will re-open its poker room. The proclamation came last week via Twitter, a couple days after New Year’s. Tiny, but welcome As can be seen in the tweet, the new Sahara poker room will… Read more »

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Man Arrested for Alleged Sioux Falls Casino Robbery

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Happy New Year, everybody! If you’re like me, you don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, you enroll at Orangetheory Fitness and then “don’t have time” or “forget” or “aren’t feeling well enough” to go by January 17th. And I am sure glad I didn’t make any resolutions, as one of them would have been, “Write… Read more »

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Legal New Hampshire Sports Betting Goes Live

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As the decade comes to an end, on era in New Hampshire has just been born. On Monday, legal sports betting went live in the Granite State. Governor Chris Sununu was the first to place a wager, using the DraftKings mobile app. Naturally, considering his constituency, he bet $82 on the New England Patriots to… Read more »

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Nevada Sportsbooks Raked It in This Football Season

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I am a terrible sports bettor. I’ve probably mentioned that before. Fortunately, I live in a state in which there is no sports betting available and I haven’t felt the desire to jump through the hoops required to bet with an offshore book. Thus, I can safely say that I did not contribute to the… Read more »

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Phil Galfond Finds Three More Heads-Up Challengers

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Three more poker pros have taken up Phil Galfond on his ultra-high stakes heads-up challenge. Prepared to win or lose a lot of money are “Venividi1993,” whose real name is unknown (to us, at least), Dan “Jungleman” Cates, and Brandon Adams. Though two challengers were previously announced, the three named above only brings the total… Read more »

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Phil Galfond Finds Two Heads-Up Challengers

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Former poker pro and founder of the online poker site RunItOnce.eu (RIO), Phil Galfond, has confirmed two opponents for his heads-up challenge. The first is Bill Perkins, while the second is poker pro and coach, Fernando “JNandez87” Habegger. Galfond issued the challenge via the RIO blog last month. He split it into two variations. The… Read more »

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