Heavenly Poker | At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), held in September at the Sands Expo Center, all sorts of new gambling games were introduced. This was the gaming industry’s biggest ever convention. But, new coin-operated slot machines were not to be seen. At one time, the slots occupied large portions of the casino floor. That is changing.view
Prominent poker professional Phil Ivey and a companion broke the rules, but didn't cheat, a federal judge ruled on Friday. In dispute was the way they won nearly $10 million playing Baccarat at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino.view
Beyond the Numbers | The poker industry is over 100 years old, and many individuals have never been recognized for their contributions to the industry. Many pioneers of poker need to be honored, and what better place than the new Poker Industry Hall of Fame.view
Poker Scene | The SoCal Poker Championship continued at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino last week with eight days of Day 1B’s ending with the final flight played this past Saturday. Day 2 with a direct buy-in of $4,500 was held a day later.view
Poker by George | In a recent magazine article, poker guru Ed Miller discussed preflop play for $1-$2 no-limit hold’em. He offers a checklist of six “principles.” Great! But, he makes one statement that should be corrected – at least for low-limit games:view
Winning Strategies | As is no surprise, the largest display of table games at G2E belonged to Scientific Games. I previewed some of their games last week and will continue that process this week, now that I have had a chance to see the remaining games live.view
Poker Scene | It’s a fact that women are underrepresented in poker. Whether at the tables or on the casino floor, seeing a woman is still the exception rather than the rule, so when I see a woman in a card room, I am always curious about her journey. This is Carolyn Uzeta’s story.view
Poker by George | There’s an old saying: “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” How might that apply to the game of poker? But first, that saying is merely a myth. Lightning can and has struck the same place more than once.view
Heavenly Poker | My friend Lucy phoned me the other day. After reading Patricia Chavira’s column, “Gardens becomes an Eden,” in the Sept. 6 issue of GamingToday, in which Chavira praised the new $90-million Gardens Casino as “visually stunning” and “action-packed,” Lucy decided to see for herself.view
Winning Strategies | I will not find it surprising that virtually all of Scientific Games’ table games are fitting into one of these two categories – blackjack and poker. Many inventors have tried to break this mold, and none have succeeded.view
Heavenly Poker | I decided to re-read world-famed “Mad Genius of Poker,” Mike Caro’s classic book, “Caro’s Book of Poker Tells” (email@example.com). He shows photos of players giving tells, classifies and explains each, why a player does it, how reliable that tell is (admittedly, a best guess), and even tries to put a dollar value on each. Wow!view
Poker by George | In a $4-$8 limit hold’em game, I was in the Big Blind with 7-2 in the hole (the worst possible starting hand). There were no raises, so I got to see the flop without any further investment. It was a multi-way pot. Three deuces fell on the flop. Amazing! Even more so, I had caught quad deuces – the absolute nuts!view
Poker Scene | In a rare casino collaboration, four Los Angeles card rooms are hosting a $3,000,000 guarantee poker tournament for a mere $350 buy-in. First place is guaranteed $500,000 and a Mercedes.view
Poker by George | Pocket Aces – A-A in the hole – is the very best hand you could hope to be dealt. It is about an 80 percent favorite over each of your opponents’ hands.view
Heavenly Poker | Reading Caro’s “Book of Poker Tells”, I learned about a few very special tells – especially if you play limit Hold’em games as I do. One, in particular, is about timing – how long it takes your opponent to respond to your bet/raise.view
Poker by George | In a standard 52-card deck, there are close to 2.6 million possible five-card hands you might be dealt. The best hand – the most valuable – is a royal straight flush; only four are possible.view
Poker Scene | The Commerce Poker Series is currently underway at Commerce Casino. Tournament director and 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Matt Savage always puts a good mix of games on his schedule, and this series is no different.view
Robert DeSalvio, Wynn Resorts’ lead Massachusetts’ executive, has unveiled significant changes to a portion of the company’s $2.4 billion casino project in Everett.
Mississippi casinos in February showed a significant revenue decline, falling 10 percent compared with the same month last year. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $172 million last month, compared to $190 million in February 2016.
Caesars Entertainment president and CEO Mark Frissora says Harrah's in New Orleans lost about $70 million in revenue during the two years after the start of the controversial smoking ban in New Orleans in April 2015.
It’s never too early for horseplayers nationwide and especially those in Nevada to begin thinking about the Del Mar thoroughbred season. The track has unveiled an added-money program including 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million during a 36-day season.
It isn’t quite Wyatt Earp taking on the Cowboys in the famed 1881 gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, but 2017 March Madness has brought a version of a good old fashioned shootout among two prominent Las Vegas casino owners.