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WSOP MAKES CHANGES TO PLAYER OF THE YEAR FORMULA – AGAIN BY JD MCNAMARA

The more things change, the more they stay the same – by once again changing.

For the fourth time in the last eight years, the World Series of Poker is overhauling the point system used to determine its Player of the Year.

As a poker player who has been in Las Vegas for multiple WSOPs, and even managed to make a final table back in the day, I’ve always thought the POY award was much ado about nothing. Each year, there are maybe 50 players who have a shot at winning the award. Sure, freerolling the World Series of Poker Europe (which is given to the leader of the POY race after the WSOP in Vegas) as well as a free entry into the following year’s WSOP (given to the actual POY winner at the end of the WSOPE) would be nice. But like me, 95% of the people who play in these series’ don’t have the cash to play the volume that winning Player of the Year requires. If you’re heading to Vegas to play a tournament or two, you’re best to put the POY race out of your mind.

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Will Legal NJ Sports Betting Help Atlantic City Casino Revenue? Only Time Will Tell By J.R. Duren

In what was a landmark week for Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the rest of the country, the US Supreme Court effectively nullified the nation’s sports betting ban.

And the change put one question we’ve been wanting to know in the spotlight: What kind of effect will this have on AC casino revenue?

The answer to that question may be one we know very soon.

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Just Thinking About Casinos Hurts Japan's Reeling Pachinko Parlors by Muhammad Cohen

As Japanese as sushi, sake and Super Mario, pachinko is under attack from efforts to legalize casinos in the world’s third largest economy. A fusion of pinball and slot machines that’s a gray market form of gambling, pachinko has become the test case for official efforts to curb problem gambling, a key concern behind public opposition to casino legalization. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe champions creating so-called integrated resorts, but IR legislation faces growing uncertainty amid political scandal. Meanwhile, new restrictions on pachinko will likely do more harm than competition from casinos ever would. And unlike sushi, sake and Super Mario, pachinko hasn’t found fans overseas.

Pachinko has long been an after work – or long lunch – pastime, a way to unwind from the pressures of the office by flicking five gram stainless steel balls onto a grid of pegs, aiming to trigger a flood of themed video and bonus balls. Proponents say there’s skill involved in the flicking, as well as selecting the right machine, based on performance statistics displayed on each unit. Players redeem balls for points that can be exchanged at the parlor for prizes such as snacks or household items. The gambling side comes in because players can opt for special prizes that can be exchanged for cash at counters outside the parlor.

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House of Cards® - Ep. 539 - Originally aired the Week of May 14, 2018

This week author and historian Jack Harpster joins the show to talk about his book, King of Slots. Then, we talk with craps expert, David Medansky, about his book, Dark Money. Brought to you by MyPillow! Now get over 50% the MyPillow four pack special when using our promo code CARDS at checkout!

Five Distinguished Women to Discuss Challenges Women Face in Gaming World at East Coast Gaming Congress, June 13-14 in Atlantic City

The 22nd East Coast Gaming Congress, which takes place June 13-14 in Atlantic City, will feature a panel of distinguished women who discuss their paths to the high-profile positions they now hold in the historically male-dominated casino industry.

“Challenges Women Face in the Gaming World” will spotlight five prominent women in different fields who will provide insights and advice about challenges faced, work-life balance, and what the future holds for women in the gaming industry.

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Monmouth Park Says It’s Ready To Take State’s First Legal Sports Bet By Memorial Day By Martin Derbyshire

Could legal sports betting launch in New Jersey by Memorial Day?

Monmouth Park CEO Dennis Drazin certainly hopes so and has targeted May 28 as the day the Oceanport track’s William Hill Sports Bar can be converted back into a sportsbook and take the state’s first legal sports bet.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court released its heavily anticipated decision in the state’s sports betting case. In a 6-3 vote, the court deemed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional and upheld a 2014 New Jersey law allowing sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and racetracks across the state.

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THESE STATES COULD ACCEPT LEGAL SPORTS BETS BY THE TIME THE NFL SEASON ROLLS AROUND BY ROBERT DELLAFAVE

Punters throughout the country got their wish, as on Monday the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA). The court ruled 7-2 in favor of New Jersey, citing that PASPA is unconstitutional and that in the absence of regulations enforced by Congress, individual states are free to enact their own laws.

The ruling will inevitably open the floodgates on sports betting in the United States, with several states already taking preemptive action and others poised to act swiftly. That’s not to say any US resident will be able to place a bet at their local casino or from a mobile device tomorrow, but a significant minority should have access to a legal bookmaker by the first kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.

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House of Cards® - Ep. 538 - Originally aired the Week of May 7, 2018

This week we chat with Atlantic City Weekly columnist, Mr. AC Casino Darryl McEwen, about what visitors can expect in Atlantic City this summer.  Then we talk with Professor Slots, Jon Friedl, PhD, about slot play in various casinos.  

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COMPETITIVE POKER MEETS COMPETITIVE GAMING AT THIS YEAR’S WORLD SERIES OF POKER BY ROBERT DELLAFAVE

The likelihood of a poker player being into video games is roughly on par with their owning a form of cryptocurrency. In a word, high.

So it only makes sense that the World Series of Poker has partnered up with premier esports company UMG Media Corp. to deliver players a first of its kind competitive video gaming experience.

Throughout this summer’s poker festivities, WSOP players and spectators alike will be able to compete across a variety of popular gaming titles from the newly-minted UMG Esports Stage, located front and center on the stage of the Pavilion Room at the Rio Casino.

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