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It’s All Quiet On The Hard Rock Sports Betting Front… Or Is It? by Martin Derbyshire

When Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City opened along the Boardwalk on June 28, it did so without a sportsbook. However, Hard Rock’s days on the sidelines of the burgeoning New Jersey sports betting game are clearly numbered.

In 2016, parent company Hard Rock International inked a deal with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins giving Hard Rock naming rights to the team’s stadium.

Hard Rock president Matt Harkness told reporters at the casino’s opening the company was focused on the big day and would look at sports betting in the future. However, most understood the NFL’s reluctant approach to sports betting and doing business with casinos may have had something to do with there being no sportsbook there.


Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary opens TOMORROW!

Philadelphia, PA (August 15, 2018) -- Terror Behind the Walls, consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the nation, is located inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To celebrate its 2018 season of scares, Terror Behind the Walls unveils a newly revamped attraction: Infirmary.

Infirmary takes the fear of hospitals to a whole new level. In this newly revamped and highly interactive attraction, visitors encounter maniacal surgeons, orderlies, dentists, and nurses who are sharpening their scalpels for some unusual, unnatural operations. If visitors aren’t careful, they may become patients themselves.


Look Beyond Las Vegas To See Casino Gaming's Large Local Impact by David G. Schwartz

Even though Nevada lost its monopoly on casino gaming in 1976, many Americans still think of the national casino gaming industry as being mostly in—and benefiting—Las Vegas. But most of the $72 billion or so tribal and commercial casinos make each year comes from outside Las Vegas. And while the industry gets attention on the national stage, casino gaming’s biggest impact is decidedly local.

A word about terminology: a commercial casino is a gambling establishment owned by a private company and licensed and regulated by a state. Tribal gaming operations are owned and regulated by the tribe, with oversight from the National Indian Gaming Commission. A racino is a portmanteau of “racetrack” and “casino” that is used for tracks that have added slot machines, although some have table games as well. In some states, slot machines are known as electronic gaming devices, and in others they are called video lottery terminals, but the gameplay is essentially the same. You may also hear about “distributed gaming,” which is slot machines in non-casino locations like bars, taverns, and truck stops.



I was in Las Vegas this past weekend, in the heart of the action, right where you’d have wanted to be in years past if you were itching to place a wager on a major boxing match. The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch for the middleweight championship was taking place at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, and every sports book in town was offer odds and taking bets.

And the best place to be if you wanted to make money on the fight was New Jersey.

This is the strange, but entirely logical, reality of life in 2018. Since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed PASPA and, a couple of months later, Jersey became the first state to offer mobile sports betting without requiring bettors to register in person at casinos, the whole approach to line shopping has changed.


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Your Guide To NJ Sports Betting As Football Season Kicks Into Gear By J.R. Duren

Welcome to the first NFL regular season upon which legal bets can be placed in New Jersey and elsewhere!

As of Sept. 14, there are eight retail sportsbooks and eight online sportsbooks available in New Jersey. How’s that for some options?

In this guide, you’ll have the complete rundown of where you can bet, which types of bets you can place, and which types of bets you can’t place.


This week's King Richard's Faire Question!

House of Cards® and King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts, have teamed up again this year to give our listeners a chance to attend this year’s Festival!  Each week, we’ll be giving away a set of four tickets (a value of $128) to the lucky winner of our giveaway contest.

Here’s how:  We’ll be posting a trivia question each week.  If you know the answer, send it in to us at along with your name and contact information.  Two winners will be selected each week during the contest period.  King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. So much more than any fair or festival that you’ve ever seen!  Weekends September 1st - October 21st! The biggest and best Renaissance fair in New England!


This week’s trivia question:

King Richard’s Faire has been around a very long time.  This year’s Faire marks its ____ year?

  1. 20
  2. 37
  3. 55

House of Cards® - Ep. 556 - Originally aired the Week of September 10, 2018


This week Dave talks with Duncan McIntyre, COO/Co-Founder, and Ashley chats with Seth Palansky, VP, Corporate Communications for the World Series of Poker.

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As Investors Bail, Macau Revenue Breaks Disappointing Run by Muhammad Cohen

Macau investors can breathe a bit easier. After three consecutive disappointing months, Macau casino revenue for August clocked in at 26.6 billion patacas (MOP; US$3.3 billion), up 17.1% from a year earlier, when Typhoon Hato ravaged the city and its gaming business. But this August’s robust growth was about more than better weather. Despite some proverbial “interesting times” for Macau gaming, the growth story based on transition from VIP gambling center to a mass market based tourist destination continues.

Following the precipitous drop that began in June 2014, this year’s nervousness – and collective Macau casino share price declines approaching double digits through second half earnings announcements – are undeniably real. The 2014-16 slump saw casino revenue tumble by 38% and share prices fare far worse. Gross gaming revenue in May, June and July disappointed industry watchers, though profits for the last four quarters through Q2 2018 match the sector’s record for the 2013-14 pre-crash peak, according to Union Gaming Managing Director in Macau Grant Govertsen.



For the past several months, PA has been busy raking in enormous licensing fees from state casino operators hoping to cash in on new gambling verticals authorized by a landmark gaming bill passed last year. In all, Keystone State casinos have already spent upwards of $258 million in preparation for the potential windfall.

But for all the money being shoveled into state coffers, few casinos have seen any return on their investment so far – nor will they for many more months, or perhaps even years. For Valley Forge, however, the changes brought on by the bill have already proved a boon to its operation, and are a major contributing factor to the impressive eight-figure year-on-year gains the casino has enjoyed over the last 10 months.


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