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    Chicago Mayor to Push for Casino, Legalized Marijuana

    Rahm Emanuel is making what could be his last push as a mayor to bring a casino to the Windy City and secure new tax revenue Chicago’s outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel will reportedly make a push for the legalization of recreational marijuana and the opening of a casino in Chicago as much-needed revenue sources for the city’s pension system. According to sources close to the official, he will address the state Legislature today to propose the above measures. The city’s four public worker pension funds are estimated to have over $27 billion in unfunded liabilities. It is believed that Mayor Emanuel would call in his major address today for all…

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    WSOP Circuit Regular Eli Loewenthal Bags Overall Bicycle Casino Main Event Chip Lead after Day 1B

    Latest WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event attracts 546 entries, 110 progress into Day 2 of the major tournament The WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino stop is approaching its final stages with the $1,700 Main Event currently taking place. The tournament’s second and last starting flight was completed last night at the host casino with 67 players bagging. Eli Loewenthal had collected the largest stack by the end of Flight B with 382,000 in chips. The player will also progress into Day 2 of the event as the overall chip leader. Loewenthal has not won any pieces of WSOP jewelry so far, but that does not mean he is stranger to…

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    Melco’s First Satellite Casino in Cyprus Opens Doors

    Melco opens satellite casino in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, a second such facility to be launched at Larnaca International Airport later this month The first legal casino in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, has just opened its doors as part of a larger development scheme led by Hong Kong gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment, local news outlets reported today. Cyprus Casinos Nicosia (C2 Nicosia) is being launched just under six months after a larger casino swung its doors open in Limassol. The Limassol facility will act as a temporary casino, while the main gaming floor, part of a €550-million integrated resort, is under development not far from the…

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    888 Looks to Cement Itself in US Gambling Market with All American Poker Network Purchase

    888 positions itself for US expansion with All American Poker Network acquisition for a total consideration of $28 million Online gambling operator 888 Holdings today announced that it has acquired the remaining 53% shares in All American Poker Network (AAPN) in a bid to pursue further expansion in the US gambling market. 888 said in a press release from earlier today that it will pay $28 million in cash to assume full control of the US-focused online poker network. The gambling company set up AAPN back in 2013 as a joint venture with US partner Avenue OLG Entertainment LLC. The joint venture was established to help 888 launch its online…

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    Caesars in Good Position to Enter Japan’s Casino Market, Company Exec Believes

    Japan is set to open three integrated resorts in the next decade and some of the world’s gambling giants are eyeing expansion into that lucrative market Caesars Entertainment Corp. is positioned to enter the lucrative Japanese gaming market, the company’s Executive VP of Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility, Jan Jones Blackhurst, said on Nevada Newsmakers last week. The executive pointed out that the newly regulated Japanese casino market is “hugely important” not just to her company, but to the entire gaming world. She went on to say that Japan was “the single most important market to open in the last decade […], maybe the last two decades.” The Japanese government…

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    Casino Boss Phil Ruffin Extends Footprint to East Coast with Casino Miami Purchase

    The Las Vegas businessman buys Casino Miami shortly after Floridans approved key gambling-related amendment Las Vegas casino boss Phil Ruffin has set his sights eastward, news emerged last week. The 83-year-old businessman has recently purchased Casino Miami, a 200-000-square-foot gambling venue in Miami, Florida. The purchase price has remained undisclosed, but the property was valued at $155 million when it last changed its owner back in 2014. Casino Miami occupies a 21-acre site with developable land. The gambling facility features 1,012 slot machines, electronic table games, live jai-alai games, simulcast betting as well as live entertainment space, dining area, and a bar, among other amenities. The casino portion does not…

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    This Week’s Major Poker Tournaments: December 10-16

    Another busy week for poker is just about to begin with major festivals taking place all over the globe. South Korea’s Paradise City will welcome the latest AJPC leg, while the Czech Republic will host not one but two major poker events – the EPT Prague and the partypoker Grand Prix Gala. All of these will feature rich schedules with multiple tournaments, different poker variants, and both affordable and a little less affordable buy-ins. Here is a little more information about what fans of poker and players should expect this week. AJPC Asian Circuit Main Event Paradise City in the South Korean city of Incheon is playing host to the…

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    Nancy Matson Claims First Gold Ring at WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino

    Nancy Matson had a little dream of cracking GPI’s top 100 women, but she ended up with much more – gold ring and a five-figure payout Nancy Matson, a Los Angeles-based video editor by the day, topped last night the 159-person field of the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em for her career’s second largest five-figure cash and her first gold ring from the series. The player had one specific goal when she entered the tournament – to collect some points that would help her enter top 100 of the GPI women’s ranking. At the end of it all, she did much better, ending up with the title. The…

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    Nightclub Owner Sues Ocean Resort Casino, Claims Boss Seeks Buyers for the Boardwalk Property

    HQ2’s former co-owner had his contract terminated after approaching Ocean Resort Casino’s boss over sexual allegations made by employees The owner of Ocean Resort Casino, one of the two casino resorts that opened doors in Atlantic City this past summer, seems to have landed in hot water as a former partner at the property’s HQ2 club is suing him for fraud and other wrongdoings. In court papers filed December 6 with the New York County Supreme Court, Joseph Morrissey claimed that he was ousted from his ownership of the beach- and nightclub after confronting Ocean owner Bruce Deifik over sexual harassment allegations made by HQ2 salon employees. Mr. Morrissey, one…

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    WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em Draws 159 Entries, 18 Progress into Final Day

    Sam Renshaw eyes first gold ring from the WSOP Circuit, leads 18 hopefuls into final day of $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em Bicycle Casino in the Los Angeles area is currently the arena for WSOP Circuit poker action. The popular series arrived at the gambling venue earlier this week for its penultimate stop of this year. Several gold ring tournaments on the schedule of the stop are already in the books and one more such tournament is just a single day away from crowning its champion. The $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Friday at the host casino. The tournament attracted 159 entrants for a prize pool of $159,000. The money would be…