• May 24, 2013 Mega Progressive is Massive: Caesars Entertainment's Mega Progressive Beat Poker Jackpot has reached over $800,000, the highest since its introduction back in January 2013 and believed to be the largest-ever Bad Beat jackpot from a brick and mortar casino. At this high jackpot level, a qualifying hand is simply four 8s or higher, while the jackpot awards not only the losing and winning hands, but also all players actively playing in any of the seven participating CET poker rooms around the valley when it hits.
• May 22, 2013 Soccer Giants to Sam Boyd this Summer: In addition to the Saturday's Champions League final between Teutonic Titans Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich (Hofbrauhaus will be party central, while the Crown & Anchors will likely be good spots for viewing, too, since the match is being played at London's Wembley Stadium), comes word that this July 3, the biggest rivalry in Mexican soccer, El Súper Clásico, featuring Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Club America, will be played in Las Vegas for the first time, at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets, available at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square, Mariana’s and La Bonita Super Markets, online at UNLVtickets.com, or by calling 866-388-3267, go on sale tonight at 10 p.m. and start at $28.
• May 21, 2013 Entity Betting Stalls: A bid to legalize "entity betting" -- sports bets by organized groups, such as hedge funds -- was shot down when it didn't come up for a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing. It likely won't be eligible again until 2015.
• May 19, 2013 Gambling Golfers: In an NCAA survey of college athletes and gambling, golfers were found to gamble more than participants in any other sport. For example, the survey reported that 44.4% of male golfers had gambled on sports in the past year, compared to 24.9% for all other sports. The culture of golf, which promotes gambling in personal play, is responsible for the disparity.
• May 19, 2013 WillHill to DG: William Hill will operate the race & sports book at the Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck). The book will have a dedicated Third Street entrance and be designed to look like a U.K. betting shop. The DG is scheduled to open in September.
• May 19, 2013 WSOP Next Online?: It looks as though Caesars Entertainment's WSOP brand will be the next legal online poker site. CET officials say they hope to launch the site during the World Series of Poker, which begins May 29. The strategy is to launch in time for players to win seats into the Main Event.
• May 18, 2013 UFC Belfort/Rockhold: Luke Rockhold is a slight -120 favorite over Vitor Belfort in tonight's UFC Main Event. In the other featured matches, Ronoldo Souza is -575 over Chris Camozzi and Rafael Natal is -340 over Jaoa Zeferino.
• May 18, 2013 Maloofs Sell Kings: The Maloof family has agreed to sell its Sacramento Kings NBA franchise for $535 million, a deal that will reportedly net them $230 million. The family had owned the team since 1999 and Palms casino founder George Maloof was often seen courtside with brothers Gavin and Joe. The sale will remove the restriction that disallowed betting Kings games at the Palms.
• May 18, 2013 Preakness Odds: Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the morning-line favorite at even money for today's Preakness Stakes. He's followed by Mylute at 5-1 and Departing at 6-1. The long shot is Titletown Five at 30-1.
• May 12, 2013 Hollywood Park Closing: Betfair Hollywood Park is closing after 75 years of horse racing. The Inglewood California-based track that hosted Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, Citation, and Affirmed, and was the site of the first Breeder's Cup in 1984 will close following the conclusion of its fall meet on Dec. 22 and be redeveloped into retail and housing. It's the second iconic California track to close, following San Francisco's Bay Meadows in 2008.
• May 11, 2013 UB Cheating Tape Released: In a bombshell development, a tape has been released with conversations verifying details of the Ultimate Bet Poker cheating scandal that led to the demise of that online poker site. Participating in the discussion are World Series of Poker champion and Ultimate Bet principal Russ Hamilton, UB founder and current president of iovation (a poker-software company) Greg Pierson, and the attornies for each. On the tape, Hamilton admits to stealing as much as $16 million from players using a peeking device that was secretly built into the UB software. The tape was released by Travis Makar, who was Hamilton's assistant and had been originally accused of being behind the cheating operation.
• May 9, 2013 Ultimate Poker Not Perfect, But Still #1: Station Casino executives opted to make sure that the company's Ultimate Poker site was the first legal for-cash online poker site over it being the slickest at launch, reports Vegas Inc.. Some of the weak spots are now being addressed, while the company waits out the 30-day trial period, after which Gaming Control will air its findings at a public meeting.
• May 5, 2013 Baby Betting: With the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate's first baby approaching, the English oddsmakers are booking lots of action. A spokesman for one of the UK betting parlors says, "As soon as a royal baby is announced, it's manna from heaven for bookies, and people bet on everyting -- name, sex, even hair color." The favorites for names are Philip if it's a boy and Alexandra if it's a girl.
• May 4, 2013 Kentucky Derby Odds: Orb is the morning-line favorite in the 19-horse field at 7-2, followed by Verrazano at 4-1 and Goldencents at 5-1. The long shots are Golden Soul, Giant Finish, Faling Sky, and Frac Daddy, all at 50-1. Don't get too caught up on the favorites -- the average odds on the last four winners were 27-1.
• May 1, 2013 PokerStars' Casino Purchase Falls Through: The bid by the online poker giant to purchase the former Atlantic City Hilton has collapsed, the hotel-casino announced today. No reason was given by the Atlantic Club Hotel as to why it had terminated PokerStars' purchase agreement; the official statement says only that the struggling New Jersey casino will remain open.
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