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October 27, 2011       111027

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Chairwoman says go slow on legalizing Web poker

WASHINGTON -- A House chairwoman urged Congress on Tuesday to go slow in considering whether to legalize online poker, saying it is a complex issue that should not be rushed into action this year. The comments by Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., came after a hearing in which lawmakers heard familiar arguments for and against proposals to regulate poker over the Internet, and some new ones, too.

Web traffic to online gambling sites skyrockets

Online gambling was the fastest growing category of web activity during the month of September. Analysts at comScore Media Metrix, an Internet audience measurement service, attributed the spike to the kickoff of the NFL season and sports fans placing football bets.

The Fight: A Rundown of the House Hearing on Internet Gambling

Tuesday, online poker got to spend some time in the spotlight in Washington DC as the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing weighing the pros and cons of legalizing and regulating online gambling in the United States  and the pro-poker bill HR 2366, known more commonly as the Barton Bill.

Cantor Gaming gets OK to offer mobile sports wagering ...

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved Cantor Gaming's application that lets gamblers place sports wagers from their Android phones and tablets, a company executive said Wednesday.

... Cantor Gaming releases app for Android

Cantor Gaming, which operates the race and sports books at several upscale Las Vegas properties including the Palazzo and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, said Wednesday that it has released a sports wagering application for Google's Android operating system.

Governor’s office says new casino bill ‘a charade’

CHICAGO - Amid cries of insincerity and off-the-charts cynicism, supporters of a gambling bill unveiled a new proposal Wednesday afternoon that includes many components Gov. Pat Quinn said he wanted.

Arizona tribes' gambling revenue is up for first time since '08, a hopeful sign

PHOENIX - If the amount of money people are willing to drop into slot machines is any indication, the Arizona economy is showing some slight signs of life. 
Thanks to Green Chip member Flatpick for providing the above link.


Creative Casinos, MGM partner up on Mojito Pointe

LAKE CHARLES, LA - A gaming industry powerhouse has been brought aboard the $400 million Mojito Pointe casino resort project. On Thursday, Creative Casinos, LLC announced a partnership with MGM Resorts International for the development and management of the casino resort in Lake Charles.

Fertitta Interactive acquires online gaming software provider

LAS VEGAS - Fertitta Interactive, an Internet gaming start-up which is part-owned by Station Casinos' Fertitta brothers, has acquired a California-based online gaming software provider.

Advisory council meets to discuss state of Delaware's gambling industry

DOVER, Del. — State lottery officials are getting an update from the operators of Delaware's three casinos on the health of the state's gambling industry.

Allegiant Travel sees 27.9 percent drop in quarterly profits


LAS VEGAS - Even after raising ticket prices and other fees, Allegiant Travel experienced at 27.9 percent drop in third quarter profits.

CityCenter seeks to collect evidence at Harmon before implosion

Attorneys for the CityCenter resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip asked a judge Wednesday to approve additional testing of the flawed Harmon Hotel — work that would precede the planned implosion of the building.

Proposed DesertXpress high-speed rail line chugging along

A proposed high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and Southern California has received another federal government approval from a board that grants licenses to build new railroads.

Lady Luck to be remade into Downtown Grand


Lady Luck is about to be wiped from the downtown Las Vegas skyline. The shuttered hotel-casino that former Mayor Oscar Goodman once called a "carcass" will be reborn as the Downtown Grand.

Odds on Brandon casino changing


BRANDON, MANITOBA - In a city that in the past decade has twice voted against a casino, why would its city council be planning to rezone land for a casino?

Warren Appointed CEO of Pearl River Resort

PHILADELPHIA, MS - Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson and the Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise Board (CRDE) announced today that Bryce A. Warren has been selected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl River Resort.

$50 million lawsuit in Hooke death

GLOBE, AZ - “We anticipate the evidence will show the responsible parties failed to follow the laws, policies and procedures intended to provide for safety of patrons of the Apache Gold Casino Gaming facility, especially including tribal members like Justin Hooke, as required by the Tribal-State (of Arizona) compact.”

Ten Important Tribal Court Opinions

Ten of the most important tribal court decisions of the last 20 years.

New leaders offer a fresh outlook, goals for Atlantic City

Within the past few months, there has been a dramatic change in the leadership of some of our most important organizations.

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred wins fight to represent former Resorts cocktail servers


ATLANTIC CITY — Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred has won court permission to represent nine middle-aged former cocktail servers who claim they were fired by Resorts Casino Hotel to make room for younger women who would look sexier in skimpy costumes.

Eight women sue Majestic Star casino for discrimination


INDIANA - Eight former and current female employees of Majestic Star Casino have sued the company, saying an assistant general manager repeatedly made remarks that the employees were too old and other discriminating comments.


The Bear Growls


Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent BJ21.com contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go wrong in the world of casinos.  Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's website, TheBearGrowls.com



Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the Game Inside the Game  by Bob Nersesian

This book should be read by everyone who sets foot in a casino: average casino patrons, skilled players, casino employees, and anyone else. It should be required reading for police officers, regulators, other public officials, and attorneys who may represent any of the aforementioned. Beat the Players was the subject of a feature in USA Today.

Bob Nersesian is an attorney who represents victims of casino wrongdoing against patrons. In an enjoyable writing style, he takes a look at the often too-cozy relationship between casinos, police, and regulators. He discusses specific cases and dispenses sound, practical advice that patrons, casinos and public officials would be wise to heed. Cases discussed are from Nevada and other jurisdictions.

Chapters include: Your Money or Your Liberty; Scary Cop Statements; They'll Take Your Liberty Anyway; Gaming Agents Speak; The Take of the State; Rules for Casino Patrons; Gambling at the Legal Limits; Cops Hate Card Counters; Griffin Investigations; Casinos Cheat With Impunity; A Judicial and Government Overlay; Finding a Nickel Brings Trouble; Names and Aliases; The Security Office and Surveillance Functions, and Casinos and Cops.

Appendices include Nevada Cheating and Detention Laws with Commentary; Other Nevada Gaming Laws of Interest; Gaming Cases of Interest, and Nevada Gaming Regulations with Commentary.

The 320-page book includes a bibliography and an index.

The price is $19.95 plus shipping (plus sales tax if sent to a Nevada address). Green Chip members get their normal 10% discount      .Order Beat the Players.


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No Holes Barred, presented by Pi Yee Press.  Tony Dalben discusses his involvement in a frightening case of casino abuse of the judicial system.

Tony Dalben is famous for being part of a Nevada Supreme Court case that defines the line between legal hole-card play and cheating. He spoke at a Las Vegas Green Chip party. We filmed his 35-minute presentation, and it is available as a DVD.

Tony Dalben and his partner, Steven Einbinder, were playing blackjack at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas in 1983. A sloppy dealer was checking the hole card under aces and 10s in a way that Dalben could see it. Dalben signaled his knowledge of the hole card to Einbinder, who was betting large.

Rather than correcting or replacing the dealer, the casino chose to involve the Gaming Control Board, whose agents arrested Dalben and Einbinder. The two were charged with various felonies. After the case was dismissed, the prosecutors appealed. The case went to the Nevada Supreme Court, which vindicated Dalben and Einbinder. The Nevada Supreme Court said: "... the evidence showed that respondent Dalben was lawfully seated at his position at the blackjack table, that he did not use any artificial device to aid his vision, and that he was able to see the dealer's hole card solely because of the admittedly sloppy play of the dealer. Respondent Dalben then communicated his information to respondent Einbinder. The district court ruled that respondents' conduct did not constitute a violation of the cheating statutes. We agree." Dalben subsequently sued the Golden Nugget.

In the DVD, Dalben explains what happened and how the case affected his life during the five years it made its way through the Nevada judicial system. The DVD concludes with a question and answer session moderated by Stanford Wong.  The price is $29.95 plus shipping (plus sales tax if sent to a Nevada address).  Order No Holes Barred.


Poking Surveillance in the Eye, presented by Pi Yee Press.

This eighty-two minute video contains excerpts from a BJ21.com seminar presented by a long-time casino surveillance professional. It gives tips and information on how to avoid attracting the unwanted attention of pit personnel and surveillance. Every level and type of skilled casino patron should be able to benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of the seminar presenter.

A full-time professional player commented that something he learned in the seminar changed one of his standard operating methods in a casino, and has already been validated by his avoidance of a backoff that otherwise would have occurred.

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Casino Abuse of Skilled Players, presented by Pi Yee Press.

BJ21.com presents a video of a panel discussion regarding casino abuse of skilled players which was recorded at a Green Chip party. The video includes frightening footage obtained from casino surveillance cameras of a law abiding, skilled player being handcuffed, forcibly backroomed and detained by casino employees. This timely topic should be of concern to all players. The panel included Stanford Wong, and featured prominent players who are part of the BJ21.com community including DD', MathProf, and Harry B. Advantage player attorney Bob Nersesian and Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis were also on the panel. The video runs approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes in length.

Skilled players speak of the harassment and mistreatment each has received at the hands of casino employees. The three victims each sued the casino that employed their assailants. One victim won a large jury verdict, another victim's case was settled, and the third case is still pending.

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