By Craig Dolch
West Palm Beach, Fl. - When Art Laughlin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Greyhound Track Operators of America (AGTOA) last Monday in Las Vegas, he said he was “surprised and shocked.”
He shouldn’t have been.
Laughlin, who spent 34 years as general manager at Palm Beach Kennel Club, helped build PBKC into one of America’s top greyhound tracks. Under his guidance, Palm Beach went from a four-month racing circuit to a year-round operation that produces the most handle – on the greyhounds as well as simulcasting – as any dog track in the U.S.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & VisitorsNovember 21, 2013 - 3:40pm
Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors. Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
The “2013 WSOP November Nine” Set to Compete for $500,000 Main Event Bracelet by Jason of Beverly HillsNovember 1, 2013 - 2:51pm
LAS VEGAS—Famed Jason of Beverly Hills founder and designer Jason Arasheben – known for creating edgy and lavish statement jewelry for celebrities and athletes including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and LeBron James – is the exclusive championship jewelry designer for the 2013 World Series of Poker® (WSOP).
On November 4 and 5 the “2013 WSOP November Nine” will compete for the coveted Main Event bracelet, which includes more than 28 carats of brilliant white diamonds – including two black diamonds and two rubies to represent each card suit – set within more than 220 grams of 14-carat white gold. The masterpiece required 250 hours of labor to design and produce and is valued at approximately $500,000.
For the first time, the WSOP Main Event bracelet will also be customized to the winner, as the bracelet design includes the two “hole cards” dealt during the WSOP Main Event final hand. Immediately after the event, Arasheben will laser cut each card to correspond to the winning hand of the new World Champion.
Shakopee, MN -- Lyle Berman is the first member of the newly formed Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement, made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN, came as no surprise to industry professionals and poker players. Berman, at the forefront of several successful Minnesota businesses, has been a key player in the gaming industry since co-founding Grand Casinos Inc. in 1990. He is a professional poker player with three World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $3 million in poker tournament winnings.
By Shari Geller
Garden City Group ("GCG"), the claims processor handling the distribution of funds to US Full Tilt Poker players, has named September 16, 2013 as the date that the official claims process will begin. There is just a short window to submit your claim, as the deadline is November 15, 2013. According to the announcement on their website, http://www.fulltiltpokerclaims.com:
Lawrenceburg, Ind., July 18, 2013 Theres nothing hotter in August than the poker action coming to Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg as the Cincinnati areas top casino hosts the Hollywood Summer Poker Open Aug. 1 11. Twenty-two separate events will take place over the 11-day span with players traveling to Indiana from throughout the Midwest.
The first cards are in the air the morning of Thursday, Aug. 1 as Hollywood continues its tradition of opening with a No-Limit Holdem Deep Stack event ($345 buy-in). The action culminates Aug. 8 11 with the $375 buy-in No Limit Holdem Main Event.
In between, players can test their skills at several Holdem variations, including: No Limit Holdem All In or Fold (Aug. 4; $100 buy-in); Texas Holdem Limit
--Spaniard Takes Homes $320,000 in her First Live Poker Victory--
Las Vegas, NV, July 1, 2013 – It was a day of many firsts at the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open Championship at the M Resort Spa Casino as Ana Marquez, 26, of Malaga, Spain captured her first 1st place finish in seven years of playing live poker.
Marquez, who started yesterday in 31st place, grinded through the day to reach the final table and earn $320,000 in first place money. On the winning hand, she held two Jacks and caught a third on the Flop to top second place finisher Ryan Tepen’s Ace-King.
“I can’t believe I won, everything was super perfect,” said Marquez. “We (the players) really liked the M. Everything was run very well. We hope they do more in the future.”
Tepen, of Bowling Green, MO, won $197,806. Third place went to Kory Kilpatrick of Athens, GA, who won $129,641; and Ramzi Jelassi of Sweden finished in fourth winning $90,080.
RENO, NV. — The WPT® Regional Western Poker Challenge™ returns to Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV from September 13 through 23, 2013. The tournament series features 28 exciting events, including No-Limit Hold‘em and Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $120 to $1,650.
Participation up 27% and at 44-Year Highs; Several Records Already Broken
Gold Bracelet Events, Cash Games, Satellites & Daily Deepstacks All Up in 2013
Players From 16 Penn National Gaming Casinos to Join Pros and Amateurs In Spreading Poker Action to the Strip’s South End
Las Vegas, June 21, 2013 -- More than 150 professional and amateur poker players representing 16 Penn National Gaming casinos across North America are coming to Las Vegas June 28-30 for a chance at fame and glory to play in the $500,000 Guaranteed Hollywood Poker Open Championship at the M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas. Up to another 150 players are expected to buy-in at $2,500 a seat for the Championship.
Among the participants are those who won seats at one of five regional HPO tournament events held at Hollywood Casinos over the last eight months. Others won local tournaments and seat giveaways this year at Hollywood and Penn National Gaming properties throughout North America.