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Everi Crowns 2015 TournEvent of Champions Winner

After six rounds of thrilling competition at The Wynn Las Vegas’ XS Nightlcub, Everi crowned its 2015 TournEvent of Champions victor. Rita Kellerman bested 181 other top tournament slots players to claim the $1 million first-place prize and champion’s ring.

Kellerman, representing the Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wisconsin Dells casino, survived two days of loud and intense competition to become the 2015 Champion. A relative rookie to TournEvent, Kellerman says she tried TournEvent for the first time when she won the Ho-Chunk Gaming qualifier in June after tiring of other slots tournament formats.

“I can’t believe I won,” said Kellerman. “It’s all so surreal right now. This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me, except for getting married, of course.”

TournEvent for interiorThe 2015 TournEvent of Champions finals pitted 182 finalists representing 99 casinos from across the United States — and even some from Peru — in a high-energy battle for tournament slots supremacy that started with qualifying TournEvents in April of this year.

“Our casino partners do a wonderful job at hosting the TournEvent qualifiers throughout the year,” said Ram V. Chary, president and CEO of Everi, a provider of video and mechanical reel gaming content and technology solutions.

“All the competitors here tonight for the finals represented their casinos with fierce competitiveness, showcasing the intensity of TournEvent. Our congratulations go out to Rita for her exciting come-from-behind victory,” Chary said.


Now in its fourth year, the TournEvent of Champions has exploded in popularity.

“The success of TournEvent of Champions really belongs to the casinos running events throughout the year,” Chary said. “The format of the event adds undeniable energy to the casino floor, and the casinos along with our promotions team, do a great job of drawing in big crowds as well.”

On Tuesday, Everi kicked off the championships with its second annual TournEvent for Charities event featuring a mix of celebrities and local and industry media members squaring off on behalf of their favorite charities. In the end, Steve Burke, publisher of Indian Gaming Magazine, claimed victory and the $10,000 winner’s check for the NIGA Spirit of Sovereignty. The remaining charities were winners in their own right, sharing in the $40,000 total contribution made by Everi.

Everi’s charity of choice, Save A Warrior, also benefitted at the event as Everi presented the organization with a check for $40,000. Save A Warrior benefits returning veterans and active-duty military personnel struggling with PTSD as a result of their service.

Plans for 2016 TournEvent of Champions are already under way, and Everi expects the party to be even bigger. The $1 million grand prize will be back in play, and the five-year anniversary event is slated to coincide once again with the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

Football Bets to Total $95 Billion This Season

On last season’s Super Bowl alone, Americans made $3.8 billion worth of illicit bets – an amount 38 times greater than the total bet legally.

“Illegal sports betting is reaching new heights of popularity in America,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “It’s clear that a federal ban on traditional sports betting outside of Nevada is failing.”


Illegal sports betting is one of four key illegal gambling areas of focus as part of the AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative, which seeks to distinguish the highly regulated, $240 billion legal gaming industry—which supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in taxes across 40 states—from the criminal networks that rely on illegal gambling to fund violent crimes and drug and human trafficking. The initiative is also focusing on black market machines, Internet sweepstakes cafes and illegal online betting.


In June, the AGA formed an Illegal Gambling Advisory Board composed of former top law enforcement officials from the federal, state and local levels.


The Board is comprised of: Tim Murphy (chair), former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner; James Dinkins, former executive associate director at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations; J.B. Van Hollen, former Wisconsin State attorney general, U.S. attorney, and district attorney; and Bill Young, former Clark County Sheriff and head of Las Vegas Metro Police Department; current senior vice president of compliance and security at Station Casinos.



Heartland Poker Tour Winner Cashes for $142,386 in Chicago

East Chicago, IN (September 7, 2015) – Jeremy Kloeckner exterminated the competition at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Monday evening to earn $142,386 and the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) championship bracelet. The pest control employee from Lockport, Illinois had a few minor cashes under his belt coming into the day, but nothing near the six-figure score that he captured for the victory.



“I don’t even know how to feel right now,” said the new champ. “I’m extremely excited and this win is going to change my life.”


The last opponent standing between Kloeckner and the Title was Robert Edelstein of Chicago. A poker player and fisherman by trade, Edelstein got the last of his chips in holding a pair of nines to the eventual champ’s pair of kings. His hand didn’t improve and he was sent to the rail as the runner-up with $87,909.


This was Mike Deis’s second appearance under the bright lights of a televised HPT Final Table. The Ann Arbor, Michigan man was able to improve on his 2013 seventh-place finish by four spots. Deis, who works in logistic sales, will take home $58,503 for his third-place finish.


Chicago Police Officer Michael Younan plans to use his winnings to get a new car for his wife. He’ll have $40,550 to make the purchase after earning that much for fourth place. Younan enjoyed his weekend experience at Ameristar East Chicago. “HPT has been run phenomenally,” he said.


The Main Event at Ameristar East Chicago drew 432 entries, creating a total prize pool of $619,080. Several notables were spotted in the field throughout the weekend, including poker pros Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Jeff Madsen, and Robert Williamson III. Madsen and Williamson joined Jaymz Larson to provide commentary for live streaming of the event as did past HPT champion Dave Gutfreund.


The overwhelming chip leader at the start of the day was Buffalo Grove’s Greg Koutelidakis. The poker player was able to ride his stack to a fifth-place finish for a score of $30,644. He hopes to put that sum towards buying investment properties.


Local business owner Joe Sidoryk has amassed over $1 million in career earnings playing poker online. Until Monday though, his best reported cash in a live tournament was just over $6,000. Sidoryk, of Elmhurst, Illinois, nearly quadrupled that number by taking home $23,835 for sixth place.


Shortly before Sidoryk’s elimination, the colorful Kenny Nguyen became the third player to get knocked out on the day. Nguyen kept the conversation at the table lively and will be a fan favorite when the episodes from this tour stop make their way to television. The business owner from Lansing, Illinois finished in seventh place for $19,811.


Electrician Steve Sloan was the eighth-place finisher. The Sublette, Illinois man was making his first HPT Final Table appearance since 2007 and he dedicated it to his daughter Ashley who is currently serving in the United States Army. Sloan earned $16,406 for his efforts.


The first elimination of the day came when Milos Ivanovic’s pocket threes were outdrawn by the king-jack of Koutelidakis. Ivanovic added $13,867 to his career earnings total for the ninth-place exit.


Next up for HPT is a trip to Blackhawk, Colorado for an anticipated ninth consecutive million dollar prize pool. That event kicks off Wednesday. From there, the tour heads further west for visits to Reno, Nevada and Lincoln, California. Visit for a list of all upcoming stops.


All Paid Players Listed at

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago

East Chicago, IN

September 7, 2015

Buy-in:  $1650

Main Event: 432

Total Prize Pool:  $619,080


1st: Jeremy Kloeckner (Lockport, IL) $142,386

2nd: Robert Edelstein (Chicago, IL) $87,909

3rd: Mike Deis (Ann Arbor, MI) $58,503

4th: Michael Younan (Chicago, IL) $40,550

5th: Greg Koutelidakis (Buffalo Grove, IL) $30,644

6th: Joe Sidoryk (Elmhurst, IL) $23,835

7th: Kenny Nguyen (Lansing, IL) $19,811

8th: Steve Sloan (Sublette, IL) $16,406

9th: Milos Ivanovic (Chicago, IL) $13,867


About Heartland Poker Tour (HPT)

Founded in 2005, HPT is built on a grass-roots philosophy of “Real People, Unreal Money”.  HPT is currently filming Season XI and is available in over 110 million homes throughout the United States each week, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.  For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit


Fantasy Forecast: 10 NFL Predictions You Won’t Believe



No. 10: The Chicago Bears go 3-13 finishing with their worst record since 1973. John Fox and Vic Fangio can’t rebuild Rome … err the horrendous Bears defense, in just one year, nor will they even try. The Bears will have the worst fantasy defense and Jay Cutler will be run out of town as a convenient scapegoat. By December, the hopeless Bears will be tanking to get a high draft choice in pursuit of landing a franchise quarterback.


No. 9: The Dallas Cowboys won’t find their leading rusher until after the season begins. Jerry Jones will need to undergo another face lift if he has to watch unreliable and career backup Joseph Randle and perennial underachiever Darren McFadden try to lead the Cowboys in rushing. McFadden has been the least effective running back in the league the past three years failing to average more than a puny 3.4 yards per carry each of those seasons.



No. 8: There will be 15 quarterbacks who pass for at least 30 touchdowns. Before last season, the NFL record was five for quarterbacks throwing 30 or more touchdowns in a season. Last year, that number almost doubled with nine quarterbacks reaching that figure. The NFL has skewed and screwed up the delicate balance of power between offense and defense by favoring offense – particularly passing – so much with its recent rule changes.




No. 7: Aided by liberal rules that clearly favor offense and plucked into favorable settings, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will each put up strong statistical seasons. Look for them to put up better numbers than close to half the quarterbacks in the league, including Cam Newton and Joe Flacco. They will make for legitimate streamers during the fantasy season.



No. 6: Johnny Manziel will be the Browns’ starting quarterback by October. Manziel will run around a lot, but do nothing because he doesn’t have enough physical skills or mental drive to succeed in the NFL. He’ll also be hamstrung by having the worst skill position players in the league and an inept coaching staff.



No. 5: Rookie Ty Montgomery leads the Packers in receiving touchdowns. Randall Cobb is a great receiver, but he’s not one of Aaron Rodgers’ better red zone threats being just 5-foot-10. Davonte Adams is more of a home run hitter and the Packers have below average tight ends. Montgomery will take advantage of Jordy Nelson being lost for the season to put up impressive numbers.




No. 4: Sam Bradford will lead the NFC in passing yards. Bradford is more talented and throws a much better ball than Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez, who combined led the Eagles to the sixth-most passing yards in 2014. Bradford is due for some injury luck and is playing behind a better offensive line than he had in St. Louis. He’s also surrounded by weapons for the first time in his NFL career. Bradford will thrive.



No. 3: Arian Foster will return some time in September and spark the Texans to the AFC South Division title. Andrew Luck won’t be able to overcome the Colts’ shoddy offensive and defensive lines, nor poor coaching.



No. 2: The Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs for the first time in 16 years as Tyrod Taylor joins Michael Vick as the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.



No. 1: Peyton Manning will be removed as Denver’s starting quarterback during the 2015 season for ineffectiveness. Manning can no longer drive the ball, or throw deep being 39 and coming off multiple neck surgeries that have robbed him of feeling in his finger tips. The red flags are there. Reality is next to hit.




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stephenvegas2Stephen Nover is lead Fantasy Expert for and a multi-award winning sports writer, author of three books including one on fantasy football, renown sports handicapper and a champion Rotisserie player who has been finishing first in football, baseball and basketball fantasy leagues for 30 years.
Stephen has written for daily newspapers in the Midwest, South and West, including a 13-year stint as a sportswriter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal where he wrote a weekly fantasy sports column. Stephen also taught a sports handicapping class at UNLV.


Tailgating Tips: A Talk with the Commish…Joe Cahn

The football season is upon us which means tailgating in in full swing too. Whether you are a tailgating aficionado or someone who simply shows up and throws some cash in a bucket, without a doubt, the time before a sporting event is sacred to all sporting fans no matter how big or small.
Southern Gaming and Destinations caught up with Joe Cahn, The Commissioner of Tailgating, (yes…there is such a person!) to talk about everything from fun foods to best tailgates. Cahn is the real deal and you can take what he says seriously.


Churchill Downs Announces $18 million in Upgrades to Iconic Track

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015) – Churchill Downs Racetrack, one of the world’s most recognized sports venues and home of the Kentucky Derby, has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas. The upgrades are projected to be completed by the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

The changes include upgrades to several areas including the following.

Stakes Room
A new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse will combine the current Stakes Room, Aristides Room, Directors’ Room and Turf Club Lounge into a new, spectacular open space paying homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The exclusive grand setting of an open and flowing space will be segmented by half-height walls, feature bars and cooking stations. In addition, the current fourth floor balcony will become an innovative covered patio with views stretching from the paddock to the racetrack. The seating for more than 500 guests in these new premium areas will vary between traditional tables and modern booths and banquettes.

20150901 RENDERING Stakes Room Bar
Turf Club
The third floor Turf Club, Matt Winn Dining Room and Indoor Premium Boxes will undergo a facelift to create an updated and more intimate premium area. Members of this exclusive 19,500-square-foot space will be treated to numerous detailed décor upgrades, including art installations and other treatments that celebrate the stories and traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

As guests arrive at the racetrack, they’ll immediately notice reconfigured express entries from Gates 10 and 17 including two exclusive Turf Club Express elevators and enlarged and repositioned arrival and welcome areas.

The food and beverage experience also will be greatly enhanced with an enlarged customer-facing U-shaped bar and lounge area.

20150901 RENDERING Turf Club Front Row

Turf Club Draftsman Balcony
The new Turf Club will be enhanced with a newly-constructed Balcony that will feature booth and table seating beneath a translucent canopy with a spectacular vantage point of pre-race activity in the Paddock.

20150901 RENDERING Turf Club Draftsman Balcony
Turf Club Roses Lounge
The new Turf Club Roses Lounge will be located on the third floor of the Clubhouse adjacent to the Turf Club in the space previously occupied by the Matt Winn Dining Room.

This 4,700-square-feet space will feature a new bar, banquette seating and individual dining tables, including 12 signature banquette tables that honor and tell the story of each Triple Crown winner and a Champions Wall with plaques dedicated to each Kentucky Derby winner.

20150901 RENDERING Turf Club Roses Lounge
Turf Club Boxes
Formerly the Indoor Premium Boxes, the Turf Club Boxes will be remodeled with classic white timber and seating for 6-10 guests – banquette-style upholstered seating in the back and comfortable padded chairs in the front.

The Turf Club Boxes are situated indoors in a climate-controlled setting along the glass in front of the Turf Club Lounge. Each private box will be equipped with a tablet for expedited in-box food and beverage ordering and delivery service.

Directors Room
The private Directors Room, currently situated on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse, will be relocated to the third floor in a newly-constructed space above the Gate 17 entrance.

The 7,000-square-foot space will showcase indoor lounge areas, a canopy-covered terrace with comfortable outdoor seating, meeting space, a concierge and private elevator.

The winning connections of stakes races, select guests and dignitaries are typically saluted by track officials in this venue, which is one of the most exclusive hospitality rooms at Churchill Downs.

Clubhouse Balconies
Premium seating will be added to the fourth and fifth floor balconies for terrific views of the racing and Paddock action and an up-close backdrop of the Twin Spires, the iconic symbol of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since their introduction in 1895.

Both balconies will be covered by green canopies, provide food and beverage offerings and feature seating for approximately 140 guests that also will have access to indoor spaces for wagering and restrooms.

All décor will blend the legendary past and traditions of the historic racetrack with a fresh and contemporary atmosphere. New customer-facing amenities will include upgraded food and beverage offerings; various table sizes; comfortable lounge seating; exclusive race-day entertainment; new in-seat technologies; and plenty of wagering windows for indoor and outdoor guests. Additional service upgrades will include new and expanded kitchens, enlarged service bars and two new express elevators to expedite venue circulation and service for guests during big events.

The Clubhouse Enhancements Project, which encompasses 82,000 square feet, will provide a better customer experience and an increase in premium seating capacity in those areas by 41 percent from 1,886 to 2,660. Total reserved seating for Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day in 2016 will increase from 57,880 to 58,654.

“With more than 170,000 people attending this year’s Kentucky Derby, the demand for tickets to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby is at an all-time high,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Our fans are looking for a variety of unique experiences – from picnics in the infield to concierge service in the Mansion. Few events in the world can offer the wide array of customer experiences that we do around the Kentucky Derby and, ultimately, it’s up to us to continue to create fresh, diverse and differentiated products that satisfy everyone’s wishes. This exciting new project will provide further premium ticketing experiences and add value to those purchasers by taking the event experience to amazing new levels.”

Interior renovations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the 21-day Fall Meet, which runs Nov. 1-29. Select demolition and outdoor balcony construction will begin in mid-September to minimize weather delays.

The project is scheduled for completion in advance of the 2016 Spring Meet, which will open Saturday, April 30, 2016. The 142nd runnings of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) are scheduled for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016, respectively.

The $18 million in spending is the latest in a series of recent on-going investments to improve and enhance the customer experience at Churchill Downs Racetrack, which opened in 1875 and ranks among Kentucky’s oldest businesses. Track officials have committed $69.4 million to major capital improvements on the national historical landmark over the last six years.

“We remain steadfast in making these significant and vital investments to make certain that Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and everyday racing remain major economic engines for our city, state and region,” Flanery said.

The new premium seats will be offered to existing customers first. Any remaining inventory will be sold by the Premium Ticketing Department at Churchill Downs or through Derby Experience partner Quint Events. Customers may inquire about ticket packages by requesting information through or by calling the Premium Ticketing Department at (502) 636-4447.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016. The track will resume its 2015 racing schedule with its September 11-27 September Meet and a Fall Meet scheduled for Nov 1-29. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. Information is available at

Craps: Q & A with the Pro


FROM MARK: My first bet is $220 inside. After three hits I make a $15 come and go down with full 75 odds.  I play at a casino where I can go 5x odds.  Am I better off just pressing to $75 or continue to make the come bets? I have read from some writers that the Pass Line and Come bets are not really that good; that the casino is tricking people to make those bets. I’d also like to know about systems that call for betting those bets that come in with high house edges in order to balance out expectations based on probability. What say you?


Kansas City Business Owner Earns $118,000 at Ameristar Heartland Poker Tour Event

unnamed (2)Kansas City, MO (August 24, 2015) – Coming into the Heartland Poker Tour Final Table Monday afternoon, Greg Jennings knew he’d have to outlast some of the most accomplished players the tour has ever seen to take home the Title. At the end of the day, it was Jennings’ solid play and relentless aggression that led him to victory. The business owner from Overland Park, Kansas walked away from Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with $118,560 and the HPT champion’s bracelet.

Tour veteran Stan Jablonski was making his eighth appearance under the bright lights, joining Shawn Roberts as the only other player to do so on HPT. In all of those past Final Table visits, Jablonski had never finished better than runner-up. With more than a two-to-one chip lead when heads up play began, it seemed that Jablonski may finally capture the elusive Title. Alas, after coming out on the losing end of a few key pots, the Bullhead City, Arizona native was short stacked. On the final hand, Jablonski tried to make a move only to run into Jennings’ flush. He would once again finish in second place, this time earning $73,195.

Another player at the table with plenty of experience in front of the HPT cameras was Joey Brown of Springfield, Missouri. Not only does Brown play a lot of cards, he’s a poker dealer as well. He attributes that job to his success as a player, which includes a pair of runner-up finishes with HPT. “I’ve dealt to a lot of these guys deep in tournaments before. I think there’s a little bit of an advantage there,” he said. Like Jablonski, Brown came up short in his quest for a victory, falling in third place for a score of $48,711.

In all, the Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City saw 363 entries create a total prize pool of over half a million dollars. From tour veterans Craig Casino and Cash Carpenter to local favorites Blair Hinkle and Frank Patti, there were plenty of notables spotted in the field throughout the weekend.

Current Player of the Year Aaron Massey was in search of his third HPT championship in just over a year when the day began. The Elmwood Park, Illinois native came in poised and ready to outlast his competitors, but it wasn’t in the cards this time. Massey, a poker pro by trade, lost the last of his chips in a virtual coinflip when his pocket sixes failed to hold up against the ace-queen of Jennings. He added $33,763 to his career total for the fourth-place finish, which was good enough to propel him into the top five all-time earnings list on HPT.

Justin Young, a business management employee from Kansas City, came into Monday’s Final Table with more chips than any of his opponents. Young saw his stack dwindle as the day progressed and he was ultimately sent to the rail in fifth place with $25,515.

Though this was only the second time poker pro Matt Bond had played on the tour, he had nothing but great things to say about HPT. “I think there’s a lot of value in these tournaments,” said the Dallas, Texas man. “They’re very, very well run and I love the structure.” The sixth-place finisher plans to apply a portion of the $19,845 that he earned towards the purchase of a new home.

Omaha, Nebraska’s Jon Lawson became the third casualty at the felt on Monday when his pocket queens ran into Massey’s kings. A queen on the flop gave Lawson the lead, but Massey went on to make a flush ending the health care recruiter’s day. Lawson will take home $16,495 for his weekend’s worth of work.

The eighth and ninth place finishers at the Ameristar Kansas City Final Table were Alan Curl and Tom Tolbert, respectively. Curl, a business owner from Belle Fourche, South Dakota, turned his $700 investment into a $13,660 payday when it was all said and done. Tolbert, a Yellow Page publisher from Ypsilanti, Michigan, was the only true short stack when play began. He earned $11,546 after becoming the first player eliminated.

From here, HPT gets right back on the road with its next stop scheduled to begin Thursday at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The Main Event for that series kicks off September 3. After that, the tour goes straight to Black Hawk, Colorado for an anticipated ninth consecutive million dollar prize pool. Stops in Reno-Tahoe and Northern California follow shortly thereafter. For a full list of remaining stops on the 2015 schedule, visit

Libel suit against American Pharoah owner dropped

A $10 million libel lawsuit against Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown-winning colt American Pharoah, has been dropped by the attorney who filed it, according to a story in The (Louisville) Courier-Journal.

The claim was asserted on behalf of Howard Rubinsky, who in a separate legal had tried to collect $1.6 million in alleged gambling debts from Zayat. That suit has since been dismissed, but not before Zayat called the suit “a fictitious story from people who are trying to extort me.”

Zayat’s attorney, Joseph Vann, said in a statement that “we were always confident that our client would be vindicated from this lawsuit.”

Poll: Alabamians Want Say in Legalizing Casinos

A new poll shows that Alabamians want a public vote on whether the state should legalize casino gaming.

The topic has been a fiery one for years but has heated up recently with the introduction of a bill to permit gambling in four sites across the state and create a lottery. According to a story on, the bill could result in an estimated $400 million in state revenue and 11,000 new jobs for an overall economic impact of $1.3 billion.

“This poll gives us every reason to be optimistic as we go forth in our efforts to promote passage of a constitutional amendment that is being proposed by Sen. Del Marsh,” said Chip Hill, executive director of The Alabama Jobs Foundation, the pro-gaming group that sponsored the poll.

Rising Star Casino Buys Land for Ferry Dock

An investment firm affiliated with Rising Star Casino (Rising Sun, Ind.) has purchased a four-acre plot of land in Rabbit Hash, Ky., a small riverside town directly across the Ohio from the struggling gaming facility. The grab is fueling speculation that Rising Star is pursuing plans to launch a ferry service to increase traffic from the neighboring state.

“There was a ferryboat here for 100 years,” said Dan Lee, CEO of Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts, Inc., which owns the riverboat-based casino, in a call with analysts.

“There’s a lot more people in Northern Kentucky than there are in Indiana. That takes us from a geographically-challenged place to being the closest casino to something like 60,000 people; whereas today, we’re probably the closest casino to about 6,000 people.”

According to stories at and, public officials have yet to be formally notified of a ferry plan, and no permits have been sought.

Photo: Robert Batina


Judge: Roulette Eye-Injury Lawsuit Can Proceed

A U.S. District Court judge for Washington D.C. has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed against The Cordish Cos., which operates the Maryland Live casino, by gamer Leander Stocks.

Stocks was playing roulette at the casino in December 2013 when, according to the suit, an employee’s breach of duty resulted in his being hit in the eye with a roulette ball.

Further injury allegedly resulted when the casino tried to administer care.

According to the Capital Gazette:

A casino employee was “operating the device negligently” causing the ball to become airborne and strike Stocks just above the left eye at “high velocity,” an amended complaint filed in the case on Friday states.

After being struck, Stocks was taken to a private room at the casino where he lay down on a bench, according to the complaint. While he was reclining, another employee squeezed eye drops into Stocks eye “without warning or consent,” the document states.

The drops caused Stocks’ vision to blur and he become disoriented, court papers said. As he attempted to rise form the bench his “severe disorientation” caused him to fall forward and “violently” hit his head against a wood door, losing consciousness, according to the complaint.

Southern Gaming recommends that in the future Mr. Stocks stay with Blackjack, where the most likely injury is a paper cut.

Atlanta Mayor Betting on Braves’ Turner Field

Now that MGM Resorts International and three of its gaming competitors have made overtures on the property, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is feeling pretty sporty about the price tag for Turner Field. But that doesn’t mean southern gamers ought to be Googling directions for the home of the Braves anytime soon.

In fact, according to stories in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the mayor as well as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (pun doubtless unintended) have remained dubious concerning the wisdom of opening a Vegas-style casino in the city. (Not to mention that the state constitution would need to be amended to allow gaming.)

That said, anytime a company dangles a $1.1 billion investment and 3,500 permanents jobs in front of an urban mayor’s eyes, that mayor is going to pay attention.

“I believe Las Vegas is in Las Vegas for a reason,” Reed said during a news conference at Atlanta City Hall. “[But] it would be fiscal malpractice … not to hear these people out.”

According to the Chronicle, Reed said “he still prefers Georgia State University’s plans to redevelop Turner Field into a mix of student housing, stores, restaurants and athletic fields.”

Photo: HamWithCam

Breeders’ Cup Million Dollar Finish a Home Run!

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The Breeders’ Cup is the Super Bowl of horseracing. Held annually at various racetracks around the country, the 2-day thoroughbred spectacle encompasses 13 races ranging in categories based on running styles, age and distance specialties for the best horses in the world. This year, the event comes back to the homeland of horseracing in Kentucky at the historic Keeneland Racecourse on Friday, October 30 and Saturday October 31st. As we near the big day, the excitement builds with anticipation of watching Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s attempt to complete horseracing’s Grand Slam in the Breeders’ Cup Classic carrying a purse of $5 million!


TournEvent of Champions Announces 31 June Qualifiers for the $1 Million National Championship

LAS VEGAS — Multimedia Games, a GCA Inc. company (NYSE: GCA), is hosting the TournEvent of Champions in collaboration with casinos across the country to crown the nation’s best slot tournament player.

Through June, the first 58 casino finalists have qualified to compete for the national title at the Wynn’s XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on September 29-30, 2015. Qualifying rounds will continue into September with more than 175 slot players expected to compete for the National Championship and a grand prize of $1 million.

The June qualifiers are:

  • Linda Sue Smith, Kokomo, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • Michael Hoff, Anderson, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • James Potts, Kokomo, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • Benjamin Padilla, Williams, Calif., Colusa Casino Resort
  • Roy Hathaway, Hammond, Ind., Majestic Star Casino & Hotel
  • Jeffrey Peschke, Crown Point, Ind., Majestic Star Casino & Hotel
  • Kit Sengone, Porterville, Calif., Eagle Mountain Casino
  • Linda Denney, Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
  • Charles Guhl, New Palestine, Ind., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
  • Demitra Aaron, Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
  • Cheryl Lieberman, Centerville, Ohio, Miami Valley Gaming
  • Axel Johnson, Ludington, Mich., Little River Casino Resort
  • Billy Elwell, Prudenville, Mich., Little River Casino Resort
  • Michael Makowski, Traverse City, Mich., Little River Casino Resort
  • Wanda Coulson, Midland, Mich., Little River Casino Resort
  • Maureen Sharpe, Carmichael, Calif., Thunder Valley Casino Resort
  • Dawn Flaming, Sacramento, Calif., Thunder Valley Casino Resort
  • Daeng Viengxay, Madison, Wisc., Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
  • LaNita Halloway, Woodward, Okla., Riverwind Casino
  • Cynthia Baker, Guthrie, Okla., Riverwind Casino
  • Barbara Sperry, New Lisbon, Wisc., Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls
  • Elise Olson, Eau Claire, Wisc., Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls
  • Mary Jo Faris, Fond Du Lac, Wisc., Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
  • Rita Kellerman, Nekoosa, Wisc., Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
  • Jeffrey Krywcum, Tohawanda, New York, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
  • Mary Adair, Syracuse, New York, Turning Stone Resort & Casino
  • Ian Kuper, Manlius, New York, Turning Stone Resort & Casino
  • Donald Lee Bear Robe, Mission, S. Dakota, Rosebud Casino
  • Marie Bishop, West Seneca, New York, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
  • Desiree Hapka, Mentor, Minn., Shooting Star Casino
  • Judy Anderson, Perham, Minn., Shooting Star Casino

The in-casino qualifying competitions are approaching the halfway point and the competition is fierce said GCA CEO Ram Chary. “Many of our partner casinos, who have been with us from the beginning, are reporting record crowds. Driving traffic and excitement to the casino floor is what TournEvent® is all about, and we’re seeing that the secret is out and slot players from across the country are focused on the opportunity to compete for the Championship.”

The TournEvent of Champions takes slot tournaments to a whole new level. Two TournEvent of Champions buses are crisscrossing the country from April through August, visiting 22 states with more than 250,000 players competing for the chance to represent their favorite casino in Las Vegas. Casinos are hosting slot leagues, semi-finals and then in-casino finals to find their top players to represent them at the National Championship.

TournEvent of Champions began in 2012 with regional competitions in California and Washington. The event crowned its first national champion in 2013 after 88 players from 77 casinos competed in the finals at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. The 2014 event expanded to 123 players from 98 casinos and a total purse of $500,000. In 2015, TournEvent of Champions is expecting more than 175 players from 100 casinos to compete for the $1 million top prize. TournEvent of Champions tour buses are sponsored by Strictly Slots, Effinet, Norwegian Cruise Line, Virtex Enterprises, Transact, PC Promotions, CS Creative Surfaces, Andover Audio, Sequel Data Systems, Unistar-Sparco Computers, Sunkist Graphics, Cole Kepro, Gary Platt Mfg., Suzo Happ, AMW Precision, Columbus Data Systems, and VSR Industries.

About Multimedia Games, Inc.

Multimedia Games, Inc., a GCA company (NYSE: GCA), develops and distributes gaming technology from its operations, technology and manufacturing facilities in Austin, Texas. The company is a creator and supplier of comprehensive systems, content and electronic gaming units for Native American and commercial casinos. Revenue is derived from gaming units in operation on revenue-sharing arrangements as well as from the sale of gaming units and systems that feature proprietary game content and game themes licensed from others. Multimedia Games also supplies the central determinant system for the video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) installed at racetracks in the State of New York. The company was recently listed as one of Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies of 2014. Please visit, or, where Multimedia Games discloses important information about the company, its sales, and its business.

About the TournEvent of Champions®

The TournEvent of Champions is a collaboration between Multimedia Games, a GCA company, and top casinos across the country to bring unprecedented competition, intensity and glory to the casino floor through a national slot tournament, crowning the industry’s only Slot Tournament National Champion. The first TournEvent of Champions took place in 2013 with 88 players, representing 77 casinos competing for the national title and $100,000 grand prize. The 2014 TournEvent of Champions hosted 123 players from 103 casinos, with $500,000 in total prize money, including a Champion’s share of $200,000. In 2015, over 175 players from more than 100 casinos are expected to compete for a prize purse of $1.3 million, including a Champion’s grand prize share of $1 million (see complete contest rules for prize disbursement governance)*.

*Grand prize awarded using periodic payments over 20 years.

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