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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?


FRANK RESPONDS: Dump the placing of $220 inside. You are putting $50 on the 5 and $50 on the 9 and bucking a four percent edge. That’s a major edge and means your expectation is to lose two dollars for each number. That’s four bucks for those two bets. That’s way too much money. And the more you play and the more you bet that 5 and 9 the more you will start to see your money going downhill.

Placing the 6 and 8 is okay but you are still far better off going with Pass and Come (after the 5-Count). By betting $15 at a 5X odds game you can put $75 in odds on the 4 and 10; $100 in odds on the 5 and 9; and $125 in odds on the 6 and 8.

The Place bets are only superficially interesting because you can Place the numbers you want directly, call off the numbers when you feel like it and take down the numbers at any time. This is how the bets are sold by many gambling writers because at first these options seem to be quite good.

Well, they are and they aren’t. Here’s why:

Let’s take a look at the best of the Place bets, the 6 and the 8. The house edge is 1.52 percent – pretty good right? You have to make these bets in increments of six dollars and based on the size of your betting you are placing these numbers for $60 each. With a 1.52 percent house edge your expectation is to lose 91 cents per bet for a total of $1.82.

Not too bad.

Now take a look at a Pass Line or Come bet with 5X odds so a Come Bet of $15 bucking a house edge of 1.41 percent will lose the player 21 cents; meaning 42 cents for two numbers. Keep in mind that when the Come bet goes up on a number you can put the odds on the bet that I stated above – your potential losses are small and your potential for wins is far greater than using Place bets.

You can see just how much better the Pass Line and Come is compared to Placing the 6 and 8. And the 6 and 8 are the best Place bets if you feel compelled to make Place bets. Often even good bets have even better bets if you look into the situation closely.

The other Place bets are simply awful. Let me repeat: Awful.

The 5 and 9 come in with four percent edges (as stated a loss of $2 per $50 wagered) and the 4 and 10 come in with a hefty 6.67 percent edge which means a loss of $3.34 on each number if you are betting $50. These bets will shred your bankroll in short order.

Even “buying” the 4 and 10 in Atlantic City is not a great deal. If you buy them for $35, paying a $1 commission on both winning and losing bets, the house edge is 2.8 percent. In Tunica you can buy them for $25 dollars with a one dollar commission or $50 with a two-dollar commission bringing the house edge down to 1.3 percent. This is far better but still nowhere near as good as the Pass or the Come.

So stick with the Pass Line and Come bets with odds. Math is the key to the game of craps; the casinos know that and the players should know that. Those who tell you otherwise are wrong.

The casinos are not tricking anyone with the Pass Line or Come bets. You rarely hear the Stickman hawking those bets but they really hawk the worst bets on the table such as the Hardways, the Horn, the Whirl (World), the C&E and so forth. The very bets the house hawks are generally the bets to avoid.

Many players will give you systems that they think are logical but are really just silly and, more important, bad betting choices. The game of craps is random and you will not be able to figure a betting system that can actually allow you to predict what numbers are coming up next. As they say, it’s a crapshoot.

You must go with the best edges to have any chance at a win today, tonight or for this week or month. It is doubtful that “crazy crappers” have much of an expectation except losses time and time again, with an occasional win here and there.


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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.”

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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.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Louisiana Getting a $45 Million Expansion


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, Louisiana announced a $45 million expansion that will make it one of the premier casino properties in the region.

Set for completion at the end of 2016, the centerpiece of the project is a new hotel tower, featuring 167 additional guest rooms and suites. In addition to the new tower, the 200 existing rooms will also all get re-designed providing a fresh new look and feel to the hotel.

The property will also redesign its food and beverage facilities, as well as expand its special events center to better accommodate meeting and banquet functions.

“Delta Downs is extremely popular with our guests, and demand exceeds what we can accommodate with our current facility,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. “With 370 rooms and suites, Delta Downs will be better positioned to meet this growing demand, giving us the opportunity to extend our unique brand of hospitality to more visitors than ever before.”


“With our new amenities, we’ll be giving our guests more options to enjoy, and more reasons to visit,” Smith said.  “And by creating a broader entertainment experience, we are confident we’ll attract many new guests to the new Delta Downs.”

Scarlet Pearl Casino on Track for December Grand Opening – D’Iberville, Miss.


The latest casino addition to the Gulf Coast is moving along as scheduled and gamers should be excited about what’s heading their way! Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort will located minutes from the biggest resorts on the Coast.

The 18-story, 300-room hotel property located minutes from the biggest resorts in Biloxi, is expected to have a grand opening later this year, presumably in December. The casino will have 1,350 slot machines, 45-table games and a 10-table poker room. For non-gaming features, guests will enjoy an array of restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining and a World Class mini-golf course built by a design group known for elaborate layouts and features that can be found in world-class resorts such as Disney.


They are also excited to really cater to the gamblers of the region…after all, they are a casino! Where many regional casinos have been trying to capture the leisure, non-gambling customer to enjoy their non-gaming features, Scarlet Pearl management confirmed that they are interested in taking care of the gamblers. They want to offer a great experience in the casino and if the customer wants a comped room, they’re going to get a comped room. If they want a steak dinner, they’re going to get a steak dinner, based on play of course.

We will stay on top of the progress of this upcoming Gulf Coast gem and bring you more information as we get it!

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Having Phun with Pharoah

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2015 Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah

Owner: Zayat Stables Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Kentucky Derby (1  1/4 mile in 2:03) : 3-1 odds – 18 post – Won by 1 length over Firing Line Payout: $7.80 $5.80 $4.20

Preakness Stakes (1  3/16 mile in 1:58.46) : 4-5 odds – Won by 7 lengths over Tale of Verve Payout: $3.80 $3.40 $2.80

Belmont Stakes (1  1/2 mile in 2:26.65) : Won by 5 1/2 lengths over Frosted Payout: $3.50 $2.80 $2.50


June 2015 (Photos Courtesy of Churchill Downs)



American Pharoah leaving Churchill Downs (Photo by Churchill Downs)

American Pharoah leaving Churchill Downs on June 18  (Photo by Churchill Downs)

















Trainer Bob Bafferts Wall of Fame at his barn at Churchill Downs

Trainer Bob Bafferts Wall of Fame at his barn at Churchill Downs

















American Pharoah heading out for a gallop at Churchill Downs.




Bath time after a gallop at Churchill Downs.





















Bath time after a gallop at Churchill Downs










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American Pharoah heads out to jog at Churchill Downs as Trainer Bob Baffert looking on. (June 12)





















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American Pharoah jogs at Churchill Downs. (June 12)















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Dr. William McGee feeds American Pharoah carrots. McGee has taken care of past Triple Crown Winners.










Southern Gaming’s Sips & Cigars – Louisville, Kentucky




















Don’t miss our Sips & Cigars Happy Hours featuring Angel’s Envy Bourbon specials, premium cigars, appetizer specials, live music, gambling getaways to Rising Star Casino, and more.

All events are FREE to attend. Bring your own cigars or we’ll have some at the event!

Event #1: Captain’s Quarters – Thursday,  June 4th –  5:00 – 7:00



CLICK HERE for pics from Sips & Cigars Happy Hour at Captains Quarters!


Event #2: Porcini Louisville (Frankfort Ave.) – Thursday, June 11th – 5:00 – 7:00 













Event #3: Saint’s Pizza & Pub (St. Matthews) – Thursday, June 18th – 5:00 – 7:00


Event #4: Ramsi’s Cafe Around the World (Bardstown Rd.) – July 9th – 5:00 – 7:00 



All events are FREE and will have Angel’s Envy drink specials. Appetizer Specials. Great giveaways from Rising Star Casino and more!

Don’t miss out!


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