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George Clooney Responds To Casino Owner

Back in April, Steve Wynn and George Clooney were having dinner, and a heated exchange ensued. The spat became public and the center of celebrity gossip.

The two have slightly different accounts of what exactly went down. Wynn claimed that Clooney got drunk and basically got overly pro-Obama. Weeks later, Clooney has refuted Wynn’s account of what was said. The actor presumably wanted to clear the air.

Here is Clooney’s full statement (via People Magazine):

“Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we’ve spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged.

“He now says he didn’t call the president an ‘asshole.’ That is false. He bellowed ‘I voted for the asshole,’ and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end. Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn, call him the same body part, and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn’t drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking but it was early and we still had two events to attend.”

“He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I’m ‘molly coddled,’ that I’m surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but ‘yes’ to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys’ school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I’ve been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.

“Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with…or at least start with the fact that you can’t make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses.”

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Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

Ben AffleckWhile on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $ 356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

According to a source at the casino, Affleck was being incredibly obvious that he was keeping a running count by using his black $ 100 chips to keep track and varying his bet sizes between $ 100 and $ 20,000, depending on how favorable the shoe was.

Apparently, after being asked to stop, Affleck continued to keep count and the casino had no choice but to ban him from playing and ask him to leave.

The alert, which is issued to other major casinos in the area, said that Affleck was “currently suspected of advantage play.”

Card counting occurs when a player, primarily playing blackjack, keeps a running count of the high and low cards dealt from a particular shoe. When the ratio of high cards to low cards is favorable, the player then bets bigger, taking advantage of the odds being temporarily shifted in their favor. Card counting is not an illegal practice, but the casino does have the right to restrict or bar a card counter from playing.

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Massachusetts To Award Casino License In June

The state of Massachusetts could award its first Las Vegas-style casino license by mid-June, according to a report from CBS Springfield.

The Gaming Commission said at a meeting on Friday morning that the plan is to award the license June 13, as long as there aren’t any setbacks. MGM is the only casino firm left standing in the race for Region B (the western part of the state).

Other firms are competing elsewhere, including a Wynn Resorts plan near Boston, but it appears the state needs more time sorting through those situations.

MGM is eyeing a $ 800 million casino for downtown Springfield.

In March, the state awarded Penn National Gaming the slots parlor license, the only one of its kind in the gambling expansion initiative.

The 2011 law, which authorized three Las Vegas-style casinos and one slots parlor, is the target of anti-gambling groups that are trying to stop casino development. They want the legislation repealed, something that has caused some firms bidding for casinos there to become a bit worried. However, it is very unlikely that the law would be repealed.

Some are also concerned with the tax structure in the state, saying that the way Massachusetts takes a cut of gambling winnings could hurt business.

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Caesars Applies For Casino License In New York

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is looking to expand to the state of New York, which authorized four Las Vegas-style commerical casinos last year.

According to reports, Caesars is eyeing a $ 750 million project around 50 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. The application cost the firm $ 1 million.

The project would be built in the town of Woodbury, N.Y.

The New York Times reported that 16 firms have so far expressed interest in building in Upstate New York. Four are looking at the same county as Caesars.

Some are worried that more gambling would hurt the existing gambling industry in New York, and thus not benefit the economy like the governor has predicted.

Right now, Caesars has four casinos in Atlantic City and a racino in Philadelphia.

The New York Times reported that Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Boyd Gaming also considered building in upstate New York, but only Caesars decided to apply.

Caesars is currently building a casino in Baltimore. Not long ago, the firm backed out of a plan to pursue a casino in Boston. Caesars has more than 50 casinos worldwide.

The World Series of Poker is owned by an offshoot of Caesars.

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Casino Gambling In Crimea Takes Another Step

Despite political tensions still persisting, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, RT reported. If completed, Crimea would be the fifth gambling zone in the Russian Federation.

According to the report: “Under current Russia law, casinos are only allowed in four regions of Russia—Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Altay, and Primorsky Krai, and not allowed in larger Russian cities.

However, finding investors for the projects proved difficult, and only one city has opened casinos—Azov City, a coastal area east of Crimea. The other areas haven’t attracted investors yet. In 2009, casinos across Russia, mostly in Moscow, were shut down to curb a serious increase in gambling addiction.”

According to Bloomberg, Russia’s ministers of economy, finance and regional development are looking to make Crimea less dependent on government funds. The region would then be given tax breaks to encourage foreign and local casino operators to put down roots.

According to the BBC, the Kremlin has declared the Ukrainian territory part of Russia, despite a lack of international recognition and opposition from the United States.

Crimea was part of Russia until 1954.

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Pennsylvania Casino Table Games Break Record

Table games at Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos brought in a record amount in March.

According to the state’s Gaming Control Board, revenue from the play of table games (which includes poker) at Pennsylvania’s casinos rose one percent during March, producing the highest level of revenue, $ 67.9 million, since the introduction of the games in July 2010.

The previous record of nearly $ 67.4 million was set in March 2013.

Slot machine revenue fell a bit in March 2014, resulting in year-over-year decline when talking about overall gaming revenue for the casinos.

The casino with the largest table game revenue during March 2014 was Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, which scooped nearly $ 15.3 million of the figure.

That casino reportedly is on the market.

The first casino opened in Pennsylvania in 2007, and in a short time span the state has overtaken neighboring New Jersey with regards to casino gaming win.

Pennsylvania is also taking a look at legalizing online gaming.

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Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $ 9.6 million.

The report comes from New Jersey Law Journal.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

The technique Ivey is accused of using to gain an advantage over The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, called “edge sorting,” is the same one he was accused of using against Crockfords Casino in the United Kingdom. Ivey eventually admitted to noticing a manufacturing defect in the cards at Crockfords, but said it wasn’t cheating. He sued the casino, which withheld his winnings of around $ 12.1 million. That case is still pending.

Both the Borgata and Crockford sessions in question happened in 2012.

Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.

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Could Possible Sale Of Pennsylvania Casino Improve Chances Of Web Poker Legalization In State?

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is discussing a possible sale of its casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with potential buyer Tropicana Entertainment, Inc., according to reports.

Could that deal, if it happened, help the online poker cause in the state?

Sands is owned by billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson, who has promised to spend lavishly to fight the spread of online gaming in the United States. In the coming weeks, Pennsylvania will release its findings from a much-anticipated gambling study, one that will include a look at the potential impact of Internet betting in the commonwealth.

Pennsylvania probably won’t legalize this year, but the study could pave the way for it having a decent shot of authorizing web gambling in 2015. No state in the United States is actually a favorite to legalize any form of real-money wagering during this calendar year.

If the rumored negotiations between Sands and Tropicana work out, and the property is no longer owned by Adelson, it’s reasonable to think that it could clear a potential roadblock for online poker legalization there. After all, Adelson would no longer have “skin in the game,” as one gaming industry expert put it to Card Player in an interview earlier this year.

The idea behind it is simple. If Adelson doesn’t have a casino presence in a state, he probably would be less likely to impact online gaming discussions there. Getting out of the brick-and-mortar casino market in Pennsylvania might give his coalition less pull in Harrisburg.

It’s unclear if Adelson has had any effect, to date, on Internet gaming talks there.

Pennsylvania not long ago overtook neighboring New Jersey in terms of gaming revenue, but New Jersey does now have an Internet gaming industry. It’s still too early to gauge the success of the Garden State’s online games, which began just this past November.

In addition to potentially impacting matters on a state level, Adelson’s camp is supporting efforts by two federal lawmakers for a nationwide prohibition on Internet betting.

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Report: Tropicana Might Buy Sands Casino Bethlehem

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has basically been on the market for a year. The Morning Call reported Wednesday that Tropicana Entertainment is interested in buying it, though it’s not clear for how much.

According to the report, analysts said that the casino in Pennsyvlania doesn’t fit in with Las Vegas Sands’ model of “mega-casino.”

The firm makes the majority of its billions from Macau, the world’s top gambling hub.

“I’ve heard the rumors like everyone else, but I’ve heard nothing directly from the Sands or any possible buyer,” Bethlehem mayor Robert Donchez told The Morning Call last week.

“Sands has been a great corporate citizen, and [former Sands President] Bob DeSalvio was an excellent leader. They kept their promises. I would hope that whoever comes in lives up to that standard.”

Sands reportedly spent more than $ 800 million, more than any other casino in the state, to build the property, which also includes a 302-room hotel, shopping mall and event center. The money wasn’t wasted, as it reportedly is one of the most successful in Pennsylvania.

Tropicana is coming off a recent buy of a casino from Pinnacle Entertainment.

Sands, the largest casino developer in the world, is owned by Sheldon Adelson, while Tropicana is owned by Carl Icahn. Both are within the top 30 richest people in the world.

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CG Technology Inks Deal With Mexican Casino Firm

CG Technology has inked a deal to provide its sports book technologies to a casino operator in Mexico, the firm announced this week in a press release.

CG Technology, formerly Cantor Gaming, will see its mobile sports wagering, back end account management and wallet functions used at eight Logrand Group casinos in Mexico.

Logrand Group owns the country’s largest casino — Jubilee casino in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

The deal is the first of its kind, for CG Technology, in Latin America, the announcement said.

“We are delighted to work with the Logrand Group and bring our state-of-the-art licensing and software solutions to their casinos,” Lee Amaitis, President and CEO of CG Technology, said.

“CG Technology estimates it has in excess of 25 percent of the Nevada sports wagering market and that over half of these wagers are conducted on mobile devices in Nevada. Our leading expertise in this area means we are perfectly positioned to elevate Logrand Group’s entertainment offering, especially as we introduce customers to the ease, convenience and excitement of mobile sports wagering applications.”

In addition to seeking opportunities in Latin America, Nevada-based CG Technology is exploring race and sports book expansion opportunities internationally.

Technically, Nevada’s current online gaming industry is just dealing in poker, but sports betting via mobile devices, which came well before the first Silver State online poker site, could also be considered a foray into that realm. It’s arguably just a matter of semantics.

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