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Legionnaires’ Disease Continues to Make Headlines at Resort Casinos From Las Vegas to Macau

Legionnaires' disease Las Vegas Macau

Legionnaires’ disease still hasn’t checked out of The Parisian, Las Vegas Sands’ $2.7 billion lavish resort that opened just last fall. Legionnaires’ is a potentially serious bacterial infection that contaminates the lungs and often comes with symptoms resembling pneumonia. Though most healthy adults won’t develop severe illness from the disease, as the body is typically…Read More

World Series of Poker Host Rio in Las Vegas Disinfects Water System After Legionnaires’ Breakout

Rio Legionnaires breakout WSOP 2017

The water systems at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have been disinfected following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a spokeswoman for the casino confirmed this week. Two former guests who stayed separately at the casino, one in March and one in April, later contracted the disease, which initially alerted health authorities…Read More

Bacterial Disease Legionnaires Infects Guests at World Series of Poker Host Resort

bacteria disease Legionnaires Rio WSOP

The bacterial disease Legionnaires has been discovered inside a hot water heating system at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Currently hosting the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP), health officials tested water heaters at the Caesars-owned property after two guests who stayed at the resort on different occasions reported infections. One system was found…Read More

World Series of Poker 2017 Kicks Off as Masses Descend on Las Vegas

Entry to the 2017 World Series of Poker

The 48th running of the World Series of Poker got underway this week. Though the popularity of poker has waned in recent years, the WSOP continues to be a huge annual draw to Las Vegas every summer. A series of 74 major tournaments in June and July are expected to draw huge crowds to Las Vegas…Read More

Sexton Leaves WPT, Will Join Duthie at Partypoker to Form Friendly Juggernaut

Mike Sexton and John Duthie at partypoker

Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, the voice of the World Poker Tour and for many the voice of poker, is leaving the WPT to take up a new role as chairman of partypoker. Sexton has been with the WPT since Season 1, Episode 1, which aired in 2003. In many ways, he taught the world…Read More

World Series of Poker Abandons November Nine Concept

WSOP ditches November Nine

The World Series of Poker is ditching the “November Nine” format. It’s an acknowledgment that today people are consuming and engaging with poker in very different ways than they were nine years ago, when the concept was introduced.    The November Nine first appeared in 2008, designed to give the World Series a reality show…Read More

United Airlines Passenger David Dao’s Turbulent Past Includes Frequent WSOP Cashes

United Airlines David Dao poker gambling

United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao, who was violently removed from an overbooked flight after refusing to give up his seat on Monday, was catapulted into instant worldwide fame after the incident’s phone cam video went viral, causing public outcry over his rough manhandling. Dao, it appears, is a pretty good poker player, with over…Read More

PokerStars New Jersey Turns $10 into $100,000 for Lucky Spin & Go Winner

PokerStars New Jersey Spin & Go

PokerStars New Jersey recently made one online poker player a lot wealthier. Back on January 29, James Piccolo, a 28-year-old resident of Nevada, was back east visiting his family in Bergen County. The self-described poker professional decided to test his talent on the PokerStars New Jersey platform and sat down at the $10 Sit &…Read More

Brains vs AI: Humans Taking a Pounding By Libratus

Jimmy Chou says pokerbot Libratus is better than humans

The Brains vs AI poker contest has reached its halfway point at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t make pretty reading for humankind. With 60,000 hands played in the match-up between four of poker’s finest and the latest in artificial intelligence from the Carnegie Mellon University, Libratus, the computer, is up $800,000.   …Read More

World Series of Poker 2016 Main Event Sees Qui Nguyen Sweep Top Prize

World Series of Poker Main Event

Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen won the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a grueling eight-hour heads-up battle against Gordon Vayo. Nguyen proved himself to be a gutsy passionate player, whose flamboyant dress sense is reminiscent of that other Vietnamese-American poker…Read More

Plaintiffs in Borgata Winter Poker Open “Bogus Chip” Case See Appeal Dismissed

Borgata counterfeit poker chip case appeal dismissed

Poker tournament players who sued the Borgata and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) over the cancellation of the tainted 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack event had their appeals case dismissed this week. The $560 buyin event, which had a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, was suspended with 27 players left…Read More

Pokémon Go Investors Betting on Nintendo, Gamblers Betting on Lines

Pokémon Go Nintendo app Las Vegas

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and casinos are ready to cash in on the Nintendo app’s runaway success. Based on the popular franchise that debuted in 1996, Pokémon Go features augmented reality (AR) gameplay that challenges users to capture Pokémon and train them for battle. Pokémon appear throughout the world, and players chase the characters through…Read More

2016 World Series Of Poker Begins In Las Vegas

Joe McKeehen 2015 WSOP Main Event champion

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off in Las Vegas today. Although public events won’t begin until June 2, the first of thousands of the world’s best poker players have begun their descent into Sin City from all around the globe. The WSOP runs at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from May…Read More

Second PokerStars Boycott Struggles to Make Impact After First Effort Fizzled

Ike Haxton resigns PokerStars boycott

A second PokerStars boycott by high-stakes and high-variance players is apparently failing to make a discernible dent, at least on the site’s traffic figures. Around 1,600 players signed up for the protest, according to organizers. Per industry number-cruncher PokerScout.com, while traffic dipped on January 1st, the first day of the strike, it actually rose on…Read More

Biggest European and UK Crimes of 2015

Darren Woods and the top five European gambling crimes of 2015

From French playboys to teenage bedroom cyber-attackers, and from online poker cheats to the Ndrangheta Mafia, here’s a whirlwind tour of the gambling world’s seedy underbelly. “Dooshy” Behavior One-time poster boy for 888poker Darren Woods received the dubious honor this year of being the first person to be prosecuted in the UK for cheating at…Read More