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Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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Casino City’s Friday Five: Week of openings edition

15 Jun 2018

By Dan Ippolito
What a busy week we've had. The World Cup began play on Thursday, there's more big news on sports gambling and a Las Vegas casino opened new features. All this comes on top of the World Series of Poker, which had two big names end up back in the win column this week. Let’s start with the top story of the week: the 2018 World Cup: 5. Top 10 betting tidbits for the 2018 FIFA World Cup The World Cup opened up play yesterday with a match between host Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia dominated from the beginning on the way to a 5-0 win. Over the next month, teams will compete for the greatest honor in soccer by being crowned World Cup champions. The favorite to take home the trophy is Brazil with 7-to-2 odds prior to the first game of the tournament. Not far behind them is the German team at 4-to-1. Picking the winner is just one of the many things people can bet on throughout the World Cup. 4. World Series of Poker highlights Yes, the World Cup began this week, but don’t let that take all your focus away from the WSOP, either. The World Series of Poker started at the end of May and had some exciting events this week. There have been a lot of players winning a first WSOP bracelet, but not the events we are about to mention. Justin Bonomo seems like he just simply will not lose in a poker tournament lately. He defeated 114 players in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-up championship event, adding another $185,965 to his WSOP career earnings. Not only did he win that event for his second bracelet, but he was also victorious in PokerGO’s Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million just over a week ago. Brian Rast also is having great success lately. He took home his fourth career WSOP bracelet after he won the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw championship event. The event win wasn’t the only topic of discussion. This tournament will forever be remembered as Doyle Brunson’s final appearance at the World Series of Poker. 3. Stratosphere Casino celebrates new features The Las Vegas casino has opened a new gaming pit and unveiled its new Asian menu, as well. As part of the reveal of the two features, the casino held a traditional Chinese Lion Dance earlier in the week. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower made sure that the start time of the celebration included the number eight for good luck, so it began at 6:08. 2. Michigan approves internet gaming bill The plan was introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to regulate internet gaming in Michigan. It was approved by the Michigan House earlier in the week and is now awaiting the approval of the Senate, which is currently considering the matter. 1. New Jersey sports betting There has been a lot of progress in sports gambling since the 14 May decision from the Supreme Court. Gov. Philip D. Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks. Ending a more than eight-year odyssey to bring sports betting to New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy signed a bill on Monday that legalizes wagering, making it likely that gambling could start later this week — just in time for the start of the World Cup soccer championship Murphy also placed New Jersey’s first legal sports bet. He did so at Monmouth Park, where William Hill officially opened a sportsbook that is now open seven days a week. Governor Murphy placed several bets and was joined onsite by State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; former State Senator Raymond Lesniak; Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, operator of Monmouth Park; and William Hill US CEO Joe Asher. The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City also accepted its first legal sports bet. The Borgata Racebook will be renamed The Race & Sports Book while staying in the current location. The sportsbook was opened to the public on Thursday morning. Be ready and on the lookout for more openings and sports betting news!
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