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Abby graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a degree in Professional Writing. She didn't expect to end up in the casino industry, but it's proving to be an educational experience.

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Casino City's Friday Five: Super (High Roller) Bowl edition

26 Jan 2018

By Abby Messick
Friday already? Guess we should have expected this – it happens every week, after all.

This time, we've got the required million-dollar win, an update to the instant win game model, and the first-ever Super High Roller Bowl in China. There's also an unusual amount of Gordon Ramsay featured this week. We hope you're a fan!

5. PokerStars Spin & Go awards $1 million prize
Trusty PokerStars paid out yet another million-dollar prize this week after a user with the handle "24HourATM" bet $100 on a hyper turbo Spin & Go tournament. This $100 turned into $1 million after a mere four minutes of play. Such is the appealing nature of Spin & Go tournaments!

Additionally, the two defeated players won $100,000 each. Not too shabby.

4. IWG launches industry first Rollover Jackpots
Instant Win Gaming, a company that specializes in – you guessed it – instant win games, has improved the jackpot formula with its Rollover Jackpots product. Prizes start at 10 million GBP and soar to 25 million GBP and can be applied to any IWG game.

Rollover Jackpots don't rely on liquidity from partner brands, meaning prize pools end up being larger for individual operators, meaning players can get those huge jackpots they've been demanding.

Meaning it might be time for us to check out some scratch cards.

3. Poker Central plans inaugural Super High Roller Bowl China
China's first-ever Super High Roller Bowl is expected to take place late March, with a HK$100 million (about US$1.2 million) guaranteed by Macau Billionaire Poker, a well-known poker tournament host in Asia. Casino Babylon over in Macau will host the event, and the buy-in is HK$2,000,000 (about US$255,800).

Forty-nine players will face off in what should be an entertaining series of matches, given how much money is at stake. Nothing brings you to the edge of your seat like large amounts of money being won and lost.



2. Top 10 Super Bowl viewing parties in Las Vegas
Do you know what you're doing for this year's Super Bowl? Maybe you've decided to eschew the usual at-home gathering in favor of something a little more flashy.

That's where Las Vegas comes in.

Gary Trask, our trusted guide to Las Vegas, gathered up the top 10 viewing parties that will take place come 4 February. Caesars Palace is planning to kick it up a notch in its recently-renovated Race & Sports book with the help of a 138-foot LED video wall, and over at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino you can shell out $150 at Gordon Ramsay Burger for food and drink packages – which seems absolutely bonkers, but, hey, it's your money.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino's SuperBook also comes highly rated, featuring a guest appearance by Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Bob Griese, reserved seating with all-you-can-eat and drink specials and, of course, almost 4,500 square feet of top-of-the-line HD video screens.


1. Gordon Ramsay steakhouse coming to Harrah's Atlantic City
Now that we've brought up Gordon Ramsay in the last item on this list, it seems to be a good time to drop some more Ramsay-related news: He'll be bringing his "steakhouse experience" to Harrah's Resort Atlantic City over Memorial Day weekend, 28 May. In addition to the requisite fancy steak offerings, the restaurant will apparently offer a menu that takes inspiration from Ramsay's British roots – we're interested to see what form that takes, as our knowledge of traditional British food doesn't extend that far beyond fish & chips and steak & kidney pudding.

Ramsay's already got a few restaurants open over at Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Atlantic City, and word on the street says they aren't half bad. Since this is the first Gordon Ramsay Steak in the tristate area, it's expected to be a bit hit, pulling in customers from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
 
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