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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: Crazy blackjack win in Las Vegas edition

17 Jul 2020

By Dan Ippolito
On Tuesday, Ukraine Parliament passed a bill that would regulate online and land-based gambling in the country. Other top stories this week include a third career bracelet win at the World Series of Poker, an unlikely and massive blackjack score at The STRAT, a new look for a pool scene in Las Vegas and DraftKings debuting its online casino in two U.S. states.

Let’s start by hitting the blackjack tables:

5. $150,000 blackjack win at The STRAT Hotel Casino in Las Vegas
One lucky guest at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod won a total of $149,003 on a single hand of blackjack on Thursday, 9 July. That’s right, one hand of blackjack equaled nearly $150k!

The out-of-state visitor hit to win $109,879 on a $5 bonus jackpot and $39,124 on a $1 bonus jackpot. Just for fun, he pocketed an additional $116 by hitting “21” two split aces.

4. A preview of Circa Resort and Casino’s giant pool amphitheater
On 28 October, Circa Resort & Casino will open its doors ahead of schedule and also debut Stadium Swim.

The multi-tiered Stadium Swim at the new Las Vegas resort will boast six pools and two spas, with 15,756 square feet of wet space and a massive 135-by-41-foot LED screen.

The venue also will feature state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Light sanitation and water-recirculation patterns, providing guests with a clean and healthy public pool experience.

“We’re building Stadium Swim to be unlike any pool in existence today and to reinvent the Vegas pool party, 365 days a year,” said Circa’s CEO Derek Stevens.

3. DraftKings unveils online casino in West Virginia and Pennsylvania
This week, DraftKings debuted its online casino in West Virginia and its mobile casino app in Pennsylvania.

In association with Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races in West Virginia, the launch includes the DraftKings Casino mobile application, in addition to access to DraftKings Casino via the DraftKings Sportsbook mobile application. It also features virtual table games including popular slot machine games as well as blackjack, roulette, Three Card Poker and Keno.

With the online casino launching in Pennsylvania, players have access to new games only found on DraftKings, plus revamped classics, including blackjack and roulette.

In addition to popular slot and table games found only on DraftKings Casino, the new app will also offer games from third-party providers like International Gaming Technology. DraftKings players in Pennsylvania will soon have access to the DraftKings Live Dealer Studio.

2. Ukraine parliament passes bill to legalize gambling
Ukraine passed a bill that would regulate online and land-based gambling on Tuesday, following a special sitting of the Verkhovna Rada, the country’s parliament.

Draft Bill 2285-D, which was approved following a second reading, could become law in August after being voted in favor of by a margin of 248-95.

The legal age to gamble in the Ukraine, which officially banned gambling in 2009, will be 21. Bookmakers will be allowed to work at horse tracks and three-, four- or five-star hotels with at least 50 rooms in Kyiv and 25 in other cities. A five-year bookmaker’s license will cost nearly Hr 141.7 million ($5.2 million), according to the law.

1. Third WSOP bracelet win for McKeehen
The $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller had 496 entries and a $1.5 million prize pool. 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen prevailed the $352,985 win.

Five years ago, McKeehen etched his name in poker history by topping a field of 6,420 players to win the Main Event for $7,683,346.

Two years later, he showed just why he's one of the best in the world by taking down the 2017 WSOP Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $311,817. Now he's a three-time bracelet winner joining players like David "Chip" Reese, Dewey Tomko, and Lyle Berman – all Poker Hall of Famers.

McKeehen played a patient game at the final table, carefully picking his spots. In fact, he didn't notch a final table elimination until the last one.
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