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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: Expansions, jackpots and poker edition

26 Apr 2024

By Dan Ippolito
As Bally’s in Atlantic City gears up to celebrate 45 years, the resort announced new amenities and offerings for guests to enjoy. That isn’t the only resort with something to look forward to. A Nevada property unveiled plans for a massive expansion. On top of that, we also have a seven-figure jackpot win out of Florida, ESPN BET’s first retail sportsbook opening, and a record poker win.
Let’s begin with a major slot win:

5. Record $1.7 million win at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa
One lucky winner hit a jackpot of over $1.7 million at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa over last weekend. It is the largest Dragon Link jackpot Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has ever paid and the fourth largest jackpot, overall.

The guest was playing Dragon Link Golden Century when it hit for $1,771,655.

4. Largest pot in High Stakes Poker history
During Season 12's ninth episode of High Stakes Poker that aired on Monday, Santhosh Suvarna tangled with Andrew Robl in a pot that reached $992,000. Suvarna scooped the entire amount with a full house and hauled in the largest pot in High Stakes Poker's 12-season history.

The cash game had stakes of a $1,000 small blind, $2,000 big blind, and $2,000 big blind ante, plus there was a $4,000 straddle placed by Suvarna on this hand. Robl, a professional high-stakes poker player, over bet $300,000 into the $202,000 pot on the river. Suvarna, a successful businessman, had kings full of fours and moved all in for $395,000. Robl, holding fours full of kings, called for the extra $95,000 and saw the bad news that he was beat.

3. Bally’s Atlantic City celebrates 45th anniversary
Building upon the successful completion of over $100 million in renovations in the summer of 2022, Bally's Atlantic City announced additional improvements that will take the customer experience to new heights.

In the summer, players will be able to experience the remodeled High-Limit Slot room. With a selection of new slot machines, Bally's will also introduce a private entrance with a dedicated host desk, exclusive cashier, and private restrooms.

The casino floor will be completely new as well with over 500 new games and a different look.
A steakhouse, Park Place Prime, is also scheduled to open its doors in December as a nod to the legacy and history of the establishment.

2. ESPN BET opens first retail sportsbook
On Wednesday, Hollywood Casino at Greektown unveiled its new ESPN BET branded sportsbook and restaurant on the upper floor of the 100,000-square-foot Downtown Detroit casino.

This sportsbook is the first ESPN BET branded retail location to open across PENN Entertainment’s portfolio of properties.

The ESPN BET sportsbook and restaurant offers guests approximately 4,500 square-feet of betting and dining space, with wagering kiosks, big-screen TVs, a 30’ video wall and more.

1. Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite announces $100 million remodel project
Eureka Casinos, the only 100% employee-owned casino company in the U.S., is committing itself to a $40 million first phase of a $100 million long-term property-wide reinvestment at Eureka Casino Resort in Nevada.

The project kicked off with the expansion and remodeling of its signature steakhouse, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Following that is a remodel of the hotel and an expansion and renovation of the entire casino floor and restaurant outlets.

Eureka has already completed remodeling a ballroom that accommodates up to 150 guests. Ideal for private functions from weddings to community events, the ballroom is used more frequently for fun public events like wine-pairing dinners and concerts.
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