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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: Historic jackpots, fines and openings edition

14 Jun 2024

By Dan Ippolito
With the 2024 World Series of Poker in full swing, gold bracelets being handed out left and right, including an all-time great breaking an extended drought. This week, we also have an opening date for a new California casino-resort, the largest iLottery jackpot in U.S. history, a massive poker win from Atlantic City and fine for underage gambling.

Let’s begin with some Four Card Poker:

5. Harrah’s Atlantic City pays out Four Card Poker jackpot
A guest from Staten Island won one of Harrah’s linked jackpot games on Sunday, 9 June, at Harrah's Atlantic City.

The lucky player was at Four Card Poker when he hit a Royal Flush on the All-In Table Games Progressive Jackpot, winning $461,428.

4. Illinois winner claims largest iLottery jackpot in U.S. history
The lucky Illinois iLottery winner of the $552 million Mega Millions jackpot came forward to claim their epic prize.

The winner, nicknamed “MEGA Millionaire,” snagged the jackpot after playing the game online – making this the largest jackpot won through iLottery in U.S. history.

“I was scrolling through my emails when I saw one from the Illinois Lottery saying to check my numbers because I won a prize,” shared MEGA Millionaire, who has requested to remain anonymous. “In the past, I’ve won $2 here or $5 there, so I assumed it would be similar.”

The lucky winner continued, “You can’t imagine my shock and disbelief when I saw that I had won the jackpot amount of $552 million. I actually quit the app and then signed back in to double check and make sure it was real. It was real alright - but it still feels unreal!”

The MEGA Millionaire matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball, 19-37-40-63-69-17, to win the jackpot in the 4 June 2024 Mega Millions drawing.

3. Tabcorp ordered to pay $370,417 after pleading guilty to 43 charges
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has ordered Tabcorp to pay $370,417 after pleading guilty to 43 charges for failing to prevent a minor from gambling across multiple venues in Victoria and for failing to properly supervise its Electronic Betting Terminals.

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission issued charges against Tabcorp in May 2023, when a 17-year-old was found to have gambled on multiple occasions between May 2022 to October 2023, involving the following venues:

- Albion Charles Hotel
- Brunswick Club
- Coburg TAB Agency
- Cramers Hotel
- Doncaster Hotel
- Duke of Edinburgh Hotel
- Edwardes Lake Hotel
- Excelsior Hotel
- Northcote TAB Agency
- Olympic Hotel
- Parkview Hotel
- Preston Hotel
- Rose Shamrock & Thistle Hotel

2. New Chicken Ranch Casino Resort accepting reservations
Located in northern California, about 130 mile east of San Francisco, the new Chicken Ranch Casino Resort is now accepting online reservations. Guests can begin enjoying the resort's offerings with an opening on Monday, 15 July.

This new destination will feature 175 luxurious guest rooms, 22 suites, and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Guests can also explore the more than 100,000 square foot gaming floor which will feature new slots and table games. Situated near Yosemite National Park, Chicken Ranch Casino Resort offers a range of indoor and outdoor experiences, making it an ideal getaway.

1. Ivey snags 11th WSOP gold bracelet
Phil Ivey, acknowledged as perhaps the best player alive for 20 years, ended a decade-long drought at the World Series of Poker when he defeated Danny Wong heads-up to win $347,440 in the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed) event.

His 11th bracelet win moves him past the likes of Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, and the late, great Doyle Brunson and into second place on the all-time leaderboard. Just Phil Hellmuth looms ahead of him with 17 bracelets.

The Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed) event drew 149 entrants for a prize pool of $1,385,700.

"It's good. It feels good. It feels good to win always," Ivey said, with a large crowd gathering to capture the moment a true legend of the game achieved a new career milestone.
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