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As Casino City's associate editor, Evan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our family of websites. He graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. in 2016 with a degree in Business and Politics while also participating on the basketball and track & field teams. He was taught Texas Hold’em by his grandfather when he was 6 years old and became passionate about the game after graduating from college.

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Casino City’s Friday Five: January promotions and entertainment edition

10 Jan 2020

By Evan Scott
As January progresses, so does a fresh new decade in the gambling industry. Land-based casinos continue to release New Year promotions and events to attract new customers and to maintain their old player base.

Already, there have been some huge jackpots won at popular casino destinations.

Let’s start by taking a look at a couple feel-good jackpot wins.

5. Unemployed Reno man wins $888,000 jackpot playing penny slots
A down-on-his-luck Reno man, who has been mostly unemployed for the past 15 years, had a sudden change of fortune when he won a jackpot of $888,585.03 playing penny slots at Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno, Nevada. Lawrence Fuller won the jackpot after making a $1.80 bet on a penny slot machine. Fuller has been largely out of work for the past 15 years, except for landscape jobs here and there.

He had been playing for just 20 minutes when he hit the jackpot at 1:52 a.m. on Sunday. Amazingly, since then, he has won eight additional jackpots all on Atlantis slot machines, giving him a grand total of $903,646. His jackpots have been confirmed to be legitimate, all with low average bets.

Fuller calls his wins "life changing" and says he plans to save his money in the bank until he decides what to do with it. The machine he was playing is the Super Lucky Times Pay machine and is a progressive machine that started at $1,000 some 12 years ago.

While this is one of the largest jackpots on a penny slot machine in the last decade, large jackpots are common at Atlantis. In 2017, a guest won nearly $2 million in Keno and in 2014, a guest won close to $4 million on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

This win is the latest in a string of jackpots at Atlantis over the recent weeks. On 1 January, Nancy K. won $34,955.26 playing Money Madness and on 28 December, Cyrus Brad Miller won $25,000 playing Bad Beat.

4. Table Mountain Casino awards jackpot of over $129,000
"Happy New Year!" said Jeff as he was paid Table Mountain Casino's random Massive Cash Jackpot, which had just reached $129,520.56. Jeff and his wife made the short drive from their hometown of nearby Reedley to celebrate her birthday in winning style and winning style it was.

When asked what he planned to do with this life-changing jackpot, Jeff said he's going to buy a new car.

Massive Cash is a Player's Club favorite that pays out anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 and is found only on the slot machines at Central California's Table Mountain Casino. When the Massive Cash jackpot is awarded, the meter immediately resets to $50,000 and continues to climb back up to $150,000 or until the next Massive Cash jackpot hits.

Rob Goslin, Table Mountain Casino President and General Manager, said, "Our team members and guests were so excited when Massive Cash hit. Congratulations to Jeff from all of us here at Table Mountain Casino. This is winning!"

3. Ocean Resort Casino bringing in the new year with dining, sporting and entertainment events
Ocean Resort Casino is tackling the new year with new dining, sporting and entertainment events. Atlantic City’s largest beachfront property will offer Super Bowl and March Madness viewing parties at the William Hill Sportsbook, as well as dining events at the Topgolf Swing Suite.

2. Roar into the '20s at Harrah's Northern California
Harrah's Northern California is swinging into the new decade with specials, gaming promotions, tournaments and giveaways.

Players have more access to benefits than ever before. Caesars Rewards members earn privileges and preferred access to Caesars resorts and amenities in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and around the world including exclusive events, promotions and offers, pre-sale tickets for select shows at resorts nationwide and discounts at outlets based on tier status. Playing at Harrah’s supplies you with perks around the world.

On Saturday, 18 January, compete for a share of $20,000 during the $20,000 Slot Tournament.

Registration starts at 12 p.m. with the first round beginning at 1 p.m. and the second round beginning at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced following the final Round 2 session.

Each Friday through 24 January, Seven Stars, Diamond and Platinum guests will receive a complimentary invitation to compete in a weekly $10,000 Blackjack Tournament while Gold guests can enter for $20 cash. Registration takes place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7 p.m.

1. Golden Nugget Las Vegas announces January 2020 special events
The Vegas resort presents a diverse lineup of weekly acts, a $75,000 slots tournament and a plethora of gaming promotions.

$75,000 World Series of Slots Tournament – 16-19 January: Put your luck to the test in this massive slot tournament featuring 50 winners on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! If you capture first place during all three days of play, you get $500,000. Entry fee is $300.

$100,000 Up to Snow Good Blackjack Tournament – 2 January - 5 January: Celebrate the New Year with a bang by entering the $100,000 Up to Snow Good Blackjack Tournament! First place takes home a cool $50,000. Entry fee is $500.

$25,000 Frosty’s Fat Cash Slot Tournament – 13 January - 15 January: Try your luck at Frosty’s Fat Cash Slot Tournament. Prizes for finishers 1-30 on both tournament play days. First place earns $5,000. Entry fee is $100.

Lastly, Golden Nugget - Las Vegas has raised the standard for entertainment in downtown Las Vegas with its acclaimed 52 Fridays Concert Series. The resort presents a diverse lineup of weekly acts, from GRAMMY award-winning pop artists to rock and roll royalty.
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