Rumors: Cosmopolitan And Monte Carlo Sportsbook Moving

Monte Carlo Sportsbook
Monte Carlo Sportsbook

Rumors are all over the place with Monte Carlo heading deep into construction of The Park. This park-like area will be located between Monte Carlo and New York-New York leading to the new arena that’s scheduled to open next year.

Monte Carlo has undergone some major changes with its Vegas Strip frontage and now they’re moving to the side leading to the arena. Similarly (but not the same) the Cosmo is renovating its casino floor. Here’s the juice I’m hearing:

Monte Carlo Rumors

Vegas Eater says that the Blue Man Group Theater will be closing and becoming a larger theater to be used as a concert hall. Now comes rumor (on the Five Hundy By Midnight Podcast) that the Monte Carlo sportsbook will be closing and moving into The Pub. This would make The Pub more of a sports lounge and closer to what you see at Bellagio and The Mirage.

If this rumor is true it wouldn’t be surprising to see the poker room also close and move. The sportsbook and poker room occupy the same side of the casino so it might make sense to see both shuttered to make way for the planned restaurants and bars.

Possibility: Both make sense and sound logical.

Cosmopolitan Rumors

Last month I wrote about the rumor that Cosmopolitan may be getting a poker room on Vegas Chatter. That still hasn’t come to fruition but there’s another rumor about their tiny CG Technology sportsbook.

Word is that the sportsbook will be moving from the second floor to the first floor with the other casino gaming. I reached out to a CG Technology rep on twitter and didn’t receive a response like I have every other question I’ve asked.

Possibility: Not sure the majority of customers would care about either. I could make a case for both but I can also see bean counters not caring about such a small piece of gaming revenue (about 2%-3% total).

Closing

Rumors are a hit and miss proposition. Sometimes they’re true and sometimes they’re not. The success rate I’ve had with rumors that make sense is about 50%. If that holds true here then we should see two of the rumors mentioned above come true. Time will tell as construction is progressing at Monte Carlo and Cosmo is quietly making changes to their property.

 

WSOP Movie Detailing Martin Jacobson Coming Soon

"10 for 10" - WSOP Movie
“10 for 10” – WSOP Movie

A WSOP movie trailer was just released. The official trailer for “10 for 10: The Main Event – Martin Jacobson WSOP 2014″ just hit the internets and it doesn’t look too shabby. Check it out below.

Regardless if you’re interested in watching a movie about poker you should at least appreciate that the trailer was beautifully shot. The movie is an insider’s look at Martin Jacobson’s quest for the 2014  WSOP championship and its $10,000,000 prize.

Visit Natural Stacks for early access to the movie.

“Rounders” Returns To Netflix

Poker Movie Rounders On Netflix
“Rounders” For Me

Over the weekend I received the email above saying that “Rounders” was back on Netflix. Movies come and go on Netflix streaming every few months so I made sure to watch it right away. I actually wanted to watch “The Big Lebowski” which is no longer available as a streaming title but is only $5 on Amazon. It’s been a while since I’ve seen “Rounders” and I forgot how great of a movie it is. If you’re not familiar with “Rounders” here’s the quick IMDB plot.

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

That plot doesn’t sound awesome but the cast of characters is pretty great. Matt Damon and Edward Norton do a good job as the main characters but I forgot how great John Malkovich was as Teddy KGB and I totally forgot John Turturro as Joey Knish who’s a totally random great part of the movie. You can catch “Rounders” on Netflix now or just buy it for a few bucks. “Rounders” is only $8 at Amazon if you still watch DVD’s.

Ace Ace Loses To Ace Ace In Crazy WSOP Poker Hand

Pair of Aces In WSOP Poker Hand
Heh heh heh. Ace Ace

People talk about bad beats in sports betting fairly often. I find the thought of a bad beat silly but that’s me. Things happen. It seems as if bad beats do happen in poker.

Now, this bad beat from the World Series of Poker earlier this year is pretty crazy. Both players went all in with a pair of Aces and one sucked out a win on the last card.

Ironically by the last card dealt this “bad beat” had a 20% chance of occurring. That doesn’t seem like a mathematical bad beat. I’m resigned to the fact that bad beats are silly thoughts. Things happen.

Photo: USA Today

These Are American’s Favorite Casino Games

I love a good survey. Today’s question from the American Gaming Association is a simple one.

What’s your favorite casino game?

  • slots 48%
  • blackjack 16%
  • none 14%
  • poker 6%
  • roulette 5%
  • video poker 4%
  • craps 4%
  • sports book 2%
  • baccarat 1%

These results are from casino customers across the country. Since slot machines and video poker are combined in revenue reports this almost makes perfect sense.

The only minor surprise is that poker sneaks in with 6%. If it wasn’t such a popular home game I might be more surprised.

What do you think of these results?

World Series Of Poker Live Stream Details

World Series Of Poker Logo
World Series Of Poker

If you love watching poker you’re in store for a lot of pokery goodness coming soon. Summer is the season of poker! If you’re not in Vegas to catch the World Series of Poker live at the Rio you can watch it almost live online anywhere or wait until ESPN airs it in a few months. WSOP just announced its live stream event schedule for this year’s events. Here are the details:

For the third year, WSOP.com will be livestreaming the final table action with the help of seasoned poker commentator David Tuchman.  We’re keeping the broadcaster busy this summer with 32 days of feature table streaming, which will include commentary from Tuchman and a rotating cast of guests as well as hole cards on all No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha events.

As in previous years, we will also have a secondary stream, which features a multi-camera setup, no hole cards, no commentary, and a five-minute delay.  Please keep in mind this schedule is tentative and we reserve the right to change the schedule and which table is the feature table. 

Start times depend on when play reaches a final table on Day 3. Be sure to follow @WSOP on Twitter for links and start times for streaming events. The streams will all be available on WSOP.com.

Continue reading “World Series Of Poker Live Stream Details”

Here’s What To Expect From The 2014 World Series Of Poker

World Series Of Poker Logo
World Series Of Poker

I tweeted a bunch of information that I found interesting during the conference call for the World Series of Poker today. I don’t play casino poker so my major takeaway may be different than most people on the call.

I love how WSOP and Caesars is integrating play on WSOP.com during the tournament itself. You can see details in my notes below. Note the frisbee dog show.

  • $2 billion prize money WSOP
  • New chairs!
  • More tables!
  • New carpet!
  • Frisbee dog shows – Day of Millionaire Maker tournament.
  • Opening day at Rio will include “rain”.
  • 303 millionaires made at WSOP
  • WSOP will not be played exclusively at Rio. Encouraging to play on WSOP.com.
  • Will be able to deposit to WSOP.com from casino cage at Rio.
  • Online players will be able to deposit at the cage. 100% up to $1000 bonus for 1st time depositors & reloads
  • Will be players only cage.
  • WSOP.com ambassadors throughout WSOP to help with signup/questions.
  • Will be live streaming (on delay) of over 25 tournaments. Not sure where. Didn’t catch details
  • Players be allowed to have laptops at WSOP tables so they can also play online
  • Free wifi at convention center. Additional bandwidth for WSOP. Stage will be set up for players and will have its own wifi network to ensure access.
  • Bracelet events online in future.
  • Players can not wear headphones at final tables. Can play poker online when out of the hand. Cannot play online when cards are in front of them.
  • Hotel reservations at Caesars hotels are up YOY.
  • Registration for WSOP healthy.
  • Expect Millionaire Maker to be huge.
  • Main Event prize guaranteed to be $10mm. BOOM!
  • Open Face Chinese Poker still not an official tournament. WSOP not comfortable with it.
  • Last year’s winner purchased a house in Vegas. I haven’t seen him.
  • Many people looking to play Big One are still raising funds. Not using their own money.

I’m sure I left something out so feel free to tweet or comment with any questions.

Gambling Forums

Here’s a short lists of some gambling forums and websites to use as reference.

All Vegas Poker
BJ21
Gambling Teachers
Jeff Lotspiech’s Video Poker Page
Poker News Daily
Two Plus Two Poker
VP Free 2
VP Free 2 – Mobile
Wizard of Odds
Video Poker Forum
vpFree (Yahoo Group)

Tweet me @MeltzVegas with any forums you think should be added.

Online Gaming Yes, Sports Betting No In New Jersey

Atlantic City Boardwalk Waterfront At Night
Atlantic City Waterfront At Night

It’s not news that online gaming has become legal in New Jersey. What is news is that there is a start date.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Online gaming in New Jersey will begin November 23rd. That date is still tentative so it can always move but I’m sure that the state and casinos would like the gaming companies to have their stuff together in time for holiday money.

In a matter of two months or so, gaming regulators in the State of New Jersey will start giving the “go live” signal to launch Internet gaming websites of Atlantic City casinos that passed vetting processes. The much-awaited date is tentatively set on November 23, 2013. 

New Jersey will allow all types of gaming online. Even though Nevada is first out of the gate with online poker being available with Ultimate Poker and WSOP they’re only allowing poker. This is a good start for Nevada but the ability to play video poker and slot machines will really be where online gaming makes a dent in the bottom line for a casino or gaming company.

In Nevada you can bet on sports online or in a casino sportsbook. You won’t be able to do either in New Jersey any time soon with another lost court case. Have no fear, the Supreme Court will be here to save the day to legalize sports betting in New Jersey!

“For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favor,” state senator Ray Lesniak said. “That gives us hope that others, either Supreme Court justices or the entire Court of Appeals for our district, will allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada.”

The next step will be to seek a rehearing before all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Then, the case would head to the U.S. Supreme Court, which only takes up a small percentage of the cases presented to it.

There is a huge market for sports betting on the east coast and this could be a huge financial impact when it becomes legal. For comparison sports betting in New Jersey will be about the same as the Las Vegas strip. That’s just the strip – not the rest of Nevada. That’s a big deal.

Since I live in Las Vegas I think I’ll go fire up one of my apps and bet on a game….because I can. 🙂

Photo: Soul of America 

Runner Runner Opens Next Month

Runner Runner Movie Poster
Runner Runner Movie Poster

The movie Runner Runner features Justin Timberlake as a poor college smart guy and Ben Affleck as an online poker operator. The movie evolves around the shady side of offshore online poker. Here’s the brief synopsis from IMDB.

When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

I wasn’t joking when I said that the synopsis was brief. That’s not a very exciting overview of the movie. The official trailer was just released and shows much more of what the movie is all about.

To my surprise the final trailer actually looks pretty good. Unfortunately I can’t imagine that the movie offers anything better than we see in this 2 minute snippet. Despite the big name cast I don’t see this movie doing very well in the theaters.

I’m interested in the online poker but I’m not much of a movie theater guy and I don’t see myself paying more than $1.29 to rent Runner Runner from Redbox and watch this on my couch around Christmas. Hopefully I’m wrong and this movie is awesome. What do you think of the trailer?

Photo: IMPAwards