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Archive: January, 2010

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 2:58 PM

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010, 8:36 PM

Here are the details of  the historic 'bad beat' poker jackpot that was hit earlier today at Caesars Atlantic City

Total amount: $553,958.

Qualifying hands: Four aces/four 3s.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010, 6:34 PM

Local fans of Lady Gaga are no doubt wondering how their idol was able to appear live on today's installment of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" less than 24 hours after ishe announced health issues had forced her to cancel three upcoming performances including tomorrow's set at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

On the live broadcast from Chicago, Gaga--who while onstage Thursday night at Purdue University announced she wouldn't be doing the trio of shows--showed little signs of her reported "exhaustion and dehydration." She appeared in a spike-studded black outfit (and similarly coiffed blonde hair) and, according to Associated Press, at one point demolished the windshield of an onstage taxi cab with a wrecking ball.

A Borgata spokeswoman had no comment when asked about Gaga's semingly miraculous recovery. Tickets for tomorrow's show will be refunded.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010, 5:41 PM

The largest poker "bad beat" jackpot in Atlantic City was hit today for $553,000 at Casears Atlantic City, according to Caesars' spokesman Chris Jonic.No other details about the historic payoff have been released.

A "bad beat" jackpot is paid when a player holding a minimum of four 2s loses to a superior hand. The player who loses with such a hand receives 50 percent of the progressive jackpot. The hand's winner gets 25 percent, and the other players at the table split the remaining 25 percent, provided they were dealt into the qualifying hand. Assuming there was full table, the person with the losing hand won about $226,000, the winning hand was worth $113,000 and each of the other eight players received about $14,000.

The Caesars jackpot had been building since the late fall. For the past month, players hoping to get a piece of the pie have reportedly waited up to three hours for a seat at a Caesars poker table. The length of time it took for Caesars' prize to be claimed was highly unusual. According to Ray Steffanelli, director of poker marketing at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, his casino has paid 12 bad beat jackpots (a total of some $1.5 million) since Caesars' last jackpot was hit.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010, 3:01 PM

Lady Gaga's sold out Saturday night show at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa has been cancelled due to the pop diva's health situation.

According to a statement released by Borgata, her Gaganess collapsed prior to her Thusday night gig in West Lafayette, Ind. Her doctor blamed "exhaustion and dehydration," and advised her to cancel three upcoming shows including tomorrow's.

Unfortunately for those with tickets, there will be no make-up date; refunds are available. For more info, call (866) 900-4849.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:04 PM
Her sold-out Borgata concert isn't the only thing on Lady Gaga's to-do list Saturday night. 

After the hottest-pop-star-on-the-planet is finished at the Big B, she'll head on over to House of Blues inside the Showboat to host a fundraiser sponsored by Out in AC, the annual lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transgendered event staged by Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s Atlantic City operations. The bash will benefit four organizations:  Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality Pennsylvania, Garden State Equality and The Power, all of which advocate on behalf of the LGBT Community and marriage equality efforts in the Tri-State region and beyond.

 "I am honored to be able to continue to raise awareness and money for this cause and these outstanding organizations," said Lady G in a statement. "Organizations like these are in the trenches every day working on behalf of all of us whether you are LGBT or straightEqual and full civil rights are supposed to be for all of us.”

Doors open at 10pm, admission is a minimum donation of $20 at the door.  There will be no advance ticket sales and you must be at least 21-years-old with valid identification. For more info, go to
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POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2010, 8:26 PM

Figures released Monday by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission confirmed what everyone who cares already knew: 2009 was another lousy year in Atlantic City.

According to the commission, the gross revenue in AyCee's 11 gambling dens was $3.9 billion, down 13.2 percent from 2008. That made '09 the third year in a row to see less gambling take than the previous year. To add insult to injury, the $3.9 bil represents the first sub-$4 billion year since 1997.

The culprits, of course, were the 1-2 punch of a still-sour economy and increased competition from Pennsylvania, which saw new slot houses open in Pittsburgh and Bethlehem. And things don't look to get much better this year, especially once Pennsylvania's casinos start running table games sometime after Memorial Day.

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