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POSTED: Friday, June 25, 2010, 4:23 AM

Is Mother Nature a liberal Democrat? That could explain Thursday night's last-minute cancellation of of the Bill O'Reilly-Glenn Beck joint appearance at the Atlantic City Hilton.

As fans of the superstar Fox News commentators arrived at the casino's hotel-lobby ticket window, they were informed by employees that severe weather over both Mahnattan and Atlantic City prohibited the pundits' planned late-afternoon helicopter trip. At first, Hilton officials pushed back the scheduled 8 p.m. program an hour in hopes the weather would improve, but that optimism was ultimately washed out by the announcement the show wouldn't be taking place.

Although refunds were made available, patrons were encouraged to keep their tickets for a to-be-announced makeup date. For their inconvenience, ticketholders were offered free parking, slot-machine vouchers and "twofers" redeemable at any of the Hilton's gourmet restaurants.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:37 PM

The planned July 31 Simon & Garfunkel concert at Trump Taj Mahal has,  like the rest of the revered folk-rock duo's upcoming tour, has been indefinitely postponed beacuse of Art Garfunkel's continuing health problems.

According to a release from the Taj, Garfunkel continues to battle a case of vocal paresis. or weakened vocal chords that previously had forced the team to reschedule April and May dates to next month."I do feel bad about disrupting so many people's plans, but as I continue to mend, I can't bring my 'A' game to a tour, and I would not perform for you with anything less," the singer said in the statement.

Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.

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POSTED: Monday, June 7, 2010, 10:54 PM

A King of Prussia man is the new king of Atlantic City "bad beat" poker jackpots.

Sunday night at the Trump Taj Mahal poker room, John Bezela won a record $336,057--one half of the prize pool's total--after his four 7s lost to four aces, thus triggering the bonus award that is in effect when four of a kind loses to a higher hand. The 84-year-old Bazela's payoff marks the highest "bad beat" prize ever paid in Atlantic City, topping last year's hit at Caesars Atlantic City by almost $120,000.

A player identified only as Jake K. of Queens, N.Y. held the "quad" aces in the $2-$4 limit Texas Hold'Em game, for which he recived $168,028. Seven of the other eight players who were originally dealt in the hand each made $24,004.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:05 PM

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the Aug. 28 rave-up headlined by Aerosmith and featuring opening act Sammy Hagar & The Wabos.

The date is just one of 18 on Aerosmith’s upcoming, “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock” tour, which is not slated to hit Philly.

And speaking of being “locked,” nothing is official, but the smart money says Hagar will be spending some of his down time at the just-opened Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar at Bally’s Atlantic City. After all, it’s hard to imagine the leather-lunged rocker would disappoint Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. poobah Don Marrandino who, in addition to being in charge of all four of the company’s AyCee properties (including Bally’s), is one of Hagar’s best buds.

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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