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World-famous comedy star Kevin Hart took his first crack at a major high roller when he played the $100,000 Super High Roller at PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January.

He fired a couple of shells without any luck, but he may have at least learned something from the experience, as he improved his results already on his second try by making Day 2 with above starting stack of the same event at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®.

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Macau-based casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd and Monaco casino firm Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Étrangers à Monaco, also known as SBM, announced the formal establishment of a strategic partnership between the two firms. “This partnership includes a mutual commitment… to work together on the development and operation of entertainment businesses including integrated resort projects in the Asia‑Pacific region,” namely in Japan, the firms said in a joint press release.

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The Florida Senate is to put a start to the new gambling legislation negotiations between the members of the House and the Senate on Thursday. The conference is set to kick off at 4 PM today. Six state senators and six state representatives are reportedly to be present at the gambling legislation conference, with the presence of state Senator Bill Galvano, Representative of Branderton, confirmed. It is exactly Galvano who is the conference chairman, considering the fact he is well-seasoned in the matters of gambling legislation. However, it is not exactly clear what would the Senate offer at the conference.

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Casino and café chain owner Hard Rock International has finalized the purchase of the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino, a move that allows the company to finally enter Atlantic City’s casino market. Hard Rock will host a press conference on Wednesday, April 5, to shed light on its plans for the property. The casino developer and operator has not disclosed Trump Taj Mahal’s purchase price, but it had formerly confirmed that it would invest over $300 million in the property’s complete redevelopment. Spread over 17 acres of land on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, the complex will reopen doors for visitors and guests as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

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Casino developer and operator Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) is planning to complete and launch Phases 3 and 4 of its Cotai Strip property Galaxy Macau by 2018 and 2020, respectively. The company said during a Friday presentation of its annual financial results that the new phases of the massive project will mostly include family-friendly entertainment options and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) facilities.

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A gambling bill passed a Florida House Committee on Tuesday after members voted 11-7 in the affirmative. Sponsored by Rep. Mike La Rosa, the piece basically keeps the current gambling status quo in the state, very much unlike a separate legislation currently being considered in the Senate that calls for a massive gambling expansion.HB 7037 was introduced in mid-February and cleared the House Tourism and Gaming Control Subcommittee shortly after. Here it is important to note that Rep. La Rosa chairs said subcommittee. The legislative piece is next headed to the Commerce Committee. If it clears that hurdle, too, it will then appear before the full House floor.

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The Gold Coast Integrated Resort will feature up to five high-rise towers and a marine parking for jet ski among many other amenities, developer ASF Consortium has revealed to local media.The A$3-billion complex, dubbed Gold Coast’s largest development project in recent history, is planned to be located on a five-hectare site on Gold Coast’s Southport Spit, right next to the Sea World marine animal park.

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An iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk casino will be transformed into a family-friendly resort destination, it became clear on Monday. Real estate developer R&R Development Group is set to buy the shuttered Atlantic Club Casino Hotel for an undisclosed price.

The Atlantic Club’s new owner – Ronald Young – and his real estate development firm are planning to invest over $135 million in renovating the former resort and turn it into a popular non-gambling destination. Mr. Young expressed hopes that 300 rooms of the property’s hotel portion will be opened this fall.

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Security officers at Sheldon Adelson’s Sand casino in Bethlehem made history last week, when they signed a union contract with the casino operator .Last Wednesday, members of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America signed a three-year contract with Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem that will give its security guards an 8 percent pay increase—effective immediately—as well as a seniority structure and a greater say in work rules for its 146 members, The Morning Call reported.

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