Lucky Poker Player Wins $120,000 in Paris Las Vegas

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Someone is starting 2022 on a high note. Reports have just surfaced claiming a lucky gambler managed to win almost $120,000 player poker inside the Paris Las Vegas. This is yet another huge poker jackpot earned in the city recently.

2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for Las Vegas. Here’s a quick look at some of the major jackpots earned inside the city’s casinos recently.

Let’s get into it!

Poker Player Wins Huge Jackpot Inside Paris Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of popular poker rooms. Nearly every major casino in the city offers poker and millions choose to play these games every year. Paris Las Vegas is one of the most popular casinos in the city and is known for offering a huge variety of popular poker games.

Over the weekend, one lucky gambler from Fountain Valley, California, won an astounding $119,158 playing poker inside this casino. This was won after the player hit a royal flush at the “I Luv Suits” table. The winning player asked the casino not to be publicly identified.

This is just the latest major jackpot won in this city. Last week, one gambler won more than $500,000 playing Pai Gow inside the Palace Station casino. That represents one of the largest table game jackpot wins in 2021.

A huge number of large slot jackpots were earned recently, as well. That includes an incredible $1.2 million jackpot on the “Wheel of Fortune” slot inside the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. This winner also asked not to be identified by the media.

2021 was an incredible year for Las Vegas and 2022 is shaping up to be even better. Here’s a look at some of the new gambling options set to become available this year.

What’s Coming to Las Vegas in 2022?

The past twelve months have been extremely successful for the city of Las Vegas. Gambling revenue hit new all-time highs throughout the year. All of the casino operators here saw impressive earnings.

All signs are pointing to 2022 being a very successful year, too. Some major announcements have been made here in recent weeks. That includes announcements on the return of several popular events such as the NHL All-Star game on February 5.

It seems likely that several new casinos will soon be opening their doors this year. Station Casinos has expressed a desire to open new properties in Las Vegas, including the Durango Station in the Southwest area of the city. Company officials are anticipating surges in tourism and revenue throughout the year.

More tribal groups have recently expressed an interest in opening a casino in Las Vegas. Hard Rock International recently unveiled a proposal to open a massive guitar-shaped casino on the Las Vegas Strip. With necessary approvals, construction on this venue could take place before the end of the year.

Many of the other casino hubs around the country are anticipating major revenue increases. Here’s a look at which states plan to expand their number of casinos this year.

More Casinos are Expected to Open in 2022

A huge number of exciting new casinos opened their doors in 2021. None were as highly-anticipated as Resorts World Las Vegas. At $4.2 billion, this is the most expensive gambling venue to ever open its doors in this city.

Illinois is one state working hard to expand its casino industry right now. A Capital Plan was approved in 2019 to allow for six new casinos to open in the state. Many are looking forward to seeing a casino-resort finally open in Chicago.

Pennsylvania is now home to a huge number of casinos. Certain state officials are pushing for new commercial casinos to open their doors here. Online casinos have been bringing in the majority of gambling revenue here in recent years.

Many states are expected to legalize sports gambling this year. California and Massachusetts both seem to be on the brink of sports gambling legalization. Most analysts expect a huge amount of revenue to come in from the state’s first regulated sportsbooks.

A major jackpot was just won inside Paris Las Vegas. Stay tuned for news on more of these types of jackpot wins over the next few months!

Poker Room to Open at Live!Casino Pittsburgh Next Year

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Officials at Live!Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield’s Westmoreland Mall announced plans to open a seven-table poker room.

The 1,400 square feet poker room will be built at the banquet space initially intended for private meetings and special events. It is located right next to the sports-themed restaurant Sports & Social Steel City and is expected to open next year, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Said General Manager Sean Sullivan in a press release:

“Our new poker room will be exciting and provide our guests with yet another reason to enjoy their time with us at Live! Casino.”

Free Poker Dealer Classes

In preparation for the opening of the said poker room, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will be holding free poker dealer classes that will start next Monday at the casino’s school which is located at the former Sears wing of the mall. According to the casino, classes will run for six weeks from Mondays to Fridays at either 10am to 2pm or 6 pm to 10pm.

Individuals who will complete the poker dealer courses will then be eligible to apply and interviews for full-time jobs at the upcoming poker room. Per Live! Casino, their soon-to-open poker room will create at least 25 full-time jobs.

First of 4 Mini Casinos Approved in 2018 to Open

The announcement of the poker room comes almost one year after Live!Casino became the first of the four Category 4 licenses approved by the Commonwealth in 2018 to launch. The $150M property located at the former Bon-Ton storefront at the mall is considered a “mini” casino because its license allows it to operate only up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 gaming tables.

The property is owned by the Cordish Group of Companies, a real estate, development, entertainment, and casino company founded in 1910. Its vast portfolio includes the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida. Along with its Greensburg property, the company owns two more Live! Casinos in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Both properties have existing poker rooms.

Region’s Poker Rooms Have Logged Behind

Although Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs are the home of several top poker stars like Dewey Tomko and Matt Berkey, the region’s poker rooms have logged behind when compared to places like Florida and Philadelphia.Only 10 of the 14 land based casinos across the state currently offer poker games to their customers.

Rivers is the largest poker room in the region with 30 tables. Before the pandemic, it held two tournaments per day with bigger events on weekends. But while poker rooms in Philly have resumed tournament, Rivers has not. Hollywood Park at the Meadows has 14 tables but has no immediate plans to resume its daily tournaments.

Massachusetts Casinos Blame Poker’s Absence on Dealer Shortage

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There is a shortage of poker dealers in the Massachusetts casinos.

This was revealed by a casino executive during a Thursday hearing by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The issue was raised after the commission had received complaints from customers demanding the reintroduction of poker games at Massachusetts’ casinos.

Encore Boston and MGM Springfield, the two casinos in the state, resumed mostly normal operations last May after a difficult 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But since their full reopening, the two casinos have not brought back poker games and the commission started to notice after receiving customer complaints.

Although the two casinos said that they will make a decision on poker before the end of the year, they also insisted that they have not abandoned poker games and are currently adjusting their services based on the client demand and the capacity of their manpowe.

Said Encore Boston Harbor vice-president and general counsel Jaqui Krum to the commission:

“To be clear, we did not say never to poker. We have said just not at this time. We’re constantly readjusting our offerings based on guest demand. Throughout this difficult time, we have really tried to be agile and responsive. However, we do have limited space, and the former poker area is currently occupied by some of our highest-performing slot machines.”

“Simply Cannot Find Enough Dealers”

Krum said that reopening poker tables would cause the closure of other table games. She said that the casino just doesn’t have the staff to operate both right now. According to Krum, Encore “simply cannot find enough dealers” or other workers and has been running dealer schools almost non-stop.

The Encore executive also told commissioners that the casino has a standing offer to all of its poker dealers that the casino will pay for dealer school if they need to be trained to deal a different game in the casino. She also emphasized that Encore is not trying to cut jobs but rather to fit its offerings around the staff that it has available.

Increasing Customer Complaints

Investigations and Enforcement Bureau assistant director Bruce Band told the Commission during Thursday’s hearing that his office has received an increasing number of customer complaints. According to Band, the complaints about the lack of Poker games at Encore have grown from 4 to 5 per month to 40-50 per month in its most recent tally.

Despite that, the Commission decided that it would not take action related to poker just yet with commissioners saying that they want to give the casino operator deference to run the facility in a way that will maximize tax revenue to the state while preserving jobs that come with poker games. The commission however, asked for regular updated of the situation from Encore.