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UNCASVILLE, Conn. - State police arrested four people at the Mohegan Sun casino after they were caught with a card counting device.

State police say the New York residents were using the device at a baccarat table Saturday to determine the order or cards in the deck before they were dealt.

All four were charged with cheating while lawfully gambling, possession of a cheating device, first-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass.

Fifty-year-old Yuan Chen, 45-year-old Dong Zhong, 41-year-old Jim Tong, and 37-year-old Yu Feng were each being held on $10,000 bond and were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Norwich Superior Court.

source: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct--casinocheating0907sep07,0,3370091.story
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Fallsview Casino Resort announced today that Cheech and Chong - one of the most popular comedy duos of the 1970s and 1980s - will bring their Light Up Canada tour to Fallsview as part of the resort's autumn line-up.

The reunited Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong will perform one show only in Fallsview's Avalon Theatre on Thursday, November 6, beginning at 8:30pm.
L.A. native Marin and Edmonton's Tommy Chong met at a former Vancouver topless bar that Chong had turned into a comedy club. The duo hit it off and took their marijuana-themed act on the road, where they were discovered in 1970 by a record-company executive. They released nine comedy albums in the '70s and '80s, winning a Grammy for their 1973 album Los Cochinos. They also made 10 movies between 1978 and 1985, including Up In Smoke (1978), Yellowbeard (1983) and Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984). Their box office popularity ranks them among the most successful comedy duos in the history of the movie business.

Marin and Chong went their separate ways in the mid-1980s. Marin has since voiced characters for several animated Disney films and has appeared as a regular on several TV series, including Nash Bridges and Judging Amy. Chong is best-known to a new generation of fans as the lovable burnout Leo on That '70s Show.

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Brian "sbrugby" Townsend, one of the principals of poker video instruction site CardRunners.com, has admitted in a recent blog post to using two accounts on both of the largest online poker sites, Full Tilt and PokerStars. Full Tilt, where Townsend and other CardRunners pros have an ongoing business relationship, quickly announced that Townsend would be suspended from "red pro" status on the site for six months. Stars has not yet issued an announcement on the matter.

In his post from Tuesday, Townsend issued a public apology after suspicions regarding his possible multiaccount play on the sites above drew increasing public attention. Generally known as "aba20" on PokerStars, Townsend also admitted to playing under "Makersmark66" at relatively lower stakes on the site. At Full Tilt, where Townsend plays most publicly under his "Brian Townsend" red-pro name, he also admitted to playing the account "Stellarnebula".

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US SPECIAL - Shares of many major casino operators fell on Monday as oil prices showed some volatility. The decline followed the sector's sharp gains on Friday, when a drop in oil prices pushed up shares of gambling companies.

High gas prices have weighed on casino operators as consumers have cut back on driving and discretionary spending and as airlines have reduced capacity into certain markets, particularly Las Vegas.

MGM Mirage's stock dropped sharply on Monday, after spiking 20 percent on Friday on word that New Jersey regulators approved a request by Dubai World to raise its MGM stake to 20 percent. Dubai World, the investment arm of the Persian Gulf state of Dubai, currently owns a 9.4 percent MGM stake.

On Monday afternoon, MGM shares were down $3.40, or 10.2 percent, to $29.85. The stock has traded between $21.65 and $100.50 during the past 52 weeks.

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Since before Wyatt Earp gambled with Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona, and the rich and famous flocked to Monte Carlo casinos on the Riviera, poker chips have been weighted down with lead, a toxic metal. In the latest showdown under the voter-adopted state anti-toxics law, an Oakland nonprofit with a a long string of notches in its environmental-safety belt two weeks ago forged a clean poker chip agreement with a major manufacturer and 21 casino owners to get the lead out.

Handling the chips exposes dealers and players to the lead, argued researchers at the Center for Environmental Health. Pregnant women who work at the casinos or gamble regularly put their offspring at risk of mental retardation, and the expectant mothers don't even know it, the group's representatives told the gaming industry during a year of negotiation.

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Using a computer to beat chess masters is so 1997. Today, programmers are gunning for the world's best Texas Hold 'em players.

Forget Deep Blue's mastery of bishops, queens and knights. Think pocket aces, open-ended straight draws, the flop ? all calculated by increasingly popular poker bots.

Last month, for the first time, a computer program beat top online poker players in a contest called ?Man vs. Machine.?

About that time, a Texas Hold 'em program created by a Hillcrest resident finished in a three-way tie for second place in an annual contest that pits artificial intelligence poker programs against each other.

The program is called ?Fell Omen 2? and its play ?has no weaknesses,? said creator Ian Fellows, a researcher and statistician with the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, who developed the program in his spare time.

Far from the Texas Hold 'em video games you find in stores, these artificial intelligence creations can figure out the many angles and odds of the game and make bets and decisions accordingly. They even bluff.


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It's a challenge to create such programs because, unlike chess, in which the action is out in the open, cards are hidden in poker. The computer can't get all the information.

Fellows has made ?Fell Omen 2? available for free on his Web site. With a few clicks, average players can sharpen their skills by going head to head with a virtual expert versus, say, their buddies in the garage.

For years, many thought humans were too nimble and creative to be beaten by a machine. Then in a landmark achievement, IBM's Deep Blue beat world champion Garry Kasparov in chess in 1997.

Now your cell phone can probably beat Kasparov.

?Hyerborean07,? the program that topped Fellows' work in last month's competition, was created by the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, which has been working on Hold 'em programs for more than a decade and making steady improvements.

The group also created ?Polaris II,? which humbled top players with its aggressive and unpredictable play in the ?Man vs. Machine? contest.

Poker players aren't ready to fold yet, though.

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After an extensive amount of research University of Western Ontario professor June Cotte is recommending online poker be legalized, according to a recent story in the London Free Times.

Cotte worked with colleague Kathryn Latour of the University of Nevada and over the course of their research they interviewed 20 regular casino gamblers and 10 regular online gamblers.

Cotte was surprised to learn that online poker is already bringing in $12 to $15 billion a year despite the fact U.S. players have to risk playing in an unregulated online market.

"The horse is out of the barn," she said in the Times article. "There are a huge amount of people doing this already."

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Costa Rica-based 7Spins Casino has officially launched its latest online casino at 7Spins.com featuring classic-themed games utilising the Top-Game platform.

7Spins Casino revealed that 7Spins.com has been developed to amaze and excite gamers with over 80 instant play games in a secure and private environment.

'Customers will get a kick out of the newly introduced software graphics and around-the-clock customer service attendants that are available to greet them when they're online by live chat on 7Spins.com client,? said John Valley, Marketing Director for 7Spins Casino.

?The support staff help players with directions for the games and can help with any query in a matter of seconds.?

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There are many progressive jackpots online these days. They offer huge sums of money to any lucky player who can hit the correct sequence of symbols. This doesn?t happen all that often though, but neither does a progressive climbing into the million dollar range. You can bet when it does though, players flock to them like a moth to the flame.

Today, one of the UK's biggest online gaming sites, William Hill, can boast having one of the nets biggest progressive jackpots!

The Clover Rollover mini-Bingo slot has surpassed the $2 million dollar mark and is just waiting to be won.

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A poker tournament held in late June at a New Mexico Indian casino unlicensed by that state, operated by Oklahoma's Fort Sill Apache tribe, may, as planned for the tribe, result in a legal battle over the tribe's stated casino plans. The latest volley in the escalating battle was a subpoena issued by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to the Fort Sill tribe demanding complete details of the Fort Sill poker event ? information which the tribe has so far refused to provide.

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