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p4-10 news:News 26/10/2009 08:33 Page 4
Caesars Palace
News in brief
dealers protest
The end is nigh
The deadline to submit
slow progress of
nominations for January’s
International Gaming Awards has
been extended to 28 October. Make
union talks
nominations or book tickets for the
London event at www.gaming-
ealers at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have
protested against the failure of casino owner Poker platform
Harrah's Entertainment and their union, the SFR’s Neufbox TV is now showing
Transport Workers Union of America, to reach a contract
Tango time
The Poker Channel to French
agreement. viewers. The channel, already
available in France via Free and
Although it is nearly two years since the dealers – Magic Dreams’s new multireel game Ultimate Tango is Numericable, will be seen 24 hours
along with workers at Wynn Las Vegas – voted to be available on the firm’s upright Ego and slant-top 500 a day on Neufbox, bringing its
represented by the union, no pact has been reached. cabinets. Featuring 40 lines in a 5x4 layout, the game audience to more than 18m TV
uses a Tanguera – an Argentinian Spanish term for a homes in 20 countries. Separately,
The dealers, numbering about 600, are reportedly female tango dancer – as a wild symbol. The Poker Channel recently
seeking employment conditions similar to those they launched its European Cash Game
enjoyed before Harrah's acquired Caesars in 2005, Season 2, featuring competitors
including control over tips and a union role in personnel The contention at Caesars Palace, however, is nothing from ten nations.
matters. new for the US casino business.
Oasis in the desert
Along with supporters, the dealers – members of the Four unions – the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees Nearly 400 people attended
Transport Workers Union Local 721 – marched from International, the Transport Workers Union and the Aristocrat’s September conference
Flamingo Road to the front of Caesars while the union United Auto Workers – earlier this year formed a joint at the Palms Las Vegas, focusing on
was holding its annual convention in the city. council to address the issue of casino labour its Oasis 360 technology used by
organisation, focusing on long-unresolved negotiations 260 U.S. casinos. Workshop-style
Caesars Palace in Vegas employs around 4,000 in Atlantic City but also hoping to reach agreements sessions covered new product
staff, the majority of whom are believed to be with casino owners in Connecticut and Indiana as well features such as bonusing.
represented by unions. as Las Vegas.
Norman concept
Microgaming extends network
French casino operator Joagroupe
has launched a new
bar/restaurant/disco concept, La
as player scores record win
Bodega, at the Casino in Saint
Aubin on the Normandy coast. With
20 sites, Joagroupe is France's
third largest operator.
icrogaming has added two more online Hole lotta fun
services to its poker network – 5050Poker INGO Casinos held an industry
and Mansion88. The feature, which Microgaming says draws many new golf tournament near its
customers toward its poker network, allows players to headquarters at Franzensbad in the
Mattias Eriksson, CEO of 5050Poker, said: “Our win the special jackpot when they hold a hand that Czech Republic on 25-26 August,
players wanted the chance to play against a truly global would normally see attracting 120 players from Austria,
opposition on a platform that offered improved game off all comers, but Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic,
and tournament selection as well as greater liquidity.” against substantial Slovenia and Germany. Dennis
odds is beaten by Jensen from the Grand Casino
Separately, a Unibet player has won a record amount an even better Brussels emerged as champion.
through hand.
Microgaming's Bad Spanish deal
Beat Jackpot As the company Grupo Comatel is to distribute
feature, gaining puts it, the Bad TCS John Huxley's table and
151,000 Euro when Beat Jackpot “takes electronic gaming products
their straight flush what would throughout Spain. The distributor
was beaten by a ordinarily be seen has its headquarters in Valencia
higher straight as a tragically unlucky event and rewards it with a life- and offices in Madrid, Seville and
flush. changing jackpot win”. Zaragoza.
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