Friday, 19 October 2012
Macau’s poker scene is officially set to receive a boost in the next few years as MGM’s plans for a $2.5 billion resort have just been approved.
MGM Resorts, operating through their MGM China subsidiary, applied to the Macau government for planning permission to build a new resort in the Cotai region some time ago. Having been formally granted, the licence will allow the company to construct a hotel and casino with 1,600 rooms, 2,500 slot machines and 500 gaming tables. On top of this will be a plethora of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.Following the approval, MGM Resorts paid an initial fee of $56 million to the government, something which will allow them to begin construction as soon as the land concession contract is published.In total the project is expected to take around 36 months, by which time the complex is expected to add yet another crinkle to the already rich tapestry of gambling and poker outlets in the Asian city. Commenting on the recent news, MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren said: “This destination resort represents a significant growth opportunity for MGM China. The project will fully demonstrate our strengths in terms of design and branding, quality of service, and thoughtful diversification of product offerings.”Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Bluff meets Isildur1.
Starting out last week with 520 hopefuls, this year’s EPT Grand Final Main Event certainly lived up to expectations after a final table that contained some of the toughest players in the world. At the start of yesterday’s finale Steve O’Dwyer led arguably the toughest final table the festival has ever seen.
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Full Tilt Poker will be heading to Ireland for its first live festival since relaunch. The Full Tilt Galway Poker Festival will take place in a custom built Full Tilt poker village in the centre the city from 29 July until 12 August.
Shaun close to sixth title.
Just 24 players remain.
From New York to Mexico.
Watch out Wembley!
Bluff explores the dubious morals of the angle-shooter
Stephen Bartley rounds up the action from the Vic.
They say the best players know all the games, which makes 29-year old Stuart Rutter one of the unsung talents of UK poker.
As the man guaranteeing a €1M first prize for the ISPT, he's asking the UK poker community to get behind this unique poker event. We interview Rob Yong, the most generous man in poker.
You can’t beat a good old poker party, and the ISPT Launch Party at the swanky The Mayfair Hotel was just that.
Off to Newcastle upon Tyne for leg 2 of this year’s Genting Poker Series.
Sometimes bizarre things happen at the poker table and only the smartest will prevail, says Jeff Kimber.
I had quite a tough opening table at the recent GPS in Birmingham, which is unusual so early in the tournament. There were a couple of decent players to my right and also Paul McTaggart (who beat me heads up in last year’s Edinburgh GPS) and another decent player to my left.
I’ve noticed an increased tendency recently among players on forums and in tournaments towards the bubble. They seem to be taking ICM too literally. They seem to be forgetting that the “M” in ICM stands for “model”. Your true equity in bubble situations is not exactly as ICM predicts. I’d like to recap the known shortcomings of the model, and consider some rules of thumb to help with decision making in the heat of battle.
I watched Rounders this week. I mean, I’ve watched it before but only about 23 times so it was due a revisit. I heartily recommend it.
Adam 'Snoopy' Goulding snoops around the world of online poker.
With Neil "Bad Beat" Channing
I’ve been rereading my columns recently and noticed a shocking lack of macroeconomic content. Several reader letters asking me for my appraisal of the economic situation have arrived at Bluff Headquarters and I’ve finally decided to yield to pressure. So strap yourselves in.
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