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World Series of Poker down to 6 men vying for $7.6M prize

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The man to beat at the World Series of Poker Main Event had an unrivaled tower of chips by night’s end and luck on his side. Joe McKeehen of Pennsylvania held an enormous lead going into the final three-day face-off with eight other players. Going into day two, he held 57 percent of all the chips on the table with hopes of having them all by day three. The chance for one player to win $7.6 million and poker’s most…

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Can Marco Rubio’s lean campaign keep up with Jeb Bush’s behemoth?

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Hundreds of donors to Jeb Bush‘s presidential campaign will gather later this month in Houston. They’ll shake hands with a pair of former presidents, and high-profile lieutenants of the former Florida governor will push them to write generous checks. This weekend in Las Vegas, dozens of donors met up with Marco Rubio. They ate fast-food hamburgers, shook hands with a celebrity pawn-shop owner and played flag football with the Florida senator. “I’d say he threw five interceptions, maybe three or…

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Marco Rubio to host ‘strategy summit’ with donors in Las Vegas

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As Marco Rubio enjoys somewhat of a resurgence in national polling, the Republican presidential candidate will host a two-day Las Vegas summit with several top donors next week. The move by the Florida senator is an attempt to woo former backers of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out of the race last week after a poor showing at the second televised GOP debate. Rubio’s poll numbers have been on the rise. First reported by Sean Sullivan of The Washington…

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NHL to start looking at possible expansion cities

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The Las Vegas Snake Eyes? The Seattle Salmon? The Toronto Even-Leafiers? Evidently, the race is on for the next NHL expansion hockey teams. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the formal expansion review process will begin July 6, although he cautioned that “this process does not necessarily mean that an expansion team will be granted.” Still, it seems that the league wants to learn what is available and how much revenue it might bring in. Las Vegas is among the early leaders,…

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On his birthday, Marco Rubio returns to childhood home: Las Vegas, not Miami

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When Marco Rubio attends his 44th birthday party and fundraiser at the home of the host of the “Pawn Stars” reality show Thursday, it won’t be his first birthday in Las Vegas. The Cuban-American son of South Florida spent part of his childhood in Las Vegas, from 1979 to 1985, where he joined the Mormon church, became a fierce union supporter at a tender age and grew alienated from his Cuban-American peers before returning to Miami for high school. In…

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Push for resort casinos stalls in Florida Legislature

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The push to bring Las Vegas-resort-style casinos to South Florida is stalling again this year as the Florida Legislature remains divided over what type of gambling to allow in the state. A major gambling bill sponsored by a top House Republican that includes the casino proposal has yet to be voted on – and it may not get its first vote until sometime in April. The 60-day session ends May 1. A House panel held a four-hour workshop Thursday on…

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Bill Day’s latest: A take on gambling addiction

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Florida lawmakers are taking up the possibility of gambling reform once again in the newly launched 2015 legislative session. In honor of that 60-day road ahead, editorial cartoonist Bill Day offers his take on one of the most contentious issues in state politics. “While I’m not against gambling, in general,” Day says, “the great danger is addiction and how it drains the middle class and poor.” As an example, Day uses the City of Detroit, which approved casino gambling in 1996, building…

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