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The Inside Shuffle - The Gold Room is Dark, Tony G v Hellmuth Triathlon, and More

Tony G & Kristy Arnett
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After 17 months the Tropicana in Las Vegas closed its poker room on Tuesday, the 11th of September. The "Gold Room" has lost its glitter.

Station Casinos has stepped up to market a mobile betting application that would allow players in the state of Nevada to bet on sports.

A Second Amended Complaint has been filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) alleging that Howard Lederer funded assets with unlawful proceeds.

A triathlon featuring Tony G v Phil Hellmuth is coming at a World Poker Tour (WPT) soon. Tony believes that if riding a bike was one of the sports, Hellmuth would win hands down because Tony is always sending him out of a poker tournament on a bike.

Subscribe to our Inside Shuffle, we may not always have the latest news but we do have fun with most of it.

Station Casinos Launch Marketing Effort for Mobile Betting

A marketing campaign has been launched for Sports Connection Mobile which is a new betting application of Station Casinos LLC.

"We are in field trials now and anticipate a substantial public launch upon completion of testing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board," Station Casinos spokeswoman Lori Nelson said Tuesday.

The betting application is several weeks ahead of its widespread release online and throughout the 17 company casinos in Southern Nevada. The system will be able to accept wagers on sports anywhere in Nevada. If players try to place a bet on their smart phone or tablet outside the boundaries of Nevada, they will receive, "not in a legal jurisdiction to wager."

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The Tropicana Las Vegas Closes Poker Room

In December of 2011, the newly renovated Tropicana poker room became the Jamie Gold Poker Room with Jamie Gold, 2006 WSOP Main Event champion, representing the role of ambassador and spokesperson for the Tropicana's poker.

Less than a year later, "The Gold Room" is no more according to a report from The tough competition from other casinos appeared to be the biggest problem.

The Tropicana released this statement:

“As part of our continuing transformation of Tropicana Las Vegas, we have decided to close our poker room in order to move forward with our construction plans for that section of our property. The hard work by our outstanding team members in the poker room has not gone unnoticed and we are currently seeking alternative opportunities for them at Tropicana Las Vegas.”

Read more about it here.

Howard Lederer Charged with a Second Amended Complaint

The United States Department of Justice has introduced new forfeiture charges against Howard Lederer and Ray Bitar in a Second Amended Complaint that was filed on Monday, September 10th, 2012, in connection with the April 15th, 2011, online poker indictments. The charges now include houses and automobiles that were purchased with "illegal proceeds."

Also added to the Second Amended Complaint was the Federal criminal statute, The Travel Act 18 U.S.C. § 1952. “Interstate and foreign travel of transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises,” is forbidden in the travel Act. By adding the Travel Act, the DoJ now has another statute in addition to the IGBA and Wire Act to rely on.

A list has been established by the government of what Lederer and Bitar purchased and how some of the funds were spent. Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst did not have specific expenditures listed.

Since the listed expenditures can be traced to an "illegal enterprise" the DoJ is seeking forfeitures. Find out what they are by visiting here.

Tony G is ready - is Phil Hellmuth?

The WPT Paris is running right now but in less than a week the Tour and Tony G will be heading out for Malta. The WPT Malta is expected to be huge with the entry fee of €3,300 and the option to re-enter on Day 1B. Some of the pros that are expected are: Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel, Fabrice Soulier, Jason Mercier, Ronnie Bardah, and WPT Champions Club member Marvin Rettenmaier, who is the only player in WPT history to win back-to-back events.

Along with the fun and intense action the WPT always creates, the Malta adventure will also see a very unique ‘triathlon’ where Phil Hellmuth and Tony G face off.'s Kristy Arnett talks to Tony G about the challenge:

Read Tony G's Blog to find out what Phil had to say about the challenge.

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