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Parx Casino Celebrates New Sportsbook Grand Opening

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2019-08-13 23:26

When I covered the World Series of Poker live at the Rio in Las Vegas nearly a decade and a half ago, one of my favorite things to do when I took a break from the action was to pick up some food at the casino’s Chinese restaurant, then walk a few steps and sit down to eat my dinner at the sportsbook. I didn’t sit right in the midst of everything – I left those seats for the gamblers – but it was fun to enjoy my dumplings while catching up with the umpteen games that were being shown on the giant screens. This was back before streaming was really a thing, so it was one of the only ways I could catch an inning of my Milwaukee Brewers at the time. These memories make me happy for Philadelphia sports fans and sports bettors, as the Parx Casino held the grand opening of its slick new retail sportsbook on Thursday and by the looks of it, it is something else.

The new Parx Casino sportsbook is 7,400 square feet, which is somewhere around three times the square footage of my house. 36 games can be shown simultaneously on the 156-foot high definition “media wall.” Don’t sit too close or you’ll go blind. There are 196 seats, a 38 by 14-foot bar that can fit nearly 40 people, and three VIP areas. The entire space can hold more than 400 people.

As for the actual betting, there are six live tellers and 18 self-serve kiosks. The live tellers should be open anywhere from 10 to 16 hours per day, depending on how busy the sports world is. The sportsbook itself will be open 24/7.

Parx Casino’s Senior Vice President of Interactive Gaming & Sports Matthew Cullen was the main cheerleader last Thursday for the grand opening, saying in a press release:

Parx aims to set the industry standard in this new and fast-growing arena. The timing couldn’t be better as we head into football season. We felt our local Eagles fans deserved to have the ultimate game day destination to cheer on the Birds. Game day will soar to new heights as we present the absolute best gaming and entertainment experience of its kind. We have worked for nearly two years to expand our portfolio of offerings to give patrons the best of all types of legalized gaming. After the recent launch of online sports betting and our real money online casino, the grand opening of Parx Casino Sportsbook completes this mission.

Parx Casino launched its previous brick-and-mortar sportsbook on January 10, the fourth sportsbook to open in Pennsylvania. According to the latest financial figures put out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Parx churned $39.15 million in handle through June, producing $4.44 million in revenue. Parx also has a nascent online sportsbook, which launched on June 27. Casino management has said that it will be focusing on building its online customer base, especially as the football season approaches later this month.

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This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 21:51
Plus special guest stars Adobe and SAP in this month's security fixes

Patch Tuesday Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP may have just ruined more than a few summer vacation plans, thanks to a massive and critical Patch Tuesday bundle of security fixes this month.…

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We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 20:40
Google guru shows how WinXP-era text code grants total control

Patch Tuesday Software buried in Windows since the days of WinXP can be abused to take complete control of a PC with the help of good ol' Notepad and some crafty code.…

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Did Trump just blink in his one-man trade war with China? US govt stalls import tariff hike on Chinese phones, laptops, electronics

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 19:57
You've got until Dec 15 to panic buy gear until 10% rise hits

America has pushed back its decision to raise import tariffs on Chinese-made smartphones, laptops, and similar electronics, by 10 per cent, the Office of the US Trade Representative announced today.…

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Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 18:58
No more $15-and-done option – cough up $70 every year, please

Microsoft is continuing its campaign to force Office users on a subscription plan by killing off its discounted Home Use program.…

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Look at me. Look at me. I'm the El Capitan now: Cray to build US govt's $600m cray-cray exascale nuke app super

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 18:39
1.5 EFLOPS monster will chew through simulations, modeling, and more, when it, fingers crossed, spins up in 2023

Cray will build Uncle Sam's 1.5 exa-FLOPS El Capitan supercomputer for $600m, it was announced today.…

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Lawsuits Against Two Houston Poker Clubs Dropped

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2019-08-13 17:35

The Harris County (Texas) attorney dropped civil suits against Houston’s Prime Social Poker Club and Post Oak Poker Club last week, citing the lack of a criminal case. The two poker clubs were raided in May and their owners and management were hit with illegal gambling and money laundering charges. Because those charges were dropped last month, the county now feels that it can’t go forward with any lawsuits.

Though the county said the two clubs were operating illegally, neither Prime nor Post Oak was hiding anything they were doing. They were not “underground” clubs at all; they had rather elaborate operations and advertise openly with well-made websites. It is illegal in Texas to run a poker game and take a rake or a fee to play, but the two clubs believe they were within legal guidelines by not doing either. Instead, they had a cover charge to get in, as well as a membership fee. Food and drink also brought in revenue.

Nevertheless, they were raided, principles were arrested, and more than $200,000 was seized.

Conflict of interest in DA’s office

In July, though, the charges were dropped and money was returned (or is in the process of being returned) because a conflict of interest was found in the Harris County District Attorney’s office. Prime Social Poker Club’s attorney, Joe Magliolo, presented evidence that Prime had paid a consultant in DA Kim Ogg’s office $250,000 on his promise that he would get an ordinance drafted and presented to the City Council that would assure the club would experience no legal hassles going forward. That ordinance never even materialized and Prime’s owners believed they had been scammed.

The consultant, Amir Mireskandari, was also a big supporter of Ogg’s political campaigns. He and his wife contributed more than $14,000 to her campaigns from 2016 to 2017. They also hosted two fundraising events at their home, paying more than $5,000 for catering at one of them.

Though the charges were dropped, the case was still referred to the FBI, so neither Prime nor Post Oak are totally out of the woods just yet.

Lawsuits gone, not forgotten

Harris County was still hoping to nail Prime and Post Oak on civil “nuisance” charges, a murky and controversial part of Texas law. I am not a lawyer, but it seems like it would have been a stretch. Nevertheless, those lawsuits have now also been cancelled.

“These nuisance lawsuits rely on criminal investigations,” First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard told the Houston Chronicle. “If we don’t have a criminal investigation to rely on, it doesn’t make sense as civil lawyers to pursue it in civil court.”

The county said it still could re-file the lawsuits at a later date if it feels it has a case.

Both the Prime Social Poker Club and Post Oak Poker Club plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

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An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 16:54
Operators cut throttle during go-around. Aircraft crashed

A British Army Watchkeeper drone that crashed near its home base of Aberporth in north Wales did so after its crew overrode its autopilot, causing the unmanned aircraft to hit a tree.…

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Microsoft's Cortana booted off yet another service while Google and AWS get a bit catty over licensing shakeup

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 15:45
Also: Redmond buddies up with Reliance Jio Infocomm (no, not that Infocom)

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Advanced Software Group flogs £2bn stake to private equity biz that owned Phones4U

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 14:57
And look how BC Partners' ownership went for them

A British cloud software company has sold a 50 per cent stake in itself to the private equity firm that owned British phone retailer Phones4U at the time of its demise.…

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Arrow? More like Boomerang, amirite? Computacenter buys back tech disposal biz it disposed of

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 13:53
IT kit recycling arm that 'wasn't core' turns out to be important

London-listed tech supplier Computacenter has revealed it snapped up the IT asset disposal business RD Trading (RDC) in the UK from Arrow Electronics Inc, just four years after flogging it to Arrow's British tentacle for £56m.…

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Hands up who likes gaming! Hands up who likes gaming on Macs! Er, OK. Well, Parallels has an update for you

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 12:54
DirectX 11 and Catalina support will please, the price may not

Virtualization outfit Parallels celebrated International Left Handers Day* with an update to its Desktop package.…

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US insurers face SEC probe over web-access bungle that exposed 'up to 885 million' files

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 11:57
But it claims just 32 people had 'non-public' info disclosed. Eh?

The American Securities and Exchange Commission is said to be investigating a US insurance company that allegedly left 885 million personal records accessible "without authentication to anyone with a web browser".…

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Oh chute. Doubts cast on ExoMars lander's 2020 red planet jaunt after another failed test

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 11:29
Two more chances to get it right or we could be looking at 2022

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Header aches in Firefox, Tor, Brave and Chrome as HTTP opens new security holes

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 10:11
Alternative Services spec bungled by browser makers

The HTTP Alternative Services header can be abused to conduct network reconnaissance and attacks, to bypass malware protection services, and to foil tracking defenses and privacy assumptions, according to a paper scheduled to be presented at the WOOT '19 security conference on Tuesday.…

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Researchers peer into crystal ball to see future where everyone's ID is tied to their smartphone

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 09:02
Big Brother rang...

New research suggests almost 40 per cent of people will have some sort of unique mobile identifier service by 2024.…

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All roads in US cable biz GTT's Brit network seem to lead to Menwith Hill

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 08:04
You know, the US spy station with the golf balls

A curious thing happens when you look at a map of fibre-optic cables – most of the UK section of American cable operator GTT's network appears to link the NSA spy station at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire with continental Europe.…

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It's a God-awful smell affair.... is there life on Mars? Rocks ruled out as source of mystery methane on Red Planet

The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 06:54
(Yes, pedants, we know natural methane is odorless. Don't get in the way of a Bowie headline)

Ever since methane was detected on Mars, boffins have been trying to find out how it got there. Research published in Scientific Reports on Monday has ruled out one source – rocks being eroded by wind.…

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The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 06:00
Grab a Register reader discount – and learn to sharpen your negotiation tactics and reduce costs

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The Register - Tue, 2019-08-13 05:07
Nature isn't perfect either, eh

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