01/5/15

Krupa Hits $4K Slot Jackpot

Lady Luck was certainly on her side as Polish-born Joanna Krupa hit a $4,000 jackpot on a slot machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida.

Joanna Krupa

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa is a 35-year-old former model and current actress. She has been a lingerie model for Frederick’s of Hollywood, appeared twice on the cover of Playboy and participated on Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough, who had been a champion on the show previously. In 2012, she was added as a cast member to the reality television show The Real Housewives of Miami.

Celebrity Gambler

Krupa is a casual gambler by any metric, but she has garnered attention for her enjoyment of the pastime simply due to the sheer amount of attention she receives regardless of what she does. The model-actress is very active in social media, and she often engages with her audience by chronicling her various adventures, and on numerous occasions, those activities have involved gambling.

Hard Rock

This was the case with her visit to Hard Rock. Fans followed along on Facebook and Twitter and even cheered her on as she sat down at the blackjack tables, but didn’t have any luck. Most such jaunts ended that way. She would win a little here, win a little there, but at the end of the night walk away losing more than she had earned.

Hitting the Jackpot

This night was different. After a series of losing hands against a live blackjack dealer, she moved over to the electronic machines and bounced around between several different slot machines and video poker machines. After a series of unlucky spins, she hits a $4,000 single-line jackpot and came out on top for a change. It is unclear from the photos she posted, however, which machine yielded the payday.

12/8/14

Casinos and Notorious Celebrities

Celebrities and their antics are mostly harmless. However, at times these antics might not prove to be good for their reputation. There are countless tales of celebrities – mostly from the field of entertainment and sports – who have been kicked out of casinos due to their behaviour. Here are a few notable ones.

  • Ben Affleck

Ben AffleckBen’s name comes up on top when casino antics or gossip are mentioned. May be because the incidents with him happened in 2014 and are fresh in people’s mind. It is now well known that he loves the game of blackjack. He himself mentioned that he took his time to learn the strategies of the casino game. However, it ended up costing him dearly when a casino in Las Vegas banned him for life early this year. The reason given was his card counting during the plays.

However, it wasn’t the first and last time that he was shown the casino doors. Later in June, Affleck was asked to leave a casino in Ontario for the same card counting reasons. It’s bad for casinos to lose a celebrity client and also for the ace actor and director who is an expert in blackjack.

  • Lil’ Wayne

Lil’ WayneLil’ Wayne has the reputation of being a nice guy and is much-respected in the music industry. However, he got a bad reputation for his drinking problem, which got him into trouble on more than one occasion. It is said that it was his drinking that caused him to misbehave in a casino in Vegas from where he has been banned for life. He continues to play at casinos around the US as he loves craps and poker.Allen Iverson

  • Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson is a famous sports star who is loved for his talent on the basketball court. However, he has not been as courteous off court, especially at some casinos in Detroit from where he was asked to leave. The reason cited was his uncouth behaviour. It was said at the time that he was rude to his blackjack dealer, the servers and other players.

11/17/14

Problems for James Packer in Japan?

Australian billionaire James Packer has ambitious plans for his casino empire. Japan is at the center of his plans, with the businessman hoping that they will go ahead with casino legalization plans in the next few months.

James PackerUnfortunately for Packer and his company, these legalization plans have hit quite a few road bumps in recent weeks. There is even talk of the Japanese prime minister losing motivation to push through legalization. This would be a major blow for Packer’s plans in Japan.

It was initially thought that these were merely delaying tactics from Japanese opposition members. However, there is a real worry now that the legislation may be scrapped altogether. There is expected to be a few sessions this month in the parliament, but if no conclusion is reached before holiday, James Packer will be worried.

Delays -

There is now a good chance that the legalization vote will not take place in 2014. James Packer and other casino moguls will have to wait until 2015 before they sink their teeth into Japan. However, a complete abandonment of this issue seems very unlikely.

Despite a few missteps in recent months, the Japanese prime minister is still very popular among his people. In a recent visit to Singapore, the prime minister spoke about his complete support for the legislation to legalize gambling in Japan.

The main reason why there has been a delay is that Japan’s parliament is busy with other issues. They have faced many crises on the domestic and international scene in recent months. This has caused the gambling issue to become less important, and the prime minister does not want to appear to have the wrong priorities by pushing too hard.

After a few compromises with the opposition, expect the legislation to go through before the summer of 2015.