Quickie news dump. Three poker and gambling-related stories of note…
1. You Talking to Me?
Actor Robert DeNiro played Ace Rothstein in Scorsese's Las Vegas masterpiece Casino. But in real life, the actor is a part of a group of investors looking to open a plush resort in the Caribbean.
The locals in Barbuda have formed the BPM (Barbuda People's Movement) and they are irked that their rights were ignored while the government pushed through a bill that approved the $250 million development deal.
DeNiro's crew wants to build on the same site as the abandoned K Club, which had been shuttered for over a decade.
DeNiro is also developing casino properties in Macau with his Hollywood bros Leo DiCaprio and Marty Scorsese. I guess Joe Pesci got squeezed out of the deal?
2. That's Ambassador Hit Woman To You!
The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas recently announced they have a new ambassador: Erica Schoenberg Lindgren.
Erica, a former blackjack pro and volleyball player, is taking up a controversial position.
Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Venetian, is a staunch opponent of online poker.
3. $9 Million House on the Bloch
The asking price is $8,999,999.
The 10,500+ square foot mega-mansion has 6 bedrooms, gigantic game room, a pool overlooking the Las Vegas strip, and a master bathroom that's larger than my actual apartment.