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  • New York Crosses $300 Million Mark In Sports Betting Revenue
  • World Poker Tour Returns To The Bellagio In October
  • Troha Wins World Series of Poker Championship

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A section of slot machines at the Bellagio.

This week’s casino news starts off in New York where the state has surpassed $300 million in online gaming revenues. Now just imagine how big that figure would be if they legalized online casinos.

New York Crosses $300 Million Mark In Sports Betting Revenue

It’s still early days for sports betting in New York but safe to say, they’re doing quite well.

In just less than six months of operating, the state of New York has announced that their mobile sports betting tax revenue has totaled $302 million already. This number is actually higher than any other states total sports wagering revenue since it’s became legal, which dates back to 2018.

All of this money in New York is going to be used for good, public programs as well. It’s listed that the entire tax revenue amount will be utilized for educational aid along with other gaming programs and youth sports. However, the majority of the money will be poured straight into education.

Since January, sports betting has blown up in New York. An estimated total of over 2.9 million unique player accounts have been created in the state. Out of all of those accounts, 707 million transactions have been made. It’s safe to say that the decision to legalize mobile sports betting was a tremendous one. Next up will be legalizing online casinos, which should bring in even greater numbers.

World Poker Tour Returns To The Bellagio In October

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The World Poker Tour felt.

Poker players should be excited about the World Poker Tour making a return to the Bellagio in October. The 2022 WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic will kick off on October 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and make its way through the 23rd. The Bellagio has been the host of the Five Diamond series for the past 20 years now, dating back to 2002.

The biggest event throughout this series will be the $10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. It has also been announced that it will feature a massive $5,000,000 guarantee, so that’s going to attract many of the biggest names in the community. The main event will run during the final days of the poker festival, starting on the 19th and closing it out on the 23rd.

The last person to get themselves etched onto the WPT Champions Cup was Taylor Black in 2021. Black was able to outlast 761 entries in order to come away with the largest cash prize of $1,241,430 for the event along with his name on the Champions Cup. The winner this year is expected to take home slightly more – assuming participation is about the same or ticks up.

Troha Wins World Series of Poker Championship

Sticking with poker, nobody was able to take down Sean Troha during the $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha Championship.  Troha was able to compete against 683 entries in this World Series of Poker event and he outlasted them all. Not only did he pull away with the gold bracelet, but he also received the largest payday in the event. He secured $1,246,770.

The victory helped pushed his career tournament earnings to just under $1.6 million, this was by far his best tournament victory to date. It’s also the first time that he had ever won a golden bracelet from the WSOP.

On top of the money and the bracelet, he picked up 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points for the first-place finish. This was his third qualifying score of the year to help him push himself up into 32nd place in the current 2022 POY standings. He also got 1,247 PokerGO Tour points, his first qualified score for that race. Although, he’s already inside the top 20 because of it.

Dave Consolazio

Dave Consolazio has been passionate about writing and sports journalism since his high school years. He has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC where he worked with the school's radio and television stations. His work has been featured in SportsbookReview, Sports Illustrated and SB Nation. Dave's experience ranges across multiple fields in the gambling industry. You can find his sports, casino, and poker articles in GambleOnline.co.

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