Short Stacks: Coney Island Casino Proposed, WSOP ‘Thrill Team’ Named

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The Green Monster at Fenway Park will soon have ads promoting online sports gambling, a World Series of Poker app celebrates 10 years by forming a team to thrill, and a casino proposal for Coney Island are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up in its latest orbit of poker news.

WSOP Thrill Team
Meet the WSOP Thrill Team: Tice, Selbst, Jorstad, Antonius, Abernathy, Hendrix, and Yau. (Image: Playtika)

The World Series of Poker free-to-play app is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by naming its first WSOP Thrill Team. Members are: Patrik Antonius, Espen Jorstad, Vanessa Selbst, Samantha Abernathy, Adam Hendrix, Landon Tice, and Ethan “Rampage” Yau.

They’ll sport WSOP Thrill Team gear and take part in promotions through the Playtika app in 2023.

“I’m honored to be an inaugural Thrill Team member but even more excited to see who will be here with us 10 years from now, as the game continues to grow in popularity thanks to the WSOP mobile app. The next generation of poker players is sure to be even more talented as they continue to hone their skills online,” Antonius said through a press release.

Coney Island casino proposed

A group who wants to build a casino on New York’s Coney Island released renderings. the project this weekend. The Chickasaw Nation, Legends, Thor Equities, and Saratoga Casino Holdings are trying to get one of the three casino licenses that will be awarded later this year to serve citizens of New York City.

The Coney
Artist reduction of the proposed Coney Island casino. (Image: The Coney Group)

The Coney would be a giant glass hotel and casino within a stone’s throw from. the boardwalk, the Wonder Wheel, and the smell of grilled meat tubes.

The group faces strong competition. New York City’s live gambling market will be one of the world’s largest,  including the owner of the WSOP, Caesars Entertainment. Even rapper and producer Jay-Z wants in on the action.

Big jackpots hit at Caesars properties

Two lucky people hit it big in Nevada this past weekend.

A woman from Washington State won $341,831 after hitting a royal flush on Mississippi Stud Poker at Harrah’s Laughlin, a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

And then on Sunday at Caesars Palace on the Strip, someone hit a $100,000 jackpot playing video poker. It was hit at 4:30 in the morning.

BetMGM teams-up with Boston Red Sox

BetMGM and the Fenway Sports Group announced that the online sports book is now the “Official Sports Betting Partner of the Boston Red Sox,” according to a press release. The online sports book business in Massachusetts is scheduled to go live March 10.

That means ads pimping BetMGM will appear on the walls of Fenway Park, including the legendary Green Monster. Here’s betting that BetMGM and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was just recently bought by the Fenway Sports Book, will soon announce a partnership. BetMGM operates a sports book and two online poker room in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Pete Rose is still banned from baseball.

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