A Nebraska man is in court for allegedly profiting from cash advances at a casino. Rondale King faces seven felonies for his role in a scheme in which he used forged checks and fake IDs to get cash advances at the WarHorse Casino in Lincoln. The charges include identity theft, deception, criminal possession of financial transaction devices, and possession of written forgery devices.
used a forged check and someone else’s stolen US passport to get a $3,000 cash advance
Lincoln Police Officer Nathan Wagner outlined in an affidavit regarding King’s arrest that the 43-year-old used a forged check and someone else’s stolen US passport to get a $3,000 cash advance on November 22. Police discovered that King had entered the casino using five different identifications over a number of weeks. He tried to defraud the casino each time. The WarHorse Casino lost a total of $12,000 as a result of the scheme by the middle of December.
Police arrested King on Wednesday and found Adderall pills and meth on him. His bond is $100,000. At least one other person has already received charges in this case.
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A gambler on the Las Vegas Strip lived the dream over the weekend, as they won almost $2.7m on a single hand of casino poker. The anonymous player was playing Ultimate Texas Hold’em at The Venetian when they hit a spade royal flush. The combination of this hand and the player’s $5 side bet meant that they were able to claim the progressive jackpot, which was $2,699,320.
11 players have won the “Millionaire Progressive” jackpot since it began in late 2018
A spokesperson for The Venetian said that 11 players have now won the “Millionaire Progressive” jackpot since it began in late 2018. Once someone wins, the pot resets to $1m.
This was the latest in a string of significant casino poker wins in the Las Vegas area over the past week. A local won a six-figure sum on Tuesday playing Pai Gow Poker at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino, while someone else claimed $239,054 during a Three-Card Poker game on Sunday at the LINQ Hotel on the Strip.
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The trophies awarded to World Poker Tour (WPT) champions this year will be unique. That’s because they are designed by American artist Daniel Arsham in a creative effort to make WPT Season XXI a special one.
“In the history of WPT, this may well be the most creative partnership we have ever taken on,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in a press release. “Daniel is an incredible artist that melds well with the contemporary lifestyle that poker fosters. We are honored to award a true work of art to all 2023 WPT Champions.”
In addition to having their names engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, this year’s champions will take home a unique Arsham sculpture trophy. Eliot Hudon received the debut Arsham design when he took down the 2022 WPT World Championship for $4.1 million.
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Arsham is a New York City-based contemporary artist known for his sculptures but who works in a variety of mediums, including drawing, film and architecture. According to WPT, his work can be found in galleries in Paris, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil and the Netherlands.
As part of the partnership, Arsham has also designed a chip set and chip case design, as well as the feature table stage for WPT events.
Also as part of the partnership, WPT will host a charity event at a contemporary art gallery in New York later this year, with the proceeds going to Arsham’s alma mater, The Copper Onion.
“It is exciting to explore and apply my artistic sensibility to the World Poker Tour universe,” Arsham said in the press release. “I studied at Cooper Union, and it formed a foundation for my art education. I’ve actively looked for ways to further Cooper’s mission of providing free education for everyone in the arts. I also relish the prospect of giving back to The Cooper Union through this project with WPT.”
The unique sculpture trophies await the eventual winners of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event and the WPT Choctaw Main Event, which have reached final tables that will play out later this month.
Bin Weng chip leads both final tables as he looks to continue his incredible 2023 heater and potentially add two Arsham originals to his trophy cabinet.
There’s also the upcoming WPT Bell Gardens Poker Championship, which gets underway on May 21 and will wrap up on May 25.
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Have you heard the story about the young poker player who has won seven, yes seven, tournaments at Wynn Las Vegas since March 25? That includes four victories already in May, and while none have resulted in life-changing money, the victories have netted him over $54,000 in prize money.
As if that wasn’t all impressive enough, Becker also final tabled several other tournaments throughout town including at the Venetian and Resorts World.
Dating back to 2016, Becker has $829,429 in prize money, which is doubly impressive when you consider the biggest score of his career thus far has been a modest $36,080 for finishing fourth in the 2022 Venetian DeepStack $1,100 NLH.
PokerNews recently caught up with Becker to learn a bit more about the man who has been tearing it up at the Wynn.
Jeremy Becker’s Wynn Wins
$300 NLH Wynn Daily
$200 NLH Wynn Nightly
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$200 NLH Wynn Nightly
$200 NLH Wynn Nightly
$200 NLH Wynn Nightly
$200 NLH Wynn Daily
Becker’s run at the Wynn has even caught the attention of Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu:
Becker was raised alongside his younger sister in the suburbs of New York City by his parents. He then attended the University of Tampa, where he graduated back in 2018.
“The only job that I ever had was a caddy at a golf course in high school,” the 27-year-old Becker said. “My sophomore year of college I started going to the casino which was 10 minutes away from my school and instantly was addicted. I was always into gambling with my friends, and not being 21 yet, I could only play poker at the casino where you only have to be 18.”
Ever since he graduated college, Becker has been making his living by playing poker. He’s had several five-figure scores down in Florida, including $33,615 for winning the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold’em and taking down the 2021 Super Stack Poker Series Tampa Event #3: $600 NLH Deeper Stack for $27,200.
Head West Young Man
Earlier this year, Becker opted to leave Florida behind and head out to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
“My lease was up in Tampa the last week of February,” he explained. “A couple of weeks prior rather than renewing I basically just thought, ‘Why am I still here?’ There’s much more opportunity for tournament players in Vegas and I have always loved it when I’ve been out there. So, I talked with my friend, Jake Ferro, and basically, just said if I go out there do you wanna come with? And neither of us could think of a good reason not to make the move.”
Not surprisingly, the Wynn is Becker’s favorite place to play poker in Las Vegas.
“Hands down the Wynn. Everything about the place is A+,” he said. “The dealers, the supervisors, comfortability, everything. They really cater to you and want you to have the overall best experience.”
While his quick-succession victories at the Wynn have brought him some notoriety, they’re not actually his proudest poker accomplishment.
“I would say the $400 that I won in Hollywood in January,” he said when asked. “I had really been studying the game more, and for the first time in my career, was questioning my life decision of being a professional poker player. I felt like I was making great decisions and just getting screwed over and over in these tournaments. That win really changed my confidence level.”
For Becker, the six wins have been nice, but the grind continues as he had his sights set on achieving bigger things in the poker world.
“I want to be able to roll out of bed and head to the PokerGO studio and just fire all of these one day $10k’s and $25k’s with no hesitation,” he explained. “That has always been a goal of mine. As for this summer, obviously, I’d love to win a bracelet just like everybody else. That really solidifies you in history. I’m super confident going into the series this year and believe I will have just as good of a shot as anybody right now. I’m hungrier than ever.”