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Monday, June 13th, 2011

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a high roller taking a casino for millions, then you probably know that Don Johnson of Bensalem Pa. lived the dream as he took a total of about $15 million off A.C. casinos over about four months, including about $5.8 million off the Tropicana.

Sometimes the 'whale' wins

Sometimes the 'whale' wins

The New York Post has a great report on Johnson’s 12-hour marathon blackjack session at the Trop.

As you might expect, he played multiple hands at his own private table and asked for, and got, a $100,000 limit per hand. Normally, it’s $50,000.

You can read the report here.

In some WSOP news, while its not as fun as watching LeBron James lose, there’s always a lot of people who like to see Phil Helmuth take one on the chin.

John Juanda bested Helmuth, winning his fifth WSOP bracelet in a $10,000, 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.

If you’ve never played this variation of lowball, it’s pretty wild.

The event only drew 126 players, (it was a $10K buy-in after all) several of which were known pros.

In the end it came down to Juanda and Helmuth and Juanda took the $367,170 first prize. reports that not only did Juanda piss Helmuth off with aggressive play, he denied him a 12th WSOP Bracelet and ironically passed him on the all-time tournament money list with the win (fifth place).

Maria Ho

Maria Ho

And finally, props to Maria Ho, who often plays here in A.C.  She won $540,000 for a second place finish at a WSOP $5K No Limit event.

That’s the highest cash by a woman ever at the WSOP.

“I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different,” says Ho. “In the last seven months I’ve made three final tables in pretty major events so I came into this WSOP with my confidence at an all-time high.”

Another High Roller Clips The Trop

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

You have to feel sorry for the Tropicana right now. Any casino that deals with high rollers is going to have its good days and bad days.

acw-tropicanaSometimes the high rollers win. They wouldn’t play otherwise.

But most casinos don’t usually have to deal with a lot of negative publicity just because a gambler went on a hot streak.

Unless you’re the Tropicana.

Reports are everywhere that the casino got hit up by high roller who took them for $5.3 million at the craps table (which makes him a literal high roller). He also played blackjack and mini-baccarat.

This comes shortly after another high roller, identified by The Press of Atlantic City as Don Johnson, 49, of Bensalem Pa. won $5.8 million in April.

Trop officials told The Press that the latest winner was some other guy.

Because there is always some other guy.

Some tidbits from the news item: The unnamed craps player left a $150,000 tip and Johnson has complained that city casinos are now barring him.

Seems unlikely and Trop owner Carl Ichan told The Press that Johnson will be welcomed back.

“We have not cut him off,” Icahn said. “I congratulate him on his winnings. That’s what gambling is all about. We’d be happy to see him again.”

Also the craps guy can come back according to new Trop CEO Tony Rodio.

Rodio says the Trop understands that when you seek out high stakes player and accommodate them, sometimes they’ll win. In the long run, however, both may end up in the hole.

That’s kind of how casino’s work.

“Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield,” said Rodio.