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New Poker World Champ Is a Rookie, 'Pretty Tired of Poker'

Scott Blumstein is $8.1M richer after winning grueling World Series of Poker

(Newser) - A New Jersey man with an accounting degree is this year's World Series of Poker champion. Scott Blumstein won the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event early Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded by dozens of relatives and college friends. He is now more than $8.1... More »

Someone Broke Into Dean Heller's Office

Police investigating burglary at his Las Vegas office

(Newser) - Sen. Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas has been burglarized, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Details are scarce, but police say they were dispatched to investigate the burglary around 9am Sunday. "Entry did occur," a police rep says, but the investigation is ongoing. Politico notes Heller is... More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Free in October

He's got a parole hearing on July 20

(Newser) - OJ Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said Tuesday. Simpson, now 70, has served more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence imposed after he was found guilty in 2008 of armed... More »

Unarmed Man Killed by Cop During Foot Chase in Las Vegas

Police say officer used stun gun 7 times and an unapproved choke hold

(Newser) - A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved neck hold on an unarmed man in a deadly foot chase at a casino over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday. The officer reported that he thought the man was trying to carjack a pickup truck before... More »

Man in Vegas Dies in Police Custody After Neck Restraint

ACLU condemns practice, but department says it wasn't a chokehold

(Newser) - A man's death while in police custody on the Las Vegas Strip is making headlines, in part because of an officer's use of a neck restraint. Police say the incident began when the man approached two officers inside the Venetian hotel and casino about 1am Sunday, reports the... More »

Father of 5 Killed by a Single Punch Outside Bar

Witnesses say attack on Luis Campos was unprovoked

(Newser) - Luis Campos was in line to enter a downtown Las Vegas bar with his brother around 1:30am on April 30 when two men approached. "The taller guy walked right up to my brother's face and said something like, 'What are you looking at?' And he just... More »

Fire Damages Bellagio on Vegas Strip

No injuries were reported

(Newser) - A fire official says a Thursday night blaze damaged decorative facing on the roof of the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the AP reports. Assistant Clark County Fire Chief Larry Haydu said Friday that no one was injured in the fire about 11pm Thursday. He says damage was... More »

It's Official: the Raiders Are Moving to Las Vegas

2020 move approved by NFL owners

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders. The football team's move to Sin City was approved in a 31-1 vote of NFL owners Monday, Sports Illustrated reports. Miami was the only city to oppose the move, which will take place in 2020. "The Raiders were... More »

Gunman Kills 1, Shuts Vegas Strip for Hours

Man peacefully surrenders after hourslong standoff

(Newser) - A man riding on a double decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip pulled a gun and started shooting, killing one person and wounding another before barricading himself inside in a standoff that lasted hours before he finally surrendered. The standoff began about 11am PDT Saturday when the bus was... More »

Thieves in Animal Masks Cause Chaos in Vegas Casino

'You know, Vegas; it's all types of stuff that happens here'

(Newser) - "It is like a movie—it's crazy," Lt. Carlos Hank tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Early Saturday, at least three people in "dark, nice suits" and animal masks entered the Bellagio in Las Vegas and ripped off a "high-end retail store." One witness describes... More »

To Catch Killer, Vegas Cops Set Up a Sleeping Mannequin

Following the deaths of 2 homeless men at the same intersection

(Newser) - One Las Vegas intersection has been the site of three violent deaths over the last two months—the first two, of homeless men; the third, of a mannequin. The latter was intentionally placed there as a decoy by police who feared there might be a "thrill" killer afoot, and... More »

Oakland Raiders Apply for Las Vegas Move

NFL owners are likely to vote on the relocation in March

(Newser) - The Black Hole just got one step closer to Sin City. The Los Angeles Times reports the Oakland Raiders have officially filed their application to relocate to Las Vegas. The application will be reviewed in the next few weeks and will likely be voted on in March. Twenty-four of the... More »

British Man Sentenced Over Plot to Kill Trump

He tried to grab cop's gun at Las Vegas rally

(Newser) - A British man who confessed to plotting to kill Donald Trump has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal custody for trying to grab a police officer's gun at a rally in Las Vegas earlier this year. Michael Steven Sandford, a 20-year-old who has been diagnosed... More »

Your Best Bet for an 'Epic' New Year's Eve? Orlando

Here are the top 10 US cities in which to ring in the New Year

(Newser) - Looking to give 2016 a memorable sendoff? Consider booking a flight to one of the cities on WalletHub's list of best places to ring in the New Year. The site analyzed the 100 largest cities in America using "20 key indicators of an epic New Year's Eve.... More »

He Robbed a Vegas Casino for $1.5M. And Blew It All

'I got to...live the dream'

(Newser) - "I felt like a big swinging dick," Tony Carleo says. "I just jacked this place and now I'm going to cash in everything I took." In 2010, a man in a motorcycle helmet robbed the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, making off with nearly $1.... More »

How One Man Made $2.5M Betting on the World Series

'Vegas Dave' and his history of long-shot sports bets

(Newser) - "Vegas" Dave Oancea started his career as a professional gambler by taking out a $10,000 student loan, going straight to Vegas, and putting it all on red. Telling his story to Mel Magazine , Dave says: "It hit, and I turned the 10 grand into 20. That started... More »

Vegas Casinos Cracking Down on Comped Drinks

At least 11 casinos are now regulating the free booze given to gamblers

(Newser) - Sammy Davis Jr. would never have let this happen. The Los Angeles Times reports the days of comped drinks for Las Vegas gamblers may be coming to an end. "It's kind of what Vegas is known for," Scott Roeben, founder of Vital Vegas, tells KTNV . But in... More »

Did Disgraced Cop Kill Boxing Champ Sonny Liston?

'So, you've come to ask me if I killed Sonny Liston'

(Newser) - "So, you've come to ask me if I killed Sonny Liston," a large tattoo-covered man asks the ESPN writer standing at his door outside Las Vegas. That writer, Shaun Assael, has written a book called The Murder of Sonny Liston, and the Undefeated has an excerpt. It'... More »

Trump Predicts Trouble for Roe v. Wade

He promises to appoint anti-abortion judges

(Newser) - The third and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton got off to a low-key start Wednesday with a focus on issues instead of scandals—and without a handshake, notes the AP . On one of the first topics, abortion, Trump predicted that Roe v. Wade would be in trouble... More »

Shia LaBeouf Married by Elvis in Vegas

What a life that guy leads

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf and longtime girlfriend Mia Goth recently got married in Las Vegas, the gossip hounds at TMZ have learned. The actors have been dating since 2012, when they met on the set of the Lars von Trier film Nymphomaniac: Volume II. The couple got hitched at the Viva Las... More »

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