Foxwoods turns 30, Laurence Fishburne becomes new face of WSOP app

Foxwoods celebrating 30 years in Connecticut, a job fair for veterans and their families in New Jersey, and Laurence Fishburne promoting a WSOP app are some of the news CardsChat gathered during another orbit around the poker world last week.

Laurence Fishburne is the new face of the WSOP play-for-fun poker app. (Image: Playtika)


Laurence Fishburne is the new face of the fun poker app “Official World Series of Poker”. An advertisement featuring the veteran actor was broadcast across the country encouraging players to “become a legend!”

“I know the WSOP and I’m fascinated by the spirit of the game (poker). I’m excited to be a part of this game and hope people enjoy my presence and it brings them some joy,” he said in a press release.

The play money app is the 10th most downloaded casino game on the Apple Store and has been downloaded over 1.5 million times on Google Play. It can also be found on playwsop.com.

Playtika, the mobile gaming application company with over 35 million monthly users, is licensing the WSOP brand from Caesars Interactive Entertainment. This has nothing to do with real money customers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and Nevada.

Playtika has released a fun behind-the-scenes video from the making of the ad featuring Fishburne. The video can be found here.


Foxwoods celebrates three decades

Happy birthday to Foxwoods Casino as they begin a year-long 30th anniversary celebration this week.

As a founding member of the World Poker Tour in 2002, Foxwoods and its massive 100-table poker room has become a go-to destination for East Coast poker players.

The Connecticut Tribal Casino opened on February 15, 1992, but debuted as a bingo hall in 1989. Today, the resort is one of the largest casino resorts in the United States and s will expand even further in the coming years. Plans include a massive indoor water park, a new “high-stakes” bingo hall, and a new 75,000 square foot exhibition center.

The casino is also offering $30,000 to customers every day this week.

“This year marks an incredible milestone for Foxwoods and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Not only is it our 30th anniversary, but it’s our most significant year of evolution, innovation and development for the property yet, and we’re just getting started,” said Jason Guyotchairman and CEO of Foxwoods, in a press release.

The Foxwoods poker room used to be referred to as the WPT room, but the partnership ended after 10 years without much explanation in 2012. The last time the WPT stopped at Foxwoods was in 2011.


Maria Konnikova wins another award

The Global Poker Index has announced that it has awarded Maria Konnikova its 2021 Award of Merit for her book on succeeding as a professional poker player – “The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win “.

Konnikova is an award-winning writer who is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. After publishing her second book, “The Confidence Game”, she turned her attention to the game of poker. In 2016, she convinced Erik Seidel to coach her as she attempted to live a year as a professional poker player.

That year was extended by an accidental second career as a semi-professional poker player. Her best tournament result came in 2018 when she won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Championship for $84,600.

She put off writing her book to focus on poker, eventually publishing “The Biggest Bluff” in 2020 after winning over $300,000 playing tournaments.

She was nominated for a GPI award in 2018 as an “escape gamer”. She is also an expert in fraud recognition.

The GPI Awards take place Friday at the PokerGo Studio at the Aria. The live broadcast on PokerGo begins at 5:00 PM PST.


Detroit casino drops mask requirement

Detroit’s MotorCity Casino will drop its mask mandate for vaccinated customers starting Thursday.

Masks will still be required for players and guests who have not completed vaccination.

Face masks are still required at Greektown and MGM Grand Detroit casinos.


New Jersey Casino Career Fair for Vets and Family Members

A casino veterans job fair will be held on April 28 to fill 1,800 positions at New Jersey casinos.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Casino Control Board, the American Legion, the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey State Parole, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the fair was postponed the year last due to COVID.

All active duty, National Guard, reservists, veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend. Veterans can register in advance, but walk-ins are welcome. The fair takes place in the Casino Control Commission parking lot in Atlantic City.

Veterans are also encouraged to apply directly to casinos. You can find more information and links to the casino’s corporate websites here.

Written by

Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker journalist, creative writer, and poker player who has never encountered any suited connectors he doesn’t like.

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