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Solution to Friday's puzzle
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Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
Nevada welcomed its second intra-
state online poker operation, and it
has the bones to grow into the
largest beast in the fragile US mar-
ket. WSOP.com will be available for
play to anyone who lives or visits
Nevada, and it will be the only place
where players can win entry into
live World Series of Poker events.
This means that the satellite market,
which was the driving force for huge
tournament fields in years past, will
be cornered by the site.
"This opens up a whole new cat-
egory for the WSOP brand, enabling
us to connect with consumers year-
round and reach them where they
are most today---on digital devices,"
WSOP.com general manager Geoffrey
Stewart said in a statement.
Keep an eye on this one. Backed
by the muscle of Caesars Entertain-
ment, if (and, more likely, when)
online gaming operations branch into
multistate operations or even get the
thumbs-up at a federal level,
WSOP.com could quickly reach levels
of popularity that former giants Par-
tyPoker.com and PokerStars.com once
enjoyed globally, prior to the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
Caesars has properties in 13 states
and one in Canada. The area to watch
is the Nevada-California-Arizona
pocket of the country, where if a mul-
tistate agreement is reached, it would
provide online poker access to nearly
48 million people.
New Jersey also has potential. The
state approved online gaming last
year, and is expected to launch its
first sites in November or December.
A partnership between Nevada and
Atlantic City seems like a natural, but
nothing has been discussed on the
WSOP.com hosted its first major
tournament on September 22, a $215-
buy-in tournament with a $15,000
guarantee that had 70 participants.
That s not much, but that number
will grow exponentially when people
become more familiar with the site.
Ultimate Poker launched on April
30 as the first legalised online poker
entity in the US, and to date the site
has dealt more than 15 million hands.
Multistate expansion will be
required, with two sites and three
more on the way competing for the
business of players in a state with
fewer than 3 million. If five operators
are fighting for the pie, the revenues
will produce tiny slices for each.
According to the Las Vegas
Review-Journal, Ultimate Poker pro-
duced approximately $750,000 in
revenue in July, and gaming analysts
say Nevada could produce annual
online gaming revenues of $45 million,
given optimal economic conditions.
Early annual revenue estimates for
WSOP.com range between $10 million
and $15 million.
Another interesting twist with
WSOP.com is that it is going against
the traditional online poker model,
and it s not recruiting or signing play-
ers to represent the site. While this
might be considered bad news for
high-level players seeking additional
income, it s probably best for the
integrity of the site. It would be bad
form to see patched players, even if
they were as well-known and impor-
tant to poker as, say, a Phil Hellmuth
or a Doyle Brunson, freerolling or
playing live events during the annual
summer WSOP tournament slate at
a discount while other competitors
are posting full buy-ins
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