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High rollers on a roll at jersey casino

Cha-ching, cha-ching. Just weeks after a blackjack player beat the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City for $5.8 million, a different gambler won $5.3 million last week playing craps, blackjack and mini-baccarat. That's $11 million, right? So far, Tropicana's new emphasis on high-stakes table games play is not quite going its way. But the boss isn't panicking. "That's just how it goes sometimes; if you bet more, you can win more," said Tony Rodio, the Tropicana's president and CEO. "We have a strategy of offering the most aggressive and highest table games limits in the Atlantic City market and we're not going to change that. If someone wants to take the shot, we'll take the action." But lately, it's the Tropicana that has been getting taken.

Germans? Not so much

Those Americans, what funny people

Hahahaha. Hahahaha. Oh, we Americans are so funny. Hahahaha. We are so funny, it seems, that other nations think we're the funniest nationality on the planet. About 30,000 people across 15 countries were asked to name both the "funniest" and "least funny" nationality in a poll conducted by Badoo.com, a social networking website based in London. The Spanish were second and the Italians third. The Germans won the least funny category, ahead of the Russians and Turks.

JUST HIM AND HIS SKIN

With nothing to lose, he sails on

An Irishman rowing across the Indian Ocean hit his head in rough seas and needed rescuing off Australia on Tuesday. Keith Whelan, who was picked up by a cargo ship after making a phone call for help, is all right and can sail again, police in Perth said. Whelan, 29, has rowed 370 miles as he tries to become the youngest man to row from Australia to Mauritius, off Africa. He added a twist: He wasn't wearing clothes.

From cave to tv

Saying farewell to a shaggy star

He toured the country, commanding $16,000 for appearances and getting the star treatment wherever he went. New Zealanders couldn't get enough of him. Now they're mourning the country's most famous sheep, Shrek, who was euthanized Monday at age 17 after becoming sick. Shrek captured the public's imagination in 2004 after he evaded the annual shearing roundups for the previous seven years by hiding in caves on his farm on the South Island. When finally found, he was clad in an astonishing 60 pounds of wool. After his capture, Shrek was shorn on live TV. And his fame only grew.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources

The Skinny: High rollers on a roll at Jersey casino

06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:43pm]
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