Hit and Run: NY Governor Signs DFS Bill; Trump Taj Mahal Is Closing; Jason Mercier on ESPN Radio

Governor Cuomo finally signed the DFS bill in New York. The Trump Taj Mahal Casino will close this fall. Jason Mercier goes on ESPN Radio. And more.

Trump Taj Mahal is closing

Just months after being rescued from bankruptcy, the Trump Taj Mahal (now owned by Carl Icahn’s Tropicana Resorts) has announced it will close its doors sometime after Labor Day.

The casino has apparently been more of a money pit than was first expected, as Tropicana CEO Tony Rodio told local press that the property was hemorrhaging money every month, and coupled with the ongoing labor strike, which is now at an Atlantic City record – Way to go on setting the record! – 35 days, there is simply no other feasible way to salvage the casino.

Of course, it could all be a last ditch effort to get the local labor union to back off their positions and accept the offer Icahn made to them.

NY Governor signs DFS Bill

Hallelujah! That’s how FanDuel started the statement they released after learning that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s DFS Bill.

The governor was expected to sign the bill, but the delay has been nerve-wracking for DFS companies and their customers. The delay was Cuomo’s end, as he waited several weeks before requesting the bill be sent to his desk.

If you’re wondering when DFS will return to New York and what this means going forward, I recommend this column by former Part Time Poker writer Dustin Gouker.

Quick Hitters

– thanks to the insane prop bet he took part in, and his incredible run at the 2016 World Series of Poker, Jason Mercier got some mainstream publicity when he was invited to appear on the Dan Le Batard Show, a nationally syndicated sports talk radio program. But as Mercier discovered, the degen word is hard to avoid.

– Doug Polk is trying to reinvent the image of the marketable pro by adding some sarcasm and snark to the list of desirable attributes. In his sort of new poker comedy videocasts (titled, Polker News) he recently took aim at Daniel Negreanu, asking him where all the exciting promotions are that Negreanu promised PokerStars was cooking up when the poker community and PokerStars were at odds over a year ago?

Poker pro Matt Marifioti has been found, and according to the man himself, he’s alive and well.

– The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has delayed the launch of their international online poker site. If you haven’t been following the story, the tribe is trying to launch a real-money online poker site by using the interesting approach of not offering their product to Oklahomans, but to residents around the globe where online poker is legal.

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