Rank and 888 said to be in merger talks. A group of Chinese Investors led by GIG contemplate buying Caesars Interactive. Bid on a chance to play poker with Ed Norton. And more.

Play poker with Ed Norton

On Thursday the Hit & Run featured a recent interview with Matt Damon, where he not only discussed Rounders, but did a pretty solid impression of John Malkovich’s Teddy KGB character.

Today we have more Rounders news (pretty impressive considering the movie was released 18 years ago) as it’s come to light that Leonardo DiCaprio is hosting a charity auction where one of the items up for bid is a private poker game with another Rounders star, Ed Norton.

The auction doesn’t detail if Worm will try to bottom deal or not.

Quick Hitters

– There’s a lot going on in the Euro gaming sector. It’s being reported that not only are Rank (which owns Grosvenor Casinos) and 888 Holding are in merger talks, but they’re also putting an offer in to purchase William Hill. Either story by itself is huge news, but if everything comes together, this could be a historic deal.

– Meanwhile, a group of Chinese companies led by social gaming bigwig GIG are said to be in exclusive talks with Caesars to purchase Caesars Interactive, the company’s highly profitable social gaming arm.  The price is being reported at $4 billion, and that doesn’t include Caesars real-money gaming sites or the World Series of Poker, both of which are owned by Caesars Interactive.

– I finally got around to reading Mike Matusow’s autobiography (released in 2009) Check-Raising the Devil. You can read my review of the book at Part Time Poker.

– Fedor Holz will be among the next crop of competitors in King’s Casino’s, Celebrity Cash Kings. Celebrity Cash Kings is a high stakes cash game with some of the biggest names in poker battling it out. In addition to Holz, PokerNews.com is reporting Dan Cates, Roberto Romanello, Tobias Reinkemeier, Jesper Hougaard, Rob Yong, and Jan Peter Jachtmann will all be participants.