An Arizona couple hopes a meeting with Mattel can convince the toy giant to consider adding same-sex couples to their wedding sets, KABC reported.
Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio will be getting married in May after having been together for 11 years, KPNX reported. They moved to Scottsdale three years ago from Los Angeles and will become the first same-sex couple to be married at The Scottsdale Resort, the television station reported.
While shopping with Jacobi’s niece, the men wanted to get the 8-year-old something wedding-related since she will be a flower girl at their ceremony, KPNX reported.
"We went online and we also went through Target and Walmart and were just searching and we found this awesome wedding set from Mattel and it was almost perfect," Jacobi told the television station.
Almost, because all they could find was Barbie and Ken. So the couple bought the set and an extra Ken doll.
"So we bought another Ken, who was in a tux, and took out Barbie and added another Ken in, tied it together and gave Natalie the gift and her reaction was priceless," Jacobi told KPNX.
Jacobi and Caprio reached out to Mattel, posting a photo of the set they made and writing, “I hope this inspires you."
Mattel contacted them days later and will meet with the couple this week, KABC reported.
"For them to reach out and take to social media shows the power of your voice on social media," Caprio told the television station. "It was great to be able to contact them and we’re really excited to see where this goes and work with them.
"It's going to come up in your family, no matter what. As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too, so it's not this huge shock anymore."
There was a loud chorus of “Bingo!” as one game produced a record number of winners at a Wisconsin casino Monday night.
The bingo staff verified all of the winners, which made it the largest number of winners at the casino for a single game of bingo, the television station reported.
The jackpot for this particular game was $500, but because there were so many winners, each person received the minimum of $25, WISN reported.
A 30-year-old Tennessee man, angered while playing a video game, fired more than a dozen rounds of ammunition from two different handguns into the walls and ceiling of his bedroom, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Casey L. Jones was charged with four counts of reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon after Wednesday’s incident, the newspaper reported. One of the bullets hit a house across the street where a family was at home, the News Sentinel reported, citing an arrest report. No one inside the house was injured.
According to the arrest report, a woman living at the house where Jones was staying said he was playing an Xbox game -- police did not say what game Jones was playing -- when he began screaming, the newspaper reported. Jones smashed the game console with his fist before heading upstairs, according to the arrest report.
Once upstairs, Jones fired shots into the walls and ceiling, the News Sentinel reported.
Authorities recovered 16 shell casings from the bedroom, the newspaper reported.
Jones was released from jail after posting an $8,000 bond, according to the News Sentinel. He will be arraigned Wednesday.
September was a bad month for bettors -- but a good one for Nevada sportsbooks, which recorded record highs, ESPN reported.
According to a September revenue report released Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, sportsbooks in Nevada recorded $571 million in bets and won $56.3 million. Those figures are record-highs, with the wagered amount topping October 2017’s $565 million total, while the amount won tops the September 2012 record of $53.3 million, ESPN reported.
Football betting was the reason behind the record numbers, ESPN reported. Bettors wagered approximately $389 million on college football and National Football League games during September, and lost a net amount of $44.3 million.
It was the 62nd straight month that Nevada sportsbooks have won against bettors. The last time the state lost money was July 2013, when bettors cleared $548,000, ESPN reported.
Nursing mothers who are fans of the Indianapolis Colts can now feed their infants at Lucas Oil Stadium on game days, WXIN reported.
The National Football League team on Thursday announced a lactation suite for nursing at the stadium. The private suite will allow mothers comfortable seating, a lockable door and an electrical outlet for breast pumps, the Colts said in a news release.
The facility was built by Mamava, which designs lactation suites and pods.
“We are so pleased to support moms with this new option during game days,” Kalen Jackson, the Colts’ vice chairman and owner who is also a new mother, said in the news release. “Whether it’s for fans, guests or stadium staff, the Mamava suite will give moms the chance to enjoy a game, while also providing them a clean, private location to care for their child if they so choose.”
“It’s just awesome to be able to do that and not have to go home or have to stay at home from a Colts game to do that,” fan and mother Katie Stephenson told WXIN.
The new suite adds to the “mother's rooms” currently located on two levels of the stadium, WTHR reported.
A 50-year-old man turned a $20 investment into six figures Wednesday, winning $875,527 in a slot machine at a Detroit casino, WXYZ reported.
The man, who requested anonymity, won after putting $20 into the Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond slot machine at the Greektown Casino-Hotel, the television station reported.
The man was so shocked he was unable to move, the casino said in a news release.
The patro, a frequent visitor to the casino, said he plans to take his family on a trip, WJBK reported.
Poker players who frequent a Washington state casino said they are getting ripped off.
The players, who frequent the Snoqualmie Casino, said they have contributed thousands of dollars to what’s called a player-supported jackpot. Now that the poker room is closing, they aren’t sure if they’ll get that money back.
The reason they think they should is a promise they said the casino made to them in writing.
A player-supported jackpot is a special pool of money funded by, in this case, poker players who frequent a particular poker room at Snoqualmie Casino. Each hand, the casino takes a “rake” and those funds go to the jackpot. The jackpot can reach tens of thousands of dollars and players get a cut of that jackpot if they hit a high hand. It’s a nice bonus.
In late July, the jackpot at Snoqualmie Casino’s poker room had reached just over $58,000.
Longtime poker player Lucas Newman said under the total, which is posted on a wall of the poker room and updated every day, is what he believes is a written promise that the casino made to its poker players.
“The promise and the claim that Snoqualmie makes is that 100 percent of the funds collected from the player-supported jackpot will be allocated to poker jackpots. So not blackjack jackpots, not slot machine jackpots, not other games, but specifically poker jackpots,” Newman said.
Newman says not following that written promise is unethical. The reason he knows his interpretation of the sign isn’t being followed is because of another sign placed just outside of the room informing players the poker room is closing and what the casino plans to do with the jackpot money.
“Outside of the room there is a description of ‘hey, we’re closing, here’s what we’re going to do, here’s what’s going to happen with the jackpots, and here’s where the rest of the money is going to go,’ which is where this whole thing came about because people read that and said, ‘hey, that seems kind of unethical,'” Newman said.
The sign outside the poker room was placed there a month in advance of the poker room closing. It’s there that the casino told the players what will happen with their money: it stopped collecting money for the jackpot on July 25. Between July 25 and Aug. 2, the jackpot payouts increased by “approximately double.” Any funds left after the closing of the room were distributed to another game at the casino.
The poker players say this means potentially thousands of dollars of their money will now be used by the casino to promote another game.
“I want them to understand the way that we see it — and not in a belligerent way — but help them understand that hey this promise that you made in writing on the wall for this jackpot is very specific and you are doing something that is counter to that promise. On a business level, they’re going to alienate hundreds of people – many of whom will never come back specifically because of this. But also on an ethical level do they really want that headache? It doesn’t seem worth it. It’s like,’hey you’ve made this promise and now you are not going to fulfill it,” Newman said.
According to the Washington State Gambling Commission, Snoqualmie Casino can do this. It’s not how the state would advise non-tribal card rooms to handle the closing of a jackpot, but commission spokeswoman Heather Songer says Snoqualmie isn’t breaking any rules and she explains the difference between commercial (or state-regulated card rooms) and tribal casinos.
“When you have a commercial card room that decides to discontinue a player-supported jackpot they are required by rule to distribute the balance of that jackpot to the players within 60 days. The National Indian Gaming Commission also has some recommendations for how to handle these closed jackpots. Their recommendations are very similar to ours, but, again, they’re just suggestions, they are not requirements,” Songer said. “We do have a good working relationship with the tribes and we’ll definitely be in contact with Snoqualmie to let them know that we’ve received some inquiries from some folks and just to see if there’s any guidance that we can help provide or help them work through.”
She said the commission received “a few” complaints about this situation at Snoqualmie Casino and that they have been in contact with the casino.
Snoqualmie Casino did not agree to a recorded interview but released a statement, which read in part:
“As part of its vision to showcase new amenities to a broader audience, Snoqualmie Casino has begun several remodeling projects, to include a fully-enclosed, non-smoking section, a private, high-limit gaming salon, and a newly remodeled and upscale café & deli combination, which also leads to the closure of the poker room on Aug, 2, 2018. In making the decision to close the poker room, the casino management team maintained two priorities: providing ongoing employment opportunities to affected Team Members, and providing courteous and transparent notice to its poker players.
“With regard to the poker room closure and the Player Supported Jackpot Rake (PSJ) in the poker room, the casino continues to follow all applicable regulations as required by the Snoqualmie Gaming Commission, and the Washington State Gambling Commission. As an added courtesy, Snoqualmie Casino provided its poker players with 30 days’ advance notice of the room’s closure, which also serves as the first day of construction, and the casino has nearly doubled the value of High Hand weekly payouts since announcing the room’s closure. To date, over half of the original PSJ has been awarded in the poker room, and by implementing an accelerated payout plan, it is estimated that over two-thirds of the original PSJ will be awarded by the Aug. 2 closure. After the final poker hand is dealt, any remaining funds will be awarded back to the player population via another on-casino floor poker progressive, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, as required by gaming regulations.”
The most applicable part of this statement to the complaint from poker players is that Snoqualmie establishes that they are in compliance with applicable gambling regulations and that they think only one-third of the jackpot will end up not going back to the poker players from which it was funded. However, that’s the rub for the poker players.
Songer said this is a good lesson for anyone who might consider gambling.
“Since the tribal casinos do operate a little bit differently than our commercial card rooms we generally suggest that players ask questions when participating in jackpots at these tribal casinos,” she said. “They should definitely ask them what will happen to the funds if for some reason the jackpot is discontinued.”
Newman said the reason he plays poker is because he likes puzzles. This is just one puzzle, it seems, he won’t be able to solve. While he says he won’t be returning to Snoqualmie Casino to play poker he will still keep playing because, despite the hand he’s been dealt here, he still loves the game.
“It feels, um, haha, you kind of feel like the smartest man in the world – for a moment! Until you get it wrong and then you’re like ‘I’m the dumbest man in the world’ you know,” Newman said.
The total for the Snoqualmie Casino player-supported jackpot dwindled to $29,863 by the afternoon of Aug. 1. The poker room shut down at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2.
For fans of the Harry Potter book and movie series, Hogwarts will come alive thanks to Lego, which announced a 6,020-piece set of the mythical castle.
The set will cost nearly $400, WCMH reported.
Slated for a Sept. 1 release, the 22-inch tall castle will have some features that should satisfy Potter fanatics.
On its site, Lego said, the castle will include four mini-figures and 27 micro-figures. The micro-figures will include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Lord Voldemort.
Also included are Hagrid’s hut, the Whomping Willow, the Climbing Staircase and five boats.
The Hogwarts Castle will feature the Great Hall, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Chessboard Chamber and Dumbledore’s office.
The castle will measure more than 22 inches high, 27 inches wide and 16 inches deep, Lego said.
Nintendo’s NES Classic is back, available in stores and online, but good luck finding one, because most retailers have already sold out.
The NES Classic comes loaded with many classic games, including “Super Mario Bros.,” “Donkey Kong,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Pac-Man.”
Players will miss the nostalgia of inserting a massive NES cartridge, but the new NES Classic includes a key new feature -- it allows you to save your place in a game.
For two-player games, any Wii remote-compatible controllers will work.
Amazon’s listing for the classic gaming console went up Friday morning.
The standard price for a retail NES Classic is $59.
The NES Classic first went on sale in 2016 but quickly sold out and sold for thousands on third-party sites, including E-Bay.
Redheads finally have the representation they have fought so hard for.
Thanks to Emojipedia, the new emojis can be viewed below.
Goggles, Lab Coat, Hiking Boot, Woman’s Flat Shoe, Raccoon, Llama, Hippopotamus, Kangaroo, Badger, Swan, Peacock, Parrot, Lobster, Mosquito, Microbe, Mango, Leafy Green, Bagel, Salt, Moon Cake, Cupcake, Compass, Bricks, Skateboard, Luggage, Firecracker, Red Gift Envelope, Softball, Flying Disc, Lacrosse, Nazar Amulet, Jigsaw, Teddy Bear, Chess Pawn, Abacus, Receipt, Toolbox, Magnet, Test Tube, Petri Dish, DNA, Fire Extinguisher, Lotion Bottle, Thread, Yarn, Safety Pin, Broom, Basket, Roll of Paper, Soap, Sponge, Infinity, and Pirate Flag.
The Emoji 11.0 list will likely debut in June.
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