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Promises are made to be broken.

That appears to be the stance of 2006 World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold, who is being sued for half his $12 million winnings.

While he admits to having a verbal agreement with Bruce Crispin Leyser to share his winnings, Gold seems to be backpedaling on certain aspects of it, although Leyser has a voice-mail tape of the promise.

When Gold didn't promptly pay up, Leyser filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court.

According to a front page Las Vegas Sun article on Monday, Gold filed a court brief last week detailing his side of the story.

The Hollywood talent agent, who copped the WSOP's biggest jackpot ever while totally dominating the event, the agreement was “nothing more than a promise to make a gift, " a position Leyser's lawyer called “absurd. "

The issue boils down to whether the verbal agreement is binding.

Leyser, who has been described as a television development executive, claims Gold had a contract with BoDog.com in which the Internet casino agreed to pay Gold's $10,000 WSOP entry fee if he found celebrities to wear apparel featuring BoDog's logo during the tournament.

The suit claims Leyser helped him find the celebrities and in return Gold pledged to “share" his seat and any winnings.

Gold now claims the Costa Rican-based Internet casino paid for his seat because of his previous success in winning prior tournaments and that his contract required only that he wear the company's logo and participate in media events.

Gold claims that as he kept advancing in the WSOP, Leyser and his wife began “badgering" him continually, causing him to leave a voice mail on the tournament's final day confirming his promise to share half the winnings, after taxes.

Gold now says he only planned to give Leyser, who he portrayed as burdened with financial problems, “some" money and not literally half his earnings.

Chief District Judge Kathy Hardcastle in August signed a temporary restraining order freezing funds until the matter is settled.

She is expected to issue a final ruling sometime next month.

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The Bears have come down, while the Colts have gone up.

The Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday took down its proposition on whether Chicago would go unbeaten this season after the Bears were surprised by the Miami Dolphins, ironically the last team to go undefeated more than three decades ago.

Once underdog Indianapolis defeated New England Sunday night to run its record to 8-0, a similar prop on the Colts was posted on SuperBook boards, asking whether Indy would go 16-0.

"Yes" opened at 6/1 and “No" at 1/7.

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The Hilton's latest Super Bowl odds have the AFC favored by 3 1/2 points and the total set at 48 1/2.

Super Bowl XLI will be played Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami.

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The full parking lot at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center is as good an indicator as any that college basketball is underway, though the full-court press will arrive with the Thanksgiving holidays.

Caesars Palace currently lists Florida and North Carolina as 9/2 co-favorites to win the national championship next spring.

Next are Kansas at 5/1, Ohio State at 7/1 and UConn at 10/1.

The Gators took the title to Tallahassee earlier this year.

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Early registration numbers indicate attendance at next week's Global Gaming Expo 2006 (G2E) will increase by at least a third.

The event will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Hundreds of new gaming products are expected to debut at G2E, providing attendees a peek at the future.

Three new pavilions - entertainment technology, entertainment and event production and hospitality - will be welcomed to the trade show floor.

Show organizers say that with a rising number of customers visiting casinos for a total entertainment experience, spectacular shows, excellent entertainment and impeccable service are becoming essential to the gaming business.

"These days, people are visiting casinos to do much more than gamble, " said Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association.

"They want to be entertained and feel pampered, and increased competition means operators have to be innovative to win their customers’ business and loyalty. "

Lynda Collins is a documented member of the Professional Handicappers League. Read all of her articles at http://www.procappers.com/Lynda_Collins.htm

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