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Steve "Volcano" Wynn vs.

Sheldon "Napoleon" Adelson

by Joe Pane

Joe Pane is a skilled advantage blackjack player, and an experienced tournament player that has won over a million dollars in blackjack tournaments. Joe is the #1 ranked tournament player in the country, and was named 2007 Player of the Year by Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis. In Joe's last 11 tournaments in 2007/2008, he made the final tables eight times and won two of them for an impressive 73% final table appearance rate, with just over $225,000 won in the past 12 months. Joe is also the Assistant Director of Tour Operations for the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), as well as the Team UBT Coordinator. He is co-host of the radio show, "Queens vs. Kings - It's All About Position" on His peers consider him to be one of the strongest blackjack tournament players on the circuit.


History has shown that sometimes people, or families, or sports teams, just can't seem to get along. Remember the Hatfield's vs. The McCoy's? How about the North vs. the South? And in sports, there have been many heated rivalries. For example, in baseball it's currently the NY Yankees against the Boston Red Sox. In boxing, it was the bitter rivalry between Muhammad Ali vs. Joe "Smoking" Frazier, and more recently, Evander "the Real Deal" Holyfield and Mike "Ear Biting" Tyson? There were more rivalries to be sure, but you get my point, yes?

When in comes to Las Vegas, there is no bigger heavyweight match than Steve "Volcano" Wynn vs. Sheldon "Napoleon Adelson. These casino moguls simply do not like each other, period. And both, to be sure, will go out of their way to knock each other down a notch or two whenever they get the chance. For example, in

the March 2005 issue of Forbes magazine, Adelson was quoted calling Wynn "a liar," and "an egomaniac." The article went on to describe them as "detesting each other," and "knocking heads" for over a decade. There is definitely no love lost between these casino-billionaire tycoons.

Having said that, I've decided to promote my own Heavyweight Title Fight, which pits these two casino giants against one another. I, of course, will be the referee in charge of making sure no low blows are delivered by either fighter, and I will also be the official scorer of this fight.

But first, let me introduce you to the fighters.

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