Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1
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If all goes well, NJ online poker players at WSOP NJ and 888 Poker NJ will be able to compete against others in Nevada and Delaware when the first interstate games launch May 1.

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Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering

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Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering

Leading online operator Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering. As Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content, the multi-award-winning casino games developer Pragmatic Play’s games will go live with Mr Green. The fact that Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content is yet another significant operator integration. From now on Pragmatic Play games including Wolf Gold, Diamond Strike, Gold Rush and Hot Safari are now available ...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

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Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

In Germany, Spielbanken Bayern’s Casino Bad Steben is now home to Europe’s very first Dealer Assist Blackjack electronic table game (ETG), which has been installed by Spirit Gaming, Interblock’s distribution partner in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Commenting on the acquisition, Director for Casino Bad Steben, Udo Braunersreuther, said, “This is exactly what we have been […]

Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

The UK Government is set to reduce the maximum stake on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, The Times reports citing people familiar with the ongoing discussions. An announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The decision was to be made public at an earlier stage, but according to media reports from yesterday the delay was incurred by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who was said to have previously been opposed to such a massive cut in the maximum stake. Mr. Hammond reportedly contested the measure as it would result into a huge fall in tax revenue.

At present, FOBTs accept £100 maximum stakes every 20 seconds. Following a review into the gaming machines sector conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, it was announced last fall that the maximum bet would be cut to somewhere between £50 and £2. A reduction to £2 would cost the exchequer £450 million in annual tax contributions, it has been estimated.

Latest media reports indicate that Mr. Hammond may be close to settling what was believed to be an ongoing dispute with supporters of a bigger reduction of the betting limits, with the latter group being led by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. Sources told The Times that “[they] are nearly there”.

It is believed that Mr. Hancock and his team have managed to appease concerns voiced by Mr. Hammond about the impact the massive crackdown on FOBTs would have on tax revenue.

Alternative Revenue Sources

It is understood that levies will increase on other gambling services to offset losses incurred by the FOBTs crackdown. It is yet to be announced how exactly other forms of gambling will be taxed.

The announcement about the UK Government’s decision on the changes that will be introduced in the gambling machines sector is expected within the next several weeks. However, it will not be made before next week’s local elections due to purdah rules.

Following yesterday’s reports about Mr. Hammond’s opposition to a reduction of the maximum bet to £2, several influential MPs said that they would contest any decision that does not include a cut of the maximum stake to £2. Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles were among those to say that they “will not support half measures”. Both officials took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shares in William Hill tumbled 11% as news about the pending crackdown on one of its key sources of revenue emerged earlier today. GVC, which recently acquired Ladbrokes Coral – the operator of the largest number of FOBTs across the UK, saw its shares go down 4.8% earlier today.

The B2 gaming machines or FOBTs represent UK’s second largest gambling sector. They generated gross gambling yield of £1.8 billion in the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Rozvadov’s King’s Casino Welcomes partypoker Grand Prix Germany

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Rozvadov’s King’s Casino Welcomes partypoker Grand Prix Germany

The King’s Casino located in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic is expected to once again welcome one of the leading festivals on a global scale and this would be the partypoker Grand Prix Germany. Over the span of 4 days, poker enthusiasts will have the chance to test their limits and poker skills at the wide […]

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Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet to offer its games in Italy

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Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet to offer its games in Italy

Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, a major operator to supply its extensive range of gaming content in Italy. As Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, the operator will also receive Yggdrasil’s range of complementary in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, and social sharing tool, BRAG™. Stanleybet is one of the leaders in retail betting and is now attracting its extensive customer base online, ...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision
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Despite being against sports betting and litigants in the NJ sports betting case (Murphy vs NCAA), the NBA and MLB have reportedly met with NJ lawmakers ahead of a SCOTUS decision to help frame sports betting regulations.

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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

The Republican Governor for Florida, Rick Scott (pictured), has reportedly agreed a deal that would continue to give the Seminole Tribe of Florida the exclusive rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack across the southern state through to the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session. According to a recent report from the local […]

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event

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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event for companies that are operating or looking to operate in the Baltics or Scandinavian region. The “Mare Balticum” title of the event is inspired by local event titles which gather the locals from the Baltic Sea region. This is also main focus of the event, gathering the local industry and ...

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

As many as 29,319 Belgians self-excluded themselves from gambling (both online and at land-based venues) in 2017, according to a press release published earlier today on the official website of Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

The reported figure represents a 9% increase from 2016, when 26,782 opted for exclusion from various types of gambling services.

Another 158,413 were banned from gambling with a court ruling. Most of the court orders were issued to gamblers who had accumulated large debts as a result from their habits. Under Belgium’s gambling law, a court could ban residents from gambling, both online and at brick-and-mortar facilities, in certain cases.

It was also found that 409 gamblers were banned from participating in gambling activities after a request from a third party, including family members and/or partners. The requests are filed to and processed by the Belgian Gaming Commission.

According to today’s press release, the number of excluded and self-excluded people has grown significantly over the past five years. In 2013, 19,670 gamblers self-excluded themselves, while 82,580 were issued a court order and 89 were banned from gambling after a third-party request.

The names of all self-excluded players as well as of those banned from gambling as a result from a court ruling or a third-party request are added to a specially created system. Belgium’s Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) has been active since 2004. It contains information about all gambling customers that have self-excluded themselves or have been banned from gambling. All gambling customers have their names and dates of birth checked into EPIS upon opening an account with a gambling website or entering a brick-and-mortar gambling facility so that excluded persons are prevented from gambling.

Additional Responsible Gambling Measures

While Belgian lawmakers and gambling regulators consider the country’s gambling exclusion system a powerful protection tool, a new set of rules aimed at serving the same purpose and enhancing existing tools were introduced last fall.

Last October, Belgian politicians gave the nod to proposed curbs on the way gambling services are advertised in the country. The move came as part of the Belgian government’s efforts to limit the proliferation of gambling among vulnerable people.

The new measures prohibit gambling operators from advertising their products during live sports broadcasts. Gambling ads should also not appear on Belgian media before a 10 pm watershed, unless they are part of a non-live sports program. In this case such ads should not air 15 minutes before and after children-focused programs. The new rules also aimed to crack down on affiliate marketing, banning the use of third-party websites for the promotion of gambling products and services.

Legislators also crafted non-advertising limitations as part of the larger package of measures, including a €275 monthly cap on the maximum value of bonuses offered by online gambling operators to each of their customers. Under the new rules, players would not be able to deposit more than €500 per week to fuel their online gambling accounts.

It is still to be confirmed when the new regulations would take effect. But it is believed that they will come into force eight months after their publication in the Belgian Official Journal.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

TOTOLOTEK RENEWS EL RESPONSIBLE GAMING CERTIFICATION

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TOTOLOTEK RENEWS EL RESPONSIBLE GAMING CERTIFICATION

INTRALOT Group’s subsidiary in Poland, Totolotek S.A., one of the leading and the longest operating omni-channel betting companies in Poland, has been recertified by the European Lotteries for its commitment to EL Responsible Gaming principles. EL recertifies operators every three years, with Totolotek first receiving certification for its responsible gaming programmes in 2015. Adam Lamentowicz, CEO of Totolotek, stated: Edmundo ...

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Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe

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Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe

In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling cafĂ© in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this week after reportedly receiving a similar rejection on March 6. The Chicago Tribune newspaper reports that earlier this week, 26-year-old Wilbur You, of You Holdings, made an appearance at a trustees meeting […]

Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

As many as 182 players reached Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event after entering the tournament on Days 1A and B. They are set to return at the host casino at noon North Carolina time and to continue their battle for the first-place prize and the gold ring that goes along with it.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event attracted a field of 1,060 tournament entries who cracked the $1 million guarantee and generated a prize pool of $1.59 million. However, only the top 108 finishers will be treated to a portion of the money, which means that bursting the money bubble will be the first thing on today’s agenda.

The remaining survivors are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels today at the host venue. Their goal will be to hopefully reach the official nine-handed final table, but with 182 hopefuls left in contention that could be a difficult task.

The first flight of the tournament was played on Friday at Harrah’s Cherokee. It saw 407 players putting up the $1,675 buy-in fee to enter the event. Of them, only 67 bagged and tagged for the night. They were led by Andrew Mousmoules with 314,500 in chips.

Another 652 entries joined the field on Day 1B, which played Saturday at the host casino. However, only 115 survived throughout the day to secure a seat into Day 2. North Carolina native Jason Sandling ended Day 1B as the chip leader, transforming his 20,000 starting stack into a 340,000 one. The player will thus start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader across the tournament’s two starting flights.

Previous Triumphs

Sandling is vying for his third gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series and his second WSOP Circuit Main Event title. The player won his first Main Event at the same host venue four years ago. He topped a field of 665 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to scoop a first-place prize of $204,487 and his first-ever gold piece from the popular poker series.

A year later, Sandling won a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Horseshoe Baltimore for his second gold ring and a first-place payout of $14,505. He is now in a great position to make history at Harrah’s Cherokee, winning his second title from a Main Event and his largest WSOP Circuit cash.

As mentioned earlier, the top 108 finishers in the tournament will get paid. Payouts start from $2,926, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $294,152. Aside from the gold ring and the prize money, the winner will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship for a chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet.

Daniel Weinman is another player to be eying a second Main Event title. The player won that same event at Harrah’s Cherokee in 2015 for a gold ring and $280,260. Other notables still in contention include five-time gold ring winner Kurt Jewell, Josh Arieh, and Jonathan Hilton.

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Onshore Gambling Developers in Goa Insist on Lower Annual License Fees

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Onshore Gambling Developers in Goa Insist on Lower Annual License Fees

The Indian state of Goa and its authorities are putting in quite the effort to improve the gambling industry in the region and boost its performance. However, one of the recent moves of the government caused an immediate response from the companies operating in the field, as many of them were dissatisfied with the unwanted […]

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Betsoft deal with OCG International targets German market

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Betsoft deal with OCG International targets German market

Developer of innovative casino games for desktop and mobile, Betsoft Gaming, has agreed to a partnership deal with Maltese iGaming operator OCG International. Per the terms of the agreement, OCG International will now be able to offer Betsoft’s popular Slots3 games series, which includes the new Classic Slots collection, to its substantial brand portfolio. Betsoft […]

John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

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John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

John Dollinger from Gulf Breeze, Florida captured last night his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after running cold on one notable previous occasion. The poker pro bested 243 tournament entries in the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a $200,000 guarantee, played at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Dollinger also received $59,536 in prize money to go along with his shiny new gold ring from the popular series. Two years ago, the player ran deep into the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event. He eventually finished runner-up to David Hubbard. Dollinger scooped a $145,186 payout for finishing second in that event.

The brand new WSOP Circuit champion performed quite well in the event he took down last night at the host casino Harrah’s Cherokee. The player was mid-stacked upon entering the six-handed final table of the event. From that point on he only built up his stack to emerge the chip leader.

Dollinger faced Texan Daniel Jones heads-up. The two-handed match began with the eventual champion holding the chip lead. Dollinger never lost his advantage over his last opponent in the field of the $1,125 buy-in tournament. However, Jones proved to be a tough nut to crack as he made several attempts to double.

Jones actually managed to win some chips on two occasions, but never really came close to Dollinger. His final attempt to improve his situation at the table cost him his further participation. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Jones went in for his last chips, hoping that Lady Luck would smile upon him.

The player had [Kh][Qh] which clashed into Dollinger’s [Ah][5c]. A dry board secured the victory for Dollinger, sending Jones to the rail. The latter collected $36,875 for making it that far into the tournament.

Event #8

The $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 was the eighth gold ring event to be played as part of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. As mentioned earlier, the tournament drew 243 entries from all over the United States.

The event’s field cracked the guarantee and created a prize pool of $243,000. There were payouts for the final 26 finishers. The min-cash totaled $1,308. Players completed the event over two days of action.

There are three more gold rings left up for grabs at Harrah’s Cherokee. The $1,675 Main Event is, too, among the tournaments yet to be completed. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. It kicked off Friday at the host venue and will run through April 23.

As many as 407 players paid the buy-in fee of $1,675 to enter the event during Day 1A. Of them, only 67 made it through the end of the day and will return at Harrah’s Cherokee on Sunday for Day 2.

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Macau Authorities Fight against Illegal Cryptocurrency Operation in the Region

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Macau Authorities Fight against Illegal Cryptocurrency Operation in the Region

Cryptocurrency has been one of the hot topics for quite some time now and as with every new trend enjoying the attention of many people, there were attempts of frauds involving virtual currency as well. According to the recently issued information, the authorities have been on the lookout for illegal crypto activities and operation. Macau’s […]

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal
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In another change for Atlantic City's casinos, Carl Icahn has sold Tropicana Atlantic City hotel and casino as part of a larger deal that gives Tropicana Entertainment Inc. new owners.

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet’s help

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet’s help

GameArt entered Romania and Italy for the first time, starting with a launch on NetBet. GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet‘s help. iSoftBet is a market-leading online and mobile casino content provider. iSoftBet and GameArt have a longstanding partnership, with the developer’s games available through its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP). GAP boasts more than 1,500 slots from 35+ suppliers ...

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Oregon Could Introduce Sports Betting to the Field Without Additional Laws

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Oregon Could Introduce Sports Betting to the Field Without Additional Laws

Sports betting is a topic of large discussions across the states as it has the potential to attract many people to the gambling field and keep them interested. The state of Oregon recently announced that it has a broader authority to introduce sports betting to its residents if the United States Supreme Court decides that […]

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Wynn Resorts Chairman Rejects Elaine Wynn’s Board Reshuffle Proposal

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Wynn Resorts Chairman Rejects Elaine Wynn’s Board Reshuffle Proposal

Even though the former Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts is no longer part of the staff, the aftermath of the alleged sexual misconduct scandal from the end of January still lingers. His ex-wife Elaine Wynn recently made a move to overhaul the casino operator board, as he is the largest shareholder at the moment, […]

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague: the main blockchain event of the Czech Republic

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Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague: the main blockchain event of the Czech Republic

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague, the fourth annual event dedicated to the blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICO, will be held on May 17. This is one of the largest platforms in Europe for the exchange of experience and search for potential partners. Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague is an event organized by the Smile-Expo company, which created a network of blockchain ...

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Atlantic City Casino Revenue Slips Again In March, But Summer Is On The Horizon

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Slips Again In March, But Summer Is On The Horizon
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Four nor'easters lumbered through New Jersey in March, resulting in a decrease of year-on-year revenue for Atlantic City's seven casinos. But with summer comes Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino.

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Wazdan deals with Videoslots online casino

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Wazdan deals with Videoslots online casino

UK-licensed Wazdan has started the second quarter of the year as they finished the first quarter, with an unprecedented number of new partnerships and agreements. This time Wazdan deals with Videoslots, the world’s largest online casino. Malta-based Wazdan has a unique portfolio of over 100 casino-friendly games sought by industry-leading operators around the world. Wazdan’s ‘Passion for Games’ is changing ...

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DraftKings announces coming expansion into Australia

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DraftKings announces coming expansion into Australia

American daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced that it intends to start offering its online contests to players in Australia later this year after receiving a license from the Northern Territory Racing Commission. Boston-based DraftKings explained that Australia has become the eighth nation to license its services before stating that it plans to begin […]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Second edition of Prague Gaming Summit sees growth

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Second edition of Prague Gaming Summit sees growth

It has been three weeks since the second edition of the Prague Gaming Summit has come to an end and organizers of the event have announced noticeable growth for the conference. The Vienna House Prague hosted the event on March 29th, with tickets selling out, which led to organizers extend seating from the originally planned for […]

NJ Sports Betting Case Nets A Price Tag Of $8.6 Million In Legal Fees

NJ Sports Betting Case Nets A Price Tag Of $8.6 Million In Legal Fees
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A recent report revealed that New Jersey has spent $8.6 million in legal fees during its yearslong fight to legalize sports betting, but the NJ sports betting case is coming to a close with the Supreme Court deciding its fate soon.

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eSports Pioneer Unikrn Integrates iGaming Platform ChallengeMe.GG in Its Structure

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eSports Pioneer Unikrn Integrates iGaming Platform ChallengeMe.GG in Its Structure

The world of eSports is a vast space which has a lot on offer on any given day, but especially after a successful deal between two companies willing to work towards improving the field. The eSports betting company Unikrn is one of the progressive players on the field and according to the recent information, the […]

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Seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference

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Seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference

Announcing the 2018 Gaming in Holland Conference and Responsible Gaming Awards Dinner. Don’t miss it! Join us this June in Amsterdam for the seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference. As always, the Gaming in Holland Conference is THE place to connect with all the key players in the Dutch gaming industry. Moreover, the 2018 edition will feature the presentation of ...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Steve Wynn settles long-running legal battle with former wife

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Steve Wynn settles long-running legal battle with former wife

In Nevada, yesterday reportedly saw the former Chief Executive Officer for American casino operator Wynn Resorts Limited, Steve Wynn, settle his almost six-year legal battle with former wife Elaine Wynn (pictured) over claims he had breached their shareholders agreement. According to a Monday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, 75-year-old Elaine Wynn had helped […]

Galaxy Scraps Boracay Casino Plan, Seeks Alternative Site

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Galaxy Scraps Boracay Casino Plan, Seeks Alternative Site

Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has scrapped plans to build a $500-million gaming resort on Boracay and will seek an alternative site for a project of similar scale, an official from the Philippine Department of Tourism told media today.

It became known earlier this year that Galaxy has partnered Philippine gaming group Leisure and Resorts World Corporation to seek approval for an integrated resort with a casino floor in the popular tourism destination. The two companies were granted a provisional license from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, PAGCOR, last month and secured a 23-hectare site on Boracay for their resort.

News about Galaxy’s plan to enter the Philippine gaming and hospitality industry emerged at the time when Boracay was making the headlines for another reason. Following an environmental review, the findings of which were made public in February, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called the popular tourist hub a “cesspool” and undertook steps to close it for an environmental cleanup.

An order for the island’s closure was issued in April. Boracay is now set to be closed for a period of six months starting April 26.

During a Tuesday press conference on Boracay, Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre said that Galaxy has informed the Department of Tourism that it would no longer pursue plans for a large-scale resort on the island and will look for another site across the Philippines to develop a similar property.

The Department of Tourism official also explained that the company and its local partner will have to repeat the whole accreditation process and to obtain a new provisional license from PAGCOR.

The announcement about Galaxy backing off from its previous plan comes a week after a spokesman for President Duterte said that the country’s top official would not permit the construction of a casino on the island.

Upcoming Cleanup

A recently conducted environmental review of the island discovered that a number of structures had been built without the necessary permissions. In addition, nearly 200 businesses were found to have been discharging waste water into the sea without the proper treatment, thus polluting the water and risking the health of swimmers.

The upcoming closure of Boracay is expected to pave the way for tearing down illegal buildings, building a waste-to-energy plant, and constructing a bypass to mitigate traffic. No budget for the environmental cleanup has been announced yet and crucial details about how it will be carried out are yet to be revealed.

Experts and environmental officials have pointed out that six months may not be enough of a rehabilitation period and that the planned cleanup may go beyond that period. However, they have agreed that the overhaul is necessary as the island has been struggling with the strain of over two million tourists each year.

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eSport representatives: Niklas Timmermann and Manuel Haselberger at Millennial Gaming Forum 2018

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eSport representatives: Niklas Timmermann and Manuel Haselberger at Millennial Gaming Forum 2018

The Millennial Gaming Forum is among the most expected conferences in the schedule of Vienna International Gaming Expo 2018. The organizers are announcing a VIP lineup of speakers for the event and promise to bring quality information for operators looking to diversify the offering for the ever evolving audience. It is no surprise that the most talked about topic, when ...

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MGM Resorts Sells Illinois’ Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino to Eldorado Resorts

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MGM Resorts Sells Illinois’ Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino to Eldorado Resorts

The casino developer MGM Resorts could be seen seeking new potential sources for boosting the brand as well as looking for new partnerships which can improve the state of the company. Sometimes this includes the possibility of selling a given property in order to fortify all parties’ positions on the gaming field, and such is […]

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Uncertainty surrounds Casino Canberra redevelopment plan

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Uncertainty surrounds Casino Canberra redevelopment plan

In Australia, the government for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has reportedly declared that it is only prepared to continue supporting the $257 million plan to redevelop Casino Canberra if the firm behind the scheme agrees to several conditions it laid out as part of legislation passed in November. According to a Sunday report from […]

Resorts AC To Kick Off Epic 40th Anniversary Celebration Memorial Day Weekend

Resorts AC To Kick Off Epic 40th Anniversary Celebration Memorial Day Weekend
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Resorts Atlantic City is planning a weekend-long celebration of its 40th anniversary as the original New Jersey casino. But the party at Resorts AC continues all summer long with promotions and deals.

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Aquis Entertainment Gets One Month to Present Final Canberra Casino Redevelopment Proposal

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Aquis Entertainment Gets One Month to Present Final Canberra Casino Redevelopment Proposal

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has provided the Canberra Casino with a month to respond to its proposal to add more poker machines to its offering. The owner of Aquis Entertainment Group – the Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung – has until May 14th 2018 to submit a final proposal for a Canberra Casino redevelopment, which has been estimated to approximately A$330 million.

Reportedly, Aquis Entertainment Group has been given some more time to consider and potentially deliver a revised proposal after its previous bid was turned down. The original bid of the company, which was made in 2015, sought a permission to operate 500 pokies on local premises. For the time being, the existing legislation suspends Canberra Casino from offering poker machines.

Almost two years ago, in May 2016, the Australian Capital Territory Government rolled-out an in-principal agreement, under which Aquis was permitted to run 200 pokies as well as 60 electronic table games which were subjected to strict regulatory rules. After getting greenlighted by the authorities, Aquis preferred to keep a low profile for some time, which only fuelled speculations that redevelopment is now on the agenda. A spokesperson of the company denied these rumours over the weekend in an interview for a local media.

Aquis Entertainment Group’s spokesperson explained that the ACT Government must have realistic expectations in terms of both speed and details at which information information could be processed and provided, especially taking into account the amount of the proposed investment and the significant restrictions in terms of gambling advertising which have currently been seen in the local market.

Aquis Entertainment Could Consider Further Expansion

Currently, the ACT Government has been focused on making reductions in the number of legal poker machines in the capital from 5,000 to a total of 4,000. In case that Aquis wants to install 200 as per the in-principal agreement, the company would be required to purchase 300 poker machine operating licenses, only to lose 100 of them. A limit of AU$2 is to be imposed as the maximum bet allowed at the machines.

According the Gaming Minister, the company had second thoughts as it believed that the amended ACT’s gambling laws in terms of pokies provision in casinos were too strict. Acquis revealed that the legislative changes which were passed towards the end of 2017 required further consideration of the impact of the regulatory restrictions imposed on gambling operators in the country.

As mentioned above, the Australian casino operator worked in collaboration with the Australian Capital Territory on a plan for the Canberra Casino’s redevelopment and expansion in 2016. The investment was estimated to A$307 million, with the gambling venue being turned into an integrated casino resort aimed to expand the gambling and entertainment options provision in the region. The project consisted of the gambling facility, as well as bars, luxury dining areas and a shopping mall.

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Play’n GO announces Baker’s Treat online slot

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Play’n GO announces Baker’s Treat online slot

Omni-channel slots specialist Play’n GO will indulge players with its scrumptious new title straight out of the oven, Baker’s Treat slot. The new five-reel, two-ways-pay Baker’s Treat slot takes place in a twee British kitchen, with a selection of edible goodies laid out in front of star bakers as they look to gorge through winning lines and consume big wins. Each ...

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Partypoker launches new partypoker LIVE $$$

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With the launch of partypoker LIVE $$$, top online poker room partypoker now offers their players more value when it comes to satellite options for major events. Players can use partypoker LIVE $$$ to gain entry into LIVE events as well as side events taking place during major live poker festivals. Partypoker LIVE $$$, PPL$$$, […]

Caesars to Manage Two Non-Gambling Resorts in Dubai

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Caesars to Manage Two Non-Gambling Resorts in Dubai

Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced today plans to operate two hotels and a beach club in Dubai. The properties will be located on the artificial Bluewaters Island, off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coast line, and are slated to open doors in the fourth quarter of the year.

The two resorts will not feature casinos as gambling is banned across the United Arab Emirates. They will be Caesars’ first-ever non-gaming properties.

The Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant said in a statement from earlier today that it has partnered local real estate, tourism, and hospitality company Meraas Holding to work with in Dubai.

As mentioned above, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai are expected to launch later this year. The former, named after Caesars’ flagship property Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, will feature 178 luxury hotel rooms, two outdoor and one indoor swimming pools, a spa and a health center, an event center, a business center, and six restaurants. The property will also include facilities for meeting and conference activity.

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai will have 301 hotel rooms for guests, two swimming pools, both of which located outdoors, three meeting rooms, a 9,000-square-foot event hall, and food and beverage facilities. Both hotels will provide their guests with access to a nearly 5,000-square-foot private beach.

The two new resorts come as a manifestation of Dubai’s strategy to diversify its economy and improve the experience the city offers to both residents and visitors under the Dubai Plan 2021.

Planned Expansion

Announcing its Dubai hotel resorts, Caesars embarks on a planned expansion of its global footprint which it first revealed last spring. The company’s main operating unit recently emerged from bankruptcy and is now looking for opportunities to extend its presence across the globe.

Dubai is the first new destination Caesars is entering as part of its growth strategy and the first one where the major operator will operate non-gaming facilities. Bob Morse, President of Hospitality for Caesars, told media that the Gulf region is gradually becoming an attractive investment destination with the efforts made by local rulers to reduce states’ dependence on oil and diversify their economies.

Commenting on the fact that the two Dubai hotels would not feature casinos, Mr. Morse said that while gambling is prohibited in the region, it has a large expatriate population and part of their Gulf customers would certainly feel attracted to Caesars’ casino gaming resorts across the United States.

The official further pointed out that the Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant has set sights on other parts of the world and would expand its non-gaming business even more in the coming years. Mr. Morse revealed that they are actively pursuing expansion opportunities across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

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SJM Holdings Management Changes Fail to Meet Casino Experts’ Expectations

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SJM Holdings Management Changes Fail to Meet Casino Experts’ Expectations

One of the leading casino developers in Asia, SJM Holdings is currently undergoing a period which brings with itself major changes in the management structure of the company. This, in turn, has caused the frowns of experts in the field who claim that the board changes following Stanley Ho’s retirement have not been the best […]

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

New high limit area opens at Resorts World Catskills

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After opening their brand new 5,000 square foot poker room in March, Resorts World Catskills has now announced the grand opening of a new high limit area. Located on the third floor of the facility, the latest addition includes 38 tables games with such options as Pai Gow Tiles, roulette, blackjack and baccarat. During the […]

Guess Who’s Back? Atlantic City Casino Revenue Up For Second Straight Year

Guess Who’s Back? Atlantic City Casino Revenue Up For Second Straight Year
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In 2017, Atlantic City casino revenue posted gains with a little help from NJ gambling sites. And with two new casinos, Hard Rock AC and Ocean Resort Casino, on the horizon, spirits are high in New Jersey.

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Florida Legislators Negotiate Special Session in Last-Ditch Effort to Settle Gambling Issues

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Florida Legislators Negotiate Special Session in Last-Ditch Effort to Settle Gambling Issues

There is still no agreement or recommendations for a special legislative session in Florida, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano told local media on Friday.

It has become known that state lawmakers are considering a special two-day session at the end of April to discuss and hopefully agree on a comprehensive gambling legislation after failing to complete the task during the regular session.

Legislators convened January 9 for a 60-day session. The two chambers of the state Legislature each tabled a gambling-oriented bill earlier this year but failed to reach an agreement on the future of Florida’s gambling industry before they adjourned on March 9.

News about ongoing negotiations over a special session emerged after House Speaker Richard Corcoran voiced concerns that the state budget could lose much-needed gaming revenue from the Seminole Tribe, which currently pays hundreds of millions to the state in exchange for exclusivity over blackjack.

A special session could be the Florida Legislature’s last chance to introduce changes to gambling laws without having to ask residents for their opinion on the matter. Florida residents will cast their vote at the November ballot on a constitutional amendment that, if approved, will limit significantly legislators’ power over gambling-related issues. Under the proposed amendment (Amendment 3) any reforms to the state’s existing gambling law should first be approved by a voters’ majority.

Sen. Galvano told local news outlet Florida Politics that there are ongoing discussions over a special legislative session but an agreement or recommendations for the move are yet to be made.

The Seminoles Not in Contact with Legislators

Local news outlet Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Seminole Tribe has not been in contact with Florida lawmakers since negotiations over a special session have begun.

The tribe was required to make monthly payments to the state under a 2010 compact in exchange for exclusivity over the provision of blackjack within Florida. That portion of the compact expired in the summer of 2015 and tribal officials threatened to stop making the payments, arguing that the state breached their agreement by allowing non-tribal facilities to offer designated player games.

The tribe continued making the monthly payments over the next two and a half years since July 2015, while discussing the terms of a new compact with the state. However, the two parties have failed to reach a new agreement so far.

Under a previous settlement over blackjack litigation, the tribe had to make monthly payments up until March 31, 2018. It was no longer obligated to share a portion of its revenue with the state after that date.

Barry Richard, attorney for the tribe, told local media that the Seminoles were in no hurry to “stop those payments” as they were dependent on the state’s economy. He went on to say that if the tribe is offered exclusivity over more table games or extension of the compact, it may agree to contribute additional revenue to the state.

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Game Producer Play’n GO Receives Nominations for Several 2018 Women in Gaming Awards Categories

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Game Producer Play’n GO Receives Nominations for Several 2018 Women in Gaming Awards Categories

The gaming world has a lot on offer and there is an unlimited supply of new and exciting gaming offerings being introduced by some of the leading brands in the field. Such is the case with the multi-platform slots creator Play’n GO which has received recognition for its wide range of gaming offerings and for […]

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Friday, April 13, 2018

China Lottery Provider AGTech Utilizes Alibaba’s Payment Platform for Products Promotion

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China Lottery Provider AGTech Utilizes Alibaba’s Payment Platform for Products Promotion

When it comes to lottery opportunities for participation in China, AGTech Holdings is the company which takes care of people’s gambling pastime. According to the most recent information regarding the lottery provider, the Alipay payment network has helped with the new marketing campaign of AGTech which started on 8th March and attracted the attention of […]

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Who’s better, who’s best? Vote today for the Live Gaming Awards!

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Who’s better, who’s best? Vote today for the Live Gaming Awards! “It’s better live.” For the first time ever, the fast-growing live gaming industry will be able to celebrate its very own award show. Vote today at: http://www.livegamingsummit.com/awards/ On April 26, as part of the second annual Live Gaming Summit, the best performing live gaming operators of the past year ...

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Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to Announce India’s PSL Season 2 Teams

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Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to Announce India’s PSL Season 2 Teams

Legendary chess player Viswanathan Anand will be presiding the opening ceremony of the second edition of India’s Poker Sports League (PSL). On April 15, the famous Chess Grandmaster will announce the teams that will take part in Season 2 of the country’s very first poker league. Qualifiers for the tournament are currently running online and live while in the Grand Finale will be held in Goa next month.

As poker is quickly gaining popularity in India, several poker leagues have been established in the past couple of years, led by the Poker Sports League (PSL). Recently, it announced that Viswanathan Anand would be the PSL brand ambassador and will be promoting it via different media channels. Anand, who is a Chess Grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion, has compared the two games, saying that they are both games of skill. Admitting that he is intrigued by poker, the chess player is now stepping up to endorse it in India where it was illegal until 2015.

On Friday, the PSL said that Anand is to preside the opening ceremony for Season 2 of the increasingly popular poker league. He will unveil the twelve teams that will play during the Grand Finale events and will show the trophy that would be awarded to the top players in May. The opening ceremony will be held April 15 at the PlayBoy Club in Hotel Samrat in New Delhi.

The twelve teams of 10 players will compete against each other for a prize pool of INR3.6 crores, which is INR30.6 million or in US dollars – around $468,800. Each team consists of one mentor and captain, two pro players, two live qualifiers, three online qualifiers and two wild-card entrants. Tournament games will be in several formats, including Texas Hold’em and Omaha. One of the most important things is that the league is intended for Indian citizens, so there will be no foreign players qualifying for the tournament.

Improving Poker Image Drives India’s Growing Market

After a ruling in India’s Supreme Court last year, the government allowed states to allow playing online games of skill for money. While it all started with legalizing rummy, the liberalization of the laws in the country continued with allowing real money games for real money, as long as they are games of skill and not chance. In fact, poker operators and leagues, including the Poker Sports League, promote it as a sport, in which success is determined by skills and knowledge rather than luck. Apart from PSL, which was the first poker league to launch in India last year, there are several other events such as Match Indian Poker League and Global Poker League India. PokerStars has also entered the Indian market recently and its first tournament launches April 17.

Most of the poker tournaments in the country cater to Indian nationals and for instance, the PSL accepts only players from India. However, in order to improve its image even further, founders of the league have invited Viswanathan Anand as PSL brand ambassador. In addition, it will be introducing several non-Indian wildcard entrants. The first of them was announced late last month – Dylan Linde from the United States who has multiple awards, including a World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring. He has won $1.7 million in live tournaments, while his online winnings are close to $6 million.

With over 1.3 billion people, India is the second-most populous country (after China) and its newly created poker market has a huge potential for growth. PSL Season 1 reached to more than 4.5 million people on Facebook and the final was streamed to around a million poker fans across the country. The second edition will be streamed on Facebook and in addition, it will be telecast in June on the sports channel Dsport, which is part of the Discovery TV network.

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