Thursday, May 31, 2018

Federal regulators give green light to East Windsor casino

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Federal regulators give green light to East Windsor casino

After last month when Connecticut legislators were reportedly advised not to allow MMCT Venture to open its satellite casino in the community of East Windsor prior to its receipt of official approvals from the United States Department of the Interior (DOI), federal regulators have now reportedly made it possible for the operators of Mohegan Sun and […]

UK Gambling Industry GGY Increases According to UKGC Report

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UK Gambling Industry GGY Increases According to UKGC Report

Today, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) published its latest six-month update to the local gambling industry statistics. The main regulatory body in the UK revealed some details about the market changes and latest trends in the sector, as well as about players’ activity in the period from October 2016 to November 2017.

Such statistics about the performance, customer participation and trends in the sector are published twice a year, in May and then in November. The information released by the Commission is aimed at providing the latest data about the industry, including both land-based and online gambling services offered to UK customers.

The information rolled out by the major regulator in the country has been provided by the companies which run their services under an operation licenses issues by the UKGC.

Remote Gambling Sector on the Rise

According to the Commission, the UK gambling industry generated an overall gross gambling yield of £13.9 billion in the above-mentioned 12-month period. The figures represent a 0.7% increase in comparison to the result posted for the period between April 2016 to March 2017.

The main gambling regulatory body of the UK further revealed that the market share of the country’s remote gambling sector rose by 1% in the twelve months from October 2016 to November 2017 compared to the previous period. In addition, the online gambling industry saw a 3.7% increase in its overall gross gambling yield, reaching £4.9 billion at the time.

As far as the land-based gambling sector in the country is concerned, the UK Gambling Commission reported that the total number of betting shops on the territory of the UK amounted to 8,532. According to the data provided, the figure represented a 3.2% decline from the number of betting outlets in March 2017. There was also a 0.7% drop in the overall number of gaming machines in the UK to 183,928, with the ones requiring a local authority license only being excluded from that number.

A slight 2% increase from March 2017 in the number of bingo premises in the UK was registered. As revealed by the UKGC report, there were 649 bingo halls in the country. As far as casino premises are concerned, two new casinos have started operation since March 2017, with the overall number of casinos in the country rising to 152. In addition, a 3.5% decline was registered in the number of licensed arcades in the country from March 2017, with their number reaching 1,810.

A total of 106,366 people worked in the UK gambling sector in September 2017, with a 0.8% drop registered from March 2017.

Apart from the results of the land-based and online gambling sector, the UK Gambling Commission also provided some details about the contributions to good causes generated by large society lotteries. The regulatory body explained that there was a slight 1.7% drop to £251 million in comparison to the result posted between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Port Yankton Project Proponents Seek Gambling Expansion through South Dakota Voters’ Support

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Port Yankton Project Proponents Seek Gambling Expansion through South Dakota Voters’ Support

The supporters of the proposed gambling and entertainment complex Port Yankton have said they are able to gather the required number of signatures from state voters in order for the issue to be placed on the 2020 ballot. The Yankton Area Progressive Growth group’s campaigners have previously hoped that the necessary constitutional amendment placement on […]

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Vanessa Selbst Gets Poker Nostalgic on Twitter, Might Partner Phil Galfond for Upcoming WSOP Tag Team

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Vanessa Selbst Gets Poker Nostalgic on Twitter, Might Partner Phil Galfond for Upcoming WSOP Tag Team

It all started with a nostalgic poker-related tweet from retiree Vanessa Selbst, but it now seems that the three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner might come back from retirement to play the upcoming Tag Team event with another poker heavyweight and former gold bracelet winner.

Selbst, who announced early in 2018 hat she was putting an end to her poker career to pursue other opportunities, reminisced on Twitter about the game’s not-so-long-ago when players would 4-bet light pre-flop and on the flop to make the game quite thrilling, dynamic, and risky.

ok but seriously, when did it ppl 100% stop 4betting light (preflop OR on flop)? there used to be so many fun dynamics when ranges were obv polarized- now it's like there's a rule if u get raised while holding air u must fold…? seriously is this a thing? seems like a bad thing.

— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) May 31, 2018

Phil Galfond, a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner, joined Selbst’s recollections by saying that it has become quite rough out there for “feel players” like them. Galfond has indeed had some rough time on the live poker scene. Last year, the player revealed that he lost more than $800,000 playing cash games all around Las Vegas during the 2017 WSOP.

The player entered the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to hopefully redeem some of what he had lost and said that he needed to at least finish second in that tournament. The runner-up finish in last year’s edition of the popular event paid out $862,649. However, he eventually failed to scoop any cash whatsoever from it.

End of Retirement

Back to Selbst and Galfond’s Twitter discussion from just a few hours ago, the retired female poker pro suggested that the two of them join forces and return to the felt for the upcoming WSOP Tag Team event.

Galfond replied affirmatively to that, so it seems two of poker’s best might be readying themselves to stomp into Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where the world’s longest-running poker series is taking place for another year, and bring back in play some nice poker tricks. The $1,000 Tag Team event is slated to take place over three days starting June 27.

Selbst is the world’s most profitable female poker pro of all time. The player accumulated live tournament earnings of more than $11.8 million< during her active poker career. To date, her largest-ever tournament cash amounts to €1.3 million ($1,823,430) and the player scooped that one for taking down the Partouche Poker Tour €8,500 Main Event back in 2010. Selbst is also the proud holder of three WSOP gold bracelets, which she won in 2008, 2012, and 2014.

The player announced back in January that she had decided to change her career path and that she would be working as a trader for a hedge fund. Selbst also confirmed that she would no longer be a PokerStars Team Pro, pointing out that she no longer felt good about being a poker ambassador and telling amateur players that they should play a game that was “beatable” for them as she did not feel that was true. She was in fact one of four PokerStars Team Pro members to leave the poker room’s team of brand ambassadors in January, with Jason Mercier, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier being the other three.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ocean Resort Casino Has All The Pieces For Opening Day Except One: An NJ Casino License

Ocean Resort Casino Has All The Pieces For Opening Day Except One: An NJ Casino License
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With opening day just around the corner, Ocean Resort Casino is waiting for gaming regulators to move forward on a casino license hearing, which would get the Atlantic City casino one step closer to launch.

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Galaxy Entertainment Confirms No Desire to Increase Stake or Acquire Wynn Resorts

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Galaxy Entertainment Confirms No Desire to Increase Stake or Acquire Wynn Resorts

The international casino industry witnessed a whirlpool of events surrounding casino developer and operator Wynn Resorts over the span of the past few months and there were several speculations in relation to its shares. Galaxy Entertainment, another major player on the global gambling field recently pointed out that the Wynn Resorts shares it purchased back […]

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Japan considers extending Diet session to pass casino bill

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Japan considers extending Diet session to pass casino bill

In Japan, the government and its coalition partners are reportedly considering extending the current 150-day regular Diet session to either the end of June or early July in an effort to ensure the passage of important bills on labor reform and casinos, including the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill, prior to the June 20 deadline. […]

Gambling industry in Bulgaria with Miglena Dimitrova (MDMI Legal) at CEEGC2018 Budapest

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Gambling industry in Bulgaria with Miglena Dimitrova (MDMI Legal) at CEEGC2018 Budapest

The organizers of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) are honored to announce that Miglena Dimitrova (MDMI Legal) will join the panel discussion which focuses on the Eastern European gambling market updates. The Bulgarian gambling industry has shown significant growth in the last 10 years and in an Analysis of the Center for the Study of Democracy of ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The future of sports betting; Interview with AG Burnett – Pt I

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The future of sports betting; Interview with AG Burnett – Pt I

Additional reporting by K. Morrison When New Jersey filed briefs with the Supreme Court on the future of sports betting last August, many legal experts predicted that the conservative court would rule in favor of Gov. Christie and strike down the Bradley Act as unconstitutional. After Gov. Christie left office, the action was renamed for […]

Betsoft Gaming deals with Casino Superlines

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Betsoft Gaming deals with Casino Superlines

Leading software provider, Betsoft Gaming deals with Casino Superlines to provide a selection of slot games to growing brand. Since Betsoft Gaming deals with Casino Superlines, an extensive range of RNG titles that have been approved for key regulated markets – including many from the perennially popular Slots3TM series will be available to Casino Superlines brand. Launched in April 2017, ...

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Poker’s Most Profitable So Far This Year

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Poker’s Most Profitable So Far This Year

We are just five months into the year but some of poker’s finest players have already added millions of dollars to their bankrolls. They have traveled the world, faced other fine and seasoned players and have outmaneuvered them to be rewarded for their skills.

Just as many poker professionals and enthusiasts are readying for this year’s World Series of Poker, Casino News Daily has compiled a quick list of the most profitable players so far in 2018. Here is a little bit more information about how much they have won and how they have performed the past several months.

Justin Bonomo – $8,907,138

Bonomo has been on a hot streak over the past five months and it seems that he has no intention to end his winning spree. The player has cashed nearly $9 million since the beginning of the year from 15 different tournaments. There is more to the story, he won five of these and made final table appearances in most of the other.

Half of Bonomo’s 2018 live tournament earnings came from his first-place finish in the HK$2-million buy-in Super High Roller Bowl China. The popular poker pro bested a field of 75 seasoned high rollers to collect $4,823,077 from the event’s prize pool. Bonomo defeated Finland’s Patrik Antonius (who will appear later in this list) heads-up.

Aside from his Super High Roller Bowl China triumph, he also took down the Lucky Hearts Poker Open $25,500 High Roller for $556,873, a US Poker Open $10,500 event for $190,400, the EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for €378,000, and the EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 Single Re-Entry for €259,700.

Jason Koon – $6,837,091

Koon is, too, having quite some year and quite a month, to be more precise. The player won high roller tournaments on two continents over a week’s span. He first outlasted 103 entries in the partypoker-sponsored HK$1,000,000 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro to scoop a hefty payout of $3,569,836.

Just a few days later, the player claimed another title and another seven-figure payout. He won the Aria $100K High roller during the WPT Tournament of Champions Festival at Aria Resort & Casino. Koon was the last man standing from a field of 31 entries. His share of the prize pool totaled $1,039,940.

Koon has cashed in seven events since the beginning of the year and has won one more tournament over the past few months. During this year’s PCA, the poker pro bested the field of the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, good for a prize of $421,080.

Stephen Chidwick – $5,906,441

UK’s second most profitable player of all time rounds out the podium of this year’s most profitable live tournament poker players. Chidwick has finished in the money in 15 tournaments since January and has won several of them to add nearly $6 million to his already hefty poker bankroll.

The UK poker pro started off 2018 with victories in two US Poker Open tournaments, both of them $25,000 buy-in ones. He scooped more than $700,000 from those. Just a couple of days ago, the player took down a $25,000 Aria High Roller event for $300,000.

Back in April, Chidwick collected two seven-figure payouts from the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona festival. He first finished runner-up to Jake Schindler in the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1.1 million in prize money, and then collected €1 million for his third-place finish in the €10,300 Main Event.

Patrik Antonius – $4,537,936

We have seen more and more from the Finn over the past months which is always good, as we all know how good he is at this game. The player has cashed in just five events this year, but one of these was the above-mentioned Super High Roller Bowl China.

Antonius collected $3,153,551 from that tournament after outlasting all but one of the contenders for the title. In February, the player put up great performance at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany at King’s Casino Rozvadov to win the €25,500 Super High Roller for a first-place prize of €425,000.

Jake Schindler – $4,411,041

Schindler rounds out the list of the five most profitable players so far this year with nearly $4.5 million added to his bankroll. He has cashed in 17 tournaments since the beginning of 2018, which is an impressive number itself. In addition, he actually topped the fields of some of these events.

As already mentioned, the player emerged victorious in the €100,000 Super High Roller during the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. His share of the tournament’s massive prize pool amounted to €1,750,000. Schindler has also won a couple of Aria High Roller tournaments over the past several months and has cashed in some other such tournaments.

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Upcoming Summer Poker Festivals: Las Vegas Edition

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Upcoming Summer Poker Festivals: Las Vegas Edition

With this year’s Super High Roller Bowl now being halfway through and the 49th annual World Series of Poker being just a couple of hours away from kicking off with record 78 gold bracelets up for grabs, Las Vegas has already drawn a humongous number of the world’s best poker pros as well as of recreational players who love the game just as fiercely as any professional out there.

And while the above-mentioned two events are certainly getting and will be getting the most attention, they are not the only ones set to take place in the major gambling hub this summer. In fact, popular Las Vegas casinos are gearing up for a summer of poker thrill and exciting events.

Here are some of the other major festivals that are slated to run in the mecca of casino gambling and entertainment over the next several weeks.

Grand Poker Series

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Vegas is set to have its own big series going on over the next month or so. This year’s edition of the Grand Poker Series is slated to begin later today at the gambling venue and to run through July 3.

It will feature more than 80 different poker events and poker formats. Some of the tournaments will feature guaranteed prize pools, with guarantees going up all the way through half a million dollars. Most of the events will be single-day ones, but there will be a few that will feature multiple starting flights and will be played over a couple of days.

The four-day $570 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will begin on June 28. It will be one of the events that will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.

Wynn Summer Classic

The 2018 Wynn Summer Classic will kick off on June 1 and will take place all the way through July 16 at the highly popular Wynn Las Vegas. Similarly to the Grand Poker Series, the festival will feature a plethora of events varying in buy-ins and formats, and most of those will take place over a single day.

The Wynn Summer Poker Classic’s schedule includes over 30 different tournaments with very attractive guaranteed prize pools of up to $1 million. It is also important to note that most of those events’ guarantees are six-figure ones.

The $1,600 Main Event is scheduled for July 9. The tournament will be played over five days and will include three starting flights. Entries will contend for the title and the largest share of the guaranteed $1.5-million prize pool.

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are almost upon those living or visiting the hot Nevada desert and Binion’s Hotel and Casino is offering an escape from the heat with a month-long summer poker festival. The Dog Days of Summer poker celebrations will take place on June 1-July 1 with more than two dozens of different tournaments.

The schedule of this upcoming festival deserves to be paid quite some attention due to its diversity of formats to be featured. Aside from popular formats like No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha, players will also be able to participate in the likes of a $365 buy-in Crazy Stud Mix (Razzudugi; Hi/Lo Regular; Hi/Lo 8) and a $365 Mixed Triple Draw (2-7; A-5; Badugi).

Sumer Poker Series

The Summer Poker Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino will be another month-long festival to take place in Las Vegas this summer. It will run from June 1 through July 1. The festival features a huge schedule with a wide variety of poker variants that will certainly meet every player’s taste and demands for poker action.

As with the above-mentioned events, this one will, too, feature mostly single-day events. Players will thus be able to enter the ones they feel most comfortable to participate in and to even hop from one casino to another to check out all the festivals set to take place over the next month both on the legendary Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Star Entertainment Revenue Boosted by VIP Customers and Queensland Businesses

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Star Entertainment Revenue Boosted by VIP Customers and Queensland Businesses

One of the largest Australian gaming and entertainment groups, Star Entertainment Group, shared that high-roller customers and Queensland businesses have brought larger revenue, at a time when the company has been focused on new Gold Coast- and Brisbane-located projects’ roll-out.

As reported by the operator, the strong revenue growth registered since the beginning of the year has been backed by the boom in the local tourism market, as the number of international VIP customers has also increased. In addition, Star Entertainment further announced a large increase in the amount of the transformational revamp and expansion of its Brisbane-situated Queen’s Wharf project, with a 25% boost in the gross area which is expected to bring the resort costs up from AU$1.8 to AU$2.4 billion.

The company is currently engaged with the development of its AU$2.4-billion Queen’s Wharf resort situated in the central business district of Brisbane. Today, the gambling operator revealed that its revenue increased by 16.4% in the period from January to May 2018.

As revealed by Matt Bekier, the Chief Executive Officer of Star Entertainment, official offers for the first phase of the Queen’s Wharf project are set to be released in June. He further explained that additional dining and retail areas are also planned for the resort. As previously revealed, the foundations, as well as the basement of the project are set to be laid down in 2019, while the construction above the ground expected to begin a year later, in 2020.

More Regulatory Clarity Needed for Gold Coast Tower Project

As mentioned above, Mr. Bekier revealed that the floor area of the company’s Queen’s Wharf project would be bigger than the one originally planned, due to expanded retail and dining area. According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, the increase reflects the confidence which Star Entertainment has in Queensland and Brisbane.

The company’s boss explained that the increase marked in the number of tourists and higher interstate migration have helped the economy of the state.

The Star Entertainment Group has revealed that the construction of its Gold Coast casino’s new accommodation tower is planned to kick off in August 2018. However, the company still needed more clarity to be brought on the matter, with the State Government expected to say whether the operator would need another casino license, especially for the tourist strip. According to Mr. Bekier, Star Entertainment is absolutely fine with the planned investment in the new tower, but more regulatory clarity would be needed before further investment is given a go.

Kate Jones, the Minister of Queensland Tourism Industry Development is expected to meet with potential supporters of the new resorts in the region. Previously, Star’s CEO shared his opinion that the Gold Coast did not need another casino resort, considering his company’s plans to built four more towers of up to 74 storeys at the already existing Broadbeach venue. In any case, no more poker machines are proposed at the site in question.

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NetEnt continues progressive jackpot streak

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NetEnt continues progressive jackpot streak

You all know and possibly love NetEnt’s progressive jackpot title, Mega Fortune. You’ve probably become used to hearing about it and some of the brand’s other popular progressives in the news with life-changing wins awarded to unsuspecting players. Well, it’ done it again, and this time, the big win changed the life of a player […]

Bloomberry Considers Bidding for Wakayama Prefecture Casino Resort

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Bloomberry Considers Bidding for Wakayama Prefecture Casino Resort

This is a very pivotal moment of the Japanese gambling history as casino operators are considering ways in which they could make their way into the future field and doing their best to reserve their spot as the operator of the first integrated resorts in the country once gambling has officially launched. Bloomberry Resort Corp. […]

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Louisiana’s riverboat casinos now free to move ashore

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Louisiana’s riverboat casinos now free to move ashore

Louisiana’s 15 riverboat casinos can now operate on land after a single vote victory in the Senate approved SB 316 and on May 23, 2018, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the law into effect. The final legislative approval was the second time the State Senate agreed the riverboat casino bill, having garnered the nod […]

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Tom Horn Gaming deals with Omega Systems

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Tom Horn Gaming deals with Omega Systems

A Malta-based gaming software supplier, Tom Horn Gaming deals with Omega Systems, a company providing the ultimate one-stop gaming solution for operators in several geographic markets. Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, commented on the fact that Tom Horn Gaming deals with Omega Systems: Patrick Mann, Business Development Manager at OMEGA Systems added:

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Chip Leaders at Oriental Poker Championship Continue towards Day 2

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Chip Leaders at Oriental Poker Championship Continue towards Day 2

The first edition of the long-anticipated Oriental Poker Championship is well on its way and poker tournaments are already in progress giving many players the chance to increase their live poker winnings. The Main Event which is a shiny diamond for all participants is already at its Day 2 phase of its schedule and witnessing […]

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New Jersey race track sues NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over $150m in lost revenue

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New Jersey race track sues NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over $150m in lost revenue

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the operator of Monmouth Park, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA), against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the four major sports leagues alleges that the leagues legal action [Murphy v NCAA] in August 2012 to enjoin New Jersey’s Sports Wagering Act cost the thoroughbred horse racing track […]

California’s Sycuan Casino celebrates major expansion milestone

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California’s Sycuan Casino celebrates major expansion milestone

In southern California, Tuesday saw the federally-recognized Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation hold a ‘topping-off ceremony’ as the final beam was lifted into position as part of the $226 million expansion of its Sycuan Casino. Began in March 2017, the redevelopment is set to see the San Diego County facility add a twelve-story hotel […]

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Darren Elias Leads WPT Tournament of Champions Final Table, Eyes Back-To-Back Wins

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Darren Elias Leads WPT Tournament of Champions Final Table, Eyes Back-To-Back Wins

The second day of the WPT Tournament of Champions was completed on Saturday at Aria Resort & Casino. It started with 29 players but just five of them survived through the very end of the day and are still in contention for the title and the $463,375 first-place prize.

Day 2 of the tournament kicked off with Dennis Blieden leading the pack of 29 hopefuls from Day 1. The player had a solid run during the first day of the WPT Tournament of Champions and methodically built a massive stack into Day 2. However, it appeared he had lost some of his momentum when he returned to the tables yesterday to eventually lose his chip advantage. The player was eliminated in 11th later on Day 2 to become the unfortunate bubble boy.

The original field of the prestigious tournament comprised 80 entries. The prize pool totaled $1.365 million and included the $15,000 buy-in fees paid by the participants and an additional $150,000 contributed by the WPT. The money was split into payouts for the top ten finishers.

The five finalists are set to resume play today at 4 pm local time. Unlike the previous two days when they played at the poker tables of Aria Resort & Casino, the final tablists will take to the felt of the brand-new Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino to battle it out until there is just one player left.

Darren Elias Aims For Back-To-Back Titles

Darren Elias came into the WPT Tournament of Champions fresh off the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, which he took down to win a record-breaking fourth title from the series. And if Day 1 of the Tournament of Champions belonged to Blieden, it can be said that Day 2 belonged namely to Elias.

The player eventually bagged and tagged 1.4 million to top the chip counts chart. It is also important to note that he has quite some advantage over the rest of his remaining opponents.

Commenting on his run over the past several days, Elias said that “wins […] come in bunches in poker” and that when a player wins in a tournament, they become more confident and maybe play better in their next tournaments.

While Elias might have secured the chip lead, he will have a different task today as the rest of the finalists are seasoned players themselves. Matas Cimbolas collected a stack of 1.159 million last night to rank second in the chip counts chart. Matthew Waxman finished third in chips, good for 554,000. Nick Schulman, a player who boasts $3,534,047 in live tournament earnings, and David Benyamine, who has collected more than $1.8 million from different live tournaments, were the other two players to make it through Day 2 with and collect almost even stacks at the end of the day with 447,000 and 440,000, respectively.

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Tiger Resorts Witnesses Fraudulent Activity Complaints against Kazuo Okada Scrapping

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Tiger Resorts Witnesses Fraudulent Activity Complaints against Kazuo Okada Scrapping

The international gambling industry has seen numerous twists and turns of companies and businesses filing complaints and then arranging things back to normal. In a surprising turn of events, all charges filed in by Tiger Resorts and Entertainment against Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada were dropped this Thursday laying the feud which started in January […]

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William Hill US to operate sports book at Ocean Resort Casino

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William Hill US to operate sports book at Ocean Resort Casino

The largest sports book in Nevada, William Hill US will reportedly run the sports book at the Ocean Resort Casino slated to open at June’s end this year. The partnership between the London-based sports book and the resort casino at 500 Boardwalk was confirmed on Thursday by Jordan Deifik, principal of Ocean Resort Casino, who […]

Friday, May 25, 2018

PokerStars.pt joins three-nation shared liquidity scheme

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PokerStars.pt joins three-nation shared liquidity scheme

Canadian iGaming operator The Stars Group Incorporated has announced that its envisioned online poker shared liquidity scheme involving players in France, Spain and Portugal is now a reality after its PokerStars.pt domain was accepted into the tri-nation club. Toronto-listed The Stars Group Incorporated, which is also responsible for the FullTilt online casino brand, stated that […]

Be part of the Netherland’s first-ever Responsibility in Gaming Awards

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Be part of the Netherland’s first-ever Responsibility in Gaming Awards

ENTER NOW! Be part of the Netherland’s first-ever Responsibility in Gaming Awards Make sure your organisation gets the recognition it deserves – submit your entry by 30 May to take part in the Dutch gaming sector’s only dedicated awards: Responsibility in Gaming Awards. The window for entries to the inaugural Responsibility in Gaming Awards is now OPEN. If your organisation ...

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Dennis Blieden Leads 29 Survivors into WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2

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Dennis Blieden Leads 29 Survivors into WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2

The WPT is about to wrap up another successful season. Once again the popular poker series is celebrating the end of its season with the WPT Tournament of Champions, a three-day event that features champions from the past year and is already taking place at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Day 1 of the season-ending tournament was played on Thursday at the host casino. It started off with 80 participants but the field was whittled down to just 29 players by the end of the day.

The event came with a buy-in fee of $15,000, but those who won Main Tour Main Events throughout the season had that fee included in their first-place prizes. The WPT also added $150,000 to the prize pool, of which $50,000 would go to the winner to create an overall prize pool of $1.365 million.

The top 10 finishers will leave with a payout, min-cash worth $39,840. The winner will receive $463,375 from the prize pool. However, awards for the big champion would not be limited to the monetary prize. Their victory will also be rewarded with a Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic watch, a JetSmarter membership worth $50,000, and the one and only WPT Tournament of Champions trophy.

Dennis Blieden Leads After Day 1

The first day of this year’s WPT Tournament of Champions concluded with Dennis Blieden leading the elite pack into the night. The player bagged and tagged 593,000 to lock a comfortable start to Day 2.

Blieden is followed by J.C. Tran with 305,500 and Marvin Rettenmaier with 234,500, but it can be seen that the overnight chip leader has secured quite an advantage over his remaining opponents.

Blieden catapulted himself to the top of the Day 1 chip counts chart after winning a massive pot during Level 4 of play. The player clashed against Andy Frankenberger. The latter went all in with pocket aces to Blieden’s pocket sixes. A [6c][4d][2c] flop and blank turn and river saw Frankenberger hit the rail, while Blieden collected his chips. Later the same level, the overnight chip leader scooped quite some chips from Mike Del Vecchio to further cement his advantage.

Blieden won the LA Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event back in February to claim his first WPT title, a seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $1 million in prize money. The player had cashed in two WSOP events prior to his triumph earlier this year. Talking with WPT staff last night, Blieden said that he has not played tournament poker since the LAPC, but he was running pretty well in the Tournament of Champions and it felt as if he had picked where he had left off.

Unlike many of the other tournament entries, Blieden is not that well known to the poker community. Dwelling on that, the player said that he knew many of his table mates considered him “terrible” and that was why he was getting calls that many would not. He went on to say that he got quite some coolers throughout Day 1 and it seemed to him that every time he bluffed, his opponents would fall, while every time he called, he would win the pot.

Play is set to resume at Aria today at noon local time. The remaining hopefuls will play down to an official six-handed final table. Aside from Blieden, the likes of Erik Seidel, Marvin Rettenmaier, Justin Young, and Darren Elias, who came into the Tournament of Champions fresh off his record fourth WPT win in the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, will also join Day 2 action.

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Century Casino Bath Grand Opening today

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Century Casino Bath Grand Opening today

After announcing the opening date last month, today in southwest England, Century Casino Bath is celebrating its Grand Opening at 9pm. Owned and operated by Century Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: CNTY), the casino is located in the Georgian spa town of Bath and part of a mixed leisure development. Overlooking the Theatre Royal and Saw Close, […]

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Seven Things To Expect At Hard Rock Atlantic City When It Opens Its Doors June 28

Seven Things To Expect At Hard Rock Atlantic City When It Opens Its Doors June 28
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With one month until opening day, Hard Rock Atlantic City is gearing up for the big day and a busy summer in AC. Here are seven things to look for when Hard Rock AC opens its doors.

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Darren Elias Makes History at Aria Casino, Captures Record Fourth WPT Title

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Darren Elias Makes History at Aria Casino, Captures Record Fourth WPT Title

Darren Elias finally claimed a coveted fourth WPT title after a near miss earlier this season in Jacksonville. The player topped last night the elite field of the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic to become the only one to have ever captured four titles from the series’ Main Tour.

The WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic drew 162 entries to the tables of the host venue – Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was a star-studded field of former WPT champions, former WSOP Main Event champions, including 14-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, and a plethora of other accomplished pros and recreationals. They created a prize pool of $1,555,200 and the amount of $387,580 went to the winner.

Elias entered the final day of the event as the chip leader and with a massive stack. The player said that he was there for anything but the win, and he did his best to execute his strategy and claim the prestigious fourth title that put him ahead of Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Chino Rheem who are all holding three WPT titles.

It was an action-packed day at the host casino on Wednesday. Despite his advantage, Elias’ ride to victory was not a smooth one. Aside from him, the official six-handed final table of the event featured two players who were eying their third WPT titles (Jonathan Little and Sam Panzica), a player who was looking to claim a second title (Dietrich Fast), former WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen, and female poker pro Kitty Kuo who has been smashing tables over the past several months.

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Little and Panzica were the first to leave the final table, their hopes for a third title thus being brought to an abrupt end. The players collected $74,520 and $97,795, respectively. Fast was then eliminated in fourth place, good for $130, 895.

The most important hand of the final table occurred during three-handed play when McKeehen and Elias found themselves locked in an all-in confrontation that would end everything for one of the players. It was eventually McKeehen to bust in third place for $178,610, while Elias collected his chips to enter heads-up against Kuo with a 3:1 advantage.

Despite the huge gap, Kuo was not showing any signs that she was ready to give up on the title without a fight. As a result, the two-handed duel lasted three hours and over 100 hands. While Kuo never managed to take the lead during the match, she doubled several times and almost erased the gap.

On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Kuo announced all in for her last 600,000 and Elias called almost immediately. Elias tabled [Ah][10c] to his opponent’s [As][5d]. The [4d][Js][8h][7s][2c] arrived on the board to end Kuo’s participation in the tournament. The player took $248,380 for her performance.

As for Elias, the player is now heading into the WPT Tournament of Champions which starts today at Aria. Fresh off his latest triumph, he will play against the WPT Main Event champions from throughout the season for a chance to be crowned the absolute champion of Season XVI of the series.

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5 Things That Have Shifted The Crowd Of The Land Casinos To Online Casino

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5 Things That Have Shifted The Crowd Of The Land Casinos To Online Casino

The online casino is snatching all the crowd of land casinos. They are reliable and secure and they nullify the mistakes of land casinos. There are some online casinos which are not reliable however if you choose the best new Norwegian casino of 2018 – Norskcasinoguide.com, then you do not have to face any issues of fraud or cheating. So, ...

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Louisiana Governor Signs Riverboat Casino Relocation Bill

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Louisiana Governor Signs Riverboat Casino Relocation Bill

Louisiana’s riverboat casinos will be able to move onto nearby land as Governor John Bel Edwards signed on Wednesday a bill authorizing their relocation. The legislative piece was presented to the top official’s desk after surviving the Legislature by a single vote. Generally speaking, Senate Bill 316 gives riverboat casinos the green light to move […]

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hold Up: NJ Sports Betting Bill May Block Casinos With Ties To Sports Franchises From Taking Bets

Hold Up: NJ Sports Betting Bill May Block Casinos With Ties To Sports Franchises From Taking Bets
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A provision in the NJ Senate bill regulating sports betting prohibits casinos who own sports franchises from operating sportsbooks on any level, effectively blocking a good portion of Atlantic City's casinos from taking bets.

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Crown Casino Melbourne Faces New Allegations on Plastic Picks Violation

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Crown Casino Melbourne Faces New Allegations on Plastic Picks Violation

Victoria’s gambling regulatory body has been put under even more pressure over the blanking-buttons scheme used at the Crown Resorts’ Melbourne venue. According to allegations which put the international gambling operator under fire, the small plastic picks used on poker machines at the Crown casino in Melbourne led to an “astronomical” increase in losses generated […]

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Playtech receives official consent for Snaitech SpA purchase

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Playtech receives official consent for Snaitech SpA purchase

In Italy, omni-channel gaming software and services innovator Playtech has reportedly received official approval from the nation’s Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) regulator to purchase a majority stake in prominent local online and retail operator Snaitech SpA. According to a Monday report from the Reuters news service, Playtech agreed a deal early last […]

Save the date for the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana

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Save the date for the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana

The team at European Gaming Media and Events is honored to announce their latest event in their portfolio of boutique gaming events. The inaugural European Gaming Congress will be held on the 16th of October at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana and has the aim of highlighting the market regulations and updates from several countries within the EU and ...

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Rush Street Inks Deal With Kambi, Gets Set For Sports Betting At NJ Online Casino

Rush Street Inks Deal With Kambi, Gets Set For Sports Betting At NJ Online Casino
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Rush Street Interactive's partnership with Kambi Group gets them closer to NJ sports betting with its PlaySugarhouse NJ gambling site as a possible online sports betting test.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Malta Gaming Authority Brings Unified Self-Exclusion System to Remote Operators

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Malta Gaming Authority Brings Unified Self-Exclusion System to Remote Operators

Malta is Europe’s online gaming hub which seems to be on a constant pursuit of improvement and refinement of its gaming regulations. The latest news brings the spotlight to the new Unified Self-Exclusion System which is going to affect the operation of the operators developing their remote operation under a license issued by Malta Gaming […]

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NCAA Universities Near The Garden State React To NJ Sports Betting Decision

NCAA Universities Near The Garden State React To NJ Sports Betting Decision
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After the NJ sports betting case came to a close, NCAA schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and across the US responded in typical fashion before the NCAA changed its tune on legal US sports betting.

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Play Fortuna deals with Relax Gaming

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Play Fortuna deals with Relax Gaming

Play Fortuna deals with Relax Gaming to provide its table game and slot content to the online casino’s offering. As Play Fortuna deals with Relax Gaming and under the terms of agreement, the online operator will initially roll out the supplier’s Blackjack and Roulette products, which are available at a cost-effective rate, before the introduction of slot games later this ...

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Will Legal NJ Sports Betting Help Atlantic City Casino Revenue? Only Time Will Tell

Will Legal NJ Sports Betting Help Atlantic City Casino Revenue? Only Time Will Tell
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The end of PASPA has Atlantic City abuzz with talk of sports betting. The emergence of AC sportsbooks could provide more momentum for year-on-year revenue gains, but the future of NJ sports betting is wide open.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Chinese Government Unlikely to Allow Casino Gambling in Hainan, Experts Say

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Chinese Government Unlikely to Allow Casino Gambling in Hainan, Experts Say

Last week, casino industry experts refuted rumors that the island of Hainan, also known as “China’s Hawaii”, is set to become the next casino hub in the country. Still, they confirmed that the island could open doors for several kinds of sports lotteries.

In February 2018 it became clear that the Chinese Government has been mulling the legalization of some gaming options on Hainan Island – a step that could end the gambling monopoly of Macau. Then, in April, the Government revealed that it would officially legalize horse racing and some new types of sports lotteries on the Island as part of its effort to turn Hainan into the largest pilot free-trade port.

However, the South China Morning Post revealed that Su Guojing, the founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon and a gambling sector expert, explained in an interview at the Macau-based Global Gaming Expo Asia 2018 that casino gambling contradicted to the overall ideology and legislation of China. According to Mr. Su, for the time being, it was almost impossible for the Government to permit land-based casinos to be established outside the gambling hub of Macau.

According to Mr. Su, the legalization of horse racing in Hainan could take a very long time to develop. He further explained that the country’s Government should pay much more attention to Sanya and its development to a global home port for cruises.

China to Keep Its Gambling Ban Almost Intact

For the time being, all forms of gambling, except for two types of lotteries, are officially suspended under a gambling ban imposed by the Chinese Government. As mentioned above, horse racing operations are permitted to a limited extent. However, sports betting services are fully banned in the country. Other forms of gambling are currently permitted only in the autonomous region of Macau, which is currently the only place in China where gambling in casinos is allowed.

Recently, rumor has it that the country’s authorities have been considering whether to lift some of the restrictions imposed on gaming operations on land and allow them on boats.

Sanya currently attracts the largest number of tourists in the province of Hainan as a whole. According to a report issued by the online travel booking agency Ctrip, a total of 18 million visitor arrivals were registered in Sanya last year. Up to date, the city offers about 14 cruise routes traveling to various countries and is also a stopping point for some of the largest cruise operators which could help it become a global cruise destination.

As far as opening Hainan to gambling operations is concerned, the Chinese Government has been considering such a step as part of its efforts to help the economy of the ailing southernmost province. For many years, the administrative region of Macau has kept a monopoly on casino gambling operations, with the region having attracted some of the largest casino operators on a global scale.

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Italy’s Government Proposes New Potentially Damaging Gambling Bill

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Italy’s Government Proposes New Potentially Damaging Gambling Bill

Italy seems to be well on its way to introduce new regulations to its gambling field on its pursuit to provide the players with better protection. It was recently announced that the government has proposed a new bill which is still in its draft state. The said bill could potentially harm the gambling sector by […]

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