Sunday, May 27, 2018

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.

Thrilling Heads-Up

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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Gibraltar to Remain Safe Haven for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Operations

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Gibraltar to Remain Safe Haven for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Operations

Gibraltar has been known as one of the largest gambling hubs on a global scale, with the destination being preferred by many gambling operators due to its low taxes and favorable legislation and regulatory framework. The UK overseas territory first opened to online gambling operations two decades ago, in 1998, and since then a massive […]

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

NFL not worried about casino investments of Carolina Panther’s new owner

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NFL not worried about casino investments of Carolina Panther’s new owner

David Tepper is now the new owner of the Carolina Panthers NFL team, after sealing a deal last week to purchase the team for around $2.2 billion. Tepper is not only an investor in the NFL but also the casino industry. Tepper’s Appaloosa Management recently increased their casino investments and the NFL reportedly does not […]

Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

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Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

After several weeks of speculations over the opening of what would be Ocean Resort Casino, it was recently confirmed that the property, formerly known as Revel, would swing its doors open on June 28. And Hard Rock International had previously picked that exact date to reopen the former Trump Taj Mahal as a Hard Rock-branded casino resort.

The emblematic Atlantic City Boardwalk will thus welcome two new stars to its existing seven casino properties. This year is very special for the city as its celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first-ever commercial casino.

For a very long time, Atlantic City was the only place on the East Coast where commercial Las Vegas-style were allowed. And during that time it maintained fervently its spot as America’s second highest grossing gambling hub, with Las Vegas being the largest such hub by annual revenue produced.

However, the decade after 2006, when a number of states in the northeast part of the country opened new casinos and expanded quickly their gambling industries, turned out to be a complete disaster for Atlantic City. It could not manage the growing competition from neighboring states and, as a result, many of its casinos struggled to stay afloat.

The culmination of Atlantic City’s disastrous decade was represented by the closure of five of its 12 casinos in the period between 2014 and 2016 (Revel closed in 2014, while Trump Taj Mahal was shuttered in 2016).

It seems, however, that the popular casino hub might be ready to turn over a new leaf. In 2017, its seven surviving casinos posted a second consecutive year of revenue growth. They generated a total of $2.66 billion, up 2.2% from 2016. The results came as a much needed encouragement.

The opening of the city’s two new casinos is just over a month away and many see that as a sign that recovery is around the corner. On the other hand, less enthusiastic analysts have warned that Atlantic City’s gambling industry might not be ready for expansion yet.

Who are the owners of the two new properties and what have they promised to bring to the city? How will the opening of two casinos impact Atlantic City’s industry? And is the decision for the openings to take place on the same date a reasonable one? Here is Casino News Daily’s view on the topic.

Details about the Two Casinos

Hard Rock International, the Florida-based gaming and hospitality giant, bought the former Trump Taj Mahal from Carl Icahn in the spring of 2017 and just several months after the property’s closure. Hard Rock paid only a fraction of the original prize of what had been dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world by its original owner, US President Donald Trump.

The company then announced that it would spend over $500 million to bring down Trump Taj Mahal’s iconic minarets and replace those by rock’n’roll-style elements the Hard Rock brand is well-recognized for.

Hard Rock obtained the necessary license for the operation of casino gambling from the state Casino Control Commission on May 9, which was actually among the final regulatory steps needed to be completed before the opening of what would run as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

The resort will feature a 120,000-square-foot casino with 2,144 slot machines and 120 table games, a hotel with nearly 2,000 rooms, a number of food and beverage options, and a 7,000-seat event center, among other facilities.

Property owners have pointed out repeatedly that they aim to create a unique entertainment destination that will attract different groups of visitors. Hard Rock has revealed plans to book more than 300 concerts and other events at its Etess Arena over the resort’s first year of operation and has announced quite a lineup, with tickets for some of the upcoming events now being sold.

As for Ocean Resort Casino, it will operate at the site of the former Revel, which sadly closed doors in the summer of 2014 after just two years of operation. The hotel and casino resort cost $2.4 billion to be built, but was then sold to Florida-based businessman Glenn Straub for just $82 million. After failing to reopen the property, Mr. Straub sold it to its current owner – Colorado-based real estate developer Bruce Deifik for $200 million. Mr. Deifik invested another $200 million into the property’s renovation and preparation for opening.

News emerged in April that Ocean Resort Casino would open on the same day as Hard Rock Atlantic City. However, it was not until mid-May that it was confirmed the property would launch namely on June 28.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Deifik said that they wanted to learn from and avoid Revel’s mistakes, and to debut Ocean Resort Casino as a friendlier property than it predecessor was. The new resort would thus offer designated areas at its casino for smokers, unlike Revel which banned smoking inside the gaming floor.

Ocean Resort Casino will also welcome pedestrian traffic to its gambling facility. Construction workers recently brought down the wall that separated the casino from the Boardwalk. That wall is set to be replaced with a door and stairs that would allow visitors into the gaming floor directly from the Boardwalk.

Mr. Deifik’s casino is yet to receive a license from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. This is expected to happen at the regulators meeting on June 6.

Expectations

Many were perplexed by the announcement that Atlantic City’s new casinos will open doors on the same date. However, industry representatives explained that the decision might actually prove to be a move in the right direction.

Global Gaming Business magazine publisher Roger Gros has explained that while the opening of Hard Rock Atlantic City is the event mainly focused on, Ocean Resort Casino will thus be able to feed on and draw attention to itself on the opening date.

Experts also believe that the opening of two properties on the same day will certainly attract greater attention and visitors, as many would want to witness such a historic moment. It is also important to note that the launch of the two casinos will take place just days before July 4. The holiday is traditionally among the busiest periods of the year for Atlantic City’s casinos and as it lands on Wednesday this year, the city’s two new properties will surely hope to cash in during the weekend before and after.

There have also been concerns that two new gaming venues might not be the best scenario for Atlantic City, now as its revenue has been recovering with seven operational properties. According to many, Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino might oversaturate the local market and pull it back where it was several years ago when many of its gambling floors were struggling to stay afloat.

It is yet to be seen whether the new resorts will help the once thriving casino hub recover at least part of its former glory or bring a new wave of financial and other related issues. One thing is important to note, both new properties are looking to provide visitors with unique experience and this could certainly be of great help at a time when customers, both gambling and non-gambling, are looking namely for diverse experience.

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Monsterstack Madness Attracts 508 Players to €100,000 GTD Main Event

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Monsterstack Madness Attracts 508 Players to €100,000 GTD Main Event

The Monstertack Madness Poker Festival is scheduled to see its final day today and participants ready to occupy the throne are completely ready for the battle on the felt. With all starting flights already out of the way only the best participants registered remain and at the moment the overall chip leader among them is […]

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

BtoBet nominated for EGR B2B Award

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BtoBet nominated for EGR B2B Award

On June 20th, the Hurlingham Club in London will play host to the EGR B2B Awards 2018. The black-tie affair will see gaming industry giants come together to see who is considered the best of the best. Nominations for awards have already been announced with BtoBet being shortlisted as a nominee under the Innovation in […]

Pennsylvania’s 34-pct Sports Betting Revenue Tax Could Cripple Budding Field

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Pennsylvania’s 34-pct Sports Betting Revenue Tax Could Cripple Budding Field

When it comes to sports betting everyone is excited to hear the latest happenings around the new budding field and what opportunities it as on offer. The state of Pennsylvania has been preparing for the eventual scrapping of the PASPA and in the process of doing so, the taxes applied to the field were also […]

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

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Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

The World Series of Poker is peeking from the corner with brand new tournaments and more gold bracelets up for grabs. This year the world’s largest and longest running tournament poker series will take place from May 29 to July 17.

The 2018 WSOP will feature 78 official gold bracelet events, including the fourth edition of the now very popular $565 buy-in COLOSSUS. It is also interesting to note that this year the poker festival will feature a record number of 13 tournaments that will kick off after the beginning of the $10,000 Main Event.

And speaking of one of the biggest highlights of the series, the World Championship, it is slated for July 2-14, when its champion will be crowned. This year, for a second straight year, the official nine-handed final table will be played within the series and not in November.

To celebrate the start of what poker fans around the globe hope will be an extremely exciting and successful edition of the WSOP, Casino News Daily has prepared a list of the biggest WSOP Main Event winners throughout the years, or those brave warriors who have outlasted massive fields to eventually scoop the largest prizes to have been awarded in the history of the series. Here they are.

Jamie Gold – $12,000,000

Gold won the 2006 edition of the WSOP Main Event. The player bested a field of 8,773 entries to win the largest ever Main Event prize in the history of the series. It is also important to note that the 2006 World Championship was the largest one by prize pool not just within the WSOP but also within poker history as the amount of $82,512,162 was generated in prize money.

Gold became the last man standing after a heads-up match against five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham. His winning hand was [Qs][9c].

Martin Jacobson – $10,000,000

The Swede outlasted the 6,683-strong field of the 2014 WSOP Main Event. As mentioned above, his share of the event’s total prize pool of $62,820,200 amounted to $10 million. In fact, the 2014 edition of the tournament was the first one to feature a $10-million guarantee for the champion.

Jacobson emerged as the victor after an all-Scandinavian heads-up against Norway’s Felix Vincent Stephensen. A winning hand of pocket tens secured the Swede with the sweet victory. It is also interesting to note that top three of that year’s edition of the Main Event was rounded out by another European player – Dutch poker star Jorryt van Hoof.

Peter Eastgate – $9,152,416

Eastgate was the player to outmaneuver the 6,844-strong field of the 2008 WSOP Main Event and walk away with a first-place prize of $9,152,416 from a total prize pool of $64,333,600. Eastgate, who hails from Norway, is another member of the elite club of Scandinavians to have won one of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments.

The player secured his victory after a heads-up duel against Ivan Demidov. On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Eastgate held [Ad][5s] to be crowned the 2008 Champion.

Jonathan Duhamel – $8,944,138

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel emerged victorious over a field of 7,319 fellow tournament entries to collect $8,944,138 in prize money. The player took the largest share of a prize pool that amounted to $68,798,600.

Duhamel faced John Racener, quite an accomplished player himself, heads-up. The two players clashed for the title, but on the last hand in action it was the Canadian to table the winning [As][Jh] and bust his fellow contender in second place.

Pius Heinz – $8,715,638

The German claimed the 2011 WSOP Main Event title for a payout of nearly $8.8 million. He was the last player standing from a massive field of 6,865 entrants. They generated a prize pool of $64,531,000.

Heinz ran pretty well over the course of the tournament to eventually become one of the two final players at the official final table. The German clashed against Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic in a final battle for the title. Heinz eventually locked that important title with a winning hand of [As][Kc].

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Rush Street Gaming partnering with Kambi Group for sportsbook launch

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Rush Street Gaming partnering with Kambi Group for sportsbook launch

American regional casino operator Rush Street Gaming has announced that its Rush Street Interactive subsidiary has signed a deal that will see its own proprietary online gaming platform integrate sportsbetting technology from iGaming innovator Kambi Group. Rush Street Gaming is responsible for four land-based gambling venues in three states including the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, […]

Harrah’s New Orleans Series High Roller Promises Top Players $100K Guarantee

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Harrah’s New Orleans Series High Roller Promises Top Players $100K Guarantee

Hundreds of poker enthusiasts have gathered at Harrah’s New Orleans casino for the final stop of the 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit taking place this week. One of the most exciting events during the festival, the $2,200 High Roller, launched Thursday, promising top players a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The final and, certainly, the most anticipated tournament of the series kicks off today – this is the $750K GTD Main Event which will crown its winner Monday, May 21.

Attracting 128 high-stakes poker pros, the $2,200 No-limit Hold’em High Roller generated a total prize pool of $256,000. Registration closed with the start of level 13 on Day 1 of the tournament and eliminations quickly followed, cutting the field in half. After entries were calculated, organizers announced that only the 16 finalists would receive money for their finishes, while the first place in the event would come with a prize of $71,680. Along with the cash, the champion will also take a WSOP Circuit Ring. The minimum cash given to players would be $3,502. By the end of Level 15, only 18 entrants remained for Day 2 of the High Roller tournament.

Day 1 chip leader, David “Barth” Melius, would return to the tables as one of the final 18 players on Friday with a stack of 455,000. The leaderboard continues with Robert Hankins and Peter Viantonio, each holding 377,500 in chips, B.J. McBrayer (272,000), and Michael Horchoff (199,500). Among the 18 survivors of Day 1 are also Maurice Hawkins (112,500), Nadya Magnus (83,400), Alex Rocha (69,000), Marshall White (62,500), and Mark Dube (47,500).

Other notables could not make to the second day of the tournament, nor did they come close to the money. These were nine-time WSOP ring winner Ari Engel, as well as two players who already claimed victory at previous events at Harrah’s New Orleans series, Valentin Vornicu and Abraham Araya.

More Titles and Rings Awarded at Harrah’s New Orleans

The current season of the WSOP Circuit comes to an end with Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans chosen as its host venue. The festival has nine tournaments and two side events, namely the $250 Ladies Event No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry taken down by Cyntia Compton and the $250 Seniors Event No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry won by Scott Roberts. The NLH High Roller is the 8th event of the series, while the next tournament is the final one for this season, the $750K GTD Main Event.

It starts Friday morning at 11.00 a.m. local time and has an entry fee of $1,675. Players will be able to enter during the two starting days and re-enter one time while registration is open until the start of Level 13 on Sunday. They will start Day 1A on Friday with 20,000 in chips during 40-minute levels. Last year, the tournament attracted 758 entrants who contributed to the total prize pool of $1,137,000. After several days of poker action, Jason Baldridge emerged victorious and took home the first-place prize of $227,412.

Several other events ended Thursday, one of which was the single-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em Single Re-Entry tournament. It was won by Terry Melancon who banked a cash prize of $13,556. The NLH MONSTER STACK Re-Entry event also crowned a champion – it was Raymond Curran who defeated the impressive field of 707 entrants and claimed the title for $43,479.

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Betsoft Gaming deals with Spintropolis, a new casino brand

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Betsoft Gaming deals with Spintropolis, a new casino brand

Betsoft Gaming deals with Spintropolis and supports the launch of the new casino brand with a suite of high quality slot games. Since Betsoft Gaming deals with Spintropolis, Spintropolis integrated a selection of Betsoft titles – including many from the renowned Slots3TM series – before opening its doors to players in late 2017. Spintropolis is owned and operated by the ...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Palms Casino Resort

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It’s out with the old and in with the new at Palms Casino Resort

Today at 5pm in Las Vegas, Palms Casino Resort will begin to showcase a collection of new entertainment venues and restaurants, along with a completely transformed casino floor and property-wide contemporary art program. It’s all part of the $620 million reimagination of the resort property that has been ongoing since last year. In celebration of the property’s […]

NJ Online Gambling Revenue Still Going Strong, But Big Changes Are On The Horizon

NJ Online Gambling Revenue Still Going Strong, But Big Changes Are On The Horizon
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April's NJ online gambling revenue hit $23M, a decline from March but still the second-best month for the industry, but interstate poker and sports betting in New Jersey will likely make waves in 2018.

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Louisiana Lawmakers Greenlight Riverboat Casinos Onshore Relocation

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Louisiana Lawmakers Greenlight Riverboat Casinos Onshore Relocation

The state of Louisiana is going through a riveting period when it comes to its gambling field and this could be easily seen by the latest happenings revolving around its riverboat casino venues. This Wednesday saw major development as the state lawmakers gave their nod to the relocation of riverboat casinos to the shore where […]

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Australian iGaming Operator Suffers Liquor & Gaming NSW Backlash for Illegal Advertising

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Australian iGaming Operator Suffers Liquor & Gaming NSW Backlash for Illegal Advertising

The New South Wales (NSW) Government’s agency Liquor & Gaming NSW revealed that a local online gambling operator has faced Australian regulatory backlash for violations of gambling advertising rules. Neds.com.au, a web-based betting company, has come under conviction for illegally publishing advertising materials and suffered an AU$18,000 monetary penalty for that.

The company pleaded guilty to five offenses associated with illegal advertising during the hearing in the Downing Centre Local Court on May 15th. The online gambling operator faced allegations that it had used illegal “bet boosts” advertising and deposit-matching schemes in order to attract more customers to its websites and encourage them to gamble.

As revealed by the NSW gambling regulatory body in an official announcement, the company had violated gambling legislation by using offers of matching first deposits up to AU$505, as well as special “bet boosts” on a number of its websites including www.racenet.com.au, www.neds.com.au, and www.9news.com.au. The illegal advertising occurred in the period between October and December 2017.

Paul Newson, the Deputy Secretary of the Liquor & Gaming NSW, said that such advertising practices were not only able to hurt local communities but also clearly breached the gambling advertising laws of New South Wales that were especially focused on tackling gambling-related harm. He explained that the case needed to be reviewed under the laws which had been in place at the time when the criminal offenses had taken place, it was new pieces of legislation which would make sure that gambling operators would suffer much higher fines for illegal or irresponsible practices.

New Gambling Legislation and Fine Amounts to Be Imposed

Gambling advertising and inducements used by gambling operators have become a widely-discussed topic across the country, with companies that used such practices to attract new customers and push them to gamble being harshly criticized by various charities.

As revealed by Paul Newson, the maximum fines for operators that use illegal advertising to encourage customers to register new accounts on their websites have been made ten times bigger. In addition, under the new rules, directors of such companies could be held personally liable for such practices, so they could face criminal probes for gaming offenses.

According to Mr. Newson, the new rules were necessary to make sure that company directors are held responsible for any violations made by the operators, which could actually motivate them to observe that their companies are in line with the legislation. That is the reason why directors of online gambling operators would no longer be able to neglect such problems and excuse themselves saying that they had not been aware of the violations committed by their companies. He further explained that such managers would be held personally liable in cases where they had not taken any measures to prevent such violations or to stop the offenses once they had occurred.

Existing loopholes are also to be closed under the new legislation and regulatory framework.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GiG distributes Nolimit City games on in-house brands

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GiG distributes Nolimit City games on in-house brands

Leading multi-brand operator and B2B service provider, GiG distributes Nolimit City games on in-house brands. After the multi-year deal signed in 2017, Nolimit City is proud to announce its successful integration into the iGaming eco-system of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG). As GiG distributes Nolimit City games on in-house brands, Nolimit’s game portfolio will be available across GiG’s extensive partner network ...

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Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino remains closed as strike continues

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Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino remains closed as strike continues

In Canada, the strike that has shut the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is now reportedly into its 41st day after last month saw 59% of the Ontario venue’s workforce reject a new contract agreement that would have seen their hourly salaries rise by an average of only CAD$1.75 ($1.37) over the course of the […]

NagaCorp Issues $300 Million Notes Pursuing NagaWorld Renovation

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NagaCorp Issues $300 Million Notes Pursuing NagaWorld Renovation

One of the leading casino developers and operators in the Asian region, NagaCorp Ltd. recently made clear its intent to issue publicly senior notes amounting to some $300 million in an attempt to generate capital for the development of its VIP segment. This Tuesday brought the news that the casino developer has inked an official […]

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Poker expected to be allowed at casinos in Japan

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Poker expected to be allowed at casinos in Japan

In Japan, casinos located within integrated resorts (IRs) are reportedly likely to offer poker, according to Asia Gaming Brief citing a report in the Mainichi Shinbun newspaper. Japanese authorities reportedly believe that the games that should be allowed in the coming casinos should consist of games of chance, such as slots, blackjack and roulette; games where the odds of […]

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

888 rolls out interstate poker network in three U.S. states

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888 rolls out interstate poker network in three U.S. states

Leading online gaming operator and platform provider, 888 Holdings PLC (888) (888:London) has confirmed the May 1 launch of its interstate poker network that will see poker players throughout three regulated U.S. states, including Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, compete together in the tournaments and poker formats of their choice via the one-of-a-kind proprietary platform. […]