Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Leagues Respond To NJ Sports Betting Lawsuit: We Don’t Owe Anything

Leagues Respond To NJ Sports Betting Lawsuit: We Don’t Owe Anything
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The brief filed with the US District Court of New Jersey opposes NJTHA's claim of $150M in damages owed and outlines four reasons why the NJ sports betting lawsuit "must be denied."

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Mandalay Bay Owner Sues October 1 Mass Shooting Victims, Seeks Liability Protection

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Mandalay Bay Owner Sues October 1 Mass Shooting Victims, Seeks Liability Protection

Las Vegas casino giant MGM Resorts International is suing over 1,000 victims of last year’s Mandalay Bay mass shooting in a bid to avoid liability claims, local news outlet Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The company has filed lawsuits in Nevada and California courts arguing that it should not be held liable for the October 1 incident, which involved a lone gunman carry out the deadliest mass shooting in America’s contemporary history. On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire from his suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay into a crowd that was attending the Route 91 Harvest open-air music festival. Paddock fired a rapid barrage of bullets into more than 22,000 concert-goers to kill 58 and wound more than 500. He then shot himself just ahead of police arrival.

MGM owns both the Mandalay Bay casino resort and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue. In its federal court lawsuits, the company argued that any claims against it “must be dismissed” as under a 2002 federal act, it had no liability to victims of the mass shooting.

MGM claimed that it was protected from liability under the 2002 law as the company was using anti-terrorism technology to prevent or respond to any form of mass violence. According to the gaming and hospitality giant, the company it had hired to oversee security at the Route 91 music festival could not be held liable as it had obtained the necessary certifications from the Department of Homeland Security for protection and responding to any act of mass violence and destruction. MGM further pointed out that the liability protection extended to itself as it had hired the security firm.

October 1 Shooting Not Act of Terrorism

Responding to the lawsuits, Las Vegas attorney Rober Eglet told media that the grounds presented by MGM were “obscure” and were on the verge of unethical. Mr. Eglet has been representing some of the victims of the October 1 shooting.

The act cited by MGM in its lawsuits was adopted a year after the 9/11 attacks and included a number of protections from liability. Under the legal piece, any act of mass destruction, major loss, and injury was defined as terrorism.

Here it is important to note that the October 1 shooting was not defined as an act of terrorism by the FBI as Paddock’s motive has remained unidentified which has presented the case from being solved. The FBI identifies terrorism as an act of violence that is triggered by extreme ideologies of racial, political, religious, or environmental nature.

MGM is not seeking money damages from the victims of the shooting. The company pointed out that it only wanted to be cleared of liability and that years of litigation would not be of the best interest of the victims.

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Pennsylvania Casino Operators Finally Reserve Their Spots on iGaming Scene

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Pennsylvania Casino Operators Finally Reserve Their Spots on iGaming Scene

Pennsylvania has been putting a lot of work into its online gambling field, but up until this week, there had not been a considerable interest in iGaming licenses applications from local casino developers and operators. Now that the deadline for application has arrived interest has been expressed and several companies claimed their license for online […]

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Caesars Breaks Ground on LV Convention Center, Applies for NJ Betting License, Acquires Two Indiana Casinos

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Caesars Breaks Ground on LV Convention Center, Applies for NJ Betting License, Acquires Two Indiana Casinos

Gaming and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. broke ground on Monday on a $375-million, 550,000-square-foot conference center as part of its strategy to further expand its operations beyond casino gambling.

CAESARS FORUM will be constructed on a single level and will feature what the operators said would be the world’s two largest pillarless ballrooms. The conference complex will also include 110,000 square feet of outdoor meeting and event space, a first for Las Vegas, six boardrooms, and two ballrooms, each one occupying 40,000 square feet.

Caesars is building its new venue on a portion of land located not far from its hotel and casino properties as well as the LINQ Promenade retail center.

The convention center is expected to be completed and opened in 2020. The company said yesterday that the construction stage will create more than 1,000 jobs, while 450 permanent jobs will be generated once the property is operational.

Demand for convention space in Las Vegas has been growing rapidly over the past several years and according to a report Morgan Stanley, existing space in the city is almost fully utilized. Caesars’ CAESARS FORUM will add 550,000 square feet of available space. A number of other gaming and hospitality operators have too undertaken convention facility construction projects in a bid to respond to and take advantage of the need for more space for meetings, conventions, and other business events.

A total of 2.147 million square feet of space are expected to be added to Las Vegas’ existing 11.5 million square feet over the next several years. MGM Resorts International is set to open a 77,000-square-foot facility at Park MGM, which will open doors later this year, and 250,000 square feet of space at MGM Grand, slated for late 2018/early 2019 opening.

In addition, Wynn Resorts will launch Wynn Paradise Park with 400,000 square feet of convention space in 2020 and Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas, currently under development on the Strip’s northern end, will feature 150,000 square feet of convention space. The latter property will too open doors in 2020. Later that year, the Las Vegas Convention Center will launch its expanded operation with 750,000 square feet of space.

Caesars Closes Casino Deal in Indiana

In a separate round of news Caesars confirmed that it has completed the $1.7 billion acquisition of two gambling properties in Indiana. After the company was given the green light by the Indiana Gaming Commission earlier this month, it was able to move forward with the planned purchase of Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville from local gaming company Centaur Holdings.

The transaction was completed after several months of uncertainties as Caesars and Centaur contested a requirement to pay a $50-million transfer fee. Under state gaming laws, a company that sells its gaming properties is required to pay the transfer fee unless the sale is the result from a bankruptcy proceeding or under very limited number of other circumstances.

Caesars and Centaur maintained that the fee did not apply to their deal, while gaming commissioners insisted that it should be paid in order for the transaction to be given regulatory approval. It emerged earlier this month that the involved parties have reached an agreement and that the transfer fee would be paid.

Caesars Seeks Sports Betting License for Its Atlantic City Business

New Jersey news outlets reported Monday that Caesars was among the companies to have applied for sports betting licenses from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement ahead of the upcoming football season in September.

It is understood that the Las Vegas gaming giant has submitted an application for the provision of in-person sports betting services at its Harrah’s and Bally’s properties and for mobile betting across its three Atlantic City properties, Caesars Atlantic City included.

The operator will thus be able to join a handful of companies to have already launched sports betting in New Jersey, following mid-May’s annulment of a long-standing federal ban on sports betting and June’s legalization of the activity by New Jersey lawmakers. Ocean Resort Casino, the Borgata, and Meadowlands Racetrack were the first state properties to open sports books.

According to official data released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the amount of $16.4 million was wagered by customers of the three properties during the first 17 days of legal sports betting in the state.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Make That Four: Meadowlands Joins NJ Sports Betting Crowd With FanDuel Sportsbook

Make That Four: Meadowlands Joins NJ Sports Betting Crowd With FanDuel Sportsbook
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Meadowlands Racetrack took its first sports bets at the new FanDuel Sportsbook on Saturday, joining a growing list of NJ sports betting operators.

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Shanghai Police Nab Illegal World Cup Betting Gang

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Shanghai Police Nab Illegal World Cup Betting Gang

Shanghai police have foiled an illegal online gambling ring that is believed to have netted more than CNY400 million (approximately $60 million), police officers disclosed this weekend.

As many as fourteen individuals were arrested for their alleged involvement in the gang, police told media. There is an ongoing investigation into the illegal operation.

Police said this weekend that the probe was launched after a man was arrested in Jinshan District earlier this year and was found to have frequently contacted a person, surnamed Li, who was in turn found to have conducted multiple money transfers with a loan company and to have shared online gambling accounts with other citizens.

With the Russia World Cup ahead, police assembled a team to investigate the matter more thoroughly. Officers found that Li was part of a gang that was in turn connected to an illegal online sports betting business. The group operated an unlicensed loan company and wagered money with an illegal offshore betting website.

Police conducted raids in the Jinshan, Yangpu, Minhang, and Putuo Districts on June 14, the day the World Cup tournament kicked off in Russia. The raids resulted in the arrest of fourteen people believed to be behind the illegal operation. Police also seized CNY100,000 worth of bets, more than 20 bank cards, and equipment used by gang members to provide illegal betting services.

The detained individuals told police that they acted as a loan company to lure bettors. They opened accounts with a foreign website and deposited money on behalf of their customers. Gang members would collect part of bettors’ wagers as a profit from the operation.

Massive Crypto Betting Ring

News about the illegal gambling gang nabbed by Shanghai police came shortly after it broke out that Chinese police have busted a $1.5-billion bitcoin betting ring as part of the nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling that took place during the World Cup.

Six individuals were arrested in relation to the case. They were found to have been tied to an illegal web-based betting syndicate that provided betting on football ahead of and during the major football championship.

Police said that the illegal platform accepted cryptocurrencies only, mostly bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin, to avoid legal and regulatory pitfalls. It is believed that the gambling ring thus accumulated more than $1.5 billion worth of bets on World Cup matches.

According to reports from various news outlets, the illegal betting platform accepted bets for a period of eight months before being foiled by police. It saw 330,000 customers from around the world open accounts with it. More than 8,000 individuals acted as agents and earned commissions for each customer they lured into the operation.

The betting business was China’s largest one to have involved the use of digital currencies only. Chinese police also cracked down on multiple traditional illegal gambling operations around the country throughout the World Cup.

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MGM National Harbor inaugurates $48 million expansion

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MGM National Harbor inaugurates $48 million expansion

In Maryland, American casino operator, MGM Resorts International, reportedly inaugurated a $48 million expansion of its MGM National Harbor on Sunday that encompasses a larger poker room as well as 285 additional slots. According to a Sunday report from The Baltimore Sun newspaper, the Prince George’s County venue also now features an off-track horseracing sportsbetting […]

Joe Cada Bаgs Two Bracelets over this WSOP Edition after Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 NLHE

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Joe Cada Bаgs Two Bracelets over this WSOP Edition after Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 NLHE

In the poker world possibilities for generating a fortune are not in any way scarce as more and more poker festivals are able to make players millionaire if they manage to go far in the structure of a given poker event. The World Series of Poker is probably the most prestigious festival and as it […]

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

John Cynn Claims 2018 WSOP Main Event Title after Grueling Heads-Up Against Tony Miles

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John Cynn Claims 2018 WSOP Main Event Title after Grueling Heads-Up Against Tony Miles

Today is an important day as football is hours away from having its new World Cup champion, Novak Djokovic just sealed his fourth Wimbledon title, and the World Series of Poker crowned its own brand new champion mere hours ago. John Cynn was the final man standing from a field of 7,874 entries to become this year’s World Championship victor.

The player survived a grueling 10-hour heads-up match against Tony Miles to eventually claim the prestigious title and the $8.8 million first-place prize and the champion’s gold bracelet that go along with it. While Cynn was unable to say how his life will change now as he is nearly nine million dollars richer, the 2018 Main Event champion said that he was happy he would be able to help his family and parents and that the money would certainly make things easier for him.

Winning the major tournament was not an easy task. Cynn had to survive ten days of action, which culminated into an epic battle that lasted more than ten hours. The duel between Cynn and Miles actually became the longest ever played within the Main Event, beating Qui Nguyen and Gordon Vayo’s match in 2016.

It was ten hours and 199 hands of chips and the chip lead swinging back and forth between Cynn and Miles. The two players showed great poker skill and composure, but in the end it was Cynn who outlasted the whole field. Here it is important to note that this year’s WSOP Main Event was the second-largest ever in the history of the popular poker series.

How Heads-Up Unfolded

The final day of the Main Event kicked off Saturday afternoon at the Amazon poker room of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. There were three players left in contention at the time when cards were thrown in the air, those three being Cynn, Miles, and Michael Dyer.

Miles led the pack of three with 238.9 million in chips. Cynn was second in chips at the time with 128.7 million, while Dyer was trailing far behind his opponents with 26.2 million. The player eventually hit the rail in third place for $3.75 million in prize money.

Given the nature of the event, it was well expected that heads-up would be a long ordeal. However, hardly anyone was probably prepared for what would next happen at the poker table where the two 2018 Main Event finalists sat.

Miles and Cynn were nearly even in chips at the beginning of their epic match, with Miles holding a very slight chip lead. The next ten hours would see that lead changing hands on numerous occasions as none of the two players was ready to let go of the opportunity to capture the most prestigious poker title without a good fight.

Following 199 hands of heads-up play and 442 hands of final table play, the name of the winner became known at around 5 am local time. The final table dealt in this year’s Main Event saw Cynn betting 9 million from the button and Miles raising to 34 million from the big blind, which Cynn called.

The [Kh][Kd][5h] landed on the flop to see Miles bet 32 million and Cynn call. The turn card was the [8d]. Miles moved all in for 114 million while Cynn gave it some thought before calling and tabling [Kc][Jc]. Miles was drawing dead with his [Qc][8h]. The [4s] appeared on the river to seal it for Cynn. Miles hit the rail for a hefty consolation prize of $5 million.

While the 2018 Main Event runner-up said he was disappointed that he did not claim the title, he praised Cynn saying that he would be a great champion. Cynn himself spoke equally high of his final opponent.

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Red Tiger Gaming introduces Tiki Fruits

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Red Tiger Gaming introduces Tiki Fruits

On the heels of its partnership deal with multi-brand online casino operator, Pomadorro, top developer of casino games, Red Tiger Gaming, has sweetened its video slots offering with the premiere of its fresh Tiki Fruits. Playable on all devices, the Isle of Man-based supplier’s most recent title is a cluster-type game played on a unique […]

Ohio’s First Sports Betting Bill Emerges Paving the Way to Legalized Sector

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Ohio’s First Sports Betting Bill Emerges Paving the Way to Legalized Sector

Across the gambling industry of the United States, there is one hot topic at the moment and that is wagering on sports events in a legal manner which has the potential to improve the economic landscape at some of the states. Ohio is one of the regions which has been contemplating the possibility of sports […]

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Poland’s Regulated Gambling Market Remains Unpopular as Blacklist of Erring Operators Keeps Growing

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Poland’s Regulated Gambling Market Remains Unpopular as Blacklist of Erring Operators Keeps Growing

More than a year after the re-regulation of Poland’s gambling market the country’s Finance Ministry, the governmental entity charged with overseeing all things gambling, has remained consistent in its efforts to detect violators of rules and to penalize those.

The Finance Ministry has been purging the local market by blacklisting unlicensed operators that target local gamblers. Under the country’s gambling law, the blacklisted companies must have their domains blocked by local Internet service providers. And at press time, Poland’s blacklist of erring operators includes 2,379 domains.

Two domains operated by bet-at-home were the last ones to be added to the ever-growing list. The operator actually faced trouble in the Netherlands earlier this week, as well, where the local gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, fined it more than €400,000 for trying to lure local players.

Poland’s blacklist and its overall regulatory regime have been causing quite a stir in the iGaming community and have been branded as unfair and overrestrictive.

And while major industry players have resorted to legal action to convince the Polish government that they believe what has been going on in the country violates principles of the European Union, a local court has given the green light to lawmakers to continue adding companies to the now behemoth blacklist.

News emerged earlier this week that the Warsaw Provincial Administrative Court has upheld the Finance Ministry’s right to continue expanding its list of unlicensed gambling domains. The ruling has been issued as a response to complaints filed by five Sweden- and Malta-based gambling operators that had argued that the country had marred their established reputations within the iGaming community by adding their domains to the blacklist.

The Administrative Court has stated that it has found now issue with Poland’s new gambling law as it had been sent for review by the European Commission and the latter had not provided any negative comments regarding the way the country had decided to punish violators.

Unlike the Warsaw court, the Polish ombudsman has criticized the blacklisting practice as one that violated the right of “freedom of speech and access to information”.

Unpopular Market

Under Poland’s Gambling Act from last year, international sports betting operators can apply for a license from the Ministry of Finance in order to be able to operate in the country. However, just nine licenses have been issued since last April, when the new law took effect.

Cherry AB, the major Swedish gambling operator, entered the local market most recently. The company received its license earlier this month. On the other hand, big industry names such as bet365 and William Hill exited the market last year ahead of its re-regulation and have abstained from obtaining a license ever since.

Poland’s online gambling market has become quite unpopular with many operators due to the ridiculously high tax rate the country’s government introduced as part of last year’s re-regulation. Licensed companies are required to pay 12% on their turnover from local customers to the Finance Ministry. Given the fact that most of Europe’s regulated markets use revenue as a tax basis, it is quite understandable why there seems to be a general lack of interest in the Polish market.

While international companies are allowed to operate sports betting in Poland, as long as they have the necessary license, casino games are reserved to the state-run monopoly Totalizator Sportowy.

The launch of its online casino is expected to take place this fall after certain delays related to the selection of the provider that would supply games occurred. The Polish government was supposed to launch a bidding process for suppliers last August, but it was November when that process eventually took place. It later on became known that Playtech would be providing the state-run casino with the necessary gaming software.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Denis Timofeev Dominates WSOP $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NLHE for $199,586

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Denis Timofeev Dominates WSOP $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NLHE for $199,586

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino has dedicated the past several weeks for the riveting poker action which comes with the World Series of Poker’s 49th edition. One of its promising events is no other than the 73rd one which was the $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em featuring levels lasting for 30 minutes only. The skillful […]

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Youngest WSOP Main Event Winners

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Youngest WSOP Main Event Winners

The 2018 WSOP Main Event is coming to a close later today. The winner will capture a gold bracelet and $8.8 million in prize money for taking down the second largest World Championship in the nearly five-decade history of the popular poker series.

While waiting for the name of this year’s winner to become known, Casino News Daily is offering to its readers the chance to look back at previous editions of the tournament, particularly to ones won by players in their early 20s. Here is a list of the five youngest players to have ever claimed the WSOP Main Event title and a little bit about how they did that.

Joe Cada (21)

Cada won the 2009 edition of the WSOP Main Event to become the youngest ever player to accomplish the feat. Born on November 18, 1987, the Michigan native took down the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament just days before turning 22. Cada is still holding the title nine years after his big victory.

The player outlasted a field of 6,494 tournament entries, battled and beat Darvin Moon heads-up and collected a first-place prize of $8,547,042. Cada has won two more gold bracelets since 2009, the second of which he captured just a couple of weeks ago when he emerged victorius in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Pius Heinz (22)

The German poker player won the tournament in 2011. Born on May 4, 1989, he was just 22 years and 6 months old when he scored his best poker achievement. Here it is also important to note that Heinz was the first-ever German player to take down the WSOP Main Event.

Heinz was one of 6,865 players to enter the World Championship in 2011. Czech Republic’s Martin Staszko was his opponent in an all-European heads-up. Heinz eventually collected $8,715,638 for his major accomplishment.

Peter Eastgate (22)

The Danish player took down the World Championship in 2008. He was born on December 13, 1985. In other words, the player won the Main Event a little over a month before turning 23. It is interesting to note that he dethroned none other but the legendary Phil Hellmuth (who won his record-breaking 15th WSOP gold bracelet just days ago) as the youngest ever player to have claimed poker’s most coveted title.

Hellmuth became the youngest player to accomplish the feat back in 1989 at the age of 24. It thus took nearly two decades for someone younger to emerge as the WSOP Main Event victor.

Eastgate was part of a 6,844-person field. He played heads-up against Ivan Demidov and collected $9,152,416 for outlasting that field.

Jonathan Duhamel (23)

Born on August 24, 1987, the Canadian poker pro was 23 years and 2 months old when he took down the WSOP Main Event in 2010. And his impressive WSOP portfolio did not end there, as the player has won two more bracelets since then. He captured both of them in 2015, one from the $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP and the other from the WSOP Europe €25,600 High Roller.

Looking back to his 2010 achievement, Duhamel won the Main Event after remaining the last man standing from a field of 7,319 entries. John Racener was his heads-up opponent. Duhamel took home a hefty first-place payout of $8,944,310 for his triumph.

Ryan Riess (23)

Riess was the winner of the 2013 World Championship. Born on June 21, 1990, the player was nearly 23 years and 5 months old when he scooped the major title. It is also important to note that Riess is winner of one WPT Main Tour Main Event title, as well.

The player won $8,361,570 for outlasting a field of 6,352 players who entered the tournament during its 2013 edition. Jay Farber was the last fellow competitor Riess had to overcome to claim the WSOP Main Event title.

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Wazdan puts a DELUXE spin on Highway to Hell

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Wazdan puts a DELUXE spin on Highway to Hell

Leading online casino games developer Wazdan continues pumping out the hits with its latest title, Highway to Hell Deluxe, just in time for iGB Live! and during the same month AC/DC’s famous road song was released back in 1979. While the new slot game pays homage to the song penned by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and […]

Playtech BGT Sports extends Racing Post relationship

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Playtech BGT Sports extends Racing Post relationship

In the United Kingdom, omni-channel gaming software and services innovator, Playtech, has announced the signing of an extension deal that will see the self-service betting terminals from its Playtech BGT Sports sportsbetting subsidiary continue to utilize content from Racing Post. According to an official press release published by European Gaming Media and Events, London-listed Playtech explained […]

Friday, July 13, 2018

Poker Tournaments Starting July 16-22

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Poker Tournaments Starting July 16-22

This year’s edition of the WSOP is just days away from its end after more than a month of thrilling poker action at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. However, there are a number of exciting events slated to kick off next week in different popular poker destinations around the world.

For those who do not feel tired from playing in numerous WSOP tournaments and for those who could not make it to Las Vegas on time for the series but are desperate to play some tournament poker, Casino News Daily has prepared a list of upcoming major tournaments. Here is more about these and where and when they are slated to take place.

PokerStars Festival Lille

The beautiful city of Lille is set to welcome the PokerStars Festival brand on July 16 for a week full of poker thrill. The festival’s schedule includes 15 different tournaments, with buy-ins for those starting from €120 and going all the up to €2,200.

No-Limit Hold’em events dominate the schedule of the upcoming poker festival, but there will also be a €330 Pot-Limit Omaha event for fans of that particular game. It is scheduled for Thursday, July 19.

Thursday will also see the start of the €1,100 Main Event. The tournament will feature three starting flights played over two days and two more days of action. A €2,200 buy-in High Roller is slated to begin on July 21. The tournament will be completed over two days.

WPT Gardens Poker Festival

Action within the first WPT festival of the popular poker series’ Season XVII has already kicked off at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California with satellites for the upcoming tournaments and with a $175 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000.

The $5,000 Main Event is scheduled for July 21-26. To add more thrill at the tables, the WPT has announced that the tournament will feature an action clock. Aside from the first-place cash, which is yet to be determined, participants will also contend for the champion’s trophy and an SLC Roadster.

Poker action at the host casino will also include a $25,000 buy-in high roller tournament. The event will take place on July 24-25. It will too feature an action clock.

HPT – Kansas City

Ameristar Kansas City in Kansas City, Missori will play host to the next Heartland Poker Tour festival. The popular poker series has awarded more than $3.5 million in prize money at that particular venue and has promised to add more to the total in just a couple of days.

The festival kicks off July 19 and will run through July 30. Its schedule includes 12 different tournaments and satellites offering seats into those. Buy-ins for the tournament will be starting from just under $90.

The Main Event is slated to start on July 27 with the first of two starting flights. There will be two more days of play. The final day of the tournament will thus be on July 30, when its official final table will be played. Interested players will have to pay a buy-in fee of $1,650, unless they secure a seat into the event through one of the satellites.

BSOP – Sao Paulo

The BSOP series is set to arrive at Sheraton Sao Paulo on July 19 for the latest of its exciting festivals. The event will run through July 24 and is expected to attract some of Brazil’s and the region’s most popular poker pros as well as poker enthusiasts.

The festival’s schedule features 21 events, with buy-ins for those starting from R$460. A three-day R$7,000 No-Limit Hold’em will be the most expensive tournament players would be able to enter as part of BSOP poker action at the host venue.

The highlight tournament – the R$2,600 Main Event – will begin on July 20 with the first of three starting flights. The event will run through July 24 when the final table will be played.

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Pennsylvania Police Arrest Illegal Video Gambling Kingpin, End 11-Year Operation

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Pennsylvania Police Arrest Illegal Video Gambling Kingpin, End 11-Year Operation

The gambling industry in Pennsylvania has seen a considerable development in the past several months bringing more to the local players and improving the overall conditions of gaming. This inevitably comes with more inspection which aims to provide the necessary regulation of the field and the prevention of illegal activities from taking place. A recent […]

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SLS Casino Reminisces About Happy Past with Reported Rebranding as Grand Sahara

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SLS Casino Reminisces About Happy Past with Reported Rebranding as Grand Sahara

The new owner of SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is reportedly looking to rebrand the property as Grand Sahara Resort as part of a planned $100-million renovation and upgrade, Eater Vegas reports.

Privately-owned gaming company The Meruelo Group acquired the struggling Strip property from its previous owners earlier this year for an undisclosed price. The company’s Principal, businessman Alex Meruelo, has said that they plan to invest more than $100 million over the next several years to renovate and upgrade the resort and hopefully turn it into a successful operation.

According to previous information from The Meruelo Group, the renovation would involve room enhancements, new gaming machines at the property’s casino floor, and redesign of the pool area, among other things. The company has pointed out that they believe the property could become profitable once again with the necessary adjustments made. The renovation of the SLS is being carried out amid booming development and redevelopment activity both on the Strip and in Downtown Vegas.

Mr. Meruelo has previously said that they planned to rebrand the hotel and casino complex, but has not revealed what its new name would be.

Eater Vegas reported earlier this week that the Grand Sahara name was used in interior remodeling paperwork the property’s new owners have filed with the city earlier this month. The Meruelo Group currently owns the similarly branded Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, which it purchased back in 2006.

Reference to the Past

The reported new name of the casino property refers back to the days when it was quite popular with visitors of the Strip. The SLS originally opened doors in 1952 as Sahara Hotel and was the sixth resort on the emblematic Las Vegas Strip. It operated under that name until 2011 when it was shuttered by its then-owner Sam Nazarian for not being “economically viable”.

The property was relaunched as the SLS in 2014 and operated as a boutique resort, but never managed to regain its lure to customers. The complex currently features more than 1,600 hotel rooms across three towers, a casino spreading over 60,000 square feet with more than 600 gaming machines and 50 table games, multiple dining options, and meeting space, among other facilities.

Eater Vegas reported that some of the dining facilities could be changed or even replaced as part of the property’s overhaul.

Once its remodeling is complete and it resumes operations, the SLS or Grand Sahara, as it would probably be named, will look to attract new groups of customers, Mr. Meruelo has himself revealed earlier this year. The businessman, who is of Hispanic origin, has said that they would look to serve that particular market as, according to him, it has been underserved in both Las Vegas and Reno.

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Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, will launch Evolution Live Casino and Dual Play

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Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, will launch Evolution Live Casino and Dual Play

Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it has signed an agreement with the landmark Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City (www.theoceanac.com) to provide a full suite of online Live Casino services. The services, scheduled to go live towards the end of Q3 2018, will include both studio-based live tables and an on-the-gaming-floor Dual Play Roulette ...

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ocean Resort Online Casino Debuts A Player-Friendly Rewards Program

Ocean Resort Online Casino Debuts A Player-Friendly Rewards Program
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The Ocean Resort Premier player's club is a one-stop shop for collecting points whether a player is gambling Ocean Resort online casino or at the property.

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Andrew Wilkie criticizes Victoria gaming regulator

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Andrew Wilkie criticizes Victoria gaming regulator

In Australia, independent politician and anti-slot campaigner, Andrew Wilkie (pictured), has reportedly criticized the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for completing its quinquennial review of a casino license held by Crown Resorts Limited without first hearing the testimony of a whistleblower. According to a Tuesday report from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, […]

Maltese Man Caught Red-Handed Illegally Selling Lottery Tickets Remains in Custody

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Maltese Man Caught Red-Handed Illegally Selling Lottery Tickets Remains in Custody

Malta has been working hard on diversifying its gaming offerings, providing players from near and far with the chance to enjoy a wide range of gambling possibilities. Even though there is an operational lottery across the country, there is still illegal lottery activities in progress as it was recently discovered. Chris Farrugia is a man […]

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WSOP $1,111 The Little One for One Drop NLHE Takes 14 Players to Day 4

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WSOP $1,111 The Little One for One Drop NLHE Takes 14 Players to Day 4

For anyone willing to put their skills to the test, there is no place like the World Series of Poker which brings together poker players from near and far and provides them with the chance to increase their total live earnings with another million at best. This Wednesday witnessed the official Day 3 of Event […]

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No Smoking On NJ Beaches May Leave Casinos Like Ocean Resort As Last Refuge

No Smoking On NJ Beaches May Leave Casinos Like Ocean Resort As Last Refuge
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New Jersey's smoking law bans smoking in most public places. If Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill, casinos like Ocean Resort in AC may be one of the last bastions for smokers in NJ.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Traffic Puma Releases UK Affiliate Site Wisegambler

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Traffic Puma Releases UK Affiliate Site Wisegambler

Owners of Traffic Puma Ltd have created their first UK focused affiliate site that is sure to keep you informed and up to date about all things online gaming related. The Wisegambler site offers people all you need to know about online casinos, online sports, online games and so much more. The trusted and well-known affiliate network Matching Visions teamed ...

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Aram Zobian Leads Final 26 Into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 7

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Aram Zobian Leads Final 26 Into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 7

Of all 109 players who went into Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event, only 26 managed to keep their shot at the first-place prize of $8.8 million and the coveted champion’s gold bracelet. And it was Aram Zobian who bagged the largest stack last night at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino after a roller coaster day.

Zobian had his ups and downs during the first half of the day, but a hot streak of hefty pots before dinner break helped the player build a solid stack which he only enlarged during post-dinner action. The player eventually put 41.585 million in his bag and was actually the only contender to collect a stack beyond the 40-million mark.

Commenting on being the chip leader into Day 7 of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament, Zobian said that he could not quite comprehend how good he ran throughout the day. The player further noted that he hoped he would keep his momentum into Day 7 and would follow the same strategy – “stay cool, confident and try to play my best”.

Despite bagging the overnight chip lead the player suffered several heavy blows during play. He lost a massive pot before the dinner break and then another one afterwards. That second unfortunate hand resulted in Artem Metalidi doubling through Zobian. Metalidi eventually collected the end-of-the-day’s second largest stack of 30.845 million.

Cada Still in Contention, Minkin Out

There were several players whose run was followed closely on Day 6, and former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada and Kelly Minkin, the last woman standing in this year’s edition of the World Championship, were two such players.

Cada is the only former Main Event champ left in the run for this year’s title. The player bagged and tagged 8.85 million last night to secure a spot among the final 26. Cada won the tournament back in 2009 when he was just 21.

Unlike Cada, Minkin could not make it through the end of the day. The poker pro looked to improve her 29th-place finish in the 2015 Main Event. She busted in 50th place last night, good for a payout of $156,265.

The remaining 26 players are set to return at the host venue today to play down to the official nine-handed final table. Each of them is guaranteed a minimum cash of $282,630, but all eyes and hopes are certainly set on the first-place prize of $8.8 million.

Aside from Cada, there is one more player to have previously played at the final table of the World Championship still in contention for the 2018 title. Sylvain Loosly from France took fourth place in the 2013 edition of the Main Event for a payout of $2,792,533. The player is now looking to improve his previous run in the tournament and eventually claim the coveted gold bracelet.

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Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate to Work towards Casino Gambling Legalization

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Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate to Work towards Casino Gambling Legalization

Kentucky might be well on its way to legalizing casino gambling which has been one of the objectives on a state level since the beginning of this year. Now these efforts could be boosted by gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear. He has vocally expressed his support of the gambling field and its introduction on a state […]

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Century Casinos secures 8th Polish casino license

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Century Casinos secures 8th Polish casino license

In a July 2, 2018 press release, Colorado-based Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTY) announced that its 66.6 percent-owned Polish subsidiary, Casinos Poland Ltd., now holds eight casino licenses in Poland, further growing its footprint in the eastern European country’s gambling market. The firm further communicated that the eight licenses have been awarded and renewed where […]

Could Esports Explode In Atlantic City? New Potential Data Deal Hints At Future Hub

Could Esports Explode In Atlantic City? New Potential Data Deal Hints At Future Hub
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Continent 8, a global server and data firm, is in the final stages of making a deal to bring a secure server space to Atlantic City, heralding a possible eSports and online gaming resurgence.

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Is Colorado Prepared to Work towards Embracing Sports Betting Field in 2019?

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Is Colorado Prepared to Work towards Embracing Sports Betting Field in 2019?

Sports betting has always been considered one of the hot topics across the United States, but its levels of popularity ever since the beginning of this year have surged. Prior to the decision of the US Supreme Court states have been weighing their options for potential legalization, but only after the official ruling was fact […]

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Lottoland Expands Affiliate Marketing deal with Income Access

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Lottoland Expands Affiliate Marketing deal with Income Access

Lottoland, the online lottery brand allowing players to wager on a range of international jackpots, has expanded its partnership with Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider. To support Lottoland’s recent expansion into Canada and growth in new markets as well as its relaunch in existing markets, the brand’s Income Access-powered affiliate programme is now also managed by Income ...

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Former Taj Mahal Workers Get $850 Each From Labor Dispute Settlement

Former Taj Mahal Workers Get $850 Each From Labor Dispute Settlement
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At the end of June, as Hard Rock Atlantic City opened, former employees of the Taj Mahal received $850 checks as the result of a settlement between UNITE HERE Local 54 and former owner Carl Icahn.

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Ohio Weighs Sports Betting Legalization Options amid Wagering Regulation Wave

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Ohio Weighs Sports Betting Legalization Options amid Wagering Regulation Wave

Sports betting has been a topic of wide discussion across the states which comes as no surprise to anyone in the field since the US Supreme Court gave green light to its expansion. The state of Ohio has been eyeing the possibility of sports wagering legalization for the past several weeks and there are still […]

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Twitter Removes William Hill Emoji from #ItsComingHome Hashtag ahead of England vs Croatia Semi-Final

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Twitter Removes William Hill Emoji from #ItsComingHome Hashtag ahead of England vs Croatia Semi-Final

Twitter has decoupled British bookmaker William Hill’s branding from the increasingly popular #ItsComingHome hashtag over the weekend as the social network drew criticism for its participation in the promotion of gambling services to underage users, The Drum reports.

Fans of England have been using the “It’s coming home” phrase over the past weeks to celebrate the team’s progress into this year’s World Cup. The phrase is part of the chorus of the 1996 football song Three Lions by The Lightning Seeds. The song was written to commemorate England playing host to the 1996 European Football Championship. The “It’s coming home” line, in particular, referred to the fact that football was returning to its homeland, England.

England defeated Sweden 2-0 Saturday to reach the football tournament’s semi-finals for the first time since 1990. As the team is gearing for its clash against Croatia on Wednesday, the #ItsComingHome hashtag has gained immense popularity on Twitter. The social network thus found itself in the middle of advertising controversy due to the William Hill branding appearing alongside the hashtag.

#ItsComingHome/William Hill Controversy

Prior to this weekend, the hashtag was accompanied by an emoji of a football kit featuring the William Hill logo. The gambling operator had sponsored the hashtag since the start of the World Cup as part of its promoted trends and First View Twitter advertising campaign.

According to data from the social network, the hashtag had been tweeted more than 1.5 million times since the beginning of the World Cup. It popularity is growing with t team’s the English team’s progression into the tournament. The hashtag has also been used by popular brands, The Drum notes, some of which are oriented toward teenagers and young adults.

The William Hill emoji accompanying the #ItsComingHome hashtag drew heavy criticism as the gambling-related branding could easily reach underage Twitter users. It is important to note that the social network allows users aged 13 or over to open accounts.

To show their protest against the bookmaker’s brand appearing after the popular hashtag, some have deliberately used a misspelled version to avoid adding the William Hill emoji.

Following growing pressure from advertising executives and other parties, Twitter said that it had removed the branding. The social network did not comment further on the matter. William Hill has not provided its comments yet.

England defeated Sweden on Saturday to secure its spot in the semi-finals of the Russia World Cup. The team is now set to face Croatia on Wednesday. The Croatian team beat Russia 4-3 on penalties Saturday night to set up the England semi-final. Croatia and England are set to clash at 9:00 pm local time on Wednesday. Luzhniki Stadium in the capital Moscow will play host to the match.

The other two semi-finalists – France and Belgium – are set to play tomorrow at 9:00 local time at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

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Evolution Gaming partners with Svenska Spel in new Swedish gambling market

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Evolution Gaming partners with Svenska Spel in new Swedish gambling market

Leading provider of Live Casino solutions, Evolution Gaming partners with Svenska Spel to provide a complete Live Casino solution for the re-regulating Swedish market. According to Evolution, the new Svenska Spel Live Casino service will go live the moment Sweden’s new gambling law comes into effect on 1 January 2019. As Evolution Gaming partners with Svenska Spel, Svenska Spel will ...

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

In Sun Geoum Leads after 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 3

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In Sun Geoum Leads after 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 3

Day 3 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event concluded late on Saturday at the host venue, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. It was an eventful day at the casino, as the players from the first three starting flights and then from the Days 2AB and C combined for the very first time since the beginning of this year’s World Championship. In addition, the money bubble burst late on Saturday.

As many as 2,786 hopefuls entered Day 3 of the Main Event, all hoping to make it into the money and further into the tournament. A total of 1,182 players survived through the day to progress into Day 4. They are all guaranteed a minimum cash of $15,000.

This year’s edition of the prestigious poker event attracted an overall field of 7,874, the second largest ever in WSOP history. A prize pool of $74,015,600 was generated. The money would be split among the top 1,182 finishers.

The bubble burst late on Day 3. That important point in the tournament was preceded by players slowing pace more and more as no one really wanted to become the unfortunate bubble boy and leave the tournament empty-handed. Matthew Hopkins was eventually the one to claim that title. The player left in 1,183rd place after clashing against Bryce McVay. Although he left with no payout, the player was awarded an entry into next year’s WSOP Main Event.

In Sun Geoum Leads the Day 3 Survivors

The remaining contenders will be lead into the event’s next stage by In Sun Geoum, a player from New York with 11 previous in-the-money finishes in WSOP events. Geoum bagged and tagged 1.696 million in chips last night. An aces-versus-kings confrontation toward the end of the day rocketed the player to the top of the temporary leaderboard.

Frank Flowers (pictured) collected the second largest stack at the end of Day 3. The player was cheerful throughout the day, laughing with fellow contenders while accumulating chips. He eventually put 1.624 million in his bag. Samuel Bernabeu with 1.418 million, Michael Lavenburg with 1.356 million, and Julius Malzanini with 1.292 million rounded out the top five of the Day 3 leaderboard.

Many notables came into Day 3 of the Main Event and many of them busted before the money. The likes of Phil Hellmuth, Matt Waxman, Eli Elezra, Steffen Sontheimer, and Parker Talbot were few of those who could not reach the paid places.

Phil Ivey, another notable who entered the tournament, bagged a nice chip stack of over 800,000 into Day 4. Little has been seen of Ivey over the past several years. The player has avoided the live tournament scene and it has been quite some time since he last took part in the Main Event. Ivey already has 10 gold bracelets and more than $6.6 million in earnings from the series, but has never won the World Championship.

Day 4 action is set to resume at the host casino today at 11 am local time. Five more levels will be played so that the event’s field be reduced further.

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