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Galaxy delays phase three of Macau casino
Galaxy delays phase three of Macau casino

The company has pushed back the opening date of the third phase of its Cotai facility.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Las Vegas Casinos Hope Sports Betting Will Change Their Luck

With rising displeasure at added fees and charges, as well as more competition from casinos around the world, Las Vegas-based gaming operators need a new way to stay profitable. Some believe that sports betting is the solution, and a new emphasis on wagering has already changed the way these companies approach their business.

Las Vegas Casinos Hope Sports Betting Will Change Their Luck

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State projections do not support Arkansas casino ballot initiative

In Arkansas, officials have reportedly released a study that indicates the southern state would receive less money should voters approve a casino-legalizing constitutional amendment that could still make its way onto the November 6 ballot. Three-year declines: According to a Sunday report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, the investigation conducted by the Arkansas Department of […]

State projections do not support Arkansas casino ballot initiative

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Why Has Sweden’s Gambling Market Re-Regulation Created Such a Big Buzz?

The recent participation of Casino News Daily team members in several iGaming conferences has, among other things, confirmed what we all expected – Sweden and the re-regulation of its gambling market has indeed created quite some buzz in the field.

Lotteriinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Authority, launched the application process for gambling companies interested in operating in the country under its new gambling law on August 1. According to various sources, the regulatory body accepted 22 license applications on the very first day. Around 27 companies are believed to have applied for a license so far, and Swedish authorities expect around 70 applications ahead of the January1, 2019 opening of the market.

Sweden’s state-run Svenska Spel as well as major gambling companies originating from the country but operating from Malta, including Betsson, LeoVegas, and Kindred Group, were among the early birds of the ongoing application process. And while a number of companies are looking to join the Scandinavian nation’s gambling space as early as possible, others have told members of our editorial team that they would approach the newly regulated market a bit more cautiously and wait until after the actual re-regulation takes place.

It is believed that Sweden could rapidly turn into one of Europe’s largest regulated jurisdictions in terms of revenue generated once its new regulatory regime takes effect. According to official data by Lotteriinspektionen, the regulated portion of Sweden’s gambling market, which is controlled by state-run operators, generated revenue of SEK17.07 billion ($1.8 billion) in 2017, while unregulated operators servicing local players generated SEK5.534 billion ($607.97 million).

Here it is important to note that the size of the country’s gray market cannot be estimated accurately and that it is probably much larger than what has been stated in Lotteriinspektionen’s latest annual report. Nevertheless, the figures reported certainly create optimistic visions of the future of Sweden’s re-regulated gambling market. And it is a matter of a very short time until the industry sees whether these visions will become reality.

Potential of the Swedish Gambling Market

Online gambling has been a popular activity across the Scandinavian Peninsula, Sweden included, since its not-so-distant dawn. The widespread tech-savviness of the Swedish population and the high Internet and mobile penetration rates have helped the online gambling industry as well as other digital developments keep and grow their footprint in the country.

In other words, Sweden has always been in a pole position when adopting and assimilating digital infrastructure, and this is why it is believed that the re-regulation of its gambling market and its opening to international operators that will bring further innovation, but in a regulated environment, is a step in the right direction, and a step that would provide for a further growth of the market.

The way a market is regulated defines the way it will develop in future. It can be said that, with very few exceptions, the provisions comprising Sweden’s new gambling law seem to be quite reasonable ones, not that likely to prevent the re-regulation’s success. For instance, Swedish lawmakers have introduced an 18% tax rate on gross gambling revenue, which given the anticipated size of the market and the wagering volumes operators expect from Sweden, could be described as a reasonable rate. It is a bit higher than UK’s 15% point-of-consumption tax, but it is lower than Denmark’s 20% tax.

eSports Betting – an Anticipated Success Story

With gambling companies looking for ways to attract younger generations of customers to their products, eSports and eSports betting are gradually becoming a popular option for drawing clientèle.

According to multiple online gambling companies, eSports could be one of the big success stories of the upcoming re-regulation of Sweden’s online gambling market. The world of eSports seems to be booming right now and a recent report by Paypal and Superdata shows that Sweden is Europe’s second biggest eSports market, only topped by Russia.

The publication notes that the Swedish eSports market is worth $31 million based on tickets and other products sales as well as sponsorships and brand popularization activities. In comparison, Russia’s eSports market is estimated to around $38 million.

A separate report by Kindred Group claims that Sweden has more professional eSport players than any other country. In addition, the country was allocated a particularly large portion of overall eSports winnings in 2016. And Paypal and Superdata believe that the Swedish eSports market will continue growing beyond 2019 when the European market is expected to reach its peak in terms of audience and players.

Data from the above reports presents a really nice picture for the potential creation of a solid eSports betting sector in Sweden under the country’s new regulatory regime. And multiple operators have actually confirmed that they would venture into the nation’s re-regulated market with an eSports betting product, in addition to their more traditional offering.

Possible Hurdles Before Gambling Companies

Competition in Sweden’s gambling market is expected to be fierce. A number of companies will be competing for a bigger share of a newly regulated market in a country with a total population of 9.9 million people. And some of these companies have already gained advantage over their future competitors through aggressive advertising activities in the country.

A report by measurement firm Kantar Sifo has shown that the national monopoly Svenska Spel as well as international gambling companies Kindred Group and LeoVegas placed among the nation’s top 20 advertisers in 2017 with total ad spending of SEK472.3 million, SEK443.09 million, and SEK313.1 million, respectively.

These companies as well as a number of major others operating in Sweden for years have already gained brand awareness and customer bases that will challenge newcomers quite significantly.

Another important thing to be taken into account as part of Sweden’s iGaming regulatory push is one particular provision in the country’s new gambling law, under which licensed operators would not be able to offer bonuses to their players beyond “the first occasion in which [a] player participates in a game”. As a result, black market operators will be able to gain a competitive edge with countless bonus offers, which would certainly create inconvenience for licensed companies.

Final Comments

Sweden is months away from re-regulating its market and opening it to international operators. The process is expected to create one of Europe’s largest and highest grossing jurisdictions, but despite the expectations and the fact that the regulatory environment created will be, to some extent, operator-friendly, there still will be major hurdles before the newly licensed companies and that it will take time before the market truly shows its actual potential.

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Yggdrasil to enter Czech Republic igaming market with Tipsport deal

Leading provider of superior online gaming solutions for igaming operators, Yggdrasil Gaming, will premiere its suite of high-quality, innovative online casino games in the regulated igaming market of the Czech Republic after entering into a content agreement with Tipsport. According to the official press release… Beroun-based Tipsport is the largest betting agency in the Czech […]

Yggdrasil to enter Czech Republic igaming market with Tipsport deal

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LINQ Casino Slot Machines Go Down during DEF CON Hacker Convention

Dozens of slot machines went down at The LINQ Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend and speculations quickly emerged that those might have been hacked, Mashable reports citing information from a person who was on the gaming floor at the time of the odd occurrence.

It is interesting to note that DEF CON, known to be the world’s longest running and one of the world’s largest hacking conferences, was taking place right across the street at Caesars Palace at the same time. Suggestions popped that a conference attendee might have been up to some major mischief, meddling with the gambling devices.

Matt Anderson, a conference attendee, told Mashable that it was around 1:00 or 2:00 am on Saturday morning when a number of slot machines went all down simultaneously. He went on to say that “ALL” slots appeared to be offline or were showing an error message. Mr. Anderosn talked to a pit boss, who was not able to provide him with information about what was going on and who was “kind of panicking.”

The DEF CON attendee’s recollections were very similar to a number of reports by people who took to social media to share information about the unusual occurrence at the gaming floor.

The Casino’s Response

A spokesperson of The LINQ, a hotel and casino resort owned and operated by Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., told Mashable that the incident was indeed atypical but denied any possibility for it to have been the result from a hacking attack.

He further explained that they were investigating the incident and that while they were still unaware of the reason, he said they believe the outage happening during a major hacker convention was “purely coincidental”.

Asked how many machines went down Saturday, The LINQ spokesperson was unable to provide an exact number, but judging by social media posts and a video Mr. Anderson sent to Mashable, it seems that quite some machines were showing error messages or were completely offline.

The casino’s spokesperson said that so far there was no evidence that the incident was the result from a hacking attack or was cybersecurity related.

There have been multiple stories about tech-savvy bandits targeting slot machines at casinos around the world in pursuit of profit. Casino News Daily reported earlier this year police in Bulgaria had arrested four individual after they were uncovered to have hacked gaming machines at casinos and gaming halls across the Southeastern European country, reportedly defrauding them of massive amounts of money.

The group of criminals had been able to meddle with the slot machines after obtaining remote access to those and to manipulate the outcome of games to gain profit in the process. Aside from the four arrested individuals, Bulgarian police had seized a large unspecified amount of money and equipment used by the hackers.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Da Vinci’s Treasure Casino Network to host two promotions this September

Starting in September, Da Vinci’s Treasure Casino Network will be offering two promotions for players, one featuring online slot gaming and one for live dealer content. There will be something for everyone with a total of €/£75,000 up for grabs! Da Vinci’s Treasure Network Slots Promotion: Starting on the 20th of September, the online casino […]

Da Vinci’s Treasure Casino Network to host two promotions this September

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WSOP Circuit Kicks Off New Season with 1,056-Person Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

It was just a few days ago when the 2017/2018 season of the WSOP Circuit ended with Warren Sheaves claiming the WSOP Global Casino Championship title and the accompanying gold bracelet. It is now time for the popular poker series’ new season and not only its first stop has kicked off in style at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, but it is actually approaching its end.

The Main Event of the first stop on the WSOP Circuit’s 2018/2019 calendar kicked off Friday at the host venue with the first of two starting flights. And Day 1B, the second starting flight, was completed last night with Louis Garza holding the chip lead with a total of 476,000, followed by Austria’s Eyal Bensimhon (pictured) with 393,000.

It was actually Bensimhon who made the biggest waves throughout the tournament’s second starting flight. The player won some massive pots early on Saturday to never lose his momentum until action wrapped up for the day. Other notables who made it through the day included Bryan Devonshir, JJ Liu, Dan Lowery, and Ryan Buckholtz, among others.

The second starting flight of the Main Event actually drew 647 entrants, of whom just 139 players secured their seats into Day 2. They will be joined by the survivors from Day 1A for ten one-hour levels at the host venue.

Day 1 Recap and Prize Pool

The first Main Event of the new WSOP Circuit season drew a field of 1,056 entries, of whom 409 joined on Day 1A and 647 entered on Day 1B. As many as 219 made it through Day 2 and will return at the host venue later today to compete for a spot among the Day 3 hopefuls.

Day 2 of the tournament will kick off with Day 1A chip leader Jeffrey Trudeau holding the overall chip lead. The player bagged and tagged 495,000 in chips at the end of the Main Event’s first starting flight to pull ahead of the rest of the field.

The WSOP Circuit’s new season came with slightly increased buy-ins, so it now costs $1,700 to enter the Main Event, up from $1,675. With registration now closed, organizers announced that the first Main Event of the new season generated a prize pool of $1,599,840, crashing the guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.

The top 108 finishers will receive a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $2,994. The money bubble is expected to burst at some point today. Each of the nine finalists at the tournament’s official final table will receive a minimum cash of $29,181. As for the winner, they will be awarded the top prize of $295,970 and the WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Harry Arutyunyan from Glendale, California took down last year’s edition of the tournament, beating a field of 1,022 entries and taking home the amount of $283,597 in prize money.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Kindred formally applies for gambling license in Sweden

Leading online gambling operator, Kindred Group (KINDSDB:Stockholm), has made a formal request to The Swedish Gambling Authority for a license for the operation of online betting and gaming services in Sweden. If the application is met with success, it will enable the operator to further strengthen its commitment to the Scandinavian nation. According to the […]

Kindred formally applies for gambling license in Sweden

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Poker Tournaments Starting August 13-19

For many, summer is all about fun in the sun. But an avid poker player would always be looking for a nice spot to play their favorite game. Here are some of the places where there will be some exciting poker tournaments over the next week or so. They are all designed to bring summer vibes at the tables and poker thrill everyone loves the game about. These are four of the most exciting events set to take place from August 13 through August 19.

Borgata Summer Heater

The Borgata is one of the hottest Atlantic City casinos and it is about to kick off one of its hot summer tournaments for those who are looking for exciting Boardwalk poker action. The Summer Heater will take place between August 13 and August 18 at the popular gambling venue.

It will feature a six-day No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a buy-in fee of $180. Interested players could enter it and compete for a portion of a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. The event will feature seven starting flights and an additional final day of play.

WSOP Circuit Foxwoods

The WSOP Circuit is back and the next festival on its 2018/2019 schedule is slated to kick off mere days from now. It will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut from August 16 through August 27.

As WSOP Circuit festivals usually do, the Foxwoods one will too feature 12 gold ring events and several other tournaments for players from the region, the rest of the country, and the rest of the world.

The WSOP Circuit Foxwoods will begin with a $400 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000. Buy-ins for the events vary from $250 to $3,250 for the No-Limit Hold’em BB Ante, and guaranteed prize pools go all the way up to $500,000.

It is actually the festival’s Main Event that will feature the highest guarantee. It is set to take place on August 24-27, and players will be able to enter it by paying the $1,700 buy-in. It is important to note that the buy-in for the Main Event as well as for the other tournaments within the WSOP Circuit has increased a bit from the previous season when Main Events buy-ins were $1,675.

JACK Poker Classic

Jack Cincinnati Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio will, too, play host to an exciting festival from a few days from now all the way through the final days of August. The JACK Poker Classic will run from August 16 to August 26 and will feature a plethora of exciting tournaments with even more exciting guaranteed prize pools.

For instance, the festival will kick off with a four-day $250 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em that will offer players the chance to win a portion of a guaranteed of $250,000 prize money.

The rest of the tournaments on the schedule will feature guaranteed prize pools of $25,000, $50,000, and $500,000 for the Main Event. Speaking of that highlight tournament, it will run from August 24 through August 26, and will feature two starting flights and one final day of play. Players will be able to play that one for a buy-in of $1,100.

Ante Up Poker Tour Reno

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada will kindly host the next AUPT festival from August 16 through August 26. The upcoming poker event will offer players a diverse schedule of tournaments with really affordable buy-ins and thrilling guaranteed prize pools.

The festival’s schedule features 19 different tournaments, most of which single-day ones. The Main Event is scheduled for August 24 and will take place over three days. It will feature a buy-in fee of $1,100 and a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.

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