Sunday, September 30, 2018

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Seminole Tribe and Disney continue campaign
Seminole Tribe and Disney continue campaign

The tribe and the entertainment company added US$10 million to their campaign to limit casinos.

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Seminole Tribe and Disney continue campaign

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1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

A new partnership between 1X2 Network and new game developer and aggregator, WeAreCasino, will see the availability of the UK-based independent software company’s innovative online slots, virtual games and table games offering increased. According to the official press release… In addition to a broad range of popular titles from the supplier’s subsidiaries, Iron Dog Studio […]

1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

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CEEG Awards Ceremony concludes; top operators earn accolades

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest recently played host to the 2018 CEEG Awards Ceremony, as part of the CEEGC Budapest. The award ceremony was scheduled for September 25th, set to reward several companies with top accolades for their efforts in the gambling industry. Each category had a shortlist of nominees, with two months set aside for voting, […]

CEEG Awards Ceremony concludes; top operators earn accolades

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Andrew Jacobs Leads after WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Event #2 Flight B

Flight B of the second event on the schedule of the ongoing WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana live poker festival was completed last night. The second of two starting flights provided interested players with a final chance to register into the $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

As registration was closed, organizers were able to confirm the size of the event’s overall field as well as the prize pool and the places paid. As many as 763 entrants registered into the $400 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry. They generated a prize pool of $251,790. The top 81 finishers will leave with a cash from the event, with minimum payouts starting from $627. The champion will collect $50,359 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

And here is the place to mention that after Flights A and B, there are now as many as 93 players left in contention. Of them, 34 survived from Day 1A and the other 59 from Day 1B. The survivors from the two starting flights will combine together for the first time today when the final day on the tournament’s schedule is slated to be played.

Action resumes at 2 pm local time at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The remaining hopefuls will have a long day ahead as they will have to first burst the money bubble, then to set the official final table, and finally to determine the champion.

Andrew Jacobs Emerges as Overall Chip Leader after Successful Day 1B

The remaining survivors will be led by Andrew Jacobs who bagged and tagged the largest stack after the end of Flight B. The player collected a total of 393,000 to top last night the Flight B and the overall chip counts chart, ending the reign of Day 1A chip leader Nicholas Pupillo (pictured). Pupillo now ranks second in the temporary leaderboard with a total of 389,500 in chips.

As it can be seen, Jacobs’ advantage is very tiny, and it is rather curious whether he will pull further ahead at the start of Day 2, or it will be Pupillo or another player from the 93 survivors who will assume the chip lead.

As mentioned earlier, action is scheduled to resume at 2 pm local time. It is also interesting to note that Pupillo is playing for his third WSOP Circuit gold ring. The player topped the field of a WSOP Circuit Main Event and of another tournament in previous seasons of the popular poker series to capture his first two pieces of gold.

Horseshoe Southern Indiana is playing host to the fifth WSOP Circuit stop of the 2018/2019 season. The ongoing live poker festival will run through October 8, when Day 3 of the $1,700 Main Event is to be played and the name of the Main Event champ is expected to become clear. The highlight tournament is slated to kick off on Friday, October 5 with the first of two starting flights.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

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Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

Online casino games and solutions developer Wazdan has announced that it was awarded with the Online Casino Innovator 2018 accolade during the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) on Tuesday. Talent affirmation: Licensed by regulators in Malta and the United Kingdom, Wazdan used an official Thursday press release to declare that the award has strengthened […]

Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

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Nicholas Pupillo Eyes Third WSOP Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Horseshoe Southern Indiana is the host casino of the latest WSOP Circuit stop on the series’ 2018/2019 calendar. Poker festivities at the gambling facility kicked off on September 27 with a single-day $400 No-Limit Hold’em, the field of which was topped by Corey Hodgeman for his first-ever WSOP Circuit cash of $15,873 and a gold ring.

The second gold ring tournament on the schedule started on Friday at the host venue. The $400 buy-in event began with the first of two starting flights and drew as many as 278 tournament entrants. The second starting flight is slated to be played today from 11 am. It will provide a last chance for interested players to join the event’s field.

The total amount of $91,740 was generated on Day 1A and it will be added to the money generated during the second starting flight of the tournament to comprise together the overall prize pool. And the prize pool itself as well as the places paid and how much the winner will collect will be announced upon the beginning of Day 2 on Sunday.

Of the 278 participants who registered for the tournament on Day 1A, there were just 34 players left at the time organizers called it a day on Friday at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

The Day 1A Chip Leader

The remaining 34 survivors will have a day off today, while the second starting flight is being played. They will resume play on Sunday when the fields of Day 1A and Day 1B will combine for the very first time to play down to a champion.

Nicholas Pupillo finished off Day 1A as the chip leader. The player bagged and tagged 389,500 in chips last night to top the temporary chip counts chart after a particularly good run throughout the day. Charles Dawson with 245,500 and Kendall Staggs with 229,000 were the other two players to make it top three of the Day 1A leaderboard.

It is interesting to note that Pupillo is eyeing his WSOP Circuit gold ring number three. He won his first piece from the series in 2015 when he bested the field of a $580 No-Limit Hold’em event. He also collected a cash prize of $15,600 for his triumph back then. Gold ring number two arrived last fall when he emerged victorious in the $1,675 Main Event at Thunder Valley Casino. His victory also secured him with a payout of $170,286.

Over the course of his career, Pupillo has cashed in 36 WSOP Circuit tournaments and seven WSOP ones and has collected cash prizes of more than $512,083 from the two major poker series. It is to be seen whether the player will manage to score his third WSOP Circuit victory.

Action at the host casino resumes at 11 am local time and Day 2 action will kick off on Sunday at 2 pm at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

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OlyBet Becomes Title Sponsor of Largest Baltic Basketball League

OlyBet, the leading online gaming and sports betting operator in the Baltic region, became the Title Sponsor of the newly launched Baltic’s largest basketball league.

OlyBet Becomes Title Sponsor of Largest Baltic Basketball League

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Punters leave €1.1 million unclaimed at Crown Perth
Punters leave €1.1 million unclaimed at Crown Perth

Western Australia’s regulator revealed that unclaimed prize money grew 12% to €1.1 million in the year to June 30.

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Punters leave €1.1 million unclaimed at Crown Perth

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The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel sale falls through

In New Jersey, the deal that was to have seen Stockton University purchase the 20-acre site that was once home to The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel has reportedly fallen through with no desired purchase price ever being revealed. Discussions prove unsuccessful: According to a Thursday report from the Associated Press news service published by The […]

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Who Is the 2018 Asia Player of the Year?

The Asia Player of the Year has been awarded each year since 2009. The Asian poker player to excel in the PokerStars Asia Circuit throughout the year is named as Player of the Year to enjoy the accolades accompanying that title. And each Asia Player of the Year has their name engraved on the one and only APOY trophy that is located at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams Macau.

The best Asian player of the year is determined by the APOY Leaderboard, which takes into consideration players’ performance in PokerStars-sponsored tournaments that take place on Asian soil throughout the year. By players’ performance we mean how a given player finishes in one tournament or another, how much entries that event has, and what buy-in fee it features. Players receive points for each of these three factors and the more points they collect, the higher they climb in the APOY Leaderboard.

This year’s leaderboard included PokerStars-branded live tournaments that took place in the period between November 27, 2017 and August 12, 2018. Aside from having their name engraved on the special trophy, this year’s winner will also be awarded the amount of $20,000.

The Philippines Celebrates Its First Asia Player of the Year

Philippine poker pro Mike Takayama topped this year’s APOY Leaderboard with a total of 10,230 points. The player has had a killer year so far, cashing in 30 different live tournaments. In addition, he cashed in a large number of the official Asia Player of the Year Events throughout the season.

At the age of 29, Takayama has become his homeland’s first Asia Player of the Year since the ranking was first established in 2009. And with 10,230 points collected over the span of the 2017/2018 season, he is well ahead of the player who occupies the leaderboard’s runner-up spot. Alexis Lim is the player to rank second with 5,931 points.

Most prominently, Takayama won the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 5 PHP10,000 Main Event for a cash prize of PHP931,800 (approx. $17,875) and a Platinum Pass for the upcoming 2019 PCA Poker Players Championship. He topped the tournament’s field in February, this year.

In May, he finished third in the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 7 PHP10,000 Main Event to collect the amount of PHP525,000 and more points for his APOY score.

Overall, Takayama is his home country’s third most profitable player in terms of live tournament earnings generated. His winnings currently amount to a little under $1 million. The poker professional scored his career’s largest cash of nearly $198,568 this summer during the 2018 edition of the World Series of Poker. The player bested the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty and his triumph also secured him with his first-ever gold bracelet from the series.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names New Supplier Client Service Representative

Candi Lopez Will Interface with Las Vegas-based Suppliers

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names New Supplier Client Service Representative

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NetEnt AB games launched in western Canada

Just a week after premiering a new affiliate service and online casino games and solutions developer NetEnt has announced that a range of its titles are now available to players in the western Canadian province of British Columbia. Benefitting from IGT tie-up: According to an official press release from the Stockholm-based innovator, the debut has been […]

NetEnt AB games launched in western Canada

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The Players to Have Cashed in the Largest Number of Countries So Far in 2018

Traveling around the world is one of the perks of being a professional poker player. Visiting new places, clashing against players with different techniques and at different level of skill and proficiency, and getting oneself exposed to new and different poker games is enriching experience that could help anyone improve their own game and overall worldview, of course.

The poker enthusiasts of Casino News Daily love poker-related lists and writing about poker lists. This is why they have prepared a brand new such list for their readers. This time, it will revolve around those three players who have cashed in the largest number of different countries around the world since the beginning of the year. Here are these three players and where they have cashed in over the past nine months.

Henri Ovaska

The Finnish poker player has cashed in 21 tournaments in 16 different countries since the beginning of the year, including Italy, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, and many more. While Ovaska might have been quite active on the live tournament scene over the past several months, he has not won any major events. He scored his only victory this year during the Irish Poker Open & Norwegian Championships 2018 in Dublin.

He took down a €170 R.O.E. tournament for a cash prize of €2,700. He collected his largest cash of this year in January, when he finished third in the African Series of Poker/Unibet Deepstack Open €550 Main Event for €9,000. The tournament took place in Grand Bay, Mauritius an exciting destination without any doubt.

Andrew Christopher Hills

The Englishman cashed in 30 live events in 11 different countries around the world, mostly the United States. He has taken down three tournaments so far in 2018, none of them were major ones, though.

A victory in a Wynn Summer Classic $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em secured the player with his largest cash this year. He bested a field of 302 entrants, including fellow countryman Stuard Taylor, whom he clashed into in the heads-up match, to collect the total amount of $72,799 from a total prize pool of a little over $300,263.

Manig Loeser

The German poker pro has cashed more than $2.3 million since the beginning of the year in 25 events that have taken place in 10 different countries. The player has appeared and cashed in events in the United States, Russia, and Montenegro, among others.

It is also important to note that Loeser has long been particularly active on the international high roller scene. Over the past nine months, the player has participated in some of the major high rollers on the live tournament poker calendar. Most prominently, Loeser finished runner-up to Michael Lim in Aussie Millions Poker Championship A$100,000 Challenge for a cash prize of A$558,600 (approximately $445,334).

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The Stars Group Sets Sights on Expansion and Revenue Mix Diversification

A few years ago, The Stars Group (then Amaya Inc.) was deep into a heavy debt situation, was shaken by an insider trading scandal involving its founder and then-CEO, Canadian businessman David Baazov, and was having difficulties in growing its key online poker product.

After paying down its debt, which was created as a result from The Stars’ acquisition of the owner of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands in 2014 for nearly $5 billion, the Canadian gambling company has shown that it is ready for some risk-taking and some geographical expansion and diversification of its core operations.

Over the past several months, The Stars announced two major acquisitions, revealed increased focus on sports betting across regulated markets, and once again indicated that it was ready to return to the United States after being shamefully banished from the nation in the aftermath of April 11, 2011, a day that has been commonly known as the Black Friday of online poker.

The Canadian gambling group is on its way of becoming the largest publicly traded online gambling company, but here is how it plans this to happen.

Two Major Acquisitions

The Stars and its PokerStars brand had to leave the Australian gaming market last summer, when the nation’s federal government amended existing gambling laws in a manner that prohibited the provision of online gaming and poker operations.

Early this year, the company announced that it would return to the Australian gambling scene by purchasing a major local bookmaker. The Stars originally planned to buy 61% in CrownBet, an online gambling website previously owned by Australian casino operator Crown Resorts. However, in a separate move, CrownBet announced that it had been selected as the winning bidder for William Hill’s ailing Australian business. As a result from that latter acquisition deal, The Stars decided to increase its interest in CrownBet to 80% and thus participate in funding the William Hill Australia transaction.

The Canadian gambling group paid $315 million in cash and newly issued common shares for its newly acquired Australian business. The two related acquisition deals created Australia’s third largest corporate bookmaker, with Tabcorp and Paddy Power’s local brand Sportsbet being the largest ones.

The Stars Group broke the news in April that it has entered into an agreement to buy major UK online gambling operator Sky Betting & Gaming for the total amount of $4.7 billion. The move would create the largest publicly traded online gambling company.

The deal is expected to generate annual cost synergies of at least $70 million, to expand SkyBet’s presence across multiple regulated jurisdictions (the company currently serves only the UK, Italian, and German markets), and to help The Stars to leverage SkyBet’s huge customer base in the UK and massive experience in the provision of online sports betting services.

The deal was finalized in mid-July. However, the UK Competition and Markets Authority opened an investigation into the takeover on the very next day after its finalization, thus blocking the transfer of ownership and the integration of the two businesses. The UK competition watchdog is expected to release the results from its probe in October.

Focus on Sports Betting

While online poker still is The Stars Group’s main product, the company has gradually been trying to expand into the online casino and mainly into the online sports betting sectors. And the above-discussed two acquisitions are one of the manifestations of its efforts to diversify its offering and revenue sources.

According to company estimates, on a pro forma basis including the acquisitions of SkyBet, CrownBet, and William Hill Australia, its 2017 revenue mix by product would have been 37% poker, 34% sports betting, and 26% casino. As it can be seen, online poker would still have been the leading product, but sports betting would have trailed not far behind. And with the company’s increased and growing interest in the sports betting vertical as well as the addition of companies specializing namely in online sports betting, this particular product could very soon become the main driver of growth for the gambling giant.

The US Betting Market

The Stars Group has been quite clear in its intentions to return to the United States after the April 2011 incident. Its PokerStars brand debuted in the New Jersey Internet gambling market in the spring of 2016, but besides that market, the company has not been able to enter the other states where iGaming is legal, with those being Nevada and Delaware.

However, the mid-May ruling of the US Supreme Court, allowing individual states to legalize sports betting, came as extremely good news not only to The Stars but also to the rest of the sports betting world.

Taking advantage of its existing New Jersey operation, the Canadian company struck a partnership with Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel to extend their collaboration and jointly offer online sports betting services. The Stars’ BetStars online sportsbook went live in the state in mid-September, initially allowing bettors to place their wagers via mobile devices.

Back in August, the Canadian gambling giant announced a partnership that would allow it to enter Pennsylvania’s online sports betting and gaming market. The Stars has joined forces with Mount Airy Casino Resort. The two companies are yet to submit their sports betting license application to the state Gaming Control Board, but this is expected to happen anytime now as the local regulator is set to review applications from other businesses during its October 3 meeting.

The Stars Group is clearly showing that it is ready to leave the insider trading incident and its debt difficulties behind and take some risk as well as focus on diversifying its gambling revenue mix. And as it can be seen, sports betting is playing and will play an important role in its current and future efforts to expand its presence and establish itself in key regulated markets, including the US which many expect to become a behemoth regulated sports gambling field in the next few years.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Zitro Is On A Roll And Ready To Rock In Las Vegas

“We have never been so excited”, said Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro. And the facts clearly justify his emotions, as since the beginning of this year

Zitro Is On A Roll And Ready To Rock In Las Vegas

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Greentube will be bringing its wares to G2E

The latest edition of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) trade show is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas next month and the Greentube online and mobile software technologies subsidiary of Austrian gambling giant, Novomatic, has announced that it will be on hand to exhibit a ‘tailored selection’ of its latest iGaming innovations. Online and mobile […]

Greentube will be bringing its wares to G2E

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JinMen8 in-house VIP gaming lounge opening at Galaxy Macau

In Macau, Asian casino giant, Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited, has reportedly announced that it has spent approximately $37.3 million in order to bring the new JinMen8 in-house VIP gaming lounge to the 50th floor of its Galaxy Macau property. Development to premiere from Saturday: According to a report from GGRAsia, the innovative development is the latest incarnation […]

JinMen8 in-house VIP gaming lounge opening at Galaxy Macau

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Oklahomans favour new casino
Oklahomans favour new casino

Two recent polls revealed that Enid city residents are in favour of a casino being developed in the area.

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Oklahomans favour new casino

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Steroids scandal rocks Japanese horseracing industry

The horseracing authority for the northern Japanese province of Iwate was reportedly forced to suspend all contests for one day last week after several of the competing animals tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid. Horses tested positive for boldenone: According to a report from Asia Gaming Brief, the Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association first […]

Steroids scandal rocks Japanese horseracing industry

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Scientific Games Amps Up Licensed Brands Portfolio With Hard Rock®

New Three-Year Contract to Bring Legendary Entertainment Brand to Lottery Instant "Scratch" Games 

Scientific Games Amps Up Licensed Brands Portfolio With Hard Rock®

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Caesars appoints new officer
Caesars appoints new officer

The company has appointed Monica Digilio as its new CHRO and Executive Vice President.

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Caesars appoints new officer

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Biggest WSOP Europe Main Event Winners

The WSOP Europe festival is two weeks away and every self-respecting fan of live tournament poker has already braced for quality poker action and immense thrill. The 2018 edition of the major series is set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, one of Europe’s best and most popular poker destinations.

The WSOP Europe has 10 gold bracelets up for grabs and it is to be seen who the lucky ten players to capture the pieces of jewelry will be. Of course, the €10,350 Main Event is the most highly anticipated tournament. The event is slated to kick off on October 27 and to run through November 2. Aside from the Main Event gold bracelet for the winner it will also feature a guaranteed prize pool of €5 million. Hopes are that the guarantee will be crushed and that the tournament will see great interest among players from all around Europe and all other corners of the world.

Elio Fox – €1.4 Million

In 2011, US poker player Elio Fox emerged as the winner of the largest ever WSOP Europe Main Event. He topped a field of 593 entries to be awarded the amount of €1.4 million. The tournament took place in Cannes. England’s Chris Moorman was Fox’s heads-up opponent. The moment of victory came for the latter after his [Ad][10s] bested his final opponent’s [Ah][7s].

It is also important to note that Fox has remained quite consistent in his pursuit of poker prestige in the years after his WSOPE Main Event victory. Most recently, the poker professional finished runner-up in this year’s WSOP $100,000 High Roller event for a cash prize of $1,798,658 and took down the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller for $500,000.

Marti Roca De Torres – €1,115,207

Spain’s Torres came as the winner of the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. That was the first edition of the tournament after a two-year hiatus of the European series. The player was the last man standing from a field of 529 entrants. He collected the amount of €1,115,207. Torres faced heads-up one of Italy’s most promising poker players – Gianluca Speranza. On what turned out to be the final hand in the Main Event, Torres beat his opponent with [Qh][5d].

Torres has cashed in several tournaments since last fall when he became the WSOP Europe Main Event, but has not taken down any major event since then.

The 2017 edition of the WSOP Europe took place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the venue that has now turned into a permanent home of the major tournament series.

Annette Obrestad – £1,000,000 (approximately €1.1 million)

The Norwegian poker pro became the winner of the first-ever WSOP Europe Main Event and has so far been the only female player to take it down. She outwitted a 362-strong field to collect £1 million in prize money. It is also important to note that at the age of 18, she was the youngest player to ever win a gold bracelet from the WSOP.

John Tabatabai from Wales was Obrestad’s final opponent on her road to victory. The two players’ final clash saw the Norwegian player’s pocket sevens hold up against Tabatabai’s [5s][6d].

The inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event took place in London. In fact, the first four editions of the series were all hosted by the capital of the United Kingdom.

Phil Hellmuth – €1,058,403

Hellmuth has long held the record for the most WSOP gold bracelets ever won. He captured his 13th ever piece of WSOP jewelry in 2012 when he topped the 420-person field of the WSOP Europe Main Event. His share of the prize pool totaled €1,058,403.

The tournament took place in Cannes where Hellmuth remained one of the two players to participate in the heads-up match. Ukraine’s Sergii Baranov was the other one. However, it was not meant to be for the Ukrainian as his [As][4c] sent him to the rail in second place after clashing against Hellmuth’s [Ah][10d]. The US player thus further cemented his reputation of a tournament poker legend. It should also be noted that Hellmuth is one of the few players to have won the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe Main Event.

Adrian Mateos – €1,000,000

Mateos is one of the most popular poker pros of the younger generation of players. At the age of 24, the Spaniard boasts three WSOP gold bracelets and an EPT Grand Final title. Mateos won one of his pieces of WSOP gold for taking down the WSOP Europe Main Event.

He became a WSOPE Main Event champion in 2013, when the tournament was held in France. The player beat a field of 375. Local player Fabrice Soulier was his heads-up opponent. The final hand of the tournament saw Mateos collect all his opponent’s chips with [Ad][Kc] to Soulier’s [9d][8d].

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Monday, September 24, 2018

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Philippine President Wages War on Gambling with Fiery Rhetoric

Rodrigo Duterte is more than two years into his presidential tenure and it has been an eventful two years. Among other things, President Duterte’s past two years will be remembered for the top Philippine official’s continued war on gambling, which has most recently manifested itself in a moratorium on the construction of new casino resorts in the country.

President Duterte’s latest wave of rage against gambling was unleashed in the beginning of 2018 with the above-mentioned moratorium. The official ordered PAGCOR, the country’s gambling regulator, to stop issuing gaming licenses to interested parties in a bid to prevent the proliferation of gambling in the Philippines.

The moratorium was imposed in mid-January. In comments to local media, PAGCOR Chief Andrea Domingo said that the regulator had stopped accepting applications for the issuance of gaming licenses and that only applications submitted before January 13 would be considered. Several interested developers had managed to submit their applications before the above date. And two particular casino resort projects received provisional approval from the country’s regulator.

However, their approval turned into a widely publicized manifestation of President Duterte’s rage against gambling and vows that he would make sure to prevent the materialization of the two casino plans as well as of any other gambling project that might emerge in future.

Why did the two integrated resort schemes gained so much public attention and why did they spur President Duterte’s anger in the first place? Here is a little bit more about the most recent and most publicized events in the Philippines gambling industry.

The Two Failed Casino Resort Projects

News emerged last year that Macau gaming and hospitality company Galaxy Entertainment Group has partnered its Philippine counterpart Leisure & Resorts World Corporation to develop a $500-plus-million integrated resort on the Boracay Island. With its white-sand beaches and its tropical climate, the island is a popular hub for tourists from the Asia-Pacific region.

However, business and development activity on the island drew quite some ire from President Duterte in February. Following the publication of an environmental review of the popular tourism draw, the fiery leader announced that it would be shuttered for a cleanup as it had been turned into a “cesspool” by local businesses. Generally speaking, the environmental review found out that a number of businesses operating on Boracay had been discharging waste water directly into the sea for years. In addition, it turned out that a number of buildings on the island had been constructed without obtaining all the necessary permissions.

President Duterte vowed to make sure that all illegal operations would suffer extreme consequences and that plans for the new gambling operation would fail. The official has repeatedly pointed out over the course of the past several months that casino gambling beyond the existing businesses is something he would not support and that he would do whatever is necessary to prevent Boracay from becoming home to the Galaxy integrated resort.

Despite President Duterte’s comments, Galaxy and its local partner announced that they had managed to acquire a 23-hectare portion of land on Boracay before the island’s closure where the resort would be constructed. Representatives of the developers have pointed out that they believe the hotel and casino complex would be completed by 2021, despite the closure of the popular tourism hub and the Philippine President’s vows to block the scheme.

One more casino resort project has drawn the ire of the country’s top official in recent months. Hong Kong-based developer Landing International Development announced earlier this year a plan to build a $1.5-billion casino resort in the capital Manila.

The company broke ground on the mega-complex on August 7. However, President Duterte announced only a few hours later that the project would be nixed, once again reiterating his hatred for everything gambling. It is also important to note that the official sacked the whole board of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation on the day Landing broke ground on its resort.

Landing planned to build the resort on a portion of land that had previously been occupied by the Nayong Pilipino Cultural Park. The Nayong Pilipino Foundation agreed to lease the site to the Hong Kong-based company. President Duterte and his administration said that the lease contract, penned in March, was flawed and put the government at a significant disadvantage as the agreed rental payment was “unconscionable”. Earlier this month, the Philippine Department of Justice supported the top official’s claims and recommended the cancellation of the project.

The future of both the Galaxy and the Landing casino resort plans is quite uncertain at this point. President Duterte has vowed to prevent both projects as well as any other proposals of this kind and it seems that his stance on the matter is not likely to soften.

President Duterte Bans Casino Workers from Gambling

In a new rollout of casino-related regulations, it became known earlier this month that casino staff would be banned from gambling in the country’s casinos. In a notice dated September 6, the local gambling regulator, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), said that all employees at gambling establishments will be included in the country’s National Database of Restricted Persons. The computerized database contains the names of all individuals who are restricted from gambling at all local casinos licensed by PAGCOR.

The Philippines is apparently looking to avoid Macau’s mistakes where casino employees have long represented the largest portion of the local register of problem gamblers.

The country’s top official is clearly getting tough on land-based casinos and the scope of his crackdown is growing. It is yet to be seen what his next actions toward restricting the construction of new casino properties will be, but judging by his consistency, we will certainly see more of President Duterte and his anti-gambling rhetoric.

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Macau casinos are back on track after typhoon
Macau casinos are back on track after typhoon

After being forced to shut down their operations for almost three days, casino demand has “recovered quickly”, brokerage Nomura says.

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Poker Tournaments Starting September 24-30

Fall is officially upon us and a new batch of extremely exciting poker events is set to arrive in its wake. This week’s live tournament poker overview includes events across Europe, Asia, and North America. All four promise unparalleled thrill and massive monetary prizes and all four are great for challenging one’s level of poker mastery.

Here are four of the major tournaments set to begin over the next few days and information about what one might expect from them.

PokerStars Megastack Namur

The city of Namur in Belgium will be host to the next PokerStars-branded poker festival. The PokerStars Megastack is set to kick off today at Casino de Namur and to run through the end of the month. The tournament will feature multiple exciting opportunities for players to test their skills and challenge opponents who have mastered the game at different levels.

The festival will include four tournaments and several satellites to the Main Event. And action at the host casino will kick off namely with the PokerStars Megastack Main Event. The tournament will run from today all the way through September 30 and will feature six starting flights and two more days of action. It will be a €170 buy-in event and will start off with a guaranteed prize pool of €100,000.

Another thrilling tournament on the Megastack festival’s schedule will be the €550 High Roller. That one will run on September 29-30.

WPT DeepStacks Vietnam

The WPT DeepStacks is next heading to Vietnam for another exciting festival that will bring together some of Asia’s best grinders as well as guests from around the world. The festival will take place from September 26 to October 4 at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh and will feature a plethora of events, with those varying in buy-in fees.

One of Asia’s most thrilling destinations will welcome the WPT DeepStacks series with a 2-day Welcome WPT Vietnam VND7,700,000 tournament. As for the highlight tournament, the VND22,000,000 Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of VND8 billion it is scheduled to take place on September 28 through October 2.

The VND44,000,000 High Roller is another event worth being mentioned in our overview. The tournament will take place over three days – October 1-3 – and will feature two starting flights and one more day of play. It will allow a maximum of 2 re-entries per starting flight and will certainly offer tons of quality poker action.

Wynn Fall Classic

For those looking for thrill and excitement on the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Las Vegas is the right place. This year’s edition of the highly popular Wynn Fall Classic is kicking off September 26 and will take place all the way through October 15.

Its schedule includes 16 different tournaments, 15 of which will be No-Limit Hold’em ones. There will also be one Pot-Limit Omaha tournament within this classy festival for fans of that poker game.

The Wynn Fall Classic will start with the $550 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors tournament. The event will be a single-day one and will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. It is important to note that most of the events within the festival will be single-day ones. There will also be one two-day event, two three-day ones, and two four-day ones.

The Main Event will be one of the four-day tournaments. It will start on October 12 and will be completed on October 15. Interested players will be able to take part in it by paying a buy-in fee of $1,600. The tournament will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000 that will hopefully be crushed.

partypoker MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham

partypoker’s MILLIONS live tournament brand is next landing in Nottingham for more than a week of unequaled poker action. The Dusk Till Dawn festival will begin on September 29 and will end on October 7. As one can tell by the name, the Dusk Till Dawn casino, a popular poker meeting hub, in Nottingham will play host to this major event.

The festival is set to feature more than £7 million in guaranteed prize money. This speaks volumes about the quality of poker that players and spectators will be able to witness at the host venue.

The £1,100 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONS UK Open will put the beginning of action within the festival. The event will feature a guaranteed prize pool of £1 million. There will be five starting flights and three more days of play.

The £5,300 Main Event will be the next big tournament to kick off. It will take place on September 30-October 6. There will be at least £5 million up for grabs for those who run deep enough into this prestigious tournament.

The £550 MILLIONS UK Finale with five starting flights and the £10,300 High Roller are two other exciting events that should be mentioned. The former will take place October 4-7 and will feature a guaranteed prize pool of £500,000, while the latter will run from October 5 through October 7 and will feature a guaranteed prize pool of £1 million.

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