Friday, August 17, 2018

Who Won The Big 4 at the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

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Who Won The Big 4 at the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Another Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open festival was completed at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and that one was, too, utter success. And for another year, organizers included four special events in the festival’s schedule that comprised the Big 4 for some extra poker thrill.

This year, the four events drew a combined field of 2,099 tournament entries who generated a combined prize pool of $9,232,750. Who won what at the festival and who managed to score a back-to-back victory, Casino News Daily has prepared a quick overview of the four tournaments with important highlights from those.

$5,250 Championship Event

The $5,250 buy-in Championship was among the highlight tournaments within the festival and was probably the most broadly anticipated one. This year, it featured a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million, but that guarantee was smashed due to the high attendance. A prize pool of $4,432,900 was created eventually by the Championship’s 914-person field.

Brandon Eisen took down the major event to become the big champion. Aside from the accolades that a winner deserves, the player also collected a first-place prize of $771,444 for his efforts. Including his latest cash, which was actually his best career in-the-money finish, Eisen now boasts a live tournament bankroll of $1,514,312.

Last year’s edition of the tournament drew a field of 887 entries, who generated a prize pool of $4,301,950. Martin Kozlov was the last man standing at the end of the ordeal, collecting $754,083 for outlasting his fellow competitors.

$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

The two-day $1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em tournament took place over two days – August 13-14 – to lure 640 entries into the field. That resulted in the overall prize pool of $640,000 easily crushing the $500,000 guarantee.

Ireland’s Marc MacDonnell was the last man standing from that field, outlasting a number of seasoned poker pros and surviving a six-hour battle on the final day. The player scooped the lion’s share of the prize pool, which totaled $119,465. His was the tournament trophy, as well. MacDonnell added that latest monetary prize to his bankroll which now totals more than $1.9 million.

During last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, the $1,100 Big 4 event attracted 633 competitors who swelled the $500,000 guarantee to $633,000. It was Bryan Altman who emerged victorious for a first-place prize of $118,157.

$2,650 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

The $2,650 Big 4 turned out to be particularly exciting as the event’s 2017 champion was vying for a back-to-back title. The tournament drew 422 entries this year to bring the prize pool up to $1,023,350. It took place over August 12-14.

Alex Foxen, who won the event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood about this time last year, managed to take down its 2018 edition as well, but not without putting quite some effort into accomplishing that. The player took down the tournament after a strenuous final day of action that involved 12 hours of play, including a fierce heads-up battle. Foxen was eventually awarded $208,452 for his back-to-back win.

The event drew 395 entries last year who fought for a share of a $1-million guaranteed prize pool.

$25,500 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Last but not least, the $25,500 buy-in high roller tournament drew quite some interest and the field count eventually showed 123 entrants who smashed the $2-million guarantee generating an overall prize pool of $3,136,500.

It was popular poker pro Jake Schindler who remained the last man standing. The player outlasted a hefty and seasoned field that included the likes of Shaun Deeb, Tom Marchese, and Barry Hutter among those who made it to the final table. Schindler took home $800,758 for another major poker accomplishment.

The tournament lured 117 entries last year who created a prize pool of $2.925 million. John Andress claimed the title for a monetary prize of $801,450.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Jeremy Kleiman on U.S. Gambling Market Opportunities at CEEGC 2018 in a special IMGL MasterClass

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Jeremy Kleiman on U.S. Gambling Market Opportunities at CEEGC 2018 in a special IMGL MasterClass

U.S. Gambling Market Opportunities debated at CEEGC 2018 in a special IMGL MasterClass with Jeremy Kleiman (Partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC). Budapest – 16 August 2018 – The industry portals are full of news about the gambling industry in the U.S. and this flood of data started when the Supreme Court paved the way for ...

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Wazdan agrees online slots supply deal with Rabbit Ent

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Wazdan agrees online slots supply deal with Rabbit Ent

Leading iGaming software provider, Wazdan, has partnered with Maltese operator, Rabbit Entertainment to integrate its award-winning titles into Lapalingo.com, the operator’s online casino platform. According to the official press release… A provider of white label solutions, Rabbit Entertainment is able to offer various online casino games such as table games, slots, video poker, keno and live […]
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Jeju Shinhwa World Casino Thrives Despite Chinese Boycott

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Jeju Shinhwa World Casino Thrives Despite Chinese Boycott

The Jeju Shinhwa World integrated resort located on South Korea’s Jeju Island has raked in KRW369.4 billion (approximately $327.7 million) in revenue since its grand opening in February, local news outlets report. The property features one of the island’s nine casinos as well as a number of non-gambling options.

The reported figure places Jeju Shinhwa World well ahead of its local rivals. According to official data, Jeju Island’s other eight casinos generated the total amount of KRW136.5 billion during the same reviewed period. In addition, the Jeju Shinhwa World resort took in around five times more than South Korea’s biggest casino, Paradise City located in Incheon.

The Jeju Island-based resort was developed and is operated by Hong Kong-based real estate developer Landing International Development. The company commenced construction on what turned out to be a KRW2-trillion mega-scheme in 2014 and began opening the property in phases from April 2017. Aside from a gaming floor, the resort also features a hotel, a convention center, retail space, theme and water parks, a concert hall, and multiple food and beverage facilities.

Jeju Shinhwa World welcomed some 350,000 international visitors since it launched and around 115,000 played at its casinos, the resort has revealed.

Jeju Shinhwa World Shines amid Rivals’ Struggles

The Jeju Island has long been a popular hub for Chinese tourists. However, the island was among the places around South Korea to be hit the hardest last year by the economic cost of China’s unofficial but wide-ranging boycott of South Korean goods.

Among other things, Beijing banned group tours to Korea which saw the number of Mainland China visits to Jeju fall steeply. As a result, the island’s casinos, which relied heavily on Chinese VIP customers, experienced sharp declines in their gaming revenues.

Jeju Shinhwa World, on the other hand, appeared to have adopted a different model that eventually helped it mitigate the consequences of China’s ire. Instead of relying solely on Chinese customers, the resort stepped up its efforts to attract visitors from other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Serena Eng, Vice President of Marketing at the casino, said that they assembled teams that had to draw and cater to VIP guests from Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan and hired more staff that spoke Cantonese and Taiwanese Mandarin instead of relying solely on Beijing-style Mandarin-speaking staff members. That helped Jeju Shinhwa World reduce the proportion of its guests from China to just 50%, compared to up to 90% at other resorts across the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, the resort’s casino paid special attention to VIP marketing as it derived 80% of its revenue namely from high roller players. The gaming floor at Jeju Shinhwa World currently features 165 gaming tables and half of these are dedicated to VIP players. In comparison, other resorts across the Jeju Island use just about 15% of their tables for high roller gaming action.

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Poker Player wins $95,000 in UK Tournament, Lost it all Back to Government

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Poker Player wins $95,000 in UK Tournament, Lost it all Back to Government
In March, a 26-year-old poker player from England won the 2018 Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour Manchester Main Event for £68,930 (around $95,000). However, something he did in the past will take all of his winnings, leaving his pockets completely empty. Adam Lulat managed to defeat a player field of 241 in the £1,000 + £110 Main Event at the 2018 GUKPT Manchester, scheduled from March 1 to 4 at the Grosvenor Casino. He went into the final table as the chip leader and cont[...]
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Main Event won by Anatoly Filatov for $886,200

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partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Main Event won by Anatoly Filatov for $886,200
partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov emerged victorious in this year's partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event held in Russia after he defeated fellow player Gor Kazaryan in a heads-up battle for the massive first place prize worth $886,200. Only a few weeks ago, Sochi, the Russian town located on the coast of the Black Sea, played host to the FIFA World Cup. This time, it was poker's turn to shine after the soccer craze thanks to the very successful tournament series called partypoker LIVE MILL[...]
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Mr Green and Company AB applies for Swedish iGaming licenses

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Mr Green and Company AB applies for Swedish iGaming licenses

Online casino operator Mr Green and Company AB has announced that it is soon hoping to be able to offer its services to even more players after joining the likes of competitors Kindred Group and Betsson AB in applying for Swedish iGaming licenses. Subsidiaries submit applications: According to an official press release published by boutique […]
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