Monday, April 30, 2018

Palms workers vote to unionize 2 years after sale to Stations

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Palms workers vote to unionize 2 years after sale to Stations

Palms employees are on the verge of being unionized. The Culinary Union has been authorized to represent about 900 workers at the off-Strip property following a two-day union representation election completed Saturday.

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Janis Laganovskis to speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018

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Latvian gambling regulator’s representative, Janis Laganovskis will speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018. The inaugural Mare Balticum Gaming Summit is slowly becoming the main event of the gambling industry in the Baltics. The organizers are delighted to announce the 4 regulators will be present at the event to give briefings and official numbers about the Latvia, Estonia, Lithuanian and ...

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Ocean Resort Casino Owner Promises Difference-Making Experience upon Property’s Reopening

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Days after reports emerged that Ocean Resort Casino, formerly Revel, will open doors on June 28, the property’s owner, Bruce Deifik, revealed important details about their plans of how to prevent it from failure.

The former Revel launched in 2012 to much fanfare, but survived in the highly competitive East Coast casino landscape for just over two years. The property was shuttered in 2014 to become one of four Atlantic City Boardwalk casino properties to close doors that year.

Revel was purchased by Florida developer Glenn Straub in 2015. The businessman announced back then plans to reopen it as a casino resort but missed several self-imposed deadlines, while bickering with the owners of the power plant that serviced the property and with city officials and casino regulators over whether he needed a casino license or not.

Mr. Straub eventually accepted a $200-million offer from Mr. Deifik late last year after previously being approached by several other interested parties with similar bids. It became known earlier this year that the property will reopen doors as Ocean Resort Casino sometime this summer.

A Difference Maker

According to reports from local news outlets, the property might open on June 28, along with Hard Rock’s redesigned and rebranded Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, or the former Trump Taj Mahal. In his conversation with The Associated Press, Mr. Deifik did not confirm those reports. However, it became clear that the property is still targeting a summer 2018 opening, just as previously announced.

Mr. Deifik said that they have been paying close attention to what people have to say about Revel, both positive and negative and transfer that into their work on turning Ocean Resort Casino into an attractive destination. Listening to what people say and treating them with respect, Mr. Deifik believes, will be the difference-maker.

The property’s new owner will look to learn from mistakes and to broaden Ocean Resort Casino’s accessibility to different groups of visitors. For instance, there will no longer be a two-night stay requirement, a wall that previously blocked access to the casino floor from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk will be replaced by stairs that will welcome foot traffic, and there will be more facilities dedicated to children.

Customers of the former Revel have said that they felt unwelcome there and that higher-end visitors and guests were seemingly treated with more respect. Mr. Deifik said that customers and gamblers of all levels will be welcome to Ocean Resort Casino.

There were previous complaints that smoking patrons felt unwelcome at Revel as they were not able to smoke at the property. Mr. Deifik said that while he is not a smoker himself, he understands that group of customers deserves to be treated respectfully and that it will be welcome at Ocean Resort Casino, once it opens doors this summer.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Bring back The Typewriter

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My connection on the Internet broke down today -- again.

I am nowhere near an expert when it comes to repairing my personal computer. I leave that job to Jeff, one of my two roommates, who is the house expert and who can fix anything electronic.

Now I realize the Internet is a great boon to humanity. The people living in the Caribbean on the islands where I once worked -- St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Maarten -- think the Internet is a gift to mankind and they are correct.

The islanders use their computers to set up businesses, make friends, and earn money in a variety of ways. The Internet supplies them with the knowledge that mankind has been able to accumulate over the centuries between wars and rumors of wars.

But -- and this is a big but -- computers are not perfect.

In the early days of the Internet I remember how a bolt of lightning on a clear day could instantly wipe out all the words of a story I had been writing. It was not saved. That technology had not yet been worked out, so I would have to go back to the drawing board and do everything over.

It was a pain I had to learn to live with.

I use my computer for so many things. When I want to brush up on my strategy for poker, horse racing, or controlling my throws at a dice table, I do a simple search and the knowledge appears instantly on the screen. You can't beat that kind of service.

I write my stories for these websites on my computer. In the old days when I used my Remington typewriter, I would sometimes struggle for a lead and throw away sheet after sheet of paper until I came up with the proper words.

Early in my college days, I came across a magazine article that stated Ernest Hemingway, my hero, wrote his books standing up. He claimed it kept the oxygen flowing properly to his brain and helped him think. I tried that a few times but it tired me and I gave it up.

I loved using a typewriter to create my stories. There was a rhythm and flow of words on a typewriter that just don't exist on a computer.

Progress is wonderful, but it does have its limitations. Today I can take my PC with me wherever I go. I can instantly pull up whatever information I need for whatever subject that interests me.

The first typewriter I ever used belonged to a neighbor named Mary. I was 15 and my father had built our family a house on Sutersville Hill in Western Pennsylvania.

Mary was a sweet young woman who lived in the house next to ours. When she learned I was an aspiring author, she insisted I use her typewriter to compose my stories. I will never forget her generosity. I borrowed her typewriter and didn't return it until the summer ended and I returned to school where typewriters were available.

I used a typewriter to cover breaking news stories for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner for four glorious years. I covered murders, earthquakes, criminal trials, fires and plane crashes. It was heady stuff for a young journalist and my typewriter never let me down.

But when the Internet breaks down through overuse by the people of the world or for whatever reason, I find myself secretly wishing that the world would bring back the typewriter. It will never happen, of course. The typewriter belongs to the ages. But it's a nice thought.

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The Night Nevada Went Black

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You gotta say one thing for human nature: it wins every time.

Take prohibition. America's political leaders put their pointed heads together and decided to yield to the pressure of women across the country who wanted to stop their husbands, sons and uncles from drinking, so they passed legislation that prohibited alcohol from being sold.

That, of course, opened the floodgates for people like Al Capone and Dutch Schultz to load up their liquor trucks and warehouses with illegal booze and make a fortune in the process.

Prohibition didn't last very long. But during its heyday, there were murders, hijackings, bribery of law enforcement officers and prosecutors and enough corruption of public officials to keep the presses rolling and sell millions of newspapers.

Eventually and inevitably, human nature triumphed and the politicians retreated and gave the public what it wanted -- the right to purchase and drink alcohol.

Something similar to prohibition occurred in Nevada in 1910. By the end of the 19th century, political leaders in nearly every Western state or territory had passed laws prohibiting gambling. Only one state -- Nevada -- permitted gambling.

Nevadans have always prided themselves on being different. They resisted the pressures of the anti-gambling crowd as long as they could, but it finally caught up to them. In 1909 with great reluctance, the Nevada legislature joined the crowd and passed a law making it illegal to gamble in the Silver State.

The law stunned the citizens of Nevada. It went into effect on Oct. 1, 1910.

On Sept. 30, all the casinos and card rooms in Nevada were filled to capacity. Even people who had never gambled crowded into the dens of iniquity to see what a gambling establishment was all about. They drank, smoke, and bet their money on spinning wheels, cards, dice and green felt tables operated by smiling men with mustaches.

The games were so crowded you had to stand in line to make a wager. It was bedlam and the casino owners made more money on that final day of legal gambling than they would have made in a week of normal operations.

On Oct. 1, the lights went out in all the casinos. Nevada went black.

Well, sort of. The gambling went underground. There were people who knew where the illegal games were operating and word got around fast. All you had to do was ask and somebody would give you the correct information and directions on where to go.

The illegal games continued for the next two decades. Finally, tired of losing all those millions of tax dollars they would have collected, the state legislators passed laws that once again made it legal to gamble in Nevada. And it's been that way ever since.

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Janis Laganovskis to speak at upcoming Mare Balticum Gaming Summit

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After announcing the first lineup of speakers back in February, organizers of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit have announced that four regulators will be present during the event to provide briefings and official gaming numbers from the Danish, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuanian markets. Each market will have panel discussions on the schedule with Janis Laganovskis […]
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Sam Greenwood Takes Down EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

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Sam Greenwood Takes Down EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

Canadian poker pro Sam Greenwood was the first player to register into the 2018 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller event and, in the early hours of Sunday, he became the last man standing after besting a field of 30 of the world’s best high rollers.

Greenwood collected €1.52 million after a lengthy final day of play, which included an action-packed heads-up battle against Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang. The German received €1.046 million for his runner-up finish.

It was in fact Vogelsang who led the final six players into Day 3 of the Super High Roller tournament. He had a massive chip lead over the rest of his opponents, but it should be said that all six survivors were running quite deep at the start of the day.

The first elimination of the day occurred quite quickly. Isaac Haxton fell out in sixth place, after clashing against Vogelsang. The player collected €313,000 for his performance.

It then took hours before another player left the final table. The remaining survivors were all careful during those several hours, playing small pots and trying not to get themselves into trouble. Justin Bonomo, who was vying for his second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller title was the next to leave, good for €401,000.

Bonomo was followed by the other former EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller champion at the final table, Germany’s Ole Schemion. His share of the prize pool totaled €513,000. The elimination of recreational player and businessman Ali Reza Fatehi in third place marked the beginning of the heads-up match. Fatehi meanwhile scooped €669,920 from the tournament.

Greenwood vs. Vogelsang

An action-packed four-handed play which involved all four players taking the lead at some point was followed by an even more exciting heads-up duel. The match began with Greenwood holding 7.61 million in chips to Vogelsang’s 3.89 million.

However, the German spotted an opportunity to even and then take the lead which he played beautifully. At one point, Vogelsang was just a river card away from the title, but that river card went Greenwood’s way to save him from busting out in second place.

It was a lengthy heads-up battle which extended into the early hours of Sunday. It was half an hour past midnight when the job was finally done and the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller had its new champion.

On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Vogelsang’s [Ah][5h] clashed against Greenwood’s [Ks][Jc]. A [Js] on the flop and a [Jd] on the river sealed it for the Canadian player. Vogelsang received €1.046 million for his excellent performance and deep run.

Last night’s victory marked Greenwood’s largest live tournament win. It is also interesting to note that the Canadian player came into the EPT Monte Carlo festival fresh from two tournament wins earlier in April. The player first topped the field of the partypoker Millions Grand Final Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for €1 million in prize money and then won the WPT Amsterdam €6,000 High Roller for €125,785.

Including his latest in-the-money finish from last night, Greenwood’s live tournament winnings currently exceed $11 million.

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Wynn Resorts to rename Boston casino project

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Wynn Resorts to rename Boston casino project

In an effort to further distance itself from former Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas-based company that bears his name will reportedly rebrand its $2.5 billion under-construction property in Everett, Massachusetts as Encore Boston Harbor. The name is taken from Wynn Resorts Limited’s Encore-branded gaming facilities it owns in Las Vegas and Macau. […]
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

When it Rains it Pours

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The month of April is a great month for one of our LCB, 'Hero Members!'' She had to make several withdrawals this month to collect her winnings. So, there was no doubt that she was our April's first, 'Biggest Weekly Winner!"

Krystalkitty, aka, kathy.anderson had some of us doing a double take when she recently, posted screenshots on the forum. The first screenshot was a wonderful surprise to us and undoubtedly to kathy too! She was playing RTG's, Nova 7s and hit the bonus round. 

At the end of the bonus, the following statement appeared, 'FEATURE COMPLETE, you've won $3,317.75!" This was great, but it was just the beginning! Her next win was much smaller, $413.76, also on Nova 7 and soon after, our winner decided to cashout, leaving some playing cash behind.

The following day, we were surprised to see her post another screenshot. Along with the screenshot she said, "Withdrew a nice amount of money, and get some to play with and then got this:" A nice win from the bonus feature of 'Shark School' for $1,392.88!

The next screenshot our hot spinner posted, left us almost speechless. It was a single line winner, on a $5 spin! The win totaled $3,365.25 on Ronin! Now, you'd think this was time to count our blessings or count our winnings, but she continued to spin. When she hit the single line win on Ronin, she said, "Guess you just never know."

Believe it or not, our Hero Member continued to spin and several hours later, posted another screenshot. This one was from Ricky Valens, La Bamba. This was a $7.50 single spin with a reward of $2,250.00.

Kathy was not ready to call it quits and I guess she knew best. On April 1st, she posted her final screenshot from the RTG game, Fantasy Mission Force! The win was on one of the bonus features an ended in wins totaling, $1,207.75. After the screenshot, the winner posted, "Here is another great screenshot on the new game! I bet I got over 100 free spins. It's called the Kaboom feature. Like it a lot:)"

Wow, over 100 spins, sounds like a great game!

We asked Ms Anderson how much she cashed out and she replied " I never kiss and tell;The casino and I are the only ones who know what I withdraw:)"

This is the second time our member was playing at Grande Vegas Casino when she was winning, so we asked her if this was her favorite casino and she replied, "Is Grande Vegas my favorite? At this time I would have to say YES! RTG are for sure my fav Platform."

Even though we don't know exactly how much our big winner cashed out. We can say for sure that the amount was big! Did she pick all the right games? Were all the games, the right games to play that day? We may never know! In our member's case, there is only one thing that we can say for sure. When it rains it pours!

Congratulations girl, great job!

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Vogelsang Heads Final Table, Schemion and Bonomo Eye Second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Title

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Vogelsang Heads Final Table, Schemion and Bonomo Eye Second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Title

The EPT Monte Carlo is among the most exciting festivals on the poker calendar. This year the excitement is doubled as the festival is making its comeback under the EPT brand after a two-year hiatus.

And the highest buy-in event on what is currently officially running as the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT is under way at the host venue. The €100,000 Super High Roller has always drawn poker’s finest talent and this year makes no difference.

Day 2 of the major event was played on Friday. It started off with 24 players, including Orpen Kisacikoglu and Daniel Dvoress who re-bought into the tournament shortly before the beginning of the second day of play. This year’s EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller attracted a field of 46 entries, including 16 re-entries, to create a prize pool of €4,462,920. The top six places are paid, min-cash is worth €313,000. Aside from the very prestigious title of a Super High Roller victor, the winner will also receive a first-place prize of €1,520,000.

It was a rather short day at the host casino on Friday. Half of the 24 players who entered Day 2 of the Super High Roller were eliminated within the first four hours of action. Play lasted until the final six players were determined. Mikita Badziakouski, who bagged the largest stack into Day 2 and thrived for a big part of the day, eventually became the unfortunate bubble boy. He was knocked out in seventh place by German poker pro Christoph Vogelsang. The latter thus cemented his position as the overnight chip leader.

Aiming for Another Big Title

Vogelsang has recorded more than $15 million in live tournament earnings since October 2013, when he cashed for the first time in a live tournament event. Last year, the young German took down the highly competitive field of the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl for a first-place prize of $6 million. It is also important to note that back in 2014, he finished third in the $1,000,000 Big One for ONE DROP, leaving it to Dan Colman and Daniel Negreanu to square off for the title. Vogelsang collected $4,480,001 for his deep run in that event.

The player now has the chance to win big on European soil. Vogelsang ran quite well during Day 2 of the Super High Roller. The player emerged as the chip leader at some point in play to become the first to crack the 2 million mark. He then lost some of his momentum to regain it towards the end of the day and become the first and only player to crack the 3 million mark.

Vogelsang is thus leading the pack of six Super High Roller finalists into the final day of play with a stack of 3.02 million, well ahead of Sam Greenwood, who bagged the second largest stack last night (2.065 million) and Isaac Haxton (1.68 million), who rounded out the top three stacks.

Ali Reza Fatehi (1.84 million), Ole Schemion (1.49 million), and Justin Bonomo (1.405 million) are the other three players who are still in contention for the title and the first-place prize. It is important to note that Schemion and Bonomo are former EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller winners.

Schemion won his title in 2016 for €1,597,800, while Bonomo became a Super High Roller champion back in 2012 for €1,640,000.

Super High Roller Action is set to resume at the host venue today at noon local time. The remaining contenders will play down to a champion.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Betsoft Gaming launches Reels of Wealth slot

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Betsoft Gaming launches a brand new Reels of Wealth slot. The bew game is a multi-layered 5×3 slot game continuing Betsoft’s tradition of innovation. Reels of Wealth slot takes the proprietary ‘Trail System’ to the next level – providing a sense of progression as players hop into a hoard of different bonus features and begin collecting symbols. Designed to match ...

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Pragmatic Play Content Live at Mr Green

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What does it look like when two multi award-winning brands unite? You get something like this: Mr Green Casino, one of the most reputable online gambling places in the world, and casino game specialist, Pragmatic Play becoming one such unity having formed a supply partnership that will delight players worldwide.

Pragmatic Play's entire portfolio of games will gradually become available for play at the popular online casino. The cooperation begins with Wolf Gold, Diamond Strike, Gold Rush and Hot Safari titles, as well as some more key games live as we speak at the site.

The developer has a habit of releasing two new games per month, adding to the already impressive suite of more than 80 slot games on offer to all operators who have a supply deal with them. Their latest venture is into the realm of scratchcards – already announced to be released are seven new scratchcard games based on slots. Also to be introduced soon is the groundbreaking, mobile-first bingo.

Chief Commercial Officer for the casino game specialist, Melissa Summerfield, comments: “We are delighted to take our growing portfolio of casino games live with Mr Green, an operator that shares our passion for bringing players an online casino experience dedicated to quality and innovation. Every spin of the reels in a Pragmatic Play game offers fun, excitement and innovation, and we are certain our games will prove hugely popular with Mr Green’s customers.”

Mr Green's Head of Games, Benedict McDonagh, says: “We are always looking to expand our offering with exciting new video slots and we feel that Pragmatic Play’s portfolio fits the bill. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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“Pragmatic Play's Reach Expands Again With Mr Green”, pragmaticplay.com, April 25, 2018.

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Erik Seidel, John Juanda and Zachary Clark Sue Ali Fazeli in $1.3 Million Super Bowl & World Cup Ticket Scam

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Erik Seidel, John Juanda and Zachary Clark Sue Ali Fazeli in $1.3 Million Super Bowl & World Cup Ticket Scam
Last month, Aria High Roller regular Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli got indicted over a $6.2 million Super Bowl and World Cup ticket scam, which involved obtaining huge sums of money from investors meant to buy World Cup and Super Bowl tickets, but instead he used the cash to fund his lavish gambling and personal lifestyle. Sure there were a few notable victims mentioned before, including Republican donor Mel Sembler and his family who shelled out $5 million to Fazeli but in the end received nothing fro[...]
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Former Okada Manila exec Wolstenholme appointed COO at Hoi An project

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Veteran international gaming executive Steve Wolstenholme (pictured) has reportedly been appointed group chief operating officer (COO) for Hoi An South Development Ltd.’s US$4 billion Hoiana casino resort project. Located approximately 18.6 miles south of Da Nang, central Vietnam’s fastest growing tourist destination, Hoiana will feature premium amenities including luxury hotels, private villas, a condominium hotel, […]
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MGM creates ‘civilian version of a SWAT team’ following Las Vegas shooting

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MGM Resorts International has hired at least five former Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team members and several former military officers in recent months as it strengthens security at its properties following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Three Video Games with Loot Boxes Violate Belgian Gambling Law, Regulator Finds

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At least three video games featuring loot boxes have been breaching Belgian gambling laws, an investigation by the Belgian Gaming Commission has shown. The news about the regulator’s position on the widely publicized issue comes shortly after its Dutch counterpart released its own findings regarding the virtual items just days ago.

Loot boxes gained broad attention with the fall 2017 release of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game. The latest installment of the popular Star Wars: Battlefront series quickly became the subject of major controversy due to the fact that it included a loot box monetization scheme.

Generally speaking, loot boxes are special items can be purchased in-game. They contain further items that can be extremely helpful to a player within the game, but can also be of little value. Each loot box includes a random selection of items and its contents only become known to a player after its purchase is completed.

The Belgian Gaming Commission was among the gambling regulators to question the nature of loot boxes. The regulatory opened a probe into the matter, the results of which were made public earlier today.

The Gaming Commission investigated four video games – Star Wars Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. The regulator found out that loot boxes in three of the games – FIFA 18, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch – violated Belgium’s gambling law. The Commission said that developers of Star Wars Battlefront II have addressed the issue following the controversy the game was embroiled in and that its loot box system no longer violated Belgian gaming regulations.

Under the country’s gambling law, spending real money on an item that could influence a player’s performance in a game constitutes a game of chance if the contents of such an item are determined by chance.

Teenagers at Risk

The Commission expressed concerns that loot boxes in video games and their gambling nature are putting vulnerable players at great risk. Video games are often played by players under the allowed age for gambling but being exposed by products that resemble gambling risks normalizing the activity.

The gambling regulator said today that developers of games with paid loot boxes violate Belgium’s gambling law and can be fined or even sentenced to prison for such a violation. They thus must remove the controversial in-game items or can otherwise face fines of up to €800,000 and or prison time of up to five years.

In a similar move, the Netherlands Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit, announced last week the results from its own probe into loot boxes. The regulator investigated ten video games that featured loot boxes and were available to Dutch players.

Kansspelautoriteit found that four out of the ten games violated the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act as their loot box systems incorporated elements of games of chance into skill-based games. The provision of games of chance without the necessary authorization from the Dutch gambling regulator is strictly prohibited in the Netherlands.

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Legends of Poker - Stu Ungar, the Greatest No-Limit Hold�em Tournament Player of All Time

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While many people in the poker world consider Stu Ungar to be one of the greatest poker players ever, few can dispute he was definitely the greatest No-Limit Hold'em player in the history of poker. According to Wikipedia, Stuart Errol Ungar was a professional poker, blackjack and gin rummy player, widely regarded to have been the greatest Texas Hold'em and gin player of all time. He was virtually an unstoppable individual during his early days in the world of poker - he won 10 major $5,000 or h[...]
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A Bevy of Novelties at Cashmio Casino

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The hard-working people of Japan will soon embark on a much-deserved vacation – in their country, this is known as a Golden Week, which marks the beginning of the longest vacation period for workers in Japan. So, what does this have to with casinos or gambling, you might ask; the fact that Cashmio Casino is hosting Lisa's Golden Week Lotto, packed with all sorts of goodies!

This promotion coincides with the mass vacationing period in Japan, so people there can just sit back and relax playing these games that will award them with wager-free cash, Mega Dega Spins and extra spins! The promotion runs from April 27th to May 6th, with the main draw taking place on May 7th at 12:30. For every win on any of these slots – Aloha, Asgardian Stones, Drive, FruitSpin, Jack Hammer 2, Planet of the Apes, Reel Rush, Starburst and Steam Tower – players will get 1 lottery ticket. The minimum bet required is €0.40. The first prize is a $200 wager-free cash prize. The second-ranked player gets 100 MDS on Aloha, the third player gets 50 MDS on Aloha, while the fourth, fifth and places six to ten get 100, 50 and 20 free spins. Full T&Cs apply.

Also this week, there is the major introduction of 14 new games for casino's punters to enjoy. Some of the brand new titles to see the light of day there are NetEnt's Archangels: Salvation, Yggdrasil's Lucha Maniac's, Play'n GO's Legacy of Egypt, Betsoft's Reels of Wealth, Blueprint's Inspector Gadget, SGI's Celestial King etc.

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“Golden Week For Japanese Players”, Cashmio Casino Newsletter, April 20, 2018.

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China Black Friday - Chinese Government Bans all Online Poker Apps

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Beginning June 1, 2018, all apps that offer any type of poker will be banned in China. Playing and promoting poker on all forms of social media channels will be banned. Therefore, it is expected that the number of Chinese players at legal regional games will drop dramatically. The poker game has been nothing but popular in mainland China and other parts of Asia. Even if the Chinese weren't allowed to play with real money, that didn't stop them from playing as they were allowed to play with play[...]
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet to offer its games in Italy

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Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, a major operator to supply its extensive range of gaming content in Italy. As Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, the operator will also receive Yggdrasil’s range of complementary in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, and social sharing tool, BRAG™. Stanleybet is one of the leaders in retail betting and is now attracting its extensive customer base online, ...

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Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

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In Germany, Spielbanken Bayern’s Casino Bad Steben is now home to Europe’s very first Dealer Assist Blackjack electronic table game (ETG), which has been installed by Spirit Gaming, Interblock’s distribution partner in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Commenting on the acquisition, Director for Casino Bad Steben, Udo Braunersreuther, said, “This is exactly what we have been […]
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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

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The UK Government is set to reduce the maximum stake on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, The Times reports citing people familiar with the ongoing discussions. An announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The decision was to be made public at an earlier stage, but according to media reports from yesterday the delay was incurred by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who was said to have previously been opposed to such a massive cut in the maximum stake. Mr. Hammond reportedly contested the measure as it would result into a huge fall in tax revenue.

At present, FOBTs accept £100 maximum stakes every 20 seconds. Following a review into the gaming machines sector conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, it was announced last fall that the maximum bet would be cut to somewhere between £50 and £2. A reduction to £2 would cost the exchequer £450 million in annual tax contributions, it has been estimated.

Latest media reports indicate that Mr. Hammond may be close to settling what was believed to be an ongoing dispute with supporters of a bigger reduction of the betting limits, with the latter group being led by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. Sources told The Times that “[they] are nearly there”.

It is believed that Mr. Hancock and his team have managed to appease concerns voiced by Mr. Hammond about the impact the massive crackdown on FOBTs would have on tax revenue.

Alternative Revenue Sources

It is understood that levies will increase on other gambling services to offset losses incurred by the FOBTs crackdown. It is yet to be announced how exactly other forms of gambling will be taxed.

The announcement about the UK Government’s decision on the changes that will be introduced in the gambling machines sector is expected within the next several weeks. However, it will not be made before next week’s local elections due to purdah rules.

Following yesterday’s reports about Mr. Hammond’s opposition to a reduction of the maximum bet to £2, several influential MPs said that they would contest any decision that does not include a cut of the maximum stake to £2. Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles were among those to say that they “will not support half measures”. Both officials took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shares in William Hill tumbled 11% as news about the pending crackdown on one of its key sources of revenue emerged earlier today. GVC, which recently acquired Ladbrokes Coral – the operator of the largest number of FOBTs across the UK, saw its shares go down 4.8% earlier today.

The B2 gaming machines or FOBTs represent UK’s second largest gambling sector. They generated gross gambling yield of £1.8 billion in the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dylan Wilkerson Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

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Dylan Wilkerson Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

Former WSOP Circuit Main Event winner Dylan Wilkerson won a second such title last night at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The player emerged as the victor after a great heads-up show with runner-up finisher and poker veteran Erick Lindgren.

Wilkerson’s payday totaled $294,152. He also captured his second gold ring from the series. The player won his first gold piece last spring when he bested the field of the $1,675 Main Event at The Bicycle stop of the Circuit.

Wilkerson came into the final day of the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event as one of the 19 survivors from the previous day. The player was seventh in chips at the beginning of Day 3 play with 1.315 million.

By the time the unofficial final table was set, the eventual champion had climbed to second in the chip counts chart. Shortly after, Wilkerson took the chip lead to mostly stay atop during the remaining stages of the tournament.

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee was one of the last stops on the series’ 2017/2018 calendar. Its $1,675 Main Event drew a field of 1,060 entries who created a prize pool of $1.59 million. The top 108 places got paid, min-cash starting from $2,926. The event was played over four days.

Its final stage, the heads-up between Wilkerson and Lindgren lasted nearly three hours and saw the chip lead exchange hands on several occasions.

Lengthy Heads-Up

The two-handed match began with Wilkerson holding a 4:1 lead over his final opponent. He secured his advantage after eliminating two players within a single hand. Wilkerson busted Howard Setzer and Daniel Wagner in fourth and third to collect their chips and enter heads-up with a stack that should have given him some comfort.

However, the player did not have a good start to the duel and gradually lost grip to find himself at an 8:1 disadvantage to Lindgren.

Wilkerson managed to regain momentum and to begin to gradually rebuild his stack. He evened the counts to eventually take the lead and never look back. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Wilkerson shoved for 7.255 million pre-flop, putting himself and his fellow player at great risk. Lindgren called for his last remaining chips and tabled pocket Queens to Wilkerson’s pocket Kings. A blank board sealed it for Wilkerson and sent Lindgren to the rail for a second-place payout of $181,864.

In his post-victory interview, Wilkerson said that he felt relieved to have captured the title after the action-packed heads-up. Of him losing his good advantage at the beginning of heads-up, the player said that nothing went his way and he probably did not play that well, thus allowing his opponent to take advantage of the situation. Wilkerson was happy to have had the chance to come back and eventually win the tournament.

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

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As many as 29,319 Belgians self-excluded themselves from gambling (both online and at land-based venues) in 2017, according to a press release published earlier today on the official website of Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

The reported figure represents a 9% increase from 2016, when 26,782 opted for exclusion from various types of gambling services.

Another 158,413 were banned from gambling with a court ruling. Most of the court orders were issued to gamblers who had accumulated large debts as a result from their habits. Under Belgium’s gambling law, a court could ban residents from gambling, both online and at brick-and-mortar facilities, in certain cases.

It was also found that 409 gamblers were banned from participating in gambling activities after a request from a third party, including family members and/or partners. The requests are filed to and processed by the Belgian Gaming Commission.

According to today’s press release, the number of excluded and self-excluded people has grown significantly over the past five years. In 2013, 19,670 gamblers self-excluded themselves, while 82,580 were issued a court order and 89 were banned from gambling after a third-party request.

The names of all self-excluded players as well as of those banned from gambling as a result from a court ruling or a third-party request are added to a specially created system. Belgium’s Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) has been active since 2004. It contains information about all gambling customers that have self-excluded themselves or have been banned from gambling. All gambling customers have their names and dates of birth checked into EPIS upon opening an account with a gambling website or entering a brick-and-mortar gambling facility so that excluded persons are prevented from gambling.

Additional Responsible Gambling Measures

While Belgian lawmakers and gambling regulators consider the country’s gambling exclusion system a powerful protection tool, a new set of rules aimed at serving the same purpose and enhancing existing tools were introduced last fall.

Last October, Belgian politicians gave the nod to proposed curbs on the way gambling services are advertised in the country. The move came as part of the Belgian government’s efforts to limit the proliferation of gambling among vulnerable people.

The new measures prohibit gambling operators from advertising their products during live sports broadcasts. Gambling ads should also not appear on Belgian media before a 10 pm watershed, unless they are part of a non-live sports program. In this case such ads should not air 15 minutes before and after children-focused programs. The new rules also aimed to crack down on affiliate marketing, banning the use of third-party websites for the promotion of gambling products and services.

Legislators also crafted non-advertising limitations as part of the larger package of measures, including a €275 monthly cap on the maximum value of bonuses offered by online gambling operators to each of their customers. Under the new rules, players would not be able to deposit more than €500 per week to fuel their online gambling accounts.

It is still to be confirmed when the new regulations would take effect. But it is believed that they will come into force eight months after their publication in the Belgian Official Journal.

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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event

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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event for companies that are operating or looking to operate in the Baltics or Scandinavian region. The “Mare Balticum” title of the event is inspired by local event titles which gather the locals from the Baltic Sea region. This is also main focus of the event, gathering the local industry and ...

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wild Woman of The West

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On a summer day in 1852, a dust-covered stagecoach from San Francisco came to a screeching halt in Nevada City, CA. There was only one passenger aboard -- an attractive well-dressed young woman wearing a stylish hat.

Single women were a scarcity in the early days of the wild west. Her arrival drew curious and even lustful glances from the cowboys, gold prospectors, gamblers and even clergymen who were lucky enough to see the arrival of Eleanore Dumont.

She was dressed a little flamboyantly with jewelry and a low-cut gown. But it was evident to those who saw her that she was not a lady of the evening as prostitutes were called. And the men were also pleased that she was not a school teacher or social worker who frowned on whiskey and gambling, both of which were prominent in Nevada City.

Miss Dumont had a delightful French accent as well as an attractive downy fuzz on her upper lip. One of the men removed his hat and escorted her from the stagecoach. He followed her like an obedient puppy dog to a hotel a block away from where she registered herself.

The eligible males and a few who were not eligible took great interest in Eleanore Dumont. They noted she smoked cigarettes that she rolled herself and drank fine wine. She carried herself like a lady and appeared to be chaste. She did not go out of her way to attract men, but neither did she drive them away.

She was a gambler -- one of the best -- and she opened a game that quickly grew into one of the most respected poker games in town.

California was still reeling from the economic effects of the gold strike. There were many prospectors in Nevada City whose pockets were heavy with gold. In her attractive, almost virginal style, Dumont managed to relieve them of much of the weight of the heavy precious metal.

At first, the men who played in her game did it out of curiosity. But the curiosity grew into admiration. In order to play at her poker table, she insisted that the men wear jackets, refrain from profanity, and not engage in fisticuffs or other violence. She also ordered them to remove their hats. The popularity of her gambling enterprise literally exploded, forcing her to move to a larger facility.

She hired dealers and other assistants and became wealthy. After several years, the economic prosperity of Virginia City began slowing down and Dumont bid a sad adieu to the town. She moved to other places to run gambling games -- Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota. She was successful everywhere she traveled.

Then age caught up with her and she began to lose her beauty. By the time she was 40, she had put on pounds and the wispy downy hairs on her upper lip had turned into a mustache. She had switched her drinking from wine to whiskey. While she made some of her money gambling, she made even more of it by going to bed with her customers who had started calling her Madame Moustache.

She moved to Fort Benton, Montana and opened a gambling saloon and brothel in a two-story building. The place had no touch of elegance. It was rundown with a dozen small rooms on the second floor.

A steamboat man who had heard of Madame Moustache came to the place because he wanted to play against her. By then Dumont was considerably overweight and her moustache was quite pronounced. He told her he either wanted to lose his $200 to her or use it to win a considerable amount of money.

She smiled and they began playing. She cleaned him out.

As he rose to leave, she signaled to one of her employees and insisted the man have a special drink on the house. It was a glass of milk. He returned to his steamship with nothing but memories.

Elaine Dumont's life ended tragically. She moved to Bodie, CA., set up a gambling house, and in 1879 decided she had had enough of life..She wandered out of town and shot herself to death.

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Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe

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In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling café in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this week after reportedly receiving a similar rejection on March 6. The Chicago Tribune newspaper reports that earlier this week, 26-year-old Wilbur You, of You Holdings, made an appearance at a trustees meeting […]
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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

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As many as 182 players reached Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event after entering the tournament on Days 1A and B. They are set to return at the host casino at noon North Carolina time and to continue their battle for the first-place prize and the gold ring that goes along with it.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event attracted a field of 1,060 tournament entries who cracked the $1 million guarantee and generated a prize pool of $1.59 million. However, only the top 108 finishers will be treated to a portion of the money, which means that bursting the money bubble will be the first thing on today’s agenda.

The remaining survivors are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels today at the host venue. Their goal will be to hopefully reach the official nine-handed final table, but with 182 hopefuls left in contention that could be a difficult task.

The first flight of the tournament was played on Friday at Harrah’s Cherokee. It saw 407 players putting up the $1,675 buy-in fee to enter the event. Of them, only 67 bagged and tagged for the night. They were led by Andrew Mousmoules with 314,500 in chips.

Another 652 entries joined the field on Day 1B, which played Saturday at the host casino. However, only 115 survived throughout the day to secure a seat into Day 2. North Carolina native Jason Sandling ended Day 1B as the chip leader, transforming his 20,000 starting stack into a 340,000 one. The player will thus start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader across the tournament’s two starting flights.

Previous Triumphs

Sandling is vying for his third gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series and his second WSOP Circuit Main Event title. The player won his first Main Event at the same host venue four years ago. He topped a field of 665 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to scoop a first-place prize of $204,487 and his first-ever gold piece from the popular poker series.

A year later, Sandling won a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Horseshoe Baltimore for his second gold ring and a first-place payout of $14,505. He is now in a great position to make history at Harrah’s Cherokee, winning his second title from a Main Event and his largest WSOP Circuit cash.

As mentioned earlier, the top 108 finishers in the tournament will get paid. Payouts start from $2,926, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $294,152. Aside from the gold ring and the prize money, the winner will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship for a chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet.

Daniel Weinman is another player to be eying a second Main Event title. The player won that same event at Harrah’s Cherokee in 2015 for a gold ring and $280,260. Other notables still in contention include five-time gold ring winner Kurt Jewell, Josh Arieh, and Jonathan Hilton.

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Betsoft deal with OCG International targets German market

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Developer of innovative casino games for desktop and mobile, Betsoft Gaming, has agreed to a partnership deal with Maltese iGaming operator OCG International. Per the terms of the agreement, OCG International will now be able to offer Betsoft’s popular Slots3 games series, which includes the new Classic Slots collection, to its substantial brand portfolio. Betsoft […]
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Institutional Investors Rekindle Their Love For Bitcoin

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It's not off-base to talk about clouds and silver linings when discussing and contemplating Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. Since we're long into spring of 2018 already, it's safe to say that the phenomenal year that was 2017 will not be repeated this time. The tumble Bitcoin took in the first quarter was just too much, but now it seems as if there is something good coming out of its supposed demise.

Despite the fact that Bitcoin has dropped heavily – very heavily, as much as by 70% since its peak value of almost $20,000 in December 2017 – it has actually started to gain new momentum in terms of interest from institutional investors who are believing in Bitcoin again. For the first time in months, “serious money is entering the market” - those are the words of Jeffrey Van de Leemput, Cryptocampus analyst. “A couple days ago I helped set up a 200k BTC transaction for Chinese buyers…Soros, etc., are coming in, we will now see the start of the real bubble,” he added.

As the cryptocurrency is currently trading for $8300 per coin, these events are perfectly in line with what was already predicted by Smart Valor's chief executive officer, Olga Feldmeier, who said: “A strong break above the $8,000 USD area is having the potential to comprise the ignition for the next bull phase, for which a lot of investors were waiting for a long time and will be happy to support now.”

Ari Paul, chief investment officer of BlockTower Capital is not as surprised, as he already commented that this institutional investment is inevitable for cryptocurrencies. He commented, “Even if they never believe in it, as an asset class, they’re smart enough to recognize the alpha opportunity.”

Saxo Bank analyst Jacob Pouncey is of the opinion that legacy markets uncertainties are giving an edge to the rebirth of Bitcoin demand and other crypto assets that are in no correlation with mainstream financial markets, adding, “If there is a significant pullback in the equity markets, there will be an inflow of money into uncorrelated assets, or assets that lie outside the reach of the traditional financial system in which cryptocurrencies are a potential alternative. The inflow of institutional capital to the cryptocurrency market, due to the increase in regulation and investor protection, could lead cryptocurrencies to a positive quarter.”

Managing director and global head of equity products and alternative investments at CME Group, Tim McCourt confirms that trading volume is steadily increasing each month!

Could this be it, the moment all of Bitcoin enthusiasts were hoping for (and in likelihood praying for)? Do you believe this will once again put the cryptocurrency and Bitcoin wheels in turbo motion? Have your say in the comments below…

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“Institutional Demand for Bitcoin and Crypto Resurges”, Haig Samuel, bitcoin.com, April 19, 2018.

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Steve Wynn isn’t out of the woods with gaming regulators

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Just because Steve Wynn has stepped down from his leadership positions at Wynn Resorts Ltd., has sold all the shares he owned in the company and settled legal differences with his ex-wife, Elaine, don’t think for a minute that gaming regulators are through with him.

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet’s help

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy for the first time, starting with a launch on NetBet. GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet‘s help. iSoftBet is a market-leading online and mobile casino content provider. iSoftBet and GameArt have a longstanding partnership, with the developer’s games available through its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP). GAP boasts more than 1,500 slots from 35+ suppliers ...

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona Main Event won by Pascal LeFrancois for €1,700,000

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Imagine a battlefield of 1,175 talented poker players and being the last one standing to win the title and a prize worth €1.7 million...that's what Canadian Pascal LeFrancois did at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €10,300 Main Event! The event featured a humongous €10 million guarantee, and that number was easily surpassed when 1,175 players signed up, bringing the final prize pool to €11,397,500! The prize money €1,700,000 (around $2,108[...]
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