Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mike Takayama Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

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Mike Takayama Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

Mike Takayama became the Philippines’ first WSOP gold bracelet winner after outlasting the massive field of this year’s $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty. Aside from the gold piece, which Takayama said he had always dreamt about, the player also collected $198,568 in prize money.

The $1,000 buy-in event was played on Friday at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. There were over 1,400 players to have registered when cards were thrown in the air and by the time registration closed, the field counted 2,065 persons to improve from last year’s 1,867-strong field.

A prize pool of $1,858,500 was generated and the top 310 runners left with a share of it. It is also important to note that being a bounty, the tournament awarded $300 to players for each fellow competitor they eliminated over the course of action.

The turbo format provided for quick action and great poker thrill. It took just a few hours for the 2,000-plus-person field to be reduced to the final nine who comprised the official final table. The final table itself was not a long ordeal. And it looked as if Takayama was very comfortable playing that final stage of the event.

Final Table and Heads-Up

Of all nine players left at the table, there were just two who had previously won gold bracelets from the series, with Jack Duong and Steve Jelinek being those two. Duong was eventually eliminated in eighth place, while Jelinek busted in fourth.

As for Takayama, the eventual winner was a fierce contender, playing aggressively and putting quite some pressure on his fellow final tablists. It really looked as if the player went all in more frequently than folding hands.

On two of these occasions, odds were all against him until the very last moment possible. Yet, despite all the dangerous situations Takayama put himself into, the player was the last man standing after the final hand of the day was dealt and after surviving his last all in confrontation against his Italian heads-up opponent, Lorenc Puka.

The final table lasted 49 hands, while Takayama took just ten hands to finish off Puka in their two-handed duel, despite the latter’s efforts. Puka manged to double through the eventual champion early in the match. However, he was offered no more chances to reduce the huge gap between him and his opponent.

Hand #49 of the final table turned out to be the tournament’s final one dealt, Takayama challenged Puka by moving all in and the Italian called. Takayama tabled [Kd][Jc] to Puka’s [Ad][4d]. The board ran out [5h][4h][Kh][10c][Jd] to deny the Italian player his first-ever title from the series. Puka collected $122,627 for his efforts that brought him that deep into the tournament. As for Takayama, he was ready to pose for a victory picture, celebrating his triumph and his homeland’s first WSOP gold bracelet.

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SkillOnNet partners FortunaGaming on launch of new online casino

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A new agreement between iGaming software provider, SkillOnNet, and UK-based operator FortunaGaming will see the launch of a new white-label online casino. Malta-licensed Cozino.com, features upwards of 1,200 titles from various suppliers of video slots including NetEnt, Microgaming and Yggdrasill Gaming and will reportedly operate on the software provider’s platform, joining DrueckGlueck.com and PlayOJO.com brands. […]
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Gaming Innovation Group gets New Jersey approval

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Gaming Innovation Group gets New Jersey approval

GiG – Gaming Innovation Group gets New Jersey approval and is pleased to announce that it has been authorised by The State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to provide a real-money online casino platform solution to operators in the state. GiG has, as part of the standard licence application process by the DGE, received what is called ...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Dobrobet Casino Caught with Pants Down, Does the Right Thing

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Rogue report detailing pirated software discovered at Dobrobet Casino, a recent arrival on the iGaming scene in Eastern Europe, published yesterday, hasn't even settled yet and we already have an update for you! The kind we think you'll be glad to hear. Earlier today we were contacted by the brand and notified they have actually removed all pirated games from the website, and are now offering only licensed products. Needless to say, this is great news, but does it mean they are off the hook?

Let's be fair - you have to give it to them for acting so quickly. This was probably the fastest we've seen a rogue outlet make amends, and they didn't even complain or try to justify their wrongdoing. That doesn't mean we should simply erase the past and forget all about the fake slots that would still be there if he hadn't kicked up a fuss about it! As our CEO Zuga likes to say: we don't know what's worse, offering pirated games on purpose, or out of ignorance. And really, there is simply no excuse for taking people and their hard-earned income so lightly. Gambling, and especially its online variant, is a serious hobby that takes time, effort and most of all - money. Why betray the trust of your customers and put your business at risk by acting so recklessly?

Nevertheless, if they get listed on our site, there will be no warning attached to their name, meaning the operator will not be placed on the Rogue list. We do not recommend them to players, however, and wish for you to be aware of Dobrobet's past deeds when considering this casino as your gaming hub. For this reason, a popup box will appear when clicking on the Play button in the review, redirecting to other reputable venues we recommend instead.

As a reminder, LCB caught Dobrobet, registered in Bulgaria and licensed through Curacao, offering counterfeits of popular NetEnt and Playtech video slots. You can read all about the incident in our Warning report, but to summarize - we exposed this fact to the general public, along with several other issues such as deficient terms and conditions, and a somewhat questionable registration policy.

Let's hope the brand will live up to their name ('dobro' means good) in the future. They have a long way to go before we can say they are safe to register with and play for real cash.

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Gaming win in Nevada tops $1B in May

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Gaming win in Nevada tops $1B in May

Nevada’s gaming win returned to its billion-dollar ways in May, posting a monthly total of $1.04 billion, a 5.3 percent increase over last year, the state reported Friday.

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Chinese Police Nab Another Illegal Gambling Ring

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Chinese Police Nab Another Illegal Gambling Ring

Chinese police busted an illegal online gambling ring in the city of Shenzhen, local news outlets report citing information provided by local authorities earlier today.

The Nanshan District police carried out on June 21 a raid that concluded with the arrest of seven individuals suspected to have conducted illegal sports betting services on the territory of China as the World Cup is in full swing in Russia.

Police seized computers and mobile phones believed to have been used by the illegal gambling ring to operate betting services. Local media reported that further probes will be carried out in relation to the latest detention of people suspected to be providing online betting services in a manner that breaches local regulations. It is believed that bettors serviced by the ring had managed to stake around CNY100 million (approximately $15.1 million) on World Cup matches.

This was not the first time raids were carried out in Shenzhen City in relation to the ongoing major sports event since it began on June 14 and even prior to that, as local police are stepping up efforts to prevent the illegal provision of gambling services across the nation.

Series of Raids

Earlier this month, a joint operation of Hong Kong and Mainland China police saw multiple raids taking place in a number of cities across China, including Shenzhen, to uncover illegal sports betting operations ahead of this year’s edition of the World Cup.

More than 20 locations were raided and 45 individuals aged between 24 and 62 were detained as they were suspected of offering illegal betting and gaming services. Police confiscated betting records for football and horse racing with a total value of HK$32 million (approximately $4.1 million).

To prevent illegal gambling operations from taking place during the World Cup, Hong Kong police and other law enforcement agencies announced earlier this year that bars and games centers across the city would be raided constantly during the major sports event and that there would be enhanced inspection across various control points. Most of the city’s anti-gambling operations kicked off about two months ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Unlike other major markets across Asia, including Thailand and Malaysia, where online sports betting is illegal, Hong Kong has a framework regulating activities of this type. However, regulated betting entities in the special administrative region have long been complaining that their unlicensed rivals have been stealing customers creating a behemoth unsupervised market.

According to recent information provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the amount of $68 billion could be staked illegally in the city during the World Cup. This is expected to cost Hong Kong more than $1.7 billion in betting revenue this year. The Jockey Club is among the entities to receive revenue contributions from licensed betting activities conducted on the city’s territory.

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Macau police arrest 113 suspected of gaming-related usury

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Macau police arrest 113 suspected of gaming-related usury

At a Thursday briefing, Macau’s Judiciary Police announced that earlier in the week, 113 people had been arrested for allegedly being involved in a long-running loan sharking operation that reportedly targeted customers of the former Portuguese colony’s casinos. GGRAsia reports that according to Macau police, the operation involved the unlawful loaning of an estimated minimum […]
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nolimit released Coins of Fortune slot game

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Nolimit City, the online platform and software provider, has developed yet another exciting game to add to their ever growing portfolio: Coins of Fortune slot game. The company are back to prove they are committed towards delivering premium slot games with international appeal. Coins of Fortune slot game borrows from a Neon-futuristic Asian theme, taking you to the high paced, ...

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GambleAware and Saatchi Creating Safe Gambling Campaign

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London-based charity organization that works on preventing gambling-related harm issues, GambleAware, has teamed up with M&C Saatchi agency. The two companies will work in tandem to develop and conceive a brand new safe gambling advertising campaign.

The UK government has green-lighted the initiative proposed by gambling industry groups and broadcasters for a major campaign concerning responsible gambling, with a budget of £5-7 million already approved. The extensive campaign should be running for two years.

GambleAware was asked to lead the campaign, based on their public health experience, the quality of their pitch that has impressed the members of the jury, as well as their thorough analysis and team's expertise. The board for overseeing this project was already appointed – it consists of representatives from Public Health England organization, as well as the Welsh Government's public health community and academic experts.

They will be supported by the creative genius of M&C Saatchi and they will deliver the public relations campaign. Saatchi, on the other hand, will have the logistic support by Atlas Partners. GambleAware will retain their partnership with 18 Feet and Rising agency for all of their other ongoing and future campaigns.

Interim Deputy Chair of Public Health England, Trustee and Chair of the Safer Gambling Campaign Board commented: “GambleAware is committed to reducing harms associated with gambling and to taking a public health approach. Advertising is an important part of raising awareness and we hope the campaign will play its role, in collaboration with other sectors of society.”

M&C Saatchi CEO, Giles Hedger, said: “We are delighted to be playing our part in the creation of a more mindful gambling culture in the UK. This is a new and important chapter in the ongoing balancing of market freedoms and public health.”

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“GambleAware appoints M&C Saatchi to develop safer gambling advertising campaign”, gambleaware.org, June 22, 2018.

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Italy’s new ban on gambling advertising and sponsorship to begin in January

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Yesterday, Italy’s new coalition government finalized a draft of their Dignity Decree, a move that will see online gambling advertising and sponsorship’s banned. The ban would take effect on January 1st, 2019 and would apply to any form of advertising that relates to games or wagering with money. The advertising ban will cover any means […]
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Tribe-to-tribe venture to see Sauk Suiattle Tribe casino open in Sept.

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The nearly 300-member Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe will open its long-awaited casino this summer in Darrington, Washington, about 80 miles northwest of Seattle. A September 1, 2018 grand opening is scheduled for the Last Chance Casino and Bingo at 5318 Chief Brown Lane that will offer about 200 slot machines, a café and a small […]
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Facebook Is Easing Ban On Crypto Ads

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Months after introducing severe bans due to constant spamming and misleading Bitcoin ads, Facebook has decided to ease the restriction and accept some crypto ads – provided that the onboarding request has successfully specifed all kinds of services companies want to advertise. However, initial coin offerings or ICOs, as well as binary advertisements will have to wait for some better days. The prohibition on these crowdfundings using cryptocurrencies remains in effect on other major sites for social media as well, such as Twitter, Google Plus or Snapchat.

The social media giant issued an immediate ban on crypto-ads in February, due to an increased number of fake financial products and services, which started to damage not only the platform itself, but true values of BTC too. Instead of educating the world’s largest database of active users, which counts up to 2 billion people, the network has become a haven for swindlers and all sorts of crypto frauds who want to earn a fast buck by deceiving enthusiasts to invest, said Rob Leathern, product management director at the time.

Thanks to an entirely new approach to advertising cryptocurrencies, the request sheet can determine whether companies have relevant offers and licenses, including a proof of trading on at least one stock exchange. Leathern also added that not everyone who wants to advertise will be able to do so. Similarly, the company will monitor how well the adjustment works, so that additional improvements can be timely imported.

Facebook has also announced that its advertising policy could see further tweaks in the future, allowing both blockchain projects and crypto investors to get in front of new potential customers and markets. On the other side, the ban on crypto ads at Google and Twitter still remains active, due to the fact that it was only recently introduced – at the beginning of June 2018.

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“Facebook Relaxes Ban, Accepts Some Crypto Ads”, Shen Muyao, coindesk.com, June 26, 2018.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kentucky lawmakers to consider sportsbetting legislation in September

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A proposed legislation has reportedly been filed in Kentucky that could see the southern state introduce legalized sportsbetting at horse racing venues and off-track betting facilities as early as next summer. According to reports from Casino.org and LegalSportsReport.com, the measure is known as BR29 and was introduced by Democratic Kentucky State Senator, Julian Carroll (pictured), […]
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Greentube slots available at Unibet in Romania

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Greentube extends its deal with Kindred Group and the acclaimed Greentube slots became available at Kindred Group’s online casino brand Unibet in Romania Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has went live with a portfolio of Greentube slots on www.unibet.ro. A diverse selection of market-leading games, all seamlessly integrated via the Greentube NRGS platform, is now available for Unibet players in ...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Blockchain conference for fintech leaders: Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta

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Second large-scale Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference will kick off in Malta. On October 23, St. Julian’s will host Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta – a large-scale event dedicated to blockchain, topical trends in the cryptocurrency market, and ICO projects. A single platform will gather the international crypto community, top blockchain developers, and business representatives. Why Malta The government of Malta ...

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Slotegrator Limited to exhibit at upcoming iGB Live

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Slotegrator Limited to exhibit at upcoming iGB Live

Cypriot online casino software developer, Slotegrator Limited, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the inaugural iGB Live extravaganza in Amsterdam next month in order to introduce its team and impart ‘many positive emotions.’ The Limassol-based developer premiered its Moneygrator unified iGaming payments solution a little over two months ago while last week saw it […]
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Brandon Shack-Harris Leads 6 Into 2018 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship Finale

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Brandon Shack-Harris Leads 6 Into 2018 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship Finale

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship or Event #49 on the schedule of this year’s WSOP is just a day away from crowning a victor and there are six players left in contention for the title, the gold bracelet, and the first-place prize of $1,018,336.

The event was originally scheduled as a three-day one, but with six players still playing the final table, organizers extended action into an additional fourth day. The final six are set to return today at the host venue, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, to play down to a champ.

There are five former gold bracelet winners still in the mix for the prestigious title. The six hopefuls will be led by one such former gold bracelet winner. Brandon Shack-Harris, who had previously captured two gold pieces, one of which from the same event back in 2016, bagged and tagged 7.73 million in chips last night to find himself atop the Day 3 end-of-the-day chip counts chart.

Shack-Harris already has 30 WSOP in-the-money finishes under his name. The player has collected more than $2.8 million in those. Being one of the final six in the Pot-Limit Omaha Championship means that he would cash no less than $157,097 from the tournament.

Winning the largest pot of the event so far really helped Shack-Harris rocket himself to the top. The player won a hand against Canada’s Mike Leah that secured him with a massive double in the final level played on Day 3.

The Final Pack

As mentioned above, Shack-Harris is not the only former gold bracelet winner that is vying for the Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship as there are four more such players still in contention. And six-handed play will be rounded out today by a WSOP Main Event finalist.

Two-time gold bracelet winner Ryan Hughes collected the second largest stack last night. The player will thus enter the final day of action with 5.14 million.

Loren Klein, yet another two-time gold bracelet winner, ranked third in chips last night with a stack of 4.24 million. Rep Porter will be seeking to win his fourth gold piece from the WSOP later today. The player will enter the final stage of the tournament with a stack of 2.68 million.

Jerry Wong, who finished 8th in the 2016 WSOP World Championship for over $1.1 million, will be aiming for his first gold bracelet with a start-of-the-day stack of 2.15 million. The final table will be rounded out by one-time gold bracelet winner Scott Bohlman with 1.855 million.

Final day action is set to resume today at 2 pm Las Vegas time at the host casino. The six finalists will play down to a champion.

Overall, the Omaha championship event attracted 476 entries who generated a prize pool of $4,474,400. The top 72 places pay, with min-cashes starting from $14,969. As mentioned above, each of the six finalists is guaranteed a minimum payout of $157,097.

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The Bonus You Need: Grab and Win in the Shop

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It's time for the June bundle of joy to unravel its mysteries in the one and only LCB Shop! Ok, we don't really have monthly bundles - any decent casino is welcome to join, and June is as good a time as any. New freebies, items and bonus gifts can land in our loyalty store any day, so you should definitely be on the lookout for these hot articles. The latest brand to make it into the Shop is CampeonBet with a very attractive, exclusive offer you simply can't afford to miss.

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2018 WSOP: Shaun Deep Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in $25,000 POT-LIMIT OMAHA 8-HANDED HIGH ROLLER

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2018 WSOP: Shaun Deep Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in $25,000 POT-LIMIT OMAHA 8-HANDED HIGH ROLLER
USA's Shaun Deeb, 32, bested a star-packed field in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller to claim yet another WSOP bracelet and $1.4 million in prize money! It was the Las Vegas-based online and live poker pro's third WSOP bracelet after winning his first two in 2016 and 2017. Not to forget, the $1,402,683 winner's check is the largest of his career! "It's crazy to get here," Deeb said. "A couple of years ago, I made two PLO final tables but got seventh and eight. I really fe[...]
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Yggdrasil Gaming launched Tut’s Twister slot

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Popular software provider, Yggdrasil Gaming released its newest game: Tut’s Twister slot. The new slot takes players on an exciting journey, during which the fabled King Tut has woken up in his tomb, wreaking havoc across the reels in the form of a swirling sandstorm. Players are transported to the ancient Egyptian setting by the mix of exciting animations and ...

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Kenyan lawmakers support updated gaming legislation

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In Kenya, a parliamentary committee has reportedly approved legislation that would institute a 10% tax on winnings from lottery and sports wagers while conversely cutting operator revenue duties by over half to 15%. According to a Sunday report from the Business Daily Africa newspaper, the Finance and National Planning Committee endorsed the changes contained in […]
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Australian Betting Giants Sportsbet and CrownBet Clash over Trademarks

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Australian Betting Giants Sportsbet and CrownBet Clash over Trademarks

Paddy Power’s Australian betting business Sportsbet is suing its rival bookmaker CrownBet over the latter’s plan to trademark the Sportingbet name, arguing that the move would harm its own business as the two brands sound very similar, Australian legal news outlet Lawyerly reports.

CrownBet was selected in March as the preferred bidder for William Hill’s Australian business in a deal valued at A$300 million. It is also important to note that CrownBet and Sportsbet were actually the two finalists in the highly competitive bidding process for William Hill Australia.

The British bookmaker made its foray into the Australian sports betting market in 2013 when it purchased the local operations of the Sportingbet brand as well as the Centrebet and Tom Waterhouse brands in a £460-million deal. The company later on brought all three under the William Hill Australia brand. Despite its global recognition, William Hill never managed to gain footing in the highly competitive Australian space and announced early in 2018 that it was looking to sell its local business.

CrownBet’s CEO Matt Tripp and his family had once owned the Sportingbet brand. In a recent interview the gambling executive said that his father was particularly happy about having the brand back in the family.

Reports emerged last month that CrownBet was considering to rebrand as Sportingbet following the William Hill Australia acquisition. It was understood that the operator filed a trademark application last month. It also submitted an application with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to reserve the Sportingbet Pty Ltd name earlier in June.

CrownBet’s Rebranding Could Harm Sportsbet’s Business

In a June 21 statement of claims, Sportsbet said that Crownbet’s rebranding could violate its own trademark as the Sportsbet and Sporting brands sound very similar. The operator went on that the move was a “flagrant disregard” of its rights as the Sportsbet trademark owner.

It was also understood that Sportsbet, through its legal representatives, has sent a letter to CrownBet, urging the latter to withdraw its trademark application. CrownBet, in return, denied the request, pointing out that it intended to operate under the Sportingbet brand.

Sportsbet is concerned that the Sportingbet mark would mislead customers as many might think it is related to the Paddy Power-owned Australian operator. The company also believes that CrownBet is violating the Australian Consumer Law with its application to use a trademark so similar to the Sportsbet one.

A case management hearing is set to take place on July 25 before Justice Barry Beach, Lawyerly reports.

News about CrownBet being sued by its rival came as the company is in the middle of another acquisition deal, although it is the entity that is being purchased in this one. Canadian gambling giant The Stars Group announced in March that it would acquire 80% in the Australian operator thus securing its entry into Australia’s highly lucrative sports betting market.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pariplay Wins Mobile Gaming Software 2018 EGR B2B Award

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Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving online and land-based casinos, iLotteries and iGaming brands, has won the prestigious Mobile Gaming Software Award at the 2018 EGR B2B Awards, held in London on 20th June 2018. The Mobile Gaming Software 2018 award recognises the company’s major contribution to evolving the mobile gaming space with its innovative interactive gaming system eyeON® ...

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Laughlin water service restored, but boil order still in effect

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Laughlin water service was restored Sunday morning, but a boil water order issued Saturday remains in effect. Businesses and residents are required to boil water or use bottled water for drinking and cooking until water quality analyses are completed.

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Grand Hyatt at City of Dreams Macau appoints new GM

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In a recent statement to the press, the Grand Hyatt Macau hotel situated in the City of Dreams Macau announced that Timothy Bruce (pictured) has been appointed its new general manager. According to the hotel at the casino resort, the placement is effective immediately. GGRAsia reports that the hotel, located in the heart of the […]
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Betfred Founder Gets £10.2 Million Dividend as Company Faces Shop Closures and Lay-Offs

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Betfred Founder Gets £10.2 Million Dividend as Company Faces Shop Closures and Lay-Offs

Betfred founder Fred Done received a £10.2 million dividend, as the company is gearing up for massive lay-offs and betting shop closures following the UK government’s recent announcement that it intends to crack down on the nation’s gambling machines sector.

Betfred reported a pre-tax loss of £18.1 million for the year ended September 24, 2017, down from a £32.4 million pre-tax profit from the previous year. Despite the decline, Mr. Done, whose net worth is estimated to be around £1.4 billion, received the same dividend as he did a year earlier.

Mr. Done and his brother, Peter, founded Betfred back in the 1960s. The bookmaker has grown into one of UK’s largest privately-owned gambling companies since then. It currently operates the nation’s third largest chain of betting shops with a total of 1,666 facilities.

The UK government confirmed last month that it would crack down on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals by cutting the maximum stake the machines accept to just £2 from £100. The announcement caused a wave of protests from industry stakeholders as the maximum stake reduction would cost operators of such devices, Betfred included, hundreds of millions of pounds of gross gambling yield.

Mr. Done said last month that the crackdown could force them to close around 900 of their high street betting shops and lay off up to 4,500 workers. Reports emerged last month that the businessman was considering a judicial review in a bid to overturn the government’s decision to roll out a clampdown on the machines that campaigners have been describing as the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Following last month’s announcement, Betfred Managing Director sent an email to staff, urging them to lobby MPs to oppose the crackdown, as the reduced stake would have a major impact “on the viability of a number of [the company’s] shops”.

It was understood earlier in June that under a reported agreement between the UK government and bookmakers, the FOBTs stakes might not be reduced before 2020.

Tote Sale

Betfred’s operations also include an online gambling platform, which the company will probably seek to boost in an attempt to offset the losses incurred by the FOBTs clampdown, as well as the Tote racing pool business.

The bookmaker acquired that latter business in 2011. The deal came with a seven-year monopoly over the provision of pool betting services across British racecourses. The monopoly expires this year and another operator, Britbet, is expected to assume control of racecourse pools across 55 major courses.

Reports surfaced earlier this year that Mr. Done was looking to sell the business and a deal was announced earlier this month. Betfred agreed to sell its pool betting operation to the Alizeti consortium, which includes racecourse owner and breeder Alex Frost. The consortium took an initial 25% share in the business with an option to buy the remaining 75% within the next three to five years. The deal could be worth around £150 million.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Double the Reps Means Doubles Support on the Forum

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LCB’ers, as we head into the weekend, we have some news to share with you, and while it’s something you hear about pretty frequently on our end, we know you’ll still be pleased, as it means closer attention to be paid to your questions, comments and concerns! So, what’s the news, you’re wondering? Well, both Split Aces Casino and Twin Casino have joined us on the forum.

Jamie signed on this past Thursday as direct casino support for Split Aces, with a straight-to-the-point greeting: “I am the casino representative, so if you have any questions about our brand – please write in this forum thread. Thanks for your support LCB!!!”

Support for the latter signed on with a more lengthy introduction: “My name is Line and I'm working for Twin, I'm actually in the Affiliate team, but I love this community, so thought it would be fun here myself, to see the good AND the bad feedback, if there will be lots of support, I will get some supporters onboard aswell, but for now it will just be me.”

Of the casino, Line added, “The company has been operating for less than a year, and to be honest it been a fire baptism, to start up in one very competitive market. But we try to be available, transparent. We handle all issues swift and with lot of pride. We are still in the start-up phase so we don't have the politics of a bigger company, and we can solve things very fast.”

Thanks to the two new signups, members can get their questions answered directly on the forum, as well as through the casinos. Head to Jamie’s profile to send him a message for all Split Aces inquiries or to Line’s user profile for anything regarding Twin Casino.

Let’s give them a warm welcome, shall we?

Happy gaming!

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Scout Gaming scores top Fantasy Sports award

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Scout Gaming scores top Fantasy Sports award

Among fierce competition, Stockholm-based B2B fantasy sports and pool betting provider, Scout Gaming Group (SCOUT:FN Stockholm), has been named “Fantasy Sports Supplier of the Year” at this year’s EGR B2B Awards. Having recently had a string of commercial success with a number of top operator agreements on various markets and a robust product roadmap, on […]
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Robert Nehorayan Takes Down 2018 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em

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Robert Nehorayan Takes Down 2018 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em

Robert Nehorayan is known by many as Rec Rob, his nickname derived from him identifying himself as a recreational player. However, he outlasted last night a field that included seasoned poker pros like Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, and Ari Engel to win his first gold bracelet from the WSOP and his largest cash of $173,568.

The player topped the 596-strong field of Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. As mentioned above, some of poker’s top players entered the tournament to pursue another great accomplishment in the game. Of all fellow participants, Nehorayan had special praise for Terricita Gutierrez, a Limit Hold’em specialist whom the eventual champ considered his toughest opponent.

Terri, as Nehorayan called her, has been playing Limit Hold’em cash games every single day for years now to accumulate knowledge and experience that many other fellow players at the table lacked. She was ultimately eliminated in fourth place, good for $51,733.

The $1,500 event was played over three days through June 22. It saw 596 entries generate a prize pool of a little over $800,000. The top 90 places paid.

Day 3 Action Highlights

Day 3 of the tournament kicked off with 19 survivors in contention but seven of them quickly headed to the payout desk within the first 90 minutes of play. Action slowed up a bit afterward, as finalists became more aware of the event’s approaching end.

Chips swung back and forth throughout the day and the chip lead went from one player to another. Many of the remaining hopefuls had many ups and downs, but it can be said that Nehorayan managed to maintain a good stack and momentum throughout that final stage of the event. The brand new WSOP champion admitted that he had really good cards running his way, as well.

David Gee was the last player to be eliminated before the heads-up duel. That final duel took place between Nehorayan and one-time gold bracelet winner Kevin Song. Song won his piece 21 years ago for topping the field of a Limit Hold’em event. A second piece eluded him last night, unfortunately, although he fought really fiercely for it.

The match between the final two men standing began with Nehorayan holding a 3-1 advantage to Song. However, the latter quickly caught up and took the lead for a little while, putting great pressure on his opponent.

Nehorayan eventually regained his momentum and retook the chip lead to never look back. On Hand #286 of the final table, the player won a key pot that secured him with 3.9 million, while leaving Song with just 475,000.

The final hand of the tournament was dealt shortly after. On Hand #289, Nehorayan called from the button and Song raised. Nehorayan asked his opponent how much he had left and put him all in. Song tabled [8s][6s] to clash into Nehorayan’s [10s][7d]. The board landed [2c][Qh][9h][4h][Jh] to end Song’s participation in the tournament and seal the victory for Nehorayan.

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Man accused of stealing from Las Vegas casinos by posing as delivery driver

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Man accused of stealing from Las Vegas casinos by posing as delivery driver

A criminal complaint accuses Danny Roy Salazar of burglarizing the Rio, Westgate and Caesars Palace between Jan. 13 and June 8 and stealing an assortment of items, including mattresses, televisions, “prototype auto electronics,” beauty products, furniture, light fixtures, an iPad and a photo booth.

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Bulgarian Oddity: Private Company Operates as the National Lottery, But No One Seems to Care

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Bulgarian Oddity: Private Company Operates as the National Lottery, But No One Seems to Care

Bulgaria is one of the poorest countries in the European Union, but recent figures show that its gambling industry has been thriving, particularly over the past several years. And while that industry has been hopping from strength to strength, it is also understood that it has been contributing relatively small amounts of money in annual tax contributions and even smaller amounts of money for socially responsible causes.

According to multiple recent reports from local media outlets, citing official data, Bulgaria’s regulated gambling market was worth BGN3 billion (€1.5 billion) in terms of revenue generated in 2017. Scratchcards, known to be extremely popular among residents of the tiny Balkan nation, accounted for the greater portion of the revenue bulk last year.

In fact, saying that these products are extremely popular in Bulgaria is a mild representation of the nearly maniacal obsession with which hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians, mostly elderly people, are buying scratchcards, lured by the promise for a quick and easy win and a better life.

Several companies owned by Bulgarian businessman Vasil Bozhkov are known to be leaders of the local scratchcards sector. Mr. Bozhkov is one of Bulgaria’s richest people. His business interests spread across various industries and his alleged ties to the criminal underworld have long been part of media coverage focused on his curious persona.

The National Lottery and New Games are actually two of the leaders in the nation’s scratchcards sector and they are both owned by entities that are related to Mr. Bozhkov. Special attention needs to be paid to the choice of name of what has turned into the most popular seller of scratchcards in Bulgaria – the National Lottery.

In the most general case, National Lottery usually refers to a state-run entity that provides different lottery products and services and uses a portion of the money generated by the sales of those for good causes. In the case of Bulgaria’s National Lottery, we are speaking about a privately-run entity. And despite our team’s efforts, we could not find any information about how much of what it generates it has contributed to good causes.

Should a private company run an operation under the National Lottery brand? We believe that the answer to this question is quite clear and it is a bit too disturbing that this company has been allowed to conduct its activities for years, even though it has nothing to do with the state.

The National Lottery in Bulgaria vs. the National Lottery in UK/Ireland

Gambling services in the UK, including ones provided under the National Lottery brand, are regulated by the country’s Gambling Act 2005 and a companion piece from 2014. Bulgaria’s market was, too, regulated several years ago. And while Ireland’s gambling regulations are in a state of an extreme mess at the moment, there still is clarity over how the country’s National Lottery should function.

UK’s National Lottery was established in 1994 as a state-franchized entity operated by the Camelot Group. According to information from the lottery operator’s official website, it has contributed over £38 billion for good causes since it was founded more than two decades ago.

In Ireland, the National Lottery operates as a state-run entity that has been functioning since 1987. It has raised and donated more than €5 billion to good causes since established over three decades ago.

In Bulgaria, the National Lottery, as already mentioned, is a privately-run company, owned by a businessman who many would say has a rather questionable reputation, and it is quite unclear what contributions it has made to good causes, even though its official website states that it contributes funds to various education-related causes.

In other words, the National Lottery brand usually carries a connotation of an entity run by the state that offers lottery/gambling services but also considers it an important task to benefit communities by raising and distributing funds for good causes, unless you are in Bulgaria where the National Lottery does not really belong to the nation.

More Facts and Figures about Bulgaria’s Scratchcards/Gambling Industry

An economically struggling nation with a blossoming gambling industry is not something unheard of. However, when a considerable portion of an extremely poor nation resorts to buying scratchcards to the point of maniacal absurdity in hopes for a quick win, that means that there is something fundamentally wrong in the way that nation’s gambling industry functions, or rather in the way it is allowed to function by those who have control and responsibilities over those matters.

As mentioned above, Bulgaria’s gambling industry was worth around BGN3 billion last year. However, it is understood that licensed gambling operators, including those providing various lottery products, contributed just BGN177 million in tax revenue to the nation’s coffers. In comparison, Bulgaria’s tobacco industry was worth around BGN3.5 billion in 2017 and contributed BGN3 billion in excise duties and VAT.

As for Mr. Bozhkov’s lottery businesses – New Games and National Lottery – these were reported to have generated turnover of €88.5 million and €15.3 million, respectively, in 2017. The businessman’s overall gambling businesses reported turnover of nearly €300 million and profits of €76 million. Local media outlets also report that National Lottery was actually Bulgaria’s largest advertiser in 2017 with ad spending of over €23 million.

Ads promoting the operator’s scratchcard products can be spotted practically everywhere in the country and across different media outlets. In addition, scratchcards can be purchased across post offices, supermarkets, special points-of-sale, and a number of other facilities.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent information released, Bulgaria’s gambling industry contributed just around BGN2.2 million in 2016 and just around BGN2.4 million during the first three quarters of 2017 to responsible gambling causes. Licensed gambling companies are required to make such contributions under a provision in the nation’s gambling law.

Proposed Restrictions

Bulgaria clearly has a gambling problem as well as a problem with the protection of its gamblers. The country’s Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov and his party, the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, has recently introduced a bill calling for certain restrictions within the country’s gambling industry. Most of the provisions in the legislative piece are concerned namely with the operations of the National Lottery and its likes.

If the bill succeeds in Bulgaria’s National Assembly, it would roll out curbs to the promotion and sale of scratchcards and related lottery products. For instance, lottery operators would not be able to show winners on television, a popular marketing approach to which the success of these products could be greatly attributed. In addition, scratchcards would only be sold at special points of sale. As mentioned above, products of this type are currently available practically everywhere.

While Minister Simeonov’s recently proposed curbs seem as if they might be a step in the right direction, Bulgaria still needs to do much more. The country does not have a dedicated organization that works with problem gamblers. And as it can be seen, nobody really finds it odd that a private company has named itself the National Lottery, while it does not really work for the nation, unlike state-run National Lotteries around the world.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

BlockChain Innovations Corp. Announces its Letter of Intent to Go Public

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BlockChain Innovations Corp. Announces its Letter of Intent to Go Public

BlockChain Innovations Corp. (“BCI” or the “Company”), an international blockchain technology supplier serving the regulated gaming industry is pleased to announce that it has signed a letter of intent with Capricorn Business Acquisition Inc. (NEX Board CAK.H), for its qualifying transaction to go-public in the Third Quarter of 2018. With the 6-3 United States Supreme Court decision two-weeks ago striking ...

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2018 WSOP: Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet won by Scott Bohlman for $122,138

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2018 WSOP: Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet won by Scott Bohlman for $122,138
Event 40 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet of the 2018 WSOP has been bagged by Scott Bohlman, who now has cashed for the 51st time at the series, also savors his very first gold bracelet and a nice sum of $122,138 after outlasting a field of 205 players. The unique format of Mixed Big Bet is a combination of 7 big bet games: no-limit hold'em, no-limit 2-7 single draw lowball, pot-limit Omaha, pot-limit Omaha 8-or-better, big O, no-limit 5-card draw high, and pot-limit triple draw 2-7 lowball. Bohlman said [...]
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Get Jurassic with Dinosaur Bonuses at Slots Capital

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Get Jurassic with Dinosaur Bonuses at Slots Capital
Get Jurassic with Dinosaur Bonuses at Slots Capital

Witty casino blogger at Slots Capital, better known as Slots Lotty, has published an article about the venue’s most recent promotional spree - Dinosaur Species and Jurassic Casino Bonuses. If you are a movie fan and good at simple math, it might be quite interesting to take a look at what she has to offer – after all, being caught up in the excitement surrounding movie blockbusters such as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom can only launch tantamount casino offers or maybe even THREE of them!

By claiming to have seen a dinosaur grazing in the swamp, naively calling it Thinkhesaurus, Lotty, funny as always, actively strives to her humorous side and confirms to have gazed another one sleeping all day. She named him a Dinosnore, but the real dilemma arose when she tried to name the third prehistoric creature and simply decided to borrow a well-known word, Thesaurus. Clever, isn’t it? If that didn’t crack you up, here’s a new joke she came up with: “Why ­did the dinosaur cross the road? - because chickens weren’t invented yet!”

Okay, I think we had enough of Lotty’s humor in one article and it’s time to announce three casino bonuses that are available until the end of the current month. Play from June 22nd to June 30th at Slots Capital and get a 150% bonus with coupon code, JURASSIC150 or increase the odds by collecting a 250% bonus, whose coupon code comes with a slightly different digit, JURASSIC250. Of course, if that doesn’t rock your boat, maybe a 300% bonus will. For each of the bonuses, there is a maximum deposit of $500 with no maximum cashout, but you ought to pay attention to wagering requirements nevertheless.

Down at the venue, a wide selection of quality slots and table games from Rival is all it takes for you to fly, so if you own a desktop or a laptop, push the download button and enjoy the weekend. ROAR!!!!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Nevada gaming commissioners OK license for BC Technologies

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Nevada gaming commissioners OK license for BC Technologies

The father of an Armenian entrepreneur who financed his son’s sports wagering system manufacturing company will receive further scrutiny as a condition of the Nevada Gaming Commission’s unanimous approval of a license for Las Vegas-based BC Technologies and its top executive, CEO Vahagn Badalyan.

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Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Seniors for First Gold Bracelet

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Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Seniors for First Gold Bracelet

Farhintaj Bonyadi, mother of three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, outlasted a behemoth field of 2,191 to win the 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em for a gold piece of her own. The player also scooped a hefty payout of $311,451 for her efforts.

It is also interesting to note that Bonyadi actually became the first female winner of this year’s edition of the popular poker series.

The player survived through a massive field and a prolonged heads-up against Robert Beach to win her first title from the WSOP. Shortly after her victory, she said that she felt really great to have a bracelet of her own. Her son, Farzad, was on the rail to support and guide his mother. The mother and son duo told WSOP staff shortly after her victory that it was actually Farzad who taught his mother how to play poker. However, the three-time gold bracelet winner admitted that although he tried to help throughout the tournament, Bonyadi pretty much sealed the victory herself.

The tournament was expected to take place over three days but was extended into a fourth one during which Bonyadi and her heads-up opponent battled it out for the better part of three hours.

Day 3 kicked off with 43 players, but that field was eventually reduced to Bonyadi and Beach. The two players played the final level scheduled for the day and agreed to return for an additional fourth day of play.

Final Day Action

It is important to note that Bonyadi was going really strong throughout Day 3. Yet, she entered the two-handed duel at a considerable chip disadvantage, but apparently, that did not discourage her from pursuing the title. She remained calm and composed, just as her son had taught her.

Day 4 saw Bonyadi drop to 1.85 million at some point to Beach’s 9.105 million. However, her patience paid well as the player managed to double, even the stacks, and take the lead. She never looked back from that point on. After an epic marathon of chips going back and forth for 175 hands, Bonyadi eventually eliminated her final opponent.

The final hand in play saw Bonyadi raise to 425,000 pre-flop and Beach call. The [6d][4d][7c] landed on the flop. Bonyadi checked and Beach bet 600,000. Bonyadi check-raised to 1.2 million, which her opponent called. The [3s] arrived on the turn to see Bonyadi bet 600,000 and Beach call. The [5h] rolled out on the river. Bonyadi moved all in with [8s][8d] and Beach called with [9s][7s]. The latter hit the rail for $192,397, as WSOP’s brand new champion raised her hands in the air in celebration.

As mentioned above, the Super Seniors tournament attracted 2,191 entries who created a prize pool of $1,971,900. The top 329 places paid with cashes starting from $1,500.

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WSOP 2018: Negreanu, Hellmuth, Ivey among contenders for $1 Million Buy-in WSOP Tournament �The Big One for One Drop'

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WSOP 2018: Negreanu, Hellmuth, Ivey among contenders for $1 Million Buy-in WSOP Tournament �The Big One for One Drop'
On July 15, 2018, "the WSOP and One Drop announce the return of The BIG ONE for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament capped at a maximum of 48 players and the most significant charity initiative in poker history. For the fourth time, this tournament will harness the ability of poker to bring together people from all over the globe to raise awareness and funds for the cause of water. This innovative event is back at the Rio in Las Vegas during the WSOP 2018. Once again, the WSOP will be waiv[...]
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