Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mike Takayama becomes First Filipino Ever to Win 2018 Asia Player of the Year

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Mike Takayama becomes First Filipino Ever to Win 2018 Asia Player of the Year
Remember Mike Takayama, the first Philippine poker player to win a WSOP bracelet this past summer? Well, he has made his home country proud once more, because it turns out that his WSOP bracelet win helped him become the 2018 Asia Player of the Year! Mike Takayama, age 29, an ex-billiards pro player from Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, has been crowned the 2018 Asia Player of the Year (APOY), thus becoming the first Philippine poker player ever to win the prestigious title. He topped this year[...]
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1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

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1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

A new partnership between 1X2 Network and new game developer and aggregator, WeAreCasino, will see the availability of the UK-based independent software company’s innovative online slots, virtual games and table games offering increased. According to the official press release… In addition to a broad range of popular titles from the supplier’s subsidiaries, Iron Dog Studio […]
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Andrew Jacobs Leads after WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Event #2 Flight B

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

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Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

Online casino games and solutions developer Wazdan has announced that it was awarded with the Online Casino Innovator 2018 accolade during the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) on Tuesday. Talent affirmation: Licensed by regulators in Malta and the United Kingdom, Wazdan used an official Thursday press release to declare that the award has strengthened […]
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Lawmakers, pro sports officials need educating on sports betting

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Lawmakers, pro sports officials need educating on sports betting

For months, representatives of the gaming industry have marveled at how sports leagues, particularly the National Basketball Association, have made such great strides toward accepting sports wagering as mainstream entertainment.

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Zitro achieves great success at Andalusian Game Congress Expo

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Zitro achieves great success at Andalusian Game Congress Expo

Zitro exhibited its latest creations for Video Bingo and Video Slots at the recent Andalusian Game Congress Expo, the new creations will be a revolution for the Spanish market in the coming months. Under its Video Slots brand BRYKE, Zitro showcased its leading product: LINK KING, a new form of revolutionary game in Spain. LINK KING has great progressive jackpots ...

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Guaranteed �8.5 Million up for Grabs at partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK

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Guaranteed �8.5 Million up for Grabs at partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK is scheduled from September 29 to October 7 at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club. This September 29 (Saturday), the partypoker LIVE tour comes back to the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham for the second season of the world-famous partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK. This particular event holds a colossal £8,500,000 guaranteed prize for its lucky players spread across five tournaments. Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Schedule The main feature of the enti[...]
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Nicholas Pupillo Eyes Third WSOP Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

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Nicholas Pupillo Eyes Third WSOP Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

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

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

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

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

The Day 1A Chip Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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Two West Virginia Casinos Delay Sports Betting Launch

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Two West Virginia Casinos Delay Sports Betting Launch

The launch of sports betting operations at two West Virginia casinos has been delayed, local news outlet the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported citing information from the West Virginia Lottery.

Lottery spokesperson Randy Burnside told the media outlet earlier this week that sportsbooks were expected to be opened at Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro and Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling by the end of the month. However, Delaware North, the owner of the two gambling venues, had informed the state gambling watchdog that it would delay the opening of sports betting facilities at the two properties. The company had not specified why the launch would be delayed.

Mr. Burnside further pointed out that the Lottery is waiting to hear from Delaware North to schedule testing of the sports betting operations in October.

West Virginia became the fourth state to launch sports betting after the mid-May ruling of the US Supreme Court that authorized individual states to legalize wagering on professional and college sporting events, if they feel inclined to do so. Legal sports betting services went live in West Virginia in the end of August and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first local property to jump on the betting bandwagon.

The sportsbook at the casino is operated by British bookmaker William Hill. The Greenbrier is the only other property currently offering sports betting within West Virginia borders. It cut the ribbon of its FanDuel-run sportsbook on September 14.

Sports Betting Market Looks Healthy during First Few Weeks

According to information from the West Virginia Lottery, the state’s two sportsbooks have handled nearly $3.4 million in wagers since the Hollywood Casino facility opened doors. Sports betting handle at the property totaled a little over $450,000 during its first week of operation and a little over $1.1 million during its second week. Together with the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Greenbrier, sports betting handle amounted to more than $1.8 million during week three.

Handle figures are expected to improve even further in the coming weeks as the state’s sportsbooks are to go live with digital/mobile betting. Eric Zimny, Vice President of Racing and Sports Operations at Hollywood Casino, said during a recent ICE Sports Betting USA webinar that they will likely launch their mobile betting app in the coming weeks. The casino official pointed out that he still did not have a firm date and that the launch will not take place next week, but it will not take place in three or four months from now, as well.

It is still unknown when a FanDuel-powered mobile app will go live at The Greenbrier, but said app is anticipated to boost betting operations at the property significantly.

It now (and for now) seems that West Virginia has a healthy nascent betting market. And betting activity in the state is only poised to grow with the launch of mobile betting and the anticipated opening of two more sportsbook.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Work begins on 18,000-seat MSG Sphere at The Venetian

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Work begins on 18,000-seat MSG Sphere at The Venetian

Two major entertainment brands began work Thursday on changing the face of live performance — and the Las Vegas skyline — with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the 18,000-seat MSG Sphere at The Venetian.

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The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel sale falls through

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The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel sale falls through

In New Jersey, the deal that was to have seen Stockton University purchase the 20-acre site that was once home to The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel has reportedly fallen through with no desired purchase price ever being revealed. Discussions prove unsuccessful: According to a Thursday report from the Associated Press news service published by The […]
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Who Is the 2018 Asia Player of the Year?

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Who Is the 2018 Asia Player of the Year?

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

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

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

The Philippines Celebrates Its First Asia Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henri Ovaska

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

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

Andrew Christopher Hills

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

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

Manig Loeser

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

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

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Wazdan Wins Online Casino Innovator 2018 award at CEEG Awards

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Wazdan Wins Online Casino Innovator 2018 award at CEEG Awards

Slots provider Wazdan has strengthened its market leading position by winning the award for Online Casino Innovator 2018 at the 2018 Central and Eastern Europe Gaming Conference (CEEG) held in Budapest. The CEEGC award for Online Casino Innovator 2018 is a confirmation that Wazdan’s meteoric growth this year is underwritten by the company’s laser focus on technology innovation that allows ...

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Tom Dwan Calls it Quits after Losing $2.3 Million Pot in High Stakes Cash Game

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Tom Dwan Calls it Quits after Losing $2.3 Million Pot in High Stakes Cash Game
Poker fans who follow Tom Dwan in his high-stakes poker sessions love it when Tom Dwan gets to win an incredibly huge pot, but it can pretty interesting to see what his reactions could potentially be when things don't go too well for the reclusive poker pro. Take for example the time when he lost a $2,353,500 pot that made him quit playing immediately. The poker action was at the Triton Poker Super High Roller cash game located in Jeju, South Korea. Big names at the high-stakes table[...]
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The Stars Group Sets Sights on Expansion and Revenue Mix Diversification

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The Stars Group Sets Sights on Expansion and Revenue Mix Diversification

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

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

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

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

Two Major Acquisitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Focus on Sports Betting

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

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

The US Betting Market

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

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

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

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

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

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Caesars Embarks on Domestic and Global Expansion with Post-Bankrutpcy Strategy

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Caesars Embarks on Domestic and Global Expansion with Post-Bankrutpcy Strategy

With a market capitalization of $7.07 billion an multiple properties across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Egypt, among other countries, Caesars Entertainment Corp. is one of the world’s largest gaming and hospitality companies. Caesars climbed out of a lengthy Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall and has since then focused on expanding both its domestic operations and its international presence as part of its strategy to further establish itself in the casino gaming, hospitality, and entertainment fields.

In the months preceding the company’s emergence from bankruptcy, its CEO, Mark Frissora, said that geographical expansion and product diversification would be one of its main points of focus once it puts its bankruptcy case behind.

It has been nearly a year since the closure of the bankruptcy proceedings, and the company has shown that it has been working hard to deliver on that strategy.

In its domestic market, Caesars most recently broke ground on a $375-million conference and convention center in Las Vegas. The 550,000-square-foot Caesars Forum is slated to open doors in 2020 and will offer 300,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including two 110,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms and a number of other convention facilities. The property will also have a direct access to hotel rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas and The LINQ as it will be connected to the two properties via a skybridge.

Late last year, Caesars broke the news that it would expand its presence in Indiana, an important casino market, through the acquisition of Centaur Holdings LLC for the total amount of $1.7 billion. The deal was closed in mid-July and saw Centaur’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville be added to Caesars’ existing portfolio of properties in the state. The company already owned and operated the Horseshoe Hammond and the Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino properties prior to the transaction.

The company announced that it would invest $50 million to upgrade its two new properties and broke ground on a $85-million expansion of its Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino that would also involve the property’s relocation to dry land.

International Casino Expansion

It has also become clear that Caesars has appetites for expanding its international casino gaming portfolio. Japan has been one of the countries targeted by the major gambling and hospitality company. The country recently legalized casino gambling within its borders. Earlier this summer, Japanese lawmakers also approved an essential bill that set out the principles under which the nation’s nascent casino market would be regulated.

It is believed that Japan could quickly become one of the world’s top three gambling markets once its casinos open doors. The government agreed to issue up to three gaming licenses to interested operators and some of the world’s largest gambling companies have already kicked off the race for these, even though they are not expected to be granted before 2019. Caesars has been one of these companies. However, it is facing heavy competition from fellow Las Vegas operators such as MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands, as well as from prominent Asian companies, including Melco Resorts & Entertainment and Genting Group.

It has also emerged that Caesars is eying participation into an €8-billion project for a massive integrated resort at the site of the former Ellinikon International Airport near Athens, Greece. The company’s name has been mentioned in relation to the mega-scheme for more than a year now. The integrated resort development will feature multiple accommodation, food and beverage, and entertainment facilities as well as a casino, the sole investment for which is expected to reach €1 billion. The whole complex will be Europe’s largest one of this kind.

The Greek Gaming Commission recently invited interested parties to submit comments and proposals in relation to the grand project ahead of the official opening of the bidding process and Caesars was one of the companies to lodge its interest in the development, thus confirming what have previously been only reports about its interest to take part in the scheme.

International Non-Gaming Expansion

Caesars has also announced that growing its non-gaming business would represent a core part of its growth strategy. Earlier this spring the company announced that it would open two non-gaming resorts in major tourist draw Dubai.

The two properties will be part of the Bluewaters Island development, managed by Dubai’s state-run Meraas Holding. They will have 479 hotel rooms and multiple food and beverage and entertainment facilities. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, as the two non-gaming resorts are branded, are both slated to open doors in the fourth quarter of the year.

It also emerged this spring that Caesars was planning to open a non-gaming beachfront resort in Puerto Los Cabos in Mexico. The Caesars Palace-branded property will feature 500 hotel rooms, a 40,000-square-foot convention center, three restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and a number of other facilities.

Caesars’ local partner Grupo Questro is expected to break ground on what would be a $200-million development in the first half of 2019.

As it can be seen, the Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant is looking to grow some of its major domestic brands, including Caesars Palace, internationally and beyond casino gambling. The global gambling and hospitality fields have become extremely competitive and keeping pace is a challenging task for any involved company. It is yet to be seen whether Caesars’ strategy to penetrate new markets and diversify its core operations would help it blunt the heavy competition.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Winningest US Poker Players of All Time

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The Winningest US Poker Players of All Time

Poker has deep roots in the United States and there should not be surprise that some of the world’s winningest players hail namely from there. Not to mention the fact some of the longest running poker series such as the World Series of Poker originate from the US.

A look at the US all-time money list shows impressive tournament bankrolls and seven- and even eight-figure payouts scored by great poker players. Here are the three of them to have accumulated the largest bankrolls and highlights from their poker careers.

Justin Bonomo – $43,120,591

Not only is Bonomo the leader in the US all-time money list, but he is also topping the overall all-time money list. The player dethroned the long-standing number one, Canada’s Daniel Negreanu, earlier this year.

Bonomo has indisputably had his best year in poker in 2018, and it has not even ended yet. The player collected more than $20 million in live tournament earnings over the past nine months, besting Fedor Holz’s accomplishment from a few years ago, when the young German collected $16 million over the course of a single year.

Bonomo pretty much won every major high roller tournament to have taken place this year. In February, he bested the field of the Super High Roller Bowl China HK$2 million No-Limit Hold’em for a cash prize of $4,823,077. In May, he took down the elite $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $5 million.

Then in July, he emerged the victor in this year’s edition of the WSOP Big One for ONE DROP, a $1 million buy-in tournament that takes place biannually as part of the WSOP series. His cash prize from the event totaled $10 million.

Bonomo took down a number of other tournaments over the past several months to cement his position as the world’s winningest tournament player.

Erik Seidel

With eight WSOP gold bracelets, a WPT title, and an EPT title, Erik Seidel is one of the world’s most popular and most widely recognized poker pros. And being the holder of titles from the three biggest and longest-running poker series means that he has accomplished what few have done – he has won the Triple Crown in live tournament poker.

It is thus no surprise that Seidel is one of his homeland’s (and one of the world’s) highest grossing players. He won his largest cash of A$2.5 million (approx. $2,472,555) back in 2011 when he bested the field of the Aussie Millions Championship A$250,000 Super High Roller.

In 2015, the player triumphed in the EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €2,015,000 in prize money. This year, Seidel has not won any major events, but he still managed to score several six-figure cashes. His best one came from a third-place finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €25K Super High Roller in April. His performance in the tournament was rewarded with €300,000 from the overall prize pool.

Dan Colman – $28,925,059

Poker fans certainly remember Colman’s terrific run in the 2014 WSOP $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP. The player emerged as the victor after a heads-up battle against poker celeb Daniel Negreanu. Winning the tournament, Colman added more than $15.3 million to his poker bankroll.

It should also be noted that 2014 was the young player’s best year in poker. Prior to his Big One for ONE DROP triumph, he won the EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for a cash prize of €1,539,300. A few month later, he also topped the field of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $5,300 Main Event for a top prize of $1,446,710.

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partypoker adds $55 Bonus Satellites Daily for Seats to MILLIONS ONLINE

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partypoker adds $55 Bonus Satellites Daily for Seats to MILLIONS ONLINE
The MILLIONS Online is going to be having a guarantee of the largest prize pool ever in the history of online poker, and partypoker isn't done yet when it comes to giving great opportunities for players to participate, and this time they have added new satellite offerings including a daily $55 Bonus Satellite that will guarantee at least one lucky player a $5,300 seat every day to the $20 Million Event! Whatever the prize money amount generated by the players who participate in the daily Bonu[...]
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Where Is Sports Betting Legal in the US?

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Where Is Sports Betting Legal in the US?

In a historic move, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted in mid-May a long-standing ban on wagering on professional and college sports leagues, known as PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992). The ruling authorized individual states to legalize sports betting, if they feel inclined to do so.

The SCOTUS decision thus paved the way for the formation of a legal sports betting industry that could be worth well over $150 billion in terms of turnover. It also marked the beginning of a race that saw several states legalize sports betting days and weeks after the ruling and launch legal sports betting services at dedicated facilities. Aside from Nevada, where sports gambling was legal even after the introduction and approval of the PASPA legislation, there are now four more states to comprise the United State’ legal sports betting field. Several more are expected to join the mix in the following months, and a number of others are expected to follow suit next year and in the next few years.

While it is too early to say how the nation’s nascent sports betting market is performing, it should be said that it is a market of great potential and with the proper legislation, selection of offering and customer incentives, and advertising, it could turn into a behemoth gambling field.

Where can a person bet legally on sports in the US? The latest industry report by the team behind Casino News Daily aims to present its readers with that valuable information.

Delaware

It was Delaware to win the race and become the first state to launch full-fledged sports betting services after the mid-May SCOTUS ruling. Its three licensed casino operators – Delaware Park, Harrington Raceway & Casino, and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino – went live with single-game sports wagering offering on June 5.

Here it is important to note that Delaware previously offered parlay wagering via its state-run Lottery. Following the lifting of the federal ban on sports gambling, the state’s gambling venues now offer fixed-odds bets on different sporting events as well as point spread and money-line bets.

It took only days after the US Supreme Court announced that states would be able to legalize sports betting that the Delaware Attorney General said there was no legal obstacle before the state to begin offering full-scale betting services.

According to the latest financial report by the Delaware Lottery, the state’s legal sportsbook handled almost $23 million in sports bets in the period between June 5 and August 26. Revenue from the three sports betting facilities amounted to a little over $2 million during the reviewed period.

Sports betting handle at Delaware Park accounted for around two-thirds of the whole. The facility processed the amount of $16.3 million in wagers and generated revenue of $1.5 million.

With both the NFL and college football seasons now under way, it is believed that betting activity will ramp up activity at the three sportsbooks and will bring additional revenue.

It is also important to note that mobile betting apps are, too, expected to be launched at some point in future, but essential details regarding that important step are still under discussion by state regulators.

New Jersey

New Jersey was the state to lead the anti-PASPA effort. It took state lawmakers years of lobbying and searching for supporters of its cause as well as of legal battles until the US Supreme Court agreed to take on the sports betting case.

Following the annulment of the ban, New Jersey legislators passed the necessary legislation for the legalization of wagering on amateur and professional sports leagues within the matter of weeks. First legal sports bets were accepted in the state on June 14 at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City and the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.

More gambling venues on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk followed suit and launched sports betting services at dedicated on-site sportsbooks. The Meadowlands Racetrack, too, went live with a sportsbook in mid-July to compete for a share of the state’s sports betting pie.

Online betting services and mobile apps allowing bettors to wager anywhere on the state territory were also launched as part of the ongoing expansion of New Jersey’s gambling industry. The state’s existing casino and racetrack operators have joined forces with major international companies, including William Hill and The Stars Group, to take advantage of their experience in the sports betting and digital gambling fields and reap as much benefits as possible from the newly legalized wagering activities.

According to information from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the state’s sportsbook handled the total amount of $152.7 million in wagers in the period between June 14 and August 31.

A recent report by gambling research house Eilers & Krejcik Gaming stated that the New Jersey sports gambling field could overtake Nevada’s established betting market by 2021. It is to be seen whether that point will prove true, but Eilers & Krejcik analysts believe that market channelization, partnerships with big industry names, and attractive promotions could help the nascent New Jersey market to become the main driver of growth in the United States sports betting field.

Mississippi

The Magnolia State became the third one to launch legal sports betting in the months after the PASPA annulment. Its wagering legislation came into force on July 21 and it was on August 1 when the state’s first sportsbooks opened doors and accepted first sports bets.

According to information from the Mississippi Gaming Commission from earlier this month, sports betting facilities processed nearly $10 million in wagers during the first full month of legal sports betting on the state’s territory.

September figures are expected to be significantly higher as the NFL and college football are in full swing. Gaming Commission Deputy Director Jay McDaniel has told local media that the state’s more than 20 sportsbooks saw betting handle of $17.8 million in the period between September 1-19.

It is also interesting to note that Mississippi was the first state where a tribal sportsbook opened doors outside Nevada. It was late last month when the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians launched its sports betting facility at the Timeout Lounge at its Gold Moon Casino, which is part of its Pearl River Resort. Owners of the gambling venue also said that bettors will be able to place bets via their mobile devices as long as they are anywhere within the property.

On-site mobile betting will also be available at the state’s other sportsbooks.

West Virginia

Sports betting debuted in West Virginia in late August, right in time for the beginning of the new college and NFL football seasons. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first property to launch sports betting services following the annulment of the long-standing ban.

West Virginia actually passed the necessary legislation authorizing sports wagering ahead of the mid-May SCOTUS ruling. It was this past spring when state lawmakers gave the green light to sports betting.

Penn National Gaming, the owner of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, has revealed that it processed the amount of $640,000 in sports betting handle over its opening weekend.

Pennsylvania and Rhode Island the Next to Join the US Sports Betting Mix

It seems that Pennsylvania will become the fifth state to go live with legal sports betting offering. Following last year’s passage of an omnibus gambling bill, the Keystone State is gearing up for a massive expansion of its gambling industry that will also include sports betting.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board began accepting applications for sports betting licenses earlier in the summer. Three operators have submitted their applications, with those being Penn National Gaming, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, and Harrah’s Philadelphia. It became known earlier this week that their applications will be considered by regulators at their next meeting on October 3.

In other words, Pennsylvania might be days away from launching legal sports betting. Approved applicants will have to pay an upfront license fee of $10 million and their properties will have to receive individual nod by gaming regulators in order to be able to operate wagering services.

Rhode Island passed a sports gambling legislation in June. Under that legislative piece, the state’s Twin River Casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton would be the exclusive providers of sports betting services. These services would be provided thanks to a partnership of the gambling venues’ owner with International Game Technology and William Hill.

It was originally expected that bets would begin to be accepted by October. However, it has recently become clear that it will not be before November when the state’s sportsbooks will open doors and welcome their first customers.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Play’n GO released Street Magic slot

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Play’n GO released Street Magic slot

Popular software privider, Play’n GO have pulled another ace from up their sleeve with their newest game release, Street Magic slot. The new Street Magic slot game is based around a mysterious trickster known only as “The Magician”. The Magician will use his array of magical performance features to help players conjure up a win, in this 5-reel, 20 payline ...

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Steroids scandal rocks Japanese horseracing industry

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Steroids scandal rocks Japanese horseracing industry

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

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Baccarat Player caught Cheating attempts to Bribe IGC Agent with Big Macs
Either the Indiana Gaming Commission agent doesn't like fast food, or maybe he should have offered some super-sized Big Macs instead? Of course, when it comes to being arrested due to a gambling-related crime, it is very risky to bribe your way out of this mess, but if you are desperate, remember that bribing someone with fast food is not the very best of ideas out there, most especially if you don't even have the mouthwatering burgers and fries on hand. In late July, a man from [...]
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Golden Knights, gaming equipment maker AGS unveil partnership

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Golden Knights, gaming equipment maker AGS unveil partnership

AGS, the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of Class II slot machines used primarily in tribal jurisdictions, on Monday announced a three-year marketing partnership with the National Hockey League team.

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Doug Polk announces in Youtube video, �I�m not gonna play poker anymore�

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Doug Polk announces in Youtube video, �I�m not gonna play poker anymore�
It doesn't surprise a lot of us that doing one thing for a long time can lead to boredom, but if it allows one to earn money, then it wouldn't be such a bad thing, right? However, for one poker pro, he believes he's done playing the game. In fact, he even announced it in his Youtube channel recently. Doug Polk said he doesn't enjoy playing poker anymore, and because of that, he said he's done with the game he had professionally played for almost 10 years. The 20[...]
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