Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event

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Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event

Max Young wins second gold ring in as many weeks and best career cash at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma

Poker pro Max Young claimed last night his fifth WSOP Circuit gold ring and largest career cash of $263,815 after outwitting the behemoth field of the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event. The player, who hails from Oregon but has been traveling the circuit for the past few years, remained the last man standing from a total of 893 entries.

The player had an ambitious goal for 2018 – to make more money on the felt than he did last year. And his cash in the Choctaw Durant Main Event helped him complete that goal. Young said in his post-victory interview last night that he thought he did not have a chance to reach his poker goals, and that he was beyond happy to have done that.

Despite his relatively short career, Young has already accumulated five gold rings from the WSOP Circuit and multiple other poker accolades. The player came into the Circuit’s Choctaw Casino stop fresh off a victory at Harveys Lake Tahoe where he took down a single-day $400 No-Limit Hold’em for his career’s fourth gold piece.

Day 3 of the Main Event at Choctaw Casino was played on Monday. Action kicked off with 12 players, led by Jared Hemingway who bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 2 for a second consecutive day. The player maintained his advantage throughout the day and all the way into heads-up. Hemingway was eyeing his second gold ring from the series.

Young’s own run at the final table was not bad at all, but it was during his duel against Hemingway when the eventual champion started putting pressure and playing more aggressively.

Heads-Up Highlights

The match began with Hemingway holding a slight chip lead over his final remaining opponent. However, Young himself had gained quite some momentum by that time, which promised an action-packed final stage of the major tournament.

It is important to note that Hemingway himself has had quite a successful streak over the past few days. The player captured his first WSOP Circuit gold ring last week. He emerged victorious in the $400 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for the gold piece and $20,616 in prize money.

While both Young and Hemingway were about 100 big blinds deep at the start of heads-up, their match only lasted for 45 minutes. The two players went all in several times and chips were flying back and forth in big portions. Eventually, a key hand moved Young over the 20-million chip mark only to see Hemingway even with two double ups shortly after.

On what turned out to be their final all in, Young shoved pre-flop with [Ad][9d] and Hemingway called with [2h][2c]. The flop ran out [9c][9h][4s] giving Young a set and the lead. The [Ks] on the turn and the [8s] on the river were of no help to Hemingway and he went home with the runner-up finish and a consolation prize of $163,024.

Both players secured a spot into the 2019 Global Casino Championship, Young as the Main Event champion, while Hemingway as the Casino Championship winner.

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Swedish player banks life-changing Joker Millions progressive jackpot

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Swedish player banks life-changing Joker Millions progressive jackpot

A lucky online casino player in Sweden is celebrating this week after taking home €7,832,262 ($8,833,383) in cash courtesy of the progressive jackpot tied to the Joker Millions video slot from developer, Yggdrasil Gaming Limited. Mobile pay-day: The Malta-based firm used an official press release to detail that the life-changing sum was won late on Friday […]
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Authorities from Aragon and Catalonia visit ZITRO

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Authorities from Aragon and Catalonia visit ZITRO

The Interior Justice Director of the Government of Aragón, Ms. María Ángeles Júlvez León, and the Tax and Gambling Director of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Ms. Natalia Caba Alba, accompanied respectively by the Head of Authorization and Sanctions Service Ms. Elena Pérez Aparicio and by the Gambling Deputy Director Mr. Amadeu Farré i Morell, visited Zitro’s facilities in Barcelona this ...

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BankrollMob Exclusive: Who wants a 888poker LIVE London Festival $2,200 Package?

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stay tuned for the third edition of the Malta Gaming Awards

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Stay tuned for the third edition of the Malta Gaming Awards

As part of Malta Gaming Week, the third edition of the Malta Gaming Awards will be held on the 27th of November at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali. One of the biggest events in the iGaming calendar, the awards will kick off SiGMA 2018 in style. One thousand of the most influential and innovative individuals in the industry will gather for ...

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Philippines President defends legitimacy of Boracay casino ban

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Philippines President defends legitimacy of Boracay casino ban

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) has reportedly declared that he does not need to issue an executive order so as to maintain his casino prohibition for the small island of Boracay. Ban followed six-month closure: According to a report from GGRAsia citing earlier pieces from the state-run Philippine News Agency, the 73-year-old shut […]
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DraftKings Debuts Physical Sportsbook at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

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DraftKings Debuts Physical Sportsbook at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

DraftKings opens its first physical betting facility at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

Daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has further ventured into the growing US sports betting field through a recently penned agreement with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi. Their partnership will see DraftKings launch its first physical sportsbook.

The DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook is set to debut on Friday, November 16. The facility will replace Scarlet Pearl’s existing PRL Bar.

Patrons will be able to place their bets on a number of different sports, including college and professional football. In a press release from earlier today, the DFS company also said that that its sportsbook will be offering live, in-game betting with three windows. The facility is anticipated to launch on-site kiosks and an on-premise mobile app pending regulatory approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

While the sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Casino will be DraftKings’ first physical betting facility, it should be noted that the company is no stranger to sports betting. In industry first, it launched its debut mobile betting app in New Jersey on August 1 with its local partner, Resorts Casino Hotel.

DraftKings has helped its Resorts become the leader in the provision of sports betting services in New Jersey’s nascent betting market. The Atlantic City casino property reported overall sports betting revenue, including digital and revenue generated from its physical sportsbook, of more than $8.8 million in September. October figures are yet to be released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Commenting on newly announced partnership with Scarlet Pearl Casino, DraftKings Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, said that they are “excited to bring and offer an innovative sports betting experience to sports fans in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the US.”

Sports Betting to Become DraftKings’ Primary Product

As mentioned above, DraftKings has originally commenced operations as a daily fantasy sports operator. However, the company intends to extend its sports betting footprint further as the US market is expanding rapidly, following the mid-May decision of the US Supreme Court to strike down the long-standing federal ban on wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events.

In a recent interview for Yahoo Finance, DraftKings’ CEO, Jason Robins, said that his company was gearing up for a time when sports betting would become its main source of revenue. Currently, DFS contests are DraftKings’ main product.

Mr. Robins added that while waiting for sports wagering to take over as their main operation, they recorded an increase interest in their fantasy product as people have been responding to the overall excitement created by the latest betting developments in the country. Moreover, residents of states where betting was yet to be legalized were trying out DraftKings’ DFS offering while awaiting the arrival of legal sports betting, Mr. Robins added during his recent interview.

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Danny van Zijp Takes Down WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

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Danny van Zijp Takes Down WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

Dutchman Danny Van Zijp wins WPTDeepStacks Brussels after action-packed final day

Danny van Zijp from the Netherlands has just become the brand-new WPTDeepStacks champion after outlasting the 535-strong field of the Brussels Main Event at Grand Casino Viage. The player claimed €110,000 from the prize pool and a €2,000 ticket into the season-ending WPT European Championships, slated to take place next April in Nottingham.

Van Zijp was one of 19 players to come into the final day of the Brussels Main Event on Sunday. While he was doing pretty well throughout the day, it was during heads-up when he demonstrated the best of his poker skills.

The final day of the tournament kicked off with Peter Jaksland leading the pack of 19. However, the player saw his solid stack diminish over the course of action and he eventually busted in 4th place, good for €40,000.

Action unfolded quickly during the first stages of final day play, with four players departing during the first level. However, as the nine-handed final table was set, action reduced its pace, with players clearly being unwilling to lose their shot at the title and the first-place prize.

The field was eventually whittled down to just three players, with those being Van Zijp, Paul van Oort, and Jose Astima. It was at that point when Astima began gaining momentum, which he kept into heads-up. After a while of three-handed action, Van Oort busted in third place for a cash prize of €53,000. That left it to Astima and Ban Zijp to determine the winner.

Heads-Up Highlights

The two-handed duel kicked off with Astima holding a substantial chip lead over his last remaining opponent. The player extended his advantage early on, but Van Zijp gained momentum at a certain point in play to take control over the majority of chips in play and never look back.

On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Van Zijp raised to 375,000 pre-flop and Astima shoved for 4 million. Van Zijp snap-called and tabled [Jd][Js] to Astima’s [10h][10d]. The board served blank [4h][2c][9d][7h][5d] and Van Zijp’s pocket jacks withheld to lock him the title and the first-place prize. Astima departed as the runner-up, scooping €75,000 for his terrific performance and deep run into the event.

Including his latest victory, Van Zijp now has more than $360,000 in live tournament earnings. The player has cashed in multiple tournaments over the years, mostly ones that have taken place in his homeland, but none of his previous in-the-money finishes have come anywhere near his most recent one.

With the end of the Main Event, the WPTDeepStacks Brussels has wrapped another successful poker festival on European soil. The popular WPT brand is next heading to India for its next grand poker event. The riverboat Deltin Royale Casino Goa will play host to the upcoming WPTDeepStacks festival, and its highlight INR55,000 Main Event is set to kick off in just four days.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

FunFair Technologies announces new Wheel of Fun game

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FunFair Technologies announces new Wheel of Fun game

Combining several popular gaming elements, FunFair Technologies is ready to provide players with an exciting new online gambling game. Titled Wheel of Fun, the new game combines a wheel of fortune concept with the simple moves of Hi/Lo, an instant win game twist and the security of blockchain, for an overall quality experience. Take on […]
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Peter Jaksland Leads 19 Survivors into Final Day of WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

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Peter Jaksland Leads 19 Survivors into Final Day of WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

Denmark’s Peter Jaksland eyes first WPTDeepStacks Main Event title, leads 19 contenders into the final day of action in Brussels

Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event is now in the books and what a day it was. Over its course, the field of the tournament was further reduced until there were just 19 players left when organizers called it a wrap last night at the host venue, Grand Viage Casino.

The day kicked off with 187 contenders who had advanced from the event’s three starting flights. Albano Llani was the player to lead the pack of survivors with a stack of 226,000. However, despite his initial advantage, he was eliminated in 59th place later in the day.

Denmark’s Peter Jaksland was the player to bag the largest stack at the end of Day 2. The player put 1.565 million into his bag to secure himself with a somewhat comfortable start of the tournament’s final day of action. Jaksland has nearly $332,000 in life tournament earnings recorded under his name and he amassed around a third of that amount in Vegas earlier this year, when he scooped a $98,340 in prize money. He topped a €1,500 tournament in Dublin for another five-figure payout shortly after to further boost his bankroll.

Now, the Danish player is seeking to win his third five-figure cash of the year. He can actually win his first six-figure payout if he goes all the way and wins the Main Event at Brussels for €110,000.

19 left. Day 3. Proud chipleader among great poker players for day 3. Follow Sunday at 1pm. Lets finish this one. #onetime #wpt #WPTDSBrussels

— Peter Jaksland (@PeterJaksland) November 11, 2018

Other Contenders

But while Jaksland is in a great starting position to take an aim at the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool, it should be noted that he has quite some competition, including a former WPT champion. Guillaume Darcourt, a WPT Bucharest champ with live tournament earnings of more than $315,000, is among the players still in contention for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels title.

Darcourt had an action-packed Day 2 of the tournament. At one point, the player was down to just 12 big blinds. Then a string of successful hands helped him build a solid tack of over 800,000 within a single level of play. He finally lost two all-in confrontations to eventually reduce his stack to just 27 big blinds. However, the road to victory is not always an easy one and Darcourt still has the chance to add another WPT-branded title to his collection.

Day 3 of the tournament kicks off at 1 pm local time with 60-minute levels and blinds standing at 10,000/20,000/20,000. The remaining 19 survivors will play down to a champion, who will collect €110,000 in prize money as well as a €2,000 package into the season-ending WPT European Championships DeepStacks event.

All 19 hopefuls are guaranteed a minimum cash of €4,900. And those who make it to the final table will cash out no less than €13,550 from the Main Event.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

ZITRO’s Superstar LINK KING makes its debut in Bulgaria at the BEGE Show

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ZITRO’s Superstar LINK KING makes its debut in Bulgaria at the BEGE Show

At the upcoming edition of the BEGE fair in Sofia on November 21-22nd, Zitro will showcase its impressive and successful range of Bryke Video Slot games. Center stage will be taken by Link King, a multigame progressive bank that has turned out to be a real game changer. Link King is creating furore amongst players in Mexico and Latin America, ...

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Jaime Staples Dreading to Lose $50,000 in Ultimate Sweat Challenge 2.0

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Jaime Staples Dreading to Lose $50,000 in Ultimate Sweat Challenge 2.0
If you missed the Staples brothers' amazing weight loss journey, here's a refresher: Bill Perkins' 1-Year Weight Loss Prop Bet - Jamie and Matt Staples still 30+ Pounds away from winning $150,000 Jaime Staples just 8 lbs apart from bro Matt as $150K Weight Loss Prop Bet Nears End Jaime Staples and Younger Bro Win $150K Weight Loss Prop Bet from Bill Perkins Ultimate Sweat Round Two - Jaime and Matt Staples must Reach 9.9% Bodyfat within a Year This week, Jaime Staples [...]
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WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 187 Hopefuls

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WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 187 Hopefuls

WPTDeepStacks Brussels draws a massive 530-person field, 187 advance into Day 2

Registration for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event closed last night when the final two of three starting flights were wrapped. All in all, the latest edition of the tournament drew 530 entrants. However, only 187 of them made it through their respective starting flights and will return to the host casino – Grand Casino Brussels Viage – to continue their fight for the title and the first-place prize.

Action on Friday kicked off with Day 1B of the €1,200 buy-in Main Event. And it was a pretty busy day as the second starting flight saw 297 entries register for a chance at becoming WPTDeepStacks’ brand new Main Event champion.

Once all 12 levels scheduled for the day were complete, it was Albania’s Llani Albano who held the largest stack. The player put 226,000 into his bag last night to secure a comfortable entry into Day 2. Albano is among the top stacks on the overall chip counts chart with only three players, all of whom registered in the event on Day 1A, standing above him in the temporary ranking. It will be Mehdi Merai, Day 1A’s chip leader, who will be leading the remaining survivors into Day 2 of the Main Event. Merai scooped 276,500 at the end of his respective flight.

Fresh Off WPTDeepStacks Triumph

It should be noted that Albano is no stranger to WPT success. He has previously taken down a WPT National event namely in Brussels. And just a few days ago, the player captured the title in the WPTDeepStacks Brussels opening event. That should be giving him quite some confidence as the player is heading into Day 2 of the Main Event.

As mentioned earlier, there were two starting flights to be played on Friday at the host casino. Day 1C of the tournament featured a turbo format and kicked off at 10 pm, giving interested players one final chance to enter the Main Event.

Day 1C drew 89 contestants, but only 39 of them made it through the very end to add up to the mix of survivors. Guillaume Darcourt finished the day as the chip leader with 165,000.

All the remaining hopefuls are set to return to the host venue today at 2 pm local time to play Day 2 of the tournament. The field of players will be reduced even further on the second day of poker action. The final day will be played tomorrow when a winner will be crowned and awarded the lion’s share of the prize pool. Information about the final prize pool and the places paid is yet to be released by organizers.

Greek poker pro Ioannis Angelou-Konstas is the defending WPTDeepStacks Brussels champ. The player outlasted a field of 315 entries this past spring to claim the Main Event title and €75,000 in prize money.

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Malta iGaming Awards returning to this month’s SiGMA

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Malta iGaming Awards returning to this month’s SiGMA

This year’s SiGMA exhibition is due to return to the island nation of Malta later this month with the extravaganza revealing that it is once again set to recognize some of the online gambling industry’s best and brightest via the third annual staging of the Malta iGaming Awards. iGaming spectacular: The 2018 edition of SiGMA […]
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Former AGA President, CEO Geoff Freeman joins AGS board

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Former AGA President, CEO Geoff Freeman joins AGS board

The appointment was announced the day after AGS reported mixed results in its third-quarter earnings. The company reported record revenue for the quarter, but missed analysts’ earnings expectations.

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Philippines’ President Needs No Executive Order to Ban Casinos on Boracay, Justice Secretary Admits

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Philippines’ President Needs No Executive Order to Ban Casinos on Boracay, Justice Secretary Admits

The Philippines’ Justice Secretary said today that President Duterte does not need an executive order, but one is highly recommended as the fastest way to a lasting casino ban

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can prevent casino operations from being conducted on the Boracay Island even without an Executive Order (EO), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told local news outlet ABS-CBN News earlier today.

Mr. Guevarra’s comments emerged a day after President Duterte himself pointed out that he did not need an EO to implement a no-casino policy on Boracay. The Philippines’ top official went on to say that it was the people of Boracay who did not want gambling venues in the popular tourism draw and that it was his duty to listen to what his people wanted and make sure there would be no casinos there.

In today’s comments, Mr. Guevarra noted that President Duterte has the power and tools to ban casinos from operating on the island, which was recently reopened after a six-month environmental cleanup. However, the Justice Secretary added that an EO is still a measure he highly recommends as it “sets a long-term policy and provides a formal framework for all government actions pertaining to the subject matter.”

With his latest comments, Mr. Guevarra reiterated his opinion on the issue. Last month, the official penned a letter to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sayind that the Department of Tourism should urge President Duterte to issue an EO as it was “the most expedient and effective” means to stop gambling operations on the island.

Boracay has long been one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines. According to official statistics, the island has annually welcomed more than 2 million tourists over the past several years.

The island was shuttered in late April for a six-month environmental cleanup, following the publication of an environmental review of the island back in February. The review found that many Boracay businesses had for years discharged untreated waste water directly into the sea and that a number of developments had been undertaken without the necessary construction permits being obtained.

Enraged by those findings, President Duterte called the island a cesspool and ordered its closure for a period of six months, during which an environmental cleanup would be carried out.

President Duterte’s War on Casinos

News emerged shortly before Boracay’s closure that Macau hotel and casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Corp. and its local partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corporation, had secured a provisional license from PAGCOR, the country’s gambling regulator, for the construction of a $500-million resort on the island.

The announcement of Galaxy’s project enraged President Duterte, who has never been a big fan of gambling and has made that quite clear, even more. What followed was a new wave of his continued crackdown on everything gambling. The top official vowed to prevent the materialization of Galaxy’s casino scheme and to purge Boracay from all existing gambling operations. The island casino ban extended to the rest of the country as the President has repeatedly pointed out that there will be no new casinos anywhere in the Philippines.

He reiterated his intentions to prevent any proposed expansion of the nation’s casino industry yesterday, saying that the proliferation of gambling spurs growth in crime rates, including crimes related to drug dealing and kidnappings as well as financial crimes.

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Mehdi Merai Leads after WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 1A

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Mehdi Merai Leads after WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 1A

Merai bags the chip lead after Day 1A of the brand-new WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

The WPTDeepStacks series is back to Grand Casino Brussels Viage in the capital of Belgium for another thrilling poker festival. The €1,200 Main Event is under way now and the first of its three starting flights was completed yesterday at the host casino.

Day 1A saw 144 entrants jump into action, all vying to secure a seat into Day 2 and then advance further into the tournament. Two more starting flights are to be played within the schedule of the Main Event, both of which will take place later today at the host casino.

Of all 144 competitors who registered during the opening flight, there were only 49 to survive all twelve levels played yesterday.

Mehdi Merai bagged and tagged the largest stack at the end of the day, good for 276,500 in chips. The player is looking to score his first cash from the World Poker Tour. He has two previous in-the-money finishes from live tournaments, the most recent of which he collected this past spring when he finished third in the Winamax SISMIX Main Event in Marrakech. The player took home the amount of $54,125 for his efforts.

Andrea Ricci with 250,000 and Vincent Londez with 227,500 rounded out top three of the temporary leaderboard after Day 1A of the tournament. And Michael Gathy with 190,000 and Bruno Soutavong with 184,000 completed the top five of the chip counts chart.

Other Notables in Contention

Dutchman Rens Feenstra, who topped the field of the WPT Amsterdam Main Event this past spring, was also among the players to secure a seat into Day 2. However, he will not enjoy an easy start of the next stage of the tournament as he only bagged 25,500 last night.

There were also a number of notables who entered the Main Event yesterday but could not make it through all twelve events. WPTDeepStacks Vilamoura champ Jimmy Livramento, reigning WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year Tobias Peters, and Joris Ruijs were among those to exit the tournament on Day 1A.

However, they still have chance to advance into Day 2 as Day 1B is about to kick off at the host casino. Action starts at 2 pm local time. There will also be an additional starting flight to take place today. Day 1C is slated to begin at 10 pm local time, but it will feature a turbo structure to give interested players one last chance to secure a spot into Day 2.

Greece’s Ioannis Angelou-Konstas (pictured) won the latest edition of the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event. The player bested a field of 315 this past spring for a first-place prize of €75,000. Angelou-Konstas has one more title from the poker series. Last October, he took down the WPTDeepStacks Main Event in the Netherlands for €56,806 in prize money. Most recently, the Greek player celebrated his triumph in the £5,300 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS Dusk Till Down Main Event for his career’s largest prize of £940,000.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Key Gambling Takeaways from the Midterms

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Key Gambling Takeaways from the Midterms

Everyone with a microphone or a laptop called them the most important midterm elections in modern US history; the political event that would shape the remaining two years of Donald Trump’s Presidency by either weakening his power or further expanding it. But even though the future of one of the most controversial political figures of our time takes center stage in post-election comments and discussions, it should also be noted that the midterms will have a shaping and lasting effect on the nation’s casino and sports betting landscape.

The legal sports betting market has been expanding rapidly in the wake of the mid-May landmark ruling of the US Supreme Court that struck down a federal ban on wagering on professional and amateur sports. It is now up to individual states to decide whether they should legalize sports betting, but in some states the legalization process cannot happen without the approval of a majority of its voters.

Tuesday’s midterms saw Arkansas voters take to the polls to cast a vote on whether they wanted legal sports gambling, among other things. But aside from Arkansas, a few more states had casino- and/or betting-related measures on the ballot. In addition, the choice of a Governor in a few other states is poised to have a direct impact on gambling in those in the coming few years.

Here are several gambling-tinged takeaways from the 2018 midterm elections and what the results mean for the US gambling industry.

Florida Hands Gambling Decision to Its Residents

Amendment 3 was one of the most controversial and widely discussed measures on the 2018 Florida ballot. Titled Voter Control of Gambling in Florida, the initiative aimed to ensure that state residents were given the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize” any proposals for gambling expansion on the territory of the state.

The measure was overwhelmingly approved with 5,572,528 ‘Yes’ votes cast to just 2,227,226 ‘No’ votes. This means that any proposed changes in the state’s gambling landscape will first have to be approved by a 60% majority of Florida’s electorate.

The initiative was spearheaded by the Voters in Charge ballot measure committee. The organization managed to collect the required number of signatures early this year after a long lobbying campaign. Lobbying efforts continued throughout the year and those included several big corporations pouring significant amounts of money in support of the measure.

Here it is important to note that Amendment 3 was promoted as an initiative that aimed to restore voters’ control over casino gambling and gambling as a whole. That control had belonged namely to voters for decades after gambling had originally been legalized on the territory of Florida. It was only a few years ago when state lawmakers assumed control over gambling-related decisions.

Amendment 3 could not have succeeded without its major donors, which most notably included Disney Worldwide Services Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns and operates casinos across the state. Each of the two gave in excess of $20 million ahead of the midterm elections to lobby for the passage of the proposed amendment.

And each of them have interest in having voters decide on the future of gambling in the state. The Florida Legislature has been trying to expand the local gambling industry, a move that would impact negatively both Disney and the Seminoles’ operations.

Now, as it is up to voters to decide on such matters, the two corporations will be able to lobby against expansion efforts – Disney in a bid to keep its tourism dominance across the state and the Seminole Tribe to keep its casino preeminence. The Seminoles are currently the exclusive operator of table games in the state, generally known to be among the most popular and highest grossing gambling activities not just in Florida but globally.

The Amendment 3 opposing camp was prominently backed by the Miami Dolphins. The NFL franchise got a little bit political in the months ahead of the November 6 elections, quietly spending money on lobbying against the initiative. The Dolphins eventually got a bit vocal on the matter on Monday. In a Tweet from that day, the team urged Florida residents to vote ‘No’ as the amendment’s passage would effectively put an end to sports betting legalization hopes.

Arkansas Voters Approve Casino, Sports Betting Expansion

In Arkansas, residents voted on and passed Issue 4, a constitutional amendment that authorizes the state Racing Commission to issue four casino licenses in four different counties. The initiative could also see the state soon join the ranks of those that offer legal sports betting. The proposed amendment passed by a significant 54.1% to 45.9% margin.

Here it is important to note that with Arkansas being among the nation’s horse racing hotbeds, the legalization of wagering could create a very promising market.

In addition, Issue 4 was promoted as an initiative that aimed to prevent Arkansas from losing gambling money to neighboring states, most prominently from Mississippi. According to statistics from the latter state’s gambling regulator, residents of Arkansas made more than 1.14 million visits to casinos across Mississippi in 2017. In addition, the latter legalized sports betting following the Supreme Court’s ruling and several of its casinos now operate sports books.

A study conducted by the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock claimed that the approval of Issue 4 could result in an economic impact of $5.8 billion for the state over a ten-year period and would create more than 6,000 jobs. As mentioned earlier, the measure now enables the Racing Commission to grant four casino licenses for the provision of full-scale gaming options as well as of sports betting services.

The Oaklawn Racing & Gaming and Southland Gaming and Racing already hold licenses for electronic games, but as Issue 4 was passed, they will be able to obtain casino licenses, as well.

The ballot measure was proposed by the Driving Arkansas Forward initiative. The group had quite some challenges in its bid to put Issue 4 on the November 6 ballot. The measure was rejected by state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge several times due to its wording and other issues spotted by the official. It eventually received the necessary approval in May. Driving Arkansas Forward then had to gather 84,859 valid signatures in order to have its proposal added on the ballot.

Louisiana Could Soon Offer Legal Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports contests have gained quite some popularity over the years, with DraftKings and FanDuel being the absolute rulers of that nascent market. Among other things, Louisiana voters were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on DFS at the midterm elections.

Unlike in other states, the Louisiana DFS initiative had one major complication. Instead of a statewide approval, DFS contests will only be legal in those of the state’s 64 parishes that voted ‘Yes’ on Tuesday. The measure was passed in 47 parishes.

However, it will be a little while before DFS services go live in the state. Lawmakers will have to draft and approve a legislation that will set out the regulations under which the nascent industry will operate.

While the DFS vote does not have any direct impact on the potential legalization of sports betting in Louisiana, analysts believe that it can be indicative of how residents feel about legal wagering. State lawmakers failed to act on sports betting this year but have promised that at least one bill on the matter would be tabled during next year’s legislative session.

What Do Illinois, Ohio, and Georgia’s New Governors Think of Expanded Gambling?

Democrat J.B. Pritzker toppled first-term Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in the Illinois gubernatorial race. Gambling expansion has long been a topic broadly discussed by state lawmakers, but efforts for the addition of more gambling options to Illinois’ existing market have traditionally failed in the Legislature.

While sports betting was not a main issue in Governor-elect Pritzker’s campaign, he has indicated earlier this year that he would support its legalization. Mr. Pritzker has told local media that betting has proved to be “a revenue generator” and that it should be regulated with the right laws in place.

Ohio also elected a Governor who has shown support for sports betting. Republican Mike DeWine, who has served as the state’s Attorney General since 2011, won the elections Tuesday. Commenting on the mid-May SCOTUS ruling, Mr. DeWine said earlier this year that while he was not a fan of gambling, he would support the creation of a well-regulated sports betting industry in Ohio.

In Georgia, efforts for the legalization of casino gambling have been launched on multiple occasions. But those have all failed, despite promises of major economic impact from the construction of destination resorts with casino floors in the state, including a mega-resort in Atlanta.

Republican candidate Brian Kemp will take over as the state’s new top official early next year. Mr. Kemp has previously said in comments during his campaign that he would oppose any casino legalization proposals if he won the race. State lawmakers have revealed plans to table casino bills next year, so it is yet to be seen whether any future efforts will succeed with Mr. Kemp heading the Legislature.

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Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan 2018

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Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan 2018

Two-day conference program adds Asia eSports Forum The second annual Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan kicked off Tuesday with a chance for attendees to acquire deeper knowledge of the booming Asian gaming business. Land-based gambling, online casinos, sports betting, eSports, and Asian lotteries are covered in-depth with the conference wrapping up with poolside drinks. The closing […]
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Gaming in Spain Conference to live stream internationally relevant sessions

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Gaming in Spain Conference to live stream internationally relevant sessions

This Thursday, November 8, three sessions that are relevant to a wider, international audience will be live streamed from the convention floor of the Gaming in Spain Conference. The live streams will be available from Gaming in Spain’s homepage: www.gaminginspain.com. The following sessions will be part of the live stream (actual start and ending times may differ slightly): 1. 10:35-10:55 ...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

21.com Partners receives Affiliate Guard Dog certification

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21.com Partners receives Affiliate Guard Dog certification

Online gambling affiliate program review service Affiliate Guard Dog has announced that 21.com Partners has been approved by its team to become the latest member of its Platinum Certified Program. ‘Affiliate-friendly’ recognition: Established in 2009, Affiliate Guard Dog was acquired by independent online casino directory and review website LCB.org last year and employs factual metrics […]
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Russian Banks Now Implement Payment Ban to Offshore Gambling Operators

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Russian Banks Now Implement Payment Ban to Offshore Gambling Operators
The bill signed by Vladimir Putin over a year ago is now baring its fangs, with state-owned Sberbank now coldly rejecting transactions to offshore gambling sites and ewallets. Russia's move to make banks and payment processing companies ban online gambling payments is now in full swing as state-owned and the biggest bank in Russia Sberbank has confirmed that it will no longer allow the processing of online transactions involving blacklisted offshore gambling websites. On October 19, Federal [...]
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Wazdan attends ICE Africa as part of their global development strategy

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Wazdan attends ICE Africa as part of their global development strategy

Dynamic slots manufacturer Wazdan attended the first edition of ICE Africa, the first ICE event to have been exported outside of the UK. ICE Africa is a mirror of the African industry’s appetite for rapid expansion, and over 1200 gaming representatives from 24 African Nations and 89 worldwide attended the Johannesburg show. The African market is in different stages of ...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Rumor: Tsoukernik's Private Poker Games at King's Casino reach €20K/€40k Blinds

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Rumor: Tsoukernik's Private Poker Games at King's Casino reach €20K/€40k Blinds
At The Home of WSOP Europe 2018 King's Casino Rozvadov in Czech Republic, the poker game stakes were rumored to reach up to an astounding €20k/€40k last week, and hosting this rather super-high nosebleed games was none other than the casino owner himself, Leon 'Loose Leon' Tsoukernik, who specially invited some of the uber-rich players in the industry to come to his home poker session. On October 26, partypoker posted in their Instagram account a picture of the high [...]
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Delayed Action in Queensland Sets Back Launch of Australia’s Nationwide Gambling Self-Exclusion Scheme

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Delayed Action in Queensland Sets Back Launch of Australia’s Nationwide Gambling Self-Exclusion Scheme

The National Consumer Protection Framework is not quite ready to be rolled out as Queensland is yet to vote on it

The rollout of a nationwide self-exclusion system for Australians trying to quit online gambling is set to be delayed because of Queensland, as the state has remained the only Australian jurisdiction that is yet to approve the proposed measures, news outlet the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The self-exclusion scheme has been in the works for over three years and aims to help people with problem gambling behavior and gambling addicts quit gambling on the nation’s licensed betting websites.

All other Australian states and territories have officially agreed to introduce the self-exclusion system, but Queensland legislators are yet to vote on it which will imminently delay the introduction of the proposed reforms across the nation.

The scheme, known as the National Consumer Protection Framework, includes a new set of tools and standards intended to curb problem gambling and strengthen existing consumers protections within the online betting space. Aside from a self-exclusion tool allowing gamblers to ban themselves from gambling on licensed websites and apps, the framework also includes a voluntary pre-commitment system allowing bettors to set their own betting limits as well as a nationwide ban on bookmakers to provide “inducements” to lure customers into registering with their websites.

Queensland Delaying the Process

As mentioned earlier, Queensland has remained the only Australian jurisdiction that is yet to approve the National Consumer Protection Work. It is understood that the federal government has been urging Queensland Attorney General Yvette D’Ath table the responsible gambling measures to the state’s government and press for quick approval of those.

A spokeswoman for Ms. D’Ath has told the Sydney Morning Herald that the Queensland government has been working on its own problem gambling framework that will also be consistent with the nationwide scheme. State lawmakers have informed the Attorney General’s office that both frameworks will be finalized by the end of the year, the spokeswoman has added.

Lauren Levin, Policy Director at Financial Counselling Australia, has been among the most active lobbyists for the responsible gambling reforms. In recent comments, she has said that the implementation of the nationwide self-exclusion program is “desperately needed” and “urgent” and that the government should make it its priority.

The proposed measures have received support from Australia’s largest bookmakers, including Tabcorp, Sportsbet, BetEasy, bet365, Ladbrokes, and Unibet.

Lobbyists are pressing for urgent reforms in the nation’s responsible gambling policies at a time when studies are showing that Australians are the spendiest gamblers in the world. According to the latest data published by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, Australian gamblers wagered A$209 billion in 2016/2017, up 0.7% from the prior year. In addition, one of the latest snapshots of problem gambling in Australia, provided by the Australian Gambling Research Centre, shows that around 7.5% of the nation’s population, that is around 1.4 million people, are experiencing a low, moderate, or high level of gambling harm.

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Betsoft Gaming deals with Royal Spinz – Content Partnership

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Betsoft Gaming deals with Royal Spinz – Content Partnership

Further expanding its presence in the European market, Betsoft Gaming deals with Royal Spinz, a multinational online operator. As Betsoft Gaming deals with Royal Spinz and under the terms of the agreement, Royal Spinz gains access the full suite of Betsoft content: established favourites and exciting innovations from across the SLOTS3TM series, and the provider’s slate of popular table games. ...

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Monday, November 5, 2018

partypoker signs Partnership Deal with PGA EuroPro Tour in 2019

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partypoker signs Partnership Deal with PGA EuroPro Tour in 2019
Online poker site partypoker has inked a new sponsorship deal with the PGAEuroPro Tour and will become the Official Partner of the golf brand this coming 2019. In addition to being included in social media adverts, the deal would see partypoker getting branding rights at events scheduled next year at the EuroPro Tour and their name would also be seen across EuroPro Tour promotional materials. Also, partypoker shall send 4 teams to join in on the EuroPro Tour 2019 circuit, with each team cons[...]
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United States gambling landscape facing ‘mid-term’ ballot initiatives

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United States gambling landscape facing ‘mid-term’ ballot initiatives

Those interested in the future landscape of gambling in the United States will reportedly be taking a keen interest in tomorrow’s ‘mid-term elections’ as five states are asking voters to cast their ballot on local initiatives that could result in significant changes to the status quo. Direct democracy: According to a Friday report from The […]
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The inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC) – new destination announced for 2019

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The inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC) – new destination announced for 2019

The inaugural European Gaming Congress took place last month on the 16th of October in Ljublana and has recorded a significant success for European Gaming Media and Events. European Gaming Congress (EGC) is the newest conference in the portfolio of the company and targets a broader audience in the Europe with panel discussion covering all the region’s markets. “We are ...

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Microgaming announces new Lucha Legends slot game

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Microgaming announces new Lucha Legends slot game

Microgaming has decided to jump into the wrestling ring with their latest release Lucha Legends. Featuring five of the finest wrestlers in Mexico, the new online slot game allows players to take center stages as the luchadores go head to head, helping players to earn big wins! Legendary Luchadores: This new slot is a 5-reel, […]
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Michael Hubbard Assumes Overall Chip Lead after WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 1B

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Michael Hubbard Assumes Overall Chip Lead after WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 1B

Michael Hubbard leads 54 survivors into Day 2, defending champ Max Young out

The WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event kicked off on Friday with the first of two starting flights to draw 176 entries. And Day 1B was even busier at the host casino on Saturday. As many as 266 entrants registered in the tournament through that second starting flight, but only 32 of them survived until the very end.

Michael Hubbard, a player from Windsor, California, surged into the chip lead and eventually bagged 856,000 after a terrific run throughout the day. The player will lead the remaining 32 hopefuls from Day 1B as well as the Day 1A survivors into Day 2 of action as the overall chip leader.

The player is 300,000 clear of his nearest opponent who happens to be Khoa Tran with 550,000. Sam Renshaw with 547,500 rounds out the top three of the temporary leaderboard. All three players entered the Main Event through Flight B. Five-time gold ring winner Scott Steward was the Day 1A chip leader. However, after Day 1B, the player now stands fourth on the chip counts chart.

Stacked Field

All in all, this year’s edition of the Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event drew 442 entries through its two starting flights. A prize pool of $669,930 was thus generated. The top 45 finishers will receive a share of the money. A minimum cash is worth $3,027, but all remaining contenders are certainly eying the top prize of $147,314 and the accompanying gold ring. It is also important to note that the Main Event champion will secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

Day 2 of the tournament is slated to be played today from noon local time at the host casino. The 54 survivors are just nine eliminations away from the money bubble. The Day 2 survivors will next return to Harveys Lake Tahoe on Monday when the champion will be determined.

It should also be noted that Hubbard is leading a star-studded group of players into the event’s second day of action, including record-breaking gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu, who is vying for his 13th title from the WSOP Circuit series.

Other notables still in contention include seven-time gold ring winner Vinny Moscati, five-time gold ring winner Scott Steward, Brett Murray, proud holder of three pieces of WSOP Circuit jewelry, and gold bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli, among others.

Max Young, the defending champion, registered into the event on Day 1B. However, the player got eliminated late into the day, thus missing the chance to score a back-to-back Main Event win at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

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