Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nolimit City To Share Content With GiG

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Leading B2B service provider and operator in the iGaming industry, Gaming Innovation Group will integrate Nolimit City games on its award-winning in-house brands, after signing a multi-year content deal with the supplier. The extensive partner network includes famous casino brands such as GUTS, Super Lenny, Betspin and other popular platforms for online betting that recently joined.

Mathias Larsson, managing director at GiG games services, is excited about the newly signed agreement due to the provider’s versatile gaming catalog and players’ extended accessibility on a wide range of sites. Currently, some of the most sought-after titles on the market are exactly Tesla Jolt, WiXX, Oktoberfest and Casino Win Spin, as it can be seen by a growing number of associated promotions at online venues Kaboo and Thrills. The peer-to-peer integration will be delivered through a direct API thanks to the standalone RGS platform by Nolimit which uses a powerful engine for large volumes of play.

Head of Sales at Nolimit City, Malcolm Mizzi, said that a more direct partnership with GiG was inevitable after the group signed an intial content deal back in 2017. By joining one of the greatest networks in the industry, whose efficiency has been widely recognized, our portfolio will be even more accessible in the future across many regulated markets, added Mizzi.

GiG was founded in 2012 and it is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company has been chasing its vision ever since, trying to make iGaming fair and fun for everyone, of course, through an extraordinary complex system of products and even more exceptional services. Other additions will include titles such as Space Arcade, Bet on Poker, Kitchen Drama: BBQ Frenzy and more.


“GiG rolls-out Nolimit City games on in-house brands”,, May 17, 2018.

Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

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Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

After several weeks of speculations over the opening of what would be Ocean Resort Casino, it was recently confirmed that the property, formerly known as Revel, would swing its doors open on June 28. And Hard Rock International had previously picked that exact date to reopen the former Trump Taj Mahal as a Hard Rock-branded casino resort.

The emblematic Atlantic City Boardwalk will thus welcome two new stars to its existing seven casino properties. This year is very special for the city as its celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first-ever commercial casino.

For a very long time, Atlantic City was the only place on the East Coast where commercial Las Vegas-style were allowed. And during that time it maintained fervently its spot as America’s second highest grossing gambling hub, with Las Vegas being the largest such hub by annual revenue produced.

However, the decade after 2006, when a number of states in the northeast part of the country opened new casinos and expanded quickly their gambling industries, turned out to be a complete disaster for Atlantic City. It could not manage the growing competition from neighboring states and, as a result, many of its casinos struggled to stay afloat.

The culmination of Atlantic City’s disastrous decade was represented by the closure of five of its 12 casinos in the period between 2014 and 2016 (Revel closed in 2014, while Trump Taj Mahal was shuttered in 2016).

It seems, however, that the popular casino hub might be ready to turn over a new leaf. In 2017, its seven surviving casinos posted a second consecutive year of revenue growth. They generated a total of $2.66 billion, up 2.2% from 2016. The results came as a much needed encouragement.

The opening of the city’s two new casinos is just over a month away and many see that as a sign that recovery is around the corner. On the other hand, less enthusiastic analysts have warned that Atlantic City’s gambling industry might not be ready for expansion yet.

Who are the owners of the two new properties and what have they promised to bring to the city? How will the opening of two casinos impact Atlantic City’s industry? And is the decision for the openings to take place on the same date a reasonable one? Here is Casino News Daily’s view on the topic.

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Hard Rock International, the Florida-based gaming and hospitality giant, bought the former Trump Taj Mahal from Carl Icahn in the spring of 2017 and just several months after the property’s closure. Hard Rock paid only a fraction of the original prize of what had been dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world by its original owner, US President Donald Trump.

The company then announced that it would spend over $500 million to bring down Trump Taj Mahal’s iconic minarets and replace those by rock’n’roll-style elements the Hard Rock brand is well-recognized for.

Hard Rock obtained the necessary license for the operation of casino gambling from the state Casino Control Commission on May 9, which was actually among the final regulatory steps needed to be completed before the opening of what would run as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

The resort will feature a 120,000-square-foot casino with 2,144 slot machines and 120 table games, a hotel with nearly 2,000 rooms, a number of food and beverage options, and a 7,000-seat event center, among other facilities.

Property owners have pointed out repeatedly that they aim to create a unique entertainment destination that will attract different groups of visitors. Hard Rock has revealed plans to book more than 300 concerts and other events at its Etess Arena over the resort’s first year of operation and has announced quite a lineup, with tickets for some of the upcoming events now being sold.

As for Ocean Resort Casino, it will operate at the site of the former Revel, which sadly closed doors in the summer of 2014 after just two years of operation. The hotel and casino resort cost $2.4 billion to be built, but was then sold to Florida-based businessman Glenn Straub for just $82 million. After failing to reopen the property, Mr. Straub sold it to its current owner – Colorado-based real estate developer Bruce Deifik for $200 million. Mr. Deifik invested another $200 million into the property’s renovation and preparation for opening.

News emerged in April that Ocean Resort Casino would open on the same day as Hard Rock Atlantic City. However, it was not until mid-May that it was confirmed the property would launch namely on June 28.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Deifik said that they wanted to learn from and avoid Revel’s mistakes, and to debut Ocean Resort Casino as a friendlier property than it predecessor was. The new resort would thus offer designated areas at its casino for smokers, unlike Revel which banned smoking inside the gaming floor.

Ocean Resort Casino will also welcome pedestrian traffic to its gambling facility. Construction workers recently brought down the wall that separated the casino from the Boardwalk. That wall is set to be replaced with a door and stairs that would allow visitors into the gaming floor directly from the Boardwalk.

Mr. Deifik’s casino is yet to receive a license from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. This is expected to happen at the regulators meeting on June 6.


Many were perplexed by the announcement that Atlantic City’s new casinos will open doors on the same date. However, industry representatives explained that the decision might actually prove to be a move in the right direction.

Global Gaming Business magazine publisher Roger Gros has explained that while the opening of Hard Rock Atlantic City is the event mainly focused on, Ocean Resort Casino will thus be able to feed on and draw attention to itself on the opening date.

Experts also believe that the opening of two properties on the same day will certainly attract greater attention and visitors, as many would want to witness such a historic moment. It is also important to note that the launch of the two casinos will take place just days before July 4. The holiday is traditionally among the busiest periods of the year for Atlantic City’s casinos and as it lands on Wednesday this year, the city’s two new properties will surely hope to cash in during the weekend before and after.

There have also been concerns that two new gaming venues might not be the best scenario for Atlantic City, now as its revenue has been recovering with seven operational properties. According to many, Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino might oversaturate the local market and pull it back where it was several years ago when many of its gambling floors were struggling to stay afloat.

It is yet to be seen whether the new resorts will help the once thriving casino hub recover at least part of its former glory or bring a new wave of financial and other related issues. One thing is important to note, both new properties are looking to provide visitors with unique experience and this could certainly be of great help at a time when customers, both gambling and non-gambling, are looking namely for diverse experience.

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Macau Won't Authorize Crypto Gambling in Near Future

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Not the brightest piece of news for crypto enthusiasts in Macau – Paulo Martins Chan, Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau Director, stated during the G2E Asia Conference on Wednesday that Macau will not be authorizing cryptocurrency-related gambling operations. Not any time soon, in any case.

He said: “There have been no cryptocurrencies accepted in casinos and these products have not been officially introduced in Macau. […] We put a focus on financial security and from our knowledge, the Macao Monetary Authority (AMCM) also does not encourage the use or products in the market, especially in the gaming sector. We haven’t authorised any cryptocurrency related product.”

As of now, cryptocurrency deals are not illegal for private parties but AMCM has recently stated that cryptocurrencies are illegal and has urged the residents of Macau not to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin.

Last month, one of the residents of Macau was arrested for fraud through promotion of sales of virtual currencies, with SJM gaming operator being the target. Company, Dragon Coin, intends to launch their own junket operations based on cryptocurrencies in Q2 of this year. Their objective was to raise $500 million with the help of local junket partners. Martins Chan has explained that DICJ, “immediately stated in co-operation with AMCM that that company doesn’t belong to any gaming operator in Macau, any junket operator or VIP gaming promotor, so it doesn’t have any relationship with Macau.”


“Gaming related cryptocurrency projects will not be authorised in Macau anytime soon”,, May 16, 2018

BtoBet nominated for EGR B2B Award

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On June 20th, the Hurlingham Club in London will play host to the EGR B2B Awards 2018. The black-tie affair will see gaming industry giants come together to see who is considered the best of the best. Nominations for awards have already been announced with BtoBet being shortlisted as a nominee under the Innovation in […]

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Journalism's Ink-Stained Wretches

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The year was 1967. I was working as a reporter on a weekly newspaper in Phoenix, AZ. when I received a call from my friend and former editor Dave Molina. He was in Los Angeles working as a copy editor for the Herald-Examiner.

'Want a job on a real newspaper,' were his opening words. 'There's an opening here and if you move fast you can have it.'

He gave me the name of the Herald-Examiner's managing editor. I called him, we had a lengthy conversation, and he hired me over the phone. That was how I went to work as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, home of the ink-stained wretches of the fourth estate.

A week later I entered the antiquated building at 1111 S. Broadway that housed the Hearst newspaper. As I walked up the creaky stairwell to the fourth floor where the editorial offices were located, I passed Walter Winchell, the Her-Ex's syndicated Hollywood columnist. He was talking with another Herald-Examiner reporter James Bacon, who had written a best-selling book, 'Hollywood Is A Four-Letter Town.'

'Wow,' I thought. 'I'm with the big boys.'

It didn't take long for me to discover that nearly all of the Herald-Examiner's editorial staff members were drinkers. City Editor Tom Caton, sports writer Al Stump, rewrite reporter Walt Egger, all of them were proud of their ability to drink. Molina and I tried to fit in with their lifestyle.

Every two weeks we cashed our checks at Corky's Bar and Grill, a favorite hangout of the Her-Ex staff. Stump was a successful freelance magazine writer who had published articles in Esquire and True. He had even written a couple of books on baseball legend Ty Cobb.

When I found out about that, I told Stump my Uncle Ott had watched Cobb play baseball.

'He said Cobb would sit in the dugout and use a file to sharpen the spikes on his shoes,' I told Stump.

He nodded. 'He was a mean S.O.B.,' Stump said.

Cobb, a native of Georgia, was a hard drinker and gambler. He was also notoriously cheap. After he hired Stump to ghostwrite his autobiography, 'My Life In Baseball,' they began meeting at his mansion for the interviews.

There was only one problem. It was winter and the place had no electricity. Cobb was involved in a battle with the power company over a bill and the company had turned the electricity off.

'We sat at the table in overcoats shivering while I conducted the interviews,' he said. 'Cobb was unbelievably stubborn when it came to money.'

Cobb was not doing well physically when Doubleday Publishing Co. advanced him $6,000 to write the book. He split the fee with Stump. After the book was published, he died a short time later at the age of 74.

'He would call me up at all hours of the night and ask me to drive him to a casino,' Stump recalled. 'He loved to drink and gamble. Cobb was a tough guy to deal with but I liked him and I'd haul myself out of bed to take him where he wanted to go.'

He said Cobb was very demanding on what he wanted in the book and maintained a tight editorial control on its contents. Stump added that he didn't feel the book reflected the true nature of the baseball player and after his death he wrote a follow-up book called 'Cobb' which was made into a movie.

The film only did about $1 million at the box office before the distributor took it out of the theaters.

I also became friends with James Bacon, a syndicated writer who covered Hollywood. In his book, 'Hollywood Is A Four-Letter Town,' he devoted a chapter to the night he made love to Marilyn Monroe.

She was staying in a cottage on the property of a well-known film producer. The man was in his 70s and Marilyn was his mistress, according to Stump.

'I went over to the cottage and was interviewing Marilyn for an article,' he said. 'We were drinking Dom Perignon champagne when things got romantic. I'll never forget that night.'

I stayed with the Herald-Examiner from 1967 to 1971, covering some big stories including the Charles Manson 'family' murders and trial; the 1969 Los Angeles earthquake; the return of the USS Pueblo crew; the Pentagon Papers; and many other events. It was the best newspaper I ever worked for and I will always be grateful to Molina for making that phone call.

Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

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Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

The World Series of Poker is peeking from the corner with brand new tournaments and more gold bracelets up for grabs. This year the world’s largest and longest running tournament poker series will take place from May 29 to July 17.

The 2018 WSOP will feature 78 official gold bracelet events, including the fourth edition of the now very popular $565 buy-in COLOSSUS. It is also interesting to note that this year the poker festival will feature a record number of 13 tournaments that will kick off after the beginning of the $10,000 Main Event.

And speaking of one of the biggest highlights of the series, the World Championship, it is slated for July 2-14, when its champion will be crowned. This year, for a second straight year, the official nine-handed final table will be played within the series and not in November.

To celebrate the start of what poker fans around the globe hope will be an extremely exciting and successful edition of the WSOP, Casino News Daily has prepared a list of the biggest WSOP Main Event winners throughout the years, or those brave warriors who have outlasted massive fields to eventually scoop the largest prizes to have been awarded in the history of the series. Here they are.

Jamie Gold – $12,000,000

Gold won the 2006 edition of the WSOP Main Event. The player bested a field of 8,773 entries to win the largest ever Main Event prize in the history of the series. It is also important to note that the 2006 World Championship was the largest one by prize pool not just within the WSOP but also within poker history as the amount of $82,512,162 was generated in prize money.

Gold became the last man standing after a heads-up match against five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham. His winning hand was [Qs][9c].

Martin Jacobson – $10,000,000

The Swede outlasted the 6,683-strong field of the 2014 WSOP Main Event. As mentioned above, his share of the event’s total prize pool of $62,820,200 amounted to $10 million. In fact, the 2014 edition of the tournament was the first one to feature a $10-million guarantee for the champion.

Jacobson emerged as the victor after an all-Scandinavian heads-up against Norway’s Felix Vincent Stephensen. A winning hand of pocket tens secured the Swede with the sweet victory. It is also interesting to note that top three of that year’s edition of the Main Event was rounded out by another European player – Dutch poker star Jorryt van Hoof.

Peter Eastgate – $9,152,416

Eastgate was the player to outmaneuver the 6,844-strong field of the 2008 WSOP Main Event and walk away with a first-place prize of $9,152,416 from a total prize pool of $64,333,600. Eastgate, who hails from Norway, is another member of the elite club of Scandinavians to have won one of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments.

The player secured his victory after a heads-up duel against Ivan Demidov. On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Eastgate held [Ad][5s] to be crowned the 2008 Champion.

Jonathan Duhamel – $8,944,138

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel emerged victorious over a field of 7,319 fellow tournament entries to collect $8,944,138 in prize money. The player took the largest share of a prize pool that amounted to $68,798,600.

Duhamel faced John Racener, quite an accomplished player himself, heads-up. The two players clashed for the title, but on the last hand in action it was the Canadian to table the winning [As][Jh] and bust his fellow contender in second place.

Pius Heinz – $8,715,638

The German claimed the 2011 WSOP Main Event title for a payout of nearly $8.8 million. He was the last player standing from a massive field of 6,865 entrants. They generated a prize pool of $64,531,000.

Heinz ran pretty well over the course of the tournament to eventually become one of the two final players at the official final table. The German clashed against Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic in a final battle for the title. Heinz eventually locked that important title with a winning hand of [As][Kc].

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Zitro Announces Zitro Experience Argentina

Zitro Announces Zitro Experience Argentina

During the last year, Zitro has significantly increased its presence in the casinos of Argentina. Currently, more than fifty casinos in the country have Zitro's Bryke video slots, in addition to their popular Video Bingo games.