Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Online Poker's 20th Anniversary

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Online Poker's 20th Anniversary
January 1, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of online poker, ever since Planet Poker became the very first virtual card room to host real-money games. Planet Poker ran online poker games at approximately nine months before the film Rounders launched in movie theaters. If you have played at Planet Poker in the past, you will surely feel those nostalgic, and for sure you have been one of those who patiently played online poker via dial-up modems! Planet Poker was the very first virtual card room to a[...]

Aristocrat’s Dragon Link™ showing much eastern and western promise

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Aristocrat Technologies’ new Dragon Link™ game, being launched to European markets on Stand S3-250 at ICE, has received further endorsement for its crowd-pleasing abilities following publication of the latest Eilers- Fantini Quarterly US Slot Survey

Steve Wynn allegations could hurt future of Wynn Resorts Limited

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Steve Wynn allegations could hurt future of Wynn Resorts Limited

The sexual misconduct allegations recently levied against American casino magnate Steve Wynn (pictured) could reportedly have a negative long-term impact on his Wynn Resorts Limited casino-operating enterprise by affecting its ability to successfully renew or maintain its gaming licenses. Seventy-six-year-old Wynn serves as Chief Executive Officer for Wynn Resorts Limited, which runs a string of luxury integrated casino resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, and he was accused via a Saturday story published in The Wall Street Journal newspaper of possibly pressuring some of his workers into performing sexual acts. According to a report from the MarketWatch financial information service, these allegations have led to the share price for Las Vegas-based Wynne Resorts Limited dropping by as much as 9% since Monday while credit rankings firm S&P Global Ratings subsequently decreased the company’s BB- ratings outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’. S&P Global Ratings reportedly declared that its downward revision had reflected ‘the significant uncertainty surrounding the resolution of various investigations into the misconduct allegations against’ Wynn including one recently announced by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding the billionaire’s ‘suitability and integrity’ to run gambling at the under-construction Wynn Boston Harbor Resort. “This includes the extent to which these allegations impair Wynn Resorts Limited’s brand and hurt cash flow, whether the company is able to maintain its gaming licenses, whether there will be a transition in leadership and, if so, what form that might take,” reportedly read a statement from S&P Global Ratings.

A.J. Kelsall Ends WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship Day 2 as Overnight Chip Leader

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A.J. Kelsall Ends WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship Day 2 as Overnight Chip Leader

The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship completed one more day on its schedule. It can be said that for yet another year, the event proved utter success with its high attendance.

The tournament attracted a field of 1,244 entries who put the guaranteed prize pool of $3 million well in the rear. After registration closed at the end of Level 2 on Day 2, organizers announced that as many as 156 lucky players will split a prize pool of $3,967,000.

Day 2 of the tournament, played on Tuesday at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, kicked off with 548 hopefuls from the two starting flights. Two hundred and so more players joined them at the poker tables, taking advantage of the late registration option.

As it happens during WPT Main Tour Main Events, it was an action-packed day. By the time all scheduled levels were completed, the start-of-the-day field was reduced to just 159 contenders. In other words, the remaining field is just three eliminations away from bursting the money bubble.

A.J. Kelsall ended up as the overnight chip leader with a stack of 768,500 in chips. Here it is interesting to note that the player managed to build that stack from a start-of-the-day one worth around 38,000.

More about the Chip Leader

Kelsall boasts live poker bankroll of more than $1 million, cashed over the course of nearly 17 years and from more than 100 live tournaments. The Florida resident entered the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship fresh from a fifth-place finish in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPTDeepStacks $1,100 Main Event, from which he collected $56,239.

As mentioned earlier, Kelsall entered Day 2 of the WPT Borgata event with 38,000 in chips, which he multiplied into the largest stack at the end of the day. The player told WPT staff after play concluded for the day that he managed to win several extremely important hands that brought him 50,000 or 100,000, or even more. In addition, he did not lose any big hands throughout the day, which further helped him cement his position on top of the leaderboard.

Of his poker preferences, Kelsall said that he plays a little bit of everything, but does not think to be excelling in any of the different poker games. He further noted that he has been playing No-Limit Hold’em for quite some time now and that he does not enjoy it as much as he used to before. He named triple draw and razz some of his favorite poker games and noted that he enjoy playing these at the WSOP.

Day 3 action at the Borgata is slated to resume at noon local time. Organizers will fire things up by bringing in the Action Clock. As mentioned above, the money bubble is expected to burst shortly after the beginning of play. Min-cashes start from $6,129. As for the winner, they will cash $651,928 from the event.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Interblock Adds Seasoned Gaming Expert Paul Sheppard to North America Team

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Casino Giants Register Interest in Cairns Global Tourism Hub Plan

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Major casino companies have registered interest in participating in a project for the construction of a A$1-billion integrated resort in the city of Cairns, the Queensland government said earlier today.

The Global Tourism Hub scheme was introduced last fall. It involves the construction of a multi-purpose complex with a casino as well as a number of accommodation, food and beverage, retail, and entertainment facilities. Under the original proposal, the resort could be built on a four-hectare state-owned site at the city’s port. However, MPs said last year that it can technically be located anywhere within a 70-kilometer radius from Cairns.

The Queensland government opened a Registration of Interest process on October 30, 2017, and interested parties had up until January 23 to submit their responses.

It became known earlier today that over 12 registrations were submitted, and some of them came from several globally renowned casino operators. The government said that it would not reveal the applicants for commercial-in-confidence reasons. However, it pointed out that registrations included a mix of state, national, and foreign casino brands.

Local media reported that officials were encouraged by the overwhelming interest in the A$1-billion project, particularly given the fact that some of the world’s biggest casino companies have submitted their registration of interest responses. MPs told media that their exceeded expectations were a good indication that their choice of Queensland’s Tropical North as the preferred home to the future development was the right one.

The proposal for the development of the Global Tourism Hub came as part of the Queensland government’s efforts to further boost the state’s tourism industry, which is believed to be worth A$25 billion and to be employing 200,000 people.

Who Might Have Registered Interest?

While the Queensland government has decided against naming the operators that were interested in building a casino as part of the Global Tourism Hub, we believe that Las Vegas giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. may be one of these. Last spring, the company revealed plans for geographical expansion. It said that it would explore opportunities to enter new markets once its main operating unit emerged from bankruptcy.

What is more, reports emerged last June that Caesars was interested in entering the Queensland casino market through a partnership with Chinese-backed group of investors ASF Consortium, which was picked by the government to develop the A$3-billion Gold Coast Integrated Resort. Several months later, the government rejected the plan, citing environmental concerns and general discontent among Gold Coast residents.

Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp may be another operator to have registered interest in the Global Tourism Hub scheme. Casino News Daily reported last August that the company, which currently operates the NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, had set eyes on Cairns as a potential destination for its international expansion.

With the conclusion of the Registration of Interest process, the Queensland government is set to launch an Expression of Interest process for interested parties. It is also important to note that the government also undertook a community consultation last year. Members of the public are able to voice their opinion on the Cairns project until February 11, 2018.

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888poker XL Blizzard Main Event won by �Pepepepepe.' for $183,867

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The Mystery of Rich Hill

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The Mystery of Rich Hill
The Mystery of Rich Hill

From a distance the mountain is shaped like a saddle. It is located about 10 miles northeast of Wickenburg, AZ., nicknamed the 'Dude Ranch Capital of the World.'

The remains of two ghost towns, Stanton and Weaver, lie at the foot of the mountain. Parts of old buildings still exist, with the desert breezes blowing through the crumbling remains. In the distance a coyote howls. A Gila Monster sits on a rock sunning itself, its tongue darting out to catch flies. A sidewinder rattlesnake slithers off and disappears beneath a barrel cactus.

Rich Hill became famous in 1863 when a party of travelers camped at the foot of the mountain. The group was led by Pauline Weaver. When an animal escaped from the makeshift corral Weaver had set up, one of the members followed it to the top of the mountain. There his eyes nearly popped out of his head.

The mountain was covered with gold.

There were nuggets everywhere. In the stream running across the top of Rich Hill. In the boulders strewn across the mountain top. Some of the nuggets were as large as potatoes and that part of the mountain gained the nickname the 'Potato Patch.'

Within a short period of time when gold was selling for about $10 an ounce, the Weaver party extracted more than $100,000 in gold. The gold was so abundant they didn't even have to do much digging, removing most of it with shovels and knives.

The gold discovery occurred nearly 160 years ago. Since that date, an estimated $900 million in gold has been taken from the Rich Hill area. And the truly amazing part of the story is that, according to the prospectors who are working the area, the mother lode has not yet been discovered.

Joe Wilcox was a gold prospector who divided his time between Phoenix and his home in Sedona, AZ. where he and his family operated an Indian trading post. I met him in the early 1980s when I worked as a reporter for the Phoenix Gazette.

Joe was helping a friend promote a service station by setting up a sluice box and letting motorists pan for gold, using ore that Wilcox had transported in a pickup truck from Rich Hill. I stopped my car to fill it with gas and tried my luck at panning. I found a tiny gold nugget in my gold pan and became hooked.

The prospector and I became fast friends and he agreed to take me to Rich Hill the following Saturday. We made the 60-mile drive from Phoenix in Joe's pickup and spent the day panning for gold after a two-hour trek up a mountain trail that took us to the top of the mountain.

'Here is what is so amazing and mysterious about Rich Hill,' Wilcox said. 'Even after all the prospecting and mining over the past 160 years, the mountain is still loaded with gold. After a heavy rainstorm, it just pops out of the ground. Nobody can explain it. This is a phenomenon of nature.'

That day thanks to Joe's tutoring, I found a gold nugget big enough to make into a ring. Joe cracked open a boulder in the middle of the stream and discovered 13 tiny gold nuggets concealed in the clay inside the boulder.

Today there are a number of gold prospecting clubs that have staked claims on Rich Hill. There are 'No Trespassing' signs scattered across the mountain and gold seekers equipped with shovels, picks, crowbars, gold pans and sluice boxes can be spotted in the area seven days a week.

Joe was a poker player as were several of the prospectors I met in the Wickenburg area. They played in home games as well as at the American Legion Posts in Phoenix and Wickenburg.

One of the prospectors I met in the area was a retiree in his 70s. He lived in a camper that he parked near the foot of the mountain. He and Joe were old friends. Once he was convinced I was okay, he showed me some of his treasures. They contained two solid gold bars that he had melted down from the gold he had found in the stream at the foot of the mountain and on Rich Hill.

'This is part of my retirement package,' he joked. 'I just like to look at the gold and realize that I found it on my own with no help from the government.'

Another person I met on Rich Hill was a professor from Arizona State University. Along with his passion for prospecting for gold, he collected rattlesnake venom that the university used in an ongoing program to find a cure for cancer. His nickname was Rattlesnake Pete, he wore a beard and carried a machete, and he brewed a mean cup of cowboy coffee.

One prospector told me candidly that the story of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine could not compare to the mystery of Rich Hill.

'A lot of men have searched for the Lost Dutchman in the Superstition Mountains,' he said. 'All most of them have found is sunstroke, mosquito bites and fool's gold. Rich Hill is literally a mountain of gold and the mother lode is still out there waiting for somebody to discover it.'

At the Arrowhead Bar, a watering lounge located a few miles from Wickenburg, a grizzled prospector sipped his beer while he recounted his experiences looking for gold in the area.

'There's an old saying that a gold mine is a hole in the ground owned by a liar,' he said. 'While that's probably true, the people who have discovered gold on Rich Hill aren't liars. This is real gold country and they'll be finding gold on this mountain a hundred years from now.' He winked and finished his beer.

I have been to the top of Rich Hill half a dozen times over the past two decades. From the top of the mountain you can see for 75 miles in all directions. There are parts of old wheelbarrows on the mountain top and piles of rocks and boulders that have been moved over the years in the relentless search for gold. You can feel the history. It's alive.

On one of my trips to Rich Hill, an actor friend named Dick Alexander accompanied me. Dick was a friend of Nick Nolte, Wilford Brimley and Michael Landon, the star of 'Bonanza' and producer of the 'Little House On The Prairie' television series. Dick had played a recurring role as a Catholic Priest in the series.

As we stood on top of the mountain, Dick was impressed by the grandeur of the place.

'This is real Arizona,' he said. 'You can almost feel the presence of the pioneers who discovered the gold here. The place gives me the shivers.'

I agreed. The mystery of Rich Hill will do that to you.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fallout continues over Steve Wynn sexual misconduct allegations

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Fallout over sexual misconduct allegations and the resignation of Steve Wynn as Republican National Committee fundraiser mounted Sunday as calls increased for lawmakers and groups to return contributions and disavow support.

GameAccount Network to power Ocean Resort Casino online offerings

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GameAccount Network to power Ocean Resort Casino online offerings

After last week inking a strategic partnership for the United States with sportsbetting solutions innovator SBTech, British online gaming software supplier GameAccount Network has now revealed the signing of a multi-year deal with the new owner of the coming Ocean Resort Casino. Previously known as TEN Atlantic City until it was sold for $200 million earlier this month to an entity known as AC Ocean Walk LLC and renamed, the 1,399-room Ocean Resort Casino expects to re-open for business in the summer complete with a casino featuring some 2,000 slots as well as approximately 100 gaming tables. To complement this casino, the Atlantic City property additionally intends to offer real-money online gaming and sportsbetting utilizing the New Jersey-licensed platform from GameAccount Network while moreover integrating these propositions with its on-site rewards program via the London-based firm’s Patent3 innovation. “This new Internet gaming destination is currently expected to launch in [the first half of] 2018 and will contribute materially to GameAccount Network’s revenues and earnings in [the second half of] 2018,” read a Tuesday statement from GameAccount Network. “Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is the substantial casino property formerly known as TEN Atlantic City/Revel Casino Hotel Atlantic City.” GameAccount Network also stated that it intends to release its financial results for the twelve months to the end of December on March 29 and expects these to have benefitted from the signing of four more clients for its United States-facing Simulated Gaming offering. It declared that this innovation is now utilized by twelve casinos across the country and accounts for over $8 billion in annual land-based gaming revenues. “GameAccount Network’s United States-facing Simulated Gaming business continued to benefit from the launch of several new United States casino operator clients in 2017 including Ocean Resort Casino, Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World Casino, MGM’s The Borgata, Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone and Station Casinos,” read the statement from GameAccount Network.

Solaire Resort and Casino customers to be rewarded with shares

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Solaire Resort and Casino customers to be rewarded with shares

In the Philippines, the Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Incorporated subsidiary of casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation has reportedly spent approximately $82,468 in order to purchase shares in its parent that it subsequently intends to award to ‘loyal patrons’ of its Solaire Resort and Casino. According to a report from the Manila Bulletin newspaper, the subordinate acquired some 382,900 shares in Manila-listed Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, which also holds a majority stake in the firm behind South Korea’s Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino, after receiving consent from its parent’s board of directors. “These shares shall be given as a reward to Solaire [Resort and Casino’s] loyal patrons and as part of Solaire [Resorts and Casino’s] marketing program,” reportedly read a statement from Bloomberry Resorts Corporation. The newspaper additionally reported that the first nine months of 2017 saw Bloomberry Resorts Corporation realize an over 275% increase year-on-year in its unaudited consolidated profit to just over $116.1 million. The firm purportedly attributed this success to the record performance of its Solaire Resort and Casino and the first positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization from its Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino since the venue was acquired in 2015. “We continue to grow across all sectors and hope to see this uptrend continue until the end of the year,” reportedly read a statement from Enrique Razon, Chairman and majority shareholder for Bloomberry Resorts Corporation. “Our top line and bottom lines are positive and, despite some minor hiccups, I am confident that 2017 will be a banner year.”

GE2 Asia 2018 will Highlight all the Key Industry Segments

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Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, the must-attend marketplace for the Asian gaming-entertainment industry, returns this May to deliver a three-day showcase of leading-edge products, services and technologies.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Partypoker Powerfest in full swing

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Partypoker Powerfest in full swing

Since January 21st, online poker players have been logging on at partypoker to take part in the 7th edition of Powerfest. The poker festival is one of the most popular on offer by partypoker, this time around offering 147 tournament events with $15 million in guaranteed prize money up for grabs. The action continues through February 4th, providing players with plenty of events to enjoy. Powerfest fits players of every bankroll as there are Low, Medium and High tier tournaments provided. The events in the Medium category will have buy-ins 10x the amount of the Low events. The events in the High category will have buy-ins 10x the Medium events. Players can choose to compete for the lesser buy-in, go for mid-range or on the high end, even a mix of them all! Players will find something on the schedule each day in each category. February 4th marks the final day of Powerfest with three events set to offer a $1 million in guaranteed prize money. Players can take part in the Main Event, scheduled for the 4th, offering a buy-in of just $215. This is the Medium option. Players can opt to compete in the Low Main Event for $22 or the High Main Event for $2,100. During Powerfest, party has been providing leaderboard competitions. As players compete in Powerfest events, they earn points based on finishes. The better the tournament finish, the more points earned. Leaderboards are on offer for the Low, Medium and High events. Partypoker will be providing $170,000 in prizes to the top 150 players on each leaderboard. Today, players will find a host of events on the schedule, in Low, Medium and High categories. Take part in Event # 24, a $25K guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event with a $22 buy-in or go for the higher event, the $200k guaranteed event with a $215 buy-in. Additional tournament types on offer today include the Title Fight Special Edition, PKO and Turbo Pot Limit Omaha events, and more. Powerfest continues through February 4th, so there is still plenty of time for players to get in on the online poker action!

Win Up To $5,000 At Liberty Slots & Lincoln Casino

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A week of extraordinary offers and tournaments are instore at two of the most popular online casinos, followed by monthly specials and staggering cash prizes! If you fancy additional spins, reload bonuses and relatively small wagering, navigate to Liberty Slots or Lincoln Casino and choose between this week’s favorite deals.

Whether you seek good deposit boosts or additional rounds on favored slots, Lincoln has got you covered. To get things started, place a symbolic deposit upon login and use the promo code, LCCWSPIN, for an extra 20 spins on Cash Cow. Of course, the party does not end there. Get an additional 40 rounds on Dynasty by using the promo code, LCDXV54, and play from January 22nd to January 29th - winnings can reach up to 5,000X the initial bet!

To wrap it up, the casino is throwing a Ground Hog tournament with $2,000 USD in prizes. Win your share or the whole amount by playing the Fat Cat video slot from the industry’s leading development company, Amaya Gaming. This unique offer is available only until February 4th, and it requires a $5 USD buy-in.

At the same time, Liberty is keeping its loyal customers happy with fresh boosts, promotional rounds and a big money tournament. Players can start betting by making a solid deposit, which grants them a promo code, AUSTRALIADAY, and 20 spins on Triple 10X Wild. This tantalizing offer is available from January 26th to January 28th.

Furthermore, enthusiasts can get their hands busy on Dolphin Reef, which brings another 40 spins via special code, LSPHD92. Finally, 25 supplementary spins await everyone who prefer City of Gold, but only after using, LSCGSPIN as code.

Take the opportunity and use all of the casino’s specials before Cleopatra’s Pyramid Month Long tournament winds-up. Available only until January 31st with a $5,000 prize in real cash, it represents a truly grandiose event. Buy-in and rebuy are only $5 USD, so get in line and start exploring the pyramids. Good luck…