Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

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

Win Systems triples its presence in G2E Las Vegas 2018 to showcase impressing new launches

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Win Systems triples its presence in G2E Las Vegas 2018 to showcase impressing new launches

Win Systems, the leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, is ready one more year for G2E Las Vegas (stand #2848) from 9th to 11th October

1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

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1X2 Network partners with WeAreCasino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nicholas Pupillo Eyes Third WSOP Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

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Nicholas Pupillo Eyes Third WSOP Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

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

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

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

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

The Day 1A Chip Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

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Online Casino Innovator 2018 award for Wazdan

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

Federal Sports Betting Hearing Packed With Hyperbole And Misunderstandings

Federal Sports Betting Hearing Packed With Hyperbole And Misunderstandings
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The 90-minute federal sports betting hearing was packed with testimony on both sides, but for NJ sports betting, it's carry on as usual for now.

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OlyBet Becomes Title Sponsor of Largest Baltic Basketball League

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OlyBet Becomes Title Sponsor of Largest Baltic Basketball League

OlyBet, the leading online gaming and sports betting operator in the Baltic region, became the Title Sponsor of the newly launched Baltic’s largest basketball league.

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

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel sale falls through

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The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel sale falls through

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

The Ryder Cup Is Here, And Kambi Swings Into Action In NJ Sports Betting

The Ryder Cup Is Here, And Kambi Swings Into Action In NJ Sports Betting
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Golf's Ryder Cup only happens once every two years, so Kambi's NJ sports betting sites such as DraftKings Sportsbook are pouring on the betting options.

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NetEnt AB games launched in western Canada

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NetEnt AB games launched in western Canada

Just a week after premiering a new affiliate service and online casino games and solutions developer NetEnt has announced that a range of its titles are now available to players in the western Canadian province of British Columbia. Benefitting from IGT tie-up: According to an official press release from the Stockholm-based innovator, the debut has been […]

Thursday, September 27, 2018

PokerStars VR virtual reality poker -- POKERSTARS

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PokerStars VR virtual reality poker -- POKERSTARS

PokerStars is previewing a virtual reality version of its online poker software in expectation of a commercial release in the future.

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

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

Complete Success For Zitro At The Torremolinos Show

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Complete Success For Zitro At The Torremolinos Show

Zitro exhibited its latest creations for Video Bingo and Video Slots, which will be a revolution for the Spanish market in the coming months, at the recent Andalusian Game Congress Expo.

The Stars Group Sets Sights on Expansion and Revenue Mix Diversification

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The Stars Group Sets Sights on Expansion and Revenue Mix Diversification

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

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

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

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

Two Major Acquisitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Focus on Sports Betting

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

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

The US Betting Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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