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Monday, July 23, 2018

Yumi Bui Enters WPT Gardens Poker Festival Main Event Day 2 as Overall Chip Leader

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Yumi Bui Enters WPT Gardens Poker Festival Main Event Day 2 as Overall Chip Leader

Yumi Bui, a player from San Diego, California, is the overall leader from Days 1A and 1B of the WPT Gardens Poker Festival $5,000 Main Event. She bagged the largest stack last night after Day 1B of the tournament to cement her top spot for a chance to win her first major poker title.

Bui put 207,300 worth of chips in her bag to top the leaderboard of the event’s second starting flight as well as of the overall field that is set to head into Day 2. A look at the player’s HendonMob profile shows that she has just over $12,000 in live tournament earnings, but this could very soon change if she keeps her momentum from Day 1B into the next stages of the Main Event at Gardens Casino in Southern California.

Bui said that she accumulated most of her chips after a key hand that saw her on the winning end of a battle involving aces versus kings. Her aces held up to help her secure a lead into Day 2. Despite locking the overnight chip advantage, Bui is followed closely by Alexander Assouline with 206,200.

Notables who also advanced into the next phase of the tournament on Day 1B included Barry Hutter, who bagged a comfortable stack of 180,900, Martin Kozlov, Benny Glaser, Chance Kornuth, and Chris Klodnicki, among others. Popular pros who did not make it through the day included Chino Rheem, JC Tran, and John Hennigan.

Day 1B Field

Day 1B saw 248 entries register into the event. Just as on Day 1A, there were eight one-hour levels scheduled for the day. After all those were completed, there were just 150 players to bag and tag for the night. They will be joined by the 100 survivors from Day 1A for Day 2.

The second playing day of the tournament is scheduled to kick off today at noon local time at the host casino. Registration will remain open until the start of Level 11, so more players are expected to join the hefty field of the tournament.

The overall field from Days 1A and 1B counts 457 entries. The prize pool generated so far amounts to more than $2.3 million. That amount includes the $200,000 contributed by the Gardens Casino to the prize pool. The casino will also award a brand new Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster to the event’s champion. The overall prize pool and the places paid are expected to be announced later today after registration into the Main Event closes.

This is the first time the Gardens Casino in Southern California plays host to WPT’s Main Tour. The popular card room last year opened its doors to the WPT500 brand for an exciting festival. Dang Le topped the hefty 3,266-strong field of the $565 buy-in Main Event to collect $224,500 from the prize pool totaling $1.633 million.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Camel Rock Casino agrees licensing deal with VizExplorer

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Camel Rock Casino agrees licensing deal with VizExplorer

Provider of operational intelligence (OI) solutions to the casino industry, VizExplorer, recently announced that it had entered into a new licensing agreement to initiate deployment of its campaignViz and floorViz solutions at the Camel Rock Casino in New Mexico. Highly competitive market: Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Tesuque, the entertainment facility opened in 1995. […]
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IGT brings Fort Knox video slot to Portugal

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IGT brings Fort Knox video slot to Portugal

Gaming machine and systems innovator International Game Technology (IGT) has reportedly announced that its Fort Knox multi-level progressive jackpot video slot has made its debut in Portugal by being unveiled at Casino Vilamoura. Fort Knox Debut:  According to a Thursday report from G3Newswire… Fort Knox is housed in the New York-listed developer’s CrystalCurve cabinet, which […]
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Australian Racing Rolls Out New Rules to Combat Illegal Online Gambling

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Australian Racing Rolls Out New Rules to Combat Illegal Online Gambling

Australian horse racing trainers and owners could have their computers and mobile devices seized if they are suspected of gambling with illegal betting websites, under a new set of rules by Racing Australia, local news outlet The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Racing Australia is the regulatory body tasked with overseeing Australia’s thoroughbred racing industry. The regulator has adopted speedily a fresh wave of rules aimed at clamping down on illegal offshore operators targeting Australian bettors.

Although Australians are allowed to wager on legal websites, they often prefer black market operators to regulated ones, tempted by the promise of a better product and odds. According to a 2015 report by the former Australian Council, the country’s illegal betting market was worth around A$400 million at the time and was expected to reach A$900 million by 2020.

A study by Racing Wagering Australia, the body that represents the nation’s online wagering sector, claims that the black market could be worth up to A$1.3 billion. The money goes to illegal operators who do not contribute back to Australia’s horse racing industry unlike regulated businesses.

New Regulations

The new rules are set to come into effect from August 1, 2018. They will apply to racing horse owners and trainers. Participants in the nation’s horse racing industry could thus have their electronic devices seized for forensic image if they are suspected to be wagering with non-licensed operators.

Racing Victoria, the regulatory body responsible for the racing industry of the state of Victoria, has previously implemented a similar rule to prevent participants from engaging into illegal operations. Racing Australia will now expand that rule so that it applies to all racing authorities in Australia.

Local regulators, including Racing New South Wales, have said they welcome the new approach to illegal betting as the growing betting market poses a great threat to Australia’s horse racing industry.

News about Racing Australia implementing new rules against illegal operations come shortly after a rollout of announcements from various Australian states and territories that they would implement a point of consumption tax on regulated betting operations.

Most recently, New South Wales confirmed that it would be taxing licensed operators at 10% on their revenue from the state. The new tax would be implemented from January 1, 2019.

Queensland has, too, recently announced that a new taxation regime on betting would take effect on October 1, 2018. Operators servicing customers from the state will be required to pay 15% on revenue from their local operations.

It became known earlier this year that the Australian Capital Territory will introduce a 15% point of consumption tax on January 1, 2019. Victoria will, too, roll out its new regime early next year, but it will tax licensed betting operators on 8% of their revenue from local wagering customers.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

La Jolla tribe adds gaming to local business

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La Jolla tribe adds gaming to local business

In northern San Diego County, a partnership between the federally recognized La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians and multinational oil and gas company, BP, will reportedly see the opening of the La Jolla Trading Post & Casino before the month’s end. The Valley Roadrunner newspaper reports…. Chief executive officer for the 700-member La Jolla tribe, […]
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Melco Opens Two Casino Facilities at Larnaca Airport Within Months

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Melco Opens Two Casino Facilities at Larnaca Airport Within Months

Two satellite casino facilities will open doors at the Larnaca International Airport by the end of the year under an agreement between Integrated Casino Resorts Cyprus and Hermes Airport Ltd., a joint statement by the two companies says.

Integrated Resorts Cyprus represents the joint venture between Hong Kong-based gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment and its Cypriot partner CNS Group. The two companies were selected as the preferred bidder for the development of the first integrated resort with a casino floor in the Republic of Cyprus. Under the term of their license from the Cypriot government, Melco and CNS Group are also set to open four satellite casinos across the tiny Mediterranean republic.

The recently signed agreement with Hermes Airports, the company operating the Larnaca International Airport, will allow Melco and its local partner to establish two gaming facilities at the airport. The agreement has a two-year term and an option for renewal.

The first facility will be located in the departures area and is expected to become operational in the next three months. Only departing passengers will be able to access it. The other facility will be established in the arrivals section of the airport and will be accessible to everyone. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Both facilities will be branded Cyprus Casinos. They will feature slot machines only and no gaming tables. It is yet to be determined whether the satellite casino at the Larnaca International Airport will be open 24 hours.

Melco Hails First Days of Temporary Casino Operation

News about Melco’s agreement with the Larnaca International Airport emerge days after the company said that its temporary casino in Limassol welcomed 34,000 unique visitors during its first three weeks of operation thus beating original expectations. The property opened doors on June 28 as a temporary operation while the main City of Dreams Mediterranean resort is under construction.

Melco revealed that guests from 41 countries played at its casino during its first days. Patrons from Cyprus, Greece, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Russia represented the largest group of players, and slot machines followed by American Roulette proved to be the most popular games.

The temporary operation currently features 242 slot machines and 33 gaming tables, a VIP salon, a restaurant, and two bars. It is open 24/7 and players must be 21 or over in order to be admitted to the gaming floor. Melco has said that 6,000 patrons have joined its rewards program since the casino opened doors.

The main resort is currently under development in Limassol. The property is slated to open doors in 2021. Melco plans to invest more than €550 million into what would be its first integrated resort outside Asia. The company has said that it would look to combat seasonality in Cyprus by establishing an operation that would be drawing visitors all year round.

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Ponca Tribe could open new casino

Friday, July 20, 2018

Menopause: The Musical at Harrah's Las Vegas celebrates 5,000th performance

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Menopause: The Musical at Harrah's Las Vegas celebrates 5,000th performance
The landmark show was welcomed by Las Vegas celebrities and VIPs who walked the red carpet before the show, including The Bronx Wanderers, Katie Kenner (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man), Tenors of Rock, cast members from The Miss Behave Gameshow and Clint Holmes.
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