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Monday, November 19, 2018

Two Tribes Sue Southern California Cardrooms for Providing House-Banked Card Games

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Two Tribes Sue Southern California Cardrooms for Providing House-Banked Card Games

The complaint filed by the two tribes seeks to stop non-tribal cardrooms from operating house-banked card games

Two tribes are suing several Southern California cardrooms, claiming that they have been violating state laws by providing house-banked card games, including blackjack, as well as percentage card games, local news outlets report.

The federally recognized California-based Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians filed a lawsuit on Friday against twelve private, for-profit corporations operating cardrooms across Southern California and a number of unnamed third-party proposition player firms.

The Chumash and Luiseño tribes explained that their suit did not aim to challenge the right of the cardrooms to operate but to challenge the operation of house-banked and percentage card games. Back in 2000, state voters approved Proposition 1A, under which only federally recognized tribes were allowed to offer the above-mentioned card games on tribal land.

In their lawsuit, the two Indian nations said that they would not have taken legal action, if the state Department of Justice and the Gambling Control Commission had moved to enforce the provisions of Proposition 1A. The Chumash and Luiseño tribes further noted that they had been trying to solve the issue for well over a decade now, but with no success.

The legal complaint, filed in the San Diego County Superior Court late last week, stated that by offering house-banked and percentage card games, the defendant card rooms breached the California Constitution and existing gambling laws.

Legal Remedies

The complaint seeks injunction to compel the defendants to stop offering house-banked and percentage card games and legal relief for the financial losses sustained by the two tribes, which has also resulted in the loss of revenue for the government, employment opportunities for tribal members, and goodwill. Allegations in the lawsuit further included unfair competition and public nuisance, among others.

Hustler Casino, Oceans 11 Casino, Hollywood Park Casino, and Hawaiian Gardens Casino were among the defendant card rooms named in the lawsuit. Defendant players were named John Doe 1 through 25 and Green and Red Companies I through XXV.

California tribes and the state’s cardrooms have been in a turbulent relationship for nearly two decades now. As mentioned earlier, the tribes were given the exclusive right to operate house-banked card games back in 2000. A year later and following mounting pressure from California’s non-tribal cardrooms, state lawmakers allowed them to offer card games as long as players acted as the bank, not the house as it was at tribal casinos.

Shortly after, cardrooms started hiring proposition players to act as the bank, thus circumventing the law. A whole new industry emerged as a result, with third-party proposition player companies penning agreements with the cardrooms to provide players. There were also cardrooms that later on started banking their card games, dismissing the law altogether.

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Walter Rodriguez Leads Final Table of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2

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Walter Rodriguez Leads Final Table of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2

Walter Rodriguez leads stacked final table with four former gold ring winners and a former gold bracelet winner; Nate Bandy (pictured) headlines, eyes fifth title from the series

The 712-person field of the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2 is now down to nine players who will return to battle it out for the title today at 3 pm local time at the host casino. The nine final tablists are each guaranteed a min-cash of $4,375, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $46,509 and the accompanying gold ring.

Day 2 of the $400 buy-in tournament was played yesterday, starting with the 70 survivors from the six starting flights. They were all guaranteed a min-cash of $790. As action progressed, the field was whittled down until there were just nine players left. They bagged and tagged for the night to have some time to rest and come up with a winning strategy for the final day of play.

Walter Rodriguez was the player to bag the largest stack at the end of Day 2. The player put 2.34 million into his bag. Austin Reilly trailed not far behind with 2.155 million. Rodriguez and Reilly were the only two players to pass the two-million mark, placing themselves on excellent spots for the beginning of today’s final table.

Nate Bandy with 1.535 million, Longsheng Tan with 965,000, and Steve Foutty with 915,000 were the other three players to make it into top five of the temporary leaderboard.

Tough Competition

While Rodriguez might have secured a somewhat comfortable start into Day 3, the player still has a lot of work to do if he wants to win the lion’s share of the prize pool and the accompanying piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry.

The player will have to navigate his way through a tough field of four former Circuit ring winners and a former WSOP gold bracelet winner. Rodriguez himself is vying for his first piece of Circuit paraphernalia.

Nate Bandy, who currently holds the third largest chip stack, is going for his fifth gold ring from the series. The player claimed his four previous pieces during the series’ 2016/2017 season. Reilly and Bill Hamilton, currently the short stack, each have one ring from the Circuit, while Foutty is eying his fourth title and gold piece.

Chinese player Longsheng Tan is the former gold bracelet winner that has made it into the final table of Event #2 at Planet Hollywood. He won his piece of jewelry over the summer for topping the 1,351-strong field of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The player also scooped $323,472 in prize money.

The final nine players will return to the poker room at Planet Hollywood today at 3 pm local time to resume action and play down to a champion.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Complexity Gaming partners with WinStar

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Complexity Gaming partners with WinStar

Leading esports organization, Complexity Gaming, has partnered with Chickasaw Nation-owned and operated WinStar World Casino and Resort. The recently-inked partnership marks the first time a casino has been designated by a U.S. esports organization as its official sponsor. According to the official press release… Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Complexity Gaming, Jason Lake said, “WinStar is a preeminent gaming and […]
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HyperCasino set to launch soon

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HyperCasino set to launch soon

Sister to NightRush Casino, HyperCasino is set to launch in the near future, offering players a quality online casino gaming experience. With Maltese and UK licensing, players in several regions will be able to access this up and coming brand. Areas included once the brand is live are the UK, Norway, Germany, Austria, Canada, Finland […]
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Day 2 of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2 Kicks Off with 70 Hopefuls

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Day 2 of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2 Kicks Off with 70 Hopefuls

The tournament drew 712 entries, 70 made it through their respective flights to secure a spot among those returning for Day 2

All six starting flights of the $400 No-Limit Hold’em or Event #2 on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood stop are now complete and those who managed to survive through their respective Day 1s are set to return at the host casino today at 3 pm local time to play Day 2.

Days 1E and 1F took place at the poker room at Planet Hollywood on Saturday. And it should be said that it was a busy, action-packed day. Flight E kicked off at noon local time to draw 221 entries who added another $72,930 to the prize pool.

The tournament’s fifth flight was scheduled to end once all 18 levels were played or until there were ten players left at the tables of the host casino. The top 24 players were to cash from Day 1E, min-cashes starting from $673, and the money not paid out throughout that day was to be added to the overall prize pool.

Once all 18 levels were complete, there were eighteen players left. They will join the survivors from the previous days to resume competition for the title and the first-place prize later today.

Flight F

The final flight was scheduled to feature 18 levels, just as the ones that had already taken place. Day 1F drew 157 entrants, of whom the top 18 were to make the money. Action was slated to continue until there were ten players left or until all scheduled levels were marked as complete. Flight F’s min-cashes were worth $695. Only 16 players managed to put chips in their bags when all 18 Day 1F levels were done.

All in all, the tournament drew a field of 712 entrants throughout its six starting flights and they generated a prize pool of $234,960, thus crushing the $200,000 guarantee. While the first-place prize and the rest of the payouts are yet to be revealed, organizers confirmed that all players that are to cash from the tournament would leave with no less than $788.

As many as 70 players made it through their respective starting flights and will return at the host casino later today to continue their participation in the exciting tournament.

James Millman, the player who bagged the chip lead at the end of Flight C, will be leading the pack of 70 hopefuls. He will start Day 2 with a hefty stack of 502,000 and a significant advantage over his remaining opponents. Jason Alvarez with 373,500, Volha Burdukouskaya with 325,000, Terrence Teo with 305,000, and Thomas Minnich-Weber with 277,000 are the other contenders who represent top 5 of the temporary chip counts chart.

As mentioned earlier, action is set to resume at 3 pm local time at the poker tables of Planet Hollywood. The first-place prize will be announced later on Day 2. Those who make it through the day will return Monday for a final day of action.

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Churchill Downs and Partner Get OK to Build New Kentucky Racetrack with Gambling Parlor

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Churchill Downs and Partner Get OK to Build New Kentucky Racetrack with Gambling Parlor

Churchill Downs and Keeneland will operate jointly Kentucky’s first new harness racetrack in 25 years

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission selected on Friday Churchill Downs and Keeneland Inc. as the winning bidders for the construction of a harness racetrack and a gambling parlor in Western Kentucky. Their joint venture will be the first racetrack to be built in the state in 25 years.

Churchill Downs and Keeneland have presented a plan to jointly develop and operate a $150-million racetrack in Oak Grove in Chistian County. The latter company will only own 5% in the project.

The winning bidders will build a five-eighths of a mile racetrack that will host 12 days of standardbred races. Construction is expected to begin as early as next year. The new complex will also feature 1,500 historical racing machines. Last month, a Circuit Court Judge ruled that these machines were pari-mutuel, which made them legal under Kentucky laws that guard gambling on horse racing. Churchill Downs opened a gambling parlor with historical racing machines at its Louisville property earlier this year.

The machines have been estimated to have produced over $21 million for the state’s coffers since 2010. Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery told media that they expect the machines at their new property to annually generate $10 million.

The new racetrack complex will also include a 125-room hotel with an event center, food and beverage facilities, a 3,000-person outdoor amphitheater, a 1,200-person seat-grandstand with space for indoor events, and a modern equestrian center, among other facilities.

The new Oak Grove track is expected to create 800 construction jobs and 400 full- and part-time jobs once operational. The venue will be located along I-24 on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, aiming to draw visitors from Nashville.

Losing Bidders Voice Disappointment

Kentucky Downs in Franklin and Caesars-Bluegrass Downs in Paducah were the other two bidders for the new racetrack license. Both expressed disappointment and frustration with the bidding process.

News emerged earlier this week that racehorse owner Ron Winchell and former casino analyst Marc Falcone would buy a majority interest in Kentucky Downs for an undisclosed purchase price. Mr. Falcone told local media on Friday that they felt the selection process needed more time to be well thought out.

The new Kentucky Downs owners also revealed that they would enhance a previously announced expansion plan at the racetrack in order to make it more competitve now as a new player is entering the state’s horse racing field.

Comments by Caesars Entertainment executive Dan Real showed that the company was frustrated with losing the bid, arguing that Churchill Downs and Keeneland had no signed horsemen agreements and no history and relationships in the region, something the other bidders clearly had.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

First Four Flights of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2 Draw 334 Entries

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First Four Flights of WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2 Draw 334 Entries

As many as 334 entries registered into WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold’em through first four flights; only 36 made it into Day 2

The longest event on the schedule of the ongoing WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood series is under way and its field has already swollen to 334 entrants after four starting flights. The tournament kicked off with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000, but with two more flights left to be played, that guarantee could and probably will be crushed.

The $400 buy-in event commenced on November 15 with two of all six starting flights. That first starting day drew 74 entries who generated a total of $24,420 in prize money. The top eight finishers of the day were to be paid a portion of the money. The players who registered into the event through Flight A were supposed to play eighteen 30-minute levels. However, if the bubble burst before the end of those eighteen levels, play was to stop. In that case the full Flight A prize pool was to be transferred to the overall prize pool.

Action wrapped with 3:15 remaining in Level 16, as that was when a player was eliminated in 9th place. Patten Lewis bagged the largest stack of Flight A, good for 215,000 in chips. The player was followed closely by Robert Fulford with 214,000. The Flight A survivors, together with the remaining hopefuls from the other five starting flights are set to return together at the host casino on Sunday at 3 pm local time for Day 2.

Flights B, C, and D

Flight B was, too, played on Thursday at the host casino. It saw 48 players register, generating a prize pool of $15,840. The top five finishers were to receive a share of the money, provided that all 18 levels were played. However, the money bubble burst deep into Level 17, so the final five players bagged and tagged for the night and the full Flight B prize pool went to the tournament’s overall prize pool.

Patrick Wall put the largest stack into his bag. The player had accumulated a total of 193,000 by the time action wrapped up on Day 1B.

Flights C and D took place yesterday at Planet Hollywood’s poker tables. The third starting flight of the tournament drew 141 entries. The top 15 players were to receive a share of the prize money generated through that flight. The plan was for the contenders to play until all 18 levels were completed or until the field was reduced to just 10 players.

All 18 levels were played on Day 1C and there were 15 players left when the clock showed the end of the starting flight. James Millman was the chip leader at the time with a hefty stack of 502,000 that also placed him on top of the overall chip counts leaderboard.

Last but not least, Flight D attracted 71 players, but only eight of them survived through all 18 levels of the day, bringing the total Day 2 count to 36 players. Steve Foutty ended Day 1D as the chip leader with 225,000 in prize money.

Action resumes today at the host venue with the final Flights E and F. Flight E is slated to kick off at noon local time with the first of 18 levels.

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Microgaming heralds new Switch Studios partnership

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Microgaming heralds new Switch Studios partnership

Exactly one month after inking a content supply deal with Swedish iGaming operator Betsson AB and online casino games and software developer Microgaming has now announced the signing of an alliance with the new Switch Studios endeavor. Innovating table games: The Isle of Man-headquartered innovator will be exhibiting all of its wares at Malta’s SiGMA […]
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San Manuel partners with two sports teams

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San Manuel partners with two sports teams
The California casino teamed up with LAFC and the Los Angeles Chargers for a pair of sports clinics in November.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Cascades Casino Delta receives final regulatory approval

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Cascades Casino Delta receives final regulatory approval

In western Canada, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited has announced that its plan to spend approximately $53 million in order to build a new resort casino in the city of Delta has been endorsed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Planned 2020 opening: The Vancouver-headquartered casino operator used an official Tuesday press release to detail […]
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Harrah’s Resort AC announced renovations

GAME BRAiN responsibly gaming show -- RGC

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GAME BRAiN responsibly gaming show -- RGC

To help raise awareness of the risks of gambling to students across Ontario, The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is touring high schools for a fifth year,  with its show - GAME BRAiN.

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Steffen Sontheimer Claims partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Title

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Steffen Sontheimer Claims partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Title

Sontheimer beats a field of 34 seasoned high rollers to win his largest career cash

A little over a year after claiming the inaugural Poker Masters title, German player Steffen Sontheimer has climbed another tournament poker peak. The player emerged victorious in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party $250,000 Super High Roller Championships last night to capture his largest career cash of $3,685,000 and a shiny partypoker trophy.

The player’s hike to victory was not an easy one. He had to outwit 34 of the world’s best high rollers over three days of play. Sontheimer surged into the chip lead on the second day of action after winning a key pot against Nick Petrangelo. The German kept his advantage into Day 3 and throughout that final day.

The third day of action kicked off with six survivors who represented the event’s official final table. While Sontheimer was the chip leader at the beginning of Day 3, it was Petrangelo who was the short stack. And it was Petrangelo who kicked off the action-packed finale at Baha Mar Casino in Nassau.

The player put some pressure on his opponents to improve his stack shortly after cards were thrown in the air to mark the beginning of the day. Petrangelo managed to stay alive for a while, but his momentum proved short-lived. Poker pro Isaac Haxton was the first player to bust out of the final table only to be followed by Petrangelo. The latter became the unfortunate bubble boy or the last player to leave the tournament without a payout.

Four-Handed Play

Each of the final four players was guaranteed a minimum payout of $710,000. But given the fact that they were all accomplished high rollers, they were certainly eying the first-place prize of over $3.6 million. Aside from Sontheimer, the group of final four also included Mikita Badziakouski from Belarus and US players David Peters and Sean Winter.

It took four hours of action before another player left the race. It was Badziakouski who busted in fourth place, good for the minimum cash. David Peters was the next to go for $1.42 million, leaving it to Winter and Sontheimer to determine the champion.

It should be said that it was namely the final two players who dominated action throughout the final day. While the young German was still the chip leader at the beginning of heads-up, Winter himself was pretty deep. With nearly 200 big blinds in play, everyone expected a lengthy duel. However, it was sealed within 15 minutes of play.

On what turned out to be the final hand of the $250,000 buy-in tournament, Winter limped the button, while Sontheimer raised to 700,000. Winter then three-bet to 2 million and Sontheimer shoved with [Ah][Kh]. Winter snap-called with [Ac][Qh]. The board ran out [10s][5d][3h][4s][9h], forcing Winter out in second place. Although the player could not win the title, he left with not a bad payout of $2.43 million.

Including his latest cash, Sontheimer now has more than $12.5 million in live tournament earnings and has moved up in the all-time money list to become one of the world’s top 50 winningest players.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Steffen Sontheimer Leads Six Contenders into partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Finale

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Steffen Sontheimer Leads Six Contenders into partypoker CPP $250,000 Super High Roller Championships Finale

A year after becoming the inaugural Purple Jacket winner, Sontheimer is vying for the $250,000 Super High Roller Championships title

The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party $250,000 Super High Roller Championships is just a single day away from crowning a victor. After two days of action, the tournament first drew a field of 34 entries and then reduced that field to just the final six players.

The six final tablists are set to return at the Baha Mar host casino in Nassau, the Bahamas, at 1 pm local time to play down to a champion.

The Super High Roller event generated a prize pool of $7,517,500, but only the final four competitors will be treated to a share of the money. The minimum cash is worth $700,000, but everyone from the final pack of six is eyeing the first-place prize of $3,685,000 and all the accolades that accompany the winner of an event of this scale.

The final six will be lead by Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer. The player surged into the chip lead yesterday after winning a major pot against Nick Petrangelo. And while that confrontation helped Sontheimer into a whooping 11.035-million chip stack, Petrangelo will enter the final day of action with 1.1 million, good for just under 20 big blinds.

Aside from Petrangelo, Sontheimer will face four other tough opponents for the major title, with those four being David Peters (9.31 million), Sean Winter (6.465 million), Mikita Badziakouski (3.76 million), and Isaac Haxton (2.29 million).

Who Is Sontheimer?

The German player surged into poker prominence last fall when he claimed the Poker Masters title and the accompanying Purple Jacket in Aria Casino’s inaugural Poker Masters high roller series. The player was able to capture the above-mentioned title after he took down two tournaments on the series’ schedule.

Sontheimer first emerged victorious in the $50,000 buy-in Event #2 for $900,000 in prize money. He then outlasted the field of the $100,000 buy-in Event #5 for $1.512 million. He also cashed in the $50,000 buy-in Events #1 and #4 to add $204,000 and $117,000, respectively. He thus became the winningest Poker Masters player, which won him the title and the Purple Jacket.

While Sontheimer has not won any major tournaments in the year after his Poker Masters success, the player has still scored several three-figure cashes and has performed quite well on the live tournament circuit. Most recently, he finished 15th in the WSOP Europe €100,000 Super High Roller for a cash prize of €146,907.

The German poker pro currently has nearly $9 million in live tournament earnings. A victory in the $250,000 Super High Roller will secure the player with his largest career cash.

As mentioned earlier, six-handed action at Baha Mar casino is set to kick off at 1 pm local time. The finalists will play down to a winner, bursting the money bubble in the process.

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KamaGames targeting India with Teen Patti release

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KamaGames targeting India with Teen Patti release

Social mobile poker operator, KamaGames, has announced that it is targeting the growing casual gaming market in India with the launch of its new iOS and Android-friendly Teen Patti innovation. Indian roots: The Dublin-headquartered firm used an official Monday press release to explain that Teen Patti can be simultaneously enjoyed by up to five competitors and […]
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BCLC approves Gateway casino in Delta

Steve Wynn Seeks to Stop Release of MassGaming’s Sexual Misconduct Report

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Steve Wynn Seeks to Stop Release of MassGaming’s Sexual Misconduct Report

The disgraced casino boss files second motion seeking to stop the release of privileged information related to sexual misconduct allegations against him

Steve Wynn filed on Tuesday a motion in a Nevada state court seeking to stop the release of an investigatory report by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding the sexual misconduct allegations raised against the embattled casino boss, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Tuesday’s motion sought a temporary order to prevent the publication of the probe’s findings and was filed just under a week after Mr. Wynn and his legal team filed a request for an injunction and damages. The businessman’s complaint from last week read that Wynn Resorts communicated privileged information to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as the regulator was investigating the sexual misconduct allegations and was seeking to discover whether the Las Vegas casino company had been aware of those and how it had addressed the issue.

Mr. Wynn’s complaint further said that the documents handed by Wynn Resorts to MassGaming reflected “communications protected by Mr. Wynn’s attorney-client privilege and/or the common interest agreements he entered with Wynn Resorts.”

The casino mogul’s legal team, including Donald Campbell, informed representatives of the Massachusetts gaming regulator that Mr. Campbell had worked privately with Mr. Wynn and had penned a joint-representation agreement with Wynn Resorts back when Mr. Wynn himself had been at its helm. Mr. Campbell filed their correspondence with MassGaming in Nevada court on Tuesday alongside last week’s complaint against the regulatory body and Wynn Resorts.

Representatives for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that Mr. Campbell had not been able to provide enough evidence about the existence of the joint-defense agreement.

Report Expected to Be Released Next Month

MassGaming launched probe into Mr. Wynn and his company’s suitability to operate a casino resort in Massachusetts following the January publication of a Wall Street Journal report that detailed a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct by Mr. Wynn. The businessman has called all allegations leveled against him “preposterous.”

Wynn Resorts was selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of an integrated resort with a casino floor in the Greater Boston area. The $2.4-billion Encore Boston Harbor is currently under development in the city of Everett, near Boston, and is slated to open doors next summer.

As mentioned earlier, MassGaming wanted to discover whether Wynn Resorts was aware of the multiple alleged incidents of sexual misconduct involving Mr. Wynn forcing company employees to perform sex acts or subjecting them to unwanted sexual advances.

The commission is expected to release a full report with its findings during a hearing in December. However, Mr. Wynn legal action might delay the planned release of said report.

It can be said that while the casino boss’ move to block the publication of the report might seem unusual, it should be noted that in Nevada, where Wynn Resorts is headquartered and its flagship properties are located, gambling regulators do not release the findings of investigatory reports. The local regulator usually settles issues with casino companies by imposing fines, when these are needed, and without the matter going public.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Okada Manila records laudable October earnings

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Okada Manila records laudable October earnings

Japanese pachinko, slot and arcade games manufacturer, Universal Entertainment Corporation, has reportedly announced that October saw its Okada Manila integrated casino resort amass earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of $6.98 million. Record result: According to a report from GGRAsia citing a Tuesday filing (pdf) from the giant Tokyo-listed conglomerate, the monthly figure represented […]
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WSOP Circuit Heads to Planet Hollywood for Its Next Thrilling Festival

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WSOP Circuit Heads to Planet Hollywood for Its Next Thrilling Festival

Planet Hollywood is the next stop on the WSOP Circuit’s 2018/2019 calendar

After a successful Choctaw Casino Durant stop, the WSOP Circuit is next heading to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the next festival on its 2018/2019 schedule. The popular casino resort will play host to the series from today, November 14, all the way through November 27.

There will be 14 events to be played within the stop, and 12 of them will award shiny gold rings to the winners. A single-day $250 buy-in Casino Employees event will kick off WSOP Circuit action at the host casino.

The second day of the stop will see the beginning of a $400 buy-in multiple starting flight No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The event will feature six starting flights, played over three separate days, and two more days of action. It is thus expected to conclude on November 19. Entries will compete for a share of the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool, but given the significant number opportunities for registering into the event, that guarantee will probably be crushed very quickly.

The WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood’s schedule includes one more multiple starting flight event and that one is the $1,700 Main Event. The highlight tournament will take place on November 24-27 and will kick off with a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000. It will feature two starting flights and to more days of play, during which the field of participants will be whittled down until a winner is determined.

The two-day $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller is the highest buy-in tournament that will take place within the upcoming Circuit stop. The event will take place on November 26-27.

Latest Planet Hollywood Champions

Planet Hollywood played host to the popular poker series two times during its 2017/2018 – in November 2017 and in April 2018. It should be noted that both festivals proved to be extremely popular with players from Las Vegas and the rest of the country as well as with both Circuit regulars and newbies.

Last November’s $1,675 Main Event drew a field of 845 entries who crushed the $1 million guarantee and created a prize pool of $1,267,500. The top 90 finishers received a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $2,865.

And it was Fernando Galvan who emerged as the victor of the major tournament. After three days of play, the player claimed his first gold ring, first WSOP Circuit Main Event title, and his first cash from the series. The Main Event champ was awarded $247,160 for his performance.

In April, a total of 610 entrants registered into the Main Event to generate $915,000 in prize money and almost double the $500,000 guarantee. There were cash prizes for the top 63 spots, min-cashes were worth $2,992.

Poker pro Benjamin Zamani (pictured) took down the tournament and is now its reigning champion. The player cashed $192,152 and claimed his first gold ring from the series. It is important to note that Zamani is the proud holder of two WSOP gold bracelets. He won his first one in 2015 for topping the field of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Bracelet number two arrived last summer, when the player took down another $1,500 buy-in event; a Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better one this time.

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DraftKings to open DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts

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DraftKings to open DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
Resorts Casino Hotel announced that construction is near completion on the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, slated to open by late November 2018, pending approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
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PNG to develop mini-casino by Philadelphia suburbs

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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Hard Rock Reportedly in Due Diligence to Buy The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Hard Rock might be looking to expand to the Las Vegas Strip, according to new round of reports

Hard Rock International is reportedly in due diligence to buy The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel and casino resort. The glitzy Strip property was purchased by a division of multi-national private equity firm Blackstone Group for $1.7 billion back in the spring of 2014.

In a recent tweet, popular blog about everything Vegas-related Vital Vegas said, citing unnamed sources, that Hard Rock is definitely still in due diligence to acquire Cosmo and that delays in the acquisition deal were caused by the “union situation” at the property.

Assured Hard Rock International is still in due diligence process for purchase of Cosmopolitan. Delays are rumored to be related to the "union situation" at Cosmo.

— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) November 12, 2018

The latest Vital Vegas tweet followed up a report by the blog from earlier this year, according to which the Florida-headquartered gaming and hospitality giant was circling The Cosmopolitan and even entered due diligence to buy it. Vital Vegas also revealed this past spring that lay-offs were taking place at the property and its credit lines were being reviewed to make it more attractive to a potential buyer.

The Cosmopolitan features nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, which were recently remodeled to include modern artwork, improved lightning, and user-friendly technology among other additions. The property occupies a 8.7-acre site between MGM’s Bellagio and CityCenter along the legendary Strip. According to previous reports, MGM itself had eyed Cosmo, but has apparently lost interest later on.

While many would deem Hard Rock a surprising potential buyer of the hotel and gaming resort, its rumored intention to expand its presence to the Las Vegas Strip might not be that unexpected. The Florida-based company has been looking to extend its geographical footprint for some time now. It has expressed interest in bidding for a Japanese gaming license, it was selected earlier this year as the preferred bidder for the development of an integrated resort in the Spanish city of Tarragona, and has reportedly been seeking permission to develop a property in Australia’s Gold Coast.

”Union Situation”

While the recent Vital Vegas tweet does not specify what “union situation” might mean, it should be noted that there have been some union and workers situations at the property in the past. The Cosmopolitan opened doors late in 2010 and back then, it was one of few Strip resorts without a union contract. The lack of such created a tense relationship between Cosmo’s previous owners and the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. That tense relationship escalated in major protests and rallies before the property was purchased by the Blackstone Group.

Late in 2015, or more than a year after The Cosmopolitan had switched ownership, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 signed a four-year contract with the casino resort’s new owners that included food and beverage, bar and lounge, housekeeping, and bell department workers.

News emerged earlier this year, that former Cosmopolitan workers were suing the property’s owners, accusing them of “fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and retaliatory termination.” The lawsuit further read that the workers, formerly employed at the Violet Hour salon at Cosmo, had “worked in a noxious cavern of toxic chemicals for years” and that “The Cosmopolitan’s management has repeatedly turned a blind eye to numerous complaints.”

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Monday, November 12, 2018

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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

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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

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