2018 - Master Gambling Bonuses

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on new conference center in Las Vegas

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Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on new conference center in Las Vegas
Debuting in 2020, the 550,000 square-foot CAESARS FORUM will feature the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world, including FORUM Plaza, an outdoor meeting and event space in Las Vegas
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Top 10 facts, figures and observations from the WSOP Main Event final table

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Top 10 facts, figures and observations from the WSOP Main Event final table
Casino City's Gary Trask empties out his notebook full of nuggets from a week in Las Vegas covering the World Series of Poker.
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MGM National Harbor inaugurates $48 million expansion

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MGM National Harbor inaugurates $48 million expansion

In Maryland, American casino operator, MGM Resorts International, reportedly inaugurated a $48 million expansion of its MGM National Harbor on Sunday that encompasses a larger poker room as well as 285 additional slots. According to a Sunday report from The Baltimore Sun newspaper, the Prince George’s County venue also now features an off-track horseracing sportsbetting […]
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Shanghai Police Nab Illegal World Cup Betting Gang

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Shanghai Police Nab Illegal World Cup Betting Gang

Shanghai police have foiled an illegal online gambling ring that is believed to have netted more than CNY400 million (approximately $60 million), police officers disclosed this weekend.

As many as fourteen individuals were arrested for their alleged involvement in the gang, police told media. There is an ongoing investigation into the illegal operation.

Police said this weekend that the probe was launched after a man was arrested in Jinshan District earlier this year and was found to have frequently contacted a person, surnamed Li, who was in turn found to have conducted multiple money transfers with a loan company and to have shared online gambling accounts with other citizens.

With the Russia World Cup ahead, police assembled a team to investigate the matter more thoroughly. Officers found that Li was part of a gang that was in turn connected to an illegal online sports betting business. The group operated an unlicensed loan company and wagered money with an illegal offshore betting website.

Police conducted raids in the Jinshan, Yangpu, Minhang, and Putuo Districts on June 14, the day the World Cup tournament kicked off in Russia. The raids resulted in the arrest of fourteen people believed to be behind the illegal operation. Police also seized CNY100,000 worth of bets, more than 20 bank cards, and equipment used by gang members to provide illegal betting services.

The detained individuals told police that they acted as a loan company to lure bettors. They opened accounts with a foreign website and deposited money on behalf of their customers. Gang members would collect part of bettors’ wagers as a profit from the operation.

Massive Crypto Betting Ring

News about the illegal gambling gang nabbed by Shanghai police came shortly after it broke out that Chinese police have busted a $1.5-billion bitcoin betting ring as part of the nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling that took place during the World Cup.

Six individuals were arrested in relation to the case. They were found to have been tied to an illegal web-based betting syndicate that provided betting on football ahead of and during the major football championship.

Police said that the illegal platform accepted cryptocurrencies only, mostly bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin, to avoid legal and regulatory pitfalls. It is believed that the gambling ring thus accumulated more than $1.5 billion worth of bets on World Cup matches.

According to reports from various news outlets, the illegal betting platform accepted bets for a period of eight months before being foiled by police. It saw 330,000 customers from around the world open accounts with it. More than 8,000 individuals acted as agents and earned commissions for each customer they lured into the operation.

The betting business was China’s largest one to have involved the use of digital currencies only. Chinese police also cracked down on multiple traditional illegal gambling operations around the country throughout the World Cup.

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Resorts World Catskills posts disappointing revenues

Red Tiger Gaming introduces Tiki Fruits

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Red Tiger Gaming introduces Tiki Fruits

On the heels of its partnership deal with multi-brand online casino operator, Pomadorro, top developer of casino games, Red Tiger Gaming, has sweetened its video slots offering with the premiere of its fresh Tiki Fruits. Playable on all devices, the Isle of Man-based supplier’s most recent title is a cluster-type game played on a unique […]
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

John Cynn wins World Series of Poker Main Event after marathon heads-up battle

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John Cynn wins World Series of Poker Main Event after marathon heads-up battle
The 33-year-old from Illinois outlasts Tony Miles, taking home $8.8 million and his first WSOP Gold Bracelet in dramatic fashion in Las Vegas.
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John Cynn Claims 2018 WSOP Main Event Title after Grueling Heads-Up Against Tony Miles

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John Cynn Claims 2018 WSOP Main Event Title after Grueling Heads-Up Against Tony Miles

Today is an important day as football is hours away from having its new World Cup champion, Novak Djokovic just sealed his fourth Wimbledon title, and the World Series of Poker crowned its own brand new champion mere hours ago. John Cynn was the final man standing from a field of 7,874 entries to become this year’s World Championship victor.

The player survived a grueling 10-hour heads-up match against Tony Miles to eventually claim the prestigious title and the $8.8 million first-place prize and the champion’s gold bracelet that go along with it. While Cynn was unable to say how his life will change now as he is nearly nine million dollars richer, the 2018 Main Event champion said that he was happy he would be able to help his family and parents and that the money would certainly make things easier for him.

Winning the major tournament was not an easy task. Cynn had to survive ten days of action, which culminated into an epic battle that lasted more than ten hours. The duel between Cynn and Miles actually became the longest ever played within the Main Event, beating Qui Nguyen and Gordon Vayo’s match in 2016.

It was ten hours and 199 hands of chips and the chip lead swinging back and forth between Cynn and Miles. The two players showed great poker skill and composure, but in the end it was Cynn who outlasted the whole field. Here it is important to note that this year’s WSOP Main Event was the second-largest ever in the history of the popular poker series.

How Heads-Up Unfolded

The final day of the Main Event kicked off Saturday afternoon at the Amazon poker room of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. There were three players left in contention at the time when cards were thrown in the air, those three being Cynn, Miles, and Michael Dyer.

Miles led the pack of three with 238.9 million in chips. Cynn was second in chips at the time with 128.7 million, while Dyer was trailing far behind his opponents with 26.2 million. The player eventually hit the rail in third place for $3.75 million in prize money.

Given the nature of the event, it was well expected that heads-up would be a long ordeal. However, hardly anyone was probably prepared for what would next happen at the poker table where the two 2018 Main Event finalists sat.

Miles and Cynn were nearly even in chips at the beginning of their epic match, with Miles holding a very slight chip lead. The next ten hours would see that lead changing hands on numerous occasions as none of the two players was ready to let go of the opportunity to capture the most prestigious poker title without a good fight.

Following 199 hands of heads-up play and 442 hands of final table play, the name of the winner became known at around 5 am local time. The final table dealt in this year’s Main Event saw Cynn betting 9 million from the button and Miles raising to 34 million from the big blind, which Cynn called.

The [Kh][Kd][5h] landed on the flop to see Miles bet 32 million and Cynn call. The turn card was the [8d]. Miles moved all in for 114 million while Cynn gave it some thought before calling and tabling [Kc][Jc]. Miles was drawing dead with his [Qc][8h]. The [4s] appeared on the river to seal it for Cynn. Miles hit the rail for a hefty consolation prize of $5 million.

While the 2018 Main Event runner-up said he was disappointed that he did not claim the title, he praised Cynn saying that he would be a great champion. Cynn himself spoke equally high of his final opponent.

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Princess Cruises to host its most lucrative slot tournament

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Princess Cruises to host its most lucrative slot tournament

Cruise ship operator Princess Cruises has reportedly announced that it is about to host its largest ever slot tournament promotion after inking a unique deal with American gaming machine and systems innovator Scientific Games Corporation. According to a Thursday report from G3Newswire, Princess Cruises explained that its Monopoly Cruise for Cash campaign is to be […]
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cordial atmopshere at WSOP Main Event final table is a welcome change for players

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Cordial atmopshere at WSOP Main Event final table is a welcome change for players
This year's World Series of Poker Main Event final table has been absent of past bitterness and tanking, which has been embraced by every player involved.
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MONOPOLY Slots mobile app -- SCIENTIFIC GAMES

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MONOPOLY Slots mobile app -- SCIENTIFIC GAMES

Scientific Games Corporation announced that SG Social, the company's social gaming division, launched the MONOPOLY Slots mobile app worldwide.

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Wazdan puts a DELUXE spin on Highway to Hell

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Wazdan puts a DELUXE spin on Highway to Hell

Leading online casino games developer Wazdan continues pumping out the hits with its latest title, Highway to Hell Deluxe, just in time for iGB Live! and during the same month AC/DC’s famous road song was released back in 1979. While the new slot game pays homage to the song penned by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and […]
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WSOP Main Event final table format changes with the times

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WSOP Main Event final table format changes with the times
With the November Nine a distant memory, the World Series of Poker Main Event final table has scaled back the theatrics in exchange for world-wide exposure and live coverage on ESPN.
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Playtech BGT Sports extends Racing Post relationship

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Playtech BGT Sports extends Racing Post relationship

In the United Kingdom, omni-channel gaming software and services innovator, Playtech, has announced the signing of an extension deal that will see the self-service betting terminals from its Playtech BGT Sports sportsbetting subsidiary continue to utilize content from Racing Post. According to an official press release published by European Gaming Media and Events, London-listed Playtech explained […]
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Friday, July 13, 2018

SLS Casino Reminisces About Happy Past with Reported Rebranding as Grand Sahara

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SLS Casino Reminisces About Happy Past with Reported Rebranding as Grand Sahara

The new owner of SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is reportedly looking to rebrand the property as Grand Sahara Resort as part of a planned $100-million renovation and upgrade, Eater Vegas reports.

Privately-owned gaming company The Meruelo Group acquired the struggling Strip property from its previous owners earlier this year for an undisclosed price. The company’s Principal, businessman Alex Meruelo, has said that they plan to invest more than $100 million over the next several years to renovate and upgrade the resort and hopefully turn it into a successful operation.

According to previous information from The Meruelo Group, the renovation would involve room enhancements, new gaming machines at the property’s casino floor, and redesign of the pool area, among other things. The company has pointed out that they believe the property could become profitable once again with the necessary adjustments made. The renovation of the SLS is being carried out amid booming development and redevelopment activity both on the Strip and in Downtown Vegas.

Mr. Meruelo has previously said that they planned to rebrand the hotel and casino complex, but has not revealed what its new name would be.

Eater Vegas reported earlier this week that the Grand Sahara name was used in interior remodeling paperwork the property’s new owners have filed with the city earlier this month. The Meruelo Group currently owns the similarly branded Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, which it purchased back in 2006.

Reference to the Past

The reported new name of the casino property refers back to the days when it was quite popular with visitors of the Strip. The SLS originally opened doors in 1952 as Sahara Hotel and was the sixth resort on the emblematic Las Vegas Strip. It operated under that name until 2011 when it was shuttered by its then-owner Sam Nazarian for not being “economically viable”.

The property was relaunched as the SLS in 2014 and operated as a boutique resort, but never managed to regain its lure to customers. The complex currently features more than 1,600 hotel rooms across three towers, a casino spreading over 60,000 square feet with more than 600 gaming machines and 50 table games, multiple dining options, and meeting space, among other facilities.

Eater Vegas reported that some of the dining facilities could be changed or even replaced as part of the property’s overhaul.

Once its remodeling is complete and it resumes operations, the SLS or Grand Sahara, as it would probably be named, will look to attract new groups of customers, Mr. Meruelo has himself revealed earlier this year. The businessman, who is of Hispanic origin, has said that they would look to serve that particular market as, according to him, it has been underserved in both Las Vegas and Reno.

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Philippine authorities confirm Boracay casino ban

Macau Canidrome extension request rejected

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Macau Canidrome extension request rejected

A request by the Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Club to extend the July 20, 2018 deadline to either relocate or close completely has reportedly been rejected by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). Asia Gaming Brief reports that according to local media, the DICJ confirmed on Thursday that the deadline imposed in 2016 still stands […]
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Andrew Wilkie criticizes Victoria gaming regulator

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Andrew Wilkie criticizes Victoria gaming regulator

In Australia, independent politician and anti-slot campaigner, Andrew Wilkie (pictured), has reportedly criticized the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for completing its quinquennial review of a casino license held by Crown Resorts Limited without first hearing the testimony of a whistleblower. According to a Tuesday report from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, […]
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William Hill's CEO comments on New Jersey's revenue

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William Hill's CEO comments on New Jersey's revenue
Since the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized sports betting in May, William Hill, America's leading sports book operator, has opened two active sports books in New Jersey.
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New Jersey sports betting generates $3.5 million

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New Jersey sports betting generates $3.5 million
In the first tangible snapshot since legalization, New Jersey's sportsbooks generated $3.5 million in gross revenue on $16.4 million in wagers completed in June, according to official reporting released Thursday.
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Caesars Completes Sale of Caesars Palace’s Octavius Tower to VICI

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Caesars Completes Sale of Caesars Palace’s Octavius Tower to VICI

Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. and real estate investment trust VICI Properties announced the completion of the latter’s acquisition of the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace for the total amount of $507.5 million in cash.

Under the terms of an existing ground lease agreement between the two parties, VICI will lease the property back to Caesars. The real estate investment trust will annually receive $35 million for the Octavius Tower.

VICI spun off from Caesars’ main operating unit Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. (CEOC) in the fall of 2017. VICI’s launch came on the heels of CEOC’s exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The entity became the third REIT to be operating within the casino gaming industry, with MGM Growth Properties and Gaming and Leisure Properties being the other two.

As mentioned above, VICI has paid the purchase price using available cash. Earlier this year, the REIT company raised more than $1.2 billion in an IPO. It sought to sell 50 million shares under its initial plan, but eventually sold 60.5 million.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Acquisition

VICI also announced that it would complete the acquisition of the Harrah’s Philadelphia property from Caesars in the fourth quarter of the year. The original purchase price of $241.5 million will be reduced to $82.5 million to reflect modifications to the REIT company’ existing leases with Caesars.

In a statement from earlier today, Caesars CEO Mark Frissora said that they would use the money they receive from the transactions to fund “value-adding growth opportunities and reduce volatility of [their] future rent payments”.

The gaming and hospitality giant announced last year that it would be pursuing expansion opportunities across different markets once its main operating unit emerged from bankruptcy. The company has already expressed interest in extending its casino resort footprint to Japan and Brazil, and has confirmed that it would expand its Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, and The LINQ brands beyond Las Vegas.

It became known that Caesars will open two non-gaming resorts – Caesars Palace Bluewaters and Caesars Bluewaters – in Dubai later this year, and that it is building a non-gaming resort in Mexico. The latter property is slated to open doors in the first half of 2019. It will operate under the Caesars Palace brand.

According to reports from Greek media outlets, the gaming and hospitality company has also expressed interest in participating in an $8-billion project for the redevelopment of the former Ellinikon International Airport near Athens into a luxury integrated resort with a casino. It is believed that the bidding process for the gaming license is expected to be launched by the end of August after the Greek government issued a list of pending privatization activities urging their completion. The privatization of the now-defunct airport was part of that list.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wynn rejects Elaine Wynn’s chairman candidate

Princess Cruises introduces Monopoly Cruise for Cash

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Princess Cruises introduces Monopoly Cruise for Cash
The Monopoly Cruise for Cash promotion will be available on hundreds of cruises throughout 2018, culminating in a $200,000 slot tournament onboard Regal Princess departing 9 December 2018.
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Aram Zobian Leads Final 26 Into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 7

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Aram Zobian Leads Final 26 Into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 7

Of all 109 players who went into Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event, only 26 managed to keep their shot at the first-place prize of $8.8 million and the coveted champion’s gold bracelet. And it was Aram Zobian who bagged the largest stack last night at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino after a roller coaster day.

Zobian had his ups and downs during the first half of the day, but a hot streak of hefty pots before dinner break helped the player build a solid stack which he only enlarged during post-dinner action. The player eventually put 41.585 million in his bag and was actually the only contender to collect a stack beyond the 40-million mark.

Commenting on being the chip leader into Day 7 of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament, Zobian said that he could not quite comprehend how good he ran throughout the day. The player further noted that he hoped he would keep his momentum into Day 7 and would follow the same strategy – “stay cool, confident and try to play my best”.

Despite bagging the overnight chip lead the player suffered several heavy blows during play. He lost a massive pot before the dinner break and then another one afterwards. That second unfortunate hand resulted in Artem Metalidi doubling through Zobian. Metalidi eventually collected the end-of-the-day’s second largest stack of 30.845 million.

Cada Still in Contention, Minkin Out

There were several players whose run was followed closely on Day 6, and former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada and Kelly Minkin, the last woman standing in this year’s edition of the World Championship, were two such players.

Cada is the only former Main Event champ left in the run for this year’s title. The player bagged and tagged 8.85 million last night to secure a spot among the final 26. Cada won the tournament back in 2009 when he was just 21.

Unlike Cada, Minkin could not make it through the end of the day. The poker pro looked to improve her 29th-place finish in the 2015 Main Event. She busted in 50th place last night, good for a payout of $156,265.

The remaining 26 players are set to return at the host venue today to play down to the official nine-handed final table. Each of them is guaranteed a minimum cash of $282,630, but all eyes and hopes are certainly set on the first-place prize of $8.8 million.

Aside from Cada, there is one more player to have previously played at the final table of the World Championship still in contention for the 2018 title. Sylvain Loosly from France took fourth place in the 2013 edition of the Main Event for a payout of $2,792,533. The player is now looking to improve his previous run in the tournament and eventually claim the coveted gold bracelet.

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Century Casinos secures 8th Polish casino license

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Century Casinos secures 8th Polish casino license

In a July 2, 2018 press release, Colorado-based Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTY) announced that its 66.6 percent-owned Polish subsidiary, Casinos Poland Ltd., now holds eight casino licenses in Poland, further growing its footprint in the eastern European country’s gambling market. The firm further communicated that the eight licenses have been awarded and renewed where […]
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JackpotFortune.win online gaming -- J. FORTUNE ENTERTAINMENT LTD

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JackpotFortune.win online gaming -- J. FORTUNE ENTERTAINMENT LTD

J. Fortune Entertainment Ltd recently announce the launch of its new website, JackpotFortune.win.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Generation Axe at The Joint

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Generation Axe at The Joint
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America, making a stop at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas on Friday, 9 November.
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Glendale Officials Acknowledge Accepting Gifts from Tribe ahead of Land Sale Vote

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Glendale Officials Acknowledge Accepting Gifts from Tribe ahead of Land Sale Vote

Glendale, Arizona officials admitted to accepting gifts from the Tohono O’odham Nation as the City Council approved late last month the sale of a portion of land to the tribe near the site where it is currently building a $400-million casino.

The Arizona Republic reported that Glendale Council Members Ian Hugh and Jamie Aldama had previously accepted pricey gifts from tribal officials. The two officials acknowledged that they had been treated to certain gifts by the Tohono O’odham Nation and said that they did not see anything wrong with that and that was why they had added information about the gifts in question to public records. The two Council Members also pointed out that they had not known that a land vote would take place at the time they had accepted the gifts.

The Arizona Republic reported citing information it has obtained under the Arizona Public Records Law that Mr. Aldama had been gifted tickets for the Final Four game in the spring of 2017, which he had attended with his son and Tohono O’odham officials. As for Mr. Hugh, he was reported to have attended an Arizona Cardinals game with his wife and tribal officials. Speaking to The Arizona Republic, the official said that he could not remember what month exactly they had gone to watch the game. According to the newspaper, the tickets had been worth over $500.

Edward Manuel, Chairman of the tribe, said ahead of last month’s land vote they wanted a working relationship with the city and surrounding communities. The pricey tickets were apparently part of building that relationship, local news outlets have pointed out in several opinion pieces.

City Councilors accepting the gifts drew quite some criticism and suggestions that these could have influenced the land vote.

Commenting on the matter, Arizona Center for Law and Public Interest Daniel Adelmaln that gifts of this type usually aim to influence officials and their opinion on one matter or another.

Land Sale Deal

The Glendale City Council approved late last month the sale of 11 acres of land near the site where the Tohono O’odham Nation is building its Desert Diamond Casino. The deal, valued at $3.1 million, would secure the tribe’s ownership over the land surrounding the site of its gambling venue.

The Tohono O’odham previously purchased 54 acres of land to build the property. Including the 11 acres it was given the green light to buy, the tribe now has another 88 acres of nearby land for future development. Tribal officials have not specified what that land would be used for, but have stressed that no gambling facilities would be developed on it.

Tohono O’odham broke ground on what would be a $400-million Class III casino late in 2017 after years of legal challenges stemming from Glendale officials and residents questioning the tribe’s right to build a gaming venue on the portion of land near the city.

Under a 2002 amendment to state laws, tribes were exclusively authorized to operate casinos across the state on reservation land. Under a separate, federal, law from 1986, the tribe was given $30 million and the permission to buy replacement land in the Maricopa, Pinal, or Pima counties as a compensation for 10,000 acres of reservation land it lost due to a flooding of a federal dam project.

Tohono O’odham bought 135 acres near Glendale in 2003 under a corporate alias. It revealed the true ownership of the portion of land in 2009 when it turned to the Department of the Interior with a request to be allowed to add the property to its existing reservation.

The tribe also asked to use 53.5 acres of that land to build a casino. That request unlocked multiple lawsuits spanning years. The legal battles came to an end last year when tribal and Glendale officials reached an agreement, allowing the tribe to build its casino.

As mentioned above, construction work began late last year. The casino is expected to be completed in December 2019.

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Cirrus Networks scores $2.5m managed services agreement with Crown Casino

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Cirrus Networks scores $2.5m managed services agreement with Crown Casino

Australia-headquartered IT service management company, Cirrus Networks (ASX: CNW), has successfully bid a $2.5 million managed services agreement with Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth. CRN Australia reports that per the five-year contract, voice infrastructure and data networks at the pair of casino resorts will be managed by Cirrus in an effort to satisfy critical performance, the […]
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IPI hires night workers to hurry Saipan casino project

Monday, July 9, 2018

Seminole Hard Rock celebrates $1.5 billion expansion

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Seminole Hard Rock celebrates $1.5 billion expansion
The venture, slated for a fall 2019 opening, adds hotel rooms, gaming space, dining and nightlife outlets and much more at the Florida resort and casino.
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Glendale City Council sells Tohono O’odham Nation 11 acres for $3.1M

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Glendale City Council sells Tohono O’odham Nation 11 acres for $3.1M

In Arizona, a June 26 meeting of the Glendale City Council saw the unanimous approval of the purchase of a nearly 11-acre parcel of land located near the Tohono O’odham Nation’s casino property. The nod for the $3.1 million purchase of the city-owned property comes nearly a decade after the federally recognized tribe announced the […]
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Barry Hutter Leads 310 Players into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 5

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Barry Hutter Leads 310 Players into 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 5

Day 4 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event began with 1,182 players in contention for the first-place prize and the accompanying gold bracelet. After 13 hours of play, the start-of-the-day field was reduced to just 310 players.

The remaining survivors will be lead into Day 5 by US poker pro Barry Hutter who bagged and tagged 5.597 million in chips last night. The player was the first to pass the four-million mark on Day 4 and he never really lost momentum as play progressed into the night.

Hutter has one gold bracelet from the WSOP and has earned more than $1 million from the series. Most recently, the player finished runner-up to Diogo Veiga in the WSOP Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, good for $323,019 in prize money. Overall, Hutter has more than $4.3 million in live tournament earnings.

Alexander Haro scooped the second largest stack of the night with 5.031 million. Brian Altman, another American notable, rounded out the podium last night with 4.861 million. It was actually Altman who was responsible for the elimination of Phil Ivey midway through Day 4. Ivey came into this year’s Main Event after spending several years away from the tournament field.

On what turned out to be the poker celebrity’s last hand in the tournament, Altman successfully read his bluff to win the pot and send his prominent fellow player to the rail.

Other Notables Who Busted on Day 4

Former WSOP Main Event champs Johnny Chan and Jonathan Duhamel were among those to leave on Day 4. Their elimination meant that Joe Cada, who scooped the World Championship title in 2009, has remained the only former winner still in contention for this year’s first-place prize and gold bracelet.

Other notables who fell included Patrik Antonius, who made a Main Event comeback after skipping the tournament the past several years, Kristen Bicknell, Jamie Kerstetter, and Scott Clements among others.

However, there are plenty of renowned players still in the mix for the title, with some of those being Kelly Minkin, Benjamin Pollak, who finished third in last year’s edition of the World Championship, James Obst, and Brian Yoon, among others.

Play is set to resume today at 11 am local time at the host venue, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. As mentioned above, there will be 310 players who will progress into the day. They are all guaranteed a minimum cash of $37,705 from the tournament.

This year’s edition of the world’s most popular and most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 7,874 entries. They created a prize pool of $74,015,600 that was split into payouts for the top 1,182 finishers. Min-cashes are worth $15,000 and the winner will be awarded $8.8 million. The money bubble burst at the end of Day 3.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

In Sun Geoum Leads after 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 3

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In Sun Geoum Leads after 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 3

Day 3 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event concluded late on Saturday at the host venue, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. It was an eventful day at the casino, as the players from the first three starting flights and then from the Days 2AB and C combined for the very first time since the beginning of this year’s World Championship. In addition, the money bubble burst late on Saturday.

As many as 2,786 hopefuls entered Day 3 of the Main Event, all hoping to make it into the money and further into the tournament. A total of 1,182 players survived through the day to progress into Day 4. They are all guaranteed a minimum cash of $15,000.

This year’s edition of the prestigious poker event attracted an overall field of 7,874, the second largest ever in WSOP history. A prize pool of $74,015,600 was generated. The money would be split among the top 1,182 finishers.

The bubble burst late on Day 3. That important point in the tournament was preceded by players slowing pace more and more as no one really wanted to become the unfortunate bubble boy and leave the tournament empty-handed. Matthew Hopkins was eventually the one to claim that title. The player left in 1,183rd place after clashing against Bryce McVay. Although he left with no payout, the player was awarded an entry into next year’s WSOP Main Event.

In Sun Geoum Leads the Day 3 Survivors

The remaining contenders will be lead into the event’s next stage by In Sun Geoum, a player from New York with 11 previous in-the-money finishes in WSOP events. Geoum bagged and tagged 1.696 million in chips last night. An aces-versus-kings confrontation toward the end of the day rocketed the player to the top of the temporary leaderboard.

Frank Flowers (pictured) collected the second largest stack at the end of Day 3. The player was cheerful throughout the day, laughing with fellow contenders while accumulating chips. He eventually put 1.624 million in his bag. Samuel Bernabeu with 1.418 million, Michael Lavenburg with 1.356 million, and Julius Malzanini with 1.292 million rounded out the top five of the Day 3 leaderboard.

Many notables came into Day 3 of the Main Event and many of them busted before the money. The likes of Phil Hellmuth, Matt Waxman, Eli Elezra, Steffen Sontheimer, and Parker Talbot were few of those who could not reach the paid places.

Phil Ivey, another notable who entered the tournament, bagged a nice chip stack of over 800,000 into Day 4. Little has been seen of Ivey over the past several years. The player has avoided the live tournament scene and it has been quite some time since he last took part in the Main Event. Ivey already has 10 gold bracelets and more than $6.6 million in earnings from the series, but has never won the World Championship.

Day 4 action is set to resume at the host casino today at 11 am local time. Five more levels will be played so that the event’s field be reduced further.

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NetEnt’s Hall of Gods awards major prize

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NetEnt’s Hall of Gods awards major prize

After premiering the new Jumanji video slot game, top online software provider NetEnt has announced yet another big winner. The recent win took place on the Hall of Gods slot game, with a player from Finland earning a prize of almost €2.75m. The win occurred after a spin of the game via mobile of just €2, […]
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Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Wants to Open Up Business in North Korea

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Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Wants to Open Up Business in North Korea

Sheldon Adelson is looking to expand his business to North Korea, the casino mogul himself said during a recent event in Jerusalem.

Mr. Adelson, whose net worth is believed to total $43.4 billion as of June 2018, is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. The company operates multiple integrated resort properties in Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore, and is eyeing expansion across new markets.

Late last month, Mr. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, attended and were among the speakers at an event organized by Taglit-Birthright Israel, a not-for-profit educational organization that offers free trips to Israel to young adults of Jewish origin to strengthen their identity. The Adelsons are one of the main sponsors of the organization. Earlier this year, the businessman and his wife pledged $70 million to Birthright, the largest ever donation the cause has received since it was founded in 1999.

The billionaire family were among the guests at Birthright’s event in Jerusalem. Mr. Adelson began his speech before Jewish young adults attending the event saying that he was not raised in Israel and did not serve in the country’s army. He went on to say that he was actually a Korea veteran and that he hoped US President Donald Trump would get “North and South Korea finish the war” so that he could go there again. The businessman also pointed out that this time he would not fight but would rather “open up [his] business”.

Mr. Adelson was one of the main sponsors of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. With the United States’ top official formerly being a casino owner himself, he is a long-time friend of the Las Vegas casino mogul.

North Korea Casino Resort Reports

Reports emerged ahead of the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore that Korea had suggested the US help it build a casino resort as part of a previously proposed plan for the establishment of an international tourist destination in Wonsan-Kalma.

The plan was first presented by North Korea’s leader late last year. It involves the development of an international tourist-friendly resort on the Wonsan-Kalma coast. Construction is expected to be completed by April 15, 2019, the birthday of Kim’s grandfather and former Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Il-Sung.

Mr. Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands has been looking to expand its operations beyond its current markets for quite some time now. The company has already confirmed that it would be among the bidders for one of three gaming licenses in Japan and has been lobbying for the legalization of Las Vegas-style gambling in Brazil. Las Vegas Sands has said that it would invest billions of dollars into the construction of luxury integrated resorts in both countries. It now seems that the company’s expansion plans might include a new destination, should an opportunity for expansion arise.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Galen Hall Earns $888 Crazy Eights Title

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Galen Hall Earns $888 Crazy Eights Title

Yet another World Series of Poker event has finished up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, this time being Event #62, the $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament. The event saw 8,598 players competing with a prize pool of $6,872,521 generated. In the end, it was Galen Hall who earned the first-place win, […]
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Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth Headline 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 2C Pack of Survivors

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Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth Headline 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 2C Pack of Survivors

A thrilling Day 2C of the 2018 WSOP Main Event is now in the books. A total of 3,480 players from Day 1C resumed action at the host venue at 11 am local time on Friday, but after five two-hour levels of play, there were just under 1,700 of them left in contention for the title and the first-place prize of $8.8 million.

Ignacio Sanchez, a farmer who only plays poker once a year, bagged and tagged the largest stack last night. The player ran pretty well from start to finish to eventually put 627,200 worth of chips in his bag. Sanchez managed to build a solid stack early in the day and just kept adding to it. During the final stages of Day 2C play, the player won a massive 100,000 pot to rocket himself to the top of the leaderboard.

The Day 2C survivors will be joined later today at the host venue by those who made Day 2AB on Thursday. And it will be Sanchez to enter Day 3 play as the overall chip leader. As many as 1,235 players made it through Day 2AB on Thursday night. Shawn Daniels bagged the overnight chip lead. However, the player occupies the third position in the overall chip counts chart with his 532,500, with Sanchez and France’s Reic Sfez being the only two players with larger stacks than his.

Poker Celebrities in the Hunt for the Main Event Title

Former Main Event champion and record-breaking WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was at the Amazon poker room feature tables throughout the day. The player survived the five levels played and bagged 162,700 in chips into Day 3.

Talking about his day, Hellmuth said that he was “the calmest [he has] ever been”. He went on that he got just a little Poker Brat throughout Day 2C, referring to his fiery temper when things do not go his way at the table. Hellmuth said he was well-aware he could become his worst enemy in the Main Event if he did not keep himself calm.

After a long hiatus, another Phil was spotted at the tables of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Poker pro Phil Ivey entered the Main Event this year for the first time in quite a while. Over the course of Day 2C play, Ivey did just what we know him for – made some sick calls and value bets and bluffed a bit to bag and tag one of the biggest stacks at the end of the day. The player will progress into Day 3 with a solid stack of 434,200 in chips.

Other notables who made it through the day included Samuel Touil, Ivan Luca, and Cliff Josephy. They all scooped six-figure stacks to secure a comfortable entry into the next stage of the tournament.

Play resumes today at 11 am local time. The players will play five more levels to further whittle down the tournament’s field.

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Italian football expresses ‘extreme worry’ over looming advertising ban

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Italian football expresses ‘extreme worry’ over looming advertising ban

In Italy, the body behind the nation’s top soccer league has reportedly expressed ‘extreme worry’ regarding the recent passage of legislation that is to ban all gambling-related advertisements from the first day of next year. According to a report from the Associated Press news service published by The Washington Post newspaper, the Lega Nazionale Professionisti […]
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Friday, July 6, 2018

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Win 40,000 free spins at Videoslots

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Win 40,000 free spins at Videoslots
The online casino will have a Freeroll Battle promotion from 9 July to 15 July with a chance of winning a share of 40,000 extra spins.
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Day 1A of the 2018 WSOP Main Event is in the books

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Day 1A of the 2018 WSOP Main Event is in the books
The first of three starting days of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event had a total of 925 players take part in the biggest poker tournament of the year at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
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Gibraltar Introduces Lower Gambling Tax, Higher License Fees

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Gibraltar Introduces Lower Gambling Tax, Higher License Fees

Gibraltar is rolling out a new gambling tax and new annual licensing fees for gambling companies to “complement a constantly changing industry landscape”, Minister for Financial Services and Gaming Albert Isola announced earlier this week during his budget speech.

The new taxation regime has already taken effect and Minister Isola said that companies that would be most affected by it had been warned well in advance to prepare to it.

The politician elaborated that they have been considering different models to replace Gibraltar’s “flat rate” on gambling that companies have paid since 2005, when the British Overseas Territory adopted its Gambling Act.

Under the new regime, B2C gambling companies will pay a 0.15% tax on their annual gross receipts. The tax applies to both sports betting and casino gaming operators. These used to pay a 1% tax. Turnover was the tax base for sports betting companies, while casino operators were taxed at 1% of their gross gaming yield.

In addition, new annual license fees have been introduced by the Gibraltar government. B2B companies will have to pay £85,000 for each license they hold, while B2C companies will annually pay £100,000 for each of their licenses. The fees are substantially higher than the ones previously charged, the Gaming Minister admitted.

Minister Isola also acknowledged that there would be both “winner and losers” as a result from the new regime, but he ensured that the ones most affected were warned and provided with reasons for the changes well in advance.

Brexit and Consolidation Concerns

Gibraltar’s Gaming Minister said that while the territory is still a popular remote gaming hub, its industry is “sailing into headwinds”, blaming these difficulties on Brexit uncertainties as well as on the new wave of industry consolidation.

According to Minister Isola, the probability for a hard Brexit remains low, but the politician still pointed out that this scenario would have a big impact on Gibraltar’s gambling industry.

As for the ongoing consolidation in the industry, the Gaming Minister noted that the territory has lost several licensees as a result from recent mergers and acquisitions and expects more deals affecting the local industry to take place in the next few months and years.

Gibraltar’s gambling industry currently employs 3,500, with the bulk working in the remote sector. Minister Isola said during his budget speech that the government has been working closely with companies to make sure that a regulatory and licensing framework is crafted that works best for all involved parties and keeps jobs and the territory’s status of a popular gaming hub.

Reports emerged earlier this year that online gambling giant bet365 was preparing to relocate its Gibraltar operations to Malta due to the uncertainty clouding the British territory’s future in post-Brexit Europe. It later on became known that bet365 was indeed planning Malta expansion, but not at the expense of its Gibraltar operation.

Minister Isola also confirmed that the UK Government has promised Gibraltar that it would be granted access to UK’s remote gambling market after Brexit. The British territory is actually the only jurisdiction to have been promised such access.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

EML Payments Limited subsidiary inks GVC Holdings deal

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EML Payments Limited subsidiary inks GVC Holdings deal

Australian payment services provider, EML Payments Limited, has announced that its EML Payments Europe Limited subsidiary has signed a multi-year deal that will see it provide online casino and sportsbook operator, GVC Holdings, with a range of branded and reloadable cards. Sydney-listed, EML Payments Limited, used an official Monday press release (pdf) to reveal that these cards […]
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HotForex launches copy trading service

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HotForex launches copy trading service
Having invested in its in-house specialists and advanced technology to produce a proprietary platform for HFcopy, HotForex unveiled the internally-developed solution aiming to make trading more accessible to a much wider audience.
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Connecticut tribes lobbying for longer casino drinking hours

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Connecticut tribes lobbying for longer casino drinking hours

The tribal operators of Connecticut’s two giant integrated casino resorts have reportedly begun lobbying local lawmakers to change the eastern state’s decades-old policy on alcohol so that they can serve drinks for longer. According to a Tuesday report from local television broadcaster WFSB, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are currently prohibited […]
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Philippine President Reiterates Promise to Keep Boracay Gambling-Free

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Philippine President Reiterates Promise to Keep Boracay Gambling-Free

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said today that a special government committee will be assembled to determine the true owners of land on Boracay. The Philippines top executive also reiterated his determination to block any attempts for the construction of a gambling resort on the island.

Back in February, President Duterte called the island a “cesspool” due to findings that it lacked a proper sewerage system. The official further pointed out that he would close Boracay, known to be one of the Philippines’ most popular tourism destinations, to conduct an environmental cleanup and bring down all illegal structures on the island.

A special unit was appointed to review Boracay’s environmental state and assess how long it would be needed for the island to be rehabilitated. It was then shuttered for business on April 26 for a period of six months.

Speaking at an event celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, President Duterte said today that the true owners of land on the island should be determined and that a special committee would be established to complete that task.

The country’s top official said that Boracay has never been intended to be opened for commercial purposes, despite the huge volume of tourists it has been handling over the past several years. President Duterte further pointed out that he would make sure that land on the island will only be used for forestry and agricultural purposes.

The land thus will be given to natives and not to big businesses. The President reiterated his administration’s plan to include Boracay into a planned land reform. Under a draft executive order from last month, the land reform would be carried out in three phases and would cover nearly 900 hectares of land.

The first phase will include 25 hectares of land that has no structures built on it and is ready to be distributed. The second phase will cover 220 hectares of land. Some parcels of that second portion of land include existing structures. Phase three will include 623 hectares of agricultural land.

No Gambling on Boracay

President Duterte also said today that he would not allow gambling on the island after its planned reopening late in October. The official actually said that he would not allow any big businesses, as a whole, as the land will be distributed to residents.

With his latest comments, the President referred to Macau casino company Galaxy Entertainment Group’s plan to build a $500-million integrated resort with casino on Boracay. The gaming and hospitality giant originally presented its plan late last year, but began seeking the necessary authorization earlier in 2018 at precisely the same time when politicians were gearing up for the island’s closure.

President Duterte is well-known for his negative attitude toward gambling and its proliferation in the Philippines. The official has been particularly vocal against Galaxy’s proposal for a casino on Boracay. He has said previously that he would not allow the project mainly because of the “deleterious effects” that go along with gambling.

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