May 2018 - Master Gambling Bonuses

Friday, May 25, 2018

Malta Gaming Authority to launch unified self-exclusion system

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Malta Gaming Authority to launch unified self-exclusion system
The MGA is set to embark on another ambitious project which will lead to the implementation of a unified self-exclusion system for all its remote gaming licenses.
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Dennis Blieden Leads 29 Survivors into WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2

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Dennis Blieden Leads 29 Survivors into WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2

The WPT is about to wrap up another successful season. Once again the popular poker series is celebrating the end of its season with the WPT Tournament of Champions, a three-day event that features champions from the past year and is already taking place at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Day 1 of the season-ending tournament was played on Thursday at the host casino. It started off with 80 participants but the field was whittled down to just 29 players by the end of the day.

The event came with a buy-in fee of $15,000, but those who won Main Tour Main Events throughout the season had that fee included in their first-place prizes. The WPT also added $150,000 to the prize pool, of which $50,000 would go to the winner to create an overall prize pool of $1.365 million.

The top 10 finishers will leave with a payout, min-cash worth $39,840. The winner will receive $463,375 from the prize pool. However, awards for the big champion would not be limited to the monetary prize. Their victory will also be rewarded with a Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic watch, a JetSmarter membership worth $50,000, and the one and only WPT Tournament of Champions trophy.

Dennis Blieden Leads After Day 1

The first day of this year’s WPT Tournament of Champions concluded with Dennis Blieden leading the elite pack into the night. The player bagged and tagged 593,000 to lock a comfortable start to Day 2.

Blieden is followed by J.C. Tran with 305,500 and Marvin Rettenmaier with 234,500, but it can be seen that the overnight chip leader has secured quite an advantage over his remaining opponents.

Blieden catapulted himself to the top of the Day 1 chip counts chart after winning a massive pot during Level 4 of play. The player clashed against Andy Frankenberger. The latter went all in with pocket aces to Blieden’s pocket sixes. A [6c][4d][2c] flop and blank turn and river saw Frankenberger hit the rail, while Blieden collected his chips. Later the same level, the overnight chip leader scooped quite some chips from Mike Del Vecchio to further cement his advantage.

Blieden won the LA Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event back in February to claim his first WPT title, a seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $1 million in prize money. The player had cashed in two WSOP events prior to his triumph earlier this year. Talking with WPT staff last night, Blieden said that he has not played tournament poker since the LAPC, but he was running pretty well in the Tournament of Champions and it felt as if he had picked where he had left off.

Unlike many of the other tournament entries, Blieden is not that well known to the poker community. Dwelling on that, the player said that he knew many of his table mates considered him “terrible” and that was why he was getting calls that many would not. He went on to say that he got quite some coolers throughout Day 1 and it seemed to him that every time he bluffed, his opponents would fall, while every time he called, he would win the pot.

Play is set to resume at Aria today at noon local time. The remaining hopefuls will play down to an official six-handed final table. Aside from Blieden, the likes of Erik Seidel, Marvin Rettenmaier, Justin Young, and Darren Elias, who came into the Tournament of Champions fresh off his record fourth WPT win in the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, will also join Day 2 action.

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AGA letter to Congress outlines sports betting priorities

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AGA letter to Congress outlines sports betting priorities

A short letter to federal lawmakers signed by Geoff Freeman (pictured), President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), highlights what the national trade group views are the top priorities regarding the operation of the sports betting market in the U.S. following the Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act […]
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Caesars sets date for Incheon casino

The Happy Together Tour returns to IP Resort Casino and Spa

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The Happy Together Tour returns to IP Resort Casino and Spa
The tour features six headline artists with more than 50 Billboard hits among them, and includes The Turtles; The Association; Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; The Cowsills; and Mark Lindsay.
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Developments in US sports betting

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Developments in US sports betting

While the race has been on for awhile to regulate sports betting at the state level, the pack broke into a sprint on May 14 when the US Supreme Court declared the federal law banning the practice unconstitutional when they ruled on Murphy v. NCAA. With the demise of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection […]
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Digitain to attend The Cyprus Gaming Show

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Digitain to attend The Cyprus Gaming Show
The multi-channel casino and sports betting platform provider announced that it will be attending The Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS) 2018.
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Darren Elias Makes History at Aria Casino, Captures Record Fourth WPT Title

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Darren Elias Makes History at Aria Casino, Captures Record Fourth WPT Title

Darren Elias finally claimed a coveted fourth WPT title after a near miss earlier this season in Jacksonville. The player topped last night the elite field of the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic to become the only one to have ever captured four titles from the series’ Main Tour.

The WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic drew 162 entries to the tables of the host venue – Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was a star-studded field of former WPT champions, former WSOP Main Event champions, including 14-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, and a plethora of other accomplished pros and recreationals. They created a prize pool of $1,555,200 and the amount of $387,580 went to the winner.

Elias entered the final day of the event as the chip leader and with a massive stack. The player said that he was there for anything but the win, and he did his best to execute his strategy and claim the prestigious fourth title that put him ahead of Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Chino Rheem who are all holding three WPT titles.

It was an action-packed day at the host casino on Wednesday. Despite his advantage, Elias’ ride to victory was not a smooth one. Aside from him, the official six-handed final table of the event featured two players who were eying their third WPT titles (Jonathan Little and Sam Panzica), a player who was looking to claim a second title (Dietrich Fast), former WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen, and female poker pro Kitty Kuo who has been smashing tables over the past several months.

Thrilling Heads-Up

Little and Panzica were the first to leave the final table, their hopes for a third title thus being brought to an abrupt end. The players collected $74,520 and $97,795, respectively. Fast was then eliminated in fourth place, good for $130, 895.

The most important hand of the final table occurred during three-handed play when McKeehen and Elias found themselves locked in an all-in confrontation that would end everything for one of the players. It was eventually McKeehen to bust in third place for $178,610, while Elias collected his chips to enter heads-up against Kuo with a 3:1 advantage.

Despite the huge gap, Kuo was not showing any signs that she was ready to give up on the title without a fight. As a result, the two-handed duel lasted three hours and over 100 hands. While Kuo never managed to take the lead during the match, she doubled several times and almost erased the gap.

On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Kuo announced all in for her last 600,000 and Elias called almost immediately. Elias tabled [Ah][10c] to his opponent’s [As][5d]. The [4d][Js][8h][7s][2c] arrived on the board to end Kuo’s participation in the tournament. The player took $248,380 for her performance.

As for Elias, the player is now heading into the WPT Tournament of Champions which starts today at Aria. Fresh off his latest triumph, he will play against the WPT Main Event champions from throughout the season for a chance to be crowned the absolute champion of Season XVI of the series.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

$2 Million Pro Football Frenzy online customer engagement promotion -- ENGAGED NATION

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$2 Million Pro Football Frenzy online customer engagement promotion -- ENGAGED NATION

Engaged Nation recently announced its redesigned and enhanced $2 Million Pro Football Frenzy online sports program that leverages the entire professional football season to drive customer acquisition, engagement and bottom-line revenue.

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Playtech receives official consent for Snaitech SpA purchase

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Playtech receives official consent for Snaitech SpA purchase

In Italy, omni-channel gaming software and services innovator Playtech has reportedly received official approval from the nation’s Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) regulator to purchase a majority stake in prominent local online and retail operator Snaitech SpA. According to a Monday report from the Reuters news service, Playtech agreed a deal early last […]
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Genting, close to Andorra casino licence

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Video Review: Celestial Sun Riches & Celestial Moon Riches slots from Konami

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Video Review: Celestial Sun Riches & Celestial Moon Riches slots from Konami
We get a first hand look at one of Konami Gaming's newest available progressive series slot machines. The Celestial Sun Riches & Celestial Moon Riches slots.
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NetEnt appoints Therese Hillman new Group CEO

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NetEnt appoints Therese Hillman new Group CEO

Having decided in March this year to replace Per Eriksson as its Chief Executive Officer (CFO), the Board of Directors for online gambling technology provider NetEnt (NETB:Stockholm) has appointed, effective May 22, 2018, Therese Hillman as the firm’s new Group CEO. Hillman has served as the interim CEO for NetEnt since the March 2018 release […]
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Instant Win Gaming Ltd agrees content deal with Sky Betting and Gaming

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Instant Win Gaming Ltd agrees content deal with Sky Betting and Gaming

Online instant-win games supplier Instant Win Gaming Limited has announced that its titles are now available to players at bingo sportsbook, SkyBingo.com, for the first time following the signing of a deal with fellow British firm Sky Betting and Gaming. According to an official press release published by European Gaming Media and Events, United Kingdom […]
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Lawrence Ho changes Russia for Japan

Resorts World Catskills celebrates Grand Opening Gala

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Resorts World Catskills celebrates Grand Opening Gala
Officials at New York's newest and largest commercial casino are confident that its location, superior array of world-class amenities and allure to Asian customers will help the $1.2 billion resort reinvigorate the region and overcome the noted saturation in the market.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

BetConstruct announces new partnership with Fazi

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BetConstruct announces new partnership with Fazi

Award-winning developer and provider of land-based and online gaming solutions, BetConstruct, announced Monday a new partnership with Serbian manufacturer of gambling equipment, LED informational systems and software solutions, Fazi. The new partnership will see content made in HTML5 with full HD graphics from Fazi join Bet Construct Casino Suite’s 4,000-plus games. The supply deal with […]
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WFG Continental Cup of Curling returns to Orleans Arena

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WFG Continental Cup of Curling returns to Orleans Arena
This curling event is a unique competition, pitting six of the top women's and men's teams from North America, up against six of the best from the rest of the curling world. Several disciplines, including the new mixed doubles event, are contested over a four-day period.
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Two-Time WPT Champ Kevin Eyster Leads after WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event Day 1

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Two-Time WPT Champ Kevin Eyster Leads after WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event Day 1

The WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event kicked off at Aria Casino Resort & Casino to conclude the sixteenth season of the popular poker series. The event arrived with a $10,000 buy-in and its first day drew 150 entries.

Of them, there were just 62 to survive throughout the day and bag and tag for the night. The field is poised to expand as registration for the tournament will remain open until today at noon local time when the second day is scheduled to begin.

Kevin Eyster collected largest chip stack last night at the host casino to lead the pack of survivors. The player managed to build a stack of 175,500 over the course of the ten levels played on Day 1.

Eyster is a Louisiana-born poker professional with overall live tournament earnings of over $4.38 million. He has previously won two WPT Main Tour titles, which means that a victory at Aria would tie him with the select few three-time WPT champs.

Eyster won his first WPT title in 2013 when he outlasted the field of the $5,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Championship. He also collected a $660,395 share of the prize pool for is triumph. Title number two arrived two years later. Eyster won the $10,400 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December 2015, good for his largest live cash of $1,587,382.

Other Notables in Contention

Eyster was not the only poker celebrity to make it to the end of Day 1 of the ongoing WPT tournament. A look at the overnight chip counts chart shows that the player is followed closely by none other than 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen with 167,900. Tom Marchese, another member of global poker’s elite, rounded out the top three chip counts last night with 166,000. German poker star Steffen Sontheimer, Kitty Kuo, and Matt Parry were few of the other notables to bag at the end of the ten levels scheduled for Sunday at the host casino.

It is yet to be seen whom they will be joined by later today at Aria’s tables. Once registration is closed, organizers will be able to announce the overall prize pool and the places paid.

The ongoing Bobby Baldwin Classic is the final festival on this season’s schedule of the WPT. The Main Event wraps up on May 23 when a champion will be crowned. However, they will not have much time for celebration as they will be heading into the WPT Tournament of Champions, slated to kick off on the very next day.

All Main Event winners throughout WPT’s Main Tour season won an automatic entry into the Tournament of Champions where they will square off for a chance to become the champion of all champions. The season-ending tournament will run at Aria Resort & Casino through May 26.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

NFL not worried about casino investments of Carolina Panther’s new owner

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NFL not worried about casino investments of Carolina Panther’s new owner

David Tepper is now the new owner of the Carolina Panthers NFL team, after sealing a deal last week to purchase the team for around $2.2 billion. Tepper is not only an investor in the NFL but also the casino industry. Tepper’s Appaloosa Management recently increased their casino investments and the NFL reportedly does not […]
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Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

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Will Atlantic City’s Two New Casinos Oversaturate Its Recovering Gaming Market?

After several weeks of speculations over the opening of what would be Ocean Resort Casino, it was recently confirmed that the property, formerly known as Revel, would swing its doors open on June 28. And Hard Rock International had previously picked that exact date to reopen the former Trump Taj Mahal as a Hard Rock-branded casino resort.

The emblematic Atlantic City Boardwalk will thus welcome two new stars to its existing seven casino properties. This year is very special for the city as its celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first-ever commercial casino.

For a very long time, Atlantic City was the only place on the East Coast where commercial Las Vegas-style were allowed. And during that time it maintained fervently its spot as America’s second highest grossing gambling hub, with Las Vegas being the largest such hub by annual revenue produced.

However, the decade after 2006, when a number of states in the northeast part of the country opened new casinos and expanded quickly their gambling industries, turned out to be a complete disaster for Atlantic City. It could not manage the growing competition from neighboring states and, as a result, many of its casinos struggled to stay afloat.

The culmination of Atlantic City’s disastrous decade was represented by the closure of five of its 12 casinos in the period between 2014 and 2016 (Revel closed in 2014, while Trump Taj Mahal was shuttered in 2016).

It seems, however, that the popular casino hub might be ready to turn over a new leaf. In 2017, its seven surviving casinos posted a second consecutive year of revenue growth. They generated a total of $2.66 billion, up 2.2% from 2016. The results came as a much needed encouragement.

The opening of the city’s two new casinos is just over a month away and many see that as a sign that recovery is around the corner. On the other hand, less enthusiastic analysts have warned that Atlantic City’s gambling industry might not be ready for expansion yet.

Who are the owners of the two new properties and what have they promised to bring to the city? How will the opening of two casinos impact Atlantic City’s industry? And is the decision for the openings to take place on the same date a reasonable one? Here is Casino News Daily’s view on the topic.

Details about the Two Casinos

Hard Rock International, the Florida-based gaming and hospitality giant, bought the former Trump Taj Mahal from Carl Icahn in the spring of 2017 and just several months after the property’s closure. Hard Rock paid only a fraction of the original prize of what had been dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world by its original owner, US President Donald Trump.

The company then announced that it would spend over $500 million to bring down Trump Taj Mahal’s iconic minarets and replace those by rock’n’roll-style elements the Hard Rock brand is well-recognized for.

Hard Rock obtained the necessary license for the operation of casino gambling from the state Casino Control Commission on May 9, which was actually among the final regulatory steps needed to be completed before the opening of what would run as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

The resort will feature a 120,000-square-foot casino with 2,144 slot machines and 120 table games, a hotel with nearly 2,000 rooms, a number of food and beverage options, and a 7,000-seat event center, among other facilities.

Property owners have pointed out repeatedly that they aim to create a unique entertainment destination that will attract different groups of visitors. Hard Rock has revealed plans to book more than 300 concerts and other events at its Etess Arena over the resort’s first year of operation and has announced quite a lineup, with tickets for some of the upcoming events now being sold.

As for Ocean Resort Casino, it will operate at the site of the former Revel, which sadly closed doors in the summer of 2014 after just two years of operation. The hotel and casino resort cost $2.4 billion to be built, but was then sold to Florida-based businessman Glenn Straub for just $82 million. After failing to reopen the property, Mr. Straub sold it to its current owner – Colorado-based real estate developer Bruce Deifik for $200 million. Mr. Deifik invested another $200 million into the property’s renovation and preparation for opening.

News emerged in April that Ocean Resort Casino would open on the same day as Hard Rock Atlantic City. However, it was not until mid-May that it was confirmed the property would launch namely on June 28.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Deifik said that they wanted to learn from and avoid Revel’s mistakes, and to debut Ocean Resort Casino as a friendlier property than it predecessor was. The new resort would thus offer designated areas at its casino for smokers, unlike Revel which banned smoking inside the gaming floor.

Ocean Resort Casino will also welcome pedestrian traffic to its gambling facility. Construction workers recently brought down the wall that separated the casino from the Boardwalk. That wall is set to be replaced with a door and stairs that would allow visitors into the gaming floor directly from the Boardwalk.

Mr. Deifik’s casino is yet to receive a license from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. This is expected to happen at the regulators meeting on June 6.

Expectations

Many were perplexed by the announcement that Atlantic City’s new casinos will open doors on the same date. However, industry representatives explained that the decision might actually prove to be a move in the right direction.

Global Gaming Business magazine publisher Roger Gros has explained that while the opening of Hard Rock Atlantic City is the event mainly focused on, Ocean Resort Casino will thus be able to feed on and draw attention to itself on the opening date.

Experts also believe that the opening of two properties on the same day will certainly attract greater attention and visitors, as many would want to witness such a historic moment. It is also important to note that the launch of the two casinos will take place just days before July 4. The holiday is traditionally among the busiest periods of the year for Atlantic City’s casinos and as it lands on Wednesday this year, the city’s two new properties will surely hope to cash in during the weekend before and after.

There have also been concerns that two new gaming venues might not be the best scenario for Atlantic City, now as its revenue has been recovering with seven operational properties. According to many, Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino might oversaturate the local market and pull it back where it was several years ago when many of its gambling floors were struggling to stay afloat.

It is yet to be seen whether the new resorts will help the once thriving casino hub recover at least part of its former glory or bring a new wave of financial and other related issues. One thing is important to note, both new properties are looking to provide visitors with unique experience and this could certainly be of great help at a time when customers, both gambling and non-gambling, are looking namely for diverse experience.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

BtoBet nominated for EGR B2B Award

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BtoBet nominated for EGR B2B Award

On June 20th, the Hurlingham Club in London will play host to the EGR B2B Awards 2018. The black-tie affair will see gaming industry giants come together to see who is considered the best of the best. Nominations for awards have already been announced with BtoBet being shortlisted as a nominee under the Innovation in […]
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PA casino revenue down 1.56 pct in April

Rush Street Gaming partnering with Kambi Group for sportsbook launch

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Rush Street Gaming partnering with Kambi Group for sportsbook launch

American regional casino operator Rush Street Gaming has announced that its Rush Street Interactive subsidiary has signed a deal that will see its own proprietary online gaming platform integrate sportsbetting technology from iGaming innovator Kambi Group. Rush Street Gaming is responsible for four land-based gambling venues in three states including the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, […]
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Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

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Biggest World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

The World Series of Poker is peeking from the corner with brand new tournaments and more gold bracelets up for grabs. This year the world’s largest and longest running tournament poker series will take place from May 29 to July 17.

The 2018 WSOP will feature 78 official gold bracelet events, including the fourth edition of the now very popular $565 buy-in COLOSSUS. It is also interesting to note that this year the poker festival will feature a record number of 13 tournaments that will kick off after the beginning of the $10,000 Main Event.

And speaking of one of the biggest highlights of the series, the World Championship, it is slated for July 2-14, when its champion will be crowned. This year, for a second straight year, the official nine-handed final table will be played within the series and not in November.

To celebrate the start of what poker fans around the globe hope will be an extremely exciting and successful edition of the WSOP, Casino News Daily has prepared a list of the biggest WSOP Main Event winners throughout the years, or those brave warriors who have outlasted massive fields to eventually scoop the largest prizes to have been awarded in the history of the series. Here they are.

Jamie Gold – $12,000,000

Gold won the 2006 edition of the WSOP Main Event. The player bested a field of 8,773 entries to win the largest ever Main Event prize in the history of the series. It is also important to note that the 2006 World Championship was the largest one by prize pool not just within the WSOP but also within poker history as the amount of $82,512,162 was generated in prize money.

Gold became the last man standing after a heads-up match against five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham. His winning hand was [Qs][9c].

Martin Jacobson – $10,000,000

The Swede outlasted the 6,683-strong field of the 2014 WSOP Main Event. As mentioned above, his share of the event’s total prize pool of $62,820,200 amounted to $10 million. In fact, the 2014 edition of the tournament was the first one to feature a $10-million guarantee for the champion.

Jacobson emerged as the victor after an all-Scandinavian heads-up against Norway’s Felix Vincent Stephensen. A winning hand of pocket tens secured the Swede with the sweet victory. It is also interesting to note that top three of that year’s edition of the Main Event was rounded out by another European player – Dutch poker star Jorryt van Hoof.

Peter Eastgate – $9,152,416

Eastgate was the player to outmaneuver the 6,844-strong field of the 2008 WSOP Main Event and walk away with a first-place prize of $9,152,416 from a total prize pool of $64,333,600. Eastgate, who hails from Norway, is another member of the elite club of Scandinavians to have won one of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments.

The player secured his victory after a heads-up duel against Ivan Demidov. On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Eastgate held [Ad][5s] to be crowned the 2008 Champion.

Jonathan Duhamel – $8,944,138

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel emerged victorious over a field of 7,319 fellow tournament entries to collect $8,944,138 in prize money. The player took the largest share of a prize pool that amounted to $68,798,600.

Duhamel faced John Racener, quite an accomplished player himself, heads-up. The two players clashed for the title, but on the last hand in action it was the Canadian to table the winning [As][Jh] and bust his fellow contender in second place.

Pius Heinz – $8,715,638

The German claimed the 2011 WSOP Main Event title for a payout of nearly $8.8 million. He was the last player standing from a massive field of 6,865 entrants. They generated a prize pool of $64,531,000.

Heinz ran pretty well over the course of the tournament to eventually become one of the two final players at the official final table. The German clashed against Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic in a final battle for the title. Heinz eventually locked that important title with a winning hand of [As][Kc].

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Harrah’s New Orleans Series High Roller Promises Top Players $100K Guarantee

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Harrah’s New Orleans Series High Roller Promises Top Players $100K Guarantee

Hundreds of poker enthusiasts have gathered at Harrah’s New Orleans casino for the final stop of the 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit taking place this week. One of the most exciting events during the festival, the $2,200 High Roller, launched Thursday, promising top players a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The final and, certainly, the most anticipated tournament of the series kicks off today – this is the $750K GTD Main Event which will crown its winner Monday, May 21.

Attracting 128 high-stakes poker pros, the $2,200 No-limit Hold’em High Roller generated a total prize pool of $256,000. Registration closed with the start of level 13 on Day 1 of the tournament and eliminations quickly followed, cutting the field in half. After entries were calculated, organizers announced that only the 16 finalists would receive money for their finishes, while the first place in the event would come with a prize of $71,680. Along with the cash, the champion will also take a WSOP Circuit Ring. The minimum cash given to players would be $3,502. By the end of Level 15, only 18 entrants remained for Day 2 of the High Roller tournament.

Day 1 chip leader, David “Barth” Melius, would return to the tables as one of the final 18 players on Friday with a stack of 455,000. The leaderboard continues with Robert Hankins and Peter Viantonio, each holding 377,500 in chips, B.J. McBrayer (272,000), and Michael Horchoff (199,500). Among the 18 survivors of Day 1 are also Maurice Hawkins (112,500), Nadya Magnus (83,400), Alex Rocha (69,000), Marshall White (62,500), and Mark Dube (47,500).

Other notables could not make to the second day of the tournament, nor did they come close to the money. These were nine-time WSOP ring winner Ari Engel, as well as two players who already claimed victory at previous events at Harrah’s New Orleans series, Valentin Vornicu and Abraham Araya.

More Titles and Rings Awarded at Harrah’s New Orleans

The current season of the WSOP Circuit comes to an end with Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans chosen as its host venue. The festival has nine tournaments and two side events, namely the $250 Ladies Event No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry taken down by Cyntia Compton and the $250 Seniors Event No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry won by Scott Roberts. The NLH High Roller is the 8th event of the series, while the next tournament is the final one for this season, the $750K GTD Main Event.

It starts Friday morning at 11.00 a.m. local time and has an entry fee of $1,675. Players will be able to enter during the two starting days and re-enter one time while registration is open until the start of Level 13 on Sunday. They will start Day 1A on Friday with 20,000 in chips during 40-minute levels. Last year, the tournament attracted 758 entrants who contributed to the total prize pool of $1,137,000. After several days of poker action, Jason Baldridge emerged victorious and took home the first-place prize of $227,412.

Several other events ended Thursday, one of which was the single-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em Single Re-Entry tournament. It was won by Terry Melancon who banked a cash prize of $13,556. The NLH MONSTER STACK Re-Entry event also crowned a champion – it was Raymond Curran who defeated the impressive field of 707 entrants and claimed the title for $43,479.

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No-limit Texas Hold'em tournaments at Dover Downs

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No-limit Texas Hold'em tournaments at Dover Downs
There will be more than $30,000 in guaranteed prizes during June 22-24 tournaments at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino's Poker Room, including one with a $25,000-guaranteed prize pool.
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Civil Service of Northern Ireland Has No Power to Restrict FOBTs

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Civil Service of Northern Ireland Has No Power to Restrict FOBTs

Members of the civil service of Northern Ireland have claimed they have no power to impose any restrictions on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Under the new regulatory crackdown which has already become a fact in England and Wales, the maximum betting stake of FOBTs was reduced from £100 to £2.

For the time being, several hundred of the machines are situated on the territory of Northern Ireland, in a total of 305 betting shops. The legislation under which the gambling machines are being regulated has been unchanged for more than thirty years.

Still, in spite of the fact that anti-gambling campaigners have called for action, the local Department for Communities said that there is not much it can do to change the situation. A spokesman of the Department explained that any proposed changes to the gambling law of Northern Ireland could be made only under a resolution of an incoming minister.

A couple of days ago, the UK Government revealed its decision to make a significant reduction of the maximum stake allowed in FOBTs, following several delays of the outcome. The measure is to be taken by local authorities in order to offset the possible harm which gambling could cause to local residents, and especially to children and more vulnerable people.

Department for Communities Has Its Hands “Tied”

According to Charity CARE NI, Northern Ireland was the territory with the highest rate of gambling addiction across the UK. Authorities have often been criticized for not doing much to bring some changes to the existing legislation which has not been amended since 1985.

Ian Paisley, a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP, put the lack of action in the Northern Ireland under criticism, saying that the fixed-odds betting terminals were to be blamed for the difficulties faced by many families. He once again called for tighter regulation of the machines, saying that the Government had to find the right balance in its actions, as its decision would not only have impact on the customer protection but would also have an influence on the gambling sector, and more specifically, on companies’ revenue and retail shops jobs.

The Northern Ireland Turf Guardians’ Association which represents local sports betting operators commented on the clampdown imposed on fixed-odds betting machines, saying it would appreciate authorities’ efforts to provide an evidence-based review of the local gambling industry. The Association further explained that it was waiting for the Department for Communities to confirm the legislation’s future after a consultation which took place in 2011 and was especially focused on the regulation of the controversial machines.

As mentioned above, a total of 305 betting shops currently exist on the territory of Northern Ireland, with hundreds of terminals available. Approximately 1,500 people are employed in the retail betting sector, which contribution to the country’s economy amounts to about £29 million.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Videoslots Launches Industry First My RTP Feature

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Videoslots Launches Industry First My RTP Feature
Malta-based online casino operator Videoslots has enhanced its offering with the launch of “My RTP,” a pioneering analytics tool designed to bring greater engagement and transparency to the online casino experience.
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$1000 slots tournament features three “Games of Fortune” slots from Betsoft

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$1000 slots tournament features three “Games of Fortune” slots from Betsoft
The ten top point scorers in the week-long slot tournament will be awarded $1000 in prize money – first prize is $300.
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Las Vegas welcomes LGBTQ events and celebrations

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Las Vegas welcomes LGBTQ events and celebrations
Las Vegas offers a variety of year-round events, conferences, parties and more for anyone and everyone. From annual traditions to new entertainment, Las Vegas continues to evolve and cater to its visitors.
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DraftKings moves to offer sports betting

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DraftKings moves to offer sports betting

DraftKings, Inc. recently announced that the company will enter the sports betting market following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning the outdated Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

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Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino remains closed as strike continues

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Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino remains closed as strike continues

In Canada, the strike that has shut the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is now reportedly into its 41st day after last month saw 59% of the Ontario venue’s workforce reject a new contract agreement that would have seen their hourly salaries rise by an average of only CAD$1.75 ($1.37) over the course of the […]
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gaming Laboratories International receives accreditation by the Republic of Cyprus

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Gaming Laboratories International receives accreditation by the Republic of Cyprus
This prestigious honor further expands GLI's already robust presence across Europe as the region's premier testing and certification laboratory.
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Sandeep Vasudevan Wins $365 PLO Event at Harrah’s New Orleans

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Sandeep Vasudevan Wins $365 PLO Event at Harrah’s New Orleans

Sandeep Vasudevan emerged victorious in the fourth event of the Harrah’s New Orleans series after defeating more than 150 entrants and claiming the first-place prize of $12,314. The San Antonio resident won his second career WSOP ring after his first ring came with a win at the $365 No-limit Hold’em event at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana.

This is also the second time Vasudevan takes the first place at a WSOP tournament and the third time he takes part in a Pot-limit Omaha event. After a couple of third place finishes, however, he managed to survive the final table and claim the title. Starting Monday, May 14, the two-day $365 Buy-in PLO Re-Entry event attracted an entry field of 152 players and collected a total prize pool of $45,600. Only 18 poker players made to the money and after Jeremy Morrow was eliminated in 10th place, the final nine finalists continued to play to determine the next WSOP series winner.

The final table started with six-time ring winner John Holley as the chip leader, who lost some of his stack after a few hands. Tomer Mushin took the lead before the end of the evening, while Holley finished Day 1 eight in chips. Mushin had 303,000 in chips that put a good distance between him and the following entrants Sandeep Vasudevan (244,000) and Rebecca Campbell (220,000). Day 2 of the tournament started with 5,000/10,000 blinds and 45-minute long levels, while those who survived were guaranteed at least $1,097.

Jang Hong received the minimum prize when he finished 9th and the second player to leave the final table was Paul Cogliano (8th, $1,376). Sean Moore was next with a prize of $1,754, followed by Tomer Mushin (6th, $2,272) and Rebecca Campbell (5th, $2,994). Holley who was hoping to get the 7th WSOP ring in his career was eliminated next and banked $4,014 for his fourth place. When Clayton Bates finished in the 3rd position ($5,477), he left the Indian-born Sandeep Vasudevan and Mitchell Smith from Palm Beach, Florida, to face heads-up for the title. Vasudevan started with a nearly 2-to-1 chip lead but Smith quickly took it and after a long play, Vasudevan emerged victorious. He received the title and a cash prize of $12,314 while Smith took home $7,609 for his runner-up position.

Jeff Turton Leads the $365 NLH 6-Handed Re-Entry Final Table

The final stop of the 2017/2018 season of the World Series of Poker at Harrah’s New Orleans continues with the $365 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Re-Entry event. It started Tuesday and when registration closed, a total of 336 players had bought in the tournament. They contributed to a prize pool of $100,800, which would be shared among the top 36 entrants with a minimum cash of $529. Staff at the casino estimate that the winner will walk away with a prize of $25,206.

By the end of Tuesday night, the final eight players were clear. Jeff Turton from Durham, North Carolina, held a massive chip lead over the rest of the players on the final table with 1,328,000 in chips. The next player in the chip count is David Holmes with 522,000, followed by four-time ring winner David Nicholson with 306,000, and Blake Whittington who had 234,000. Next came in circuit regular Jesse Capps who bagged 220,000, followed by Mike Azzaro with 197,000.

They return at the final table at 1.00 p.m. to play down to a winner with a minimum cash guaranteed of $2,821. The winner, promised a great prize of $25,206, is to be determined in the following hours when play for the $365 NLH 6-Handed Re-Entry event resumes at Harrah’s New Orleans.

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June 8 ground breaking planned by Melco International for Cyprus IR

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June 8 ground breaking planned by Melco International for Cyprus IR

In a Tuesday press conference, Investment holding company Melco International Development Ltd (200:Hong Kong) revealed that on June 8, 2018, a groundbreaking ceremony would precede the start of construction work on Europe’s first integrated casino resort. City of Dreams Mediterranean, as it’s been dubbed, will be developed in the city of Limassol, situated on the […]
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

888 rolls out interstate poker network in three U.S. states

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888 rolls out interstate poker network in three U.S. states

Leading online gaming operator and platform provider, 888 Holdings PLC (888) (888:London) has confirmed the May 1 launch of its interstate poker network that will see poker players throughout three regulated U.S. states, including Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, compete together in the tournaments and poker formats of their choice via the one-of-a-kind proprietary platform. […]
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Araya Wins 3rd WSOP Ring at Harrah’s New Orleans, Vornicu Smashes All Records

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Araya Wins 3rd WSOP Ring at Harrah’s New Orleans, Vornicu Smashes All Records

After grueling, almost 7-hour poker play on the final table, Abraham Araya took the third WSOP gold ring in his career, claiming the $580 No-Limit Hold’em title for $27,043 at the Harrah’s New Orleans stop of the World Series of Poker. The bigger sensation, however, came in a few hours later with Valentin Vornicu who emerged victorious in the third event of the series and smashed all records by winning his 12th WSOP career ring in the early hours of Tuesday.

Following a record-setting win on Monday, San Diego-based poker pro Vornicu would be hitting the headlines in the following days and weeks. He first took down the 11th WSOP ring in his career becoming the player with the most rings ever when he won the opening event of the series. But to everyone’s surprise, most of all his own, he later claimed yet another WSOP gold ring, beating his own record. The player, born and raised in Romania, managed to achieve this feat by defeating the 348 entrants at the $365 Buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Single Day event on Monday evening. The 34-year old grinder said in a short interview after his historic win that he barely believed what he had done.

This was the third tournament of the series, currently taking place at the Harrah’s New Orleans casino. As the last stop of the World Series of Poker for the season, the festival is attracting a lot of poker pros and enthusiasts from all over the country. The $365 Buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Single Day event (Event #3) drew a strong field of 349 players and collected a total prize pool of $104,700, quite an attractive amount given the reasonable entry fee of only $365. Vornicu held the chip lead on the final table with 848,000, followed by Jerry Monroe (583,000), and Kien Tran (438,000). All finalists were guaranteed $1,831, while the winner was promised $24,084.

After several eliminations, Vornicu faced Joshua Lowing from Pensacola in the heads-up battle and managed to defeat him. For his second position, Lowing took a cash prize of $14,887, while Vornicu took home $24,084 and the 12th WSOP ring in his career.

More Exciting Events at Harrah’s New Orleans

While Valentin Vornicu won the first and the third tournaments of the poker festival at Harrah’s New Orleans, the second event was taken down by yet another poker player born outside the United States. The 41-year-old East Africa native Abraham Araya managed to survive to the final table at the $580 No-Limit Hold’em and to dominate over the other finalists to claim the title and the first place prize of $27,043.

Araya was one of the 208 entries that bought in the event with a total prize pool of $104,000 and it was not easy for him to take over. The top 21 spots finished in the money and Jeff Trudeau led the final 17 players on Monday, but soon he hit the rails in 11th position before making it to the final table. The last three players received over $10,000 and the one who busted 3rd was Nolan Burton who took home $12,061. To claim the title, Texas-based Abraham Araya defeated Bob Beck heads-up and took his third WSOP ring. This is his first win after nearly 6 years and for it, he banked $27,043 and earned a seat at the 2018 Global Casino Championship this summer.

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Universal Entertainment Corporation planning to take subordinate public

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Universal Entertainment Corporation planning to take subordinate public

Japanese pachinko, slot and arcade games manufacturer Universal Entertainment Corporation has reportedly announced that it is hoping to take its casino-operating Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Incorporated subsidiary public sometime in the next two years in order to ‘accelerate its growth and raise its name recognition’. According to a report from GGRAsia, Tokyo-based Universal Entertainment […]
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Casino Growth Boosts Portugal Online Gambling Market by 8% in Q1

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Casino Growth Boosts Portugal Online Gambling Market by 8% in Q1

Portugal has revealed that its online gaming revenue rose over the first three months of 2018, partly thanks to a boost in online casino earnings.

The national gambling regulatory body – Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) – revealed that the online gambling market of Portugal saw an 8% revenues increase in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, mainly due to a significant 18% increase in local casino revenues to €16.4 million. The iGaming revenue for the first three months as of March 31st amounted to a total of €33.8 million, which is €2.5 million more in comparison to the same period a year ago. Still, the result was €2.7 million lower compared to the final three months of 2017.

There were seven providers which were allowed to offer online gambling on the territory of Portugal, which is three more than the number of iGambling operators in the country in the same period in 2017. These entities hold an overall number of 12 operating licenses, with 7 of them giving them permission to provide games of chance and 5 of them allowing them to offer sports betting options.

Contribution to Online Gambling Revenue by Game Type

Online sports betting remained the key source of revenue over the first quarter of the year, with them accounting for a total of €17.4 million over the period. The amount generated by the sports betting operations in the country saw no significant changes on year-on-year basis and represented a more than €3 million decline from the amount generated over the last three months of 2017.

Over the period to March 31st, football was the sport which accounted for a bit more than 75% of total sports betting revenue. Basketball and tennis were the second and third largest contributors to sports betting revenue, with them accounting for 10.6% and 9.6% of the overall online sports betting revenue, respectively.

Portuguese online gambling operators reported that the games of chance generated revenue amounting to €16.4 million, which represents an almost 18% growth compared to the same period a year earlier. Online slots machines were undoubtedly the main driver of online games of chance’s revenue in the period to March 31st, with their contributions accounting for 55.7% of total bets on online games of chance. Online poker, on the other hand, brought 18.6% of the total revenue generated by online games of chance, followed by bets made by local customers on French Roulette (16.4%).

Players Participation in Portuguese Online Gambling Market

The number of player registrations in the online gambling websites permitted in Portugal amounted to approximately 890,000 as of March 31st. A total of 89,300 new player registrations were made over the first quarter of the current fiscal year, with the pace of growth in the number of new player registrations slowing by approximately 22,600 compared to the first quarter of 2017.

During the first three months of the year, players aged from 25 to 44 represented a total of 61.5% of the total number of customers registered online. The number of players aged from 18 to 24, on the other hand, accounted for 27.2% of the overall number of online players.

As far as self-exclusion is concerned, a total of 21,100 players who were registered online decided to take advantage of the opportunity and self-excluded themselves from online gambling and sports betting operations. The number of self-excluded players accounted for approximately 2.4% of the total number of registered players.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

MGM projects further growth in Macau

Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands gets green light for new hotel

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Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands gets green light for new hotel

A gaming venue in Peterborough has been given the go-ahead to construct a new hotel across from their casino. The Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands gained approved from the Thousand Islands and the Township of Leeds to begin construction of a Wingate by Wyndham hotel which will include four stories and have 78 guest rooms. The […]
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Gambling Hall Operators Oppose Riga City Council Casino Closures Decision

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Gambling Hall Operators Oppose Riga City Council Casino Closures Decision

Owners of more than 40 gambling facilities in Riga have started legal action against the Riga City Council following the latter’s decision to shut gambling halls in the city’s historical centre. The resolutions for the closures were made as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s February 24th ruling in the case associated with Riga-located gambling halls’ opening permits, as well as to create better organization of the city’s historic centre and especially-protected territories.

According to media reports, the Council’s representative Aira Smelde have shared the information, saying that operators had turned to court to appeal the Riga City Council’s decision. Currently, a total of six first-instance court verdicts have been issued, with the claims being rejected in all the rulings. Two of these rulings have been appealed to the administrative regional court, with one of the court proceeding being officially closed following the decision of the claimant to withdraw their application.

A few months ago, in October 2017, Riga City Council supported the initiative seeking closure of 33 more gambling halls in the city centre, boosting the number of venues set to be closed over the next five years to a total of 42. As reported at the time when the Council’s decision was revealed, the only exception from gambling halls closures would be made for venues situated in four- and five-star hotels.

Above a month earlier, in September 2017, the Council decided to revoke the operating licenses of nine gambling halls, with more venues’ closures being put under consideration. At the time when the announcements were made, the legal administration director Juris Liepins contacted the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspectorate in order to make sure that all necessary resolutions on the closures have been passed.

Olympic Entertainment Loses Court Battle

As mentioned above, the city’s legal department is making preparations to issue resolutions to shut down gambling halls located in the historical centre of Riga. Then, the Council is to have a vote on the closures of each facility individually, with gambling operators set to be given five years to finalize closure procedures of their businesses in the expected locations.

So far, no timeframes about the consideration and decision-making on casino closures have been set by Riga City Council.

Last week saw one of the leading gaming services providers in the Baltic States – Olympic Entertainment Group AS – lose its court fight over the closure of one of its casinos in Riga. Last Monday, the company revealed that the District Administrative Court had made a ruling favoring Riga City Council in terms of one of its casinos. Under the Council’s decision, the casino is required to shut operations by October 2022. The Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Entertainment reiterated the company’s intentions to appeal the decision of the administrative court to higher level court.

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