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Friday, August 31, 2018

West Virginia Quietly Becomes Fourth State to Launch Sports Betting

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West Virginia Quietly Becomes Fourth State to Launch Sports Betting

West Virginia quietly became the fourth state to launch legal sports betting after the US Supreme Court struck down in May a federal ban on wagering on professional and collegiate sports leagues.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia accepted yesterday its first bet, thus soft-opening its sportsbook. The casino’s wagering facility is operated by the US division of British bookmaker William Hill.

House Delegate Jason Barrett put the first bet on Thursday to participate in a historic moment for the state’s and the US gambling industry. Delegate Barrett placed $50 on the West Virginia Mountaineers to win the football national championship. He will win nearly $3,000 if that happens. The state lawmaker told local media that it was extremely easy to bet and that it really reminded him of betting on horse racing.

The General Managing Counsel of the West Virginia Lottery, Danielle Boyd, has confirmed the opening of the state’s first sportsbook and has pointed out that the despite the facility’s grand opening on Saturday, it is “officially open” now.

Hollywood Casino, which is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming Inc., will host a larger-scale opening ceremony for its sportsbook tomorrow at 11 am local time. A mobile app that will allow the casino’s patrons to wager while at the property via their mobile phones is expected to be rolled out in the next couple of weeks.

Commenting on the launch of their sportsbook, Hollywood Casino Head of Sports Erich Zimny told local media on Thursday that they are happy that West Virginia has jumped on the betting bandwagon quickly and has thus secured a competitive edge over neighboring Maryland.

A bill allowing sports betting at Maryland’s gambling venues was introduced last year but was voted down by legislators. It is believed that it will be reintroduced next spring. If it gains the necessary support in the state Legislature, it will then have to survive a statewide referendum in order to be enacted.

Exemplary Regulatory Framework

West Virginia was actually among the states that passed a legislative framework ahead of the US Supreme Court ruling in May that allowed individual states to legalize sports betting, if they felt inclined to do so. This facilitated the early launch of sports betting services at the state’s existing gambling facilities.

Commenting on the state’s wagering regulatory framework, Delegate Barrett said that it should be model for the rest of the nation and that he believes they have done it right.

According to preliminary estimates by the West Virginia Legislature, the state’s sports betting industry would contribute additional revenue of around $5.5 million to the coffers during the first year. However, a separate, Lottery-commissioned study presented a much more optimistic picture for additional revenue of between $9 million and $17 million.

Five of the state’s casinos have lodged interest in operating sportsbooks. They were all required to pay a $100,000 licensing fee. In addition, they will have to contribute a 10% tax on adjusted gross sports wagering receipts.

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Novomatic AG bringing it all to Entertainment Arena Expo

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Novomatic AG bringing it all to Entertainment Arena Expo

Giant Austrian firm, Novomatic AG, has announced that it will be attending the upcoming Entertainment Arena Expo in Romania in order to showcase its portfolio of games, cabinets and system tools alongside a selection of online gaming and sports betting solutions. Innovator to exhibit ‘proven performers’: According to an official Wednesday press release, the Austrian innovator […]
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Canadian casinos see revenue drop

GiG Comply monitoring service going live with MrGreen.com

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GiG Comply monitoring service going live with MrGreen.com

Two months after receiving a provisional license from authorities in the American state of New Jersey and iGaming solutions developer Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) Incorporated has announced the launch of its GiG Comply monitoring service. Innovation to provide brand protection: According to an official Thursday press release from the Malta-headquartered firm, the scalable GiG Comply […]
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Playsugarhouse.com reports sportsbook trends

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Playsugarhouse.com reports sportsbook trends

Playsugarhouse.com sportsbook went live last Thursday, and reported that there are already some interesting trends to be seen.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jackpot at Pala Casino

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Jackpot at Pala Casino
Jeffrey K., a slot player from Oceanside, California, won $18,720.97 playing Buffalo Stampede at the California casino on 29 August.
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The Reel Life: False positive edition

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The Reel Life: False positive edition
State and private lab testing discovered a sweet surprise for the Sheriff's office in New Hampshire's largest fentanyl bust.
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Playsugarhouse.com reports sprotsbook trends

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Playsugarhouse.com reports sprotsbook trends

Playsugarhouse.com sportsbook went live last Thursday, and reported that there are already some interesting trends to be seen.

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Osage Casino Tulsa expansion opens in Oklahoma

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Osage Casino Tulsa expansion opens in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, the federally-recognized Osage Nation reportedly opened the $150 million expansion of its Osage Casino Tulsa venue earlier today complete with an enlarged around-the-clock gaming floor that now encompasses approximately 1,000 slots. Casino with an in-house brewery: According to a Wednesday report from local television broadcaster KOTV, the expanded Osage County property, which is operated […]
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

IPI requests more time to finish Saipan casino

NFL Club Owners Retain Stakes in DraftKings Despite Sports Betting Launch

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NFL Club Owners Retain Stakes in DraftKings Despite Sports Betting Launch

The owners of two NFL clubs have not disposed of their stakes in daily fantasy operator turned bookmaker DraftKings as the new season is weeks away from kicking off and sports betting legalization efforts are gaining pace in multiple states.

Major US sports media outlet ESPN reported on Tuesday citing unnamed sources that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have not sold yet their stakes in the daily fantasy company, which recently launched a mobile sports betting app in New Jersey.

Both businessmen have small stakes in DraftKings, less than 5% each, sources have confirmed. Asked to comment on the matter, a Cowboys spokesperson has told ESPN that Mr. Jones indeed owned a stake in DraftKings but his ownership was through sports hospitality company Legends and not through the football team.

However, it turns out that both Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jones are not in a conflict of interest, or at least not yet. Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for NFL, has told ESPN that under existing policies of the league, members are allowed to own equity interest in a given business that does not generate more than a third of its overall revenue from gambling services.

Where Does DraftKings’ Betting Product Stands At?

At present, fantasy sports is DraftKings’ primary product. However, in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance, CEO Jason Robins said that it will not be long before the company begins deriving the majority of its revenue from sports betting. He added that they expect that to happen in the next two to three years, depending on “how fast the states roll out”.

DraftKings joined the US sports betting scene, which is gradually expanding with every day passing, at the beginning of August. The company launched a mobile wagering product in New Jersey, a result from its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel. DraftKings Sportsbook actually became the state’s first mobile betting app. The product offers different types of betting, including in-game bets and pre-season betting, and makes it possible for bettors to exit a wager through a ‘cash out’ feature.

Gambling consultancy Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimated that DraftKings’ revenue from daily fantasy sports stood at around $218 million in 2017. It is to be seen how much the company will generate from sports betting during the first month and throughout the rest of the year.

ESPN points out that should DraftKings’ betting revenue eventually lines up and eclipses its proceeds from daily fantasy sports, it will be a costly move for Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jones to dispose of their stakes in the company. Still, they will be forced to divest, under NFL’s current policies.

NFL has long been one of the biggest opponents of sports betting, arguing that it threatens the integrity of sports The football league is one of the four major US leagues that are seeking a share of the revenue generated by the nation’s sports betting industry in the form of an integrity fee, with NBA, NHL, and MLB being the other three.

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Ladbrokes provides Racing Post Tipster content to 217 stores in Ireland

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Ladbrokes provides Racing Post Tipster content to 217 stores in Ireland
The launch follows successful trials at Punchestown Racecourse and the recent installation of a stand-alone Tipster screen in the Finglas store in Dublin.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DraftKings continues expansion of sports betting team

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DraftKings continues expansion of sports betting team
The daily fantasy sports company hired several gaming and sports betting executives to further the momentum created by the successful launch of its first-to-market mobile/online sports betting platform in New Jersey.
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Silver Heritage invests in Nepal

Scientific Games Corporation debuts new Kansas Lottery gaming system

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Scientific Games Corporation debuts new Kansas Lottery gaming system

American gaming machine and systems innovator, Scientific Games Corporation (SG), has announced the successful launch of a new gaming system for the Kansas Lottery featuring a modern suite of Wave point-of-sale retail terminals alongside a fresh portfolio of draw games. Premiere part of ‘strategic plan’ to grow revenues: Las Vegas-headquartered Scientific Games Corporation used an official Tuesday […]
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Kentucky Lawmakers Look to Take Small But Very Precise Steps on Sports Betting Legalization

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Kentucky Lawmakers Look to Take Small But Very Precise Steps on Sports Betting Legalization

It has been three months since the US Supreme Court struck down the 1992 nationwide ban on sports betting. The historic ruling led up to the legalization and launch of sports betting offering in several states and started discussions over the potential of a regulated sports betting industry in multiple other states.

Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi were the first to roll out wagering products, while West Virginia and Rhode Island are gearing up for the launch such offering in a regulated environment. Interest in sports betting has also been picking up in Pennsylvania, where two of the state’s 12 casinos have applied for permission to offer such products to its customers. The regulation of sports betting in the Keystone State comes as part of a sweeping gambling expansion process that will also see the provision of online gaming services to residents.

And while the above states decided to jump on the legal wagering bandwagon very shortly after the long-running ban was lifted, Kentucky lawmakers have taken a more cautious approach.

Three sports betting bills have been introduced in the state Legislature so far, but all three are yet to pass a committee vote. It can be said that former Kentucky Governor and current Senator Julian Carroll is leading the sports betting drive in the Bluegrass State. The legislator submitted a bill on the legalization of sports betting in the state in June.

He is also part of a nine-member working group that was assembled shortly after the SCOTUS ruling and vested with the responsible task to create a feasible sports betting regulatory system that will be discussed more broadly in the state Legislature during the next legislative session. With that said, Kentuckians will clearly have to wait at least until next year to be able to wager on professional and amateur leagues.

The nine-member working group, comprised by both Senators and House Representatives and members of both parties, has had two meetings so far. And according to a report from Sports Handle, the second meeting saw two important decisions being made – taxation of regulated sports betting operations and integrity fee for professional sports leagues.

Tax on Net Revenue

In an email to Sports Handle, Sen. Carroll has said that the group has decided on the basis for taxation when and if sports betting is legalized in the state. Wagering will thus be taxed on net revenue, but a rate is yet to be determined by lawmakers.

The taxation decision represents a major diversion from Sen. Carroll’s bill from June this year. The lawmakers called for taxing sports betting on handle. The proposed structure mirrored how pari-mutuel wagering, which has been legal in Kentucky for some time now, was taxed, the lawmaker explained in previous comments on the piece of legislation.

However, it can be said that net revenue is globally recognized by gambling companies serving regulated markets as the most reasonable basis. In other words, taxing sports betting on handle could have affected Kentucky’s lure to major sports betting companies. And it is believed that the state could be really attractive to global gambling giants, particularly when bearing in mind its rich horse racing heritage.

No Integrity Fee

With sports betting growing into an almost nationwide mainstream venture, more and more parties are becoming aware that what could turn into an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars is currently in the making. And more and more parties want a piece of that large and juicy pie.

The US professional sports leagues have become particularly vocal about their right to benefit from the legalization and regulation of sports betting. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been among the staunchest supporters of the idea that the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB deserve to receive a cut of the profit. In June comments, Mr. Silver said that the NBA alone will spend more than $7.5 billion on preparing the upcoming basketball season. And given the fact that that product will be used by casinos, betting halls, and other facilities to generate a profit, they feel they should receive an integrity fee just as musicians receive a royalty for their music that is being streamed all around.

During their latest meeting, the nine members of Kentucky’s sports betting legalization working group have decided that the state’s law on the matter would not include the distribution of an integrity fee to the nation’s professional sports leagues. It is also important to note that the six states that have legalized sports betting so far have not introduced an integrity fee as part of their regulation effort.

What Is Next for Kentucky’s Sports Betting Regulation Effort?

The nine lawmakers tasked with crafting the state’s sports betting regulatory framework have quite some work to do. For instance, they will have to decide where sports betting will be offered and who will regulate the industry.

Kentucky does not have commercial Las Vegas-style casinos. On the other hand, the state is home to nine racetracks, including the extremely popular Churchill Downs which annually hosts the Kentucky Derby. Under Sen. Carrol’s bill, sports betting will be allowed across the state’s horse racing venues.

Under a bill filed in the House of Representatives, the state lottery will regulate the provision of sports betting in Kentucky and sports betting products will be offered across retail lottery outlets, in addition to the nine racetracks.

Tax revenue distribution is another important matter that will have to be decided upon. The Senate bill looks to close a very huge and important gap and focuses on the state’s cash-strapped pension systems. It is yet to be seen whether that proposal will make it to the final draft of Kentucky’s sports betting legislation.

Sen. Carroll has said in his e-mail to Sports Handle that their most important goal is to protect Kentucky’s citizens, despite the potentially huge revenue source that will be created with the legalization and roll-out of a regulated sports betting product.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

MGM Springfield opens for business

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MGM Springfield opens for business

After receiving its regulatory approvals from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission two days earlier, the $960 million MGM Springfield integrated casino resort reportedly opened its doors to players on Friday morning. Procession through downtown: According to reports from The Republican and The Boston Globe newspapers, the inauguration ceremony began with a procession through downtown Springfield that […]
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Jon Dorenbos back at SugarHouse Casino

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Jon Dorenbos back at SugarHouse Casino
Following the success of his two sold-out shows this past weekend, Dorenbos will be at The Event Center at the Philadelphia casino on 2 and 3 November.
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Myanmar gets ready for casinos

Galaxy Chairman Expresses Strong Confidence in Boracay Casino Plan

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Galaxy Chairman Expresses Strong Confidence in Boracay Casino Plan

Chinese casino tycoon Lui Che Woo is confident that Galaxy Entertainment Group will build a $500-million integrated resort with a gaming floor on the Philippine island of Boracay, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s apparent disdain for casinos.

Mr. Lui shared details about the Macau-based gaming and hospitality giant’s Boracay venture as well as about its Japan expansion plans in an interview for CNBC that was broadcast earlier today on the news network’s Squawk Box Asia program.

Late last year, Galaxy revealed plans for the development of a $500-million destination resort on Boracay together with its Philippine partner Leisure & Resorts World Corp. Early in 2018, the two companies secured a provisional license from PAGCOR and a 23-hectare land plot on the island. However, the casino portion of the project quickly fell victim to President Duterte’s anti-gambling rhetoric. In addition, Boracay was closed for at the end of April for a six-month environmental cleanup, which was, too, ordered by the Philippines’ top official.

President Duterte has said multiple times over the past several months that he would not allow the construction of a new casino resort on the island once it reopens for business at the end of October. However, developers have maintained that the project will eventually materialize and that they will look to meet all environmental and other requirements the government might place.

Focus on Non-Gaming Options

In his CNBC interview, Mr. Lui said that their Boracay resort will target high-end customers from the Asia-Pacific region. However, there will be a clear focus on non-gambling offering. The casino floor will thus represent a small portion of the whole complex and will only feature several dozens of gaming tables. The businessman went on to say that it will be their goal to “restore the beautiful natural scenery” of Boracay to how it had been before.

Mr. Lui also pointed out that they are very confident in the project’s realization and that they will remain firm on their plans, unless the Philippine government decides otherwise.

The Chinese mogul was also asked about Galaxy’s plans for expansion in Japan. Mr. Lui said that they are watching closely developments in Japan and that they certainly nurture big ambitions for that market. Japan legalized casino gambling not long ago and a number of major gaming and hospitality companies have lodged interest in bidding for one of three gaming licenses that are to be issued.

Mr. Lui pointed out that they will pursue one of these gaming licenses, but non-gambling entertainment will be what they will really focus on if they are allowed to operate in Japan. The businessman said that they are working with the Monte Carlo brand in Macau and have recently acquired a small stake in the Macau branch of Wynn Resorts, and that they will use these partnerships to boost their chances for entering the Japanese market. The company has also been looking for Japanese partners, but the casino mogul said it would not be appropriate to reveal any potential partnerships at this point.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dustin Gottstein Emerges as WPT500 Los Angeles Overall Chip Leader

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Dustin Gottstein Emerges as WPT500 Los Angeles Overall Chip Leader

Saturday was an eventful day at The Bicycle Casino in the Los Angeles area as the ongoing WPT500 Los Angeles finally concluded its starting flights stage. Over the course of the past eight days, as many as 2,509 entrants paid the $570 buy-in fee to try their luck and challenge their skills in one of WPT’s most exclusive series.

Of the original field, only 124 will progress into Day 2 action which starts today at 1 pm local time. Action will kick off from Level 19, the earliest finish of all 16 starting flights, with blinds standing at 4,000/8,000.

Day 1O of the tournament was played yesterday at The Bike. It was the largest one of all starting flights, drawing 460 players. There were only 23 finalists left at the end of the day. They will advance into Day 2 led by Dustin Gottstein who bagged the largest stack last night. The player collected 1.334 million in chips.

It is important to note that this was not only Day 1O’s biggest chip stack, but also the biggest one bagged throughout all sixteen starting flights. In other words, Gottstein has finally replaced Day 1A chip leader Peter Hengsakul at the top of the overall chip counts chart.

Day 1P Recap

Day 1P (Turbo) was the event’s final starting flight. It was, too, played yesterday at The Bike. The flight attracted 189 entries who were eventually whittled down to just nine players. Paul Lee bagged the largest stack of that closing starting flight. The player will enter Day 2 with 830,000 worth of chips.

As mentioned above, Gottstein will begin Day 2 as the overall chip leader with 1.334 million, followed by Day 1A’s Hengsakul with 1.151 million. It is interesting to note that Hengsakul is looking to improve his third-place finish in the previous edition of the WPT500 Los Angeles. The tournament was played at The Gardens Casino last May. Hengsakul made it to the podium, but could only claim the bronze and a third-place prize of $100,000.

Alexander Beleson, the Day 1G chip leader, will enter Day 2 action with the third largest chip stack of all 124 remaining hopefuls with 1.114 million. And Thomas Zanot is the last player to have passed the one million mark. Zanot was the Day 1I chip leader and bagged 1.1 million at the end of that starting flight.

The 2,509-strong field of the WPT500 Los Angeles created a prize pool of $1,254,500, easily crushing the $1-million guarantee. It is yet to be announced how much the winner will be awarded.

Day 2 of the tournament is set for a 1 pm start at The Bike, known to be one of California’s hottest poker destinations. The remaining hopefuls will be contending for a spot among the final nine. The nine finalists will then return to the host casino on Monday to play down to a champion.

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Wazdan launches with relax gaming

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Wazdan launches with relax gaming

Award-winning gambling software supplier Wazdan has announced yet another partnership for their company. The content supplier has now launched with Relax Gaming, a multi-vertical gaming provider based in Estonia and Malta. Wazdan and Relax Gaming: Relax Gaming’s has an omnichannel open gaming platform known as Silver Bullet that has the ability to distribute thousands of […]
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NetEnt AB is taking its video slots to the Max

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NetEnt AB is taking its video slots to the Max

Online casino games and solutions developer NetEnt AB has announced the launch of the first video slots in its Max mixed volatility product line via the new Berryburst and Berryburst Max titles. Double release with same mechanics: According to an official Thursday press release from the Swedish firm, Berryburst is a three-row video slot that […]
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

New MGM Springfield casino makes New England debut

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New MGM Springfield casino makes New England debut
Investing in the revival of historic Springield, Massachusetts' first resort and casino brings 3,000 permanent jobs and new entertainment offerings to region.
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Two More WPT500 Los Angeles Flights Now in the Books, Only Two More Left

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Two More WPT500 Los Angeles Flights Now in the Books, Only Two More Left

Poker excitement is building up at The Bicycle Casino where the latest installment of the WPT500 is taking place. The ongoing WPT500 Los Angeles is a special one. The $570 buy-in tournament features a record number of starting flights, which means a record number of opportunities for player to join the field.

Two more starting flights were completed on Friday at the host casino and there are just two more left before the remaining survivors head to The Bike for Day 2 of the major tournament.

A massive field was built on Day 1M of the event. There were 301 players to enter through that starting flight. However, only 15 of them were lucky and persistent enough to make it through the very end and bag and tag for the night. They will have one day for a much-deserved rest and to craft their strategies of how to approach the Day 2 field. Day 2 of the tournament will be played Sunday at the casino.

Jose Gallardo finished the Day 1M starting flight as the chip leader among the 15 remaining hopefuls. The player had a total of 975,000 in chips at the end of the day. Jose Torres finished second in chips with 677,000 and Derek Lacock collected the third largest stack of 636,000 in chips.

About Day 1N

The Turbo-structure Day 1N also took place on Friday at the host casino. It drew 100 warriors seeking a shot at the title and the first-place prize. After 22 levels of play, there were only five players left to whom the original field had been whittled down.

Adin Gardenswartz was the one to put the largest stack in his end-of-the-day bag. The player had a total of 616,000 at that point. He was followed by David Marshall with 492,000 and Martin Zamani with 348,000. Kai Yang and Robert Rubano were the other two players to have survived through the end of the day. They bagged 287,000 and 244,000, respectively.

The final starting flights of the event are set to be played later today. They might turn out to be the biggest ones so far as they will be interested players’ last opportunity to join the event. The tournament features unlimited re-entries until registration for each of the two starting flights played over a day closes at the beginning of Level 9.

As mentioned earlier, Day 2 is slated for commencement at 1 pm local time at the host casino. It will see the survivors from all the starting flights brought together for the first time. The remaining hopefuls will play down to the final nine who will come back at The Bike on Monday to clash it out until a single player remains on the field. It is yet to be announced how much exactly that one final player will be awarded for their deed.

The WPT500 Los Angeles has drawn 1,860 entries so far and there are 93 to have made it through their respective starting flights.

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Mega Moolah jackpot passes $12 million milestone

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Mega Moolah jackpot passes $12 million milestone

Online casino games and software developer Microgaming has announced that the progressive jackpot tied to its Mega Moolah video slot recently surpassed the $12 million mark and is continuing to grow by the minute. Prize could be hit at any time: Isle of Man-headquartered Microgaming used an official Thursday press release to announce that the […]
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Top 10 first impressions of the new MGM Springfield casino

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Top 10 first impressions of the new MGM Springfield casino
Casino City's Gary Trask spent the last 24 hours roaming the new MGM Springfield and reports back with 10 first impressions of the lavish $960 million property, located a two-hour drive west from Boston.
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Mark LeBlanc and Jeff Yarchever Top WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1K/1L Chip Counts

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Mark LeBlanc and Jeff Yarchever Top WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1K/1L Chip Counts

Days 1K and 1L of the latest edition of the $570 buy-in WPT500 Los Angeles were played at The Bicycle Casino in the Los Angeles area on Thursday. The two starting flights drew a combined of 264 entries who brought the overall field to 1,459 contenders.

Day 1K of the major tournament attracted 181 players from all over the States and the rest of the world. Action lasted through Level 21. With 27 minutes left of that level, organizers called it a day and the remaining survivors were invited to bag and tag for the night.

There were nine players left in contention at that point. Of them, it was Mark LeBlanc who put the biggest stack into his bag. The player had managed to accumulate 845,000 worth of chips by the end of the day. He actually won the last pot of the night. The overnight chip leader held up against Kevin Kung in an all-in confrontation that saw his pocket nines clash against his opponent’s pocket sixes.

Steve Silverstein with 528,000 and Beau Winn with 482,000 were the other two players to round out the chip counts podium. The nine Day 1K survivors will have several days to rest and prepare their strategies for Day 2, which is scheduled to be played on Sunday, August 26, at the host casino.

Day 1L Recap

The second starting flight of the day kicked off at 5 pm local time and featured a Turbo format. It drew an 83-strong field that was eventually reduced to just four players. Jeff Yarchever will be leading Day 1L’s pack of survivors with a significant advantage over his three remaining opponents.

The player bagged 851,000 in chips last night after surviving through all 23 levels played within Day 1L. Nikhil Gera was the player to bag the second largest stack of the night with 432,000. Lawrence Engerman with 25,000 and Felipe Davila with 133,000 will be the other two players to advance into Day 2 from the tournament’s twelfth starting flight.

There are four more starting flights left to be played as part of the ongoing WPT500 Los Angeles tournament. This latest edition of the tournament actually features a record-breaking number of starting flights since the WPT500 brand was established four years ago. A total of sixteen starting flights are slated to be played.

The event will also feature two more days of action at The Bicycle Casino – Days 2 and 3. As already mentioned, Day 2 of the tournament will be played on Sunday and will combine the survivors from all starting flights. They will play down to the final nine. The nine final tablists will then return to the host venue on Monday to determine the champion. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million and the guarantee is yet to be reached.

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South Korean firm considering Russian casino development

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South Korean firm considering Russian casino development

In Russia, a South Korean firm has reportedly held negotiations with the state-owned Primorsky Krai Development Corporation about the possibility of bringing a $263.6 million development to the casino-friendly Primorye Integrated Entertainment Resort zone near the port city of Vladivostok. Complex to feature a casino: According to a report from Asia Gaming Brief, K International […]
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MGM appoints new member to its board

Tropicana Atlantic City's Labor Day celebration

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Tropicana Atlantic City's Labor Day celebration
During Locals Appreciation Week from 3 September through 9 September, guests will enjoy a special Industry Wednesday Pool Party as well as food, drink, nightlife and shopping specials throughout the Tropicana.
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

MGM Cotai to open junket rooms in September

WPT500 Los Angeles Progresses at The Bicycle Casino with 10 Flights Now in the Books

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WPT500 Los Angeles Progresses at The Bicycle Casino with 10 Flights Now in the Books

The WPT500 Los Angeles is in full swing as ten of the event’s sixteen starting flights are already in the books. The most recent two were ticked off as completed last night at The Bicycle Casino. Days 1I and 1J together drew 240 contenders on Wednesday to swell the overall field to 1,195 entries. Of that overall field, there are just 60 left in contention for the title and the first-place prize.

Day 1I featured a 174-strong field that had been reduced to just nine players when organizers called it a day. Thomas Zanot was the survivor to bag the largest stack. The player will progress into Day 2 of play with 1.1 million in chips. It is also important to note that Zanot is holding one of the largest stacks in the overall temporary leaderboard. Arkadi Onikoul with 545,000 and Gladys Landegger with 396,000 comprise the Day 1I podium.

The tournament’s ninth starting flight kicked off at 11:30 am local time at the host casino and ran through Level 19. It is important to note that when Day 2 starts on Sunday, August 26, the blinds will be rolled back to the earliest finish of all 16 flights.

Quick Day 1J Recap

The Day 1J (Turbo) starting flight saw 66 players in attendance. That field was eventually whittled down to the final three players. Douglas Claybrook emerged as the chip leader, putting 600,000 in his bag at the end of the day. Chris DeMaci with 507,000 and Min Zhang with 214,000 were the other two fortunate players who made it through the end of the event’s tenth starting flight. Action lasted through Level 23.

With ten starting flights now in the books, there are just 60 players still in contention for yet-to-be-announced first-place prize and the event’s title. Survivors from all 16 starting flights will gather together for the very first time since the tournament’s beginning on Sunday, August 26. Play is slated to kick off at 1 pm local time at the host venue and to last until the official final table of nine is reached. The nine finalists will then battle it out until a winner is determined on Monday, August 27.

However, there are six more starting flights to be played over the next three days before the time for Day 2 comes. WPT500 action at The Bicycle Casino is set to resume today at 11:30 am for Day 1K. Day 1L will then begin at 5 pm.

The ongoing WPT500 Los Angeles actually features a record-breaking number of starting fields. With a total of 16 starting fields, the event is hoped to become the largest one since the WPT-branded series was established four years ago. It has since then featured two events per season/year.

The WPT500 Los Angeles is the closing event of this season. The other one was played at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas back in June. That one attracted 2,983 entrants who generated a prize pool of nearly $1.5 million. Kyriakos Papadopoulos emerged victorious for a first-place prize of $207,940.

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Louisiana Lottery extends Instant Games contract with Scientific Games

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Louisiana Lottery extends Instant Games contract with Scientific Games

Leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming, Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) announced on Wednesday the five-year extension of its existing contract with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, according to the official press release (pdf). The Las Vegas-based provider has supplied the Lottery with instant products and services since 2005. […]
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MGC officially approves MGM Springfield grand opening

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MGM Springfield successfully completed test play nights on 16 and 20 August before the scheduled grand opening to the public on 24 August.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Full House Resorts proposes new casino

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Labor Day, Monday, 3 September, will be a culinary delight at Choices the Buffet at Pala Casino Spa and Resort.
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AGS announces agreement with PokerStars Play

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AGS announces agreement with PokerStars Play

PlayAGS, Inc. recently announced that it entered an agreement to provide AGS’s Social White-Label Casino to PokerStars Play.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Beer Park to host Gator Day Weekend

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Beer Park to host Gator Day Weekend
The restaurant will smoke alligators throughout the weekend from 1-3 September at Paris Las Vegas.
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Esports betting site Luckbox partners with Omega

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Esports betting site Luckbox partners with Omega

After earlier this month announcing it had been awarded a full gambling license in the Isle of Man, esports betting site, Luckbox, has agreed a deal with top platform provider, OMEGA Systems. The deal represents a further major product development milestone for the company founded by former PokerStars colleagues, Lars Lien and Mike Stevens. According to the […]
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Budd Beaman and Straton Wilhelm Emerge as WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1E and 1F Chip Leaders

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Budd Beaman and Straton Wilhelm Emerge as WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1E and 1F Chip Leaders

The fifth and sixth starting flights of the WPT500 Los Angeles were completed on Monday at the host venue, the Bicycle Casino. Days 1E and 1F brought the field of the brand-new edition of the popular event to a total of 764 entries. And the survivors from these two starting flights will be able to join their fellow competitors from the previous few days to progress all together into Day 2 of the $570 buy-in tournament.

Day 1E kicked off at 11 am local time at the hosting casino. It drew a 105-strong field, but there were only five survivors left when organizers called it a day. Budd Beaman ended the day as the chip leader with a stack of 647,000. A look at the player’s Hendon Mob profile shows that he has a little over $8,200 in live tournament earnings, but if he keeps his momentum into the upcoming days of the WPT500 Los Angeles, he might change that and at a hefty payout to his bankroll.

Erik Nason with 574,000, Marc Robinson with 398,000, William Wolf with 292,000, and Ilya Shpiner with 190,000 were the other four players to make it through Day 1E. They will all return to the host venue on Sunday, August 26, for Day 2 action.

The Day 1F Survivors

Day 1F featured a Turbo structure. It kicked off at 5 pm at the host venue to create a field of 51 entries. There were just three players left at the end of that sixth starting flight. Straton Wilhelm was the player to bag and tag the largest chip stack of Day 1F with 522,000. The player finished the day with a considerable chip advantage over his two other fellow competitors. Abdulaziz Alaquil with 264,000 and Thuy Nguyen with 235,000 were the other two to bag for the night.

The WPT500 Los Angeles has attracted a total of 764 entries over the course of its first six starting flights and that original field has been reduced to just 39 hopefuls.

There are ten more starting flights set to be played within the tournament, two on each of the next five days through Sunday, when Day 2 will take place and survivors from all starting days will gather together for the very first time. Sunday action will involve the hopefuls reducing the field to the final nine. The official final table of the tournament will thus be played on Monday when a winner will be determined.

The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. The guarantee is yet to be crashed but there is still plenty of time for that to happen with the unlimited opportunities for an entry into the tournament.

The Day 1A chip leader Peter Hengsakul is actually holding the overall chip lead among the 39 remaining players. The player bagged and tagged 1.151 million at the end of his respective starting day to top the temporary chip counts chart with a significant advantage. The WPT 500 Los Angeles is not an unknown field for the poker professional. Last year, he finished third in the tournament for a monetary prize of $100,000.

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BETDAQ launches TV ad campaign

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Launched on Monday 20 August and running across multiple TV channels in the UK and Ireland, the campaign celebrates the company's commitment to offering a no-nonsense, permanent commission of just 2% on all sports and all markets.
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Silver Bullet partner program -- RELAX GAMING

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Relax Gaming launched its new generation Silver Bullet partner program.

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Imperial Pacific urges patience regarding delay in paying workers

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In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a statement issued by Saipan casino operator, Imperial Pacific International LLC (IPI), on Friday asks for the continued support from the community regarding its issue paying its staff. According to the official press release… IPI communicated via the Marianas Variety, the company “has been experiencing transfer issues to fund […]
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Football at Boyd Gaming locations

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Apple Bows Down to Chinese Censors Again, Yanks Tons of App Store Gambling Content

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Apple Bows Down to Chinese Censors Again, Yanks Tons of App Store Gambling Content

Apple has reportedly pulled thousands of gambling apps from its Chinese App Store after facing media backlash for failing to prevent Chinese customers from being exposed to banned content.

State-controlled media outlet China Central Television reported over the weekend that the US tech giant, which recently became the world’s first trillion-dollar company, wiped at least 4,000 apps tagged with the keyword “gambling” on August 9 alone. Another 500 apps tagged with the keyword “lottery” are, too, believed to have been removed from the China-facing App Store.

In a statement from earlier today, Apple said that it has already removed “many apps and developers” that were trying to distribute illegal gambling content and that they are “vigilant” in their efforts to detect any such apps and stop their distribution across the App Store. The company refused to reveal how many apps it has pulled, but said that its move was part of its effort to show full compliance with Chinese regulations.

China is Apple’s largest market, second only to the United States. The Asian country is also the company’s main iPhone and iPad production base. This is not the first time the company has been trying to appease Chinese media and state regulators. Back in 2013, the tech giant had to apologize after facing heavy criticism from the China Central Television broadcaster for poor customer service standards. In 2017, Apple was compelled to remove hundreds of VPN apps after it found itself in the middle of massive media backlash for trying to circumvent Internet censorship rules.

China Not Impressed with Apple’s Efforts

China has a long history of censorship and as it can be seen Apple has been a favorite target for several years now. In its comments on the tech giant’s recent gambling and lottery apps purge, the state-run China Central Television did not seem very impressed with what has been achieved so far.

The broadcaster said that the company pulling multiple apps was not sufficient because the apps have already become available to a number of iPhone and iPad users as they have been downloaded and can still be used and even updated.

Apple said in its statement from earlier today that it has launched a review into the rules under which apps tagged as ones providing gambling and lottery offering should be distributed in different countries and economies.

News about Apple’s Chinese App Store cleanup arrive shortly after it was reported that the tech giant has wiped a number of gambling-focused apps following the implementation of a new App Review policy. However, it emerged that the purge affected developers who had uploaded apps that had had nothing to do with gambling.

A few weeks ago, the company was forced to remove a number of gambling apps from its Norwegian App Store, following pressure from local gambling regulators. The state-run Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are currently the only two operators authorized to provide gambling services in the Scandinavian country.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Legal proceedings filed concerning FanDuel Incorporated acquisition

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Legal proceedings filed concerning FanDuel Incorporated acquisition

The former boss for FanDuel Incorporated, Nigel Eccles (pictured), has reportedly filed a lawsuit concerning the recent purchase of the American daily fantasy sports operator by European online and retail sportsbetting and gaming giant Paddy Power Betfair. Deal valued operator at $465 million: According to a Tuesday report from Recode, Eccles helped to establish FanDuel […]
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EPT Barcelona begins this week

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EPT Barcelona begins this week

The PokerStars European Poker Tour will return to Barcelona this month, beginning this week. The 2018 EPT Barcelona will take place from August 21st until September 2nd, with the Casino Barcelona playing host. The schedule is filled with quality tournament events including the Main Event, High Roller options and more. 2018 EPT Barcelona: There are […]
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Peter Hengsakul Leads after WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1A and 1B

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Peter Hengsakul Leads after WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1A and 1B

The WPT500 Los Angeles kicked off Saturday at the host venue, The Bicycle Casino, with two starting flights. As many as 331 entries registered into the $570 buy-in tournament during Days 1A and 1B, but only 17 of them will progress into Day 2.

The event features a total of fourteen starting flights, running all the way through August 25, so there is still a plethora of opportunities for interested players to enter it for a chance at the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool. But without much further ado, here is how action unfolded during the two starting flights.

Day 1A action kicked off at 11:30 am local time at the host casino. As many as 251 players entered through that first starting flight, but there were just 13 of them left at the tables of The Bicycle when organizers called it a day. Play was stopped with 24:51 remaining in Level 21.

Peter Hengsakul bagged the largest chip stack at the end of Day 1A. The player put a total of 1.151 million in his bag. Hengsakul has a massive chip lead over his fellow Day 1A survivors, with Robert Zeidman standing nearest to him in the leaderboard with 620,000. It is interesting to note that Hengsakul finished third in the previous edition of the WPT500 Los Angeles, which took place in May 2017. The player collected $100,000 for his deep run in that event.

Day 1B Action

The Day 1B (Turbo) starting flight kicked off at 5 pm at the host venue. It attracted 80 entrants, but only four of them survived to the very end of the ordeal. Peter Neff ended play as the chip leader with 714,000. This means that Hengsakul is the overnight chip leader of the first two starting flights of the tournament and will be heading the remaining 17 players into Day 2 next Sunday.

Day 1B concluded with 18:09 remaining in Level 22, blinds standing at 8,000-16,000. After all starting flights are completed and Day 2 begins, the blinds are set to be rocked back to the earliest finish of all fourteen Day 1s.

WPT500 action is set to resume at 11:30 am today at The Bicycle for Day 1C. Day 1D is scheduled to begin at 5 pm local time. Unlimited re-entries into the tournament are allowed until registration closes before the start of Level 9. Day 2 of the tournament will take place on Sunday, August 26. The remaining survivors will play down to the final 9 who will return on Monday to determine the winner.

The previous edition of the WPT500 Los Angeles was hosted by The Gardens Casino in the spring of 2017. The tournament was entered by 3,266 participants, who generated a prize pool of over $1.6 million. The top 263 finishers received a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $1,300. Poker pro Dong Le took down the event to collect a first-place prize of $224,500.

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