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Friday, November 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four-Handed Play

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Is Sontheimer?

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

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

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

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

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

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KamaGames targeting India with Teen Patti release

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KamaGames targeting India with Teen Patti release

Social mobile poker operator, KamaGames, has announced that it is targeting the growing casual gaming market in India with the launch of its new iOS and Android-friendly Teen Patti innovation. Indian roots: The Dublin-headquartered firm used an official Monday press release to explain that Teen Patti can be simultaneously enjoyed by up to five competitors and […]
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Steve Wynn Seeks to Stop Release of MassGaming’s Sexual Misconduct Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report Expected to Be Released Next Month

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Okada Manila records laudable October earnings

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Okada Manila records laudable October earnings

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

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WSOP Circuit Heads to Planet Hollywood for Its Next Thrilling Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest Planet Hollywood Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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DraftKings to open DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts

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DraftKings to open DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
Resorts Casino Hotel announced that construction is near completion on the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, slated to open by late November 2018, pending approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event

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Max Young Wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event

Max Young wins second gold ring in as many weeks and best career cash at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma

Poker pro Max Young claimed last night his fifth WSOP Circuit gold ring and largest career cash of $263,815 after outwitting the behemoth field of the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event. The player, who hails from Oregon but has been traveling the circuit for the past few years, remained the last man standing from a total of 893 entries.

The player had an ambitious goal for 2018 – to make more money on the felt than he did last year. And his cash in the Choctaw Durant Main Event helped him complete that goal. Young said in his post-victory interview last night that he thought he did not have a chance to reach his poker goals, and that he was beyond happy to have done that.

Despite his relatively short career, Young has already accumulated five gold rings from the WSOP Circuit and multiple other poker accolades. The player came into the Circuit’s Choctaw Casino stop fresh off a victory at Harveys Lake Tahoe where he took down a single-day $400 No-Limit Hold’em for his career’s fourth gold piece.

Day 3 of the Main Event at Choctaw Casino was played on Monday. Action kicked off with 12 players, led by Jared Hemingway who bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 2 for a second consecutive day. The player maintained his advantage throughout the day and all the way into heads-up. Hemingway was eyeing his second gold ring from the series.

Young’s own run at the final table was not bad at all, but it was during his duel against Hemingway when the eventual champion started putting pressure and playing more aggressively.

Heads-Up Highlights

The match began with Hemingway holding a slight chip lead over his final remaining opponent. However, Young himself had gained quite some momentum by that time, which promised an action-packed final stage of the major tournament.

It is important to note that Hemingway himself has had quite a successful streak over the past few days. The player captured his first WSOP Circuit gold ring last week. He emerged victorious in the $400 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for the gold piece and $20,616 in prize money.

While both Young and Hemingway were about 100 big blinds deep at the start of heads-up, their match only lasted for 45 minutes. The two players went all in several times and chips were flying back and forth in big portions. Eventually, a key hand moved Young over the 20-million chip mark only to see Hemingway even with two double ups shortly after.

On what turned out to be their final all in, Young shoved pre-flop with [Ad][9d] and Hemingway called with [2h][2c]. The flop ran out [9c][9h][4s] giving Young a set and the lead. The [Ks] on the turn and the [8s] on the river were of no help to Hemingway and he went home with the runner-up finish and a consolation prize of $163,024.

Both players secured a spot into the 2019 Global Casino Championship, Young as the Main Event champion, while Hemingway as the Casino Championship winner.

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Choctaw Casino in Durant announces expansion project

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Choctaw Casino in Durant announces expansion project
The expansion, expected to start in spring 2019, will increase room capacity, the gaming floor and add additional amenities.
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Swedish player banks life-changing Joker Millions progressive jackpot

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Swedish player banks life-changing Joker Millions progressive jackpot

A lucky online casino player in Sweden is celebrating this week after taking home €7,832,262 ($8,833,383) in cash courtesy of the progressive jackpot tied to the Joker Millions video slot from developer, Yggdrasil Gaming Limited. Mobile pay-day: The Malta-based firm used an official press release to detail that the life-changing sum was won late on Friday […]
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Hard Rock Reportedly in Due Diligence to Buy The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) November 12, 2018

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

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

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

”Union Situation”

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

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

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

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Monday, November 12, 2018

P!nk makes Las Vegas stop on 2019 tour

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P!nk makes Las Vegas stop on 2019 tour
The Grammy award-winning pop artist will be at T-Mobile Arena on 12 April with Julia Michaels.
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NHL and New Jersey Devils ink landmark deals with FanDuel

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NHL and New Jersey Devils ink landmark deals with FanDuel

The latest deal between a gambling company and a sports league happened last week when daily fantasy sports provider FanDuel inked a multi-year partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and its New Jersey Devils franchise for fantasy sports play and sports betting. The landmark deal makes the DFS service an official sports betting partner of the professional hockey […]
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DraftKings Debuts Physical Sportsbook at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

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DraftKings Debuts Physical Sportsbook at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

DraftKings opens its first physical betting facility at Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino

Daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has further ventured into the growing US sports betting field through a recently penned agreement with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi. Their partnership will see DraftKings launch its first physical sportsbook.

The DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook is set to debut on Friday, November 16. The facility will replace Scarlet Pearl’s existing PRL Bar.

Patrons will be able to place their bets on a number of different sports, including college and professional football. In a press release from earlier today, the DFS company also said that that its sportsbook will be offering live, in-game betting with three windows. The facility is anticipated to launch on-site kiosks and an on-premise mobile app pending regulatory approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

While the sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Casino will be DraftKings’ first physical betting facility, it should be noted that the company is no stranger to sports betting. In industry first, it launched its debut mobile betting app in New Jersey on August 1 with its local partner, Resorts Casino Hotel.

DraftKings has helped its Resorts become the leader in the provision of sports betting services in New Jersey’s nascent betting market. The Atlantic City casino property reported overall sports betting revenue, including digital and revenue generated from its physical sportsbook, of more than $8.8 million in September. October figures are yet to be released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Commenting on newly announced partnership with Scarlet Pearl Casino, DraftKings Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, said that they are “excited to bring and offer an innovative sports betting experience to sports fans in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the US.”

Sports Betting to Become DraftKings’ Primary Product

As mentioned above, DraftKings has originally commenced operations as a daily fantasy sports operator. However, the company intends to extend its sports betting footprint further as the US market is expanding rapidly, following the mid-May decision of the US Supreme Court to strike down the long-standing federal ban on wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events.

In a recent interview for Yahoo Finance, DraftKings’ CEO, Jason Robins, said that his company was gearing up for a time when sports betting would become its main source of revenue. Currently, DFS contests are DraftKings’ main product.

Mr. Robins added that while waiting for sports wagering to take over as their main operation, they recorded an increase interest in their fantasy product as people have been responding to the overall excitement created by the latest betting developments in the country. Moreover, residents of states where betting was yet to be legalized were trying out DraftKings’ DFS offering while awaiting the arrival of legal sports betting, Mr. Robins added during his recent interview.

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Danny van Zijp Takes Down WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

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Danny van Zijp Takes Down WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

Dutchman Danny Van Zijp wins WPTDeepStacks Brussels after action-packed final day

Danny van Zijp from the Netherlands has just become the brand-new WPTDeepStacks champion after outlasting the 535-strong field of the Brussels Main Event at Grand Casino Viage. The player claimed €110,000 from the prize pool and a €2,000 ticket into the season-ending WPT European Championships, slated to take place next April in Nottingham.

Van Zijp was one of 19 players to come into the final day of the Brussels Main Event on Sunday. While he was doing pretty well throughout the day, it was during heads-up when he demonstrated the best of his poker skills.

The final day of the tournament kicked off with Peter Jaksland leading the pack of 19. However, the player saw his solid stack diminish over the course of action and he eventually busted in 4th place, good for €40,000.

Action unfolded quickly during the first stages of final day play, with four players departing during the first level. However, as the nine-handed final table was set, action reduced its pace, with players clearly being unwilling to lose their shot at the title and the first-place prize.

The field was eventually whittled down to just three players, with those being Van Zijp, Paul van Oort, and Jose Astima. It was at that point when Astima began gaining momentum, which he kept into heads-up. After a while of three-handed action, Van Oort busted in third place for a cash prize of €53,000. That left it to Astima and Ban Zijp to determine the winner.

Heads-Up Highlights

The two-handed duel kicked off with Astima holding a substantial chip lead over his last remaining opponent. The player extended his advantage early on, but Van Zijp gained momentum at a certain point in play to take control over the majority of chips in play and never look back.

On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Van Zijp raised to 375,000 pre-flop and Astima shoved for 4 million. Van Zijp snap-called and tabled [Jd][Js] to Astima’s [10h][10d]. The board served blank [4h][2c][9d][7h][5d] and Van Zijp’s pocket jacks withheld to lock him the title and the first-place prize. Astima departed as the runner-up, scooping €75,000 for his terrific performance and deep run into the event.

Including his latest victory, Van Zijp now has more than $360,000 in live tournament earnings. The player has cashed in multiple tournaments over the years, mostly ones that have taken place in his homeland, but none of his previous in-the-money finishes have come anywhere near his most recent one.

With the end of the Main Event, the WPTDeepStacks Brussels has wrapped another successful poker festival on European soil. The popular WPT brand is next heading to India for its next grand poker event. The riverboat Deltin Royale Casino Goa will play host to the upcoming WPTDeepStacks festival, and its highlight INR55,000 Main Event is set to kick off in just four days.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

FunFair Technologies announces new Wheel of Fun game

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FunFair Technologies announces new Wheel of Fun game

Combining several popular gaming elements, FunFair Technologies is ready to provide players with an exciting new online gambling game. Titled Wheel of Fun, the new game combines a wheel of fortune concept with the simple moves of Hi/Lo, an instant win game twist and the security of blockchain, for an overall quality experience. Take on […]
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Peter Jaksland Leads 19 Survivors into Final Day of WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

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Peter Jaksland Leads 19 Survivors into Final Day of WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event

Denmark’s Peter Jaksland eyes first WPTDeepStacks Main Event title, leads 19 contenders into the final day of action in Brussels

Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event is now in the books and what a day it was. Over its course, the field of the tournament was further reduced until there were just 19 players left when organizers called it a wrap last night at the host venue, Grand Viage Casino.

The day kicked off with 187 contenders who had advanced from the event’s three starting flights. Albano Llani was the player to lead the pack of survivors with a stack of 226,000. However, despite his initial advantage, he was eliminated in 59th place later in the day.

Denmark’s Peter Jaksland was the player to bag the largest stack at the end of Day 2. The player put 1.565 million into his bag to secure himself with a somewhat comfortable start of the tournament’s final day of action. Jaksland has nearly $332,000 in life tournament earnings recorded under his name and he amassed around a third of that amount in Vegas earlier this year, when he scooped a $98,340 in prize money. He topped a €1,500 tournament in Dublin for another five-figure payout shortly after to further boost his bankroll.

Now, the Danish player is seeking to win his third five-figure cash of the year. He can actually win his first six-figure payout if he goes all the way and wins the Main Event at Brussels for €110,000.

19 left. Day 3. Proud chipleader among great poker players for day 3. Follow Sunday at 1pm. Lets finish this one. #onetime #wpt #WPTDSBrussels

— Peter Jaksland (@PeterJaksland) November 11, 2018

Other Contenders

But while Jaksland is in a great starting position to take an aim at the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool, it should be noted that he has quite some competition, including a former WPT champion. Guillaume Darcourt, a WPT Bucharest champ with live tournament earnings of more than $315,000, is among the players still in contention for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels title.

Darcourt had an action-packed Day 2 of the tournament. At one point, the player was down to just 12 big blinds. Then a string of successful hands helped him build a solid tack of over 800,000 within a single level of play. He finally lost two all-in confrontations to eventually reduce his stack to just 27 big blinds. However, the road to victory is not always an easy one and Darcourt still has the chance to add another WPT-branded title to his collection.

Day 3 of the tournament kicks off at 1 pm local time with 60-minute levels and blinds standing at 10,000/20,000/20,000. The remaining 19 survivors will play down to a champion, who will collect €110,000 in prize money as well as a €2,000 package into the season-ending WPT European Championships DeepStacks event.

All 19 hopefuls are guaranteed a minimum cash of €4,900. And those who make it to the final table will cash out no less than €13,550 from the Main Event.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Malta iGaming Awards returning to this month’s SiGMA

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Malta iGaming Awards returning to this month’s SiGMA

This year’s SiGMA exhibition is due to return to the island nation of Malta later this month with the extravaganza revealing that it is once again set to recognize some of the online gambling industry’s best and brightest via the third annual staging of the Malta iGaming Awards. iGaming spectacular: The 2018 edition of SiGMA […]
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WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 187 Hopefuls

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WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 187 Hopefuls

WPTDeepStacks Brussels draws a massive 530-person field, 187 advance into Day 2

Registration for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event closed last night when the final two of three starting flights were wrapped. All in all, the latest edition of the tournament drew 530 entrants. However, only 187 of them made it through their respective starting flights and will return to the host casino – Grand Casino Brussels Viage – to continue their fight for the title and the first-place prize.

Action on Friday kicked off with Day 1B of the €1,200 buy-in Main Event. And it was a pretty busy day as the second starting flight saw 297 entries register for a chance at becoming WPTDeepStacks’ brand new Main Event champion.

Once all 12 levels scheduled for the day were complete, it was Albania’s Llani Albano who held the largest stack. The player put 226,000 into his bag last night to secure a comfortable entry into Day 2. Albano is among the top stacks on the overall chip counts chart with only three players, all of whom registered in the event on Day 1A, standing above him in the temporary ranking. It will be Mehdi Merai, Day 1A’s chip leader, who will be leading the remaining survivors into Day 2 of the Main Event. Merai scooped 276,500 at the end of his respective flight.

Fresh Off WPTDeepStacks Triumph

It should be noted that Albano is no stranger to WPT success. He has previously taken down a WPT National event namely in Brussels. And just a few days ago, the player captured the title in the WPTDeepStacks Brussels opening event. That should be giving him quite some confidence as the player is heading into Day 2 of the Main Event.

As mentioned earlier, there were two starting flights to be played on Friday at the host casino. Day 1C of the tournament featured a turbo format and kicked off at 10 pm, giving interested players one final chance to enter the Main Event.

Day 1C drew 89 contestants, but only 39 of them made it through the very end to add up to the mix of survivors. Guillaume Darcourt finished the day as the chip leader with 165,000.

All the remaining hopefuls are set to return to the host venue today at 2 pm local time to play Day 2 of the tournament. The field of players will be reduced even further on the second day of poker action. The final day will be played tomorrow when a winner will be crowned and awarded the lion’s share of the prize pool. Information about the final prize pool and the places paid is yet to be released by organizers.

Greek poker pro Ioannis Angelou-Konstas is the defending WPTDeepStacks Brussels champ. The player outlasted a field of 315 entries this past spring to claim the Main Event title and €75,000 in prize money.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Philippines’ President Needs No Executive Order to Ban Casinos on Boracay, Justice Secretary Admits

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Philippines’ President Needs No Executive Order to Ban Casinos on Boracay, Justice Secretary Admits

The Philippines’ Justice Secretary said today that President Duterte does not need an executive order, but one is highly recommended as the fastest way to a lasting casino ban

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can prevent casino operations from being conducted on the Boracay Island even without an Executive Order (EO), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told local news outlet ABS-CBN News earlier today.

Mr. Guevarra’s comments emerged a day after President Duterte himself pointed out that he did not need an EO to implement a no-casino policy on Boracay. The Philippines’ top official went on to say that it was the people of Boracay who did not want gambling venues in the popular tourism draw and that it was his duty to listen to what his people wanted and make sure there would be no casinos there.

In today’s comments, Mr. Guevarra noted that President Duterte has the power and tools to ban casinos from operating on the island, which was recently reopened after a six-month environmental cleanup. However, the Justice Secretary added that an EO is still a measure he highly recommends as it “sets a long-term policy and provides a formal framework for all government actions pertaining to the subject matter.”

With his latest comments, Mr. Guevarra reiterated his opinion on the issue. Last month, the official penned a letter to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sayind that the Department of Tourism should urge President Duterte to issue an EO as it was “the most expedient and effective” means to stop gambling operations on the island.

Boracay has long been one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines. According to official statistics, the island has annually welcomed more than 2 million tourists over the past several years.

The island was shuttered in late April for a six-month environmental cleanup, following the publication of an environmental review of the island back in February. The review found that many Boracay businesses had for years discharged untreated waste water directly into the sea and that a number of developments had been undertaken without the necessary construction permits being obtained.

Enraged by those findings, President Duterte called the island a cesspool and ordered its closure for a period of six months, during which an environmental cleanup would be carried out.

President Duterte’s War on Casinos

News emerged shortly before Boracay’s closure that Macau hotel and casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Corp. and its local partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corporation, had secured a provisional license from PAGCOR, the country’s gambling regulator, for the construction of a $500-million resort on the island.

The announcement of Galaxy’s project enraged President Duterte, who has never been a big fan of gambling and has made that quite clear, even more. What followed was a new wave of his continued crackdown on everything gambling. The top official vowed to prevent the materialization of Galaxy’s casino scheme and to purge Boracay from all existing gambling operations. The island casino ban extended to the rest of the country as the President has repeatedly pointed out that there will be no new casinos anywhere in the Philippines.

He reiterated his intentions to prevent any proposed expansion of the nation’s casino industry yesterday, saying that the proliferation of gambling spurs growth in crime rates, including crimes related to drug dealing and kidnappings as well as financial crimes.

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SBC Awards 2018 announce hosts

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SBC Awards 2018 announce hosts
Former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and three-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Peter Schmeichel have been confirmed as hosts for this year's SBC Awards, held 4 December at the HAC Artillery Garden.
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SkyCity to sell Darwin casino

NetEnt AB agrees William Hill live casino games partnership

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NetEnt AB agrees William Hill live casino games partnership

Two weeks after inking a content supply deal with American casino operator Penn National Gaming Incorporated and NetEnt AB has now announced the signing of a similar agreement with British bookmaking giant William Hill. Deal includes blackjack and roulette: The Swedish innovator used an official Thursday press release to detail that this latest partnership has […]
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

CryptoSlots adds Trip to Japan slot

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CryptoSlots adds Trip to Japan slot
Until 14 November, the cryptocurrency casino is adding 40% to deposits for this new game. Additional Top-Ups are also available this weekend for all games.
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Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan 2018

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Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan 2018

Two-day conference program adds Asia eSports Forum The second annual Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan kicked off Tuesday with a chance for attendees to acquire deeper knowledge of the booming Asian gaming business. Land-based gambling, online casinos, sports betting, eSports, and Asian lotteries are covered in-depth with the conference wrapping up with poolside drinks. The closing […]
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Epic Joker video slot -- RELAX GAMING

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Epic Joker video slot -- RELAX GAMING

Relax Gaming has unveiled the third game in its recently launched line of video slots, Epic Joker.

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Kawasaki to join Japan’s IR race

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Indiana city pushes for new casino licence

€350,000 fine from Netherlands Gaming Authority

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€350,000 fine from Netherlands Gaming Authority
The Netherlands Gaming Authority has imposed a fine of 350,000 euros on CyberRock Entertainment NV and Honeydew Trading Limited.
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Genting Malaysia to Review Marketing Expenditure as New Casino Tax Hits Stock

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Genting Malaysia to Review Marketing Expenditure as New Casino Tax Hits Stock

Genting Malaysia to review marketing expenditure ahead of the introduction of a higher casino tax

Genting Malaysia Bhd is moving to assess the full implications of the recently introduced increase in annual casino license fees and gambling taxes, the gaming and hospitality company said today in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.

Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng introduced the country’s 2019 budget plan this past Friday. Stricken by financial scandals and growing budget deficit, Malaysia will implement higher casino and gaming machine license fees as well as higher taxes on those operations as part of its effort to mend its ailing economy, it became known last week.

Under the new budget plan, casino operators will be required to pay a MYR150-million annual license fee, up from MYR120 million. In addition, land-based casinos will be taxed at 35% on their annual gross income from January 1, 2019, when the reforms are set to take force.

Slot machine operators in Malaysia will have to pay an annual license fee of MYR50,000, up from MYR10,000. Their operations will be taxed at 30% on annual gross proceeds from next year, up from the current rate of 20%.

Looming Review of Marketing Expenditure

In today’s filing, Genting Malaysia said that it is assessing the implications of the new tax regime and that it will “take the appropriate next course of action which includes a review of its marketing expenditure and cost structure” in a bid to mitigate the imminent impact of the new tax and license fee.

Genting Malaysia operates the Resorts World Genting integrated resort in its homeland. The property is located on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali not far from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Among multiple other facilities, the property features a full-blown casino with slot machines and gaming tables.

The company’s shares closed at a three-year low on Monday in a knee-jerk reaction to Friday’s introduction of the new budget plan. The stock has improved since then, closing at MYR3.64 today for a market capitalization of MYR20.579 billion (approx. $4.9 billion).

First reports about Malaysia’s plans to increase gambling taxes and licensing fees emerged in October. Back then, analysts from two research houses pointed out that Genting Malaysia would not suffer any major negative impact from a potential implementation of higher rates. According to Nomura International and Maybank Kim Eng Research experts, the planned opening of new attractions at Resorts World Genting next year would help the company weather any looming reforms.

The gaming and hospitality operator has previously unveiled plans to add 1,500 hotel rooms at its resort as well as the 20th Century Fox World and the Skytropolis theme parks. Genting Malaysia has also pointed out that it targets 30 million visits at the property by 2020. Resorts World Genting welcomed around 22 million visitors last year.

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Who Won at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe

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Who Won at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Jack Sinclair and Czech super star Martin Kabrhel among the biggest winners at this year’s WSOPE

The 2018 edition of the World Series of Poker Europe is now in the books. The popular poker event has found a permanent residence at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and took place from October 9 through November 2, offering a month full of quality poker action and hefty monetary prizes alongside shiny WSOP gold bracelets, the most coveted poker trophy there is.

This year, the WSOPE festival featured ten gold bracelet tournaments that offered more than €13 million in guaranteed prize money. As many as 876 players were awarded payouts from those ten events. Some of those lucky players were prominent poker pros, while the others were less familiar to the global poker scene, but they all showed great poker skill and poured great effort into running deep into the tough fields of the latest WSOPE.

And here are the winningest players at this year’s edition of the popular tournament poker festival.

Englishman Jack Sinclair Wins the Main Event

Sinclair is a player with quite some experience on the felt. But his latest accomplishment is his best so far. The player topped a stacked €10,350 Main Event for a first-place prize of €1,122,239 and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.

Sinclair emerged as the victor from a field of 534 entries, slightly up from last year’s 529-strong field. The event started off with a guaranteed prize pool of €5 million, but that guarantee was eventually surpassed and the final prize pool amounted to €5,034,000. The money was split into payouts for the top 81 finishers.

Hungary’s Laszlo Bujtas was the Main Event champ’s heads-up opponent. The player took home €693,573 for his runner-up finish. Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov rounded out the podium, receiving a cash prize of €480,028.

Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel Takes Down the Super High Roller

Kabrhel added another hefty payout to his constantly lengthening list of accomplishments. The player was the last man standing in the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller to collect his second gold bracelet from the WSOP Europe series and his career’s best live cash of €2,624,340.

The WSOP Europe Super High Roller was utter success. The event featured a €5-million guaranteed prize pool but its field of 95 seasoned high rollers totally smashed the guarantee. A prize pool of €9.025 million was eventually generated and the top 15 players were treated to a share of the money.

The likes of Steffen Sontheimer, Steve O’Dwyer, and David Peters were among those to scoop a payout from the tournament. And all three of them are boasting impressive poker portfolios, to say the least. It was in fact Peters whom Kabrhel had to defeat heads-up. The US poker pro eventually collected €1,621,960 from the major tournament.

It is also interesting to note that Kabrhel almost won another €100,000 high roller at King’s Casino only a couple of days after his triumph. The player finished runner-up to Malaysia’s Seng Leow in the non-gold bracelet €100,000 Leon’s High Roller for €773,457 in prize money.

Michael Addamo Triumphs in €25,500 High Roller

Australia’s Michael Addamo was the star of the WSOPE €25,500 High Roller. The player beat a field of 133 for a cash prize of €848,702 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. He claimed his first piece of WSOP jewelry this past summer when he was crowned the victor of the $2,620 Marathon event.

The €25,500 High Roller at King’s Casino featured a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million. However, the guarantee was more than tripled to be split among the top 20 finishers. Christian Rudolph from Germany took home the second-place prize of €524,532, while France’s Benjamin Pollak rounded out the podium for a cash prize of €370,219.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

NHL enters partnership with FanDuel

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NHL enters partnership with FanDuel
FanDuel also signed a partnership with the New Jersey Devils, marking FanDuel's first agreement in the sports betting category with an NHL team.
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United States gambling market expected to continue growing

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United States gambling market expected to continue growing

Gamblers in the United States lost approximately $116.9 billion in 2016 and this figure is reportedly expected to continue growing as adults enjoy an ever-expanding market alongside higher wages engendered by an increasingly robust economy. Nation ranks fifth per capita: According to a Friday report from The Wizard of Odds gambling and online casino news […]
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Show organizer hails success of inaugural EGC

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Show organizer hails success of inaugural EGC

Boutique gaming event organizer European Gaming Media and Events has hailed the ‘huge success’ of the inaugural edition of its European Gaming Congress (EGC) before detailing that the extravaganza’s 2019 edition is to take place in the Italian city of Milan. Pan-European presence: The show organizer used an official Monday press release (pdf) to reveal […]
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