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Mazen Abdallah Leads 333 Players into WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Day 2

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Mazen Abdallah Leads 333 Players into WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Day 2

Mazen Abdallah snatched the chip lead late into Day 1B to lead 333 hopefuls into WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open’s next stage

Poker action is heating up at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood where the latest edition of the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open is currently taking place. The two starting flights of the $3,500 event are now complete and figures show that 333 survived through Days 1A and 1B to advance into the second day of action at the host casino.

This year’s WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open drew a record-breaking field of 898 entries, of whom 417 registered through Day 1A and the other 481 came into the event through Day 1B.

Mazen Abdallah, a player from Houston, Texas, will lead the remaining survivors into today’s Day 2. The player accumulated a stack of 469,500 on Day 1B to come atop the temporary leaderboard. Abdallah was also the only player to pass the 400,000 mark. He secured his chip lead late into the day. The player eliminated two fellow contenders on two consecutive hands to multiply his stack and emerge as the chip leader.

If Abdallah makes it to the paid positions, he will secure his largest ever cash from a live tournament. Speaking of money, the event’s field smashed the $2 million guarantee to generate a prize pool of $2,873,600. The money will be split into payouts for the top 113 finishers, min-cashes sitting at $5,845. The bubble is on pace to burst at some point today.

The six final tablists will each secure a min-cash of $103,310. And awaiting the champion is a top prize of $504,820 as well as a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

Notables Still in the Race for the Title

No other player passed the 400,000 mark on Day 1B and no other player even passed the 300,000 mark. However, there were a number of notables who made it through the day, including Caufman Talley, Vinny Pahuja, Jeff Trudeau, and Nick Yunis. All four bagged more than 250,000 worth in chips at the end of the second starting flights.

They will be joined by the likes of Day 1A chip leader Ajay Gnanasambanthan, and former WPT champions Anthony Zinno, Phil Laak, Jonathan Jaffe, and Sam Panzica, who all locked a seat into Day 2 through the tournament’s first starting flight.

Day 2 of the tournament is scheduled to take place today starting at noon local time. The remaining players will play ten 60-minute levels, during which the money bubble is expected to burst. The Action Clock will be introduced one table from the bubble to add extra thrill to those battling for the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open title at the host casino.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Sports Betting Arrives in Rhode Island in Historic Year for US Gambling Industry

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Sports Betting Arrives in Rhode Island in Historic Year for US Gambling Industry

Rhode Island becomes eighth state to offer legal sports wagering in an eventful week for the US betting industry

Sports betting is coming to Rhode Island starting Monday, November 26, at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. The state will thus become the nation’s eighth one to be offering legal sports gambling and New England’s first one in a landmark year for the US gambling industry.

The Rhode Island General Assembly enacted a sports betting law back in June, and legal wagering services were expected to commence by October. However, delays of different nature pushed back the start of sports betting to the end of November.

The announcement about the official start of sports betting in Rhode Island arrived as the latest big news in an eventful week for US sports betting. Pennsylvania’s first wagering facility opened doors a few days ago. A new sportsbook was launched in West Virginia, as well. The state’s first legal betting operations commenced in late August.

Twin River Casino officials have previously said that the property will begin offering sports betting to its customers around Thanksgiving. As it can be seen they have almost lived up to that promise.

Sports betting operations will commence at the casino at 3 pm local time on Monday, when House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, and Twin River Worldwide Holdings Chairman John Taylor Jr. will place a ceremonial first bet.

Wagering services will initially be provided at a temporary facility on the third floor of the casino complex. Officials have called that temporary facility Phase 1. Customers will be serviced there while the main sportsbook is under development.

At first, gambling customers will be able to place wagers on US-based games. International competitions such as English Premier League and other European leagues are expected to be added later. Patti Doyle, a spokeswoman for Twin River Casino, has also said that “more exotic” bets will also be available in the betting lounge at a later date.

Under Rhode Island’s newly adopted sports betting law, gamblers will only be able to wager at physical sportsbooks. Online and mobile betting were not included in the state’s sports gambling framework.

Estimated Economic Impact

According to estimates, the state will collect $11.5 million in tax revenue from sports betting through the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The above-mentioned amount is significantly less than the original projection for tax revenue of $23.5 million that was based on the previously announced October 1 launch of Twin River Casino’s sports betting operation. The state expects to get $27.3 million in tax revenue next fiscal year.

Under Rhode Island gambling laws, legal sports betting operations are taxed at 51% on betting revenue.

According to projections, Rhode Island’s two Twin River casinos will annually handle $814 million in wagers. Twin River Casino in Tiverton is expected to launch its sportsbook sometime in December. The Tiverton casino complex opened doors to the public on September 1. Aside from an 85,000-square-foot gaming floor, it also features an 84-room, three-story hotel, and multiple entertainment options.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

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Next Week’s Best Poker Events (November 26-December 2)

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Next Week’s Best Poker Events (November 26-December 2)

A new week is almost upon us to bring tons of new opportunities for poker players to challenge their skill and luck at exciting poker destinations. Some of the best casinos in Sydney, Manila, and Las Vegas will play host to several major festivals over the week and those will feature massive guaranteed prize pools, prestigious trophies, and huge amounts of fun and thrill for everyone who enters them.

Here is a bit more information about where next week’s best tournament poker action will be offered and how interested players can join poker festivities for a chance at big prizes and non-monetary additions to their collection of poker accomplishments.

WSOP International Circuit – Sydney

Sydney’s The Star Casino will play host to the next WSOP International Circuit stop. The popular series will bring a handful of gold rings Down Under and those will be awarded during a festival that will take place from November 27 through December 17.

The schedule of the next International Circuit stop will include 15 tournaments, with those featuring different formats and different buy-ins. And some of the events will offer attractive guaranteed prize pools to lure players into their fields.

The thrilling Sydney festival will kick off with a A$500 Opening Event with four starting flights and two more days of play and a guaranteed prize pool of A$600,000.

While it should be said that all events offer attractive opportunities for players, Event #7: Main Event will certainly be the one to draw the biggest amount of attention. The tournament will feature four starting flights and three more days of play starting December 7 and running all the way to December 17. Interested players will have to pay a A$2,200 buy-in fee for a chance at the lion’s share of the A$2.1 million guaranteed prize pool and the title. The Main Event winner will also secure a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

The A$550 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha (starting December 10), the A$20,000 High Roller (starting December 12), and the A$5,000 Challenge with a guaranteed prize pool of A$1 million (starting December 5) are few of the other events that will take place within the upcoming WSOP International Circuit Sydney stop.

APT Finale Philippines

The next APT festival, this year’s final one, is set to take place November 27-December 6 at the glitzy Resorts World Manila casino resort in the capital of the Philippines. The festival will feature 16 different tournaments, special events, satellites, and tons of quality poker action and excitement.

A PHP10,000 Opening Event with a guaranteed prize pool of PHP1 million will kick off poker festivities at the host casino. The PHP50,000 Main Event is slated to start on the second day of the festival and to run through December 2 when the final table will take place. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of PHP10 million.

December 3 will see the start of the Championships Event. The PHP150,000 buy-in with a guaranteed prize pool of PHP10 million will run through December 6 to determine the champion of the 2018 season of the popular Asian poker series.

Wynn Signature Series

Wynn Las Vegas is gearing up preparations to welcome players for its Wynn Signature Series. The event will take place from November 28 through December 10 and will feature 11 tournaments. The festival will award more than $700,000 over its course with guaranteed prize pools of between $20,000 and $250,000.

A $600 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event starting November 24 will be the highlight tournament. With three starting flights, played over three separate days, and an additional day of play, it will be the longest tournament of the series. It will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000.

A three-day $600 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000 will too be part of the poker festivities taking place at the the Strip casino resort. A $5,000 SURVIVOR event with a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000 and a $400 Pot-Limit Omaha are too among the events included in the schedule of the festival.

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

It is that time of the year when the Bellagio in Las Vegas opens its doors to welcome the WPT for one of the most exciting festivals on its annual schedule. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is set to begin on November 29 and to wrap up on December 15.

The festival will feature 19 tournaments and will kick off with a $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Series event. It will also feature three $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha events, three $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Rollers, and the very special $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em high roller tournament.

And of course, the five-day $10,400 Main Event will bring action at the Bellagio to a close. The tournament will run from December 11 through December 15. Ryan Tosoc won last year’s edition of the Main Event for a prize of nearly $2 million. It is interesting to note that the player finished 2nd in the 2016 edition of the tournament.

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Tain expand lottery offering through partnership agreement with Spinola

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Tain expand lottery offering through partnership agreement with Spinola

Tain, the company behind one of gaming's leading platforms, have expanded their lottery and jackpot offering, signing a new partnership agreement with Malta's rapidly emerging games provider Spinola.

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Throwback: Phil Ivey vs Tom Dwan on Million-Dollar Pot

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Throwback: Phil Ivey vs Tom Dwan on Million-Dollar Pot
David Tuchman, who specializes in sports commentating for football and poker, recalls the awesome moments he witnessed as he commentated on a remarkable hand between Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan. It was in the Full Tilt Poker Million Dollar Cash Game around nine years ago that there were only three men, namely Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius battling it out at a poker table as midnight drew near. David Tuchman, renowned poker commentator, fondly described his personal experience about the [...]
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Excitement Is in the Air as the WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $3,500 Championship Starts Today

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Excitement Is in the Air as the WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $3,500 Championship Starts Today

The 2018 edition of the WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open is under way at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Main Event starts today

The WPT is back at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for this year’s WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open, and the festival’s $3,500 Main Event is just hours away from kicking off at the poker tables of the popular casino.

WPT action began at the host venue on November 14 with a $360 buy-in Deep Stack tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. And a number of other events have too been completed since then, but the most anticipated one is yet to begin.

This year, the championship event will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million. It kicks off today at noon Florida time and will run all the way through November 28. The Main Event will include two starting flights played on two separate days and four more days of action. The final day of the tournament will see six players return at noon local time at the host casino to play down to a champion. The official final table will be streamed with a 30-minute delay, starting 12:30 pm local time.

Overall, the schedule of this year’s WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open includes 19 tournaments and three of those feature seven-figure guaranteed prize pools, with those being the festival’s opening event, the Main Event, and the single-day $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.

Last Year’s Champion

Last year’s edition of the $3,500 Championship event at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood drew 585 entries, some of whom had flown all the way from Europe and other parts of the world. A prize pool of $1.872 million was created, failing to crush the $2 million guarantee.

The top 79 finishers were treated to a share of the guaranteed money and it was US poker pro Jared Jaffee who was the first player to leave the tournament with a payout. Min-cashes were worth $4,900.

Michael Newman outlasted the Main Event’s field last year. The player was awarded the amount of $374,240 and the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open trophy. Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas and US player Darryll Fish were the other two to round out the podium of last year’s edition of the major tournament. Cimbolas collected $262,440 for his runner-up finish, while Fish scooped a $168,920 share of the prize pool for finishing third.

Newman is a regular at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Casino and has been playing in recurring tournaments taking place at the venue for years now. He has been quite active over the past year and has cashed in more than 20 tournaments at the Hollywood-based gambling venue. It is to be seen whether Newman will enter this year’s Main Event in a bid to defend his title.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Cosmin Joldis Joins WSOP Circuit Winners Club with Victory at Planet Hollywood

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Cosmin Joldis Joins WSOP Circuit Winners Club with Victory at Planet Hollywood

Joldis, a good friend of 12-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu, took down the $600 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em for his first piece of WSOP Circuit gold

Cosmin Joldis from Romania has become the latest player to capture a gold ring from the ongoing WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood series. The player was crowned the victor of Event #5: $600 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em to claim his first piece of Circuit jewelry and a first-place prize of $19,758.

The event drew an international field of 137 entries who created a prize pool of $70,555. Players battled it out for two days until there was just one last contender left. Day 1 of the event ended with 27 hopefuls still in contention for the gold piece. They had two important tasks ahead for Day 2 – to burst the money bubble and then to determine the champion.

There were payouts for the top 15 finishers, min-cashes were worth $1,191. Action unfolded quite quickly on Day 2 of the tournament and it was not long before the money bubble burst. Players then kept leaving the poker tables at the host venue until there were just four of them left at the time when action stopped for dinner break.

Joldis was the chip leader at the time with 2.3 million and a good advantage over his three remaining opponents. Daniel Perkins had the second largest stack at that point, but he only had 1.2 million worth in chips.

Joldis Eyes Global Casino Championship Seat

The final stage of the tournament was quite a race. It took relatively quickly for the final four to be whittled down to just Joldis. Martin Logue was the Romanian’s final challenge before claiming the title. Logue was eyeing his first gold ring from the series, but eventually finished second to scoop his first WSOP Circuit cash of $12,210.

As for the winner, he came into the Double Stack event fresh off a fourth-place finish in a $400 buy-in event at Planet Hollywood. The player now has 77.5 points from the stop and holds a firm lead in the Casino Championship race. The player who becomes the Planet Hollywood Casino Champion, that is the one who accumulates the most points throughout the stop, will secure a seat into the season-ending $1 million guaranteed Global Casino Championship.

Joldis told WSOP staff that he will be playing the Main Event over the weekend in a bid to cement his top spot.

The Romanian player is a good friend of WSOP Circuit star and record-breaking gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu, who himself hails from Romania. Aside from his participation in WSOP Circuit events, Joldis has also had quite the run in the WSOP. The player cashed for over $225,000 during last year’s edition of the summer poker series. Most notably, he finished 50th in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, collecting $145,733 for his deep run.

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