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Gal Yifrach Wins First Gold Bracelet in 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

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Gal Yifrach Wins First Gold Bracelet in 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Gal Yifrach, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and recreational poker player, claimed last night his first WSOP gold bracelet for taking down Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed of this year’s edition of the popular series. Aside from the gold piece, Yifrach also collected his largest-ever poker payout of $461,798 for topping the tournament’s 868-strong field.

His triumph in the WSOP came a little over a year after the player captured a gold piece from the WSOP Circuit. Back at The Bicycle, Yifrach entered a WSOP Circuit $3,250 High Roller to win it and collect his first gold ring from the series.

Speaking to WSOP staff last night, Yifrach said that he usually does not play much of a tournament poker and that tables where higher-stakes cash games are played are where he could be seen more often. He also pointed out that he does not play professionally. With a gold ring and now a gold bracelet, he has clearly been doing very well for a non-professional.

The player said he was quite comfortable with the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max’s structure as it allowed for a lot of hands to be played, something that is typical for cash games.

The tournament was scheduled as a three-day one, but it took eventually a fourth additional day for it to be sealed. On Day 3, Yifrach took the lead during four-handed play and was really hoping that he would be able to end the tournament on that day and as the winner.

He pointed out that he felt he played very well and had really nice hands coming his way, which further helped him lock the title. However, despite his own efforts to finish the job on Day 3, action had to be extended with three players left in contention.

Final Day of Action

Yifrach came into Day 4 as the chip leader and with massive advantage over his two remaining opponents – James Mackey and Gary Hasson. The three players battled it out for nearly 50 hands before a player got busted.

Hasson was that unfortunate one after clashing against the eventual winner. Action sped up quite a bit after Hasson’s elimination. The two-handed duel between Yifrach and Mackey kicked off with the former holding nearly two times more chips than his final opponent.

However, over the course of just seven hands, Mackey managed to even the stacks and put Yifrach into big danger. On the final hand of the tournament, the two players went all in, Mackey tabling pocket tens to Yifrach’s [As][8h]. A [8d][6h][2c][2s][8c] board secured Yifrach with a full house and the tournament title. A second gold bracelet thus eluded Mackey. The player took home a consolation prize of $285,377 for running deep into the event.

As mentioned above, the $3,000 buy-in six-max tournament drew a field of 868 entries who generated a prize pool of $2,343,600. The money was split into payouts for the top 131 finishers.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

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John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. Championship for Fifth Gold Bracelet

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John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. Championship for Fifth Gold Bracelet

John Hennigan just won his fifth gold bracelet from the WSOP after four days of grueling poker action in this year’s $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship. The player was also awarded $414,692 for outlasting a pack of 166 entries who put to the test his skills in not just one but five different poker games.

A quiet and composed player, Hennigan remained true to himself in that tournament, as well. When asked how he felt after becoming just one of 25 players in WSOP’s history to have won five gold pieces, the player said that he was not too preoccupied with his accomplishment, although five indeed felt better than four.

As mentioned above, this year’s edition of the H.O.R.S.E. championship drew 166 entries who generated a prize pool of $1,560,400. The top 25 finishers got paid. Poker celebrities such as Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Debb, and Jason Mercier, who won the tournament back in 2016, were among those to get busted before the money bubble burst on Day 2.

The event was planned to be played over three days, but the final two players – Hennigan and his heads-up opponent David Baker, decided that they would need a rest before completing their match, so play was extended into an additional fourth day. Both players went a long way before reaching that final stage of the game.

Iraj Parvizi Puts Up Terrific Show

UK-based player Iraj Parvizi entered the eight-handed final table as the chip leader. The player himself said jokingly several times throughout the final table that he was an amateur facing top pros. For a while, the player was dominating action, playing aggressively and putting great pressure on his opponents.

Hennigan recalled shortly after the event’s end that Parvizi proved to be a big trouble for almost everyone at the table, including for the eventual champion himself. Hennigan went on to say that it was actually only Baker who managed to keep his footing amid Parvizi’s attacks.

The UK player eventually exited in fourth place. Lee Salem left next. The player began three-handed play as the chip leader, but quickly lost his momentum and the last of his chips to the two remaining players.

Hennigan and Baker battled throughout the final level of the night, but could not determine the champion and eventually decided to call it a night and resume play on the next day. Baker was the short stack at that point. On the final day of action, the player managed to double several times to keep himself and his significantly smaller stack afloat, but a Limit Hold’em hand eventually saw him bust in second place for $256,297.

On the final hand in play, Baker went all in for his last 65,000 with [Ad][6s] to his opponent’s [Jc][3h]. The board ran out [10s][3s][2h][Qh][Qc] to put an end to the tournament.

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2018 WSOP: Event #26: 1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha won by Filippos Stavrakis for $169,842

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2018 WSOP: Event #26: 1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha won by Filippos Stavrakis for $169,842
This year's WSOP Event #26 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha attracted a field of 986 players. The eventual winner was 46-year-old Filippos Stavrakis, a Maryland resident, who won his first WSOP gold bracelet and a $169,842 cash prize. He dedicates his very first win to his late brother, Jimmy. Stavrakis said after his win, "We lost my little brother a couple of years ago. I've been playing poker for a long time, and I always said that if I was fortunate enough to win a bracelet, I'd dedicate it to him. I[...]

Friday, June 15, 2018

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21Bet upgrades Sportsbook with Digitain

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21Bet upgrades Sportsbook with Digitain

Digitain the multi-channel casino and sports betting platform provider confirmed that Malta-licensed 21Bet had been successfully migrated to Digitain’s fully managed sportsbook solution.

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Caesars’ Las Vegas Casino Resort Employees Approve New Contract

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Caesars’ Las Vegas Casino Resort Employees Approve New Contract

Unionized workers at Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s Las Vegas Strip and downtown properties approved Thursday the terms of a new five-year contract, thus putting an end to months of negotiations that, in another case scenario, could have culminated in a citywide employees’ strike.

While no details have been released about the terms of the new contract, it has emerged that it includes wage increases and a special language that aims to protect staff members in case the property they work at is sold to another company. The contract also addresses sexual harassment in the wake of multiple misconduct at the workplace allegations against disgraced casino boss Steve Wynn.

Under the terms of the new agreement between workers and their employer, guest room attendants will be provided with wireless devices that will make it possible for them to inform security that they feel under threat in due time. Employees asked for improved security at their workplace after last October’s deadly shooting in which a lone gunman opened fire into a crowd of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay to kill 59 people and injure nearly 500 others.

The new contract also includes language that protects Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries as well as immigrants that live and work in the United States temporarily under a special protective status. That particular measure was negotiated after US President Donald Trump announced that he would seek to annul the Obama administration-promoted DACA immigration policy.

Reactions to the New Contract Terms

Unionized workers at Caesars’ properties negotiated the new agreement for months. The matter escalated into a citywide vote in May that authorized the local UNITE HERE Culinary and Bartenders Unions to call a citywide strike, if the negotiating parties failed to iron out their differences by the end of May. A tentative agreement was eventually reached, which prevented the city’s largest citywide strike in decades from taking place and causing disturbances and even closures of properties.

The negotiations covered 50,000 union members employed at Las Vegas’ casino resorts, including 12,000 workers at Caesars’ properties. All 12,000 are now covered by the new contract after yesterday’s approval. They are employed at the major company’s Strip properties, including the flagship Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Paris, Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, The Linq, and The Cromwell, as well as the off-Strip Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Union members have reached a similar agreement with MGM Resorts International, another major operator of casino resorts across Las Vegas.

Commenting on their new contract, workers said yesterday that by far it was the best one they had ever reached in the union’s history, particularly given the fact that it addresses safety concerns in the wake of last October’s tragedy and the sexual misconduct allegations against Mr. Wynn.

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National Assembly of Vietnam Approves New Sports Betting Legislation

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National Assembly of Vietnam Approves New Sports Betting Legislation

Yesterday, the National Assembly of Vietnam thumbed up a new piece of legislation which would allow local citizens to wager on football matches held overseas. The Assembly’s decision coincided with the official start of the World Cup 2018 held in Russia.

The new law, however, is set to come into effect in 2019.

So far, sports betting has been illegal for decades in the country, which pushed many local citizens to turn to international gambling websites. Now, the decision to finally make sports betting and football matches, respectively, legal has been considered part of Vietnam’s efforts to keep the money flow in the country. Vietnam’s illegal gambling market is worth billions of dollars on an annual basis, which basically means that the country has been losing a lot of money which could otherwise bring a certain contribution to its economy.

Gambling industry experts have projected that local sports betting companies will enter a bidding process for an operating license as soon as the National Assembly greenlights the proposed measure. The Ministry of Finance will be the body in charge of issuing an operating license, while Vietnamese currency will be the only one accepted for sports betting operations. According to estimates, sports betting could turn out to be a good revenue source for the country’s budget.

Recently, the country’s budget has been suffering from a revenue deficit. This is one of the main reasons why the Vietnamese Government has been increasingly interested in looking for sources to fill in the gap in its 2018 budget.

More Relaxed Gambling Regulation Unveiled

In April 2018, the Vietnamese residents were given the chance to bet on football matches which are included on the sports authority list, such as the World Cup, Southeast Asian Games, and Asian Games. In addition, matches which do not involve the participation of the country’s national football team were also included in the list. The permission is based on a Government’s decree issued in January 2017, under which betting on some sports was made legal on the territory of the country.

Despite the changes brought to football betting in the country in April this year, The Nikkei Asian Review reported that there are no legal football betting website or agent available in Vietnam, except for some horse-racing agents. According to media reports, sports betting operators are set to be put under close monitoring and control of the competent authorities. In addition, Vietnam has been considering to award an overseas operator with a license allowing it to enter the legal sports betting business in case that the company manages to meet the country’s requirements.

Apart from the steps made by the company towards liberalization of the sports betting market, Vietnamese authorities have been gradually relaxing the gambling regulatory rules for local citizens, too. Last year, the country’s Government revealed that it would permit local people to enter Vietnam-located casinos. According to original plans, people will be officially allowed to first gamble in a casino in Phy Quoc in the middle of July, following the roll-out of a three-year pilot program.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Clarion confirm Sandton Convention Centre home for ICE Africa

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Clarion confirm Sandton Convention Centre home for ICE Africa

Clarion Gaming has confirmed that October’s inaugural edition of ICE Africa will be held at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre (24 and 25 October). 

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