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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Writer decides to write Book about Poker but Stops after Winning Thousands of Dollars playing it

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Writer decides to write Book about Poker but Stops after Winning Thousands of Dollars playing it
Many of us dream of ditching our boring, soul-crushing jobs in exchange for that easier and rewarding life filled with fun, excitement, and lots of money, but of course, what kind of gig should we get to achieve that? If poker is one of those answers, we all know too well that poker is not for everyone. But, one woman has proven that it doesn't take a very extraordinary skill to be able to make that leap from that daily humdrum world into a higher, more thrilling landscape - that if you just pu[...]
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Juegos Miami initiative brings regulators and operators round a table

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Juegos Miami initiative brings regulators and operators round a table

‘One of the most significant gatherings of gaming thought leaders in the region’ is how Greg Saint, Director responsible for Juegos Miami described the Country Round Table initiative, which took centre stage on the opening day of the Miami based event

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Finnplay Expands FansBet’s Network of Sports Betting Sites

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Finnplay Expands FansBet’s Network of Sports Betting Sites

Finnplay, the Finland-based open gaming platform provider, confirmed that it has expanded its platform agreement with FansBet, a growing network of sports betting websites, focusing on delivering betting entertainment for British football's most loyal patrons, its fans.

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Hard Rock Announces $700-Million Tampa Casino Expansion

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Hard Rock Announces $700-Million Tampa Casino Expansion

Florida-based gaming and hospitality operator Hard Rock International unveiled Wednesday a massive $700-million expansion plan for its Tampa hotel and casino property. The expansion will include the addition of more gaming options, a new hotel tower, and multiple new entertainment facilities.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is home to Florida’s largest casino. Hard Rock said in a Wednesday statement that with its new additions, the property will offer full-scale resort experience.

The multi-million expansion will be carried out over a year and is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Hard Rock plans to add more gaming space to its existing floor as well as more slot machines and gaming tables. Once the expansion is complete, Tampa casino will feature nearly 200 gaming tables and 5,000 slot machines.

A 15-story hotel tower will be built as part of the project, Hard Rock confirmed. The hotel with its new 564 rooms and suites will bring the Tampa property’s accommodation options to a total of 800 hotel rooms and 88 suites. The top floor of the new tower will be occupied by a private gaming space for VIP gamblers. It will feature exclusive check-in and private elevators to cater to Hard Rock’s wealthiest gambling customers.

Further Details about the Planned Expansion

Hard Rock will add three “ultra-lavish” outdoor pools to its resort. A 120-seat pool grill and bar as well as a 25,000-square-foot spa will be among the new facilities guests and visitors will be pampered at.

The floor above the casino will be occupied by a new 30,000-square-foot event center that will also include a 17,000-square foot grand ballroom. Hard Rock said it hopes that the new facility would attract companies and business group to hold their conventions and trade shows there. The event center will also be able to accommodate larger-scale poker tournaments. Here it is important to note that Hard Rock’s Seminole casinos across Florida have long been regular hosts to different poker series, including the World Poker Tour.

The gaming and hospitality giant also revealed future plans for the addition of four new retail shops at the resort. The Tampa property currently features just two. The expansion project further includes new 700 parking spots at the casino. Total parking at the property will thus be brought to over 6,000 spots.

Hard Rock said that its expansion plan will create over 2,000 construction jobs and 1,000 part-time and full-time jobs once construction is complete and the renovated and expanded complex is fully operational. The Tampa property currently employs more than 3,500 people.

The $700-million expansion in Tampa comes as part of a larger renovation and expansion project undertaken by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the owner of Hard Rock International. Last year, the tribe announced a $1.5-billion expansion scheme for its Hollywood property. That plan includes the construction of a guitar-shaped hotel tower at the existing complex and the addition of a number of entertainment and food and beverage options. Construction work at that property, too, is expected to be completed next year.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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GameArt Scoops MIGEA Malta Digital Company Award

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GameArt Scoops MIGEA Malta Digital Company Award

 

GameArt, the premium developer of slot games to the online and land-based gaming industry, has been awarded Best Digital Company of the Year Award recently held at MiGEA Malta iGaming Excellence Awards.

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Macau Legend’s Cape Verde Casino to Swing Its Doors Open in August

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Macau Legend’s Cape Verde Casino to Swing Its Doors Open in August

Part of Macau Legend’s $300-million casino resort in Cape Verde will open doors this August, CEO David Chow Kam Fai told local media earlier today after the company’s Annual General Meeting at the Legend Palace.

Macau Legend will open a hotel and casino in the tiny northwest African nation this summer as part of what would be a multi-phase project. The Macau-based group has already invested more than $290 million in the first phase of its scheme.

The company has revealed in previous statements that the first phase of its new resort would include a 200-room hotel, a casino, and an office block, among other facilities. Further phases of the project will include a marina, retail space, a convention center, and multiple food and beverage options. The whole integrated resort will occupy a 152,700-square-meter site (1,643,649.12 square feet).

Macau Legend announced its plans to build a resort in the tiny island nation in 2015 and broke ground on he property a year later. The Hong Kong-listed company said back then that it expected it would take about three years to complete the project.

Cape Verde currently has population of around half a million people, but Macau Legend will actually be targeting foreign visitors.

Exclusive Online Gaming Rights

Under a deal between the Macau casino operator and Cape Verde officials, Macau legend would receive a 15-year tax relief and would be granted 10-year exclusivity over the operation of online gaming and sports betting as well as over the operation of land-based sports betting services.

Of their choice to expand namely into Cape Verde, Mr. Chow has previously said that it being a Portuguese-speaking country (Macau is itself a former Portuguese territory) with well-developed infrastructure and booming tourism were among the things that drew his company to that particular part of the world.

Tourism represents nearly a quarter of Cape Verde’s annual GDP and the country’s government has introduced a number of initiatives to boost that industry even further. Local lawmakers have pointed out repeatedly that Macau Legend’s integrated resort could certainly help the nation achieve that goal.

The legalization of gambling in the early 2010s was one such tourism-boosting initiative. As a result from the legalization process, Cape Verde’s first land-based casino – the €5-million Casino Royal – opened doors as part of a larger Hilton resort in May 2013 on Sal Island. Under the country’s gambling law, brick-and-mortar casinos can be built on the islands Sal, Santago, Boa Vista, and Maoi.

Macau Legend’s casino resort is currently under development in the capital Praia. It is also interesting to note that the Macau-based gaming company has submitted an application to develop a bank in Cape Verde. Mr. Chow said today that local lawmakers are currently evaluating the proposal, which aims to provide small- to medium-sized businesses with much-needed support and facilitate payments processed on the Cape Verde territory.

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Swiss Voters Seem to Support Foreign Online Casinos Ban

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Swiss Voters Seem to Support Foreign Online Casinos Ban

A nationwide opinion poll in Switzerland has shown that plans for a gambling law amendment are making progress ahead of the vote scheduled for June 10th.

Only a few weeks before the changes in the existing gambling legislation takes place, the leading polling and research institute GfS Bern revealed that 58% of a recent survey’s respondents will back the reform, which is set to include a foreign online casinos ban and tighter regulation aimed at reducing gambling addiction in the country. The result represented a 6% increase in the number of voters who are willing to support the amendment in comparison to a previous survey commissioned by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

According to Lukas Golder, co-director of GfS Bern, the announced result is a trend which was by no doubt in favor of the local Government. As revealed by the polling and research institute, 58% of the survey’s respondents backed the gambling law amendment, while 37% were against the change. The remaining 5% of the respondents have not decided whether to back it yet. Mr. Golder, however, explained that the gambling legislation issue has not managed to gain popularity among the general public, in spite of the massive campaign on the social media.

Youth Wings of Local Political Parties Oppose the Amendment

The increasing percentage of Swiss residents who seem to be approving the reform is considered to be due to the rising concerns over an expected lotteries and casinos’ revenue decline. The proceeds accumulated by these gambling operations are normally used to fund age pension schemes and other social services.

According to the results of a study released by the Justice ministry, a ban imposed on overseas online casinos would cost Switzerland no less than CHF250 million on annual basis. The overall proceeds brought to the country by gambling operations have been estimated to approximately CHF1 billion per year.

The country’s Parliament approved the new piece of gambling legislation in 2017. Under the law, only domestically-licensed casinos will be allowed to offer web-based games, while foreign casinos’ websites are to be banned. Center-right and right political parties, however, opposed the law and managed to gather the necessary 50,000 signatures to schedule a nationwide vote on the matter.

As mentioned above, support for the legislation amendment has been growing lately, especially in the German-speaking regions and in rural areas. The issue related to the ban that is to be imposed on the foreign casinos has not raised enough interest, with the mobilization of voters remaining relatively low.

Only residents in the age group from 18 to 29 years appeared to firmly oppose the reform. According to the research results, one of the main reasons why younger Switzerland citizens were against the amendment is the fact that they were concerned over the restrictions which may be imposed on the use of the Internet. This trend is also followed by the youth wings of the main political parties, with younger politicians backing campaigns against the legislation change.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Zitro Reaffirms Its Commitment In The Region During The Zitro Experience In Buenos Aires with a solid and Close Leadership

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Zitro Reaffirms Its Commitment In The Region During The Zitro Experience In Buenos Aires with a solid and Close Leadership

On May 23, Zitro celebrated its first Zitro Experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the emblematic FAENA hotel in Puerto Madero.

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Chris Ferguson Issues Short Apology to the Poker Community

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Chris Ferguson Issues Short Apology to the Poker Community
Seven years after the Black Friday, an event that shook the poker world with poker's big three (Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Ultimate Bet) getting indicted, Chris Ferguson finally re-emerged issuing an apology for his role in it. Despite re-emerging twice at the World Series of Poker as well as winning Player of the Year last year, the former founder of Full Tilt has never really spoken publicly about his involvements in the Black Friday scandal. In April 2011, the Black Friday scandal rev[...]
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Poker’s Most Profitable So Far This Year

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Poker’s Most Profitable So Far This Year

We are just five months into the year but some of poker’s finest players have already added millions of dollars to their bankrolls. They have traveled the world, faced other fine and seasoned players and have outmaneuvered them to be rewarded for their skills.

Just as many poker professionals and enthusiasts are readying for this year’s World Series of Poker, Casino News Daily has compiled a quick list of the most profitable players so far in 2018. Here is a little bit more information about how much they have won and how they have performed the past several months.

Justin Bonomo – $8,907,138

Bonomo has been on a hot streak over the past five months and it seems that he has no intention to end his winning spree. The player has cashed nearly $9 million since the beginning of the year from 15 different tournaments. There is more to the story, he won five of these and made final table appearances in most of the other.

Half of Bonomo’s 2018 live tournament earnings came from his first-place finish in the HK$2-million buy-in Super High Roller Bowl China. The popular poker pro bested a field of 75 seasoned high rollers to collect $4,823,077 from the event’s prize pool. Bonomo defeated Finland’s Patrik Antonius (who will appear later in this list) heads-up.

Aside from his Super High Roller Bowl China triumph, he also took down the Lucky Hearts Poker Open $25,500 High Roller for $556,873, a US Poker Open $10,500 event for $190,400, the EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for €378,000, and the EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 Single Re-Entry for €259,700.

Jason Koon – $6,837,091

Koon is, too, having quite some year and quite a month, to be more precise. The player won high roller tournaments on two continents over a week’s span. He first outlasted 103 entries in the partypoker-sponsored HK$1,000,000 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro to scoop a hefty payout of $3,569,836.

Just a few days later, the player claimed another title and another seven-figure payout. He won the Aria $100K High roller during the WPT Tournament of Champions Festival at Aria Resort & Casino. Koon was the last man standing from a field of 31 entries. His share of the prize pool totaled $1,039,940.

Koon has cashed in seven events since the beginning of the year and has won one more tournament over the past few months. During this year’s PCA, the poker pro bested the field of the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, good for a prize of $421,080.

Stephen Chidwick – $5,906,441

UK’s second most profitable player of all time rounds out the podium of this year’s most profitable live tournament poker players. Chidwick has finished in the money in 15 tournaments since January and has won several of them to add nearly $6 million to his already hefty poker bankroll.

The UK poker pro started off 2018 with victories in two US Poker Open tournaments, both of them $25,000 buy-in ones. He scooped more than $700,000 from those. Just a couple of days ago, the player took down a $25,000 Aria High Roller event for $300,000.

Back in April, Chidwick collected two seven-figure payouts from the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona festival. He first finished runner-up to Jake Schindler in the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1.1 million in prize money, and then collected €1 million for his third-place finish in the €10,300 Main Event.

Patrik Antonius – $4,537,936

We have seen more and more from the Finn over the past months which is always good, as we all know how good he is at this game. The player has cashed in just five events this year, but one of these was the above-mentioned Super High Roller Bowl China.

Antonius collected $3,153,551 from that tournament after outlasting all but one of the contenders for the title. In February, the player put up great performance at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany at King’s Casino Rozvadov to win the €25,500 Super High Roller for a first-place prize of €425,000.

Jake Schindler – $4,411,041

Schindler rounds out the list of the five most profitable players so far this year with nearly $4.5 million added to his bankroll. He has cashed in 17 tournaments since the beginning of 2018, which is an impressive number itself. In addition, he actually topped the fields of some of these events.

As already mentioned, the player emerged victorious in the €100,000 Super High Roller during the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. His share of the tournament’s massive prize pool amounted to €1,750,000. Schindler has also won a couple of Aria High Roller tournaments over the past several months and has cashed in some other such tournaments.

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Upcoming Summer Poker Festivals: Las Vegas Edition

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Upcoming Summer Poker Festivals: Las Vegas Edition

With this year’s Super High Roller Bowl now being halfway through and the 49th annual World Series of Poker being just a couple of hours away from kicking off with record 78 gold bracelets up for grabs, Las Vegas has already drawn a humongous number of the world’s best poker pros as well as of recreational players who love the game just as fiercely as any professional out there.

And while the above-mentioned two events are certainly getting and will be getting the most attention, they are not the only ones set to take place in the major gambling hub this summer. In fact, popular Las Vegas casinos are gearing up for a summer of poker thrill and exciting events.

Here are some of the other major festivals that are slated to run in the mecca of casino gambling and entertainment over the next several weeks.

Grand Poker Series

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Vegas is set to have its own big series going on over the next month or so. This year’s edition of the Grand Poker Series is slated to begin later today at the gambling venue and to run through July 3.

It will feature more than 80 different poker events and poker formats. Some of the tournaments will feature guaranteed prize pools, with guarantees going up all the way through half a million dollars. Most of the events will be single-day ones, but there will be a few that will feature multiple starting flights and will be played over a couple of days.

The four-day $570 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will begin on June 28. It will be one of the events that will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.

Wynn Summer Classic

The 2018 Wynn Summer Classic will kick off on June 1 and will take place all the way through July 16 at the highly popular Wynn Las Vegas. Similarly to the Grand Poker Series, the festival will feature a plethora of events varying in buy-ins and formats, and most of those will take place over a single day.

The Wynn Summer Poker Classic’s schedule includes over 30 different tournaments with very attractive guaranteed prize pools of up to $1 million. It is also important to note that most of those events’ guarantees are six-figure ones.

The $1,600 Main Event is scheduled for July 9. The tournament will be played over five days and will include three starting flights. Entries will contend for the title and the largest share of the guaranteed $1.5-million prize pool.

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are almost upon those living or visiting the hot Nevada desert and Binion’s Hotel and Casino is offering an escape from the heat with a month-long summer poker festival. The Dog Days of Summer poker celebrations will take place on June 1-July 1 with more than two dozens of different tournaments.

The schedule of this upcoming festival deserves to be paid quite some attention due to its diversity of formats to be featured. Aside from popular formats like No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha, players will also be able to participate in the likes of a $365 buy-in Crazy Stud Mix (Razzudugi; Hi/Lo Regular; Hi/Lo 8) and a $365 Mixed Triple Draw (2-7; A-5; Badugi).

Sumer Poker Series

The Summer Poker Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino will be another month-long festival to take place in Las Vegas this summer. It will run from June 1 through July 1. The festival features a huge schedule with a wide variety of poker variants that will certainly meet every player’s taste and demands for poker action.

As with the above-mentioned events, this one will, too, feature mostly single-day events. Players will thus be able to enter the ones they feel most comfortable to participate in and to even hop from one casino to another to check out all the festivals set to take place over the next month both on the legendary Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

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