Anthony Joshua becomes William Hill global brand ambassador

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua unveiled as William Hill’s new global brand ambassador in Sheffield, England.
William Hill is delighted to announce the signing of unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua OBE, as its new global brand ambassador. The sporting icon has signed an initial one-year deal with the bookmaker and will feature in the company’s exciting new integrated advertising campaigns over the next twelve months – and beyond. 
AJ will also appear in the firm’s social media and PR activities  – promoting the William Hill brand in a fun, interactive and responsible way. Anthony joins William Hill’s current brand ambassador team, which already includes Sir Anthony McCoy, Kirsty Gallacher and Robbie Savage. The announcement comes as Joshua prepares to defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles against Alexander Povetkin in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium on 22 September. 
 On the deal heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua OBE said; “I am pleased to partner with William Hill. We are both leaders in our fields so it was only right to go ‘all in’ with them! They are promoting and marketing boxing to a huge audience outside of our industry which is something I am passionate about.  It is important for me to work with brands who understand the journey I am on and the dedication it takes to become undisputed heavyweight champion. I have been really impressed with the team at William Hill and I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”
CEO of AJBXNG Freddie Cunningham said; “We are delighted to partner with such an established and forward thinking brand in William Hill. We have been really impressed with their activation plans for the next 12 months and how they would like to grow the partnership in to new territories.”
CEO of William Hill Philip Bowcock said; “Anthony Joshua is one of the leading sports personalities of his generation and he has achieved so much so quickly.  It’s exciting times at William Hill as we expand into the United States and we felt this was a perfect time to announce a global brand ambassador. AJ is the ideal fit for the role and we believe he will help us grow and energise our brand as we join him on his journey to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”

 

GSA Invites Gaming Industry to its Technical Summit: Focus on Blockchain

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) announces its first gaming industry focused conference event: GSA Technical Summit –Focus on Blockchain.  The event is scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2018 in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV. GSA invites our members and anyone active in the gaming industry – operators, regulators and suppliers – to this informative summit around Blockchain.
The Blockchain technology – the second phase of the Internet – will have a dramatic impact on our lives and businesses. It is poised to revolutionize data sharing, security and has the ability to provide regulatory authorities with previously unobtainable levels of transparency. Those looking at how this technology will impact the gaming industry will be able to listen to companies that are using the technology today and regulators as they debate the benefits Blockchain provides them.
 GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, “We have been approached for many years to bring more value to a conference program by emphasizing real knowledge over a ‘marketing session.’  For this unique summit we’ve used our extensive contacts within and outside the gaming industry to bring together speakers and participants who have the experience and know-how to offer attendees a more grounded foundation and education about this technology.”
Current companies that have committed to participate in the event are: Axes Network, Clear Poker, Dominode, Gioco Ventures, LLC, Global Market Advisors, IBM, Innovum Technology, INTEL, Loyra Abogados, Malta Gaming Authority, McDonald Carano, New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, Nevada Gaming Control Board, ORACLE, RedChalk Group, Secure Communication, Berkeley Center for Law & Business, Unikrn.
Blockchain Committee Chair Earle G. Hall said, “Blockchain is the answer to so many of our inefficiencies. It is inherently designed for transparent, secure and distributed information flow. Blockchain will exponentially increase the potential for collaboration, efficiency and connectivity. We look forward to this event and expect to truly educate the industry on this topic.”
 For a detailed agenda, special rate accommodation information and registration, please visit GSA’s event website at – GSA Technology Summit: FOCUS Blockchain.  GSA also welcomes companies interested in sponsoring this event to contact us.
There is a level of membership for every type of company. Is your organization interested in working with GSA on the creation of future standards? Please join us – visit www.gamingstandards.com to learn more, and follow GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
 GSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).
 Other members include: Adlink Technology Inc.; Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Amatic Industries GmbH; AmTote International; APEX pro gaming; Appolonia; Ares Way; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; AxesNetwork Solutions Inc.; BMM Testlabs; Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited; Canadian Gaming Association; Casinos Austria; ComTrade Gaming; Combination AB; Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); DRGT Europe; European Casino Association; Everi; Fortunet; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Ganlot; Genlot Game Technology Co., Ltd.; Grand Vision Gaming; House Advantage; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; JCM Global; Loto-Québec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation; Maxgaming; Mobile Gaming Monitoring On GmbH; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Paltronics Australasia Pty. Ltd.; Pollard banknote limited; Quixant; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smernax Holdings Ltd.; Sightline Payments; Spintec d.o.o.; Synergy Blue; U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; VEIKKAUS; Western Canada Lottery Corporation; Wojskowe Zaklady Lacznosci Nr 1 S.A.

 

IGT Solutions – SAGSE 2018

IGT will present a diverse range of solutions for Latin America within its SAGSE stand #206 in Buenos Aries, September 11, 12, and 13. Featuring market-attuned content and innovative hardware, IGT’s portfolio is designed to meet the needs of any operator.
The Company will shine a spotlight on the next evolution of the Crystal series of cabinets with the stunning CrystalDual 27 gaming machine with market-attuned content such as Scarab and Temple of Fire. The attention-grabbing cabinet features dual, high-definition, 27-inch displays, the option for bank-wide synchronized lighting, a mobile device charging port, and more.
IGT’s robust core portfolio will be on display with popular titles such as Wild Fury Jackpots, Ocean Magic Grand, and All In on the gorgeous CrystalCurve Cabinet which boasts an ultra-HD, 4K, 43-inch curved display. IGT will also feature engaging premium content on the CrystalCurve with new Fort Knox titles such as Majestic Gorilla and Twin Win.
IGT’s multi-game solutions, the USwitch and diversity HD suites, will be shown on a range of cabinets such as the AXXIS 23/23 and the CrystalDual 27. USwitch groups games with similar play mechanics together, making it easy for players to find games that suit their individual preferences. Pairing diversity HD suites with IGT’s bolt-on progressive, Money Strike, gives players the chance to win big with progressive jackpots on a diverse library of games.  
The Company will also showcase its innovative mobile solutions with technology such as PlaySpot and Cardless Connect. IGT’s award-winning PlaySpot technology enables  players to use their mobile devices to play slots, enjoy table games and place sports bets in a single, easy-to-use mobile app. IGT’s Cardless Connect turns players’ smart phones into their loyalty cards by enabling them to simply tap their phone on any gaming machine to card in and out.
IGT’s Systems area will focus on its IGT Advantage casino management system (CMS) and its Media Manager- HTML 5 (M5) content management system. IGT Advantage enables operators to optimize their casino floors and create world-class patron loyalty programs. With M5, operators have the option to utilize an EGM’s entire screen to display promotions, events, bonuses and other personalized content for a customizable player experience on a range of cabinets. For more information, visit IGT.com.

 

Unfold Hold’em Makes Debut at PokerStars

Continuing in their quest to invent new poker variants, PokerStars has launched a new game called “Unfold Hold’em” that allows players to get back in the game after the flop and win a side pot if they folded their hole cards pre-flop and find themselves racked with regret after seeing the flop.

 

Party Poker Announces Biggest Ever PowerFest Series

Party Poker has announced the dates and schedule for September´s PowerFest Series. The event will run from Sunday 2nd September until Sunday 23rd September and consist of an incredible 670 tournaments guaranteed for a total of more than $60 million – Party Poker´s biggest ever tournament series guarantee.

 

Mikita Badziakouski wins Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event

Mikita  Badziakouski goes back to back
Mikita Badziakouski – Photo Triton PokerBack to back Main Event titles in any live poker series is something most players only ever dream of, but for Mikita Badziakouski that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but he has accomplished his feat in a series that richly rewards its winners. The Triton Super High Roller Series crowned its new champion and handed him HKD$41,250,000 (USD5,255,456) this week, except of course, he wasn’t a new champion at all, having won the previous Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro just a few months ago. This event, held in Jeju, South Korea attracted 55 runners, many of them world-class high stakes pros, with each competitor paying HK$2,000,000 (US$256,420) to enter.
The final payouts for the Main Event are as follows:
1st – Mikita Badziakouski – HK$41,250,000 (US$5,255,456)2nd – Chan Wai Leong – HK$25,520,000 (US$3,251,376)3rd – Richard Yong – HK$16,720,000 (US$2,130,212)4th – Sam Greenwood – HK$11,550,000 (US$1,471,528)5th – Jason Koon – HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,120)6th – Sergio Aido – HK$6,490,000 (US$826,858)

Million Dollar Cash Game
While millions of dollars always change hands when players win tournaments at the Triton Super High Roller Series, the biggest money of all can perhaps be found in the more secluded arena of cash games. With so many talented high stakes players in one place, it is no surprise that huge cash games have been going on. Usually these games are very private, but this time around they are being televised in several episodes due to air later this week. Viewers can expect to be treated to some big names in action, playing for colossal sums of money.
Blinds began at the US equivalent of $3,000/$6,000 with a $6,000 button bet added, and the buy in was set at $900,000 in US money. At the start, around $8,000,000 was on the table, but by the end there was $16,000,000 circulating. The games being played switched between regular Texas Hold’em and Short-deck Holdem.
J.P.Park who supervised the game said “I’ve been around poker for a long time, and that was the most exciting game I’ve ever seen,” Park said. “The million-dollar cash game was the biggest cash game I have ever been involved with. They started with roughly $8 million, about a million per person, on the table. And at one point there was $16 million on the table.”
Side event winners
David Peters – Photo Triton PokerIn the side events during the series, several huge scores were collected, with David Peters winning the HK$500,000 (USD$64,105) Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event for HK$8,775,000 (US$1,100,000). He defeated a field of 39 players to take down the event.
There were 60 entries for the HK$1,000,000 (US$128,210) Triton Hold’em side event. (Short Deck Ante-Only). Kenneth Kee managed to defeat all comers in that one, picking up HK$22,500,000 (US$2,860,000 approx.)
The HK$500,000 (US$64,105) Triton Hold’em event (Short Deck Ante-Only) was won by Ivan Leow who managed to best a final table that included Jason Koon and Tom Dwan to pocket the 1st prize of HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,586.
The smallest event still offered a great payday to eventual winner Nick Schulman, with 61 players having paid the HK$100,000 (US$12,821) entry fee. On his first outing playing Short Deck Ante-Only poker, he triumphed over Kenneth Kee heads up to win the event, banking HK$2,135,000 (US$272,084).
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Poker in India

Poker in India

Influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures, India has a huge history in many different card games (Gin, Bridge), and even created some of their own. In 2006, Teenpatti, a poker variant, started becoming popular in India, and many experts agree that India is the largest and fastest growing online gambling market in the world.  Nowadays, close to a million Indians play real-money poker on a regular basis, even though uncertainty surrounding the legal landscape of the game remains. This gambling craze is particularly true during the times of festivals such as Deepawali and Holi, where the gambling business upgrades to 30-40% in India.
The recent creation of a Global Poker League in India with teams representing cities located all over the country is also a favorable indicator of Poker’s development in India, whilst local clubs attract more and more players.
 
Online Poker: Legal in certains States
  Live Poker: Legal Poker Clubs
  Casinos with Poker:
Coming Soon
 
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in India –
 
COMING SOON
 
– Playing Live Poker in India –
  Live Poker Legislation in India
India’s gambling laws are quite restrictive and apply everywhere in the country.
The most important law regarding real-money gaming in India is the federal Public Gambling Act of 1867, which makes it illegal for anyone to run a public gaming house or even to be present in an establishment of this sort.
However, if according to the Supreme Court of India, games of chance are illegal, skill-based games are legal, leaving room for the development of the Poker industry. In other decisions, the High Courts of Karnataka and Calcutta have noted that police/law enforcement authorities cannot interfere in the game of poker. Another important document is the Information Technology Act of 2000, which makes a distinction between casino games and card games.
Moreover, as India is a federal state, local legislators may create favorable law environments for gambling & poker, which is, for instance, the case of two states in particular: Goa and Sikkam.
Throughout the whole country of India, some laws do, however, apply in a uniform fashion. As such, the minimum legal gambling age is 18 everywhere in India. Also, regarding taxes, players have to pay 30 percent income tax on all winnings above 10,000 rupees (around $150).
  Live Poker Venues in India
While there are no legal casinos in most of India, Goa is home to a total of seven land-based casinos, as well as several offshore ones. You can play poker in at least four of them: Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnivale, and Casino Goa.
Sikkim state welcomes two land-based casinos where you can play poker: Casino Sikkam & Casino Mahjong.
A third state, the state of Daman, is expected to start operations in the next few years.
Foreigners and Indians are allowed to enter casinos and legal poker clubs.
– Playing Online Poker in India –
  Online Poker Legislation in India
Technically, online poker is only legal in the states of Goa and Sikkim, with the latest standing as the only Indian state with clear-cut online poker regulations and licensed online poker rooms (such as adda52.com).
In most cases, the country’s legislative and judicial branches haven’t ascertained legal status of online poker sites in most Indian states. As a result, online gambling in the rest of India is kind of a grey area: it is still quite unclear if playing poker online is fully legal or not. For example, Indian online poker leader, adda52.com, does not allow players from certain regions, such as Assam, Odisha, Nagaland and Telangana. Additionally, the Information Technology Act of 2000 prohibits internet service providers from hosting gambling websites.
However, consumers and brands are now thriving in the country, both being quite confident that the law will be on their side, based on the aforementioned decision of the Supreme Court of India. Access to all major poker sites is common throughout the country.
Indians tend to rely on credit card payments to fund their poker accounts. In Sikkim, other popular options include Netbanking and Pay By Cash, wire transfer and check by mail. Generally speaking, Sikkim-licensed sites don’t accept e-wallet payments such as Neteller or Skrill.
India’s average Internet Speed is 3.5 Mbps with a lot of disparity on the territory, but it’s usually sufficient to play online poker. A VPN is recommended.
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Poker players using Skrill Wallet can now buy and sell cryptocurrencies

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years or so, you will certainly have heard the term ‘cryptocurrency’ finding its way into conversations especially, between poker players.
Bitcoin was the first to become a sensation, as its value went through the roof in a short space of time, but since then several other types of online currency have come to the fore.
This infatuation has been fuelled in the poker community by prominent players such as Doug Polk and Jason Lee, who have publicly shared their involvement in this new sector.
Despite this growing popularity, when it comes to ordinary people without any experience of trading on stock markets or making risky investments, the whole process of buying cryptocurrency still sounds quite complicated for many people.
Skrill offer cryptocurrency at the click of a button
As one of the leading companies when it comes to online money storage, Skrill are well placed to begin expanding their offerings to include investment opportunities.
It has been announced that their customers will now be able to buy cryptocurrency with the click of a button, and that it has made the process as simple as can be.
Skrill is already widely used by poker players to deposit and cash out on online poker sites and so the news has been positively received by the poker community.

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Details of the announcement
The following details have already been announced:
Supported cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash
Commission for exchanging USD to BTC: 1,5%
Commission for making a deposit to Skrill using BTC: 1%
Skrill will be using the popular crypto-exchange BitPay to process the transactions
Customers will not be able to transfer their cryptocurrency holding to other Skrill customers or use it to transact with merchants. This service will be added in the future.
Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Skrill, Neteller and Income Access said “The world of cryptocurrency trading is exciting and dynamic, and our digital wallet service very much lends itself to this environment. I’m confident that the ability to trade in cryptocurrencies quickly and easily through Skrill will appeal to consumers both now and in the future. We know many people want to experiment with cryptocurrency trading but don’t know where to start and we’ve made the entire process very straightforward.”
Eligible countries
Skrill will initially be launching this service in the following countries, and it’s expected to be launched soon in other markets too.
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the UK.
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NRT Accelerates Growth through Acquisition of Casino ATM Portfolio

Acquisition includes 1,500 high-volume casino ATMs and self-service devices which dispense over $5 billion annually across nearly 200 gaming properties in the United States. As a result of the acquisition, NRT now operates over 31,000 ATM devices which process more than 300 million transactions and dispense more than $20 billion annually.
NRT Technologies Inc, has acquired the gaming ATM assets of U.S. Bank National Association. Fifth Third Bank acted as NRT’s lead arranger of a bank syndicate that includes Capital One, CIBC, and Umpqua Bank, for financing of the transaction. Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
NRT is a global technology leader of next generation payment systems, specialized financial/marketing self-serve kiosks, and digital and mobile experiences for the gaming industry. Through this acquisition, NRT now supports ATM processing on ATM’s and TITO Redemption Units (TRU’s) across nearly 300 gaming properties in the United States. NRT is now the largest ATM processor in the North America casino market, providing mission critical services to more than 750 gaming clients, including the top 25 largest global gaming operators.
In partnership with Diebold Nixdorf, NRT will be making important upgrades to the acquired ATM fleet with new state-of-the-art ATMs that will not only support traditional ATM and cash advance functions, but also provide mobile engagement through Sightline Play+ and card-less ATM features. NRT and Diebold Nixdorf have an existing partnership with the world’s largest mobility provider, Kony Inc., which will enable a unified and highly personalized mobile guest experience across NRT’s growing portfolio of gaming ATM and TRU devices.
As part of the transaction, NRT has secured an expanded vault cash facility ensuring high cash availability to meet the rigorous cash withdrawal demands of NRT’s gaming operator customers.
“Acquiring this ATM portfolio fits within our strategy of leading in both the cash and cashless payment verticals for casinos,” said John Dominelli, NRT Founder and President. “As part of this transaction, we are pleased to welcome key members of the U.S. Bank team to the NRT family. The acquisition will provide a significant boost to NRT’s transaction volume while simultaneously moving NRT into a leadership position in offering advanced, non-traditional financial services through our next generation self-service ATMs and kiosks.”
“NRT’s payment switch technology, commitment to customer service and exciting product roadmap made it a great fit for assuming this portfolio of ATMs,” said Paul Nielsen, Vice President and Managing Director of Gaming Services for U.S. Bank. “We have full confidence that NRT will continue to provide the high level of customer service and dedication that our clients have come to expect from U.S. Bank.”
“NRT and Sightline are uniquely positioned to dramatically expand the use of mobile engagement with Play+ and innovative cash access transactions,” said Kirk Sanford, Sightline Payments’ Founder and CEO. “This acquisition not only expands our cash access business, but it also enhances our ability to realize on NRT and Sightline’s vision for revolutionizing the way gaming operators interact with their guests.”
“NRT and Sightline are doing really exciting things around casino guest experiences and it is imperative they have a partner like Diebold Nixdorf that can evolve with them and provide flexibility and innovation to assist them in delivering the best customer experience,” said Bruce Pierce, Vice President and General Manager Canada at Diebold Nixdorf. “Our partnership will demonstrate the expanded connected commerce capabilities and enhance the ATM experience for all casino guests.”

 

Big Narstie goes under the media spotlight with Lynsey Hipgrave and England Legends

Social sensation Big Narstie refines his interview and press conference etiquette with football reporter Lynsey Hipgrave and impressionist Mark Langley as part of seven-part Rapper to Reporter series.
Grime icon Big Narstie, with the support of online bookmaker 888sport, is on a quest to become the ultimate football pundit, turning from Rapper to Reporter ahead of the world’s biggest sporting event.
The collaborative video series sees Big Narstie practice his interview and press conference skills in his bid to become the nation’s favourite alternative reporter. Having recently returned to the classroom to learn Russian, episode four of the series sees Narstie brush up his reporting skills with Lynsey Hipgrave and Mark Langley on hand to provide some invaluable expertise.
 

 
To watch more of Big Narstie taking his reporting skills to the next level, click here. Also track the series on social media using #NarstieRussia.

 

EGT reports first deals from G2E Asia

This year’s visitors of G2E Asia were welcomed with unique gaming concepts and design at Euro Games Technology’s booth. The shown wide-range exposition at one of the most awaited events in the industry turned EGT’s participation into a triumph: “We reaffirmed our serious intentions for development in Asia, gathered the first impressions of our products and became more insightful about how to tune our developments even further to the market,” shared Boyko Boev, manager business development for Asia at EGT. “For all this we had Channel Paradise Sdn. Bhd by our side. Our forward-looking partner for the region teamed up with us for a local strong presentation and outperforming results.”
Both companies gladly received numerous potential customers. “It has been a very busy show indeed,” commented Eng Meng Chuah, COO of Channel Paradise Sdn. Bhd. “A strength of EGT is its huge range of products and commitment to develop solutions of a world-class design. Their brand has been away from the region for several years, but now has returned with gaming concepts that are one-of-a-kind.”
Such an innovative and smart solution is the double T-line auto roulette table of EGT Multiplayer with two 84-inch displays and 12 touch screen gaming places, connected to an automated wheel and to the jackpot system Diamond Number. The next generation full HD terminals of S-line series – S32, S32/32, S32/32/27 and S32/32/32, featuring respectively one, two, or three 32-inch monitors, quickly provoked high interest as well with their ability to connect to a live-streamed roulette game, adding their own Rigel and King Collection multi-game mixes with the locally favored Baccarat and Sic Bo titles. Another automated roulette product – the Premier R8 of 8 gaming places each equipped with an individual 23-inch widescreen touch monitor, was the final detail that made the multiplayer display complete.
“Asian market is traditionally inclined to table gaming so EGT Multiplayer’s solutions are best accepted by the local audience and were highly successful at G2E Asia,” added Eng Meng Chuah. Supporting the statement, both EGT and Channel Paradise sales teams reported on several inked contracts during the event that are currently being executed in Cambodia, Timor Leste and Laos with more installations to follow in the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal till the end of the year. “There is a tremendous growth in the region, yielding numerous opportunities for us,” concluded Eng Meng Chuah. “We are also following closely the casino gaming legalization process in Japan, as this may incentivize other countries to follow the lead.”
EGT’s slot and casino management solutions also received warm acceptance, especially the Chinese-themed Fu Gui Rong Hua jackpot system, the Super Premier cabinet and the 888 Red Collection mix of 6 games. For its entrance in Asia EGT Interactive will rely on its globally best known online titles among which 40 Super Hot, Supreme Hot and Burning Hot. The future development of EGT and its subsidiaries in the region is envisaged as a synergy of their local partners’ expertise, profound research on the market specifics and dedication of their R&D teams in creating a genuinely tailored portfolio, covering all aspects of gaming.

 

Hippodrome London adds second Evolution Dual Play Roulette table

Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it is to launch a second multi-camera Dual Play Roulette table at London’s famous Hippodrome Casino, with go-live scheduled for Q3 2018.
This follows the highly successful launch for The Hippodrome in 2017 of both Evolution-hosted online Live Casino services and an Evolution Dual Play Roulette at Lola’s, The Hippodrome’s underground casino.
This latest Dual Play table will be located on the main gaming floor of The Hippodrome and will be open 24/7.
On-premise players will have a clear sightline of the new table not only on the gaming floor but also from The Hippodrome’s upper levels. This will allow The Hippodrome to promote the unique benefit of Dual Play — the ability for remote players to join on-premise players and play in the same games, at the same table, from virtually anywhere in the world. In addition, on-premise players will also have the opportunity to continue playing at the Dual Play table on their smartphones or tablets when in the venue’s restaurant areas.
Like the Lola’s Dual Play table, this second Hippodrome Dual Play table will be available as a B2B service to other Evolution licensees. From day one of the new table launch, all Evolution operators who already take the ‘Live from Lola’s’ game feed will receive the additional Hippodrome live feed, with other Evolution operators able to opt-in too.
George Constantinou, Director of Interactive at The Hippodrome Casino, said: “Our first Evolution Dual Play table has been a great success, with high numbers of on-premise players drawn to the table and many more playing at the same table online. We were keen, therefore, to recreate the same kind of attraction and extended service offering on The Hippodrome’s main gaming floor.”
James Stern, Evolution’s Director of Business Development & Land-based Sales, added: “The Hippodrome is an iconic casino and entertainment venue. As such, we are confident that online players who see and play at The Hippodrome’s Dual Play table will be very much encouraged to visit the venue in person. There’s a real buzz around the Lola’s Dual Play table, and this latest table is sure to create similarly high levels of excitement and interest.”

 

WSOP Announces Ten Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

Following months of public nominations and scrutiny by the WSOP´s Governing Council, the final ten candidates for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. Existing Hall of Famers and an 18-member media panel now have five days to vote on who should be inducted into poker´s most exclusive club.

 

APT heats up July with the Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships

This July, the Asian Poker Tour heads back to Vietnam to host their fifth event of the season, the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The upcoming event promises to be bigger than before with twelve days of nonstop poker festivities taking place at the Pro Poker Club from July 11 to July 22.
See You In Vietnam – Photo APTAs always the festival offers an exciting roster of events however what everyone will be eyeing is the Main Event – VND 6 Billion Guaranteed (US$261,300). Last January saw 664 entries for the 3M guaranteed Main Event making it the largest attendance in the tour’s history. With the guarantee now doubled, expectations are high for another massive turnout.
Main Event details
For a rundown on the featured tournament, the Main Event runs from July 13 to July 18. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 (~US$960). Players can jump in the game by signing up to any of the three starting days offered and up until the first hour of Day 2.
See the schedule below:
Day 1A: Friday, July 13 @ 1pm
Day 1B: Saturday, July 14 @ 1pm
Day 1C: Sunday, July 15 @ 1pm
Day 2A: Monday, July 16 @ 1pm
Day 2B: Monday, July 16 @ 7pm
Day 3: Tuesday, July 17 @ 1pm
Final Day: Wednesday, July 18 @ 130pm
Five Main Event packages via CoinPoker and other promos
Voyage to VietnamAnother way to secure a spot in the Main Event is through APT sponsor CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based online poker room. CoinPoker Voyage to Vietnam satellites to the qualifier are currently running. The Main Event qualifier will be held on July 11 at 17:00 EEST with 5 Main Event packages up for grabs. Packages include Main Event Day 1B seat, 3 night’s accommodation, and travel expense allowance of €250 paid in equivalent CHP value.
Last month CoinPoker offered two promos at APT Korea Seoul and will be extending the same to Main Event players in Vietnam: the Main Event Rake Back and the Last Man Standing promo. In Korea, Paul Hong was the first beneficiary of the Last Man Standing award winning a Main Event seat to APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The next winner will receive a Main Event seat to APT Korea in Incheon.
Schedule of events
In addition to the Main Event is another featured tournament, the Championships Event. This event runs back-to-back with the main, taking place from July 18 to July 22. Buy-in is VND 33,000,000 (~US$1,440).
For players that prefer the exclusivity of small fields and big returns, the CoinPoker High Rollers event takes place from July 12 to July 13. With a buy-in at a whopping VND 107,500,000 (~US$4,685), that will surely narrow the field to to heavy hitters and top players.
Making an appearance at the the APT for the first time is the NLH Single Day Ante BB. With the Ante BB growing in popularity around the world, the APT will offer two events featuring this new format.
For more information on the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships, just click on the schedule below.
More: APT Vietnam Championships 2018 Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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July Promotions at Natural8

#1. Flush Jackpot

Jackpot payouts for huge hands are fairly common in the world of poker, but most of the time, they require the rarest of hands to be completed before a single cent of the money is paid.
With Natural8, things are a little different. While you still get a huge payout for a straight flush or royal flush, you also get paid a portion of the jackpot simply for making a regular flush.
The jackpot percentage payouts are 1% for a flush, 15% for a straight flush and 50% for a royal flush and they apply they across cash game tables where a player has a qualifying hand.
There are a few criteria that must be met, including putting at least 15 big blinds in the pot, but this is clearly an excellent chance for players to earn a little boost during their cash game sessions.
#2. $100K Flush Jackpot Chase read more

 

Switzerland Domestic Gambling, Bans Foreign Operators

Switzerland has been reforming its gambling laws recently. The country has agreed to allow gambling operations to expand, but it has voted to root out offshore operators. Some have seen in this move an attempt to impose Internet censorship whereas others have construed it as the fulfilment of social responsibilities. Switzerland has voted to block […]

 

Asian Teams flying high in $1,000 Tag Team Event as Nikita Luther and Giuseppe Panteleo take home the gold

The Tag Team event is one of the more unusual events seen at the WSOP each year, with players forming partnerships or groups, and sharing playing duties between them throughout the tournament. This year’s event had a $1,000 buy in, and saw 1,032 teams take part, creating a prize pool of $928,800.
Nikita Luther & Giuseppe Panteleo – Photo WSOPMany star players chose to take part, but as play got down to the final table, many of the bigger names had fallen. Interestingly though, there was still a strong Asian contingent vying for the title, with many Asian teams having already cashed up to that point.
In the top 100 finishers were several Asian teams including Sheng Xie/Li Zhou, Mike Chau/Hung Le, Pete Chen/Victor Chong/Christopher Soyza/Phachara Wongwichit, Yosuke Sekiya/Hiroshi Tamagawa/Yuri Ishida/Eiji Matsumura, Yueqi Zhu/Yue Du and Philip Chiu/Vincent Li/Sparrow Cheung.
A Japanese team consisting of Sho Mori, Hiroki Iwata and Kazuki Ikeuchi remained in contention, along with the duo of Giuseppe Panteleo and Nikita Luther.
The latter will be will know to many of our readers, as a professional Indian player who is an ambassador for Adda52. Her deep run in this event was not her first of the series either, having also taken 17th place in the $3,000 Big Blind Ante event.
As the number of survivors dwindled, it looked increasingly likely that one of these two teams would win the title, and they eventually reached heads up play. After a twenty-eight hand tussle, the chips eventually went in on a flip, with Luther’s team rivering a two outer to claim the bracelet in dramatic fashion.
This is Nikita Luther’s largest ever cash, splitting $175,805 with her teammate Giuseppe Panteleo. This is the first ever bracelet for the two players, who have continued a tradition of Asian players faring well in this event, with Indian duo Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java having won this event last year.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Nikita Luther/Giuseppe Panteleo – $175,805
2nd – Hiroki Iwata/Kazuki Ikeuchi/Sho Mori – $108,608
3rd – Manig Loeser/Joelle Parenteau/Daniel Weinand – $76,797
4th – Alex Rocha/Megan Milburn/Joanne Milburn – $55,016
5th – Gabriel Neto/Carlos Caputo – $39,936
6th – Adam Lamphere/Ao Chen/Yijie Zhang – $29,380
7th – Salah Levy/Frank Mariani/Cord Garcia – $21,910
8th – Bon Koo/Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
9th – Loni Harwood/Haixa Zhang/Kelly Minkin – $12,700
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Mike Takayama makes history as the first Filipino to win a WSOP bracelet

After 49 years, the World Series of Poker finally crowned its first Filipino champion with Mike Takayama winning the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty. Takayama overcame the 2,065 field to capture the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet and his largest career win of $198,568.
Mike Takayama – Phot WSOPIn a brief interview with the WSOP media, Takayama expressed,
“Very happy with how I played and it is everyone’s dream to win a bracelet.” “I will most definitely be playing the WSOP Main Event this year!”
This was truly a fantastic result for Takayama who is currently on his debut visit to the WSOP. With low buy-in No Limit Hold’em events ranging from $565 to $1500 notorious for drawing in very large fields, navigating to the top is a mighty feat for any player and most especially for a first-timer at the grand arena.
Prior to taking down this tournament, Takayama also had an impressive run at the $1K NLH Double Stack event, finishing 32nd out of 5700 entries for $17,814. As one of the Philippines highest ranking live tournament players, Takayama now has over $850K in earnings.
Takayama’s recent achievements
Mike Takayama & Team Philippines – Photo WSOPWell known in Asia, Takayama is an icon for every poker player in the Philippines. Since his emergence into the live tournament scene on 2010, he has produced numerous victories that it was only a matter of time before he’d make it to the WSOP.
Last year was a good year for Takayama, capturing his second APT Main Event title for his first six-digit payout of $105,530. He also had a solid deep run at the PokerStars Festival Main Event finishing 4th for $37,686. These and other cashes earned him the 2017 GPI Philippines POY title.
This year, Takayama kicked off with a runner-up finish at the Macau Poker Cup Baby Dragon event, just missing a grab at the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Two weeks later, that moment was clearly behind him, winning the Manila Super Series Main Event to score that coveted PSPC pass.
Recap of the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOPBriefly recapping Event #59 $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty, the 2,065 entries brought on a prize pool worth $1,858,500 with 310 players taking a cut. Among the players in the field were notable pros Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, and triple bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (ranked 2nd in the WSOP POY race).
Entering the final two tables with 18 remaining, Takayama was packed with the second largest stack flanked by bracelet winners Steve Jelinek at the helm and Jack Duong in third rank. He took full captainship at the final table claiming the bounty reward of Kavish Shabbir (6th), Elizabeth Montizanti (7th), Jack Duong (8th). Oliver Rusing (9th), and Jens Thomsen (10th).
Continuing his domination, Takayama denied Jelinek a second bracelet, sending him out in 4th place followed by Matthew Smith in 3rd to enter heads up against Lorenc Puka up 8:1. Puka’s fight was a short one, unable to penetrate the steamrolling Filipino to fall in 2nd.
Among the Asians in the money were Edward Gildar (84th), Madhav Gupta (191st), Jeffrey Hakim (235th), Yasuyuki Tsuji (245th), Raiden Kan Yew Fatt (257th), and Edward Yam (278th).
Final table payouts1st Mike Takayama – Philippines – $198,5682nd Lorenc Puka – Italy – $122,6273rd Matthew Smith – USA – $88,9384th Steve Jelinek – UK – $65,1455th Spencer Baker – USA – $48,1966th Kavish Shabbir – USA – $36,0197th Elizabeth Montizanti – USA – $27,1938th Jack Duong – USA – $20,7439th Oliver Rusing – Germany – $15,988
Article by Tricia David
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Asians running deep at the WSOP; Chris Chong captures largest-ever WSOP payout for Singapore

With a large contingent of Asian players pursuing their WSOP dreams, albeit winning a bracelet or just being part of the experience, many have already already tested the waters and have come up on the black in some events.
Asians at WSOP for the first time
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOP / PokerNewsTake Mike Takayama, one of the few representatives of the Philippines, he finished 32nd out of 5700 entries at the $1K NLH Double Stack event. Ranked third in his country, this was Takayama’s first trip to the WSOP, a trip he never imagined would ever happen.
Running better than Takayama at the same event was Hong Kong’s Jacky Wong finishing 4th for a huge score of nearly $220K. This was also Wong’s virgin visit to the big leagues.
Another player is Alan King Lun Lau, two-time winner of the Asia Player of the Year, he too is at the grand stage for the first time. Lau cashed in two events with a very deep 12th place run out of 1,712 entries at the $1K NLH 30-minute levels event.
Chris Chong scores largest-ever for Singapore in the Monster Stack
Chris Chong – Photo WSOPThen there are returning players seeking the dream once again, such as Chris Chong from Singapore. Chong tasted his first series cash in 2016. Two nights ago, Chong improved on his past run, landing his largest career cash of $354,903 at the $1500 NLH Monster Stack event. In fact, it was the largest-ever cash for anyone from Singapore. Chong finished 4th out of a massive 6,260 entries. USA’s Tommy Nguyen won the event and pocketed $1,037,451, his first seven-digit payday.
Other Asian players cashing at the Monster Stack event were Dean Zohar (24th), Aditya Agarwal (27th), Hang Li (42nd), Vivian Im (205th), Chia Hsu (213th), Vincent Li (246th), Yuki Toyoshima (302nd), Vivek Rughani (436th), Ho Bao Qiang (448th), Avi Cohen (542nd), Hui Chen-Kuo “Kitty” (595th), and Ke Chen (710th).
Returning Asian players taking it deep
Pete Chen – Photo Drew Amato , Courtesy of WSOPAt the $1500 Bounty with 1,983 entries, Pete Chen ran the deepest among the Asians with a 53rd finish. At the WPT Tournament of Champions, Chen told Somuchpoker that he would be mixing it up at the WSOP, participating in other events besides Hold’em. One of his cashes was an 18th place finish at the $1500 Seven Card Stud.
India’s Paawan Bansal earned his 4th cash at this event finishing in 73rd place. Bansal kicked off his series run with a very deep 13th place at the Colossus event that drew in a humongous 13,070 entries.
Other Asian players in the money were Kazuki Ikeuchi (170th), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (177th), Danny Tang (187th), Park Yu Cheung “Sparrow” (188th), and Edward Yam (246th), and Hon Cheong Lee (268th).
We will have more news for you on the progress of the Asian players as the WSOP approaches the $10,000 NLH Main Event – World Championship.
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London’s Hippodrome seals deal for Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live

The Hippodrome Casino has announced it has signed a deal to bring  Channing Tatum’s  hit Las Vegas show ‘Magic Mike Live’ to the venue from November 2018.
 
The deal will see the Hippodrome Casino’s cabaret theatre – which earlier this year hosted the British Casino Awards – close for a three-month, multi-million pound refurbishment and re-open for previews on November 10th with a new seating capacity of 325, for ten performances each week (Tuesday-Sunday). The staging will incorporate sophisticated lighting,  sound, video and automation technology that rivals anything else in the capital, while also maintaining a uniquely intimate performance environment.
 
Conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum, the show, which opened to rave reviews in March 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is a large-scale, live production based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.
 
The audience will enter The Hippodrome through a bespoke entrance on Cranbourn Street into a specially-curated lounge and bar experience; and from there into Magic Mike’s mythical Club ‘Domina’ where a group of predominantly male artists will perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular including sexy dance routines intertwined with one-of-a-kind acts.
 
Tickets for the show will be priced between £29 and £105 and are available from ticketmaster.co.uk or by ringing 0844 453 9091.
Simon Thomas, CEO of The Hippodrome Casino, said: “In so many ways Magic Mike Live is a perfect fit for us. Since 1900 the venue has been delighting, shocking and reinventing the way London and its visitors are entertained. This is yet another example of how the Hippodrome resolutely refuses to stand still.
 
“Outside of actually opening the Hippodrome, this is my biggest – and many will say boldest – business decision yet. But when someone like Channing Tatum telephones to discuss bringing one of Las Vegas’s biggest modern-day entertainment hits to London, you take the call. 
“When we launch in November this year this show will have been more than a year in the planning and will most certainly bring a new dimension to what is recognised by many as the country’s most popular casino and entertainment venue. Much of its success will be down to the meticulous planning of Channing’s business and production team, and the amazing hard work of my own senior management and the 730 employees here.
 
“Predictions are we’ll attract a huge audience which means tens of thousands of new customers for the Hippodrome’s many other attractions. Most of these visitors will not be a traditional casino audience, but then again we’ve worked very hard at not being a traditional casino. 
 
“We fully expect a substantial knock-on benefit for the casinos, slots, poker and other gaming floors, as well as our multi-award winning steak house and six bars.
 
“We look forward to London giving Channing Tatum, the incredibly talented performers and his world-class production team, the warmest welcome the capital can muster.”
 
Vincent Marini, the show’s Executive Producer, said: “The opportunity to partner with the Hippodrome Casino was simply too good to pass up. 
 
“After the successful launch of the Las Vegas production we began looking for the right partner to help us  realise  Channing’s vision for bringing Magic Mike Live to a UK audience. 
 
“When  you combine the incredible century-long history of iconic performance at The Hippodrome, with its incomparable location in Leicester Square and its preeminent reputation as the premiere gaming institution in London, it really is the perfect venue for the show. 
 
“Together we are undertaking a magical re-imagining of the performance and reception spaces that we believe will create an intimate audience experience that encapsulates all of the visual spectacle of a much larger West End theatre while still maintaining an intimate, personal experience for each audience member.”
 
 
magicmikelondon.com 
 
 

 

Scientific Games Will Support Delaware Lottery In First U.S. Full- Scale Sports Betting Expansion After PASPA Ruling

Scientific Games Corporation  have announced that the Company will implement the Delaware Lottery’s expansion to full-scale sports betting following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 on May 14, 2018.
Delaware is the first U.S. state to add full-scale sports betting after the PASPA ruling. The state previously offered legal sports betting on professional football and has now expanded its offering to other sports. As the Delaware Lottery’s sports betting provider, Scientific Games is supporting the expansion to full-scale sports betting with its industry leading integrated sports wagering technology, content and managed services.
“In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on PASPA, we have been working with Scientific Games, our longtime sports betting provider, as well as training our lottery and casino staff, so that we were ready to launch full-scale, head-to-head betting on single games,” said Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery.
Since 2009, Scientific Games technology, content and managed services have powered the Delaware Lottery to grow the state’s sports betting revenues from $10 million to more than $46 million across a network of land-based casinos and lottery retailers in the state.
“Since Delaware is known as ‘The First State’, it’s appropriate they were first in the nation to expand regulated sports betting after the PASPA ruling. We are proud to support the Delaware Lottery’s long history of industry firsts, and thrilled to be their trusted provider of an integrated sports betting program serving both casinos and lottery retailers across the state,” said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.
“The combination of Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group earlier this year created a global leader across iLottery, iGaming and sports betting that offers unrivaled capabilities to lotteries worldwide,” said McHugh. “As an integrated company, we are ready to serve our customers like the Delaware Lottery with the gaming entertainment industry’s leading sports platforms, content and services.”
Scientific Games also provides lottery instant games, draw-based games including Keno, iGaming and video lottery gaming to the Delaware Lottery.
A supplier to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery, Scientific Games is known for game innovation and complex, integrated systems technology implementations. The Company is currently the fastest growing lottery systems supplier in the U.S., and the leading lottery systems supplier in Europe.

 

VGT Plans Series of Exciting Promotions for Launch of new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Themed Gaming Machines

New Gaming Machines Premiere June 13 at More than 20 Properties throughout Oklahoma.
VGT is preparing to launch its thrilling Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed gaming machines, the first major licensed brand in the VGT portfolio. The exciting PBR family of games will premiere June 13 at more than 20 properties throughout Oklahoma.
These fun and exhilarating games bring the PBR to life on the casino floor and will launch with the titles Blazing Bulls, VS, Fearless, and Ryan Dirteater. Each of the 3-reel mechanical wide area progressive games have a jackpot that resets at $20,000 and gives players the chance to ride the adventure towards 8 Red Spins, designed to mimic the excitement of an 8-second bull ride.
VGT is planning a series of fun promotions in support of the launch. Events include:
Special appearances by professional bull riders Ryan Dirteater and Chase Outlaw at select properties June 13 and 14 where the pros will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
An appearance by a PBR bull rider at the June 15 and July 4 OKC Dodgers games, where the pros will show off their baseball skills by throwing the first pitch! Afterwards, they will host an autograph signing for fans.
Ryan Dirteater and PBR Announcer Matt West will make a special appearance in VGT’s booth at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Show in Oklahoma City on July 24.
VGT will showcase the PBR games on the concourse during the PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic Presented by Osage Casino tournament, held in Tulsa’s BOK Center on August 11-12.
“We are thrilled to present VGT’s PBR-themed gaming machines, which appeal directly to our customers’ players, and the series of promotions we have created clearly underscore our commitment to these games,” said VGT President Jay Sevigny. “The VGT and Aristocrat teams have worked incredibly hard to ensure we captured the thrill and fun of the PBR, and the end result is another example of the combined strengths of the VGT and Aristocrat development teams.”
The PBR, celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports.  The “original extreme sport” now competes in five countries (the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico) and through international broadcast agreements is available in 130 territories. The PBR is part of the Endeavor network.
Learn more about VGT’s new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed games and discover where to play at www.vgt.net.

 

WSOP Main Event Qualifiers Heating Up at 888 Poker

With the 2018 World Series of Poker just about to get underway, the WSOP Main Event qualifiers are really heating up at 888 Poker. If you have not yet bagged your seat on a plane to Vegas, the site is offering plenty more opportunities to win a WSOP Main Event package, with qualifying routes starting at just $0.01.