Carly Boyt, Head of Marketing and Communications at YGAM
YGAM, the UK charity which works to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming, and which has established a reputation as being a progressive organisation that the industry can work with, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Carly Boyt as Head of Marketing and Communications. Carly has worked in senior marketing and communications roles for over a decade across a variety of sectors including tourism, fashion, retail and most recently in the third sector, where she led the communications for Look Good Feel Better, the national charity that helps women with cancer regain their confidence. Her role at YGAM is to build, develop and implement the organisation’s marketing and communications across all channels, help drive the highly successful YGAM Workshops and Student and University Engagement Programme as well as supporting partnerships with commercial organisations operating in the gaming and gambling space.
Heralding the appointment, YGAM Chief Executive, Lee Willows commented: “After four years with an absolute focus on impact, delivery and evaluation we are now starting to invest in key strategic roles at YGAM to help us take flight in 2019/20 as we work towards working with one million young people. Carly’s appointment is an example of this investment and will be critical in helping us create a step-change to raise awareness among professionals of our social purpose as well as developing the positive and productive relationships we already enjoy with the industry and adding to our list of supporters who recognise the very practical work that we undertake with young people in the field.”
Looking ahead to the challenges presented by her new role, Carly Boyt said: “There’s no doubt that I have joined the YGAM team at an exciting time, as we seek to further expand the number of young people we reach. I’m looking forward to developing and working on unique projects and campaigns, in support of YGAM’s growth and strategic plans.”
To learn more about the work undertaken by YGAM, visit: ygam.org
Carly Boyt, Head of Marketing and Communications at YGAM
Innovative Technology, the leading cash handling technology provider, have introduced the Spectral Bunch Note Feeder (BNF) ideal for self-service, cash deposit and smart safe applications. This combined banknote feeder, validator and large cashbox brings a host of benefits for the retailer including fast acceptance speeds and a significant reduction in refill times while providing convenient, quick bunch note deposits.
Tony Morrison, Sales Director commented, “Our new Spectral BNF has a large deposit capacity with the ability to present 100+ notes and an impressive 2200 cashbox for large scale applications. Notes enter the validator from the bottom of the note pile so constant refill is available, significantly minimising cash replenishment time as retailers no longer need to wait until all notes are fed in before refilling. This highly reliable product combined with fast acceptance speeds of less than 2 seconds across multiple currencies, make it particularly attractive for retail and back-office environments. The Spectral BNF is based on the NV200 Spectral validator and introduces a separate secondary tray to ensure continuous operation in the case of a rejected note. The highest level of security is ensured as our Spectral Technology provides 100% note image capture to validate the authenticity of notes as well as exceptional protection against fraudulent and stained notes.”
Spectral Technology has state-of-the-art spectral sensors which give the highest spectral coverage and features optical and mechanical anti-strimming technology that delivers outstanding fraud protection and best in class performance. The NV200 Spectral’s cutting-edge note centring mechanism bring the user exceptional handling and outstanding first-time note acceptance.
Tony continued, “A safe interface add-on module is also available. When the Spectral BNF is used with ITL’s Safe Interface it is ideal for smart safe customers wanting to improve their back-office security. The combined unit allows customers to gain access to the validator head (and BNF) while the cash is securely stored inside the smart safe. This gives an enhanced level of security and provides ease of access for maintenance for smart safe and deposit applications.”
Check out the ITL website for more information: https://innovative-technology.com/products/products-main/769-spectral-bnf
Mayfair Casino Ltd has announced the acquisition of Clermont Leisure (UK) Ltd located at No 44 Berkeley Square, formerly the Clermont Club.
The club, which has been closed since March 2018, will be refurbished and relaunched in early 2020.
The acquisition is in line with Mayfair Casino’s long-term plans to expand its footprint in London. This becomes Mayfair Casino Ltd’s second property in the city, following last year’s acquisition of Napoleons Casino on Leicester Square, which re-opened as Horizons Casino in July.
A spokesperson for Mayfair Casino says: “We’re very happy to have added such a well-respected and historical brand to our portfolio and will now focus on a smooth transition period before we begin on rebranding and refurbishing the property. It’s a very exciting time for Mayfair Casino Ltd.”
The Grade I listed building is the only surviving townhouse designed by William Kent, built between 1742 and 1745. Since 1950, the address has been a private member’s club and casino.
The online poker landscape is evolving quickly with private applications taking a growing share of the cash game market and Asian poker sites like Natural8 investing massively in expanding their tournament offerings.
In response to this increased competition, the market leaders PokerStars and partypoker have too keep innovating and double down on safety and trust.
Major software update for PokerStars
As revealed by pokerfuse.com, new game engine is being rolled out market by market. From players’ perspective most of this will probably not be visible at first. However, online giant PokerStars is showing off what can be done on the surface alone.
Currently only available for the .net client, a first real money rollout of project “Aurora” will be available for the Portuguese market with new animations, sound effects and interactive elements. The old game engine is planned to be retired by the end of the year.
The possibilities are almost endless. Once the new engine is fully in place, we can expect PokerStars to be a lot faster, more creative, fun and innovative.
Restriction on HUDs on partypoker
And while PokerStars makes the headlines with a more stable and faster game engine, partypoker takes another step towards players in gaining their trust with more safety measures..
Recently, partypoker had announced a big move against bot accounts, shutting down 277 of them and paying back players more than $735,000.
The discussion around the use of HUDs and other third party tools has been going on for a long time. Many online poker sites have already decided to ban HUDs, but up until now the two big leaders in poker held off any changes to current policies.
This will now change for partypoker. It was just announced that the world’s second biggest site will drastically reduce the use of tracking tools or HUDs starting early May.
The Judge presiding over a legal challenge to the DOJ´s revised Wire Act interpretation has admitted the case is likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Players taking advantage of undersubscribed Big Game satellites may also have the edge when the tournament reaches its $1 million conclusion on Sunday.
Intertops is hosting a freeroll tournament on May 16th to celebrate the International Day of Light in which players can win free spins on selected slot games.
The Asia Poker League Taiwan was wrapped up last week and we can already look forward to the next stop of this popular poker festival series.
It will be the first APL event in Vietnam in 2019 from 9th to 20th May at the Pro Poker Club HCMC.
Players are encouraged to travel to the 17-event festival on the first day as there will be a freeroll for one VND 16,500,000 (~US$709.62) Main Event and two VND 11,000,000 (~US$472) Massive Stack seats.
The Main Event and High Rollers
APL TrophiesThe VND 16,500,000 Main Event will have four starting flights starting on 12th May and conclude with the final 9 on 18th May. The prize pool is guaranteed at VND 8 billion (~US$343,984).
The festival will also feature two high roller tournaments. The VND 30,000,000 (~US$1,290) High Roller from 16th to 19th May with three starting days and the 2-day VND 50,000,000 (~US$2,149) Super High Roller on 19th & 20th May with VND 5 billion guaranteed (~US$214,952).
A guaranteed kick-off and strong finish
Besides the freeroll on 9th May there will be another good reason to arrive early, the VND 6,000,000 (~US$258)Kick Off event with VND 1,5 billion guaranteed (~US$64,498). It will have three starting days and conclude on 12th May.
Other notable events in the schedule are the two K.O. Bounty events for VND 6,600,000 (~US$283) on 10th May and VND 8,800,000 (~US$378) on 18th May, the VND 6,600,000 (~US$283) Pot Limit Omaha on 12th and a selection of satellites into various bigger events.
This stop for the Asia Poker League will be one of two in Vietnam this year with the second one taking place 7th to 17th November.
More: APL Ho Chi Minh City – Full Schedule
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This May 12th, Natural8 is bringing back the much anticipated Good Game Series. Since its first installment last November featuring $3.5M in guarantees, Natural8 is making a leap to $10M GTD this May.
The Natural8 Good Game Series 2 (N8GGS2) is a MTT festival comprising of 157 events across 15 days, from May 12 – May 26. This series will cater to all types of MTT players — from low-stakes grinders to the major league high-rollers.
In the second season of this series, the Championship Event is structured as a Phased Tournament (Day1/2) and will feature the largest guarantee of the series. There will be five separate Day1 tournaments (May 19, 23, 24, 25, 26) for an entry to GGS Championship [Day2] $500K GTD on May 26th.
For players who are more tight-fisted on coughing up the buy-in amount in its entirety, there is an alternative – Gain entry to the Championship and various Main Events through different satellites with over $40,000 guaranteed. There will be more than 3,000 seats across 700+ satellites starting on May 1. Buy-ins start from $1.
APT Philippines early highlights: Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event; Iori Yogo & Narutoshi Otsuka win High Rollers
The Asian Poker Tour is currently running its fourth event of the year with APT Philippines 2019 ongoing at Resorts World Manila. Games began on April 24th and is scheduled to conclude on May 5th. Through the years, this leg has proven to be the most popular. With this year’s festival falling during Japan’s Golden Week, it certainly has reflected on the numbers. The Main Event said it all with a new series record set of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 (~US$ 470,700). Owning all the glory was Filipino Christopher Mateo.
The festival also wrapped up several side events. Among the biggest winners were Japanese players Iori Yogo and Narutoshi Otsuka. Each one shipped a High Rollers event. Other big winners were Low Zi Cheng and Louis Bilodeau.
Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event
The Main Event set a new APT Philippines series record of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 with buy-in at P55,000 (~US$1,064). This figure more than doubled the advertised P10M guarantee. 51 players earned a cut. Emerging victorious was Filipino player Christopher Mateo to capture his first-ever major career title and his largest score of P4,376,000 (~USD 84,400).
Christopher Mateo – Photo APTThe Main Event ran a course of five days from April 26 to 30. Well known players were of course in attendance with a couple of them grabbing headlines. Singaporean pro Alex Lee topped the starting days overall count, Filipino pro Marc Rivera led at the end of Day 2, and Mateo entered the final 8 round in charge. Among the players also looking to ship it was German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. He eventually finished in 7th place.
Throughout the final race, Mateo held the chip lead and knocked out four players along the way. At heads up, he struck a deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao. Despite a brief switch in stack leadership, Mateo quickly reclaimed it and went on to win it.
Final 8 payouts
1st Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P4,376,000 (deal)
2nd Lu Zhenghao – Singapore – P4,100,000 (deal)
3rd Vamerdino Magsakay – Philippines – P2,357,100
4th Su Tianhong – China – P1,702,500
5th Jung Seungmook – Korea P1,273,200
6th Keichiro Sugimoto – Japan – P982,600
7th Marvin Rettenmaier – Germany – P780,300
8th Jessie Supnet – Philippines – P635,700
Iori Yogo wins the High Rollers #1
The APT announced there would be six high rollers events in the lineup. The first one was the High Rollers #1 with a buy-in of P107,500. It ran for two days attracting 43 runners for a prize pool of P4,171,000 (~US$80,000). Japanese pro Iori Yogo triumphed over John Tech at heads up to pocket a lion’s share P1,308,900 (~US$25,000).
Final 8 payouts
1st Iori Yogo – Japan – P1,308,900
2nd John Tech – Philippines – P872,500
3rd Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P606,600
4th Argyle Alejandria – USA – P438,100
5th Kannapong Thanarattrakul – Thailand – P327,600
6th Linh Tran – Vietnam – P252,900
7th Hirasawa Fumimasa – Japan – P200,800
8th Markus Garberg – Norway – P163,600
Narutoshi Otsuka wins the High Rollers Single Day #1
The next High Rollers was a single day event with the shot clock activated to help speed things up. Buy-in was P86,000 (~US$1,700) for a prize pool of P2,871,200 (~US$55,000). Another Japanese player navigated his way to the top. Narutoshi Otsuka overcame the 37 entries to win the P986,800 (~US$19,000) first place purse. This was Otsuka’s first-ever recorded live tournament victory.
Narutoshi Otsuka – Photo APTPayouts
1st Narutoshi Otsuka – Japan – P986,800
2nd Koichi Aiba – Japan – P634,100
3rd Kosaku Akashi – Japan – P427,500
4th Lester Edoc – Philippines – P301,200
5th Roger Spets – Switzerland – P221,000
6th Ryo Kotake – Japan – P168,200
7th Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P132,400
Low Zi Cheng wins the Dream Maker opening event
Awarded the first trophy of the festival was Singapore’s Low Zi Cheng for his triumph at the Dream Maker opening event. Impressively, Cheng also won last year’s opener at the same series. The draw of the Dream Maker was its payout structure with only 5% of the field earning. With 88 entries at P16,500 each, the prize pool amounted to P1,280,400 (~US$24,500). Only 5 players gained with Cheng defeating Christopher Mateo at heads up to claim P547,000 (~US$10,500).
Low Zi Cheng – Photo APTPayouts
1st Low Zi Cheng – Singapore – P547,000
2nd Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P317,100
3rd Samad Razavi – UK – P196,300
4th Netnapit Muksatean – Thailand – P129,400
5th Hiroyuki Yoshimura – Japan – P90,600
Louis Bilodeau wins the No Limit Hold’em #1
The largest side event so far was the No Limit Hold’em #1 pulling in 143 entries for a pot of P2,496,800 (~US$48,000) with buy-in at P19,800 (~US$382). Out of the 24 players paid shipping the largest share of P593,600 (~US$11,500) was Canadian Louis Bilodeau. This was his first-ever APT victory.
Louis Bilodeau – Photo APTFinal 8 payouts
1st Louis Bilodeau – Canada – P593,600
2nd Kohei Kawai – Japan – P395,600
3rd Roger Spets – Sweden – P275,000
4th Keisuke Okamura – Japan – P198,600
5th Otake Michitaka – Japan – P148,600
6th Wei Xu – China – P114,700
7th Sato Yoshinori – Japan – P91,00
8th Matt Ericson – Thailand – P74,200
APT Philippines 2019 is now running its second featured event, the Championships Event – P10 Million (~US$193,300) guarantee. Buy-in is P82,500 (~US$1600). Somuchpoker will have that result for you once it concludes along with other big winners of the series.
Article by Tricia David
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Microgaming announces its casino content is now live with 888 Casino, one of the world’s most popular online gaming entertainment and solutions providers.
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On 09 and 10 April Madrid will again become a center of gaming, hosting the Fer-Interazar 2019 show and booth C9 of Euro Games Technology, EGT Multiplayer and EGT Interactive will summon the fans, igniting their curiosity with its latest developments.
For a first time in Spain will be presented the General line of EGT cabinets with the models G 32-32 VIP and G 27-27 Up and St. Their two high-resolution frameless widescreen monitors, securing highest quality picture, ergonomic keyboard with dynamic touch display and electromechanical buttons for the main game functions, modern look and powerful Exciter III platform are but a small part of all their features, set to turn them into Spanish players’ favorites. The top experience for the players is guaranteed with the G 32-32 VIP also for its multimedia chair, incorporating game and sound volume controls, and in addition the latest Gold HD, Red General HD and Fruits General HD multigames are rich in title diversity and strong in potential and effect.
EGT will also exhibit its models P-24/24 Up and P-27/27 St in a B2 salon modification, designed specifically for that popular segment in Spain. They will be equipped with the Orange Collection salon gaming mix and will also be present in their regular version that is already top performing around the world. The Super Premier 75, P-42V Up and St Curved will complete the slot cabinet range, representing the well-known in over 80 countries Premier series.
The exotic themes are leading in the EGT selection of jackpots. Debuting for the country will be the new progressives Ancient Spin (4 levels) and Sands Princess (5 levels). Both will take the players into Ancient Egypt and are generous in numerous wins and different surprises. For those who prefer the Asian designed gaming Cai Shen Kingdom and Dragon’s Turn will promise an experience hard to forget.
The T84 touch roulette table of EGT Multiplayer with an automated wheel will also not go unnoticed by the visitors with its 84-inch main display and 6 touch screen gaming places. Combining the advantages of the slot cabinet with the flexibility of the terminal, the S32 next generation multiplayer terminal of the S-line series will be another highlight at the booth.
EGT Interactive will also take place in Fer-Interazar 2019, demonstrating its vast gaming portfolio and featuring some adapted to internet land-based gaming titles, as well as specially created for the interactive environment.
Mr. Kristian Kostovski, director of EGT Spain, commented on the show: “Fer-Interazar has strong traditions in Spain and is a good opportunity for us to present our latest developments, moreover we have a lot to show at this edition in terms of novelties and product solutions that are eye-catching and offer a perfect price/quality ratio to the operators”.
SUZOHAPP Participates at the Feria Internacional del Juego as Complete Source for Gaming Components and Solutions
SUZOHAPP – a leading technology company with over 50,000 products for casino operators and gaming OEMs – will be exhibiting at the Feria Internacional del Juego that will take place in Madrid between 9-10 April.
SUZOHAPP will be present at Booth #C18 in Hall 3 and will be showcasing a complete offering of components and solutions for Gaming, Amusement, Sports Betting, Lottery and Bingo. Including coin and bill validators, LCD monitors, locks, pushbuttons, printers, scanners and more.
SUZOHAPP will be supported by Automated Gaming which is the new SUZOHAPP sales representative and service centre for the Spanish gaming market. “We are excited to be with SUZOHAPP at this year’s Feria Internacional del Juego. We will display a portfolio of unique components and solutions that meets the demands of various gaming market segments,” commented Genís Catà, CEO of Automated Gaming.
”We are pleased that Automated Gaming will now be supporting us in Spain,” said Goran Sovilj, SUZOHAPP’s Executive Vice President of Gaming & Amusement in Europe.
“They are a team of highly skilled professionals with years of experience and expertise. We see great opportunities in our partnership.”
A full range of key products for gaming and amusement machines and sports betting terminals will be showcased, including:
SUZOHAPP’s latest VisionPro Edge-Lit LED touch and non-touch monitors, and Elo Touch open frame monitors
Nanoptix printers, including the new PayCheck Terminal XL
Newland barcode scanners
Locks, including the new Giussani E-PRL reprogrammable electronic lock
Toppers, pushbuttons and LCD button decks, including the new DPS (Dynamic Panel Systems)
Coin and bill validators, and hoppers
A rich selection of cabinet parts (speakers, power supplies, USB chargers, and more)
Additionally, SUZOHAPP offers an extensive range of cash handling products for the casino cashier. As major highlights, the SCAN COIN ICX Active-9 coin sorter and the CashComplete SDS-35 Smart Deposit Solution will be showcased, coupled with the advanced CashComplete Connect monitoring software.
Mike Sigona, SUZOHAPP’s Global Gaming Product Manager and Business Development Manager in Europe, stated “Simplify your sourcing with us! Discover all advantages of relying on a single supplier with an extremely broad product range, local resources and global capability. It saves time, money and energy when working with SUZOHAPP.”
“We offer a complete package of all key components to OEMs. Our customers know they can rely on us to support them with integration, just in time delivery, quick spare parts availability and service,” concluded Mr. Sovilj. ”If you are in search of the latest innovations and technologies for improving your gaming business, or just looking for the latest trends – please visit us in Madrid.”
Custom game bundle on IGT’s CrystalSlant cabinet includes live bingo, slots, video poker and keno.
International Game Technology PLC have announced that it recently launched a new Bingo Gaming Platform with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL). The Canadian lottery operator now features a total of 500 of these unique Class III games at two of its flagship casinos in Winnipeg, Canada – McPhillips Station Casino and Club Regent Casino.
Win Systems, the leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, will participate once again in the FADJA trade-show in Bogota on the 10th and 11th April, at booth #69.
Win Systems will showcase all its gaming solutions for the region along with Golden Gaming, the sole distributor in Colombia for GameStar slot machines and Gold Club electronic roulettes. Together with its gaming machines, the company will also exhibit its renowned casino management system Wigos, including some of its powerful features and tools.
One of the main attractions for all delegates visiting the Win Systems booth will be seeing the latest slot machine in the Americas for the first time, the GameStar Rhapsody. This amazing gaming slot combines an attractive and robust design with cutting-edge technology, so it’s the ideal solution for smaller venues and for casinos in categories 2 and 3. The new GameSTar ST3, the slant-top version of the successful GameStar S3, will be also exhibited for the first time in Latin America with the new symbol driven jackpot Power Gong.
The renowned Gold Club electronic roulettes, whose performance in the Colombian market has exceeded the highest expectations, will also be showcased at the booth. Gold Club range of electronic roulettes is the most compact in the premium segment, allowing the casino to maximize floor monetization. Its reliability and advanced features are some of the main reasons for its fast penetration in the key markets in the region, such as Colombia and Peru.
Win Systems will also be displaying its casino management system Wigos, which connects more than 85,000 slot machines in more than 310 casinos of all sizes around the globe, both in very consolidated markets and in new jurisdictions (for example in many states in the USA). Highly skilled executives from the company will be demonstrating some of its powerful features to optimize daily operation and decision making, such as Intellia (business intelligence tool), WinStats (an app allowing the casino managers to receive real-time key figures from the casino on the smartphone) and WinUp (an app for players, customized with the casino image and content).
Eric Benchimol, CEO of Win Systems, commented: “Win Systems can’t miss FADJA, as it is one of the most important trade-shows in Latin America and we’re rapidly growing in markets such as Colombia or Peru”.
“Many operators from these markets are very interested in the new products that we’ll bring to the trade-show and wish to see our new slot models such as the GameStar Rhapsody and the GameStar ST3. We also noticed a growing interest in more sophisticated casino management systems like Wigos, signifying that the market is more and more competitive and therefore more professional. Our Gold Club electronic roulettes range are getting an amazing acknowledgment amongst players, and this is noticeable by operators.”
Win Systems will be at stand #69 at FADJA. To arrange a meeting, please send an email to email@example.com or call +34 935 308 049. To connect with Golden Gaming, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +57 311 4624202.
Reel Games Inc and its partner EGT Multiplayer announce the launch of the T-Line touch table roulette at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, located in Indio, California, near Palm Springs. The casino is operated by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and includes in its gaming portfolio 2000 slot machines and video poker, 40 tables, and 9,300 sq. m of special events center space. Now it is also supplied with the luxury and stylish T84 model, featuring a 84-inch touch screen with six player positions, a double zero automated roulette wheel, enhanced quality stereo sound and fast number detection system based, on optical and IR sensors. It is able to be connected to an unlimited number S32 player terminals and has an included 23-inch LCD-TFT monitor, displaying statistical game information. The T84 will also be linked to the jackpot system Diamond Number of 2 levels – Diamond and Sapphire, as soon as it is approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Sean Smith, founder and president of Reel Games Inc., shared about the installation: “I am delighted to begin partnering with the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, especially with this product. I first showed it to them at the G2E Vegas two years ago, when it still wasn’t approved for the US. The model speaks for itself as a high-end, beautiful luxury roulette solution and they are always looking for new products for their gaming floor. Prior to their installation we also delivered two T84 to Seminole Tribe of Florida Casinos and the customer’s initial feedback is positive.”
Reel Games Inc. have also supplied slot machines to the Seminoles and other tribal gaming establishments, like Thunder Valley, Cache Creek and Chickasaw. At the Indian Gaming Show 2019 the company, together with EGT and EGT Multiplayer, will showcase some new jackpot and slot developments, as well as the S-Line roulette terminals. “I am expecting high interest in our products and many guests from around the US at our booth and am prepared to show them around an exposition that will not leave them indifferent,” added Mr. Smith.
It took over 8 hours of intense final table action for the J88Poker Tour Main Event to complete. When it did, it was local player Chi Hang reveling in all the glory. Chi spiked a lucky two-outer on the turn against Jin Ho Hong to capture NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,000), the J88PT champion’s golden bracelet, and a seat to the WSOP 2019 Main Event.
Chi Hang winning momentFinal 9 recap
Chi Hang was impressive throughout. Prior to reaching today’s final 9, he entered Day 2 in the top ten out of the 134 players that advanced from the starting days. To close Day 2, he was third in the count.
Final 9 playersKicking off the final day, Hang quickly picked up the first pot, and it wasn’t a small one either. With progressive betting at every street, his full house bested Vincent Li’s (seat 5) full house on a board of . This sent Li down to 8bbs and was soon railed in 9th place by Patrick Liang with pocket tens over pocket sixes.
Entering the final day with a monstrous stack was Lin Yu Sheng. He padded that further by sending Sam Chen Yu Hung (8th) to the rail. It was a flip with Sam holding and Lin with the board running .
Ray Chiu stands beside all in player Sam Chen Yu HungBefore the next casualty, Hang shaved some towers off Sunny Jung to climb closer to the leader Lin. Hang had full house, Jung two pair, on a board . Jung would eventually fall to Liang but not before Ray Chiu sent Wu Chun Hui out in 7th place with dominating throughout.
Wu Chun HuiJung’s last hand was that lost to Liang’s on a board of .
Sunny JungThe five-handed round was a long one. During its three hour-run, Hang continued to climb, picking up pots off the leader Lin to send him down to earth. Short-stacked Chiu doubled up twice with pocket sixes holding up and his getting full pay from Liang on a board . Liang had . The all in was on the turn.
The table finally trimmed to four with Liang knocking out Lin (5th). Liang shoved on a board . Lin tanked then called for his tournament life with only to see Liang’s .
Lin Yu ShengDown to four players, Liang led with one-third of the chips in play until he ran into a costly pot against Jin Ho Hong. Hong was all in on the turn holding set and Liang held draw. The river didn’t help Liang and Hong doubled up into the chip lead. Despite Liang’s loss in chips, he was still way ahead of Chiu’s stack. Liang eliminated Chiu in 4th place with over on a board .
Ray ChiuThe three-handed round was a tough one for Liang. His stack was on a perpetual downturn and finally put it all in with that was called by Jin Ho with . The board offered no help instead improving Jin Ho to trips and Liang was out in 3rd place.
Patrick LiangThis left Jin Ho up against Chi Hang for the title, the top prize money, the bracelet, and the WSOP 2019 Main Event seat. In the end it was Chi Hang who prevailed. The last hand was a dramatic two-outer spiked on the turn. Jin Ho with , Hang with , the final board .
Jin Ho Hong – 2nd placeCongratulations to Chi Hang for his victory at the J88Poker Tour Main Event!
Chi Hang – Main Event championFinal 9 Payouts
1st Chi Hang – Taiwan – NT$ 2,152,000 + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket + customized golden bracelet2nd Jin Ho Hong – Korea – NT$ 1,348,5003rd Patrick Liang – Brazil – NT$ 832,0004th Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – NT$ 631,2005th Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – NT$ 459,1006th Sunny Jung – Korea – NT$363,5007th Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – NT$ 287,7008th Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – NT$ 239,9009th Vincent Li – Hong Kong – NT$ 192,100
Final Table Replay
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The Main Event ran from March 30 to April 3 with 452 entries each one coughing up the NT$25,000 (~US$800) buy-in. This huge turnout doubled the advertised guarantee to a lucrative NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Day 2 saw pieces of the pot distributed starting with 54th place which was shared due to two players busting on the bubble round. The final 9 returned today and after 8 hours of competition, Chi Hang seized his first-ever live tournament victory and scored his largest win.
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BetOnline Poker is running a King of Thrones PKO tournament series to coincide with the return of the world´s favourite TV series later this month.
With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.
Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG
Chih Ying LiangThe Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000).
Top 10 payouts
1st Chih Ying Liang – Taiwan – NT$184,896
2nd En Hao Chan – Taiwan – NT$125,900
3rd Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$83,200
4th Zhang Zhi Peng – Singapore – NT$68,500
5th Chuan Chang Peng – Taiwan – NT$55,000
6th Sun Shou Peng – Tawan – NT$43,100
7th Tam Hoi Wai – Hong Kong – NT$32,300
8th Edward Yam – Hong Kong – NT$ 23,900
9th Pu Yan – China – NT$18,500
10th Guan Yu Zhang – Taiwan – NT$15,400
Short Deck: TOMMY CHAO
Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai TsengThe Short Deck tournament attracted 85 to the felt for a prize pool of NT$ 445,230 (~US$14,500). Only 11 profited. Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai Tseng split the top two prizes down the middle with Chao claiming the trophy for his larger stack.
1st Tommy Chao – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
2nd Hsien Pai Tseng – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
3rd Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$57,000
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$43,800
5th Chan Hau Huang – Taiwan – NT$34,700
6th Mark Gruendemann – Ireland – NT$27,100
7th Fung Png Cheong – Hong Kong – NT$21,300
8th Bobby Zhou Xing Hua – Singapore – NT$16,700
9th Guo Yu – China – NT$12,600
10th Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnam – NT$11,100
11th Jung Sang Yup – Korea – NT$11,100
PLO: EEMIL TOUMINEN
Eemil Touminen – PLO champion76 runners took on the Pot Limit Omaha event each one contributing the NT$8,800 buy-in for a prize pool of NT$589,760 (~US$19,100). Taking it to the limit was Finland’s Eemil Touminen, denying a local the title and the NT$162,260 first prize.
Payouts1st Eemil Touminen – Finland – NT$162,260
2nd Tao Wei Chang – Taiwan – NT$115,300
3rd Kelvin Beattie – Japan – NT$75,500
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$58,100
5th UNKNOWN – NT$46,000
6th Che Li Lin – Taiwan – NT$36,000
7th Kwok Chun Lai – Hong Kong – NT$28,300
8th Mahdi – Singapore – NT$22,100
9th Tsai Tsan Wang – Taiwan – NT$16,800
10th Philip Wang – Taiwan – NT$14,700
11th Kim Hyun Jin – Korea – NT$ 14,700
Super KO Bounty: KIM JAE HYUK
Kim Jae HyukThe Super KO Bounty drove in 135 to the tables each one hunting down the NT$2,000 bounty per head scalped. The cash prize pool amounted NT$507,590 with 20 paid. Claiming the lion’s share portion of NT$123,700 was Korea’s Kim Jae Hyuk for holding on to his head.
Top 10 Payouts
1st Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$123,700
2nd Liu Zhen Jie – Singapore – NT$84,700
3rd Guan Lun Cheng – Taiwan – NT$55,700
4th Li Chiang Lu – Taiwan – NT$45,900
5th Kim Hak Do – Korea – NT$36,900
6th Anthony Wong – Hong Kong – NT$28,900
7th Tsang Hei Cam – Hong Kong – NT$21,700
8th Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$16,000
9th Kuo Chen Hung – Taiwan – NT$12,300
10th Chi Chung Ho – Hong Kong – NT$10,300
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As serious as poker can be, when April 1st comes around we often get surprised by the creativity of the April Fools jokes in the poker community. 2019 was no different. Here are some highlights of this year’s April 1st.
Blom’s Bankroll Management course on Upswing Poker
Poker’s biggest troll Doug Polk had a field day. He tweeted about a series of new courses that will be offered on his poker coaching site Upswing Poker and started with a Bankroll Management course by the notorious splasher Viktor Blom:
Really excited about the new material we’ve got lined up in the near future @UpswingPoker. Heres just a taste of some of it. pic.twitter.com/8rbbsQ9cik
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) April 1, 2019
Social poker players who enjoy plenty of action over a short span of time will likely welcome the new Spin & Win Sit & Go jackpot game at Zynga Poker.
West Virginia’s Lottery Interactive Wagering Act that allows for regulated online poker and gambling is now officially on the books in the Mountain State.
After four days of competition that saw 452 total entries and a prize pool that fattened up to NT$ 9,562,900 (~US$310,000), the J88Poker Tour Main Event is now down to its final 9 players. This was established earlier today at Day 2 with 134 runners back at CTP Club – Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association. Ten hours later, the finalists emerged.
Final Table – J88Poker Tour Main EventFinal 9 players
Seat 1: Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – 615,000Seat 2: Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – 665,000Seat 3: Jin Ho Hing – Korea – 850,000Seat 4: Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – 2,330,000 (chip leader)Seat 5: Vincent Li – Hong Kong – 795,000Seat 6: Patrick Liang – Brazil – 935,000Seat 7: Sunny Jung – Korea – 1,485,000Seat 8: Chi Hang – Taiwan – 950,000Seat 9: Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – 440,000
For one of these players, it will be a very huge payday. The eventual winner stands to earn several prizes: NT$ 2,152,000 (~US$69,800) first prize, a customized golden bracelet, and a WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket. Here’s a brief look at the final 9 contenders.
Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – 2,330,000
Lin Yu ShengLin Yu Sheng stormed to the leader’s seat after shipping a monster pot (close to 2M) that sent Chi Hung Ho out in 13th place. Action folded to the blinds, Lin opened, bb Chi three-bet, Lin four-bet shoved, and Chi called for his tournament life. Lin , Chi , no improvement for Chi on the board.
With his double average stack, Lin is on his way to claiming his largest career score. No matter where he places, this will be his deepest-ever Main Event run.
Sunny Jung – Korea – 1,485,000
Sunny Jung may not be in the live tournament circuit often but his stats clearly show he is a strong Main Event player. Jung won the APPT ACOP Main Event in 2013 and nearly pulled a back-to-back finishing runner-up the following year. Per Hendon Mob, Jung is ranked 2nd in Korea.
Chi Hang – Taiwan – 950,000
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For just their second-ever live tournament, J88Poker Tour surely did not disappoint. The Main Event produced another impressive result attracting a combined total of 452 entries over the three starting days. With a buy-in of NT$25,000 (US$810) each, this doubled the 5M advertised guarantee. Also, the eventual winner will receive a WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket worth US$10,000 (deducted from the prize pool). Let’s take a look at the numbers, chip count, and what to expect in Day 2. We also have a brief recap of Day 1C at the bottom.
Day 1CMain Event review
Day 1A: 27 advanced out of 105 entriesDay 1B: 35 advanced out of 121 entriesDay 1C: 72 advanced out of 226 entries
Total: 452 entriesDay 2 qualifiers: 134 players
Prize pool: NT$9,562,900 ~US$310,000)ITM: 54 places1st place: NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,800) + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket
Top 10 chip leaders entering Day 2:
1 – Vincent Li – Hong Kong – 183,000 (Day 1B chip leader)2 – Casey Kastle – Slovenia – 176,0003 – Sebastian Tan – Singapore – 172,5004 – Hsu Wen Kan – Taiwan – 171,000 (Day 1A chip leader)5 – Jeonggyu Cho – Korea – 168,5006 – He-Ru Wu – Taiwan – 167,500 (Day 1C chip leader)7 – Ben Fung – Hong Kong – 158,0008 – Park Ju Yuk – Korea – 146,5009 – Graeme Siow – Singapore -141,50010 – Chi Hang – Taiwan – 141,000
Total chips in play: 9,040,000Average stack: 67,463Opening blinds: 1000-2000 ante 2000Blinds intervals: increase every 40 minutes
Day 2 gets underway on Tuesday, April 2 at 1pm local time. The agenda is to play until the final 9 is reached.
Day 2 chip count
J88Poker Tour – Day 2 Main Event Qualifier & Chip Count
Day 1C recap
As expected, Day 1C drew a massive crowd of 226 entries which so happened to be the same number as the combined entries of Day 1A and Day 1B. This last heat saw the arrival of numerous Asian pros with some of them finding their way to bagging time. In the aftermath, it was a local player that claimed the chip lead. Taiwan’s He-Ru Wu topped the 72 survivors with his 167,500 stack.
He-Ru Wu – Day 1C chip leaderHong Kong had a representative at the top as well with Ben Fung closing with 158,000. Fung railed a player during the last hands called with pocket tens winning the flip over A-K to slide into second rank at the end of Day 1C.
Ben FungNotable players through to Day 2 were: Opening Event winner Yi Wei Peng (117,000), Darwin Lai (112,000), Chi Chung Ho (Hong Kong), Terry Fan (74,500), Phachara Wongwichit (53,500), Mark Gruendemann (32,000), and Danny Tang (12,500).
The Main Event has been running since March 30 to conclude at the festival’s closing day on Wednesday, April 3. For those that bumped the rail, there are a few events to enjoy on the sidelines. The Super KO Bounty begins at 3pm with buy-in at NT$6,600. This will be followed by the High Roller Day 1 at 4pm. Buy-in for that is NT$88,000. Then at 6pm is the Monster Stack Day 1 with an NT$11,000 entry.
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The ongoing expansion of esports across the globe was evident at this year’s ICE London, the world’s biggest gaming technology event, with a dedicated focus on the sector across the ICE VOX conference agenda, world class teams competing live on the showfloor and leading companies from established and emerging markets driving esports into its next phase from the London show. Leading industry advisor and former CEO of Playtech subsidiary Juego Online, Dina Niron, who took part in the ‘Esports: The esports ecosystem in 2019 – What you need to know’ panel at this year’s ICE VOX at ExCeL London, believes the sector is only just getting started and the industry’s relatively new focus on esports wagering will be ripe for expansion as regulation across Europe continues to grow.
Discussing why esports had such an enhanced presence at ICE London and why the event is the ideal place to determine the future of emerging industry trends, she explained: “ICE London was a great opportunity to interact and share my experience and views of the expected growth of esports with leading esports business owners, management and professionals. This year especially, the growing interest in this sector was very obvious.”
Focusing on the perceived myths about esports demographics, Niron believes that the major concerns hovering over the esports sector are already being tackled through a proactive and dedicated community of players and fans – something she is keen for the industry to engage with in a similar way to which gambling and betting has engaged with traditional sports fans. Reflecting on where the sector is positioned going into 2019, Niron explained: “Esports is still seen as a relatively new phenomenon to mainstream audiences, so for operators to successfully interact with esport fans, who are mostly millennials, it’s imperative they offer unique, tailored content which is, in turn, advertised via millennial influencers and channels according to their expectations and in line with cutting edge technology. With so much content being generated and promoted to fans daily, there is a growing demand in esports for local teams and tournaments. Going forward, I see this becoming quite a key factor in the sector and expected to mirror the conventional sport template by creating loyalty with local fans and, therefore, expansion.
“Esports wagering is a key focus for the sector and the possibilities here are already regulated territories like Malta, Isle of Man, UK and Italy, Spain and Denmark, as well as the legalisations of additional markets,” Niron continued. “I envisage its growth as similar to the roll out of DFS in the United States, in that more US and European states will continue to regulate esports wagering, providing more potential in 2019 and beyond. At this stage, the major issues facing esports are cheating, match-fixing/betting fraud, doping, online attacks and boosting, but the esports community is trying to tackle these issues by self-regulating and setting up new voluntary organisations, such as Esports Integrity Coalition: ESIC, to regulate, supervise and, when needed, take actions and even impose sanctions.”
Esports forms a key part of Clarion Gaming’s newest event, ICE North America, which takes the ICE experience to Boston, MA, USA on May 13-15. For more information and to register, visit icenorthamerica.com.
The DoJ has further delayed the enforcement of its revised opinion of the Wire Act, which involves all forms of online gambling.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) recently revised its opinion on the Wire Act and expanded its reach to all forms of gambling. However, the body has delayed its enforcement, in order to give operators time to readapt their operations.
According to a DoJ spokesperson, as reported by GamblingCompliance, the deadline has been pushed back from April 15 to mid-June. The reinterpretation of the Wire Act, which would impact on sports betting and other forms of online gambling, was issued in January and generated major criticism from the industry.
The iDEA Growth trade association, which advocates the expansion of iGaming, has announced it has filed a lawsuit against it, becoming the latest to do so. “We trust that the New Hampshire Court will give appropriate weight to judicial precedent over political factors in making its decision, a decision sure to have a major impact on a fast-growing industry poised to offer significant economic benefits to states across the country,” Jeff Ifra, the lead attorney in the suit, said.
Previously, the American Gaming Association (AGA), released a statement signed by senior vice president of public affairs Sara Slane in response to the new opinion and said that “it is unfortunate that the Department of Justice departed from well-established practice in reversing its previous opinion without a compelling reason to do so.”