Bryke from Zitro presents 88 Link Wild Duels

World premiere!
88 Link Wild Duels is a fiery game that pits mystical creatures against great warriors who fight for fabulous prizes.
This game comes loaded with 4 thrilling game titles including Tiger vs. Lady Blade, Monkey vs. Dark Warrior, Lion vs. Shaolin Monk and Panda vs. Master Wu..
And, for the first time ever, this console comes with the multiway game system combined with Link Bonus to reward players and continue the fun.
The mystical land is brought to life all thanks to the brand new elegant ALLURE cabinet, a super slim cabinet from Zitro that include SmartDeck touch pad technology for even smoother game play.

 

Swiss Casino partners with Playtech to lead new online market in Switzerland

Swiss Casino first in Switzerland to launch Live Casino & jackpot Casino games
Playtech, the world’s leading omni-channel gambling company, today announces it has launched its award winning Casino and Live Casino offering in Switzerland with the leading operator Swiss Casino Group.
The partnership sees Swiss Casino become the first operator in Switzerland to launch both a Live Casino offering and jackpot Casino games in the market.
Swiss Casinos, which operates one of Switzerland’s largest casinos, Casino Zurich, has partnered with Playtech for its industry leading Casino and Live Casino technology suite. The partnership follows the introduction of new regulation which enabled the establishment of the country’s regulated online market earlier this year.
Swiss Casinos is the latest major European operator to partner with Playtech in order to access Playtech’s award winning casino suite and extensive selection of third-party content, highlighting Playtech’s position as the infrastructure of the industry in newly regulated and regulated markets.
As part of the Playtech ONE Omni-channel offering, Playtech’s Casino offering allows players to access content anywhere, at any time and on any device through a single wallet and single account. Driven by the powerful Playtech IMS player management platform and data-driven business intelligence technology, Playtech Casino games and Live Casino delivers industry-leading in-house and premium branded games.
Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “Live casino is a hugely exciting growth area for Playtech, and we’re proud to partner with Swiss Casino on Switzerland’s first venture into this space. They are the ideal company to introduce Live to the country given their leading market position in Switzerland. Playtech has always maintained a focus on being the partner of choice across regulated and newly regulated markets. This kind of partnership, opening up a new sector in a newly regulated market, is a perfect example of our strategy in action. We look forward to a long, successful partnership with Swiss Casino.”
Marc Baumann, CEO Swiss Casinos Group, said: “The new Money Gaming Act has given casinos in Switzerland the opportunity to enter the online market for the first time. Swiss Casinos has successfully established itself as the market leader for landbased casinos in Switzerland. Choosing the partner for the online platform then was our top priority and we are delighted to partner with Playtech. In our partnership with Playtech, we want to continue the success story of Swiss Casinos in the online market as well. The outstanding offer, the high competence of the team and the flexibility in adapting to the regulatory requirements have laid the foundation for a successful and long-term cooperation.”

 

Gaming Laboratories International brings Global Digital Gaming testing, regulatory expertise to ICE Africa

For global digital gaming and sports betting suppliers hoping to reach the diverse African market, experts from Gaming Laboratories International will be at ICE Africa to lend their valuable insights and experience.
Gaming, particularly sports wagering, has been growing exponentially throughout Africa over the past year. “This is an exciting time for the gaming industry in Africa, notably in the digital gaming arena. We have been consulting with regulators who want to ensure continued fairness and security, as well as with suppliers from around the world who see African jurisdictions as very attractive,” GLI Africa General Manager Devon Dalbock said.
“At GLI, we understand digital gaming technology better than any lab, because we’ve been testing it for more than 30 years. That’s why regulators and suppliers alike are so reliant on our insights,” he added.
In addition to its testing and certification services, at ICE Africa, GLI will be discussing its recently released GLI-33: Event Wagering Systems Standard, as well as the recent updates to the South African National Standard for Sports Betting (SANS 1718 Part 4, Edition 3).
GLI has been serving gaming regulators and suppliers in the African market since 1996, and the company was the first independent test lab in Africa. The company recently expanded its Johannesburg location and staffing levels to accommodate increasing demand for the company’s services across the continent.
GLI is certified by jurisdictions throughout Africa, including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Recently, the company was prequalified to Provide Testing Services in Uganda through the Year 2022, and the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA) chose GLI to perform a wide-ranging advisory project.
In addition to its land-based, lottery, and digital testing services, GLI provides a wide range of services to its clients, including responsible gaming consultation, cybersecurity, testing automation, forensic investigations, and training.

 

Five reasons to follow the 2019 WSOPE

The WSOP has become one of poker’s oldest and finest institutions over the years, providing many of the greatest moments in the history of the game. That fact alone should be enough to convince you to tune in to the WSOPE when it starts on October 13th in Rozvadov. But if not, allow us to give you five more good reasons to watch Somuchpoker‘s regular coverage of the  WSOPE this year.
WSOPE is returning to RozvadovPlayer of the Year race
Most of the points for Player of the Year (POY) are collected in Las Vegas during the summer, but WSOPE is where the sharp end of the race is to be found. With limited events left to play, normally there are at least two players in contention for the title going into WSOPE. This makes for compelling viewing as those near the front of the race try to accumulate every fraction of a point they can. Sometimes they even must weigh up whether to play purely for the bracelet when they go very deep or be cautious in the hope of locking up POY points.
With the number of WSOPE events having increased significantly this year, there are more points still available than there normally would be at this point in the race. Barring something extraordinary happening, only the top 4 or 5 players have a serious shot at winning. Although, given the quality of players in the chasing pack and the number of events at WSOPE this year, we cannot completely rule out players who are several hundred points behind.
Daniel Negreanu is seeking a third titleThe current standings for the top 10 are as follows:
1st – Robert Campbell – 3,418.78
2nd – Shaun Deeb – 3,280.13
3rd – Daniel Negreanu – 3,166.24
4th – Daniel Zack – 3,126.13
5th – Phillip Hui – 2,881.67
6th – Jason Gooch – 2,643.72
7th – Joseph Cheong – 2,595.54
8th – David “ODB” Baker – 2,480.06
9th – Chris Ferguson – 2,476.96
10th – Anthony Zinno – 2,443.22
Daniel Negreanu will be bidding to win his third career POY title which would be an unprecedented accomplishment. He currently stands alone as the only player to have ever won two (2004 and 2013) since the introduction of POY back in 2004. Shaun Deeb is the defending champion and could yet draw level with Negreanu’s tally if he is able to overhaul Robert Campbell to claim back to back titles.
High buy-in event
While almost all the events at WSOPE are affordable to most serious players, one event stands alone as a Super High Roller which will only attract the biggest and richest names in the game. October 16th sees the €250,000 Super High Roller kick off, and while no POY will be awarded for this event, there is a bracelet on offer. Also, you can be sure that the player who wins it will have to navigate a brutally tough field to get their hands on the gold.
Along with this big buy-in thriller, there is also a €100,000 High Roller starting on October 23rd which will bring a similar crowd of players. High Roller specialists, top pros and businessmen will see this as a great chance to win a WSOP bracelet, with the field size likely to be somewhat smaller than most WSOP events.
Main Event
WSOPE 2018 Main Event winner Marti Roca de TorresThe jewel in the crown of WSOPE has always been the Main Event. This title may not command quite the same adulation as the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, but it is still a very special title to win. Over the years since WSOPE began, some great names have picked up this bracelet, including Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, Elio Fox, Phil Hellmuth, Adrian Mateos and Kevin MacPhee. Daniel Negreanu also famously finished in 2nd place in 2009.
After skipping 2016, WSOPE’s return in 2017 marked a spike in numbers for Main Event entries, hitting 529, when 2015 had only attracted 313 runners. Last year saw 534 entries and a top prize of over €1.1 million, and this year should match or surpass that number. The buy in for the Main Event will be €10,000, with €5 million having already been guaranteed for the prize pool. There will be two day 1 starting flights, getting underway on October 25th and 26th.
New events and mixed game additions
The number of events on this year’s schedule has risen from 10 to 15, with €22 million guaranteed across the festival. This expansion of WSOPE will see more mixed games added along with more opportunities for bracelets and POY points.
Here are some of the key side events which bring something a little different to the schedule:
Oct 17th – €2,500 buy in 8-Game Mix event
Oct 18th – €25,500 buy in Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event
Oct 20th – €25,500 buy in Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event
Oct 21st – €25,500 Mixed Games Championship
Oct 24th – €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em event
Speaking about the new schedule, Leon Tsoukernik who owns King’s Resort where the WSOPE is to be held said,  “We heard the feedback and are happy to add some mixed games and some bigger buy-in tournaments in order to encourage more players to make the trip”.
Negreanu blogging and selling shares

WSOPE package will be released this week with those missing out on the WSOP packages getting priority.
If that’s you, check your emails this week, follow here on Twitter, and you can also check the FB group for info related to how and when you can buy.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 23, 2019 read more

 

Natural8 announces new influx of promotions for October

GGSeries3 may have been a huge success, but with the dust barely having settled on that tournament festival, Natural8 has delivered its promotion plans for October. As ever, variety and value are at the core of the promotions, as Natural8 seeks to further its standing in the online poker world.
Here are the key promotions for players to look forward to this month.
Rush & Cash $500K monthly
Photo credit: Natural8Natural8 is committed to giving away $500,000 each month through its Rush & Cash promotion. The promotion involves $100,000 in promised prizes every week, with four different blind levels with a separate qualifying leaderboard. Players earn one point per cent in rake paid, with each leaderboard running from (UTC+0) Sunday to Saturday each week.
The prize pools offered per leaderboard are as follows:
$1/$2 – $59,150
$0.25/$0.50 – $29,125
$0.05/$0.10 – $9,290
$0.01/$0.02 – $2,486
Players can win prizes on more than one leaderboard and the promotion offers an additional $20,000 freeroll each week for players who complete set missions. Your starting stack for that freeroll will be 2,000, 4,000 or 10,000 depending on the number of missions you choose to complete.

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Flutter Entertainment merge with Stars Group to create world’s biggest online gambling giant

Shockwaves were sent rolling through the gambling industry today as The Stars Group, who own PokerStars, announced a merger with Flutter Entertainment, formerly known as Paddy Power Betfair. The two huge gambling companies struck a near $12 billion deal which gave Flutter 55% of the shares for the new merged company, while The Stars Group got 45%.

The deal and its implications
The announced deal will see shares exchanged between the two companies as they merge to become one entity. The new combined company will boast $4.7 billion in annual revenue and a customer base of 4 million going by figures from last year. This will make it the largest online betting company in the world. read more

 

Mike Postle accused of cheating at Stones livestreamed cash game

In a story which has snowballed very quickly over the last day or two, allegations of cheating have been levelled at a regular on the televised cash game at Stones Gambling Hall in California. There is currently no conclusive proof, but if clear evidence is found it could fracture the trust players have in televised poker games.
The allegations
Former commentator and player in the game Veronica Brill was the first to raise suspicions by tweeting that the team behind the scenes could not use mobile phones during live streaming due to concerns about a player. She added that the same player was still publicly being promoted as one of the best.

If someone is displaying a probability of cheating on a live stream you don’t make the entire room not be able to use their cellphones in an attempt to reduce everyone’s anxiety and then still promote the player as one of the best.
— Veronica 2.0 (@Angry_Polak) September 28, 2019 read more

 

APT Taiwan 2019 Schedule

The APT Taiwan 2019 will be held from October 9 to the 20th at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association, Taipei, Taiwan.
Schedule
Events
Buy In + Fee (TWD)
Wed, Oct 9
13:00
Event 1: Super High Rollers Warm Up Single Day
75,000
5,000
15:00
Event 2: Monster Stack Day 1
15,000
1,500
18:00
Satellite 1: Main Event
3,300
300
Thu, Oct 10
13:00
Main Event Day 1A – 6 Million Guaranteed
30,000
3,000
13:00
Monster Stack Final Day

14:00
Special Event: Super High Rollers Day 1
 200,000
 10,000
16:00
Event 3: Head Hunter Day 1 2,000 Bounty
10,000
1,000
18:00
Satellite 2: Main Event – Hit and Run format
3,300
300
Fri, Oct 11
13:00
Main Event Day 1B – 6 Million Guaranteed
30,000
3,000
13:00
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Asian Poker Tour returns to Taiwan in October with NT$ 12 million guaranteed prize pools

Early this year, Taipei City, Taiwan was treated to the first-ever Asian Poker Tour event held at the highly popular Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association aka CTP Club. The inaugural event exceeded all expectations. Guaranteed prize pools were easily smashed and over US$ 2 million in prizes were distributed.
APT Taiwan – TrophiesComing next week, the tour returns to CTP Club for another APT Taiwan 2019 festival taking place from October 9 to 20. The series promises to be richer than previous with the total guarantee increased from NT$ 10M to NT$ 12 million (~US$ 386,000). Out of the 23 events scheduled, the featured events are the tournaments to capture. Among the side games, there are seven High Rollers events to look forward to and of course other player favorites. For better gaming experience, all APT events utilize the Ante Big Blind format and the Shot Clock.
Here’s a rundown of what’s in store.
Featured / Guaranteed Events 
As always, the APT brings with them their most highly revered events, the Main Event and Championships Event. They each offer a deep structure with slow increasing blinds. The events run back to back from October 10 to 15 and October 16 to 20. Each event comes with a NT$ 6 million guarantee.
Main Event – NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guaranteed
The Main Event is the first featured event lined up and it comes with a NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee. This is the tour’s top of the line tournament. The structure has been regarded as one of the most well designed in the region. Buy-in is NT$ 33,000 (~US$ 1,070). It runs for six days from October 10 to 15 with three starting days. Late comers will be very happy to know that registration closes one hour into Day 2.
Day 1A: Thursday, October 10
Day 1B: Friday, October 11
Day 1C: Saturday, October 12
Day 2: Sunday, October 13
Day 3: Monday, October 14
Final 8: Tuesday, October 15
Things to know:
Each starting day plays until the end of Level 9
Each level runs for 60 minutes
Registration closes at the start of Level 11 (Day 2)
There are three satellites leading up to this event
Championships Event – NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee
The Championships Event is the second highlighted event of the series and it also comes with a NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee. It runs for five days from October 16 to 20. Though the structure is different from the Main Event, it is likewise deep. There are two starting days with registration open until the first hour of Day 2. Buy-in is NT$ 49,500 (~US$ 1,600).
Day 1A: Wednesday, October 16
Day 1B: Thursday, October 17
Day 2: Friday, October 18
Day 3: Saturday, October 19
Final 8: Sunday, October 20
Things to know:
Each starting day plays until the end of Level 8
Each level runs for 60 minutes
Registration closes at the start of Level 10 (Day 2)
There are five satellites leading up to this event
High Rollers
Welcome to APT TaiwanThis year has seen an increase in players seeking bigger pots and tighter fields. The answer to that was more High Rollers events. At APT Taiwan, there are seven of this type to enjoy with buy-ins ranging from NT$ 54,000 to NT$ 210,000 (~US$ 1,800 to ~US$ 6,800).
Super High Rollers Warm Up Single Day – October 9 – NT$ 82,500 (US$ 2,700)
Super High Rollers – October 10 to 11 – NT$ 210,000 (~US$ 6,800)
High Rollers Single Day – October 11 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
High Rollers – October 14 to 15 – NT$ 86,000 (~US$ 2,800)
High Rollers Single Day – October 15 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
High Rollers – October 19 to 20 – NT$ 65,000 (~US$ 2,100)
High Rollers Single Day – October 20 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
Other Events
In addition to the games listed above, many player favorites also fill the schedule such as Turbo events, Short Deck, Bounty, No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and bookenders the Monster Stack events. Buy-ins range from NT$ 5,500 to NT$ 16,500 (~US$ 180 to ~US$ 535).
Remaining festivals
Taiwan has been growing in mass popularity since the arrival of international tours last year. The upcoming APT Taiwan 2019 is the tour’s second visit to the country and the ninth festival of their calendar year. Due to the huge success of the APT Taiwan inaugural event in February, in addition to this second event, the tour will host its finale back in Taiwan. Prior to that the tour visits Ho Chi Minh for the third time this year.

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Gambling Using Bitcoins: A Guide

  Bitcoin is a virtual currency (cryptocurrency) that was established in 2009. Bitcoins are stored in electronic wallets and can be traded on bitcoin exchanges. Improved technology and awareness have made Bitcoin more popular around the world. With its popularity, the impact of Bitcoin has been felt with many countries beginning to embrace it. Besides, […]

 

PlayOJO launches responsible gambling campaign in Sweden

Popular online casino brand launches a major ad campaign to make players aware of the tools it offers to help them continue to play
 PlayOJO, the fair online casino powered by SkillOnNet, has switched on a massive new TV, radio and digital advertising campaign in Sweden with a focus on responsible gambling.
The casino operator will run a Swedish version of its feel good “Thumbs Up” campaign which is currently being broadcast across major TV, radio and digital channels in the UK.
The key message is about gambling responsibly and how PlayOJO gives players in Sweden the tools and support they need to stay in control of their play.
The advert will be broadcast across the biggest tv channels including TV3, TV6, Kanal 5, but not between the hours of 4pm and 9pm to mitigate the risk of underage players seeing the commercial. This is in line with PlayOJO’s decision earlier in the year to stop advertising to players in Sweden between these hours, as part of its stance on responsible gambling. The campaign will also feature on national radio stations and online from September.
Peter Bennett, Head of Brand Marketing at PlayOJO, said: “PlayOJO is the fair casino where players are put first, and we wanted to reflect this in our latest advertising campaign in Sweden.
“The ads really drive home the controls we have in place to ensure that players are properly protected and the tools we give them to continue to play responsibly.
“As per our earlier decision to only advertise on TV in post peak periods, our latest campaign will not be broadcast between 4pm and 9pm each day making PlayOJO the only online casino in Sweden to focus on Responsible Gambling in all its advertising and stop advertising on TV before 9pm.
“We believe our Thumbs Up campaign will help further establish PlayOJO as a leading online casino destination in Sweden and the only truly fair place to play.”

 

BF Games launches portfolio with BetConstruct

New partnership boosts supplier’s international reach
BF Games, the dynamic games development studio, has launched its extensive collection of slots and bingo games within BetConstruct’s platform.
Popular titles including Bonnie & Clyde, Aztec Adventure, and newly released Book of Gods and Ramses Rising, are now available through BetConstruct’s Casino Suite following a successful integration.
The strategic partnership will serve as a boost to BF Games as the supplier looks to further extend its market reach, opening opportunities in the UK, Europe and emerging territories world-wide. 
The deal marks the first time that BF Games’ portfolio is integrated onto BetConstruct’s aggregator platform.
Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “Partnering with BetConstruct, a globally renowned software developer, is a testament to the appeal of our games across a range of jurisdictions and player types.
“It underlines our achievements in creating fresh, state-of-the-art content that drives revenue for our partners and provides their customers with an exciting gaming experience.”
Edgar Mkrtchyan, Gaming Group Product Manager at BetConstruct, said: “BetConstruct never stops enriching its gaming portfolio with new content giving the operators an opportunity to continuously extend their offering, reach new markets and attract more players.
“BF Games’ high-quality slot portfolio has just been launched on our international platform. Coupled with our Jackpot Engine, the new gaming addition will be a huge success.”

 

Iforium makes LatAm market debut with Codere Partnership

Leading operator launches best performing content via Gameflex platform in Mexico with more markets to come
Iforium, the leading casino aggregation platform provider, is entering the rapidly regulating Latam region for the first time following a significant Gameflex platform integration agreement with the leading operator Codere.
The multi-year deal will see Codere access Iforium’s market leading Gameflex aggregation platform via a single API integration, with phase one allowing the brand’s players in Mexico to choose from over 9,000 games from more than 100 gaming providers.
As regulation spreads across the region and more countries create legislative iGaming frameworks, Codere will be able to offer Iforium’s vast content portfolio to other markets including Columbia, Argentina and Spain.
Phil Parry, CEO of Iforium, said: “Regulated markets are opening thick and fast and we are pioneering the way for some of the world’s biggest brands to rapidly enter these territories with access to the industry’s best performing content.
“We’re delighted to partner with Codere and there is much more to come as and when regulation permits, and we will further power their growth as soon as this happens.”
Erez Leket, Product Department at Codere, said: “Iforium has set the benchmark when it comes to single integration casino aggregation and they are the ideal content partner for us across both our most important and our emerging markets. We look forward to working closely together with them in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and many more exciting jurisdictions.”

 

Angle shooting: When players get caught using dirty tactics on TV

With poker being highly competitive and players seeking to find ways to expand their edge, angle shooting can sometimes surface during a live game. However, these tactics do nothing to improve the reputation of the game, or the players involved. There is little tolerance in the modern poker world for shady techniques used to gain an edge.

Angle shooting is classified as anything which is not clearly outside the rules in a way where punishment could be enforced but does take unfair advantage of an opponent by underhanded means. read more

 

Jennifer Harman’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Jennifer Harman is an American professional poker player. She was born on November 29th, 1964 in Reno, Nevada.
She’s one of the 3 women in poker history to have won at least 2 open – meaning discounting the female-only Ladies Events – WSOP bracelets. She was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. 
Harman was featured regularly on NBC’s classic poker TV show Poker After Dark. Also, she likes to play the highest stakes live cash games in the world in the Bellagio’s famous Bobby’s Room.
Unfortunately, her career was somewhat hindered by her serious health problems – she had two kidney transplants.
 
– Key Career Dates –
 
c.1980: She starts playing live poker in her local land casinos. At the time, she was below the legal gambling age.
2000: She wins her first WSOP gold bracelet.
2001: She takes on billionaire banker Andy Beal as part of “The Corporation”, a line-up of famous poker pros playing a series of super high stakes heads-up matches against the challenger, Beal.
2005: She comes in 2nd in a $10K WSOP Circuit event in Las Vegas for $383,840. That is her biggest single live tournament cash to date.
2007: She appears on the first season of Poker After Dark, NBC’s classic poker TV show.
2015: She gets inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
 
– Jennifer Harman’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
According to an exclusive interview she gave to our site somuchpoker.com, Harman started playing poker in live casinos before she reached the legal gambling age, at 16. She recalls she sneaked in casinos in Las Vegas to play. Given the fact that her home state is Nevada, the gambling capital of the world, it’s not surprising that poker has been a part of her life from early on.
Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada. However, she chose not to pursue a career in that field, rather to play poker for a living.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Jennifer Harman’s Hendon page shows $2.765 million in live tournament earnings. That respectable sum is a product of results from the past 25 years – 89 individual ITM finishes over the course of a quarter of a century.
Her first recorded cash is an 8th place finish in a $500 tournament at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino in Vegas. She won $3,052 for that, in January 1994.
The first time she made a live cash for over $100,000 was at the 2000 World Series of Poker.
In December 2004, she came in 4th in a $15,000 World Poker Tour event for $299,492. At the final table, she was faced with the eventual winner and her close personal friend, Daniel Negreanu. In March 2008, he finished 3rd in the $10K Bay 101 Shooting Stars championship for $330,000.
Harman made the biggest live cash of her career in March 2005. She was playing a $10K WSOP Circuit event at the Rio. Out of the 222 players that entered, she finished 2nd, winning $383,840.
→ World Series Of Poker ←
Jennifer Harman is one of 3 female players to have won at least 2 WSOP events, discounting the gender segregated Ladies Events. The other two are Vanessa Selbst ( with 3 bracelets) and Loni Harwood (2).
Harman won her first bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit 2-to-7 Draw event in 2000 for $146,250. According to the urban legend, it was her first time playing that game and she had only received a 5-minute lesson on it from infamous Full Tilt boss Howard Lederer right before the tournament.
She confirmed the legend in our interview, saying:
“I won the bracelet when I didn’t know the game  [2-7 Triple Draw] beforehand. Howard basically gave me a sheet to study, with what hands to play in what positions. But No Limit Deuce is a draw game, so you don’t see any cards; it’s basically a feel game. You feel your opponent, and when you know how to play—you know the hands and the positions and know a little bit about the game—it becomes a feel game, and I’m good at that. And you need a little luck too! A little luck always helps to win a tournament!”
Her second bracelet is from the 2002 World Series. She won the $5,000 Limit Hold’em championship and pocketed $212,440.
On top of her victories, she took 3rd place in the $10,000 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better event for $173,159 in 2010.
Overall, Harman has cashed in WSOP events 37 times for a combined $1,008,443.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Jennifer Harman was part of one of the most legendary stories in poker history. It was “The Corporation” taking on billionaire banker Andy Beal in heads-up cash games with stakes as high as $100,000/$200,000 blinds!

 
In 2001, founder of Beal Bank Andy Beal came by the Bellagio to play some high stakes Limit Hold’em. The pros in the room quickly noticed the new amateur willing to wager huge amounts of cash and tried to befriend him. Eventually, Todd Brunson was able to get Beal to play him heads-up, but lost around $100,000. 
News of the upset spread among the sharks of Vegas, who tried everything to keep their new fish on a winning streak at the cash tables of the Bellagio. Andy Beal, however, had another idea.
Fearing collusion, he proposed he plays ever pro in a heads-up match. That is when “The Corporation” was created.
The Corporation was a line-up 16 professional poker players. It included, among others, Doyle Brunson and his son Todd, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, and the hero of our story, Jennifer Harman. The 16 pros pooled together $10 million to take on their challenger in a series of heads-up Limit Hold’em cash game matches.
This epic battle lasted over 3 years. The stakes were initially $10,000/$20,000. However, the parties kept agreeing to increase it, so it eventually grew as high as $100,000/$200,000.
For a long time, Andy Beal was in the lead. At some point, The Corporation even completely busted their $10 million bankroll.
However, they managed to come back. The poker pros pooled another bankroll and demanded a re-match.
Phil Ivey was the one doing most of the heavylifting for his team. However, Jennifer Harman did her part too. Eventually, The Corporation won back the initially lost $10 million and earned an additional $6.5 million to go with it. 
That was the end of Andy Beal’s crazy run against the poker pros. Shortly after, Beal announced he wasn’t planning on playing poker again.
Jennifer Harman takes part in less unique cash games as well. She regularly plays in the world’s most famous high stakes cash game room, Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. She usually plays on stakes ranging from “just” $200/$400 all the way up to $1,500/$3,000.
She also appeared on some of the classic poker TV shows, such as NBC’s Poker After Dark or The Game Show Network’s High Stakes Poker.
There, she battled some of the best known pros of the game in high stakes cash games in front of the cameras. read more

 

Linus Loeliger’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Credits: highstakesdb.comLinus Loeliger, better knowns as his PokerStars moniker LLinusLLove, is a Swiss professional poker player. His exact date of birth is not public, his Wikipedia page simply states he was born in either 1994 or 1995.
LLinusLLove is known as one of the greatest online cash game players in the world. He’s played 140,000 tracked hands on Stars and is in over $1.4 million in profit. Even though tracking stopped, he’s still playing the highest stakes cash games on the site against other famous online pros, such as the Belgian OtB_RedBarron.
He’s also an accomplished live tournament player. He currently leads Hendon’s Swiss all time money list with $1.865 million in career earnings.
– Key Career Dates –
 
2013: He makes a post on the 2+2 Forum, declaring he wants to build his $150 bankroll up by playing NL10 until he is able to play NL100 before the end of the year.
2016: He starts playing $25/$50 cash games and higher on PokerStars.
2017: His identity is revealed to the poker fans.
2019: He wins the £25,000 Triton 6-Handed Turbo event in London for £690,000. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
 
– Linus Loeliger’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
In March 2013, someone by the username Deepz created a thread in the 2+2 Forum’s “Goals & Challenges” topic with the title “NL10 to NL100 6-Max”.
His first post read:
“Hey 2p2’ers
I’m 19 years old living in Switzerland and been playing poker for a few months and I’ve read few books and tons of threads on this forum.
I first started playing on 888poker but I’ve always had some tilting problems and BRM-problems so to help that I’m gonna start a challenge, where i update graphs, hands and other stuff.
I do this challenge for me so I stay in my BRM and so I can review some hands in this thread.
With this new challenge I switched to a new site, Pokerstars and I’m starting at NL10 6 max with a 15 BI – BRM. 
My goal is to get to 100NL by the end of the year 2013. My stars-name is “llinusllove” by the way.
First goal to achieve is to get to NL16 with a BR of 240$
Current BR: 150$
I’ll try to play everyday for 3-4hours straight and to update graphs and hands 4-5 times a week.”
He got only one responder with a message of support. Then, he posted a few updates on his bankroll until April 2013.
The next response is from November 2016. Someone commented “well he’s playing NL10,000 right now so I guess his challenge worked”.
Technically, it is unclear whether he made it to the NL100 stakes by the end of 2013. However, that is certain that he was playing NL5,000 and NL10,000 by May 2016.
The fresh name in the high stakes cash scene on PokerStars, especially with his active 2+2 Forums presence, caught the attention of the online poker community. However, LLinusLLove wished to remain anonymous because, as he put it, “usually there’s nothing good coming from it” – it being letting poker fans know about his true identity.
That all changed in August 2017 when pokernews.com ran a piece revealing who’s behind the LLinusLLove screen name on PS.
It was inevitable since someone who he made money transfers with leaked his real name to an online poker site. Since his identity was out, he decided to buy in some widely covered high buy-in tournaments as well.
→ Live Tournaments ←

 
Loeliger was visiting some poker player friends in London in April 2016. Given the fact that he was focusing solely on online cash games at the time, he decided to play a £2,000 UKIPT event at the Hippodrome not for profit, just for fun. Yet he was able to finish first in the 114-player field and win the £55,650 first prize.
Prior to that result, his Hendon page only showed two live cashes for a combined $6,132. Both events were played in Malta where he moved to while playing online poker professionally.
After his identity was made public, Loeliger started playing highly publicized, high buy-in events around the world. His first high roller was the €50,000 event at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Fresh off of his demasking in 2017, he had a lot of attention on him. However, he failed to cash.
In 2019, he started playing the Triton high roller series’ events. First, he came in 3rd in a HK$250,000 turbo tournament in Montenegro for $219,262 .
Then, when the series made a stop in London, the British capital brought luck to Loeliger again.
He finished 3rd again, this time in the £50,000 8-handed event for £594,000. He also won the £25,000 6-handed turbo event for £690,000 ($840,039). That is the biggest live tournament score of his career to date.
With just 6 individual cashes on his Hendon page, he leads the Swiss all time money list on the site with $1.865 million in live tournament earnings. 
→ Online Poker ←
LLinusLLove is one of the best known screen names in the high stakes online cash game scene.
According to an online database, he played around 140,000 tracked cash game hands on stakes $25/$50 and higher between May 2016 and April 2018. In that sample, he’s $1.438 million in profit. That translates to an average of $10.05 won per hand.
This doesn’t mean that Loeliger stopped playing after April 2018, rather the website stopped tracking hands.
He plays NLHE almost exclusively, usually on $100/$200 stakes. His biggest recorded online cash game pot was $137,000 that he won against Timofey “TrueTeller” Kuznetsov in March 2018.
When it comes to online tournaments, LLinusLLove doesn’t have a PocketFives account with publicly available tournament results. However, he has tallied up a few big online tournament scores as well.
In September 2018, for example, he took down a $25K WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) event for $587,747.
In May 2018, he took 2nd place in a $2,100 SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) event for $145,315. Also, he won a weekly $5K tournament on GGPoker in March 2019 for which he got $90,760.
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His crazy hands against OtB_RedBarron
In December 2016, popular poker YouTuber Joe Ingram decided to make a video about the crazy and unusual plays that LLinusLLove made while playing high stakes heads-up cash game against Jonas “Otb_RedBarron” Mols. read more

 

EPT Barcelona 2019: Simon Brandstrom wins the Main Event; Juan Pardo crushes the High Rollers

EPT Barcelona 2019 has been a fascinating series, with a near triple High Roller champion, an exciting roller coaster of a Main Event and a very deserving winner to cap off the festival. The big names have all been attendance and entry numbers have been high throughout, with a record-breaking Main Event field size adding to the excitement. With the final event now having concluded, allow us to bring you our second update from EPT Barcelona 2019.
€5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event – Winner: Simon Brandstrom
Simon Brandstrom wins EPT Barcelona Main Event – Photo credit: PokerStarsThis year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event saw a record-breaking 1,988 entries take their seats, which represents a slight increase on the 1,931 who participated last year. The increase in entries was not quite enough to push the prize pool past the €10 million mark, with the final prize pool reaching €9,641,800.
The tournament began with two day 1 starting flights, the first of which attracted 726 competitors. Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson managed to bag up the second largest stack of the day, with Benjamin Chalot taking the overnight lead. 259 players survived the day. The second starting day flight brought in 1,234 entries helping the total field size to surpass last year’s record-breaking field. Timur Margolin went on to top the field by the close of play, with 508 survivors joining those from yesterday to create a day 2 field of 767.
Mattsson’s good form continued into day 2, with the online star bagging the chiplead at the close of play, as the field was cut down to just 191 runners. Day 3 saw a change in momentum however, as Mattsson slid backwards through the day and was engulfed by the chasing pack. Pasquale Braco bagged the lead at the close of play, with Shannon Shorr close behind. Day 4 brought the tournament down to 16 with Rui Sousa taking control of the chip counts, but by the time day 5 had ended and the final table was set, Simon Brandstrom led the way.
The final table was rapid, with Marton Czuczor eliminating three players in the first half hour to take the chiplead. Just 20 minutes later, Brandstrom had knocked out Rui Sousa and the players were heads up. Negotiations then ensued, with the final two players agreeing a chop before playing it out for the trophy and some loose change. After a three-hour struggle, Brandstrom emerged as the champion.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Simon Brandstrom (Sweden) – €1,290,166 (US$1,417,899)
2nd – Marton Czuczor (Hungary) – €1,253,234 (US$1,377,310)
3rd – Rui Sousa (Portugal) – €607,400
4th – Diego Falcone (Brazil) – €436,760
5th – Giovani Torre (Portugal) – €364,660
6th – Yunye Lu (China) – €295,520
7th – Johan Storakers (Sweden) – €226,490
8th – Pasquale Braco (Italy) – €159,580
9th – Kully Sidhu (United Kingdom) – €121,760
€50,000 Single-Day High Roller – Winner: Juan Pardo
Juan Pardo wins his second High Roller in 24 hours – Photo credit: PokerStarsHaving won the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller the day before, Juan Pardo’s confidence will have been high coming into this €50,000 event. Even so, the Spaniard surely could not have dreamed of back to back High Roller victories in front of a home crowd. Pardo was one of 76 entries for the event, with the total prize fund reaching €3,686,760.
The final table brought some interesting faces, along with the key story of Juan Pardo’s bid to go back to back. He would not have compliant company in the latter stages, with Steve O’Dwyer, Luc Greenwood, Timothy Adams and Chin Wei Lim all making it to the final table. O’Dwyer and Adams exited early, while Greenwood and Wei Lim fared a little better. Ultimately though, neither could challenge Pardo as they fell in 4th and 3rd respectively. This left Seth Davies to contest the title with Pardo, and the Spaniard did not disappoint his supporters, bagging his second High Roller title in the space of 24 hours.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Juan Pardo (Spain) – € 1,013,860 (US$1,124,584)
2nd – Seth Davies (United States) – € 720,760
3rd – Chin Wei Lim (Malaysia) – € 471,910
4th – Luc Greenwood (Canada) – € 363,150
5th – Ali Imsirovic (United States) – € 287,570
6th – Timothy Adams (Canada) – € 224,890
7th – Steve O’Dwyer (Ireland) – € 176,960
8th – Laurynas Levinskas (Lithuania) – € 138,250
9th – Rui Ferreira (Portugal) – € 105,070
€10,300 High Roller – Winner: Chris Hunichen
Chris Hunichen claims €10,300 EPT High Roller title – Photo credit: PokerStarsThe final event of the EPT Barcelona festival brought together a strong turnout of 540 entries, each paying €10,300 to bring the prize pool up to €5,238,000. There were plenty of star names in attendance, each hoping to get their hands on the final trophy of the series, but few players needed a good day to cheer them up more than Chris Hunichen. Having arrived in EPT Barcelona just over a week ago, the US pro tweeted that he had received news that a friend had passed away, his father had been diagnosed with diabetes and his dog was also unwell – all on the same day he arrived.
Along with Jack Salter, Hunichen and Uri Reichenstein were perhaps the best-known names to find their way to the final table of this event, with Salter soon making his way to the rail in 9th place. Over the next few hours players steadily dropped away until play was four-handed. At this point, Hunichen began pulling away from the other competitors, and while Reichenstein eliminated a wounded Pablo Melogno in 4th to regain some ground, Hunichen was the player in control. He continued to extend his lead before Reichenstein was able to eliminate Andreas Berggren in 3rd before the two remaining players struck a deal for the money and the trophy. As the bigger stack at the time, Hunichen goes down as the official winner, in his first cash of this festival.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Chris Hunichen (United States) – €841,345 (US$925,480)
2nd – Uri Reichenstein (Israel) – €794,415 (US$873,857)
3rd – Andreas Berggren (Sweden) – €451,520
4th – Pablo Melogno (Uruguay) – €351,990
5th – Tibor Nagygyorgy (Hungary) – €276,040
6th – Lander Lijo (Spain) – €216,850
7th – Pauli Ayras (Finland) – €161,850
8th – Antonios Paschalidis (Greece) – €112,090
9th – Jack Salter (United Kingdom) – €88,520
€25,000 Single-Day High Roller II – Winner: Laszlo Bujtas
Laszlo Bujtas takes the 25K Single Day High Roller II title – Photo credit: PokerStarsThe second €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the festival saw 118 hopefuls buy in, helping to generate a prize pool of €2,833,180. The usual High Roller experts were in attendance, along with Juan Pardo, who was seeking a seemingly impossible hat-trick of High Roller wins.
As the action got down to the final table, Pardo was still in invincible form, collecting pots and climbing the counts to bring a comfortable stack to the final table. He was up against Sergio Aido, James Chen and Charlie Carrel in his bid for a third title in a row, a fact which remained the case as the action got down to 7. Taiwan’s James Chen would be the next to bust, followed by Sergio Aido in 6th and Steven van Zadelhoff in 5th. Then, for the first time in three tournaments, Juan Pardo finally busted out when his weak ace shove got looked up by Carrel’s pocket sixes. Before long, Pedro Marques had also made way in 3rd place to get things heads up. Laszlo Bujtas started with a big chiplead and never put a foot wrong, quickly eliminating Carrel to take his first major title.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Laszlo Bujtas (Hungary) – €712,810 (US$787,947)
2nd – Charlie Carrel (United Kingdom) – €481,640
3rd – Pedro Marques (Portugal) – €313,070
4th – Juan Pardo (Spain) – €259,240
5th – Steven van Zadelhoff (Netherlands) – €209,090
6th – Sergio Aido (Spain) – €164,690
7th – James Chen (Taiwan) – €126,080
8th – Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands) – €94,910
9th – Alex Komaromi (Uruguay) – €70,830
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Five stories that built Billy Baxter’s legacy

When it comes to legends of poker, Billy Baxter is certainly not spoken of as much as he should be. Not only has he accumulated 7 WSOP bracelets and been cashing at the WSOP for over forty years, but he also paid Stu Ungar’s 1997 Main Event entry because he was having a good day at the tables and felt sorry for him.
This gesture would lead to one of the greatest moments in WSOP history when Ungar won his third title. These facts are reasonably well known however, so allow us to bring you a few lesser known stories from the life of Billy Baxter.
The tax war he won for poker players
Billy Baxter – Photo credit: cardplayer.comBack in the 1980’s, the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) decided to make some changes to taxes in the US. They decided to impose a 70% tax on all income which they deemed to be “unearned income”. This would apply to interest paid on money already owned but would also apply to poker players. This is because although professional athletes were exempt from the new tax, professional poker players were not considered professional athletes.
Never in its history had the IRS lost a case of this nature, and so when Baxter decided to sue them, they gladly went to court to fight their case. Baxter’s case was eloquently put to the judge, with comparisons being made to golfer Jack Nicklaus who was exempt, despite spending his working days interrupting a pleasant walk with hitting a small white ball. According to Baxter, sitting in a casino grinding out a profit is equally demanding and so those who earn money playing professional poker should also be exempt. Remarkably, the judge ruled in his favour. The IRS took the case to a higher court and lost again.
Finally, the IRS decided they would back down a little and offered Baxter a deal which would have helped his own financial situation and allowed him to stop worrying about ongoing legal expenses which were stacking up. Baxter refused. Indignantly, the IRS went to the Supreme Court, who finally ruled in Baxter’s favour, settling the matter permanently. At great personal cost, Billy Baxter had protected the income of poker players across America.
Winning a gambling club and going to prison in the early years
Baxter has always said that he was a sports betting man long before he was a poker player. He began his gambling life by shooting pool for quarters, before moving up to bigger wagers and eventually making $5,000 for himself by the age of 16. This was a huge amount of money for a 16-year-old in 1956. Soon after that he discovered that people were playing a big 2-7 limit game in a club in Atlanta and he decided to join in, losing his pool winnings at first. After repeatedly going back to hustle more pool before coming back to play 2-7 again, Baxter finally started winning.
Speaking about the 2-7 game Baxter said, “each big bet was $500 and there was this bootlegger who would come in and he had a fruit jar full of $500 bills, back when those where still in circulation”. Baxter had to learn his craft fast, and he did just that. Having expanded his bankroll at those early games he learned Gin Rummy and soon moved on to a club in Georgia where he beat the owner out of $40,000 playing that game. The owner cut Baxter a deal – allow him to keep his $40,000 in exchange for half of his business. Over the following year Baxter continued to win money from the owner until he offered up the other half of the club to Baxter too.
Photo WPTThings were going well for a time, but that all changed when a new sheriff arrived in town and told Baxter he would have to stop running his gambling business. Baxter grudgingly agreed to shut the club down, but then chose to reopen it just for the weekend of the golf Masters tournament. Word reached the ear of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Baxter had reopened, and they broke down the doors and arrested him for felony bookmaking. The story had a somewhat happy ending however, as Baxter made a prop bet with Jack Binion and Doyle Brunson that he could lose 40 pounds in weight while serving his one-year sentence. Baxter stepped onto the scales on his release day and won the bet.
The lord of lowball
Some people will already know that Billy Baxter has 7 WSOP bracelets, but few know that all of them were won in Lowball events. His first bracelet in 1975 was in the $5K NL 2-7 Draw, and this was followed by 2nd in the $10K NL 2-7 Draw in 1977 and 1st place in the same event in 1978. Baxter’s next three cashes were all 1st places and all in Lowball events, including two more bracelets, both in 1982. His huge cashes in Lowball events continued throughout the 1980’s into the early 1990’s. All of Baxter’s first 27 recorded cashes were all in Lowball tournaments. 8 of them were 1st place finishes which included 6 WSOP bracelets, and 9 of them were 2nd places, with 5 finishes of 3rd place mixed in too. That’s 22 top 3 finishes in Lowball events in the space of 27 cashes.
Baxter claimed in an interview in the mid 2000’s that his ability to bluff and read bluffs was what set him apart in Lowball – a game which many say is the purest form of poker. During the interview, Baxter said, “There is not nearly as much bluffing in Hold’em. But in 2-7, you only have one draw. That lessens the likelihood of a guy improving his hand. So, you have to bluff — and you have to read bluffs”.
Billy Baxter – Photo WSOP.comThe Main Event and 1990
While everyone knows about Baxter’s staking of Stu Ungar in 1997, not many people know that he also staked him in 1990. At the end of the first day Ungar had run his 10,000 stack up to 70,000 and had a commanding chiplead. He was then hospitalised after taking drugs that night and the following day he was unable to play his stack, which was blinded off. Baxter says that Ungar never apologised or offered a refund, and after that day he swore he wouldn’t stake Ungar again.
Seven years later, in an act of kindness, Baxter finally broke that vow and paid Ungar’s buy in for the 1997 event. The rest, as they say, is history. Few people know that Baxter had no interest in bracelets or the Main Event himself, and the first year he ever played the Main Event himself was that same year – 1997. Baxter finished 22nd place.

Hustling a drug trafficker
Playing high stakes poker and golf meant players like Baxter sometimes encountered wealthy individuals who weren’t great players, but who were making enough money from shady enterprises that they didn’t mind losing a little. One such player was Jimmy Chagra. After a bad day gambling against Baxter on the golf course, the drug trafficker invited him back to house to collect the $365,000 he was owed.
Chagra’s mansion was patrolled by armed guards and he had a pool table in the living room, which he invited Baxter to join him at for a few games. Chagra suggested $20,000 per game and hoped to get even, seemingly unaware that Baxter began his gambling life as a pool hustler. Soon enough, Chagra was another $200,000 in the hole and two of guards came in to see if their boss needed anything.
Specifically, they asked what he wanted them to do with Baxter. Chagra replied, “If I don’t start winning some games soon, I don’t know what’s going to happen”.
Baxter wisely lost the next ten games and slipped into the conversation the fact that his wife knew where he was. Having allowed Chagra to get even at pool, Baxter made his excuses and hoped he would be allowed to leave with his golf money. “Get this guy his fucking money” said Chagra, and guards duly disappeared before returning with two shopping bags full of cash. Breathing a sigh of relief, Baxter made his way home.
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Natural8 announces GG Series 3 with $50M GTD combined with exclusive giveaways

In less than 4 months, Natural8’s flagship tournament series makes its third appearance with a sizeable bite to match its bark. With $50,000,000 guaranteed, the series will break all records set before on the network.

The Natural8 Good Game Series (N8GGS3) strikes the online poker scene this September 8th to September 29th, with a $50 Million Prize Pool. It comes back bigger and better than before with 478 events, buy-ins ranging from $5 to $25K, an extensive satellite schedule, and several flight tournaments including a $1 Million Gtd Main Event.
N8GGS3 will include the network’s monthly high-roller Blade Series in its multitude of events. The tournament series features 6-max Hold’em, Hold’em Bounty Hunters, Pot-limit Omaha, and Turbo tournaments.
Below the featured events of this series.
Event
Buy-in
Date & Time (UTC +0)
Guarantee
GGS Kickoff
$25
September 8th, 18:00
$50,000
GGS Warm Up
$250
September 15th, 18:00
$500,000
GGS 500
$500
September 22nd, 18:00
$500,000
GGS Championship
$250
September 29th, 18:00
$1,000,000
As always, the flagship tournament series gives a good deal of benefits and rewards to players with limited bankroll. With giveaways of $100,000 worth of tournament entry tickets, an additional leaderboard competition with a $300,000 prize pool, and two Natural8 exclusive giveaways.
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World’s Best Sporting Events You Can Surely Bet On

  Image Source     World’s Best Sporting Events You Can Surely Bet On   Sporting events have given huge entertainment to all people who love to play and watch sport tournament games. It can bring a lot of pleasure, especially when someone wants to make his or her idle time productive. Sports tournament has […]

 

Irish Licence and Further Expansion on the Cards for Mansion Group

It’s often cited as one of the realities of Brexit that there is a blurring of the lines between Irish and British business. In fact, there is such crossover that one almost assumes a brand available in the UK will simultaneously be trading in Ireland. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of major UK casino or betting brands that do not also have a presence in Ireland.
So, it may have come as a surprise to some that Mansion Group – the gaming group behind Mansion Casino, Casino.com Slots Heaven and MansionBet – has made its first foray into the Irish market this summer. An announcement of Mansion Group’s licence was made in late May 2019, with the Gibraltar-based business announcing just before Ireland played Gibraltar in a EURO 2020 qualifier, which Mansion sponsored.
Irish gaming laws to get upgrade
It enters the Irish market at an interesting time. While the betting and iGaming industry flourishes on the Emerald Isle, there is a concerted push by the Irish government to update the archaic gambling laws in the country. Much of the legislation in Ireland is actually derived from the 1931 Betting Act and the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956. Much of the gaming machine laws, for example, are designed with seaside arcades and penny slots in mind.
Mansion has wide recognition in the UK, currently sponsoring Premier League club Bournemouth and formerly sponsoring of Tottenham Hotspur. The group has won several awards, including “Most Responsible Online Gambling Operator” at the Capital Finance International Awards 2018 and “Online Casino Operator of the Year” at the International Gaming Awards 2018. The former accolade should stand the group in good stead as Ireland’s new gaming laws intend to put player protections and operator responsibility to the fore.

Further expansion for Mansion Group
It has been a good year for Mansion Group, which enjoys a loyal fanbase of casino players and punters. When we tried the live version of Casino.com, we were pleased to find a slick, well rounded live dealer platform powered by Playtech. However, the company has also struck a deal with Microgaming, and has offered a range of that developer’s top titles since May 2019. Other software providers found prominently on Mansion’s platforms include NetEnt, Red Tiger Gaming and Blueprint Gaming.
Mansion Group has been forthright in its assertion that entering the market in Ireland means trying to find a seat at the table among established competitors, but it’s a challenge the company seems to relish. Indeed, Ireland does not seem to be the final frontier for Mansion Group, and further international expansion has been mooted.
Of course, when any gaming group speaks of international expansion at the moment, America is the first word on people’s lips. Up to 39 states could feasibly have online sports betting and casino sites in the coming years after the Supreme Court decision on sports betting last year. Already, states like New Jersey have seen swathes of European gaming operators enter the legal online sportsbook and casino market. It isn’t yet abundantly clear if Mansion Group intends to follow that pathway, or if it will concentrate on extending its presence in Europe, Canada and Australasia.

 

New G-Digital Wheel of Fortune software – an instant hit at Casino Lugano

G-Digital Wheel of Fortune brings distinct benefits for Lugano Class players.
G-Digital is the software company in the gaming industry that brings digital content to life for promotional and marketing purposes. The additional advantages of having in-screen information that can be used for any marketing purpose has brought a great benefit to table game signage.
In collaboration with G-Digital, Casino Lugano SA has introduced the Wheel of Fortune for its current members of its Lugano Class. The goal of this marketing campaign was to gain new members of the Lugano Class club, reward the loyalty of its current members and consequentially increase the number of visits to the casino as well as increase the satisfaction of its current clients.  
The use of Lugano Class card on the Wheel of Fortune is very simple for members of the Lugano Class club. The customer scans the Lugano Class card barcode and then spins the wheel on the touchscreen monitor which can result in winning the prize. Meanwhile, the customer sees marketing and promotional messages on the other half of the 165cm (65”) screen. Every member of the Lugano Class club can scan the card barcode once per day. The printer automatically prints out a coupon when the prize is won. The coupon can then be used to claim the prize.
Naturally the marketing information – that can be freely chosen and managed by the casino management – receives additional attention during the wheel spin.
Mr. Cristiano Ruiu, Marketing Director at Casino Lugano, stated: “We are very pleased with the software provided by G-Digital. They adjusted the solution to our needs and specifics of our marketing campaign. Deployment of the G-Digital system at Casino Lugano was simple, quick and smooth thanks to outstanding customer support. The number and probability of the Wheel of Fortune winnings as well as the length of the marketing campaign are completely customizable. Changing marketing and promotional messages within G-Digital software is very simple. We also like the daily report on the progress of the campaign which is generated automatically. This gives us an excellent overview and daily control of the campaign.”  
Mr. Mirco Alghisi, Marketing & CRM Manager of Casino Lugano, added: “Lugano Class card allows our members to enter without any other documentation, gain loyalty points and use the wardrobe for free. Now it also provides a way to gain rewards from the Wheel of Fortune. By using G-Digital software we have acquired multiple new cardholders since the Wheel of Fortune is attractive to our customers.”
Miss Emanuela Ventrici, CEO of Casino Lugano, noted “More and more tools for managing marketing activities are transformed into the software. Computer technology is rapidly advancing and the Casino Lugano business policy is to keep up with innovations in order to offer our customers the very best and of the highest quality experience. In cooperation with G-Digital, we have successfully installed software which attracts customers to spin their luck as well as increase visibility of our ongoing marketing campaigns. From the management point of view and costs control, it is very important for us to be able to precisely adjust the duration of the campaign and the number of rewards. This way we can fully manage and control costs of the marketing campaign.”  
Mr. Ljubo Benko, General Manager of GD, concluded: “We are honoured to have had an opportunity to install a G-Digital solution in such an eminent casino as Casino Lugano is. It was a challenge for us, too, since it was our first deployment of Wheel of Fortune in a casino. Thanks to excellent collaboration with the Casino Lugano experts and their clear goals and innovative ideas, we developed Wheel of Fortune software on our G-Digital platform. G-Digital has proven once again as flexible and stable software. G-Digital is a very simple, intuitive and powerful software platform. We are especially pleased that casino management and their customers are satisfied with our G-Digital solution.”
More information can be found on the G-Digital website: https://g-digital.eu.

 

Novo Line Interactive Edition X1

All the best of classics and new highlights make up this powerful package of top performers.
Novomatic’s latest multi-game compendium has just seen its release for the international markets. The new Novo Line Interactive Edition X1 comprises all the best-performing classics, a fine selection of fruit games plus player favourites such as Gorilla and Hold your Horses as well as new highlights like Wild Maverick and Power Stars 100.
In total 5 Book-type games, each with its own unique twist, are contained in this power-mix of 30 titles that guarantee every guest will find a game that suits their taste and preference. The new attractive game presentation that was introduced with the preceding Edition X, displays a preview sequence of each game on demand while players navigate via the user-friendly touchscreen menu. Together with the broad variety of themes it creates an offer that attracts guests on every gaming floor and quickly has them find their game of choice.
The Novo Line Interactive Edition X1 is best presented in sophisticated Novomatic premium cabinets like the Panthera 2.27 and V.I.P Lounge 2.32.

 

Six little known stories from the life of Doyle Brunson

Poker may have existed long before Doyle Brunson was around, but in terms of competitive poker for big money and the WSOP, Brunson was one of the founding fathers of the game. An all-rounder of exceptional ability he amassed ten WSOP bracelets in his career, including back to back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977. Having now lived the lion’s share of such a long and eventful life, Doyle Brunson’s time has been marked by many interesting stories.
Here is our collection of lesser-known gems from the life of poker’s greatest legend.
Doyle Brunson1 – The business decision that cost $230 million
Back in early 2006 the poker boom was exploding and everything poker related was turning into gold. Brunson had used his highly respected name to open his own online poker room, of which he was the face. He brought a few pros on board as sponsored players and began gathering a pool of players who enjoyed playing on his site – Doylesroom.com.
It wasn’t long before an offer came in to buy up the poker room, with Brunson holding a 50% stake in it. If the deal had gone through, he would have instantly become $230 million richer. Brunson said no however, expecting the poker room to continue its growth. In April, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act arrived and threw online poker into chaos. Doyle’s Room plummeted in value and the opportunity had passed him by.

Be sure and include a certain person who turned down a $230,000,000 offer for a card room that had his name on it. In one day, it was worthless. This person who had a 50% ownership has recurring nightmares about it.https://t.co/r3VGUlN2jp
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) February 13, 2018 read more