Microgaming’s award-winning games go live with 888 Casino

Microgaming announces its casino content is now live with 888 Casino, one of the world’s most popular online gaming entertainment and solutions providers. 
The milestone agreement enables 888 Casino to expand upon its current casino offering and access Microgaming’s award-winning portfolio of games, including branded titles such as Jurassic World and Game of Thrones, as well as hundreds of Casino in Bingo (CiB) side games. 
888 Casino has been at the forefront of the online gaming industry for over 20 years, providing players with innovative, world-class gaming solutions. With headquarters and main operations in Gibraltar, 888 Casino has licences in multiple regulated jurisdictions, including Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK. 
Players on 888 Casino are now able to enjoy a wealth of engaging and compelling casino games from Microgaming and also benefit from access to the world’s largest progressive jackpot network, which has paid out more than €1 billion to date. 
The product rollout will commence in the UK, with further regulated markets, including Denmark and Sweden, to follow. 
John Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Microgaming, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome 888 Casino, a major player in the industry, to our ever growing customer base. I am confident that this will be the start of a positive strategic relationship which will further strengthen the Microgaming brand across Europe, and I look forward to providing 888 with even more of our innovative, popular content in the coming months.” 
Guy Cohen, SVP Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, adds: “888 Casino’s mission is to always exceed its customers’ expectations and provide the most enjoyable online gaming experience possible and this exciting deal takes our casino offering to the next level. Microgaming has a proven track record in delivering high quality gaming products; this deal will enable us to raise our position of offering the most engaging and interactive casino content alongside our existing portfolio of games.” 

 

EGT will soon welcome its guests at Fer-Interazar 2019

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.”

 

IGT Launches New Bingo Gaming Platform with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

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. read more

 

Win Systems, a winning bet in FADJA

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 marketing@winsysgroup.com or call +34 935 308 049. To connect with Golden Gaming, please send an email to cristina.quintero@grupoadministrativo.com or call +57 311 4624202.

 

The roulette table T84 pleases the players of Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

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.

 

Taiwan’s own Chi Hang ships the J88Poker Tour Main Event and wins seat to WSOP

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
Watch 2019 J88 Taiwan from 華人德州撲克俱樂部 on www.twitch.tv
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.
More: J88Poker Tour Full Coverage
Article by Tricia David
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J88Poker Tour: Catching up with the side events

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.
Payouts
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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April fools the poker community

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 read more

 

Meet the Final 9 of the J88Poker Tour Main Event

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.
 
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J88Poker Tour – Day 2 Main Event Qualifier & Chip Count

 
NO.
NAME
CHIPS COUNT
COUNTRY
1
KWAN NGAI VINCENT LI
183000
HK
2
CASEY KASTLE
176000
SLOVENIA
3
SEBASTIAN TAN
172500
SINGAPORE
4
HSU WEN KANG
171000
TW
5
JEONGGYU CHO
168500
KOREA
6
HE RU WU
167500
TW
7
BEN FONG
158000
HK
8
JU YUK PARK
146500
KOREA
9
GRAEME SIOW
141500
SINGAPORE
10
CHI HANG
141000
TW
11
KUANG HUNG LEE
133000
TW
12
KAR WEE CHEE
131500
MALAYSIA
13
CHUN KONG KWOK
119500
HK
14
HONG JIN HO
117000
KOREA
15
YU HYUN CHANG
117000
KOREA
16
YU WEI PENG
117000
TW
17
CHIH CHUN CHANG
115000
TW
18
KUO CHEN HUNG
113000
TW
19
DARWIN LAI
112000
HK
20
REX CLINKSCAIES
108500
U.S.A
21
MARK YEOW
106500
SINGAPORE
22
TETSUYA TSUCHIKAWA
106000
JAPAN
23
GUO YU
101500
CHINA
24
ZHI NENG ZHOU
101000
CHINA
25
CO CHUNG CHUEN
100000
HK
26
RAYMOND WANG
99000
MALAYSIA
27
JAE WIIK SHIN
95500
KOREA
28
CHUN HUI WU
94000
TW
29
KIM KAE HYUK
93000
KOREA
30
CHI CHUNG HO
90500
HK
31
MING NAN CHOU
90000
TW
32
WAI KWOK HUI
90000
TW
33
CHEN YU HUNG
88500
TW
34
TUSI HAN HSIAO
87500
TW
35
LI CHEN TSAI
85000
TW
36
CHEN HAUSN CHAO
85000
TW
37
CHUNG YI HO
84500
TW
38
LIM CHUE SUNG
83500
KOREA
39
PO YI YEH
82500
TW
40
HUANG HSIN YUAN
82000
TW
41
SI YANG PHUA
80000
SG
42
PATRICK LIANG
76000
BRAZIL
43
LEE SUNG HEE
76000
KOREA
44
LUBOV PAVEL
76000
RUSSIA
45
WANG CHIEN HSUN
75500
TW
46
JUNL KIAT LEE
75500
MALAYSIA
47
TZU CHENG CHIU
74500
TW
48
TERRY FAN
74500
TW
49
JIN TIAN
74000
CHINA
50
SPARROW CHEUNG
74000
HK
51
FENG WEN CHEN
72500
TW
52
LIANG RUEI JIUN
71500
TW
53
YOON CHANG HWAN
71500
KOREA
54
HEO DONG RYUL
70000
KOREA
55
AZUSA MAEDA
68500
JAPAN
56
CHIO CHUL HAN
67500
KOREA
57
WEI GUO LIANG
67500
CHINA
58
CHUN HO EDWARD YAM
67000
HK
59
ELVIRA ROUK CLARIT
66500
AUSTRALIA
60
TING YI TSAI
65000
TW
61
SHAO LESHI
63000
CHINA
62
YU CHUNG CHANG
62500
TW
63
STEVEN GREEN
62000
AUSTRALIA
64
JIA TANG
61000
CHINA
65
LI HAN CHEN
60500
TW
66
BONG KIL JEONG
59000
KOREA
67
CHI HUNG LOGAN HO
58500
TW
68
LEE WON SEO
58000
KOREA
69
YIK RAY YIN CHHIU
58000
HK
70
SHIH HUNG YU
57000
TW
71
LEE SEOK YOUNG
55000
KOREA
72
WONGWICHIT PHACHARA
53500
THILAND
73
YEN JU LEE
53000
TW
74
KONG SEONG SU
53000
KOREA
75
YUN YANG HSIAO
52500
TW
76
RI AO CHEN
52500
CHINA
77
WAYNE HEUNG
52500
HK
78
TZU WEI WANG
51000
TW
79
KAI FONG HSUEI
51000
TW
80
PI YING HSU
51000
TW
81
YEN HAN CHEN
50000
TW
82
CHONG CHIE KUAN
50000
TW
83
PARK TAE HUAY
49500
KOREA
84
WEI HUANG
48500
TW
85
KWOK CHUN YIP
47500
HK
86
TZU CHIEH LO
47500
TW
87
TAK YAN
45500
HK
88
CHAO HUAI WANG
45500
TW
89
KUOK CHUN LAI
45000
HK
90
YAO CHUNG MEI
44500
TW
91
PO CHENG YANG
44000
TW
92
JIN YONG
44000
USA
93
TING LIN WANG
42500
TW
94
LOK TIN CHAN
42000
HK
95
XIN YU FENG
42000
CHINA
96
SEUN KAM SANG
42000
HK
97
JEON SEUNG SOO
41500
KOREA
98
JONG YEOL LEE
41500
KOREA
99
DAVID TAI
40500
TW
100
LEE WON SEO
40500
KOREA
101
KELVIN BEATTIE
40000
JAPAN
102
EEML TUOMINEN
38500
FINLAND
103
YU NOZAKI
37500
JAPAN
104
STEPHEN LAI
37000
HK
105
HSU SHENG WANG
37000
TW
106
YUNG BING CHU
36500
TW
107
WANG FUK ON
36000
HK
108
PARK SU CHEOL
36000
KOREA
109
MARK GRUENDEMANN
32000
IRELAND
110
SONG IN HO
32000
KOREA
111
JIAN DE ZANG
30000
CHINA
112
WEI CHENG YIN
29500
TW
113
WEI TE TAI
29500
TW
114
SHU NAN OU
29500
TW
115
LAU KING LUN ALAN
28500
HK
116
WING KEI CHAN
28000
HK
117
CHONG ZHI LEE
27500
SINGAPORE
118
SUNNY JUNG
27500
KOREA
119
PARK SOO BIN
26500
KOREA
120
JEONE JU HYANG
25500
KOREA
121
CHAO TING CHENG
25500
TW
122
CHING CHIAO TSENG
25000
TW
123
TIAN YOU LIU
24000
CHINA
124
KOH HYUN WOO
23500
KOREA
125
TOMMY KIM DONG HYUN
22500
KOREA
126
YU SHENG LIN
22000
TW
127
CHENG CHIEH YANG
21200
TW
128
TING SHUM KWIK
20500
HK
129
CHOU SUN CHEN
20000
TW
130
WILSON YEH
20000
USA
131
CHI NGAI LAM
15000
HK
132
LUEN HEI KWOK
14500
HK
133
DANNY TANG
12500
HK
134
HOI WAI TAM
12000
HK
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J88Poker Tour sees a large Main Event turnout of 452 entries; He-Ru Wu tops Day 1C

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.
Somuchpoker is onsite and will continue to provide you with the latest news as they unfold.
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Esports levels up at ICE London as European expansion beckons, states Sparks CEO, Dina Niron

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.

 

Wire Act’s enforcement has been pushed back

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.”

 

BetVictor broadens greyhound product offering with SIS partnership

Leading multi-channel supplier SIS (Sports Information Services) has reached an agreement with BetVictor, one of Europe’s leading online gambling companies, to provide the company with British and Irish greyhound content.
The deal significantly strengthens BetVictor’s greyhound offering, with the operator now having access to over 33,000 races per year, streamed from 8 am to 10 pm UK time.
The greyhound content consists of more than 53 meetings per week from British tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford, as well as Irish action from Curraheen Park, Kilcohan Park, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mullingar, Tralee and Youghal.
Delivered in a “Bet and Watch” format, the new service allows BetVictor to offer regular short-form betting events to its fast-growing customer base, providing them with engaging betting content designed to increase engagement and dwell time.
Eoin Ryan, Director of Product at BetVictor, said: “Over the past year we have invested heavily into developing our Greyhound product and this partnership with SIS ensures that our customers will receive a best-in-class experience, with access to more races across the UK and Ireland and high-quality streaming so they can watch the action unfold.”
Sandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “Delivering our content to a leading operator such as BetVictor underpins our status as the leading supplier of racing content, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them.
“BetVictor customers will now have access to live pictures of the best greyhound racing from the UK and Ireland, which is sure to drive increased engagement and revenues for the operator.”

 

Blueprint Gaming partners with EveryMatrix

Software provider significantly enhances casino offering
Slots developer Blueprint Gaming has reached a content distribution agreement with leading iGaming integration platform CasinoEngine powered by EveryMatrix.
As part of the deal, Blueprint Gaming has delivered its portfolio of award-winning games to EveryMatrix’s casino integration platform CasinoEngine, enabling its ever-growing operator network quick access to Blueprint’s diverse range of games, including popular releases such as Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its series of Megaways titles, under licence from Big Time Gaming.
The slot developer’s integration onto the CasinoEngine is part of its international growth strategy and will allow the company to expand into new regulated territories.
Siôr Walbyoff, Head of Business Development at Blueprint Gaming, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this partnership with EveryMatrix, one of the industry’s leading casino providers. In recent months we’ve made a concerted effort to expand our presence in regulated markets and the deal with EveryMatrix gives us access to supply our top-performing content into new territories.”
Stian Hornsletten, EveryMatrix co-founder and CasinoEngine CEO, said: “CasinoEngine’s mission is to simplify operators’ access to additional markets while supplying the finest casino content available. Blueprint Gaming is an established name and we’re pleased to integrate their exciting gaming offering. They produce a variety of games and we’re looking forward to receiving even more content throughout the year.”
EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine is a top performance integration platform that enables access to 8,000+ games across more than 140 vendors and sub-vendors.

 

British gambling industry united once again for Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has announced that Responsible Gambling Week 2019 will take place from 7th -13th November and that following the success of RG Week 2018 organisations and businesses from across Britain will once again join forces to support the campaign.
The IGRG brings together every sector of the gambling industry through its member trade associations, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB); British Amusement Machine Association (BACTA); The Bingo Association (BA); National Casino Forum (NCF); and Remote Gambling Association (RGA); all with the common objective of raising awareness of safer gambling behaviours and encouraging staff, customers and the wider public to discuss what it means to gamble responsibly.
The headline theme of the Week will be Let’s Talk About Safer Gambling. By coming together with one voice, the industry is able extend its reach and ensure that the message of safer gambling connects with the widest possible audience.
Encouraged by the success of Responsible Gambling Week 2017 and building on the huge engagement achieved in 2018, which encompassed more than 12,000 gambling venues and online sites, 120,000 employees across Great Britain and created some 20 million impressions on social media, the IGRG is seeking to build on these excellent results and take the campaign further in 2019.
Operators promote responsible gambling 365 days of the year, but Responsible Gambling Week creates the opportunity for businesses to start a conversation about safer gambling not only with their customers, but also with their friends and families.
John Hagan, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, said:
“Social responsibility is fundamental to the gambling industry’s approach, and we are all dedicated, year-round, to promoting safer gambling. But what makes Responsible Gambling Week special is that the whole industry is united and engaged to highlight safer gambling to a broader audience.
“Responsible Gambling Week 2018 was widely supported across the industry, helping to set a new benchmark for the campaign.  We are confident that with the continued support of operators, charities and information networks we can build on last year’s success and reach a far greater audience.
“RG Week 2019 will take place from 7th to 13th November; in announcing these dates early in the year we are hoping that the increased planning time will encourage and allow for further support.  For 2019 we will be seeking to broaden RG Week’s supporter base and make use of complimentary communication networks, refining message themes for RG Week in line with consumer research and following input from specialist support groups.”
Responsible Gambling Week will be attending ICE Totally Gaming, held at London ExCel from 5th – 7th February 2019, where team members will be available to discuss this year’s campaign.
Further information about RG Week 2019 will be made available on the Responsible Gambling Week web site (www.responsiblegamblingweek.org) in the coming weeks and supporters can register for updates on the site. The website will be a key resource and information point for the 2019 campaign for customers, the general public, staff and supporting organisations, in addition to providing information and material for the media. Social media channels for Responsible Gambling Week 2019 are also live on Facebook and Twitter @RGWeek19
Responsible Gambling Week 2019 will take place from 7th – 13th November 2019.  Organisations wishing to support the Week and get involved should, if a member of a supporting trade association, contact their trade association first. Organisations that are not members of a supporting trade association should contact the Responsible Gambling Week team by email: info@responsiblegamblingweek.org
To stay up to date, please visit and follow Responsible Gambling Week 2019 on Facebook www.facebook.com/RGWeek2019 and on Twitter at @RGWeek2019 .

 

ICE London attendance tops 36,000 to record 8th straight year of growth

ICE London 2019 has confirmed its status as the world’s most popular business-to-business gaming expo with attendance figures recorded at 36,092, an 8 percent increase on the 2018 figure and the eighth consecutive year of growth. The interim figures, which have been calculated on the raw registration and attendance data for ICE London 2019, will now be forwarded for independent audit.
Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, believes the attendance figures tell only part of the ICE London success story. She said: “These are very encouraging and of course I’m delighted to be able to report on what would be our eighth consecutive year of growth.  I would like to pay tribute to our exhibitors who once again brought fantastic theatre and creativity to their ICE London show presence, contributing magnificently to the energy and atmosphere visitors experienced at ExCeL London.  The event industry has a tendency to be consumed by attendance when actually it’s the chemistry of an event and, as a result, the quality of the interactions and connections that take place between visitor and exhibitor, visitor and visitor and between exhibitors that really count and which distinguish a good show from a great show.
“The internationalism of ICE London remains a stand out characteristic and the global gaming industry turned out in force with representatives from Botswana and Honduras raising the number of nations present at ExCeL London to 155 – a remarkable statistic by any standards.  The figures are showing fantastic growth from key geographical regions, notably LatAm which recorded an increase of no less than 43 percent.”
“Once our attendance data has been interrogated and verified by the independent audit, we will be in a position to share more insights with the huge community of international gaming professionals which participate in and have an interest in ICE London.”
After London, the ICE brand moves across the Atlantic to Boston (MA) for the first edition of ICE North America (May 13 –15).  This new event has attracted the support of 45 global organisations, comprising commercial, sports federation, trade association and media sponsors for what promises to be the biggest sports betting and interactive gaming event in North America.  ICE North America’s pioneering agenda will focus on the five key verticals comprising Sports Betting, iGaming, Affiliate Marketing, iLottery and Esports.  To find out more, go to: icenorthamerica.com

 

RSPH backs calls for tougher online gambling limits

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which is soon to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA), welcomes the call for tougher limits on online gambling in a speech by Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
RSPH, who have previously called for gambling to be treated as a public health issue, support Watson’s definition of gambling activity in the UK as a public health emergency. The Health on the High Street report, published by RSPH, highlights that young people face an unprecedented level of exposure to gambling, with over 400,000 11-16 year olds spending their own money gambling each week.
The government are on course this year to implement a £2 maximum stake for FOBTs and a requirement that online operators verify a potential customer’s age before they can gamble. Labour’s policy would limit stakes in all online gambling, building on progress being made in taking action in this area to protect the public’s health.
Watson’s speech calls for a new Gambling Act, that would implement:
A system for checking affordability before a gambler can start higher deposits
Stake limits on products linked to higher rates of problem gambling
The integration of online games into the existing categorisation of gambling machines according to maximum stake and prize
In 2019 RSPH will establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of GambleAware.
The Alliance which will initially be established for three years, has the primary objective of bringing together organisations and individuals, specifically policy makers, who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling.  The Alliance will seek to:
Highlight the rising concerns about gambling related harms;
Engage and influence policy makers, Government, NGOs and the public health community in order to encourage positive action;
Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps;
Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling.
Niamh McDade, Senior Campaigns & Communications Executive at the RSPH, said:
“It is vital that regulations in the online world catch up with restrictions being introduced offline and we welcome the call to limit stakes in all online gambling. With 18% of the population gambling online, we must ensure that we identify and understand all sources of problem gambling.
We look forward to establishing the Gambling Health Alliance this year to provide a forum for all relevant stakeholders to collaborate and increase our understanding of the range social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling related harms.”

 

Criminal charges against Paul Phua Dropped

Two weeks ago Paul Phua went to trial in Macau and has now been “found innocent of all charges in a criminal case file against him years ago in Macau.” The news was distributed this week via a press release.
Paul PhuaJust as it was the case in the U.S. trial, things basically fell apart and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the U.S. it was, because evidence had been obtained illegally and was so dismissed, in Macau “experts testified that his phone and computer records conclusively showed that he had not participated in taking any bets and had not cooperated with any betting ring.”
The press release also states: “In fact, the defense witnesses showed, Paul had arrived in Macau only just before the police raid and was there for an important meeting on a potential business project. The prosecution was unable to identify any evidence that he had engaged in any illegal activity.”
The charges on both sides of the big pond
In both cases, Phua was charged with allegations to have run and masterminded multi-million dollar, if not multi-billion dollar, illegal betting rings around the World Cup in 2014. In Macau, he was accused to run his betting operations from multiple Wynn casino hotel rooms and in Las Vegas it was a suite at Caesar’s Palace.
When he got charged in Macau, he was still allowed to travel the world while awaiting trial. After the arrest in Las Vegas, he and his son were bailed out by none other than high stakes poker pros Phil Ivey, Andrew Roble and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates for around $4.5 million total.
Phua was considered the head of the operations by government officials, but in both cases, others had also been arrested and everybody pleaded not guilty, at least in the Macau case.
Now that Phua is able to breathe freedom again, he can finally focus back on his business, the high stakes poker games and his own poker school site, PaulPhuaPoker.com.
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Impact of Crypto Mining on the Environment

  We, humans, are too proud of all the technological and economic progress we are making. This pride makes us think a streamlined way, forgetting what impact it asserts of the environment. This article talks about the ecological impacts of cryptocurrency mining, keep following to know how?               Why the craze of Cryptocurrency? […]