Isle of Man GSC introduces software suppliers’ licence

Mark Rutherford, deputy chief executive of the Gambling Supervision Commission
In a move that is set to make life simpler for gaming operators and suppliers on the Island, the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission is introducing a licensing scheme for software suppliers that will go hand-in-hand with the creation of a centralised software database.
The Isle of Man has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a brand-new software suppliers’ licence that will make it easier and quicker for operators to launch new products from trusted firms.
Under the new rules, B2B firms now have the option to apply for a licence which will allow them to list their games and software on a register of pre-approved products. Rather than having to produce specific certification for a new slot or third-party product, the Island’s gaming operators can refer to the register to see which products they are able to deploy immediately.
The move promises to streamline processes for both regulators and B2Cs on the Island, offering an innovative way to deliver efficiency to the gaming community, while maintaining high regulatory standards.
Mark Rutherford, deputy chief executive of the Gambling Supervision Commission, said: “Over the years we’ve had a number of software developers come to us and ask us if the Isle of Man was considering licensing their business model, so this year at ICE, for the first time, we’re delighted to be able to say ‘yes’.
“The benefit for the Isle of Man operators – the B2Cs – is that they get to see what products they can deploy straight away, secure in the knowledge that the GSC has already approved them, and it’s possible, with a following wind, that it’ll become a sort of directory of games.
“We’re not expecting everyone to want to jump on straight away, but so far, we’ve had an immensely positive reception from operators. We also recognise that for suppliers, the register may have the benefit of making their games and products more prominent, although that’s not its primary purpose.”
Commenting on the application process for suppliers, he added: “It’s essentially the same law that we’ve used for B2Cs, so the process in essence is the same, but without actually having control over players an awful lot of our consumer-protection law doesn’t really apply. So, while we will be still be as thorough with our diligence as we are with our B2Cs, software suppliers will need to supply a lot less information and therefore the application process should be swifter.”
Software suppliers who want to take advantage of the new register will be able to apply for a licence from the 22 February.
Isle of Man eGaming will be exhibiting at ICE Totally Gaming in London ExCel Centre from 5-7 February at Stand N6-220, N7. Contact Tony Jones on or stop by the stand to arrange a meeting.


SUZOHAPP appoints Matt Luckhurst as Sales Director for Components in UK & Ireland

SUZOHAPP is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Luckhurst as Sales Director for its Components business in the UK & Ireland, effective February 4th.
Mr. Luckhurst brings with him a wealth of experience in Sales Leadership and Relationship and Strategic Management, both in the UK and within Europe. With many years of experience within the Retail, Banking, Gaming and Travel & Tourism industries, he brings extensive knowledge and valuable expertise to this position. Mr. Luckhurst previously worked as Sales Director for Glory and has also held positions at NCR, TOREX and Wincor Nixdorf.
“We are pleased to have gained such a high calibre professional to join our team in this key position in the UK and Ireland,” commented Simon James, Managing Director of SUZOHAPP UK & Ireland. ”Our Components business represents our core area of focus and we look forward to creating new opportunities and building new relationships in this space.”
“I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to our previous Sales Director, John Vallis, who will be leaving the company in February,” continued Mr. James.  ”John has played an invaluable role in the growth of our company throughout his time with us and, on behalf of the whole SUZOHAPP team, we wish him every success in his future career.”


Evolution Gaming unveils new Deal or No Deal Live game, among its 10 new games showcased at ICE 2019

Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, will showcase 10 new games at ICE 2019 (stand N2-230, 5-7 February at ExCeL London), including Deal or No Deal Live, Lightning Dice, Free Bet Blackjack, and one secret game that will be revealed during the show.
According to Todd Haushalter, Evolution’s Chief Product Officer, “This really is the start of a new era where entertainment is at the core of the new games we are making. Netflix, YouTube and video games are the alternative to online gaming, so games need to be both great gaming experiences and entertaining.”
Based on the hit TV show, Deal or No Deal Live is the world’s first 24/7 game show allowing players to play along from the comfort of their own home.
Haushalter added, “We wanted to stay true to the game show that people know and love, retaining the engaging presenter and the thrill of awaiting the offer from the banker but all the while making it compatible for online players as a live game. With that in mind, we embarked upon what has been the most complex studio that Evolution has ever built to date. The game has a mix of RNG elements allowing players the chance to win big, as well as the universally recognisable studio set design and rich sound effects for UI actions recreating the atmosphere of the hit TV show and bringing that to online gaming.”
In addition to Deal or No Deal Live, nine other new games are showcased at ICE:
One secret game that will be revealed during the exhibition in collaboration with one of the world’s best-loved game brands;
Lightning Dice, with multipliers of up to 1000x, and the latest member of Evolution’s Lightning family following the runaway success of Lightning Roulette, which won three Game of the Year awards in 2018;
Free Bet Blackjack, the most popular Blackjack variation in land-based casinos;
Super Sic Bo, a new take on the favourite dice game, supercharged with random multipliers of up to 1000x;
Side Bet City, a fast, simple poker game with big pay-outs and wrapped in a 1980’s theme;
Two new RNG games that further extend Evolution’s First Person Gaming range with First Person Dream Catcher and First Person Lightning Roulette;
2 Hand Casino Hold’em, offering two separate hands in each round of our most popular Poker game
Infinite Blackjack, which allows an unlimited number of players to sit on one table and make independent decisions. This game recently went live and is already the most popular Blackjack table in the world by player counts.
Redefining Live Casino entertainment is a key theme for Evolution at ICE 2019. Like the secret game to be revealed during ICE, Evolution’s Deal or No Deal Live has the profile to attract new player types to Live Casino. It is the world’s first 24/7 game show and Haushalter says that Evolution is aiming really high with this title: “We want to reach an entertainment standard so high that people would want to watch the progress of the game even if they weren’t players in it, just as they would watch the TV show.”
Haushalter added, “We have never introduced so many games at one time. Following our successes with Lightning Roulette, we naturally feel pressure to deliver more truly unique games that not only engage today’s players but also provide new levels of entertainment and immersion. There is a real buzz around the company because we are confident we have met that challenge with this stellar line-up of new games. We are so very proud to be working with such a landmark famous name as Deal or No Deal, as well as showcasing incredible specialty games — all developed in-house by our immensely strong and talented team. Come by our stand at ICE to see all of the above and the unveiling of our secret additional game.”


Isle of Man drives innovation with new Blockchain Office

Lyle Wraxall, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Digital Agency
As part of their strategy to enhance the Island’s reputation for digital innovation, the Isle of Man will soon be opening the doors of its new Blockchain Office – a research, education and consultancy hub for crypto entrepreneurs and regulators.
In a major boost to blockchain-based businesses and entrepreneurs on the Island, the Isle of Man Government has announced that it will be launching a brand new Blockchain Office this Spring.
Part Sandbox and part consultancy scheme, the new project promises to deliver world-leading research, advice and knowledge-sharing across the crypto community and create an open space for discussions around regulation.
Companies involved in the scheme will have extensive contact with – and mentoring from – technologists, regulatory experts and successful entrepreneurs, as well as access to the Isle of Man’s extensive business infrastructure, which includes top-level accountancy and legal advisors and world-class connectivity.
The move is part of the Isle of Man’s burgeoning digital strategy, which was established last year to further the Island’s reputation as a leader in innovation.
Spearheaded by the Isle of Man Digital Agency, the strategy covers many of the most cutting-edge industries and sectors, from the Island’s thriving media and fintech communities, to esports and telecommunications.
Commenting on the plans, Lyle Wraxall, chief executive of the Isle of Man Digital Agency, said: “The establishment of the Blockchain Office sends out the clear message that we, as an Island, are going to be pro-blockchain, but that we are going to do that through good regulation – by attracting high-quality business, enhancing consumer protection, and becoming a globally recognised as a high-quality jurisdiction in this space.
“That’s why the consultancy wing of the Blockchain Office helps mature businesses to the point where they have the knowledge they need before they enter the Sandbox and start having that regulatory conversation.”
He added: “As an Island, we’re really well placed with our financial services, our infrastructure, and our egaming industry experts. We have such a strong support network of expertise that can come in and plug any gaps for early-stage entrepreneurs, so the innovators are free to focus on what they do best: the technology and the innovation. That innovation is what we’re trying to attract here, and I think the Blockchain Office will be the place where everything comes together to create an incredible ecosystem.”
The Blockchain Office is set to open its doors this February, with applications for consultancy services open from the beginning of March.
Isle of Man eGaming will be exhibiting at ICE London in the ExCel Centre from 5-7 February at Stand N6-220, N7. Contact Tony Jones on or stop by the stand to arrange a meeting.


Playtech BGT Sports Promotes John Pettit to Chief Commercial Officer

Management re-structure ahead of ICE will help grow sports betting business.
Playtech BGT Sports, the market-leading provider of omni-channel sports betting solutions, has announced that John Pettit has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer.
Pettit, who has been managing director of the UK, Ireland, and Australia, since he joined the provider from Ladbrokes at the end of 2015, will combine his existing role with the management of all customer activities around the world.
As part of a management re-structure designed to support PBS’ plans to enter more regulated markets, a management team with three new territory managing directors will work under him.
Lee Drabwell will be responsible for the UK, Ireland, and Belgium, with Costas Papadopoulos managing Greece, Cyprus, and Africa, and Riccardo Cavallaro taking care of remaining territories in Europe alongside Latin America.
Meanwhile, Hamish Davidson will remain managing director of PBS’s operations in Australia, with Gregor Errath promoted from commercial director to sales director. Errath will be responsible for sales and business development in all territories, working with the local MDs.
Playtech BGT Sports CEO DR Armin Sageder said: “We have some very ambitious plans to grow our business in existing countries and in a host of both regulated, and soon to be regulated, markets around the world.
“I’m sure John and his team will be very well-positioned to help us do that and we look forward to the next stage in our development, introducing great new products and welcoming new customers on board.”
John Pettit added: “It is a very exciting time for Playtech BGT Sports and I am delighted to be heading the team which will help us expand and our customers generate even stronger revenues.”
Playtech BGT Sports and its unique sportsbook products and service will feature on Playtech’s stand (N6-140) at ICE 2019 at London’s ExCeL conference centre between 5th – 7th February.


Isle of Man launches Software Supplier Licence

Software suppliers from around the world can now take advantage of the Isle of Man’s reputation for top tier regulation.
The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC), has launched a new licence for software suppliers looking to demonstrate their high standards for corporate governance and game fairness.
The GSC’s Software Supplier Licence (B2B) has been developed over recent months after high demand from companies located around the world requesting to be licensed by the highly-experienced regulator.
Software suppliers who obtain a licence can ensure they meet the same high standards as the Isle of Man-licensed operators they supply their games to. While the licence is not mandatory to supply software to Isle of Man licensed operators, there are a host of benefits for those who choose to be licensed.
As part of the licensing process, the software supplier has its games tested and certified. It can then show the Gambling Supervision Commission the testing certificate for its games and this will allow them to be placed on the GSC games registry.
Any games on the registry can be used by Isle of Man licensees without the GSC requesting an additional testing certificate. This will drastically speed up the time it takes software suppliers to integrate their games with Isle of Man-licensed operators potentially resulting in significant cost savings.
Other benefits include the kudos that comes with holding an Isle of Man licence. This can really help software developers strike deals with licensed operators in markets around the world as well as with key business partners in areas such as finance, legal and more by providing testimony that the company is run to high standards of corporate governance.


IWG to convert Microgaming slots for instant win market

Microgaming has announced details of an agreement that will see a selection of its most popular and successful slots transformed into instant win games by London-based supplier IWG.
IWG will adapt a range of new and classic releases by Microgaming for the instant win market, carefully tailoring each slot to create a unique instant win gaming experience for players. Combining trusted gameplay and exciting features with new prize structures and win mechanics, the converted games will be earmarked for distribution across Microgaming’s extensive operator base, which spans more than 800 of the world’s biggest gaming brands, later this year.
Through the deal, which represents the first partnership of its kind between the two suppliers, Microgaming aims to leverage IWG’s proven expertise in converting online casino slots into instant win games to extend its reach in this growing sector of the online gaming market.
John Quinn, Director of Content Strategy at Microgaming, said: “IWG has a strong reputation for delivering instant win slot games that keep the key characteristics of a popular title while adding a new dimension to the gameplay, which captures the attention of players around the world. We look forward to seeing this transformation of our popular releases and making them available to our ever-growing network of operators and their players.”


AvatarUX Studios strengthens YGS Masters portfolio

Hong Kong-based business adds to diverse range of premier independent studios working to deliver unique Yggdrasil content.
Yggdrasil has announced that AvatarUX Studios will be the latest independent studio to partner with the innovative content provider through its flagship Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters programme.
AvatarUX is a real-money and social games studio that specialises in highly interactive, portrait-first casino games with an Asian DNA for the European market, featuring action-packed 3D graphics and state-of-the-art in-game gamification.
The Hong Kong-based business becomes the fourth studio to join YGS Masters following Rabcat, Northern Lights, and Fantasma Games with each one working collaboratively with Yggdrasil to develop and deliver unique content in line with Yggdrasil’s global content roadmap.
AvatarUX has a strong focus on user experience, merging video and casual game concepts with casino features, and delivers its games via Swedish born, Asia-based promoter and serial iGaming investor Carl Wahlin. The first game to be delivered is entitled Kingpin.
Through the YGS Masters programme, Yggdrasil will be the exclusive distributor of this new breed of game, while AvatarUX will gain access to BOOST®, Yggdrasil’s collection of proprietary in-game promotional tools.


iSoftBet set for Czech expansion with major Sazka deal

State lottery to integrate provider’s powerful GAP solution via NeoGames platform – first deal in regulated Czech Republic.
Sazka, the largest state lottery in the Czech Republic, will power its next-generation online casino product using iSoftBet’s market-leading content, fully adjusted and compliant with local regulations.
The deal will see Sazka’s PGMS platform provider Neogames integrate iSoftBet’s complete suite of games that includes best-performing slot and table titles, giving the Czech market leader access to a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of products that are the best fit for Sazka’s DNA. Products that are subject to this deal have been specifically fine-tuned and customised to cater for Czech players in a rapidly emerging and heavily regulated online environment.
iSoftBet’s offering comes complete with supportive admin tools that set the industry benchmark when it comes to innovation. Sazka will be able to take advantage of various advanced marketing and real-time gamification tools as part of the agreement.
Games include best performing slots, table and video poker games, all of which have been designed, developed and certified for use in regulated markets, including the Czech Republic.
iSoftBet has created some of the best performing games of the last 12 months including popular titles such as Hot Spin and Pearl of the Orient, as well as latest releases The Nutcracker and Jumbo Stampede.
Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with such a well-established, market-leading brand such as Sazka. This marks an extremely exciting time for us and presents a tremendous opportunity to enhance our presence in a new and rapidly growing market.
“Our games continue to perform exceptionally well, and we are rapidly gaining market share with both existing and new operators in regulated and newly regulated markets.”
Jan Horyna, iGaming Director, Sazka, said: “iSoftBet has an excellent reputation for generating significant revenues for brands via its leading content platform and for producing high-quality games that perform consistently well across regulated markets. We are very excited to be partnering with iSoftBet and look forward for a long and fruitful partnership.”
iSoftBet is exhibiting at ICE 2019 at stand number N5-240 in London between 5th and 7th February.


Operator will use the innovative technology provider’s cutting-edge platform to take Indian poker market by storm

Connective Games, the innovative technology provider behind some of the world’s most successful poker networks, has signed a deal to provide Indian poker operator Baadshah Gaming with its powerful platform.
Connective Games has established itself as a true market leader by giving operators the power to localise their poker offerings by customising language, currency, payment gateways and even the game variants offered.
Baadshah Gaming will also be able to leverage the platform’s wide range of features to offer players a big range of tournaments. This will help to establish the brand as a leader in the fledgling Indian market.
Baadshah Gaming is a subsidiary of the Casino Pride Group known as an owner of one of the largest offshore casinos in India and Nepal.
Mr. Madhav Gupta, CEO of  Baadshah Gaming, said: “Connective Games is one of the most powerful and successful online poker technology providers in the world and was an obvious choice for us.
“We were particularly impressed with their mobile product which provides excellent player experiences we have ever witnessed.
“Powered by such innovative and outstanding technology, we believe we will take the Indian poker market by storm and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Mr. Serge Mukhanov, CEO of Connective Games, said: “We are proud to have been chosen by Baadshah Gaming to power their poker proposition. The Indian market offers huge potential and we believe our technology combined with their branding will be a winning formula.”
The announcement comes just weeks before the Connective Games team head to London for ICE 2019. Connective Games will be based at stand № N1-351and will be showcasing its poker and casino platforms, games and services.
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RSPH and GambleAware join forces to establish a Gambling Health Alliance

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of GambleAware. The new Alliance will seek to ensure that gambling and the harms which arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges, focussing on prevention, early intervention, and increased community engagement.
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.
The Alliance will act as a signposting organisation to other resources relevant to preventing gambling related harm. By creating this network, the Alliance will support the development of a more coherent approach than currently exists, and both better understand gambling as a public health issue and the support which is required to address these issues.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “While it is encouraging that gambling is rightly identified as a public health issue, more needs to be done to better understand the harms that arise from gambling, who is affected and what support can be provided to prevent harms from developing or escalating in the first place.
 We have long campaigned of the impact of gambling and issues such as debt on individual health and wellbeing, including the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in our Health on the High Street campaign, and the impact of High Cost Credit, in Life on Debt Row.  However, we also know that, as highlighted in our Health on the High Street report levels of gambling and gaming are increasing; for example, 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.
We are delighted to announce the establishment of this Alliance, which we hope will have the same impact that other alliances concerned with issues impacting on the public’s health, such as obesity and alcohol, are having on raising consciousness and agreeing common goals for the public health and policy-making community to rally behind.  The GHA will provide a forum where we can foster collaboration and share good practice amongst all relevant stakeholders to increase our understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling harms and the inequalities in health caused by this.”
Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the APPG on Gambling Related Harm, said: “As Chair of the APPG on Gambling Related Harm I am delighted to welcome the establishment of a Gambling Health Alliance. This Alliance will provide a vital platform for a wide coalition of organisations to join forces in ensuring that action is taken to tackle problem gambling and the many related harms.
We look forward to working closely with the Alliance and in particular, the public health community, in order to ensure that problem gambling and the harms which arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges.”
Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “Gambling is increasingly being considered as a significant public health issue, and this new Alliance provides an opportunity for a wide range of organisations to act together to address it in a coordinated and more effective manner.  As research reveals more about the breadth and complexity of the harms associated with gambling, GambleAware sees clear value in forging new partnerships with those who share our objectives to reduce those harms through a multi-level public health response.”


Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$ 1,272,598

Like we said, despite Bryn Kenney entering the final day at the bottom of the rung, he was undoubtedly the biggest threat at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He was the most decorated and experienced player with over US$25 Million in live earnings, and he displayed it. After a grueling three-handed battle running over four hours, a deal was struck with Michael Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen to end the game abruptly. Kenney was granted the victory and now adds Australia to his impressive list of accomplishments.
Final 7 payouts
1st Bryn Kenney – USA – AU$ 1,272,598 (deal)
2nd Michael Del Vecchio – USA – AU$ 1,272,162 (deal)
3rd Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – AU$ 1,097,739 (deal)
4th Clinton Taylor – Australia – AU$ 483,000
5th Matthew Wakeman – Australia – AU$ 380,300
6th Gyeong Byeong Lee- Korea – AU$ 309,000
7th Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – AU$ 242,000
Record-breaking field
The record-breaking Main Event drew 822 players. The final day round saw back-to-back final tableist Michael Del Vecchio leading in the pack however it was Andrew Hinrichsen who outshined early. He eliminated, Hamish Crawshaw (7th) and Gyeong Byeong Lee (6th). Then after the fall of Matthew Wakeman (5th), Hinrichsen claimed his third victim with Clinton Taylor falling to him in 4th place.
Entering three-handed, Hinrichsen was in charge with nearly 70 percent of the chips in play at his disposal. An hour in, that lead was history with Del Vecchio doubling up to reclaim the command he once held. Another two hours in, it switched hands again with Kenney finding his way to the top. The game ended on a deal, and though Kenney was slightly behind in chips, he was still granted the title and the higher payout. As for both Del Vecchio and Hinrichsen, they pocketed the largest cash of their live tournament career.
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Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event: Meet the Final 7 players

From a record-breaking 822 entries, the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event has reached the final table rounded by the last remaining seven players. While each one is a force to reckon with, only one player will earn the title and the AU$1,850,000 (US$1.34M) top prize.
Here’s a brief review on each of the players:
Michael Del Vecchio – USA – 5,465,000
Mike Del Vecchio – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNewsLast year Michael Del Vecchio finished 5th at this same event. Impressively, he is back in familiar territory and with the largest stack of the final crew. Del Vecchio has been picking up momentum since his first-ever live tournament career victory at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event in March 2017. He then capped that year with a massive six-figure payday at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – US$10,400 Main Event earning US$ 752,196 for 3rd place. To kick off 2018, he took 5th at the Aussie Millions.
Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – 5,300,000
Andrew Hinrichsen has been racking up stats for a decade and has amassed over US$1.3M in live tournament earnings. He has shown success in various festivals around the globe such as the ANZPT, APPT Sydney, Macau Poker Cup Championship, WSOP Europe (Cannes), and APPT- Asia Championship of Poker. He also ran very deep at the 2011 WSOP Main Event finishing 23rd for his largest payday of US$ 302,005. Throughout the years, he has accumulated numerous cashes at the Aussie Millions. Prior to this one, his deepest Main Event finish was 32nd place.
Matthew Wakeman – Australia – 4,010,000
Matthew Wakeman has a highly commendable list of deep runs piled up since 2010. While plenty of five figure payouts are scattered throughout, last year was a big one earning a couple of first-ever six figure cashes. His first one was in August at the 2018 Sydney Championships AU$20K No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. He placed 2nd for AU$ 159,600 (~US$118,500). Then in December, he won the WSOP International Circuit Sydney AU$5K Challenge for an even bigger AU$256,496 (~US$188,800). Although this is his largest career payout, it is likely he will surpass it with his current stack at the Main Event.
Clinton Taylor – Australia – 3,845,000
Not much is known of Clinton Taylor however he did eliminate Michael Egan (13th) to form the final two tables. It was a grind from there, successfully defending some of his forced blinds. If this is indeed to be marked as his first live tournament cash then he is one to watch for with no prior history to size him up.
Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 3,640,000
Hamish Crawshaw is the last player holding up the flag for New Zealand. His fans would be very proud in that Crawshaw is already booked for his first six-figure score, possibly seven if he takes it all the way. Among his latest achievements, last year he won a small Main Event in Auckland for around US$ 38,000. He is running well at the Aussie Millions with two cashes already pocketed.
Gyeong Byeong Lee – Korea – 1,540,000
Gyeong Byeong Lee may not have the extensive list of achievements to boast of but getting this far is already an honorable accomplishment. Playing mostly in Asia, his first major victory was at the Asian Poker Tour Manila Series back in May 2016. The following year he trekked to America for the WSOP and earned his largest live cash of US$ 61,929 at the Main Event for 91st place. Lee is already guaranteed to surpass that previous score no matter where he places. In fact, he will more than double his total live tournament earnings.
Bryn Kenney – USA – 920,000
Bryn Kenney is undoubtedly the most decorated player in the lineup. Kenney boasts of over US$25 Million in live tournament earnings and is the only player that has scored a seven-figure payout. In fact, he has four scores in the million range and an incredibly long list of six-figures cashes. Kenney is a WSOP bracelet winner, and has also won events all around the world: Prague, Barcelona, Amsterdam, England, Monte Carlo, Bahamas, plus High Roller events in Las Vegas. Although he has the shortest stack coming in, he is certainly a threat. No matter where he falls, this will be largest win in Australia with only one prior cash in the country.
Remaining payouts
1st AU$ 1,850,000
2nd AU$ 1,130,000
3rd AU$ 662,500
4th AU$ 483,000
5th AU$ 380,300
6th AU$ 309,000
7th AU$ 242,000
Notable players in the money
Plenty of notable players found their way to the money round. 88 places were paid. Among the receivers were: Robert Glasspool (8th), Michael Addamo (17th), Jack Salter (18th), Quan Zhou (28th), Jesse Sylvia (45th), Michael Soyza (57th), Do Hoang (60th), Yosuke Sekiya (69th), and Aditya Sushant (87th).
The Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event resumes on Sunday, February 3. Somuchpoker will have the results as soon as it concludes.
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PokerStars announces APPT 2019 date

Hot off the press, PokerStars has just announced two dates to one of their most popular tours, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The last time this event took place was in August 2018 in the Philippines with a record-breaking 1,364 entries for the Main Event. The tour will come back back to Manila once again but first, they head to Incheon, Korea.

According to the announcement,
APPT Korea will take place from April 5 to 14 at Paradise City in the Incheon complex, The KRW 1,800,000 buy-in Main Event, starting April 11 will feature a KRW 300,000,000 guarantee, with other event highlights including:
APPT Korea Kick Off – April 5-6, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 350,000 (KRW 50 million GTD)APPT Korea National – April 7-8, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 700,000 (KRW 80 million GTD)APPT Korea High Roller – April 13-14, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 5,000,000
Following that leg, the tour heads to Manila from July 26 to August 4. The event will take place at the official hub of PokerStars LIVE Manila in Okada Manila.
Events highlighted are:
APPT Main Event – August 1-4, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 65,000 (PHP 20 million GTD)APPT Manila Kick Off – July 26-27, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 16,000 (PHP 3 million GTD)APPT Manila National- July 28-29, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 33,000 (PHP 5 million GTD)
PokerStars future in Asia
OkadaEver since the International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) headed by Stanley Choi was granted the rights to handle all PokerStars LIVE events in Asia – with the exception of the Philippines hub – the hype seems to have fallen flat. So far, only one festival has been produced in Korea last year, and this year, only Korea again has been announced.
This is unlike the recently relocated PokerStars LIVE Manila room in Okada Manila with its busy schedule. The year already kicked off with the Manila Super Series 10 and will be followed by the Okada Millions.
Several questions loom. Will the APPT 2019 season surpass its 2018 edition of four events?
Also will they be able to draw the same big numbers as last year without the PSPC Platinum Pass powerful marketing tool? At this time, no incentive of such kind has been offered. Another pressing question is Macau. PokerStars drew players from all over the world to Macau for their events.
Will there be a return to Macau? If so, when? Currently the only festival organized is handled by the Poker King group.
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Record-breaking 822 players at the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event; 169 remain; numerous Asian players in contention

The ground was shaking down under with a record-breaking 822 players turning up for the AU$10,600 buy-in Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event. Year after year, this annual event never fails to draw players from all around the world that it has now become one of the most sought after titles next to the WSOP Main Event.
As expected, the list of highly decorated players in the field was extensive. Since this was a freezeout tournament, everyone gunned to survive the first stage. By the completion of all the starting days, only half the field advanced to Day 2 – 405 players (to be exact) – which was further cut to 169 at the end of the day.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
Day 1A – 165 – 79 advanced
Day 1B – 268 – 135 advanced
Day 1C – 364 – 191 advanced
Day 2 – 25 late registration
Total entries – 822
Prize pool of AU$8,220,000 (~US$5.9 Million)
ITM: 88 places

With an addional 25 entries this today, the 2019 #AussieMillions Main Event has been officially locked out at 822 players – the largest field in its 20+ year history!!!
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National Football League selects Caesars Entertainment as first-ever official casino sponsor

Landmark sponsorship is the first-ever national casino agreement for the NFL. Caesars Entertainment will provide unique experiences for NFL fans by engaging its casino properties, celebrity chefs, premier music artists and a wide range of entertainers.
The National Football League have announced they have selected Caesars Entertainment Corporation as the first-ever Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL.
Beginning with the upcoming 2019 NFL playoffs, this multi-year sponsorship is focused on Caesars providing unique experiences for NFL fans by using its casino properties, celebrity chefs, premier music artists and a wide range of entertainment elements.
Caesars will have the exclusive right to use NFL trademarks in the United States and the United Kingdom to promote Caesars casino properties and activate at key NFL events including the Super Bowl and NFL Draft.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with one of the world’s largest gaming and entertainment companies,” said Renie Anderson, Senior Vice President, NFL Partnerships, Sponsorship and Consumer Products. “Combining the NFL with Caesars’ expertise in world class entertainment will provide our fans unique experiences both here in the United States and abroad.”
“All of us at Caesars Entertainment are thrilled to be the first-ever casino partner of the NFL, the most prominent sports league in North America,” said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “Combining the league’s 180 million fans with our 55 million Total Rewards loyalty program members will expose millions of people to the exclusive and exciting year-round opportunities at our properties.”
Seven NFL Clubs have relationships with Caesars Entertainment, including the Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Colts, Saints, Raiders and Eagles. These partnerships, along with the new League deal, are for the Casino category only and do not include sports betting, daily fantasy or hotels/resorts.
Caesars, alongside other properties on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will host elements of the 2020 Draft in coordination with the City of Las Vegas to help create this historic event.


Chanticleer Holdings Durban South Africa Hooters Awarded Gaming License

Two Machines Installed and Live with Three Planned for January Install.
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc, owner, operator, and franchisor of multiple nationally recognized restaurant brands have announced that it has been awarded a gaming license for its Durban South Africa Hooters location.
Two gaming machines were successfully installed in December and are now live and contributing to revenues. The Company expects three additional machines to be fully installed and live in January bringing the total gaming machines to five for this location. The Company anticipates being awarded additional licenses for its other South Africa locations, excluding its Emperor’s Palace Casino location.
Mike Pruitt, Chanticleer Holdings Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased to have been awarded a gaming license on the heels of a nearly yearlong process now allowing for the installation of gaming machines in our Durban Hooters location. We believe this license has the potential to pave the way to adding gaming to our remaining South Africa locations providing a strong and complementary new revenue vertical. Durban is our original flagship location and houses our South Africa corporate office.
Chanticleer owns and operates five Hooters restaurants in South Africa, one in Durban, three in Johannesburg and one in Pretoria.


Esports Entertainment Group Opens New Global Headquarters In Malta, Hires Two Key Executives

Esports Entertainment Group, Inc, a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce the hiring of two key executives and the opening of our new global headquarters in Malta.
Malta was chosen due to its strategic location within the European Union, as well as, access to a highly educated and multi-lingual workforce, especially in the fields of online gambling.  The Malta office launch includes two key executive hires and will serve as the new global headquarters of the Company, with additional personnel expected to be added through 2019 as the Company ramps up development of its esports betting operations through, the world’s first and most transparent esports betting exchange.
The Company is pleased to announce the hiring of the following two key executives:
Adrien J. Lefèvre – Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Adrien has served as a Compliance Officer, including Regulatory Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer in the gaming industry since 2015, including his most recent position with The Multi Group Ltd.  He will be responsible for creating an integrated risk framework, assess risk, quantify risk limits, develop plans to mitigate risks and manage any new license applications in any regulated jurisdictions.  His extensive experience at all levels of compliance will be invaluable as Esports Entertainment Group pursues additional gambling licenses in 2019 to further strengthen its market position and rapidly expand into new geographic regions.
Jenny Pace – Head Of Payments
Jenny has specialized in payments processing for almost 25 years, including her most recent position as Country Manager and Director of Western Union Business Solutions in Malta since 2009, where she maintained full leadership and operational control.  Her list of responsibilities will be extensive, including but not limited to, managing our relationships with banks, credit card companies and payment processors, as well as, insuring provides its players with the most up to date payment options. Given the speed at which the payments world is changing, her extensive payments experience and industry relationships will be critical to the success of Esports Entertainment Group.
Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, stated, “The opening of our Malta office and the addition of our newest executives is a new milestone for Esports Entertainment Group. Malta is a full EU member nation that provides greater resources and the infrastructure necessary to continue our growth.  The addition of Jenny and Adrien significantly strengthens our regulatory and operational expertise.”


Top 10 achievements by Asia-Pacific players in the live scene of 2018

2018 has come to a close and what an incredible year it was for players from the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many to acknowledge, here’s our list of top 10 player achievements for the year:
Michael Soyza tops Asia GPI ranking
Michael Soyza – Photo PokerStarsMalaysian pro Michael Soyza turned up the notch this year accumulating over $2.65M in live tournament earnings and rising to top rank of the Asia GPI standings with 3,112,36 points. This also placed him 13th in the overall GPI ranking.
Among Soyza’s numerous deep cashes and victories were six payouts in the six-figure range. His first one was $148,629 for his triumph in April at the APPT Korea Main Event. Two months later, this was easily usurped by his victory at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series in Las Vegas for a massive take of $588,249. With half the year passed, he was not only cashing in big but was also raking in the GPI points.
In August, Soyza padded up another fat chunk of points for his wins at the APPT Manila High Roller BB Ante event and at the EPT Barcelona €10,300 NLH event. This also added another $400K combined to his live earnings.
At the end of October, Soyza placed 3rd at the largest buy-in event we’ve seen him cash in, the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller event at the WSOPE in Rozvadov. Though the GPI points he earned for this event didn’t make the tally, he still shipped $592,594 for his largest live career payout. Just before closing out the year, Soyza collected a combined $500K in two high roller events at the Jeju Red Dragon Series.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
Michael Addamo wins bracelets at the WSOP and WSOPE
Michael Addamo – Photo King’s CasinoFor the past two years, Australian pro Michael Addamo has come very close to clasping one of those coveted WSOP gold bracelets. That all changed in 2018. Not only did Addamo win a bracelet, he won one at the WSOP in Las Vegas and another at the WSOPE in Rozvadov.
After piling in deep runs in Australia and Hong Kong, Addamo took to the 2018 WSOP in June and bested a field of 1,637 at the $2,620 NLH – The Marathon event. He claimed $653,581 and the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career. Four months later, he was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the 2018 WSOPE. He won the €25,500 NLH High Roller event for his second WSOP bracelet. He overcame a field of 133 and earned his largest live career payout of €848,702 which is roughly around $980K.
Alexander Lynskey WSOP Main Event Final 9 + WSOP Sydney Main Event Champion
Alex Lynskey – Photo Star Poker / PokerNewsIn July, Australian pro Alexander Lynskey navigated through a crowd of 7,874 players to reach the WSOP Main Event final table of nine. He went on to finish in 7th place and scored a deserving payout of $1,500,000. This was his first seven-figure win.
In December, the WSOP was hosting its International Circuit in Sydney, Australia. The Main Event attracted a large field of 1,191 players. Lynskey won the event for A$422,796 to claim his first WSOP ring.
Ivan Leow’s Super High Roller run
Ivan Leow and Team MalaysiaSeng Yee Leow “Ivan” took the felt by storm this year going from just $123K in live tournament earnings to amassing over $5.8M. The bulk of his winnings came from Super High Roller events starting in May at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Montenegro. Though he didn’t champion any events there, he scooped up a combined $450K for his two 6th place finishes.
The month of July was when it all broke open for Leow. He cashed in three events at the Triton Poker series in Jeju, one of which was a victory at the HK$500K NLH – Short Deck Only event. This awarded him over HK$8,470,000 which was just over US$1M. That leg earned him a combined US$1.53M.
Immediately after, he set off for Sochi, Russia for the Triton Super High Roller event at the partypoker MILLIONS. He powered over the 29 entrants for his second SHR career victory and second seven-figure payday of approximately US$1,133,555. The streak continued in September at WPT Korea in Incheon where he won a Super High Roller event for approximately US$118K and placed 2nd at another SHR event for US$156K.
In October, Leow championed the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller at the WSOPE in Rozvadov, adding around US$1.4M to his insane list of SHR winnings. His last score was at the end of November. He finished 4th at the Jeju Red Dragon Series SHR event for over US$250K.
Mike Takayama brings home the first WSOP bracelet for the Philippines
Mike Takayama & Team PhilippinesFilipino pro Mike Takayama is a very well-known figure in the Philippines poker circuit with a long list of achievements earned in his home country since 2014. This year however was a particularly big one. Takayama took on the world stage for the first time, trekking to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual WSOP.
For his debut visit, he impressed his fans with a victory at the US$1K NLH Super Bounty event. He became the first Filipino to win a WSOP bracelet. He also earned $198,568 which is his largest live score to-date. At the series, Takayama also placed 32nd at the Double Stack Event for $17,814 and 421st at the Main Event for $29,625.
More: Interview with Mike Takayama, the first Filipino WSOP bracelet winner
Iori Yogo wins three APT major titles
Iori Yogo – Photo APTAPT Player of the Year 2016 champion Iori Yogo had another strong year in the APT circuit. Among his numerous deep runs were victories in major events. In March, he won the P110,000 APT Championships Event after overcoming several close calls against runner-up Lester Edoc. He won roughly $45,800. In August, he won the APT Main Event in Korea, Incheon for around $36,100; then in December, he won a second APT Championships Event, this one with a much higher buy-in of P165,000. He became the first player to win two APT Championships Event titles. Yogo pocketed roughly $54,700. This year saw the Japanese pro cash 17 times at the APT.
Wei Guo Liang wins the Little One for One Drop
Wei Guo Liang – Photo WSOPOne of the most popular events in the WSOP lineup is the $1,111 NLH – Little One for One Drop. This year saw another big field of 4,732 entries for a prize pool of $4,258,800. Several Asian players ran very deep here but none as deep as Chinese pro Wei Guo Liang. Wei championed the event to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $559,332. He became the fourth Chinese national to win a WSOP gold.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa adds an APT Main Event title to his portfolio
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – Photo APTOne of the Asian Poker Tour’s biggest supporters / promoters is Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa. Through the years, the number of Japanese players attending the APT circuit has grown due to his efforts. Tsuchikawa is a highly accomplished poker player with stats dating back to 2011. He has won a WPT Main Event, a PokerStars Manila Main Event, and after two near APT Main Event victories – one in 2012 and another in 2014 – finishing runner-up in both, Tsuchikawa finally secured a win at the APT Main Event in Vietnam this past October.
Lester Edoc collects 1st places in his home country
Lester EdocUp until this year, Filipino pro Lester Edoc only had one major title under his belt which he won at the International Poker Open Main Event in Manila back in 2015. As of today, he now has another four, all of them won on home turf.
In February, Edoc won the Asia Poker League Road Series Philippines Main Event besting a field of 276 entries. This was immediately followed up with a win at the PokerStars Manila Super Series Main Event in March topping a field of 1,118 entries.
Later that same month, Edoc won the APT Philippines – Main Event and nearly captured the APT Championships Event of the same series. He fell in runner-up to Iori Yogo. In September, Edoc attended the APT Philippines II and took down the Main Event once again for back-to-back series victories. These major wins plus the 2nd place against Yogo earned him nearly $190K combined.
Philip King Chun Wang most cashes in 2018
Taiwanese player Philip King Chun Wang overtook Chinese player Xing Biao Zhu in the final stretch of the Hendon Mob 2018 Number of Cashes. He closed the year with 64 cashes, earning most of them in his home country and in the Philippines. His largest score though was at APPT Macau in January. He finished 2nd at the HK$55K NLH Megastack for HK$250,000 ($31,971).
As for Xing, he too had a commendable run. He led the race back in April and closed with 61 cashes. Interestingly, from January to April, Xing was very active in the scene. He cashed numerous times on each of those months to put him at the top of the list.
Then from May to September, it was zero activity. Xing did not post a single cash. When October rolled in, Xing was back on attack raking in the ITMs once again. At the AJPC Asian Circuit in Korea, he earned in 10 events, five of which were wins. To close out the year, he scored at another AJPC Korea event in December cashing in 9 events.
Article by Tricia David
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Spotlight on the Metro Card Club: The year in review

2018 shined brightly on many destinations in Asia and for this article, we put our spotlight on the Metro Card Club aka Metro – one of the pioneers of poker in the Philippines.
For those unfamiliar with this incredibly popular poker joint, it is the largest brick and mortar poker room in the country, and for many years, it was the largest in Asia. Many of today’s top Filipino pros started at the Metro including Mike Takayama, the first homegrown Filipino 2018 WSOP bracelet winner.
This year was a very busy one at the Metro with festivals nearly every month. Since they cater to the wallets of the locals, as always buy-ins stay relatively low from P2,200 – P10,000 with guaranteed prize pools ranging from P750,000 to P5,000,000. Although they haven’t hosted an international event in quite some time, these home brewed festivals also attract foreign players residing and/or visiting the country.
Here’s a summary of the year’s biggest events and the champions:
February 7 to 12: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,043,790
Entries – 602Winner – Rommel Angeles
April 11 to 16: Summer Event P3 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P3,294,500 ~US$62,000)
Entries – 599Winner – Joseph Sia
June 27 to July 2: Walk to a Million – P1 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,664,520 (~US$31,400)
Entries – 858Winner – Marvin Cerbito
August 22 to 27: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,400,265 (~US$45,300)
Entries – 707Winner – Euryd Rivera
The P2 Million Guaranteed Main Event concluded with a highly thrilling final table. The last five players were all well-known figures in the local poker scene: John Tech, Mike Takayama, Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, and Euryd Rivera. Euryd Rivera went on to defeat Marc Rivera at heads up and captured the trophy.
Euryd Rivera – Photo MetroOne month later, to introduce the Big Blind Ante system to their patrons, the Metro held a P1.5 Million Big Blind Ante festival. The format they chose was ante first, a similar structure used by the World Series of Poker. Since then, they’ve adapted this format for most of their tournaments.
September 26 to October 1: Big Blind Ante P1.5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,455,000 (~US$27,400)
Entries – 472
Winner – Jharome Pena
When November rolled in, it was the time of year for the Metro’s biggest annual event, the RVS CUP Philippine Poker Championship. This event comes with a P5 Million guarantee. For the first time, the event was extended from 6 days to 11 days with pre-events added. Another addition was a Player of the Series title.
November 14 to 19: RVS CUP P5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P5,665,770 (~US$107,000)
Entries – 649Winner – Marco AlmerezPlayer of the Series – Joven Huerto
Marco Almerez – Photo MetroThe Main Event witnessed the rise of Davao southern province favorite, Marco Almerez. Almerez overcame the likes of Mike Takayama and Lester Edoc at the final table. After this victory, Almerez went on to score another win at the Asian Poker Tour Finale festival. He won the APT-RWM Opening Day event defeating Takayama at heads up.
Metro creates Metro Team Pros
Team Pros – MetroIn July, several Filipino pros attended the 2018 World Series of Poker. This was the first time a strong contingent from the country entered the world stage in numbers. They did justice to their flag, cashing in numerous events, including the Main Event. Mike Takayama captured a bracelet after nearly giving up and packing for home. Hence the moniker “Batang Metro” sprung, translated as “Bred from Metro”, used to describe any player representing the room.
Upon their return, the Metro honored them for their achievements. Since then, a Metro Team Pro was formed. They comprise of Takayama. Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, John Tech, Martin Gonzales, Ronald Singson, Mark Amparo, Joven Huerto, Czardy Rivera, Euryd Rivera, Alexis Lim, Terry Gonzaga, William Ysmael, and Nicandro Filart.
Article by Tricia David
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Schedule Preview for 50th WSOP Released

Back in the days when the WSOP was half a dozen men sat around a table playing what was basically a sit & go, few could have foreseen what the series would grow to be fifty years later. The WSOP is now the most recognisable and prestigious series on earth, and its 50th anniversary this summer will be marked by yet another packed schedule. Some of the details of that schedule were released into the public domain just a few days ago, and we now have a partial idea of what to expect in the summer. Here’s what we know so far.

Big 50
To mark the half-century point in the WSOP’s history, a new event has been added to the schedule. The Big 50 will command a $500 buy in, have 50-minute levels and a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. Players will begin with 50,000 chips and $1 million is guaranteed for the winner of the event. There is also an extra twist to the event, as the first entry of all players will be completely rake-free. This event will be one of the opening events of the series, beginning on May 30th and will permit players to re-enter on a subsequent starting day flight if they lose all their chips.
Other special June events
June 7th will see another event award $1 million to the player who lifts the bracelet. The Millionaire Maker has become a regular fixture on the WSOP schedule, with a $1,500 buy in fee and 60-minute levels. Expect a large field for this one, with each player starting off with 25,000 chips. The Monster Stack event will begin on June 21st and also costs $1,500 to enter. 50,000 chips and 60-minute levels should see a large field battling away for several days to determine a winner. The 28th of June sees another smaller buy in tournament with $888,888 guaranteed to the winner. The event is, of course the Crazy Eight’s event which has a buy in of $888.
Main Event
As ever, those looking to play the WSOP Main Event will have to stump up $10,000. The grandest tournament in the world will begin on July 3rd, consist of 2-hour blind levels and all players involved will start off with 60,000 chips. The guarantee for this event is yet to be set, but with a large field of 7,874 assembling at the Rio for the Main Event last year, this summer should see another healthy turnout.
May 30
Big 50
No-Limit Hold’em
50 minutes
$1m winner
May 31

50 minutes

June 1

50 minutes

June 2

50 minutes

June 7
Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
60 minutes
$1 million to winner
June 8

60 minutes

June 13
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+)
60 minutes
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