Acquisition includes 1,500 high-volume casino ATMs and self-service devices which dispense over $5 billion annually across nearly 200 gaming properties in the United States. As a result of the acquisition, NRT now operates over 31,000 ATM devices which process more than 300 million transactions and dispense more than $20 billion annually.
NRT Technologies Inc, has acquired the gaming ATM assets of U.S. Bank National Association. Fifth Third Bank acted as NRT’s lead arranger of a bank syndicate that includes Capital One, CIBC, and Umpqua Bank, for financing of the transaction. Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
NRT is a global technology leader of next generation payment systems, specialized financial/marketing self-serve kiosks, and digital and mobile experiences for the gaming industry. Through this acquisition, NRT now supports ATM processing on ATM’s and TITO Redemption Units (TRU’s) across nearly 300 gaming properties in the United States. NRT is now the largest ATM processor in the North America casino market, providing mission critical services to more than 750 gaming clients, including the top 25 largest global gaming operators.
In partnership with Diebold Nixdorf, NRT will be making important upgrades to the acquired ATM fleet with new state-of-the-art ATMs that will not only support traditional ATM and cash advance functions, but also provide mobile engagement through Sightline Play+ and card-less ATM features. NRT and Diebold Nixdorf have an existing partnership with the world’s largest mobility provider, Kony Inc., which will enable a unified and highly personalized mobile guest experience across NRT’s growing portfolio of gaming ATM and TRU devices.
As part of the transaction, NRT has secured an expanded vault cash facility ensuring high cash availability to meet the rigorous cash withdrawal demands of NRT’s gaming operator customers.
“Acquiring this ATM portfolio fits within our strategy of leading in both the cash and cashless payment verticals for casinos,” said John Dominelli, NRT Founder and President. “As part of this transaction, we are pleased to welcome key members of the U.S. Bank team to the NRT family. The acquisition will provide a significant boost to NRT’s transaction volume while simultaneously moving NRT into a leadership position in offering advanced, non-traditional financial services through our next generation self-service ATMs and kiosks.”
“NRT’s payment switch technology, commitment to customer service and exciting product roadmap made it a great fit for assuming this portfolio of ATMs,” said Paul Nielsen, Vice President and Managing Director of Gaming Services for U.S. Bank. “We have full confidence that NRT will continue to provide the high level of customer service and dedication that our clients have come to expect from U.S. Bank.”
“NRT and Sightline are uniquely positioned to dramatically expand the use of mobile engagement with Play+ and innovative cash access transactions,” said Kirk Sanford, Sightline Payments’ Founder and CEO. “This acquisition not only expands our cash access business, but it also enhances our ability to realize on NRT and Sightline’s vision for revolutionizing the way gaming operators interact with their guests.”
“NRT and Sightline are doing really exciting things around casino guest experiences and it is imperative they have a partner like Diebold Nixdorf that can evolve with them and provide flexibility and innovation to assist them in delivering the best customer experience,” said Bruce Pierce, Vice President and General Manager Canada at Diebold Nixdorf. “Our partnership will demonstrate the expanded connected commerce capabilities and enhance the ATM experience for all casino guests.”
Acquisition includes 1,500 high-volume casino ATMs and self-service devices which dispense over $5 billion annually across nearly 200 gaming properties in the United States. As a result of the acquisition, NRT now operates over 31,000 ATM devices which process more than 300 million transactions and dispense more than $20 billion annually.
Social sensation Big Narstie refines his interview and press conference etiquette with football reporter Lynsey Hipgrave and impressionist Mark Langley as part of seven-part Rapper to Reporter series.
Grime icon Big Narstie, with the support of online bookmaker 888sport, is on a quest to become the ultimate football pundit, turning from Rapper to Reporter ahead of the world’s biggest sporting event.
The collaborative video series sees Big Narstie practice his interview and press conference skills in his bid to become the nation’s favourite alternative reporter. Having recently returned to the classroom to learn Russian, episode four of the series sees Narstie brush up his reporting skills with Lynsey Hipgrave and Mark Langley on hand to provide some invaluable expertise.
To watch more of Big Narstie taking his reporting skills to the next level, click here. Also track the series on social media using #NarstieRussia.
This year’s visitors of G2E Asia were welcomed with unique gaming concepts and design at Euro Games Technology’s booth. The shown wide-range exposition at one of the most awaited events in the industry turned EGT’s participation into a triumph: “We reaffirmed our serious intentions for development in Asia, gathered the first impressions of our products and became more insightful about how to tune our developments even further to the market,” shared Boyko Boev, manager business development for Asia at EGT. “For all this we had Channel Paradise Sdn. Bhd by our side. Our forward-looking partner for the region teamed up with us for a local strong presentation and outperforming results.”
Both companies gladly received numerous potential customers. “It has been a very busy show indeed,” commented Eng Meng Chuah, COO of Channel Paradise Sdn. Bhd. “A strength of EGT is its huge range of products and commitment to develop solutions of a world-class design. Their brand has been away from the region for several years, but now has returned with gaming concepts that are one-of-a-kind.”
Such an innovative and smart solution is the double T-line auto roulette table of EGT Multiplayer with two 84-inch displays and 12 touch screen gaming places, connected to an automated wheel and to the jackpot system Diamond Number. The next generation full HD terminals of S-line series – S32, S32/32, S32/32/27 and S32/32/32, featuring respectively one, two, or three 32-inch monitors, quickly provoked high interest as well with their ability to connect to a live-streamed roulette game, adding their own Rigel and King Collection multi-game mixes with the locally favored Baccarat and Sic Bo titles. Another automated roulette product – the Premier R8 of 8 gaming places each equipped with an individual 23-inch widescreen touch monitor, was the final detail that made the multiplayer display complete.
“Asian market is traditionally inclined to table gaming so EGT Multiplayer’s solutions are best accepted by the local audience and were highly successful at G2E Asia,” added Eng Meng Chuah. Supporting the statement, both EGT and Channel Paradise sales teams reported on several inked contracts during the event that are currently being executed in Cambodia, Timor Leste and Laos with more installations to follow in the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal till the end of the year. “There is a tremendous growth in the region, yielding numerous opportunities for us,” concluded Eng Meng Chuah. “We are also following closely the casino gaming legalization process in Japan, as this may incentivize other countries to follow the lead.”
EGT’s slot and casino management solutions also received warm acceptance, especially the Chinese-themed Fu Gui Rong Hua jackpot system, the Super Premier cabinet and the 888 Red Collection mix of 6 games. For its entrance in Asia EGT Interactive will rely on its globally best known online titles among which 40 Super Hot, Supreme Hot and Burning Hot. The future development of EGT and its subsidiaries in the region is envisaged as a synergy of their local partners’ expertise, profound research on the market specifics and dedication of their R&D teams in creating a genuinely tailored portfolio, covering all aspects of gaming.
Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it is to launch a second multi-camera Dual Play Roulette table at London’s famous Hippodrome Casino, with go-live scheduled for Q3 2018.
This follows the highly successful launch for The Hippodrome in 2017 of both Evolution-hosted online Live Casino services and an Evolution Dual Play Roulette at Lola’s, The Hippodrome’s underground casino.
This latest Dual Play table will be located on the main gaming floor of The Hippodrome and will be open 24/7.
On-premise players will have a clear sightline of the new table not only on the gaming floor but also from The Hippodrome’s upper levels. This will allow The Hippodrome to promote the unique benefit of Dual Play — the ability for remote players to join on-premise players and play in the same games, at the same table, from virtually anywhere in the world. In addition, on-premise players will also have the opportunity to continue playing at the Dual Play table on their smartphones or tablets when in the venue’s restaurant areas.
Like the Lola’s Dual Play table, this second Hippodrome Dual Play table will be available as a B2B service to other Evolution licensees. From day one of the new table launch, all Evolution operators who already take the ‘Live from Lola’s’ game feed will receive the additional Hippodrome live feed, with other Evolution operators able to opt-in too.
George Constantinou, Director of Interactive at The Hippodrome Casino, said: “Our first Evolution Dual Play table has been a great success, with high numbers of on-premise players drawn to the table and many more playing at the same table online. We were keen, therefore, to recreate the same kind of attraction and extended service offering on The Hippodrome’s main gaming floor.”
James Stern, Evolution’s Director of Business Development & Land-based Sales, added: “The Hippodrome is an iconic casino and entertainment venue. As such, we are confident that online players who see and play at The Hippodrome’s Dual Play table will be very much encouraged to visit the venue in person. There’s a real buzz around the Lola’s Dual Play table, and this latest table is sure to create similarly high levels of excitement and interest.”
Following months of public nominations and scrutiny by the WSOP´s Governing Council, the final ten candidates for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. Existing Hall of Famers and an 18-member media panel now have five days to vote on who should be inducted into poker´s most exclusive club.
This July, the Asian Poker Tour heads back to Vietnam to host their fifth event of the season, the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The upcoming event promises to be bigger than before with twelve days of nonstop poker festivities taking place at the Pro Poker Club from July 11 to July 22.
See You In Vietnam – Photo APTAs always the festival offers an exciting roster of events however what everyone will be eyeing is the Main Event – VND 6 Billion Guaranteed (US$261,300). Last January saw 664 entries for the 3M guaranteed Main Event making it the largest attendance in the tour’s history. With the guarantee now doubled, expectations are high for another massive turnout.
Main Event details
For a rundown on the featured tournament, the Main Event runs from July 13 to July 18. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 (~US$960). Players can jump in the game by signing up to any of the three starting days offered and up until the first hour of Day 2.
See the schedule below:
Day 1A: Friday, July 13 @ 1pm
Day 1B: Saturday, July 14 @ 1pm
Day 1C: Sunday, July 15 @ 1pm
Day 2A: Monday, July 16 @ 1pm
Day 2B: Monday, July 16 @ 7pm
Day 3: Tuesday, July 17 @ 1pm
Final Day: Wednesday, July 18 @ 130pm
Five Main Event packages via CoinPoker and other promos
Voyage to VietnamAnother way to secure a spot in the Main Event is through APT sponsor CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based online poker room. CoinPoker Voyage to Vietnam satellites to the qualifier are currently running. The Main Event qualifier will be held on July 11 at 17:00 EEST with 5 Main Event packages up for grabs. Packages include Main Event Day 1B seat, 3 night’s accommodation, and travel expense allowance of €250 paid in equivalent CHP value.
Last month CoinPoker offered two promos at APT Korea Seoul and will be extending the same to Main Event players in Vietnam: the Main Event Rake Back and the Last Man Standing promo. In Korea, Paul Hong was the first beneficiary of the Last Man Standing award winning a Main Event seat to APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The next winner will receive a Main Event seat to APT Korea in Incheon.
Schedule of events
In addition to the Main Event is another featured tournament, the Championships Event. This event runs back-to-back with the main, taking place from July 18 to July 22. Buy-in is VND 33,000,000 (~US$1,440).
For players that prefer the exclusivity of small fields and big returns, the CoinPoker High Rollers event takes place from July 12 to July 13. With a buy-in at a whopping VND 107,500,000 (~US$4,685), that will surely narrow the field to to heavy hitters and top players.
Making an appearance at the the APT for the first time is the NLH Single Day Ante BB. With the Ante BB growing in popularity around the world, the APT will offer two events featuring this new format.
For more information on the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships, just click on the schedule below.
More: APT Vietnam Championships 2018 Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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#1. Flush Jackpot
Jackpot payouts for huge hands are fairly common in the world of poker, but most of the time, they require the rarest of hands to be completed before a single cent of the money is paid.
With Natural8, things are a little different. While you still get a huge payout for a straight flush or royal flush, you also get paid a portion of the jackpot simply for making a regular flush.
The jackpot percentage payouts are 1% for a flush, 15% for a straight flush and 50% for a royal flush and they apply they across cash game tables where a player has a qualifying hand.
There are a few criteria that must be met, including putting at least 15 big blinds in the pot, but this is clearly an excellent chance for players to earn a little boost during their cash game sessions.
#2. $100K Flush Jackpot Chase
The largest poker advocacy group, Poker Players Alliance, has rebranded itself as the Poker Alliance, bringing itself back on the map amid rapidly changing laws. The organization’s new president, Mark Brenner, charts a course for the future of the group.
Hope sprang anew for federal online poker legislation following a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing that centered around doping in horse racing. Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has pushed for online poker regulation in the past, has taken up the cause again, much to the delight of poker players.
Switzerland has been reforming its gambling laws recently. The country has agreed to allow gambling operations to expand, but it has voted to root out offshore operators. Some have seen in this move an attempt to impose Internet censorship whereas others have construed it as the fulfilment of social responsibilities. Switzerland has voted to block […]
Asian Teams flying high in $1,000 Tag Team Event as Nikita Luther and Giuseppe Panteleo take home the gold
The Tag Team event is one of the more unusual events seen at the WSOP each year, with players forming partnerships or groups, and sharing playing duties between them throughout the tournament. This year’s event had a $1,000 buy in, and saw 1,032 teams take part, creating a prize pool of $928,800.
Nikita Luther & Giuseppe Panteleo – Photo WSOPMany star players chose to take part, but as play got down to the final table, many of the bigger names had fallen. Interestingly though, there was still a strong Asian contingent vying for the title, with many Asian teams having already cashed up to that point.
In the top 100 finishers were several Asian teams including Sheng Xie/Li Zhou, Mike Chau/Hung Le, Pete Chen/Victor Chong/Christopher Soyza/Phachara Wongwichit, Yosuke Sekiya/Hiroshi Tamagawa/Yuri Ishida/Eiji Matsumura, Yueqi Zhu/Yue Du and Philip Chiu/Vincent Li/Sparrow Cheung.
A Japanese team consisting of Sho Mori, Hiroki Iwata and Kazuki Ikeuchi remained in contention, along with the duo of Giuseppe Panteleo and Nikita Luther.
The latter will be will know to many of our readers, as a professional Indian player who is an ambassador for Adda52. Her deep run in this event was not her first of the series either, having also taken 17th place in the $3,000 Big Blind Ante event.
As the number of survivors dwindled, it looked increasingly likely that one of these two teams would win the title, and they eventually reached heads up play. After a twenty-eight hand tussle, the chips eventually went in on a flip, with Luther’s team rivering a two outer to claim the bracelet in dramatic fashion.
This is Nikita Luther’s largest ever cash, splitting $175,805 with her teammate Giuseppe Panteleo. This is the first ever bracelet for the two players, who have continued a tradition of Asian players faring well in this event, with Indian duo Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java having won this event last year.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Nikita Luther/Giuseppe Panteleo – $175,805
2nd – Hiroki Iwata/Kazuki Ikeuchi/Sho Mori – $108,608
3rd – Manig Loeser/Joelle Parenteau/Daniel Weinand – $76,797
4th – Alex Rocha/Megan Milburn/Joanne Milburn – $55,016
5th – Gabriel Neto/Carlos Caputo – $39,936
6th – Adam Lamphere/Ao Chen/Yijie Zhang – $29,380
7th – Salah Levy/Frank Mariani/Cord Garcia – $21,910
8th – Bon Koo/Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
9th – Loni Harwood/Haixa Zhang/Kelly Minkin – $12,700
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After 49 years, the World Series of Poker finally crowned its first Filipino champion with Mike Takayama winning the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty. Takayama overcame the 2,065 field to capture the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet and his largest career win of $198,568.
Mike Takayama – Phot WSOPIn a brief interview with the WSOP media, Takayama expressed,
“Very happy with how I played and it is everyone’s dream to win a bracelet.” “I will most definitely be playing the WSOP Main Event this year!”
This was truly a fantastic result for Takayama who is currently on his debut visit to the WSOP. With low buy-in No Limit Hold’em events ranging from $565 to $1500 notorious for drawing in very large fields, navigating to the top is a mighty feat for any player and most especially for a first-timer at the grand arena.
Prior to taking down this tournament, Takayama also had an impressive run at the $1K NLH Double Stack event, finishing 32nd out of 5700 entries for $17,814. As one of the Philippines highest ranking live tournament players, Takayama now has over $850K in earnings.
Takayama’s recent achievements
Mike Takayama & Team Philippines – Photo WSOPWell known in Asia, Takayama is an icon for every poker player in the Philippines. Since his emergence into the live tournament scene on 2010, he has produced numerous victories that it was only a matter of time before he’d make it to the WSOP.
Last year was a good year for Takayama, capturing his second APT Main Event title for his first six-digit payout of $105,530. He also had a solid deep run at the PokerStars Festival Main Event finishing 4th for $37,686. These and other cashes earned him the 2017 GPI Philippines POY title.
This year, Takayama kicked off with a runner-up finish at the Macau Poker Cup Baby Dragon event, just missing a grab at the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Two weeks later, that moment was clearly behind him, winning the Manila Super Series Main Event to score that coveted PSPC pass.
Recap of the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOPBriefly recapping Event #59 $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty, the 2,065 entries brought on a prize pool worth $1,858,500 with 310 players taking a cut. Among the players in the field were notable pros Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, and triple bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (ranked 2nd in the WSOP POY race).
Entering the final two tables with 18 remaining, Takayama was packed with the second largest stack flanked by bracelet winners Steve Jelinek at the helm and Jack Duong in third rank. He took full captainship at the final table claiming the bounty reward of Kavish Shabbir (6th), Elizabeth Montizanti (7th), Jack Duong (8th). Oliver Rusing (9th), and Jens Thomsen (10th).
Continuing his domination, Takayama denied Jelinek a second bracelet, sending him out in 4th place followed by Matthew Smith in 3rd to enter heads up against Lorenc Puka up 8:1. Puka’s fight was a short one, unable to penetrate the steamrolling Filipino to fall in 2nd.
Among the Asians in the money were Edward Gildar (84th), Madhav Gupta (191st), Jeffrey Hakim (235th), Yasuyuki Tsuji (245th), Raiden Kan Yew Fatt (257th), and Edward Yam (278th).
Final table payouts1st Mike Takayama – Philippines – $198,5682nd Lorenc Puka – Italy – $122,6273rd Matthew Smith – USA – $88,9384th Steve Jelinek – UK – $65,1455th Spencer Baker – USA – $48,1966th Kavish Shabbir – USA – $36,0197th Elizabeth Montizanti – USA – $27,1938th Jack Duong – USA – $20,7439th Oliver Rusing – Germany – $15,988
Article by Tricia David
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With a large contingent of Asian players pursuing their WSOP dreams, albeit winning a bracelet or just being part of the experience, many have already already tested the waters and have come up on the black in some events.
Asians at WSOP for the first time
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOP / PokerNewsTake Mike Takayama, one of the few representatives of the Philippines, he finished 32nd out of 5700 entries at the $1K NLH Double Stack event. Ranked third in his country, this was Takayama’s first trip to the WSOP, a trip he never imagined would ever happen.
Running better than Takayama at the same event was Hong Kong’s Jacky Wong finishing 4th for a huge score of nearly $220K. This was also Wong’s virgin visit to the big leagues.
Another player is Alan King Lun Lau, two-time winner of the Asia Player of the Year, he too is at the grand stage for the first time. Lau cashed in two events with a very deep 12th place run out of 1,712 entries at the $1K NLH 30-minute levels event.
Chris Chong scores largest-ever for Singapore in the Monster Stack
Chris Chong – Photo WSOPThen there are returning players seeking the dream once again, such as Chris Chong from Singapore. Chong tasted his first series cash in 2016. Two nights ago, Chong improved on his past run, landing his largest career cash of $354,903 at the $1500 NLH Monster Stack event. In fact, it was the largest-ever cash for anyone from Singapore. Chong finished 4th out of a massive 6,260 entries. USA’s Tommy Nguyen won the event and pocketed $1,037,451, his first seven-digit payday.
Other Asian players cashing at the Monster Stack event were Dean Zohar (24th), Aditya Agarwal (27th), Hang Li (42nd), Vivian Im (205th), Chia Hsu (213th), Vincent Li (246th), Yuki Toyoshima (302nd), Vivek Rughani (436th), Ho Bao Qiang (448th), Avi Cohen (542nd), Hui Chen-Kuo “Kitty” (595th), and Ke Chen (710th).
Returning Asian players taking it deep
Pete Chen – Photo Drew Amato , Courtesy of WSOPAt the $1500 Bounty with 1,983 entries, Pete Chen ran the deepest among the Asians with a 53rd finish. At the WPT Tournament of Champions, Chen told Somuchpoker that he would be mixing it up at the WSOP, participating in other events besides Hold’em. One of his cashes was an 18th place finish at the $1500 Seven Card Stud.
India’s Paawan Bansal earned his 4th cash at this event finishing in 73rd place. Bansal kicked off his series run with a very deep 13th place at the Colossus event that drew in a humongous 13,070 entries.
Other Asian players in the money were Kazuki Ikeuchi (170th), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (177th), Danny Tang (187th), Park Yu Cheung “Sparrow” (188th), and Edward Yam (246th), and Hon Cheong Lee (268th).
We will have more news for you on the progress of the Asian players as the WSOP approaches the $10,000 NLH Main Event – World Championship.
Article by Tricia David
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The Hippodrome Casino has announced it has signed a deal to bring Channing Tatum’s hit Las Vegas show ‘Magic Mike Live’ to the venue from November 2018.
The deal will see the Hippodrome Casino’s cabaret theatre – which earlier this year hosted the British Casino Awards – close for a three-month, multi-million pound refurbishment and re-open for previews on November 10th with a new seating capacity of 325, for ten performances each week (Tuesday-Sunday). The staging will incorporate sophisticated lighting, sound, video and automation technology that rivals anything else in the capital, while also maintaining a uniquely intimate performance environment.
Conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum, the show, which opened to rave reviews in March 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is a large-scale, live production based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.
The audience will enter The Hippodrome through a bespoke entrance on Cranbourn Street into a specially-curated lounge and bar experience; and from there into Magic Mike’s mythical Club ‘Domina’ where a group of predominantly male artists will perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular including sexy dance routines intertwined with one-of-a-kind acts.
Tickets for the show will be priced between £29 and £105 and are available from ticketmaster.co.uk or by ringing 0844 453 9091.
Simon Thomas, CEO of The Hippodrome Casino, said: “In so many ways Magic Mike Live is a perfect fit for us. Since 1900 the venue has been delighting, shocking and reinventing the way London and its visitors are entertained. This is yet another example of how the Hippodrome resolutely refuses to stand still.
“Outside of actually opening the Hippodrome, this is my biggest – and many will say boldest – business decision yet. But when someone like Channing Tatum telephones to discuss bringing one of Las Vegas’s biggest modern-day entertainment hits to London, you take the call.
“When we launch in November this year this show will have been more than a year in the planning and will most certainly bring a new dimension to what is recognised by many as the country’s most popular casino and entertainment venue. Much of its success will be down to the meticulous planning of Channing’s business and production team, and the amazing hard work of my own senior management and the 730 employees here.
“Predictions are we’ll attract a huge audience which means tens of thousands of new customers for the Hippodrome’s many other attractions. Most of these visitors will not be a traditional casino audience, but then again we’ve worked very hard at not being a traditional casino.
“We fully expect a substantial knock-on benefit for the casinos, slots, poker and other gaming floors, as well as our multi-award winning steak house and six bars.
“We look forward to London giving Channing Tatum, the incredibly talented performers and his world-class production team, the warmest welcome the capital can muster.”
Vincent Marini, the show’s Executive Producer, said: “The opportunity to partner with the Hippodrome Casino was simply too good to pass up.
“After the successful launch of the Las Vegas production we began looking for the right partner to help us realise Channing’s vision for bringing Magic Mike Live to a UK audience.
“When you combine the incredible century-long history of iconic performance at The Hippodrome, with its incomparable location in Leicester Square and its preeminent reputation as the premiere gaming institution in London, it really is the perfect venue for the show.
“Together we are undertaking a magical re-imagining of the performance and reception spaces that we believe will create an intimate audience experience that encapsulates all of the visual spectacle of a much larger West End theatre while still maintaining an intimate, personal experience for each audience member.”
Scientific Games Will Support Delaware Lottery In First U.S. Full- Scale Sports Betting Expansion After PASPA Ruling
Scientific Games Corporation have announced that the Company will implement the Delaware Lottery’s expansion to full-scale sports betting following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 on May 14, 2018.
Delaware is the first U.S. state to add full-scale sports betting after the PASPA ruling. The state previously offered legal sports betting on professional football and has now expanded its offering to other sports. As the Delaware Lottery’s sports betting provider, Scientific Games is supporting the expansion to full-scale sports betting with its industry leading integrated sports wagering technology, content and managed services.
“In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on PASPA, we have been working with Scientific Games, our longtime sports betting provider, as well as training our lottery and casino staff, so that we were ready to launch full-scale, head-to-head betting on single games,” said Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery.
Since 2009, Scientific Games technology, content and managed services have powered the Delaware Lottery to grow the state’s sports betting revenues from $10 million to more than $46 million across a network of land-based casinos and lottery retailers in the state.
“Since Delaware is known as ‘The First State’, it’s appropriate they were first in the nation to expand regulated sports betting after the PASPA ruling. We are proud to support the Delaware Lottery’s long history of industry firsts, and thrilled to be their trusted provider of an integrated sports betting program serving both casinos and lottery retailers across the state,” said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.
“The combination of Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group earlier this year created a global leader across iLottery, iGaming and sports betting that offers unrivaled capabilities to lotteries worldwide,” said McHugh. “As an integrated company, we are ready to serve our customers like the Delaware Lottery with the gaming entertainment industry’s leading sports platforms, content and services.”
Scientific Games also provides lottery instant games, draw-based games including Keno, iGaming and video lottery gaming to the Delaware Lottery.
A supplier to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery, Scientific Games is known for game innovation and complex, integrated systems technology implementations. The Company is currently the fastest growing lottery systems supplier in the U.S., and the leading lottery systems supplier in Europe.
VGT Plans Series of Exciting Promotions for Launch of new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Themed Gaming Machines
New Gaming Machines Premiere June 13 at More than 20 Properties throughout Oklahoma.
VGT is preparing to launch its thrilling Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed gaming machines, the first major licensed brand in the VGT portfolio. The exciting PBR family of games will premiere June 13 at more than 20 properties throughout Oklahoma.
These fun and exhilarating games bring the PBR to life on the casino floor and will launch with the titles Blazing Bulls, VS, Fearless, and Ryan Dirteater. Each of the 3-reel mechanical wide area progressive games have a jackpot that resets at $20,000 and gives players the chance to ride the adventure towards 8 Red Spins, designed to mimic the excitement of an 8-second bull ride.
VGT is planning a series of fun promotions in support of the launch. Events include:
Special appearances by professional bull riders Ryan Dirteater and Chase Outlaw at select properties June 13 and 14 where the pros will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
An appearance by a PBR bull rider at the June 15 and July 4 OKC Dodgers games, where the pros will show off their baseball skills by throwing the first pitch! Afterwards, they will host an autograph signing for fans.
Ryan Dirteater and PBR Announcer Matt West will make a special appearance in VGT’s booth at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Show in Oklahoma City on July 24.
VGT will showcase the PBR games on the concourse during the PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic Presented by Osage Casino tournament, held in Tulsa’s BOK Center on August 11-12.
“We are thrilled to present VGT’s PBR-themed gaming machines, which appeal directly to our customers’ players, and the series of promotions we have created clearly underscore our commitment to these games,” said VGT President Jay Sevigny. “The VGT and Aristocrat teams have worked incredibly hard to ensure we captured the thrill and fun of the PBR, and the end result is another example of the combined strengths of the VGT and Aristocrat development teams.”
The PBR, celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. The “original extreme sport” now competes in five countries (the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico) and through international broadcast agreements is available in 130 territories. The PBR is part of the Endeavor network.
Learn more about VGT’s new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed games and discover where to play at www.vgt.net.
A recent survey of Spanish online poker players indicates that Winamax will be warmly welcomed when it joins the pan-European joint liquidity market. The French operator has responded by publishing a web page promising events and promotions likely to result in a challenge to PokerStars´ current dominance.
With the 2018 World Series of Poker just about to get underway, the WSOP Main Event qualifiers are really heating up at 888 Poker. If you have not yet bagged your seat on a plane to Vegas, the site is offering plenty more opportunities to win a WSOP Main Event package, with qualifying routes starting at just $0.01.
Party Poker is running its second KO tournament series of the year from Sunday and packing 226 events into eight days of action. However, many of the events have lower guarantees than before and, in order to maintain a $10 million series guarantee, the site has added sixty-two more tournaments to the schedule.
Cards are in the air in the Final Table of the Asia Poker League Vietnam Main Event at Pro Poker Club (Live commentary in Vietnamese).
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It’s that time of the year again with the biggest poker festival upon us, the World Series of Poker. On May 29 – July 17, 2018, players from all over the globe will descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 49th edition of this annual celebration. Up for grabs are 78 official gold bracelets, the most coveted piece of hardware awarded only to event champions.
Last year, the world witnessed India capture their first bracelet(s) with Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant winning the Tag Team event. Unfortunately, those were the only Asians who reached that milestone.
Team India – Photo WSOP Drew AmatoWhile many Asians aspire to attain the same glory, looking down at the actual figures show that through the years only 9 Asian countries are represented with all of them below double digits.
The countries are Israel, Indonesia, China, India, Japan, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, and Thailand. As for New Zealand, they have one bracelet. Australia stands apart with 24.
Why there are few Asian WSOP winners
With poker booming in Asia for several years, and certainly no lack of events in the region, one does wonder why there aren’t more bracelet winners coming from this faction. One of the likeliest reasons is perhaps the number of Asians in attendance. For a majority of the players, Las Vegas is not just far but it also takes a toll on the pocket.
Even for regulars of the Asian circuit, one would need a sizable bankroll to cover the costs which include travel, accommodations, meals, and most especially, entry fees to the tournaments. This greatly decreases the number of players willing to take on the world stage.
For those that do make their way to the WSOP, most of them specialize in Texas Hold’em. Being the most popular game at the series, players will then have the difficult task of navigating their way to the top of very large fields. To have a better chance at the gold, players will need to expand their repertoire to include Mixed Game formats or even higher buy-in events.
Currently, only a small number of Asian Players have shown such versatility. In 2012, Japan’s Naoya Kihara won a bracelet at the 5K Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event. Since then, he has cashed in 2-7 Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., Razz, Seven Card Stud, and 8-10 game mix. Recently, WPT Asia-Pacific Player of the Year, Pete Chen, announced he would be playing mixed games at the WSOP. Last year, Chen placed 2nd at one of the 5K NLH events.
Bracelet winners from Asia-Pacific nations
Taking a look at the Asian nations on the WSOP bracelet board, Israel has the highest straps with 8 titles won. Indonesia comes in second to the leader with 5 titles all won by USA-based Indonesian pro John Juanda.
China and India
China and India are tied with 3 bracelets each. Jiang Chen put China on the board for his win back in 2005; Yue Du added another in 2016; then last year, Yunpeng Zhou won the WSOP China Main Event held in Sanya. Last year, China ranked 11th in the highest number of entries at the WSOP with 52. Chinese pros spotted at the WSOP were Xixiang Luo, Yang Zhang, and Guo Dong to mention a few.
For India, 2017 was their breakthrough year. USA-based Indian pro Nipun Java won two WSOP bracelets with one of the titles in a tag team event partnered with Aditya Sushant. Every year the series sees an increase of Indian players with last year at 30 entries. One player in hot pursuit of a gold is the country’s 3rd ranked Aditya Agarwal. His first WSOP cash was back in 2007 and since piled on the deep runs. Last year he cashed 11 times at the series. Another player is Kunal Patni.
Japan and Afghanistan
Naoya Kihara – Photo WSOPJapan and Afghanistan are next on the ladder with two bracelets each. Naoya Kihara was first to plant the Japanese flag in 2012 followed by Takahiro Nakai in 2015. Japan followed right behind China in the number of entries last year at 50. One of this year’s attendees will be Iori Yogo. The pro placed 3rd at one of the events in 2014 and will try and take it to the summit this time around.
Though we haven’t touched upon much news on Afghanistan, as part of the region, the two bracelet holders are Qushqar Morad for a Stud event in 2002, and six years later, Sherkhan Farnood for a bracelet at the 2008 WSOP Europe in a H.O.R.S.E event.
The next ones in the list are Iran, Thailand, and Malaysia all with one title apiece. Well-known pro Amir Vahedi strapped it for Iran, Nat Koe for Thailand, and Junzhong Loo for his victory at the WSOP APAC in 2013. In Asia-Pacific, Simon Watt brought one in for New Zealand back in 2010.
Australia ranked 5th overall
Then we have Australia. They rank 5th overall in bracelets with 24. Jeff Lisandro is a monster at the series with 6 on his wrist. Mel Judah is next with 2 bracelets. Out of the 16 players with one each are famous pros Joe Hachem, James Obst, Aaron Lim, and Martin Kozlov to mention a few.
Asian countries with no bracelets
Asian countries yet to bring home the gold are Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Cambodia, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Each year, some of these nations are represented at the series although the numbers are very low. Despite this, some players do get far such as Taiwan’s Pete Chen who nearly landed a bracelet finishing 2nd at one of the events last year.
Viet Kieu successes at the WSOP
Out of all the Asian countries still hunting down that first bracelet, one country in an peculiar position is Vietnam. No player flying the Vietnam flag has won a WSOP event but the Viet Kieu have been very successful. Famous pros Scotty Nguyen, Men “the Master” Nguyen, and David Pham bring in a total of 15 bracelets combined. If only these 3 players were listed under their ancestral homeland Vietnam then the country would be ranked 8th overall.
Article by Tricia David
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The Tournament will be in memory of Emma Fryer.
Genting Casino Stoke, will host a poker tournament on Sunday, May 6th in memory of Emma Fryer, a poker player who lost her life in November last year.
Emma, nicknamed the ‘Poker Queen,’ began as a professional poker player at Genting Casino Stoke and tragically lost her life in a car accident when she was attending a poker tournament in the Czech Republic.
The charity poker tournament, which is being held in her memory, will cost £60 to enter and this includes a £10 registration fee and will offer all those taking part a guaranteed prize pool of £4,000.
The £10 registration fee will be donated to the Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust, a charity that was selected personally by Emma’s family. The Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust is a charity based in Staffordshire that supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
On the day of the tournament, the casino will serve a free buffet to all players at 1pm with the poker tournament itself beginning at 2:15pm.
Joanne Maddick, casino manager at Genting Casino Stoke, said: “Emma began her poker career at the casino a long time ago and we watched her grow into one of the best poker players around. She had such a wonderful personality and she is sadly missed by everyone here at Genting Casino Stoke.
“We wanted to put on an event to remember her and thought a poker tournament was the best way to do this. We know Emma meant so much to people and we hope as many people as possible can join us on the night.”
Tickets for the poker tournament can be purchased from the cash desk before the tournament or on the day of the tournament itself. For more information please visit thewebsite or to purchase tickets call 01782 213499.
The first ever NIGA exhibition and conference to be held in Las Vegas proved to be a huge home town success for Merkur Gaming US and its locally based games development studio, Sunshine Games, thanks to a total booth display presentation of brand new game titles.
Displaying an entirely new range of 10 games ‘made in America, by Americans and for Americans’ (eight from the creative powerhouse that is Sunshine Games, based in La Vegas, and two from legendary game creators High 5 Games of New York) Merkur Gaming US made a truly dynamic presentation that attracted a high level of interest from NIGA visitors.
With four Chinese themed games, Baozang, Immortal Emperor, Immortal Princess, and Striking Fortunes, plus the Egyptian adventure Amulet of the Pharaoh, Sunshine Games demonstrated their creativity in adventure themes. Adding fun to their gaming entertainment mix, Sunshine Games also added Taco Tuesday and its latest evolution, Taco Tuesday Hot Sauce, as well as the Irish leprechaun themed Land of Charms to their growing portfolio. Add to that Wellspring, a game based on the search for immortal youth, and Legends of Troy from High 5 Games and the Merkur Gaming booth was packed with new attractions. Given the enthusiastic responses received from visitors it is clear that NIGA 2018 marked a significant forward step in the development of Merkur Games US as a top level games producer in the US market.
Merkur Gaming US is a proud associate member of NIGA and duly congratulated theassociation’s longstanding Chairman, Ernie Stevens Jr., on the huge success that this year’s show represented. Merkur Gaming US CEO, Charles Hiten, noted: “The figures show thatNIGA in Las Vegas was a major success, in terms of both exhibitors and visitors. For us, the show was a chance to show the high level of products that we are bringing to the US and it was both exciting and gratifying to receive the overall high levels of positive reaction that we received.
Agreement includes VizExplorer’s premium consulting service.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for casinos, have announced a new agreement with Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority for Paragon Casino Resort, its gaming and entertainment destination in Marksville, La. The casino operator has selected campaignViz, floorViz and techVizOps alongside VizExplorer’s new premium consulting service.
Situated in the heart of the South’s growing entertainment market, Paragon operators realize the importance of optimizing all aspects of the business––from its casino boasting more than 1,000 slot machines to a live entertainment venue and a hotel with golf course and spa. With growing competition serving the same surrounding cities, Paragon assessed a range of solutions, finally settling on VizExplorer for its proven reputation.
campaignViz enables marketing campaign management with advanced segmentation and direct integration with the offer management system. floorViz helps operators gauge their floor’s performance and optimize accordingly, while techVizOps helps to streamline technical operations with automated machine alerts. Additionally, Paragon has chosen VizExplorer’s new consulting service to provide analytical support, expert insights and best practice recommendations to accelerate return on investment.
“Our team is eager to get started with VizExplorer and we feel confident that we’re in good hands with their industry specialists bringing their expertise to our operation,” said Jody Madigan, CFO at Paragon Casino Resort.
“The new consulting program promises to be a true enabler of marketing and operational excellence for casinos,” says Ken Kachnic, VP of Sales – Eastern Region. “We’re excited to prove to Paragon that their investment in VizExplorer was worth it,” he added.
The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.
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Technology industry veteran to lead company through expansion phase.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence solutions, have announced that it has appointed technology veteran Ron Frankel as the company’s new CEO. Former CEO Ian Bonner will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board, and will partner with Frankel as VizExplorer continues its growth trajectory.
Since its founding, VizExplorer has focused on building its technology platform to serve the needs of the casino gaming industry. Under Bonner’s leadership, VizExplorer emerged as a leader in the real-time analytics and operational intelligence category, experiencing more than 65 percent average revenue growth and a 13-fold increase in annual recurring revenue since 2013.
With Frankel at the helm, VizExplorer will continue to invest in solutions for gaming, while expanding the focus and leveraging its patented technology to provide sophisticated analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence products for operators across industries, including manufacturing, entertainment venues and healthcare.
The announcement follows news of the company’s most recent investment round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capitaland the formation of its new Board of Directors.
“I’m excited to join VizExplorer at this pivotal point in its transformation, and to lead it into the next phase of maturation,” said Frankel. “I am impressed with what the team has delivered to date, and believe strongly in the application of its technology to solve a range of data needs across many types of businesses,” he added.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ron to his new role. The VizExplorer Board of Directors and I are confident in his vision and his proven ability to execute, and are eager to support him in this next phase,” said Bonner.
Frankel joins VizExplorer with a wealth of technology industry experience as a public company chief executive, board member, advisor and investor in the software industry.
888 Poker has fine-tuned its daily Fish ´N´ Chips tournament schedule by replacing some of the existing menu with new BIG Fish tournaments. The six new tournaments have buy-ins starting at $5.50, guaranteed prize pools totalling $100,000, and are being supported by a very generous satellite schedule.
At the APT Macau Championships 2018 ongoing at Macau Billionaire Poker, Taiwanese pro Hung Sheng Lin dominated the Final 8 of the Main Event to capture the exclusive APT Championship Ring and the HK$ 587,000 (~US$74,700) first prize.
This has now become Lin’s single largest live tournament career score and his first major victory since 2011.
Hung Sheng Lin 377 entries in the Main Event
The Main Event ran a course of five days, from April 28 – May 2, with 377 total entries. This welcoming turnout broke the brand’s previous Macau record attendance of 326 set back in 2009. With the buy-in at HK$11,000, the prize pool surged as well to HK$3,619,200, exceeding the 2M advertised guarantee.
At the start of the festivities, numerous powerhouse players were spotted in the field. Among them were Iori Yogo – the recent APT Championships Event title-holder, Dong Guo – another decorated APT champion, current GPI Asia leader Daniel Tang, Macau Millions 2018 champion Michael Soyza, Kosei Ichinose, Victor Chong, Wenling Gao, Ben Lai, Florencio Campomanes, and Eugene Co. All of them missed the mark though, unable to reach the 63 player ITM cut.
Among those who did cash in before the Final 8 were Raiden Kan (54th), En Ching Wu (49th), Park Yu Sparrow Cheung (39th), Lim Min Soon (34th), Zhang Chenxu (32nd), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (27th), Yoichi Uesugi (13th), Phachara Wongwichit (10th), and Piet Pape (9th).
The Final 8 was heavy with newcomers. The only APT regular in the lineup was eventual winner Hung Sheng Lin. Among Lin’s impressive stats, he was also decorated with an APT Regional Player of the Year title and has appeared in two APT Main Event final tables. Last year, he finished 7th at APT Daegu and 8th at the Championships Event in Macau last December.
Entering the Final 8, Lin was a smidgen below average stack. After railing two players, Hiroshi Matsumoto (7th) and Hele Liu (5th), he took over the leader’s status amassing over half of the chips in play. During the hand against Liu, Lin won with flush over Liu’s straight on a board with the shoves seen on fourth street. From there, he proceeded to eliminate Sai Ho Philip Chiu in 3rd place to face Russia’s Evgeny Kurilenko for the title.
Prior to the Final 8, the past qualifying days witnessed Kurilenko prove himself to be one of the strongest contenders always bagging up an above average stack. He entered the Final 8 as the massive chip leader and held on to his big stack to vie for the title against Lin.
Heads up roundKicking off the heads up round, Lin was ahead in the count. He continued his momentum, dominating the competition. He claimed a majority of the pots both big and small to slowly dry out Kurilenko. The final hand saw Lin defeat Kurilenko with run a better spread than on a board .
Final 8 payouts1st Hung Sheng Lin – Taiwan – HKD 587,000 2nd Evgeny Kurilenko – Russia – HKD 391,200 3rd Sai Ho Philip Chiu – Hong Kong – HKD 271,100 4th Wang Jun – China – HKD 195,800 5th Hele Liu – China – HKD 146,900 6th Toshimitsu Kamei – Japan – HKD 115,100 7th Hiroshi Matsumoto – Japan – HKD 93,700 8th Wang Meng – China – HKD 79,300
Article by Tricia David
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Everest Poker has launched a new progressive jackpot Twister game with a difference. Unlike some progressive jackpot Sit & Go games in which the top prize increases with each game, players will be chosen at random to play an animated “Age of the Gods” game guaranteeing one of four progressive jackpot prizes.
If you find your computer is running slower than it used to, or that security scans are taking much longer, it could be attributable to the volume of cached files and logs PokerStars saves to your hard drive. You can easily save a considerable amount of space by uninstalling and reinstalling the PokerStars client.