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Thunderpick Targets US eSports Market with Unique Social Betting Platform

eSports betting operator Thunderpick is looking to bring its unique social betting platform to the United States after the removal of regulatory obstacles earlier this year.
Thunderpick.com is one of the world’s fastest growing eSports betting platforms, boasting more than 275,000 customers wagering on eSports match-ups involving titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2. Having already reached profitability in 2018 since launching in 2016, Thunderpick is now looking to establish itself within burgeoning eSports betting markets in the US and beyond.
The platform is preparing for Series A funding to expand its operations and market share, becoming a household name in the global regulated eSports betting industry.
As one of the few licensed eSports-focused online betting operators, Thunderpick has grown impressively during the last two years, not only because of the expanding eSports audiences, but also due to the fact it does not resemble a traditional sports betting platform. Thunderpick’s mantra is that the needs of eSports enthusiasts aren’t best served by traditional online sportsbooks.
That’s why Thunderpick has sought to incorporate a host of real-time social functionality into its eSports betting platform, creating a community where eSports enthusiasts can watch and interact with other players in real time. It has also introduced a ranking and rewards system to the platform, with elements like a real-time leaderboard for players and social casino games that can be played with other eSports fanatics.
One of its most exciting new features in development is an interactive in-play betting functionality, allowing for real-time interactions with players, taking social gamification to the next level in eSports.
Before the end of this year, Thunderpick also plans to launch its exclusive mobile app, which will further enhance client engagement with the Thunderpick platform and allow eSports fanatics to keep abreast of live tournament action on the move.
Mateusz Jamiolkowski, co-founder of Thunderpick, believes the platform’s sustained success after just two years in operation underlines the potential for eSports betting.
“Unlike some cash-burning eSport start-ups, Thunderpick is already profitable. It confirms that we have secured a dedicated audience that puts trust in our products and integrity,” said Jamiolkowski.
“With the eSports market growing 14% year-on-year in terms of its fan base and over 27% year-on-year in revenue during the next three years, Thunderpick is ready for major investments to take eSports betting into the next decade and beyond.”
According to Newzoo, global eSports audiences are expected to rise from 380 million in 2018 to 550 million in 2021. Thunderpick’s approach to eSports betting – bringing together the social gamification that eSports fanatics thrive on – should enable the platform to scale new heights in the years to come.

 

eCOGRA explain why ICE London is ‘the one show that cannot be missed’

Shaun McCallaghan, CEO, eCOGRA
eCOGRA is a management owned company that was incorporated in the United Kingdom in 2003 with the purpose of establishing and improving operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling industry. Since then, eCOGRA has established itself as one of the industry’s leading testing and certification laboratories and acts as a regulatory audit partner to over 100 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers and other relevant service providers. The organisation is the latest to make the transition from visitor to exhibitor. CEO Shaun McCallaghan explains what success will look like in London.
What is it about ICE London that makes the event so important?
ICE is widely recognised throughout the industry as the one show that cannot be missed and eCOGRA has been present as a visitor at every edition for the past 15 years.  We’ll be exhibiting for the first time in 2019, which is a very exciting prospect for our senior management and business development team that will be representing eCOGRA.
In layman’s terms, can you explain the business proposition and what success looks like?
Our objective is to engage with industry players that operate across multiple licensing jurisdictions, which take compliance seriously – this includes many organisations that are typically present at ICE.  ICE represents a unique opportunity for us to have face-to-face contact with many of our existing clients present at the show from all over the world.  We are looking forward to reflecting on activities from the past year and better understanding our clients’ future plans.  We are also expecting to create greater awareness of our organisation amongst new market entrants, as ICE is so well attended by the industry.
Which gaming sectors and jurisdictions are you targeting and why?
We are focused only on online gambling, which has enabled us to become highly specialised and experienced in all aspects of regulatory compliance in this sector of the industry.  The jurisdictions we target are those that require the services of independent and professional auditors and testing laboratories for the technical certification of licensees.  We are also firmly committed to servicing our clients in each of the regulated markets where they choose to license their online gambling products.
Why 2019? What was the impetus for your company to exhibit at ICE London at this time?
Due to continuous growth within our company and the significant number of our staff attending ICE, in order for us to manage back-to-back client meetings, it really just made sense for us to get a dedicated visible space which ensures that we have a working environment that is conducive to comfortable and productive meetings.
What sets you apart: is anyone else doing anything similar to your knowledge?
Since we focus only on online gambling, we consider ourselves experts in this particular field.  We are able to offer the most comprehensive suite of auditing services that an operator or software supplier licensed across multiple highly regulated jurisdictions would typically require.  eCOGRA is the only testing laboratory that is authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems. We are also the only laboratory that is approved to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services as required by operators licensed in Great Britain and Malta.
As a first time exhibitor, what are you most looking forward to?
We are looking forward to being able to offer a comfortable meeting place for our existing clients and we’re excited about engaging with new people who are simply interested in what we do.  We also expect our first-time experience of exhibiting will provide us with a great opportunity to see how we can enhance our presence at future ICE shows.
eCOGRA is exhibiting at ICE London (5-7 February, ExCeL London, UK) on stand N1-120.
To register for ICE London, the world’s biggest and most international gaming technology event, visit: icelondon.uk.com

 

Gary Platt Unveils New Line of Sportsbook Chairs

Whether players are playing the ponies all day or watching a 3-hour football game, seating comfort is a priority in sportsbooks. Now the casino seating comfort experts at Gary Platt have revealed their new line of chairs specifically for sportsbooks.
“Whether casinos have an existing sportsbook or are now creating a new sportsbook, we are proud to offer our new line of chairs that are the most comfortable on the planet,” said Gary Platt’s Vice President of Sales Joshua Corrick. “Think about it – unless they are standing and cheering a goal or a race result, sportsbook patrons are sitting, and our chairs are proven to provide a more comfortable experience that encourages patrons to stay and enjoy the game longer.”
Gary Platt’s sportsbook line features chairs from across the company’s portfolio that are field-proven to be player-favorites. Styles in the sportsbook line include Lido, Gazelle, Barona, Sierra, Monaco, San Remo, Riva, Bleu, Vue, Capri, and Ohio. Each chair is customizable to fit each individual casino’s design, with a wide range of upholstery, finishing, and base styles to choose from.
Operators can easily peruse seating solutions on Gary Platt’s newly designed website. Users can quickly search by use or by style to find the perfect fit for the sportsbook and every area of the property, on the casino floor, in the back office, and in the convention area.
Discover leading seating solutions for the sportsbook and more anytime at garyplatt.com. Join the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

Videoslots.com granted Swedish licence

Videoslots.com, the award-winning online operator, has been granted a casino licence by the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen).
Commenting on the award in the newly-regulated market, Videoslots CEO Alexander Stevendahl, said: “We are delighted to be taking our unique casino offering to Swedish players and are grateful that the regulator has given us the opportunity.
 “Videoslots was among the very first operators to apply for a licence as we always saw the potential in a fully-regulated market. I am very pleased that all the hard work put in by the team has now been rewarded.”

 

Bitcasino.io launches fastest loading casino site

Enhanced crypto casino 13 seconds quicker than largest competitor brands.
Bitcasino.io, the leading licensed Bitcoin casino operated by the Coingaming Group, has relaunched, offering players the fastest and most user-friendly casino experience on the market with load speeds up to eight times faster than its competitors.
The new mobile-first Bitcasino site loads in just two seconds and is eight times faster than some of the most well-known gaming brands, offering the new generation of tech savvy players the quickest route to the ultimate casino experience. Click here to see more.
Bitcasino’s philosophy is to put its customers at the ‘centre of the universe’, and its team of designers and developers have spent the last two months creating the most advanced, mobile-first and customer-friendly casino product.
The new site contains a host of features that enable players to completely personalise their experience. This includes an extensive range of configurable search filters, easy-to-use and control wallet options and a wide-range of new and improved promotions that will keep Bitcasino players engaged and able to play within a fast, fair and secure environment. Players new to crypto currency can also use BTCXE, the industry-first fiat-to-Bitcoin currency converter.
The site has been designed with Bitcasino players front of mind using machine learning to offer them games which suit their precise personal preferences. Bitcasino users can search for their favourite game by name, type, such as Macau, Egyptian or classic fruit-themed titles, and their favourite game provider.
The relaunch is the first release in a long list of new improvements due to be implemented as a direct result of player feedback.
One of the improvements users can expect in the coming weeks is an enhanced search allowing players to filter gameplay by parameters such as Return to Player (RTP) percentage, hit frequency and volatility. The site already contains games for every and any type of player, whether they prefer feature-rich games with smaller but more frequent wins, or classic high volatility slots with less hit frequency but huge payouts.
Tauri Tiitsaar, Head of Casino at Bitcasino.io, said: “Our philosophy is to put our customers at the centre of the universe and we have done exactly that with our relaunched Bitcasino product which truly is the ultimate, player-centric, mobile-first product.
“Our players wanted a faster loading site, with personalisation and a wide range of search parameters at the heart of the offering. We listen closely to every element of feedback we receive and have delivered on our promises with an exceptional product.”

 

Global Gaming granted licence in Sweden’s new regulated market

Global Gaming’s subsidiary SafeEnt Ltd was awarded a five-year casino (Ninja Casino and SpelLandet) and sportsbook licence from the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen) today.
Head of Compliance Linda Kärrholt commented: “We were one of the first operators to submit a licence application on August 1st 2018, the first available day, and are proud to announce that all the hard work put in by our team has paid off.”
“We are thankful for this seal of approval,” said CEO Joacim Möller. “It not only signals their approval of our business model but also gives us an opportunity to continue focussing on our largest market.”
This is yet another European licence for Global Gaming, after those recently granted by the Malta Gaming Authority and the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. The company will continue to evaluate opportunities in other jurisdictions.

 

Casino Barcelona Online signs a video slots agreement with Pragmatic Play

Casino Barcelona Online has signed a video slots agreement with Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots and live casino.
Casinobarcelona.es is the online platform of Casino Barcelona, a landmark on the casino map in Europe. Being licensed by Spain’s National Gambling Commission enables Casinobarcelona.es to offer all games on their quickly growing platform to a large local customer base.
Pragmatic Play’s growing suite of content, which contains more than 100 HTML5 video slots including the award-winning Wolf Gold, will go live with Casinobarcelona.es for the first time.
Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to continue to enhance our footprint in Spain after agreeing this deal with Casinobarcelona.es. We are always looking to grow in regulated markets, and we are very pleased that this deal with Casinobarcelona.es is the latest in a long line of agreements that we have signed in Spain this year.”
Xavier Ballester, Director of Casino Barcelona Online, said: “Pragmatic Play are consistently producing engaging and immersive content, by its thematic and with high quality production levels, to both online and land-based casino players. Also, Pragmatic Play games have proven to be a hit in other international markets. So, by the signature of that agreement, we hope to enjoy a long and successful partnership with them.”
Pragmatic Play recently entered the live casino vertical through its acquisition of Extreme Live Gaming from Novomatic Group, cementing its position as one of the iGaming industry’s leading providers.

 

Bede Gaming: “2018 our best year yet”

Transformative platform software supplier completes major integration every month.
Bede Gaming has had its most successful year since the business was founded seven years ago,signing three new clients and completing a major integration on average for every month of 2018.
Fresh from announcing its biggest commercial contract to date, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to transform its digital platform offering, the award-winning software supplier has completed 10 integrations in 10 months in 2018, a 30% increase on 2017. This includes major content integrations, as well as now offering two premier sportsbooks with Kambi and SBTech.
Bede has completed each integration in an average of just four weeks, living up to its reputation of managing and completing some of the fastest and most efficient software integration processes in the gaming industry.
The supplier is also promising more integrations to come in the remaining weeks of the year and will continue to build onthe application of its successful strategy into 2019 and beyond.
Content and sportsbook providers added this year include some of the most established and fastest growing brands in the industry including SBTech, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, Play’n Go and Habanero.
These suppliers have been added to Bede’s extensive library of premium quality content and sportsbook services thatoperators can immediately access via its cutting-edge platform services. They join a host of some of the biggest names in the industry including Novomatic, IGT, Evolution, NetEnt, Gamevy and Microgaming that are already available on Bede’s platform.
Once a supplier is integrated its products are instantly available to all Bede’s network of platform customers. No other supplier offers such a wide range of leading content providing Bede’s operator partners with the easiest access to themost choice on the market.
2018 has also seen Bede enhance and expand its range of configurable, automated platform marketing and responsible gaming tools; through the launch of Bede PLAY, its new content aggregation platform technology; and significantly extended its licensee portfolio across a range of regulated markets and verticals.
Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming, said: “2018 has been our best year yet with three major commercial deals and 10 content supplier integrations in as many months to complement our comprehensive range of over 100 of the biggest supplier partners with more than 3,000 games. Our roadmap shows just how serious we are about content with a focus on quality over quantity.”
Haselhurst added, “We also now offer two major sportsbooks in Kambi and SBTech as well as expanding our portfolio into Virtual Sports following our deal with Kiron interactive earlier this year.
“And with our relationship with OLG expanding we will be adding more lottery games to our portfolio in the coming months too. 2019 looks set to be bigger even than 2018, watch this space!”

 

The Top Three Challenges Facing Online Gaming Regulators

It was once said that online gaming cannot be effectively regulated. Since then, many jurisdictions around the world have shown this statement to be false. In fact, the introduction of legalized online gaming in European member states over the last decade or more as well as the recent expansion of legalized online gaming in several US States, have shown that online gaming technology provides operators with  the ability to protect the interests of the customer more effectively than may be the case in the terrestrial industry. Having said that, the introduction of legalized online gaming has not been without its challenges. Different socio-economic, political and cultural landscapes have posed unique challenges to regulators around the world. During this webinar, we will look at how regulators in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA have responded to these challenges.
Moderated by André Wilsenach, Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the panelists are:
George Rover, Managing Partner, Princeton Global Strategies
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority
Sonia Wasowska, Senior Manager – Insight, UK Gambling Commission

This session is part of IAGA’s free webinar series focusing on critical issues facing global gaming. Developed in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for  Gaming Regulation (ICGR), the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and Ernst & Young, and  is made possible by Casino International.

 

MaxxVegas sets its sights on Asia with epic studio deal

MaxxVegas, a content developer founded by ex-MX Digital CEO Ike McFadden, has recently signed an agreement with UK studio, EPIC Industries, who will build a number of games targeted specifically at the Asian market.
EPIC Industries will use its proprietary SlotWorks product and extensive content experience to build the games directly onto the Flow platform, for distribution in early 2019.
Mark Smith, Commercial Director at EPIC Industries commented: “We are really excited to work with MaxxVegas on this project. Placing their faith in us is testament to the growing reputation we have as the go to studio partner.”
Matthew Shaile, Founder at EPIC Industries added: “With each build, our unique game framework, SlotWorks, grows and along with it, our ability to provide even more features to additional markets.”
“The global online market is projected to be worth nearly $200Billion USD 1
in the next 5 years, and a lot of that growth is expected to come from the Asia-Pacific area. It’s a market with a lot of players, and it needs a lot of content”, noted Ike McFadden of MaxxVegas.
https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-gaming-market

 

Advantech’s Global Gaming HQ, in Newcastle, UK Centre gears up to meet higher demand

Advantech, a leader in global intelligent systems, announced the expansion of its Advantech-Innocore facility in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (United Kingdom). The gaming division, Advantech-Innocore, who are a leader in embedded computer products, design and manufacture some of the market’s most advanced PC products tailored specifically for their industry.
The expanded Advantech-Innocore facility, located in the Silverlink Business Park, where the company established itself some ten years ago, has nearly doubled in size. The team, currently celebrating 20 years in the industry, has grown year on year and is set to grow further as a result of current market demands.
“This expansion is excellent news for both Advantech-Innocore and the local community. It’s a directresult of the hard work and commitment by all of the gaming team, along with the loyal support of our customers, enabling us to post a 6-year CAGR of more than 30%” said Edward Price, Managing Director, Global Gaming and EU Displays Division at Advantech. “Some of our flagship products were created right here in the UK – including the best-selling DPX range of embedded boards which are approved in all major gaming jurisdictions, and running hundreds of thousands of slot machines and lottery terminals worldwide. Expanding our current facility was a logical choice for us as it helped minimise disruption.”
For its part, parent company Advantech is accelerating the deployment of branch locations globally, to better leverage its 25 years of local industry experience. For more information please contactAdvantech’s Marketing Team, details as below.
www.advantech-innocore.com

 

APT Finale Philippines 2018: Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event; Marco Almerez, Bobby Zhang, Kosei Ichinose among the early winners

The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festival’s attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines. 
The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up.
Here’s a look at the festival’s early results:
Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event
The Main Event ran from November 28 to December 2. 307 runners signed up, each one paying the PHP 55,000 buy-in to easily surpass the P10M guarantee. The prize pool settled at PHP 14,889,500 (US$284,500) of which 52 players earned a piece. The largest share of PHP 2,844,500 (US$54,300) went to Japan’s Mikiya Kudo after his impressive performance at heads up against the more seasoned live tournament pro Lim Yohwan.
Mikiya KudoKudo became the 9th APT Main Event champion of the year. His rise began late in Day 3 when he knocked out Sam Welbourne with a full house over a bluff. He also eliminated Che Li Lin to enter the Final 8 round as chip leader with Yohwan trailing in second rank.
The Final 8 was decorated with pros: Kosei Ichinose, Victor Chong, Le Ngoc Khanh, and of course Yohwan.  Other than Yohwan who won the APT Philippines II 2018 Championships Event in late-September, everyone else was on the hunt for their first APT major.
Early final table action was dominated largely by Yohwan to steal the lead from Kudo. But where it mattered, at heads up, the momentum reversed. Yohwan was ahead in the count but quickly lost it after Kudo claimed pot after pot. Yohwan could not stop the chips from flowing out and he fell in second place. Kudo claimed his first live tournament career victory and his largest-ever live tournament payout.
Final 8 payouts1st Mikiya Kudo – Japan – PHP 2,844,2002nd Lim Yohwan – Korea – PHP 1,896,1003rd Koji Asaka – Japan – PHP 1,323,8004th Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – PHP 963,6005th Victor Chong – Malaysia – 728,2006th Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 569,0007th Stephen Nathan – UK – PHP 458,0008th Jiego Erquiaga – Philippines – PHP 379,200
Other players reaching the money were: Bobby Zhang (24th), Linh Tran (26th), En Ching Wu (38th), Fu Bang Huang (47th), and Alexis Lim (51st).
Phachara Wongwichit denies Lester Edoc the Super High Roller title
The PHP 500K buying Super High Rollers event saw only three players, Phachara Wongwichit, Soobum Kim, and Lester Edoc. This generated a winner-take-all pot of PHP 1,453,000. Edoc was hot on the hunt for a second APT SHR title, amassing a wide lead over his opponents within the first two levels. After Kim dropped out, Edoc was up 5:1 at heads up however the winds quickly shifted. Wongwichit staged an incredible comeback to overtake Edoc, exposing bluffs and missed draws. A deal was then reached. Wongwichit went on to win it for his first-ever APT title.
Phachara WongwichitPayouts1st Phachara Wongwichit – Australia – PHP 953,0002nd Lester Edoc – Philippines – PHP 500,000
Marco Almerez opens with a win
Kicking off the festival with a big win was local player Marco Almerez. Almerez defeated WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama at heads up of the APT-RWM Opening Event. This was outstanding for Almerez who won the largest local tournament just days prior, the RVS Cup 5 Million Guaranteed Main Event held at the Metro Card Club.
Marco Almerez defeats Mike TakayamaThe opening event attracted 220 runners. With each entry at PHP 11,000, it doubled up the P1M guarantee to PHP 2,134,000 (US$40,700). 37 players got paid with Almerez earning the largest cut of PHP 350,600 (US$6,700).
Final 8 payouts1st Marco Almerez – Philippines – PHP 350,600 (deal)2nd Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)3rd Czar Ian Marcos – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)4th John Carlo Sayo – Philippines – PHP 151,1005th Chi Hung Ho – Taiwan – PHP 114,2006th Tomohiro Tanaka – Japan -PHP 89,2007th Si Yang Phua – Singapore – PHP 71,9008th Rio Kitaoji – Australia – PHP 59,500
Bobby Zhang and Kosei Ichinose win High Roller titles
After Bobby Zhang cashed at the Main Event in Day 3, he proceeded to win the PHP 107,500 buy-in High Rollers event. The two-day tournament saw 58 entries for a prize pool of PHP 5,626,000 (US$107,500). Many notable pros heated up seats but only 10 players reached the money.
Bobby ZhangPayouts1st Bobby Zhang – Australia – PHP 1,382,800 (deal)2nd Ying Lin Chua – Malaysia – PHP 1,350,000 (deal)3rd Cao Ngoc Anh – VIetnam – PHP 763,2004th Henrik Tollefsen – Norway – PHP 555,5005th Hideo Kudo – Japan – PHP 419,9006th Eunho Kwon – Korea – PHP 328,2007th Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 264,3008th Tetsuya Enoki – Japan – PHP 218,6009th Andreas Rauh – Germany – PHP 185,20010th Aso Seitaro – Japan – PHP 158,300
Kosei Ichinose wins the Short Deck High Rollers
Alike Zhang, Kosei Ichinose wasted no time jumping in another event after falling out of the Main Event in 6th place. Ichinose overcame the 16 runners of the Short Deck High Rollers. The event also had a PHP 107,500 buy-in. The prize pool amounted to PHP 1,552,000 (US$29,600).
Kosei IchinosePayouts1st Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 789,200 (deal)2nd Seungsoo Kong – Korea – PHP 530,000 (deal)3rd Julian Hasse – Germany – PHP 232,800
James Auld wins the MSW Deepstack Turbo 1M
Another guaranteed event completed with the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo just reaching the 1M guarantee. With the buy-in at a very affordable PHP 5,500, it drew 208 entries for a prize pool of PHP 1,008,800 (~US$19,200). Out of that pot, 35 players were paid with Canada’s James Auld earning the grand share of PHP 213,700. Mike Takayama also cashed in this event in 3rd place.
Final 10 payouts1st: James Auld – Canada – PHP 213,7002nd Katsuhiro Mori – Japan – PHP 142,6003rd Mike Takayama – PHP 99,6004th Guilherme Matsunaga – PHP 72,5005th Mark Leonardo – PHP 72,5006th Ricardo Torres – PHP 42,8007th Luis Bernardo – PHP – 34,5008th Mikio Komatsu – PHP 28,5009th Mark Ilin – PHP 24,20010t Yusutake Oka – PHP 20,600
APT Finale Philippines 2018 continues with the second featured tournament setting sail today. The event has a PHP 165,000 (US$3,150) buy-in and a guaranteed pot of PHP 10 Million (US$191,000). There is only one starting day offered which runs today. Players can sign up until the end of the first hour in Day 2. The event runs from December 3 to 6.
Other trophy events are also scheduled including the PHP 2 Million guaranteed Monster Stack event taking place on December 5 to 6. We will have the results for you as soon as it concludes.
Article by Tricia David
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Michael Soyza officially joins Natural 8’s “Team Hot”

Michael Soyza has enjoyed a close relationship with Natural 8 in recent years and has been seen wearing their logo on several occasions when lifting trophies and playing at the tables. While his affiliation was not official back then, it certainly is now. Natural 8 have announced that Michael Soyza is now part of their group of Team Hot ambassadors for the online brand Natural 8.
Michael Soyza – Photo APTTeam Natural 8
As the newest recruit, Soyza will not look at all out of place among the talented stars already assembled by Natural 8. He is the Malaysia and Asia GPI number 1 ranked player with over US$3,000,000 in live cashes and ranks 14th in the world in the GPI standings. He joins a roster of Natural 8 players which includes Kitty Kuo, Bryan Paris, Dong Kim and Henry Buhler.
Team HotAn exceptional live talent
While speaking to Somuchpoker two months ago, Michael Soyza explained that he had only been pursuing poker full-time for two years. This very short span of time underlines just how steep his trajectory towards the pinnacle of the game has been. His recent tournament results have made him a very well-known player, but Soyza also has plenty of experience in cash games too, having started at $0.03/0.06 and worked his way up the ladder before he turned to poker as a full-time career.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
First online results
Since the announcement, he has been busy playing in the ongoing GG Series which has US$3.5 million guaranteed. So far, he has registered 129 entries, had 15 finishes in the money and cashed for a total of US$23,921.
Here are some of the highlights of Michael Soyza’s results:
3rd in N8GGS#7 for US$19,916.
Footage of that final table can be found here:

 
He also chopped the daily US$88 with  Natural 8 pro Bryan Paris for US$4,996.
Soyza’s most recent big live result came a few hours ago in the Red Dragon Jeju ₩60M Super High Roller where he took 3rd for ₩376,200,000 (US$335,760).
A full report of the event will be published on Somuchpoker.
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Exclusive Freeroll on 888Poker: $150 for Grab – No Deposit Needed!

We have teamed up with 888poker! The poker room is offering exclusive $150 freerolls to Somuchpoker followers every Sunday!
The field size is expected to be small, you have a great chance to get your hands on some easy money. You do not have to make any sort of deposit to play the freeroll, just open an account and follow the instructions to receive the password.

Next Freeroll: December 2, 2018 on 888poker – 1PM GMT
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PPPOKER World Championship Announced at Resort World Manila

The social poker application PPPoker has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Initially launched in Asia, PPPoker is now widely used across the World.
While the application is better known by players as a platform on which to organise games between friends, its Global Tournaments series also allows players to compete for prizes. On top of that, PPPoker has recently entered the live poker scene too.
Having grown stronger from these successes the company is preparing itself for a bigger challenge – the PPPoker World Championship (PPWC).
PPWC is a professional global poker tournament series created by PPPoker with a massive guaranteed prize pool of 30,000,000 PHP (Approx. USD$574,665). PPWC will be held between February 15th and 21st 2019, at Resorts World Manila.

PPWC Main Event
The 7-day festival features a PHP 20,000,000 (Approx. USD$383,110) guaranteed Main Event tournament, alongside 15 various other events. The buy in is set at PHP 55,000 (Approx. USD $1,000).
Schedule:
Feb 16: Main Event Day 1AFeb 17: Main Event Day 1BFeb 18: Main Event Day 1CFeb 19: Main Event Day 2Feb 20: Main Event Day 3Feb 21: Main Event Final Day
PPWC TEAMS Event
Additionally, in what promises be one of the highlights of the series, players representing dozens of different countries will compete in the Teams Event for the honour of crowning their nation the PPPoker World Champion. Teams from all around the world are expected to attend this event. The buy in for a team of nine into the event is set at PHP550,000 (approx. USD $10,000)
Schedule:
Feb 15 Team Event Day 1
Feb 16: Team Event Day2
Feb 17: Team Event Day 3
Side Events
More than ten additional side events are scheduled during the festival. More details on those will be announced in the coming weeks
Online Qualifiers
In the meantime, PPPoker users will have the opportunity to win PPWC Main Event tickets through their in-app Global Tournaments leading up to the series. Register now to join the action at PPWC!
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Big Bang Slot Review

  Get lost in outer space with Big Bang slot – play from just 25p a spin, enjoy the progressive multiplier (more on that later), and the out of this world wins that are possible – it seems like NetEnt’s created yet another stellar slot.   Core Features of Big Bang Slot   The theme […]

 

Online Casino Trends Heading Into 2019

  The future of casinos holds many benefits for gamblers due to the introduction of blockchain technology that enables new ways for games to be played. The crypto space is going to take over the whole sector eventually as the tech makes possible things that were not available before it was introduced to the world. […]

 

JETT Gaming Upgrades Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall and Rebrands as Terrible’s Hotel & Casino

Refreshed rooms, remodeled lounge, Denny’s restaurant all part of rebranded property.
On the heels of major remodeling and upgrades, JETT Gaming, Inc., a division of Terrible Herbst, is rebranding The Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, NV and changing the name of the property to Terrible’s Hotel & Casino. JETT Gaming, Inc. purchased the property in 2015 and recently completed a series of upgrades and remodeling initiatives.
“It is time for us to put the Terrible’s brand on the building,” said Barry Phillips, executive director of marketing, JETT Gaming, Inc. “We have remodeled rooms as well as upgraded several entities within the property. We invite 1-15 travelers and Las Vegas locals alike to come in and experience the new and refreshed casino, hotel and all its amenities.”
Since purchasing the property, JETT Gaming, Inc., has invested in numerous updates and upgrades throughout the hotel and casino including: hotel room updates; a new Konami slot and club system, which rewards gamers for their play; a refurbished lounge featuring live music; new slot machines; Mini Baccarat; a movie car display; and the Off-Road Hall of Fame. In addition, the property installed a new $1.4 million dollar full-color monument marquis with high visibility for the tens of thousands of 1-15 travelers driving to and leaving from Las Vegas each day. The name officially changes to Terrible’s Hotel & Casino on November 1, 2018.
The new Terrible’s Hotel & Casino is located across the freeway from the recently opened Terrible’s Roadhouse and World’s Largest Chevron, which features 50,000 square feet of retail space, 96 gas pumps, a drive-through White Castle, Red Bull lounge, Monster Energy lounge, a candy village, an Advance Auto parts store and much more.  The complementary amenities, services, gaming and entertainment offered at the sister properties are more than enough to satisfy every craving, need, and desire for Las Vegas travelers heading into and out of Southern Nevada.

 

Asian MELCO RESORTS & ENTERTAINMENT and Alphaslot to speak at GSA Technology Summit – Focus on Blockchain

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is set to welcome the industry to its first ever conference event: GSA Technology Summit – Focus on Blockchain. The event is scheduled for November 8-9, 2018 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nev. GSA is pleased to announce Asian operator MELCO and manufacturer Alphaslot will participate and share their insights on the use of Blockchain technology in the gaming industry.
Blockchain technology, the second phase of the Internet, will have a dramatic impact on our lives and businesses. It is poised to revolutionize data sharing, security and has the ability to provide regulatory authorities with previously unobtainable levels of transparency. Those looking at how this technology will impact the gaming industry will be able to listen to companies that are using the technology today and regulators as they debate the benefits Blockchain provides them.
GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, “We are excited to see such interest in this event. Speakers will discuss the technology transformation that is moving away from monolithic and archaic systems, the operator and regulatory benefits of moving to blockchain based technology and the impact of the how the network effect of the blockchain platform can give gaming companies & operators a competitive advantage.”
Additionally, the event features speakers from: Clear Poker, Dominode, Gioco Ventures LLC, Global Market Advisors, IBM, Innovum Technology, INTEL, Loyra Abogados, McDonald Carano, NJ DGE, ORACLE, RedChalk Group, Secure Communication, Berkeley Center for Law & Business.
GSA is grateful to NOVOMATIC AG for being a Platinum sponsor of this important summit.
For a detailed agenda, special rate accommodation information and registration, please visit GSA’s event website at GSA Technology Summit – Focus on Blockchain. GSA also welcomes companies interested in sponsoring this event to contact us.
There is a level of membership for every type of company. Is your organization interested in working with GSA on the creation of future standards? Please join us – visit www.gamingstandards.com to learn more, and follow GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
GSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc. (ARLUF); International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).
Other members include: Adlink Technology Inc.; Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Alphaslot; Amatic Industries GmbH; AmTote International; APEX pro gaming; Appolonia; Ares Way; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; AxesNetwork Solutions Inc.; BMM Testlabs; Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited; Canadian Gaming Association; Casinos Austria; Cashpoint Payment Solutions; ComTrade Gaming; Combination AB; Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); DRGT Europe; European Casino Association; Everi; Fortunet; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Ganlot; Genlot Game Technology Co., Ltd.; Grand Vision Gaming; House Advantage; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; JCM Global; Loto-Québec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation; Maxgaming; Mobile Gaming Monitoring On GmbH; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Paltronics Australasia Pty. Ltd.; Pollard banknote limited; Quixant; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smernax Holdings Ltd.; Spintec d.o.o.; Synergy Blue; U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; VEIKKAUS; Western Canada Lottery Corporation; Wojskowe Zaklady Lacznosci Nr 1 S.A.

 

EGT Columbia grew into a preferred supplier for major operations

Just 2 years after its foundation EGT Colombia has reached the position of a well-known gaming supplier in the country, completing numerous deliveries of a wide range Euro Games Technology’s products with remarkable results. Continuing its advancement on the market, just a month ago the company laid the foundations of a partnership with another international operator – the Millionaires Group from South Africa. Two installations were made in its Millionaires Casino Bogota – a gaming establishment, famous for its high-profile rewarding programs for the players. With a series of special events both companies presented six P-42V Curved St cabinets, housing the Chinese-themed 4-level progressive Fu Gui Rong Hua jackpot and six P-27/27 St Slim machines with the 4-level mystery-progressive Diamond Life. They are connected to a community jackpot system, where are also linked all the casino’s slot machines.
“The operator became acquainted with our products at the numerous international exhibitions we take part in every year and was impressed by the wide range of machines, games and services EGT has to offer,” commented Silvia Marinova, director of EGT Colombia. “The Millionaires Group are famous for their demanding way of choosing the products and are always in search for the best, so we are proud to be among their selected suppliers. As a beginning we have chosen to present to the guests of their casino some of our most popular cabinets and jackpots in Colombia and the more time passes the more we are positive that our approach was correct.”
The observations of the General Manager of Millionaires Casino Bogota and the players confirm the initial performance expectations. The EGT machines are usually occupied most of the time and by different types of players. Best commented were the games’ dynamics, the bonuses and the opportunity to hit more than one jackpot level at a time when playing the Fu Gui Rong Hua. The graphics’ high quality and the games’ storylines and themes were also appreciated.
Thanks to its high-quality products, wide-range portfolio and proactive approach, EGT Colombia has already inked several more deals for the country, some of which for 2019. The relationships with Millionaires Group will progress not only with more installations in Colombia, but also with deliveries for operator’s establishments in foreign markets. Part of its success the local office of EGT owes also to the new games and models that have been constantly introduced. The company has planned key premiers in near future that will further boost its growth in the country.

 

Jack Sinclair wins WSOPE Main Event Title

Jack Sinclair banished the memory of an 8th place finish at the 2017 WSOP in the best way possible last night, winning the WSOPE Main Event for 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352). He outlasted a field of 534 players to claim his first career bracelet, besting a final table that included former WSOP Main Event winner, Ryan Riess.
Jack Sinclair – Photo King’s CasinoA star-studded field
The event was a lengthy affair, with 6 days of play leading up to the final table. 7, if you count the two, day 1 starting flights. Many illustrious names descended on King’s Casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic. By the end of the third day, many had fallen by the wayside, but one name really stood out. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess led the chip counts, with over 4.2 million chips compared to his nearest challenger’s 2.4 million. Igor Kurganov and Sylvain Loosli, both familiar names on the WSOP circuit were also flying high, with two-time bracelet winner Norbert Szesci and Sergio Aido a little further down the order.
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s CasinoAs the next two days passed by, so did the opportunity of victory for all those names, bar one. Ryan Riess seemed to be cruising along serenely, persistently gathering chips and was ever-present around the top of the chip counts.
Sinclair conquers final table
Final Table – Photo King’s CasinoJack Sinclair remained comparatively new to major live events coming into this one. His trip to last year’s WSOP in Las Vegas was his first, and his entry into the Main Event was the first time he had ever bought into an event for $10,000. He proceeded to enjoy an extremely deep run in that tournament, making the final table and finishing 8th place. He once again gave a great display in this WSOPE Main Event, flying somewhat under the radar with Ryan Riess looming large at the final table. While Riess was sliding backwards during the final table, Sinclair was marching onwards. Having entered the final table 4th in the chips he took an early big pot to become one of the main contenders, while Riess eventually faded, falling in 4th place.
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov was soon sent to the rail in 3rd, leaving Sinclair and Hungary’s Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas to fight for the top prize. In the end, it was a one-sided contest, with Bujtas seemingly struggling to find any cards and Sinclair playing excellent poker from the start. Before long, the final chapter of this event had closed. Bujtas was left rueing what might have been, while Sinclair was fastening his first career WSOP bracelet around his wrist.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Jack Sinclair – 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352)
2nd – Laszlo Bujtas – 693,573 Euros ($790,673)
3rd – Krasimir Yankov – 480,028 Euros ($547,232)
4th – Ryan Riess – 337,778 Euros ($385,067)
5th – Milos Skrbic – 241,718 Euros ($275,559)
6th – Ihor Yerofieiev – 175,965 Euros ($200,600)
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Asian Poker Tour season finale at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million in Guarantees

Excitement is building up at the Asian Poker Tour as they get ready for their last event of the season. The APT Finale Philippines 2018 takes place from November 27 to December 6 at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million (~US$451,000) in guaranteed prizes. 19 trophy events are up for grabs with the Main Event and the Championships Event highlighting the series.

Main Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeChampionships Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeMonster Stack – PHP 2 Million GuaranteeAPT-RWM Opening Event – PHP 1 Million GuaranteeMegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo – PHP 1 Million Guarantee
 GUARANTEED EVENTS
Main Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
Getting a look at the first featured tournament, the Main Event comes with a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs a course of five days from November 28 to December 2. With its highly crafted deep structure, this is revered as one of the top events to play in Asia. Last September in the Philippines, the series saw 306 entries for a prize pool of PHP 14.8 Million.
For a buy-in to of PHP 55,000 (~US$1,040), players start off with a very healthy stack of 500x the opening big blind; levels increase every sixty minutes. Two starting days are offered with late registration closing at the start of Level 10 in Day 2.
Day 1A – Wednesday, November 28Day 1B – Thursday, November 29Day 2 – Friday, November 30Day 3 – Saturday, December 1Final 8, Sunday, December 2
The past edition of the series saw local pro Lester Edoc successfully defend his Philippines Main Event title capturing back-to-back series victories.
Championships Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
The second main feature is the Championships Event which also extends a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs immediately after the Main Event covering a total of four days from December 3 to 6. Unlike previous versions, only one starting day is offered however late registration still closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2.
Alike the main, this is another APT custom designed deep structured tournament with players starting off with 500x the opening big blind; levels also increase every sixty minutes. With the buy-in much higher than the main, PHP 165,000 (~US$3,110), the Championships Event tends to see a field packed with top pros.
Day 1 – Monday, December 3Day 2 – Tuesday, December 4Day 3 – Wednesday, December 5Final 8 – Thursday, December 6
The Main Event and Championships Event are the most prestigious tournaments of the APT and are definitely the events “not to be missed”. For those looking to try to join in at a lower cost, three satellites per featured event are offered. Resorts World Manila is also running guaranteed satellites to the Main Event every Sunday in November. read more

 

Interview: A conversation with German talent Manig Loeser

With more than $8M in live earnings on the international poker circuit, Manig Loeser is one of the most talented German players. He spent his last few weeks in Rozadov for the WSOPE where our reporter Gaelle Jaudon had the chance to meet him.
Manig Loeser – Photo King’s CasinoSomuchpoker: Your first cash was in 2011, and now you have more than $8 million in live winnings. How have you managed your career? Did you always have a plan in your head?
Manig Loeser: Well, in the beginning I didn’t really have a plan. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do, and I tried really hard to become successful at the game and get better. Also, I got really lucky in the beginning. I had the chance to win something big at one of my first tournament. From there, I just tried to increase my winnings and travel more, and that’s worked out so far! But I never really had a plan in mind.
SMP: What were the most difficult periods of your career?
ML: Oh good question… I think it was a few years ago. I lost quite a lot online before the WSOP, and then during two months at the WSOP, I only got two cashes. I was just busting every day. It was tough to go through that downswing, to try to recover and not lose faith in my abilities.
SMP: But you never thought about quitting the game?
ML: No, not really; that never happened.
SMP: We saw you play on different cash game shows. You had a crazy hand with Dan Shak at the Partypoker Millions and here at the Kings Casino live cash game too. What are the limits you usually play, and how often do you play cash games?
ML: I play very often now. I play quite a bit in Macao, at high stakes limits, and whenever there is a big tournament series with big cash games I try to play them too. It always depends on the situation. I can play low limits too, like 10/25, and up to very high limits.

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