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London’s Hippodrome seals deal for Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live

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.”
 
 
magicmikelondon.com 
 
 

 

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.

 

WSOP Main Event Qualifiers Heating Up at 888 Poker

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.

 

Lee Yin How wins the record-breaking Asia Poker League Vietnam Main Event

The largest poker tournament Vietnam has ever seen wrapped up with Singapore’s Lee Yin How winning the Asia Poker League Main Event. Last night, Lee Yin How withstood the final 9 round to emerge as champion and capture the VND 1,476,360,000 (~US$64,700) first place prize money. Lee Yin How – Photo Team SGEver since tournament poker opened up to local players in Vietnam, one of the most popular venues to play has been the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. This club has been the site of the APL Road Series Vietnam ongoing for 11 days until June 4. The highlight was the Main Event which saw a record-breaking 864 entries pony up the VND 11M entry fee for a prize pool of VND 8,380,800,000 (US$367,500). Out of this nice chunk of cash, only 108 players earned a cut. As expected, the Vietnamese came out in full force, dominating the field day after day including the final table with 3 out of the 9 players from the host country. APL Final TableSeat 1: HAN SANG YONG 1.275.000- KOREASeat 2: LEE YIN HOW 2.995.000- SINGAPORESeat 3: MACARON TRAN 2.590.000- VIETNAMSeat 4: NA WEI SEGON 2.410.000- AUSTRALIASeat 5: FREDERIC BOLLIET 4.020.000- FRANCESeat 6: LE NGOC KHANH 360.000- VIETNAMSeat 7: FENG BUI 950.000- CHINASeat 8: DANG XUAN CANH  5.000.000 -VIETNAMSeat 9: TAN WAH MENG 1.910.000- SINGAPORE Final table recap Entering the final table, the eventual champion Lee Yin How ranked 3rd in chips bested only by Dang Xuan Canh (chip leader) and Frederic Bolliet (2nd in chips). Action saw the Frenchman take command, knocking out two players within the first hour to charge into the leader’s seat. Feng Bui took 9th and Tan Wah Meng out 8th. Not much action was yet seen from Lee Yin How other than a successful all in that doubled up him through Dang Xuan Canh. From there, Lee laid low again and watched as players fell around him. Han Sang Yong eliminated Le Ngoc Khanh (7th) and Dang did the same to Macaron Tran (6th) leaving Dang as the only Vietnamese carrying the flag. The five-handed round saw Australia’s Natalie Wei Segon, the only female fighter at the felt, gamble her Q-10 preflop and win against Frederic Bolliet’s A-K. This crippled Bolliet but he managed to stay in the game after a triple up and a follow up double up. Still, his hands were numbered with Segon eventually giving him the boot in 5th place. Han Sang Yong played steadily all day, at one point prior shipping in a massive pot against Boillet, but his run would end in 4th place. Han would be the first victim of Lee Yin How. In a battle of the blinds, Han shoved on the small blind and was called by Lee on the big blind. Han had 4-4 and Lee with A-10, the ace spiked and that was as far as Korea went. With his massive stack, Lee continued to dominate, extending his intimidating wall of chips. After Segon doubled up through Dang, Lee took the rest of Dang’s chips to enter heads up far ahead of Segon. Ten minutes in, Lee shoved with an open ended flush draw and Segon called for her tournament life with top pair. The river completed the straight and Lee became the first APL VIetnam Main Event champion. For Segon’s efforts, she earned a decent chunk of the prize pool, taking home VND 1,034,530,000 (`US$45,300). Among the 99 other players in the money were notables Harry Duong, Florencio Campomanes, Huy Pham, Huu Dung Nguyen, and SJ Kim. Article by Tricia David The post Lee Yin How wins the record-breaking Asia Poker League Vietnam Main Event appeared first on Somuchpoker.

 

WSOP bracelets and Asia-Pacific players

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.
Single bracelets
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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Genting Casino UK to Host Memorial Poker Tournament

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.

 

New games: A standout NIGA success for Merkur

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.

 

Paragon chooses Vizexplorer platform

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.
Book a product demonstration todaywith VizExplorer in booth 130 at Southern Gaming Summit, held May 3, 2018 at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss.

 

Vizexplorer momentum continues with appointment of new CEO

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 Beefs Up its Fish `N` Chips Menu

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.

 

APT Macau Championships 2018: Hung Sheng Lin wins the Main Event

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).
Winner’s story
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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How Much Could You Save by Uninstalling PokerStars?

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.

 

Everything you should know about PPPOKER

Whether you’re from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam or even Australia, chances are your heard of PPPoker. The online club-only poker room has been taking off since its release in 2015 and now services over 100 countries worldwide!
The online room has often been reported as a more profitable option for the players due to its non-traditional style: players must join a private poker club before they can play for real money!
The online games are more like home games, with each club in charge of cash-ins and cashouts. Players commonly access clubs via agents to these clubs via agents (Like us!)
What you should know about PPPOKER

How can I register to PPPoker?
The application is available on PC, IOS, and Android. Just go to PPPoker.net to download.
How do I join a club?
Contact Somuchpoker by Skype or email to receive the best rakeback deals and access to several clubs.
How do I deposit and withdraw on PPPoker?
All deposits/withdrawals go through agents of the poker clubs. Somuchpoker can ensure all transactions via Skrill / Neteller / Crypto / Paypal / PokerStars/ Partypoker safely, reliably and quickly.
What kinds of games are running?
Each club offers a wide array of different games and limits. Normally the rooms run games from NL40 to NL1000 and PLO40 to PLO2000. OFC and MTT are also commonly run, depending on the club. read more

 

The APL (Asia Poker League) announces a 5 Billion VND GTD Main Event in Vietnam

It’s a very exciting time for poker players in Vietnam since government officials loosened up on tournament poker; several poker clubs have opened.
The APT held its first ever opening event outside of the Philippines earlier this year in January with overwhelming success at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The APL intends to continue this trend with its APL Road Series Vol. 2 Vietnam. Hosting the event will, once again, be the Pro Poker Club.
APL Road SeriesThe APL Road Series Vol.2 will take place from May 25th to June 4th. The big tournament, players from all over the world are looking forward to the most, is the Main Event, with a staggering guaranteed prize pool of 5 Billion VND ( Approx.  USD 218,500.00 !).  The festival will also feature several side events including VND 25M High Roller.
More: APL Road Series Vol.2 Vietnam Schedule
An event hosted at the Pro Poker Club
Pro Poker Club – Ho Chi Minh CityThe highly anticipated event will take place at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The venue opened its doors on January 19th with only 20 tables and has continually filled its seats. It saw its first major success hosting the APT and has since grown bigger, adding a second floor and 15 extra tables to accommodate its constant expansion.
Earlier this year they held the APT Kickoff Vietnam with a guaranteed prize pool of only 3 billion VND; they surpassed that with a staggering 664 entries and the largest tournament prize pool in Vietnamese history – 9.6 Billion VND.
A new frontier for the Asia Poker League
The APL has its sights set high in Vietnam, following the APT’s accomplishments. Formerly, the APL has only hosted events in China, but in February 2018 they broadened their horizons by having their first successful event in the Philippines. Unlike previous poker events in the Philippines, the APL decided to have their APL Road Series Vol. 1 in Pampanga rather than the commonly chosen city of Manila. They were handsomely rewarded as players from all over the world flew in for the event, and covered the 5 million Peso guarantee with over 275 entrees.
Vietnam’s borders are widening as poker players have a new location to hone their skills and make money. With the government’s recent leniency towards tournament poker and clubs opening all over the country, the future looks profitable.
More: APL Road Series Vol.2 Vietnam Schedule
 
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The Rank Group celebrates raising a record £1.8M for Carers Trust thanks to support of staff and customers

The valuable support of Rank Group staff and customers has been recognised at a special event in Coventry on 14th March, with regional winners across both Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca receiving awards for their contribution.
The evening was an homage to those who have gone above and beyond with their fundraising, making a true difference in the lives of carers across the country and a celebration of the incredible £1.8 million raised throughout this partnership. The event was attended by Rank employees from across the country, including CEO Henry Birch and Retail Director, Alan Morgan, along with Carers Trust representatives.
The partnership between Carers Trust and The Rank Group Plc, which owns Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca, first began four years ago. Since then, employees have worked tirelessly to raise money for this valuable cause through various charity initiatives, investing over 8,500 hours of their time to reach this impressive milestone.
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Since 2014, more than 8,500 carers have been helped thanks to the Rank Cares grant programme, with essential equipment, much-needed breaks, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the chance to meet other socially isolated carers.
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Rank Group and Carers Trust also announced the continuation of their partnership into 2018, with renewed fundraising efforts aiming to hit the incredible target of £2 million.
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“Our teams have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the year to run charity fundraising activities to help us achieve this impressive milestone and without their dedication and the incredible support from the communities nationwide, such an achievement just wouldn’t have been possible.”
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TCSJOHNHUXLEY Appoints LGS Gaming as a distributor in France and Switzerland

TCSJOHNHUXLEY is pleased to announce that LGS Gaming has been appointed the sole supply partner for its products and services throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland, with immediate effect.
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