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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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WSOPE: Ivan Leow conquers €100K Leon’s High Roller, Michael Soyza takes 3rd; Ryan Reiss bags lead at Main Event Day 3

Running alongside the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) bracelet events are a plethora of daily tournaments at host venue King’s Casino. Though the fields have generally been on the lighter side, these games have still produced plenty of thrilling results. Last night, two high ranking Malaysian pros earned the largest payday of their career; Ivan Leow won the €100K Leon’s High Roller event for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140) and Michael Soyza finished 3rd for €521,471 (~US$592,594).
We’ve got that story for you below along with an update of the Main Event. 50 players remain at the end of Day 3 with past champion Ryan Reiss at the helm.
Ivan Leow conquers the €100K Leon’s High Roller
Ivan Leow – Photo King’s Casino2018 continues to be a millionaire year for Ivan Seng Yee Leow. The Malaysian pro just shipped his fifth-ever career title and a third seven-figure live tournament payday. All this in six short months. His latest victory was the €100K Leon’s High Roller event topping the 33 entry field for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140), his largest live tournament score.
Ever since Leow’s 6th place finish at the HK$1M Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro in May, he has been shaking up the big leagues. He captured his first career victory later that month at the Oriental Poker Championship HK$100K High Roller event in Macau; earned his first million payout at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju at the HK$500K Short Deck Ante Only, then proceeded to win the partypoker Triton Super High Roller event in Russia for another US$1.1 Million.
Final Table Results
1 – Ivan Leow: €1,251,455
2 – Martin Kabrhel: €773,457
3 – Michael Soyza: €521,471
4 – Tony G: €351,579
5 – Dominik Nitsche: €237,038
His rapid rise continued in Korea with a win and a 2nd place finish at the Super High Rollers events, and now Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Prior to his latest victory, Leow final tabled three events, all non-bracelet events, finishing 2nd at the €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship won by Mikita Badziakouski.
Having had plenty of practice against the big guns the past several months, at Leon’s High Roller event Leow faced off with players the likes of Mikita Badziakouski, Stefan Schillhabel, David Peters, Matt Kirk, Sam Trickett, and Leon Tsoukernik. All of these players failed to reach the money, including Manig Loeser who fell on the bubble.
First to the money was Dominik NItsche who interestingly has cashed in three events in Rozvadov, all of them a 5th place finish. Antanas Guoga aka Tony G, a rare sight in live events these days, pulled off 4th place, and taking 3rd was Michael Soyza.
Alike Leow, Soyza has been tearing up the felt all over the world. Among his numerous victories this year was a big one at the Mid-States Poker Tournament Deepstack Championship Series. He pocketed US$588,249 at the US$1,655 No Limit Hold’em event. That was his largest live score until his recent 3rd place finish in Rozvadov which earned him €521,457 (~US$592,594).
Just as impressive was Martin Kabrhel who recently won his second-ever bracelet at the WSOPE €100K Super High Roller event. Kabrhel finished 2nd to Leow and mounted another big score of €773,457 to his growing list of live earnings.
To further amplify Leow’s incredible performance this year, out of his US$5.55M total live earnings, US$5.43M was claimed just this year. He has now overtaken Wai Kin Yong at The Hendon Mob’s Malaysia All Time Money List. He sits in 4th rank.
PayoutsPrize pool: €3,562,581 (US$3,135,000) – Entries: 33
1st Ivan Seng Yee Leow – Malaysia – €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140)2nd Martin Kabrhel – Czech Republic – €773,4573rd Michael Soyza – Malaysia – €521,4574th Anatanas Guoga (Tony G) – Lithuania – €351,5795th Dominik Nitsche – Germany – €237,038
Ryan Reiss bags the lead at Main Event Day 3
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s CasinoThe €10,350 No Limit Hold’em Main Event saw 165 players of Day 2 downsize to just 50 players at the end of the night. Sitting at the top with a massive stack was Ryan Reiss – 2013 WSOP Main Event champion. Reiss bagged up 4,233,000 (over 200x the big blind) while his closest competitor was Ivan Gabriell with 2,412,000.
Day 2 chip leader, Dario Sammartino held strong and sits in ninth rank with 1,503,000 and Day 1A chip leader Marco Slacanac is down the rung with 677,000. In addition to Reiss, three WSOP bracelet winners are in the running, Igor Kurganov, Niall Farrell, and Norbert Szecsi. For Day 1B chip leader, Adrian Mateos, he exited outside of the money.
Among the notable players in the money were Rainer Kempe (52nd), Tobias Peters (53rd), Dietrich Fast (59th), Piotr Nurzynski (61st), Jan-Eric Schwippert (67th), Will Givens (76th), Mustapha Kanit (78th), and Ben Heath (80th).
The hunt for the 2018 WSOPE Main Event title continues. The event drew in 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The eventual winner is due to pocket the €1,122,239 first prize. We will continue to have WSOPE updates right here in Somuchpoker.com. 
Article by Tricia David

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RVS CUP 2018 PHP5 Million Guaranteed this November in Manila

Coming November 9 to 19, the most popular poker room in the Philippines, the Metro Card Club aka Metro will host its biggest event of the year, the RVS CUP 2018 Philippine Poker Championship. Running for a fifth consecutive year, this highly anticipated series once again brings to the table a PHP 5 Million (US$ 93,300) Guaranteed Main Event. Unlike its previous editions, this year’s festival has been extended to 11 days instead of its usual six with ten exciting events to look forward to.

For those unfamiliar with the Metro, many of the country’s top pros got their start at the card room including the first homegrown Filipino WSOP winner, Mike Takayama. Among the numerous reasons that attract players to the Metro tables are the low buy-in tournaments and generous guarantees. The upcoming series is proof of this with the Main Event buy-in at just PHP10,000 (~US$187) and side games ranging from PHP1,650 to PHP11,000. To get things started, over PHP1 Million in additional guaranteed prizes will be offered prior to the main feature.
Pre-Event PHP750K Guaranteed
The RVS CUP 2018 opens with the Pre-Event PHP750K Guaranteed. This is a three-day tournament running from November 9 to 11. Another guaranteed prize pool event is the PHP300K Guaranteed taking place on November 13. This is a scheduled one day tournament. Both events have buy-ins of PHP3,300. Filling up the rest of the days are No Limit Hold’em tournaments with varying formats, Pot Limit Omaha games, and two High Rollers events – High Roller PLO and High Roller Hold’em. These two events extend the largest buy-ins of PHP11,000 each.
Main Event PhP5 Million Guaranteed
Side events aside, the tournament everyone will want to attend is the headliner, the PHP5 Million Guaranteed Main Event. The event runs from November 14 to 19 There are four starting days offered followed by Day 2 and the Final Day. Players begin with a very healthy 20,000 stack (equivalent to 400x the opening big blind). It will utilize the Big Blind Ante format adopted by the WSOP. All starting days have 30 minute levels which increases to 40 minutes for Day 2 and the Final Day. Buy-in is PHP10,000.
Day 1A – Wednesday, November 14
Day 1B – Thursday, November 15
Day 1C – Friday, November 16
Day 1D – Saturday, November 17
Day 2 – Sunday, November 18
Final Day – Monday, November 19
RVS CUP past winners
Metro RVS Cup 2017A brief look back on the RVS CUP’s beginnings, the first event was held in 2014 with 282 runners. That number swelled to 644 the following year, dipped to 562 in 2016, then ballooned to a massive 1,176 last year. The event consistently attracts both local and foreign players, though a non-local has yet to win it. Now on its fifth year, the RVS CUP has become the most hunted Metro title.
Below are the event’s past champions:
Lester Edoc – 2014 champion
Richard Marquez – 2015 champion
Anacleto Quijano – 2016 champion
Christopher Chua – 2017 champion
RVS CUP 2018 Player of the Series
Along with the extended schedule, for the first time the Metro will award an RVS CUP Player of the Series. The player that accumulates the highest number of points throughout the festival earns the title along with a 4D/3N accommodation at The District Boracay with airfare. 
More: Complete Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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PayPal is the way to finance esports betting

  Esports betting has only really been around on a significant scale since 2013, but it is now estimated to be worth billions of dollars every year. Serious bets first began to be placed on the game ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ (CSGO) by means of skin betting. A similar market grew up for Dota 2, which […]

 

Have a scream with the best slots this Halloween

  There’s more to Halloween than ignoring trick-or-treaters and rustling up DIY fancy dress costumes – especially if you’re a fan of online slot games.   Indeed, Halloween is one of the best times of the year to be an online slot player. Take a browse at any virtual casino right now and you’ll find […]

 

The Lowdown on Prop Players

Poker as a casino game is an interesting choice of entertainment – unlike the other casino games, you have a great deal of control over the odds and you aren’t directly playing against the casino unless you’re playing Caribbean Stud. The casino’s profit comes from the rake they impose on the pot, taking a percentage […]

 

Passport Technology pledges its support to the awards ceremony with a difference

The British Casino Awards will return to London on Tuesday 5 February 2019 to benchmark and celebrate excellence in the gaming sector – and Passport Technology is the latest industry heavyweight to show its support for the scheme.
Passport Technology is a leading developer of technology-based products and services for the highly regulated payments, gaming and financial services markets. Speaking on the company’s commitment to the British Casino Awards, vice president for international development Helen Bowditch says: “We look forward to championing the industry in this format, with the most prestigious of companies and Passport’s partners involved.
“The British Casino Awards is raising the profile and visibility of this ever evolving industry and we would like to congratulate every shortlisted company, individual or client on their achievements. Thanks also to Datateam for recognising the demand for awards of this nature which bring the industry makers together.”
The second edition of the event – which launched to wide industry acclaim earlier this year – has already received the backing of Every, TCS John Huxley, together with the support of the National Casino Forum (NCF) and the European Casino Association (ECA)
Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, comments on the importance of the Awards scheme to the industry, both now and in the future: “The awards showcase the fantastic talent in the casino sector and I am looking forward to hearing more inspiring stories from across the industry at the 2019 event.
“The casino sector offers a wide variety of exciting career paths and we are proud to be sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award, which reinforces our commitment to ensuring the industry offers equal opportunities at every level of the industry, from the boardroom to the casino floor.”
With the event receiving the backing of the European Casino Association (ECA), chairman Per Jaldung says: “We look forward to continuing our support of the British Casino Awards in the spirit of rewarding excellence in the land-based casino industry. The 2019 edition will surely be as competitive and we wish all entrants the best of success in winning a prestigious award.”
There are three stages to the British Casino Awards; the first of being the entry and nomination stage, where manufacturers and operators are invited to enter into any of the relevant categories using the online form available on the Awards website. They can also nominate other companies and individuals for any of the categories, using the same simple online form. The deadline for entries and nominations is Friday, 30 November.
The decision-making stage of the Awards scheme will begin on Monday, 10 December – when members of the industry will be invited to submit their votes using a secure online form.  At this point, all entrants are recommended to encourage staff and relevant industry bodies to support the entered organisation, product or people by casting their vote. The online vote will produce five finalists and ultimately one winner, the recipient of the highest number of votes overall.
Only selected categories will be put through to the voting stage, while others, including the National Casino Forum Diversity and Inclusion Award; the Corporate Training Investment Award; the Rising Star Award; CHIPS Community Engagement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be reviewed by a specially-selected panel of judges.
Finalists for all categories will be announced on 17 December 2018, before the winners are revealed at The British Casino Awards ceremony taking place in London on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
At its inaugural event, The British Casino Awards raised funds for CHIPS and has pledged to continue its support for the charity at the 2019 edition. The charity, which raises funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for disabled children, has also put its name to the Community Engagement Award. Commenting the partnership, co-founder Linda Lindsay says: “We are always incredibly grateful for the way the industry has supported us; and the more people see, the more beneficial it will be for the way the public sees the industry.”
For more information and to enter visit www.britishcasinoawards.co.uk

 

E-Systems and EGT gain ground in Switzerland

Since May Euro Games Technology and E-Systems GmbH, the long-term and exclusive distributor of EGT’s products in Switzerland and other European jurisdictions, have launched the Swiss Orange Collection in most Swiss casino operations. Powered by the reliable Exciter III platform, the multi-game is the latest edition of the highly successful Collection Series and contains 48 different titles, a great mix of EGT’s proven performers, as well as 19 brand new games for the local market.
The Swiss Orange Collection is available in most EGT cabinets, such as the innovative Super Premier and Super Premier 75, the stylish and curved P-42V Upright and Slant Top and the timeless classics P-27/27 St, P-27/27 St Slim and P-24/24 Up. The premiere of the multi-game in Switzerland took place on May 30 at Casino Pfäffikon-Zürichsee, part of the Swiss Casinos Group, launched in a pair of Super Premier cabinets. Since then many more Super Premier machines with their eye-catching design and comfortable multimedia chair were rolled out together with other available slot models all over the country and stormed to the top of the popularity lists quickly.
Casino Courrendlin, part of the Groupe Barrière in the French speaking part of Switzerland, placed a pair of Super Premier cabinets along with a pair of P-42V Curved Upright machines and the initial reactions of their players were very enthusiastic, followed by highly positive feedbacks.
Just in time to be prepared for their guests, expected during the upcoming snow skiing season, Casino Bad Ragaz also welcomed two Super Premier and two P-42V Curved Slant Top cabinets as some of its highlights for the visitors.
EGT continues to develop the Swiss market and builds on the huge success of the Swiss Orange Collection, following up with a second multi-game of the Collection Series especially for the country – the Swiss Red Collection, which has just become available. It also contains 48 games, adding another 12 new titles. This is how EGT has released a total of 31 brand new games for Switzerland only in 2018, a proof for the company’s commitment and willingness to constantly give more to both operators and players.
 

 

International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) announces 2018 Bybee Scholarship winners

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) announced today the recipients of the 2018 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, an annual program that awards prizes for the best scholarly research papers written on relevant gaming topics by accredited law school students as part of their class work during the school year. Annual submissions are solicited from law students in North American law schools and judged by a committee of IAGA member attorneys practicing gaming law. The 2018 scholarship recipients are:
“The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and its Legal Implications: How Its Invalidation Will Impact Indian Gaming’s Legal and Regulatory Framework” by Francisco Olea, University of Arizona College of Law
“It’s Time for Wizards to Give Up the Illusion and Show Their Cards: How Wizards of the Coast Circumvent Gaming Law to Make Millions” by David M. Stern, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Both winning papers can be viewed at www.theiaga.org/shannon-bybee-scholarship-award
“The Bybee Scholarship is an excellent way to encourage the next generation of gaming industry legal experts to become engaged in critical gaming issues,” commented Jennifer Roberts, Bybee Scholarship Committee Co-Chair and Associate Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for Gaming Regulation. “With so many interesting topics to cover, this year we received a diverse selection of submissions covering everything from exploring problem gambling issues in Victoria, Australia to online gaming regulations in Canada and the US, and the impact of the sports betting invalidation of PASPA for tribes. We are pleased that we continue to receive such excellent submissions and look forward to presenting this year’s winners with their awards at IAGA’s G2E cocktail reception in Las Vegas.”
The Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award was established to honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of IAGA’s founders who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, Nevada regulator, industry executive and pioneer in the field of education in casino operations and gaming law. Inducted into the American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame in 2002 because of his significant contributions to responsible gaming, Bybee also played an important role in the development of problem gambling regulations and advocacy.
This year’s Bybee Scholarship Award was generously sponsored by Everi. Additional information about Everi can be found online at www.everi.com
2019 Deadline for Submissions Announced IAGA also announced that the 2019 deadline for submissions will be June 30, and the winning papers will be announced during the 2019 IAGA Cocktail Reception held during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) exhibition in Las Vegas. Additional information about entry requirements and the IAGA Shannon Bybee Scholarship Committee is available at www.theiaga.org/shannon-bybee-scholarship-award
 

 

Dinh Xuan Dinh bests Danny Tang at the WPT Vietnam High Roller + other side winners; Alex Lee leads the Superstack

The penultimate day of the inaugural WPT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City had a wide range of side action filling every seat at the Pro Poker Club. By the midnight cutoff, three titles were claimed and one bagging up with the final 9 remaining. We’ve got those stories for you below.
Dinh Xuan Dinh wins the High Roller event
Like we said in an earlier post, the WPT Vietnam High Roller event was one of the hottest tickets with 224 entries turning up over the two starting days. With each entry at VND 44,000,000, today’s 67 remaining players were welcomed in with a VND 8,691,200,000 (~US$372,250) prize pool of which 28 players would get a slice. Taking home the largest cut of VND 2,072,670,000 (~US$88,650) was Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Dinh after he defeated Danny Tang at heads up.
Dinh Xuan DinhDinh’s rise to the top all took place at the final table. He eliminated Abhinav Nataraj (6th) when his improved to a flush to crush , then scooped up all of Tran Xuan Truc’s chips (4th) with pocket jacks staying well ahead of pocket twos. After Tang sent Hoang Hong Giang (3rd) out next, Dinh still had the edge over Tang at the start of heads up. Dinh had 13.9M in chips and Tang with 8.5M.
Heads up: Dinh vs Tang
Heads UpThe heads up battle seemed like a boxing match with both contenders applying pressure. On just the third hand, Tang evened it up winning a big pot with trips. Recapping the action, with blinds at 150K-300K ante 300K, Tang limped in and Dinh checked on the big blind. At the flop , Dinh bet, Tang called. On the turn, Dinh checked, Tang bet 650k, Dinh raised to 1.925M, and Tang called. Then at river, Tang called the 1.650M bet by Dinh and won it with trips over , two pair.
At hand #10, it was Dinh’s turn to win a big pot. Tang limped in, Dinh checked, and the flop landed . Dinh checked, Tang bet 350k, Dinh raised to 1.050M, and Tang called. The turn saw no bets to bring about the river . Dinh checked, then called Tang’s 1.675M bet. Tang showed bottom pair while Dinh held top pair to win it.
The next hand almost saw Tang ship in a double up but the board had other plans giving both players a straight on the river to split the pot. Dinh surged ahead at hand #15 claiming another big one however this time there was no showdown. It kicked off with Tang limping in and Dinh with the check to see the flop run . Dinh checked, Tang bet 475k, Dinh called. On the . turn, action was the same with Dinh check-calling a 950k bet. However, on the .river, Dinh jumped out with a 1.525M bet, Tang raised to 3.225M, which Dinh answered with a shove. Tang folded leaving himself around one-tenth of the total chips in play.
A couple of hands after, Tang managed to double up, but it wouldn’t hold. On hand #20 of heads up, Tang fell in 2nd place. The final hand saw Dinh shove with and Tang called with . The board ran for a pair to both but Dinh came out with the higher spread. We have the final 9 payouts below.
Among those who cashed outside of the final table were Ken Okada, Vincent Li, Nishant Sharma, Marvin Rettenmaier, Iori Yogo, and locals Nguyen Pham Duy Khanh and Duong Vi Khoa.
As for the unfortunate bubble boy, that was was Shyh Chyn Lim who prior to gambling it all, he lost a sizable pot to Tang, then pushed on the next hand with . He ran into Nataraj’s .
Final 9 payoutsPrize pool: VND 8,691,200,000 – Buyin: VND 44,000,000 – Entries: 224 – ITM: 28
1st Dinh Xuan Dinh – VND 2,072,670,000
2nd Danny Tang – VND 1,449,780,000
3rd Hoang Hong Giang – VND 890,850,000
4th Tran Xuan Truc – VND 541,900,000
5th Ngo Trung Hieu – VND 418,480,000
6th Abhinav Nataraj – VND 346,780,000
7th Dylan Wilkerson – VND 295,500,000
8th Dang Van Hien – VND 252,040,000
9th Soo Jo Kim – VND 207,290,000
WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic: Day 2 review
WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack ClassicThe three-day WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic event concluded its second day with the final 9 players bagging up. Way out front was Alex Lee amassing a mighty stack of 2,790,000. Everyone else paled in comparison with the closest contender, Cheli Lin, at 1,600,000. See chip counts below.
This event saw registration remain open for another two hours today. At the close, flashing on the screen was a combined 195 entries – 136 players, 59 re-entries – and with each one signing up for VND 11M, it made for a healthy prize pool of VND 1,891,500,000. Top 25 places paid. We will have the official results when it concludes. Cards back in the air at 1pm on Thursday, October 4.

Name
COUNTRY
Seat
Chips
1
VIVEK RIGHANZ
INDIA
1
570,000
2
GO MORI
JAPAN
2
270,000
3
NGUYEN HONG DIEP
VIETNAM
3
1,195,000
4
KEVIN AYON
CANADA
4
940,000
5
GAO WENLING
CHINA
5
490,000
6
ALEX LEE
SINGAPORE
6
2,790,000
7
TAKAO SHIMIZU
JAPAN
7
900,000
8
FUBANG HUANG
TAIWAN
8
1,000,000
9
CHELI LIN
TAIWAN
9
1,600,000
Akshay Nasa wins the Deepstack Turbo
The Deepstack Turbo event was the game to play for those getting a late start yet looking to win a WPT trophy all in a single night’s work. In just six hours, the 128 entry field quickly downsized to the final table then wrapped up within the next hour. Winning the event was Akshay Nasa who built up an enormous lead that simply could not be toppled. Nasa adds another title for India here in Vietnam.
Final 9 payoutsPrize pool: VND 496,630,000 – Buyin: VND 4,400,000 – Entries: 128 – ITM: 16
1st Akshay Nasa – VND 144,030,000 (~US$6,160)
2nd Michele Limongi – VND 89,400,000
3rd Tzu Chieh Lo – VND 53,390,000
4th Duy Ho – VND 35,520,000
5th La Anh Tuan – VND 24,830,000
6th Dieter Pospischil – VND 21,360,000
7th Chang Gon Lee – VND 18,500,000
8th Duong Vi Khoa – VND 16,390,000
9th Le Nhu Hai – VND 14,400,000
WPT Vietnam Ladies Championship Freeze Out
Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh11 fine women took to the felt to compete for the first WPT Vietnam Ladies Championship Freeze Out title. Dominated by Vietnamese in numbers, one of their own, Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh seized it after a tough heads up battle against Thailand’s Orathai Nasathaen. Linh won VND 34,680,000 and the WPT trophy, and Nasathaen earned VND 18,670,000 for runner-up.
Closing Day events
The last day of WPT Vietnam is upon us. The Superstack Classic returns for the final race to the title, and to complete the package, the WPT Vietnam Finale Superstack Turbo takes flight at 130pm. Buy-in is VND 5,500,000 (~US$238).
Article by Tricia David
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Catching up on the WPT Vietnam side event action; WPT Asia Swing POY standings

With the WPT Vietnam Main Event now in the books, it’s time to catch up on the side event action. Currently running is the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic. That’s a three-day event and by the size of the field, it looks like players will be seeing a very nice pot for that. Registration has now closed. We have the official numbers below along with results of all the other events that have concluded plus the WPT Asia Swing Player of the Year current standings.
WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic
OverviewPlayers returned today for Day 2 of the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic with registration still open for another four rounds, approximately 2 hours. A steady stream of players were seen signing up to bring the total runners of this event to 195. With buy-in at VND 11,000,000, players are looking at a prize pool worth VND 1,891,500,000 (~US$80,930). The money will be reached today with 25 players paid. The eventual winner will receive VND 470,850,000 (~US$20,150). Today’s goal is to play down to the final 9 players then bag up for a night’s rest to complete the race tomorrow.
Among those seen at the felt are numerous notables: Alex Lee, Paul Hong, Kunal Patni, Henrik Tollefsen, Cao Ngoc Anh, Julien Tran, Michael Kim Falcon, Eric Tsai, Norbert Koh, Natalie Teh, Piet Pape, Sumit Sapra, Wenling Gao, Hai Chuot, Ying Lin Chua, Hung Sheng Lin, Zarvan Tumboli, Fubang Huang, and En-Ching Wu. Also taking no breaks from their fantastic run yesterday are Main Event winner Dhaval Mudgal, and runner-up Takao Shimizu, both are out there in the mix.
WPT Vietnam: Side Event results
Seen below are results for side events 6,7,8, and 9.
Event 6: Teams Event Freezeout
Prize pool : VND 139,680,000 – Buyin: VND 8,800,000 – Entries: 18
Ji Woon Kim / Jae Wook Shin1st Ji Woon Kim / Jae Wook Shin – VND 60,740,000
2nd Sebastian Wong Wei Quan / Ken Thoo Ming – VND 51,000,000
3rd Alok Birewar / Manoj Pentakota – VND 27,940,000
Event 7: Flip It
Prize pool: VND 77,600,000 – Buyin: 2,200,000 – Entries: 40
La Anh Tuan1st La Anh Tuan – VND 34,920,000
2nd Dinh Van Thanh – VND 20,950,000
3rd Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – VND 13,190,000
4th Pete Yen Han Chen – VND 8,540,000
Event 8: PLO
Prize pool: VND 250,260,000 – Buyin: VND 6,600,000 – Entries:43
George Sandford1st George Sandford – VND 80,650,000
2nd Ngeow Chung Fai – VND 63,660,000
3rd Fubang Huang – VND 45,880,000
4th Song Ly – VND 25,030,000
5th Chu Ching Ling – VND 20,020,000
6th Nguyen Phuong Linh – VND 15,020,000
Event 9: Shootout / 6 Max
Prize pool: VND 582,000,000 – Buyin: 6,600,000 – Entries: 100
Wei Cheng Yin1st Wei Cheng Yin – VND 197,880,000
2nd Markus Garberg – VND 113,480,000
3rd Hwang Sang Yeon – VND 71,000,000
4th Duong Manh Thang – VND 48,020,000
5th Josh McCully – VND 36,380,000
6th KH – VND 29,100,000
7th Sebastian Wong Wei Quan – VND 25,610,000
8th Xiadyin He- VND 23,280,000
9th Choong Kian Weng – VND 19,790,000
10th Manoj Pentakota – VND 17,460,000
WPT ASIA SWING Player of the Year standings
Participants of the WPT Asia Swing (Japan – Korea – Vietnam) aren’t just playing for titles. Players that run deep accrue points towards the WPT Asia Swing Player of the Year race. At the end of the final leg, the player at the top of the standings will win a WPT India Main Event package. WPT India takes place on November 16 to 19, 2018. The package includes a seat to the Main Event, ground transportation, and accommodation at Deltin Royale in Goa, India.
Rank
Name 
Points
1
YISHA CHEN
120
2
ENDO SHINGO
100
3
TAKAGI YOSUKE
100
4
CHOON TONG SIOW
100
5
HIRATA YUKI
100
6
VALERIY PAK
100
7
NOBUYUKI KOMORI
100
8
KIM DONG TRAN
100
9
NGOC QUOC BAO PHAM
100
10
DHAVAL MUDGAL
100
11
KIMURA TARO
90
Article by Tricia David
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A thunderous showing of 224 runners for the WPT Vietnam High Roller event; 67 into the Final Day

While the inaugural WPT Vietnam Main Event was running, the Pro Poker Club continued to fill to capacity with players gobbling up seats to the side events. One of the hottest tickets was the High Roller event pulling a thunderous 224 entries over the course of two starting days. With each entry ponying up the VND 44,000,000 buy-in, the prize pool beefed up to VND 8,691,200,000 (~US$372,250).
High Roller Trophy67 players made the cut into the Final Day which is currently in full swing. Only 28 places will be paid with the eventual winner pocketing VND 2,072,680,000 (~US$88,840). We’ve got the chip counts for you below.

Name
COUNTRY
Table
Seat
Chips
7
CHAN TSUN MING
HONGKONG
3
7
      917,000
40
NISHANT SHARMA
INDIA
3
1
773,000
43
PENTA KOTA MANOJ
INDIA
2
4
      737,000
27
IORI YOGO
JAPAN
9
4
      662,000
35
NGUYEN CHI THANH
VIETNAM
6
4
      652,000
11
DANNY TANG
HONG KONG
4
5
641,000
21
HIEU NGO
VIETNAM
7
2
632,000
2
AKSHAY NASA
INDIA
8
8
      627,000
33
MICHAEL FALCON
DENMARK
8
1
606,000
55
SOO JO KIM
KOREA
2
7
      553,000
52
SAMANTHA COHER
USA
3
5
      542,000
14
DINH XUAN DINH
VIETNAM
5
6
530,000
44
PHAM BAO
VIETNAM
5
8
515,000
54
SHYN CHYN LYM
MALAYSIA
9
7
      514,000
47
PIET PAPE
GERMANY
4
6
      512,000
18
EUGENE CO
PHILIPINE
2
6
      467,000
10
DANG VAN HIEN
VIETNAM
4
4
446,000
28
JAE WOOK SHIN
KOREA
9
6
      446,000
29
KEN OKADA
JAPAN
3
3
418,000
22
HOANG HONG GIANG
VIETNAM
5
3
      406,000
30
LAM KIM LONG
VIETNAM
5
4
      404,000
24
HUYNH DUC TAI
VIETNAM
8
7
      400,000
32
MARVIN PETTENMATER
GERMANY
6
8
      379,000
4
AMAN DHAMIJA
INDIA
7
8
371,000
58
TRAN HONG HAI
VIETNAM
7
3
      365,000
15
DO MANH TUAN
VIETNAM
1
7
      351,000
17
DYLAN WILKERSON
USA
8
6
      342,000
1
ABHINAN IYEN
INDIA
5
7
      336,000
64
VICTOR CHONG
MALAYSIA
1
1
      323,000
26
HWANG SANG YEON
HONGKONG
6
1
      304,000
39
NGUYEN VAN PINH
VIETNAM
8
3
304,000
63
VI KHOA
VIETNAM
7
6
      301,000
67
WEI CHENG YIN
TAIWAN
4
2
      301,000
16
DUONG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
8
2
297,000
48
PRANAV BASAI
INDIA
4
7
      297,000
20
HENRIK TOLLEFSEN
NORWAY
3
6
290,000
65
VINH TRAN
VIETNAM
5
5
      280,000
23
HUU DUNG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
7
1
      276,000
42
PAUL HONG
NEW ZEALAND
3
4
      267,000
37
NGUYEN PHAM DUY KHANH
VIETNAM
1
5
      258,000
3
ALEX LEE
SINGAPORE
1
6
      254,000
25
HUYNH VAN TAN
VIETNAM
1
3
237,000
31
LI KWUN NGAI VIVAENT
HONGKONG
2
2
      237,000
68
YEN HAN CHEN
TAIWAN
9
2
      236,000
57
TRAN DUC PHUONG
VIETNAM
7
7
      230,000
6
BENJAMIN GONZVA
THAILAND
7
4
228,000
41
ORJAN SKOMNO
NORWAY
2
3
      216,000
9
CHUA SHAN HUI
SINGAPORE
4
1
      212,000
66
VIVER RINHANI
INDIA
4
3
      206,000
56
TA DUY QUOC KHANH
VIETNAM
9
1
      197,000
49
QUAN NGUYEN
VIETNAM
1
2
      190,000
36
NGUYEN CHI THINH
VIETNAM
9
8
      170,000
12
DAO XUAN KHANH
VIETNAM
6
3
      168,000
60
TRAN XUAN TRUC
VIETNAM
6
7
163,000
34
NATALIE PO
MALAYSIA
6
2
154,000
46
PHANESH CHAINANI
SINGAPORE
1
4
      149,000
5
APOORVA GOEL
INDIA
7
5
      138,000
53
SEITARO ASO
JAPAN
8
5
137,000
51
RAGHAV BANSAL
INDIA
5
2
      133,000
13
DARUMA
INDIA
9
5
      112,000
38
NGUYEN TIEN SON
VIETNAM
3
2
      111,000
50
QUANG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
6
5
      105,000
62
TUNG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
2
5
      100,000
59
TRAN UY THANH
VIETNAM
5
1
        87,000
61
TUN NGUYEN
VIETNAM
6
6
77,000
45
PHAM THANH TUNG
VIETNAM
9
3
74,000
19
GAO WEN LING
CHINA
2
1
        26,000
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Dhaval Mudgal wins the inaugural WPT Vietnam Main Event for VND 2.4 Billion

India’s Dhaval “Dirty” Mudgal made World Poker Tour history tonight as the first player to win a WPT Main Event title in Vietnam. Amidst a crowded rail, Mudgal defeated Japan’s Takao Shimizu at heads up and captured the VND 2,4287,580,000 (US$104,000) first prize.
Dhaval Mudgal and Team IndiaThe VND 22M buy-in Main Event ran a total of five days from September 28 to October 2 attracting 679 entries – 528 players, 151 re-entries. This produced the largest-ever seen live tournament poker prize pool in the country, a record-breaking VND 13,172,600,000 (~US$565,000). Portions of that enormous pot were shaved off at Day 2 starting at 85th place.
Final Day recap
Entering today’s final race, Dhaval Mudgal was the only player left waving the Indian flag. Impressively, Team India represented well at the WPT Asia Swing with a large contingent turning up for both this leg and the Korea leg. Among the fifteen returnees, Mudgal had the second largest stack which he improved on, entering the official final table of 9 players at the helm.
Final TableBut despite the lead, his race to the title was no easy stroll. It was more of a nerve-wracking rollercoaster ride with near eliminations. After railing Dac Duc Phuong in 9th place, giving him an even larger arsenal to play with, things started to go south. Nguyen Duc Hai (Hai Chuot) shaved off a big chunk on a double up, then Tai Hsing had his hands in it as well. This led to Mudgal becoming short, attempting to steal the blinds and antes with a shove. Shimizu snapped him off with , and when the community board ran a nutty full house this saved Mudgal from the exit.
From there, Mudgal gained momentum. He landed another lucky save on the river to double up through Tai Hsing, then shipped a monster after getting full pay from Hai Chuot for his pocket jacks turned straight. This re-established Mudgal as the leader until Shimizu knocked out the last two Vietnamese contenders, Hai Chuot (5th) and Tran Cao Tam (4th). Mudgal proceeded to eliminate Taiwan’s Tai Hsing in 3rd place and entered the heads up round though still dominated in chips by Shimizu.
Heads UpThe heads up round didn’t last too long though. Mudgal commanded most of the action, often seen raising or three-betting that the lead switched up due to his successful grinds. Shimizu fought valiantly and was able to regain the lead but Mudgal quickly took it back. The final hand, saw Mudgal push with and Shimizu calling for his tournament life holding . The final board ran to close it with a big victory for India.
Congratulations to Dhaval Mudgal! This victory was his first-ever major championship title and his largest-ever live tournament payout to date. You can read up on all the thrilling action in the Live Updates post.
More : WPT Main Event Live Updates
Final 9 payouts
1st Dhaval Mudgal – India – VND 2,4287,580,000
2nd Takao Shimizu – Japan – VND 1,702,030,000
3rd Tai Hsing Hsiung – Taiwan – VND 1,097,540,000
4th Tran Cao Tam – Vietnam – VND 802,340,000
5th Nguyen Duc Hai (Hai chuot) – Vietnam – VND 613,840,000
6th Hanh Phong – Vietnam – VND 490,420,000
7th Nguyen Hoang Nam (Apuweo) – Vietnam – VND 406,240,000
8th Norbert Koh – Singapore – VND 323,390,000
9th Dao Duc Phuong – Vietnam – VND 242,770,000
Article by Tricia David
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WPT Vietnam Main Event Live Updates – Final Day

Welcome to WPT VIETNAM MAIN EVENT! This is the event everyone has been waiting for with its jaw-dropping VND 8 Billion Guaranteed prize pool. Action gets underway at 1pm. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000.
Follow all the action via this link:
WPT Vietnam Main Event – Live Updates
 
ALL NEWS
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250 runners for WPT Vietnam Main Event Day 1B; Pham Bao wins the Bounty Event
Tran Hanh crushes WPT Vietnam Main Event Day 1A; Zarvan Tumboli wins the Ho Chi Minh Cup
WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup draws 207; Nguyen Dang Toan wins the Welcome Event
WPT Vietnam draws 137 to the Opener; Trần Kim Đông wins the Charity Event
World Poker Tour kicks off inaugural WPT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City
Schedule – Events News
 
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From 178 to the Final 15 players of the WPT Vietnam Main Event; Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu chip leader

WPT Vietnam Main Event saw the return of the 178 survivors and from the get-go it was action-packed at Pro Poker Club. The event attracted 679 total entries for a smashing prize pool of VND 13,172,600,000. This was the largest-ever live tournament poker prize pool seen in the country. And to earn a piece, all players needed to do today was reach the money round of 85 places.
Into the fourth round, the bubble round was at hand. Tung Nguyen avoided elimination landing a two-outer on the river, however, for Vinh Tran, it was the opposite. Attempting to steal the blinds and ante, he shoved on the button with J-8 only to get snap-called by Jason Nguyen on the small blind with A-K. The bubble burst. The money flowed. And it was a hunt for a seat to the final day.
Vinh TranAmong the big movers and shakers were Norbert Koh, Apu Weo, and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama. Between the three, Takayama’s day would end much earlier despite running up quad aces not once but twice. He finished in 39th place, falling to Hong Kong’s Ray Chiu who is also through to the finals.
For the day’s entering chip leader, Austria’s Tran Hanh, he was unable to match his performance at Day 1A and exited in 51st place. Wenling Gao also bowed out within that range. Multi WPT / WSOP Circuit winner Dylan Wilkerson did better reaching the final three tables. And John Phan’s rollercoaster of a day ended in 23rd place.
You can read up on the action in our Live Updates post.
Day 2 – Live Updates
Below are the final 15 players returning tomorrow. One of these players will be crowned the first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event champion and will pocket the eye-popping VND 2,427,580,000 first prize.
Full coverage continues in the Final Day. Cards in the air at 1pm.
Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – Hong Kong – 2.43M
Ray ChiuRay Chiu will enter the final day as the chip leader. One of his biggest drops in Day 2 was WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama. This thrusted his stack to the top where he parked for the rest of the day.
Dhaval Mudgal – India – 2.355M
Dhaval MudgalIndia’s last hope for the gold is Dhaval Mudgal who closed Day 2 with the second largest stack. Mudgal is a well known poker figure in the Asian circuit. Among his many successes today was the elimination of American pro Dylan Wilkerson late in the game.
Hai Chuot – Vietnam – 2.245M
Hai ChuotHost country Vietnam had numerous players advancing to the final day. Amassing the largest stack of the group was Hai Chuot. For a majority of Day 2, Chuot kept pace with the leaders then took command after winning a big pot against Indian pro Raghav Bansal. He also made some big calls that knocked out a few players.
Tran Huu Khoi – Vietnam – 1.68M
Tran Huu KhoiWhen the field compressed to the final two tables, Tran Huu Khoi was one of the shortest but a late game double up through Apu Weo gave him renewed life.
Nguyen Thanh Phuong – Vietnam – 1.590M
Nguyen Thanh PhuongNguyen Thanh Phuong built an impressive stack throughout the day. He was moved multiple times and at each table, was able to chip up.
Tai Hsing Hszung – Taiwan – 1.470M
Tai Hsing HszungTaiwanese player Tai Hsing Hszung started Day 2 just above starting stack. He won numerous pots on uncalled shoves.
Tran Cao Tam – Vietnam – 1.335M
Tran Cao TamTran Cao Tam shipped in a big pot after a successful showdown against highly decorated Viet khieu John Phan. He also eliminated Tung Nguyen, the player that landed a two-outer on the river to avoid being the bubble.
Johannes Felix Hoeld – Germany – 1.180M
Johannes Felix HoeldJohannes Felix Hoeld had a steady rise in chips throughout Day 2 but needed some help at the final two tables. He found the moment, doubling up through Apuweo during the final minutes to jump back to good health.
Ben Andrews – UK – 1.150M
Ben AndrewsUK’s Ben Andrews sat in the same seat from start to finish watching players come in and out throughout the day. Down to two tables, he tanked John Phan twice to win a couple of nice pots without a showdown.
Norbert Koh – Singapore – 1.135M
Norbert KohNorbert Koh continues to enjoy success in Vietnam. Early in the day he stormed to the leader’s seat with an enormous stack. He railed Tran Son Thach late in the game to stay above seven-digits.
Dac Duc Phuong – Vietnam – 1.025M
Dac Duc PhongAmong Dac Duc Phuong’s winning pots was the elimination of Taiwan’s Tzu Chieh Lo. He also railed Cong Le to bring the field down to 16 players.
Takao Shimizu – Japan – 805K
Takao ShimizuTakao Shimizu is the only player left holding up the Japanese flag. Shimizu has had a big stack since the start of Day 2 and stayed consistent throughout to secure his spot in the final day. He
Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – 790K
Le Ngoc KhanhLe Ngoc Khanh is a familiar face in the Asian circuit, attending events all over Asia. He’s also produced numerous deep runs in Vietnam but is still hunting down that first championship title.
Apu Weo – Vietnam – 620K
Apu WeoApu Weo entered the Main Event at Day 1C and within the first fifteen minutes, he’d already knocked out a few players. At Day 2, his list of wins piled up sending out strong players such as Huu Dung Nguyen and Romit Advami. Both of these players shoved on his big blind.
Low Kar Doi – Malaysia – 560K
Low Kar DoiLow Kar Doi rounds out the list with the shortest stack.
More: WPT Vietnam Coverage
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Mario’s incorporation is another step forward in the process of consolidation and strengthening of the Group’s digital project on a global scale.  
Mario is a Graduate in Economics (U.C.M.) and Master in Business Administration and Management (I.E.). Over the course of his 20-year career, he has held senior positions in well-known companies in and out of the gaming industry contributing his expertise both nationally and internationally.
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