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PlayOJO launches responsible gambling campaign in Sweden

Popular online casino brand launches a major ad campaign to make players aware of the tools it offers to help them continue to play
 PlayOJO, the fair online casino powered by SkillOnNet, has switched on a massive new TV, radio and digital advertising campaign in Sweden with a focus on responsible gambling.
The casino operator will run a Swedish version of its feel good “Thumbs Up” campaign which is currently being broadcast across major TV, radio and digital channels in the UK.
The key message is about gambling responsibly and how PlayOJO gives players in Sweden the tools and support they need to stay in control of their play.
The advert will be broadcast across the biggest tv channels including TV3, TV6, Kanal 5, but not between the hours of 4pm and 9pm to mitigate the risk of underage players seeing the commercial. This is in line with PlayOJO’s decision earlier in the year to stop advertising to players in Sweden between these hours, as part of its stance on responsible gambling. The campaign will also feature on national radio stations and online from September.
Peter Bennett, Head of Brand Marketing at PlayOJO, said: “PlayOJO is the fair casino where players are put first, and we wanted to reflect this in our latest advertising campaign in Sweden.
“The ads really drive home the controls we have in place to ensure that players are properly protected and the tools we give them to continue to play responsibly.
“As per our earlier decision to only advertise on TV in post peak periods, our latest campaign will not be broadcast between 4pm and 9pm each day making PlayOJO the only online casino in Sweden to focus on Responsible Gambling in all its advertising and stop advertising on TV before 9pm.
“We believe our Thumbs Up campaign will help further establish PlayOJO as a leading online casino destination in Sweden and the only truly fair place to play.”

 

BF Games launches portfolio with BetConstruct

New partnership boosts supplier’s international reach
BF Games, the dynamic games development studio, has launched its extensive collection of slots and bingo games within BetConstruct’s platform.
Popular titles including Bonnie & Clyde, Aztec Adventure, and newly released Book of Gods and Ramses Rising, are now available through BetConstruct’s Casino Suite following a successful integration.
The strategic partnership will serve as a boost to BF Games as the supplier looks to further extend its market reach, opening opportunities in the UK, Europe and emerging territories world-wide. 
The deal marks the first time that BF Games’ portfolio is integrated onto BetConstruct’s aggregator platform.
Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “Partnering with BetConstruct, a globally renowned software developer, is a testament to the appeal of our games across a range of jurisdictions and player types.
“It underlines our achievements in creating fresh, state-of-the-art content that drives revenue for our partners and provides their customers with an exciting gaming experience.”
Edgar Mkrtchyan, Gaming Group Product Manager at BetConstruct, said: “BetConstruct never stops enriching its gaming portfolio with new content giving the operators an opportunity to continuously extend their offering, reach new markets and attract more players.
“BF Games’ high-quality slot portfolio has just been launched on our international platform. Coupled with our Jackpot Engine, the new gaming addition will be a huge success.”

 

Iforium makes LatAm market debut with Codere Partnership

Leading operator launches best performing content via Gameflex platform in Mexico with more markets to come
Iforium, the leading casino aggregation platform provider, is entering the rapidly regulating Latam region for the first time following a significant Gameflex platform integration agreement with the leading operator Codere.
The multi-year deal will see Codere access Iforium’s market leading Gameflex aggregation platform via a single API integration, with phase one allowing the brand’s players in Mexico to choose from over 9,000 games from more than 100 gaming providers.
As regulation spreads across the region and more countries create legislative iGaming frameworks, Codere will be able to offer Iforium’s vast content portfolio to other markets including Columbia, Argentina and Spain.
Phil Parry, CEO of Iforium, said: “Regulated markets are opening thick and fast and we are pioneering the way for some of the world’s biggest brands to rapidly enter these territories with access to the industry’s best performing content.
“We’re delighted to partner with Codere and there is much more to come as and when regulation permits, and we will further power their growth as soon as this happens.”
Erez Leket, Product Department at Codere, said: “Iforium has set the benchmark when it comes to single integration casino aggregation and they are the ideal content partner for us across both our most important and our emerging markets. We look forward to working closely together with them in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and many more exciting jurisdictions.”

 

Angle shooting: When players get caught using dirty tactics on TV

With poker being highly competitive and players seeking to find ways to expand their edge, angle shooting can sometimes surface during a live game. However, these tactics do nothing to improve the reputation of the game, or the players involved. There is little tolerance in the modern poker world for shady techniques used to gain an edge.

Angle shooting is classified as anything which is not clearly outside the rules in a way where punishment could be enforced but does take unfair advantage of an opponent by underhanded means. read more

 

Jennifer Harman’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Jennifer Harman is an American professional poker player. She was born on November 29th, 1964 in Reno, Nevada.
She’s one of the 3 women in poker history to have won at least 2 open – meaning discounting the female-only Ladies Events – WSOP bracelets. She was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. 
Harman was featured regularly on NBC’s classic poker TV show Poker After Dark. Also, she likes to play the highest stakes live cash games in the world in the Bellagio’s famous Bobby’s Room.
Unfortunately, her career was somewhat hindered by her serious health problems – she had two kidney transplants.
 
– Key Career Dates –
 
c.1980: She starts playing live poker in her local land casinos. At the time, she was below the legal gambling age.
2000: She wins her first WSOP gold bracelet.
2001: She takes on billionaire banker Andy Beal as part of “The Corporation”, a line-up of famous poker pros playing a series of super high stakes heads-up matches against the challenger, Beal.
2005: She comes in 2nd in a $10K WSOP Circuit event in Las Vegas for $383,840. That is her biggest single live tournament cash to date.
2007: She appears on the first season of Poker After Dark, NBC’s classic poker TV show.
2015: She gets inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
 
– Jennifer Harman’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
According to an exclusive interview she gave to our site somuchpoker.com, Harman started playing poker in live casinos before she reached the legal gambling age, at 16. She recalls she sneaked in casinos in Las Vegas to play. Given the fact that her home state is Nevada, the gambling capital of the world, it’s not surprising that poker has been a part of her life from early on.
Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada. However, she chose not to pursue a career in that field, rather to play poker for a living.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Jennifer Harman’s Hendon page shows $2.765 million in live tournament earnings. That respectable sum is a product of results from the past 25 years – 89 individual ITM finishes over the course of a quarter of a century.
Her first recorded cash is an 8th place finish in a $500 tournament at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino in Vegas. She won $3,052 for that, in January 1994.
The first time she made a live cash for over $100,000 was at the 2000 World Series of Poker.
In December 2004, she came in 4th in a $15,000 World Poker Tour event for $299,492. At the final table, she was faced with the eventual winner and her close personal friend, Daniel Negreanu. In March 2008, he finished 3rd in the $10K Bay 101 Shooting Stars championship for $330,000.
Harman made the biggest live cash of her career in March 2005. She was playing a $10K WSOP Circuit event at the Rio. Out of the 222 players that entered, she finished 2nd, winning $383,840.
→ World Series Of Poker ←
Jennifer Harman is one of 3 female players to have won at least 2 WSOP events, discounting the gender segregated Ladies Events. The other two are Vanessa Selbst ( with 3 bracelets) and Loni Harwood (2).
Harman won her first bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit 2-to-7 Draw event in 2000 for $146,250. According to the urban legend, it was her first time playing that game and she had only received a 5-minute lesson on it from infamous Full Tilt boss Howard Lederer right before the tournament.
She confirmed the legend in our interview, saying:
“I won the bracelet when I didn’t know the game  [2-7 Triple Draw] beforehand. Howard basically gave me a sheet to study, with what hands to play in what positions. But No Limit Deuce is a draw game, so you don’t see any cards; it’s basically a feel game. You feel your opponent, and when you know how to play—you know the hands and the positions and know a little bit about the game—it becomes a feel game, and I’m good at that. And you need a little luck too! A little luck always helps to win a tournament!”
Her second bracelet is from the 2002 World Series. She won the $5,000 Limit Hold’em championship and pocketed $212,440.
On top of her victories, she took 3rd place in the $10,000 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better event for $173,159 in 2010.
Overall, Harman has cashed in WSOP events 37 times for a combined $1,008,443.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Jennifer Harman was part of one of the most legendary stories in poker history. It was “The Corporation” taking on billionaire banker Andy Beal in heads-up cash games with stakes as high as $100,000/$200,000 blinds!

 
In 2001, founder of Beal Bank Andy Beal came by the Bellagio to play some high stakes Limit Hold’em. The pros in the room quickly noticed the new amateur willing to wager huge amounts of cash and tried to befriend him. Eventually, Todd Brunson was able to get Beal to play him heads-up, but lost around $100,000. 
News of the upset spread among the sharks of Vegas, who tried everything to keep their new fish on a winning streak at the cash tables of the Bellagio. Andy Beal, however, had another idea.
Fearing collusion, he proposed he plays ever pro in a heads-up match. That is when “The Corporation” was created.
The Corporation was a line-up 16 professional poker players. It included, among others, Doyle Brunson and his son Todd, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, and the hero of our story, Jennifer Harman. The 16 pros pooled together $10 million to take on their challenger in a series of heads-up Limit Hold’em cash game matches.
This epic battle lasted over 3 years. The stakes were initially $10,000/$20,000. However, the parties kept agreeing to increase it, so it eventually grew as high as $100,000/$200,000.
For a long time, Andy Beal was in the lead. At some point, The Corporation even completely busted their $10 million bankroll.
However, they managed to come back. The poker pros pooled another bankroll and demanded a re-match.
Phil Ivey was the one doing most of the heavylifting for his team. However, Jennifer Harman did her part too. Eventually, The Corporation won back the initially lost $10 million and earned an additional $6.5 million to go with it. 
That was the end of Andy Beal’s crazy run against the poker pros. Shortly after, Beal announced he wasn’t planning on playing poker again.
Jennifer Harman takes part in less unique cash games as well. She regularly plays in the world’s most famous high stakes cash game room, Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. She usually plays on stakes ranging from “just” $200/$400 all the way up to $1,500/$3,000.
She also appeared on some of the classic poker TV shows, such as NBC’s Poker After Dark or The Game Show Network’s High Stakes Poker.
There, she battled some of the best known pros of the game in high stakes cash games in front of the cameras. read more

 

Linus Loeliger’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Credits: highstakesdb.comLinus Loeliger, better knowns as his PokerStars moniker LLinusLLove, is a Swiss professional poker player. His exact date of birth is not public, his Wikipedia page simply states he was born in either 1994 or 1995.
LLinusLLove is known as one of the greatest online cash game players in the world. He’s played 140,000 tracked hands on Stars and is in over $1.4 million in profit. Even though tracking stopped, he’s still playing the highest stakes cash games on the site against other famous online pros, such as the Belgian OtB_RedBarron.
He’s also an accomplished live tournament player. He currently leads Hendon’s Swiss all time money list with $1.865 million in career earnings.
– Key Career Dates –
 
2013: He makes a post on the 2+2 Forum, declaring he wants to build his $150 bankroll up by playing NL10 until he is able to play NL100 before the end of the year.
2016: He starts playing $25/$50 cash games and higher on PokerStars.
2017: His identity is revealed to the poker fans.
2019: He wins the £25,000 Triton 6-Handed Turbo event in London for £690,000. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
 
– Linus Loeliger’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
In March 2013, someone by the username Deepz created a thread in the 2+2 Forum’s “Goals & Challenges” topic with the title “NL10 to NL100 6-Max”.
His first post read:
“Hey 2p2’ers
I’m 19 years old living in Switzerland and been playing poker for a few months and I’ve read few books and tons of threads on this forum.
I first started playing on 888poker but I’ve always had some tilting problems and BRM-problems so to help that I’m gonna start a challenge, where i update graphs, hands and other stuff.
I do this challenge for me so I stay in my BRM and so I can review some hands in this thread.
With this new challenge I switched to a new site, Pokerstars and I’m starting at NL10 6 max with a 15 BI – BRM. 
My goal is to get to 100NL by the end of the year 2013. My stars-name is “llinusllove” by the way.
First goal to achieve is to get to NL16 with a BR of 240$
Current BR: 150$
I’ll try to play everyday for 3-4hours straight and to update graphs and hands 4-5 times a week.”
He got only one responder with a message of support. Then, he posted a few updates on his bankroll until April 2013.
The next response is from November 2016. Someone commented “well he’s playing NL10,000 right now so I guess his challenge worked”.
Technically, it is unclear whether he made it to the NL100 stakes by the end of 2013. However, that is certain that he was playing NL5,000 and NL10,000 by May 2016.
The fresh name in the high stakes cash scene on PokerStars, especially with his active 2+2 Forums presence, caught the attention of the online poker community. However, LLinusLLove wished to remain anonymous because, as he put it, “usually there’s nothing good coming from it” – it being letting poker fans know about his true identity.
That all changed in August 2017 when pokernews.com ran a piece revealing who’s behind the LLinusLLove screen name on PS.
It was inevitable since someone who he made money transfers with leaked his real name to an online poker site. Since his identity was out, he decided to buy in some widely covered high buy-in tournaments as well.
→ Live Tournaments ←

 
Loeliger was visiting some poker player friends in London in April 2016. Given the fact that he was focusing solely on online cash games at the time, he decided to play a £2,000 UKIPT event at the Hippodrome not for profit, just for fun. Yet he was able to finish first in the 114-player field and win the £55,650 first prize.
Prior to that result, his Hendon page only showed two live cashes for a combined $6,132. Both events were played in Malta where he moved to while playing online poker professionally.
After his identity was made public, Loeliger started playing highly publicized, high buy-in events around the world. His first high roller was the €50,000 event at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Fresh off of his demasking in 2017, he had a lot of attention on him. However, he failed to cash.
In 2019, he started playing the Triton high roller series’ events. First, he came in 3rd in a HK$250,000 turbo tournament in Montenegro for $219,262 .
Then, when the series made a stop in London, the British capital brought luck to Loeliger again.
He finished 3rd again, this time in the £50,000 8-handed event for £594,000. He also won the £25,000 6-handed turbo event for £690,000 ($840,039). That is the biggest live tournament score of his career to date.
With just 6 individual cashes on his Hendon page, he leads the Swiss all time money list on the site with $1.865 million in live tournament earnings. 
→ Online Poker ←
LLinusLLove is one of the best known screen names in the high stakes online cash game scene.
According to an online database, he played around 140,000 tracked cash game hands on stakes $25/$50 and higher between May 2016 and April 2018. In that sample, he’s $1.438 million in profit. That translates to an average of $10.05 won per hand.
This doesn’t mean that Loeliger stopped playing after April 2018, rather the website stopped tracking hands.
He plays NLHE almost exclusively, usually on $100/$200 stakes. His biggest recorded online cash game pot was $137,000 that he won against Timofey “TrueTeller” Kuznetsov in March 2018.
When it comes to online tournaments, LLinusLLove doesn’t have a PocketFives account with publicly available tournament results. However, he has tallied up a few big online tournament scores as well.
In September 2018, for example, he took down a $25K WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) event for $587,747.
In May 2018, he took 2nd place in a $2,100 SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) event for $145,315. Also, he won a weekly $5K tournament on GGPoker in March 2019 for which he got $90,760.
→ Scandals ←
His crazy hands against OtB_RedBarron
In December 2016, popular poker YouTuber Joe Ingram decided to make a video about the crazy and unusual plays that LLinusLLove made while playing high stakes heads-up cash game against Jonas “Otb_RedBarron” Mols. read more

 

EPT Barcelona 2019: Simon Brandstrom wins the Main Event; Juan Pardo crushes the High Rollers

EPT Barcelona 2019 has been a fascinating series, with a near triple High Roller champion, an exciting roller coaster of a Main Event and a very deserving winner to cap off the festival. The big names have all been attendance and entry numbers have been high throughout, with a record-breaking Main Event field size adding to the excitement. With the final event now having concluded, allow us to bring you our second update from EPT Barcelona 2019.
€5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event – Winner: Simon Brandstrom
Simon Brandstrom wins EPT Barcelona Main Event – Photo credit: PokerStarsThis year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event saw a record-breaking 1,988 entries take their seats, which represents a slight increase on the 1,931 who participated last year. The increase in entries was not quite enough to push the prize pool past the €10 million mark, with the final prize pool reaching €9,641,800.
The tournament began with two day 1 starting flights, the first of which attracted 726 competitors. Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson managed to bag up the second largest stack of the day, with Benjamin Chalot taking the overnight lead. 259 players survived the day. The second starting day flight brought in 1,234 entries helping the total field size to surpass last year’s record-breaking field. Timur Margolin went on to top the field by the close of play, with 508 survivors joining those from yesterday to create a day 2 field of 767.
Mattsson’s good form continued into day 2, with the online star bagging the chiplead at the close of play, as the field was cut down to just 191 runners. Day 3 saw a change in momentum however, as Mattsson slid backwards through the day and was engulfed by the chasing pack. Pasquale Braco bagged the lead at the close of play, with Shannon Shorr close behind. Day 4 brought the tournament down to 16 with Rui Sousa taking control of the chip counts, but by the time day 5 had ended and the final table was set, Simon Brandstrom led the way.
The final table was rapid, with Marton Czuczor eliminating three players in the first half hour to take the chiplead. Just 20 minutes later, Brandstrom had knocked out Rui Sousa and the players were heads up. Negotiations then ensued, with the final two players agreeing a chop before playing it out for the trophy and some loose change. After a three-hour struggle, Brandstrom emerged as the champion.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Simon Brandstrom (Sweden) – €1,290,166 (US$1,417,899)
2nd – Marton Czuczor (Hungary) – €1,253,234 (US$1,377,310)
3rd – Rui Sousa (Portugal) – €607,400
4th – Diego Falcone (Brazil) – €436,760
5th – Giovani Torre (Portugal) – €364,660
6th – Yunye Lu (China) – €295,520
7th – Johan Storakers (Sweden) – €226,490
8th – Pasquale Braco (Italy) – €159,580
9th – Kully Sidhu (United Kingdom) – €121,760
€50,000 Single-Day High Roller – Winner: Juan Pardo
Juan Pardo wins his second High Roller in 24 hours – Photo credit: PokerStarsHaving won the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller the day before, Juan Pardo’s confidence will have been high coming into this €50,000 event. Even so, the Spaniard surely could not have dreamed of back to back High Roller victories in front of a home crowd. Pardo was one of 76 entries for the event, with the total prize fund reaching €3,686,760.
The final table brought some interesting faces, along with the key story of Juan Pardo’s bid to go back to back. He would not have compliant company in the latter stages, with Steve O’Dwyer, Luc Greenwood, Timothy Adams and Chin Wei Lim all making it to the final table. O’Dwyer and Adams exited early, while Greenwood and Wei Lim fared a little better. Ultimately though, neither could challenge Pardo as they fell in 4th and 3rd respectively. This left Seth Davies to contest the title with Pardo, and the Spaniard did not disappoint his supporters, bagging his second High Roller title in the space of 24 hours.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Juan Pardo (Spain) – € 1,013,860 (US$1,124,584)
2nd – Seth Davies (United States) – € 720,760
3rd – Chin Wei Lim (Malaysia) – € 471,910
4th – Luc Greenwood (Canada) – € 363,150
5th – Ali Imsirovic (United States) – € 287,570
6th – Timothy Adams (Canada) – € 224,890
7th – Steve O’Dwyer (Ireland) – € 176,960
8th – Laurynas Levinskas (Lithuania) – € 138,250
9th – Rui Ferreira (Portugal) – € 105,070
€10,300 High Roller – Winner: Chris Hunichen
Chris Hunichen claims €10,300 EPT High Roller title – Photo credit: PokerStarsThe final event of the EPT Barcelona festival brought together a strong turnout of 540 entries, each paying €10,300 to bring the prize pool up to €5,238,000. There were plenty of star names in attendance, each hoping to get their hands on the final trophy of the series, but few players needed a good day to cheer them up more than Chris Hunichen. Having arrived in EPT Barcelona just over a week ago, the US pro tweeted that he had received news that a friend had passed away, his father had been diagnosed with diabetes and his dog was also unwell – all on the same day he arrived.
Along with Jack Salter, Hunichen and Uri Reichenstein were perhaps the best-known names to find their way to the final table of this event, with Salter soon making his way to the rail in 9th place. Over the next few hours players steadily dropped away until play was four-handed. At this point, Hunichen began pulling away from the other competitors, and while Reichenstein eliminated a wounded Pablo Melogno in 4th to regain some ground, Hunichen was the player in control. He continued to extend his lead before Reichenstein was able to eliminate Andreas Berggren in 3rd before the two remaining players struck a deal for the money and the trophy. As the bigger stack at the time, Hunichen goes down as the official winner, in his first cash of this festival.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Chris Hunichen (United States) – €841,345 (US$925,480)
2nd – Uri Reichenstein (Israel) – €794,415 (US$873,857)
3rd – Andreas Berggren (Sweden) – €451,520
4th – Pablo Melogno (Uruguay) – €351,990
5th – Tibor Nagygyorgy (Hungary) – €276,040
6th – Lander Lijo (Spain) – €216,850
7th – Pauli Ayras (Finland) – €161,850
8th – Antonios Paschalidis (Greece) – €112,090
9th – Jack Salter (United Kingdom) – €88,520
€25,000 Single-Day High Roller II – Winner: Laszlo Bujtas
Laszlo Bujtas takes the 25K Single Day High Roller II title – Photo credit: PokerStarsThe second €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the festival saw 118 hopefuls buy in, helping to generate a prize pool of €2,833,180. The usual High Roller experts were in attendance, along with Juan Pardo, who was seeking a seemingly impossible hat-trick of High Roller wins.
As the action got down to the final table, Pardo was still in invincible form, collecting pots and climbing the counts to bring a comfortable stack to the final table. He was up against Sergio Aido, James Chen and Charlie Carrel in his bid for a third title in a row, a fact which remained the case as the action got down to 7. Taiwan’s James Chen would be the next to bust, followed by Sergio Aido in 6th and Steven van Zadelhoff in 5th. Then, for the first time in three tournaments, Juan Pardo finally busted out when his weak ace shove got looked up by Carrel’s pocket sixes. Before long, Pedro Marques had also made way in 3rd place to get things heads up. Laszlo Bujtas started with a big chiplead and never put a foot wrong, quickly eliminating Carrel to take his first major title.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Laszlo Bujtas (Hungary) – €712,810 (US$787,947)
2nd – Charlie Carrel (United Kingdom) – €481,640
3rd – Pedro Marques (Portugal) – €313,070
4th – Juan Pardo (Spain) – €259,240
5th – Steven van Zadelhoff (Netherlands) – €209,090
6th – Sergio Aido (Spain) – €164,690
7th – James Chen (Taiwan) – €126,080
8th – Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands) – €94,910
9th – Alex Komaromi (Uruguay) – €70,830
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Five stories that built Billy Baxter’s legacy

When it comes to legends of poker, Billy Baxter is certainly not spoken of as much as he should be. Not only has he accumulated 7 WSOP bracelets and been cashing at the WSOP for over forty years, but he also paid Stu Ungar’s 1997 Main Event entry because he was having a good day at the tables and felt sorry for him.
This gesture would lead to one of the greatest moments in WSOP history when Ungar won his third title. These facts are reasonably well known however, so allow us to bring you a few lesser known stories from the life of Billy Baxter.
The tax war he won for poker players
Billy Baxter – Photo credit: cardplayer.comBack in the 1980’s, the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) decided to make some changes to taxes in the US. They decided to impose a 70% tax on all income which they deemed to be “unearned income”. This would apply to interest paid on money already owned but would also apply to poker players. This is because although professional athletes were exempt from the new tax, professional poker players were not considered professional athletes.
Never in its history had the IRS lost a case of this nature, and so when Baxter decided to sue them, they gladly went to court to fight their case. Baxter’s case was eloquently put to the judge, with comparisons being made to golfer Jack Nicklaus who was exempt, despite spending his working days interrupting a pleasant walk with hitting a small white ball. According to Baxter, sitting in a casino grinding out a profit is equally demanding and so those who earn money playing professional poker should also be exempt. Remarkably, the judge ruled in his favour. The IRS took the case to a higher court and lost again.
Finally, the IRS decided they would back down a little and offered Baxter a deal which would have helped his own financial situation and allowed him to stop worrying about ongoing legal expenses which were stacking up. Baxter refused. Indignantly, the IRS went to the Supreme Court, who finally ruled in Baxter’s favour, settling the matter permanently. At great personal cost, Billy Baxter had protected the income of poker players across America.
Winning a gambling club and going to prison in the early years
Baxter has always said that he was a sports betting man long before he was a poker player. He began his gambling life by shooting pool for quarters, before moving up to bigger wagers and eventually making $5,000 for himself by the age of 16. This was a huge amount of money for a 16-year-old in 1956. Soon after that he discovered that people were playing a big 2-7 limit game in a club in Atlanta and he decided to join in, losing his pool winnings at first. After repeatedly going back to hustle more pool before coming back to play 2-7 again, Baxter finally started winning.
Speaking about the 2-7 game Baxter said, “each big bet was $500 and there was this bootlegger who would come in and he had a fruit jar full of $500 bills, back when those where still in circulation”. Baxter had to learn his craft fast, and he did just that. Having expanded his bankroll at those early games he learned Gin Rummy and soon moved on to a club in Georgia where he beat the owner out of $40,000 playing that game. The owner cut Baxter a deal – allow him to keep his $40,000 in exchange for half of his business. Over the following year Baxter continued to win money from the owner until he offered up the other half of the club to Baxter too.
Photo WPTThings were going well for a time, but that all changed when a new sheriff arrived in town and told Baxter he would have to stop running his gambling business. Baxter grudgingly agreed to shut the club down, but then chose to reopen it just for the weekend of the golf Masters tournament. Word reached the ear of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Baxter had reopened, and they broke down the doors and arrested him for felony bookmaking. The story had a somewhat happy ending however, as Baxter made a prop bet with Jack Binion and Doyle Brunson that he could lose 40 pounds in weight while serving his one-year sentence. Baxter stepped onto the scales on his release day and won the bet.
The lord of lowball
Some people will already know that Billy Baxter has 7 WSOP bracelets, but few know that all of them were won in Lowball events. His first bracelet in 1975 was in the $5K NL 2-7 Draw, and this was followed by 2nd in the $10K NL 2-7 Draw in 1977 and 1st place in the same event in 1978. Baxter’s next three cashes were all 1st places and all in Lowball events, including two more bracelets, both in 1982. His huge cashes in Lowball events continued throughout the 1980’s into the early 1990’s. All of Baxter’s first 27 recorded cashes were all in Lowball tournaments. 8 of them were 1st place finishes which included 6 WSOP bracelets, and 9 of them were 2nd places, with 5 finishes of 3rd place mixed in too. That’s 22 top 3 finishes in Lowball events in the space of 27 cashes.
Baxter claimed in an interview in the mid 2000’s that his ability to bluff and read bluffs was what set him apart in Lowball – a game which many say is the purest form of poker. During the interview, Baxter said, “There is not nearly as much bluffing in Hold’em. But in 2-7, you only have one draw. That lessens the likelihood of a guy improving his hand. So, you have to bluff — and you have to read bluffs”.
Billy Baxter – Photo WSOP.comThe Main Event and 1990
While everyone knows about Baxter’s staking of Stu Ungar in 1997, not many people know that he also staked him in 1990. At the end of the first day Ungar had run his 10,000 stack up to 70,000 and had a commanding chiplead. He was then hospitalised after taking drugs that night and the following day he was unable to play his stack, which was blinded off. Baxter says that Ungar never apologised or offered a refund, and after that day he swore he wouldn’t stake Ungar again.
Seven years later, in an act of kindness, Baxter finally broke that vow and paid Ungar’s buy in for the 1997 event. The rest, as they say, is history. Few people know that Baxter had no interest in bracelets or the Main Event himself, and the first year he ever played the Main Event himself was that same year – 1997. Baxter finished 22nd place.

Hustling a drug trafficker
Playing high stakes poker and golf meant players like Baxter sometimes encountered wealthy individuals who weren’t great players, but who were making enough money from shady enterprises that they didn’t mind losing a little. One such player was Jimmy Chagra. After a bad day gambling against Baxter on the golf course, the drug trafficker invited him back to house to collect the $365,000 he was owed.
Chagra’s mansion was patrolled by armed guards and he had a pool table in the living room, which he invited Baxter to join him at for a few games. Chagra suggested $20,000 per game and hoped to get even, seemingly unaware that Baxter began his gambling life as a pool hustler. Soon enough, Chagra was another $200,000 in the hole and two of guards came in to see if their boss needed anything.
Specifically, they asked what he wanted them to do with Baxter. Chagra replied, “If I don’t start winning some games soon, I don’t know what’s going to happen”.
Baxter wisely lost the next ten games and slipped into the conversation the fact that his wife knew where he was. Having allowed Chagra to get even at pool, Baxter made his excuses and hoped he would be allowed to leave with his golf money. “Get this guy his fucking money” said Chagra, and guards duly disappeared before returning with two shopping bags full of cash. Breathing a sigh of relief, Baxter made his way home.
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Natural8 announces GG Series 3 with $50M GTD combined with exclusive giveaways

In less than 4 months, Natural8’s flagship tournament series makes its third appearance with a sizeable bite to match its bark. With $50,000,000 guaranteed, the series will break all records set before on the network.

The Natural8 Good Game Series (N8GGS3) strikes the online poker scene this September 8th to September 29th, with a $50 Million Prize Pool. It comes back bigger and better than before with 478 events, buy-ins ranging from $5 to $25K, an extensive satellite schedule, and several flight tournaments including a $1 Million Gtd Main Event.
N8GGS3 will include the network’s monthly high-roller Blade Series in its multitude of events. The tournament series features 6-max Hold’em, Hold’em Bounty Hunters, Pot-limit Omaha, and Turbo tournaments.
Below the featured events of this series.
Event
Buy-in
Date & Time (UTC +0)
Guarantee
GGS Kickoff
$25
September 8th, 18:00
$50,000
GGS Warm Up
$250
September 15th, 18:00
$500,000
GGS 500
$500
September 22nd, 18:00
$500,000
GGS Championship
$250
September 29th, 18:00
$1,000,000
As always, the flagship tournament series gives a good deal of benefits and rewards to players with limited bankroll. With giveaways of $100,000 worth of tournament entry tickets, an additional leaderboard competition with a $300,000 prize pool, and two Natural8 exclusive giveaways.
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World’s Best Sporting Events You Can Surely Bet On

  Image Source     World’s Best Sporting Events You Can Surely Bet On   Sporting events have given huge entertainment to all people who love to play and watch sport tournament games. It can bring a lot of pleasure, especially when someone wants to make his or her idle time productive. Sports tournament has […]

 

Irish Licence and Further Expansion on the Cards for Mansion Group

It’s often cited as one of the realities of Brexit that there is a blurring of the lines between Irish and British business. In fact, there is such crossover that one almost assumes a brand available in the UK will simultaneously be trading in Ireland. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of major UK casino or betting brands that do not also have a presence in Ireland.
So, it may have come as a surprise to some that Mansion Group – the gaming group behind Mansion Casino, Casino.com Slots Heaven and MansionBet – has made its first foray into the Irish market this summer. An announcement of Mansion Group’s licence was made in late May 2019, with the Gibraltar-based business announcing just before Ireland played Gibraltar in a EURO 2020 qualifier, which Mansion sponsored.
Irish gaming laws to get upgrade
It enters the Irish market at an interesting time. While the betting and iGaming industry flourishes on the Emerald Isle, there is a concerted push by the Irish government to update the archaic gambling laws in the country. Much of the legislation in Ireland is actually derived from the 1931 Betting Act and the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956. Much of the gaming machine laws, for example, are designed with seaside arcades and penny slots in mind.
Mansion has wide recognition in the UK, currently sponsoring Premier League club Bournemouth and formerly sponsoring of Tottenham Hotspur. The group has won several awards, including “Most Responsible Online Gambling Operator” at the Capital Finance International Awards 2018 and “Online Casino Operator of the Year” at the International Gaming Awards 2018. The former accolade should stand the group in good stead as Ireland’s new gaming laws intend to put player protections and operator responsibility to the fore.

Further expansion for Mansion Group
It has been a good year for Mansion Group, which enjoys a loyal fanbase of casino players and punters. When we tried the live version of Casino.com, we were pleased to find a slick, well rounded live dealer platform powered by Playtech. However, the company has also struck a deal with Microgaming, and has offered a range of that developer’s top titles since May 2019. Other software providers found prominently on Mansion’s platforms include NetEnt, Red Tiger Gaming and Blueprint Gaming.
Mansion Group has been forthright in its assertion that entering the market in Ireland means trying to find a seat at the table among established competitors, but it’s a challenge the company seems to relish. Indeed, Ireland does not seem to be the final frontier for Mansion Group, and further international expansion has been mooted.
Of course, when any gaming group speaks of international expansion at the moment, America is the first word on people’s lips. Up to 39 states could feasibly have online sports betting and casino sites in the coming years after the Supreme Court decision on sports betting last year. Already, states like New Jersey have seen swathes of European gaming operators enter the legal online sportsbook and casino market. It isn’t yet abundantly clear if Mansion Group intends to follow that pathway, or if it will concentrate on extending its presence in Europe, Canada and Australasia.

 

New G-Digital Wheel of Fortune software – an instant hit at Casino Lugano

G-Digital Wheel of Fortune brings distinct benefits for Lugano Class players.
G-Digital is the software company in the gaming industry that brings digital content to life for promotional and marketing purposes. The additional advantages of having in-screen information that can be used for any marketing purpose has brought a great benefit to table game signage.
In collaboration with G-Digital, Casino Lugano SA has introduced the Wheel of Fortune for its current members of its Lugano Class. The goal of this marketing campaign was to gain new members of the Lugano Class club, reward the loyalty of its current members and consequentially increase the number of visits to the casino as well as increase the satisfaction of its current clients.  
The use of Lugano Class card on the Wheel of Fortune is very simple for members of the Lugano Class club. The customer scans the Lugano Class card barcode and then spins the wheel on the touchscreen monitor which can result in winning the prize. Meanwhile, the customer sees marketing and promotional messages on the other half of the 165cm (65”) screen. Every member of the Lugano Class club can scan the card barcode once per day. The printer automatically prints out a coupon when the prize is won. The coupon can then be used to claim the prize.
Naturally the marketing information – that can be freely chosen and managed by the casino management – receives additional attention during the wheel spin.
Mr. Cristiano Ruiu, Marketing Director at Casino Lugano, stated: “We are very pleased with the software provided by G-Digital. They adjusted the solution to our needs and specifics of our marketing campaign. Deployment of the G-Digital system at Casino Lugano was simple, quick and smooth thanks to outstanding customer support. The number and probability of the Wheel of Fortune winnings as well as the length of the marketing campaign are completely customizable. Changing marketing and promotional messages within G-Digital software is very simple. We also like the daily report on the progress of the campaign which is generated automatically. This gives us an excellent overview and daily control of the campaign.”  
Mr. Mirco Alghisi, Marketing & CRM Manager of Casino Lugano, added: “Lugano Class card allows our members to enter without any other documentation, gain loyalty points and use the wardrobe for free. Now it also provides a way to gain rewards from the Wheel of Fortune. By using G-Digital software we have acquired multiple new cardholders since the Wheel of Fortune is attractive to our customers.”
Miss Emanuela Ventrici, CEO of Casino Lugano, noted “More and more tools for managing marketing activities are transformed into the software. Computer technology is rapidly advancing and the Casino Lugano business policy is to keep up with innovations in order to offer our customers the very best and of the highest quality experience. In cooperation with G-Digital, we have successfully installed software which attracts customers to spin their luck as well as increase visibility of our ongoing marketing campaigns. From the management point of view and costs control, it is very important for us to be able to precisely adjust the duration of the campaign and the number of rewards. This way we can fully manage and control costs of the marketing campaign.”  
Mr. Ljubo Benko, General Manager of GD, concluded: “We are honoured to have had an opportunity to install a G-Digital solution in such an eminent casino as Casino Lugano is. It was a challenge for us, too, since it was our first deployment of Wheel of Fortune in a casino. Thanks to excellent collaboration with the Casino Lugano experts and their clear goals and innovative ideas, we developed Wheel of Fortune software on our G-Digital platform. G-Digital has proven once again as flexible and stable software. G-Digital is a very simple, intuitive and powerful software platform. We are especially pleased that casino management and their customers are satisfied with our G-Digital solution.”
More information can be found on the G-Digital website: https://g-digital.eu.

 

Novo Line Interactive Edition X1

All the best of classics and new highlights make up this powerful package of top performers.
Novomatic’s latest multi-game compendium has just seen its release for the international markets. The new Novo Line Interactive Edition X1 comprises all the best-performing classics, a fine selection of fruit games plus player favourites such as Gorilla and Hold your Horses as well as new highlights like Wild Maverick and Power Stars 100.
In total 5 Book-type games, each with its own unique twist, are contained in this power-mix of 30 titles that guarantee every guest will find a game that suits their taste and preference. The new attractive game presentation that was introduced with the preceding Edition X, displays a preview sequence of each game on demand while players navigate via the user-friendly touchscreen menu. Together with the broad variety of themes it creates an offer that attracts guests on every gaming floor and quickly has them find their game of choice.
The Novo Line Interactive Edition X1 is best presented in sophisticated Novomatic premium cabinets like the Panthera 2.27 and V.I.P Lounge 2.32.

 

Six little known stories from the life of Doyle Brunson

Poker may have existed long before Doyle Brunson was around, but in terms of competitive poker for big money and the WSOP, Brunson was one of the founding fathers of the game. An all-rounder of exceptional ability he amassed ten WSOP bracelets in his career, including back to back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977. Having now lived the lion’s share of such a long and eventful life, Doyle Brunson’s time has been marked by many interesting stories.
Here is our collection of lesser-known gems from the life of poker’s greatest legend.
Doyle Brunson1 – The business decision that cost $230 million
Back in early 2006 the poker boom was exploding and everything poker related was turning into gold. Brunson had used his highly respected name to open his own online poker room, of which he was the face. He brought a few pros on board as sponsored players and began gathering a pool of players who enjoyed playing on his site – Doylesroom.com.
It wasn’t long before an offer came in to buy up the poker room, with Brunson holding a 50% stake in it. If the deal had gone through, he would have instantly become $230 million richer. Brunson said no however, expecting the poker room to continue its growth. In April, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act arrived and threw online poker into chaos. Doyle’s Room plummeted in value and the opportunity had passed him by.

Be sure and include a certain person who turned down a $230,000,000 offer for a card room that had his name on it. In one day, it was worthless. This person who had a 50% ownership has recurring nightmares about it.https://t.co/r3VGUlN2jp
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Exclusive Freeroll on 888Poker: $100 for Grab – No Deposit Needed!

We have teamed up with 888poker! The poker room will be offering exclusive $100 freerolls to Somuchpoker followers every Sunday!

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APPT Manila 2019: Lester Edoc runner-up in the Super High Roller; Benigno Ledina triumphs in National

APPT Manila 2019 is now in full swing. With the opening events completed and the early winners lauded, we now move into the business end of the series.
We have results from the ₱500,000 Super High Roller, the ₱,5000,000 guaranteed APPT National, two ₱100,000 events and comprehensive reports of all the latest winners from completed events to bring you.
₱500,000 Super High Roller: Winner – Chaofei Wang
Chaofei Wang – Photo Chris Librojo courtesy of PokerStarsEvent 13 carried the highest buy in of any event in this series, attracting 51 runners who all paid ₱500,000 (US$9,766) to take their shot at this title. This created a mouth-watering prize pool of ₱23,992,950 (US$468,621). The assembled field was awash with quality, a fact which remained true even as the tournament got down the final table stage.
With the field size down to single figures the players were still contesting a minimum cash of ₱1,259,950 (US$24,609) with only seven seats getting paid. The Philippines’ finest were the star attractions, with Mike Takayama and Lester Edoc casting imposing shadows across the final table. They were joined by India’s rising star, Abhinav Iyer who was looking to continue his excellent year having already picked up his first WSOP bracelet earlier this summer in the $1,500 Closer event for $565,346.
Sadly, for Iyer his challenge ran out of steam as the final table wore on, but he can take some pride from an eventual 5th place finish for ₱2,039,000 (US$39,825). China’s Xiaqing Ji would follow him to the rail soon after in 4th, leaving Takayama, Edoc and China’s Chaofei Wang who was suddenly wielding a comfortable chiplead having eliminated Ji. The Philippine stars tried over the next few levels to chip away at Wang, and Edoc managed to overhaul him in the counts before the two found themselves level at the top.
Philippine hopes partially evaporated however, when Mike Takayama’s dwindling stack was hoovered up by Wang in an AQ against AK cooler, bringing the action heads up.
Chaofei Wang vs Lester Edoc – Photo Chris Librojo courtesy of PokerStars The two challengers then slugged it out for several hours, with Edoc struggling against a 2 to 1 chip disadvantage for long periods. The chips finally went in after Edoc had flopped top pair against Wang’s pocket kings, sending the final pot to the Chinese player and almost doubling his lifetime career cashes of $241,783.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Chaofei Wang (China) – ₱7,558,000 (US$147,620)
2nd – Lester Edoc (Philippines) – ₱5,458,000
3rd – Mike Takayama (Philippines) – ₱3,479,000
4th – Xiaqing Ji (China) – ₱2,639,000
5th – Abhinav Iyer (India) – ₱2,039,000
6th – Lifeng Yang (USA) – ₱1,560,000
7th – Kun Jiang (China) – ₱1,259,950
₱33,000 APPT National: Winner – Benigno Ledina
Benigno Ledina – Photo Chris Librojo courtesy of PokerStarsThe APPT National saw 674 hopefuls take a seat, having paid the ₱33,000 (US$645) to enter. This saw the total prize pool swell to ₱19,417,266 (US$379,251) with ₱4,174,500 (US$81,535) set aside for the champion. It took three days of play for the final table to be set, with Vietnam’s experienced pro Linh Tran providing the star name attraction. The final table was an interesting mix of nations too, with seven different countries represented in the final nine players.
As the players began falling out of contention and making their way to the rail, Vietnam’s Tran began to leave his mark on the table, accumulating a formidable looking chip stack. His upward trend was matched only by Benigno Ledina, who was also very active and picking up plenty of pots. Perennial short-stack Shaham eventually withered away in 4th before Ledina took control of the race for the title with a huge pot against Lee Wang Yong. Ledina called off a shove with pocket fours and was able to win a flip to eliminate Yong in 3rd and carry a 3 to 1 chiplead into heads up play.
Tran may have had all the experience with almost $1,200,000 in live career cashes, but having all the chips is always preferable, and Ledina quickly put his to work, putting pressure on Tran at every opportunity until finally picking up AA against Tran’s 88. That would be enough to end proceedings, with Ledina picking up a career-best score of ₱4,174,500 (US$81,535) for his victory.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Benigno Jr Ledina (Philippines) – ₱4,174,500 (US$81,805)
2nd – Linh Tran (Vietnam) – ₱2,586,500
3rd – Lee Wang Yong (South Korea) – ₱1,602,000
4th – Eran Shaham (Israel) – ₱1,213,500
5th – Hogyun Kang (South Korea) – ₱825,000
6th – Si Yang Phua (Indonesia) – ₱631,000
7th – Tetsuro Tomita (Japan) – ₱524,500
8th – Thijs Hilberts (Netherlands) – ₱437,500
9th – Jason Kyle Magbanua      (Philippines) – ₱370,766
₱100,000 NLH Shot Clock (Re-Entry): Winner – Bobby Zhang
Bobby Zhang – Photo Chris Librojo PokerStarsEvent 5 of the series saw 77 players step forward to compete for the title, with each paying ₱100,000 to get involved. The prize pool eventually reached ₱6,871,480 (US$134,211) with ten players going on to make the money.
The later stages of the tournament saw a couple of big names making deep runs. China’s Celina Lin was joined at the final table Japan’s Iori Yogo, but neither was able to build much momentum as the final table progressed. Yogo hit the rail in 8th place before Lin followed later in 5th. When the action got down to heads up, it was Vietnam’s Cao Anh and Australia’s Bobby Zhang left to fight for the title, with the players quickly agreeing to a chop for the money. There was still a small amount of extra cash to play for however, and Anh’s elimination in 2nd place saw Zhang pick up the top prize of ₱1,563,600 (US$30,540). This makes a welcome addition to his career cashes of US$849,410.
Here are the final payouts:
1st – Bobby Zhang (Australia) – ₱1,563,600 (US$30,540)
2nd – Cao Anh (Vietnam) – ₱1,528,900
3rd – Meng Long (China) – ₱824,500
4th – Keisuke Fujita (Japan) – ₱687,000
5th – Celina Lin (China) – ₱549,500
6th – Wayne Heung (Hong Kong) – ₱481,000
7th – Yuichi Akanama (Japan) – ₱412,500
8th – Iori Yogo (Japan) – ₱343,480
9th – Florencio Campomanes (Phillipines) – ₱275,000
₱100,000 NLH Shot Clock Freezeout
Wayne Weiyi Zhang wins ₱100K NLH Shot Clock Freezeout: Photo credit – PokerStarsThis event was the second ₱100,000 (US$1,953) event with shot clocks to get underway in quick succession. This one brought a smaller field of forty runners with it, generating a prize pool of ₱3,569,000 (US$69,708). The limited field size meant that only six players went on to receive prize money.
China was heavily represented at the final table and when the field came down to four players, only Chinese players remained. Perhaps the most well known of them was Wayne Weiyi Zhang, who had over $1.4 million in live cashes before this event began. Zhang’s experience became a pivotal factor four-handed as he became the dominant force at the table, accumulating a strong chip stack by the time the action reached the heads-up stage. His opponent Daji Chen provided some resistance, but after they had struck a deal to chop most of the money, he could not stop Zhang’s march towards victory, eventually busting in 2nd place.
Here are the final payouts:
1st – Wayne Weiyi Zhang (China) – ₱1,066,000
2nd – Daji Chen (China) – ₱1,040,000
3rd – Yiqing Huang (China) – ₱535,500
4th – Jingzhi Wang (China) – ₱392,500
5th – Ivan Hon Cheong Lee (Hong Kong) – ₱285,500
6th – Yohwan Lim (South Korea) – ₱250,100
Other events
Event 7 – ₱10,000 (US$195) NLH Freezeout
Entries: 120
Prize pool: ₱1,024,320 (US$20,007)
Winner: Chunsan Fan (China) – ₱271,400 (US$5,301)
Event 9 – ₱10,000 (US$195) NLH Deepstack (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 155
Prize pool: ₱1,323,080 (US$25,842)
Winner: Michael de Leon (Philippines) – ₱337,400 (US$6,590)
Event 10 – ₱25,000 (US$488) Megastack NLH Shot Clock Freezeout
Entries: 282
Prize pool: ₱6,154,650 (US$120,210)
Winner: Lixun Zhou (China) – ₱1,192,739 (US$23,296)
Event 11 – ₱150,000 (US$2,930) NLH 6+ (Re-Entry)
Entries: 19
Prize pool: ₱2,598,630 (US$50,755)
Winner: Hao Zhu (China) – ₱1,299,500 (US$25,381)
Event 12 – ₱15,000 (US$293) NLH SuperDeep Freezeout
Entries: 287
Prize pool: ₱3,758,265 (US$73,405)
Winner: Tae Hoon Han (New Zealand) – ₱892,500 (US$17,432)
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Hot summer on Natural8: $300K in giveaways and a new Bubble protection

This August, Natural8 has released a new, industry first feature for tournaments — Bubble Protection for Early Birds, alongside another Rush & Cash promotion — $100,000 Drop Race. There is also a $200,000 giveaway for Omaha players.
Below are the details.
$100K Rush and Cash Giveaway

Natural8 is offering another Rush & Cash promotion with $100,000 starting in August. The Drop Race, as aptly named, will have players seeking out for the golden tables. Every cent players make out of the Cash Drop hands will also get them points to the leaderboard.
Details
Every $0.01 you claim from Cash Drops will grant you 1 point.
Weekly Periods (UTC+0)
August 1st, 00:00:00 – August 10th, 23:59:59
August 11th, 00:00:00 – August 17th, 23:59:59
August 18th, 00:00:00 – August 24th, 23:59:59
August 25th, 00:00:00 – August 31st, 23:59:59
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Mid-year update on GPI Asia’s top 10: Daniel Tang takes the lead

With the summer’s biggest poker event all wrapped up, it’s time for a mid-year review on the Global Poker Index Asia rankings. Since our last update significant changes have taken place; only six players secured their top ten standing and Hong Kong’s Daniel Chi Tang overtook Malaysia’s Christopher Michael Soyza for the top spot.
#1 Daniel Chi Tang – 3,183.88 points
Danny TangDaniel Chi Tang is the new GPI Asia frontrunner with 3,183.88 points. Prior to his trip to Las Vegas, Tang trailed previous leader, Christopher Michael Soyza, by around 860 points. After his stunning success this summer where he triumphed at the WSOP 2019 50K High Roller, finished 10th at the WSOP 2019 100K High Roller, and took 9th at the DeepStack Championship Series $3500 No Limit Hold’em event, he accrued nearly 900 points to surge ahead by a small margin. Tang became the first-ever player from Hong Kong to seize a WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas. He is currently ranked 12th in GPI overall and 11th for GPI Player of the Year 2019.
#2 Christopher Michael Soyza – 3,156.21 points
Michael Soyza – Photo Triton PokerGPI Asia POY 2018 winner Christopher Michael Soyza had a foothold on the #1 spot for some time but dropped to second rank after the WSOP 2019. While Tang experienced a very successful run, Soyza only cashed in a few events earning points that were too low to compute into his overall GPI ranking. Still, the Malaysian pro’s past achievements – prior to the series – were substantial to keep him poised right on Tang’s heels. A few of Soyza’s largest point-generating events were his victories at the EPT Barcelona 2018 No Limit Hold’em, Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju 2019 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, and APPT Korea 2019 Super High Roller.
#3 Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang – 2,491.68 points
Anson Tsang – Photo WSOPRanked third is Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang with 2,491.68 points. Tsang has held this spot since last year. He was the first player from Hong Kong to clasp a WSOP bracelet after reigning at the WSOPE 2018 €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max. To maintain position, Tsang picked up nearly 900 points this summer. His deepest run and largest point-generating event was at the WSOP 2019 $10K Short Deck where he finished 3rd.
#4 Pete Yen Han Chen – 2,482.94 points
Pete Chen – Photo PokerStarsAlike Tsang, Pete Yen Han Chen is also parked in the same spot as our last update. Once again he cashed in double digits at the WSOP. Out of all the Asians, he posted the most deep runs with fourteen cashes. His best finish was 11th at the $5K No Limit Hold’em event. Prior to that, in May, Chen placed 3rd at the EPT Monte Carlo €1,100 No Limit Hold’em. Another event earning him over 200 points was his 3rd place finish at the APT Taiwan TWD 50,000 Championships Event in late February. Chen is the only Taiwanese player currently in the GPI Asia top ten.
#5 Seng Yee Leow – 2,416.49 points 
Ivan Leow and Team MalaysiaWell-known Malaysian high roller Seng Yee Leow aka Ivan Leow is a newcomer to the GPI Asia top ten list and is ranked 5th with 2,416.49 points. Leow was on fire last year finishing deep in numerous high roller and super high roller events around Asia and Europe. This year, Leow seems less active, posting only a handful of cashes. His largest points were earned at the Six Handed events of the Triton Series in Jeju and Montenegro.
#6 Yang Zhang – 2,300.07 points 
Yang Zhang – Photo PokerStars LiveChina’s Yang Zhang slid down one spot to 6th rank with 2,300.07 points. Unlike last year, his cashes this year are significantly less however the year is not yet over. His best run was right after the WSOP. He took on APPT Jeju where he placed 2nd out of 362 entries at the Main Event. This earned him nearly 300 points.
#7 Sean Yu – 2,200.60 points 
Sean YuSean Yu is another new entry in the GPI Asia top ten. Based in the USA, his achievements were mostly earned in events held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Back in 2017, Yu was the first player to capture a WSOP bracelet for Korea. He did so by winning a unique event called the Global Casino Championship where he overcame a field littered with WSOP top performers of that year. Yu is decorated with a long list of WSOP Circuit victories. His most recent win was in March at the WSOP Circuit LA $1700 Main Event. He is also ranked #1 in Korea’s All Time Money List with over US$ 2.3 Million in live tournament earnings. 
#8 Phachara Wongwichit – 2,137.34 points 
Phachara Wongwichit – Photo PokerStarsGPI POY Thailand 2018 Phachara Wongwichit joins the top ten list in 8th rank with 2,137.34 points. Wongwichit cashed seven times in Las Vegas this summer with his furthest at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series – US$ 1,1000 Monster Stack event – finishing 6th out of 2,232 players. Another impressive run was at The Wynn Summer Classic US$ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em event taking 4th out of 447 entries. He is currently ranked #1 in Thailand’s All Time Money List. 
#9 Iori Yogo – 2,108.79 points 
Iori YogoOne of Japan’s more well known pros is Iori Yogo with over US$ 1.4 Million in live tournament earnings. A large bulk of Yogo’s recent winnings were claimed at Asian Poker Tour events around the region. In April, he won the APT Philippines High Rollers and placed 2nd at the APT Championships Event. Then on his trip to Las Vegas, he cashed 8 times. His most impressive finish was 6th out of 717 at the WSOP 2019 US$ 1,500 Omaha Mix event. 
#10 Xixiang Luo – 2,096.05 points 
Xixiang LuoAnother Chinese pro in the lineup is Xixiang Luo holding 10th position with 2,096.05 points. Luo continues to be one of China’s strongest competitors. He cashed 8 times in Las Vegas, playing in a majority of events with fields seeing thousands of players. Luo accrued the largest number of points at the WSOP 2019 US$ 10K buy-in Main Event finishing 178th out of 8,569. Among his deep runs in the smaller events was 35th out of 564 at the US$5K buy-in Card Player Poker Tour Main Event.
Article by Tricia David
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EGT Spain and Gran Casino de Castellon team up to fascinate the players

Euro Games Technology notched up another success in Spain, increasing the number of its machines in the reputable Orenes Group’s gaming facilities with the first installation of Premier Curved cabinets in Gran Casino de Castellon. The partnership between the companies has evolved over the years with a number of deliveries of the slot bestsellers P-24/24 Up and P-24/32V Up with the Egypt Quest jackpot in most of the operator’s casinos. Now it reaches a milestone, introducing the P-42V St Curved model to the players, equipped with the Orange and Green Collection gaming mixes and with the Premium Link jackpot that is compatible with all types of slot machines.
“The Premier Curved model is a top performer in many countries and I am confident that it will not make an exception for Spain,” commented Kristian Kostovski, director of EGT Spain. “Orenes Group is an operator known for its impeccable services and the elegant Gran Casino de Castellon is a place worth visiting, if you are in search for classy entertainment. I am delighted that EGT was chosen to diversify their product offerings and am glad to acknowledge that the shown initial results of the machines is another success in a row, taking into account the performance of the previously installed EGT equipment.”
Orenes Group has been a major participant in the recreation industry in Spain for over 40 years and has achieved a leading role in the casinos, bingos, amusement arcades, sports betting, hotel terminals and online gaming sub-sectors. “We aim to offer the latest and the most original products to our players, because their enjoyment is our sure bet” shared Paco Zahinos, director of Gran Casino Castellon. “The newly delivered cabinets of EGT came out to be a sure bet as well. Thanks to them we welcomed more guests in our casino who mostly appreciated their contemporary design, curved displays and variety of games. The cabinets have a very high occupancy rate which makes us also ponder several more installations with EGT Spain in near future.”
The P-42V St Curved model has refreshed the gaming halls of many operators around the world. Combined with the Collection series mixes of 48 various titles each, it becomes a valuable tool for players’ maximum satisfaction. The cabinet features a 42-inch portrait-oriented curved monitor with integrated touch screen and an optional 27-inch overhead topper. It ensures high comfort with its ergonomic design that also attracts from afar with its ambient LED illumination, highlighting the machine’s contour. The Premium Link system may connect all EGT and other manufacturers’ slot models to participate for common mystery and symbol-driven progressive jackpots. It is easy adjustable to different operators’ requirements and adds more thrill to the game.
“The installation in Gran Casino Castellon is the next stage of our progress in Spain,” concluded Mr. Kostovski. “In future we will keep on relying on new and high performing homologations for the country, like the trendy Premier Curved product line.”

 

Maverick Gaming Announces Purchase of Roman

Maverick Gaming LLC have announced the signing of a definitive purchase agreement to buy Roman Casino located in Renton Washington. 
“This purchase gives Maverick thirteen card rooms in Washington and nearly 200 table games” said Eric Persson, Owner of Maverick Gaming. 
“In the next month we expect to give details on six more Washington properties, and we look forward to elevating the card room experience in this State,” said Tim Merrill, President of Maverick Washington. “As our cardroom footprint grows, customers will achieve significant player benefits, such as the ability to earn points at one property and redeem at another. We also intend to develop hotels in the Seattle market, which are badly needed, and customers will be able to redeem points for room nights as well.” 
“It feels great to be back home and the fact that my company will provide over 3,000 jobs which have average compensation above $75,000 is something that I am very proud of. We look forward to adding even more jobs and opportunity over the next several years” said Mr. Persson. 
Maverick intends to fund this GAG transaction primarily with cash on hand and debt financing from HG Vora Capital Management, a private investment firm. 

 

Zitro Participates In The Inauguration Of The Spectacular Maverick Complex In Argentina By Petros Philippou3rd July 2019 No Comments

Zitro’s renowned Video Slots Bryke are already in the recently opened Hotel Casino Maverick in Argentina. A premiere that, from the start, the banks of video slots of Bryke were heavily occupied.
The president of the Casino Maverick Hotel, Fabio Torres, commented, “We are proud to inaugurate this project, in which we have worked with so much effort and symbolises for us the professional growth of so many years in the entertainment industry. Today we can not only satisfy our clients with games on offers but our complex has also a four star hotel, spa, gastronomic offer divided into a restaurant located on the first floor and three bars in the gaming rooms occupying a total space of 3084 m2 to offer for the first time in the city of Plaza Huincul, a full experience, endowed with the quality of the service that represent us from our beginnings.”
Mariana Salazar, General Manager of Maverick, says: “We thank our customers who have given us their unconditional support for so many years to keep growing and suppliers like Zitro that accompany us with their sensational products”.
Alejandra Burato, Regional Manager of Zitro for Latam, highlights the spectacular Casino Maverick offer: “Our fabulous progressive multi-game banks, Link King and Link Me, are part of the assured success for our customers in Argentina and throughout the region. In addition, the new launch of the standalone Smart Spins games that we know are a safe bet for fun.”

 

SkillOnNet has Germany licence renewed

Schleswig Holstein regulator reissues online casino licence to continue to operate its hugely popular DrückGlück brand in the country
SkillOnNet, the platform provider behind some of the most popular online casino brands in Europe, has had its Germany licence reissued by the Schleswig Holstein regulator so that it can continue to operate its DrückGlück brand in the country.
This is a major milestone for SkillOnNet, DrückGlück and online casino as it brings to a close recent speculation that operators may be prohibited from pushing their brands to players in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. SkillOnNet’s licence permits it to operate in the country until 2021.
To coincide with the reissuing of its casino licence, DrückGlück has signed an extension to its current unique sponsorship deal with 2 Bundesliga football team Holstein Kiel that includes press wall logo placement, LED boards around the stadium, cam-carpets, billboards, a centre circle banner and more.
In addition to this, SkillOnNet will re-open its marketing war chest with plans to spend big on a high-profile TV advertising campaign that will run across well-known TV channels including Pro7, RTL, SAT1, VOX, Kabel1 and Sport1.
Michael Golembo from SkillOnNet, said: “We are thrilled to have been reissued our online casino licence in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, allowing us to continue to offer players in the country the best possible online casino experience through DrückGlück.
“This is being backed by a major marketing campaign, first through extending our current partnership with Holstein Kiel – which to date has proved to be hugely successful for both parties – and then via a major TV advertising campaign across all the big channels.
“DrückGlück, with over 3,000 games on offer, has established itself as the online casino market leader in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and the renewal of our licence proves that we are doing this while meeting the highest possible regulatory standards.”
Tim Jost, Head of Marketing at Holstein Kiel, said: After a very good start to a very promising cooperation, DrückGlück and KSV Holstein-Kiel have agreed on a long-term continuation and expansion of the partnership. With DrückGlück at our side, we have gained a partner who is very committed to Holstein Kiel and always communicates with us in an open and personal way, which we greatly appreciate here.
“Furthermore, we are proud that the brand Holstein Kiel can also be promoted to other public spaces by its partner DrückGlück. Community actions for fans and partners of KSV Holstein are implemented. We are very much looking forward to further positioning the Holstein Kiel brand together with our partner and to be able to execute interesting campaigns for our fans and sponsors. We are very proud to have this partner by our side and look forward to the coming years.”

 

Playson expands global reach with Pragmatic Solutions partnership

Slot supplier strikes deal with platform provider
Casino software developer Playson has agreed a partnership with Pragmatic Solutions to distribute its games through the company’s open iGaming platform.
Under the agreement, the slot supplier will deliver its portfolio of more than 60 games including popular titles such as Legend of Cleopatra, Wild Burning Wins and Book of Gold.
The deal gives Playson the opportunity to supply its content to key operators from across the market and is the latest in a string of important deals the slot provider has made this year.
Michael Tadross, Head of Commercial Department at Playson said: “We are delighted to have entered into this new partnership with Pragmatic Solutions, which paves the way for Playson to deliver our innovative portfolio as well as experience-enhancing features to operators using Pragmatic Solutions’ highly successful platform. The technical project is progressing well and we’re excited to go live with our first operator over the coming weeks.”
Flavia Dumitru, Head of Operations at Pragmatic Solutions said: “We’ve been hugely impressed by Playson and its innovative games content and we’re delighted with this new collaboration. We look forward to helping distribute its popular suite of games and building a successful partnership in the future.”

 

EGT Interactive partners with Germaniasport in Croatia

EGT Interactive has strengthened its presence in Croatia with a new partnership with major operator Germaniasport.
EGT Interactive has signed a deal with Germaniasport in Croatia. This partnership is a continuation of their partnership with Mozzarbet group. Being a part of one group and based on its highly successful partnership with Mozzartbet in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the company is looking forward with great expectations towards their latest collaboration with Germaniasport.
Todor Zahraviev, CEO of EGT Interactive commented: “EGT Interactive has long-term traditions in Croatia, covering not only the online but also the land-based operations. Our product has been proven throughout the years to be not only well-known but also highly-successful and preferred by the players. For us, this partnership is not only a natural continuation to the existing partnership with the group of companies of Mozzartbet, but will also surely strengthen our position in the territory, ensuring the Tier 1 status of our premium content. We are certain that we are looking towards a highly successful collaboration for both sides and we are thrilled by the opportunity to be able to provide our content to the vast base of players of Germaniasport.”
Following the EGT Interactive deal, Matej Miloš, CEO of Germania Sport commented the new step up in business collaboration: “Partnership with EGT in land-based operations through the years gives us full confidence that the premium content and exceptional service will be provided to our users.
“Growth of our company is based on exceptional values and high standards for also users and employees and we are happy to have EGT interactive as a partner that will provide our online service take to the next level.”