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sabato 20 gennaio 2018

PokerStars Festival London guarantees 500,000 GBP Main Event

PokerStars Festival London returns to The Hippodrome Casino London from 22-28 January 2018. The event is the first PokerStars Festival stop of the year with many more yet to be confirmed across Europe.

PokerStars Festival London schedule highlights

PokerStars Festival London boasts a seven-day schedule consisting of 10 tournaments, including the £500,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival Main Event (£990 buy-in, 24-28 January). Schedule highlights are as follows:
PokerStars Festival Main Event: 24-28 January 2018 - £990 - (£500,000 guaranteed).
Super Deep Stack: 24-28 January 2018 - £170.
PokerStars Festival High Roller: 23-24 January 2018 - £2,200.
London Cup: 27-28 January 2018 - £330.
PL Omaha Double Chance: 28 January 2018 - £220.
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody will be among hundreds of hopefuls keen to make their mark at the Festival's various poker tournaments.

"I'm really looking forward to the festival in London. It's not often I get to roll out of my own bed to go and play a big PokerStars event with friends," said Cody. "Players can expect a great atmosphere and schedule. Plus, there are three free $30,000 PSPC tickets to be won throughout the event!".
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PokerStars first to offer shared player pool in France, Spain

Poker players across France and Spain can now challenge and play each other at PokerStars, which today has become the first online operator approved to offer a shared player pool between the locally licensed poker markets. Poker fans from both countries will now be able to compete for bigger prize pools, amped-up guarantees and juicy promotions at the regulated online poker site, a big win for French and Spanish players.

"This will be great for players and great for the poker category," said Guy Templer, Chief Operating Officer of Stars Interactive Group, the gaming division of The Stars Group. "The French and Spanish regulators have done an excellent job in enabling a dramatic improvement in the gaming experience in their jurisdictions. Now French and Spanish players can access a larger player pool with bigger prizes, promotions and a better selection of games, all with the confidence provided by a trusted, licensed operator.

"Having a strong, competitive regulated offering — which comes from combining player pools — has proven to be attractive to consumers who might otherwise be choosing to play on unlicensed and potentially unsafe sites. We're looking forward to extending this to Italian and Portuguese players and offer our full support to the relevant authorities in those countries to do so. In particular, we would encourage Italy to resume their drive toward shared liquidity which after a good start has recently slowed considerably."

More tournaments, bigger prizes

To celebrate the coming together of French and Spanish tables, PokerStars is running a €5 million guaranteed France Espania Hold'em (FRESH) series, which will be exclusively available to players based in France and Spain, from 28 January to 11 February. Additional promotions surrounding this series include depositor freerolls, special Spin & Go FRESH Main Event qualifiers, second chance freerolls and even opportunities to qualify for free.

PokerStars players across France and Spain will also enjoy a revamped tournament offering with new daily tournaments featuring guarantees of up to €20,000. Existing daily and Sunday tournaments will now be able to offer bigger prizepools and guarantees, such as the €150,000 guaranteed Sunday Special.
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Paris Las Vegas presents INFERNO

The heat is on at INFERNO, the fire spectacular inside Paris Las Vegas. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO has been called "a perfect show that surprises over and over again!" Led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and the most exciting fire, pyro and aerial group in the world, The Fuel Girls, INFERNO blends death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping illusions and more fire than anyone can imagine into a gasoline-soaked spectacular.

Labero, a four-time Merlin Award winner and illusionist of the decade who has performed for sold-out arenas globally is the heart of INFERNO, where he uses his mind-bending magic to tame nature's most powerful element through all-new jaw-dropping illusions. The Fuel Girls, just off Fall Out Boy's U.K. Tour, dazzle with huge fire props, including flaming swords and whips, crowns of fire, arena-scale pyro rings, dragon canes, pyro staffs and spinning fire cubes, performing in and around while manipulating the fire itself in death-defying floor and aerial acts.

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Win Systems to bring gaming tech to ICE

Win Systems, the leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, is ready for its biggest ICE to date, with new systems and gaming machines set to be on show.

Visitors at stand S6-150 will be introduced to Win Systems' Casino Management System, as well as its Gold Club electronic roulette and GameStar slot machines.

Its powerful casino management system, WIGOS, together with its innovative tools Intellia and WinUp, will be demonstrated by senior personnel, along with its new-to-market WinStats, which allows management to monitor key casino real-time figures at a glance on a mobile device.

2017 saw Win Systems introduce its new electronic roulette and gaming cabinets under the Gold Club and GameStar brands, respectively, with a variety of both on this year's stand.

Gold Club's various multiplayer roulette machines will be on stand, including the new six-position Gold Club Ventura, the most compact (and therefore profitable) in the market. Win Systems will also introduce its innovative Chinese roulette system, a world premiere targeting the numerous Asian players in global casinos.

GoldStar gaming cabinets, including the new AWP for the Spanish market, will also be on display, as well as its extensive portfolio of new proprietary games.
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World Series of Poker Circuit touches down at Horseshoe Tunica

Horseshoe Tunica has been part of poker history since it opened its doors. Horseshoe Tunica was originally founded by Jack Binion, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and son of WSOP founder Benny Binion. Now, Horseshoe has served as WSOP's home in the Tunica market since 2015.

The Circuit stop will run from 18-29 January, and tournaments will be held in Bluesville, Horseshoe's concert venue. The schedule features 15 official WSOP Circuit events. The winner of each will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring and points on the Circuit Leaderboard. The winner of the $1,675 Main Event (26-27 January) will also earn a free entry into the 2018 Global Casino Championship.

One additional seat in the National Championship is up for grabs. The top point-earner throughout the 12 events earns the title of Casino Champion and will join the Main Event winner at the National Championship.

The 12-day series features a variety of No-Limit Hold'em events, including a $365 six-handed event, a $365 Monster Stack event, two $250 seniors events and a $135 ladies event. The schedule also features a $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Tournament and a $365 Double Stack event on the opening day of the series.

Horseshoe Tunica is offering discounted rates to players, subject to availability. To reserve a room, visit the website and use the hotel code "CSWOP18."
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sabato 13 gennaio 2018

Habanero prepares to enter Italian market

Premium slots and table games provider Habanero is to push into Italy in 2018, kick-starting a year of targeted commercial expansion throughout Western Europe.

All 33 games developed by the supplier in 2016 and 2017 have now been certified to the requirements of the Italian regulator (AAMS), with the remaining titles in their catalogue and all new releases to follow in future.

Habanero is also in advanced discussions to take the games live with several leading operators in Italy. The company's expansion is being spearheaded by experienced gaming executive Arcangelo Lonoce, who was appointed as European Head of Business Development in November 2017.

Former BetVictor executive Lonoce said, "We have progressed our global reach significantly in recent months and are delighted to have all of our most recent games certified in Italy.

"Habanero is entering an exciting phase of its growth, with expansion across Western Europe one of our core priorities as we lead into 2018."

Habanero agreed a number of operator and supplier integrations in 2017, most recently signing with multi-channel casino platform provider Digitain in December.
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PokerStars creates nine millionaires in 2017

Nine millionaires were created in 2017 at PokerStars Casino.com, a record for one of the world's fastest-growing online casinos. Seven players pocketed seven-figure sums from PokerStars Casino in-house developed slot games Millionaires Island and Stars Mega Spin, which paid out a total of more than $10.3 million. The largest jackpot paid out to date through PokerStars Casino is more than $2.5 million.

"PokerStars Casino grew from strength to strength in 2017," said Bo Wänghammar, Managing Director of PokerStars Casino. "The launch of two exclusive, in-house developed $1 million guaranteed jackpot slots games in one year alongside the launch of over 150 new games has created what we believe to be a very strong offering and a truly unique online gaming experience for our customers".
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PokerStars donates over $30K to Raising for Effective Giving

A total of 17 players took part in a special $26,000 High Roller charity tournament with PokerStars.com, which took place before the $10,300 PCA Main Event. $25,000 of each buy-in went to the prize pool, which with 11 re-entries reached $700,000, while $1,000 was donated to Raising for Effective Giving. German player Stefan Schillhabel took down the charity tournament for $213,977 after cutting a three-way deal and a total of $30,000 was raised for the charity.

REG employs a cause-neutral reasoning in its philanthropy to ensure that donations make the biggest positive impact. It also empowers donors to make better giving choices by providing advice on how to help the causes that tackle the greatest sources of suffering.

"We are delighted to work with PokerStars again, organising another event where a donation is made to REG," said Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov, who played in the tournament. "As we start the New Year, we would also like to thank all those who have supported our charity, taking part in events and making donations."

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Mid-States Poker Tour kicks off next week

The first event of the MSPT's 9th Season will take place from 18-21 January at Tropicana Evansville in southern Indiana. A series of satellites will feed into a $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Regional Event, which will feature three starting flights.

For nearly 22 years, Tropicana Evansville operated as Indiana's first riverboat casino, and now they've become the first to transition to a land-based casino with their new 75,000-square-foot facility. This will mark the first time the MSPT has hosted event at the new facility.

The Regional Event will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 18 January. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Friday, 19 January, while Day 1C will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 20 January. The surviving players from each flight will then return for Day 2 at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 21 January to play down to a winner.

The Regional Events were introduced in January 2015 to offer recreational players an affordable opportunity to play our lauded "Chainsaw Approved" structure. The only differences from our $1,100 Main Event, which play 14 40-minute levels on Day 1, is that Regional Events flights play 16 levels and last 30 minutes each.

The MSPT first visited Tropicana Evansville for a Regional Event back in 2016 when Adam Thomas topped a field of 416 entries to win $30,674. In Season 8, Jason Gwinn walked away with a $35,443 first-place prize after coming out on top of a 511-entry field. That massive turnout more than tripled the $50K guarantee, which is why there's a six-figure GTD in January.
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sabato 6 gennaio 2018

Tropicana Atlantic City to host indoor Beach Bash

Warm sunny days at the shore are nowhere near in sight, but Beach Bash at Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort is just around the corner heating things up with a 48-day celebration of indoor summer fun. 12 January through 28 February – Beat the winter blues with summer-themed displays including a giant sand sculpture at Palm Walk, a free concert featuring Mark Diomede & The Juggling Suns Project, Tropicana’s Jersey Shore Wine Festival plus retail, dining and nightlife specials throughout the property.

Beach Bash Kickoff – 12 January
Beach Bash kicks off Friday, 12 January at Tropicana Atlantic City’s Palm Walk at 1 p.m. with summer-themed entertainment including a game of corn hole – representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City will face off against Tropicana Atlantic City executives. The winner will earn bragging rights. At the conclusion of the game, Tropicana Atlantic City will present the local non-profit youth organization with a donation to support its mission to “provide resources for the development of young people, from all backgrounds - to realize their full potential as responsible & caring adults.” No beach bash is complete without summer staples and Boardwalk favorites – Guests will enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, Salt Water Taffy plus souvenirs. This event is free and open to the public.

Free Concert Featuring Mark Diomede & The Juggling Suns Project – 10 February
Saturday, 10 February at 8 p.m., celebrate Hippie Fest with a free concert starring Mark Diomede & The Juggling Suns Project at Tropicana Atlantic City’s Grand Exhibition Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Must be 21 to attend.

After the free concert, keep the good vibes going at Boogie Nights. Guests dressed in hippie attire will receive $5 off admission and may enter Boogie Nights’ costume contest at midnight to win free admission and a VIP booth. This prize may only be redeemed on a future visit. Arrive early for Flower Power Hour (9 – 10 p.m.) and enjoy $6 cocktail specials garnished with edible flowers.

Soak in the Summer Vibes with Photo-Worthy Displays
Beach Bash brings the sand and fun indoors with summer-inspired displays and décor throughout the property including a giant sand sculpture in Palm Walk. Visit Tropicana Atlantic City’s Central Plaza and The Quarter for additional displays and décor.

Tropicana’s Jersey Shore Wine Festival – 24 and 25 February
Sample over 150 of New Jersey’s finest wines available for purchase by the bottle or case. Tropicana’s Jersey Shore Wine Festival features artisan crafters, hand-painted glass, live entertainment and educational wine seminars. The festival takes place at the Grand Exhibition Center Saturday, 24 February (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and Sunday, 25 February (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.). Admission includes a tasting glass, participation in educational wine seminars, cheese and fruit plate. Tickets, $25 in advance and $30 at the door, will be available for purchase at the Tropicana Box Office and on Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 to attend.
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Mid-States Poker Tour enjoys record-breaking year in 2017

Season 8 of the MSPT is in the books, and it was a record-breaking affair. We hosted eight Regional Events, 18 Main Events, catered to 19,484 entrants, awarded $13,992,243 in prize money, and broke nearly a dozen records in six states. All told, the MSPT has awarded $52,675,375 in prize money through eight seasons.

We kicked things off last January with a $350 Regional Event at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tournament drew 1,228 entries to become the largest tournament ever held in Wisconsin. The WSOP Circuit would break it a month later, but we reclaimed the record in July when 1,658 entrants took to the felt.

Early on in 2017, we also hosted our 100th Main Event, the #MSPT100, which drew 466 entries, the largest turnout in 16 visits to Meskwaki Casino. Here’s a look at other records we set in Season 8:

March’s MSPT $360 Regional Event at Golden Gates Casino was the most-attended poker tournament in Colorado history.

April’s MSPT Canterbury Park drew 475 entries to make it the largest poker major ($1K+ buy-in) in Minnesota history. We broke our own record in December with 493 entries.

May’s MSPT FireKeepers proved to be the largest tournament in Michigan history with 1,066 entries. Again, we broke our own record when 1,067 turned up for October’s 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship.

The summer’s MSPT Venetian was the largest tournament in both MSPT and The Venetian history with 3,273 entries.

July’s 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki was largest major poker tournament in state history with 496 entries.
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888 Poker moves into Italy

888, one of the world's most popular online gaming companies and solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it has launched 888 Poker, the world's second-largest poker site, in Italy. This builds on 888's successful casino and sports betting offerings already available in the Italian market and fits with the Group's strategy to expand its presence in regulated markets.

888 now offers all three of its core gaming verticals — casino, sports betting and poker — in Italy, an increasingly important growth market for the Group.

888poker.it offers 888's unique poker assets and features and the full range of its poker variants, including two highly popular formats for the brand's primarily recreational player base: SNAP Poker, a high-speed, fast-fold poker game; and Poker BLAST, an eight-minute, four-player poker game with a prize-pool of up to €300,000.

In addition to this, 888 Poker has reached an agreement with WSOP (World Series of Poker), the world's most prestigious poker tournament in Las Vegas. This agreement provides 888poker.it customers with the opportunity to win WSOP travel packages with travel expenses and entry included.

Itai Pazner, COO of 888 Holdings, commented: "We're delighted to bring our poker site to the Italian market, which fits with our strategy to expand 888's presence in regulated markets and strengthens our position for the forthcoming pooling of players across selected European markets. Following the success of our sports betting and casino products in the market, it was a natural step to offer our poker brand to our Italian customers so they can enjoy all three products, seamlessly and in one place."
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