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sabato 18 novembre 2017

Casino Niagara completes $7 million in renovations

Niagara Casinos announces the re-opening of the second level at Casino Niagara after completing a $3.5 million renovation to the space and investing a further $3.5 million on new slot machines and gaming technology throughout the property.

"At Niagara Casinos, our mission is to provide all of our patrons with a world-class entertainment experience," said Richard Taylor, president, Niagara Casinos. "Our investment in Casino Niagara is helping us deliver on that mission, and with our new restaurant, poker room and next-generation gaming options, we are offering our patrons one of the most comprehensive entertainment experiences in southern Ontario."

The investment in renovations and improvements is part of Casino Niagara's plan to attract both loyal and new guests, keep business strong and continue delivering on Casino Niagara's promise of "just plain more fun."
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Partypoker removes fees for inactivity

Partypoker today announced that players will no longer be charged fees for inactivity on their online accounts.

The small admin fee, introduced by previous management in October 2007, was a monthly charge and was deducted from any accounts that were inactive for more than six months. The inactivity fee is currently refunded for any players who reactivated their accounts either by making a deposit, making a cash bet or wager, entering a tournament or playing a raked hand.

Now partypoker is removing the fee altogether as part of its pledge to listen carefully to player feedback and respond positively to suggestions for improvements.

The removal of the inactivity fee is just one of a raft of measures aimed at improving the player experience on partypoker. Last year, all withdrawal fees were abolished so players could access their winnings free of any charges, regardless of the payment option used.

Partypoker has also taken a number of steps aimed at improving the ecology of its poker room and promoting fair and ethical gameplay. This has included randomizing seating for cash game players and anonymizing local hand histories to help prevent data mining and protect both professional and recreational players.
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Caesars Entertainment commits to gender equality in management

Caesars Entertainment Corporation the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, today announced a commitment to achieve gender equality among its leadership ranks by 2025. In support of this effort, Caesars will work with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) as part of this enhanced commitment to ensure workplace fairness and continue to foster an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion.

"Caesars is focused on being vigilant about workplace fairness and is dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion," Mr. Frissora said. "While we are proud of what we've accomplished to date, including last week's 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Corporate Equality Index, we recognize that we can and must do more."

BJKLI is a non-profit endeavor founded in 2014 by social justice pioneer and sports icon Billie Jean King to promote equality and inclusion in the workplace by inspiring future leaders and motivating those in positions of power to challenge the status quo.

"We commend Mark Frissora and the Caesars organization for taking this very significant step towards ensuring that Caesars is an equal and inclusive environment where every team member is valued for being their authentic self," said Billie Jean King. "We are excited to support Caesars and be a part of their solution as they work to realize this new commitment."
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Sports Betting Usa publishes five-point Clarion Accord

Delegates attending Sports Betting USA (SBUSA), the two day conference held in New York from 14-15 November, have recommended a plan of initiatives to expedite the introduction of regulated and responsible sports betting across the country.

Announced by event organizer Ewa Bakun at the conclusion of SBUSA, the so-called Clarion Accord comprises the following five-point plan:

Make consumer protection and long-term health of the player the utmost goal through pro-active, considerate and sustainable Responsible Gaming strategies that encompass impact not just now but in the future.

Seek sports industry's buy-in by providing comfort, through an educational effort, that its commercial, reputational and integrity goals are fully met.

Action a transparent and inclusive lobbying effort that considers the interests of all stakeholders, both gaming and sports, for a consistent message to policy-makers.

Protect the integrity of sports through regulatory framework consistent across the states and enabling full cooperation between sports, gaming, regulatory and enforcement stakeholders.

Create a sustainable regulatory and taxation environment that instills trust for the consumer, provides revenues to the state budgets and roots out the illegal market.

Reflecting on the first edition of Sports Betting USA, Ewa Bakun stated, "I would like to thank all of the participants who made a really important contribution to the success of Sports Betting USA. The presentations were of the highest calibre and the full-to-capacity audience of delegates from both the sport and gaming sectors ensured a dynamic debate of the issues during the informal and organic networking which continued throughout the evening. In order to capture the essence of Sports Betting USA, we have drawn up a summary of the two days and captured the mood in the form of a five-point plan. We hope the Clarion Accord can be used as the basis for further debate and as a template from which both sport and the betting sectors can drive change and deliver a regulated industry which protects the interests of the consumer and the integrity of sport."

The positivity and optimism was reinforced by those attending what was an historic event. Karl Bennison, Chief of Enforcement at Nevada Gaming Control Board, stated, "It's been such a great spectrum of speakers and attendees, with everything from operators to regulatory bodies, to foreign jurisdictions; I've learned a lot, and I really value this opportunity at this time.

"The level of demand for this show highlights what a key topic this is, and going into the future, it all depends on the Supreme Court's decision. If it opens up, there will be a increased demand as new states come on board and need to learn about the industry. In saying that, I think the consensus is that even if it doesn't change next year, the decision will be made in the next few years, so whatever the outcome of the ruling, I think there will continue to be value in an event like this."
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sabato 11 novembre 2017

Planet Hollywood plans benefit poker tournament for SPCA

Featuring an amazing prize pool, including a grand prize of a seat at the World Series of Poker valued at $10,000, local celebrities, and a lavish silent auction and animal pledges, the Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament to Benefit the Nevada SPCA is the premier fundraiser for the local, no-kill animal sanctuary.

Host and professional poker player, Jennifer Harman, will be joined by television stars, Las Vegas notables and poker legends.

Some of the celebrities scheduled to attend include reality star JD Scott from "Property Brothers" with girlfriend Instagram star and model Annalee Belle; "The Human Calculator" star and Guinness World Record holder Scott Flansburg; cast members from Chippendales; BMX Pro and MTV star Ricardo Laguna; Master magician Lance Burton; former Baltimore Ravens captain and NFL player, Gerome Sapp; and comedian from "My Big Blonde Life" Hannah Elisabeth.

Poker stars Michelle Lau, Todd Brunson, Matt Stout, Lacey Jones, Chip and Karina Jett, Keith Gibson, Danielle Anderson, Jeff & Sophie Madsen, Samantha Abernathy, Mori Escandari, Mike Matusow and Marco Traniello are also scheduled to participate as well as additional Las Vegas notables, including entertainer Lisa Marie Smith, "Fantasy" star Mariah Rivera with photographer/podcast host husband, Patrick Rivera; Courtney Perna from "Las Vegas Now" on KLAS-TV; Brittney Cason from "BS in the Morning" on KOMP; Micah Manalo and JJ Snyder of "The Morning Blend" on KTNV-TV; Heather Collins of The Mix 94.1; KSNE's Joanna Baumann; radio host Mark Thompson; and star of "SEXXY," Gabriella Versace.

This year, celebrity Tattoo Artist, Dirk Vermin, will also lend his incomparable hosting skills for the event as Master of Ceremonies.
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ICE London 2018 set to be biggest on record

The 2018 edition of ICE London will be the biggest on record. Event organizers Clarion Gaming have confirmed the addition of a further 2,000 square meters of space, which will raise the total size of the world's favorite gaming technology event to 43,500 square meters, a 5% increase on the 2017 figure and approaching twice the size of ICE 2012 (22,500 square meters). The development, which has been driven by demand for stand space by both existing and new exhibitors, represents the sixth consecutive year of growth for the London event.

Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, said, "This is great news for gaming organizations who we know want a stand out, flagship event that showcases the world's leading innovators from every gaming vertical. By expanding our footprint in this way, I believe ICE London has underlined its status as the world's capital for the international gaming industry."

She added, "Our strategy, wherever we operate in the world, is to work with the industry to create events and opportunities that help meet its business objectives. The expansion of ICE has been driven by demand and reflects the dynamics of the international market which views London as the once-in-the-year opportunity to engage with a really significant and influential community of buyers and influencers, which in 2017 travelled to ICE from 151 jurisdictions."

ICE London is the world's biggest gaming technology event, attracting 30,213 visitors to the 2017 edition. Featuring world-leading innovators drawn from the casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online, social, sports betting and street gaming sectors, ICE provides the most comprehensive shop window for world gaming. To register and access the 500 plus international exhibitors who will be in attendance at ICE London 2018, visit the ICE Totally Gaming website.
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U.S. player wins WSOPE Super High Roller event

It was a small field filled with big names in the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe €25,000 Super High Roller event and although there was no bracelet up for grabs, the pride and plenty of money up top were motivation enough. A field of 21 entries, including five re-entries, emerged, and it was Dan Shak who defeated Mikita Badziakouski heads-up to claim the victory and a payday of €210,112.

The top four spots were guaranteed a share of the €492,765 prize pool, and Ivan "Negriin" Luca ended up as the bubble boy, while Steffen Sontheimer took home the min cash of €67,555. The seemingly unbeatable Bryn Kenney survived several all-in showdowns and eventually bowed out in third place for €85,238. Shak entered heads-up with a commanding lead and it only took three hands to determine a champion.

"It was a small but stacked field, I was probably the only non-pro. Me and Jean-Noel (Thorel)," he said after the final hand.

"We enjoy the game," a delighted Shak added and left the tournament area with a big smile on his face. The American plays in some of the highest buy-ins on the international poker circuit all over the world and has crossed $9 million in cashes already with his win at the King's Casino in Rozvadov.
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Rivers Casino promises huge New Year's Eve bash

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is taking its first ever New Year's Eve celebration to the highest level, extending one of the biggest party nights of the year into a multi-night extravaganza with what promises to be the best two nights of entertainment and revelry in Schenectady history. Champagne bottles will pop and confetti will drop as Rivers throws the party of the New Year to welcome in 2018.

World famous headliners - The party starts in the Event Center on 30 December when Rivers hosts world-renowned impressionist and "Fox NFL Sunday" and "MADtv" alum Frank Caliendo. The good times keep rolling when the Capital Region's best New Year's Eve entertainment comes to Schenectady in the form of the legendary performers The Commodores.

On Saturday Night, 30 December, Frank Caliendo will take the stage at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Caliendo has been part of national television shows like "MADtv," "Fox NFL Sunday" and on his own TBS show, "Frank TV." Best known for his impressions, Caliendo has delighted audiences from Las Vegas to New York, including appearances on the "Late Show," the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Tickets range from $35 to $60, and hotel packages for the show and stay at The Landing Hotel are available.
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sabato 4 novembre 2017

Scottish poker pro continues hot streak at WSOPE

The first high roller event at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe was a star-studded affair, featuring some of the world's most recognizable poker faces. There were former world champs, November Niners, bracelet winners galore, and someone in the field (usually more than one someone) held virtually every major tournament poker accomplishment. After a long, hard-fought final table that lasted about five hours, it was Niall Farrell holding all the chips when the dust settled. He bested a field of 113 entries to earn his first WSOP bracelet and €745,287.

This victory offers vindication for Farrell, who had come achingly close to a bracelet before. At the 2016 WSOP, he finished runner up in the $1,500 Shootout event. And a little more than a week later he made the final table of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, but again fell short. But now he counts himself among the club of WSOP bracelet winners, among his numerous other poker accomplishments. He said, "I feel fantastic. It's so nice to finally get over the line especially after losing heads-up twice. Especially in a field like this, it's pretty prestigious."

Farrell had a strong contingent of friends and supporters on the rail, including many of his countrymen. When the last river card was dealt, they erupted in celebration. But for Farrell, their presence was important throughout the tournament. "It's always good to have support behind you, people who want you to do well. It's easy as a poker player to not want to do well, feeling semi-entitled to stuff. But having boys on the rail pure rooting for you is just amazing".
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PokerStars Championship heads to Prague

Poker players from around the world will enjoy 12 days of poker action for the last PokerStars Championship event of the year at the Casino Atrium Hilton in Prague, running 7-18 December. Online satellites for the €1,100 National Championship and €5,300 Main Event are running daily at PokerStars from as little as $5.50.

PokerStars Championship Prague will also be the last opportunity to book a spot at the table to become the PokerStars Championship Player of the Year and win $100,000 in the Bahamas on 5 January, one day prior to the kick-off of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2018.

$100,000 winner takes all
Bryn Kenney, Chris Hunichen, Nick Petrangelo, Daniel Dvoress, Koray Aldemir and Vladimir Troyanovskiy will be joined by the Prague Leaderboard winner to battle it out in a $100,000 winner-takes-all freeroll. All leader board winners have also been awarded a VIP PCA package worth over $17,000. Who will win the last remaining seat?

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu said, "Online satellites are running now for Prague. It's going to be fun, and there's a bonus VIP PCA package up for grabs for the leader board winner, who will get a shot at winning the Player of the Year title and $100k".
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Casual poker player wins Colossus event at WSOPE

Matous Skorepa bested a huge field at King's Casino to become the latest bracelet winner at WSOP Europe. Skorepa won the Colossus event, collecting his first WSOP bracelet and €270,015.

For Skorepa, this victory represents not only his first WSOP bracelet, but also his first WSOP cash and the biggest score of his live poker career. Before today, he had a total of only about $27,000 in recorded earnings. Not he earned more than ten times that amount in one fell swoop.

He was obviously excited about the victory. But, he said, "My mom just called me down. She was like, 'Okay. It's like €270,000. Okay. Good for you.' I'm pretty excited, of course. I'm happy."

Skorepa appears to have learned a lot from his mother over the years. He attributes his success to keeping an even keel at the table and staying focused regardless of stakes or variance. "If I play small cash games or small tournaments, it's the same for me as big tournaments".
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sabato 28 ottobre 2017

Phil Ivey loses $10 million case in UK Supreme Court

The highest court in the U.K. has ruled that Phil Ivey is a cheater. Ivey, of course, and many others are outraged by the decision, which was handed down on Wednesday by the U.K.’s Supreme Court. After losing his High Court appeal last year, Ivey got another day in court this week after being granted permission by the Supreme Court to appeal the order made in November 2016. The Supreme Court is the U.K.'s highest court of appeal for civil cases and only hears cases that "raise issues of general public importance."

But any hopes Ivey had of collecting his winnings were completely dashed this week when the court ruled that the Poker Hall of Famer, along with a female accomplice, cheated when he won 7.7 million pounds ($10.1 million) over the course of two days playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat, at Crockfords Club in London in 2012.
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