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sabato 21 aprile 2018

Scott Margereson takes down WPT Poker Showdown Championship at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series in the early morning hours of Thursday. The series marked the second time pairing WPTDeepStacks and WPT brands in the same festival, the first being January’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

With 1,309 total entries, the $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship featured a final prize pool of $4,188,800, easily exceeding the $3 million guarantee. It was Scott Margereson of the United Kingdom who emerged victorious, taking home the top prize of $696,740 inclusive of a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, valued at $15,000. Margereson, 25, is an accomplished online pro currently residing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The 2018 WPT Poker Showdown, which ran as part of the tour’s Season XVI, marked the fifth-largest Championship in WPT history. That puts the Seminole Hard Rock first (1,795 entries in 2014), second (1,476 entries in 2015) and fifth on the WPT’s all-time attendance list.
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PokerStars' SCOOP for France and Spain exceeds record-breaking guarantee

PokerStars has continued its shared player pool success with the debut Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) for France and Spain, which surpassed its record-breaking €10 million guarantee in shared liquidity markets by more than €1.7 million, reaching €11,768,035.

The series ran from 25 March-9 April and attracted more than 37,000 unique entries across 120 scheduled tournaments, the first time PokerStars has offered an online series with more than 100 tournaments in shared liquidity markets.

The Main Event featured €50 low and €250 high buy-in levels to suit all bankrolls and garnered more than 8,000 unique players in total. The Main Event Low proved most popular, with 5,006 unique players logging in to play. Spanish players took down both Main Events with "Sytoamd" winning the Main Event High for €117,600 and "__elembolo" winning the Main Event Low for €30,055.
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SBTech wins Compliance Innovator of the Year award

SBTech has once again strengthened its position as the leading provider of betting and gaming solutions in regulated markets by winning the prestigious Innovation of the Year prize at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018.

Recognizing the most forward-thinking companies that are best prepared for the impact of new regulations, the award is a credit to the work SBTech has carried out in implementing innovative processes to enhance compliance across regulated jurisdictions and its operator network.

Andrew Cochrane, SBTech Chief Commercial Officer, commented, “As a company we are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious prize, which honours the vital work our compliance teams carry out in regulated markets.

“It is also very satisfying to see our long-term strategy of providing the most innovative solutions and services in regulated markets recognized by the industry, as it represents a longstanding, in-depth effort on the part of the group. The quality and breadth of our offering is complemented by the unrivalled expertise of our legal and regulatory teams in achieving full compliance in every jurisdiction, with a current focus on recently and newly-regulated markets like Portugal and Poland and, of course, territories which we hope will soon be regulated, such as the U.S.”
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The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo go green for Earth Day

The Venetian Las Vegas, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino and Sands Expo will turn exterior marquee signs green to recognize Earth Day on Sunday, 22 April.

The property has a long history of committing to environmental conservation with The Palazzo being the first resort property in Las Vegas to achieve LEED Silver Certification for New Construction in 2008 and The Venetian and Sands Expo holding the distinction of being the only existing buildings in Las Vegas to achieved LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings.
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sabato 14 aprile 2018

Tropicana Atlantic City hosts annual Employee Gala to recognize team

On 10 April, Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort held its annual Employee Awards Gala to recognize and celebrate the hard-working and dedicated staff and employees that contribute to Tropicana’s success. The Employee Gala was held in Tropicana’s Ballroom where guests gathered for cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and an awards presentation.

"Every year we look forward to hosting the Employee Gala because it allows us to gather the entire team of staff and employees to celebrate the award winners and their achievements and success,” said Tropicana Atlantic City General Manager Steve Callender. “Providing Tropicana guests with more experiences wouldn’t be possible without our strong and reliable team.”

Tropicana thanks all staff and employees for their continued support and congratulates the 2017 winners:

2017 Employee of the Year - Bernard Terrence

2017 Supervisor of the Year - Kevin Pemberton

2017 Leadership Award - Juan Colon

2017 Best Customer Service, Front of the House - Kevin Delorenzo

2017 Best Customer Service, Back of the House - Lynn Wittenwiler

2017 Community Service Award - Sofia Torres

2017 Community Service Award - Francena Bazemore

2017 Employee of the Year, Runner Up - Barry White

2017 Supervisor of the Year, Runner Up - Brittany Greenwood

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PokerStars introduces early payout tournaments

PokerStars has recently introduced early payout tournaments, a new Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) feature which will contribute to a better gaming experience for players.

Once an MTT reaches a paid position, all eligible players will receive an immediate payout of the minimum cash amount specified in that tournament's prize structure. Any player who is eliminated after this will then be paid the difference between the minimum cash amount and the total prize earned.

The recent introduction of early payout tournaments has been very successful so far, with PokerStars already releasing more than $1 million a day to players, giving them more choices to play once they have reached a paid position without having to deposit additional funds.

Over half of the Multi-Table Tournaments at PokerStars are already using the early payout feature. Following this, PokerStars has decided to roll out the feature across all possible licenses in the coming months.
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PokerStars and players raise $50,000 for Right To Play

Poker players from around the world came together on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April for PokerStars' first ever online multi-table Play Money charity tournament. PokerStars made a $10 donation on behalf of the first 5,000 players who signed up to play the five billion Play Money chip guaranteed tournament to raise $50,000, enough to educate more than 1,660 disadvantaged children for a year.

"We would like to thank everyone who came together to participate and show their support on the day," said Sue Hammett, Department Head of Corporate Giving for The Stars Group. "We're thrilled that so many people from more than 100 countries around the world came together to raise money for our global charity partner, Right To Play."

The event exceeded its original five billion Play Money chip guaranteed prize-pool by over five billion, paying out more than 7.3 billion Play Money chips to 8,372 entries overall. The first place prize went to U.S. player Alange, who converted his two million play chip investment (one million buy-in and one million re-entry) into 939,250,000 chips, almost 500 times more than the buy-in.

"Once again, PokerStars' poker players and ambassadors have come together to show what a generous community they are," said Nikki Skipper, National Director of Right To Play U.K. "Education is a fundamental right but sadly not all children have the opportunity to learn and grow, and reach their potential in life. Thanks to PokerStars and other partners we are able to provide some of the most vulnerable children in the world with a quality education through our sport and play based programs. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the tournament."

Players were joined at the felt by seven PokerStars Ambassadors including Fatima Moreira de Melo and Chris Moneymaker. All had bounties on their heads, with MoneyMaker lasting the longest of the seven.
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Las Vegas celebrates impact of meetings and conventions During Global Meetings Industry Day 2018

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joined leaders from across the Las Vegas meeting and convention industry including Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo, and Wynn Las Vegas to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, 12 April 2018.

The day is especially important for Las Vegas as the meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact on the local economy supporting 65,000 jobs and generating more than $9.3 billion in economic impact. The destination recorded an all-time high for convention visitation in 2017, welcoming 6.6 million business travelers.

“In Las Vegas, business travel is a critical component of our overall visitation mix, driving our economy and providing critical jobs for those who call southern Nevada home,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the LVCVA. “The impact of the meeting and convention industry is astounding and we celebrate the vision of events like GMID for encouraging advocacy, education and the need to support initiatives that move us forward.”

The LVCVA and industry partners recognized the importance of the meetings industry on GMID observance day and used the message of the industry to encourage the opportunity to evolve messaging surrounding the event to ‘Global Meetings IMPACT Day.’ The shift in verbiage is intended to amplify the valuable mission and purpose of the event which intends to educate the public about the wide-reaching positive impact face-to-face meetings have on global economies and driving business forward.

The Las Vegas meetings industry supported the “Impact” message with several presentations on the various impacts the industry can and does have at the destination’s observance.

On 12 April nearly 200 meetings industry leaders and professionals gathered at The Venetian Theater inside The Venetian Las Vegas for presentations emphasizing the impact of meetings and conventions for economic growth. Topics of discussion included recent successes and upcoming trends in the meeting and convention industry.
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World Series of Poker announces updated Player of the Year formula

The World Series of Poker is proud to announce an updated and improved Player of the Year formula for 2018.

In response to player feedback, WSOP has adjusted the formula to better reward bracelet winners and players who run deep, while still rewarding consistency. A points calculator will be available on the WSOP website, so that players can see an approximation for how many points they’ll receive for any given event, based on the number of total entries and finishing place.

Points will also be shown on the individual event results and prize pool tabs. The formula is loosely based on the highly successful points system that has been used on the WSOP Circuit for
many years. That scale will be used for each bracelet event, with modifiers based on the buyin and number of entries.

The overall winner from 2017 would have remained unchanged. The winner’s point total would have been 3,309 points from 23 cashes, including 1 bracelet, one runner-up finish, and one additional final table.
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sabato 7 aprile 2018

Poker Central launches live event studio at Aria Resort

Poker Central, the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games and lifestyle away from the tables, and ESP Gaming, the world's premier competitive gaming content creation company, unveiled their new studio earlier today. Owned and operated by Poker Central, the studio was built entirely from the ground up at ARIA Resort & Casino and will be the exclusive home for all Poker Central-owned live events distributed on its over-the-top subscription service, PokerGO. The first production will take place 16-18 May with a special grand opening edition of "Poker After Dark."

In addition to its ongoing partnership with ARIA, fellow Poker Central portfolio company ESP Gaming also will use the digitally advanced space to host its own live esports event productions, including the Vainglory Premier League, the world's No. 1 international mobile esports league, created by Super Evil Megacorp.

"Nearly a year ago we set out to create a digital-first poker network that would showcase some of the world's best tournaments and lifestyle content – both on and off the felt," said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. "While this studio marks the fulfillment of that goal, it also doubles as a promise to our loyal viewers – to continually expand our programming slate, offer even more tournaments at all levels and get fans even closer to the mind sport they love."

The more than 10,000-square-foot studio will have space for nine poker tables with an occupancy of up to 300 people, including space for 120 fans and event spectators. The venue features multiple sound stages, including a main studio, break desk area and a streaming lounge, which will provide flexibility to host a wide variety of poker and esports events. The studio will be open to the public on an event-by-event basis. Nevada gaming regulations will apply to all poker events.

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M Resort to give away $1 million

This May, more than 200 slot aficionados from across the country will descend upon Las Vegas for a weekend of gaming and a chance to become an instant millionaire. The fifth annual Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament is returning to M Resort Spa Casino from 4-6 May, giving Marquee Rewards players the chance to win big.

"We're honored to be hosting the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament at M Resort once again, allowing us to change the life of one lucky winner," said Patrick Durkin, Vice President of Marketing at M Resort Spa Casino. "It's not every day that someone wins $1 million, and this pinnacle event is one of the most thrilling in the city."
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Resorts Casino Hotel celebrates 40 years of gaming

In honor of 40 years of welcoming guests to experience Atlantic City's world-class gaming scene and nostalgic boardwalk culture, Resorts Casino Hotel today announces an outstanding lineup of celebratory events and performances in tribute of the property's 40th anniversary. Commemorating Resorts as the first casino-hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the festivities will officially kick off on Friday, 25 May and take place through Monday, 28 May, showcasing Resorts' renowned Beach Ball Drop, a live performance by the Village People and an awe-inspiring beachfront firework display, along with several throwback anniversary promotions and events throughout the holiday weekend.

"We are thrilled to kick off our anniversary celebration with an outstanding performance and summer event lineup, and to honor our guests and employees who supported Resorts and the evolution of Atlantic City over the past 40 years," said President and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, Mark Giannantonio. "It is a privilege to be a part of the creation of gaming in Atlantic City, taking it from a small gambling town in 1978 to what it is today – a multi-faceted industry providing countless visitors with first-class retail, dining and entertainment experiences. Our 40th anniversary is a celebration of Resorts' success, and we look forward to commemorating this exciting time in our history by hosting three months of can't-miss entertainment and promotions."

As a Mohegan Sun property, Resorts Casino Hotel has been under the successful management of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment since 2012, establishing a strategic partnership with Resorts owner Morris Bailey and one of the top casino operators in the country. Since its inception, this partnership continues to position the brand as a leader in Atlantic City today.
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