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sabato 4 febbraio 2023

World Series of Poker unveils 2023 daily schedule


The richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series – the World Series of Poker – today announced the daily event schedule for its 2023 tournament, which is shaping up to be the biggest and best WSOP of all time with a tournament schedule poised to shatter previous records. The 54th annual WSOP returns to the Las Vegas Strip at Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas from 30 May to 18 July 2023, offering more tables, more variety and the largest slate of bracelet events ever scheduled in its rich history.

The 2023 WSOP builds on the momentum of a 2022 tournament that saw 197,626 entrants from more than 100 countries and a record-breaking $347.9 million total prize pool in its new home. This summer’s event will feature the biggest capacity in series history with 608 tables spread across more than 200,000 square feet of convention space, 24/7 live cash game action including a brand-new permanent Hall of Fame Poker Room, and the first-ever $300 price point tournament in WSOP history.

The centerpiece of the summer will be the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, best known as “The Main Event,” which returns July 3-17 following 2022’s 8,663 entrants, the second-largest field in the history of live poker.

“With the momentum generated from the WSOP’s debut on the Las Vegas Strip last year, we expect a record-breaking WSOP and World Championship at Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas in 2023," said Ty Stewart, SVP & Executive Director of the WSOP. “If the Main Event is on your bucket list, this is the year to get to Vegas.”

After falling just short of the Main Event record in 2022, organizers have put together a vast new series of promotions under the theme of “Main Event Mania” to eclipse the record field set in 2006, including:

600 Main Event Seats Guaranteed from GGPoker: The world’s biggest poker room and exclusive WSOP satellite partner GGPoker has stepped up to offer 500 guaranteed Main Event seats on GGPoker.com through international qualifiers and another 100 seats on the ClubGG.net subscription site. The 600 total seats or $6,000,000 in prize pool represents an increase that more than doubles GGPoker’s official qualifiers from the 2022 series. Online satellites will begin in March.

Main Event Mania at Casinos Worldwide: 2023 will see the WSOP’s first-ever Global Qualification Weekend on 20-21 May at live poker rooms on five continents around the world. Just before the start of the WSOP in Las Vegas, poker rooms around the globe will join forces to offer Guaranteed Seat satellite tournaments to send players to the 2023 Main Event. Each poker room will offer a “step” tournament at a $140 buy-in and a culminating mega of $1,175 awarding a guaranteed seat and travel stipend to Las Vegas.

Additional hosts will be announced, but resorts already committed to hosting Main Event Mania the weekend of 20-21 May in the United States include Harrah’s Cherokee, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Horseshoe Tunica, Horseshoe St. Louis, Harrah’s Pompano, Turning Stone Casino, Hard Rock Tulsa, Grand Victoria Casino (Elgin, Ill.) and Horseshoe Council Bluffs. International partners, spanning four different continents, confirmed to host “Main Event Mania” include: King's Resort (Czech Republic), Club Pierre Charron Paris (France), Deerfoot Inn & Casino Calgary (Canada), Enjoy Punta del Este Resort and Casino (Uruguay), and Casino Es Saadi Marrakech (Morocco).

WSOP.COM’s 112 Seat Sprint: As the poker world descends upon Las Vegas, WSOP.COM becomes the best place to qualify for the 2023 Main Event. From 25 June to 8 July, a whopping 112 Main Event seats will be guaranteed on WSOP Online. The sprint to the record will begin on Sunday, 25 June with 10 seats being guaranteed per day. The centerpiece $250,000 guarantee, 25 Seat Scramble highlights the festivities and will take place on Sunday, 2 July. The effort culminates with a last-chance drawing for the final seat in the Main Event on Saturday, 8 July. In addition, “All-In” satellites from $80 to $126 will run daily from 25 June to 8 July with no fees.

WSOP.COM Online Bracelet Events: Popular WSOP Online Bracelet events are back, including every Sunday during the summer, with three special “Double Up Bracelet Days” on 4 June, 25 June, and 9 July. The schedule is highlighted by exciting events including the $500 Summer Saver, a $3,200 High Roller, and the signature $1,000 NLHE Online Championship. New events also include a $300 Summer Kick-Off and a $5,300 High Roller Championship Event that will have the final table played live in Las Vegas slated during WSOP Online’s Championship Week.

Main Event for Life: If the Main Event record is broken, all entrants in the field will be placed into a drawing that awards a non-transferrable Main Event buy-in for the next 30 years. The drawing will utilize each player’s Caesars Rewards number and would be held on Saturday, 8 July.

Horseshoe Las Vegas is hosting the WSOP for the first time since its rebrand from Bally's Las Vegas, symbolizing the series’ return to its roots, as the first-ever tournament was hosted at Las Vegas’ original Horseshoe in 1970. As an ode to this legacy, the resort recently opened a first-of-its-kind Hall of Fame Poker Room which will host select WSOP tournaments during this summer’s series and soon feature a Poker Hall of Fame exhibit as an homage to the legendary players and the iconic trophies of the sport.

Daily Deep Stack tournaments will once again run every day from 1 June to 17 July, with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $400. In addition, Daily Mega Satellites will happen from 31 May to 14 July with buy-ins starting at $135 and topping off at $25,000. The WSOP main cage will again be placed at Paris Las Vegas while the TV set staging for the Final Table will be at Horseshoe Las Vegas as the two buildings are connected and share a parking garage.

CBS Sports returns for a third season as broadcast partner of the WSOP with daily streaming also available on PokerGo. More details on bracelet events and 2023 Main Event coverage will be announced soon.

When booking early, entrants of the WSOP bracelet events can enjoy reduced hotel room rates at Horseshoe and Paris, as well as all Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas by using the special advanced booking code "WSOP23". Rates are based on availability and are subject to change.

New and Noteworthy:

WSOP’s Tournament of Champions Moves to Kickoff Week: 31 May - 2 June – The $1,000,000 freeroll Tournament of Champions is back but is now positioned at the beginning of the schedule. The 2023 field will be limited to those winning a WSOP Circuit ring at a live event or during a WSOP.com/WSOP.ca/GGPoker.net online circuit from 20 July 2022 to 22 May 2023, as well as winners from WSOP Online 2022 (WSOP.com/WSOP.ca/GGPoker.net) and WSOP Europe 2022. Registration for the 2023 Tournament of Champions will open on Tuesday, 30 May at 9:00 a.m. and 2023 bracelet winners will be eligible for the 2024 tournament.

$1,000 Buy-In Mystery Millions: 31 May - 5 June – A fan-favorite from 2022, the $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty returns as Mystery Millions but with a guaranteed first place and a guaranteed $1,000,000 top bounty. Featuring a mystery bounty for up to $1 million that players draw for, this begins as a regular tournament with those who advance to day two claiming the bounty of players they knock out. Each player who knocks someone out also gets an additional prize bounty

$300 Buy-In Gladiators of Poker – An event for everyone with the most affordable price point on this year’s schedule and it offers a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Online Registration: To avoid queues and congestion, WSOP encourages players to utilize the online/mobile registration process to sign-up for events, allowing players to register and pay online. WSOP uses www.BravoPokerLive.com to manage online/mobile registrations. Players who register online will need to visit the Champagne Ballroom located in the Le Centre Des Conventions in Paris Las Vegas and have their identification validated. Once verified, players can simply pick event(s) online via Bravo, utilize the self-service kiosks located throughout the Paris and Horseshoe convention centers to print their seat cards, and go directly to their table. Registration will open in May. WSOP will announce to the public when it is live.

In-Person Registration: The main registration area will be located in the Champagne Ballroom with more stations added to both the main registration and VIP cages. Hours of operation begin Tuesday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open 24 hours a day non-stop through Tuesday, July 18. Guests are required to present valid photo identification, along with their Caesars Rewards card and payment to enter events.

Caesars Rewards (CR): The location will be in the Champagne Ballroom near the main and VIP registration cages for players to obtain loyalty cards. Caesars Rewards kiosks will also be available for players to reprint their card without having to visit a CR representative.

Methods of Payment for WSOP Events: Cash, credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), ACH, wire transfers or cashier's checks drawn from the registrant's accredited bank account and made out to Participant or Paris, Paris or Horseshoe gaming chips, Paris Tournament Buy-In Chips, or Tournament Buy-In Credit are all acceptable forms of payment for 2023 WSOP. Additional fees will be incurred on all ACH/credit/debit card transactions. Participants using credit/debit cards must have a valid ID that matches the cardholder’s name present on the credit card used for the transaction.

WSOP Tournament Account: Players can wire in funds for WSOP events or place money on account when they arrive. After setting up an account at the WSOP Main Cage in the Champagne Ballroom, the player will have the option to register online or via mobile device (through www.BravoPokerLive.com) for WSOP tournaments with the funds used to initiate the account and simply print seat card(s) at one of the kiosks – avoiding the need to use the registration line to enter events.

Payouts – Players collect their winnings at the WSOP Main Cage in the Champagne Ballroom. Players can request one of the following methods of payment: cash, wire transfer, casino chips, check, or tournament account deposit. Those who have a Bravo Tournament Buy-In Account can direct funds back to their account.

International Players Applying for an ITIN: International players are required to bring an additional form of identification that shows residential address, such as a signed lease agreement, a utility bill or a mobile phone bill.

Satellites for WSOP gold bracelet events have begun on WSOP.com and will run continuously through the event. Outside the U.S., the WSOP has deepened its partnership with GGPoker who has exclusivity to run satellite packages to the WSOP. More details to be announced soon.

Deposits for WSOP.com will now be located just past the Payouts & Player Services in the Champagne Ballroom, which were previously located at the Rio in the Lambada Room.

To view important details about this year's event, visit WSOP.com/2023. This page will be live leading up to and during the event, where players can find all relevant information about the WSOP. Structure sheets for each individual event are expected to be posted on WSOP.com beginning in March.

Players must bring with them valid government-issued picture identification with current residential address, as well as a secondary form of ID (like a bill or statement confirming address). Players residing outside the United States must have a valid passport, in addition to another form of credible identification that includes address information.

The schedule, events, start times, end times and locations of events are subject to change. Tournament chips have no cash value. Winners will be required to provide a valid picture ID. Tax forms will be completed for those with winnings in excess of $5,000 net of event buy-in. Players without a Tax Identification Number and foreign players from non-tax treaty countries are subject to up to 30 percent tax withholding.

WSOP reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.

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Las Vegas is ready to celebrate Valentine's Day


Las Vegas is an ideal destination for couples to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day. From specials at intimate restaurants to romantic experiences that can only be found in Las Vegas, love will be in the air in the destination on Tuesday, 14 February.

Romantic Experiences

Love is truly in the air with the Valentine’s Day Las Vegas Helicopter Night Strip Flight Package at 5 Star Helicopters. Visitors can celebrate in the sky while enjoying chocolate-covered strawberries and taking in the lights and sights. The package also features a rose and souvenir photo and frame.

Bellagio offers a proposal package that allows visitors to pop the question on its private Terrazza di Sogno with the Fountains of Bellagio in the background. Packages include rose petals in the shape of a heart, 12 long-stemmed roses, champagne with a set of toasting flutes, chocolates, photography and the ability to choose one fountain show song from a list of selections.

Caesars Palace offers a Love at the Palace proposal package, featuring a dedicated wedding proposal coordinator, rose bouquet or fresh rose petals, music by a professional guitarist, photography and a bottle of champagne. Visitors can choose between two locations, the Bella Luce terrace with views of the Strip or the Bacchus Pool in the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.

Couples can celebrate by toasting and taking in 360-degree views of Downtown Las Vegas and the surrounding valley at Legacy Club at Circa Resort & Casino. The rooftop cocktail lounge offers couples special packages for the holiday, complete with cocktails, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a charcuterie board and a rose.

The High Roller at The LINQ Hotel + Experience Promenade also offers opportunities to take in breathtaking views of the Las Vegas valley, as the observation wheel takes couples 550 feet above the Strip.

A special Cupid’s Arrow Package is available for couples looking to say “I do” or renew their vows at The Little Vegas Chapel. Available only on Valentine’s Day, the offer is complete with a ceremony, officiated license or ceremony certificate, pink three-rose bouquet and matching boutonniere, video recording, wedding coordinator and fuzzy dice.

Couples can take a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, where the half-scale replica offers spectacular views from center-Strip. Visitors can continue their romantic evening at Vanderpump À Paris with the lounge’s LoveLocked cocktail for two, which features two glasses adorned with a padlock and key. The couple is asked to write their initials on the lock and attach it to a decorated wall in the intimate space, leaving a token of their love in the destination. The hotel also features proposal packages, wherein lovebirds can say “oui” under Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe. Packages include professional photography, a half dozen of red roses, a bottle of champagne and a half dozen of macarons.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod offers a Just Cocktails at the Bar package at Top of the World, allowing visitors to view the Las Vegas valley from the restaurant over 100 stories in the sky. Romantic touches are available to be placed at the table upon arrival, including rose petals, a half-dozen of roses, a dozen roses and a bottle of champagne on ice.

The Venetian Las Vegas offers romantic Gondola Rides, complete with a serenading gondolier. Couples can continue the romance by taking photos in front of the LOVE art installation, a sculpture of ruby red letters by artist Laura Kimpton.

Romantic Relaxation

Caesars Entertainment is offering unique Valentine’s Day-specific spa packages at several of its resorts throughout the destination. Participating spas include Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, The Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas, The Spa at Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, The Spa at The LINQ Hotel + Experience, Voie Spa & Salon at Paris Las Vegas and Reflections the Spa at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Offerings include couples massages, candlelight bath experiences, and touches like chocolates and champagne.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas offers the My Sweet Valentine Body Wrap special for the holiday. The experience includes a chocolate truffle body wrap and lightweight strawberry hyaluronic moisturizing application.

Spa Aquae & Salon at Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin features Valentine’s Day specials, including the Two-of-a-Kind Couples Massage and the Date Night Package for Her.
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Playtech extends partnership with Paddy Power


Playtech has announced the extension of its exclusive partnership with Paddy Power, a leader in the sports betting scene.

The new multi-year deal builds on a longstanding relationship between the two key players in the gambling sector, which dates back more than 10 years.

As part of the new deal, Playtech will remain the exclusive provider of Self Service Betting Terminals for Paddy Power in both the U.K. and Ireland and, as leaders in this field, will continue to provide market-leading sports betting software to fulfill the increasing demand for a digital betting experience from customers in a Retail Betting Shop.

Shimon Akad, COO at Playtech: "Paddy Power has grown into a leading force since its inception over 30 years ago, and we look forward to building on our successful partnership with them. Our software performance has made this ongoing collaboration possible, and we are set on progressing plans to provide a customer-centric roadmap for the years ahead as we continue to develop new technologies aimed at digitizing the retail space."

Playtech's reputation as the leading provider of Retail Sports Betting terminals has been further bolstered by recent releases of exciting and popular new features and markets, such as improved Betbuilder, and Player Props. The Growth in popularity of the Sports Betting terminal in Retail shops has been evidenced recently by World Cup performance.

David Newton, COO at Paddy Power: "We are pleased to continue our strategically important relationship with industry leader Playtech. Playtech terminals are integral to our retail offer and a crucial part of the future strategy of our shops. We look forward to expanding this even further in the coming years".

The future of our partnership is bright as we leverage Flutter’s market leading pricing capabilities to deliver new markets and betting opportunities for Paddy Power customers using the Playtech terminals. We are focused on delivering a fantastic omni channel and betting experience to even more players.
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sabato 28 gennaio 2023

Las Vegas gears up to celebrate Super Bowl LVII


The Greatest Arena on Earth is the ideal place to watch any sporting event—but Las Vegas doubles down for the biggest game of the year. With an incredible selection of viewing opportunities, the destination is ready to celebrate the very best in gridiron action on Sunday, 12 February.
The incredible energy will only be exceeded in 2024, as Las Vegas looks forward to hosting the Big Game for the first time at Allegiant Stadium.

Spectacular Celebrations on the Strip

Caesars Entertainment presents viewing opportunities at its Caesars Sportsbook venues, offering football fans a stadium-style experience and beverage packages at Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel and The LINQ Hotel + Experience.

Caesars Entertainment offers additional viewing opportunities at many of its bars, lounges and restaurants. Venues include Alto Bar, Montecristo Cigar Bar, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Stadia Bar at Caesars Palace; Bound Cocktail Lounge and Interlude Casino Lounge at The Cromwell; Fan Zone at Flamingo Las Vegas; Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas; The Indigo Lounge at Horseshoe Las Vegas; Influence, the Pool at The LINQ Hotel + Experience; Napoleon’s Lounge at Paris Las Vegas; and Ringer Bar at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Various seating, drink and food specials are available at each venue.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents viewing opportunities throughout the resort. The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails offers seating in its Prohibition-inspired lounge, with access to a buffet of gameday fare and its retro-inspired cocktail menu. The resort also features a watch party at CliQue Bar & Lounge, which offers a special gameday menu and craft cocktails.

Fashion Show Las Vegas hosts a complimentary Viewing Party in The Great Hall, where visitors can enjoy the game on big screens as they lounge in comfortable seating atop a turf endzone.

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Las Vegas presents viewing opportunities at several of its restaurants, such as Buddy V’s Ristorante, CHICA, and Trustworthy Brewing Co., Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino offers unique experiences at each of its venues, including viewing options in its Music Hall concert venue, the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar and the Foundation Room atop the resort’s casino tower. Guests can enjoy its signature menus of comfort-food favorites while taking in the on-screen action. Various packages will be offered that include buffets, bars and more.

HyperX Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino offers an amazing view of the game with its state-of-the-art HD LED video wall and dozens of flat screen TVs. Guests also can enjoy a la carte bites and an open bar. Packages for varying sizes of groups are available, with some including video game consoles and PCs.

The LINQ Promenade will offer several watch parties, including six distinct viewing options at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, each featuring bottomless food and beverage packages. Groups can enjoy the action in between bowling, as each lane offers seating for ten, or opt for a more exclusive experience, including the Roxy Room, which has capacity for 20 fans. Virgil’s Real BBQ at the shopping destination also invites guests to view the Big Game while enjoying its signature barbecue, with a food and beverage package also available.

MGM Resorts International offers a number of viewing opportunities throughout its properties, including at the sportsbooks of Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Resort & Casino, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, New York-New York Hotel & Casino and Park MGM.

Fans will also find watch parties at several of the restaurants across the properties, including Public House at Luxor Hotel & Casino; Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; BeerHaus at New York New York Hotel & Casino; and The Nomad Bar and Primrose at Park MGM.

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas will have multiple restaurants showing the big game. Flights Restaurant Las Vegas features first come, first served seating, an all-you-can-eat buffet and an all-you-can-drink bar. Blondie’s Las Vegas and Buffalo Wild Wings will also offer viewing opportunities.

The Mirage Resort & Casino presents a variety of viewing options for fans to enjoy. The Owners Box and Sports Lounge features couch and stadium seating, drink packages and a variety of favorite gameday eats available a la carte. Other viewing opportunities can be found at the resort’s Center Bar or Parlor Lounge, each offering drink specials. Restaurants presenting Big Game food and drink include Diablo’s Cantina, Otoro, Rhumbar Tropical Ultra Lounge and Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak.

Resorts World Las Vegas offers football fans viewing opportunities at several venues. Carversteak features 70 feet of LCD screens and a premium sound system, in addition to an elevated menu of gameday favorites, a selection of premium beverages and bottle service upgrades. Fans can also find upscale Big Game food and drink at Caviar Bar, which is equipped with two big screens for viewing the action.

SAHARA Las Vegas presents viewing parties at AZILO Ultra Pool and Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar. AZILO’s tailgate bash features a broadcast of the game on its 240-foot-long LED video wall, live entertainment, a select open bar until halftime and game day fare. Reserved seating and bottle service will also be available. Chickie’s & Pete’s offers guaranteed VIP seating with big-screen viewing, game day bites, drinks and bottle service. The sports bar also features the resort’s main William Hill sportsbook.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod will celebrate the Big Game with viewing parties, beverages and tailgate fare at PT’s Wings & Sports, View Lounge and REMIX Lounge. For convenient betting, kiosks are available at PT’s Wings & Sports and in the William Hill sportsbook.

Tao Group Hospitality hosts viewing parties at its world-class nightspots, including Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and TAO Nightclub and LAVO Italian Restaurant at The Venetian Las Vegas. The venues feature dedicated VIP tables, bottle service and gameday eats.

Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has five-hour reservations open for the Big Game. Fans can enjoy the televised action or engage in some healthy competition of their own in one of the driving range complex’s hitting bays.

The Venetian Las Vegas presents viewing experiences at The Cocktail Collective trio of bars, including The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, which adds additional TVs for the occasion; Electra Cocktail Club, featuring a digital display spanning 40 feet; and Rosina Cocktail Lounge, offering an intimate space to catch the action with classic cocktails. The game can also be viewed from high above the Strip in the resort’s two Prestige Club Lounges.

Exciting Events in Downtown

Circa Resort & Casino will host three major events, including watch parties in the world’s largest sportsbook, featuring stadium-style seating and a massive, 78-million-pixel, high-definition screen; Stadium Swim, the resort’s pool amphitheater with a 143-foot screen; and its meeting and convention space. Fans have a number of packages to choose from that feature everything from premium open bars and bottle service to reserved seating and signature stadium food from its restaurants including Victory Burger & Wings Co., Project BBQ and Saginaw’s Delicatessen.

The D Las Vegas offers several ways to watch the game, including the many 85-inch TVs at BarCanada and multiple large flatscreen TVs at LONGBAR. Also, the resort’s massive Big Game party hub brings the sportsbook to fans with live ticket writers at betting stations inside the party.

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center brings back its Biggest Big Game Bash, complete with free entry, stadium-style seating, food, reservable tables, “mancave” areas and stadium sound. To ensure fans don’t miss any plays, on both sides of its massive screen are two 22-foot LED screens also displaying the game.

Gold Spike presents a Big Game bash boasting jumbo screens, state-of-the-art surround sound, bar bites, drinks and special giveaways. The venue also offers packages including reserved seating, an open bar and a tailgate buffet.

Plaza Hotel and Casino holds its viewing party inside its convention space with multiple HD big-screen projectors. Offerings include a stadium food buffet, buckets of beer, a cash bar and satellite William Hill betting stations.

Fantastic Festivities off the Strip

AREA15’s Illuminarium Las Vegas transports fans into the action with its 360-degree screens. The venue also features cocktails, craft beers and gameday bites.

Ellis Island Casino Hotel & Brewery presents a Big Game watch party at The Front Yard, with the action easily visible on its 18-foot screen and other TVs throughout the venue. Guests can enjoy Ellis Island’s signature brews and a buffet of gameday favorites. The hotel also offers viewing opportunities at its Village Pub & Café and Ellis Island BBQ, each featuring projection screens and a gameday buffet and bar.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas offers football fans opportunities to raise a stein and prost while cheering on their favorite team. The beer hall and garden will offer packages with guaranteed seating, an open bar and a special all-you-can eat menu. Visitors can enjoy a mix of traditional gameday offerings alongside German favorites, as the beer hall specializes in Bavarian brews and bites.

Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin presents the game throughout the casino, in the sportsbook and sportsbook bar.

South Point Hotel Casino and Spa offers viewing parties in its Showroom, Grand Ballroom and Exhibit Hall, with free admission and seating on a first come, first serve basis. The resort will have on-site betting stations at each venue, plus tailgate-inspired food and beverage specials. Additional viewing opportunities are available at its Sports Book.

Mohegan Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas features resort-wide dining specials and nonstop Big Game action at venues including The Bar at Commons Club, Casa Calavera, Kassi Beach House, Night + Market, Olives, One Steakhouse and The Shag Room. Various food and beverage packages are available, with The Bar at Commons Club offering fans free samples of Anheuser Bush products throughout the game
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Pro poker player sentenced for running illegal gambling operation


Pro poker player Joshua T. Thatcher, 42, of Gwinn, Michigan, was sentenced 19 January to 12 months of probation after pleading guilty on 2 December to one felony count of Gambling Operations for his role operating an illegal poker room known as 906 Poker Social formerly located at 1200 S. Front St., Marquette. As part of his plea agreement, Thatcher agreed to forfeit to the State of Michigan all items seized from the location, including six poker tables, $13,050 in cash and other money held in bank accounts connected to the investigation of 906 Poker Social.

The so-called private poker club opened April 1, 2021, and closed July 8, 2021, following a joint investigation by the Michigan Department of Attorney General and Michigan Gaming Control Board Criminal Investigation section.

“Unregulated gambling operations do not offer Michigan residents the same protections provided through legal, regulated gambling,” said Henry Williams, executive director, Michigan Gaming Control Board. “The Michigan Gaming Control Board’s mission is to ensure fair and honest gaming in Michigan, and we partner with the Michigan Department of Attorney General to investigate and eliminate illegal gaming activities across the state.”

The Michigan Department of Attorney General prosecuted the case.

“My office remains committed to upholding business rules and regulations, and that includes our state’s gambling laws,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “I appreciate the work the Michigan Gaming Control Board has done to protect Michigan residents and businesses.”

In published reports, Thatcher described 906 Poker Social as a private membership club where members gambled against each other. He charged members a fee based on weekly, monthly or yearly membership plus a $10 per hour chair rental fee. The location offered live poker and other games.

Thatcher also was charged in May 2022 with five other felony counts, including two counts of using computers to commit a crime, and a high misdemeanor count of permitting a gambling house for gain. The other counts later were dismissed.

Judge Jennifer A. Mazzuchi of the 25th Circuit Court in Marquette presided over sentencing.
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World Cup drives illegal sports betting activity in UK


The number of U.K. punters visiting unregulated online black market gambling sites tripled during the World Cup, new research reveals.

In December alone 250,000 people visited unregulated, black market sites compared to around 80,000 during the same month the previous year, with a similar jump in November.

Leading research team Yield Sec conducted the new analysis for the Betting and Gaming Council to assess the scale of black market gambling last year, including during the Qatar World Cup.

Analysts also found online traffic to sites advertising services to problem gamblers who had self-excluded from UK operators, rose almost 83 per cent.

All regulated betting operators in the UK are signed up to GamStop – a self-exclusion system that automatically blocks access across all regulated operators.

But the landmark report by Yield Sec, stated: “Non-GamStop sites have generated 82.68 per cent more visits from 26.88 per cent more unique customers during Nov-Dec 2022 compared to the previous two month period, spending on average 78 per cent more time on site.”

During that two month period alone over 64,500 vulnerable players searched for black market sites offering betting which circumvents GamStop.

The research also discovered peaks in traffic to black market sites in March during Cheltenham and June during Ascot, indicating horse racing is being heavily targeted by illegal gambling outfits.

Industry experts established it takes less than 30 seconds to sign up to a black market site before placing your first bet, compared to an average of 12 minutes with a regulated UK operator.

This is because UK operators must conduct strict identity and age verification checks to prevent problem gambling and fraud.

Michael Dugher, CEO at the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “This research exposes the dire threat the growing unsafe, unregulated black market poses to punters.

“While the regulated industry was going to great lengths to protect young people during the World Cup and adhering to strict regulations and promoting safer gambling, black market operators were preying on the vulnerable.

“These unlicensed sites offer none of the safer gambling tools promoted by our members, they pay no tax and employ no one, they do not contribute a penny to sport or services tackling gambling harm, and they do nothing to protect vulnerable players.

“This data shows the World Cup drove a range of worrying gambling trends in the UK - not in the regulated sector as predicted by anti-gambling prohibitionists - but in the unsafe unregulated black market online.

“There has been too much complacency about the threat of the black market. Rather than dismissing the problem, the regulator and the Government need to tread extremely carefully and resist blanket, intrusive affordability checks at low levels that push even more punters to these dangerous sites.”

Overall, the number of visits to black market websites from the UK increased by 46 per cent in 2022, with around 148,000 customers accessing illicit sites each month.

Separate research by PwC found the number of customers using unlicensed betting websites more than doubled, from 210,000 in 2019 to 460,000 in 2020 and the money staked in the billions.

Ismail Vali, Founder and CEO at Yield Sec, said: “This trend of increased illegal gambling activity during prominent sporting events reflects the ever-present threat that illegal operators pose to players and the audience.”

Meanwhile, the number of TV betting adverts shown on TV during the World Cup group stages fell by 34 per cent compared to the World Cup in 2018, figures have revealed.

Under the voluntary Whistle-to-Whistle ban by BGC members, TV betting commercials for regulated operators cannot be shown from five minutes before a match kicks off until five minutes after it ends, before the 9pm watershed.

A report last year found that the ban had led to a 97% reduction in the number of such ads being seen by children at that time.

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sabato 21 gennaio 2023

ICE London 2023 set to break records


Clarion Gaming owners of ICE London have confirmed that the 2023 edition of the show (7–9 February) will be the biggest on record occupying 51,466 square meters of net space, exceeding the previous high of 49,690 square meters set in 2020. In total ICE will occupy 41 halls of its ExCeL London home with sister show iGB Affiliate London occupying the remaining three halls.

Stuart Hunter, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming confirmed the scale of the experience awaiting gambling industry professionals in February. He stated: “ICE London and sister show iGB Affiliate London will be occupying the entirety of ExCeL. That means all of the North and South side exhibition halls, every meeting room and all of the International Conference Centre at ExCeL which will host ICE VOX, the World Regulatory Briefing and the International Casino Conference. In very simple terms there’s not a square mm of space left.”

He added: “Whilst ICE London 2022 was a tremendous success the fact remains that nothing compares with the return of a full-scale edition of ICE featuring all of the major supplier brands to the land-based sector. Having ExCeL bursting with the creativity and the energy which drives the international gaming industry is a fantastic prospect. A full size, dynamic ICE on its traditional dates is something that all sectors of the industry are looking forward to participating in.

“ICE is vital to the global business more so because the industry has waited 3-years for its return: as a consequence, the eyes of the gaming world will be focussed on what many industry commentators are now referring to as World Gaming Week a description based on the volume and variety of high-level meetings, sector leading conferences, content masterclasses and networking that takes place over the period that the global industry meets and comes together in London.”

As well as providing a professional home for the industry’s major brands, Clarion Gaming’s Pitch ICE program offers up to 14 start-ups the opportunity to showcase their solutions and innovative approaches in front of investors and visitors attending ICE London. Successful companies secure a free of charge pod on the Pitch ICE Pavilion for the duration of the show and the opportunity to take to the ICE stage and pitch to potential investors. ICE visitors will also have access to the award-winning Consumer Protection Zone, the ICE Esports Arena, the International Casino Conference, World Regulatory Briefing, the ICE VOX Masterclass program and the High Street Hub, a dynamic new show floor feature developed in partnership with the Gambling Business Group and dedicated to licensed street gaming.
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Seal to perform in Las Vegas


GRAMMY Award-winning global icon Seal will embark on a massive 30th Anniversary Tour across North America this spring. Produced by Live Nation, he will team up with longtime producer and trusted collaborator Trevor Horn, who will take on the role of musical director for the run of shows. Additionally, Horn’s acclaimed new wave band The Buggles will be featured as special guest performers.

The tour will stop in Las Vegas for two nights at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas on Friday, 2 June and Saturday, 3 June 2023. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $49.95, plus applicable fees, and will go on sale to the general public Friday, 27 January at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, VenetianLasVegas.com, any box office at The Venetian Las Vegas, or by calling 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.

There will be an artist pre-sale beginning Thursday, 26 January at 9 a.m. PT. The Venetian Resort Grazie Rewards members, as well as Live Nation customers, will receive access to a pre-sale beginning Thursday, 26 January at 10 a.m. PT. All pre-sales will end Thursday, 26 January at 10 p.m. PT.

The 30th Anniversary Tour will commemorate three decades of his landmark self-titled debut album Seal (1991) and eponymous follow-up Seal II (1994). He will be performing the records in their entirety for the first time, delivering a set highlighted by classic chart-topping anthems such as “Crazy,” “Future Love Paradise,” “Killer,” and “Kiss From A Rose.” Expect soul staples and standards peppered throughout the set, showcasing the full spectrum of his incredible repertoire.

Seal also performed his iconic hit “Kiss From A Rose” last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last fall, he reissued Seal as the 4-CD/2-LP SEAL: DELUXE EDITION complete with rarities, a 12”x12” hardcover book that includes never-before-published photos and liner notes courtesy of Jim Farber, a previously unreleased 13-track concert performance, and more, with all music impeccably remastered by Trevor Horn. The set has been widely acclaimed: American Songwriter celebrated the set’s “incredible dance remixes,” while Paste proclaimed it one of “The 20 Best Album Reissues of 2022,” writing, “Looking back three decades later, Seal’s combination of pop, funk, rock and dance hit harder than we might have realized at the time.”

Seal notably reached RIAA platinum status in the United States, cracking the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. In the UK, it earned a double-platinum certification and captured #1 on the UK Album Charts. Describing the magic of this debut, Pitchfork likened it to “a vast, multi-sensory explosion of color and texture, a voice giving voice to something beautiful.”
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Gaming CEOs and industry leaders to speak at East Coast Gaming Congress

Prominent gaming industry leaders from across the country – including nine of the industry’s top CEOs – are confirmed to speak at the 26th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress, 19-20 April at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City.

The two-day conference will bring together gaming industry leaders, legislators, regulators, educators, suppliers, attorneys, and other professionals to examine industry-related trends, challenges, and issues. Confirmed speakers to date include:

- Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO, Seminole Gaming - Sherry Amos, Principal, Spectrum Gaming Hospitality Group - Juliann Barreto, Chief Operating Officer, Spectrum Gaming Group - Jordan Bender, Senior Equity Research Analyst, JPM Securitie - Jane Bokunewicz, Faculty Director, Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism, Stockton University School of Business - Duane Bouligny, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Bank Security - David Cordish, CEO and Chairman, The Cordish Company - Jay Dorris, President and CEO, PCI Gaming - Tim Drehkoff, CEO, Rush Street Gaming - Jon Ford, NCLGS President, Indiana Senator - Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affair and Legislative Counsel, Light & Wonder - Jason Guyot, President and CEO, Foxwoods Resorts - Brian Hansberry, President of Gaming and Entertainment, Delaware North Companies - Robert Heller, President and CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital - Lynne Levin Kaufman, Co-Chair Gaming Practice Group, Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law - Siobhan Lane, CEO, Light & Wonder - Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO and Co-Chair Gaming Practice Group, Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law - Jeffrey Morris, Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations Penn Entertainment - Ray Pineault, CEO, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment - Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group - Thomas Reeg, CEO, Caesars Entertainment - Gina Smith, Deputy Director of Gaming Compliance at Virginia Lottery - Denise J. Smyler, Chair, PA Gaming Control Board

The conference commences and continues through the two days with industry leader presentations. Additionally, there will be industry panel discussions and a Day 1 networking reception at Hard Rock’s Daer Nightclub. Panel topics will focus on issues facing the industry, including:

- igaming in 2023 - Sports Betting - Distributed Gaming: Regulated and Otherwise - Wall Street Wisdom
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sabato 14 gennaio 2023

Million Dollar Heater poker tournament returns to Beau Rivage


Beau Rivage Resort & Casino highly anticipated 10th annual Million Dollar Heater, 5-16 January, drew large crowds during its opening weekend.

“Each year since 2017, the Million Dollar Heater has been setting Mississippi records for the highest number of entries in a single event and this year exceeded all expectations,” said Beau Rivage Poker Room Manager Adam Nash. “Poker players are excited to be back at the Beau. With updated tournament structures, game variations, and higher guarantees than ever before, the Million Dollar Heater has something to offer players of all skill levels.”

The Double Bag Bonus $750,000 Guaranteed NL Hold’em, $400 entry fee, opening event broke previous records with 3,870 players competing for a prize pool of $1,238,400. First place winner Ben Bell from Pensacola took home $163,424 and the coveted MDH trophy when he beat out second place finisher Preston McEwen, who pocketed $81,605.

The Million Dollar Heater continues through 16 January with 11 events, culminating with the Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed NL Hold’em with a $1,200 entry fee.

The Million Dollar Heater is the premier poker event in the south and a poker players’ dream with 65 tables and more than $1.6 million in guaranteed prize pools.

In addition to the 11 tournament events, there are multiple satellites to those tournaments, with entry fees from $120 to $1,200. During the Million Dollar Heater, there are daily events with exciting game formats including No Limit Hold’em, Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Six Max No Limit Hold’em and more. 

A special Seniors $50,000 guaranteed event with an entry fee of $400 takes place on Jan. 10 and a $100,000 guaranteed Mystery Bonus Triple Stack with a $400 fee takes place 9-10 January. The $50,000 guaranteed Freezeout with a $1,200 entry fee takes place 11-12 Januar.
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MGA publishes amendments to the player protection directive


The Malta Gaming Authority is hereby publishing the amendments to the Player Protection Directive (Directive 2 of 2018).

We believe that safe, sustainable, and responsible gaming is of paramount importance to the gaming sector. Following feedback received through the dedicated consultation process, the Authority is hereby publishing these amendments with the aim of strengthening and clarifying the current player protection framework.

This framework will support the Authority’s initiatives moving forward and will facilitate the Authority’s plans to continuously improve the player protection framework, including the eventual publication of detailed player protection guidelines for licensees. The Authority is in the process of conducting detailed research and garnering expert experience to serve as the foundation for the eventual publication of such guidelines.

The amendments delve into, inter alia, the licensees’ obligations regarding their responsible gaming policies and procedures, and the introduction of markers of harm that must be considered by licensees when determining effective measures and processes to detect and address problem gambling. Provisions relating to real-money reinforcement and staff training have also been addressed via the amendments.

The amendments are being proposed on the basis of a review of the key sections of the Directive carried out by an expert in the field, and on the basis of the Authority’s own research and experience garnered through the Responsible Gaming Unit’s audits and familiarisation visits.

Subject to the transitory provisions of the Directive, the amendments shall come into force on 12 January 2023.
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Choctaw Casino Resort to host poker classic tournament


Choctaw Casino Resort - Pocola in Oklahoma is excited to host its first poker classic tournament of the year from Wednesday, 25 January to Sunday, 29 January.

The five-day event will consist of eight games throughout the week, from No-limit Hold ‘Em to a $50,000 Guaranteed Multi-Cash Re-Entry, which will include two flights with a $500 buy-in and the main event concluding on Sunday.

The $50,000 guarantee is a two-day tournament on Friday, 27 January and Saturday, 28 January.

“We’re not bluffing when we say this is the best poker tournament in southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, states Tyler Nunley, Choctaw Casino Resort - Pocola Table Games Manager. “We’re excited to welcome back poker players to this premier event, and we can’t wait to see the newest Pocola Poker Classic champion crowned at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Pocola.”
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sabato 7 gennaio 2023

Betway granted extension of sportsbook license in Germany


Today, leading global online betting and gaming brand Betway, has announced an extension of its sportsbook license from the Regional Council in Darmstadt.

Betway will continue to offer its best-in-class product to their German customers in a regulated gaming market where responsible gambling safeguards are put in place to ensure customers are betting in a safe and secure environment.

The Super Group owned brand are a prominent sponsor of high-profile sports in Germany. They boast an enviable portfolio in German Football that includes 2022 Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt alongside VfB Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. The brand is also a big supporter of Tennis in Germany and are Official Betting Partner at the Boss Open, Terra Wortmann Open and the Hamburg Open which are three of the four ATP tournaments that take place in the country.

Betway has also made a commitment to the German market by opening an office in Düsseldorf, Germany. The plans for continued growth include better localization of their sportsbook product, easier access to talent as well as creating jobs in Germany.

Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, said:

“We’re really proud of being awarded an extension of our sportsbook license, which means we can keep offering our much-loved products to sports betting fans in Germany.

“We’ve got an industry leading sponsorship portfolio, that further enhances our commitment to supporting sports that our customers know and love.

“We’ve got a great product and now we’ve got a great office and team on the ground which will help us continue to enhance a sporting experience for our customers whilst continuing to ensure they’re playing in a safe, secure and responsible environment.”

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Stephen Song wins 2022 GPI Player of the Year


The Global Poker Index have released the names of all of their Player of the Year race winners from the 2022 poker season.

Stephen Song was the last player standing in one of the most entertaining GPI Player of the Year races in history. Several players would hold on to the #1 PoY rank throughout the year but Song waited until the very end to take the lead, winning the WPT Prime Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in one of the final tournaments of the season, taking the lead from his friend, Adam Hendrix, who was at or near the top of the table for most of the season.

Collecting a total of 3,543.72 GPI PoY points, Song finished just 17.24 points ahead of Hendrix in the race and just 46.25 points ahead of Jeremy Ausmus, who kicked off 2022 grabbing the early lead in the PoY race.

2022 GPI PoY Top 5:
1. Stephen Song (USA)
2. Adam Hendrix (USA)
3. Jeremy Ausmus (USA)
4. Chad Eveslage (USA)
5. Farid Jattin (COL)

Cherish Andrews arrived at the Wynn for the WPT World Championship Festival trailing Angela Jordison in the race for the GPI Female Player of the Year title. She would leave Las Vegas leaving no doubt she should win the race following an incredible performance in three WPT events during her stay, including a victory and a trio of Top 6 finishes.

Three-time (and back-to-back-to-back) GPI Female PoY Kristen Bicknell would finish third in the race while reigning Female PoY Nadya Magnus finished a very respectable 14th on a reduced schedule.

2022 GPI Female PoY Top 5:
1. Cherish Andrews (USA)
2. Angela Jordison (USA)
3. Kristen Bicknell (CAN)
4. Jessica Vierling (GER)
5. Christina Gollins (USA)

Amazingly, Song also wins the Mid-Major Player of the Year race, recognizing players involved in events with buy-ins up to $2,500 USD, becoming the very first person to ever win a pair of GPI PoY title in one year.

Song had such an impressively strong year overall, excelling in events with wide-ranging buy-ins.

The aforementioned Jordison also battled hard in this race, holding the lead heading into December, dropping to 3rd and finally ending up in the runner-up position.

Inaugural GPI Mid-Major PoY winner David Mzareulov finished 142nd in this year’s race.

2022 GPI Mid-Major PoY Top 5:
1. Stephen Song (USA)
2. Angela Jordison (USA
3. Julien Sitbon (FRA)
4. Jared Ingles (USA)
5. Donovan Dean (USA)

Both Song and Andrews will be invited to accept their trophies at the Global Poker Awards ceremony at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA in Las Vegas – broadcasted exclusively on PokerGO. An official announcement on the date for the 4 th Global Poker Awards is expected next week. Meanwhile, 79 players received GPI National Player of the Year honors. Familiar faces such as Mikita Bodyakovsky, Davidi Kitai, Farid Jattin, Koray, Aldemir, Sergio Aido, Stephen Chidwick once again collect National titles, joining a slew of first-time winners including Song and 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Espen Uhlen Jorstad.

2022 GPI Players of the Year
2021 GPI PoY Stephen Song (USA) 3,543.72
2021 Female PoY Stephen Song (USA) 2,580.18
2021 Mid-Major PoY Cherish Andrews (USA) 2,835.14
2022 GPI National Players of the Year
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Michigan and New Jersey residents can now play online poker together


Michigan internet gaming operator Odawa Online and platform partner The Stars Group (TSG) have permission to launch multistate internet poker games in Michigan.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board granted approval 20 December, and New Jersey granted TSG Poker Stars permission on 23 December, to launch on 1 January 2023. Michigan players can now play with New Jersey players.

“Poker players in Michigan have anticipated eagerly the launch of multistate internet poker,” said Henry Williams, executive director, MGCB. “I congratulate the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and TSG Poker Stars for being the first operator and provider granted permission to launch multistate internet poker in Michigan.”

In April, Michigan asked to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, and Williams signed the agreement in May. Other MSIGA members include Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. The agreement allows Odawa Online and TSG (Poker-Stars) to pool their Michigan players with players in the other jurisdictions in the agreement where TSG is licensed and authorized to operate.

Prior to the impending launch, all Michigan poker players could play online only against other players located in the state. The agreement allows authorized operators and providers to pool their Michigan players with players in the other jurisdictions where they are licensed and authorized to operate.

“A larger volume of players likely will result in more game options, more frequent games and larger tournament prizes,” Williams said.

In April, the MGCB published participation guidance for multistate poker on its website. The requirements broadly include:

Obtaining MGCB approval for anything new related to multijurisdictional poker, including technical security standards, games or platform modifications, remote gaming systems and game software.

Allowing MGCB staff to inspect any new data centers.

Licensing of new suppliers, including new platform providers, and registration of new vendors.

Licensing of certain new employees involved in the conduct of multistate poker.

Any Michigan licensed operator may partner with a platform provider to offer multijurisdictional poker. The operator and platform provider must meet MGCB requirements before the agency would approve launch.

Other operators and platform providers would need to obtain necessary approvals to introduce poker and to offer multijurisdictional games. Currently, MGM Grand Detroit Casino with BetMGM and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians with World Series of Poker also are authorized poker providers in Michigan, but they are not authorized for multijurisdictional play.

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