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sabato 25 gennaio 2020

Las Vegas Sands named to Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies"


Las Vegas Sands has been named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" in Fortune's annual list of the most respected and reputable businesses, marking the company's fourth straight appearance—and the seventh in eight years—on the annual list of global corporate leaders. Companies are named to the prestigious list based on input from peers, analysts and leaders in their industries.

"Being included among the top companies in the world, year after year, is a testament to our innovation in the Integrated Resort business, consistently solid operational execution and financial performance and, especially, our reputation as being a good corporate citizen committed to making the communities in which we operate better places to live and work," said Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands. "Thanks to the strength of our leadership team and our Team Members' unwavering commitment to delivering on the company's plans and programs, Sands has built an enduring reputation as a global hospitality and business leader."

As the world's largest developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts serving both the business and leisure tourism markets, Sands pioneered the convention-based Integrated Resort model, which combines state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities with luxury hotel rooms and suites, gaming, expansive retail offerings, celebrity-chef restaurants, live entertainment and a wide-range of other attractions and offerings.

To develop the "World's Most Admired Companies" list, Fortune collaborated with partner Korn Ferry Hay Group on a corporate reputation survey encompassing candidate companies from an initial pool of the largest U.S. companies along with Fortune's Global 500 database. For the final list of best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and the ability to attract talent. To be listed, a company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be ranked.

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Seminole Hard Rock announces winner of 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. concluded its 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) Wednesday. Besting 843 entries in the WPT NLH Championship, Brian Altman, of Boston, Mass. made history by winning his second career WPT LHPO title for $482,636 plus a $15,000 entry into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.


“This is incredibly special. It’s amazing to be the first person to win the same WPT event twice, and kind of cement myself in history with this event,” Altman said. “Obviously it’s fantastic to get big wins, and when playing these events, I’m happy to put myself in a position to go deep, be chip leader and make final tables.”

The $3,500 finale boasted a final prize pool of nearly $2.7 million, easily exceeding the $2 million guarantee. The last 106 spots and the field made the money late on Day 2.

Championship Final Table Results:

1st: Brian Altman (Boston, Mass.) $482,636 + $15,000 entry into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions

2nd: John Dollinger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) $313,494

3rd: Chanracy Khun (Canada) $231,372

4th: Nadezhda Magnus (Chicago, Ill.) $172,602

5th: Nadeem Hirani (Waynesboro, Ga.) $130,162

6th: Peter Walsworth (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) $99,238

The 29-tournament LHPO kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 9 with the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks opener. With 1,404 entries, the event more than doubled the $500,000 guarantee, creating a total prize pool of more than $1.3 million. Florida resident William Muniz won the opener turning his $1,100 entry into $225,717.
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NetGaming opens Malta office


Creative casino games studio NetGaming has opened a new Malta office as it gears up for international growth. Spearheaded by CEO Pallavi Deshmukh, the company has moved into a state-of-the-art facility in Sliema where Deshmukh and her core team will be implementing its marketing, regulatory and commercial strategies.

NetGaming is expanding its central team with some of the industry’s most respected games producers as part of an ongoing recruitment drive.

Alongside the company’s development and support offices, the new space continues NetGaming’s impressive global expansion as it brings its multi-currency, multi-lingual portfolio to several markets including emerging markets such as Africa and CIS countries.

Pallavi Deshmukh said: “Opening an office in Malta signals our ambitious goals for global growth as the island is a critical jurisdiction within the industry.

“The move enables us to engage with a number of major operators in the region with a personal touch. In addition to the high-profile commercial deals we have already secured with the likes of Relax Gaming and Bet Construct, this is another milestone achieved! With a dynamic portfolio packed full of immersive original and branded content, we’re here to deliver.”

NetGaming will be showcasing at ICE London, between 4th-6th February and can be visited at Stand N1-413.
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sabato 18 gennaio 2020

WSOP 'Value Menu' event schedule solidified


The WSOP “Value Menu” has been finalized for the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP), set to run from 26 May to 15 July 2020 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with the opening event – a $1,000 buy-in Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em scheduled to christen the WSOP at 11am on Wednesday, 27 May.

The freezeout format -- allowing only one entry -- is part of a concerted effort by the WSOP in 2020. The opening event, plus at least one No-Limit Hold’em event a week in this format is planned for the rest of the series. The WSOP is committed to keeping a significant portion of the schedule utilizing the freezeout format.

As the modern day “something for everyone” poker festival continues to evolve, the latest track of events to gain popularity is the $1,000 and under buy-in events, driving new players to the WSOP while offering large prize pools.

“Everyone loves good value and the WSOP has continued to enhance its offering to meet the demand at these meaningful price points,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. “Delivering large prize pools, new players and exciting formats are core objectives of the WSOP and these 25 events are key to meeting this mandate.”

The above list of events features 15 events that had not previously been announced. 24 of these 25 events will either utilize the freezeout format, or a single re-entry or single re-entry per flight format. The Little One for ONE DROP – due to its charitable component – will be the only live event offered that offers more than single re-entry.

In addition to these 25 events priced $1,000 and under, WSOP.com - Nevada will release its online gold bracelet event schedule in the coming months, which is expected to include several more tournaments in this price range.

New events to the WSOP this year include the opening Freezeout event, the Forty Stack No-Limit Hold’em, featuring a robust 40,000 starting chip stack and a $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em event with a 25,000-starting stack. The remainder of events announced today have been offered previously, including the Deepstack series of $600 and $800 price points and the lowest priced offering, the $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em. Some events have been tweaked this year to ensure single re-entry or freezeout as the format events are played as.

A record 187,298 entries participated in the 2019 WSOP, creating a 50-year high of $293,183,345 in prize money. The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2019 had a $3,257,592 prize pool.

Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio in 2020 will start as low as $75. Single table satellites and all your favorite live poker games: low, medium and high limit will begin on May 26 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Rio Convention Center for the 16th consecutive year.

Room reservations are being accepted across Caesars’ Las Vegas properties with rates as low as $33 for existing Caesars Rewards members by using the booking code WSOP20. Visit Las Vegas - WSOP to make your room reservations for the 2020 WSOP.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April, after all events have been determined and approved by regulators. More than 500 poker tables will be set up across nearly 200,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.

WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event, as well as to participate in the exclusive online WSOP official gold bracelet events. While in New Jersey or Nevada, eligible players can play on WSOP.com, whether a resident or not. Satellites have begun and are expected to run regularly throughout the WSOP. 888 Poker remains WSOP.com’s international online poker partner in most jurisdictions, with plenty of satellite qualifications planned to award seats to the WSOP in Las Vegas.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released in the coming months. All above announced dates, times and events are subject to change.
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This Week in Gambling: PartyPoker US network coming?

Poker players have been talking about a mysterious email sent out recently which alluded to a PartyPoker US Network for online poker. What does PartyPoker mean by "network"? What are their plans for American expansion? Should players be excited? J. Todd also discusses the possibility of online poker in New York for 2020, and have an update on alleged poker cheater Mike Postle.
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Venetian Resort to match proceeds raised for Australian fires on 25 January


To support relief for victims of the Australia bushfires, The Venetian Las Vegas will unite with Australian resident headliner HUMAN NATURE to match 100% of proceeds from their 25 January performance of “HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN & MORE.”

The Australian award-winning pop vocal group and their producer, SPI Entertainment, recently committed to donate 100% of proceeds from all tickets sold at their 25 January show to benefit the Australian bushfires relief efforts.

Humanitarian aid organization Australian Red Cross will be the beneficiary of donations matched from the show through Sands Cares, the corporate giving program of Las Vegas Sands and its property, The Venetian Resort.

Fires have impacted every state in Australia with New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria hit the hardest. NSW has declared a state of emergency and Victoria is currently under a state of disaster. Over one billion animals have been lost and over 18 million acres have been on fire, with air quality a serious concern due to hazardous particles produced by bushfire smoke.

“HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN & MORE” plays at The Sands Showroom in The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm. The dynamic band has been a resident performing inside the resort’s Sands Showroom for more than seven years. All proceeds from the 25 January 2020 performance will benefit the Australian bushfire relief efforts and will be matched by The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale and start at $49.95 + taxes and fees and VIP options are available.
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sabato 11 gennaio 2020

WSOP championship event schedule finalized


The Championship Event schedule (events consisting of buy-ins of $10,000) has been finalized for the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP), set to run from 26 May to 15 July 2020 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with the first $10,000 buy-in event to be contested on Wednesday, 3 June and the last one scheduled one month later on 3 July – the WSOP Main Event.

Part of what makes the World Series of Poker special and unique is its long-standing tradition of offering all variants of poker. As the modern-day World Series of Poker continues to evolve and grow, it gives the WSOP the opportunity to better cater offerings to a distinct group of participants.

At the 2020 World Series of Poker, 16 different tournaments will be spread at the $10,000 buy-in level, featuring unique formats encompassing 24 different game types. This poker smorgasbord establishes the annual champion of each discipline, recognizing their skills and mastery in the same manner martial arts does in the athletic realm.

Along with the $10,000 events, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship has been set, scheduled for Monday, 22 June where poker’s best all-around player will be crowned. The 5-day, 6-handed event with 100-minute levels has a tweak for 2020 – the addition of No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw – to the mix of games spread, bringing the total variants offered inside this event to nine.

“The Championship Events are always among the most special offered at the WSOP each year,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. “We are proud to be the only tournament series who spreads such an offering and have worked with some of the games most distinguished players this off-season to ensure our schedule and the events themselves align well with where poker is in 2020.”

The list of events features 16 new events that hadn’t previously been announced (the WSOP Main Event dates were). A new event for 2020 is the $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em, the first-ever online gold bracelet event offered at this buy-in level. It is scheduled for Thursday, 2 July at a special 12 noon PT start time.

Of the 17 events announced today, 15 will utilize the freezeout format, allowing only one entry per player. Only two events, the Short Deck and the No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw will allow players one extra entry if they are eliminated during the open registration period.

Also new in 2020, the Championship events will have a dedicated leaderboard, similar to the WSOP Player of the Year race. Any player cashing in these events will earn points throughout the summer with prizes up for grabs for the winner. Expect more information to be announced soon.

All the events announced today will also be part of a new leaderboard the WSOP has planned for 2020. More details about leaderboards will be announced closer to the WSOP, but this specific subset of 17 events will feature a point-tracking leaderboard throughout the summer where a winner will be crowned and prizes up for grabs.

A record 187,298 entries participated in the 2019 WSOP, creating a 50-year high of $293,183,345 in prize money. The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2019 had a $3,257,592 prize pool.

Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio in 2020 will start as low as $75. Single table satellites and all your favorite live poker games: low, medium and high limit will begin on 26 May and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Rio Convention Center for the 16th consecutive year.

Room reservations are being accepted across Caesars’ Las Vegas properties with rates as low as $33 for existing Caesars Rewards members by using the booking code WSOP20. Visit Las Vegas - WSOP to make your room reservations for the 2020 WSOP.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April, after all events have been determined and approved by regulators. More than 500 poker tables will be set up across nearly 200,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.

WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event, as well as to participate in the exclusive online WSOP official gold bracelet events. While in New Jersey or Nevada, eligible players can play on WSOP.com, whether a resident or not. Satellites have begun and are expected to run regularly throughout the WSOP. 888 Poker remains WSOP.com’s international online poker partner in most jurisdictions, with plenty of satellite qualifications planned to award seats to the WSOP in Las Vegas.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released in the coming months. All above announced dates, times and events are subject to change.
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EvenBet launches new poker network for South America


Leading online gaming software developer EvenBet Gaming has rolled out a new poker network across South and Latin America, breathing fresh life into the vertical for loyal and largely untapped audiences across the region’s emerging markets.

This breakthrough launch enables EvenBet’s growing group of operator-partners to target players in established igaming jurisdictions, such as Colombia, with further expansion soon to follow across Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Early adopters, including Apuesta Rapida, MiJugada and online casino JugarPrimero, have already been impressed by EvenBet’s world-class omnichannel platform, which offers over 32 different games types.

Eight standalone poker rooms and casino operators have joined the new network, with several more deployments scheduled for January alone. Featuring individual online poker projects, alongside existing casino and sportsbook partners, the network’s flexibility is generating proven traction across the igaming spectrum, with everyone from start-ups to established operators already successfully integrated.

EvenBet’s state-of-the-art technology and functionality allow for a simple API integration, with other features including a seamless wallet and a full user database, all founded on a continually upgraded and localised UI. In addition, EvenBet poker rooms have a flexible front end which allows them to be customised to any operator’s specific branding.

Dmitry Starostenkov, EvenBet Gaming CEO, said: “This landmark launch puts the exclamation mark on a year of highlights for EvenBet. The new network seamlessly scales and fits with all types of project – for example, increasing revenue for existing casinos, while also providing sufficient liquidity for any new players on the market. It’s an exciting and ambitious mission, as we bid to become the number-one poker software supplier for South and Latin America, especially as regulation rolls out in countries like Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Our first operators are already up and running with their poker room, while the initial feedback that we’ve received at summits, such as SAGSE Buenos Aires, has been hugely encouraging.

“We’ve recently reached another milestone with over 80 clients’ projects now active worldwide across established and emerging markets, demonstrating a remarkable 400% growth rate in just three years and optimising the vertical for a huge continent of loyal and enthusiastic poker players. It all underscores our determination to diversify both the product and platforms of industry leaders across the globe, boosting engagement and retention for operators as we go.

“When you base much of your business model around emerging markets, a key focus for us at EvenBet, flexibility and localisation remain the cornerstones. I firmly believe poker to be the most attractive and reliable game for driving improved dwell-time, comparing favourably with other casino, slots and table games through its inherent reliance on genuine skill, wit and knowledge. These unique attributes will also serve to attract the next generation of poker players.

“Poker is a proven cross-channel tool, enriched by EvenBet’s exciting multi-format gameplay, which is benefiting operators across the globe. With so much core technological evolution already behind us, we now look forward to growing in accordance with those advances. ICE London is our next stop on the conference circuit and we look forward to catching up with existing partners and meeting new clients with whom we can broaden our mutual horizons. Come visit us at stand S3-200.”
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Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year


Las Vegas commemorates the Chinese New Year with an array of decadent culinary offerings, breathtaking décor and lively entertainment for visitors throughout January and February. Remembering the significance of the sacred Spring Festival, Las Vegas will extend good fortune and prosperity to all who revel in the destination’s cultural festivities.

Décor

The annual celebratory dragon display returns for another year at The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. The 22-foot-long dragon is not only a great photo opportunity for visitors, but is also a traditional symbol of power, strength and good luck. The decorative display is dressed in 30,000 red and amber LED lights, flickering to give the mythical creature a vibrant look and dynamic feel.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Rat with a captivating Lunar New Year display open from Saturday, 11 January through Saturday, 7 March. Designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to the 20,000 visitors who visit daily, the gardens radiate hues of gold and red with picture-perfect botanical creations made from flowers, seeds, silks and plants. The result of collaborative efforts between designer Ed Libby, Bellagio’s horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the intricate creation is layered with meaningful features honoring The Year of the Rat. The centerpiece of the Conservatory is a gilded gold rat that sits on gold ingot bowls – a symbol of wealth and prosperity – atop a golden staircase. Four golden rats are seen frolicking up the staircase bringing more ingot bowls. Two grand 20-foot gold coin trees stand tall on both sides of the garden symbolizing prosperity.

To commemorate the Year of the Rat, The Venetian and The Palazzo’s horticulture team consulted a feng shui master to transform the waterfall atrium with an installation of a colossal 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture, on display beginning Wednesday, January 15. The featured sculpture stands 18 feet tall and will be surrounded by green gardens brightly blooming with red and orange bromeliads, red calandiva, golden yellow chrysanthemums and red and yellow orchids, shipped from around the country, including citrus and lucky bamboo from Florida. Additionally, nine smaller versions of the rat will be placed throughout the waterfall atrium and the resorts’ lobbies.

MGM Grand will transform into a Lunar New Year spectacle with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor and playful panda bears surrounding the resort’s iconic lion. The displays will abound with over 4,000 live plants, including 1,400 yellow chrysanthemums grown specifically for MGM Grand, with each plant selected for its special meaning in Chinese culture. The resort will be adorned with yellow and red-colored flowers, bamboo for good luck and money trees offering blessings of wealth and good fortune. The displays will be open for enjoyment Wednesday, 15 January through Tuesday, 4 February.

The Shops at Crystals will display a 25-foot-tall and 55-foot-long custom-designed Golden Dragon adorned with 28,000 LED lights through the holiday beginning Friday, 17 January.

On display at Wynn Las Vegas starting Wednesday, 15 January, will be two eight-foot golden dragons that will spread good luck to visitors outside, while inside the resort the Wynn main atrium will feature spectacular 45-foot long silk dragons hanging above 7,000 vibrant orange, yellow and red mums, begonias and calandivas. Additionally, the resort will be dotted with 60 tangerine trees honoring the traditional gifting of this fruit to others as a wish of good fortune.

Entertainment

Spreading wishes of prosperity throughout the valley, CNY in the Desert will host celebrations in Downtown Las Vegas. The parade, now in its ninth year and sponsored again by the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) for 2020, will feature Chance, the Knights’ mascot, Knight Line, the team’s drumline, and other members of the VGK cast, as well as gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes and dragons is quickly becoming a Las Vegas tradition that entertains thousands who come to watch. The ninth annual Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, 25 January at 9:30 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Utah Street and Main Street and will march through the heart of downtown, followed by a parade after-party until 2 p.m. The family-friendly celebration will include lion dances, a youth hockey clinic by the Vegas Golden Knights, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances.

The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino will offer a variety of entertainment, events and special offers in honor of Lunar New Year, including a Chinese fan dance at noon on Saturday, January 25, on the second level of the Grand Canal Shoppes , followed by the annual eye-dotting ceremony and ceremonial lion dance at 3:00 p.m. in The Venetian porte cochère. Later that night, Grand Canal Shoppes will host the official Las Vegas opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting for the city’s ninth annual CNY in the Desert celebration. The event will be held on the second-level North Canal Turnaround at 6 p.m. followed by a traditional lion blessing and dance, cultural performances the Shirley Chen Dance Troupe, and a special appearance by the Shoppes’ Love Vespa couple Vespacho and Vespalina. From Thursday, 23 January to Sunday, 26 January, visitors can also enjoy four days of live entertainment including the all-new Wishing Tree installation located in the heart of the Shoppes in the Palazzo tower, where more than 200 red envelopes filled with special prizes, from gift cards to chocolate gold coins and more, will be given out at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily except Thursday and Friday, which will be at 5:00 p.m. Additional activities include a lion dance at The Sky Garden at 6:00 p.m. nightly; a Chinese drummer parade at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday featuring 10 live drummers, a spectacular lion dance performance, and a Chinese fan dance; and Joey Yung in concert at The Palazzo Ballroom, Saturday, January 25, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 26 January, at 6:00 p.m. Grand Canal Shoppes will offer a special gift with purchase, Friday, 17 January through Saturday, 1 February from noon to 6:00 p.m. Guests who spend $350 at stores and restaurants may receive a $50 dining gift card at select restaurants by visiting the pop-up Grand Canal Shoppes concierge location.

Fashion Show Las Vegas will kick off the festivities in The Great Hall on Saturday, 25 January with its “Yoga for Locals” event. Guests will be able to enjoy a special yoga experience and welcome in a year filled with good luck, happiness, self-care, and true alignment. On Sunday, 26 January, Fashion Show Las Vegas also will host the ultimate Chinese New Year celebration with a variety of cultural performances designed by Entertainment Plus Productions. The two-hour spectacle will feature a customary lion and dragon dance on stilts, followed by a selection of cultural dances and a one-of-a-kind lantern light show. In addition, several pop-up lantern ceremonies at surprise locations throughout the venue will be available during the 15-day celebration.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host a dragon and lion dance, beginning at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance on the first floor of the Boulevard Tower Tuesday, 28 January at 2:00 p.m.

A dramatic and mystical traditional Chinese dragon dance symbolizing the spread of good luck and prosperity will take place at the Wynn Las Vegas, on Saturday, 25 January. Also, select retail outlets in Wynn and Encore Esplanades and Wynn Plaza will be offering exclusive apparel, accessories, in-store events or gifts with purchase in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Celebrating Chinese New Year from Saturday, 25 January through Saturday, 8 February, Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin will celebrate the Year of the Rat with casino games and events, beginning with a traditional lion dance on Saturday, 25 January. Additional festivities include a bamboo plant giveaway on Monday, 27 January; commemorative Year of the Rat $5 chips available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and $5,000 red envelope table games drum giveaway on Monday, 4 February.

Honoring Chinese tradition, Caesars Entertainment resorts will host nine lively lion dances and feature elaborate decorations in the lobby and common areas including hanging lanterns, banners, firecrackers and floral arrangements, to bring good luck across Las Vegas. At each of the nine resorts, the lion dance performances will start at the porte cochère and make their way through the casino beginning Saturday, 25 January until Wednesday, Feb. 5. On Saturday, 25 January, participating resorts include Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (noon), Paris Las Vegas (1:00 p.m.), Bally’s Las Vegas (2:00 p.m.) and Caesars Palace (5:00 p.m.), followed by Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (2:00 p.m.), The LINQ Hotel + Experience (3:00 p.m.), Flamingo Las Vegas (3:45 p.m.) and The Cromwell (5:00 p.m.) on Saturday, 1 February and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, 5 February.

Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Rat at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Saturday, 25 January at 2:00 p.m., Park MGM Saturday, 25 January at 5:00 p.m., Aria Resort & Casino Sunday, 26 January at 4:00 p.m. and Bellagio Hotel & Casino Monday, 27 January at 6:30 p.m., all performed by Yau Kung Moon in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia.

Tropicana Las Vegas will celebrate Chinese New Year and ring in the Year of the Rat with a live authentic lion and dragon dance, held on the casino floor on Wednesday, 29 January at 5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, 26 January, The Shops at Crystals will host the country’s largest Yusheng noodle toss at 11:00 a.m., where store managers will gather and toss noodles in unison as a symbol of prosperity and luck in the New Year. Immediately following the toss at 12:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a traditional Lion Dance performance by World Dance Champions and America’s Got Talent finalists Yau Kung Moon Martial Arts Studio.

For the 24th consecutive year, The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace will welcome students from the Meadows School, who will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Shops on Wednesday, 29 January. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade.

This Chinese New Year, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters will offer an 8 percent discount in celebration of the Year of the Rat. Decorated in red and gold, Papillion helicopters will surround patrons with good luck and fortune. The discount will be applied to bookings made directly on the Papillon site now through February 8, 2020 for travel between 22 January 2020 to 8 February 2020.

Cuisine

Patrons can indulge at China Poblano by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with a special menu available Monday, January 20 through Sunday, 2 February. Specialty dishes include “Secret Garden” with black sesame fried tofu, seasonal greens, pear, almond and sesame dressing; “Dragon’s Pearl” with scallop and pork dumpling wrapped in daikon; and more. The Cosmopolitan’s luxury Cantonese restaurant, Red Plate will be open Saturday, January 25 through Wednesday, 29 January in honor of Chinese New Year, with special operating hours for lunch (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., daily) and dinner (5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., daily).

In honor of the Year of the Rat, Caesars Palace will delight guests for the Chinese New Year holiday with a selection of festive dishes and fresh seafood at multiple restaurants, including Beijing Noodle No. 9, MR CHOW and the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet.

Guests will be treated to a special menu commemorating the Year of the Rat at Mott 32, from Friday, 17 January through Sunday, 2 February, and Hong Kong Café, beginning in early January, at The Venetian.

The beloved Chinese New Year Dim Sum Brunch will return to Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas, the only Chinese restaurant in North America that holds a Forbes Five-Star rating. With a masterful mix of Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors, guests can indulge in a selection of dishes butlered tableside, while others are presented on an extravagant buffet and carving station.

Due to popular demand, weekend festivities for CNY in the Desert™ will conclude with a traditional nine-course family-style dinner at Ping Pang Pong restaurant located inside of the Gold Coast Hotel at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 26 January.

Select MGM Resorts International restaurants will honor the Year of the Rat with festive menus and specials. Highlights include Ginger Scallion Lobster Noodles at Lemongrass at ARIA Resort & Casino, Fresh Abalone with Sea Cucumber at Blossom at ARIA Resort & Casino, Japanese Uni Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand, and Roasted Duck at Avenue Café at MGM Grand.
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sabato 4 gennaio 2020

Playtech launches first live dealer online slot


Playtech, one of the first casino games developers along with Microgaming, has launched the first-ever online slot game with a live dealer. The Buffalo Blitz slot is a remake of Playtech’s popular fruit machine from a few years ago.

While the game is considered an online slot, the rules are slightly different. We’re going to explain to you how it works. It might be worth noting at this point that the Buffalo Blitz works both on mobile and desktop devices. To find an operator that works on mobile and offers Playtech games, check out Smartphone Casinos.

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Paddy Power Betfair’s head of marketing names ICE VOX as gaming's most important forum


The status of ICE VOX as gaming's most important forum for the exchange of ideas and forging collaborative partnerships has been underlined by Gabriele Sarti, Head of Brand Marketing, Paddy Power Betfair who has chosen the international gathering of gaming’s brightest minds to make his first ever conference appearance.

Explaining his decision to speak as part of the Marketing and Advertising stream, which takes place during ICE VOX from 3-4 February 2020 at ExCeL London, UK, Sarti said: "I have never spoken before, because I believe the right opportunity has not presented itself up until now. I think with the state of the industry being the way it is, we are going through a transitional period where a lot about the way we operate will be forced to change.

"There has rarely been a more pivotal moment than now to address the industry, as a whole, and share ideas about how we can move forward together, engaging our customers in an interesting but responsible way. ICE VOX is truly the largest and most international speaking forum available, so where better to make my conference debut?”

Addressing the twin issues of player recruitment and player retention, he explained: "In jurisdictions with very high marketing restrictions, we have been working hard to build stronger collaborations with relevant partners who bring the local knowledge at the heart of our content strategy to generate consideration, drive activation and retention. In these contexts, the effort is placed to create a mix of entertaining and educational content delivered in the most effective way by a trusted voice. There are three pillars around this initiative: Organic Reach: leverage existing communities to build on credibility and drive that traffic to our product and brand; Infotainment: mix education, insights, news and fun aligned with content that customers are most interested in, and Interactivity: have users interacting at the top of the funnel and the content strategy by thinking about the platforms, the audience, the channels and understanding efficiency.”
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Bellagio rings in the new year with a star-studded guest list


Music, sports, television and fashion stars rang in the new decade in Las Vegas with a night of dancing and dining at the grand opening of Bellagio Resort & Casino’s glamorous new supper club, The Mayfair. Leona Lewis, Nina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and Kayla Ewell, Candice and Joe King, Shaun White and Daniel Bamdad were amongst the revelers. On Friday, Lady Gaga brought 100 of her dancers and friends to The Mayfair for an early New Year’s celebration before the restaurant opened to the public.

Filled with live performances and surprise acts, The Mayfair Supper Club overlooks the Bellagio Fountains and evolves from a swinging prohibition-era jazz club to a late-night dance party that modernizes the Roaring ‘20s for the 2020s.

British singer-songwriter and “X-Factor” star Leona Lewis headed to Vegas to support new hubby Dennis Jauch, who is co-founder of No Ceilings Entertainment, the production powerhouse that produced The Mayfair’s incredible entertainment experience. The duo, who tied the knot in Italy this summer, met in 2010 when Jauch was a dancer on her tour. Throughout the night, Lewis was glued to performances by the dancers, singers and musicians – many of whom she saw during the casting process – snapping pictures and videos and congratulating Jauch.

“Vampire Diaries” cast Nina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and wife Kayla Ewell, and Candice (Accola) King reunited at the bash celebrating New Year’s Eve at a Fountain-side table, dining and dancing into the early morning. Olympic champion and snowboarding legend Shaun White, and Accola’s husband and The Fray’s guitarist Joe King, also joined the party. At midnight, the Novlans rang in 2020 with a sweet kiss on The Mayfair’s dance floor.

Lewis, Dobrev, Ewell and King complimented each other’s stunning NYE attire and joined together for celebratory photos, followed by Lewis and Dobrev snapping selfies together.

German model Daniel Bamdad was pulled on stage, blindfolded and fed cream pie as singers and dancers teased him during one of The Mayfair’s boundary-breaking performances that concluded with a hilarious bait and switch that had Bamdad – and guests throughout the restaurant – roaring.

The Mayfair Supper Club is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. For more information, please visit The Mayfair Supper Club’s website.
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sabato 28 dicembre 2019

Microgaming games go live in Portugal with Estoril Sol Digital

Microgaming has announced that a range of its most entertaining online casino slots are now live in the Portuguese market via Estoril Sol Digital’s popular Estoril Sol Casinos online brand.

Microgaming’s entrance into Portugal continues its strategy of expansion into key regulated markets around the world, following successful entries into Sweden and Czech Republic this year.

ESC Online, a market leader in Portugal’s online casino games segment, was the first licensed casino operator in the regulated Portuguese online market. ESC Online’s gaming portfolio, including slots, blackjack and roulette, operates on the same principles as land-based casinos in Portugal, ensuring an excellent gaming experience for online players.

Following a seamless integration with Microgaming’s award-winning platform, ESC Online can now provide its customers with access to a wealth of titles from the supplier’s innovative, diverse portfolio of premium casino games, with more content to be added in the near future.

We are delighted to extend our offering into the regulated market of Portugal. ESC Online is one of the country’s leading gaming brands, and we are thrilled to provide them with some of the most engaging and successful titles in the industry. - Andrew Clucas, Chief Operating Officer at Microgaming.

Providing our players with excellent content and customer experience has the highest importance to us. Our partnership with Microgaming signals our commitment to this. We set the highest standards for our ESC Online brand, and with the addition of Microgaming’s exceptional casino titles, we look forward to bolstering our offering and providing our players with access to the largest and most diverse online gaming portfolio in the business. I am confident that through this collaboration we will continue to succeed in Portugal, as market leaders, and provide Portuguese players with a top notch entertaining online gaming experience. Rui Magalhães. - Rui Magalhães, CEO of Estoril Sol Digital.
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Pokerstars awards over $1.5 million to players during PACOOP


FOX Bet and PokerStars' inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) attracted more than 12,600 entries resulting in over 1,700 cashes and a massive $1,559,576 prize pool, beating its $1,225,000 guarantee, which was increased from $1 million.

The player who took the biggest first-place prize from the debut Championship was ‘Gyea08’, after they turned a free entry into $31,335.64. He outlasted 639 entries in the $300 buy-in Main Event, which saw the original $100,000 guarantee balloon to $179,200.

The state’s very own online poker championship took place from 30 November to 16 December at PokerStars.bet, and saw such success within its opening weekend that PokerStars increased the $1 million guarantee by $100,000 on 2 December. The world’s most popular online poker operator then raised the guarantee again two days later on 4 December by $125,000, following ongoing exceptional performance.

“After the incredible number of players that joined together online in the first few days of the tournament, we knew we needed to increase the prize pools to match their enthusiasm,” said Matt Primeaux, President, FOX Bet. “PACOOP exceeded all our expectations. We’re very proud to be the only place you can play poker legally online and look forward to poker’s future here in Pennsylvania."
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MGM Resorts International announces closing of Circus Circus sale


MGM Resorts International today announced that it has closed on its sale of Circus Circus Hotel Casino - Las Vegas and the 37 adjacent acres for $825 million, subject to final purchase price adjustments, to an affiliate of Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin. The sale is part of the Company's commitment to its asset-light strategy designed to focus on MGM Resorts' core business and maximize value for its shareholders.

The purchase price is comprised of $662.5 million in cash and a $162.5 million note due 2024. MGM Resorts plans to utilize the proceeds from this transaction to further its capital allocation strategy and enhance its strategic and operational flexibility.

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