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sabato 24 luglio 2021

William Hill ready for football season to start

With the 2021 football season just over a month away, William Hill Sportsbook & Racebook is rolling out two Nevada football contests both with potential seven-figure payouts, including the nation’s premier $1 million College Pick’em contest and the return of the popular Pro Pick‘em contest rounding out the lineup.

With a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million cash, the 2021 College Pick‘em contest costs $1,000 to play, with a maximum of five entries allowed. Players choose eight games against the spread from a menu of designated games, with the season’s top record earning at least a $500,000 cash reward.

Each entry into the Pro Pick‘em contest costs $25, and up to 15 entries are allowed per customer. Each week, players will pick the winner of all Sunday and Monday pro football games, with a $10,000 weekly prize paid to the entry with the most winners. The entry with the most winners at season’s end will collect a $20,000 cash prize. New for 2021, there is a $1 million cash bonus if the season-long Grand Prize winner finishes with at least 215 wins.

Registration is now open. The deadline to register for the College Pick’em is Saturday, 11 September 2021. Entries for Week 1 of the Pro Pick‘em contests must be made by Sunday, 12 September 2021. Pro Pick’em entries can be purchased each week after that date.

Players may register and place their weekly entries at any of the full-service William Hill Sportsbooks throughout Nevada.
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Second WSOP gold bracelet win for Ruben


On Wednesday night, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed attracted 281 players who rebought 270 times. The 1,551-entry field generated a $297,540 prize pool and after 11 hours of play, Florida native Bradley "drstrange7" Ruben captured a $61,148 top prize and his second gold bracelet.

Ruben, who is a professional poker player and real estate investor in the Sunshine State, cashed 11-times last year in the GGPoker portion of the WSOP online bracelet events for $288,376.

His best performance came from Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha when he claimed his first WSOP bracelet and an online best $220,160.

After Garry "GoKnightsGo" Gates exited as the bubble boy in 67th place, the in-the-money eliminations came at a steady pace which included WSOP bracelet winner Ari "PalmTreeB" Engel (59th - $1,131), Shannon "Aulophobia" Shorr (35th - $1,398), Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger (22nd - $2,261), Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch (12th - $3,600), Mark "Nostradonkus" Liedtke (9th - $4,761), and Anirudh "WeLikeToPrty" Seth (7th - $6,457).

With six players to start the final table, one of them had to be the first to fall and after a few levels went by that person was Dylan "thedogsofwar" Wilkerson. Wilkerson was heads-up against Michael "BrockLesnar" Holtz after a queen-high flop and Wilkerson called off his stack with a pair of jacks. Wilkerson was ahead but Holtz turned a king to eliminate him in sixth place.

A few hands later, Holtz continued with another elimination after he turned two-pair to send Troy "troyrlee" Lee home in fifth place.

Ben "WhyIsGamora" Yu, along with Ruben, were the only two players at the final table who already had a WSOP bracelet to their name, but Yu's hope of securing another came up short after he failed to crack Ruben's queens and fell in fourth place.

With the final three players sitting fairly even, the action was slow for the first few levels until Alex "OrcinusOrca" Foxen decided to gamble and called off his stack on the turn holding the nut flush draw but was set up by Ruben in third place.

The heads-up battle saw Ruben hold the majority of the chips in play and he made quick work of Holtz to earn his second WSOP bracelet.
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sabato 10 luglio 2021

Caesars Palace unveils plans for main entrance renovation

Already one of the most iconic resorts in the world, Caesars Palace is not resting on its laurels. Instead, it embarks on a multimillion-dollar renovation of the original main entrance, main casino and porte-cochère to create an extravagant entryway, redesigned gaming areas and a new lobby bar. Construction is slated to begin in early July, with most of the project set to be complete by New Year’s Eve.

The main entrance to the property will be entirely rebuilt from the ground up resulting in an arrival experience fit for a Caesar, matching the glamour of the property’s iconic hotel lobby. Once completed, guests will be welcomed by a dramatic and soaring dome and barreled ceiling over a stunning 15-foot tall statue of Augustus Caesar. The project also includes two new state-of-the-art gaming pits, which will flank the enhanced entrance, a beautiful new lobby bar and a renovation of the property’s legendary domed table games floor.

“Caesars Palace brought a sense of grandeur to the Las Vegas Strip when it was built in 1966, and we’re proud to continue that legacy with a full reimagining of our main entrance,” said Sean McBurney, Caesars Entertainment Regional President. “Completely rebuilding the front entrance of one of the world’s most iconic destinations is no small task, and we’re excited to get started and create a stunning new visual welcome for our guests.”
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Iowa sportsbooks post $111 million in June

Iowa’s pace of sports wagering dropped for the third consecutive month in June, even as revenue jumped and the pace of betting per day held firm. The mostly positive month closed the book on a fiscal year that brought dramatic growth and more than $1.2 billion in wagers in spite of a pandemic and in-person registration requirements that slowed betting for much of 2020, according to analysts from PlayIA.

“The year brought significant challenges to Iowa’s sportsbooks, which made the results all the more impressive,” said Jessica Welman, analyst for the PlayUSA.com Network, which includes PlayIA.com. “The best news is that with the pandemic’s effects on the industry waning, and online registration firmly in place, the last year is only a glimpse of Iowa’s true potential.”

Iowa’s online and retail sportsbooks accepted $111.2 million in June, according to official data released late Thursday. That is down 3.2% from $114.9 million in May. The pace of betting remained $3.7 million per day over the 30 days of June, matching the $3.7 million per day over the 31 days in May.

Net operator revenue rose to $8.4 million in June, up 37.4% from $6.1 million in May. June’s handle resulted in $568,501 in tax revenue.
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sabato 3 luglio 2021

This Week in Gambling: US poker set to explode again

It's a great week of gambling news for online poker in America. After years of claiming that web based poker was illegal, the U.S. Department of Justice has finally given up its crusade to criminalize the activity. Now, states are free to regulate online poker and set up pacts across borders. That means we are set for a new online poker explosion.

When it comes to U.S. online poker and gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice has finally raised the white flag. They will not appeal their most recent loss in the Federal Wire Act case, and that means we could be in for an explosion of legal online poker across the country.

This all began when the New Hampshire Lottery sued the Justice Department back in 2019 after they had changed their opinion on the Wire Act. That change would have made web based poker and casino games across state lines a Federal crime, and threatened lotteries as well.

The DOJ lost that case when a judge decided that the 1961 Wire Act did, in fact, only apply to bets placed on sporting events… and even then, only those bets which crossed state lines. The Justice Department appealed that decision and lost a second time earlier this year.

After losing the case in the appellant process, the time to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was limited to 150 days. That timeline expired on 21 June, and the DOJ released a statement that day which read quite plainly: “The government is not planning to seek Supreme Court review of the First Circuit’s decision”. Now Pennsylvania online poker and Michigan online poker could be set for an online gambling explosion with cross border play.
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MGM Resorts purchases Infinity World's 50 percent interest in CityCenter

MGM Resorts International today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Infinity World Development Corp's 50% interest in CityCenter Holdings, LLC for $2.125 billion. The purchase price represents an implied valuation of $5.8 billion based on net debt of $1.5 billion, after giving effect to the recently closed sale of a two-acre parcel. The agreement will make MGM Resorts the 100 percent owner of CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, which is comprised of Aria Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel and Spa.

"CityCenter has consistently elevated the Las Vegas experience over the years, contributing to this vibrant city's undeniable position as a top tourism and business destination," said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and President of MGM Resorts. "Uniting all of CityCenter under MGM Resorts' corporate structure and strategy will allow us to consolidate financial results, build on efforts to strengthen our operating model and guest experience and further our vision of becoming the world's premier gaming entertainment company."

MGM Resorts has also entered into a definitive agreement with Blackstone to monetize the Aria and Vdara real estate assets, pending the close of the equity purchase agreement between MGM Resorts and Infinity World. Under terms of the agreement, funds managed by Blackstone will acquire the Aria and Vdara real estate for $3.89 billion in cash, which represents a multiple of 18.1x rent. Following the acquisition, both properties will be leased to MGM Resorts for initial annual rent of $215 million.

Regarding the real estate agreement with Blackstone, Hornbuckle added, "This transaction demonstrates the unprecedented premium value of our real estate assets and is a testament to Aria and Vdara's status as premier destinations on the Las Vegas Strip. We expect to continue executing on our asset-light strategy and utilizing the proceeds from our real estate transactions to enhance our financial flexibility and secure new growth opportunities."

Tyler Henritze, Head of U.S. Acquisitions Americas for Blackstone Real Estate, said: "This transaction reflects our high conviction in Las Vegas and our strong partnership with MGM Resorts. CityCenter is a best-in-class resort and complementary addition to our portfolio of high-quality assets on the Strip. We look forward to continuing our productive collaboration with MGM Resorts."

The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter, subject to certain closing conditions. The closing of the Infinity World transaction is not contingent on the closing of the transaction with Blackstone.
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sabato 26 giugno 2021

Resorts World Las Vegas officially opens

Resorts World Las Vegas, the first resort built on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade, officially swung open its doors to the public at 11 p.m. on Thursday, 24 June. The monumental launch of the highly anticipated resort included a star-studded, first-look party for invited guests earlier in the evening that featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting officiated by Genting CEO & Chairman K.T. Lim. And Resorts World Las Vegas's President Scott Sibella. Lim and Sibella were joined by Hilton President & CEO Chris Nassetta, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom and Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus.

"This is a very proud moment for Genting and our Resorts World Las Vegas family as we are honored to officially open our doors," said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas. "This spectacular resort was designed to usher in a new era of hospitality in Las Vegas with unsurpassed dining and entertainment, an array of luxury hotel accommodations, and new-age technology. We are excited to finally be able to present this resort to the world and officially welcome guests to experience our exceptional amenities firsthand. We are grateful for all of the support we received during our opening and truly hope our community and visitors enjoy all of the hard work that went into creating this incredible property."

"We are thrilled to unveil Resorts World Las Vegas – an incredible property that marks the return of our signature Hilton hospitality on the Strip," said Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton. "Together, Hilton, Genting and Resorts World Las Vegas are committed to delivering unforgettable experiences for our guests, and this new resort raises the bar for Las Vegas. As we offer outstanding hotels, dining, entertainment and design, we are thrilled to welcome guests to the entertainment capital of the world for years to come."
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Euro2020 on 888Starz

LONDON - Welcome to the Euro2020 or 2021 depending on how you want to look at it. The tournament was planned to be held in 2020, but after the global pandemic it was postponed to the summer of 2021. Many football fans have been waiting for quite a long time for this momentous event to make their bets and win. Now the Euro2020 has finally started.

888Starz has prepared crypto gifts in honor of this epic event. During the Euro2020 every new bettor receives not only a 100% sports betting welcome bonus up to €100, but also one crypto token – 888Tron – for free. Customers can take part in this bonus offer until 11 July. It’s a great opportunity to receive an 888Tron token and start getting a passive income even if you aren’t interested in sports betting. But if you are, you can enjoy making bets on Euro2020 as well as earning money for staking 888Tron tokens on the platform.
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sabato 19 giugno 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open a month away

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will celebrate its eighth season of highly anticipated, top tournament play at South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Fla. SHRPO will kick off Thursday, 22 July with the $400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em series opener highlighting a $500,000 guarantee.

Unique to South Florida, SHRPO is known for its one-of-a-kind finisher – The Big 4. The Big 4 is a collection of four-tournament finales that feature staggered structures, timed so the events play down simultaneously in front of a live audience. The Big 4 will be played on Tuesday, 10 August.

Carrying combined prize pools of $6.5 million, The Big 4 premium events include:

$5,250 SHRPO Championship NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Day), $3 Million Guarantee, starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, 6 August $2,650 NLH (Single Re-Entry), $1 Million Guarantee, starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 8 August $1,100 NLH (Re-Entry), $500,000 Guarantee, starts at 11 a.m. on Monday, 9 August $25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry), $2 Million Guarantee, starts at noon on Monday, 9 August Other events surrounding The Big 4 include the $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) highlighting a $1 million guarantee, starting Thursday, 29 July at 10 a.m., and a $10,000 One-Day NLH (Re-Entry) event starting on Tuesday, 10 August at noon, highlighting a $500,000 guarantee.

SHRPO’s footprint boasts a capacity for more than 80 tables providing plenty of space for poker tournament players from around the globe. In 2019, SHRPO’s The Big 4 total cash payout exceeded the guarantees, topping out at more than $8,301,150. The 2019 SHRPO Championship also saw 809 total entries, boasting a total prize pool of $3,923,650.

Poker hotel rates during SHRPO are available.
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2021 World Series of Poker daily event schedule finalized


The World Series of Poker – the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series – has finalized its daily event schedule for 2021. Doors for the event open on Thursday, 30 September at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with non-stop action through the event's conclusion prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, 23 November. Online and in-person registration will open in August.

WSOP is roaring back in 2021 with the much-anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, better known as the "Main Event", which in 2019 eclipsed 8,000 entrants for only the second time in history. The familiar 200,000 square foot Rio Convention Center will again set the scene with a wide variety of tournaments, which include all popular variations of poker ranging in price from $400 to $250,000.

This year, the Main Event will have four starting flights to choose from - Day 1A on Thursday, 4 November, Day 1B on Friday, 5 November, Day 1C on Saturday, 6 November and Day 1D on Sunday, 7 November. The iconic deep-stack tournament will continue play through the Main Event Final Table on Tuesday, 16 November and Wednesday, 17 November.

The annual poker extravaganza, which began in 1970, will see a new broadcast partner in CBS Sports offering increased coverage for the duration of the tournament. An unprecedented 18 different bracelet events will be televised with a minimum of 15 hours of coverage of the 2021 Main Event, produced exclusively by Poker Central.

"Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we're preparing for a full house. Throughout the storied history of the WSOP, this year will be particularly memorable and we're preparing for a poker reunion all players can celebrate," said Ty Stewart, the WSOP's Executive Director residing over his 16th WSOP. "We're beyond thrilled to offer a complete schedule of can't-miss events including all our flagships and the variety players deserve."

The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and all Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas will offer reduced hotel room rates for entrants of WSOP bracelet events using the special advanced booking code "WSOPM" when they book early. The Rio offers players rates on select dates as low as $47. Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas and The Linq Hotel + Experience will also provide discounted WSOP player rates. To view a complete list of rates across all Caesars Entertainment properties, please visit our Reservations page. Rates are based on availability and are subject to change.

Schedule highlights below. To view the entire gold bracelet schedule, please visit WSOP 2021 Schedule where a downloadable version is provided.

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sabato 5 giugno 2021

Lucky player wins €1 million with Wazamba


Wazamba, Soft2bet’s acclaimed casino brand, has paid out €1 million in winnings to one fortunate player.

The individual claimed the blockbuster prize after grabbing a massive win on one of the site’s 5,000+ gaming titles, provided by more than 40 top suppliers including the likes of Play’n GO, Push Gaming and Yggdrasil.

The award-winning casino invites users to select a totem-like character that can be upgraded with additions from the on-site shop, before collecting coins and exchanging them for bonuses to unlock lucrative achievements, with one player recently granted a €1 million prize.

Boris Chaikin, CEO at Soft2Bet, said: “Huge congratulations from everyone here at Soft2Bet to the €1 million-winning player with lady luck on their side!

“We are delighted for the individual in question, who is part of the ever-growing army of fans enjoying the world-class entertainment experience offered by our widely acclaimed casino, Wazamba.”

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Resorts World Las Vegas ready to open on 24 June

Resorts World Las Vegas, the first ground-up resort development on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade, will officially open its doors on 24 June 2021.

Resorts World will host its grand opening celebration on 4 July at Ayu Dayclub with a can’t-miss live performance by Miley Cyrus. The headlining show will be broadcast on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot LED Screen – one of the largest exterior LED displays in the U.S. – for Las Vegas Boulevard onlookers and partygoers to join in on the action. The live show will take place at Ayu Dayclub and conclude with a spectacular Fourth of July firework show.

- Concerts West / AEG Presents and Resorts World Las Vegas recently announced global music stars Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will become the founding headliners at the Strip’s highly anticipated new 3,500-room luxury destination and will call The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas their performing home. The 5,000-capacity, world-class theatre will open its doors in November 2021 and is exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West / AEG Presents. Performances will begin with Celine Dion’s return to Las Vegas with a brand-new show and a special opening night performance to benefit COVID-19 Relief on Friday, 5 November. Carrie Underwood follows in December with an exciting all-new production beginning Wednesday, 1 December. Katy Perry will take the stage on Wednesday, 29 December, to launch a spectacular run including exclusive New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances. Luke Bryan will keep the party going in 2022 when he kicks off his engagement beginning on Friday, 11 Febember. Due to extraordinary ticket demand, all four entertainers have added show dates to their headliner engagements.

- Resorts World Las Vegas and Zouk Group announced an impressive lineup of diverse talent joining previously announced resident DJs Zedd and Tiësto set to perform at the property’s immersive nightlife and daylife venues throughout the year. The lineup of talent, spanning a variety of music genres, will feature headlining artists including Becky G, DJ Snake, Madison Beer and more. Zouk Group will also debut Moonbeam, a day-to-night Sunday concept party at Ayu Dayclub that will transport guests from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip to a tropical oasis. The party will be energized by the sun in the afternoon and powered by the moon into the evening and late night, offering a unique experience with special performances and themed activations like hair braid bars, art installations, retail opportunities, shareable photo moments and more.
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sabato 29 maggio 2021

Betway announces betting partnership with the Mercedes Cup tournament


Leading online bookmaker Betway and the Mercedes Cup are proud to announce the three-year exclusive betting partnership for the renowned professional tennis tournament.

Held at Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart Germany, the open is part of the ATP250 tour series and opens the extended grass-court season. The event hosts some of the world’s greatest tennis players with past winners including Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer.

The sponsorship further demonstrates Betway’s commitment to Tennis, with partnerships including the Mutua Madrid Open, Miami Open and Estoril Open already in place. This announcement continues Betway’s commitment to supporting the biggest sporting events around the world.

Anthony Werkman, Betway’s CEO said: “We are overjoyed to become the Official Betting Partner of the Mercedes Cup tournament.

“We continue to showcase our support of Tennis around the world and we look forward to being part of such a historic event.”

Edwin Weindorfer MercedesCup Tournament Director said. “In challenging times like these, we are very happy to have agreed on a sponsoring deal for the MercedesCup with a worldwide successful company like Betway. As a global player, Betway strategically focuses on tennis. This goes to show that the sport of tennis works very well as a communication platform.

“The MercedesCup takes center stage in Betway’s international orientation – not least due to the comprehensive live TV broadcast offering, digital presence & innovation as well as the social media and fan engagement initiatives of the grass court highlight at the TC Weissenhof.”

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First WPT Main Tour stop coming to Florida casino

First ever World Poker Tour main tour event is coming to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa kicking off on Wednesday, 9 June and runs through Tuesday, 22 June after a run of WPTDeepStacks events dating back to June 2016. Primary events kick off with a $500 Buy-in featuring seven opening flights and a $1 Million guarantee opener. The main event will take place Friday, 18 June through Tuesday, 22 June with a $3,500 Buy-in and a $2 Million guarantee.

Players will find safe and socially distant tournament play with the Hard Rock’s Safe + Sound initiative. In addition to thermal temperature scanning upon entry and mandatory masks/face coverings policy for all guests and team members, all tables are outfitted with protective Plexiglas between dealer and players, and in between players. Each table will be played eight-handed, as opposed to the standard nine-handed to encourage social distancing. All chips and cards will undergo routine cleaning, and all areas will be sanitized once a player leaves the table and before another sits.
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sabato 22 maggio 2021

Triple 9 poker tournaments at Intertops Poker this week


This week, Intertops Poker is hosting nine poker tournaments, each with a $999 prize pool. Buy-in is $29, there are nine-minute blinds, players start with 999 chips and the maximum re-entries is, of course, nine.

Triple 9 tournaments start this afternoon and continue until May 27th.

“The number 9 is associated with longevity – a good trait for a poker player,” said Intertops Poker’s manager. “So we’ve got some exclusive gear for nine players that grind through all nine tourneys!"

The number 999 is thought to mean completion. 9 is the last single digit, so seeing this number everywhere may suggest something is ending or will be completed soon.

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