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sabato 10 aprile 2021

Betway announced as sponsor of the Madrid Open


Leading online bookmaker Betway and the Mutua Madrid Open are proud to announce the globally recognized brands sponsorship of the renowned men's and women's professional tennis tournament.

Part of the ATP and WTA circuits, the event showcases some of the world’s best talent at the Caja Mágica. After the postponement of the 2020 tournament, supporters across the world will once again be able to enjoy competitive tennis action from 30 April to 9 May, a new two week extended running date.

Joining Betway’s growing Tennis portfolio, which already includes the Miami Open and Estoril Open, this announcement demonstrates Betway’s commitment to the biggest sporting events around the world.

Anthony Werkman, Betway’s CEO said: “We are extremely proud to be announcing our sponsorship of the Mutua Madrid Open.

“It demonstrates our strong commitment to sporting events across the globe and we look forward to being part of such a prestigious Tennis tournament.”

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William Hill releases odds for The Masters


Augusta in April is back, and the competition is as strong as ever. After a one-off edition in November last year due to COVID-19, we’ve reached Masters week once again. William Hill Sportsbook & Racebook has futures odds up for 85 golfers to win golf’s most prestigious tournament, including three co-favorites at the top of the board.

Defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are all currently at +900 at William Hill Nevada. Johnson led the way at +700 when William Hill first released its 2021 Masters futures on 15 November. Thomas was tied for the second-lowest odds at 10/1 with Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy.

Meanwhile, Spieth opened at 50/1 and was as high as 60/1 back in early February.

“Spieth plays well in Augusta and now he’s back in great form,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “Obviously he’s been on fire the past two months, so it’s not a surprise to see the masses going with him here. He’s the leader in the clubhouse right now in tickets and money.”

Thanks to a strong performance at the Waste Management Open in which he tied for fourth place, Spieth’s Masters odds dropped to 30/1 on 6 February. A week later, he tied for third at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and went down to 20/1 on 13 February. Then the next day, his price shifted again, this time to 14/1.

His Masters odds remained in that general area until finishing in first at the Valero Texas Open on 4 April. His odds had fallen to +850, where he was the sole Masters favorite until slightly rising back up to +900.

After the three +900 co-favorites, DeChambeau sits at 12/1, followed by Rahm (14/1), McIlroy (16/1) and Patrick Cantlay (18/1). Xander Schauffele is next at 22/1, while Collin Morikawa (25/1), Patrick Reed (25/1) and Tony Finau (28/1) are all in range.

One notable name not on the board is Tiger Woods. The five-time event winner is out for this Masters because of serious leg injuries he suffered in a February car crash.

“It’ll be business as usual, but it’d be nice to have Tiger there because he’d be up there in tickets and dollars,” Bogdanovich said. “Those tickets and dollars will mostly be distributed to someone else, but some won’t because they just wanted Tiger to root for. So that dings us there. But it’s still the Masters, and we’ll write huge numbers regardless of who is playing.”

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sabato 3 aprile 2021

MGM Resorts receives two awards


MGM Resorts International received a Gold award for Corporate Social Responsibility and a Bronze award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category in the 64th annual Adrian Awards; the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition.

For 2020, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) redesigned the Adrian Awards to reflect the current travel landscape, with focus categories of Corporate Social Responsibility, Crisis Communications/Management, Recovery Strategies, and Talent & Leadership Development, in addition to traditional Adrian Award categories.

"We are honored to receive this recognition for our COVID-19 relief efforts and donations from the past year. The communities in which we operate have always been a top priority for us; when the pandemic caused us to temporarily close our resorts nationally, our teams instinctually mobilized within days to help those in need," said Jyoti Chopra, Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. "Not only did we provide food and resources in a timely manner, but it also allowed us to ensure the safety and the wellbeing of our neighbors and colleagues."

As The Strip in Las Vegas and regional resorts began to shut down, the company quickly gathered unused food from its resorts and donated more than 662,000 pounds of food—or 552,000 meals– to the communities where it operates. Through its colleagues in Macau, it procured and delivered 261,000 gowns, 200,000 gloves, and 500,000 KN-95 masks to the state of Nevada. The MGM Resorts Foundation also expanded the Employee Emergency Grant Fund to assist eligible employees and their families by providing financial assistance. The fund disbursed over $15.5 million, which covered 21,000 bill payments on behalf of current and former employees in need of assistance.

Meanwhile, the MGM Resorts Marketing team had to figure out how to entertain guests from afar. "We needed to find a way to engage and uplift our audiences — and we know they needed us to deliver in difficult times. Mirroring our amenities and entertainment online just made sense," said Sarah Moore, Vice President of Brand Marketing for MGM Resorts International. "We launched a multi-channel campaign called 'Together at Home' featuring at-home recipes and videos from our chefs, messages from our entertainers, virtual DJ sessions and coverage of record-breaking perishable goods donations." With over 200 videos produced and 4.3 million views on social media, the team reported a 200 percent increase in engagement rate when compared to pre COVID-19 content.

MGM Resorts was honored during the HSMAI Adrian Awards virtual celebration on March 23, 2021, recognizing best practices, innovation, and community. Annually attended by nearly 1,000 hospitality, travel, and tourism marketing executives, this celebration is a must-attend industry event. The Adrian Awards virtual celebration honors award-winning work and the people behind it with Lifetime Achievement Awards, HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization Awards, and more.

Winning entries will be viewable in the winners' gallery on the Adrian Awards website following the March 23 celebration. Visit www.AdrianAwards.com for more information on the event and competition and to view the Adrian Awards winners' gallery.

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World Series of Poker announces plans for 2021


The World Series of Poker today announced much-anticipated plans for 2021, including the return of the live, in-person World Series of Poker event and $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, best known as "The Main Event".

World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

The world-famous tournament series, which experienced record-smashing participation in 2019 and adjusted to a hybrid format to accommodate 2020, will be back in-person at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino this fall pending applicable state and/or regulatory approvals. Cards will be in the air for a diverse calendar of events beginning Thursday, 30 September with all play concluding on Tuesday, 23 November.

The 2021 opening weekend is expected to feature a special charity event to benefit frontline health workers, a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. and a $5 million GTD No-Limit Hold'em event billed as "The Reunion."

Further details and specifics on the complete schedule will be released this summer.

"The Main Event" is expected to begin Thursday, 4 November and run through Wednesday, 17 November. Players will have their choice of four starting days on Thursday, 4 November, Friday, 5 November, Saturday, 6 November, or Sunday 7 November. Players participating on Thursday or Friday will have their Day 2 on Monday, 8 November if they survive the first day with chips. Those selecting Saturday or Sunday for an opening flight will play their Day 2 on Tuesday, 9 November, with the fields combining on Wednesday, 10 November.

Hotel room reservations are now being accepted across Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas resorts, including the headquarters at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, with rates as low as $60 for existing Caesars Rewards members. Visit www.caesars.com using promo code "WSOPM" to make your room reservations. Online pre-registration won't open until this summer, after all events have been determined and approved by regulators.

Specific COVID-19 safety protocols and other related 2021 tournament policies will be reviewed with gaming regulators in the lead-up to the event. The World Series of Poker will be compliant with all directives from the state of Nevada regarding social distancing and capacity limits on the tournament dates.

"This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together. In 2021, the theme is, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas," said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director.

WSOP Online 2021

Building off last summer's record-setting success for both domestic and international online poker tournaments, WSOP plans to fill the summer void with an exciting slate of WSOP Gold Bracelet online events.

In 2020, WSOP.com's domestic series awarded nearly $27 million in prize money across its 31 events, making it far and away the biggest online tournament series in the history of U.S. regulated poker.

Similarly, WSOP Online 2020 was a massive draw for international players in partnership with GGPoker, with the WSOP Online Main Event smashing the Guinness Book World Record for largest online poker tournament with a $27.5 million prize pool for a single event. In total, nearly $150 million in prize money was awarded across the festival, including seven-figure prize pools in 45 events, making it amongst the biggest tournament series in history.

WSOP.com will hold the domestic tournaments on its All-American Poker Network beginning Thursday, 1 July, closing with a $1,000 championship. Qualification will be available for as little as $1.

Complete information about the WSOP Online tournament schedule will be released and published on www.wsop.com on 15 April 2021. Additional information on the international component of WSOP Online 2021 will be published shortly thereafter.

WSOP Europe 2021

WSOP Europe is expected to round out the year of poker action with its return to King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic running from Friday, Nov. 19 through Tuesday, Dec. 8, subject to regulatory approval.

"We hope and anticipate travel restrictions will ease by the fall," said Stewart. "It's important to us that we have an excellent tournament schedule available to our European players."

The tournament is expected to include 15 gold bracelet events, including a 10,000 euro buy-in WSOP Europe Main Event and a 50,000 euro High Roller event.

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sabato 27 marzo 2021

Kade wins PokerStars' Sunday Million 15th Anniversary

Canadian poker pro and Twitch streamer Vanessa ‘Niffler’ Kade beat a field of 69,876 entries to take down the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary and scoop the $1.5 million first place prize. Tweeting after her win Kade said: “It feels impossible. This is the best day of my life. All the pain was worth it, the dream is real.” Second place finisher ‘Ikkedus’ also became a millionaire, winning just over $1 million. ‘PanchoVetin’, who came in third, took home $707,639. 

Key event stats: 69,876 total entries (24,111 re-entries) 9,971 players paid Total prize pool of $13,975,000, beating its original $12.5 million guarantee Prizes ranging from $412.26 to $1.5 million
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California card room agrees to record $5.3 million penalty


The California Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement in which Artichoke Joe's Casino in San Bruno agreed to pay a penalty of $5.3 million for misleading gambling regulators and violating the Bank Secrecy Act, a federal law intended to combat money laundering. The casino is a 51-table cardroom with the eighth largest gross gambling revenue in the state. After the cardroom failed to timely or accurately report an investigation by the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), DOJ’s Bureau of Gambling Control (Bureau) initiated a license disciplinary proceeding against the casino and its owners. Today’s settlement includes the largest agreed-upon penalty in the history of California gambling regulation.

Under California’s Gambling Control Act of 1998, casinos are required to make timely, full, and true disclosure to gambling regulators. The Bureau determined that Artichoke Joe’s Casino was in violation of the law when it failed to accurately report, reveal, or disclose in a timely manner that FinCEN or any other federal agency was examining the casino with respect to the Bank Secrecy Act and that the casino and FinCEN were in negotiations that could result in the casino’s admission of Bank Secrecy Act violations. Later, as part of the settlement reached with FinCEN, the casino admitted to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and the Bureau amended its allegations to include the admission.

Both the failures to disclose and the admitted violations of the Bank Secrecy Act breached the casino’s duties and responsibilities under the Gambling Control Act. As a result of the settlement secured by DOJ related to this case, the casino and its owners will pay a penalty of $5.3 million, reimburse the Bureau for costs associated with the case, and complete a required 36-month compliance period. Artichoke Joe’s ability to hold its state gambling license will be contingent upon meeting the terms of the settlement throughout the entire 36 months.

The penalties assessed in this settlement are in addition to the $5 million penalty imposed by FinCEN as part of its settlement. In that settlement, the casino’s admitted violation of the Bank Secrecy Act's program and reporting requirements included: failing to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering program; and failing to report certain suspicious activity. Artichoke Joe’s Casino also admitted that its violations covered more than eight years, from October 19, 2009, through November 15, 2017.

DOJ is committed to protecting the interests of the people of California and upholding the state’s laws and regulations. Last year, DOJ announced the arraignment and charges against Eric Nguyen and Khan “Tina” Tran in connection with an alleged gambling scheme that resulted in the theft of approximately $4 million from the 580 Casino in Livermore. In May of 2020, the Bureau of Gambling Control served an emergency order closing Towers Casino in Grass Valley. Later in 2020, emergency orders were served closing Kings Card Club in Stockton, Lake Elsinore Casino in Lake Elsinore, and Lake Bowl Cardroom in Folsom for failing to comply with state COVID-19 orders. In 2019, special agents with the California Department of Justice arrested two individuals for their alleged involvement in an embezzlement scheme that resulted in the theft of more than $200,000 from the Red Hawk Tribal Casino. DOJ also secured a more than $3 million settlement against Hawaiian Gardens Casino for misleading gambling regulators and violating federal laws intended to protect against money laundering.

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sabato 20 marzo 2021

William Hill releases March Madness region futures


Looking for more ways to bet March Madness? Take a stab with tournament region futures at William Hill, where you can bet on any team to advance to the Final Four.

“We usually get some big bets on the No. 1 seeds to make it through,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “But the masses are mostly focused on who will win it all. Now the sharps will try and pick off a number of the regions. They’ll scour them pretty good and see if we put up a bad number.”

The biggest odds-on favorite to come out of their respective region at William Hill is Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are currently -240 to represent the West Region in the Final Four after opening at -200.

“It makes sense why Gonzaga is such a big favorite,” Bogdanovich said. “They definitely got a pretty good schedule break. If you look at who they could possibly play, I don’t think you could ask for much more. But I’ve seen -200 favorites for regions before, this isn’t new.”


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Playtech extends long-term partnership with Flutter


Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, today announces a new five-year contract extension with Flutter Entertainment for its Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Casino brands. Under the new agreement, Playtech will provide its market leading products and services to all three brands for their online gambling and live casino offerings.

Alongside its industry leading products and services, Playtech has worked with its licensees to become synonymous with efforts to raise industry standards in responsible business and safer gambling. By partnering and working with the leading operators and suppliers in the industry Playtech led efforts to develop the industry’s first code of conduct on safer game design.

This five-year deal represents a significant extension of Playtech’s successful long-term relationship with key strategic partner Flutter. Playtech’s proven suite of products and services will be available in many of Flutter’s operations across Europe.

In addition, Playtech will continue to provide exclusive dedicated studios for Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Casino with respect to their live casino offerings, including the exclusive launch of Sky Vegas Live Casino in early 2021.

Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer at Playtech, said: “Flutter is one of Playtech’s key strategic partners, and so this new long-term agreement to supply our innovative software and services across four key product verticals is significant. This is testament to the long standing and strong relations between Flutter and Playtech, and we look forward to continuing to work with Flutter in its core markets to support Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Casino over the next five years.”

Conor Grant, CEO of Flutter’s UK&I Division, added: “We are pleased to have signed an extension agreement with Playtech. Over the years we have built a very successful partnership and are excited to continue offering our customers access to software from one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality gaming product.”

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sabato 13 marzo 2021

Atlantic City casinos ready for the return of March Madness

ATLANTIC CITY -- One year after the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed our lives, the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) announced that Atlantic City’s casinos are ready to celebrate the National College Basketball Championship throughout the month of March and safely welcome back more guests to the seaside resort destination. Atlantic City casinos have exciting offerings to enhance fans’ experience watching the unpredictable college basketball tournament.

“Atlantic City casinos are excited to safely welcome back fans to enjoy one of the biggest sporting events of the year,” said Steve Callender, President of the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ). “Leading up to the basketball tournament last year, Atlantic City seemed to be unstoppable. We were on a 21-month winning streak of revenue growth, our sportsbooks topped Nevada’s, and our diverse offerings were attracting new visitors. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National College Basketball Championship was cancelled, stay at home orders were issued, and our casinos were closed for almost four months.”

“What a difference a year makes,” continued Callender. “We implemented wide-ranging safety protocols to safely welcome back guests and employees, our indoor dining capacity has increased, and curfew restrictions were lifted. We look forward to providing a sense of normalcy for our guests during this difficult time, while continuing to prioritize their health and safety through continued enforcement of mask and social distancing requirements. As the spring and summer seasons approach and the vaccine is distributed, we are optimistic about the future as we work to bring more people back to work and continue revitalizing Atlantic City’s economy.”

Governor Murphy recently announced that starting March 19, indoor dining will increase from 35 percent to 50 percent capacity, and Executive Order 230 will permit 50 percent capacity on the casino floor as well. He also signed Executive Order 219, lifting the 10:00 p.m. closing restriction. The casino floor remains open 24-hours a day, and food and beverages services can be available throughout the evening and overnight hours. Atlantic City casinos continue to implement comprehensive protocols developed in consultation with AtlantiCare to keep employees and guests safe.
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Gonsalves wins WPT Gardens Poker Championship

(via Worldpokertour.com)
The WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table was originally scheduled for late March 2020. However, the final table was delayed because of the global pandemic. The wait was going to prove worthwhile for one of the six to make the final final, and it turned out to be just that for Markus Gonsalves, besting the total field size of 257 entries to win his first WPT title.

“I can say I won one,” said a relieved Gonsalves after the victory. “I honestly don’t play that many tournaments compared to these other guys, I play mostly cash games. But I’ll come out for the bigger ones, maybe I’ll start playing a little more.”

In addition to the first-place prize of $554,495, Gonsalves also receives a WPT Champions Trophy, a Championship Belt from The Gardens Casino, a Hublot Big Bang Steel Watch, and a set of Baccarat Crystal. Gonsalves will also have his name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup alongside every WPT Champion from all 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour.

Gonsalves’ path to the final table back at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California, in January 2020 was a relatively smooth one. After bagging an above-average stack on Day 1, Gonsalves was the overall chip leader of the remaining 48 players after Day 2. From there, he finished second in chips after both Day 3 and Day 4, bringing in the second largest stack to today’s final table.
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sabato 6 marzo 2021

888 Poker hosts WPTDeepStacks events

888 Poker today announced that it will host three series with WPTDeepStacks for poker customers on the European and global networks. The three events – WPTDS London Online (ROW), WPTDS Iberia Online (Portugal and Spain), and WPTDS Italy Online (Italian network) – will offer players the opportunity to compete versus their respective networks for huge prizes and a WPTDeepStacks title.

The events mark the first time 888poker’s three networks will share liquidity and sync playing a major series. This will provide players an opportunity to take part in exciting poker action on the new 888poker platform with affordable buy-in’s, high guaranteed prizes, and a shot at the prestigious WPTDeepStacks title.

All three series will take place from 18-26 April and include more than $3 million guaranteed prizes in total. WPTDS London Online, will see players compete for over $2 million in guaranteed prizes (with a $1 million guaranteed main event), while WPTDS Iberia Online and WPTDS Italy Online will offer respective prizes of €400,000 and €350,000. Each network will feature 16 events and all 48 winners will receive a prestigious WPTDeepStacks trophy.

The WPTDS London Main event will be a multi-flight event with satellites & flights starting on 5 March. Flights will be running daily from 18 April through 25 April. Day 2 will be played on April 26 until a winner will be crowned. Players can buy-in to the WPTDS London Online main event for $1,050, while WPTDS Iberia and WPTDS Italy Main events will feature a single starting flight on 25 April with €125 buy-in and €150,000 guaranteed prize each.

Four streaming days are scheduled for the series across major streaming platforms and will feature commentary from David Tuchman, Nick Wealthall and Matt Savage.

888poker ambassadors and WPT Champions Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche will be taking part in the festival along with 888poker full network of pros.
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Las Vegas offering March Madness specials and parties


Hoops enthusiasts will enjoy a slam dunk experience with only-in-Vegas viewing parties and specials this month. Each year, out-of-town fans flock to Vegas to catch all the college hoops action.

AREA15 hosts Madness 360 as the Portal becomes home court for the entire day to watch the games in a 360° projection-mapped room. Ticket holders can watch all of the first round tournament madness while enjoying bottomless beers and a game-day menu from The Beast by Todd English. Guest also can watch all the hoops action on all 20 TVs inside Emporium Arcade Bar, along with game-time drink specials and free entry.

Restaurants throughout the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Las Vegas are going for a slam dunk with flavor and specials. Starting Thursday, 18 March, Mercato della Pescheria will show the college basketball games, including the Final Four, in its lounge, along with a new specialty drink each week of the playoffs. From Friday, 19 March through Sunday, 21 March enjoy a special menu at the new BRERA Osteria. Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill will host a watch party starting Thursday, 18 March. Through the weekend, guests can catch the games on multiple big-screen TVs around the restaurant. Guests can also catch all the action at Trustworthy Brewing Co. along with drink specials and special breakfast menu Friday, 19 March through Saturday, 20 March.

Hoops & Hops will transform The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ The Chelsea into an exclusive sports lounge offering luxury basketball viewing experiences, Friday, 19 March and Saturday, 20 March. The venue will feature multiple stadium-style high-definition projection screens and three betting stations within an on-site sports book. This year, Hoops & Hops offers two distinct experiences: reserved sofa seating (for up to four people) and reserved stadium seating (parties of four or six). Additional reservation-required viewing options throughout the resort include The Race & Sports Book powered by William Hill, CliQue Bar & Lounge, Holsteins Shakes and Buns and The Pool Marquee.

HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas invites sports fans of all kinds to experience the tournament in a venue like no other. Catch all the action on the 50-foot LED wall located in the center of the arena as well as additional TVs located throughout the venue. Starting early and ending after the last game, the unforgettable location will be filled – socially-distanced, of course – with basketball, VIP experiences and more.

Celebrating all the hoops action is a slam dunk at The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Home to an amazing array of first-of-its-kind private Fan Caves, more than 80 televisions and food and beverages crafted especially for game day, book the Ultimate Fan Experience during the college basketball tournament for up to six people.

MGM Resorts International invites fans to watch the biggest games, dunks and upsets while cheering on their favorite team with fellow fans at sportsbooks and other viewing spots throughout their properties. This season, MGM Resorts is offering a fun fandom experience, special room rates and more when a March Matchups package is booked. Enjoy incredible perks like suites, food and beverage credit and even reserved seating for the games at select MGM Resorts sportsbooks and establishments depending on which package is chosen.

SAHARA Las Vegas is going mad with March Mania, where fans can watch their favorite college basketball teams battle it out on large high-definition televisions, with access to their favorite beers, well drinks, specialty cocktails and delicious game-day fare. Basketball enthusiasts can reserve tickets for two, four or six for first round, second round, Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight viewings from Friday, 19 March through Tuesday, March 30 at venues throughout the resort-casino, including the SAHARA Theatre Lounge, CASBAR Lounge, The Tangier and Paradise Lounge. Additionally, enjoy food and drink specials at CASBAR Lounge for the Final Four on Saturday, 3 April and championship game on Monday, 5 April.

With more than 30 high-definition TVs, an incredible sound system, a value-friendly menu consisting of elevated bar favorites, signature cocktails, an incredible beer list, and daily Happy Hour featuring $5 food and drinks, Tailgate Social at Palace Station Hotel and Casino gives guests an unparalleled NCAA championship viewing experience and makes them feel like they scored the best seat in the house throughout the entire tournament.

From Friday, 19 March to Monday, 22 March, fans are invited to The D Las Vegas to score on the most anticipated games in college basketball with free 12th floor watch parties, private rentable Man Caves, discounted room rates and live casino sports betting from Circa Sports.

Hoops fans can march into Topgolf Las Vegas for the ultimate basketball viewing experience, with more than 300 screens, a massive 48-foot video wall and four levels of hitting bays. The venue will have multiple seating times during the first round weekend Friday, 19 March to Sunday, 21 March. Reserve viewing packages that include couch seating for up to six people or high-top tables for up to four people, premium golf bays, and food and bottle service during games.

Assemble the crew for your own basketball viewing party at Electra Cocktail Club inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. From Thursday, 18 March to Sunday, 21 March Electra’s stadium-style seating and 40-foot digital screen is the best spot to experience the mayhem, so reserve a package, enjoy the madness, and celebrate your favorite college basketball team. Electra’s cocktail menu and group beverage packages are available, along with food offerings from Moon Palace by David Chang and BRERA Osteria.

Additional viewing parties with food and beverage specials will take place throughout Las Vegas at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Bally's - Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and many others.

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sabato 27 febbraio 2021

ESPN to broadcast 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event

For the 19th consecutive year, ESPN will exclusively broadcast the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on Sunday, 28 February at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The series will feature four hours of hand-to-hand action of the International and Domestic Final Tables, culminating in the first-ever Heads Up World Championship. Hosting the program is legendary announcer Lon McEachern, and for the first time as co-host, poker pro Jamie Kerstetter.

The 51st year of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit Hold-Em World Championship, also known as the Main Event, was unlike any of the previous fifty events, taking on a new hybrid format due to travel restrictions and out of an abundance of caution for player safety. Play began online, with one entry on WSOP.com or GGPoker before shifting to a live setting for final table play on two continents. The winners of the two final tables then battled in the first-ever heads-up duel for the World Championship at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At stake, $1 million in additional prize money courtesy of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and GGPoker, and the most valuable trophy in the world of sports - the 2020 diamond and gold encrusted WSOP Main Event bracelet.

“We could not be more excited to deliver poker fans new primetime content on ESPN,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “With compelling storylines and unpredictable action, these episodes remind us all why there was a poker boom in the first place.”

“We are ecstatic that even in an unprecedented year, we can give our audience another fantastic World Series of Poker event to look forward to,” said Tim Bunnell, Senior Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN. “The format may be different, but the action remains captivating.”
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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas to open with no resort fees

The reimagined and re-conceptualized casino resort, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, will make its long-anticipated arrival to Las Vegas on 25 March 2021. In an effort to dazzle guests even before their arrival, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will remove resort fees. Guests will also be able to enjoy complimentary self-parking and Wi-Fi at no charge, which will be available throughout the resort and in the over 1,500 chambers.

From the very beginning, Virgin Hotels has been proponents of upfront pricing. Their celebrated “championing of the customer,” means there are no resort fees at any of their properties. The brand-wide “No Nickel and Diming” policy also covers free Wi-Fi and “street priced” minibars, meaning drinks, snacks and goodies.

“We are so proud to be one of the first major casino-resorts in Las Vegas without a resort fee. Beyond this, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will exceed expectations with valued amenities and added benefits. Our commitment to our guests has never wavered and we cannot wait to open our doors in 26 days and welcome them back,” remarked Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President & CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will welcome guests to enjoy the property to the fullest, including one of the most anticipated curation of culinary experiences under one roof, signature craft cocktails and entertainment in the Bar at Commons Club and Shag Room, gaming thrills throughout the interactive 60,000 sq. ft. Mohegan Sun Casino and much more. Las Vegas locals and out-of-state guests alike will enjoy complimentary self-parking, available in two convenient parking garages, located off of Harmon Ave. and off of Paradise Rd.
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sabato 20 febbraio 2021

MLB MVP odds released by William Hill


Several new MLB futures markets are out at William Hill as the season inches closer, including MVP and Cy Young. The MVP odds for the American League and National League look quite different, as there’s a runaway favorite in one whereas the other has several contenders near each other at the top.

Mike Trout leads the way for AL MVP odds at +200. The Angels outfielder has three MVP awards already under his belt, with the most recent one coming in 2019. Alex Bregman and Aaron Judge are tied for the second-lowest odds at 12/1 apiece, followed by Jose Ramirez at 15/1 and Gleyber Torres at 18/1.

Anthony Rendon and DJ LeMahieu are each at 20/1, with last year’s AL MVP Jose Abreu close behind at 25/1 along with Matt Chapman.

Over in the NL, Mookie Betts is the +600 favorite heading into his second season with the Dodgers. Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr. are next at +700 each, with Betts’ teammate Cody Bellinger in range at +800.

There are several notable names a little further down the board as well. Fernando Tatis Jr., the recent recipient of a 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the Padres, sits at 10/1. The 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman has the sixth-lowest odds this time around at 14/1. Major offseason acquisitions Nolan Arenado and Francisco Lindor join 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich at 15/1.

Now let’s take a look at Cy Young odds for both leagues.

It’s a razor-thin differential at the top in the AL, with Gerrit Cole (+220) slightly edging out the reigning winner Shane Bieber (+240). Lucas Giolito (+800), Tyler Glasnow (10/1) and Jose Berrios (15/1) round out the top five.

Just like in the AL, the defending NL Cy Young recipient has the second-lowest odds at William Hill for this year. Trevor Bauer (+550) sent shockwaves around baseball after signing with the Dodgers, yet he still trails Mets ace Jacob deGrom (+300) in this market. One of Bauer’s new teammates, Walker Buehler, is closely lurking at +650.

New Padres stars Yu Darvish and Blake Snell are listed at 10/1 and 20/1 respectively. Other notable names near the top include Max Scherzer (10/1), Aaron Nola (12/1), Stephen Strasburg (18/1) and Clayton Kershaw (20/1).
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