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sabato 24 ottobre 2020

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City reopens buffet

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City is the first casino in Atlantic City to reopen their buffet as a new socially distanced all-you-can-eat concept. The newly reopened Fresh Harvest safely delivers all the classic comforts and international favorites of a buffet straight to the table for a one-time price of $29.99 per person.

The expansive menu features American classics including Sliced Brisket, BBQ Pork Ribs and New England Clam Chowder, as well as international favorites including General Tso’s Chicken, Vegetable Lo Mein, Italian Chopped Salad, Ravioli and more. Also included in the flat rate are soft drinks and several delectable desserts including New York Cheesecake Parfaits, Chocolate Pot de Creme and additional seasonal sweets.

Along with the regulations for indoor dining mandated by the state, Fresh Harvest follows Hard Rock Atlantic City’s stringent Safe + Sound protocols, ensuring good, clean fun. Fresh Harvest is open Sunday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m.
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MGM Resorts Foundation recognized with SportsTravel Award

SportsTravel Magazine has awarded The MGM Resorts Foundation the SportsTravel Award for its efforts to help current and former employees and their families during the pandemic with the Foundation's Employee Emergency Grant Fund. Since the beginning of the pandemic the MGM Resorts Foundation raised and dispersed more than $14 million for the MGM Resorts Foundation Employee Emergency Grant Fund, including a $6 million donation from MGM Resorts. The funds provide assistance in the form of emergency payments for qualified bills such as rent, utilities, medical bills or funeral expenses. Since the onset of the pandemic, the EEG has paid out over 9,000 bill payments on behalf of qualified employees and their immediate families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition to helping employees through the Foundation, MGM Resorts International also donated much needed food and personal protective equipment (PPE) to local communities around the USA, including, donating the equivalent of nearly 500,000 meals to help feed those in need.

"We are proud to receive the SportsTravel Award for our community efforts during COVID-19," said Jyoti Chopra Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. "Our Employee Emergency Grant Fund has a legacy of helping those in need and due to the heavy impacts of COVID-19, we were able to mobilize and prioritize our focus quickly to provide financial and other emergency assistance to our people and our local communities."

Criteria for selection included demonstrating resolve amidst current challenges and reflecting what is best about the people and the organizations in the sports-event industry. Winners are individuals, sports organizations or events that went above and beyond to help their communities or sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Poker returns to Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Shuffle up and deal. Live poker is back in Philly as the Rivers Casino Philadelphia poker room reopens today after being closed since the 15 March property-wide shutdown to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The casino’s gaming floor reopened on 17 July.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia will operate around-the-clock. The poker room can run up to 14 tables with a maximum capacity of approximately 100 guests. While Rivers Casino offers a variety of poker games, the action will be primarily No Limit Texas Hold’em cash games.

Safety for guests and Team Members is the casino’s top priority. Rivers Casino Philadelphia follows best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and meets or exceeds all COVID-19 Casino Reopening Protocols issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Additionally, Rivers Casino adheres to all guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and meets all operating requirements set by the City of Philadelphia.
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sabato 17 ottobre 2020

Las Vegas awarded nine NCAA events

In a historic move, today the NCAA has selected Las Vegas as a host site for nine preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years.

“We’re thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to award nine events to Las Vegas over the 2022-23 to 2025-26 school years,” said Steve Hill, CEO/President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Las Vegas will provide both the student athletes and their fans an unparalleled experience. Welcoming events of this caliber is important to the destination as we continue to evolve into the Sports Capital of the World.”

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to submit 98 bids to host NCAA Championship Events from Division I, II and III, including tennis, golf, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, bowling and volleyball.

"We are thrilled to welcome upcoming NCAA Championships to Las Vegas and we cannot wait to showcase our great community to participating student-athletes, coaches, their fans and the nation!” said Desiree Reed-Francois, UNLV Director of Athletics, “We are grateful for the partnerships with our local and regional leaders to ensure that Las Vegas is as well-equipped as any city in the nation to host world-class events such as NCAA Championship events, and today's announcement further solidifies Las Vegas as the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World. We also look forward to our own UNLV student-athletes competing for national titles in our hometown. Today is a great day for UNLV and for the City of Las Vegas."

In addition to bids submitted by the LVCVA, MGM Resorts International partnered with UNLV to apply for events and was awarded the 2023 Division I Men's Basketball Regional, to be held at T-Mobile Arena. MGM Resorts also collaborated with Las Vegas Events and was awarded the 2026 Frozen Four Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship at T-Mobile Arena.

“Today’s announcement by the NCAA is another successful step in establishing Las Vegas as the Sports Capital of the World,” said George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts. “T-Mobile Arena and MGM Resorts have hosted a wide variety of large scale, championship sporting events and we’re confident that we’ll deliver a world class Las Vegas experience for the student-athletes, their families and the fans.”

This was the first time Las Vegas has been permitted to submit bids. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting nationwide, in May 2019 the NCAA changed its policy, opening the door for Las Vegas to apply to host title events.
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Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa to welcome back poker next week


Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa – an MGM Resorts International luxury resort and casino – will reopen The Poker Room at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 21 October following its closure earlier this year amidst the coronavirus crisis. Borgata Poker will return with 30 socially distanced tables following the company’s comprehensive health and safety protocols designed to protect employees and customers.

“We are happy to welcome back our loyal players as we reopen Atlantic City’s market-leading East Coast poker destination,” said Melonie Johnson, President & Chief Operating Officer of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “We have made some changes to enhance our guest’s experience and are excited to reintroduce live poker and the Borgata Poker brand more safely.”

All poker play will be live cash games on seven-handed tables with polycarbonate barriers. Borgata’s Bad Beat Jackpot will immediately initiate, giving players the opportunity to lose their hand but win a prize of $100,000. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be accessible throughout The Poker Room, with frequent disinfecting of high touch points. Masks are required in all public areas and spectators will not be permitted in The Poker Room.

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MGM Resorts named one of World's Best Employers by Forbes

MGM Resorts International was ranked No. 107 on Forbes' list of 750 World's Best Employers for 2020. MGM Resorts is the only company on the Las Vegas Strip to make the list.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to compile their fourth-annual list of the World's Best Employers. They surveyed 160,000 full-time and part-time workers from 58 countries working for businesses with operations in multiple nations or regions. The final list is composed of 750 multinational and large corporations headquartered in 45 countries.

Other U.S. companies listed in the Travel & Leisure category include Marriott International (No. 28), Royal Caribbean Cruises (No. 134), Hyatt Hotels (No. 170) and Intercontinental Hotels Group (No. 219).

"We are honored to receive this prestigious ranking from Forbes. We have the most talented, resilient and skilled employees in our industry and this recognition is a testament to their dedication and commitment to guest service, to caring for one another and for our company. This news marks a moment of great pride for the people of MGM," said MGM Resorts Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer Jyoti Chopra.

Since 2016, MGM Resorts has supplemented its robust employee engagement initiative with new programs and platforms including: recognition initiatives, upward feedback appraisals for managers, and an improved online-based communications portal that gives employees the opportunity to engage each other and stay informed about company news.

All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from June to July, and participants were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction with their employers' Covid-19 responses and score their employers on image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility.
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sabato 10 ottobre 2020

Evolution and William Hill announce partnership for US market

Evolution, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with William Hill for the supply of Live Casino content and services across the U.S.

The deal is for the whole of the USA and will begin with the rollout of Live Casino for William Hill in New Jersey, streamed live from Evolution’s Atlantic City studio, with additional states to follow.

William Hill PLC is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing over 12,500 people. Its origins are in the U.K. where it was founded in 1934, and where it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the USA. William Hill US currently operates 113 race and sports books in Nevada and the state’s leading mobile sports betting app. The company also operates in New Jersey, Indiana, West Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Delaware and Rhode Island.

Johan Nordstrom, Chief Executive Officer Malta and Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution, commented: “We are very proud to have been selected by William Hill US. Our Live Casino solutions have been instrumental in helping to make William Hill’s Live Casino a stand-out offering in regulated European markets. We very much look forward to achieving the same high levels of success for William Hill in the United States.”
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Dates are set for 2021 ICE London and iGB Affiliate London

Clarion Gaming has confirmed that the next edition of ICE London and iGB Affiliate London will now open in June at ExCeL London, U.K. ICE London will run across 29, 30 June and 1 July with the co-located iGB Affiliate London taking place 1 and 2 July. iGB Live 2021 will also be moving, to 28 September to 1 October, Amsterdam, ensuring a cohesive and effective events calendar for all audiences.

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the continuing uncertainty in our markets, the decision to move the world’s leading gaming industry and affiliate events into the summer of 2021 has been necessary and follows close consultation with the international community of stakeholders many of whom requested more time for both the industry and the world economy to stabilise including an easing of regulations covering international business travel.

Kate Chambers, Managing Director, Clarion Gaming, said: “Our initial proposal was to migrate ICE London and iGB Affiliate London from their historical February date to April 2021 due to force majeure. Subsequently, we have taken additional steps to review this in light of the government’s updated measures announced on 22 September 2020 and in the interests of our stakeholders. As a result, we have secured a later date week commencing 28 June.
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MGM Resorts prices $750,000,000 in senior notes

MGM Resorts International announced that it has priced an upsized public offering of $750,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes due 2028 at par. The offering of notes was up-sized from the originally announced aggregate principal amount of $500,000,000. The transaction is expected to close on 13 October 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the notes for general corporate purposes, which could include refinancing existing indebtedness. Pending such use, the Company may invest the net proceeds in short-term interest-bearing accounts, securities or similar investments.

The notes being offered will be general unsecured senior obligations of the Company, guaranteed by substantially all of the Company's wholly owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee the Company's other senior indebtedness, and equal in right of payment with all existing or future senior unsecured indebtedness of the Company and each guarantor.

BofA Securities, Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citizens Capital Markets, Inc., Fifth Third Securities, Inc., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. will act as joint book-running managers and Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., Truist Securities, Inc., Comerica Securities, Inc. and Union Gaming Securities, LLC will act as co-managers for the proposed offering.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.
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sabato 3 ottobre 2020

ParkMGM and NoMad Las Vegas reopen as Strip's first smoke-free casino resort


Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are reopening their doors today, marking the final MGM Resorts’ properties around the world to open following COVID-19 closures. Located in the heart of the iconic Strip, when Park MGM reopens it will be the Las Vegas Strip’s first smoke-free casino resort.

“The opening of Park MGM and NoMad represents a significant milestone as we continue down the path of Las Vegas’ recovery,” said Anton Nikodemus, President of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas Portfolio. “Returning employees to work and building on the experiences available to our guests throughout the city are important steps. We’re incredibly thankful to the team members who have worked tirelessly to bring this moment to fruition in the wake of incredible challenges.”

Nikodemus said, “Las Vegas visitors love the optionality The Strip represents, whether it be in hotels, shows, nightlife or restaurants. We believe the choice of a smoke-free casino will be very attractive to a segment of our visitor base.”

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European Gaming Congress announces virtual speaker line-up

European Gaming, Central and Eastern Europe’s leading betting and gaming media platform, has announced its finalized list of speakers and sponsors for this year’s European Gaming Congress. With the virtual edition of the European Gaming Congress 2020 taking place between Tuesday, 6 October and Wednesday, 7 October, a total of 75 speakers have been assembled for Europe’s largest gaming compliance meeting of the year. The two-day speaking track will be joined by representatives from the Maltese, French and Austrian regulators, including Dr. Yanica Sant (Head of International Affairs and Policy at the Malta Gaming Authority), as well as Martin Lycka (Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Holdings), Malcom Bruce (Founder and Senior Partner at Gambling Integrity), and Maris Catania (Head of Responsible Gaming and Research at Kindred Group).

This will be the first virtual gaming event to offer audience members the chance to interact with discussions. Audiences will be able to add to the agenda and join the conversation – in effect making it a moderated roundtable format. Offering 30 key panels covering the latest in regulation and compliance across the EU and EEA, as well as industry innovation and outlook for 2021, European Gaming has also integrated the newly launched WireUp networking platform to provide an upgraded networking toolkit for participants.

Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events added: “Digital events have been key for the industry this year and we’ve made it a priority to not only keep things going with our hybrid conferences, but to also make sure that we’re able to adapt and offer the latest in technology to make sure that the format never gets old. “The European Gaming Congress is going to offer plenty of firsts for virtual industry events, including interactive panel discussions and an exclusive, newly launched networking platform that offers a far simpler UX and more longevity than anything we’ve seen before.”

Additional industry speakers are also set to include Altenar, Betano Stoiximan, Fantasy Sports Interactive, Nsoft, Focus Gaming News, Vixio, EGT interactive, Rombet and Habanero, with the event’s non-European contingent represented by Evan Davis (SeventySix Capital Sports Advisory) and Ron Segev (Segev LLP). As well as headline sponsorship from Altenar, Golden Race, BtoBet, Trustly, Nordic Gambling, SoftSwiss, European Gaming has also appointed Square in the Air as the event’s Strategic Partner.
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LeoVegas introduces bingo


LeoVegas is now becoming even more entertaining with the launch of Bingo as new category. “Today we have a broader and larger customer base than ever before, and it is growing strongly. To meet the growing demand for entertaining games we are now launching Bingo, a social, simple and fun game for people in all target groups,” says Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO.

The global bingo market is worth approximately EUR 2 billion, with only 23% of bingo currently being played online (according the H2 Gaming Capital). This means that the potential for digitalization is great, and a lot of bingo will be shifting to the digital environment.


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sabato 26 settembre 2020

World Poker Tour Online India to take place in November

The World Poker Tour takes another step forward in its global reach of online poker events with the announcement of WPT Online India Powered by Adda52.com.

The series will take place from 5-22 November and includes 154 events totaling INR 135 million ($1.838 million) in guarantees and is highlighted by the INR 25 million ($340,000) guaranteed WPT Online India Main Event.

The WPT Online India Main Event starts on November 11, features 10 starting flights, and a buy-in of INR 11,000 ($150). The winner of this event will receive a $5,000 WPT Passport to be used at any live WPT event around the globe. In addition, the Main Event champion earns a prestigious Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Titanium timepiece, valued at $10,400.

Also on tap for the series is a Mega Player of the Series Leaderboard that includes INR 2.5 million in prizes ($34,000) and the winner will earn INR 1 million ($13,600). 29 pre-selected events will qualify for the leaderboard with buy-ins of up to INR 55,000 ($750) to play for.

There is also a Mini Player of the Series leaderboard with the additional 125 events eligible and INR 1 million awarded to the top-10 including INR 300,000 ($4,083) to the champion.

On November 22, there will be a special event to commemorate the memory of Mike Sexton. The Mike Sexton Tribute event will start at 8:00 pm local time and all entry fees for the event will be donated to Poker Gives. The INR 11,000 buy-in event will feature a trophy for the winner and a $1,000 WPT Passport.

“The World Poker Tour is pleased to be joining forces with Adda52 once again to extend our partnership into the online realm,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “The WPT Online brand now advances to another thriving market and we look forward to a great series with the Indian online community.”

“Adda52 and the growing Indian player base make for a perfect combination to bring WPT Online brand to the Asia-Pacific region,” added Danny McDonagh, Live Events Specialist for the World Poker Tour. “Following our record-breaking success with live WPT India events, we expect to exceed even our own expectations for the upcoming series.”

“The WPT Online venture continues to grow as part of our overall online strategy which we have found effective across the global market,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “This series comes on the heels of our successful WPT Online series in other parts of the world and we are pleased to be working with Adda52 come November.”

“The WPT has built a great relationship with the Indian poker community and we’re proud to have them as our partners,” said Pratap Pandit VP Online Operations, Delta Corp. “The reach and accessibility of this year’s online series is really exciting and the festive season of Diwali is the perfect setting for it.”

“It been a learning experience working with the World Poker Tour in India with the live series,” said Manish J. Adnani Business Head – Poker, Delta Corp. “We expect to continue setting higher standards for online poker in the Indian Sub-continent, rollout a memorable experience on Adda52.com and offer the Indian players a platform to achieve glory at the world stage.”
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Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino to reopen 8 October


Caesars Entertainment today announced plans to resume operations at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, 8 October at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The hotel will accommodate weekend stays, Thursday through Sunday, while the gaming floor will be open seven days a week. This announcement follows the successful reopening of Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's - Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience, as well as The LINQ Promenade, High Roller Observation Wheel, FLY LINQ and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

“Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the hotel for weekend stays, along with gaming, restaurants and other amenities, at this resort on Oct. 8,” said Senior Vice President and Planet Hollywood General Manager Jason Gregorec. “We look forward to welcoming guests back with a continued emphasis on our enhanced health and safety protocols.”
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sabato 8 agosto 2020

Camosci claims WSOP $2,100 Bounty Championship

(credits: Assopoker.com)
It took fewer than ten hours of play in the most recent 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events to crown a champion in Event #50: $2,100 Bounty Championship. Flying the Maltese flag, it was Italy's Enrico "GTOExploiter" Camosci that topped a field of 1,168 entries to take home the lion's share of the $2,336,000 prize pool.

Camosci entered the final table as the chip leader after eliminating Alex Difelice on the final table bubble and spent most of the time near the top of the leaderboard after. He subsequently knocked out three of the finalists and has earned his maiden WSOP gold bracelet along with $327,319 for his efforts.

The sheer magnitude of Camosci's bounty prize of $142,740, which is bigger than the cash prize for second-placed Omer "omeroz01" Ozsirkintis and nearly as big as the total prize of third-placed Aki "Seabossss" Virtanen, reveals the importance of the progressive knockout format which triggered most of the action throughout the day.

The final table also featured 2017 WSOP Main Event finalist Damian Salas, Dominik Panka and Connor Drinan who were the first three players to bust.

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