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sabato 15 dicembre 2018

PokerStars offers $85 million in tournament guarantees

It’s raining guarantees at PokerStars this Christmas with over two weeks of holiday action offering $85 million across a range of activities and online action. The Winter Series kicks off festivities on 23 December 2018 and runs until 7 January 2019. During that time, the signature Winter Series alone will award a guaranteed $40 million.

The 16-day schedule features 60 events with a variety of buy-ins from $0.55 to $5,200, with the Main Event on 6 January including four buy-in levels: Micro with a $2.20 buy-in and $100,000 guarantee, Low with a $22 buy-in and $750,000 guarantee, Medium with a $215 buy-in and High with a $2,100 buy-in, both with a $1.5 million guarantee.

Other highlights include two $5,200 buy-in High Roller events each with a $500,000 guarantee and taking place on 26 December and 2 January. To roll in Christmas Day and the New Year, a turbo and hyper-turbo event will take place on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, respectively, perfect for those who would like to get in on the action and finish just in time for the holidays.

Outside of the Winter Series, there are 45 million other reasons to choose PokerStars during the height of the party season. With a guaranteed $45 million spread across the regular tournament schedule, there are plenty of tournaments to be merry about such as the $1 million guaranteed, $215 buy-in Sunday Million on 23 and 30 December, and a selection of High Roller Club tournaments attracting some of the best in the game.

Alongside a huge range of cash game types and stakes, Zoom, Spin & Go, Spin & Go Max, and Fusion, there will also be special $2.50 and $20 Spin & Go’s awarding a variety of tickets including a $2,100 Winter Series Main Event entry.

“We hope that they will enjoy the schedule that we concocted for them, with more than $85 million guaranteed across the whole of PokerStars during the Series, including $40 million thanks to the Winter Series alone,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at The Stars Group. “We have a range of buy-ins suitable for players of all bankrolls, giving everyone the chance to win a huge prize and get 2019 off to a great start.”

The Winter Series will also run in Southern Europe, New Jersey, and India, each with their own schedules and guarantees.
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Eataly to open at Park MGM

Eataly Las Vegas will open 27 December at 5 p.m. in the city's newest resort, Park MGM. The 40,000-square-foot culinary destination, located directly on the famed Las Vegas Strip, will serve as Park MGM's main entrance and feature a vibrant space full of unique food counters, bars, cafés and dining experiences offering traditional, authentic Italian food, all helmed by Executive Chef Nicole Brisson.

While all Eataly locations implement the "Eat. Shop. Learn." philosophy, which encourages guests to: Eat sustainably sourced fare with quality ingredients; Shop the best Italian and local products available; and feel empowered to Learn about Italian culture and cuisines; each store maintains a unique identity.

Eataly Las Vegas will introduce several new experiences, most notably Cucina del Mercato, or "Kitchen of the Market," an open, counter-to-table space that will shatter the barrier between restaurants and the store – a first for an Eataly in the United States. The venue will consist of six different fresh counters where guests can eat what they shop, and shop what they eat.
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sabato 8 dicembre 2018

Phil Ruffin purchases Casino Miami

Casino Miami Jai-Alai, a Fronton Holdings, LLC property, has been fully acquired by renowned Las Vegas-based casino mogul and businessman, Phil Ruffin.

The 200,000 square-foot establishment, on 21 developable acres, is located at 3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami, Florida 33142. It currently boasts 1,000 slot machines and is licensed to hold 2,000. As part of the acquisition, Casino Miami's nearly 150 employees will be retained, and the property's name will remain the same.

"I look forward to entering the Miami gaming market through this acquisition," said Ruffin. "We have exciting plans for Casino Miami that we will be revealing in the near future."

Dave Jonas, President of Fronton Holdings, LLC added, "We are proud of what Casino Miami has become and thank all of our employees and customers for their loyalty and support. We look forward to watching Casino Miami's continued development under the new ownership of Phil Ruffin."

Located less than 20 minutes from Downtown Miami, Casino Miami features state-of-the-art, Vegas-style machines and an electronic table game area, with digital blackjack and roulette offerings. The multifaceted property also has a live entertainment space (Club Rio), bar (Whiskies), café dining area, live jai-alai games and simulcast betting.

The acquisition builds on Ruffin's legacy in and beyond the gaming space, with current holdings including Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Manuel Ruivo wins 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online

Portugal’s Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo, living in the Netherlands, is the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online champion, an accolade that came with a massive $2,329,943 first-place prize following a heads-up deal with Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede.

Twenty-nine players returned to the partypoker tables on 5 December, each guaranteed $65,505 for their efforts. With $2,729,376 awaiting the champion, nobody wanted to collect this smaller sum.

The waters were a little less infested with sharks when two Goliaths clashed on Table 18. Christopher “Ad_Finem” Kruk moved all-in for 237 million chips, and Chance “ChanceSeeYou” Kornuth called off his 138 million stack. Kornuth had top pair, Kruk revealed pocked aces and sent Kornuth to the rail in 22nd place.

Kruk would go on to bust in 11th place for $163,762 when his hand couldn’t get there against the pocket fours of “COL_Moutarde,” who flopped a set for good measure.

Once the eight-handed final table was set, De Goede held a massive 1,588,165,265 chips – yes, 1.5 billion – with COL_MOutarde being his nearest rival, in terms of chips, with a 626,714,202 stack. This put de Goede in a prime spot to bully his opponents, and bully he did, moving all in regularly and putting his foes to the test for their entire stacks.

Lithuania’s “orginALUS” was the first casualty of the final table. They called a shove from Pedro “Maddonaa” Marques to find themselves up against the inferior hand. The Lithuanian only stayed ahead until the flop, although they did have an open-ended straight draw. That draw failed to come in as the turn and river fell four of diamonds and two of diamonds.

De Goede then sent the start-of-day chip leader “wheatforsheep” to the rail and accumulated half of the chips in play as a result. Wheatforsheep jammed all in for around 12 big blinds from the small blind and de Goede snapped him off in the big blind. A final board reading sealed wheatforsheep’s fate.

Sixth place and a cool $655,050 went to COL_Moutarde after a clash with de Goede. The action folded to COL_Moutarde on the button, and he pushed all-in for 12 or so big blinds. De Goede called in the big blind, which improved to a straight on the turn.
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Irish Poker Open 2019 announced

Paul O’Reilly and JP McCann are happy to announce details of the Irish Poker Open 2019, which will take place from 15–22 April 2019 in the prestigious Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The buy-in for this event will remain at €1,025 plus €125, and the festival will once again feature a full schedule of events to capture the imagination of poker players at an affordable buy-in level.

This year sees the return of the event to the Easter weekend in Ireland. There are also four starting days for the event with the introduction of a Day 1A on Wednesday, 17 April and a Day 1D Turbo on Friday, 19 April.

Online satellites will take place on Paddy Power Betfair and a great series of packages will be available on the IPoker Network, each package worth €2,500 from January 2019. Players can now can also use My PP LIVE $$$ via partypoker. Online registration is available online.

“It is always exciting to launch the Irish Poker Open each year. The 2018 event smashed its €1 million guarantee after attracting 1,348 entrants from 68 countries to generate a massive €1,347,164 prize pool. This represents a sizable 19% increase from last year's Main Event.

"We were blown away by the support this year in the poker community and we continue to listen to all the feedback to ensure Europe’s oldest poker tournament remains the people’s tournament, with a lot of craic on the side.”

The Irish Poker Open is the longest running No Limit Texas Hold'em poker festival in Europe and the second most historic in the world after the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas. First organized in 1981 by Terry Rogers, a well-known Irish bookmaker, the tournament is now world famous for its electric atmosphere, the famous poker faces that return every year and the general craic that is had by all every night in the hotel bar.
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sabato 1 dicembre 2018

WSOPC Caribbean at Intertops Poker

Online satellites for the $250,000 GTD WSOPC Caribbean begin this week at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes. Contenders can buy in to the Final on Sunday 9 December directly or win their way to that event in daily Step 1 and Step 2 tournaments starting 28 November. The online champion will win a $4,500 prize package for the tournament in St Maarten next spring.

“We’ve taken a bunch of players to St Maarten and we’ve always had a great time there,” said Intertops Poker’s manager. “It’s a really well-run event that draws all kinds of players from all over the place. The resort and casino are all new – can’t wait to see them!”

The $4,500 WSOPC Prize Package includes the buy-in for the $250,000 GTD WSOPC Main Event and luxury accommodation at the newly-renovated, all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Resort 28 March to 2 April 2019.
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Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood announces Poker Open winner

At the conclusion of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO), it’s Pavel Plesuv of Prague, Czech Republic who walks away with $504,820 after winning first place in the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship. Plesuv bested 898 total entries in the series finale, taking home the trophy and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions entry in what marked the largest Championship tournament in RRPO history.

“The tournament was great,” Plesuv said. “I really liked the structure. The field was big and it had great organization. The property is great, too.”

Plesuv hails from Maldova but now resides in Prague. He has been a professional poker player for 10 years and this score marks his third-largest career cash. Previously, he claimed three other tournament titles and finished runner-up at WPT Prague in 2015.

“I was heads-up in WPT Prague three years ago with a big chip lead,” Plesuv said. “I lost. So I’m really excited to come back and win.”
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Betsoft wins Malta Gaming Award

For the fourth time in 2018, Betsoft Gaming has been recognized as an industry leader by an independent panel of judges. In the face of formidable competition, Betsoft was named Mobile Gaming Provider category at the 2018 Malta Gaming Awards, a distinction earned through its long-running commitment to seamless cross-platform development.

A highlight of Malta Gaming Week, the awards were handed out as part of a glittering evening of entertainment on Tuesday, 27 November. Mingling with a judging panel made up of representatives from the country’s Gaming Authority, international consultancies, iGaming organizations, and investors, guests came from all over the island to acknowledge the best the iGaming industry has to offer, and to support several Maltese charities.

All ticket proceeds from the evening will be donated to local causes, and a charity auction was held, where Maltese artwork, Fabergé jewelry and a Portugisier Chronograph reached higher-than-expected selling prices.

As a sponsor and a prominent fixture in the country’s booming iGaming industry, Betsoft was proud to directly support Maltese organizations like The Malta Community Chest Fund, Centru Tbexbix, and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. Calleja himself, a world-renowned operatic tenor who was born in Malta, also performed during the awards ceremony, as well as comedian Steve Hili, and musician Desi Campbell. Other guests of honor included Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, and blockchain evangelist Brock Pierce.

Awards were given in a total of 29 different categories, covering the full spectrum of online casino content, services, and support. This was not Betsoft’s only award win in 2018. Earlier this year, the company was named Best Casino Supplier at the summer Malta iGaming Excellence Awards, and took home honors from the G2E Asia Exhibition and the five-star iGaming Media Awards in 2018. Betsoft’s record-breaking performance throughout the latter half of 2018 suggests that further recognition is likely in 2019 as well.
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sabato 24 novembre 2018

€50 million awarded in PokerStars SECOOP

More than 38,000 PokerStars players across Spain, France and Portugal took part in the latest addition to the Southern Europe poker tournament calendar, the Southern Europe Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP), which ran from 28 October to 12 November 2018.

The 149-event debut SECOOP beat its advertised €10 million prize pool guarantee by more than €2.3 million for a total prize pool of €12,306,044, bringing the combined totals of all Southern Europe series (FRESH, SCOOP France and Spain, TRIO Series, Galactic Series and SECOOP) since the launch of shared liquidity on PokerStars to more than €50 million.

‘Befuddeld’ took home €172,451 after topping a field of 5,215 entries in the €250 Main Event, which beat its €1 million prize pool guarantee by €212,487. French players accounted for the most number of entries by nationality, followed by Spain and then Portugal.

SECOOP saw the biggest €50 Warm Up and €10 Classico events that PokerStars Southern Europe has seen to date, with total prize pools hitting €237,375 and €149,382, respectively. French player ‘dav561’ took down the Warm Up event for €32,126 and ‘tecnicu’ from Spain won €146,124 for victory in the Classico.

Other notable wins were earned by ‘bzh3135’ from France, who won back-to-back Midnight Express tournaments (events No. 20 and 29) for a total return of €11,591 from a €40 investment.
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Casino Barcelona signs content agreement with Yggdrasil

Innovative gaming solutions supplier Yggdrasil has signed a content partnership with prestigious operator Casino Barcelona.

Casinobarcelona.es is the online platform of Casino Barcelona, a landmark on the casino map in Europe. Being licensed by Spain’s National Gambling Commission enables Casinobarcelona.es to offer all games on their quickly growing platform to a large local customer base.

Yggdrasil will provide its premium portfolio of casino games as well as its in-game promotional tool BOOST, accelerating the growth of casinobarcelona.es as a market leader in Spain. The games will be available on both desktop and mobile devices and include latest slot release Wolf Hunters, classic titles such as Valley of the Gods and the blockbuster Vikings trilogy that has proven very successful in recent years.

Xavier Ballester, Director of Casino Barcelona Online, said, “This agreement is very important for us and is part of our strategy, since Yggdrasil’s content matches our brand values of offering our players the highest quality products, and I’m in no doubt its games will be liked by our players.”

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Guitar smash at opening of Hard Rock Cafe

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and adjacent casino expansion, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood will host a guitar smash and media availability Tuesday, 27 November, at 11 a.m.

The Hard Rock Cafe and adjacent casino expansion are the first finished areas to open as part of the $1.5 billion expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The Cafe will be a model for the Hard Rock brand’s redesign and modern kitchen offerings.

The new 10,000-square-foot Cafe accommodates more than 250 guests and features an open kitchen concept with cutting-edge equipment including a new 7-foot artisanal brick pizza oven and a meat grind room, where Hard Rock Cafe’s new steak burgers will be made fresh throughout the day. True to Hard Rock’s signature blend of music, entertainment and iconic merchandise, the newly-relocated Cafe is highlighted by a triangular-shaped island bar and central stage within view of all dining tables. The Cafe also features a new Rock Shop design.

The Cafe relocation will complement the expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, which will open in fall 2019. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and is a world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination.

Hard Rock’s signature “Guitar Smash” ceremony officially marks the opening of every hotel, casino and cafe worldwide.
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sabato 17 novembre 2018

Betway awarded ISO 27001 certification

Betway Ltd. has gained its ISO 27001 certificate, the worldwide standard for information security, demonstrating the company’s commitment to handling customer data safely and securely.

The externally accredited certification has been awarded by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA.

Benefits of being ISO 27001 certified include helping to tighten, improve and secure third-party supplier contracts and management, as well as facilitating the process of applying for licenses in new territories.

Betway CEO Anthony Werkman said, “We’re delighted to be awarded our ISO 27001 certification, which shows that we are going above and beyond when it comes to protecting the security of our customers’ data.

“Many of the technical standards of a Great Britain gambling license are incorporated into ISO 27001 and we believe it is the right direction of travel for us as a responsible operator.

“Data protection and security has never been more important following the introduction of GDPR, so it is vital that companies such as us not only treat their customers’ data with the utmost care, but can demonstrate their compliance against international standards.”

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