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sabato 18 maggio 2019

EvenBet to showcase poker portfolio at G2E Asia


Leading online gaming software developer EvenBet Gaming is set to showcase an exciting and expanding poker portfolio at next week’s Global Gaming Expo Asia (aka G2E Asia).

This must-attend summit runs from 21 to 23 May at The Venetian Macao Resort-Hotel. Here, EvenBet — shortlisted for Best Poker and Mobile Software provider at the forthcoming EGR B2B Awards — is unpacking its latest solutions and strategies, bringing optimized poker variants to operators and suppliers all across Asia.

The growth in Asian poker rooms has been an exciting driver in the continent’s growth this past year, and EvenBet is on site to capitalize on this untapped potential with their new Poker Clubs solution, demonstrating its emerging global reach and flair for innovation.

All delegates visiting Stand D908 will be able to experience the first mobile Poker Clubs app. The app, specifically created for the ramping rise of mobile in most Asian markets, allows club managers to host and run private poker communities with their own tournaments and tables.
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Caesars Entertainment named one of 100 Best Corporate Citizens


Caesars Entertainment Corporation, one of the world's most diversified casino-entertainment providers, today announced its been named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine's coveted "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2019. Evaluated against the companies of the Russell 1000 Index, Caesars ranked No. 72 and was selected based on its standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance among public companies in the United States.

Caesars' industry leadership was particularly commended in the environmental categories of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" evaluation. It ranked No. 15 on Environment and No. 4 on Climate Change — two pillars that make up more than one-third of the evaluation criteria. These distinctions exemplify Caesars' continued commitment to environmental sustainability progress, including its bold science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. Caesars' goal is to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30% by 2025 and 95% by 2050 from a 2011 baseline, and it set a Scope 3 target to have 60% of suppliers commit to their own science-based targets by 2023.

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WSOP First Fifty Honors and Dinner date set


This year marks the 50th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and to help celebrate its milestone, the WSOP will host a special night, dubbed “First Fifty Honors” with a dinner, Honors and a VIP poker event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the 50th World Series of Poker.

While several special poker tournaments have been added to this year’s WSOP, including the Big 50 opening weekend (30 May - 2 June) rake-free event, there will be a brief pause in the poker playing during the evening of Saturday, 29 June in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio to pay homage to those who have left an indelible mark on the WSOP since 1970. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Saturday night special evening will begin with a dinner open to WSOP gold bracelet winners and other VIP’s, followed by the First Fifty Honors, hosted by legendary WSOP broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

“From its founding by the Binion family in 1970, no one could have foreseen what the modern-day World Series of Poker has become,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It’s only fitting we take an evening out from poker playing to celebrate the great game of poker and all the characters who have made a mark on the WSOP over the past five decades.”

First Fifty Honors will include an awards presentation, where individuals across seven categories will be recognized, voted on by the public and players themselves. WSOP gold bracelet winners can pick up their event tickets from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, 27 June or Friday, 28 June at the VIP desk at the Rio across from the take-out window of El Burro Borracho restaurant.
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sabato 11 maggio 2019

Intertops Poker online satellite winner heading to European Poker Championship Main Event


There’s going to be another online satellite winner from Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino in the Main Event at the Poker EM European Poker Championship in Velden, Austria this summer. Another round of online satellites concludes 19 May 19. The winner will get a $6,500 prize package and join other satellite winners in the Austrian summer hotspot, Velden am Wörthersee, in July.

Daily satellites start Thursday, 9 May.

The $6,500 prize package includes €2,700 buy-in to the main event (24-27 July), five nights at a premium hotel, some cash to help with travel expenses and a welcome dinner with the Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino team.

“It’s a bit of a challenge to schedule when you have players all over the world,” said Intertops Poker’s manager. “This time maybe the times are a little easier for European players. Last time they maybe favored Americans a bit. We mix it up.”

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Microgaming presents All41 Studios


Microgaming is delighted to announce that it will be working with a new independent game studio, All41 Studios, on an exclusive basis.

Focused on developing high quality, premium casino games that deliver the finest gaming experiences, All41 Studios is an ambitious game studio based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Open to new challenges and driven to create innovative and entertaining games, the team comprises a wealth of talented and creative individuals, combining a mix of knowledgeable, experienced and passionate professionals who are eager to make their mark on the gaming industry.

Le Kaffee Bar, the first official game from All41 Studios, will launch exclusively with a number of GVC Group brands, including bwin, for a three-week period before being made available across Microgaming’s customer base. The new five-reel, 243 ways slot embraces the coffee culture, so players can sit back and relax with a delicious cup of their favourite blend while playing this elegant game, which will be available exclusively to Microgaming’s operators from 5 June 2019.
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MGM Resorts announces founding sponsorship of nonprofit foundation


Today MGM Resorts International announced that it will serve as founding sponsor of a newly formed nonprofit Foundation for Women's Leadership & Empowerment, dedicated to women's leadership education and empowerment.

The new foundation is expected to expand the footprint of the successful Annual Women's Leadership Conference, historically presented by The MGM Resorts Foundation in Las Vegas to other cities around the country. These conferences will focus on developing women leaders in all industries.

MGM Resorts' Phyllis A. James will leave her current post as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer this summer to assume presidency of the new foundation.

"Phyllis has had a stellar 17-year career with our Company in both the legal and CSR realms. I cannot applaud enough her contributions to the evolution of our systems, practices and most of all, our values and culture of inclusion," said Jim Murren, MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO. "In light of the deep passion and commitment she has brought to the quest for equality – both in our Company and beyond – and her steadfast dedication to our Foundation's Women's Leadership Conference, I cannot think of anyone better positioned to lead the new Foundation for Women's Leadership & Empowerment. MGM Resorts is proud to be Founding Sponsor for this new venture. I expect its conferences will inspire many, many women and other attendees to greater personal and professional achievements and help accelerate our society's movement toward gender equity."

The Annual Women's Leadership Conference, presented by the MGM Resorts Foundation, has been a centerpiece of MGM Resorts' diversity programs since 2006, hosting more than 1,000 women in recent years and featuring diverse and nationally recognized keynote speakers and accomplished women role models.

The mission of WLC is to provide women, and men who attend, the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. Through WLC, women from all community segments are offered a variety of ways to elevate their personal and professional lives, including networking opportunities, educational workshops and exposure to other women who can serve as role models, heroes or mentors. The conference also provides two days of career-oriented workshops that give attendees hands-on opportunities to develop skills based on their career needs.
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sabato 27 aprile 2019

2019 WSOPE schedule finalized


Poker’s largest annual European festival returns to King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic from 13 October to 4 November 2019 for the 2019 WSOP Europe, featuring 10 WSOP gold bracelet events and more than €14 million in guaranteed prize pools.

WSOP Europe returns to King’s Resort for the third consecutive year, having found a permanent home in Rozvadov after back-to-back successful series.

“We are eager to return to King’s Resort in October for the 11th edition of WSOP Europe,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. “King’s Resort has become the center of the poker world in Europe and they are once again bolstering this series with €14 million plus in guarantees to ensure players find plenty of value and opportunity.”

Event buy-ins will range from a €350 opening event, all the way up to a €100,000 High Roller with a €5 million guarantee. WSOP Europe in 2019 will of course include the €10,000 buy-in Main Event, featuring a €5 million guarantee, and new events including a Mini Main Event, plus the new opener.

WSOP Europe itself has €14,000,000 in prize pool guarantees, and adding in the WSOP Circuit event that will immediately precede WSOP Europe (from 26 September to 14 October) and the satellite guarantees, and this WSOP festival becomes can’t miss for players with over €16,000,000 million guaranteed up for grabs.

“WSOP Europe has clearly become a can’t miss series for poker players and we’re delighted to once again serve as hosts,” said King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik. “We are relentless in providing incredible hospitality and will continue to roll out the red carpet for poker players worldwide who come visit.”

The entire WSOP Europe schedule can be viewed at www.wsop.com or on the King’s Resort website here.

King’s Resort is located in the Czech Republic, right near the German border, between Prague and Munich. The location is right in Central Europe, giving all Europeans an easy travel destination to play poker. Many of poker’s brightest young stars and international celebrities have made King’s their home in recent years.

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200 Billionth Hand celebrations at PokerStars


The 200 Billionth Hand celebrations are well underway and will continue until the milestone hand hits. PokerStars has started its Stars Store giveaway, commemorating the historic achievement reached by everyone who has played on PokerStars.

More than 2 million spins at the Spin to Win promotion have been awarded to players, with 17 winning $2k courtesy of the Spin to Win wheel. The daily freerolls prizepools have amounted to $150k while 15,000 Stars Chests have been dished out to players at the cash tables as part of the Cash Game Surprises promotion.

As an additional reward to the PokerStars community, various items are available for free on the Stars Store website for the next seven days, but only until stocks last – so players eager to get their hands on a limited supply of PokerStars merchandise should check each day.

A limited number of items will be given out to players that include a PokerStars ‘Call or Not Call’ t-shirt, a Web Cam and even a BetStars football, perfect timing for the Champions League semi-finals kicking off next week.

The inaugural #SpinAndGlobes awards will invite poker fans to vote for their favourite bluff, bad beat, roller coaster, lay down and winning moment from PokerStars Twitch channel video archives. Participants will be in with a chance to win a free $7 Spin & Go ticket, which could lead to a $20,000 pay day.
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sabato 13 aprile 2019

Bekavac wins MSPT Potawatomi

The Season 10 Milwaukee Poker Open at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino saw 625 players take to the felt in search of an MSPT Main Event victory. Dan Bekavac, a Wholesale Distributor for Amazon from Chicago, Illinois, who in Season 4 shipped MSPT Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells, bested the field and shipped the $126,998 top prize for his second MSPT Main Event title.

"I feel good, finally got it off my back. It's been six years, finally got another title!" Bekavac said after the victory, flanked by the boisterous rail that rallied him through the final table. Bekavac notched six of the nine knockouts at the final table, and when asked how he approached the final table, he said he wanted to "...play aggressive, put the pressure on, and just make 'em fold."

One member of the epic rail was his wife, Bridget, and they have a huge family: "We got eleven kids, all under the age of thirteen, all living in one house, a big house." Bekavac has some pretty exciting plans for his rail concerning his winnings: "I told them if we win we're goin' to Fiji, so I gotta pay for a round trip for four to Fiji!".
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Microgaming welcomes Ascensus Interactive to poker network

London-based Ascensus Interactive LLC has become the latest poker room to join the ever-expanding Microgaming Poker Network.

Founded in 2018 by three industry veterans, Ascensus Interactive offers a range of targeted casino, poker and sports betting products to specific markets around the world. The company’s flagship poker brand, Players Come First (PCF) Poker, is now live on the MPN.

"We welcome Ascensus Interactive to the ever-growing MPN family and are thrilled to be their poker provider of choice," said Alex Scott Managing Director of Poker at Microgaming. "I am impressed by the team’s collective experience and talent, along with their dedication to responsible gambling and corporate social responsibility, which fits in perfectly with our ethos at Microgaming."

By joining the network, Ascensus Interactive will benefit from the MPN’s robust and easy to use poker and campaign management functionality. The advanced reporting portal provides players with a seamless experience, and the award-winning network also boasts frequent promotions.
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sabato 6 aprile 2019

World Poker Tour announces WPT Taiwan event

The World Poker Tour today announced a partnership with Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association to host WPT Taiwan from 12-22 July 2019. This historic event marks the introduction of the World Poker Tour to Taiwan for the first time in WPT history, and begins a new partnership with the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association property in Taipei City, Taiwan.

The WPT Taiwan festival features buy-ins ranging from TWD 4,000 up to TWD 55,000, with the 17-21 July WPT Main Event buy-in at TWD 30,000 (approximately $1,000).

Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association has eight clubs located throughout Taiwan. Taipei is the largest poker venue in Taiwan, with more than 25 tables populating the room.

“Taiwan is a great country, and people here are filled with passion, with lots of shopping and fine dining places, along with amazing poker,” said David Tai, CEO, CTP. “Streets here are clean and safe, with heightened security. All of these attractions make Taiwan one of the hottest travelling spots in the world!”

Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour, added, “Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association is an exciting venue and the World Poker Tour looks forward to partnering with their fantastic team. The WPT continues to expand into the Asia-Pacific and WPT Taiwan will be another spectacular event to highlight the best the region has to offer.”
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Tax Day poker tournament at Intertops Poker

In America, one of the most dreaded days on the calendar is coming up: Tax Day, 15 April. To ease the pain of handing hard-earned money over to the government, Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes are holding a special Tax Day Poker Tournament and guaranteeing a $1,500 prize pool. $3 satellites start Monday.

“Buy-in for the Tax Day Final is only $12. But how’s this for a sweet deduction?” said Intertops Poker’s manager. “You can win your way to the final by winning a $3 satellite!”
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