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sabato 25 giugno 2022

2022 World Series of Poker Week 4 in review

Following a handful of star-studded celebrity appearances last week, the 53rd annual World Series of Poker once again raised the stakes in week four of play with a new millionaire crowned and poker legend Phil Ivey’s bracelet run. With less than two weeks until the Main Event, the excitement of this year’s WSOP is reaching a fever pitch with much more action in the weeks to come.

Week 4 Highlights

- World-Renowned Brazilian soccer player, Neymar Jr., wins his first-ever WSOP cash
Last week, Neymar de Silva Santos Júnior competed in his first WSOP bracelet events. Neymar Jr. would go on to finish the week with his first-ever WSOP cash placing No. 49 and taking home nearly $4,000 in Event #41: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit.- Legendary musician, Steve Albini, claims his second WSOP Bracelet
Steve Alibini claimed victory in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event, beating out a field of 773 and taking home $196,089 in cash. Best known for producing some of Nirvana’s most iconic albums, Albini took home his first bracelet in 2018.- Daniel Zack becomes first player to win two bracelets at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas
Poker professional, Daniel Zack, became the first player to take home two 2022 WSOP bracelets in Las Vegas. Zack won his second-ever WSOP bracelet during a seven-hour heads up earlier this month before earning his third bracelet during Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship this week.- Yuliyan Kolev wins his second gold bracelet in Event #37: $1,5000 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
Seven months ago, Bulgarian Yuliyan Kolev took home his first online bracelet. Now he’s accomplished this feat in-person beating a field full of bracelet winners on Wednesday night, taking home his first live bracelet and claiming a whopping $1,125,141 in winnings.
What To Look Forward To

- Sunday, 26 June – Event #54: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em
One of the WSOP’s charity-focused events, proceeds will be donated to the USO and other veteran organizations- Sunday, 26 June – Event #55: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em
Teams of two players must register and compete together for a chance at a prestigious gold bracelet in a team format- Monday, 27 June – Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em
Bigger blinds and bigger stacks are the name of the game as competitors face off in a high stakes game for a chance at a gold bracelet- Wednesday, 29 June – Event #61: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Female competitors will compete in a women-only $1,000 buy-in tournament for a chance at a gold bracelet

Upcoming WSOP live streams on PokerGO

- Saturday, 25 June – Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller
- Monday, 27 June – Event #51: $400 COLOSSOS
- Tuesday, 28 June – Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team
- Thursday, 30 June – Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Kolev wins WSOP Millionaire Maker event

(via WSOP)
The 2022 World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally's - Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas has crowned a new champion as Bulgarian Yuliyan Kolev has won his second bracelet as he was the last player standing in Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em. This is the second consecutive year Kolev has won a bracelet as just seven months ago the Bulgarian won his first in online Event #9: $777 Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold'em for $146,163.

That figure is dwarfed by winning this event, both in prestige and in prize money as Kolev has won the grand prize of $1,125,141 and his first live WSOP bracelet. Kolev beat a field full of bracelet winners as he outmaneuvered the 7,961 entrants over five days to claim the bulk of the $10,627,935 prize pool. It was not without adversity as in the final two tables Kolev lost a huge flip with ace-king against Raul Martinez's pocket sevens to go down to a single 25,000 chip with the big blind at 500,000. He managed to win with that chip to go back into contention before coolering Linus Ritcher with pocket eights vs Ritcher's pocket jacks.

Kolev was cheered on by a big rail, all of who were donning upside-down KFC buckets as hats in honor of a popular Bulgarian music artist.

Many notables were in the field with Robert Mizrachi chasing his fifth bracelet. However Mizrachi was eliminated near the end of Day 3 in 27th place. Another bracelet winner, James Calderaro, was also eliminated near the end of Day 3 in 26th Place.

Kolev came into Day 5 second in chips with 49 big blinds and managed to secure the win with fairly smooth sailing as the Bulgarian was never all in and at risk.

PokerNews asked about his win coming from a chip and a chair after losing the big pot against Martinez and Kolev said

"It was quite funny because I knew I'm not out of the tournament but I can't do anything with that stack (less than one big blind). I was thinking, let's observe what's going on at the other table so I folded two hands before the big blind hit me. Then I went all in from under the gun and won and then won the hand in the big blind then everything started from there."

When asked about winning his second WSOP bracelet and first live bracelet Kolev said.

"The feeling is much stronger because all of your friends are here. The pressure is much more."

When asked whether the strong rail presence helped his performance, Kolev said, "It makes me feel really really calm. It's really important for my friends to be around me when I got really far (in the tournament)."

Kolev also said he'll be playing more of the 2022 WSOP looking for a third bracelet.

The day started with Tyler Gaston putting the pressure on the rest of the table, but the first elimination could be credited to Kolev when Dominic Brazier shoved with queen-seven offsuit preflop for less than 10 big blinds into Kolev who called with jack-eight and hit two pair on the river, eliminating the American in fifth place for over $300,000.

His next victim was Yita Choong who called for his tournament's life with his pocket sevens and faced queen-four offsuit for Kolev. The Bulgarian player hit a queen on the turn and Choong was out in fourth place for nearly $400,000.

Gaston, the chip leader at the beginning of the day, was knocked out next. He held jack-ten and called in the big blind a raise from Oren Rosen who held queen-ten of clubs. All the chips went in the middle on a jack-high flop with two clubs. Gaston was ahead but a queen hit the river, giving a better pair to Rosen while the last American was sent packing in third place for $522,705.

The heads-up battle was a short affair and it was the pocket rockets that secured the win as Kolev three-bet with his aces and Rosen called with queen-jack offsuit. The flop came queen-high and the money got in the middle on the turn as Kolev's aces held for him to win his second bracelet.
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Recensione della settimana 4 delle World Series of Poker 2022

Dopo una manciata di apparizioni di celebrità costellate di stelle la scorsa settimana, la 53a edizione annuale delle World Series of Poker ha alzato ancora una volta la posta in gioco nella quarta settimana di gioco con un nuovo braccialetto incoronato milionario e leggenda del poker Phil Ivey. A meno di due settimane dal Main Event, l'eccitazione delle WSOP di quest'anno sta raggiungendo il culmine con molta più azione nelle settimane a venire.

Punti salienti della settimana 4

- Il calciatore brasiliano di fama mondiale, Neymar Jr., vince il suo primo premio in assoluto alle WSOP

La scorsa settimana, Neymar de Silva Santos Júnior ha gareggiato nei suoi primi eventi braccialetto WSOP. Neymar Jr. avrebbe concluso la settimana con il suo primo premio in assoluto alle WSOP piazzandosi al n. 49 e portando a casa quasi $ 4.000 nell'Event #41: $ 1.000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit.

- Il leggendario musicista Steve Albini rivendica il suo secondo braccialetto WSOP

Steve Alibini ha ottenuto la vittoria nell'evento H.O.R.S.E da $ 1.500, battendo un field di 773 e portando a casa $ 196.089 in contanti. Meglio conosciuto per aver prodotto alcuni degli album più iconici dei Nirvana, Albini ha portato a casa il suo primo braccialetto nel 2018.

- Daniel Zack diventa il primo giocatore a vincere due braccialetti al Bally's e al Paris Las Vegas

Il professionista del poker, Daniel Zack, è diventato il primo giocatore a portare a casa due braccialetti WSOP 2022 a Las Vegas. Zack ha vinto il suo secondo braccialetto WSOP durante un heads up di sette ore all'inizio di questo mese prima di guadagnare il suo terzo braccialetto durante l'Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship questa settimana.

- Yuliyan Kolev vince il suo secondo braccialetto d'oro nell'Event #37: $1,5000 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em

Sette mesi fa, il bulgaro Yuliyan Kolev ha portato a casa il suo primo braccialetto online. Ora ha compiuto questa impresa di persona battendo un campo pieno di vincitori di braccialetto mercoledì sera, portando a casa il suo primo braccialetto dal vivo e rivendicando un enorme $ 1.125.141 di vincite.

Cosa aspettarsi

- Domenica, 26 giugno – Evento #54: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold'em

Uno degli eventi di beneficenza delle WSOP, il ricavato sarà devoluto all'USO e ad altre organizzazioni di veterani

- Domenica, 26 giugno – Evento #55: $1.000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold'em

Squadre di due giocatori devono registrarsi e competere insieme per avere la possibilità di vincere un prestigioso braccialetto d'oro in un formato a squadre

- Lunedì, 27 giugno – Evento #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em

Bui più grandi e stack più grandi sono il nome del gioco mentre i concorrenti si affrontano in un gioco con posta alta per avere la possibilità di vincere un braccialetto d'oro

- Mercoledì, 29 giugno – Evento #61: $1.000 LADIES No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Le concorrenti femminili si sfideranno in un torneo da $ 1.000 di buy-in per sole donne per avere la possibilità di vincere un braccialetto d'oro

Prossimi live streaming delle WSOP su PokerGO

- Sabato, 25 giugno – Evento #50: $ 250.000 Super High Roller
- Lunedì, 27 giugno – Evento n. 51: COLOSSOS da $ 400
- Martedì, 28 giugno – Evento n. 55: $ 1.000 Tag Team
- Giovedì, 30 giugno – Evento #60: $50.000 Poker Players Championship
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sabato 18 giugno 2022

WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship bracelet win for Cohen

(via WSOP)

Los Angeles' Jonathan Cohen is the latest 2022 World Series of Poker bracelet winner after taking down Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for a career-best $245,678 and his first bracelet. Cohen defeated Wisconsin's Kyle Dilschneider in a marathon heads-up battle that lasted nearly seven hours and spanned multiple days in an event that attracted 92 runners to generate a prize pool of $857,900.

The victory comes a decade after Cohen finished runner-up in Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout at the 2012 WSOP for $192,559, a close call that was fresh in his mind as he battled for his first bracelet.

"That was misery," Cohen told PokerNews in an interview after the victory. "I definitely didn't want to come second twice. I feel very relieved."

Other players who made deep runs in the Championship Limit Hold'em Event include fellow Los Angeles grinder Matthew Schreiber (3rd - $107,978), poker coach and high stakes pro Matthew Gonzales (4th - $107,978) and Chad Eveslage (6th - $44,194), who was after his second bracelet of the series after winning Event #8: $25,000 High Roller.

The final table action kicked off with nine hopefuls and saw David Litt being the first to go in a cooler where his trips were no good against the straight of Joey Couden, who himself later bowed out in fifth place.

Eveslage, the Day 2 chip leader, exited in sixth in brutal fashion when he made a full house only to be counterfeited by quads on the board to lose to the ace-high of Cohen.

Schreiber was down to just a few big bets during six-handed play but managed to run up his stack and ladder to third place, falling when he got it in with middle pair to be drawing thin against the two pair of Cohen.

Cohen and Dilschneider battled heads-up for two-and-a-half hours before breaking on Day 3 and returning the next day to finish the tournament. Day 4 lasted over four hours and saw both players exchanging chip leads as the betting limits crept up.

Dilschneider eventually got down to a few big bets and got his final chips in on a nine-high board with pocket fives. Unfortunately for the Dilschneider, Cohen held king-nine and the runner-up failed to improve as the river brought a king to give Cohen two pair.

Cohen told PokerNews he "I wasn't even (planning on) playing" the tournament that wound up bringing him his first bracelet.

"I busted out of the Shootout with like two minutes to register ... (and Schreiber) begged me to come play," he said. "And he just like got me to come play with him."

The unsung hero in the Limit Championship Event was Riley, an eight-year-old service dog that never left Cohen's side as he played multiple 12-hour days.

"How much of it does Riley get?" Dilschneider joked earlier as he got short.

"He's my backer, and I'm in makeup!" Cohen joked back.
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MGM to bring sports betting and iGaming to cruise ships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced today a new partnership with Carnival Corporation to deliver world-class retail and mobile sports betting and iGaming experiences to cruise ship guests. Through this partnership, gaming will be available on more than 50 ships ported in the U.S. spanning Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. BetMGM's platform will roll out in phases over the coming months.

"We've found an ideal partner in Carnival Corporation and look forward to providing our sports betting and iGaming products to its millions of passengers," said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. "This is another great opportunity for us to further expand BetMGM's footprint."

Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation will offer BetMGM-branded digital and cash-based sports betting, as well as digital real-money gaming products on-board Carnival's U.S.-branded ships in international waters. Additionally, BetMGM and Carnival Corporation will collaborate on co-marketing and promotional activations.

Marty Goldman, SVP Global Casino Operations for Carnival Corporation, said, "We're very proud to be able to deliver the excitement and engagement of sports betting and iGaming to our guests through our partnership with BetMGM. Our two leading global hospitality organizations will provide a wide array of immersive digital content as a complement to our exceptional shipboard casinos."

As BetMGM continues to expand into new markets, responsible gaming education remains a key focus. BetMGM is proud to provide resources to help customers play responsibly including GameSense, an industry leading program, developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Through the GameSense integration within BetMGM's mobile and desktop platforms, customers can directly access responsible gaming tools.
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sabato 11 giugno 2022

News from Vegas, Massachusetts and WSOP

This week's gambling news finds us in Las Vegas, where the World Series of Poker has officially kicked off. But as the WSOP ramps up, some Las Vegas casinos remain closed from the pandemic. Also, a Massachusetts sports betting update just in time for the NBA Finals.

It’s that time of the year again! The 2022 World Series of Poker opened for business yesterday, and thousands of poker players looking to make a name for themselves have begun to descend on Las Vegas. The 2022 World Series of Poker is historic for one major reason. You see, in the 53 year history of the event this is the first time it’s being held on The Strip. Recent players will remember the days of the Rio Casino, but old timers know the event really started in downtown, down on Fremont Street, at Binion’s Horseshoe. And speaking of horseshoes, that’s exactly what Caesars Entertainment has decided to rename their Bally's - Las Vegas Casino. This years event is hosted at Bally’s and another Caesars property, Paris Las Vegas. However, the name Bally’s was actually sold. And soon the old Bally’s branding at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo will be coming down. When that happens, the new Horseshoe Las Vegas brand will be raised.

With at least three Station Casinos still closed in the Las Vegas area, the company has announced that they could remain shuttered for at least another year. Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel, Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel, and Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel are all still closed, and Station says that two of those properties have been approved by The North Las Vegas City Council to stay closed until at least 4 June 2023. Like so many others, these closures all began when the Coronavirus pandemic hit. At its height, up to 98% of Culinary Union workers were laid off. In fact, the Texas Station parking garage was being used as a testing and vaccination center.
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2022 World Series of Poker Week 2 in review

The excitement continues as the 53rd annual World Series of Poker wraps its second week of play at Bally's - Las Vegas, the future Horseshoe Las Vegas, and Paris Las Vegas. The WSOP once again eclipsed the 20,000-participant mark – this time with its Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em event – including players from more than 90 countries and every U.S. state represented. As the dust settles, week two of the WSOP is proving to be a landmark moment indicating a successful return of international poker play.

Week 2 Highlights

- Finally! Dan Smith takes home his first bracelet in Event #6: $25K Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Formerly known as the best player without a WSOP bracelet, an emotional Dan Smith emerged victorious, besting a high-profile field of 64 players and taking home $509,717 in winnings.- Henry Acain wins his first gold bracelet in one of the largest live fields in poker history
California resident Henry Acain bested a record-breaking field of more than 20,000 players to earn his first gold bracelet and six-figure cash in Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em.- David Peters claims his fourth gold bracelet in one of the fastest final tables in WSOP history
David Peters took home his fourth WSOP bracelet along with $1,166,810 after just 26 hands in the final table in Event #2: $100K High Roller Bounty, moving him up to fifth place on poker’s all-time money list.- Mid-week fields see a massive number of participants
Week two saw massive fields the entire week including a whopping 5,715 entrants in Event #11: No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, 2,392 entrants in Event #14: 6-handed No-Limit Hold’em and 1,240 entrants in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em.What To Look Forward To

- Sunday, 12 June – Event #24: FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold’em Presented by GG Poker
The always-popular hybrid, high-stakes format returns, giving players a chance to skip the beginning stages of the tournament and go right into the action.- Monday, 13 June – Event #28: HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha

Players will compete for a WSOP gold bracelet in one of the WSOP’s prestigious high-roller events in a high-stakes $50,000 buy-in tournamentUpcoming WSOP live streams on PokerGO

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT – Event #15: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
Sunday, 12 June – Event #19: $25,000 PLO High Roller
Tuesday, 14 June – Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
Wednesday, 15 June – Event #28: $50,000 PLO High Roller
Thursday, 16 June – Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship
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sabato 4 giugno 2022

2022 World Series of Poker week one in review4 June 2022

The 53rd annual World Series of Poker wrapped up its first week of play at its new home on the Las Vegas Strip inside Bally's - Las Vegas, the future Horseshoe Las Vegas, and Paris Las Vegas. With the first of 88 gold bracelets already awarded and the conclusion of two high roller events this weekend, the World Series of Poker opening week delivered on heartwarming victories, show-stopping action and a star-studded playing field featuring some of poker’s most prestigious players.

Week 1 Highlights

- Shuffle Up and Deal! Lisa Vanderpump kicks off the 53rd annual World Series of Poker
- Renowned restaurateur and television star Lisa Vanderpump kicked off the first-ever WSOP on the Las Vegas Strip with a memorable “Shuffle Up and Deal” moment at Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em.
- Katie Kopp takes home the first gold bracelet of this year’s WSOP in Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold’em
- Katie Kopp, a long-time dealer and poker player, beat a field of 832 players to claim her first WSOP gold bracelet at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. No stranger to the tournament, Kopp previously placed third in the same event back in 2018.
- Poker legend Phil Ivey cashes his first event following a year hiatus
- 10-time gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey made his grand return to the WSOP, placing #7 and taking home $133,127 in Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty.

What To Look Forward To

- Saturday, 4 June – Event #5A: The Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em
- Players will face off for a chance at a guaranteed $5,000,000 prize pool in one of the WSOP’s most anticipated events.
- Sunday, 5 June – Online Event #1: No Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout
- The first online event of this year’s WSOP will kick off with a $25,000 buy-in high roller event

The full 2022 WSOP schedule, including a booking link for discounted participant hotel rates, can be found on Players should follow @WSOP on Twitter or IG or check for event news and updates.

Upcoming WSOP live streaming on PokerGO: PokerGO is the exclusive home for 2022 WSOP live streaming. Available worldwide on all of your favorite devices, including Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV, and on any web or mobile browser at, PokerGO is streaming more than 30 days of live action from the 2022 WSOP, starting with Event #3: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout streaming live today at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up Championship will begin airing on Saturday, June 4, with the semifinal round. Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8, will see the conclusion of two high roller tournaments, Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller and Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Sign up for PokerGO so you never miss a WSOP moment.
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First WSOP gold bracelet of 2022 awarded

(via WSOP)

Katie Kopp (photo by WSOP)The 2022 World Series of Poker is officially in full swing. The first gold bracelet of the series was awarded today to Katie Kopp in Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold'em.

Kopp, a long-time dealer and player from Cleveland, Ohio, navigated a field of 832 players to claim her first WSOP gold bracelet at Bally's - Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas and the top prize of $65,168.

Short stacked for much of the final table, Kopp caught fire down the home stretch. With her mother Patty by her side, and her rail raining down chants of 'Can't stop Kopp', she eliminated her final three opponents en route to victory. For Kopp and her family poker runs deep.

"The feeling is so surreal being here with my mom," she said. "We travel and deal together. My whole family plays poker. My grandpa taught us. My brother and sister both have rings and even my nine and 10-year-olds know how to play."

Kopp, who finished third in this event back in 2018, was also the first person eliminated from this year's tournament on Day 1. She fired up her re-entry and the rest is history.

"Last time I was a short stack ninja and I did the same thing last time," she said. "I want to buy a house, and this will really help me get there."

Kopp had the loudest rail at the final table and by night's end, her mother was the last one at her side with tears in her eyes.

"My mom has been on her feet all day," she said. "She's railed me, standing on her feet the whole time. My mom loves poker. This is so exciting for her. I mean me and my mom, my mom is my best friend."

Only 82 players returned for Day 2 out of the 832 entries. It took about seven hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. Some of the players to fall just short of the final table were Kelli Phillips (12th - $3,043), Kenny Hallaert (15th - $2,483), and Charles Nguyen ($3,043).

First to fall on the final table was Kyle Dempsey ($4,813) when he shoved his ace-four into the king-queen suited of Brandon West. Dempsey caught aces up on the flop, but West made a spade flush on the river to send him home in ninth.

Not long after, Arturo Jimenez ($6,210) ran into a huge cooler and also fell at the hands of West. Jimenez shoved his two pair right into the top set of West and bowed out in eighth.

Out in seventh was Gonzalo Gonzalez ($8,147), he found himself short and shoved with pocket deuces, only to be eliminated by Vikram Vijay when he paired his ace-six. Vijay ($10,865) wouldn't last very long either. After losing a massive all-in, he was left short and exited in sixth.

Out in fifth would be Joe Chang ($14,725) who got it in good with his pocket kings against the ace-queen of Wyatt Frost. Frost drilled an ace on the flop and that would be it for Chang.

Four-handed play dragged on for a couple of levels, with each player holding the chip lead at one point. Katie Kopp managed to triple up three times in one level to keep herself in contention. Eventually, it was Shaun Colquhoun ($20,27) who bowed out in fourth. He found himself short on chips and ended up losing a flip with king-eight suited to the pocket fives of Kopp.

Next to go was West ($28,356), he called a shove from Kopp to create a massive pot with king-queen but could not best the pocket fives of Kopp.

Heads up play didn't last long, Kopp held a 5-1 advantage heading it, but Frost ($40,273) managed to double up to close the gap. That would be short-lived though as Frost shoved ace-nine right into the ace-queen of Kopp to claim her first WSOP bracelet.

"Dealing and playing gives you a greater appreciation for the game," she said. "Also more opportunity to grow your game if you pay attention."

Final Table Results

1 Katie Kopp United States $65,168
2 Wyatt Frost United States $40,273
3 Brandon West United States $28,356
4 Shaun Colquhoun United States $20,275
5 Joe Chang United States $14,725
6 Vikram Vijay United States $10,865
7 Gonzalo Gonzalez United States $8,147
8 Arturo Jimenez United States $6,210
9 Kyle Dempsey United States $4,813
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sabato 7 maggio 2022

Greentube launches content with PokerStars

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Gaming and Entertainment division, has taken its content live with PokerStars, one of the largest and most successful operators in Europe.

The launch has taken place initially in Italy, to be followed by other major markets on the continent including the UK, Denmark, Spain, Greece and Romania. A selection of the supplier’s top-performing titles is now available to PokerStars’ Italian customers, including Book of Ra, Dolphin’s Pearl Deluxe and Lucky Lady's Charm.

The new, long-term partnership with PokerStars represents a major deal for Greentube, with the ultimate goal for the supplier being to roll out its premium, localised content with the tier-one operator in multiple regulated European markets.

The PokerStars launch follows a period of strong growth for Greentube, with the supplier entering new markets in Europe, North America, Africa and LatAm.

David Bolas Commercial Director at Greentube UK, said: “This is our first market launch with PokerStars and it’s a thrill to be able to announce our debut with one of the biggest names in the iGaming world. Its success in resonating with players across multiple markets enables us to significantly increase the reach of our content, initially in Italy before hitting other territories across Europe. I believe this is only the start of what will be a long and mutually successful partnership.”
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BetMGM announces BetMGM Poker Championship

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, today announced that the first BetMGM Poker Championship is scheduled for 23-26 June at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament, scheduled during the 2022 ARIA Poker Classic, will lead four days of BetMGM poker events.

“The first-ever BetMGM Poker Championship descends on Las Vegas during one of the most exciting times of the poker season,” said Luke Staudenmaier, Director of Poker, BetMGM. “ARIA is a legendary poker brand and we’re thrilled that the Championship has become an integral part of this year’s Poker Classic. Through our relationship with MGM Resorts and its world-class U.S. properties, we’ll continue to leverage event programming and connect with players both online and in their favorite poker rooms.”

The BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA is a $3,500 buy-in no limit hold ‘em tournament carrying a $1 million guarantee. On Saturday, June 25, a $600 buy-in BetMGM Poker Mystery Bounty will mark the first time ARIA has run this modern take on a live poker knockout tournament.

Through a rolling schedule of daily qualifiers and weekly satellites, BetMGM Poker will award prize packages to at least 15 players from each U.S. live poker market. The packages include a buy-in for the BetMGM Poker Championship, travel expenses, and a five-night stay at ARIA.

As BetMGM continues to expand into new markets, responsible gaming education remains a key focus. BetMGM is proud to provide resources to help customers play responsibly including GameSense, an industry leading program, developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Through the GameSense integration within BetMGM’s mobile and desktop platforms, customers can directly access responsible gaming tools.
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sabato 30 aprile 2022

Caesars Entertainment expands Caesars Rewards program

Caesars Entertainment, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, has raised the stakes once again, now offering more ways than ever to earn Caesars Rewards Tier Status with the new and improved Caesars Rewards Visa card, in partnership with Bread Financial. For the first time, new and existing Caesars Rewards members will earn not just Reward Credits but also have the opportunity to raise their Tier Status with every purchase made using their Caesars Rewards Visa card.

"Caesars Rewards is the largest loyalty program in the industry, and we continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways to reward our members and help get them the best offers and rewards in the business," said Josh Jones, Chief Marketing Officer of Caesars Entertainment. "We are thrilled that, with the help of our partner Bread Financial, our Caesars Rewards members now have even more opportunities to unlock the experiences and service that only Caesars Rewards can provide."

Through purchases made on their Caesars Rewards Visa card, Caesars Rewards members have long earned Reward Credits which members can use on casino play, dining, travel and entertainment at the more than 50 Caesars Rewards destinations, as well as for free play and sports bets on the new Caesars Sportsbook and Casino app. Under this expanded program, they will also earn Tier Credits that accumulate and unlock higher status levels and benefits through the Caesars Rewards program. All new and current Caesars Rewards Visa cardholders will automatically be eligible to earn Reward Credits and Tier Credits under the new program.

"Using our proprietary optimization process for value propositions, Bread Financial and Caesars Entertainment created an elevated Tier Credit program with enhanced rewards that meet the needs of Caesars' most loyal customers," said Val Greer, EVP and chief commercial officer, Bread Financial. "The updated earning program gives consumers the opportunity to earn even more Reward Credits back on dining, travel and entertainment for use on their next trip to any Caesars Rewards destination."
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PokerStars sports betting exchange rolls out

This week's gambling news will be exciting for anyone who likes to bet on sports: The launch of the PokerStars Sports Betting Exchange. Find out what all the excitement is about, and learn about the possibility of regulated California sports betting as well.

PokerStars has decided to bring its players even more with the launch of their new peer-to-peer sports betting platform. The PokerStars Betting Exchange is now available at both at PokerStars .com and .eu sites, giving their customers access to a sports betting exchange on a global level while maintaining the ease of a single account and wallet. The PokerStars Betting Exchange uses technology from Flutter Entertainment, which gives PokerStars players access to a global liquidity pool. It’s the world’s largest betting exchange (the Betfair Exchange), which means that players have immediate access to global markets and opportunities to buy and sell bets with other players from around the world.

The betting exchange offers players better odds than a traditional sportsbook, as bets are placed directly against other customers. There is also Lay Betting, where players can bet on something not to happen (lay), as well as on something to happen (back). Also, players can enter their own odds, and if another player wants to take these odds then the bet is on! The sports betting exchange shares liquidity with the world’s largest sports betting exchange, Betfair, meaning there are always plenty of markets to bet on and customers to bet against. Richard Garrod, Director of Product at PokerStars, stated “We’re always looking at ways to bring PokerStars players something new, and to be able to do that in collaboration with our colleagues over at the world’s largest betting exchange is a huge privilege. Our research suggests that our customers would welcome the addition of an exchange product, with 70% of current sports bettors saying they want to get involved.
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sabato 23 aprile 2022

World Poker Tour returns to The Venetian Las Vegas

The World Poker Tour continues to expand its 2022 schedule with the $5,000 buy-in WPT Venetian Las Vegas beginning on 12 July, which will have a $4,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. This marks the largest prize pool guarantee ever for a WPT Main Tour stop at The Venetian Las Vegas.

Additional WPT events will be hosted from 7 July - 17 July, as part of the DeepStack Championship Poker Series, beginning with a 1-day $1,100 buy-in event. Other notable tournaments include the aforementioned $5,000 buy-in Main Event, a $2,400 buy-in 3-day tournament beginning on July 8, and another single-day $1,100 buy-in event on 11 July.

“We look forward to continuing to build upon our storied history of premier tournament poker at The Venetian Resort this summer”, said Adam Pliska, CEO of World Poker Tour. “I am confident that players will be impressed by our joint efforts with The Venetian Resort to make this event bigger and better than ever.”

The most recent WPT tournament at The Venetian Resort was in July 2021, where the $5,000 Main Event approached 1200 entries for a prize pool of over $5,500,000. Chad Eveslage of Muncie, Indiana, was the eventual champion, taking home $910,370 and joining the ranks of the other winners in the WPT Champions Club.

Entrants into all events on the DeepStack Championship Poker Series schedule will be eligible for the WPT Player of the Festival leaderboard, which awards a $1,100 WPT Passport to the player with the most points over the course of each tournament festival.

“We’ve created another exciting summer for poker players at The Venetian Resort,” said Tommy LaRosa, tournament director for The Venetian Poker Room. “The DeepStack Championship Poker Series is a must-play series every summer and adding four WPT events furthers our commitment to offering our players as many options as possible when planning their summers in Las Vegas.” Since the first WPT Main Tour stop at Venetian in 2019, WPT events have cleared millions of dollars in prize pools across all held tournaments. WPT’s $5,000 buy-in events at The Venetian Resort in March and July of 2021 cleared $4 million and $5 million prize pools, respectively.

Players can qualify for the WPT Venetian Las Vegas Main Event through ClubWPT, which will award two $7,000 Main Event seat packages to ClubWPT players in the month of April.
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World Series of Poker Online expands into Michigan

888, one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies, is pleased to announce that the World Series of Poker Online (WSOP Online) has launched in Michigan. 888’s world-class products are now available across six states in the U.S.

Famed as the world’s most prestigious and longest-running poker series, WSOP has awarded $3.5 billion in prize monies since its launch in 1970. In 2021, WSOP’s tournament attracted 127,075 entrants from 40 different counties and awarded more than $237 million in prize money.

WSOP Online is powered by 888’s proprietary next-generation poker platform which combines 888’s product-leadership principles and its innovation expertise, and is built on extensive ongoing research and feedback from its customers. It has rich graphics and animations, a crisp and clean user interface, and enhanced functionality to offer a complete experience for players. For players of all levels in Michigan, WSOP will be launching bracelet events and weekly tournaments on WSOP Online.

John Atkinson, US Business Development Director at 888, commented: “We are delighted to support WSOP with its eagerly anticipated launch in Michigan, bringing the world’s most renowned poker brand to players in the Great Lake State. This is not only another important milestone for WSOP but a key moment for 888, providing an opportunity to introduce our newest poker platform to more players across North America while strengthening our relationship with our long-term partner Caesars Interactive Entertainment. We look forward to working with our partners and regulators in extending the 888-powered interstate poker network to additional states over the coming months.”
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