Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Partypoker LIVE signs four-year deal with Casino Sochi and Resort

Russia’s Casino Sochi and Resort recently signed a four-year deal with partypoker LIVE to see the top poker brand be their primary partner for live poker gaming. The casino has only been open for little over a year, but quickly became a hot spot for poker tournament games in Eastern Europe. Huge events were hosted […]
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WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 54 Hopefuls

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event is set to kick off its Day 2 of play in a few hours. As many as 35 players made it to the end of Day 1B, played on Saturday at the host venue. They will join the 19 survivors from Day 1A at the tables of Harrah’s AC on Day 2 to fight for a spot at the official final table and for the title.

Day 1B of the $1,675 buy-in event drew 182 entries, including players who got eliminated during the first starting flight. By the time all levels scheduled for the day were completed, there were only 35 hopefuls left to bag and tag. Kevin Blackwood ended the day as the chip leader with 291,000 in chips. However, the player ranks third in the overall chip counts chart, trailing behind Scott Sisler and Matt Glantz, who bagged the largest stacks of Day 1A.

Sisler collected 417,000 in chips on Friday night. He is actually the only player to have cracked the 400,000 mark He is vying for his first gold ring from the series. The player has cashed in three WSOP Circuit events so far and in one WSOP tournament. In 2015, Sisler finished fourth in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty event during the WSOP in Las Vegas for a six-figure cash of $105,024.

Prize Pool and Places Paid

As registration closed last night, organizers announced that there were 306 entrants to have bought into the Harrah’s AC Main Event. They generated a prize pool of $459,000, exceeding the originally announced $400,000 in guaranteed prize money.

The money will be split into 33 payouts, min-cashes starting from $2,740. With 54 players still in contention, the money bubble is expected to burst during the first half of Day 2. The Day 2 survivors will have the task to play down to the official nine-handed final table. The event’s final day will be played on Monday at the host venue.

Each of the nine finalists will be guaranteed a minimum payout of $9,956. As for the winner, they will be awarded the amount of $107,862 and a coveted gold ring from the series.

There are a number of former gold ring winners among the 54 remaining competitors, including Loni Harwood, who is vying for gold ring number six and also has two gold bracelets from the WSOP, Joseph Liberta, William Anderson, and Vinny Pahuja. Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and one-time WPT Main Tour Main Event winner Andy Frankenberger is also still in contention in the Harrah’s AC Main Event and is looking to win his first gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series.

With just 21 spots away from the money and a number of poker celebrities entering into Day 2, it all shows that it will be an exciting and action-packed day at the host casino.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Scientific Games scores Kazakhstan lottery contract

Leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming, Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS), recently announced the launch of the National Lottery of Kazakhstan. All games, services and technology will be provided to the Lottery exclusively by Scientific Games, which along with the operator, JSC Satty Zhuldyz, was awarded a 15-year […]
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WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event Day 1A Ends with 19 Survivors

WSOP Circuit’s Harrah’s Atlantic City stop is approaching its end as the $1,675 Main Event kicked off yesterday at the popular Boardwalk casino. A total of 124 entries registered for the tournament, but only 19 of them managed to avoid elimination and will return for Day 2 action tomorrow.

Scott Sisler bagged the largest stack last night with a total of 417,000. Matt Glantz, a one-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner, is treading not far behind with 382,000. The player won his gold piece all the way back in 2006. He topped a $500 No-Limit Hold’em event at Caesars Atlantic City for $62,930 and the piece of jewelry. Glantz has cashed in 8 WSOP Circuit events so far. And he has run very well in WSOP events over the years. The player has cashed more than $2.8 million from the popular series annually taking place in Las Vegas.

Ben McCoy with 224,000, Jason Maeroff with 198,000, and Peter Vitantonio with 178,000 were the other three players to make it to top five of the temporary chip counts chart of the ongoing Harrah’s AC Main Event. Vitantonio is vying for his fourth gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series. In fact, the player is coming fresh from a victory in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo (Single-Day) at Harrah’s. He bested a field of 174 entries for a gold piece and $14,094 in prize money.

Gold Ring Winners Eying More Titles

Loni Harwood, a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and a five-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner, also secured a spot at the tournament’s Day 2 tables. Last month, the popular poker pro from Florida, won two gold pieces from the series in less than two weeks.

She first emerged victorious in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for $10,801 and then bested the field of the $2,200 High Roller at Rio Las Vegas for $72,802.

Janet Fitzgerald, Mike Linster, and Ylon Schwartz were among the players who failed to make it through the day, but they will all be able to fire another shot later today and hopefully secure a seat into Day 2.

As mentioned above, the 19 survivors from Day 1A of the Harra’s AC Main Event will have a day off today and will return at the host casino on Sunday for Day 2. Day 1B is set to be played today, which means that the field and the prize pool will continue swelling up.

The $1,675 buy-in tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $400,000, which could be reached and exceeded depending on the number of players who are going to register today. The final prize pool, the places paid, and the first-place prize for the winner will be announced tomorrow when registration closes. The tournament’s final table will be played on Monday, which means that the name of the winner will become clear in just two days.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

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Kindred Group and Betclic Receive Shared Online Poker Liquidity Licenses

SPS Betting France Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malta-based Kindred Group, and Betclic Enterprises Limited became the latest online poker operators to be granted a shared liquidity license from the French online gambling regulator, ARJEL.

SPS Betting operates the Unibet.fr online gambling website in France, which offers online poker, among other products. As for Betclic, it is a French online gambling group operating online sports betting, casino games, and online poker through its subsidiaries.

ARJEL said in press releases from Thursday that the two operators will be able to participate in the online shared liquidity project as long as they make sure that their operations are fully compliant with the conditions set in the shared liquidity agreement signed by the regulators of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal in the summer of 2017.

Under the terms of SPS Betting Betclic’s shared liquidity licenses, the operators will be able to merge their player pools only in the countries that participate in the scheme as long as they are licensed to operate there.

The operators’ software for sharing poker liquidity needs to be approved by the regulators of the jurisdictions where they would operate shared poker tables. SPS Betting and Betclic would also have to inform regulators about any changes that might occur in relation to their participation in the shared liquidity project, under their newly-issued licenses.

Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) acquired SPS Betting France in late 2011 for the amount of €5.625 million plus net cash adjustment of €1.5 million. Prior to the transaction, the French operator managed the EurosportBet and EurosportPoker brands in its domestic market. SPS Betting’s platform was then rebranded to Unibet.fr.

As mentioned above, SPS Betting and Betclic became the latest operators to be issued a shared liquidity license since December, when PokerStars received regulatory approval from ARJEL to participate in the project. Winamax, the major French poker operator, was the next to be given the nod for the scheme in February.

What Comes Next for Europe’s Liquidity Sharing Push?

PokerStars launched shared Franco-Spanish tables in January to mark the official start of the shared liquidity project. The operator is now gearing up to include its Portuguese player pool to its PokerStars Europe network.

Portugal’s shared liquidity technical standards framework was published in the country’s Official Journal last month. PokerStars informed its Portuguese players shortly after that it would first need to integrate the Seat Me feature in order to be able to open its European network for them. The integration was completed on March 6, but, according to local poker news outlets, software certifications need to be obtain before player pooling can begin.

Rafi Ashkenazi, CEO of The Stars Group, parent company of PokerStars, has recently said that they expect that Portugal will be able to join the shared liquidity scheme in the second quarter of the year. The same goes for Italy, which is yet to publish its technical standards framework.

The recently held general election in the country delayed its progress in relation to the shared liquidity project and it is believed that further delays might occur as Italian lawmakers seem to be trudging through the task of forming a new government.

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SkyCity Entertainment Group loses wrongful dismissal case

In New Zealand, local casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has reportedly been ordered to reinstate a former employee at its SkyCity Auckland venue and compensate him to the tune of NZ$25 000 ($18,000) after losing a wrongful dismissal case. According to a report from Asia Gaming Brief, the Employment Court of New Zealand found in […]