Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Report shows Boulder Strip best for slot players

In late January, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released its statewide gaming win statistics for last year, which reported a 2.8% increase for the state’s nonrestricted locations, from $11.26 billion in 2016 to $11.57 billion in 2017. “Nonrestricted” properties are defined as any venue that has more than 15 slot machines. So while the report counts the big casinos, it doesn’t figure in the state’s more than 2,000 bars & restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets that have some slots. The Las Vegas Review-Journal made note of some interesting takeaways from the Gaming Control Board’s year-end gaming win report. Keep in mind that “gaming win” refers to the casino’s take, not the player’s. Statewide, casinos on the Strip had the highest slot win percentage at 8.04%, which means that in 2017, casinos paid players 91.96% of what went in. The Boulder Strip in Southern Nevada, meanwhile, had the lowest win at 5.53%; the best for players. The Nevada Gaming Commission defines the Boulder Strip to include the Boulder Hwy., as well as all of the casinos in the city of Henderson. Downtown Las Vegas had the biggest change in slot win percentage since 2016, where it was up 0.28 points to 7.34% from 7.06%. In Southern Nevada, Laughlin had the highest table game win percentage at 19.41%, while North Las Vegas had the biggest increase in win percentage at 14.97%, up 2.19 points from 12.78%. By slot denomination, penny slots were the biggest revenue generator, for the most part, because the market is full of them. On 54,754 machines, the state’s Gaming Control Board reported win of $3.17 billion. The state’s 70,568 multi-denomination machines won $3.13 billion. At 12.07%, Megabucks machines had the best win percentage on slots. The $25 slots were the best for players, with a win percentage of 4.97%. There are still more blackjack tables on casino floors, with 2,582 statewide than any other table game. Roulette was a distant second at 457 wheels. Blackjack managed $1.21 billion in win, an increase of 5.4% from 2016, with casinos at a 14.8% win percentage. The state’s 382 Baccarat games, which had a 12.7% win percentage, produced $1.15 billion, a 5.6% decline from 2016. It might be worth a trip to the Boulder Strip for slot lovers.
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Dominique Mosley Wins WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek $3,250 High Roller

Dominique Mosley, originally from North Carolina but currently residing in Florida, won the highest buy-in event on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop. The player snatched his first gold ring from the series and a first-place payout of $75,480 for winning the $3,250 High Roller.

The tournament drew 74 entries. The field included local recreational players, traveling grinders from here and there, and poker professionals, including Mosley himself. The overall prize pool of $222,000 was split into payouts for the top eight finishers.

The tournament was played over two days. The second day kicked off with nine players who were just a single elimination away from the money bubble. Mosley was third in chips at the time cards were thrown in the air for Day 2 play. Maurice Costigan,who won his seat into the event via a satellite, and Martin Ryan, who vied for WSOP Circuit gold ring number six, were the only two players ahead of the eventual winner at that time. Costigan went out in seventh place and Ryan fell in fourth.

What turned out to be Mosley’s most important hand was dealt namely during four-handed play. The player confronted Mike Dwyer in that pivotal hand to eventually win it. Mosley assumed the chip lead shortly after and never looked back.

The 31-year-old poker pro played heads-up against Matt Stout. The two-handed duel lasted several hands, during which Mosley left his final opponent with no chance to improve. On what turned out to be the last hand in play, Mosley limped in on the button and Stout raised. Mosley three-bet and Stout shoved for his last 700,000.

Mosley snap-called and tabled [Ac][Kh] to Stout’s [Ad][Jc]. The board ran out [6c][3s][2d][5h][7s], securing the pot and the title for Mosley. His opponent received $46,702 for his deep run in the event.

Mosley’s Career

Mosley has been playing poker professionally for some time now. The player currently lives in South Florida to take advantage of the region’s thriving poker scene. Commenting on his poker preferences, he said that he prefers playing Pot-Limit Omaha to two-card formats. “A Pot-Limit Omaha specialist”, he would call himself. However, the player does not lack skills in two-card games, as well.

Mosley’s cash from the $3,250 High Roller was his second from the WSOP Circuit series. He also previously cashed in eight WSOP events. His overall winnings from both series currently amount to more than $229,094.

The WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop is entering its final days. Day 2 of the $1,675 Main Event is set to be played today when players will set the official final table. Nine-handed action will resume tomorrow when the winner will be determined to mark the end of the WSOP Circuit’s Florida stop. The tournament featured a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million which was improved significantly due to great interest.

A prize pool of $1,240,500 will be split among the top 90 finishers. The winner will receive nearly $242,000 for their efforts.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Portugal Publishes Poker Liquidity Technical Standards; PokerStars Anticipated to Admit Portuguese Players to Europe Network Soon

Portugal’s technical standards framework on shared online poker liquidity (Regulamento n.º 115/2018) was published in the country’s Official Journal on Friday, February 16, local media reported. The publication of said framework means that there are no more regulatory hurdles before Portugal’s participation in the shared liquidity project.

The country was one of four, with France, Spain, and Italy being the other three, to sign the shared liquidity agreement in Rome in the summer of 2017. Generally speaking, the project is hoped to give a much-needed boost to online poker in Europe’s segregated markets.

France and Spain were the first two participating countries to roll out shared online poker tables. And PokerStars was the first and is currently the only online poker operator to offer Franco-Spanish tables via its PokerStars Europe network. The online poker brand launched the network in mid-January and it can be said that is participation in the shared liquidity project was off to a good start.

According to data from PokerScout, PokerStars Europe is currently the world’s third largest network in terms of cash game activity. It is also among the largest in terms of overall traffic. At the time of writing, there are a total of 17,930 players online on the poker network. Of those, 2,177 are playing cash games. The 24-hour cash game peak stood at 5,220 online cash game players.

Aside from PokerStars, other online poker operators have too expressed interest in participating in the shared liquidity scheme, with Winamax, partypoker, and 888 being among those. Winamax recently received the go-ahead to join the project from France’s online gambling regulator, ARJEL. However, the operator needs licenses from the other participating countries in order to be able to do that, as it is currently licensed in France only.

What the Publication of Regulamento n.º 115/2018 Means for Portugal’s Online Poker

The publication of the shared liquidity technical standard in Portugal’s Official Journal means that PokerStars could and probably would open its PokerStars Europe network to Portuguese players anytime now.

The inclusion of the country will boost the operator’s new network significantly in terms of liquidity, as there has been quite some activity on PokerStars’ .pt website since its launch in late 2016. According to PokerScout, there are more than 39,500 players online on PokerStars.pt at the time of writing, or more than twice as much as the current traffic of PokerStars Europe.

The publication of the technical standards framework could also encourage SRIJ, Portugal’s gambling regulator, to finally expand the country’s online poker market. At present, PokerStars is the only licensed operator to operate in Portugal. As mentioned above, the poker room received its license from SRIJ in 2016 and went live with a .pt website in December of that year. No poker licenses have been issued since then and industry experts have pointed out that SRIJ might be waiting for the start of the shared liquidity project before opening the local poker market to more operators.

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Las Vegas Valley gets two new PT’s Gold taverns courtesy of Golden Entertainment

The Las Vegas Valley reportedly has two new PT’s Gold taverns, making them Nevada-based Golden Entertainment Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GDEN) 58th and 59th neighborhood watering holes in the Silver State. Located just one mile south of the Henderson Pavilion events center, the first of the two new facilities to open was PT’s Gold (pictured) at 690 South Green Valley Ranch Parkway, which began welcoming patrons on Feb. 3. The other new PT’s Gold opened for business on Feb. 10 at 9732 West Maule Avenue in southwestern Las Vegas, according to the company’s press release. Both of the traditional neighborhood taverns are operated by PT’s Entertainment Group and feature a wide variety of award-winning food and beverage choices. Along with comfortable seating, craft beer from PT’s Brewing Company and HD 4K TVs, both PT’s have 15 bar-top slot and video poker machines. The PT’s in Henderson will have an additional amenity in the spring when its outdoor patio opens. Guests can also count on both PT’s featuring the brand’s award-winning happy hour, where from 5pm to 7pm and from midnight to 2am the taverns offer half-off drinks and select appetizers and pizzas for $5. All 59 PT’s taverns in Nevada are part of the Beer & Bites dining loyalty program and the Golden Rewards player loyalty program. According to the company’s press release, together, the two new taverns will employ nearly 50 team members. “Our goal is to bring the best tavern experience to neighborhoods across the Las Vegas Valley,” said Blake L. Sartini II, senior vice president of distributed gaming for Golden Entertainment. “PT’s is known for our friendly local atmosphere where our guests can find consistently great food and drinks, excellent service, and a winning gaming experience.” Included in the company’s tavern brands are: PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co., Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Formed by the merger of Blake Sartini’s Golden Gaming and Lakes Entertainment in January 2015, Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions –distributed gaming and resort and casino operations. The Company operates some 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and employs more than 7,200 team members. The company owns eight casino resorts; seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland and via its distributed gaming business in Montana and Nevada owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada and operates video gaming devices at approximately 1,000 locations.
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Developer LongRunn to build $4.2 billion casino city on Yeongjong Island, S. Korea

LongRunn International Group (“LongRunn”), investor and developer of large-scale Integrated Resorts (IR), landmark real estate developments, infrastructural and environmental projects in Asia, has reportedly penned a deal that will see it build a 76,000 square meter multi-resort complex on Yeongjong Island in Incheon, South Korea at a total cost 4.5 trillion won (US$4.2 billion). The island is home to the Incheon International Airport, which was built on reclaimed land between Yeongjongdo and Yongyudo Islands. The Incheon Bridge connects the island to the mainland and provides direct access between Songdo and Incheon International Airport. According to globalconstructionreview.com (GCR), a website of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), under the terms of the deal, which was reportedly signed on Sunday in Singapore, the Chinese developer agreed to purchase a parcel of land on the manmade island for $80 million to be used for a $4.2 billion development to be named “Diamond City.” Incheon Free Economic Zone Commissioner Kim Jin-yong, reportedly said that the new contract would aid Yeongjong Island in competing with the likes of Las Vegas and Macau. CGR reports that according to LongRunn, the billion-dollar development will feature a casino and a seven-star hotel, as well as office towers, schools, malls and a medical centre specializing in cosmetic surgery. Additionally, the development will also be home to theme parks, a K-pop hub and an “interactive world cultural avenue”. LongRunn has reportedly been in discussions with the Korean government regarding the development since 2014. Upon completion, Diamond City will neighbor the partially opened casino and hotel complex, Paradise City, developed by Paradise SegaSammy Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Sega Sammy Holdings of Japan and Paradise Co., Ltd. of South Korea.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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Caesars putting public safety ahead of guest privacy

caesars-do-not-disturb-security-policyUS casino operators are putting public safety ahead of customer privacy in the wake of last year’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that casino operator Caesars Entertainment would now enter its guests’ hotel rooms every 24 hours, regardless of whether the occupants have hung out a plea for privacy.

Caesars plans to implement the new policy ‘soon’ at all 47 of its properties across the globe. The company may also provide staff with ‘panic buttons’ allowing them to promptly summon assistance should they feel threatened for whatever reason.

Company spokesperson Noel Stevenson said the new policies were a direct response to “recent tragic events,” referencing last October’s mass shooting at an outdoor concert on the Strip that left 58 concert-goers dead. To protect hotel staff from potential harm, Caesars said security guards will conduct the checks on rooms displaying Do Not Disturb signs.

Caesars is the latest casino company to tighten its oversight of goings-on by its guests, including Boyd Gaming, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts, in whose Mandalay Bay property the Vegas shooter amassed his weaponry over a period of several weeks, but which went undetected due to the Do Not Disturb sign hung on the doorknob.

MGM’s new policy authorizes hotel security to enter a room if its guest has not interacted in person or over the phone with hotel staff for a period of 48 hours.

The new room checks will also likely cut down on the frequency of less malevolent but nonetheless dangerous incidents, such as would-be drug lords setting up methamphetamine laboratories in casino hotel rooms. A makeshift meth lab resulted in a fire at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City this week that injured one hotel staffer.

Casinos around the globe have been beefing up their security protocols in the wake of last year’s Vegas shooting and the purposely set fire at the Resorts World Manila casino that left 37 guests dead.

Last month, Galaxy Entertainment Group teamed up with Macau authorities on a mock hostage incident at Galaxy Macau to test the reactions of emergency response teams. That same week, a similar exercise was conducted at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

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