Monday, February 19, 2018

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Clark County Witnesses Travelers Profit Surge Prior to ilani Casino Resort Event Center Launch

The region of Clark County in Washington state is experiencing quite the positive surge of profit in the last years and this is a positive tendency which promises strong profits for the year 2018 as well. The news comes only several weeks prior to the official opening of the new facility of the ilani Casino Resort which is going to be a brand new meeting and entertainment center ready to welcome thousands of guests.

The information regarding the growing interest of tourists from near and far towards the location was brought by the most recent report issued by Visit Vancouver USA. This is the destination marketing organization providing information regarding the latest happenings in the area and the bearer of good news for the region. According to the data provided by the organization, the location is enjoying more tourists which in turn propel ahead the development of the local economy.

Jacob Schmidt is Director of Marketing for the City of Vancouver and as he claimed the recent years have seen a steady growth. The year of 2000 saw some $273.5 million generated by tourists in the area and in comparison to the data issued for 2016, the jump is significant. Thanks to the growing popularity of the area of Clark County, the growth of profits reached $472.5 million. These rates are expected to be even higher after the official launch of ilani Casino Resort which took place back in April 2017.

Gambling and Entertainment Offerings in Clark County

The casino resort which is situated some 26 kilometers north of Portland saw its official opening in the spring of 2017, which was closely followed by the launch of the long-anticipated restaurant offerings located at the Waterfront Vancouver in July. For everyone interested in giving the location a try there are two restaurants as well as a 90-foot pier and a park. It is not a secret to anyone that food-providing facilities are among the most popular boosts for the development of a given area and 2016 saw a 25-percent increase to $123.3 million on food purchases in comparison to 2010.

This April is going to see the latest addition to the ilani Casino Resort which is expected to bring an even bigger cash inflow to the region. As a celebration of twelve months of operation, the resort is planning to welcome the brand new event center which will bring big names in the entertainment industry to Clark County and propel ahead the economy. Kara Fox-LaRose, President and General Manager of ilani claimed that the new center will span across 30,000 square feet, as It will feature a 22,000-square-foot Cowlitz Ballroom.

It will be able to host up to 800 people when it is utilized at its banquet-style layout, whereas there is also the option for welcoming as many as 2,500 people when set up for concerts. There will be a pre-function area dedicated for receptions, as well as a boards room, which could be used for meetings with fewer people. The new addition will provide a well-rounded range of offerings able to serve on various occasions, but according to the management, it will not compete with the existing event centers in the area.

All scheduled congregations and concerts will be held at a time, which would not interfere with the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater and the Clark County Event Center, thus preventing the conflicts of events and controlling the city traffic situation.

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Winamax Could Roll Out Shared Online Poker Tables within Next Two Months

French online poker operator Winamax will need around two months to join the Western Europe-wide shared online liquidity project. The poker room is currently licensed to operate in its home country and recently received the go-ahead form the local gambling regulator, ARJEL, to share liquidity in the countries that participate in the scheme.

Winamax has already applied for the necessary license to operate in Spain but the country’s regulatory body, DGOJ, is yet to issue it. In Italy, the French operator secured its presence through the acquisition of the existing license of online gambling website bet-at-home. It is also waiting for approval to enter Portugal. The country has kept PokerStars the only licensed operator in its poker market for over a year now.

However, the Portuguese Official Journal published the technical standards framework for shared liquidity this past Friday, which practically means that locally licensed operators can now merge their Portuguese player pools with those in the other participating countries. It is believed that SRIJ, the Portuguese gambling regulator, would now admit more operators to the local market. Winamax and partypoker have already expressed interest in the Portuguese poker environment. It is yet to be seen whether 888poker, another major poker operator, would show appetites to expand its footprint to Portugal.

As to when Winamax will be able to merge its player pools, Emilio Domingues from Spanish-language poker training website EducaPoker said on Twitter that bureaucratic procedures would probably delay the poker room’s launch in the other participating countries. However, the French operator is expected to eventually go live with shared poker tables in Spain and France within the next two months.

Once Italy publishes its own technical standards framework, Winamax will also be able to go live in that country, as well, and to merge its Italian pool with those in the other partnering countries in the shared liquidity scheme.

PokerStars and Shared Liquidity

It seems that the world’s largest poker room will have a couple of months during which it will be the sole participant in the shared liquidity project. PokerStars rolled out Franco-Spanish tables in mid-January. Its PokerStars Europe network quickly became the third largest in terms of cash game volumes and one of the largest in terms of overall traffic.

At the time of writing, there are 12,758 players online on PokerStars Europe. As many as 683 of them are playing cash games. The 24-hour peak stands at 4,983 cash game players.

It is yet to be seen when exactly PokerStars will open its network to Portuguese players now as the country has officially joined the shared liquidity project. However, given the fact that it rolled out its Franco-Spanish tables on the very day when Spain authorized shared liquidity through a publication on its Official State Gazette, the operator will probably be almost as quick to include players from Portugal.

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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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