Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:49 PM

Wishwood Slots -- IGT

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IGT celebrated the recent launch of its online game Wishwood Slots by hosting Wishwood-themed customer events in Malta and Gibraltar.

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1
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If all goes well, NJ online poker players at WSOP NJ and 888 Poker NJ will be able to compete against others in Nevada and Delaware when the first interstate games launch May 1.

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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

The UK Government is set to reduce the maximum stake on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, The Times reports citing people familiar with the ongoing discussions. An announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The decision was to be made public at an earlier stage, but according to media reports from yesterday the delay was incurred by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who was said to have previously been opposed to such a massive cut in the maximum stake. Mr. Hammond reportedly contested the measure as it would result into a huge fall in tax revenue.

At present, FOBTs accept £100 maximum stakes every 20 seconds. Following a review into the gaming machines sector conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, it was announced last fall that the maximum bet would be cut to somewhere between £50 and £2. A reduction to £2 would cost the exchequer £450 million in annual tax contributions, it has been estimated.

Latest media reports indicate that Mr. Hammond may be close to settling what was believed to be an ongoing dispute with supporters of a bigger reduction of the betting limits, with the latter group being led by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. Sources told The Times that “[they] are nearly there”.

It is believed that Mr. Hancock and his team have managed to appease concerns voiced by Mr. Hammond about the impact the massive crackdown on FOBTs would have on tax revenue.

Alternative Revenue Sources

It is understood that levies will increase on other gambling services to offset losses incurred by the FOBTs crackdown. It is yet to be announced how exactly other forms of gambling will be taxed.

The announcement about the UK Government’s decision on the changes that will be introduced in the gambling machines sector is expected within the next several weeks. However, it will not be made before next week’s local elections due to purdah rules.

Following yesterday’s reports about Mr. Hammond’s opposition to a reduction of the maximum bet to £2, several influential MPs said that they would contest any decision that does not include a cut of the maximum stake to £2. Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles were among those to say that they “will not support half measures”. Both officials took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shares in William Hill tumbled 11% as news about the pending crackdown on one of its key sources of revenue emerged earlier today. GVC, which recently acquired Ladbrokes Coral – the operator of the largest number of FOBTs across the UK, saw its shares go down 4.8% earlier today.

The B2 gaming machines or FOBTs represent UK’s second largest gambling sector. They generated gross gambling yield of £1.8 billion in the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Dylan Wilkerson Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

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Dylan Wilkerson Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

Former WSOP Circuit Main Event winner Dylan Wilkerson won a second such title last night at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The player emerged as the victor after a great heads-up show with runner-up finisher and poker veteran Erick Lindgren.

Wilkerson’s payday totaled $294,152. He also captured his second gold ring from the series. The player won his first gold piece last spring when he bested the field of the $1,675 Main Event at The Bicycle stop of the Circuit.

Wilkerson came into the final day of the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event as one of the 19 survivors from the previous day. The player was seventh in chips at the beginning of Day 3 play with 1.315 million.

By the time the unofficial final table was set, the eventual champion had climbed to second in the chip counts chart. Shortly after, Wilkerson took the chip lead to mostly stay atop during the remaining stages of the tournament.

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee was one of the last stops on the series’ 2017/2018 calendar. Its $1,675 Main Event drew a field of 1,060 entries who created a prize pool of $1.59 million. The top 108 places got paid, min-cash starting from $2,926. The event was played over four days.

Its final stage, the heads-up between Wilkerson and Lindgren lasted nearly three hours and saw the chip lead exchange hands on several occasions.

Lengthy Heads-Up

The two-handed match began with Wilkerson holding a 4:1 lead over his final opponent. He secured his advantage after eliminating two players within a single hand. Wilkerson busted Howard Setzer and Daniel Wagner in fourth and third to collect their chips and enter heads-up with a stack that should have given him some comfort.

However, the player did not have a good start to the duel and gradually lost grip to find himself at an 8:1 disadvantage to Lindgren.

Wilkerson managed to regain momentum and to begin to gradually rebuild his stack. He evened the counts to eventually take the lead and never look back. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Wilkerson shoved for 7.255 million pre-flop, putting himself and his fellow player at great risk. Lindgren called for his last remaining chips and tabled pocket Queens to Wilkerson’s pocket Kings. A blank board sealed it for Wilkerson and sent Lindgren to the rail for a second-place payout of $181,864.

In his post-victory interview, Wilkerson said that he felt relieved to have captured the title after the action-packed heads-up. Of him losing his good advantage at the beginning of heads-up, the player said that nothing went his way and he probably did not play that well, thus allowing his opponent to take advantage of the situation. Wilkerson was happy to have had the chance to come back and eventually win the tournament.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 6:06 PM

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision
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Despite being against sports betting and litigants in the NJ sports betting case (Murphy vs NCAA), the NBA and MLB have reportedly met with NJ lawmakers ahead of a SCOTUS decision to help frame sports betting regulations.

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

As many as 29,319 Belgians self-excluded themselves from gambling (both online and at land-based venues) in 2017, according to a press release published earlier today on the official website of Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

The reported figure represents a 9% increase from 2016, when 26,782 opted for exclusion from various types of gambling services.

Another 158,413 were banned from gambling with a court ruling. Most of the court orders were issued to gamblers who had accumulated large debts as a result from their habits. Under Belgium’s gambling law, a court could ban residents from gambling, both online and at brick-and-mortar facilities, in certain cases.

It was also found that 409 gamblers were banned from participating in gambling activities after a request from a third party, including family members and/or partners. The requests are filed to and processed by the Belgian Gaming Commission.

According to today’s press release, the number of excluded and self-excluded people has grown significantly over the past five years. In 2013, 19,670 gamblers self-excluded themselves, while 82,580 were issued a court order and 89 were banned from gambling after a third-party request.

The names of all self-excluded players as well as of those banned from gambling as a result from a court ruling or a third-party request are added to a specially created system. Belgium’s Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) has been active since 2004. It contains information about all gambling customers that have self-excluded themselves or have been banned from gambling. All gambling customers have their names and dates of birth checked into EPIS upon opening an account with a gambling website or entering a brick-and-mortar gambling facility so that excluded persons are prevented from gambling.

Additional Responsible Gambling Measures

While Belgian lawmakers and gambling regulators consider the country’s gambling exclusion system a powerful protection tool, a new set of rules aimed at serving the same purpose and enhancing existing tools were introduced last fall.

Last October, Belgian politicians gave the nod to proposed curbs on the way gambling services are advertised in the country. The move came as part of the Belgian government’s efforts to limit the proliferation of gambling among vulnerable people.

The new measures prohibit gambling operators from advertising their products during live sports broadcasts. Gambling ads should also not appear on Belgian media before a 10 pm watershed, unless they are part of a non-live sports program. In this case such ads should not air 15 minutes before and after children-focused programs. The new rules also aimed to crack down on affiliate marketing, banning the use of third-party websites for the promotion of gambling products and services.

Legislators also crafted non-advertising limitations as part of the larger package of measures, including a €275 monthly cap on the maximum value of bonuses offered by online gambling operators to each of their customers. Under the new rules, players would not be able to deposit more than €500 per week to fuel their online gambling accounts.

It is still to be confirmed when the new regulations would take effect. But it is believed that they will come into force eight months after their publication in the Belgian Official Journal.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:25 AM

Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

As many as 182 players reached Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event after entering the tournament on Days 1A and B. They are set to return at the host casino at noon North Carolina time and to continue their battle for the first-place prize and the gold ring that goes along with it.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event attracted a field of 1,060 tournament entries who cracked the $1 million guarantee and generated a prize pool of $1.59 million. However, only the top 108 finishers will be treated to a portion of the money, which means that bursting the money bubble will be the first thing on today’s agenda.

The remaining survivors are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels today at the host venue. Their goal will be to hopefully reach the official nine-handed final table, but with 182 hopefuls left in contention that could be a difficult task.

The first flight of the tournament was played on Friday at Harrah’s Cherokee. It saw 407 players putting up the $1,675 buy-in fee to enter the event. Of them, only 67 bagged and tagged for the night. They were led by Andrew Mousmoules with 314,500 in chips.

Another 652 entries joined the field on Day 1B, which played Saturday at the host casino. However, only 115 survived throughout the day to secure a seat into Day 2. North Carolina native Jason Sandling ended Day 1B as the chip leader, transforming his 20,000 starting stack into a 340,000 one. The player will thus start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader across the tournament’s two starting flights.

Previous Triumphs

Sandling is vying for his third gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series and his second WSOP Circuit Main Event title. The player won his first Main Event at the same host venue four years ago. He topped a field of 665 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to scoop a first-place prize of $204,487 and his first-ever gold piece from the popular poker series.

A year later, Sandling won a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Horseshoe Baltimore for his second gold ring and a first-place payout of $14,505. He is now in a great position to make history at Harrah’s Cherokee, winning his second title from a Main Event and his largest WSOP Circuit cash.

As mentioned earlier, the top 108 finishers in the tournament will get paid. Payouts start from $2,926, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $294,152. Aside from the gold ring and the prize money, the winner will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship for a chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet.

Daniel Weinman is another player to be eying a second Main Event title. The player won that same event at Harrah’s Cherokee in 2015 for a gold ring and $280,260. Other notables still in contention include five-time gold ring winner Kurt Jewell, Josh Arieh, and Jonathan Hilton.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:28 AM

John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

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John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

John Dollinger from Gulf Breeze, Florida captured last night his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after running cold on one notable previous occasion. The poker pro bested 243 tournament entries in the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a $200,000 guarantee, played at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Dollinger also received $59,536 in prize money to go along with his shiny new gold ring from the popular series. Two years ago, the player ran deep into the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event. He eventually finished runner-up to David Hubbard. Dollinger scooped a $145,186 payout for finishing second in that event.

The brand new WSOP Circuit champion performed quite well in the event he took down last night at the host casino Harrah’s Cherokee. The player was mid-stacked upon entering the six-handed final table of the event. From that point on he only built up his stack to emerge the chip leader.

Dollinger faced Texan Daniel Jones heads-up. The two-handed match began with the eventual champion holding the chip lead. Dollinger never lost his advantage over his last opponent in the field of the $1,125 buy-in tournament. However, Jones proved to be a tough nut to crack as he made several attempts to double.

Jones actually managed to win some chips on two occasions, but never really came close to Dollinger. His final attempt to improve his situation at the table cost him his further participation. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Jones went in for his last chips, hoping that Lady Luck would smile upon him.

The player had [Kh][Qh] which clashed into Dollinger’s [Ah][5c]. A dry board secured the victory for Dollinger, sending Jones to the rail. The latter collected $36,875 for making it that far into the tournament.

Event #8

The $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 was the eighth gold ring event to be played as part of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. As mentioned earlier, the tournament drew 243 entries from all over the United States.

The event’s field cracked the guarantee and created a prize pool of $243,000. There were payouts for the final 26 finishers. The min-cash totaled $1,308. Players completed the event over two days of action.

There are three more gold rings left up for grabs at Harrah’s Cherokee. The $1,675 Main Event is, too, among the tournaments yet to be completed. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. It kicked off Friday at the host venue and will run through April 23.

As many as 407 players paid the buy-in fee of $1,675 to enter the event during Day 1A. Of them, only 67 made it through the end of the day and will return at Harrah’s Cherokee on Sunday for Day 2.

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Singapore Needs Greater Consolidation of Casino Regulators, Says Josephine Teo

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Singapore Needs Greater Consolidation of Casino Regulators, Says Josephine Teo

Josephine Teo, the Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs of Singapore, said that greater consolidation of the functions of casino regulatory authorities should be considered, especially at a time when the country’s gambling landscape has been quite complex.

Today, Ms. Teo took part in the annual Workplan Seminar of the Casino Regulatory Authority seminar that was held at Biopolis in Buano Vista. She highlighted the fact that currently, different regulations and agencies are set to control the gambling products offered in the country, such as casinos, private clubs’ fruit machines as well as online gambling. The Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs also gave her assessment for the approach, saying that such partial strategy and measures would hardly be sustainable or suitable enough in order for the constantly increasing difficulties related to the existing gambling landscape.

The seminar, at which Ms. Teo was present, was aimed at outlining the history of the agency and providing better perspective of the future challenges it is expected to face. It was held as an one-day event in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Casino Regulatory Authority.

Singapore Gambling Sector to Face Further Challenges

Increasing regional competition was pointed as one of the most serious challenges posed to Singapore casinos. Ms. Teo also predicted that competition for tourism revenues is to become even stronger, with a lot of jurisdictions keeping their eyes on the Singapore integrated resort (IR) concept. According to the Second Minister, the local integrated resorts would face some difficulties to stay ahead of competition.

Singapore is currently home to two integrated casino resorts. The first one, Resorts World Sentosa, is run by Genting Singapore Plc, while the second one, Marina Bay Sands, is operated by a division of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Integrated resorts, however, are not a special trademark of Singapore only, as other jurisdictions have been aimed at adding IRs to their gambling industries as well. Japan, for example, is slowly but surely approaching a regulated casino industry that is to feature casinos as part of larger hotel, gaming and entertainment complexes.

Technological disruption, on the other hand, has been outlined as another major challenge to be faced by the gambling sector in Singapore. New game types, new payment methods as well as new gaming machines are constantly added, which basically means that local casino regulatory authorities need to review their methods and establish qualitative control to adequately face the latest developments of the industry. According to Ms. Teo, regulations could and need to evolve in order to allow a more coherent system to be set and to maintain the balance between efficient regulation and keeping the market open for innovations.

For some time now, the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore has been preparing for certain development, with the competent authorities being studying the wider gambling regulatory framework in the country. Ms. Teo urged the Casino Regulatory Authority to put more efforts into building up capabilities, stamina, new and more effective strategies and integrity in order to adapt to the new demands of the local market.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 6:21 PM

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal
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In another change for Atlantic City's casinos, Carl Icahn has sold Tropicana Atlantic City hotel and casino as part of a larger deal that gives Tropicana Entertainment Inc. new owners.

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Vizexplorer Launches New Golden Record Solution For Casinos

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Intelligent data matching enables unified customer records and helps operators understand the total value of their players for the first time

European Dealer Championship 2018 comes to Adriatic country of Montenegro

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European Dealer Championship 2018 comes to Adriatic country of Montenegro

The 12th edition of the European Dealer Championship (EDC) organised by the European Casino Association (ECA) is coming to Resort & Casino Maestral in Montenegro from 7 – 9 May 2018. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:48 PM

A memorable debut for CasinoFlex Systems at the FADJA show in Colombia

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A memorable debut for CasinoFlex Systems at the FADJA show in Colombia

Promising meetings held with operators from all around Latin America

Canberra Casino Owners Claim ACT Government Kept Quiet about Pokies Legislation Changes

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Canberra Casino Owners Claim ACT Government Kept Quiet about Pokies Legislation Changes

Aquis Entertainment Group, which currently owns Canberra Casino, made claims that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government kept the company uninformed for almost a year and a half about the details of its legislation set to greenlight poker machines at the Canberra Casino.

Jessica Mellor, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Aquis, released a statement to the stock exchange, following the Government’s decision to provide the company with a month-long period to confirm its further plans for the Canberra Casino. As Casino News Daily reported, the casino owner was given until May 14th to submit a final proposal for the redevelopment of Canberra Casino.

The first bid made by Hong Kong mogul Tony Fung majority-owned Aquis in 2015 amounted to A$330 million, with the company seeking permission to operate 500 poker machines on local premises. The negotiations, however, failed to reach a compromise for several years, fueling the uncertainty about the redevelopment project’s fate. Then, in 2017 an agreement was reached between the Australian Greens and the Labor Party, under which legislation could allow up to 200 pokies in the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Moreover, 60 electronic table games could also be added to the casino offerings under certain regulatory rules.

A few months after the legislation was officially rolled out, Aquis Entertainment was given some time to make an update on its unsolicited bid in a month. Gordon Ramsay, Attorney General, commented on the matter at the time when the announcement was made, saying that the casino expansion was important part of the Government’s plans to reduce the poker machines in the Australian Capital Territory from about 5,000 to 4,000 over the next couple of years.

Aquis Would Have to Consider the Redevelopment Again

As mentioned above, the Chief Executive Officer of Aquis claimed that the company did not get a response from the Government detailing it about the legislation update for 17 months after the case was lodged in June 2016.

Still, Ms. Mellor pledged that the Canberra Casino owner is to respond to the Government’s request within the timeframe provided, but she explained that the company would have to undertake a thorough consideration on the matter in order to assess the potential impact of such a step under stricter regulatory rules. Aquis’ CEO further shared that the company remains willing to develop an integrated resort in Canberra and said it would work in collaboration with the Government in order to achieve its goals.

In case that Aquis Entertainment goes on with its bid to add 200 pokies as part of Canberra Casino redevelopment, it would be forced to operate under stricter regulatory rules. The company would have to purchase 300 poker machine operating licenses, despite the fact it would lose 100 of them. Also, a maximum bet limit of A$2 is to be allowed at the poker machines.

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Atlantic City Casino Revenue Slips Again In March, But Summer Is On The Horizon

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Slips Again In March, But Summer Is On The Horizon
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Four nor'easters lumbered through New Jersey in March, resulting in a decrease of year-on-year revenue for Atlantic City's seven casinos. But with summer comes Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino.

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