Scott Steward Leads Star-Studded Pack of WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 1A Survivors

Scott Steward eyes sixth WSOP Circuit gold ring, leading Day 1A’s 22 survivors into Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 2

It was a busy day of poker at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino as the Main Event of the current WSOP Circuit stop kicked off Friday morning with the first of two starting flights. As many as 176 entries registered into the tournament through Flight 1, but after long 17 levels of play, there were only 22 hopefuls left to advance into Sunday’s Day 2. read more

Hard Rock’s Atlantic City Casino Fined for Compliance Failures

The casino company has failed to inform the New Jersey gambling regulator about the employment of a marketing executive

Casino and hospitality company Hard Rock International was fined by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for compliance failures, local news outlet the Press of Atlantic City reported on Friday. Hard Rock operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opened doors on June 28 at the site of the former Trump Taj Mahal. read more

Poker Alliance Comes Out Against Florida’s Amendment 3

Ever since it took over the Poker Players Alliance, Poker Central has been extremely quiet. The organization was rebranded at the time of the takeover, with Poker Central renaming the group the Poker Alliance, but it didn’t exactly jump back into the fray regarding poker, gaming or…anything, to be honest. Now the new Poker Alliance is looking to reenter the poker community’s consciousness by staking positions on some of the hot issues facing poker and gaming, both live and presumably online.

Brenner: “Vote NO on Amendment 3” read more

Relatives of Adam Laxalt Won’t Vote for Him for Nevada Governor

Adam Laxalt is the Attorney General of Nevada. He is currently running for Governor on the Republican side of the ballot. He is also, somewhat oddly considering the state he wishes to lead, against online poker. He is also getting very little support from his family, as is evidenced by a recent op-ed penned by a dozen of his relatives in the Reno Gazette Journal.

Yes, twelve of Laxalt’s relatives support his opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak. read more

FTC Approves Penn National Gaming’s $2.8-Billion Acquisition of Fellow Casino Company

Companies should divest casino assets in three Midwestern cities over competition concerns

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved earlier this week Penn National Gaming’s previously announced purchase of fellow casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment in a deal valued at $2.8 billion. However, the two companies are now required by the FTC to divest casino assets in three Midwestern cities within ten days after the completion of the acquisition deal. read more

Austin Farmer Wins Debut WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Latest WSOP Circuit gold ring winner drove more than eight hours to take part in the Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop

Austin Farmer fell sick during the WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop a couple of weeks ago and could not really play poker there. However, he was the star of the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max Big Blind Ante tournament at Horseshoe Southern Indiana last night, taking down the event for his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and a cash prize of $23,648. read more

Google Play Wipes 56 Gambling Apps Targeting Vietnamese Gamblers

Removed apps have offered casino-style games, which are prohibited under Vietnamese gambling laws

Google has wiped out 56 gambling apps from its Google Play app store as those were breaching Vietnam’s existing gambling laws, local news outlet Vietnam News reports citing official information by the Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information, Le Quang Tu Do. read more

Failed Lucky Dragon Casino Resort Closes Hotel Tower

Failed casino resort scheduled to be sold at foreclosure auction on October 30

The nine-story hotel tower of the failed Lucky Dragon Las Vegas boutique casino resort closed doors Tuesday, October 2. The hotel’s closure came after the casino and food and beverage facilities at the north Strip property were shuttered this past January. read more

Dave Potter Grabs First WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

The WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop is in full swing at the host casino and four gold ring events have been completed since the beginning of this thrilling live poker festival. The latest of these four crowned its victor last night.

Dave Potter from Louisville, Kentucky claimed his first WSOP Circuit cash in nine years after besting the field of Event #4 last night. The player took down the $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Big Blind Ante for a first-place prize of $13,490 and his first gold ring from the series. read more

Online Poker Opponent Jon Kyl Back in U.S. Senate

Oh wonderful. Look who’s back. On Monday, Jon Kyl, one of the men responsible for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), was named by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as replacement for the late John McCain in the Senate. There isn’t anything going on in the Senate when it comes to online poker, but it is not pleasant to see one of online poker’s top opponents – and an overall despicable lawmaker – trolling the halls of Congress once again.

Senate terms run six years and McCain’s seat was not up for re-election until 2022. Fortunately, Kyl has said that he will not be seeking re-election (or at least he says that for now), opting to just serve as McCain’s substitute. And, assuming Kyl sticks to his current word, he won’t even be in the seat for the full term. Arizona states that there must be a special election in 2020 to fill the final two years of McCain’s term. read more

Gambling Debate Rekindled in Virginia as Group Proposes Casino in Bristol

The new owners of the vacated Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia are considering the opportunity to turn the site into a casino resort, local news outlet the Bristol Herald Courier reported over the weekend.

The reports were confirmed by Clyde Stacy, the head of the group that acquired the 450,000-square-foot facility earlier this year. They have hired public relations firm Alliance Group Ltd. to assume lobbying responsibilities for the proposed development of a casino within a larger resort-style property. read more

Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation to Craft Chips for Seoul Casino

South Korea’s Minting and Security Printing Corporation has agreed to create new chips for Grand Korea Leisure, the state-run entity operating the Seven Luck casino in Seoul. The state-owned corporation is responsible for printing and minting banknotes and coins as well as government documents of different nature.

Seven Luck is one of South Korea’s foreigners-only casinos. As mentioned above, the property is located in the capital of the Asian country. Under a memorandum of understanding, penned earlier today, South Korea’s state mint will use its technology to craft new chips for the gambling venue. read more

Poland’s Piotr Nurzynski Wins Record-Breaking EPT Barcelona Main Event

This year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event was one to remember. The tournament turned out to be the largest one Main Event ever played within the EPT series and was packed with action and poker thrill.

It was Poland’s Piotr Nurzynski who outmaneuvered the event’s 1,931-strong field. The player, who is a doctor by trade but has been roaming the world over the past two years, was the last man standing after a seven-hour finale that was played Sunday at Casino Barcelona. He collected €1,037,109 for his efforts and a Platinum Pass for the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship next year. read more

Northern Marianas Casino Regulator Reports Progress in Saipan Resort Villas Construction

The Northern Marianas Casino Commission has asked Hong Kong-listed integrated resort developer Imperial Pacific International to fast-track the construction of luxury villas as part of its major development in the village of Garapan on the Saipan Island.

Casino Commission Chairman Juan Sablan and other officials from the regulator inspected the site of the hotel and casino complex property last week. Mr. Sablan told local media that there has been progress in the construction of the 15 villas that are planned to be added to the integrated resort, but there was still a lot of work to be done. The official further noted that IPI should take the necessary measures to speed up the process. read more

West Virginia Lottery Director Resigns as State Launches Sports Betting

The Director of the West Virginia Lottery resigned from his post on the same day the state’s first legal sportsbook celebrated its soft opening and two days before a grand opening ceremony was held at the facility, a press release from the office of Gov. Jim Justice reads.

Alan Larrick was appointed as head of the state gambling regulator in January 2017. He is from Beckley and prior to his appointment at the West Virginia Lottery he worked as an attorney at his hometown for nearly four decades. read more

Bruno Fitoussi Becomes Latest partypoker Brand Ambassador

Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi has joined the cluster of partypoker brand ambassadors to promote the poker operator’s live events across Europe. News about his new role arrive just a few months after his fellow countryman, Bertrand Elky Grospellier, was assigned a similar promotional task by the GVC Holdings-owned major poker brand.

Fitoussi’s first outing as a brand ambassador will be during the upcoming MILLIONS UK at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. The live poker festival is set to kick off on September 29 at the host venue with £8.5 million in guaranteed prize money, including a guaranteed prize pool of £5 million for the Main Event. Fitoussi will also participate in the Caribbean Poker Party and WPT Deepstacks later this year as part of his new role. read more

Crown Resorts Allowed to Keep Melbourne Casino License

Australian gambling operator Crown Resorts will keep the license for its Melbourne casino operation, following today’s publication of a review of the business by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

In its sixth review into Crown’s operations, the gambling regulator added 20 recommendations for improvements in certain areas, including institutional governance, the promotion of responsible gambling, and organizational approach to regulation. Following today’s publication of the VCGLR review, Crown said in a letter to the ASX that it accepts all recommendations made, has already begun working on eight of them, and will make sure to follow the remaining 12 in a timely manner. read more

SiGMA’s Eman Pulis Joins Ganapati as Senior Advisor ahead of Planned G8C ICO

International gaming company Ganapati Group today announced the appointment of Eman Pulis as a Senior Advisor of its subsidiary GanaEight Coin Limited, issuer of the G8C tokens, ahead of a planned ICO launch. Mr. Pulis is the founder and CEO of SiGMA (Summit of iGaming Malta) and Malta Blockchain Summit, both widely known and recognized as melting pots for innovation and knowledge in the online gaming industry and the brave new world of blockchain.

Ganapati revealed plans to launch an ICO for its G8C token last month. The company has offices in numerous jurisdictions around the globe, including in Malta where it operates under a license issued from the Malta Gaming Authority. read more

PokerStars Brings Innovation into 2018 WCOOP Schedule, Awards over $116 Million in Prizes

Online poker room PokerStars has finally announced this year’s schedule for the World Championship of Online Poker and it can officially be said that there will be a little something for players of all levels of skill and for every bankroll during the major online festival.

This year’s WCOOP edition is slated to take place on September 2-17. It will feature as many as 182 different tournaments across 61 events. It is also understood from a post on PokerStars’ official blog that there will be tiered buy-in levels for players sporting bankrolls of different size. The three tiers will be Low, Medium, and High and buy-in fees within those would vary from $2.2 to $25,000 for the highest buy-in events set to take place within the championship. read more

Nine Pennsylvania Casinos Apply for Online Poker Licenses

Pennsylvania finally legalized online poker last fall and now the industry is finally, slowly starting to ramp up. The first deadline for casinos to apply for interactive gaming licenses was early last week and though for a while it looked like very few or even none of them would file petitions, in the end, nine of the state’s twelve casinos not only apply for poker licenses, but applied for all three gaming licenses.

In Pennsylvania, the twelve land-based casinos (there are currently eleven, but one will open later this year) get first dibs on licenses. There are three types of licenses available: internet poker, internet table games, and internet slots. The application fee alone for each is $4 million. For those who applied for all three by July 16th, though, the cost was $10 million combined. read more

Poker Tournaments Starting July 3-8

The WSOP is in full swing in Las Vegas and the WSOP Main Event is already drawing players from here and there to the poker tables of Rio All-Suite Resort & Casino. The casino might be the center of poker action right now, but it is far from being the only place in the United States where quality poker action is slated to take place this week.

There are a number of exciting tournaments scheduled to kick off in the next few days and they all promise poker thrill and excitement as well as hefty payouts for those running deep. Here are some such events and a little more information about what players could expect from them. read more

Slovak Authorities Raid Gambling Facilities, Seize Machines in Massive Anti-Illegal Gambling Operation

Slovakia’s Financial Administration has seized a number of quiz and gambling machines in what turned out to be the biggest illegal gambling operation to have been carried out in the country in recent years.

Local news outlet The Slovak Spectator reported earlier today that after multiple raids across the country, the Financial Administration seized late last month five devices of the quiz machine type and 75 gambling machines. The operation was carried out over two days, June 28-29, and was part of the Slovak government’s continued effort to combat illegal gambling. read more

Truyen Nguyen Leads 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 1A Survivors

It is that happy time of the year when poker celebrities, recreational players, and amateurs are flocking to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in the WSOP $10,000 Main Event. Day 1A of this year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament was played Monday at the host casino and 661 survived until the end to secure a spot into Day 2.

The event features two more starting flights, the first of which will be played today starting 11 am local time. read more

Italy’s Gambling Advertising Ban Gets Government Tick, Takes Effect January 1, 2019

A full ban on gambling advertising is set to take effect in Italy from January 1, 2019, it was confirmed last night after the Italian Council of Ministers approved the so-called Dignity Decree authored by Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio.

Under Article 8 of the piece of legislation, all forms of advertising of gambling products and services across all media outlets, including television, radio, and the Internet as well as during sporting, cultural, and entertainment events, will be prohibited from next year. Sponsorships of football and other sports clubs will also be prohibited under the newly approved decree. read more

Italy’s Proposed Gambling Ads Ban Could Open Pandora’s Box of Trouble for the Industry

With a brand new, very populist, and very anti-gambling government, Italy seems to be on the cusp of completely banning gambling advertising, thus opening what many would consider a Pandora’s box of nasty consequences for its gambling industry.

The debate over the potential prohibition of any gambling-related promotional content on any Italian media outlet has been part of Italy’s political scene over the past several months, but it has escalated into a war of words between politicians and gambling industry stakeholders over the past few weeks as more details about the actual prohibition have emerged. read more

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Penned With Bonkers Tax Rate

The good news: Kentucky state Senators are trying to legalize sports betting in the state next year. The bad news: the taxes they propose will kill the industry before it starts.

Senator Julian Carroll (D – Dist. 7) pre-filed BR 29, essentially getting it all set to go so that he can quickly introduce it next year. The bill would require the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to implement a sports betting system. Sports wagering would be permitted at licensed horse racing tracks and off-track betting venues. read more

Netherlands Fine Tuning Gambling Regulations, Moving Toward Open Market

Last week, Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security posted a statement outlining his Ministry’s plans for changes to the Netherlands’ Remote Gambling Act in an effort to open up the country for online gambling while at the same time offering protections to players.

Not that long ago, it looked like the Netherlands was going to go in much the opposite direction: ring-fence its players from the rest of the world and make the state-owned Holland Casino, which holds a land-based gambling monopoly in the country, the lone authorized online gambling provider. read more

Joe Cada Wins Third Career Bracelet in 2018 WSOP $3,000 SHOOTOUT

Joe Cada scored his third-ever WSOP victory a few hours ago after he remained the last man standing in the $3,000 SHOOTOUT event. The player thus claimed his third gold bracelet and boosted his WSOP earnings, which already exceed $10 million, by adding a payout of $226,218.

This year’s $3,000 SHOOTOUT drew a field of 363 entries to nearly crash last year’s record-breaking attendance. A prize pool of $980,100 was generated and was split in payouts for the top 50 finishers. read more