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

Japanese Prime Minister Reiterates Need for Transparent Casino Location Selection Process

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has once again stressed on the importance of a fair selection of locations for the country’s first integrated resorts with casino floor.

Mr. Abe talked about the crucial step of conducting fair, unbiased, and transparent screenings when locations are selected during a Friday meeting of the Diet’s House of Representatives Committee. read more

Joe Cada Leads 10 Into WSOP $3,000 SHOOTOUT Finale

The 2009 WSOP Main Event champ, Joe Cada, is looking to add a third gold bracelet to his career portfolio as he is leading a pack of 10 players into the final day of Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT.

The player already has more than $10 million in WSOP earnings and has recorded 29 cashes within the series, which certainly means that he is quite comfortable playing WSOP events and makes him a feared opponent. read more

Senator Orrin Hatch Wants Federal Regulation of Sports Betting

So this week has been an exciting one in the gambling world, hasn’t it? The United States Supreme Court deemed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional, making it permissible for states to legalize and regulate sports betting. A handful of states, including the state we have to thank for this legal victory, New Jersey, will likely have sports betting going within weeks. A number of others have legislation in the works and might not be too far behind. And then there is Senator Orrin Hatch (R – Utah), one of the original authors of PASPA, who announced just after the PASPA ruling that he wants sports gambling regulated on the federal level.

On his Congressional website, Sen. Hatch said: read more

Sports Bettors Rejoice: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns PASPA

It was a day that everyone assume was coming, but until this morning, there was always going to be at least some doubt. In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of New Jersey and against the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, and NCAA, striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and opening the door for states to legalize and regulate sports betting.

PASPA was a straight-up ban on sports betting, a federal law which said that individual states were forbidden from authorizing the activity. States which had regulated gambling for the previous ten years were allowed to be grandfathered in to sports betting, but only four – Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Delaware – took advantage of that. Nevada is the only one with traditional casino sports books; the others have various forms of lottery-based sports wagering and are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. read more

Unregulated Online Gambling Operations Account for 54% of Sweden’s iGaming Market

Sweden’s gambling market was worth SEK5.63 billion (approximately $631.9 million, €528.4 million) during the first quarter of 2018, up 2.8% from the same three-month period a year ago, the latest figures released by the country’s gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen show.

Half of the gambling revenue generated during the first quarter of the year came from online gambling operations. Online casino games and sports betting services thus contributed around SEK2.8 billion to the quarterly revenue bulk. Sweden’s online gambling market grew 16% year-on-year in terms of revenue generated during the three months ended March 31, 2018, while the country’s land-based market shrunk 8% year-on-year. read more

Tomas Jozonis Leads 16 Finalists Into EPT Monte Carlo Main Event Day 5

Day 4 of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event was a relatively short one but full of action and speedy eliminations of tournament entries. The day kicked off with 45 remaining players, but several hours later that number was reduced to just 16 finalists.

The 16 hopefuls are set to return at the host casino today at noon local time to play down to the official six-handed final table. Each of the finalists is guaranteed a minimum cash of €31,700, but they will all look for a spot among the final six for a chance to eventually win the €712,000 first-place prize. read more

partypoker Shared Online Poker Liquidity Launch Set to Happen Any Day Now

Partypoker, the online poker brand of gambling giant GVC Holdings, seems to be quickly inching closer toward joining the shared online poker liquidity project that officially launched early in 2018.

The operator said at the end of April that it was updating its .es website to make it look the same as its global .com website, thus indicating that the launch of shared poker tables is imminent. According to recent reports, partypoker was expected to go live with shared Franco-Spanish tables on the last day of April or May 1. It seems now that Spanish and French players will have to wait for a little more before being able to play with counterparts from the other country, but it also seems that partypoker’s entry into the shared liquidity scheme might happen any moment now. read more

Japan Casino Bidding Process Will Begin in Late 2019, Melco CEO Believes

The bidding process for Japan’s first integrated resorts will likely begin late next year or even in 2020, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said in an interview with business media outlet Bloomberg.

Melco currently operates integrated resorts in Macau and the Philippines and is betting big on Japan as the next big integrated resort and casino gambling market. read more

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Rep. Charlie Dent Retiring from Congress Earlier Than Expected

You know that feeling when you are around a person and you think to yourself, “Why won’t they just go away already?” Well, I’ve never been around him, but I’ve had that feeling about Rep. Charlie Dent (R – Penn.) for a while now. And guess what? He’s actually about to go away! Last fall, Dent announced that he would not run for re-election, but recently, he decided he wasn’t even going to wait for the end of his term and would walk away within the next few weeks. Though he is not my representative (mine is actually worse), I will not miss him.

Dent has positioned himself as a moderate Republican, serving as co-chair of the Tuesday Group Caucus, which is supposed to be a counter to the continued shifting of the party to the far right. But despite this positioning, Dent took up an extremely conservative stance on online poker, looking to ban it completely. read more

Poker Players Alliance Fails in Fundraising Drive, Future in Doubt

After making a plea to its membership base for donations to continue their efforts, the future of the Poker Players Alliance is in doubt as those pleas apparently went unheard.

In what has been a tumultuous few months for the Poker Players Alliance, the organization issued the call for donations as its leadership changed. In February, longtime Executive Director John Pappas stepped down from his position, indicating in some interviews that the lack of monetary support was part of the impetus in his decision. While Pappas was stepping away from leading the Poker Players Alliance, former Vice President for Player Relations Rich Muny stepped to the fore and took over the Executive Director role. read more

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Borgata Casino and Gemaco Move to Settle High-Profile Dispute Off Court

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Legal news outlet Law360 reported that according to a Friday letter filed in a New Jersey federal court by the Borgata, the casino and Gemaco have begun “discussing a resolution” of their dispute. The two parties requested 60 days to negotiate the terms of a potential settlement. The letter was filed by the Borgata’s legal team, but it stated that Gemaco attorneys concurred with the settlement request. read more

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Supports Casino at O’Hare International Airport

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The Chicago mayoral election is a year away but campaigns are already heating up, with candidates rolling out materials promoting their candidacy and challenging their opponents. According to political experts, next year’s race will be the most heated one in years, particularly given the fact that Mr. McCarthy, who was fired by incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel as police superintendent back in 2015, would participate. It is believed that the events surrounding his departure could come out during the election process. read more

Benjamin Zamani Wins First WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Planet Hollywood

Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani added last night another piece of WSOP hardware to his collection of poker trophies. The player bested a field of 870 entries in the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event to claim his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and a first-place prize of $192,152.

Zamani entered the final day of the tournament along with nine other survivors from Day 2. The player was third in chips at that point in play with 1.5 million. He was well behind the start-of-the-day chip leader Scott Powrie who had 3.925 million when cards were thrown in the air for Day 3 of the Planet Hollywood Main Event. Barry Hutter, another former WSOP gold bracelet winner, was second in chips at the start of the day. read more