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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino has moved to settle the remaining portion of its claim against card manufacturer Gemaco in a high-profile case involving the gambling venue and popular poker pro Phil Ivey.

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