Las Vegas beware: Online gambling sites are growing in popularity and visibility, making them a winning force in the online advertising market, according to a report released Wednesday by Jupiter Media Metrix Inc.
European Poker Tour announces 45-event Deauville schedule
The European Poker Tour today confirmed the schedule for the EPT10 Deauville Festival in January 2014, with the GPI European Poker Awards as part of the 11-day festival.
From January 22 – February 1, 2014 the beautiful Casino Barri?re will serve as the base for the French stop of the world’s richest poker tour, which will join forces with the France Poker Series (FPS) Season 3 Grand Final from January 22 – 26. The festival will feature the FPS €1,100 Main Event with a guaranteed €500,000 prize pool, a €2,500 FPS High Roller, a €10,300 EPT High Roller, plus a host of different game variants with buy-ins from €120. The flagship EPT €5,300 Main Event will take place from January 26. For the first time, at the Deauville stop, the international min-raise rule will be enforced allowing players to make smaller raises and have more pre-flop betting action.
This is the seventh time that the tour has headed to the French seaside resort – the first was back in Season 1 when American player Brandon Schaefer lifted the trophy and pocketed the €144,000 first prize. Last year Remi Castaignon took down the Main Event after besting a field of 782 players to pocket the €770,000 first prize, becoming the eighth French player to pick up an EPT title.
$183,623 bad beat jackpot hits at Harrah’s Philadelphia
Harrah's Philadelphia announced that at 5:10 pm on Championship Sunday, its Total Bad Beat Jackpot of $183,623 hit at one of its Texas Hold‘em Poker 1-2 No-Limit tables. In addition to the two main poker players embroiled in the hand, five other players received a payout of $9,181 simply for sitting at the table at the time of the hit. To date, Philadelphia’s home of the Bad Beat has paid out over $1,925,635 in winnings.
“2013 was a tremendous year for Harrah’s Philadelphia poker players striking it big with our Bad Beat Jackpot, with this latest hit its seems that 2014 could possibly even be bigger,” said Ron Baumann, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Harrah’s Philadelphia would like to congratulate all the players stationed at the poker table at the time of the hit on Sunday, as well as the hundreds of others who have cashed-in since the Bad Beats’ inception.”
Anthony Nicodemo, of Philadelphia, PA, thought he had the winning hand when he laid out his Quad Kings, only to experience a bad beat when opponent David Gallagher, of Ridley Park, PA, flashed his King High Straight Flush and secured the win. The losing hand earned Nicodemo $91,811 while Gallagher added $45,905 to his wallet. The Total Bad Beat Jackpot currently sits at $119,727.
The Bad Beat Jackpot is a prize that is paid when a sufficiently strong hand is shown down and loses to an even stronger hand held by another player. The Bad Beat Jackpot is progressive, with $1.00 taken out of each pot to fund the jackpot (in addition to the regular rake). When a jackpot is won, it will be split among all players sitting at a Bad Beat eligible table and in all of the Caesars Total Reward Poker rooms in Atlantic City at the time of the bad beat with the losing hand getting the largest share. On the heels of this Total Bad Beat Jackpot win, Caesars Entertainment immediately administered the reset jackpot at $100,000.
Aberdeenshire fisherman lands £5.4m BetVictor casino jackpot from 20p stake
An Aberdeenshire fisherman landed a £5.4m jackpot after starting with 20p on an online casino - then vowed to keep working as he would miss it too much.
The trawlerman has decided to keep his identity a secret after his win on the BetVictor slot game.
He kept on playing after his 20p stake swelled, before finally netting the jackpot.
The winner said he will give some to charity.
He has not decided what to do with the rest.
GTECH launches standalone jackpot at ICE 2014
GTECH, with its gaming product brand, SPIELO, is launching two new casino management system products at booth N5-16 at the ICE Totally Gaming show in London from February 4 - 6, 2014. The company is bringing gaming to life as it showcases JP2go and Rub4Riches, alongside its comprehensive portfolio of GALAXIS casino systems modules and its SYSTEM2go packaged slot solution.
GTECH is introducing JP2go as the first fully-installed, turnkey jackpot solution in a standalone package. Independent of other systems, deployment is quick and easy. JP2go offers targeted, revenue-building mystery, progressive and wide area jackpots to create excitement on the floor and increase machine play for an all-inclusive, per-machine price. A high-tech multimedia signage solution is included in the package to promote jackpots and share the excitement of big wins. During ICE, operators will have the chance to win a free product license by entering a prize draw.
Rub4Riches, the newest product in the GALAXIS BONUSING module, brings the thrill of scratch cards to slot machines and provides operators with a novel, interactive bonusing tool that instantly rewards players at the point of play. Once a player reaches a play threshold or meets other criteria predetermined by the casino, Rub4Riches displays a customized scratch card on the CRYSTAL.net touch-screen player interface. Players use the interface to rub areas on the screen for a chance to win promotional credits in real time, directly at the slot machine. Rub4Riches helps casinos promote loyalty, encourage longer play and differentiate the casino from other gaming venues.
gameViz advanced gaming analytics will also be demonstrated at ICE. Integrated into the GALAXIS ANALYTICS portfolio and supplied in partnership with BIS2, gameViz provides a new way to visualize advanced business intelligence using advanced "Super Graphics." It helps operators to understand slot machine performance and customer preferences to identify practical ways to improve revenue and profit.
The full range of the powerful and comprehensive GALAXIS Casino System will be on show at ICE. The system comprises nine modules and covering every aspect of casinos systems management, and live demonstrations on both slots and tables will be available to visitors. GALAXIS is installed worldwide, offering operators the most complete package of progressive and mystery jackpots, player club and bonusing tools, as well as the choice of ticket and card-based cashless options. Experience the interactive capabilities of GTECH’s in-machine CRYSTAL.net display firsthand.
GTECH’s SYSTEM2go essential slot management system combines on-line accounting and remote monitoring with a complete jackpot system in a single package. Advanced features, including Ticket-In, Ticket-Out, Magnetic Card cashless, and Player Tracking are also available as add-ons in an all-inclusive package. Because the solution is web-based, management can remotely access real-time information from a single property, even a single machine, or an entire multi-site estate. Simple to install and operate, SYSTEM2go is a cost-effective, versatile system for all types of slot venues.
These are a sample GTECH’s full complement of cabinets, games, systems, and software, including products for both land-based and interactive operations. Visit Booth N5-16 at ICE 2014 to see more, and find out more about how GTECH is bringing gaming to life.
Partial World Series of Poker schedule announced
The 45th running of the World Series of Poker – the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament series – begins on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – marking the 10th consecutive year the event has been held in the Rio Convention Center.
The action-packed schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and thrice daily deep stack tournaments running for 49 consecutive days, concluding with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Monday, July 14, 2014.
The summer festival reaches its pinnacle with the globe’s longest-running poker tournament -- the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Main Event championship -- which is slated to run over ten consecutive days from July 5 - July 14, 2014.
The WSOP Main Event will feature three starting flights – Saturday, July 5; Sunday, July 6; and Monday, July 7.
“In our 45th year, and tenth at the Rio, we are hard at work to make the 2014 World Series of Poker the biggest and best yet,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We will build it, we hope you will come.”
WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event. While in New Jersey or Nevada, eligible players can play on WSOP.com, whether a resident or not, and satellites are expected to run regularly throughout the WSOP.
Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio start as low as $75. Cash games will begin on May 27 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the Rio Convention Center.
Some key tournaments already penciled in on the schedule include:
Saturday, May 31 – The opening Saturday event features the $1500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker” where the winner walks away with potentially 666 times their investment – a guaranteed $1,000,000. (This event featured 6,343 entries in 2013 and the winner earned $1,198,780). The prize pool for this event last year exceeded $8.5 million.
Sunday, June 29 – The return of the Big One for ONE DROP, the $1,000,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em charity event to benefit ONE DROP where the winner can conceivably walk away with the largest prize ever awarded in poker – in excess of $20,000,000 – with the field capped at 56 players.
Thursday, July 3 & Friday, July 4 – The return of the Little One for ONE DROP, the $1,111 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event to benefit the ONE DROP charity. The two-day start, unlimited re-entry (through first four levels) event featured 4,756 players in its debut and a huge nearly $4.3 million prize pool up for grabs. The winner walked away with $663,727. The Little One for ONE DROP will also be the last No-Limit Hold’em event offered prior to the WSOP Main Event.
Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.
The 2013 WSOP attracted 79,471 participants – the largest attendance in the WSOP’s 44-year history – in a total of 62 events, generating a prize pool of more than $197 million. Participants in WSOP events hailed from 107 countries in 2013. The WSOP Main Event, won by Michigan’s Ryan Riess this year, attracted 6,352 players and awarded Riess $8,361,570.
The current slate of individual events offered during the 45th Annual WSOP are being finalized, with 60+ official gold bracelet events expected, with weekends catering to the No-Limit Hold’em weekend warriors and a broad range of other variations of poker at both entry level and championship level buy-ins being mixed in throughout the series. Specific events for Seniors, Ladies and Casino Employees are all being planned as well.
The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in January.