An earthquake on a tiny South Pacific island nation signaled an inauspicious start for Australian billionaire businessman Kerry Packer's Vanuatu-based online casino.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.