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StarGames Players Excited Over New “Sizzling Hot” Online Slot!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

StarGames is set to offer a few new slot games this week, one of which is the title Sizzling Hot.” The game is your basic fruit type slot but with a sizzling twist. The hot fruit salad mix of symbols is featured on the reels along with fiery 7 and sparkling stars. The naughty fruit will provide a winner with five pay lines and wagers of 0.40€ to 50€ available.

The goal of the game is to create five identical symbols next to each other on the pay lines. Winning patterns run left to right so you want to enjoy a hot win by seeing the spicy fruit on the reels in consecutive order. Two consecutive cherry symbols on the reels will provide a win along with three consecutive identical symbols on the pay lines!

Within the Sizzling Hot game, the star is the scatter symbol. You want to see this symbol on the reels as it pays out regardless of the position it holds on the reels. See three stars on the reels and you will win an even larger payout! This gets even larger if you’re fortunate enough to hit the progressive jackpot this awesome slot also offers – so happy spinning (am I right?)!

The creators of Sizzling Hot decided to use classic fruit symbols to give the game an old-school feel. You will find grapes, oranges and lemons on the reels, with the goal of seeing consecutive fruits in order to earn a win. Add the stars in the mix and you certainly have a winning combination. It really does make for a visual delight, especially for new casino customers who are getting accustomed to online games.

Created by Novomatic, the new slot game is sure to please. Easy to play, even for the beginner, Sizzling Hot is just one of many titles provided by the software brand for players to enjoy. The game is already enjoyed at land-based casinos so the online version is sure to be a popular choice among slot players.


Daniel Weinman Earns WPT Tournament of Champions Win

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The second annual World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions has finished up and it was poker pro Daniel Weinman who earned the first place win. Weinman had to face Michael Mizrachi in heads-up play to earn the title win and not only did he earn a huge prize but he also took home a 2018 Audi S5 coupe, custom poker table and a ton more prizes! The added value of the additional prizes certainly made the big win even sweeter!

66 players made up the field of competitors as the World Poker Tour event is played by WPT champions. Players either win a seat for free or they are a champion from a previous season and they buy-in for $15,000. The tournament was sponsored by Monster and saw an additional $100,000 added to the pot via the tournament sponsor.

When the final day of game play began, Weinman was the chip leader but had to fight to stay in the competition. Other top players at the table included Erik Seidel and of course Mizrachi. When heads up play began, Weinman would have about a 5 to 1 chip lead over Mizrachi. However, the lead by Weinman would dwindle as Mizrachi doubled up a few times. However, Weinman would maintain the lead and ended up earning the win with A-8 off suit.

The final hand would show a W-J-3-8-7 on the board with Weinman holding an A-8 and Mizrachi holding pocket fives. The 8s were better and Weinman would claim the title win, prize money and around $150,000 in additional prizes including the brand new Audi.


Final Results of the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions

First Place Daniel Weinman $381,500
Second Place Michael Mizrachi $218,000
Third Place Daniel Santoro $133,525
Fourth Place David Ormsby $95,375
Fifth Place Erik Seidel $73,575
Sixth Place Dylan Wilkerson $57,225


Commerce Casino Welcomes Back WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event This Weekend

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Commerce Casino of California is no stranger to quality poker gaming. The casino often hosts major events including the ever-popular L.A. Poker Classic. This poker festival is attended by amateur as well as professional poker players who seek to take down a major event. For 2017, the festival began on the 15th of January and will continue until the 3rd of March. This weekend, the Commerce Casino is preparing for the much anticipated Main Event of the series.

The Main Event is a $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament that will begin this Saturday at noon. The tournament will offer 30,000 in starting chips and will start with blinds in the 50/100 range. Registration for the event will remain in place until the 10th level starts and will be nine-handed format. For the first eight levels of the event the time limit will be set for 60 minutes. After this point, levels will increase to 90 minute increments for day 2 and 3.

For Day 4 and 5, the levels will be lengthened to 120 minutes until the final table is named. Only six players will make the final table with redraws taking place at the end of each day of play along with milestones including when 27, 18 and 10 players remain.

As always, satellites have been on offer for players to earn a seat to the Main Event at a discounted price. There is still time for players to earn a seat via a satellite with buy-ins offered at $1,100. The mega satellites are set to offer 50 tickets to the main event, taking place tonight at 8pm, tomorrow at noon, 5pm and 8pm as well as Saturday at 4pm and 8pm.

The Commerce Casino will be hosting the 15th WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event this year with some of the best and brightest expected to be in attendance.

Small Poker Legislation Win for Virginia

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Louise Lucas is a senator in the state of Virginia who has worked for many years to see casino gaming come to the state. Time after time, Lucas’ efforts have failed. However, this past Monday saw a measure introduced by Lucas move forward. The Senate General Laws Committee held a hearing on Monday in which the Senate Bill 1400 was approved. This bill will allow organizations that currently provide bingo games to also offer poker gaming.

The bill was moved through the committee with a close vote of 8-7. The poker bill was approved thanks to Senator William R. DeSteph Jr. joining her side in the matter. Additional Senators approved the bill including George Barker, Marnie Locke, Jennifer Wexton, Adam Ebbin, Monty Mason and Jeremy McPike.

There is still a long way to go for the SB 1400 to move forward. Even if the full Senate moves the measure through the bill will still have to be approved by the House of Delegates, a group that tends to not be in favor of gambling.

On the negative side, Lucas also saw bills lose out on passage. She tried to see a casino gambling bill passed in the committee but lost 7-8, the opposite vote of SB 1400. The bill that failed would have seen Virginia open a casino for the very first time.

Lucas tried her best to gain approval for the bill talking with Senate members about how $10 million in revenues could be earned if a gaming venue was placed in her home city of Portsmouth. The state is reportedly losing out on revenues that are going to Maryland, especially after MGM National Harbor opened last December. Gamblers are leaving by the busload to enjoy the casino gaming options that are provided in the neighboring state.

The victory by Lucas may be small but it should help the state to hopefully move forward in regards to casino gaming.

Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Every year, around the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event, the Poker Hall of Fame inducts new members. A lavish ceremony takes place honoring the individuals who are chosen as the best of the best in the poker world. For 2016, it was Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson who earned such honors. The ceremony took place last week and saw many of the living members of the Hall of Fame coming out to show support and enjoy the evening.

During his acceptance speech, Brunson stated that he would like to thank his mother, that she played a big role in his persona as well as in being a poker player. He learned valuable lessons from her in regards to the game, despite the fact that she has never played a hand. Brunson was comedic in his speech and discussed many stories he had about the poker world as he accepted his new spot.

Mortenson became the first European player to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and earned the title by having proved he has what it takes on the poker felt during events around the world. The poker pro has quite the career, having earned the top spot as the all-time money winner for the World Poker Tour as well as earning the most WPT titles in the history of the World Poker Tour, tied with Gus Hansen and Anthony Zinno for this honor at three titles a piece.

As far as Brunson’s career is concerned, he has seen a successful career on the tournament circuit having won a WSOP bracelet and finished well in many WSOP events. Brunson has cashed out in WPT events as well as earned $4.3 million overall during his career.

Both men are well-deserved of the honor and join the members of the Poker Hall of Fame, ready to vote next year when the process begins anew.

Revel Casino to be rebranded; Set for 2017 Opening

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Revel Casino of Atlantic City closed back in 2014 after being in business for only two years. The property was never able to turn a profit even though it was the most expensive casino to be created in the history of Atlantic City. The venue was taken over by Glenn Straub, a developer of real estate based in Florida, who has finally decided to reopen the venue, with an opening date sometime next year.

The venue will now be known as TEN and will be unveiled sometime in early 2017. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Straub made the announcement of the changes and opening date range via his Polo Country Club North company before a hearing was set to take place on proposed changes to the facility.

CEO of TEN, Robert Landino, stated that the venue is what is next for Atlantic City. TEN is thrilled to share their brand with the public and to be able to introduce a new era of resort and entertainment to the region. The TEN brand combined with the infinity logo is representative of the mission of the company to provide the highest-rated amenities as well as a daily endeavor to provide an infinitely perfect escape for guests.

Straub purchased the casino last year in April for around $82 million. The venue cost $2.4 billion to create. Several times Straub has said he was going to walk away from the project, having come up with many ideas on what the building should be. Such ideas included a home for refugees as well as a university.

For now, it seems the venue will be a place for entertainment but will not include gaming such as slot machines or table games. The property was set to open this past June but those plans did not come to fruition.


Global Poker League Heads to Vegas for Playoffs and Final

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Global Poker League is in their inaugural season and with the playoffs and final coming up, the GPL has now decided to move to Las Vegas. The GPL Playoffs and Final will all take place in Las Vegas instead of in San Diego and London.

The Global Poker League was planning on hosting the playoffs in San Diego in alignment with TwitchCon with the finals to take place at Wembley Stadium in London. However, GPL has confirmed to PokerNews that both events will be taking place in Las Vegas. Additional changes include the regular season second half moving back a few weeks. The new date for starting will be the 20th of September.

Alex Dreyfus, the CEO of the Global Poker League, reported the news of the changes with the schedule being changed due to looking back on how the league has fared thus far.  While looking back on previous events, the GPL came to the decision that it does not make sense to run the events against popular poker tournament series that are running at the same time.

The return of the GPL schedule would have coincided with the EPT Barcelona as well as the WCOOP and the Burning Man. The GPL was up against the SCOOP back in the spring and were smashed because of it. The GPL wants to plan accordingly to ensure that no other events are taking place during the same time frame.

The move of the GPL to Las Vegas for the playoffs and finals was done in order for the league to be successful, according to Dreyfus. The goal of the GPL is to be around for a very long time. The GPL needs to be around for three to five years to solidify their position. Dreyfus stated it is not about spending money but making the right decisions to allow the league to grow organically.

888Poker Produces Two Players for November Nine of 2016 WSOP

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

For years, poker players have had the opportunity to compete in the World Series of Poker. Every summer, the WSOP heads to Las Vegas to hold a multitude of poker tournament events, including options to win a coveted gold bracelet. The best of the best take part in such events and names are made in the poker industry due to amazing wins.

Since the early 2000s, online poker sites have offered qualifiers for players to be able to win a seat to a WSOP event for a much lower price. Most buy-ins to the WSOP are a few hundred dollars and go as high as $10,000 for the Main Event. There are larger buy-ins but the majority have mostly affordable options or somewhat affordable for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Online poker sites such as 888poker make it easy for players to take part in such big events in the hopes that players will do well and the brand will be recognized.

This year, 888poker offered players the opportunity to qualify to compete in the WSOP Main Event. This $10,000 buy-in event is the most popular on the schedule, one that everyone wants to take part in. For the 2016 Main Event, two players were able to earn their seats to compete via 888poker and work their way into the November Nine.

Both Fernando Pons and Griffin Benger earned a seat into the Main Event via an online qualifier and now have the opportunity to win the tournament. When the final table is back in action this November, Pons will sit last in chips with 6.15 million while Benger will be not too far ahead in the 7th position with 26.175 million. It will be interesting to see if either of the competitors will be able to earn the big win thanks to qualifying for a much lower amount via 888poker.

New Poker Rooms to Enjoy in Atlantic City and Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

file4741238088930Poker rooms have long been a staple in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, with gamblers hitting the felt to be able to enjoy their favorite poker games. For decades, gamblers would visit the towns to be able to visits multiple casinos, take part in poker tournaments and just have fun. Over the past few years, poker rooms have suffered in both cities, with many closing down due to low traffic numbers. In 2016, poker seems to be doing well once again and both Atlantic City and Las Vegas have a new poker room to enjoy.

In Las Vegas, players can visit the Encore Casino and take part in poker gaming at the casino while Atlantic City visitors will find a new room at the Trump Taj Mahal. At the Taj, players can now experience a state of the art poker room that launched just last month after being revamped under new ownership. Tropicana Entertainment now owns the venue, with the poker room updated to offer twenty five gaming tables with a variety of games as well as features.

In Nevada, the Encore Casino, owned by Steve Wynn, now provides a new poker location.  A great deal of money was used to create the new gaming space which features 8,600 square feet of poker entertainment. The poker room is quite a bit larger but only has increased in table gaming space by 3 new tables. However, the new poker room is more open, providing a more comfortable space for gaming.

A neutral palette was used when creating the room, with plush chairs and extra padded tables. Every seat includes a USB charging port which can be used for charging mobile devices. A dedicated bathroom is also included, a bonus that poker players are sure to enjoy.

These two poker rooms are great additions to the gambling cities and will hopefully see a lot of action in the coming months.

CBS Sports Network to Feature 2016 Super High Roller Bowl of Poker Central

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

file4741238088930The Super High Roller Bowl is an event set to be hosted by Poker Central and offer $15 million in tournament cash. Yesterday it was announced that this event will be aired on the CBS Sports Network, allowing fans and fellow poker players the opportunity to watch as the action unfolds.

From the 29th of May to the 1st of June, the Super High Roller Bowl will take place and CBS plans to air 30 hours of the footage live as the event takes place in Las Vegas. The ARIA Resort & Casino will set the stage for the event as top pros and amateurs compete for the top prize.

Poker Central is offering a way for fans to get in on the action, with a $1 million prize up for grabs. Fans will have to choose the order of the final table finishers and if chosen correctly, a cash prize will be awarded. The picks must be made before day two begins. If no one is able to choose the players at the final table, the closest picks will reward a player with $10,000.

It was announced in March that the cap of 49 players was met, with players paying the $300,000 buy-in. The winner of the tournament will be taking home $5 million in cash for outlasting the competitions. In last year’s event, it was Brian Rast who earned $7.5 million for winning the event, outlasting the other 43 players in the competition.

Just a few more days remain before the event kicks off at the ARIA. On the 29th, catch all the action from 7pm to 3am ET while Monday the 30th will see the action start at 8pm and run until 3am ET on CBS Sports Network. Tuesday will see action running from 8pm to 3am as well ET while the final day, Wednesday the 1st of June, will see CBS airing footage from 7pm until 3am ET.