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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, World Poker Tour Host the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Beginning Nov. 14, 2018

Zoltan Tundik

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Tournament poker returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. from Nov. 14 – 28, 2018 with the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO). This year’s series features 19 primary events and 40 satellites, kicking off with a $360 buy in Deep Stack NLH with a $1 Million Guarantee and headlined by a $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship boasting a $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool. The final table for the WPT Championship will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and be filmed for future television airing on Fox Sports Network.

Other highlight events on the 2018 RRPO schedule include:

  • $1,100 NLH One-Day (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed, starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18
  • $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed, starts at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19
  • $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed, starts at noon on Monday, Nov. 26
  • $360 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry), starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27

“Year in and year out, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open has been one of our best poker series,” Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns said. “Never was this more apparent than in 2016 when the series-opening $360 buy-in, $1 Million Guarantee drew more than 5,000 entries making it the largest poker tournament in state history. That benchmark stands to this day and we’re eager to get cards in the air for this year’s series which sees us partner with the World Poker Tour to bring the South Florida market a $3,500 buy-in, $2 Million Guarantee Championship.”

Tournament promotions include the property’s signature “Win a Seat” program where participants can visit HardRockPoker.com to enter for a chance at a $3,500 entry into the WPT Championship. In addition, anyone who plays a tournament event between Nov. 14 – 27 will receive an entry in the property’s Play to Win drawing. On Nov. 28, one name will be chosen at random and that player will receive a PokerStars Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, valued at $30,000.

Poker hotel rates during RRPO start at $149 on weekdays and $199 on weekends. For more information and to view the series schedule, future tournament details and make hotel reservations, please visit SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports January Fantasy Contests Revenue

George Miller

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted on its web site the January Fantasy Contests Revenue Report. The report provides a breakdown on fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Contests Operators’ adjusted revenue, and tax revenue due to the Commonwealth. The report can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

Fantasy adjusted revenue for January was $2,116,499 compared to adjusted revenue of $2,860,503 in December 2018.

Tax revenue is derived through a 15% assessment on the adjusted revenue reported by the Fantasy Contest Operators and is deposited into the Commonwealth General Fund. This resulted in tax revenue generated during January of $317,475. Seven of the Fantasy Contest Operators reported tax revenue due.

Fantasy revenue and tax revenue for each of the providers for January 2019 is displayed in the following table:

Fantasy Contest Provider

January 2019

Fantasy Contest

Adjusted Revenue

January 2019

State Tax Due

DraftKings

$1,026,565.22

$153,984.78

FanDuel

$998,218.08

$149,732.71

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

$41,878.21

$6,281.73

DRAFT

$35,986.44

$5,397.97

Sportshub Technologies

$8,795.00

$1,319.00

Fantasy Draft

$4,201.20

$630.18

Boom Fantasy

$854.78

$128.22

Total

$2,116,498.93

$317,474.59

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at six locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ nearly 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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William Hill strengthens activity in Nevada

Niji Ng

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William Hill has expanded operation in Nevada, as it is now now operating all Golden Entertainment, Inc. race and sportsbook operations in the state.

The expanded partnership allows bettors use William Hill’s innovative wagering technology, including its award-winning mobile sports betting app and live InPlay wagering menu.

“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with William Hill, which has a proven sports wagering platform not only in Nevada but around the world. We look forward to growing our business in Nevada and other jurisdictions through this partnership,” said Steve Arcana, COO of Golden Entertainment, Inc.

“The addition of the four new casino resorts marks an exciting new chapter in our relationship with Golden Entertainment. We look forward to working together to offer sports fans an amazing experience for many years to come in Nevada and elsewhere as opportunities arise,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S.

The new development expands Golden Entertainment’s existing partnership with William Hill, which includes operating the race and sports books at Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall and full-service kiosks at Gold Town Casino – Pahrump, and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump, as well as depositing kiosks at approximately 80 Golden Entertainment wholly-owned taverns and third-party-distributed gaming locations throughout Nevada. William Hill will also continue to operate the race and sports books at Edgewater and Colorado Belle casino resorts in Laughlin, following Golden Entertainment’s recent acquisition of the properties.

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Sacramento Kings and Swish Analytics to test innovative predictive gaming lounge

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Sacramento Kings and Swish Analytics have joined hands to launch the first of its kind gaming lounge, named ‘Sacramento Kings Skyloft’. It presents a new entertainment experience to the club’s fans Both the companies will demo the NBA’s first dedicated space for the free-to-play, in-arena predictive gaming experience.

“Basketball fans across the country are clamoring for gaming options, and we’re thrilled to be the first NBA team to bring this unique experience to Sacramento,” said Vivek Ranadivé, Owner and Chairman of the Sacramento Kings. “Predictive gaming is incredibly disruptive and will only continue to gain popularity in the NBA and beyond. Working with industry leaders like Swish Analytics allows us to test and perfect this technology to give fans the best experience in future seasons.”

“We’re proud to bring this gaming technology to the NBA with a forward-thinking and creative organization like the Sacramento Kings,” said Bobby Skoff, Co-Founder of Swish Analytics.  “Nobody is better than the Sacramento Kings at building best-in-class fan experiences utilizing technology. The popularity of predictive gaming shows no signs of slowing down and we look forward to continuing to build and iterate the BetRush platform in Sacramento.”

 

About Swish Analytics:
Swish Analytics is the leading platform for powering U.S. sports betting products. We deliver odds origination, risk management and trading software for the core four U.S. sports, with specializations in player propositions, in-play and Bet Request odds making solutions.

About BetRush:
BetRush is a Live Bet Stimulation engine: a real-time streaming feed of betting-focused analysis, content, statistics, odds and visualizations to help viewers engage with live games and to stimulate betting activity. All content is derived from Swish’s proprietary in-house sports analytics and odds making platform. BetRush helps league gaming partners, streaming providers, media partners, affiliates and sportsbook operators to attract more betting interest, increased turnover and higher revenues around NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL betting. BetRush is available via API, white-label iOS application, iframe, SDK or HTML feed.

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