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

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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 not to allow online gambling inside casinos

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In an interesting piece of legislation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has clarified that it will not allow online gaming and sports betting inside casinos. Online gaming and sports betting will be soon available in the state. PGCB said geo-targeted software will be used to prohibit players from playing online poker, casino games or slots from within any land-based Pennsylvania casinos.

“The Gaming Control Board will put in place a system that, through the use of GPS software and IP Address identification, will block entry and play of Pennsylvania-licensed internet gaming if a user is outside of the state,” it was stated in a 2 page document from the PGCB. “In addition, participating in internet gaming when in a Pennsylvania casino will also be blocked.”

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MGM Springfield posts impressive revenue in September

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced the revenue figures for September. MGM Springfield made an impressive start by posting US$27 million in revenue during September, its first full month of operation. The gaming venue was started in August 24. It has so far amassed US$18 million in GGR from slot machines and another US$8.8 million from table games.

The state tax share from the revenue is US$6.7 million, 25 per cent of the venue’s GGR.

The MGC explained that only casino revenues, and no other proceeds from the 14-acre casino complex’s hotel, restaurants, bars and other non-gambling entertainment, are considered for the report.

According to MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis, September visitor volume was “solid” and the casino’s financial performance is “on track” with company expectations.

 

Source: FocusGN

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Cloud9 proposes eSports facility in Santa Monica

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Cloud9 Esports Inc., an eSports company based in Santa Monica has proposed to construct an eSports facility in the city. The company has already raised a $19.6 million in the first round of fund raising for the purpose.

The facility is likely to be spread over 20,000–30,000 square feet and to be completed by the end of 2019.

Jack and Paullie Etienne founded Cloud9 in November 2016. It operates e-sports gaming teams across multiple titles, including Daybreak Game Co.’s “H1Z1,” Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc.’s “Overwatch,” and “League of Legends,” developed by Sawtelle-based Riot Games Inc.

Valor Equity Partners, based in Chicago, led the Series B. Venice-based Reimagined Ventures, TrueBridge Capital Partners and Glassdoor Inc. Founder Robert Hohman also participated. Valor Equity Partners Founder Antonio Gracias joins the Cloud9 board of directors.

 

Source: LABusinessJournal

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