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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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Delaware iGaming Revenue Increases in May

Niji Narayan

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Delaware iGaming Revenue Increases in May
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Delaware Lottery has reported an increase in revenue from Delaware’s regulated igaming market ($313,648) for the month of May.

Delaware Park retained top spot in the state’s online gambling market in terms of revenue with $127,932 off $2.96m in wagers for the month. This was down from April revenue of $144,084 and $5.2m in bets.

Dover Downs was the most popular platform for punters in May, processing a total of $8.1m in bets, up from $5.5m in April. Revenue hit $123,044 for the month compared to $75,323 in April.

Harrington Raceway remains some way off the pace after taking $1.0m in online wagers during May, down from $1.2m in the previous month. However, revenue was up month-on-month from $43,775 to $62,672.

During the first five months of the year, operators generated revenue of $1.41m, with consumers spending a total of $54.7m online.

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019

Niji Narayan

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019
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GAN plc, the US based developer and supplier of Internet gambling software, has reported growth in internet gambling for the month of May 2019 in New Jersey.

The highlights include:

  • Internet Gaming Win was $38.3 million in May compared to $24.3 million in May 2018, reflecting an year-over-year increase of 57.8%.
  • Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $263.6 million in May, compared to $254.0 million in April and $298.3 million in March.
  • Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenue was $13.7 million in May, compared to April’s $16.6 million and March’s $24.3 million.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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NH Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill

Niji Narayan

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NH Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill
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The New Hampshire legislature has passed the sports betting bill and heads it to the desk of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has already expressed his support for the bill.

The Senate has made three amendments to the bill. The amendments made it clear that multiple online sports betting operators will be permitted in the space, but will be capped at five. It also capped the retail operators at 10.

The bill creates a subdivision of Sports Wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, which will act as the regulatory body for the industry.

The bill allows anyone over the age of 18 to wager on professional and collegiate sporting events. Gamblers will not be allowed to wager on New Hampshire colleges or collegiate sporting events in the state. It will not provide the leagues with an integrity fee and does not require operators to use official league data.

It is estimated that the industry will generate $7.5 million in tax revenue for the 2021 fiscal year and $13.5 million two years later.

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