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PokerStars faces US lawsuit over prize refusal

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Pro poker player Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for “pattern of fraudulent and unlawful conduct” for not letting him collect his own winnings.

Gordon Vayo has taken PokerStars to court over a “pattern of fraudulent and unlawful conduct.” He argues that Poker Stars broke the law after it didn’t let him collect winnings from a high-stakes tournament back in May 2017.

After a U.S. citizen or resident wins a significant amount of money on PokerStars, Defendant conducts a sham investigation into the user’s activities and the location of the user’s access of the site, placing the onus on the player to retroactively prove that it is ‘inconceivable’ that his or her play could have originated from within the U.S., in order to gin up a pretext to deny payment. In this way, Defendant takes the money of Plaintiff and other users of the PokerStars.com site with impunity while depriving the same users of their largest winnings if and when they occur.” – reads the lawsuit.

Gordon Vayo was the 2016 WSOP main event runner-up, and relocated to Canada temporarily several times in order to regularly play on PokerStars. Although he stated that he was using a VPN for the 2017 tournament.

When Vayo was ready to cash in on his winnings, and after PokerStars noticed that VPN, his account was immediately frozen and the company asked for proof that he was playing from Canada when he won around US$700,000. Vayo claimed that he used the VPN for “other Internet activity” but PokerStars didn’t buy his words and opposed his claim over the prize.

 

Source: focusgn.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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AGA Releases New Research On Economic Impact Of Gaming Industry

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Report shows 9.5 percent increase in economic output; industry now supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide

 

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a new study examining the striking impact the gaming industry has on the U.S. economy – providing stable jobs to nearly two million Americans and generating billions of dollars in tax revenue. This is the first comprehensive report on the gaming industry’s national economic impact since 2014.

Oxford Economics’ 2018 study found that the U.S. gaming industry:

  • Contributes $261 billion to the U.S. economy, a 9.5 percent increase since 2014;
  • Supports nearly 1.8 million jobs, up from 1.7 million jobs in 2014; and
  • Generates $40.8 billion in tax revenues to federal, state and local governments.

“Gaming companies across the country are enabling long-lasting careers for their employees and making a huge impact on their communities through innovative partnerships with local nonprofits, volunteerism and the generation of revenue that supports critical services. The industry’s tax revenue alone provides enough funding to hire 692,000 new teachers,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “Since our last study in 2014, casino gaming has expanded into new markets, offered innovative new entertainment options and enhanced its position as a key contributor to local, state and federal economies.”

The research was commissioned by AGA and conducted by Oxford Economics. More information about the study can be viewed here.

About AGA: 

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

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DC Council member introduces sports betting bill

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In a significant development in the US state of District of Columbia (DC), a council member Jack Evans has introduced the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 in the council. The bill is aimed at legalising sports betting in the state. Evans presented the bill during the Council of the District of Columbia’s regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting.

The US Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting on May, when it struck down the PASPA Act that prohibited states from regulation the gambling modality. Since then a number of states have decided to take a step forward and act on the growing industry, and as close states such as Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey have already legalised sports betting, the country’s capital does not want to be left behind.

The Council member’s office said that it has worked closely with the District’s Lottery in order to craft the legislation that would regulate and maximise the revenue made in the state. The bill establishes that residents and visitors would be able to bet both online and in person, and the Lottery would have more authority to ensure the integrity of the system.

“Today, we take the first steps towards capturing this exciting new stream of revenue, instead of watching District resident dollars fill the coffers of other jurisdictions,” said Councilmember Evans. “The District of Columbia will be the leader in a fast-growing industry. The city should take advantage of our ability to act before the Maryland or Virginia legislatures to create a thriving sports betting market, which will attract consumers to the District and generate revenue for District residents.”

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IGT’s Blake Shelton Video Slots to Make World Debut At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will be the first casino in the world to receive IGT’s Blake Shelton Video Slot machines.

The machines will be available for use beginning Tuesday, September 25, in the art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino.

To celebrate the arrival of the new slots, the property will be holding a contest where 10 lucky guests will win $500 each to play on one of the four machines. Contestants can enter online from September 20 to September 24.

The new video slots were created by IGT to feature Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and seven-time GRAMMY nominee, Blake Shelton. He’s known for his success in country music and his role as a coach on the Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice.”

The Blake Shelton Video Slots is a low-denomination, 40 pay-line game and features a 375-credit maximum bet. The game offers a jukebox that includes many of Shelton’s 25 number one radio singles and other favorites.

There are a handful of bonuses that the game offers including the “Light up the Night” free games bonus, “I’ll be your Honey Bee” bonus and the “BS’ers” bonus, which offers players the chance to win a jackpot along with an official Blake Shelton autographed guitar.

All usage of Blake Shelton’s name, image and likeness is under permission from Ten Point Ventures, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Source: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

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