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PokerStars VR Brings Poker Into Immersive Virtual Worlds With Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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Virtual poker experiences arrive just in time for the holiday season

PokerStars’ latest innovation, PokerStars VR, is now available to download and play for free in all of PokerStars’ global markets. The eagerly anticipated official launch of the game follows on from a well-received closed beta test which saw more than 150 invitees play and test it using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. PokerStars VR is available to download through the Oculus and Viveport stores, as well as through Steam.

Players worldwide can now experience what happens when the worlds of live and online poker collide from the comfort of their own home. PokerStars VR was developed in collaboration with virtual reality developer Lucky VR and provides the perfect mix of serious gameplay, fun interactivity and social engagement that adds a whole new poker realm for players and gamers to explore.

Players have the chance to become fully immersed in a variety of social poker scenes, choosing their own environment to play in such as Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void. Using intuitive controls for easy gameplay, they can also handle chips and cards, and pick up on tells, talk and interact just as they would at a live table. The game also features a host of interactive props to have fun with, voice command, and integrated Twitch broadcasting and media streaming on Oculus Rift for those who wish to play and stream.

WORLD CLASS VR EXPERIENCE

“When we showcased the product it was amazing to see people really enjoy and become engrossed in the game,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. “We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it.”

The new game simulates the live poker experience as closely as possible, bringing the same subtleties and interactions to an online environment. A lot of work has gone into recreating the atmosphere of a live poker game, including features such as chip stacking, card-peeking and the ability to try to get a genuine read on opponents, giving bluffing a whole new dimension.

Players can explore how tells work in PokerStars VR, as well as other lessons and insights, at PokerStars School and PokerStars Blog.

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky VegasSky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/.

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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Lucky Day Partners with the L.A. Clippers

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The app that loves winners awards one-of-a-kind gameday experiences to L.A. Clippers fans

 

Popular lifestyle app, Lucky Day, has joined forces with the L.A. Clippers in its first ever NBA team partnership. The collaboration between Lucky Day and the Clippers boasts an array of unique gameday experiences designed to provide Clippers fans a chance to add a little luck to their days.

Lucky Day offers its users the opportunity to play a set of daily scratchers, raffles, and lottery – 100% risk free. “We believe in giving everyone a chance to add a little luck to their day, and nothing makes us happier than to see the expressions on peoples’ faces when they win,” says Joshua Javaheri, CEO of Lucky Day. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Clippers family and look forward to the many winning moments that will occur throughout the season.”

Lucky Day and the L.A. Clippers share the common goal of creating an energetic, exceptional experience through a fan-first approach and a commitment to winning. “We are committed to giving Clippers fans the best experience possible every time they interact with our team, and especially when they attend our games,” said Scott Sonnenberg, Chief Global Partnerships Officer, L.A. Clippers. “This new partnership with Lucky Day will help us create memorable moments for Clippers fans at our games and extend the excitement to fans across Los Angeles.”

The partnership also includes gameday signage, digital and social media activations, hospitality elements and on-court fan promotions customized to engage fans.

 

ABOUT LUCKY DAY:
Lucky Day, number 1 app on the App Store and top 5 on Google Play, is a sweepstakes app allowing users to win money and prizes by conveniently playing a range of ad-sponsored scratchers, raffles, and lottery, daily. Lucky Day’s mission is to give everyone a chance to win up to $100,000 and have a lucky day, risk-free, because “we love winners”. Millions of dollars have been awarded with thousands of winners redeeming daily.

ABOUT L.A. CLIPPERS:
Led by Chairman Steve Ballmer, the L.A. Clippers in 2018-19 are competing in the franchise’s 49th season and 35th in Los Angeles. They recently extended a franchise record, completing their seventh consecutive winning season in 2017-18. The team has logged the NBA’s 5th-best record over the course of head coach Doc Rivers’ five-year tenure. The Clippers are committed to the city of Los Angeles and through the L.A. Clippers Foundation, provide resources and opportunities that make a positive difference toward leveling the playing field for youth in Southern California.

 

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Steve Wynn moves court against Wynn Resorts and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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Steve Wynn, the ousted co-founder of Wynn Resorts, has filed a case against his former company and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in his bid to block the release of any investigative report that might leak “privileged material.”

Wynn’s allegation is that his former company wrongly handed over privileged documents to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for its investigation into allegations of misconduct raised against him in Wall Street Journal in February. He resigned from the company’s board following the allegations and sold his entire 12.1 per cent stake in the company. Wynn’s lawsuit argues that the information contained in materials handed to the commission was subject to attorney-client privilege during his time as Wynn Resorts CEO.

 “Recognizing that they have conducted their months-long investigation into Wynn Resorts with total disregard for protecting the privileged communications of Mr Wynn—who, again, has no ability to determine what communications and materials have been provided to regulators—Mass Gaming officials have simply donned the judge’s robe, cracked the gavel and unilaterally determined that Mr Wynn has failed to sustain his burden of establishing that any privilege applies to the unknown universe of documents acquired during the Mass Gaming investigation,” the lawsuit states.

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Revenues surge for casinos in Northwest Indiana

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The casinos in Northwest Indiana have reported a revenue of US$76 million for the month of October, representing a 1.8 per cent rise from that of September.

Ameristar in East Chicago posted a 7.4 per cent hike in revenues, totalling US$18.1 million, while Gary’s Majestic Star produced US$12.3 million, up 2.2 per cent when compared to last year. “We’re quite pleased with October’s results,” said Barry Cregan, Majestic’s senior vice president and general manager.

Horseshoe Casino in Hammond posted a 3.3 per cent year-over-year decrease to US$33.3 million. “We rebounded a little bit in October,” Horseshoe Hammond Sr. Vice President and General Manager Dan Nita said.

Moreover, Blue Chip experienced the largest decline year-to-date, with a 5.1 per cent to US$127.1 million. Parent company Boyd Gaming said that despite the shaky month they are satisfied with the results. “It continues to perform ahead of our earlier projections,” Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith.

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