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Ramon Colillas Turns Free Entry Into $5.1 Million as Winner of Record-Breaking PokerStars Players Championship

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PokerStars makes six new millionaires

PokerStars (Nasdaq: TSG) (TSE: TSGI), the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group, announced today that Ramon Colillas from Barcelona, Spain, won $5.1 million and was crowned the winner of the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), the richest and biggest-ever $25,000 buy-in poker tournament.

Colillas won free entry into the tournament as part of a PokerStars global promotion that awarded 320 people a $30,000 Platinum Pass package, which in addition to free entry, covered travel and hotel accommodations at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas. Colillas topped a field of 1,039 players that produced a record-breaking total prize pool of $26,455,500 and attracted players from all over the globe. As part of the total pool, PokerStars added an extra $1 million to the first-place prize.

PokerStars awarded the 30-year old Spanish native a Platinum Pass after he topped the Campeonato de España de Poker leader board based upon his successful tournament play in a series of PokerStars-sponsored tournaments in Spain. The former fitness trainer converted to a professional poker player at the age of 24.

“A lot of players were saying this was the most important tournament in history, so now it’s only about happiness and enjoying the moment,” Colillas said moments after his win.

Ramon Colillas Turns Free Entry Into $5.1 Million as Winner of Record-Breaking PokerStars Players Championship. Photo credit: Neil Stoddart and Rational Intellectual Holdings Ltd.

The runner-up was 26-year-old professional poker player Julien Martini from Paris, France, winning an impressive $2,974,000. Julien was a very composed contender and had attempted to win a Platinum Pass last year in the €1,100 EPT Barcelona National Event, just missing out on the Platinum Pass, but still winning €323,000 for coming in second.

Platinum Pass winner Marc Rivera from The Philippines came in third place with $2,168,000. The 45-year-old won his ticket at the APPT Manila National Main Event with what was then his biggest live cash win. After being introduced to the game 12 years ago by his brother Ashley, who told Rivera he was “going to love it”, the engineer (at the time) has been playing ever since. When not on the felt, Rivera enjoys basketball, watching TV series and spending time at home with his family, playing with his son and daughter.

Not only has Colillas become a millionaire, but five other final table players have also joined the club. The eight-handed final table included US poker pro Scott Baumstein who started amassing live tournament cashes in 2009 and has accrued over $1.9 million in winnings over the past decade, Jason Koonce who had two reported live cashes worth a total $6,426Marc Perrault who has had a string of hefty online and live cashes dating back to 2012, Farid Jattin, a regular fixture on the live tournament circuit across the United States and who is leading the Colombian all-time money list with over $2.9 million in winnings, and Talal Shakerchi, a businessman from London who has over $6 million in winnings to date. The players all took home cash winnings between $509,000 and $2.1 million for their efforts.

The PSPC made it into the history books with a total prize pool of $26,455,500 awarded to 181 players, smashing the previous $15,495,750 prize pool record for a $25,000 event. Of the Platinum Pass holders, 43 collectively cashed in for nearly $9.8 million, including Jacqueline Burkhart from the United States with $86,400Atanas Pavlov from Bulgariawith $105,000 and Ireland’s Sven McDermott with $69,100.

PokerStars Director of Poker Marketing, Eric Hollreiser said, “We couldn’t have scripted a better outcome for the tournament and PokerStars congratulates Ramon and all of the competitors for making this an historic event. Ramon’s victory is a reminder that with a dream, some talent and a little luck, poker can change your life. We’re proud to have created a special experience for more than a thousand players, but especially for those like Ramon who had never previously dreamed of playing in such a tournament.”

The poker fun doesn’t stop despite the conclusion of the PSPC. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) continues with events including the $10,300 buy-in PCA Main Event, $25,000 buy-in PCA High Roller, $100,00 buy-in PCA Super High Roller and $1,100 PCA National. Live updates from the Super High Roller can be read on the PokerStars Blog now and will be live-streamed on PokerStars TV on January 11 and 12.

To keep up to date with all live reports from the PCA visit the PokerStars Blog or watch the live stream daily from 12:30 ET and 13:30 ET on January 16 at PokerStars.TV.

Find out more about Colillas’ win on the PokerStars Blog.

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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 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

 

 

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Detroit Tigers Partners with PointsBet

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Major League Baseball team Detroit Tigers have entered into a new multi-year partnership with sportsbook operator PointsBet to enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement at Comerica Park. The agreement will begin for the upcoming 2020 Tigers season.

“We are thrilled to welcome PointsBet as a gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers. Our incredible fans will love the unique experiences and innovative offerings that PointsBet’s personalized platform provides. We look forward to the fan-friendly enhancements this will bring to the game-day experience in and around Comerica Park for years to come,” Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, said.

“The PointsBet team is excited to announce our groundbreaking deal with the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball, becoming the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with an MLB franchise. PointsBet operates in rare space within the industry by owning our technology environment from end to end, which allows us to be extremely nimble on product innovation and personalized offerings to complement our app’s market-leading speed. We offer the most betting options in the world on MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to inject a unique and robust betting proposition into the great state of Michigan,” Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, said.

The announcement is made possible by the recent agreement between PointsBet and Major League Baseball, designating PointsBet as an Authorised Gaming Operator of MLB, and granting them rights to use official MLB data along with MLB marks and logos within PointsBet products.

As part of the multi-year deal, PointsBet will have television broadcast-visible branding at Comerica Park and will be featured on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. PointsBet will also have a sponsored presence on the Tigers’ digital platforms and be regularly featured on The Word on Woodward, a twice-weekly fan-favourite live streaming show that airs on the club’s channel. PointsBet will also be integrated into The District Detroit app and the MLB Ballpark app.

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Grover Gaming Announces Ramping Up Hiring Efforts

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Grover Gaming, Inc., an industry leader in electronic gaming design and software development, announced today that it is ramping up its efforts to hire talented system and game development professionals.

Grover Gaming is looking for Passionate, Adaptable, Reliable, and Team oriented system and product developers to be a part of an exciting and fast paced company. These system and product developers will be responsible for building the critical system framework for new markets and products aligning with the Grover Strategic Plan to support the continued rapid growth. The ideal candidates will have experience in the slot/pull-tabs gaming industry and enjoy being a hands-on developer. Grover Gaming’s systems and games, known throughout the industry for exciting design and high-resolution graphics, are all created in-house at its development and design facility.

Grover Gaming seeks to add over 40 system and product development professionals in the next 6 months. To assist new employees’ relocation to its headquarters in Greenville, NC, Grover Gaming is offering relocation stipends and signing bonuses. “We recognize the difficult times many people currently face, so Grover Gaming wants to do all it can to attract the best professionals and ensure our new team members start their new careers here on the best footing possible,” said Gerren Brown, Director of Human Resources for Grover Gaming. “Here at Grover, people come first,” added Brown.

Grover’s products and games benefit charities across the country. It was recently announced that Grover Gaming has surpassed $150 million in monies raised for charities through their charitable gaming and fraternal partners across the United States. Inc. magazine has also recognized Grover Gaming this year as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Grover Gaming develops software, game content and gaming systems for lotteries and charitable gaming jurisdictions and is licensed in OhioNew HampshireKentuckyNorth DakotaSouth DakotaMontanaWashingtonVirginia, and Ontario Canada.

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NeoPollard Interactive Congratulates Virginia Lottery on Successful iLottery Launch

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Expanded partnership between NPi and the Virginia Lottery introduces full iLottery program to Virginia Lottery players

NeoPollard Interactive LLC is proud to celebrate the Virginia Lottery’s successful launch of its comprehensive iLottery program on July 1, 2020. Through a five-year contract extension to October 2026, with an option for renewal to 2031, NPi is honored to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Virginia Lottery to enhance its existing eSubscriptions solution to include single-ticket, same-day purchases of draw-based games and a compelling portfolio of NPi’s industry-leading eInstant games at launch.

NPi first partnered with the Virginia Lottery to provide an enhanced eSubscriptions solution and related services in 2016, following a competitive procurement process. Since then, the Virginia Lottery has been leveraging NPi’s NeoSphere iLottery platform and NeoDraw Central Gaming System to enable an end-to-end digital experience for players to purchase subscriptions online for Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cash4Life games. The eSubscriptions solution has grown significantly since launching in 2016, slated to generate $18 million this fiscal year, an increase of approximately 27% over fiscal year 2019.

With the introduction of a portfolio of the best performing eInstant games in North America, and the ability for players to purchase single tickets of their favorite draw-based games, the Virginia Lottery is just the sixth lottery in the U.S. to offer the capability for players to purchase a full suite of lottery games online. The timing of today’s launch is significant in that the legislation enabling online lottery sales comes into effect as of July 1, 2020. The Virginia Lottery team was steadfast in their commitment to delivering iLottery on this date to maximize funds raised for K-12 public schools.

“The collaboration between the Virginia Lottery and NPi teams demonstrates a shared commitment to bring a top quality online lottery option to Virginians,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We are excited that our customers now can access our games wherever they are and whenever they want. By modernizing the way we deliver our products, we provide the convenience consumers have come to expect and also strengthen our ability to continue generating millions of dollars for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”

“NPi is honored to celebrate with the Virginia Lottery team who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful launch of its iLottery offering today – the first day authorized by the legislature,” said Liz Siver, General Manager, NeoPollard Interactive. “This exciting day is the culmination of the Virginia Lottery’s careful attention to every fine detail of its program planning, strategy, and goals to ensure it will delight players and maximize funds in support of public education. We are grateful to our partners in Virginia for entrusting the success of its iLottery offering to NPi!”

The contract extension provides for an additional term of NPi’s iLottery managed services, including player experience services, such as NPi’s 24/7 Customer Support Center, and revenue-generating services such as game content and development as provided by NPi’s in-house Game Studio. The launch of the Virginia Lottery’s comprehensive iLottery program stands as a testament to NPi’s stature as the trusted provider of the most profitable iLottery programs.

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive

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