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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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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. (PokerStars)
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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.

For further information, please contact press@pokerstarslive.com

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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Foxwoods Resort Casino Reports 12% Decline in April Slot Revenue

Niji Narayan

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Foxwoods Resort Casino has reported slot revenue of $36.2 million for April 2019. This figure is down 12.1% compared to $41.2 million in April 2018.

Foxwoods kicked April off with the property’s new designated ambassador David Ortiz and the home-run gaming promotion Big Papi’s Favourite Things. From 12 April through 30 May, guests simply play their favourite casino games using their Foxwoods Rewards card to participate. For every two points earned, players receive one entry into the drawing for a chance to win prizes ranging from $500 in bonus slot play to the grand prize trip for two to the Dominican Republic to attend Big Papi’s Charity Golf Tournament.

April also brought excitement to the Grand and Fox Theatre stages, including the return of the Foxwoods Broadway Series as it celebrated the 10th anniversary tour of Rock of Ages.

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Philadelphia State Regulators Impose Fine on SugarHouse Casino

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The Philadelphia state regulators have imposed a fine of $17,500 on SugarHouse casino for serving 17 free drinks to a gambler over an eight-hour period.

According to the officials, the patron was playing Pai Gow, a table game with Chinese tiles similar to blackjack, and he was visibly intoxicated while gambling.

As per the casino’s consent agreement with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it wasn’t until the gambler couldn’t hold up his head anymore that a supervisor stopped him from getting more drinks and summoned security.

An altercation occurred as the patron was evicted from the casino, and he was arrested for public drunkenness. SugarHouse agreed to retrain and discipline the beverage servers in addition to the fine.

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Legislators from Gaming States to Examine Sports Betting at NCLGS Summer Meeting, July 12-14 in Minneapolis

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When the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States begins, there will be a full year of results from two states and many months’ of results from at least four other states in the post-PASPA world of legal sports betting. The results and lessons from these early adopters will be the focus of the Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming when NCLGS holds its Summer Meeting, July 12-14 at the Radisson Blu Downtown.

The Committee, chaired by Indiana Senator Jon Ford, will hear from the following experts:

  • Kevin Braig, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
  • Steve Geller, NCLGS Legal Advisor and Principal, Geller Law Firm
  • Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Corporate Counsel, Sportradar
  • Dan Spillane, Senior Vice President, League Governance & Policy, National Basketball Association

Aspects of sports betting will be also be central to other NCLGS Summer Meeting committee sessions and panels, including the Committee on Responsible Gaming, the Committee on Lotteries, the Committee on State-Federal Relations, and an International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass.

“Being from Indiana, a state that has just passed sports betting, our focus is on making sure that the state benefits in the best way possible for our constituents. It is our job to get this right,” said Senator Ford, who is also a NCLGS officer. “We can learn from where other states have gotten it right and when they might have stumbled. We can get ahead of the curb thanks to those who came before us and gave us the blueprint.”

The three-day NCLGS Summer Meeting agenda includes:

  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Indian Gaming, Lotteries, Responsible Gaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • Keynote Luncheon Address: “The Next Five Years of Gaming,” by Timothy Wilmott, CEO, Penn National Gaming, and Chairman, American Gaming Association
  • Two IMGL Masterclass panels conducted by the International Masters of Gaming Law focusing on state lottery technology and the multiple crossover regulatory and legal issues
  • Special general session panel examining gaming’s evolution toward entertainment
  • Thursday evening cocktail reception
  • Friday evening welcome reception
  • Saturday afternoon tour of Sportradar offices

To view the agenda, register, and book rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates, visit http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

 

Source: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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