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WSOP 2019, interesting facts and a brief history

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We have all heard about poker tournaments and the excitement around them, but there is once particular series of tournaments that brings a peculiar feeling to worldwide poker players and that is the World Series of Poker, mostly known by its acronyms, WSOP.

Sources claim it dates back to the 70s, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament.

We have come a long way since Harrah’s signed an agreement with 888, to provide its online gaming services and in our current year, WSOP has reached the 50th Anniversary. The live tournament series has managed to smash record after record with a 9% increase in attendance year-on-year.

However, 2019 wasn’t the case for a new record, but we must mention that this year’s attendance of 8,569 figures represents the second-largest field size in the past 50-years and the fourth successive year that the attendance has increased. That has got to count for something.

While some figures go higher, we must mention that the age of the WSOP players is still going down. The age range in the total field demographic shows a dominance of players ranging between 26 to 40.

The average age of 2019 WSOP Main Event participants is 41.46 vs 42.27 recorded in 2018. For males, the average is 41.34 and for females, 44.30.

In whichever way you take it, it is a huge achievement considering the limited options available to the WSOP for online satellite qualification.

It is the year of second best, as the $80,548,600 prize pool is also the second-highest in 50-years and all Final Table Payouts are guaranteed to be of seven-figures with seven-figure pay jumps starting with four players remaining.

One thousand two hundred eighty-six players will receive a minimum of $15,000, which is really good news for everyone taking part in the tournament which is held this year between May 28 and 16 July.

As we have mentioned earlier, the Word Series of Poker has really grown into a global event and now attract players from 87 different countries to make up this year’s field.

Top Ten Countries Represented in 2019 are United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, China, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Austria.

But, it’s not all good news when it comes to this year’s tournament. Poker industry media outlets reported that in a strange turn of events, a player has been disqualified for stealing a player’s entire stack as he scooped in a won pot. Georgii Belianin, from Russia, had won a small pot and when reaching out to claim the chips he put his arm around the player to his left’s stack and collected that too. It was alleged by witnesses that he did this with a smile on his face, maybe insinuating that it was supposed to be a joke.

Belianin didn’t get a chance to see anybody laughing, because he shortly got escorted out of the tournament playing area by Jack Effel (World Series of Poker Vice President) and then handed over to security.

PokerCentral has also reported that the 1989 WSOP Main Event Champion, Phil Hellmuth, lasted just five hours in the tournament. It is now surprise after having spent the past days by doing an eight-hour hiking trip up to Machu Pichu, swimming with turtles and penguins, and having deep and meaningful conversations with some of the brightest business minds, such as Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber, Hollywood star Rob Lowe, Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Lon Rosen, super-agent Todd Feldman of CAA, and Jason Sugarman.

But wait, we just arrived to another funny story of this year’s happenings at the WSOP so far (there are still a few days left, so there might be more). An unidentified man, wearing a t-shirt with numbers 55 on the back, has moved all-in and then proceeded to stand up as he waited for his opponent to make a decision. What happened next might be the strangest and most unbelievable thing you’ll ever see at a poker table and especially during a live tournament.

The presumably intoxicated man turned his back to the table and dropped his shorts, exposing his genitalia to everyone in the Pavilion room at the Rio and moments later, he took off his shoe and threw it directly at the dealer. You can find the video online just by searching for ‘WSOP, Man Exposes Himself at Table’.

At the time of writing this article, poker industry media outlets have reported that Preben Stokkan is the likely chip leader as the only player above two million, claiming 2,184,000 to his name.

Three former WSOP Main Event champions are still in the mix for a repeat victory in Chris Moneymaker, Qui Nguyen, and Johnny Chan.

The story will continue…

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Digitain scores a winner with its industry-first Live Table Football Odds Feed

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Available now to any operator, live streamed table football from Digitain with over 1500 games per month and over 50 markets per game.

Leading global sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has announced the launch of its latest in-house development, and a first for the industry – a live streamed table football feed, featuring professional players, supported by pre-play and in-play odds and player statistics.

This live table football feed is now being made available to any operator who wants to gain competitive advantage by offering this exciting package to their customers.

Operators’ customers everywhere can experience this exciting and entertaining initiative, designed to drive acquisition and retention of their customers, grow revenues and enhance competitiveness.

With over 400 matches played every week and with over 50 markets available to bet on in each match – this is product is a great boost for customers searching for entertaining action.

An AI generated odds feed and real-time statistical player data add to the excitement – combine that with the skills and strategy being streamed live from our exclusive studio – and you really have the complete package.

Definitely no spinning!

Amid widespread disruption to sporting events, Digitain continues to equip their 70+ international partners with a fantastic range of alternate revenue streams including premium quality betting options for esports, virtuals and alternative sporting markets and are now ready to release this great new product to the wider industry.

Martin Clarke, Director of Product Management at Digitain said: “Sports fans everywhere around are missing competitive sports and this new live odds feed will enable operators to differentiate their offering and to be more competitive at this challenging time.. We have exciting plans to further develop this innovation – and look forward to delivering further value to our partners” 

“Following in the footsteps of our recent new product launches; RocketOn, Crash and Penalty– our Live Table Football service marks the latest addition to our acclaimed in-house catalogue, as Digitain continues to help operators – old and new – to respond to fixture schedule disruption with action-packed alternatives.” 

Fully customised for the varied challenges of diverse legislative environments, Digitain’s comprehensive package of sports betting solutions received multiple awards for excellence in 2019, including the EGR, RGW, CEEGC and BEGE Awards.

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Record month for GrooveGaming

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Aggregator GrooveGaming has integrated 36 casinos and sportsbooks in one month, demonstrating that the technology platform and the software teams supporting it are consistently delivering a high level of service.

With this record-breaking month, GrooveGaming has reinforced its plug-and-play credentials as the aggregator of choice to some of the industry’s biggest names.

Casinos and sportsbooks who integrated on the GrooveGaming platform this past month included 222online.com, betcasino168.com, perubet.pe, camanbetus.com, betswing.com, jazzgs.com, betsan.bet, betfran.com and juegueygane.com, amongst the 36 who have started to enjoy the high-power technology that is available to operators on the platform.

Created with the aim of easy and fast content delivery for the igaming industry, GrooveGaming has frequently hit the headlines over the past couple of years, with a global growth trajectory that has impressively seen the brand reach all 6 continents, based on delivering rapid integrations and high-quality customer service, together with unrivalled technology tools.

GrooveGaming is the aggregator of choice for a host of big industry names including EveryMatrix, iGP, Digitain, Microgaming, Alea and Quickfire, amongst others.

GrooveGaming has numerous live dealer titles and live content as well as virtual sports. GrooveGaming’s powerful platform includes over 4000 casino games as well as a wealth of aggregated content ranging from slots, online casino and live casino, to poker and table games, that operators can access via easy integration to drive player engagement and revenue.

GrooveGaming has significantly grown its presence throughout the last two years across key global markets and important regulated jurisdictions through partnerships with major online gambling operators. These latest record-breaking integrations highlight the attractiveness of GrooveGaming’s portfolio with operators and players alike.

GrooveGaming has numerous live dealer titles amongst its on-demand live content and classy games including live roulette, baccarat, blackjack and live dedicated tables, all of which have been generating significant interest in the last couple of months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, its virtual sports offering includes virtual football, tennis, horse-racing, cycling and greyhound racing, with virtual Euro basketball and cricket coming to the rapidly-expanding aggregator soon.

The surge in demand for live content has followed the curtailing of live sports worldwide due to COVID-19 and the closing of land-based casinos in numerous jurisdictions across the world. As a result, entertainment is now being offered in the form of live content and virtual sports to operators striving to meet player demand.

Rebecca Sotomora, Head of Sales at GrooveGaming said: “We’re very pleased at how quickly we were able to on-board all these casino and sportsbook brands, to achieve such a high-number is a testament to the professional dedication of the entire GrooveGaming team. We are constantly investing in our technology and expect all these new casino brands to enjoy great results with us from the get-go. This is what getting into the Groove is all about, and there’s a lot more to come!”

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Metal Casino Deepens Links with Heavy Metal Scene Following Spiffbet Merger

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Metal Casino, the gaming site for metal music fans, has announced plans to further engage with its rock ‘n’ roll audience following its merger with Spiffbet, the Nasdaq First North Growth Market listed online casino and betting games developer.

Metal Casino, which completed the deal with Spiffbet in March, has introduced a new dedicated area for rock-themed slots on its unique website, and will reach out to the grassroots music scene through a talent search across its major markets.

The Metal Experience segment includes a range of top-ranked slots from major studios featuring classic acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Testament, Sabaton and Demon, with Play’n GO’s eagerly anticipated Twisted Sister to be added on its release.

Pelle Wiman, Metal Casino CEO, said the dedicated segment and the work of Metal Casino and Play’n GO emphasises the authentic, long-standing connection between rock ‘n’ roll and gambling which was previously absent in the digital domain.

“The future of online gambling is all about unique game inventory in order to be able to compete and differentiate, and our plans with Spiffbet will allow us to take that to the next level.”

Metal Casino has established a strong bond with its rock audience since it was founded in 2017, with players enjoying its games, attitude and a stunning range of merch and special offers.

That connection will develop further after Metal Casino announced plans to deepen its ties with the grassroots music scenes in its main markets, such as Germany, Sweden, the UK and Finland, through a ‘Help the Band’ concept which will seek to assist up-and-coming talents.

Wiman said: “We want to work with the next generation of rock stars and build a micro influencer programme and support these struggling bands and artists with some funding. This is us giving back to the metal community that we were born out of.”

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