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2022 World Series of Poker In Review: Week Three Highlights and What to Look Forward To
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced plans to host 2020’s hybrid online and live version of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold-Em World Championship, known better to poker players and fans as the Main Event. The Main Event will begin for international players on Sunday, Nov. 29 and domestically on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Due to travel restrictions and out of an abundance of caution for player safety, this year’s format will be unique, where early round play will begin online with one entry on WSOP.com or GGPoker.com, before shifting to a live setting for final table action on two continents. Each “bracket” will pay out prize money to tournament entrants independently. The final table will be a world’s first, as an ultimate heads-up duel for the World Championship, where $1 million in prize money will be on the line courtesy of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) and GGPoker. The Main Event will be held consistent to the traditional “freeze-out” standards of the Main Event, offering only single entry, as well as the longest levels and deepest stacks ever offered on the online platform.

All in-person tournaments, domestic and international, will be subject to special COVID rules and procedures, the details of which will be published at a later date and will require players to undergo a required health screening prior to live participation. All participants must agree to abide by all applicable rules.

U.S. residents will be able to play the Main Event on the WSOP.com platform in either New Jersey or Nevada beginning on Sunday, Dec. 13. The $10,000 event is expected to take two full days to reach the final table, with play being suspended for an overnight break after approximately 12 hours of action. The tournament will be paused when play hits the final table, with the final nine players traveling to Las Vegas for the TV taping and culmination of the tournament to take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, subject to applicable regulatory approval.

Dates for Domestic Tournament:
Day 1 – Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
Day 2 – Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, Play down to 9 players
Final Table – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 28, Play continues to a winner; prize monies paid

International residents eligible to use GGPoker’s popular online poker platform will have three dates from which to choose their starting flight. Similar to the traditional offline events, players may only choose one date of play. Similar to the domestic flight, and subject to casino availability, play will be paused for the final nine contestants who will report to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic to play their final table in a live TV taping. Should travel restrictions or a casino shutdown prevent the live portion from moving forward in December, organizers reserve the right to continue the tournament play online or reschedule to a later date.

Dates for International Tournament:
Day 1A – Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
Day1B – Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
Day 1C – Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
Day 2, Play down to 9 players, Monday, Dec. 7
Final Table – *King’s Casino, Tuesday, Dec.15, Play down to a winner

*Subject to local regulatory approval

Finally, the winner of the Domestic Tournament and the winner of the International Tournament will meet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, subject to applicable regulatory approval, for a televised showdown on Wednesday, Dec.30, 2020. In addition to any prize monies won by entrants in their respective tournament, WSOP and GGPoker have committed an additional sum of $1 million to the winner of the Heads-Up match along with the Main Event championship bracelet and the title of 2020 World Champion. *Note, should the international winner be under the age of 21 and thereby ineligible to play in the state of Nevada, organizers reserve the right to change the date and location of the Heads-Up match.

Heads-Up Championship of Domestic Winner vs International Winner:
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas*

A comprehensive list of satellite events allowing qualification for as little $1 will be available on both WSOP.com and GGPoker.com. There will also be weekly free-rolls offering $10,000 seat entry for multiple weeks leading up to the tournament.

To welcome visiting players, Caesars Entertainment will offer special Main Event room rates at several resorts in Nevada and New Jersey. Additionally, new options to deposit money into a WSOP.com account and cash out in person will be available for the first time at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV. For more information about special hotel rates, and cash at the cage locations, visit wsop.com/mainevent.

Note, players are allowed to create and/or fund their online poker accounts prior to arriving within the state borders of Nevada and New Jersey. However, they must be geolocated through a CPU of mobile device to be within the state borders to be able to commence any gaming activity. New players may require document verification and are highly encouraged to register early.

As has been the case each year since 2003, ESPN will air coverage of the 2020 WSOP Main Event featuring Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

“There must be a World Champion in 2020,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love.”

Added GGPoker Head of Poker Operations Steve Preiss, “We’re very happy to continue to deepen our relationship with WSOP. It was a huge summer of record-setting action on GGPoker and we’re excited to offer players access to the biggest tournament of all.”

To stay up to date on the latest WSOP news, visit: www.WSOP.com.

SOURCE Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

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IESF and Sidewalk Entertainment Partner to Promote a New Variety of Esports

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sidewalk Entertainment, an artificial intelligence (AI) tech company. IESF and Sidewalk will work together to promote a new variety of esports, which utilizes the physical movement of athletes.

Together, IESF and Sidewalk will use STEPIN, a random dance challenge service that uses real time motion-tracking AI technology created by Sidewalk. Using the platform, the two organizations will bring together esports and dancing by providing opportunities to learn, practice and battle. All users will have the opportunity to see the reply of their skeletal joints. IESF and Sidewalk will also collaborate on a special activity using STEPIN at the upcoming World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia.

This partnership will help explore new developments in esports, combining dance and interactive social media experiences, as well as international STEPIN tournaments. It will also contribute to uniting the World Esports Family by connecting K-pop and esports fans worldwide.

IESF Secretary General Boban Totovski said: “IESF is thrilled to work together with Sidewalk Entertainment to bring something new to the esports ecosystem. We are pleased to be taking part in a new digital content culture of K-pop dance and working towards our mission of serving as an exchange platform and network for esports stakeholders and securing valuable partnerships within the World Esports Family.”

Sidewalk Entertainment Kibong Kook said “We are so glad to be in partnership with IESF and bring a new joy to K-pop and esports fans around the world. The K-pop industry and esports industry both are growing rapidly in the global market. We will link both industries with the AI technology of STEPIN to create a new chapter of esports industry.”

IESF recently held the World Esports Summit, which brought together over 200 stakeholders from the World Esports Family and the broader esports ecosystem to discuss key issues in esports and the future of responsible esports worldwide. IESF is constantly evolving to best serve its members and secure the future of responsible esports.

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Pragmatic Play games are the latest addition to the Quantum Gaming platform

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Quantum Gaming has entered a new partnership with Pragmatic Play, the leading multi-product provider to the iGaming industry.

With a diverse portfolio tailored and regulated for the mobile industry, Pragmatic Play is focused on delivering engaging, evocative gaming experiences for players in regulated markets all over the globe.

All of its games are designed for optimal player engagement on mobile and desktop, providing a broad choice of immersive products, headlined by multi-award-winning Gates of Olympus™ and Wolf Gold™.

Pragmatic Play’s reputation is founded on dependability, an established track record of reliability, agile delivery, and the flexibility to modify games to the specific needs of each operator. It regularly monitors and measures game performance in order to deliver the finest gaming experience to players worldwide.

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FinXP launches Multi-Currency Accounts at SBC Summit Barcelona

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Leading international unveils a new multi-currency account service aimed at businesses that regularly make and receive cross-border payments.

The new multicurrency service allocates virtual IBAN accounts to clients, allowing them to hold, manage and pay with multiple currencies from a single account. This setup makes it simpler to manage the flow of funds while providing clients with important benefits such as fast settlement times and low foreign exchange fees.

Commenting on the new service, FinXP CEO Jens Podewski said: “The company has already started rolling out the service to existing clients and from the feedback received, we’re confident that multicurrency accounts are going to be a game-changer for many companies.

“Many established businesses today operate across borders and they want their payment processes to be as straightforward as possible. This is where multicurrency accounts come in as by using such cloud-based banking solutions, companies no longer need to maintain separate accounts for different currencies.”

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