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9stacks Takes Online Poker Mainstream With its Latest Offering

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India’s fastest growing online poker platform 9stacks, known for coming up with the most innovative promotions, is back with ‘Vegas in Rs 9’. In this contest, participants have to win two tournaments to win a trip to Las Vegas. Details available on the website. The contest runs from 10th to 25th March.

What’s new:

  • In Level 1, there are 14 power packed tournaments every day from 10th to 25th March, and the top 3 from each tournament qualify for the Level 2 ‘Take Off 2 Vegas’ tournament happening on 31st March 2019. The winner of that tournament gets a trip worth Rs. 2 Lakhs to Las Vegas
  • Most excitingly, users can collect multiple tickets to Level 2 and use them to re-enter the Take Off 2 Vegas if they get knocked out. More tickets, more chances
  • That’s not all. In the lead-up to the launch on the 10th of March, there are 3 tournaments every day where players can get a wild card entry to the final tournament.

“We were thrilled to see the poker talent that is out there in the country. The ‘Vegas in Rs 2’ promotion in February saw thousands of participants from tier 1 to tier 3 cities use their skills to beat the rest and enter the final level. Sajal Gupta and Ashish Kumar emerged victorious in this battle and will soon be battling the best at Vegas itself. Vegas in Rs 9 aims to go deeper into the heart of the country to find poker aspirants and give them a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest poker platform in the world,” says Sudhir Kamath, CEO, 9stacks.

“It’s been unbelievable. I never thought a relatively new player like me could have a chance to play poker in the city that gave birth to poker as we know it. I can’t wait to see Phil Ivey in action,” says February Vegas in Rs 2 winner Ashish Kumar.

Vegas in Rs 9 begins on 10th March 2019.

 

About 9stacks:

9stacks is one of India’s best online poker site. Launched last year, 9stacks has a user base of over 1 lakh+ subscribers. More than 7 million hands of poker are being played every month on the platform, with monthly gross transactions exceeding INR 55 cr per month.

As a member of the All India Gaming Federation, 9stacks has also been a strong voice advocating poker as a game of skill. On its own platform, 9stacks recently launched India’s first skills dashboard where gamers can carry out in depth analyses of their own strategy, and become better poker players.

9stacks users can play seamlessly across all platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Macs.

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Philippines Continues Chasing POGOs Despite Reports of Closures

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The Philippine government has said that it will not be easing up on its pursuit of outstanding taxes from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) despite revelations that some of them had shut down and left the country.

As per reports, two licensed POGO operators and several service providers have closed operations due to stringent tax rules imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and statements from gaming regulator PAGCOR that no POGO would be allowed to resume post-COVID until all liabilities were paid.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo named Suncity Group and Don Tencess Asian Solutions as the two POGOs to have left, although Suncity denied this was the case when contacted by Inside Asian Gaming.

“Suncity Group spares no effort to develop itself as a global integrated VIP entertainment conglomerate. The junket business in Manila is definitely important to us and we can’t find any reason to leave Manila at this particular moment,” the company said.

“In regards to the comment provided by Mdm Andrea Domingo, we think she is referring to telebetting services, which has nothing to do with the junket business that Suncity Group operates in Manila. We will continue to develop our VIP entertainment business in licensed gaming operators in Manila, and provide seamless VIP services to our guests,” Suncity said.

Nevertheless, the authorities insisted that they will continue to crack down on POGOs.

“I think Secretary Dominguez will not budge from the position that they need to pay all their taxes, including the franchise tax,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, referencing Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

“Now, although the President has said we need all the resources, all the revenues that we can derive from all, including POGO operations to fund Covid-19 response of the government, I think the bottom line is they have to settle their tax obligations,” Harry Roque said.

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Booongo expands in Asia with Flow Gaming partnership

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Company’s slots portfolio made available through platform provider

Slots developer Booongo has strengthened its position in Asia after securing a new partnership with platform provider Flow Gaming.

As part of a content distribution agreement, Booongo will integrate its fast-expanding games portfolio onto Flow Gaming’s platform.

The deal significantly enhances the platform provider’s content offering, with the developer’s top performing games including Tiger Pearls, Great Panda and Aztec Sun all being made available to Flow’s extensive operator network and their players.

Booongo’s games are enjoyed by players across Asia and this latest launch further extends the company’s presence within the territory.

Sebastian Damian, Commercial Director at Booongo, said: “We’re well aware of Flow Gaming’s popularity in the Asian market and signing this deal is an exciting move for Booongo.

“Integrating our games onto the Flow Gaming platform ensures that we take our market presence in Asia to the next level.”

Peter van Tuyl, COO at Flow Gaming, said: “We know the importance of nurturing strategic relationships to enhance our platform offering, which is why we’ve partnered with Booongo.

“Booongo’s games are of a high quality and are appreciated by players across the globe. We’re looking forward to offering the developer’s content to our operator partners over the coming months.”

 

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Nova Esports Partners with GodLike Esports

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Hong Kong-based Nova Esports has partnered with Indian esports organisation Godlike Esports. The new team will be known as Nova GodLike. Through the deal, Nova GodLike will compete in Tencent’s PUBG Mobile with an Indian roster.

Anthony “AY” Yeung, CEO of Nova Esports, spoke on the reasoning behind the deal in an announcement: “PUBG Mobile is currently trending in the gaming section of India. It has surpassed other games in terms of popularity and revenue and made a place for itself in Indian pop culture. Even people who have not played the game would have seen and heard about it through various social media memes and posts.”

Nova Esports has several goals it hopes to achieve through its new Nova GodLike brand, namely succeeding in global PUBG Mobile competitions, turning its players into public figures, attracting other organisations to the Indian esports market, and creating “high quality content for the community.”

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