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Boyd Gaming properties gear up for Chinese New Year
Gaming properties across southern Nevada will offer special gaming and dining promotions as well as lion dance performances.
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Aristocrat’s Dragon Link™ showing much eastern and western promise
Aristocrat Technologies’ new Dragon Link™ game, being launched to European markets on Stand S3-250 at ICE, has received further endorsement for its crowd-pleasing abilities following publication of the latest Eilers- Fantini Quarterly US Slot Survey
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PokerStars to give out Platinum Pass via Twitter
Over the next month, a series of "Truth or Bluff" competitions on the social media site will lead to a 4 March freeroll in which a $30K pass can be won.
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Gaming regulators from 65 jurisdictions converge on London as ICE takes centre stage

The importance of ICE London to all sections of the international gaming industry has been underlined following confirmation that the 2018 edition (February 6th – 8th, ExCeL London, UK) will host 411 regulators from 65 jurisdictions.

Las Vegas Sun Stories: Gaming
Thousands of lost Atlantic City casino jobs are coming back
Thousands of Atlantic City casino jobs lost during a brutal three-year stretch when five casinos shut down are coming back. Since 2014, casino closings eliminated 11,000 jobs and devastated the economy of the Atlantic City region. But for many ...
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Interblock Adds Seasoned Gaming Expert Paul Sheppard to North America Team

Paul Sheppard to Serve as Stadium Implementation Manager

Las Vegas Sun Stories: Gaming
RNC chair says she'll return Wynn money if he's found guilty
The chair of the Republican National Committee says they will return contributions from former finance chair Steve Wynn if he's found guilty of sexual misconduct allegations. Ronna Romney McDaniel tells Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" that she finds the ...
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Fallout continues over Steve Wynn sexual misconduct allegations

Fallout over sexual misconduct allegations and the resignation of Steve Wynn as Republican National Committee fundraiser mounted Sunday as calls increased for lawmakers and groups to return contributions and disavow support.

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Top 10 Super Bowl LII proposition bets
With Super Bowl LII just days away, Casino City's Gary Trask crunches the numbers and pores over the hundreds of prop bets available to come up with 10 wagers worth making this Sunday.
Las Vegas Sun Stories: Gaming
MGM raising parking fees again at Strip resorts
Rates to park at MGM Resorts properties are going up this week. The new parking prices, which vary, start Wednesday at the company’s 12 properties on the Strip, the company announced today. MGM is also adding a new valet rate for two to four hours. “Occasional parking rate adjustments are necessary as we fine-tune staffing, maintenance and equipment to
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Solaire Resort and Casino customers to be rewarded with shares

In the Philippines, the Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Incorporated subsidiary of casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation has reportedly spent approximately $82,468 in order to purchase shares in its parent that it subsequently intends to award to ‘loyal patrons’ of its Solaire Resort and Casino. According to a report from the Manila Bulletin newspaper, the subordinate acquired some 382,900 shares in Manila-listed Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, which also holds a majority stake in the firm behind South Korea’s Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino, after receiving consent from its parent’s board of directors. “These shares shall be given as a reward to Solaire [Resort and Casino’s] loyal patrons and as part of Solaire [Resorts and Casino’s] marketing program,” reportedly read a statement from Bloomberry Resorts Corporation. The newspaper additionally reported that the first nine months of 2017 saw Bloomberry Resorts Corporation realize an over 275% increase year-on-year in its unaudited consolidated profit to just over $116.1 million. The firm purportedly attributed this success to the record performance of its Solaire Resort and Casino and the first positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization from its Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino since the venue was acquired in 2015. “We continue to grow across all sectors and hope to see this uptrend continue until the end of the year,” reportedly read a statement from Enrique Razon, Chairman and majority shareholder for Bloomberry Resorts Corporation. “Our top line and bottom lines are positive and, despite some minor hiccups, I am confident that 2017 will be a banner year.”
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GE2 Asia 2018 will Highlight all the Key Industry Segments

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, the must-attend marketplace for the Asian gaming-entertainment industry, returns this May to deliver a three-day showcase of leading-edge products, services and technologies.

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Partypoker Powerfest in full swing

Since January 21st, online poker players have been logging on at partypoker to take part in the 7th edition of Powerfest. The poker festival is one of the most popular on offer by partypoker, this time around offering 147 tournament events with $15 million in guaranteed prize money up for grabs. The action continues through February 4th, providing players with plenty of events to enjoy. Powerfest fits players of every bankroll as there are Low, Medium and High tier tournaments provided. The events in the Medium category will have buy-ins 10x the amount of the Low events. The events in the High category will have buy-ins 10x the Medium events. Players can choose to compete for the lesser buy-in, go for mid-range or on the high end, even a mix of them all! Players will find something on the schedule each day in each category. February 4th marks the final day of Powerfest with three events set to offer a $1 million in guaranteed prize money. Players can take part in the Main Event, scheduled for the 4th, offering a buy-in of just $215. This is the Medium option. Players can opt to compete in the Low Main Event for $22 or the High Main Event for $2,100. During Powerfest, party has been providing leaderboard competitions. As players compete in Powerfest events, they earn points based on finishes. The better the tournament finish, the more points earned. Leaderboards are on offer for the Low, Medium and High events. Partypoker will be providing $170,000 in prizes to the top 150 players on each leaderboard. Today, players will find a host of events on the schedule, in Low, Medium and High categories. Take part in Event # 24, a $25K guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event with a $22 buy-in or go for the higher event, the $200k guaranteed event with a $215 buy-in. Additional tournament types on offer today include the Title Fight Special Edition, PKO and Turbo Pot Limit Omaha events, and more. Powerfest continues through February 4th, so there is still plenty of time for players to get in on the online poker action!
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Senior management reshuffle at Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited

In Macau, casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited has reportedly announced a number of planned changes to its senior leadership team including the imminent departure of industry veteran Gabriel Hunterton as President for its City of Dreams Macau property. According to a report from GGRAsia, industry veteran Hunterton was appointed to oversee the Cotai Strip venue a year ago with this role now set to be filled by David Sisk, who currently serves as President for Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited’s nearby Studio City Macau enterprise. In addition, Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited reportedly explained that Geoffry Philip Andres, President for its City of Dreams Manila venue, will take over from Sisk at Studio City Macau while Kevin Benning is to be promoted to the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President in the Philippines. “The redeployment of our senior operating management across our integrated resorts is aimed at optimizing our operating excellence,” reportedly read a statement from Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited. “We are leveraging on key individuals who all have demonstrated their expertise in managing and delivering strong growth.” GGRAsia moreover reported that November saw Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited record net third-quarter revenues of around $1.38 billion, which represented a year-on-year rise of almost 19.5%, with the firm declaring that this swell had been ‘primarily attributable to higher rolling chip revenues at City of Dreams [Macau] and the commencement of rolling chip operations at Studio City [Macau] in November of 2016’.
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Standout World Series gambler now looking to cash in on Super Bowl
The same bettor who took this city's sports books for millions of dollars on the World Series is setting his sights on the Super Bowl. The bettor placed a $500,000 wager ...
Casino City Times
See Grand Funk Railroad at Apache Casino Hotel
Guests can enjoy the five-member band's collection of hits on 23 March.
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Full list of Super Bowl 52 prop bets from Westgate Superbook, William Hill
The Super Bowl props are here. ...
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ICE London to host Japan Networking Breakfast

Gaming organisations targeting the significant business opportunities in the emergent Japanese integrated resort sector

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Arsenal F.C. agrees cryptocurrency sponsorship deal

One of the English Premier League’s biggest teams, Arsenal F.C., has reportedly inked a partnership deal with US-based CashBet, a cryptocurrency designed for sports betting, online casino and eSports. Via the deal, which was announced on January 24, the same day as CashBet Coin was due to be launched, the professional football club based in Highbury, London reportedly becomes world football’s first team to partner with a cryptocurrency. The iGaming cryptocurrency, which can be used on apps powered by CashBet and iGaming sites, hopes to benefit from Arsenal’s extensive reach as a football club which receives global support. Per the agreement, the California-based CashBet Coin will be advertised during Premier League home games inside the Emirates Stadium. The value of the deal was reportedly undisclosed. Commenting on the new partnership, CCO for Arsenal, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We are pleased to welcome Cashbet Coin as our partner. We are looking forward to working with CashBet Coin as they launch their new cryptocurrency,” according to the Evening Standard. Also commenting on the deal, Founder and CEO for CashBet, Dr. Mike Reaves, said: “With our ICO for CashBet Coin, we are actively targeting a global, multi-billion dollar marketplace of iGaming content providers, operators and players. “We are delighted to do so in partnership with one of world football’s true giants in Arsenal, enabling us to build our brand and engage this audience in a meaningful way.” The deal comes as a growing number of business leaders and regulators express concern regarding the potential dangers to consumers who risk their savings in unregulated virtual currencies. According to British daily newspaper The Guardian, the Financial Conduct Authority, a financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom, warned consumers in 2017 that if they invested in Bitcoin, they should be prepared to lose their money. The Guardian reports that the FCA waved comment on the decision by Arsenal to promote a cryptocurrency, but that it was pointed out by a spokesman that the regulator was planning to “conduct a deeper examination of the fast-paced developments” of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and if necessary, would take “further regulatory action.” For its part, CashBet reportedly said that it was pleased to have secured a deal with Arsenal as the company is “actively targeting a global, multibillion-dollar marketplace of i-gaming content providers, operators and players,” as reported by The Guardian.
Casino City Times
Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood announces LHPO winner
Darryll Fish won the Florida casino's Lucky Hearts Poker Open, taking home over $500,000.
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Las Vegas Sands Profit Surges on Continuing Macau Rebound

The world’s largest casino operator, which opened the $2.9 billion Parisian in the Chinese enclave in 2016, reported sales and profit Wednesday that beat Wall Street estimates.

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London Affiliate Conference networking schedule announced

The London Affiliate Conference (LAC) is fast approaching and iGB Affiliate has released a networking schedule for the event that will be held over the course of four days at the ExCeL London beginning February 7, 2018. While the guide is very handy, networking never really stops at LAC. But the schedule points out the main events inside and out of the main conference room where delegates have a chance to meet and mingle with 5,000 others and get to know some of the brightest minds in the industry. Whether you attend the dedicated parties, mingle on the floor, or wind it all up with a drink in the hotel bar, you can always meet someone new or reestablish loose connections with peers on the east side of London. The official opening party will be held at Trade Union. Payment processor for the industry, UPAYCARD will host a networking party at Tropicana Beach Club. The Draft House will be the location to meet up and wind down. Shona ODonnell, head of operations at iGaming Business said: "This is traditionally the busiest time of the year for our industry, but we can’t wait for the London Affiliate Conference to get underway next month. "We have laid on a series of events that will allow delegates to network and unwind at some of London’s most exciting venues," according to press released by iGB Affiliate this week. She added, "It’s an ideal opportunity to spend a week in London with the industry’s most influential individuals." Following is the full networking schedule for LAC 2018. Kick things off with welcoming drinks from 16:00 – 18:00 on Wednesday the 7th. Meet up at Tower Hotel on St. Katharine's Way to exercise your elbow shaking hands and lifting merrymakers. Hugs are allowed. Then from 21:00 until the last call, join in the official LAC opening party at Trade Union, 3 Thomas More Street, St Katharine's & Wapping. On Thursday night from 21:00 until late UPayCard will be holding another official networking party at Tropicana Beach Club. For those unfamiliar with the trendy outpost, take your choice between two themed bars and enjoy the palm trees along with exotics flora. Admission is free to the iGB Affiliate Awards which begin at 21:00 on Friday night, the 9th. Head over to The Brewery at 52 Chiswell Street to accept your award or cheer on your colleagues as delegates celebrate an eventful year in the iGaming business together. Once again, Intertops is sponsoring the Unwind Session from 13:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 10th February 2018. The Draft House will be your venue to finish off the week. Say your goodbyes and exchange any contact info you may have missed or misplaced earlier before catching a plane, train, or driving your auto home. For more information about LAC, please visit: http://www.igbaffiliate.com/events/london-affiliate-conference#networking
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MGM Cotai allocated 125 tables, 77 more may be transferred

The DICJ, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, has allocated MGM China Holdings Ltd 125 new to market tables for their MGM Cotai property which is expected to open in February. The tables will be allocated in parts with 100 available upon opening and the remainder to be allowed on January 1, 2019. Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac made the announcement to reporters yesterday according to a report on GGRAsia. The company was also authorized to place up to 900 slot machines at the property. Mr. Leong also said that MGM could move up to 77 tables from MGM Macau which opened ‎18 December 2007. It was later reported that all 100 new tables are destined for the mass market floor. No specific numbers were given for the transferred tables in terms of Junket and VIP room operations. Macau has been operating under a market cap for new tables since 2013. While analysts have been able to predict allocations to some degree, based on a maximum 3% per annum allotment, the awards are entirely at the discretion of the DICJ. Some analysts were expecting a larger allocation for MGM Cotai. Galaxy Macau Phase II and Studio City each received 250 new tables when they opened in 2015, while Parisian Macau and Wynn Palace each received 150 total new tables when they opened in 2016. According to another report, Morgan Stanley said in a note today: "We believe consensus were expecting 150 tables over the next two years and may be disappointed to get total of 125 tables. "One of the key reasons could be the licence expiry for SJM/MGM in March 2020. We believe once the licence extension is sorted, it is possible to see MGM China receiving more tables for this project," the banking group added. The licenses of all six concessionaires are set to expire on various dates between 2020 and 2022. The government has not announced a clear policy on how licenses will be renewed or if they will be up for bid on the open market.
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Darlene Navarro Joins Interblock as Global Director of Human Resources

Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) market leader Interblock® has announced today the appointment of Darlene Navarro as Director of Human Resources