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Lottoland player scoops record €90m


Lottoland player scoops record €90m June 11 2018

A Lottoland customer has claimed what is thought to be the world’s highest-ever online lottery pay-out after scooping €90m ($106m) on its EuroJackpot game.

A 36-year-old German, named only as Christina, won the jackpot after placing a bet via her mobile. The cleaner had only signed up to Lottoland two weeks before.

Lottoland chief executive Nigel Birrell called the win a “breakthrough” moment for the online gaming industry.

He said: “More and more players from around the world are waking up to the fact that they can bet on the biggest jackpots the world has to offer at Lottoland.

“This record €90m win is a breakthrough moment both for our business and the industry as a whole, as it is the largest jackpot pay-out ever across the online gaming and lotto industry. We look forward to breaking more records in the future.”

Lottoland, which offers betting on many major lotteries including US PowerBall, US MegaMillions, EuroMillionaire and Spain’s El Gordo, said the huge eight-figure pay-out is backed by its own insurance infrastructure.

Lottoland is active in 13 markets and claims to have more than eight million customers worldwide.

June 12, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Vanessa Selbst hints at teaming up with Phil Galfond for WSOP Tag Team

Vanessa Selbst hints at teaming up with Phil Galfond for WSOP Tag TeamVanessa Selbst’s on again/off again relationship with poker is enough to leave any fan dizzy. She “retired” at the beginning of the year after an alcohol-filled tweet on New Year’s Eve, and announced that she would be leaving PokerStars in favor of a hedge fund. A few days later, she announced that wasn’t retiring, but that she would no longer be serving as a PokerStars ambassador. Not long after, she was in retirement again, only to be seen taking a seat in a tournament a few days later. It would now appear that she wants to come back—at least for one more visit to the felt.

The three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner who racked up almost $12 million in live poker action took to Twitter (no indication if alcohol was involved) on Wednesday, recalling the “good ol’ days” of poker. She tweeted, “ok but seriously, when did it ppl 100% stop 4betting light (preflop OR on flop)? there used to be so many fun dynamics when ranges were [obviously] polarized- now it’s like there’s a rule if u get raised while holding air u must fold…? seriously is this a thing? seems like a bad thing.”

ok but seriously, when did it ppl 100% stop 4betting light (preflop OR on flop)? there used to be so many fun dynamics when ranges were obv polarized- now it’s like there’s a rule if u get raised while holding air u must fold…? seriously is this a thing? seems like a bad thing.

— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) May 31, 2018

Phil Galfond responded, giving her remarks a virtual head nod. He acknowledged that the game has changed and is more difficult for “feel players” like the two of them are. The two chatted it up for a while, and then Selbst suggested that they should hook up for this year’s WSOP Tag Team event.

Galfond seemed to be on board, giving a Twitter nod of approval, so it’s possible that the pair will be seen at the tournament. The $1,000 Tag Team event will be held from June 27 to June 29 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In 2017, Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java won the event for a little more than $150,000 and their first-ever WSOP gold bracelets. Sushant made the win possible, substituting for Java, who had to be excused for a bathroom call. The pair was in heads-up play against Pablo Mariz and David Guay, with Mariz in control for his team. Sushant, holding A-8 off-suit, called an all-in bet by Mariz, who had scored a set of Queens on the flop. With virtually no way to win, the final handshakes and high fives began. However, a highly improbable runout of Aces on the turn and river secured the victory for the Indian team.

June 3, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Nevada casino offered links to Curacao online gambling sites

boomtown-casino-nevada-online-gambling-complaintNevada gaming regulators have accused a Reno casino operator of steering its customers to internationally licensed online gambling sites.

On May 11, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) filed a complaint for disciplinary action against BCH Gaming Reno, which operates the Boomtown Casino Hotel. The casino operator is charged with two violations of Nevada gaming statutes and violating the 1961 federal Wire Act, for which the GCB is seeking unspecified financial penalties.

The complaint indicates that in September 2016, Boomtown – which lacks a Nevada interactive gaming license – decided it wanted to get in on the free-play social casino action that was then sweeping the land-based gaming industry.

Trouble was, Boomtown apparently determined that actually licensing some social casino software would be too expensive, so Boomtown instead added two links to its existing website under the banners of “Play Online” and “Play Even When Away!”

The two links connected customers to some 15 different online gambling sites, all of them associated with either Affiliate Edge (formerly ClubWorld Casino) or Deck Media, both of which are located and licensed in Curacao. Eleven of these sites offered real-money gambling in addition to the free-play variety, and three of these real-money sites claimed US players were welcome.

Boomtown was apparently content to be earning commissions by steering customers to the Curacao sites – some of which featured banner ads promoting Boomtown – but a customer smelled a rat and contacted the GCB in March 2017 to inquire as to the legitimacy of Boomtown’s online offering.

In August 2017, a GCB agent contacted Boomtown to inform them that the casino was legally up the creek. The GCB subsequently determined that Boomtown’s entire digital presence was run by a single graphic designer, who “had little, if any, understanding of gaming laws.”

Nonetheless, Boomtown “exercised little, if any, oversight concerning this employee’s actions” and happily cashed its online commission checks even after an online customer questioned the links’ legality. Looks like this Boom(town) is about to go bust.

May 22, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

AL pennant odds update: Astros leading Red Sox, Yankees

AL Pennant Odds Update: Astros Leading Red Sox, YankeesThis decade, the National League has had the upper hand over the Junior Circuit in winning five of the eight World Series, but thus far in the 2018 season it appears that the American League could be the deeper overall league.

That’s partly due to the three reigning divisions winners in the Senior Circuit (Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers) all mildly disappointing thus far.

The AL, meanwhile, has what appears to be four very good teams in the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and defending World Series champion Houston Astros – and the Cleveland Indians figure to catch fire sooner rather than later with all their pitching.

Currently, Houston is the +275 favorite to be the first repeat AL champion since the Kansas City Royals (now a terrible team and +30000 pennant longshots) from 2014-15. The Astros have two Cy Young candidates in Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, both acquired in what appear to be very lopsided trades since late last August.

Houston could be in a dogfight all season in the AL West, though, with the Angels (+800 on the pennant odds). Los Angeles has the best all-around player in baseball in Mike Trout and the sport’s most exciting rookie in Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani.

The Angels haven’t won a pennant since 2002, and Trout has never won a playoff game as the Angels were swept in the 2014 ALDS in his only visit. The postseason would be better with Trout in it. The Seattle Mariners (+2200) could also be a factor in the AL West race. They have the longest playoff drought in baseball, last making it in 2001.

The Red Sox (+325) and Yankees (+350) are likely to be going back-and-forth all season atop the AL East, with whichever team finishes second expected to grab one of the AL’s wild-card spots. Baseball is better when both those big-spending clubs are good because they push each other to add talent at the trade deadline. The Toronto Blue Jays (+1600) also could make a wild-card push.

The AL Central is clearly the worst division in baseball with only the Indians (+550) hanging around .500. The Royals, Detroit Tigers (+6600) and Chicago White Sox (+25000) are all in various stages of rebuild. The Minnesota Twins (+2600) were a wild-card team last year but have disappointed in 2018.


May 9, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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