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Live Gaming Awards makes its debut on April 26

Live Gaming Awards makes its debut on April 26Live Gaming has become a game changer in the gambling industry. Live gaming itself was a product of the operators desire to innovate and improve the way people play the games.

Recognizing the talent behind every live games, organizers of the second annual Live Gaming Summit will fete the best performing live gaming operators with the inaugural Live Gaming Awards on April 26, 2018, at the Casino Barcelona.

“Live Gaming has become a mainstream product. From the pioneer work 10 years ago–Live Roulette & Blackjack have become a key income generator for the Remote Gaming Industry,” Live Gaming Summit 2018 organizers said. “For the first time ever, the fast-growing live gaming industry will be able to celebrate its very own award show.”

The first Live Gaming Awards will feature three categories: Best Overall Live Dealer Overall Product; Best Branded Studio; and Best In-Casino Streaming Provider.

Nominees for the Best Live Dealer Overall Product are 1xBet, Asia Live Gaming, Authentic, BetConstruct, Evolution Gaming, Extreme Live Gaming, Ezugi, Media Live Casino, NetEnt, Playtech, and Vivo Gaming.

The Best Branded Studio category, on the other hand, is packed with the crème de la crème of the gambling industry. The nominees for this category are 888 (inc. Elite Lounge), Bet 365, Betsson, Bwin, Coral, Gala, Genting, Golden Nugget, Grosvenor, GVC Shared Tables, Ladbrokes, LeoVegas, Marathonbet, Mr. Green, Paddy Power Betfair, Pokerstars, Sky Casino, Unibet, and William Hill.

There are at least six operators vying for the Best In-Casino Streaming Provider Award. These operators are Authentic Gaming, Evolution Gaming, Extreme Live Gaming, Ezugi, Media Live Casino, and Portomaso Gaming.

The winners of the inaugural Live Gaming Awards will be determined by a public poll, according to the organizers. They added that all gaming and betting industry professionals are welcome to cast their votes.

Operators may be able to cast their vote in the official website, www.livegamingsummit.com/awards.

 

April 16, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Vizexplorer installation underway at Hard Rock Rocksino

VIZEXPLORER INSTALLATION UNDERWAY AT HARD ROCK ROCKSINO

April 12, 2018, San Diego, CA – VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions to the gaming industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement to deploy its marketing campaign management solution at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, a 200,000-square foot venue paired with the area’s only harness racing track.

Known as Ohio’s premier gaming, dining and entertainment destination, Rocksino management sought to improve the property’s marketing campaigns to attract and retain the right players, while ensuring optimal return on marketing investment. campaignViz™ from VizExplorer simplifies player segmentation, streamlines campaign creation and analysis, and automates offer management and optimization––helping marketers save time and grow the effectiveness of their marketing activities.

“We are pleased with VizExplorer’s robust analytics and state-of-the-art systems for automated campaigns,” said Jamie Brown, Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. “After assessing many options, we decided that campaignViz™ was the solution and VizExplorer was the partner for us––one that would continue to meet our data needs well into the future,” she added.

“VizExplorer looks forward to expanding our customer base in Ohio, and we look forward to a long relationship with Hard Rock Rocksino,” said VizExplorer’s Ken Kachnic, VP of Sales – Eastern Region.

The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.

VizExplorer will exhibit in booth 329 at the upcoming Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention, held April 17-20, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Request a product demonstration and learn about VizExplorer’s speaking engagements during the conference at www.vizexplorer.com/niga.

About VizExplorer
VizExplorer offers operational intelligence (OI) solutions to the gaming industry. The next generation in data-driven decision making, OI lets businesses analyze live, fast-changing data and take immediate action using a single toolset. VizExplorer’s applications and tools help enterprises address smart space and profit optimization, marketing campaign management, CRM and customer service, and service and dispatch management. VizExplorer is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Las Vegas and Wellington, New Zealand. www.vizexplorer.com

 

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

888Poker’s 8-Team WSOP promo returns with a new team and a new set of rules

 

888Poker’s 8-Team WSOP Promo returns with a new team and a new set of rules

888Poker’s 8-Team World Series of Poker Promotion returns for a second season, this time with a new team, a few new team captains and a new set of rules.

888Poker and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) are like Cagney and Lacey. I can’t remember a time when the pair wasn’t joined at the hip. Last year, the online poker room made the most of that union through their 8-Team WSOP Promo, and they believe it’s worth another shot.

Backstory.

In the months leading up to the 2017 WSOP, 888Poker announced the inaugural 8-Team promo. The online poker room would send five teams of three players to the WSOP (Captain, Wingman and Online Qualifier). The job of the Captain and Wingman was to do everything in their power to ensure their qualifier lasted the longest.

Team Brazil (Captain Bruno Politano, Wingman Denilson, and Qualifier Joao Sousa Monteiro) won the promotion after Monteiro made it to Day 4 before hitting the rail in 583rd place for $22,449 – not bad for a $30 online satellite buy-in.

8-Team Are Back; One More Team; New Rules

888Poker is once again running the 8-Team promotion, but several changes are in play.

There will be six teams, not five, with the Spaniards added to the mix. The role of Team Captain falls to Marti Roca, the man who qualified for the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event playing online at 888Poker and went on to win the bloody thing for €1.1m.

Nice.

The other team captains are as follows:

Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche and Parker Talbot keep their captaincy roles at the helm of Team UK, Germany and Canada. Last year’s winning captain, Bruno Politano is out on his arse, replaced by Vivian Saliba. And Martin Jacobson has pulled rank over Sofia Lovgren as Captain of Team Sweden (winning the WSOP Main Event affords you that power).

888Poker will announce the Wingmen (or women, let’s not be sexist here) sometime before the end of the promotion (June 4). Last year, the wingmen consisted of a series of professional poker players and former sports stars. Expect much of the same this year.

Joao Sousa Monteiro won a free seat into the 2018 WSOP Main Event. 888Poker felt a little sad about that move. This year, every team member wins a buy-in for the 2019 extravaganza.

And it’s a points system this year.

Teams pick up points for making it through the day, having the most chips, bonus points if the entire team makes it, and a massive last longer bonus for the longest lasting qualifier.

If you want to take part in 888Poker’s 8-Team Promotion, then I suggest you start playing your poker in their front room.

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

Partypoker to introduce shot clocks at MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona

partypoker to introduce shot clocks at MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona

Partypoker plan to introduce a shot clock in the Super High Rollers, High Rollers and Main Event of the Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona.

You have to break a few yolks until you learn to fry the perfect egg. Very few, nail it the very first time, but you have to start somewhere, right? I’m not talking about the Gary Vaynerchuk vogue of failing as fast as you can so you can improve quicker. I’m just saying if you want to learn to fry an egg you have to break into the golden stuff.

Live tournament poker is changing for the good. Before long the changes we are seeing implemented across various factions will become the new state of being, and it’s happening quicker than I thought it would.

partypoker ambassador, Patrick Leonard, has just announced via his personal Twitter feed that partypoker LIVE will introduce the shot clock at selected events during the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona.

Leonard said the clock will be used throughout the entirety of the $25,000 & $50,000 Super High Roller events and will be introduced into the €10,300 MILLIONS Grand Final one level off the money. Each player will receive six-time extension chips worth 30-seconds, and if you make the final table, and have used any of those chips, then you will reload to six. In response to a reply from Max Silver asking if the Shot Clock will be in the €10,000 High Roller, Leonard said the same rules as the Main Event will apply.

The move by partypoker means it’s certain that the shot clock will be a permanent fixture in live tournament poker sooner rather than later. When players experience a shot clock event and then end up in some backwater playing old school live poker, they will want to eat a tarantula.

“I believe all tournaments including WSOP will have shot clocks within next 2-3 years,” Leonard told me. “I am not sure what stage of the event the tours will implement them, but every high roller tournament will have shot clocks from the start very shortly.”

All For One And One For All

I’m no poker historian, but I am confident the Aussie Millions was one of the first live festivals to use the shot clock in their High Roller events many moons ago.

PokerStars followed suit in the European Poker Tour (EPT) and PokerStars Championship High Rollers before 888Live took the pioneering step of introducing a clock from the start of all their High Rollers and Main Events.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) got into the game when they brought them into High Rollers, and one level off the money of Main Event stops, and earlier this year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) agreed to have shot clocks in the $50,000, $100,000 and $1m buy-in events.

And it’s not only the addition of a Shot Clock that is becoming a permanent fixture in live tournaments. The Big Blind Ante is also coming along for the ride.

It’s Time to Break Some Eggs

When the WPT first tweeted the intention to introduce a Shot Clock one level off the money, Patrick Leonard was one of the people who asked why they didn’t use a shot clock from the beginning, so I asked him the same question.

Leonard explained that partypoker would be sending herds of online satellite qualifiers to Barcelona to compete in the Grand Final, and therefore they felt the need to ease the inexperienced players in gently.

While I value the sentiment, I disagree.

If anyone has qualified for a €10,300 Main Event while playing online; they have experience in making quick decisions. And even if your granddad hopped online one day and luck boxed his way to a seat. Isn’t it better for him to experience the shot clock from the beginning, to get a feel for the speed of things when sitting behind a deeper stack than having to face the clock when one level away from the most significant cash of your career?

Just let them break the yolk, Patrick.

It’s the best way to learn.

April 5, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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