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Saudi Arabia to host first card-playing contest for cash prizes

saudi-arabia-card-contest-cash-prizesSaudi Arabians are simultaneously celebrating and bemoaning their government’s decision to hold the deeply conservative country’s first national card-playing tournament for cash prizes.

Last Thursday, the official Twitter feed of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority (GSA) announced that the country would hold its first card-playing national competition for cash prizes from April 4-8 at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in the nation’s capital Riyadh.

The contest, which will be overseen by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports, will be centered around Baloot, a wildly popular local trick card game with similarities to the French game Belote. Baloot is also available on multiple Android and iOS mobile apps, some of which are among the top game apps in Saudi Arabia.

The top four finishers of the contest will share a total prize purse of SR1m (US$270k), half of which will go to the overall winner. Many observers expressed surprise at the amount of the prizes, given the lack of precedent for the contest.

Predictably, news of the tournament has delighted the nation’s Baloot fans while enraging social conservatives, some of whom view even the game of chess as a waste of time that promotes forbidden gambling activity.

Those conservatives should brace themselves for even greater outrage, as one veteran Baloot player told Arab News that he expects women to take part in the contest. Assuming that’s allowed, it would mark another bold step forward for Saudi women, who will finally be allowed to drive cars starting this June.

The end to the female driving ban is part of crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030 program, which aims to reshape the national economy to create a more modern and secular country. Just this weekend, the government announced that women would be allowed to start their own businesses without the permission of a male guardian.

It remains to be seen whether the prince is pushing too hard on the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Many of the Twitter comments criticizing the Baloot contest half-joked that it wouldn’t be long before Riyadh started to resemble another desert city – Las Vegas – through the addition of casino gambling.


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Calling the Clock: WPT title blues; partypoker MILLIONS news

In this week’s Calling The Clock we remind you that Mike Leah upset a few people after cutting a deal during his World Poker Tour Main Event win in Fallsview, partypoker made more announcements than a sofa company during sale season, and much more. 

Walk around with a baby’s head on a spike, and you’ll receive the same abuse Mike Leah got on social media this week. It should have been the best weeks of his life. It turned out to be one of the most challenging.

Calling the Clock: WPT title blues; partypoker MILLIONS newsThe Canadian pro topped a field of 517 entrants to make the heads-up phase of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event. Sitting in the way of him and the Championship was Ryan Yu and a 4:1 chip deficit.

Despite the lead, Leah’s opponent suggested a deal in which he would be happy to take an even ICM deal, including giving the title, Champions Club berth and $15k Tournament of Champions seat to Leah.

How can you turn that down?

As the WPT doesn’t allow dealmaking, Yu raise-folded the vast majority of his chips until Leah took the dominant chip lead, who moved all-in until the rest of Yu’s chips were in Leah’s stack.

The move caused an outcry in the public domain. A cross-section of poker players questioned Leah’s integrity and the potential damage to the WPT brand.

Leah responded in a Facebook post you can read here, and I share my thoughts on the debacle, right here.

The Leah sting occurred in the same week the WPT struck a multi-year partnership with the social poker giant Zynga Poker. It’s an incredible deal for the WPT, who need to push their brand in front of other audiences as more youngsters choose non-TV platforms for their form of entertainment.

Other Live Tournament News 

Switching from the World Poker Tour to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and a couple of results to catch up on this week on the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC).

Keven Stammen continued his impressive run of form after taking down the $1,675 WSOPC Main Event at the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee. The WSOP bracelet holder defeated a field of 604 entrants to capture the $190,265 first prize. Stammen also finished 5/106 in the $2,200 High Roller. It’s his third win in the past four months.

With that win, Stammen qualifies for the WSOP Global Championship, and the 2015 winner of that event picked up her fourth gold ring this week. Loni Harwood Beat 120 entrants to take the $10,801 first prize in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em event in the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek.

And he may not have a WSOP bracelet, but Stephen Chidwick does have a major title to his name after winning the US Poker Open this week. The UK-born pro bagged the title with a game to spare after making five of the eight final tables, securing four top-three finishes, and winning two for a combined haul of $1.2m. Keith Tilston finished runner-up after winning the $50k NLHE Main Event for $660,000 in addition to three more cashes.

Lastly, PokerListings owners Net Gaming Europe AB sold the Battle of Malta (BOM) to Casino Malta for €300,000, this week. The company said the BOM added very little to the company’s bottom line. As part of the deal, PokerListings remains the chief marketer of the event that won a European Poker Award in 2014 as the Best Live Tournament With a -€2k Buy-In.

America’s Cardroom Develops a Joey Ingram Problem 

American-based online poker players searching for a game have fewer choices this week after Joey Ingram created and released videos #2 & #3 of the three-video series alleging widespread bot use, multi-accounting and collusion on Winning Poker Network’s (WPN) America’s Cardroom (ACR).

In the follow-up videos, Ingram directed his ire at the WPN CEO Philip Nagy for not doing enough to prevent the alleged cheating. Ingram confirmed that since video #1 hit the social media airwaves, ACR has banned 13 suspicious accounts, lending some legitimacy to Ingram’s claims.

Ingram’s content revealed a loophole in the MTT software allowing groups of accounts to sit together at the same table during the late registration period. Ingram also questioned whether the WPN and ACR even have a security team given the diabolically low level of interest from both since Ingram started shouting from his considerably lofty rooftop.

You can catch up on the saga here and here.

The Rest of the Online Poker News 

It was a busy week for partypoker.

The gang is enjoying the atmos at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov where they are currently hosting MILLIONS Germany. Patrik Antonius and Johannes Becker were victorious in the €25k High Roller events, winning €425,000 & €320,050 respectively, and Chi Zhang took the €800,000 first prize in the €50k event. The MILLIONS Main Event is still ongoing at the time of writing.

In other partypoker news, they revealed the new destination of the Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) as the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas; promised $10m in guarantees for the new KO Series and declared their intention to guarantee €23m for the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona. And talking about European poker, it was also the week that partypoker revealed plans to merge their French and Spanish traffic as part of the new shared liquidity deal (Portugal and Italy are set to join at a later date).

partypoker won’t be operating alone in the shared European liquidity market. The French regulator ARJEL granted Winamax permission to begin merging their traffic sources in the four nations this week, and PokerStars has already started that work being the first online operator to be granted a shared licence from the French regulator.

Bits and Bobs 

The Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) announced plans to host the second season this week. Details are scarce, but there will be ten teams competing in a single day event in Kolkatta. Overshadowing the announcement was the news that MILP founder, Raj Kundra had launched a defamation case against the former Goa Kings franchise owner, Sachiin Joshi for failing to pay his dues and alleging that Kundra fixed the first season.

The American Poker Awards (APA) revealed the shortlists for the 4th Annual Awards and Poker Central stole the pre-show with eight award nominations. Doug Polk looks likely to be the individual star with three nominations, including going head-to-head with Daniel Negreanu, a man Polk referred to as an ‘embarrassment to poker’ this week.

Last but not least, NYPD arrested poker player Micah Raskin for dealing drugs, and Doyle Brunson revealed he turned down a $230 million offer to buy his online poker room ‘Doyle’s Room’ and then watched as the American government introduced the UIGEA and turned the offer to dust.

Time ladies and gentlemen, please.

Someone has just called the clock.


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Partypoker release the MILLIONS Grand Final schedule, and it’s huge

Partypoker has released the schedule for the first-ever MILLIONS Grand Final, and it promises to be the biggest live tournament ever held on European soil.

Partypoker release the MILLIONS Grand Final schedule, and it's hugeSo, partypoker like guarantees. Well, I have one for them. The MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona will smash every target they create.

In a week that saw PokerStars continue to play around with their live tournament format with the cancellation of the Chilean leg of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), partypoker reacts by releasing one of the most ambitious live poker schedules in history.

7 – 15 April, Casino Barcelona.

Poker players, pencil it in your diary and throw away the rubber. John Duthie and the gang are promising €23m in guaranteed prize money, making the first MILLIONS Grand Final the biggest live event held on European soil.

888Poker. The World Poker Tour (WPT). They have all held events at the Casino Barcelona, but it’s PokerStars who turned it into the mecca it’s become. Along comes partypoker to benefit from all the hard graft. Barcelona expects. partypoker will deliver.

Nine events, short, sweet and succulent.

It begins on Saturday 7 April with a €1,100 buy-in, €1m Guaranteed MILLIONS Open featuring four starting flights. There are five High Rollers – 2 x Single Day €25k events on 7 & 8 April, a €50k on the 9th, a €100k on the 10th and a €10k on the 11th. All High Roller events carry a €2m Guarantee.

There is a three-day €2,500, €1m GTD MILLIONS Grand Final Warm-up featuring a single re-entry, and the flower on the end this mighty stem is the €10,300, €10m Guaranteed Main Event, the first of four flights starts on 11 April. The series ends with a €1,100 unlimited re-entry Finale.

Cash games will also be on tap.

If those prices are too steep, then you can try to qualify online at partypoker where the team are offering routes to Barcelona beginning as low as 50 cents for a €16k package. Fans of the live game can compete in five live super-satellites at the Casino Barcelona where 225 Main Event seats are up for grabs.

Raúl Horta, Poker Manager, Casino Barcelona paid homage to partypoker for putting on the festival with the highest guaranteed prizepool in the history of poker tournaments ever held in Europe, calling his home one of the world capitals of poker. 

The winner of the Grand Final will bank a minimum €1.4m, the runner-up receives €1.2m, and the third-place finisher picks up €1m.


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Rockhold favorite to win UFC Interim middleweight title against Romero

An injury to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has shaken up the betting odds for the main event at Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Instead of sitting as a solid underdog against Whittaker, challenger Luke Rockhold (16-3) is now a -160 favorite (bet $160 to win $100) versus No. 1 contender Yoel Romero (12-2).

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Rockhold favorite to win UFC Interim middleweight title against RomeroRomero is listed as a +130 underdog (bet $100 to win $130) and coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Whittaker for the interim title on July 8 at UFC 213 in Las Vegas, snapping an eight-bout winning streak. He got the call to fight for the belt again when Whittaker did not properly treat a staph infection in his stomach and was forced to withdraw from his originally scheduled championship bout against Rockhold.

Whittaker had been promoted to middleweight champion when Georges St-Pierre gave up the belt after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217 last November 4. The winner of Romero-Rockhold will then take on Whittaker at a later date to unify the titles.

Rockhold bounced back from a surprising first-round knockout loss to Bisping at UFC 199 nearly two years ago by submitting David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116 last September 16. He had earned the middleweight championship by scoring a fourth-round TKO of Chris Weidman at UFC 194 before relinquishing the title to Bisping.

Leading up to that matchup, a local favorite remains on the card in heavyweight Mark Hunt (13-11-1, 1 No-Contest), who will battle Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) in the co-main event. The 43-year-old New Zealander picked up a fourth-round TKO of Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland on June 11 to break a two-fight winless streak.

Hunt is the +140 underdog and was knocked out in the third round by Alistair Overeem in his previous bout after a UD loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 was later overturned to a NC because his opponent tested positive for a banned substance. He had won two in a row before that skid, knocking out Antonio Silva and Frank Mir, both in the first round.

Meanwhile, Blaydes is the -170 favorite and tested positive for marijuana a year ago following a TKO win over Adam Milstead at UFC Fight Night 104, turning that into a NC as well. Otherwise, he would be riding a four-fight winning streak, with his lone loss coming against Francis Ngannou, who just lost to Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.


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Swisslos national lottery take betradar’s Managed Trading Services

Swisslos have today put pen to paper on a deal that will see Betradar provide its Managed Trading Services to the Swiss national lottery.

SWISSLOS NATIONAL LOTTERY TAKE BETRADAR’S MANAGED TRADING SERVICES Swisslos have worked with Betradar since 2003 and this development adds the company’s fully flexible risk and trading management instrument into the mix.

The Managed Trading Services (MTS) are available for any national lotteries, bricks and mortar or online operators on a stand-alone, platform-agnostic basis or as a turnkey offering. In this case, Betradar will be supplementing the MTS offering with some bespoke creative content, including schwingen, Athletics Zurich as well as some equestrian events.

Speaking about the development, Swisslos CEO Dr. Roger Fasnacht said: “We have worked with Betradar for 15 years now and we are really excited to see the efficiencies that this proven product can bring to our organisation. At Swisslos, we are committed to providing the most reliable and competitive offering to our Swiss nationals: our collaboration with Betradar, the addition of MTS and their commitment to deliver bespoke competitions and content will ensure we become the destination of choice for Switzerland’s sports fans again”.

Betradar’s Managing Director MTS Paolo Personeni added: “While we already work with over 100 MTS customers located in places such as North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, Swisslos’s trust in Betradar and faith in our MTS offering is greatly valued and appreciated. Their reputation in Europe and further afield is strong and credible and so our collaboration is a real tent-pole partnership. We are proud that we could announce this to the industry in the week of London’s ICE Totally Gaming”.

Any entity that is interested in learning more about how MTS can help their efficiency and revenues should contact to get a deeper introduction.


Swisslos offers lotteries, sport bets and instant tickets in the entire territory of German-speaking Switzerland, in Ticino and in the Principality of Liechtenstein. It structures its range of games in an attractive and responsible manner. Swisslos transfers it entire net profit to the mandating cantons and the Principality of Liechtenstein to support public causes.
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Betradar is part of Sportradar, which is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world. The company provides cutting-edge solutions and services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities. We are a truly international organisation, employing over 1,800 people in more than 30 locations around the world. Our rapid growth is driven by technological innovation and a deep understanding of our clients’ business needs.
It is our commitment to excellent service, quality and reliability that makes us the trusted partner of more than 1,000 companies in over 80 countries. We occupy a unique position at the intersection of the sports, media and betting industries:
• Under the Betradar brand name, we are the leading provider of live data services to the betting industry, offering products to suit every business: from data collection through to fully managed trading services.
• With our Live Channel, backed by our extensive portfolio of audio-visual rights, we offer round-the-clock coverage of live sports content streamed to betting websites and betting shops around the world.
• We are leaders in the provision of Virtual Sports content and sports betting games, with customisable solutions offering the ideal mix of realism, profitability and punter appeal.
• Uniquely in our industry, we also leverage our data to provide betting monitoring services to sports federations and law enforcement agencies to help in the fight against match-fixing. In the field of sports integrity, we are now firmly established as the world’s leading supplier.

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Alex Inglot
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Sportradar AG
P: +44 203 695 22 14


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UltraPlay appoints new leadership

Advanced betting solution provider UltraPlay has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer starting of Q1 2018. The decision was taken by the Management board jointly with Dariy Margaritov, who has successfully led the company since its foundation in 2010 as a founder and CEO. Mr. Margaritov steps down of the CEO position and will continue to provide his profound knowledge and expertise in the gambling and crypto industry as an advisor to the company.

UltraPlay appoints new leadership

Mr. Mario Ovchar and Mr. Peter Ivanov

Mr. Margaritov will focus on the development of a number of crypto-related projects as well as the implementation of the Blockchain technology in the iGaming industry. Last year, the company announced the Blockchain-based project eGold – an eSports betting cryptocurrency, and its Initial Coin Offering presale, which started on February 1st and already sold out more than half of the presale tokens during the first day of the presale. The crowd sale will be held from February 18th until March 18th.

Dariy Margaritov, founder of UltraPlay said: “Mario Ovcharov is a perfect example of a top manager who has successfully made his career within the company. He brings an incredibly deep understanding of our business, proven track record and strategic approach that will certainly lead UltraPlay to the next successful milestones.”

Mario Ovcharov added: “As part of UltraPlay’s family, I have been deeply involved in most of the company’s projects and developments that are described in the industry as innovations and avant-garde solutions. UltraPlay has a deserved reputation as a leading eSports betting solutions provider and I am determined to continue the company’s growth and establish its leading positions on the core and emerging iGaming and crypto markets worldwide.”

Along with Ovcharov’s appointment as CEO, Peter Ivanov will broaden his capacities as Head of trading. In his new role, he will deal with sports and eSports betting managing the in-house team of traders and following the company’s mission to offer highest quality products, widest games coverage, and unrivaled betting data to the iGaming operators. The company has recently announced its plans to further expand its sports betting portfolio, developing new betting functionalities as well as US sports dedicated branch for all sportsbooks ready to step up on to the next level.

Peter Ivanov said: “We are in an excellent position to capitalize our growth, leadership and serve as integrity partner to the sports betting industry. We are going to do so for sure in the upcoming months by our continuous innovation and passion for delivering superb betting options.”

The company’s team is ready to meet all delegates interested in the eSports and sports betting solutions, live betting, iGaming platform, white label solutions, online casino and crypto projects during ICE Totally Gaming, 6-8 February, London at booth #S1-110.

About UltraPlay:

UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on eSports, sports betting, casino, live betting and bitcoin.

Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here:

Press contact:

Lyubomira Petrova
PR and Marketing Manager at UltraPlay


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EPL review week 25: Arsenal & Chelsea stutter; Spurs take advantage

Week 25 of the English Premier League sees Spurs become a serious contender for a Champions League spot after beating Man Utd. Arsenal and Chelsea both suffer unlikely defeats. 

Man City 3 v 0 WBA 

EPL Review Week 25: Arsenal & Chelsea stutter; Spurs take advantageWest Brom remains rooted at the foot of the table after a predictable hammering at The Etihad. The Baggies were the anvil, City’s forward line the hammer. Alan Pardew knows his team is not going to go down based on defeats against the best sides in the world, but he will be worried about the way his team failed to advance beyond the halfway line.

The Baggies didn’t touch the ball in the City box in the entirety of the first half and Liverpool loanee, Daniel Sturridge, was the only West Brom player to have a shot on goal and that came with time running out. If Pardew is to avoid the drop, you sense Sturridge will play a key role.

But this night was not Sturridge’s night. It belonged to Kevin De Bruyne who marched around the pitch as if he owned the place. The Belgian had a foot in both of City’s goals, putting Fernandinho through to score his third of the season, and finding the net himself after finishing off a driving run, and cute one-two with Raheem Sterling. And he nearly scored the goal of the season, trying to lob Ben Foster from the halfway line only for the England keeper to tip the mischevious effort over the bar.

After the second goal, Pep Guardiola gave De Bruyne a rest. As he sat on the bench looking like a smurf, Sterling pirouetted Diego Maradona style on the halfway line, drove into the guts of West Brom, slid Sergio Aguero in, and the Argentine chipped the ball into the net for his 24th goal of the season.

The defeat means West Brom have now failed to win in their last 12 away games in the Premier League. Meanwhile, City registered their 18th straight home win.

“They were in full bloom tonight. They kept coming.” Alan Pardew told reporters after the match. 

Full bloom indeed. 

Spurs 2 v 0 Man Utd 

The gap at the top is now 15-points after Man Utd put in a horror show in front of the largest Premier League crowd in history at Wembley last night.

Jose Mourinho joined 82,011 souls in the capital with his side having not conceded a goal in their previous six matches, but it took Christian Eriksen 10.52 seconds to change that. A long ball into the box straight from kickoff eventually ended up at the feet of Eriksen, and the Dane put the ball away with aplomb.

It was the perfect tonic.

The crowd roared, Spurs drove on, and United looked shell-shocked. Then in the 28th minute, the game was all over. Kieran Trippier rampaged down the right, sent a sweet daisy-cutter into the box and Phil Jones slammed it comically into the roof of his own net.

“The confidence of my players was totally broken with the second goal,” Mourinho told reporters after the game. 

Alexis Sanchez made his Premier League debut for United. Juan Mata made way. But he never saw enough of the ball to make an impact. Spurs won the game from the middle of the park where Mousa Dembélé had Paul Pogba chasing him like an untrained six-year-old. With Pogba chasing shadows, the Spurs midfield ran Nemanja Matic ragged, and from that strategic point, Spurs won their third home game in a row against United, the first time they’ve achieved that feat since 1966.

The Best of the Rest 

It was a good night for Spurs as both Chelsea and Arsenal lost ground in the race for Champions League positions. Chelsea, watched by their £18m new signing Olivier Giroud, crumbled at home to a resurgent Bournemouth. The trident of Callum Wilson, Jordan Ibe and Junior Stanislas cut Antonio Conte’s men to shreds. Goals from Wilson, Stanislas and former Blue Nathan Aké sealed the points for the Cherries who rise to tenth after a dodgy start to the season.

Arsenal fell to strugglers Swansea. Carlos Carvalhal remained faithful to the starting eleven that beat Liverpool before the FA Cup break. That meant five at the back, but it didn’t stop them from scoring three at the other end. Sam Clucas scored twice, and Jordan Ayew got the third on the day his brother rejoined the club in a record $18m deal. On a more positive note, Arsenal did sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £55.4m, and Mesut Ozil signed a new three-year contract worth £350,000 per week.

That win for Swansea sees them move into second from bottom. Joining them and the Baggies in the bottom three are Southampton who could only muster a 1-1 draw in the South Coast derby against Brighton. Glenn Murray opened the scoring from the penalty spot for his ninth of the season. A Jack Stephens backheel saved a point for the home side.

Fellow strugglers Newcastle will be kicking themselves after failing to hold on to all three points against Burnley at home. Chelsea loanee Kenedy excelled in a positive Newcastle performance, and they went ahead in the 65th minute thanks to a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles. Burnley’s late pressure paid off when a Sam Vokes header was tipped onto the crossbar by Karl Darlow only for the ball to rebound into the net off his face.

Liverpool got back to winning ways with a comfortable away win at Huddersfield. Emre Can. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah got the goals in a 3-0 win. Everton stopped the rot with a 2-1 win over Leicester. Theo Walcott grabbed a brace. Jamie Vardy scored his 12th goal of the season from the spot. Riyad Mahrez sat the game out after his move to Man City fell apart at the last hour.

Results in Full

Swansea 3 v 1 Arsenal
West Ham 1 v 1 Crystal Palace
Huddersfield 0 v 3 Liverpool
Southampton 1 v 1 Brighton
Chelsea 0 v 3 Bournemouth
Everton 2 v 1 Leicester
Newcastle 1 v 1 Burnley
Man City 3 v 0 West Brom
Spurs 2 v 0 Man Utd
Stoke 0 v 0 Watford

Premier League Table

1. Man City – 68
2. Man Utd – 53
3. Liverpool – 50
4. Chelsea – 50
5. Spurs – 48
6. Arsenal – 42
7. Burnley – 35
8. Leicester – 34
9. Everton – 31
10. Bournemouth – 28
11. Watford – 27
12. West Ham – 27
13. Crystal Palace – 26
14. Newcastle – 24
15. Brighton – 24
16. Stoke – 24
17. Huddersfield – 24
18. Southampton – 23
19. Swansea – 23
20. West Brom – 20

Premier League Winning Odds (Courtesy of Bodog)

Man City 1/100
Man Utd 100/1

Premier League Relegation Odds

Huddersfield 4/6
Swansea Evens
West Brom 5/4
Brighton 6/4
Newcastle 5/2
Stoke 5/2
Southampton 9/2


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Game Lounge acquires – a site that gives more control to the player

The Affiliate Company Game Lounge, a subsidiary of Cherry AB (publ) – STO: CHER-B.ST – has acquired the site and its unique solution in order to give all casino players a better overview and control of their gaming. The seller is US company, Innovative Game Solutions Partnership, and the two founders Thomas Starkie and Brett Lawson. The purchase consideration amounts to EUR 1 million, of which EUR 200,000 is to be paid 12 months after the acquisition. An additional purchase consideration of EUR 300,000 will be paid if the seller achieves certain objectives over a two-year period.

Game Lounge acquires – a site that gives more control to the is a site that can follow the player in every bet he or she makes in casino games. By choosing Slot Tracker, players are able to have their information saved about what games are played and bets made, as well as winnings and bonuses paid. This allows the player to follow the development and analyze which casino works best, based on their specific requirements and gaming methodology. The players who have so far recorded their stats in Excel, or in other ways, can now use Slot Tracker to have that control and instead focus more on the game.

Jonas Cederholm, CEO of Game Lounge, says: “The purchase of Slot Tracker complements Game Lounge’s already strong offering in order to help players find the right casino or other online games. We look forward to working with the people who built Slot Tracker to be able to develop new features that allow each player to gain more control over their gaming. Among other things, we want to offer solutions that can warn players who risk losing control of their gaming. With Slot Tracker we can combine these goals, and I think we are the only ones in the market with this smart solution.”

Anders Holmgren, CEO of Cherry AB, says: “Game Lounge is continuing to expand its business. Slot Tracker makes it even clearer that the company’s solutions give players access to information that provides an overview, so that players can choose a game more easily based on their own criteria. With the different service levels, players can choose more complete statistics, different extensions, and comparisons between their results and those of others – called Community Statistics. With Slot Tracker, we complement Cherry’s value chain and I look forward to the new features we will launch in 2018.”

Slot Tracker is currently available in a free version and in two pay versions. The program currently works with WMS, NetEnt, MicroGaming, Thunderkick, Novomatic, NextGen Gaming, Nyx, IGT, Play ‘n’ Go, Big Time Gaming, Elk, Quickspin, Red Tiger, Mercury, SGI and Yggdrasil.

Game Lounge is part of Cherry’s Online Marketing business area (previously Performance-Based Marketing) and reported revenue of MSEK 44.6 for Q3 2017, with an EBITDA margin of 75 percent. The company has built up a strong organization focusing on organic growth and high profitability.

For further information, please contact:
Jonas Cederholm, President, Game Lounge, tel. +356 99170863,
Anders Holmgren, CEO: +46 708 607 534,
Anders Antonsson, IR & Communications: +46 709 994 970,


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Yoozoo Games and KamaGames celebrate the launch of Poker Champions into the Indian market

Dublin, Ireland – January 26th 2018 – KamaGames, the largest European social mobile poker operator today announced another successful collaboration with the recent release of Yoozoo games’ new social poker title, Poker Champions, into the Indian market.

yoozoo-games-kamagames-celebrate-launch-poker-champions-indian-marketPoker Champions is available now through the App Store and Google Play and is the first project launched since KamaGames and Yoozoo’s partnership was announced in October last year.

Based on the globally successful social poker title Pokerist, Poker Champions has adapted its graphical look and feel to appeal to the specific Indian gaming audience. In addition, the in-game mechanics, specifically the Party modes, have been made more fast-paced making the game a more exciting and familiar experience to Indian players.

“This is an especially good time for a major mobile game launch in India” said Andrey Kuznetsov, Managing Director for KamaGames Ireland. “We know that the average time Indian consumers spend on their phones has increased by 50% in 2017 and with the continued increase in smartphone penetration, it is expected to lead to a higher mobile commerce spend”.

Kuznetsov added “KamaGames’ goals for our white label business is to bring the best experience to its players by collaborating with the right partners. So far we have worked alongside some excellent partners including the Poker Night in America show, the Viber messaging service, the Tango mobile messaging service and of course Manchester United. We feel that by working with such an influential company as Yoozoo who have a strong proven track record in bringing mobile games to a wide Asian audience is yet another strong partnership to be proud of”.

Highlighting the company’s game plan, Yoozoo Games’ CEO – India, Anuj Tandon says, “Texas Hold em Poker is the fastest growing social casino game in India. With Poker Champions, we are bringing a world class poker experience to Indian gamers where they will be able to play with real players from the first day of launch. It is a major initiative by Yoozoo to capture the growing Indian mobile gaming market”.

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Sam Forrest
Director of Global Communications & Content
KamaGames UK

About KamaGames:

KamaGames is the largest European social mobile poker operator, with over 400,000 daily active users.

Established in 2010 and employing over 250 staff, KamaGames has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland as well as offices in London and Dubai.

The operator’s flagship title Pokerist, was the #1 grossing app in 101 countries on the App Store and one of the top 5 grossing apps in 45 countries on Google Play.

Localised into 29 languages, KamaGames has built a comprehensive, industry-leading portfolio of the most popular social casino games.

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About YooZoo Games

Yoozoo Games, formerly Youzu Interactive, is headquartered in Shanghai with offices in London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pune and other major cities. Since its founding in 2009, Yoozoo has launched a multitude of highly successful products and forged a global distribution network.


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Wichita illegal gambling sting ends; Brandon Steven cleared of any involvement

An illegal gambling sting in Wichita that somehow included the businessman and high stakes poker lover Brandon Steven has ended with two people pleading guilty to various charges, four more people ready to take a swing, and Steven given the all clear.

An FBI investigation.

It sounds sexy, right?

Wichita illegal gambling sting ends; Brandon Steven cleared of any involvementI guess it all depends on the soul of the song. Back in February 2017, I covered the Wichita Eagle’s ink that the businessman, and high stakes poker lover, Brandon Steven was part of an FBI investigation. A year on, I can close this one down, and it’s not very sexy at all.

Two people have pleaded guilty to charges of operating an illegal gambling business and various tax evasion offences. Four more people are expected to follow (three of whom are police officers). And Brandon Steven is not one of them.

The Wichita illegal gambling investigation has been ongoing for more than three-years, but one doubts Aaron Sorkin is going to interested in turning into Molly’s Game Part Deux.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas has slapped the invisible cuffs onto the wrists of Danny Chapman and Daven ‘Smoke’ Flax. Chapman seems to be the Molly Bloom of the outfit. The 67-year-old confessed to being an underground bookie, who took action from Wichita residents between 2013-17. In that time he amassed a $1.5m fortune and laundered his money through the ownership of classy cars – ten of them to be exact. Chapman pleaded guilty to single count of operating an illegal gambling business and one count of tax evasion.

At the height of his powers, Chapman employed five people who acted as runners. One of them was Flax, who was also running an underground poker game that got quite big. The 46-year-old is said to have continually moved the game around the Wichita area to escape the all-seeing eye of the fuzz, and he might have gotten away with it if the feds hadn’t busted Chapman.

Flax held his hands up to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business, and one count of writing porky pies on his tax return. Flax’s Achilles heel was the same as Blooms (although not as high and sharp). He took a rake.

News reports cleared Brandon Steven of any wrongdoing. His brother, Rodney, and State Senator Michael O’Donnell were also given the all clear. My impression of Sherlock Holmes assumes Steven got caught up in the wiretaps because he is the owner of a car dealership and plays poker, two activities that would have put him in the crosshairs of Chapman.

The feds have charged four more people as part of the sting.

Michael Zajowski and Bruce Mackey face charges of obstructing a criminal investigation after the court revealed they tried to use their police powers to identify undercover officers investigating the illegal poker games. A third boy in blue, Michael Frederiksen, has been charged with lying to the FBI about his involvement in the game.  (didn’t his parents tell him that was wrong) Brock Wedman, not a copper, has also been charged with obstruction of justice and telling fibs to the FBI.

The sentencing follows with those in the dock facing five years in the clink and $500k in combined gambling and tax fines. However, as anyone who has watched Molly’s Game can attest, the six of them will likely end up with 200 hours of community service and a movie deal.


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