In this edition of PokerGuru, we begin with the news of a tie-up between PokerStars and Genting Casinos UK for running online qualifiers for Genting Poker Series. The next story is about Sands CEO and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson who recently visited Brazil to make a pitch for an $8 billion casino and we wrap up this edition with news of poker pro Daniel Negreanu’s tweet to sell 5% of his Super High Roller Bowl action at no mark-up.
PokerStars Joins Hands with Genting Casinos UK
The world’s biggest online poker company PokerStars, has made another exciting announcement that it will be working hand-in-hand with Genting Casinos UK that operates 40 casinos. The tie-up shall provide a way for players to qualify for the popular Genting Poker Series (GPS) online on PokerStars.
With the new arrangement, Genting plans to build on the momentum for its successful series along with the launch of four PokerStars MEGASTACK events which will see a buy-in of £170 with a guaranteed prize pool of £25,000 each.
The MEGASTACK events will complement Genting’s existing Mini and Main events, with £35,000 and £100,000 guarantees respectively.
“We already enjoy a strong working relationship with PokerStars and look forward to taking this to the next level to optimise the robust nature of its software for the benefit of our customers. The link with PokerStars will allow more people to take part in the GPS, through the provision of a clear online qualification route.” said Kevin Proctor, Genting Casinos UK’s Poker Operations Manager.
“We already have a successful poker tournament, but we’re keen to make sure that we keep things fresh and offer a variety of routes to play. The addition of the PokerStars online qualification route and MEGASTACK events will make sure that our players are constantly delighted with what Genting can offer,” Proctor added speaking about the new additions.
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody who is also one of UK’s most successful poker players and popular YouTuber shared his excitement stating “It’s great to see two poker giants collaborate to put on the best events for players. I’m really looking forward to both the Genting Poker Series and PokerStars MEGASTACK events, I’ll see you at the tables!”
Sheldon Adelson Pitches for a $8 Billion Casino in Brazil
Las Vegas casino mogul and Sands Group CEO Sheldon Adelson is eyeing to expand his extravagant hospitality and gaming ventures to newer pastures as he recently visited Brazil to pitch for an $8 billion casino in Rio de Janeiro.
Adelson has long spoken about Brazil as “potentially very good opportunity” and if the government permits the opening of a Las Vegas style casinos in the country, it has the potential to become one of the largest in the world, to the likes of Las Vegas and Macau.
According to recent reports, the billionaire met with the Brazilian President, Michel Temer along with several other government officials including the Minister of Tourism and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, to discuss the multi-billion-dollar idea.
Adelson showed interest in investing in projects based in other destinations as well such as Sao Paulo and in another undisclosed city that was at an “embryonic stage”.
However, an obstacle in Adelson’s way may be his strong opposition to online gaming that could prove to be a roadblock for him in a country that is open to expand other gambling avenues. An online poker bill was cleared by the Senate committee recently in the last fall.
According to the Brazilian Legal Gaming Institute “All of the players in the industry know that the mogul is critical of sports betting, online gaming and of video bingo. He is interested in the fact that Singapore’s (gambling) model is imported, that is, that few casinos (are allowed) and that the rest of the modalities are not legalized.”
Brazil banned casinos some 70 years ago, though numerous proposals have been made to allow dozens of casinos in the country.
Gambling in Brazil has been banned for the past 70 years but these days many view it as a way to boost the national economy and bring in foreign investment.
Adelson said that “We rely on a very clear legislation and, of course, seriousness to invest in Brazil. We do not compromise with bribes or other actions that could compromise our ethical stance.”
According to US and UK bookmaker William Hill, if the government approve casinos from foreign operators, it would be “one of the most significant events in gaming history,”
One Lucky Partner to Get 5% of Daniel Negreanu’s Action in the Super High Roller Bowl
Only days after John Juanda auctioned off 1% of his SHRB action to James Vogl and raised $4,000 for Raising for Effective Giving (REG), Daniel Negreanu announced on his Twitter handle his plans to sell 5% of his action in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) at no markup.
This was indeed surprising as Negreanu could totally afford 100% of his own action. To top it up, he added a clause in his tweet, saying that the person fortunate to purchase the punt at $15,000 has to prove to Negreanu that he or she is the luckiest person alive.
Selling 5% of my action in #SHRB to the luckiest person who reaches out to me. No markup, you just need to explain to me why you are lucky.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 15, 2017
As expected the tweet soon created a lot of buzz and is already getting replies and re-tweets. We await for the official announcement of the winner and the reasoning for being the luckiest person alive.
Magician turned poker pro and 2012 World Series of Poker $1M Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari also wanted a piece of the action and tweeted -
@RealKidPoker I have been running good for 20+ years. I also have your direct cell number.Need I say more?If u find someone luckier than me I need to know— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) May 15, 2017
California State Poker Championship Main Event winner Matt Salsberg also re-tweeted bragging about his latest title.
More tweets and replies are still flowing in!
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