Manchester City FC Welcomes SportyBet as Official Betting Partner in Africa

Manchester City FC Welcomes SportyBet as Official Betting Partner in Africa

Manchester City FC, an English soccer club that competes in the Premier League, has unveiled a new regional partnership agreement with SportyBet, a sports betting operator that offers fast gaming experiences. Under the new deal, the gambling company will be designated as Manchester City’s official betting partner in Africa.

In addition, the two parties will work together on various collaborative activations. They will produce co-branded content and will create unique experiences for sports aficionados and Manchester City fans in Africa.

SportyBet is a sports betting brand owned by Sporty Group. The latter is a pan-African market leader that has a presence in several notable African markets. The company’s betting products are available in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Many consider SportyBet to be the most innovative sportsbook in Africa because of its mobile-first approach and world-class products. The operator always prioritizes speed and performance to ensure its users are getting the sports betting experiences they want.

African Sports Fans Love the Team

Sporty Group’s brand director, Oluchi Enuha, commented on the new agreement. He said that his company is “absolutely delighted” to team up with the famous Premier League team, adding it to SportyBet’s list of partners.

Enuha praised Manchester City for always giving it their best when competing and being one of the most exciting soccer clubs in Europe. The brand director Manchester City’s “exciting brand of soccer” and the dynamic players it fields.

We believe this is just the beginning of a uniquely innovative collaboration which we believe will elevate both brands in Africa.

Oluchi Enuha, brand director, Sporty Group

Kaitlyn Beale, Manchester City’s vice president of global partnership sales, also commented on the matter, welcoming SportyBet as the new regional partner of the team. She noted that many African sports enthusiasts now follow the club and its matches, which is why Manchester City is excited to provide local fans with unique fan-oriented activations.

We are pleased to welcome SportyBet as a new regional partner of Manchester City today. Our fanbase within Africa continues to grow, shown by the interest in our fan events and trophy tour visits to Africa in recent years, and we look forward to working with SportyBet to bring fans even closer to the club.

Kaitlyn Beale, VP of global partnership sales, Manchester City

Manchester City’s new partnership is exciting news for the team. However, it comes as Britain is eyeing a ban on gambling sponsorships in the Premier League. While this measure is yet to become a reality, it is sure to shake up British soccer. Ahead of the publishing of the long-overdue white paper, the EPL teams proposed removing gambling sponsorships from the front of their shirts.

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Nevada Gambling Operators Post 11% Revenue Increase in February

Man Who Gambled $2.4M Faces Allegations of Running a Ponzi Scheme

The gambling regulator in Nevada, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), released its latest report outlining the performance of nonrestricted gambling licensees last month. The gambling watchdog revealed that the total gaming win in February this year hit $1.24 billion. This result, when compared to the corresponding period in 2022 marked an increase of 11.15%.

The latest report reaffirms the continuous growth of the gambling sector in the state. In fact, the $1.24 billion result marks the 24th month in a row with gaming win surpassing the billion-dollar mark in Nevada. This result also represents the longest period the state has seen revenues surpassing $1 billion without interruption month-over-month.

Looking at the bigger picture, the total gaming win for the fiscal year also marked an increase. For the fiscal year through February 2022, the total win halted at $9.6 billion. In contrast, this year, the fiscal year-to-date total gaming win hit $10.1 billion, representing an increase of 5.55%.

Not unexpectedly, the higher gaming revenue resulted in more proceeds from taxes during February. In February 2022, Nevada collected $58.9 million in taxes, while this year, the taxable revenue increased to $75.5 million. When the two numbers are compared, the result from last month marked an increase of 28.18% or some $16.6 million.

Clark County Revenue Soars

The NGCB provided a breakdown of the $1.24 billion in total gaming win reported in February, revealing that the lion’s share of the revenue was reported by Clark County, the home of the Las Vegas Strip. Overall, the gaming win for this area hit $1.08 billion last month, up by 13.84% when compared to the $949.9 million reported in February 2022.

Las Vegas Strip operators saw a total gaming win increase by 18.92% to $712.5 million, while North Las Vegas operators reported a gaming win of $24.9 million, representing a growth of 8.77%. Downtown Las Vegas operators’ gaming win hit $74.4 million in February, up by 7.49%, while Laughlin operators saw a 6.13% revenue increase to $45.7 million in February this year.

In contrast to the strong results from Clark County, the total gaming win in February dipped for operators in Washoe County. Last month, the operators within that region reported $76.8 million in total gaming win, representing a decrease of 8.08%. South Lake Tahoe operators also saw a dip in gaming win that decreased year-over-year by 3.89% to $18.9 million, while Elko County operators’ gaming win last month increased by 3.93% to $33 million.

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GambleAware Provided £350K for Gambling Harm/Stigma Research

GambleAware Provided £350K for Gambling Harm/Stigma Research

UK independent charity GambleAware announced Tuesday it has awarded a £350,000 ($431,000) grant to help examine further the link of gambling harm with stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and Discrimination

GambleAware awarded the funds to the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the University of Wolverhampton to support their collaboration with Liverpool John Moore University in examining how people who experience gambling harms are affected by stigma and discrimination.

The announcement of the funding came shortly after another research funded by GambleAware which examined gambling harms experienced by the white majority and minority groups in Great Britain showed large ethnic-related disproportions.

Commenting on the announcement, Anna Hargrave, chief commissioning officer at GambleAware, outlined the limited availability of research into stigma and gambling in Great Britain and the need for breaking down “the substantive barrier of stigmatization – and the discrimination it drives – faced by those experiencing gambling harms and their communities.”

Examine Different Societal Groups

The research will seek to determine how people experiencing gambling harm are also being stigmatized and discriminated against by analyzing different societal groups, including service and healthcare providers, civil society, third sector and charitable organizations, media and politics, and the gambling industry in general.

“Stigmatization causes significant harm in and of itself and can lead to people feeling shame, experiencing mental health challenges and social exclusion,” Hargrave added, further noting that it can also “stop people from accessing essential support or treatment services such as the National Gambling Treatment Service.”

Both organizations funded by GambleAware will also examine the disproportions in the impact of stigmatization across communities and the reasons behind these disproportions, considering the link with gambling addictions in addition to other challenges such as drug use, anxiety or depression, or lived experience of homelessness.

Determine Approach to Challenging Stigma

The end goal of the research is to identify what services, interventions, information campaigns and policies will be effective in challenging stigmatization, including in research and the media, to help reduce gambling harms for communities that are impacted most by stigma.

This research with NatCen and the University of Wolverhampton will be an important step towards a program of work that builds more knowledge in this area.

Anna Hargrave, CCO, GambleAware

The research is expected to deliver its findings in 2024 as GambleAware intends to focus on stigma in the next two years, planning to launch a major behavior change campaign to help reduce the stigma associated with gambling harm.

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Weissman, Lin & Soverel Early Winners at USPO; Negreanu Calls Shot

Weissman, Lin & Soverel Early Winners at USPO; Negreanu Calls Shot

The US Poker Open (USPO) is underway in Las Vegas inside the PokerGO Studio and plenty of familiar faces have already nabbed titles. It marks the live return of the USPO following the US Poker Open Online that was held on Global Poker last August and September.

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The USPO consists of ten No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha events with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The series got underway on March 23 and saw Joey Weissman winning Event #1: $10,000 NL Hold’em for $231,000 and will wrap up on April 3 with Event #10: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

Other winners so far at the USPO include the entertaining Ren Lin (Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – $231,000) and high-stakes grinder Sam Soverel (Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – $213,900), while Daniel Negreanu came close to winning another PGT title in Event #4: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha before bowing out in fourth place for $77,000.

Early USPO Action

Weissman kicked off the series by winning the first event after defeating Justin Young finished runner-up for $168,000 and Andrew Moreno finished in third for $126,000.

Plenty of other well-knowns made deep runs in the event including Nacho Barbero (5th – $78,750),’s Jonathan Little (6th – $63,000) and eventual Event #2 winner Lin ($52,500).

Weissman picked up his second USPO title after previously taking down a $10,000 event at the 2021 USPO for $204,000. In 2022, the New York native won the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship $3,500 Main Event in 2022 the same venue for $224,236.

Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Event #1: $10,000 NL Hold’em Final Table Results

  Place Player Country Prize
  1 Joey Weissman United States $231,000
  2 Justin Young United States $168,000
  3 Andrew Moreno United States $126,000
  4 Matthew McEwan United States $99,750
  5 Nacho Barbero Argentina $78,750
  6 Jonathan Little United States $63,000
  7 Ren Lin United States $52,500
  8 Joao Simao Brazil $42,000
  9 Darren Elias United States $42,000

After his deep run in Event #1, Lin made another run in Event #2 before overcoming heads-up opponent Barbero ($168,000), who earlier this month took down $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the PGT PLO Series for $234,000.

Others who made deep runs in the event include famed statistician Nate Silver, Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel (6th – $63,000) and reigning USPO overall champion Sean Winter (9th – $42,000).

Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

  Place Player Country Prize
  1 Ren Lin United States $231,000
  2 Nacho Barbero Argentina $168,000
  3 Robert Chorlian United States $126,000
  4 Nate Silver United States $99,750
  5 Aram Zobian United States $78,750
  6 Erik Seidel United States $63,000
  7 Steven Veneziano United States $52,500
  8 Brock Wilson United States $42,000
  9 Sean Winter United States $42,000

Seidel and Barbero both went on to make deep runs in Event #3, respectively finishing in ninth and sixth place, but it was Soverel who emerged victorious after defeating heads-up opponent Chris Brewer ($148,800).

There were other familiar faces who ran deep in Event #3 including Kristen Foxen (4th – $93,000) and Aram Oganyan (7th – $46,500).

Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

  Place Player Country Prize
  1 Sam Soverel United States 213,900
  2 Chris Brewer United States $148,800
  3 Brandon Wilson United States $111,600
  4 Kristen Foxen Canada $93,000
  5 Daniel Colpoys United States $74,400
  6 Nacho Barbero Argentina $55,800
  7 Aram Oganyan United States $46,500
  8 Calvin Lee United States $37,200
  9 Erik Seidel United States $37,200

All eyes were on Negreanu as the beloved poker star called his shot on social media before the Event got underway.

Negreanu entered the final day of play three of five in chips and fell in fourth before hopping into Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

PLO coach Dylan Weisman went out in third for $100,100 to be denied his second USPO title before Allen Le defeated Ronald Keijzer to win $200,200 and his first PGT title.

  Place Player Country Prize
  1 Allen Le United States $200,200
  2 Ronald Keijzer Netherlands $146,300
  3 Dylan Weisman United States $100,100
  4 Daniel Negreanu Canada $77,000
  5 Damjan Radanov Serbia $61,600
  6 Masashi Oya Japan $46,200
  7 Edgardo Rosario Figueroa United States $38,500
  8 Ben Lamb United States $30,800
  9 Sean Winter United States $23,100

Event #5 is currently underway with 76 runners in the field so far, according to PokerGO updates. The remaining schedule for the 2023 USPO is available in the table below.

2023 US Poker Open Remaining Schedule

  Date Event
  March 28 Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em
  March 29 Event #6: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
  March 30 Event #7: $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em
  March 31 Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em
  April 1 Event #9: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em
  April 3 Event #10: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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Niaz Nejad Joins Light & Wonder as MD of Gaming for the Americas

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Light & Wonder, a leading cross-platform global games company will expand its leadership team with Niaz Nejad as its new managing director of gaming for the Americas. As announced by the supplier, Nejad will be joining its ranks later this year, following the conclusion of her non-compete period.

Nejad brings a whopping 25+ years of experience to the company. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Aristocrat Gaming’s senior vice president and head of marketing for the US and Canada. During her time at Light & Wonder’s competitor, Nejad led Aristocrat’s overall brand and marketing strategy. She was also responsible for inspiring the team to produce more creative and innovative products.

Before joining Aristocrat Gaming, Nejad served as the chief operating officer of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission. In that position, she guided the commission’s provincial gaming and cannabis strategic direction, as well as its corporate portfolio, digital transformation and revenue forecasts.

Light & Wonder also noted that as a member of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, Nejad was responsible for maintaining over $1.4 billion in annual-net revenues from various gambling verticals. The revenue streams included slot machines, video lottery terminals, lottery tickets and electronic bingo – verticals that Nejad had to sustain through the right policies, development and marketing.

Light & Wonder Welcomes Nejad on Board

Light & Wonder is certain that Nejad will be a great addition to the company, thanks to her vast experience in the gambling industry. The company noted that she has an impressive track record of driving double-digit growth.

Siobhan Lane, Light & Wonder’s chief executive officer of gaming, welcomed the new appointee to the company. He noted that this will not be the first time he has worked with her:

I have had the pleasure of working with Niaz within our industry for many years, and I know her values, industry and business experience, as well as her people-centric leadership approach are the perfect fit for our team.

Siobhan Lane, CEO, Light & Wonder

Lane added that Nejad will play a key role in Light & Wonder’s expansion in the Americas and beyond. He said that she is the perfect addition to the team and that he is certain she will steer the company in the right direction.

Earlier this month, Light & Wonder teased that it is considering a second listing in Australia, following its listing on the NASDAQ.

At the beginning of March, the company released its official Q4 2022 results, highlighting the success of its restructuring efforts.

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Shaun Deeb Bets $100K He Can Reach 17% Body Fat By the 2024 WSOP

Shaun Deeb Bets $100K He Can Reach 17% Body Fat By the 2024 WSOP

Fresh off his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring title, Shaun Deeb is betting that he can get in shape and lose a significant amount of body fat within just 14 months.

The five-time WSOP bracelet winner put $100,000 on himself reaching just 17% body fat by the start of the 2024 WSOP. He’s betting against Bill Perkins, who is giving him 10:1 odds, meaning if Deeb wins, he’ll receive $1 million.

Perkins is no stranger to prop bets, especially ones that encourage a friend to become healthier. He recently narrowly won a similar prop bet with Doug Polk, who wagered $200,000 that he could lose 50% of his body fat within a year. In February, his final DEXA (DXA) scan showed he was less than 2% short of victory and paid up.

Although he lost the bet, and a bunch of money, Polk became healthier throughout the process, so it wasn’t a complete loss. Deeb will now attempt to beat Perkins, a wealthy hedge fund manager whose intentions in many of his prop bets are more about encouraging others to improve mentally and physically than him winning money.

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Poker Pro Has a Difficult Task Ahead

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Shaun Deeb

Deeb must reach 17% body fat by May 30, 2024 or lose, and it won’t be easy. It’s no secret to anyone who has followed his career that he’s struggled with his weight more so than he has with putting together coherent sentences on social media.

According to Deeb’s Wednesday tweet, he weighed in at 306 pounds and stands 5 feet 11 inches tall. This isn’t a weight loss prop bet, however. Only his final body fat percentage will matter when the bet concludes next year.

The 2018 WSOP Player of the Year wrote on Twitter that he’s in the processing of scheduling his first DEXA scan, a bone density test that also measures body fat and muscle mass. That will give him an idea of where he stands in terms of body fat percentage, and then he can begin coming up with a gameplan on how to collect that $1 million payout.

While many poker fans might think Deeb has no shot given his current weight issues, we’re talking about a successful professional gambler here, so don’t count him out. The New Yorker shared a brief video on Twitter of his first session at the gym on Wednesday, and said, “I’m coming for you, Bill.”

Can Shaun Deeb Get Down to 17% Body Fat?

As is always the case whenever a prop bet is placed between two poker players, poker Twitter takes sides and makes predictions. Some are even ready to bet on the outcome.

“Congrats Shaun on deciding to get healthy and maybe make a million dollars @bp22your a good man I see what your doing here,” @provemewrong23 tweeted.

“You can do this Shaun. Keep your mind strong, it’s going to be hard; but you CAN do it,” Ian Shirreffs advised.

There aren’t too many stipulations to the bet it appears. Dillon Schuler (@AD_Schuler) gave some advice to Deeb, to which Perkins responded with some brief info about what is permitted.

One thing that could make some hesitant to bet on Deeb is his short history of exercise, which he brought up in a tweet.

Despite Deeb’s inexperience in the gym, Dan Smith is willing to bet that Deeb will win the body fat loss prop bet. He’s already seeking out wagers on Perkins collecting the $100,000.

Deeb has approximately 14 months to transform from an out-of-shape poker player to becoming a lean, mean gym rat. Don’t count him out.

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GeoComply Funds ICRG’s Research on Self-Exclusion Programs

GeoComply Is Building Its Case against Xpoint on Third Party

Geolocation technology and services provider GeoComply announced it has teamed with the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) for a research project on self-exclusion programs.

Is Enhancing These Programs Beneficial?

The two-year research funded by GeoComply will study the long-term effectiveness of voluntary self-exclusion schemes implemented by land-based and online gambling operators to determine whether these programs would be beneficial for the industry.

Arthur B. Paikowski, president of the ICRG, commented on the partnership and the need for additional research on the prolonged efficacy of voluntary self-exclusion programs, explaining why further assessment of these programs is needed.

“There is a necessity to determine whether enhancing these programs would result in more customer participation and whether this would be beneficial,” he said.

The research will seek to provide answers to questions about the most effective long-term form of self-exclusion; the ideal time for a player to utilize a self-exclusion tool – both, online or at a land-based gaming venue; operator or regulator criteria for letting people who have self-excluded back into gaming; the potential stigmatizing effect of self-exclusion blocking people from using these tools; the most suitable way of registering; and others.

Happy to Support the ICRG’s Research

Highlighting the company’s commitment to responsible gambling initiatives since its inception over a decade ago, Anna Sainsbury, co-founder and chief executive officer of GeoComply, outlined the industry need for further evidence about the effectiveness of self-exclusion programs.

“We need more data to support the industry’s actions around RG, and I am really happy that we can support the ICRG’s research in this important area,” Sainsbury stated.

Dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices worldwide, the ICRG is seeking to prevent people from experiencing problem gambling and reduce the harmful impact of excessive gambling on their lives by working closely with governments, regulators and industry stakeholders to promote responsible gambling policies and industry best practices, as well as engaging in research on gambling behavior and the risks of gambling.

The results of the two-year research on self-exclusion programs funded by GeoComply will be published in October 2025.

Last month, the geolocation technology and services provider announced that Super Bowl LVII registered 100 million geolocation checks, with 7.4 million user accounts accessing the service over the weekend and many bettors choosing to wager from the stadium while watching the game.

Also in February, GeoComply saw its patent infringement case against competitor Xpoint dismissed in court after a federal judge ruled GeoComply’s patent invalid, stating that it sought to patent subject matter that cannot be patented.

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Hank Couture Joined Fanatics Betting & Gaming as COO

Hank Couture Joined Fanatics Betting & Gaming as COO

The betting and gaming arm of US sports merchandise and commerce brand, Fanatics, announced today the appointment of Hank Couture as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

‘Help Build Something that Exceeds Expectations’

The new addition Couture is expected to play an integral role at Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) by developing operations strategies for the firm that is planning to launch the Fanatics Sportsbook across the nation in mid-2023.

Commenting on his new role as COO, Couture outlined the “exciting opportunity” that was presented to him “to build something from the ground up,” eager to leverage his knowledge and experience gained at DoorDash in the sports betting industry to “help build something that exceeds expectations” of Fanatics customers.

Couture, who joined from technology company DoorDash where he spent the past seven years overseeing the company’s US Marketplace and was instrumental in developing its successful pricing, loyalty, promotions, merchandising and growth policies, became a member of the FBG executive team and will report directly to FBG chief executive officer Matt King.

‘Impressive Track Record of Success’

FBG CEO King also commented on the new appointment, excited to welcome Couture to the company’s leadership team and help the business benefit from his experience.

“Hank’s experience in building one of the largest marketplaces in the US is exactly the type of person we are looking for at Fanatics Betting and Gaming, and as our new COO, his impressive track record of success will provide us with valuable insight as we build a sportsbook that is easy to use, trustworthy and more rewarding for sports fans,” he said.

Couture joined DoorDash in 2016 as one of the company’s regional General Managers of US Marketplace and two years later, he started climbing the corporate ladder by assuming the responsibilities of Director, US Marketplace, before being named Senior Director in 2019 and Vice President in 2021, his latest role before joining FBG.

During his time at DoorDash, he helped the e-commerce marketplace grow into a $50 billion industry leader, overseeing critical business lines such as DoorDash’s subscription program, DashPass, and the Caviar marketplace. He was also instrumental in developing the firm’s expansion strategy across the Midwest.

Starting in Investment Banking

Holder of BBA in Finance and Economics from William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, began his professional career on the trading floor of Goldman Sachs in 2013, dealing with cross-asset structured products and over-the-counter derivatives.

The appointment of Couture is the latest high-profile addition to FBG after the appointments of FanDuel veteran Andrew Kleiman as Vice President of Retail Operations and Andrea Ellis as Chief Financial Officer last year.

The launch of the Fanatics Sportsbook was initially expected to materialize in 2022 but was later pushed back to Q1 2023, and in January, the brand made its US debut by launching the first retail sportsbook inside an NFL stadium, FedEx Field, home of the Washington Commanders.

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British Columbia Lottery Corporation Becomes the Latest ULIS Member

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The Canadian Crown corporation offering different gambling options and managing commercial gambling on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), became the latest organization to join the United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports (ULIS).

ULIS is an organization that has a strategic goal to help lotteries protect the integrity of sports competitions. Initially, the organization was known as Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), but it has undergone a rebranding back in October when it was renamed to ULIS.

As the latest ULIS member, the BCLC will contribute to its goal to safeguard the integrity of sports. Moreover, the corporation will play a key role in the fight against match-fixing and corruption by collaborating with stakeholders in the industry, regulators, law enforcement and other organizations within the sector.

British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has joined United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports (ULIS) following the approval of the ULIS Executive Committee on March 17, 2023,

reads a statement released by ULIS

BCLC Is the 3rd Canadian Lottery to Join ULIS

Joining ULIS, BCLC becomes the third Canadian lottery to support the organization. Along with BCLC, other lotteries from the country that have joined ULIS include Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG), as well as Loto Quebec.

BCLC’s membership with ULIS comes as no surprise, considering its extensive experience within the gambling vertical. In fact, since the corporation’s launch back in 1985, it has generated more than CA$28 billion ($20.6 billion) for the Province of British Columbia. Those funds helped support different public initiatives, health care, as well as education programs.

ULIS is delighted to welcome BCLC as a member. BCLC’s commitment to ESG, responsible gambling and community outreach aligns with our values, and we look forward to working with BCLC to promote a culture of integrity in sports,

Ludovico Calvi, president of ULIS

Ludovico Calvi, ULIS’ president, said that the organization is excited to see BCLC join its cause. He pointed out that BCLC and ULIS share similar values when it comes to ESG, as well as responsible gambling. Finally, Calvi said that ULIS is looking forward to the success the collaboration will bring and help boost the integrity of sports.

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Are You Ready For the Final Stop of the Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2?

Are You Ready For the Final Stop of the Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2?

The Metaverse Poker Tour‘s final stop of season two is upon us, with thousands of virtual reality poker players donning their VR headsets and heading to PokerStars VR between March 30 and April 2. Those budding poker players will battle it out in the immersive Casino One across 62 events and satellites, including the coveted MPT Main Event.

Season 2 of the Metaverse Poker Tour kicked off on November 24, 2022, and it has been a roaring success, with players from far and wide competing for each stop’s top honors. Now it is time to conclude the second season, and there is plenty to play for.

Metaverse Season 2 Rings

The final stop takes place over four days of action-packed, intense poker action, with 15 events and satellites taking place each day, except April 1 which features an even busier 17-tournament schedule. There is plenty of swag to be had that your avatar can don, including Metaverse Poker Tour winner’s rings for the champions of each non-bracelet event, in addition to High Rollers reeling in some awesome virtual goodies, including hats, shades, all-in buttons, and special effects for when you enter or exit a tournament.

Each of the 62 tournaments comes with buy-ins from 5,000 of the in-game virtual currency up to a mind-boggling 100,000,000, the latter being reserved for the Ultra High Roller at 4:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

Of course, while all the tournaments will be fiercely fought over, it is the 5,000,000 buy-in MPT Main Event at 3:00 p.m. EST on April 1 that every PokerStars VR player wants to win. Taking down the MPT Main Event not only pads a player’s bankroll with an almost unfathomable number of chips, but earns them crucial points for the Player of the Season Leaderboard, which is wide open right now.

High Roller Swag Bag

Thursday 30 March Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2 Final Stop Schedule

Date Time (EST) Event Buy-in Speed Chips
Thu 30 Mar 2:00 p.m. Event #1 25,000 Hyper 500
  3:00 p.m. Event #2 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  4:00 p.m. Main Event Satellite 1,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  5:00 p.m. Mini Main Event Satellite 200,000 Turbo 1,000
  6:00 p.m. Event #5 1,000,000 Regular 2,000
  7:00 p.m. Event #6 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  8:00 p.m. Event #7 5,000,000 Regular 2,500
  8:00 p.m. Event #8 5,000 Hyper 500
  9:00 p.m. Main Event Satellite 1,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  9:00 p.m. Event #10 10,000 Hyper 500
  10:00 p.m. Event #11 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  10:00 p.m. Event #12 25,000 Hyper 500
  11:00 p.m. Event #13 1,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  11:00 p.m. Event #14 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  12:00 a.m. Event #15 10,000 Hyper 500

Date Time (EST) Event Buy-in Speed Chips
Fri 31 Mar 2:00 p.m. Event #16 25,000 Hyper 500
  3:00 p.m. Event #17 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  4:00 p.m. 100M Freeroll Freeroll Hyper 1,000
  5:00 p.m. Event #19 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  6:00 p.m. Event #20 5,000,000 Regular 2,500
  7:00 p.m. Main Event Satellite 1,000,000 Turbo 1,000
  8:00 p.m. Event #22 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  9:00 p.m. MPT Mini Main Event 1,000,000 Regular 2,000
  10:00 p.m. Event #24 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  10:00 p.m. Main Event Satellite 1,000,000 Turbo 1,000
  11:00 p.m. Event #26 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  11:00 p.m. Event #27 5,000 Hyper 500
  12:00 a.m. Event #28 1,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  12:00 a.m. Event #29 25,000 Turbo 1,000
  1:00 a.m. Event #30 10,000 Hyper 500

Saturday 1 April Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2 Final Stop Schedule

Date Time (EST) Event Buy-in Speed Chips
Sat 1 Apr 1:00 p.m. Event #31 10,000 Hyper 500
  2:00 p.m. Event #32 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  3:00 p.m. MPT Main Event 5,000,000 Regular 4,000
  4:00 p.m. Event #34 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  5:00 p.m. High Roller Event 25,000,000 Regular 5,000
  5:00 p.m. Event #36 25,000 Hyper 500
  6:00 p.m. Event #37 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  7:00 p.m. Event #38 25,000 Hyper 500
  7:00 p.m. Ultra High Roller Satellite 20,000,000 Turbo 2,500
  8:00 p.m. Event #40 1,000,000 Regular 2,000
  8:00 p.m. Event #41 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  9:00 p.m. Event #42 5,000 Hyper 1,000
  9:00 p.m. Event #43 1,000,000 Turbo 2,000
  10:00 p.m. Event #44 10,000 Hyper 500
  10:00 p.m. Event #45 5,000,000 Turbo 2,500
  11:00 p.m. Event #46 1,000,000 Turbo 2,000
  11:00 p.m. Event #47 10,000 Hyper 500

Date Time (EST) Event Buy-in Speed Chips
Sun 2 Apr 2:00 p.m. Event #48 10,000 Hyper 500
  3:00 p.m. Event #49 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  4:00 p.m. Event #50 25,000 Hyper 500
  4:00 p.m. MPT Ultra High Roller 100,000,000 Regular 10,000
  5:00 p.m. Event #52 50,000 Turbo 1,000
  6:00 p.m. Deepstack Event 5,000,000 Regular 5,000
  7:00 p.m. Deepstack Event 100,000 Regular 2,000
  8:00 p.m. Event #55 1,000,000 Regular 1,500
  9:00 p.m. Event #56 5,000,000 Regular 2,500
  10:00 p.m. Event #57 100,000 Turbo 1,000
  10:00 p.m. Event #58 5,000 Hyper 500
  11:00 p.m. Event #59 1,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  12:00 a.m. Event #60 25,000 Hyper 1,000
  12:00 a.m. Event #61 5,000,000 Turbo 1,500
  1:00 a.m. Event #62 0,000 Hyper 500

Season 2 Stop 1 Champion A.Chan Leads the Player of the Season Race

Player of the Season

It is all still to play for in the Player of the Season race, with any of the top 10 and even beyond able to mount a charge for the title. Currently, it is “A.Chan” that leads the way, partly because they won the first Main Event of Season 2, while “Piqel” is hot on their heels; Piqel was the runner-up when A.Chan emerged victoriously.

The likes of “MissMilosh,” “Veegz,” and “Sharmstr” occupy places in the leaderboards top five and could mount a late charge to become Player of the Series.


How To Play in the Final Stop of PokerStars VR Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2

The awesome PokerStars VR ap is available to download via the Oculus Store, Steam, or Viveport from almost anywhere in the world, although you must be at least 18-years-old to enjoy the games.

You will need an Oculus Rift, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, or a HTC Vive VR headset to play. Those using a PC need a Windows-based computer. You can find out what the minimum and recommended PC specifications are via the PokerStars VR website or via the relevant store page.

If you tick all of the boxes, download the excellent PokerStars VR app, create your free account, and get involved in the Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2.

Own a VR Headset? Here’s How To Receive PokerStars VR Chips?

PokerStars VR subscriptions
PokerStars VR subscriptions

Every new PokerStars VR customer receives 10,000 starting chips, in addition to many ongoing promotions designed to reward them. There is a virtual wheel that grants free chips every eight hours, plus you can boost your bankroll by becoming a subscriber. A $9.99 monthly investment grants you 100,000 chips and a whole host of custom goodies, while a $29.99 payment gifts you 300,000 chips and an even bigger selection of swag. Check out the graphic above for all the details.

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