Bounty Out on Thwarting Ali Imsirovic’s Alleged Poker Cheating Ring

Bounty Out on Thwarting Ali Imsirovic's Alleged Poker Cheating Ring

Following continued allegations that Ali Imsirovic is running an online poker cheating ring, Americas Cardroom CEO Phil Nagy is offering a $100,000 bounty for proof.

Last year, Imsirovic was accused by many of his peers, most notably Alex Foxen and Chance Kornuth, of using illegal real-time assistance (RTA) tools online and colluding during live events. Jake Schindler, another top high roller, was also alleged to have been involved.

Both players were subsequently suspended indefinitely from all PokerGO events, although they did compete in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Schindler even won a bracelet to the dismay of many within the poker community. He predictably declined a post-game interview and didn’t have much of a cheering section at Bally’s.

Jake Schindler Wins First WSOP Bracelet

Poker Pro Still Up to His Dirty Ways?

If the rumors are accurate, Imsirovic hasn’t changed his ways despite the heavy criticism against his character the past year. Matt Berkey wrote on Twitter that he knows poker players who have knowledge of Imsirovic’s supposed cheating stable.

Barry Carter shared a screenshot from the accused poker cheater’s Instagram story that read: “Been coaching a few guys, and really enjoy taking guys to the next level. I would like to add 1-2 guys I can work with.” Imsirovic’s Instagram bio tagline promotes his poker coaching services.

Phil Galfond then responded with “Hopefully, someone will infiltrate & expose his current cheating methods (and not turn evil.” That led Nagy to step up to the plate and offer up a reward for proof of the alleged cheating.

Nagy, the CEO of the Winning Poker Network, said that he will pay anyone $100,000 to prove the allegations are true. Imsirovic has never admitted to cheating, nor has he denied any of the allegations. The same is true for Schindler.

Imsirovic won the 2021 GPI Player of the Year award after winning 14 high roller events that year. He hasn’t been spotted in live poker tournaments since the 2022 WSOP. Schindler and Imsirovic have a combined $54 million in live tournament cashes, according to Hendon Mob. But it is now being alleged that they’ve moved on to playing online exclusively, and apparently doing so in a dishonest manner.

Phil Nagy
Phil Nagy

As is almost always the case when it comes to cheating allegations within the high roller community, accusations are made but few, if any, are willing to come forward with definitive proof and hard evidence against the accused cheaters.

Justin Bonomo, who has faced Imsirovic on the felt countless times, gave Nagy props for offering the reward. He encouraged his peers to “take the 100k and start a clean life” and wrote that he knows “there are people in Ali’s stable reading this.”

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Andras Nemeth Part of a Four-Way Chip in the PokerStars SCOOP

Andras Nemeth Part of a Four-Way Chip in the PokerStars SCOOP

It is not uncommon for PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) events to end in a deal. After all, the prize money involved, and therefore the pay jumps, in some of the high-stakes tournaments are massive. However, four-way deals are a little out of the ordinary, and one such deal happened this week in a $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max tournament.

SCOOP 41-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max saw 603 PokerStars players create a $603,000 prize pool, which smashed the $450,000 guarantee out of the water. The top 77 finishers saw a return on their investment.

Argentinian superstar Damian “pampa27” Salas was the unfortunate soul that finished in 78th place, thus popping the money bubble.

There were dozens of stellar names listed in the official payouts. They included Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas, Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Team PokerStars’ Ramon “RamonColillas” Collilas, and ninth-place finisher Nick “Bot35” Marchington.

Each of the seven players that navigated their way to the final table locked in at least $15,755 for their efforts.

“Warrior25409” of the Czech Republic was the first casualty of the final table, with Croatia’s Vlada “Vlada2108” Stojanovic joining the list of busted players soon after. Stojanovic banked $20,076 for his efforts.

Austria’s “Gogac sniper” fell in fifth for $28,004, which prompted the remaining four players to pause the tournament clock and discuss a deal. As per PokerStars’ rules for the tournament, any deal required at least $4,500 left aside for the eventual champion.

The discussions bore fruit, and meant that instead of $39,063 being the least anyone could take home, nobody would reel in less than $64,181.

Rui Ferreira
Rui Ferreira

The deal benefited Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira the most because he crashed out in fourth yet still walked away with $72,115, which ended up being more than the winner! Ferreira would later make amends for not winning this event by triumphing in a $530 NLHE Deep Stacks tournament for $42,841.

“000000000136” saw their tournament end in third place ($67,467), before Andras “probirs” Nemeth defeated “Piranha_n1” heads-up to capture the title and $71,814; the runner-up helped themselves to $64,181.

SCOOP 41-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Andras “probirs” Nemeth Hungary $71,814*
2 Piranha_n1 Brazil $64,181*
3 000000000136 Brazil $67,467*
4 Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira Brazil $72,115*
5 Gogac sniper Austria $28,004
6 Vlada “Vlada2108” Stojanovic Croatia $20,076
7 Warrior25409 Czech Republic $15,755

*reflects a four-way deal

Espen Jorstad Gears Up for WSOP Main Title Defence with Huge SCOOP Victory

Leo Alcabtara Takes Down Super Tuesday For Almost $100K

2023 PokerStars SCOOP

The latest SCOOP edition of the Super Tuesday did not end in a deal, but it would not have been surprising had it done so. A field of 566 created a $566,000 prize pool, with just shy of $100,000 for the champion.

All but one of the nine finalists saw their $1,050 investment swell to five figures or more. Brazil’s Rodrigo “seijistar” Sirichuk was the player to miss out, although he did collect $9,643 for his efforts.

“A.Wesker999” of Latvia fell in eighth for $12,315 before Polish player “filusPL” and Swedish online tournament legend Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson saw their tournaments end abruptly. That duo scooped, pardon the pun, $16,609 and $22,398, respectively.

Then came the untimely demise of Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky in fifth, a finish good for $30,206. Fourth-place and $40,736 went to Gabriel “gabsdrogba” Schroeder, with “blodders03” banking an impressive $54,936 for their third-place exit.

Heads-up pitted Leo “LeoAlcantara” Alcantara against Ukrainian “luckyfluke.” No deal was discussed despite a $25,000 payout difference. The lack of negotiations meant luckyfluke had to make do with a $74,087 consolation prize, leaving Alcantara to pad his PokerStars bankroll with $99,913.

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SCOOP 51-H: $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Leo “LeoAlcantara” Alcantara Brazil $99,913
2 luckyfluke Ukraine $74,087
3 blodders03 United Kingdom $54,936
4 Gabriel “gabsdrogba” Schroeder Brazil $40,736
5 Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky Ukraine $30,206
6 Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson Sweden $22,398
7 filusPL Poland $16,609
8 A.Wesker999 Latvia $12,315
9 Rodrigo “seijistar” Sirichuk Brazil $9,643

Other Highlights From Recent SCOOP Events

Blaz Zerjav
Blaz Zerjav

Outside the two events detailed above, Blaz “scarmak3r” Zerjav took home the largest score, namely $66,341. This was Zerjav’s reward for taking down the $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO tournament.

There were also victories for the likes of Andrey “Anjeyyy” Novak, Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Weis, and Ole Schemion.

Event Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
#43-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO 471 $471,000 Blaz “Scarmak3r” Zerjav $66,341*
#45-H: $1,050 NLHE Single Re-Entry 330 $330,000 Andrey “Anjeyyy” Novak $61,328
#50-H: $2,100 PLO 6-Max PKO 108 $216,000 Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Weis $59,575*
#41-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max 4,158 $415,800 scarpezi $59,375
#58-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO 300 $300,000 WhatifGod $54,335*
#56-H: $3,150 NLHE High Roller 113 $339,000 ContraSpemSper0 $52,691
#42-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO 659 $329,500 Yurec1707 $52,301*
#43-M: $215 NLHE 6-Max PKO 2,803 $560,600 markan991 $51,876*
#49-H: $530 NLHE Deep Stack 482 $241,000 Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira $42,841
#44-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO 6-Max 161 $161,000 Ole “wizowizo” Schemion $32,631

*includes bounty payments

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Wisconsin “Fraud is Fun” Teen Charged with Mass November Hacking of DraftKings

DraftKings app on a phone

Federal prosecutors for the Department of Justice’s Southern District of New York have charged a Wisconsin teen for the mass November hacking of DraftKings Sportsbook that netted $600,000 from across 1,600 accounts.

The DOJ took to Twitter to share the criminal charges against Joseph Garrison, an 18-year-old from Madison, who once boasted “fraud is fun”:

A hacking storm in November disrupted FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings, the sportsbook Garrison and his accomplices allegedly gained access to and plundered. The audacity of the alleged crime, and the naivety of thinking himself beyond detection, comes through in a conversation law enforcement found on Garrison’s mobile in which he states: “im addicted to see money in my account . . . im like obsessed with bypassing shit.”

According to CNBC on Thursday, the November hack didn’t materially damage FanDuel, with the firm stating: “Our security did its job.”

DraftKings, who in November said it would reimburse its hacked customers to the tune of $300,000, issued a statement Thursday thanking the feds for their “prompt and effective action” in catching Garrison in February.

Garrison faces a prison sentence that, while unlikely, could reach a maximum of 20 years.

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WATCH: Doyle Brunson’s Best Televised High Stakes Poker Hands

WATCH: Doyle Brunson's Best Televised High Stakes Poker Hands

In the dimly lit world of high-stakes poker, where legends are born and fortunes are made or shattered, a towering figure transcended the game itself. Doyle Brunson, the man whose name became synonymous with poker greatness, passed away late on Sunday, May 14.

As the news of his passing reverberates through the poker community, we find solace in revisiting the moments that helped define his extraordinary career.

Amidst the smoke-filled rooms and the clinking of chips, Brunson held the power to shape destinies and etched his name into the annals of poker history on more than a few occasions. So, as we mourn the loss of a true icon and reflect upon his brilliance, take some time to look through some of Texas Dolly’s most memorable televised hands.

High Stakes Poker

For many poker fans, Brunson’s appearances on High Stakes Poker was their first introduction to the man.

Across the original airing of High Stakes Poker, seasons 1-7, Brunson was one of the biggest winners. His record across the show saw him up $538,150, which was bested by only Tom Dwan, Johnny Chan and David Benyamine.

The biggest pot Brunson played on High Stakes Poker was against Guy Laliberte, the founder of the charitable organization One Drop Foundation and co-founder of the universally loved Cirque du Soleil.

Despite his business background, Laliberte was no stranger to high stakes and was more than happy to put the professionals to the test. With $57,100 already in the middle on the AJ4 flop, Brunson bet $40,000 with his A10, which folded out three opponents before Laliberte called with his A5.

On the 2 turn, Laliberte check-raised to $310,000 after Brunson fired a second barrel of $110,000. Undeterred, Brunson jammed for $30,500 more and was called for the pot to grow to $818,100.

It was agreed that two river cards would be dealt. The Q came first, followed by 10. Laliberte failed to improve, which sealed Brunson’s largest-ever High Stakes Poker hand.

For more High Stakes Poker footage, check out the PokerGO YouTube channel.

The Big Game

As we continue the trip down memory lane, it would be impossible not to stop by and revisit some of Brunson’s best moments from the PokerStars high-stake show, The Big Game.

While it’s always fun to see Brunson play his famed ten-deuce, it’s equally as enjoyable to see him go on a heater with premium hands, as seen above. Surprisingly, Brunson finished in the red across his showings on The Big Game and was in the hole for $153,700.

PokerStars ambassador and Twitch superstar Lex Veldhuis was one player to share the stage with Brunson on The Big Game and shared one of his favorite ‘Doyle’ anecdotes from the show as poker players from all over paid their respects.

Coincidentally, Veldhuis played the biggest pot of his career against Brunson on The Big Game, which saw $294,600 head over to the Dutchman.

One Final Bluff Against Hellmuth

Doyle’s last televised poker appearance came at the WPT World Championships last December, where he was a part of one of the Celebrity Cash Game lineups.

Brunson was hugely successful on the World Poker Tour felt, winning $2,096,034 under the WPT umbrella. And he proved that he hadn’t lost a step after his latest display against the likes of Phil Ivey, Brad Owen and Phil Hellmuth.

Against the latter, Brunson pulled off an impressive king-high bluff on ‘The Poker Brat’ in a nearly $50,000 pot, which is timestamped above.

Hellmuth held AQ on the A81025 board, while Brunson had the KJ. Brunson jammed $25,600 into a pot of $20,600. This sent Hellmuth into the blender, who agonized over his decision for several minutes.

In the end, “There’s nothing wrong with getting bluffed by Doyle,” chimed Hellmuth, who sent his winning hand into the muck.

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FanDuel TV Suspends Host Over Horse Racing Integrity Comments

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FanDuel TV has suspended host Ken Rudulph over comments he made regarding the integrity of horse racing. In a tweet, he likened the sport to reality television and professional wrestling, while also saying: “It’s a great game. Cheating is part of it. Death is part of it. Losing is part of it. Winning makes it all worthwhile.”

reiterated that he does not advocate for fatalities in the sport

Horse racing enthusiasts reacted strongly to this viewpoint and Rudulph subsequently apologized for his comments. He said that it was a poor choice of words when trying to make a point. The host reiterated that he does not advocate for fatalities in the sport.

Rudulph has been a FanDuel TV host since September 2022 after TVG rebranded to FanDuel. He was a part of TVG dating back to 1999.

FanDuel emphasized that it takes issues of track safety and sports integrity very seriously. It strongly disagrees with Rudulph’s comments and outlined the various ways it supports the safety of both jockeys and horses. The suspension will remain in place until FanDuel finishes reviewing the matter.  

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WSOP Main Event Champions 2015-17: McKeehen, Nguyen, Blumstein

WSOP Main Event Champions 2015-17: McKeehen, Nguyen, Blumstein

With the 2023 World Series of Poker just around the corner, PokerNews is continuing to look at past WSOP Main Event champions and what they’ve been up to since winning poker’s big one.

Our last instalment of the series looked at the winners from 2012-2014, with this edition focusing on Joe McKeehen, Qui Nguyen and Scott Blumstein, who all triumphed in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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Joe McKeehen: 2015 Main Event Champion ($7,683,346)

Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

Entries Prize Pool Places Paid Min-Cash
6,420 $60,348,000 1,000 $15,000

It took just 184 hands for the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table to conclude, with McKeehen dominating, knocking out five players. He also famously despatched Daniel Negreanu in 11th place after rivering broadway against KidPoker’s flopped pair of aces.

He entered the final table with over double the chips of his next closest competitor, advanced to six-handed play with 2.81 times second place, and then entered the three-handed finale with 3.21 times more than second place in his arsenal. Not only that but when anyone tried to play back at McKeehen, he either had the goods or made solid decisions that allowed him to keep up his dominance.

On the first day of the final table, McKeehen knocked out the first three players. That helped propel him from his starting stack of 63.1 million to 91.35 million, and it was much more of the same on the second day, just sans the three eliminations. On the Monday session, McKeehen only took out one player, and that was Max Steinberg in fourth place to end the day. After starting with 91.35 million, McKeehen increased to 128.825 million.

Heading into the final day, it certainly looked as though McKeehen would win, and both Josh Beckley and Neil Blumenfield were playing for second. After starting the day second in chips, Blumenfield ran a bluff against McKeehen, putting the chip leader in a tough spot on the river. McKeehen made the call with top pair and knocked Blumenfield to the bottom of the trio. Not long after, McKeehen made it to heads-up after finishing off Blumenfeld.

The battle between McKeehen and Beckly would last 13 hands as McKeehen’s ace-ten paired up to move ahead of his opponent’s pocket fours to seal out the victory and one of the most one-sided WSOP final tables ever.

2015 Main Event Final Table Results

1 Joe McKeehen United States $7,683,346
2 Josh Beckley United States $4,470,896
3 Neil Blumenfield United States $3,398,298
4 Max Steinberg United States $2,615,361
5 Ofer Zvi Stern Israel $1,911,423
6 Thomas Cannuli United States $1,426,283
7 Pierre Neuville Belgium $1,203,293
8 Federico Butteroni Italy $1,097,056
9 Patrick Chan United States $1,001,020

McKeehen Continues to Crush

McKeehen was just 24 years old when he won the Main Event and has since put together a poker career envied by many. His Main Event triumph marked his maiden bracelet victory, but he soon became a three-time bracelet winner after being the last player standing in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship and WSOP Online $3,200 High Roller in 2017 and 2020 respectively.

Strangely, those two bracelet wins fail to make it into McKeehen’s top five cashes since winning the Main Event. Just a few months after becoming the World Champion, he notched a second place in the 2016 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller for another seven-figure score and has continued to produce impressive results.

The Pennsylvania native has $19.5 million in live tournament wins from his first recorded cash in 2010 and is a shoo-in for the Poker Hall of Fame when he becomes of age.

Joe McKeehen’s Top 5 Cashes Since WSOP Main Event Win

January 2016 $100,000 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller 2nd $1,220,840
July 2016 $111,111 WSOP High Roller for One Drop 6th $829,792
August 2021 $25,500 SHRPO The Big 4 High Roller 2nd $550,990
June 2018 $1,500 WSOP Millionaire Maker 3rd $538,276
March 2021 $5,000 WPT Venetian Main Event 2nd $491,960

Qui Nguyen: 2016 Main Event Champion ($8,005,310)

Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen

Entries Prize Pool Places Paid Min-Cash
6,737 $63,327,800 1,011 $15,000

Qui Nguyen won the 2016 WSOP Main Event by outlasting a field of 6,737 players and defeating Gordon Vayo in a heads-up battle that lasted for several hours.

Throughout the tournament, Nguyen displayed an aggressive style of play, often making big bets and raises to put his opponents under pressure. He also showed an ability to read his opponents’ hands and make difficult calls when necessary.

In the tournament’s final hand, Vayo pushed with jack-ten suited over a raise by Nguyen, only to get called by his dominating king-ten. Vayo flopped a double gutshot, but his draw would fail to complete. After blanks on the turn and river, Vayo exited in second place for $4,661,228.

Overall, Nguyen’s aggressive and fearless play style and ability to read his opponents were key to his victory in the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

It’s also noteworthy that Nguyen satellited his way into the Main Event, akin to 2003 champ Chris Moneymaker. Nguyen entered a $565 satellite tournament and then a $1,100 one, failing to win a Main Event seat in either. It wasn’t until his third try, another $1,100 satellite, that he prevailed.

The 2016 Main Event was a grand spectacle for viewers as several hands still spoken about today took place in the tournament.

The Main Event saw the introduction of William Kassouf to the masses, with his “nine-high like a boss,” hand and fiery confrontation with Griffin Benger, which led to the latter telling Kassouf to “check your privilege.”

There was also the insane cooler for third-place finisher Cliff Josephy, who was on the wrong side of a set-over-set situation when play was three-handed. Be sure to look back at the top five hands from the 2016 Main Event for a wave of nostalgia.

2016 Main Event Final Table Results

1 Qui Nguyen Vietnam $8,005,310
2 Gordon Vayo United States $4,661,228
3 Cliff Josephy United States $3,453,035
4 Michael Ruane United States $2,576,003
5 Vojtěch Růžička Czech Republic $1,935,288
6 Kenny Hallaert Belgium $1,464,258
7 Griffin Benger Canada $1,250,190
8 Jerry Wong United States $1,100,076
9 Fernando Pons Spain $1,000,000

Nguyen Goes Deep Two More Times

Before his Main Event win, Nguyen had only a handful of four-figure cashes and has only ten more HendonMob recorded results since his victory. Two occurred in the WSOP Main Event again, where he finished 455th (2019) and 241st (2021) for further scores of $30,780 and $38,600.

However, those are the only notable scores since 2016. Nguyen still plays the Main Event and was cruelly ousted on Day 2 of the 2022 WSOP Main Event after running kings into aces.

Qui Nguyen’s Top 5 Cashes Since WSOP Main Event Win

November 2021 $10,000 WSOP Main Event 241st $38,600
July 2019 $10,000 WSOP Main Event 455th $30,780
June 2021 $1,600 Wynn Summer Classic 46th $7,871
June 2022 $1,500 WSOP Millionaire Maker 247th $6,600
June 2022 $1,500 WSOP Shootout 86th $5,835

Scott Blumstein: 2017 Main Event Champion ($8,150,000)

Scott Blumstein
Scott Blumstein

Entries Prize Pool Places Paid Min-Cash
7,221 $67,877,400 1,084 $15,000

Despite playing poker for a living, Scott Blumstein skipped the first 72 events at the 2017 WSOP. The reasoning: to improve his game and health leading up to the one tournament he did have circled on his calendar — the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Blumstein cut his teeth in online poker tournaments in his home of New Jersey the whole summer before making the trip to Vegas.

At 25 years old, Blumstein defeated fellow young gun Dan Ott heads-up for the coveted gold and diamond bracelet along with the $8,150,000 prize. Norman Chad once said that a deuce on the river never changes anything, but that all changed on the tournament’s final hand. Blumstein’s ace-deuce was behind Ott’s ace-eight, but the former rivered a pair of deuces to capture the title.

Blumstein entered the final table as the chip leader and maintained his lead throughout. He played a patient and strategic game, carefully choosing his spots and taking advantage of opportunities to accumulate chips.

One such instance was when he doubled through John Hesp, one of the summer’s success stories, in a 156 million-chip pot to take a commanding lead that he would never relinquish.

2017 Main Event Final Table Results

1 Scott Blumstein United States $8,150,000
2 Dan Ott United States $4,700,000
3 Benjamin Pollak France $3,500,000
4 John Hesp United Kingdom $2,600,000
5 Antoine Saout France $2,000,000
6 Bryan Piccioli United States $1,675,000
7 Damian Salas Argentina $1,425,000
8 Jack Sinclair United Kingdom $1,200,000
9 Ben Lamb United States $1,000,000

Poker on the Back Burner for Blumstein

Speaking to PokerGO in 2020, “Poker is on the back burner for me. I mean, I definitely enjoy playing tournaments here and there. I haven’t really had a successful run since then, and I obviously wish I could,” said Blumstein.

“I enjoy the game, and it’ll always be a part of my life…I’m still trying to figure out what I really want to do with my life, which again is a great problem to have,” he added.

Scott Blumstein’s Top 5 Cashes Since WSOP Main Event Win

November 2019 $10,000 Poker Masters $10K NLHE 6th $58,200
September 2017 $3,500 WPT Borgata Main Event 52nd $10,508
March 2018 $1,600 Parx Casino Big Stax 9th $10,012
June 2018 $3,500 MSPT Big Blind Ante Event 71st $9,119
March 2019 $3,500 WPT Venetian Main Event 77th $6,370
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Major League Baseball Park, Oakland A’s to Join Bally’s Tropicana Las Vegas

Major League Baseball Park, Oakland A’s to Join Bally’s Tropicana Las Vegas

Bally’s Corporation and Gaming & Leisure Properties (GLPI) have announced a binding agreement with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (Oakland A’s) to construct a Major League Baseball park at Bally’s Tropicana Las Vegas.

Bally’s consummated its purchase of the gaming and other assets when GLPI and PENN transferred ownership of the non-land assets of the Tropicana Las Vegas to Bally’s for $148 million in cash paid to GLPI on September 27, 2022.

Bally’s still intends to operate a casino from the location and expand assets on other portions of the property.

2.5 Million New Visits to the Location Expected Annually

The park is expected to deliver two and a half million fans per year to the only site of its type on the Las Vegas Strip. Benefits heralded in the announcement include enhanced attraction at the site driven by increased visitations, and the ability to further develop the site in a phased manner with a financial approach based on disciplined further investment.

Additional enhancements for iconic and sponsoring brands at one of the busiest traffic intersections in America which sees over seven-million visitor impressions each month, and significant marketing database growth for Bally’s to exploit as part of its global omnichannel growth strategy.

GLPI maintained ownership of the property which it had earlier purchased and was leased back to Penn National Gaming prior to Bally’s purchasing the gaming assets, license rights, etc. GLPI will pitch in up to $175 million toward improvements and receive future rent increases based on the increased value.

Bally’s is also banking on increased footfall for the casino and other assets through the ballpark and other attractions.

The Oakland A’s or stadium authority will have about 9 acres of the 35-acre site assigned for development by Bally’s and GLPI. The stadium would hold as many as 30,000 visitors at a time.

Oakland’s Triple-A minor league team, the Aviators already calls Las Vegas home.

Bally’s Confident but Hedging its Bet

Bally’s kept an Ace in the hole to assign assets and attract other partners, and it has other parties expressing interest in a similar offering. However, it is expected the necessary approvals from the MLB Association as well as public finance and legislative agreements will all come into place to make the current plan a reality.

Bally’s President, George Papanier, said “We are honored to have been selected to partner with the Oakland Athletics on this monumental step in helping to bring Major League Baseball to the great city of Las Vegas and to be a part of the once-in-a-generation opportunity of having a professional baseball team located within a short walk of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Tropicana has been a landmark of Las Vegas for generations, and this development will enhance this iconic site for generations to come. We are committed to ensuring that the development and ballpark built in its place will become a new landmark, paying homage to the iconic history and global appeal of Las Vegas and its nearly 50 million visitors a year,” Papanier noted.

Among other comments, Peter Carlino, Chairman and CEO of Gaming & Leisure Properties said: “We are pleased to help facilitate their exciting vision for a new ballpark through our contribution of nine acres of the Tropicana site and look forward to the prominent place that the overall project will occupy in the Las Vegas skyline. The Oakland Athletics’ interest in developing a world-class Major League Baseball stadium on our site underscores its status as one of the most prime locations on the Las Vegas Strip and will enhance any future development of our remaining 26 acres.

“As the project moves forward, we also expect that Gaming & Leisure Properties will have opportunities to further invest in the various aspects of the overall project to the extent we deem that doing so will generate an attractive risk-adjusted return on our shareholders’ capital.”

Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval added: “We are excited about the potential to bring Major League Baseball to this iconic location. We are thrilled to work alongside Bally’s and Gaming & Leisure Properties, and look forward to finalizing plans to bring the Athletics to Southern Nevada.”

Source: Bally’s to replace Las Vegas Strip casino with MLB ballpark, G3 Newswire, May 16, 2023

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Ivan Toney 8 Month Suspension For Breach Of FA Betting Rules

Ivan Toney 8 Month Suspension For Breach Of FA Betting Rules

Ivan Toney, striker of the English football club Brentford, has been prohibited from participating in any football-related activities for 8 months. In this regard, the governing body reported: “The ban officially came into force after admitting 232 breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules.”

Furthermore, the ban runs until January 16, 2024, and the Brantford striker was fined £50.000 after admitting supposed offences.

Missing the rest of the season:

With the ban starting immediately, it means he will miss Brentford’s final two games of the season, which are at Tottenham on Saturday and at home to Manchester City on the final day. Furthermore, he has scored 33% of Brentford’s Premier League goals this season.

In addition, he was fined and charged with 262 breaches of FA rule E8 between February 25, 2017 and January 23, 2021, by the Independent Regulatory Commission and will not be permitted to train with his Brentford teammates till September 17. However, the FA later cleared 30 of these breaches and Toney admitted the remaining 232. But he has the right to appeal the sentence.

Commenting on Toney’s punishment, Brentford said in a statement: “We have been waiting the publication of the written reasons of the independent regulatory commission. We will review them before considering our next steps.”

Disappointed with the ban:

Toney later posted on social media that “he was disappointed with the ban but would not be commenting further until the written reasons are published.” However, Toney’s suspension only applies to English football, meaning that if he decides to move abroad in the summer, the FA will be forced to apply to FIFA if it decides to expand the ban across the globe.

Commenting on Toney’s ban, Sky Sports News Senoir Reporter Rob Dorsett, said: “It isn’t the FA that have imposed this sanction. There’s an important level of independence when it comes to serious disciplinary matters like this. The FA do the investigating and the charging but then they hand it over to an independent commission. That’s normally made up of people very senior within the game but also lawyers, former high court judges. They look at the facts and decide what sanction is suitable. They’ve decided that Ivan Toney, as a result of those 232 charges he’s admitted to and been found guilty of, should get an eight-month ban from all football. That means matches, training and potentially turning up to matches. He will not be allowed to be involved in football until January of next year.

“That’s a significant punishment. We ought to point out that Ivan Toney can appeal this but we don’t know if that’s going to happen. The statement from Brentford said they would consider their options and with such a huge asset unavailable to them for so long, they will want to reduce that if they possibly can I am sure. But the way these things work, they will have the written reasons from the commission which they’ve been given. They’ll examine those very carefully with their lawyers and will then decide what action to take next after consultation with Ivan Toney.”

Professional players are prohibited from betting on football:

Football wagering is prohibited around the world for any player, manager, coach, club staff, directors and licensed agents included in the game within the Premier League, EFL, National League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues.

Professional players covered by the ban are forbidden from directly and indirectly wagering on any football match or competition held anywhere in the world. However, the ban also involves wagering on any other football-related matter, like player transfers, managerial appointments or team selection.

In addition, it is not permitted to pass on insider information to someone who uses it for wagering. More specifically, inside information is information that a player is aware of because of their position in the game and that is not publicly available, such as injury news or team selection. Moreover, a player is not permitted to use inside information to place a bet or tell someone else to do so in the player’s name.

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Here’s Why Bet365 is the Place For Tennis Accumulator Betting

Here's Why Bet365 is the Place For Tennis Accumulator Betting

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Tennis Accumulator Bonus Payouts

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Eligible Tennis Tournaments

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WPT Global Spring Festival May 21-June 4 Has Something for Everyone

WPT Global Spring Festival May 21-June 4 Has Something for Everyone

The WPT Global Spring Festival online poker series has a little something for everyone with buy-ins ranging from just $1.10 all the way up to $2,500.

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WPT Global Series Details

From May 21 to June 4, the series begins at 8 a.m. ET with 10 events starting with a $110 buy-in Lucky Kick Off PKO, which has a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. There’s a second $25,000 guarantee later in the day at 1 p.m. ($220 buy-in no-limit hold’em). But the biggest event of the first day will be the $110 Spring Sunday Slam 1 PKO ($60,000 guarantee) at 4:15 p.m.

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The largest buy-in event of the series — $2,500 Hi-Roller 6-Max — starts May 31 and has a $125,000 guaranteed minimum prize pool. But this series isn’t all about the high roller tournaments. As mentioned, there’s something for everyone, even the micro-stakes players. For example, on the opening day at 5 p.m., there’s a $3.30 buy-in NLH turbo event that has a $5,000 guarantee.

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