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28May/11Off

First Online Casino License for Casino Gran Madrid

CasinoThe first operator from the autonomous region of Madrid in Spain to obtain an online gambling license is Casino Gran Madrid. The Casino Gran Madrid online casino will be controlled by the leading software provider Playtech. The online casino is based on an existing agreement signed as far back as 2009. An entire range of Playtech online casino games such as blackjack, roulette and slots and online poker will be on offer. The Spanish solutions provider Media Tech will make available all the player management system for the online casino.

According to a report by eGaming Review, Casino Gran Madrid obtained the license on May 17 and it is now certified to offer poker, blackjack, roulette and slots on its website. The public pronouncement was postponed until local elections had taken place. Powered by PlayTech software, all of these will be launched soon. CGM is the first to be certified by the government of Madrid for online play, although Madrid issued authorizations to existing land-based casinos and bingo halls in 2006/2007 for offering online betting, casino and bingo.

Director of Information Systems at Casino Gran Madrid, Jorge Casanova said that company’s assurance to innovation in the industry has been represented by the online casino. He said that during the certification process, the gaming software would go through more than 200 million simulated plays. The process is to check for any technical problems or probable security problems and it will ensure that the servers can handle the traffic.

20May/11Off

Arlington Village Officials Supports Slot Machines At Arlington Park

Slot MachinesThe Arlington Heights Village Board is now in favor of placing slot machines at Arlington Park. The Board indicated Monday that Slots at Arlington Park would be worth the gamble to ensure the continued viability of the racetrack.

Mayor Arlene Mulder read a statement in support of up to 1,200 slot machines at the racetrack at the end of Monday night's village board meeting. When considering proposed gambling expansion, a discussion followed with Trustee Joseph Farwell asking the board schedule a special meeting to adopt a formal resolution either in favor or against the slots so they can send that message to state legislators to use as a guide.

 

With only trustees Thomas Hayes and Mike Sidor opposed, however, Hayes said he was open to a scaled down slot proposal and Sidor said he wanted to have an open discussion and has lost sleep while considering his position, most of the board came out in favor of slots.

New to the board, Trustee Michael Sidor said he has talked to residents and received mixed responses. Even though he wants the village to prepare for the worst case scenario in case the park does close, he was generally supportive and willing to have a discussion.

Because the discussion was not on the agenda, no formal action was taken at the board meeting. To allow the public to weigh in and discuss the matter further, village board officials said they might call a special meeting for next meeting.

10May/11Off

EPT San Remo Title Claimed by Elder

Max HeinzelmannOn the Italian Riviera, the 24-year-old British pro Rupert Elder claimed the EPT San Remo title. The former economics student took home a Shamballa Jewels bracelet and earned €930,000 for the win, a seat in the EPT Champion of Champions event and a seat in the EPT Grand Final. Elder beat German Max Heinzelmann heads-up. The contest was very exciting.

Heinzelmann also finished runner-up three weeks ago at EPT Berlin. He has now earned of a bridesmaid reputation. Heinzelmann however enjoyed a nice bonus of € 600,000, although he must have felt a little disappointed for not claiming the title.

Elder said that he is very happy and excited to win. He added that the feeling of the win is yet to sink in. He said that Max, a great player, was his toughest opponent at the table. 25-year-old Canadian Xuan Liu finished third. She was the first female final tablist on the EPT this season. At fourth place was Team PokerStars Pro and EPT6 Kyiv champion Max Lykov. Francesco De Vivo, Massimilano Manograsso, Constantino Russo and Roberto Spada were the four Italian players tried to defend the honor of their countries at this final table and were ranked respectively at the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place. They were not good enough to win the title.

Creating a total prize pool of €4,786,950, a total of 987 players from 57 countries entered the €5,300 main event. Elder performed really well in the tournament and he was the deserving winner.