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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, World Poker Tour Host the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Beginning Nov. 14, 2018

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Tournament poker returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. from Nov. 14 – 28, 2018 with the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO). This year’s series features 19 primary events and 40 satellites, kicking off with a $360 buy in Deep Stack NLH with a $1 Million Guarantee and headlined by a $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship boasting a $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool. The final table for the WPT Championship will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and be filmed for future television airing on Fox Sports Network.

Other highlight events on the 2018 RRPO schedule include:

  • $1,100 NLH One-Day (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed, starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18
  • $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed, starts at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19
  • $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed, starts at noon on Monday, Nov. 26
  • $360 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry), starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27

“Year in and year out, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open has been one of our best poker series,” Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns said. “Never was this more apparent than in 2016 when the series-opening $360 buy-in, $1 Million Guarantee drew more than 5,000 entries making it the largest poker tournament in state history. That benchmark stands to this day and we’re eager to get cards in the air for this year’s series which sees us partner with the World Poker Tour to bring the South Florida market a $3,500 buy-in, $2 Million Guarantee Championship.”

Tournament promotions include the property’s signature “Win a Seat” program where participants can visit HardRockPoker.com to enter for a chance at a $3,500 entry into the WPT Championship. In addition, anyone who plays a tournament event between Nov. 14 – 27 will receive an entry in the property’s Play to Win drawing. On Nov. 28, one name will be chosen at random and that player will receive a PokerStars Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, valued at $30,000.

Poker hotel rates during RRPO start at $149 on weekdays and $199 on weekends. For more information and to view the series schedule, future tournament details and make hotel reservations, please visit SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

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UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

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Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment jointly announced a proposed transaction to combine the two corporations, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals. The deal is to be based on $7.2 billion of new debt financing and $500 million of cuts and other “synergies.” UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, represents approximately 25,000 workers at Caesars and Eldorado properties.

UNITE HERE-represented union casinos accounted for approximately 68% of the pro forma $30 billion combined Caesars-Eldorado EBITDAR in 2018. These 22 UNITE HERE union casinos altogether include over 50% of the combined company’s total hotel rooms, over 30% of its total slots, and nearly 40% of its total table games. UNITE HERE locals are currently in contract negotiations with Eldorado at Circus Circus Reno and Isle Pompano Beach. Contracts at six additional UNITE HERE union casinos in the combined Caesars and Eldorado portfolio will expire in 2020, including four properties in Atlantic City.

UNITE HERE issued the following statement from President D. Taylor:

“UNITE HERE has had a positive relationship with Caesars Entertainment over the years, and 25,000 union members have been excited to help the company reinvest and rebuild as it recovers from the disastrous leveraged buyout led by Apollo and TPG. It is in this context that we approach the proposed sale of the company with great concern.

Yesterday, Eldorado announced cost-savings of $500 million in the first year of the combined company. Where are they going to cut? We will not stand by idly if the proposed Caesars-Eldorado transaction will lead to significant job losses, worse wages and benefits for our members, and lower state gaming tax receipts in the many communities where members we represent work and live. Casinos operating under privileged licenses are meant to create significant benefits for host communities, including family-sustaining jobs and local government funding based on gaming taxes.

We will support changes at Caesars that preserve the company’s long-term financial health and provide a sustainable path to good jobs in vibrant gaming markets across the country.”

2018, 7,700 UNITE HERE members went on a multi-city strike at Marriott hotels across the United States and won historic settlements in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, and Hawaii.

UNITE HERE represents over 300,000 hospitality workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America and provides analysis from the perspective of those who work in these industries.

 

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UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for Children

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The UK’s NHS is going to open its first gambling clinic for children.

According to the Gambling Commission, there are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain. The Commission also found that a total of 450,000 are gambling regularly.

“This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people. The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed,” Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive said.

The move was welcomed by Carolyn Harris, the Labour MP for Swansea East, who said attitudes around problem gambling was at last shifting. “For too long the industry has dismissed problem gambling but now is the time for polluters to pay,” she said.

“The clinic will open as part of a new network of services for addicts being rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Specialist face-to-face NHS treatment for gambling addiction has only been available in London but is being made available across the country as part of the new strategy,” NHS England said.

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Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

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Senator Joseph Addabbo’s mobile betting bill has failed to progress through the New York Assembly. The legislative session saw S17 fail to progress beyond the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes.

Addabbo tweeted that he saw no clear reason why the state could not implement mobile sports betting in 2019. Failure to do so would see the state miss out on around $75m in revenue, funding for education, and both job creation and retention.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring states pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” Addabbo said.

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