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45th Annual World Series of Poker® & 10th Year at Rio Becomes Biggest Ever, Establishing Several Key Records

Main Event with $10,000,000 First Place Guarantee, Grows in Participation for First Time Since 2010
 
LAS VEGAS (July 8, 2014) – In another remarkable testament to the health and strength of the game of poker globally, the 45th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas established a host of new records as poker enthusiasts from 107 different nations traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the game’s grandest spectacle.  The WSOP remained the industry standard-bearer, with a record-setting 82,360 entries in 65 events and awarding the largest prize pool in WSOP history: $225,584,873.
 
The new all-time high in participants surpassed by 3.6 percent the previous record of 79,471 set last year.
 
The Main Event in 2014 had 6,683 entries, creating the largest prize pool of the 2014 WSOP at $62,820,200.  The winner will receive $10,000,000.
 
“There is only one WSOP,” said World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “We’re humbled to have seen this kind of response to our 10th series at the Rio.  More than ever before, we embraced the challenge to have something for everyone who loves the game.  With some of the biggest events ever organized it is clear poker remains strong and its best days are ahead. We can’t wait to start planning for next year.”
 
For the tenth consecutive year, the WSOP generated a total prize pool well in excess of $100 million, and for only the second time in its history, topped the $200 million mark.
 
In the 45-year history of the WSOP, the prestigious tournament has now awarded more than $2 billion in prize money. When added to the previous total -- $1,840,172,006 – this year’s massive prize pool brings the new all-time money awarded tally to $2,065,756,879.  More than $1 billion of this has come in the last 6 years alone ($1,005,789,961).  This year’s total prize pool surpassed last year’s amount by 14.4 percent.
 
Additionally, the WSOP, renowned for its ability to help raise significant amounts for charity, has surpassed the $5 million plateau for the second time in three years.  Through the first 64 events, WSOP players and tournaments have contributed $5,260,700 to the ONE DROP organization (www.onedrop.org).  ONE DROP uses donations to directly implement water access projects, where an average of $100 can transform someone’s life forever. With the Big One for ONE DROP (Event #57), the Little One for ONE DROP (Event #62) and the All In for ONE DROP campaign, where players can donate 1% of their winnings to the cause, the poker community via the World Series of Poker has donated more than $12,000,000 since the partnership began in 2012 – enough to directly impact the lives of over 100,000 people.
 
Legions of amateur players competed alongside legendary poker pros, Hollywood A-listers and international sports figures to establish the new milestones.  Among the notable non-poker playing names competing during this year’s WSOP included: UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, Movie director Nick Cassavetes (Notebook), actor Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer), Model Triana Iglesias, NBA star Paul Pierce, Spain World Cup/FC Barcelona soccer player and singer Shakira’s boyfriend Gerard Pique, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak,, Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Gavin Polone, professional soccer player John Arne Riise, actor and comedian Ray Romano,  NFL defensive star and Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour, actress Jennifer Tilly, cricket superstar Shane Warne, NASCAR driver Jason White, actor James Woods.
 
The youngest player in this year’s WSOP Main Event was Zachary Zaffos, of Weston, Florida, who played Day 1-C of the Main Event and turned 21 just one day before entering.  The oldest player to participate in this year’s Main Event was 93-year-old William Wachter of Carmel, New York, who played Day 1-B. Wachter, was also the oldest participant last year.  Both players were eliminated on Day One. Jack Ury, at the young age of 95, still holds the WSOP record as oldest participant.  Poker Hall of Famer Henry Orenstein became the oldest person to cash this year, when the 90-year old finished in eighth place in Event #60.
 
The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship – commonly referred to as the WSOP Main Event, attracted the largest number of players since 2010, becoming the fifth-largest WSOP Main Event in the 45-year history of the event.
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2014 WSOP Main Event Bracelet Designed and Created by Jason of Beverly Hills To Commemorate The Main Event’s Tenth Year at Rio

LAS VEGAS—For the third consecutive year famed jewelry designer Jason Arasheben, “Jason of Beverly Hills,” has been commissioned to create the 2014 World Series of Poker® (WSOP) bracelet.

The coveted 2014 Main Event bracelet contains over 35 carats of white and black diamonds and weighs in at just under 300 grams of 14 karat white and yellow gold. The bracelet has a secret compartment that opens up to reveal a removable 10 million dollar gold gaming chip that represents this year’s historic purse. The masterpiece took over 300 man-hours to create.

These unique characteristics make this bracelet truly priceless in value.

“My goal with each years bracelet it to create a wow factor that eclipses the bracelets of years past. This bracelet is not only immaculate in design, but honors the tenth year running the Main Event at Rio,” said Jason Arasheben, founder of Jason of Beverly Hills. “This is the most expensive piece of championship jewelry in sports history.”

The Main Event bracelet will be unveiled at the Jason of Beverly Hills store on level 2 inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas on July 10th at 6pm.

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41 PLAYERS NOW CONFIRMED FOR BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP

$1 Million BUY-IN POKER EVENT RETURNS JUNE 29 - JULY 1st DURING 2014 WSOP
 
[Las Vegas, Nevada - Photo credit: JOE GIRON] – With a 56 player cap, players are moving fast to ensure they get a seat at the biggest poker game in the world.  Just 15 seats remain open less than two weeks before cards officially hit the felt with organizers optimistic the event will be a sellout.
 
Several businessmen and poker players have anted the $1,000,000 buy-in to participate in the second installment of the The BIG ONE for ONE DROP which returns to the famed Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
 
The BIG ONE for ONE DROP will take place over three days, from June 29 to July 1, 2014, with play beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the Sunday starting day.
 
As part of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, The BIG ONE for ONE DROP is a $1,000,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em charity poker tournament limited to 56 players willing to put up the highest entry fee ever offered.
 
Later this month, a seat will be up for grabs for anyone interested for as little as $200. On June 28th at 6pm, the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will hold a $25,300 satellite.  Players will have no fewer than seven mega-satellite “step” opportunities, ranging from $200 to $3,750 on June 26th and June 27th to generate entry into the culminating $25,300 tournament with a Big One entry on the line.
 
The new participants are:
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Palm Beach Kennel Club’s Art Laughlin Honored With AGTOA Lifetime Achievement Award

By Craig Dolch

West Palm Beach, Fl. - When Art Laughlin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Greyhound Track Operators of America (AGTOA) last Monday in Las Vegas, he said he was “surprised and shocked.”

He shouldn’t have been.

Laughlin, who spent 34 years as general manager at Palm Beach Kennel Club, helped build PBKC into one of America’s top greyhound tracks. Under his guidance, Palm Beach went from a four-month racing circuit to a year-round operation that produces the most handle – on the greyhounds as well as simulcasting – as any dog track in the U.S.

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Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & Visitors

Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
 
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors.  Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
 

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The “2013 WSOP November Nine” Set to Compete for $500,000 Main Event Bracelet by Jason of Beverly Hills

LAS VEGAS—Famed Jason of Beverly Hills founder and designer Jason Arasheben – known for creating edgy and lavish statement jewelry for celebrities and athletes including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and LeBron James – is the exclusive championship jewelry designer for the 2013 World Series of Poker® (WSOP).

 On November 4 and 5 the “2013 WSOP November Nine” will compete for the coveted Main Event bracelet, which includes more than 28 carats of brilliant white diamonds – including two black diamonds and two rubies to represent each card suit – set within more than 220 grams of 14-carat white gold. The masterpiece required 250 hours of labor to design and produce and is valued at approximately $500,000.

 For the first time, the WSOP Main Event bracelet will also be customized to the winner, as the bracelet design includes the two “hole cards” dealt during the WSOP Main Event final hand. Immediately after the event, Arasheben will laser cut each card to correspond to the winning hand of the new World Champion.

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Lyle Berman First Inductee To MN Poker Hall Of Fame

Shakopee, MN  --  Lyle Berman is the first member of the newly formed Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement, made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN, came as no surprise to industry professionals and poker players. Berman, at the forefront of several successful Minnesota businesses, has been a key player in the gaming industry since co-founding Grand Casinos Inc. in 1990. He is a professional poker player with three World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $3 million in poker tournament winnings.

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Full Tilt Poker Claims Process to Begin September 16th

By Shari Geller
 
Garden City Group ("GCG"), the claims processor handling the distribution of funds to US Full Tilt Poker players, has named September 16, 2013 as the date that the official claims process will begin.  There is just a short window to submit your claim, as the deadline is November 15, 2013.  According to the announcement on their website, http://www.fulltiltpokerclaims.com:

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Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Hosts Summer Poker Open: 22 Events in 11 Days

Lawrenceburg, Ind., July 18, 2013 – There’s nothing hotter in August than the poker action coming to Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg as the Cincinnati area’s top casino hosts the Hollywood Summer Poker Open Aug. 1 – 11.  Twenty-two separate events will take place over the 11-day span with players traveling to Indiana from throughout the Midwest.

The first cards are in the air the morning of Thursday, Aug. 1 as Hollywood continues its tradition of opening with a No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack event ($345 buy-in).  The action culminates Aug. 8 – 11 with the $375 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event.

In between, players can test their skills at several Hold’em variations, including: No Limit Hold’em All In or Fold (Aug. 4; $100 buy-in); Texas Hold’em Limit

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Ana Marquez Wins Inaugural Hollywood Poker Open Championship

--Spaniard Takes Homes $320,000 in her First Live Poker Victory--

Las Vegas, NV, July 1, 2013 – It was a day of many firsts at the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open Championship at the M Resort Spa Casino as Ana Marquez, 26, of Malaga, Spain captured her first 1st place finish in seven years of playing live poker.

Marquez, who started yesterday in 31st place, grinded through the day to reach the final table and earn $320,000 in first place money.  On the winning hand, she held two Jacks and caught a third on the Flop to top second place finisher Ryan Tepen’s Ace-King.

“I can’t believe I won, everything was super perfect,” said Marquez.  “We (the players) really liked the M. Everything was run very well. We hope they do more in the future.”

Tepen, of Bowling Green, MO, won $197,806.  Third place went to Kory Kilpatrick of Athens, GA, who won $129,641; and Ramzi Jelassi of Sweden finished in fourth winning $90,080.

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