William Hill to Partner in Casino; Casino Take Drops; ‘Runner Runner’ Debuts in October; Online Poker Arrangements Between States

william hill home of bettingWilliam Hill to partner new Las Vegas casino

By: Staff Writer – www.osga.com

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the new Las Vegas resort and casino property of sbe Entertainment Group, will partner bookmaker William Hill to introduce a state-of-the-art sportsbook concept.

The new property, due to open on the Las Vegas Strip in 2014, will collaborate with the bookmaker to launch a sportsbook that features wagering technologies designed to provide guests with an “unrivalled” sportsbetting offering.

Situated in SLS Las Vegas, the sportsbook will feature a high-definition video wall for viewing sporting events and betting odds, as well as offering a fully automated in-play wagering

In addition, the partnership will enable SLS Las Vegas guests to access to a range of wagering technology, including William Hill’s mobile betting platform on iPhone, iPad and Android

Rob Oseland, president of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, said: “Together we’ll create a sports wagering experience that’s best in class for the market and takes the traditional sports
book model to a whole new level.”

This is a reprint from igamingbusiness.com.


raining moneyNevada Casinos Have Lackluster July In Terms Of Gambling Revenue

Money Won From Gamblers Fell 7.97 Percent Compared To July 2012

by Brian Pempus

The Silver State’s casinos won less from gamblers this most recent July than they did during the same period in 2012.

According to a report released Friday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total gaming win of $925,729,767 for the month of July 2013. This amounted to a 7.97-percent decrease compared to July 2012, when such gaming facilities reported gaming revenue of $1,005,877,250.

The iconic Las Vegas Strip, which accounted for more than half of the overall gaming revenue in the entire state, fell by a 14.40-percent clip.

The state collected $61,177,073 in percentage fees during August 2013, based upon the taxable revenues generated in July 2013. This figure represented a 9.40-percent ($6,344,724)
decrease compared to the prior year’s August, when collections were $67,521,797.

Here is a snapshot of the other months in 2013:


Casinos reported gaming win of $909,182,243. This amounted to a 12.44-percent decrease compared to January 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $1,038,359,335.


Casinos reported gaming win of $1,073,255,958. This amounted to a 15.13-percent increase compared to February 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $932,175,507.


Casinos reported gaming win of $914,784,656. This amounted to a 7.04-percent increase compared to March 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $854,590,337.


Casinos reported gaming win of $854,293,047. This amounted to a 0.16-percent decrease compared to April 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $855,674,603.


Casinos reported gaming win of $897,232,001. This amounted to a 1.37-percent increase compared to May 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $885,086,491.


Casino reported gaming win of $792,496,546. This amounted to a 4.81-percent decrease compared to June 2012, when licensees reported gaming win of $832,534,319.

runner runnerRunner Runner Set To Premiere October 4
By Earl Burton
Eagerly anticipated by many in the poker community, the theatrical release Runner Runner is slated for its premiere weekend on October 4 across movie houses throughout the United States.

Pushed back a week from its originally planned release date of September 27, the film stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton in a fictional tale about a Princeton student (Timberlake) who travels to Costa Rica to confront the owner of an online poker site (Affleck) after losing his tuition in what he considers a shady game on the site. Instead of getting answers, however, Timberlake’s character ends up working with the owner until he is approached by an FBI agent who is looking to take down Affleck’s character (no indications what Arterton’s role in the film might be).

While it is not billed as a “poker movie” per se, it does have an intimate connection with the poker world. Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the duo behind the seminal classic Rounders, there is a tremendous amount of inside knowledge of the poker world that is brought to the silver screen. It is something that Koppelman admits they have tried to get away from but, like Michael Corleone in The Godfather, they always seem to get pulled back in.

“We always say ‘We’re not going to write another gambling picture,” Koppelman stated in a quick blurb on the film in Entertainment Weekly. “Then inevitably one of us comes into the
office and says, ‘Hey, I’ve got this great idea,’ and we’re off again.”

The Koppelman/Levien team has been in the gambling world before. Besides Rounders, the duo has teamed up as writers on Ocean’s Thirteen and the ESPN mini-series Tilt back in 2005. They
received a great deal of kudos for starting the “poker boom” with Rounders, but Tilt was one of the love it/hate it poker programs that came out in the mid-2000s. With Runner Runner,
Koppelman and Levien might be looking to get back in the “good graces” of the poker community.

If any of the buzz regarding the movie’s release is an indicator, Runner Runner might be one of the surprises of the fall movie schedule. Their Facebook page has already garnered
almost 101,000 likes as people discuss the movie. Most of that discussion has been about the appearance of Timberlake in the film, however, and not about the subject matter.

Post-Rounders, the poker movie business has been a bit of a bust (no pun intended). Such films as Shade (2004) and Deal (2008) proved to be less than popular, and Daniel Craig’s turn
as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006) seemed to be the draw rather than the game itself. Another seemingly lost film, The Grand, was an overlooked satirical observation of the game
with an outstanding cast.

Where poker films have had a great deal of success has been in the documentary field, however. Most recently, the documentaries Bet Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker and All In –
The Poker Movie have earned considerable praise for their attention to detail and portrayal of the game of poker. Additionally, the ESPN documentary One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of
Stu Ungar won accolades for the unflinching look at the life of the legendary three time World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Stu Ungar (the theatrical release, High Roller
(2003), wasn’t as well received).

Until the film is released on October 4, we won’t know how the movie-watching community will treat Runner Runner. Timberlake has had some success with The Social Network and Friends
With Benefits, while Affleck, who won a screenwriting Academy Award with Rounders star Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting, walks between the directorial side of the camera (he won the
Academy Award for Best Film with Argo, which he also starred in) and the acting side (The Town). While these two men may draw in some of the crowd, it might be up to the poker world to
make the film a success.

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online poker 913Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Talks About How Online Poker Arrangements Between States Might Look

Mark Lipparelli Says ‘Far-Reaching Agreements’ Not Ideal For Industry
by Brian Pempus

Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli knows online gaming as well as anyone. After being appointed to the Board in 2009, Lipparelli eventually was at the  forefront of the Silver State’s charge into the Internet gaming business. In late 2011, Nevada became the first state in U.S. history to adopt regulations for online poker. Lipparelli  stayed on the Board until September of last year, stepping down because he had chosen not to serve another term.

Thanks to leaving his position as a regulator, Lipparelli has returned to the private sector and has been working on a couple of projects in addition to some consulting.

Card Player had a chance to speak with him on Friday about what he sees happening in the near future with legal and regulated online gaming in the United States. He weighed in on
federal efforts, which he said are likely dead, and what the industry will look like with states making arrangements to share player pools, and thus revenues.

Brian Pempus: What do you make of Nevada’s progress in the online gaming realm in the time since you left the Gaming Control Board?

Mark Lipparelli: Nevada is ready for its next chapter. Getting established was an important milestone, but now the policymakers need to focus on expanding to additional markets.

BP: Do you see a Nevada-New Jersey compact coming sometime next year like it was speculated by MGM’s CEO Jim Murren?

ML: I would say that it’s likely that state-to-state, multiple-market initiatives will begin in 2014. It’s a little more challenging to peg which states. I’m a believer that we’re
going to see states begin to compact with each other or even allow cross-border access to markets, and maybe it wouldn’t even require a compact of any kind. That’s a likely thing to

BP: Were Nevada’s web gaming regulations crafted in such a way to give flexibility to such opportunities and to mesh well with other jurisdictions that might have their own

ML: I think they were. It’s important that it’s done in that manner. The notion of having far-reaching agreements is not the right direction. Instead, permissions between states are
more likely the way to go. I don’t think far-reaching agreements or compacts are a smart approach. That becomes too complex, and I think it will lead to long gaps of time. The more the
policymakers can remain flexible the better off they’ll be.

BP: So you think some states could offer up their populations to the industry without the long legislative process, instead allowing it to come in from a licensed Nevada operator?

ML: I think that’s what I meant by permissions. There are several opportunities where it may be something akin to a state allowing participation in gaming markets where such operations
are legal and licensed. That’s an important component. I could foresee some jurisdictions incorporating a change in the law that says something to the effect of that if it’s a licensed
entity from another jurisdiction that such play can take place within that border. That’s a simple and effective approach. Not every state is going to try to navigate a complex
regulatory and licensing structure. It may be most expedient for them to pass some sort of permissive law, assuming at the core of that is that entities that can access those markets
are legal.

BP: Given all of this and the advanced nature of what’s happening in Nevada and New Jersey, do you think the ship has sailed for a federal online poker bill?

ML: I don’t anticipate that there’s much hope for any federal progress, which for me is a change in position. I think that the time for federal legislation is probably behind us.

BP: Do you say that because it would be hard to insert a federal regime into what’s already going on and that might be increasingly difficult as time goes on?

ML: Yeah, I’ve said in the past that the window of opportunity to get something in place was closing. I meant that. The window is essentially closed. There are several markets that are
in the process of opening; commercial commitments have been made and licensing events have taken place. The time to act was during the last 24 months. The complexity associated with
unwinding now is probably too great.

BP: What do you make of a state like Delaware, which has such a small population and is doing online gaming in a slightly different way than the others, and how do you see it fitting

ML: That’s why I made the point that the less complexity associated with cross-border play or multiple-markets play is going to be the way forward. Every state will have a slightly
different set of criteria for how they set up, and in order for those states to interact everyone is going to have to remain fairly simple with their approach. Adding big complex
operating agreements or compacts is going to make it very difficult once you get past the first state. I’ve made this point in the past; that even though the federal window is probably
closed, the state-to-state regime is going to be a very complex animal, and the way to keep the complexity to a minimum is not to enter into far-reaching agreements because the next
jurisdiction that gets added…you don’t want to be put in the position of having to make too many concessions. It could potentially block the ability of states to enjoy cross-market
play. Delaware obviously is going to have to entertain the notion of cross-market play every bit as much as Nevada and New Jersey.

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