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PADDY POWER WITHDRAWS OFFENSIVE TWITTER COMMENT
The Paddy Power online gambling group, famed for its controversial but eye-catching promotional work, may have gone too far this week with a tweet that was clearly intended to be amusing but ended up in wide condemnation and an embarrassing withdrawal of the offensive material.
Ahead of a Newcastle vs. Liverpool football match, the betting company referenced the currently raging controversy in the US around often videoed African-American police beatings in a tweet which read:
"Newcastle have suffered more Kop beatings over the last 20 years than an unarmed African-American male".
The backlash on social media was strong and almost immediate, resulting in the withdrawal of the tweet.
InfoPowa readers will recall that Paddy Power has the dubious distinction of generating the most complaints ever on a gambling promotion to the Advertising Standards Authority. Last year the company was criticised for an advert on the outcome of the legless Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial in which the company offered "money back if he walks."
There were 5,525 complaints about the insensitivity of the advert, and the ASA directed that it be withdrawn.
Ed. Note: "Kop" is a UK colloquial term for steep terraces at a football stadium occupied by hardcore fans.
NOVA SCOTIA DITCHES RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AID
The Canadian provincial government of Nova Scotia is abandoning a responsible gaming tracking system for video lottery terminal players after concluding it's not meeting objectives. The system will be taken down early in September.
The My-Play system was introduced in April 2012 and required players to insert cards into the VLTs that allowed them to set spending and time limits as well as to stop play immediately.
Andrew Younger, the minister responsible, says the system was a reasonable attempt to improve responsible gambling features on VLTs, but it didn't reduce play by problem gamblers after a two year trial at an initial capital cost of $13.1 million, and another $6.4 million in operating expenses.
The percentage of revenue the province received as a result of problem gaming increased since My-Play was introduced, said Younger. What happened was it got rid of the casual and tourist gamers. There was no decrease in problem gamers use of VLTs.
Younger said another $1 million capital upgrade would have been required of the system to keep it functioning properly.
John Kidos, CEO of the company behind My-Play said the poor results from the product were due to the preference of punters for the "light enrolment" option, which did not require them to record their names and ID details, along with the failure of the government to additionally introduce a rewards system to encourage punters to use the full system.
He said that My-Play statistics show 99.9 percent of players opted for the more user-friendly light enrolment option rather than fill out a form with their name and other personal information on it.
According to the Nova Scotia authorities, only 3.9 percent of play sessions in the past 24 months accessed or used the system features, and feedback from users indicated they didnt want to provide personal information in the full enrolment model.
They added that the technology wasnt meant to reward loyalty points when the purpose was to promote responsible gaming, and claimed that VLT revenue declined by $31.3 million since the My-Play system was introduced.
Younger said the government would honour its financial obligations to Kidos Techlink company through to November 2015.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER FINAL TABLE KICKS OFF TODAY
16 weeks on from the 2013 World Series of Poker, the nine final table players who survived return to the felt in Las Vegas today to battle it out for the winner's millions and the prestige of taking home a WSOP main event winner's bracelet.
5 Americans, a Canadian, an Israeli, a Dutchman, and a Frenchman are all that remains of an original entry field of 6,352 players, all but one of them professional players with varying levels of experience. The odd man out is Jay Farber, a night club promoter.
Each of the finalists has already received $733,224 in prize money for making the table, and that's all the first man to fall will get...but the prize money escalates as each player is eliminated, and the top seven spots will receive over a million each, with the winner taking home $8,359,531.
"This may be the most skilled nine players at the final table," WSOP spokesman Seth Palansky said this week. "You expect that after the initial jitters, these guys will not be making amateur mistakes"
The final table composition, and individual chip counts at the start of the action, will look like this:
JC Tran (38,000,000)
Amir Lehavot (29,700,000)
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (26,525,000)
Jay Farber (25,975,000)
Ryan Riess (25,875,000)
Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000)
Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000)
Mark Newhouse (7,350,000)
David Benefield (6,375,000)
Today's plan is for the finalists to play down to the last three and then break for the night, returning next day (Tuesday) to decide the winner.
SHAFFER WINS FIRST WSOP BRACELET
Kansas poker player Brett Shaffer has emerged victorious in Event 53 at the World Series of Poker outlasting a field of 2816 players in the $1 500 No Limit Hold'em event.
Shaffer played it slow and steady at a final table that included experienced poker pros such as Loni Harwood, Mike Watson and David Vamplew.
Playing it down to the final two, Shaffer when into heads-up with David Vamplew as the final table played into an unscheduled fourth day.
The win marks Shaffer's second career WSOP final table as he finished sixth in the 2010 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Along with the title, he takes home a gold bracelet and a $665,397 prize.
The final table ended up:
1.Brett Shaffer - $665,397
2.David Vamplew - $413,157
3.Arttu Raekorpi - $291,392
4.Loni Harwood - $210,456
5.Michael Watson - $153,850
6.Diego Zeiter - $113,819
7.Jonathan Cohen - $85,193
8.Darren Rabinowitz - $64,513
9.Matias Ruzzi - $49,420
WINE LOVER HAS WORLD SERIES OF POKER PLANS
One of the quirkier stories to emerge during the current World Series of Poker unfolding in Las Vegas this week is that of wine lover Geno Foschi, a Las Vegas small business owner who plans to leverage part of his rare wine collection into WSOP entry fees, according to the magazine The Drinks Business.
Foschi has been collecting wines for many years, starting in his early twenties, and is offering 38 bottles from his collection of over 600 on Craigs List in order to play poker at WSOP. With some of the big winners looking for something special with which to celebrate, Foschi's discounted lot could be in demand.
The lot, which Foschi says is worth $25,000, is on Craigs List for $13,000 and includes 13 bottles of Chteau Margaux 1984, five bottles of Chteau Lafite Rothschild 1984 and six bottles of Chteau Margaux 1982. All been stored properly and most have been owned by Foschi for more than 20 years.
Foschi said if he were to sell his wine, play in the WSOP and win, the money would go to his business.
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