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But there is a reason why many pool billiards find themselves having to gamble …
When talking about billiards, especially in Anglo-American films a few decades ago, inevitably comes to talk about gambling.
Probably, among the most famous billiard players with the gambling vice, the best-known is Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, who can waste a fortune playing horses (and not only).
Another prominent professional, Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White, Higgins’ great friend, suffered from compulsive gambling and ended up in the green in the nineties, succeeding in finding his balance when his career had gone by.
Both Higgins and White were among the strongest billiard players in the world, capable of winning the most important trophies.
But their pockets went away fast. And what about Willie Thorne, who for all her career fought against her addiction to gambling, up to the suicide attempt in 2017, after losing everything.
Coming to the latest times, another bankruptcy player is Silvino Francisco, who has now stopped playing and working in a restaurant. Even Mark King, able to accumulate £ 100,000 in gambling debts in a short time, has recently come out: “I found myself in a situation where I was even thinking of doing a robbery to find the money to play. I was I: I’m not like that. “
However, in these cases we talk about billiard professionals who could hardly break through.
Also because the world of professional billiards is not at all rich, as Judd Trup explains, the star of the billiard: “It’s embarrassing, you do not get any money, look at the average gains of the top 32 players: if you’re in the top 32 gains about £ 30,000 And you have to keep in mind that there are 5 tournaments in China, at least you spend 20,000 a year on travel only, then there are hotels, gas, food and lodging. “
Logically, then, someone, make you want to round up. Maybe gambling.
The best Italian billiards players
In Italy no billiard players are reported with the game’s vice, although this does not mean they are not there. Among the strongest in history, we mention Angelo Bellocchio, able to win a European championship in 1993; Gianni Bombardi, Italian champion in 1998 and 2004; Fabrizio Borroni, European junior champion in 1990 and even a world champion in 1998; And finally Carlo Cifalà, world champion in 1987 and bi-European Champion in 1986 and 1988.
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Four slot machine jackpots worth over 10,000 euros each.
They will not be the brightest times for the Casino of Sanremo , but the City of Flowers games room continues to give emotions and especially winnings to its fans. The last week was particularly profitable, with a series of five-zeros winnings that have brought in over $ 50,000 in prizes to some lucky players.
Absolute protagonists were the slot machines , with four jackpots that in total gave off the beauty of 52,300 euros. The dances opened with an amateur Texas Hold’em player, who came from Genoa to spend a few days relaxing and playing. And he did well, given slot number 1639 gave him a real scale of paintings and a nice check out of 10.00 euros.
The highest prize was given by slot machine number 1591 and ended in the pockets of a Torino player: 13,322 euros. The woman had gone to Sanremo with her friends, taking advantage of the good weather that has plucked Italy this weekend: after a morning in the sun, the Piedmontese made a hut at the Casino of Sanremo and in addition to take home a nice He was able to meet some vipers, including Paolo Bonolis.
In a kind of continuous escalation, the record of the day was refitted shortly after by a car that gave a lady of Imperia a figure of 13,843. Shortly after the slot machine number 1547, the prize of € 15,135 (the highest on the weekend) ended in the hands of a Bergamo player.
The last weekend therefore confirmed the beginning of the year, at least as far as slot machines , particularly prolific. In total, prize-giving premiums almost reached 6.6 million euros (6,598,780 for accuracy) and currently there are still 35 jackpots available for a value of nearly 780,000 euros. The highest prize pool belongs to Star Wars slot machines and goes over 124,000 euros.
We will overcome the crisis
Despite the economic crisis that hit our country (but a bit around the world), the Sanremo Casino is really doing its best to push forward. Already in the last months of the year some improvement has been seen, although the route has just begun and it may take a long time before leaving the tunnel.
In any case, the program is medium to long term. The City of Flowers’ playroom management is looking forward to seeing the first concrete results starting next year, hoping that 2015 will be the real boost.
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At the end of a long process, Sample Italia becomes a unique partner of the game house.
Like Venice, Sanremo and Saint Vincent. In the near future, the Italian Champion Casino will become the exclusive property of the common homeland, as is already the case for the other three Italian gambling halls .
The announcement was made by Marita Piccaluga, Mayor of Campione d’Italia, who stated that all the documentation had already been sent to the Ministry of the Interior, whose response is expected by July.
The new company will have a share capital of 120,000 euros, many of them considered too low. Piccaluga explained this decision as forced by the technical times, admitting that this is an insufficient figure, but adding that, if necessary, it can be quietly increased.
This process will help even more in the champion casinos, allowing the game room to save a good slice of those 49 million euros annually, which currently has to contract to the Champion City.
According to Piccaluga, in fact, the figure could drop by about one third, amounting to 33.3 million euros. Moreover, this change will help streamline the bureaucratic operations that often end up costing, in addition to time, additional money.
When the municipality becomes the sole member of the casino, the administration system will also be changed.
The Council will disappear, with the powers that will end in the hands of the current managing director, Carlo Pagan, who will become the sole administrator. Pagan is one of the main architects of the Italian casinos’ recovery in Swiss territory, which is currently recording excellent results.
Such as the attendance record for a live poker tournament in Europe, with 2,492 players who participated in the Italian Poker Open a few weeks ago, or the European Championships of the Croupier, which took place a few days ago and won by an Italian dealer . After years of darkness, the Italian Champion Casino finally begins to see the light.
Although all four Italian casinos are still suffering from the economic crisis, which began in 2008, some have been able to respond better and before others. One of these is certainly the Casino of Campione d’Italia, which despite a thousand difficulties has managed to gain market share especially for Venice – which remains the leading casino in Italy – but also of Saint Vincent and Sanremo.
A trend that could be further strengthened once the passage in the hands of the Commune has been completed, which will have the ability to move with greater margin, as the sole administrator Carlo Pagan.
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The battle between the US pro and the London Casino flickers. The Crockfords refuses to pay the huge winnings Ivey won a year ago, accusing him of treating
The game in question was a high stake stake in Punto Banco. The US professional, who was accompanied by an eastern girl at the time, had started playing £ 50,000 hands and then climbed up to 150,000.
After a ‘small’ passive of about half a million, Ivey plunged a winning series that allowed him to cash in with about 10 million euros. At that point, an agreement was reached with the Casino that would have to pay the entire sum on the American account. The Crockfords, however, paid only one million pounds, a figure equal to the amount played by Ivey.
The London Casino’s motivation is about the alleged ‘illegal’ manner that Ivey would have managed to win.
Also charged is the presence of the Asian girl sitting alongside her, who had already had problems with this type with other Crockfords Casino.
“We will see in the Tribunal”
After nearly a year, the US pro has decided to take legal action against the British Casino, which currently has no intention of paying the full sum won last August.
Ivey explains his choice: ” The Crockfords did not leave me any choice, after deciding to hold my winnings I was forced to go legal. I have a lot of respect for the casinos and mine was not an easy choice. In these years I have won and lost substantial sums at the Crockfords and I have always honored my commitments. At the time, I was given a receipt for my winnings, but the Crockfords kept the payment . “
The Crockfords reacted promptly announcing that they started preparing for their defense. According to the casinos’ lawyers, the cards used during the game did not have a uniform back and this would allow Ivey to recognize the value.
Willy Allison, an expert in gaming surveillance, explained: ” Turning 180 degrees asymmetric paper, it is possible to identify the value of it before it is revealed. Simply just take a look at the corners of the back of the paper. In essence, playing a round has the same effect as scoring the cards and gives players a huge benefit on the bench . “
According to Crockfords’ management, the girl sitting next to Ivey would convince the croupier not to destroy the deck at the end of the game so that they could use it again.
An unfortunate event for Poker Tiger Woods.
Now, it will be necessary to understand if the cards used were actually made, and especially if they could be recognized by Ivey’s eye or whether the presence of the Asian girl, which was not new to this kind of ‘tricks’, was really crucial.
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After a dark 2017, the Italian gambling houses begin to recover. May is the best month, but the annual budget is still in the loss
In 2012, according to Federigo, the four Italian casinos have sold 332 million, down 18% compared to 2011.
The origins of this collapse are numerous and range from online casino competition to Italian law, which is capable of penalizing over-gambling houses more than foreign ones, all over the economic crisis that hit our country.
Undoubtedly, the biggest problem that has hit the Italian gaming system has been caused by anti-money laundering rules: by now it is impossible to change more than a thousand euro cash into gaming chips, as opposed to what the European rules allow to raise the limit up To 7.500 euros.
This has left the Italians out of our casinos for fear of being subjected to revenue agency controls, pushing them into gambling rooms just outside our borders.
In addition, the drop in turnover has led to the loss of dozens of jobs, so that in Campione and Sanremo employees have decided to lower their salaries provided they cut all the costs and unnecessary costs. Even Venice and Saint Vincent are studying similar methods to recover the situation.
A glimmer of hope
May shooting . Despite the many bad notes of the last year, the situation seems to be geared towards the path of improvement. In May, Sanremo raised 3,339,965 euros, bringing down 14% on an annual basis, against 16% in April and even 22% in January.
According to data provided by Marco Cambiaso, casino administrator, traditional games have raised 973,069 euros (+ 6%), while slots have recorded revenue of 2,420,896 euros: ” The numbers are rewarding the company’s effort . A great teamwork that sees, despite the difficulties of the moment, positively involved all the employees, whom we thank . “
Even better numbers for Champion, who in the last month raised 8.530.000 euros (+ 22.2% compared to May 2012). The most substantial growth occurred in the table segment, which grew 71% more than a year ago. Positive also other sectors, such as slots that have improved by 3.6%, and inputs increased by 2.7%.
Managing Director Carlo Pagan, thanking his workers for the sacrifices made during this period, explained : ” We must recognize that in a difficult situation like this, with the firm-based solidarity contract (reduced time for all) the company Is reacting with commitment and the result is counter-tendency to the point that the achievement of Italian leadership, at least at the level of a single segment, seems unattainable . “
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A month full of events at Ca ‘Noghera. On Saturday, June 8th, the success of the great ‘White Night’ in Brazilian style was replicated. And from the 12th space at Texas Hold’em with the return of the Poker Hour
Re-opens the summer of the Casino of Venice. After a month of tormented by bad weather, the long-awaited good season is finally coming and the planning of the Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi historic site begins.
The aperitif is free
You start off the aperitif, which will be served free of charge every night in June from Monday to Thursday, from 19.30 to 21.30. All guests in the hall can enjoy the gastronomic specialties of the place and sip Prosecco of Valdobbiadene.
The ‘White Night’ by Ca ‘Noghera
On Saturday, June 8, the great ‘White Night’ by Ca ‘Noghera took place. The usual round-trip event this time has made a stop in Brazil. The evening started around midnight with the opening of the free buffet, continuing non stop until breakfast at five in the morning. As in the previous non-convertible ticket slots, select players with the random Mistery jackpot system, up to a maximum total value of € 10,000.
The Batuque Branco animated the party, a group of percussionists accompanied by 3 beautiful ballet dancers; In addition, Band Noite Do Brazil, directed by Paolo Andreolo, with the extraordinary voice of Luma and the trio Patricia de Assis.
On June 26th, at Ca ‘Noghera, the twentieth anniversary of the Jackpot 777 prize competition is scheduled.
The first extract will be awarded a travel voucher worth 5,000 euros, from the second to the fourth extract three good trips of 2,000 euros and from the fifth to the twenty-sixth ticket ticket not convertible from 500 euros each.
Go back to the Texas Hold ’em Poker Hour
Go back to the Texas Hold’em Poker Hour . Starting on Sunday, June 12, the Casino of Venice, in collaboration with TILT Events, will re-launch the famous Texas Hold’em Poker Hour.
It will start with the inaugural “Grand Opening” tournament at 6 pm, which will include a buy-in of 200 euros, stack of 20000 tokens and 20-minute levels. Poker Hour offers a wide selection of tournaments, from the most accessible buy-ins to major events.
With the completion of the new poker room, many satellite tournaments will be live for the main event of greater carateness and on-line, including freerolls, offered by the online casino site of the Venice Casino.
Casino director of the Casinos of Venice, Stefano Silvestri, commented: ” Poker Texas Hold’em, an all-encompassing phenomenon that has overwhelmed both players and the media, is part of our many gaming offerings and proposes that particular attention to the segment Younger than our clientele. Our casino, which was the first casino in Italy to offer great international poker events, is thus confirmed as an international poker site, just think of the last WPT last February, held at Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi in the historic center of Venice “.
As a summer program at the Casino of Venice you can not complain!
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There are times when casino bariards used dummies or hid an ace in the sleeve. Today technology has made giant footsteps and gaming rooms have to look at hidden cameras and microphones, just to name just one.
Perhaps this is why the gambling regulator in New Jersey has allowed Atlantic City casinos to ban Google Glasses before their release on the market (scheduled for late 2017-early 2018).
These glasses that exploit the increased reality, already banditized by casinos, cinemas and clubs in Las Vegas, will be endowed with a mini webcam and a real small wireless computer. They can take photos, record videos, and surf the Internet.
And they could of course give prospective bariff the ability to spy on another player’s hand during a poker game, as the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement stated: “For example, if these glasses were worn during a poker game, they could Handing a client’s hand to a partner or being used for some other form of collusion . “
“We undertook this action because regulatory bodies ban the use of computers or devices that can record images and sounds while gambling,” Thompson said. “In some states, in fact, such use is even considered a crime and whoever perpetrates it is arrested . “
Rick Santoro, security expert at Atlantic City casinos, believes New Jersey is the first country jurisdiction to take formal action to allow casinos to ban Google Glasses: “It is rational and prudent for New Jersey, I do not know what other states have been doing at federal level, but it would not be the first time that New Jersey is a step forward in gaming . “
The controversial Google Glasses
Though this is an innovative tool, which could revolutionize how to communicate and even live millions of people around the world, Google Glasses may be a source of many issues. For example, even in cinemas and theaters, Google Glasses holders might be away: on the other hand, these tools allow you to record videos, which would break the copyright law.
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Anyone who plays and loses the casino can only take it with himself.
This is, in austerity, the decision by the Australian High Court of Justice that Crown Casino is not liable for the losses of a compulsive gambler who has come to wager something like $ 1.5 billion Australians in just over a year.
The wealthy businessman who responds to the name of Harry Kakavas, a recognized compulsive player, lost $ 20.5 million in total at the Melbourne Crown Casino, deciding to sue the game room for having “induced” him Playing with incentives and using the private jet of the casino itself.
Between June 2005 and August 2006, Kakavas spent $ 1.479 billion at the Crown Casino, often playing baccarat.
During the process, it was discovered that in a “frantic” session, in May 2006, the Australian rich had spent $ 164 million in just five and a half hours.
He even discovered that Kakavas borrowed several million from the bank, friends, and family, and that he also made a short run behind the bars for stole $ 286,000.
But a few days ago, the High Court unanimously rejected the appeal that Kakavas had made after the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria had ruled that the Melbourne Crown had not acted fraudulently or immoral.
Judge Robert French has ruled that Kakavas’s compulsive gambling problems did not put him in a state of “special disadvantage” exploited by the Crown.
In practice, Kakavas has been called by the Court of Appeal “a successful businessman, fully capable of making decisions in his interests”, a definition as said by the High Court.
In court, businessmen had accused Crown of allowing Kakavas to play “exploiting his pathological urgency to gambling”.
But the Supreme Court ruled that man “was able to make rational decisions in his best interest, including that, from time to time, to completely break away from gambling.
The Crown did nothing wrong by allowing him to play in his casino. “
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Despite the constant demands of Taormina, things will hardly change.
Fifty years have passed since the Sicilians could go to the Casino of Taormina to try the thrill of French roulette or blackjack. Since then, when the police closed their doors, the only places where gambling is lawful in Italy are located in Sanremo, Siena, Venezia and Saint Vincent.
Nevertheless, over the years, various demands have been made by various governments to – at least – consider the potential re-opening of the Taormina playroom, which is considered to be a key element in the relaunch of tourism.
But even when the situation seemed to turn to the best – read in the governments presided by Silvio Berlusconi – in the end has never changed anything.
The question, as the good Antonio Lubrano said, was spontaneous. And it is also very simple: why? Why have the cities mentioned above enjoyed the chance to open a casino, just to revive tourism, and that same possibility is constantly tied to a land that would need a great boost in this area?
The answer, as often happens when there is politics, can be summed up in this case in a single term: lobby. Needless to put slices of salami on the eyes: lobbying in the Italian Parliament has always been and will probably always be there.
And the one that wants to maintain the status quo, reading the casinos in the North, is certainly not one of the least influential.
And to say that Sicily has all the reasons to get the same treatment as Sanremo, Venice, Saint Vincent and the Italian Champion. Even the island of Archimedes was in competition, just like the four above-mentioned cities, who at the time complained about a tourism bent on the chance for holidaymakers to go gambling in neighboring France, Switzerland And Austria.
Even though the sea is halfway, in fact, Malta is not far from Sicily. And in Malta, besides the sun and the sea, you can find casinos.
Governments, political ranks, protagonists of Italian political life are changing. But in the end, as Tomasi of Lampedusa said, nothing changes.
The casino scene in Italy
Yet a casino in the Center and South Italy would be a great hit for our country. First of all, it would also allow those who do not live in the North (where all four Italian casinos are located) to play without having to spend long distances. And then it would undoubtedly benefit tourism as well. It is a shame that Italian politics seems to be a blindfold.