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Ramon Colillas Turns Free Entry Into $5.1 Million as Winner of Record-Breaking PokerStars Players Championship

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Ramon Colillas Turns Free Entry Into $5.1 Million as Winner of Record-Breaking PokerStars Players Championship. Photo credit: Neil Stoddart and Rational Intellectual Holdings Ltd. (PokerStars)

 

PokerStars makes six new millionaires

PokerStars (Nasdaq: TSG) (TSE: TSGI), the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group, announced today that Ramon Colillas from Barcelona, Spain, won $5.1 million and was crowned the winner of the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), the richest and biggest-ever $25,000 buy-in poker tournament.

Colillas won free entry into the tournament as part of a PokerStars global promotion that awarded 320 people a $30,000 Platinum Pass package, which in addition to free entry, covered travel and hotel accommodations at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas. Colillas topped a field of 1,039 players that produced a record-breaking total prize pool of $26,455,500 and attracted players from all over the globe. As part of the total pool, PokerStars added an extra $1 million to the first-place prize.

PokerStars awarded the 30-year old Spanish native a Platinum Pass after he topped the Campeonato de España de Poker leader board based upon his successful tournament play in a series of PokerStars-sponsored tournaments in Spain. The former fitness trainer converted to a professional poker player at the age of 24.

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“A lot of players were saying this was the most important tournament in history, so now it’s only about happiness and enjoying the moment,” Colillas said moments after his win.

Ramon Colillas Turns Free Entry Into $5.1 Million as Winner of Record-Breaking PokerStars Players Championship. Photo credit: Neil Stoddart and Rational Intellectual Holdings Ltd.

The runner-up was 26-year-old professional poker player Julien Martini from Paris, France, winning an impressive $2,974,000. Julien was a very composed contender and had attempted to win a Platinum Pass last year in the €1,100 EPT Barcelona National Event, just missing out on the Platinum Pass, but still winning €323,000 for coming in second.

Platinum Pass winner Marc Rivera from The Philippines came in third place with $2,168,000. The 45-year-old won his ticket at the APPT Manila National Main Event with what was then his biggest live cash win. After being introduced to the game 12 years ago by his brother Ashley, who told Rivera he was “going to love it”, the engineer (at the time) has been playing ever since. When not on the felt, Rivera enjoys basketball, watching TV series and spending time at home with his family, playing with his son and daughter.

Not only has Colillas become a millionaire, but five other final table players have also joined the club. The eight-handed final table included US poker pro Scott Baumstein who started amassing live tournament cashes in 2009 and has accrued over $1.9 million in winnings over the past decade, Jason Koonce who had two reported live cashes worth a total $6,426Marc Perrault who has had a string of hefty online and live cashes dating back to 2012, Farid Jattin, a regular fixture on the live tournament circuit across the United States and who is leading the Colombian all-time money list with over $2.9 million in winnings, and Talal Shakerchi, a businessman from London who has over $6 million in winnings to date. The players all took home cash winnings between $509,000 and $2.1 million for their efforts.

The PSPC made it into the history books with a total prize pool of $26,455,500 awarded to 181 players, smashing the previous $15,495,750 prize pool record for a $25,000 event. Of the Platinum Pass holders, 43 collectively cashed in for nearly $9.8 million, including Jacqueline Burkhart from the United States with $86,400Atanas Pavlov from Bulgariawith $105,000 and Ireland’s Sven McDermott with $69,100.

PokerStars Director of Poker Marketing, Eric Hollreiser said, “We couldn’t have scripted a better outcome for the tournament and PokerStars congratulates Ramon and all of the competitors for making this an historic event. Ramon’s victory is a reminder that with a dream, some talent and a little luck, poker can change your life. We’re proud to have created a special experience for more than a thousand players, but especially for those like Ramon who had never previously dreamed of playing in such a tournament.”

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The poker fun doesn’t stop despite the conclusion of the PSPC. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) continues with events including the $10,300 buy-in PCA Main Event, $25,000 buy-in PCA High Roller, $100,00 buy-in PCA Super High Roller and $1,100 PCA National. Live updates from the Super High Roller can be read on the PokerStars Blog now and will be live-streamed on PokerStars TV on January 11 and 12.

To keep up to date with all live reports from the PCA visit the PokerStars Blog or watch the live stream daily from 12:30 ET and 13:30 ET on January 16 at PokerStars.TV.

Find out more about Colillas’ win on the PokerStars Blog.

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About PokerStars

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PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky VegasSky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

 

 

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Red Rake Gaming launches with The Score

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Red Rake Gaming launches with The Score

 

Red Rake Gaming are delighted to have partnered with Penn Entertainments, The Score, in the provision of the Red Rake Gaming content across North America, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ontario, through its partnership with Light and Wonder.

Penn, one of the most renowned gaming companies across North America will have access to Red Rake Gaming’s top performing, high action games to further complement Penn’s delivery of the best gaming offering to its players. Players can expect a wide range of thrilling games, cutting-edge technology, and exclusive tournaments that will keep them engaged and entertained like never before. With the collective strengths of Red Rake Gaming and Penn, this partnership is set to elevate the gaming experience to new heights, setting a benchmark for excellence in the industry.

The partnership covers the distribution of Red Rake Gaming’s diverse, localised portfolio, including its gamification tools. Games will include the newest releases, including its record breaking Super30Stars – the non-stop, action-packed slot which combines feature games and bonus rounds from all its predecessors in the Super series of games, “Gods of Ireland,” a game that boasts a plethora of features, free spins, and immersive minigames,  “777 Heist 2: The Art Forger,” which introduces thrilling “Cascading Reels” and intriguing skill-based gameplay elements, or “Mystic Spirits”, that offers a unique twist by providing payouts in both directions, adding an extra layer of excitement to the gaming experience.

This partnership represents a pivotal milestone in Red Rake Gaming’s ongoing commitment to providing unparalleled content within its current roster of regulated markets. It also underscores the resounding demand from players worldwide for the adrenaline-fueled gaming experiences that Red Rake Gaming is renowned for delivering.

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Nick Barr, Managing Director for Red Rake Gaming Malta, commented on the partnership stating: “Partnering with The Score for the roll out of the Red Rake Gaming portfolio of games reaffirms the demand for action-packed and engaging content from players across the globe. We could not be more thrilled to be working with one of the industry’s leading brands across the regulated gaming space and we very much look forward to contributing to their ongoing successes.”

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Evolution’s Crazy Time Live Game Show Launches in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

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Evolution’s Crazy Time Live Game Show Launches in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

 

Evolution announced that its highly successful, world-leading Crazy Time live game show has launched to online players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Pennsylvania and West Virginia have become the latest states to join Crazy Time’s much-anticipated US rollout, following the game show’s US debut in New Jersey in December last year.

Now streaming from Evolution’s state-of-the-art live casino studio in Philadelphia, Crazy Time is one of the company’s biggest and most ambitious game show productions. It integrates multiple cutting-edge technologies, including multi-camera live game show action, Random Number Generator (RNG) multipliers, augmented reality and slot-style and video-gaming elements.

The all-action gameplay revolves around a main game and four interactive bonus games. The main game features a two-reel Top Slot that spins together with a money wheel.

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Four varied and engaging bonus games — Cash Hunt, Pachinko, Coin Flip and Crazy Time — add to the excitement with unique features such as a shooting gallery, a coin flip, a puck drop and, finally, entry through the red door into a crazy and fun virtual world with a gigantic virtual money wheel. In the bonus games, players have the opportunity to reach a staggering 10,000x multiplier.

Jacob Claesson, Evolution CEO for North America, said: “Crazy Time has been a massive global hit since launching in 2020 and has attracted millions of players, making it the world’s #1 online live game show. That success story is now continuing across the USA. The reception from players in New Jersey has been fantastic, and Crazy Time is now one of our most popular live dealer games in the state. We’re incredibly excited to bring the unique Crazy Time online entertainment experience to players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with more US states set to join in the fun soon.”

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Games Global launches Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ exclusively with Caesars Digital in three North American jurisdictions

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Games Global launches Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ exclusively with Caesars Digital in three North American jurisdictions

 

Partnership reaches another milestone with latest bespoke content collaboration

Games Global today announced the release of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, the latest bespoke title created from the provider’s partnership with premier gaming operator Caesars Digital.

Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz is now live on Caesars Palace Online Casino in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, with plans to soon launch in the New Jersey jurisdiction. This title offers players another highly engaging, operator-specific gaming experience that is taken to another level with the integration of the Gold Blitz™ mechanic.

“We are thrilled to see the next stage of our partnership with Caesars Digital come to life in the shape of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz,” said Walter Bugno, Chief Executive Officer at Games Global. “Players can immerse themselves in a game as majestic as Caesars Palace’s iconic Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, and with the added dimension of the hugely popular Gold Blitz™ mechanic, we are confident we have created another hit.”

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Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz is an exciting example of our commitment to collaborating with the best gaming providers in the industry to deliver custom gaming experiences for our players,” said Matthew Sunderland, Senior Vice President and Chief iGaming Officer at Caesars Digital. “The Gold Blitz™ mechanic has already established a tremendous reputation, and incorporating such an engaging feature in our next release will only maximize excitement for players.”

To celebrate this launch, Caesars Digital will be offering Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ players a chance to win a luxurious cabana experience at the iconic Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace.

Channeling the divine energy of Olympus, Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz boasts electrifying features, including Instant Cash Collection, Wild Multiplier Free Spins, and an expansive 4,096 ways to win. Each spin builds excitement with the chance to unleash shimmering cash symbols, offering random awards up to 20 times the bet. Triggering the Blitz feature on reels 1 or 6 allows players to collect all visible cash and jackpot symbols, with prizes reaching up to 2,500 times the bet.

Destiny is placed in the hands of each player courtesy of the Bonus Choice feature. The feature provides up to 30 Free Spins with high-paying symbols, and multiplier wilds up for grabs, or up to seven Gold Blitz™ super spins, ensuring guaranteed cash collection. For those eager to dive into the divine action, the Bonus Buy option allows immediate access to these bonus rounds.

The launch of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz follows hot on the heels of the release of Caesars Palace Frenzy in April 2024, the first bespoke game launch as a result of the partnership between Games Global and Caesars Digital that will see the creation of additional exclusive titles for online casino players.

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