4. Choctaw Casino in Durant breaks ground on expansion Yesterday, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced that ground was broken on the expansion project for Choctaw Casino Resort - Durant. The number of rooms in the hotel will see an increase of 1,000, making it the largest hotel room count in the state. Along with the increase in room capacity, the Durant property will see an expanded gaming floor and new amenities such as a new pool and lazy river, parking garage, retail space, entertainment options and dining venues. “Today is a special day for the Choctaw Nation as we embark upon an expansion journey that will result in a top-tier entertainment offering for our region and will spur economic growth for Durant and our state, plus new employment opportunities for our tribal and community members,” said Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton. This is the fourth expansion project since the casino opened in 2006, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to invest more than $500 million on this project. 2019 WSOPE schedule finalized Returning to King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe will take place from 13 October to 4 November. This year’s edition will feature 10 WSOP gold bracelet events and over €14 million in guaranteed prize pools. This is the third straight year that the WSOPE will be held at King’s Casino. “We are eager to return to King’s Resort in October for the 11th edition of WSOP Europe,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. “King’s Resort has become the center of the poker world in Europe and they are once again bolstering this series with €14 million plus in guarantees to ensure players find plenty of value and opportunity.” WSOP Europe in 2019 will include the €10,000 buy-in Main Event, featuring a €5 million guarantee, and new events including a Mini Main Event, plus the new opener.
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2. Sports betting news To start off the sports gambling news this week, we saw Isleta Resort & Casino in New Mexico announce it will bring Las Vegas-style sports gambling to its resort. “We’re very excited to be answering the requests of our guests to bring sports gambling to New Mexico,” said Isleta Resort & Casino CEO Harold Baugus. “We look forward to unveiling all of the exciting possibilities to our patrons,” he continued. More details on when sports betting will be available to bettors at Isleta Resort & Casino are expected in the near future. Along with a resort in New Mexico, Tennessee and Indiana made big moves in legalizing sports betting on Wednesday. On Wednesday night, a bill to allow Tennessee to become the first U.S. state with mobile-only sports betting was approved and now awaits a decision from the Senate. The bill was approved by a 58-37 vote and does not call for retail sports betting at all. The online platforms for sports betting would be run by the state lottery. The sports betting bill in Indiana is a step ahead after being approved by both the House and the Senate and is now just waiting for Governor Eric Holcomb to sign off on it. Unlike Tennessee, Indiana would have both online and retail sports betting. 1. Encore Boston Harbor to open this summer Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion resort in Everett, Massachusetts, is ready to open its doors on 23 June. This is the second casino in Massachusetts to open in the last year, after MGM Springfield opened in August 2018. The resort will feature a 210,000-square-foot casino, 15 dining and lounge venues, 671 guest rooms and suites, 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and more. The casino will include over 3,000 slot machines, 143 table games and an 88-table poker room on the second floor. The hotel rooms range from 650 square feet for the king and double guest rooms all the way to the 5,800-square-foot villas.
2019 WSOP Europe schedule finalized. 10 gold bracelet events, €14 million in guarantees on tap from Oct. 13 to Nov. 4 at King's Resort in Czech Republic.https://t.co/FcdJwC3exH— WSOP (@WSOP) April 24, 2019
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