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Viet Vo Leads after WPT Choctaw Main Event Day 1A

Viet Vo from Texas is leading after the first starting flight of the WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event. The event began Friday at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma with twelve levels of play.

As many as 279 entries registered into the tournament on Day 1A, but only 70 of them survived through the end to bag and tag for the night. They will all go back at the host venue for Day 2, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Vo put 458,500 worth of chips into his bag last night. The player cemented his chip leader position late on Day 1A by winning a key pot with pocket kings to an opponent’s ace-jack. Prior to jumping into this year’s edition of the WPT Choctaw, Vo had over $1 million in chips and two previous WPT in-the-money finishes. It is yet to be seen whether the Day 1A chip leader will be able to scoop a third cash from the popular poker series and to even win his first-ever WPT title.

Brady Holiman finished second in chips last night, not far behind Vo with his 440,000. Randy Skeel took the third largest stack into the night with 395,000. The reigning WPT Season XVI Player of the Year Art Papazyan bagged and tagged 385,000 and Men Nguyen, who came fresh off a third place in the WPT Gardens Main Event, collected 365,500 last night to round out the top five chip counts of Day 1A.

Cada Out

Former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada entered the WPT Choctaw yesterday, but busted shortly before the end of the day. Cada topped the field of the world’s most prestigious tournament in 2009. What is more, he was really close to repeat that deed this summer, but eventually placed 5th. Cada as well as all the players who busted on Day 1A of the WPT Choctaw Main Event will have the chance to re-enter it later today.

There were quite some notables to make it through the first starting flight, including several former WPT champions. Darren Elias, Chris Moorman, Brian Altman, and Marvin Rettenmaier were some of these players. They will all return for Day 2. Reigning champion Jay Lee, too, survived through the day, bagging 73,000 in chips to continue his run for a back-to-back WPT Choctaw title.

Day 1B is scheduled to kick off today at noon local time. Participants will play 12 levels and registration will remain open until the start of Level 11.

As mentioned above, the Day 1A field counted 279 entries, of whom 70 made it to the very end. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. The guarantee is really close to be cracked and it is to be seen how much the prize pool will eventually amount to and how much the winner will scoop.

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Number of Self-Excluded Players from Malta’s Casinos Rises in 2017

As many as 1,393 people submitted requests to be barred from Malta’s casinos and other land-based gambling venues in 2017, local news outlet Malta Today reports citing official data by the Malta Gaming Authority.

The reported figure represents a 9% increase from 2016 when 1,277 such requests were submitted. MGA revealed that more than a half of the submitted self-exclusion requests were for a six-month period and the rest were for a period of one year. Only one request was for indefinite self-exclusion from Malta’s brick-and-mortar gambling facilities.

Every gambling operator holding a license from the Malta Gaming Authority is required to offer a self-barring option to its customers under the Self-Barring Directive of 2011. The island nation’s self-exclusion program is among the tools adopted by local regulators to minimize the negative effects of gambling.

According to the MGA report, around 76% of the individuals who opted for self-exclusion last year were Malta nationals. A number of non-Maltese casino patrons and customers of the island nation’s other land-based gambling venues submitted self-barring requests, as well. Italians represented 4% of the latter group, following by Syrian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Somali customers who each represented 2%.

The MGA found that players choosing to self-exclude from casinos have been getting younger over the past several years. Official data showed that while 35-45-year-olds were most likely to request self-barring in 2015, 18-24-year-olds and 25-34-year-olds accounted for nearly half of the requests submitted last year. Male casino players remained the predominant group of self-excluded customers in 2017, accounting for 71% of all requests.

As mentioned above, online gambling operators are, too, required to provide their customers with the opportunity to self-exclude. The MGA’s recent report showed that around 790,000 self-barring requests were submitted by players and bettors gambling at Malta-licensed websites in 2017, up 5.3% from a year earlier.

Wave of Legislative Changes

It has been an important year for Malta and its gambling industry, as its new Gaming Act, long in the making, was finally approved by local legislators, passed a three-month standstill period, during which it was reviewed by the European Commission, and took effect on August 1.

The newly implemented law aims to cement Malta’s reputation as a preferred online gambling hub and to simplify certain processes related to that. The simplification involves the replacement of the old licensing system that required gambling companies to obtain licenses for each of the services and products they provided with one that would only include two categories of licenses – B2B ones and B2C ones.

The new Gaming Act also extends MGA’s powers over the regulation of the sector so that the body be able to introduce stricter tools and measures for monitoring and combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and other criminal activities often associated with the gambling industry.

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