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Johnny Landreth Leads 77 Into WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Day 2

Landreth eyes second WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Main Event title and fourth gold ring from the popular poker series

The second starting flight of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Main Event drew 396 entries, adding up to Day 1A’s 243 entrants for an overall field of 639 competitors. Of the nearly 400 participants who bought into the major tournament, only 47 bagged after the end of Day 1B to progress into the second day of action.

Johnny Landreth is leading those 47 with 673,000 worth in chips. The player is actually standing atop the overall temporary leaderboard, as the remaining survivors are preparing for Day 2 of the Main Event. There are a total of 77 players left from the tournament’s two starting flights. Day 2 action is set to kick off at noon local time at Horseshoe Tunica.

The 639-strong person of the event generated a prize pool of $968,085. The top 72 finishers will walk away with a cash prize, min-payouts starting from $2,711. This means that the money bubble is set to burst in the first minutes of Day 2.

It will be an action-packed second day of play as everyone will be looking to find a spot among the paid places and then to secure a larger payout from the series. And it should also be noted that all remaining hopefuls are eying the top prize of $198,451 and the accompanying gold ring.

Who Has Secured a Spot among the Day 2 Survivors?

As mentioned above, it will be Landreth who will lead the 77 remaining survivors into this next stage of the event. The player is vying for his fourth gold ring from the series and to add to his WSOP Circuit earnings of nearly $400,000. One of his gold pieces Landreth won in a Main Event that took place namely at Horseshoe Tunica during the Circuit’s 2014/2015 season.

Kyle Cartwright, who ended Day 1A of the event as the chip leader with 611,000 for a second place in the overall temporary leaderboard, is too a multiple gold ring winner. A victory at Horseshoe Tunica will earn the player his eighth gold piece from the Circuit.

Gennady Kalin was the only other player to reach the 600,000 mark over the course of the Main Event’s two starting flights. Kalin bagged and tagged 600,000 in chips at the end of Day 1A for a third place in the temporary chip counts chart.

Vincent Moscati with 535,000 and a fifth place in the current leaderboard is yet another accomplished players to have secured a spot into Day 2. Moscati, just like Cartwright, is looking to capture his eighth gold ring from the popular poker series. There are two more days of play before the winner of the Horseshoe Tunica Main Event is determined.

Action resumes today at noon local time. The final table of the tournament will be played on Monday and it is when the winner will be crowned.

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Hard Rock’s Atlantic City Casino Launches Sports Betting ahead of Super Bowl

New Jersey’s sports betting market grows as Hard Rock launches wagering ahead of next week’s Super Bowl game

Better late than never, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has joined the New Jersey sports betting party. Property officials confirmed Saturday the start of a “soft-play” testing of equipment and systems for the provision of wagering services.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gave the Boardwalk property the green light to commence the required testing period late on Friday, news outlets report.

Hard Rock now accepts bets on the website. Bettors who are located within New Jersey’s borders are able to wager on different sports, including football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. The property is preparing its equipment and system for full start of sports gambling operations ahead of next Sunday’s Super Bowl. Hard Rock also hopes to launch its physical sportsbook before the February 3 game that will see the Los Angeles Rams go head to head with the New England Patriots.

Property officials told media outlets that an announcement regarding the in-person sports betting facility at the casino should be expected in the coming days.

Hard Rock is probably the last Atlantic City casino to go live with sports betting. Of the city’s nine operational casinos, Hard Rock and Caesars were the only ones to lag behind and not launch wagering services shortly after the practice became legal in New Jersey. It is believed that Caesars does not plan to start sports betting operations as its gamblers can easily wager at its sister Boardwalk property Bally’s.

Betting Goes Live with a Minor Oopsie!

Although Hard Rock actually commenced online betting operations on Saturday, the first indication that something was going on came Friday night when a press release by its betting partner Gaming Innovation Group announcing the launch of their jointly operated betting website was mistakenly released ahead of time. The Malta-headquartered online gambling group will also power Hard Rock’s physical sportsbook.

Hard Rock is joining a booming betting market that handled more than $1.2 billion in wagers (both via digital and retail outlets) in the period between mid-June, when New Jersey’s first sportsbooks opened doors, and December 31, 2018. The state’s operational sportsbooks and digital betting operations generated revenue of a little over $94 million during that period.

New Jersey was the second state to go live with sports betting following the May 2018 SCOTUS decision that struck down a federal ban on the activity, being outpaced only by Delaware, which launched full-scale wagering services a couple of weeks after the landmark Supreme Court ruling. Five other states have jumped on the betting bandwagon since then and several more are expected to join in in the coming months.

Hard Rock was one of two casino resorts to open doors on the Atlantic City Boardwalk last summer, the other one being Ocean Resort Casino. Florida gaming and hospitality giant Hard Rock International bought the former Trump Taj Mahal in the spring 2017 and invested more than $500 million to transform it into what it is now.

The property managed to establish itself quite quickly as a major player in the New Jersey gambling space, unlike its rival Ocean, which has lagged behind its Boardwalk rivals since day one. News emerged earlier this month that the underperforming property, formerly known as Revel, was sold to a yet-to-be-revealed owner.

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