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The Inside Shuffle – Tom Dwan Interview, PokerStars Officially ZOOMs, and More

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Let’s face it, Tom Dwan is a huge voice in poker. When he speaks, everyone listens. Tatjana Pasalic spent a little time with him recently and he did the ‘durrrr’ thing…listen up! bwin.Party's co-chief executive officer (CEO) Jim Ryan will give a keynote speech during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2012 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. PokerStars got its ZOOM on when it took the extremely fast-paced ring game out of beta and officially launched on PokerStars and on mobile Android devices. The Las Vegas Sahara is going to become SLS Las Vegas after a $415 million resurrection. Keep reading for all the details.

Tom Dwan Interview's Tatjana Pasalic recently caught up with high stakes, online cash game master, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, for an interview during the 2012 APT Philippines Manila Millions Event. In the interview Dwan shared his thoughts on the Asian poker games getting bigger everyday while the games in Europe and the United States are shrinking or at least staying the same.

“Definitely the amount and stakes in Asia are growing, where the amount and stakes in the US and Europe, if anything, are declining, maybe staying the same in some places.” Dwan said. “In Asia stakes are getting bigger everyday and more people are playing everyday.”

Pasalic also asked Dwan about the Full Tilt Poker (FTP) situation and would he rejoin the site, or any other online poker site for that matter, if the players are repaid. Dwan replied that he would be a lot more careful accepting a sponsorship deal from a poker site than he was before.

“There’s a lot of possibilities that could happen that would depend on some things,” Dwan said. “Definitely, I’ll be a lot more careful on any site that I join in the future to make sure they have all the money and that there’s no risk for the players to not get paid.”

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Interview with Tom “durrrr” Dwan Video

bwin.Party's Jim Ryan to Speak at the G2E 2012 Conference

nwin.Party digital entertainment plc co-chief executive officer (CEO) Jim Ryan will be serving as the exclusive conference keynote speaker at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2012. The American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions announced that Ryan, a highly experienced online gaming expert will give his keynote speech during the conference on Wednesday, October 3, from 3:15 to 4:15 pm at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In his speech Ryan is going to address the growth in the global Internet gambling phenomenon and its future potential. By doing so bwin.Party's co-CEO will join the ranks of past G2E conference keynote speakers, including Gary Loveman, president, CEO and chairman of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and James J. Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

“We are honored that Jim Ryan will be serving as the conference keynote speaker at G2E 2012,” said president and CEO of the AGA Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. “As efforts to legalize and regulate Internet gambling in the United States advance and the global market continues to grow, Jim is the ideal person to provide a comprehensive overview of this developing sector of the industry. His expertise, experience and success in Internet gambling are matched by few others, and G2E 2012 conference attendees are sure to benefit from his invaluable insights on how to succeed in this sector.”

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PokerStars ZOOM is Finally Official

PokerStars' fast-paced ring game variation ZOOM Poker is officially out of Beta and available both on the regular PokerStars software and on mobile Android devices. ZOOM was first released a few months ago and immediately received positive feedback from the players. The 1.5K player cap was reached in just a few moments and three hundred million hands were played since.

Now ZOOM Poker is available to all PokerStars players, plus you can multi-table with up to four tables on your Android-powered tablet. The mobile poker app is available to, and players for both real money play with stakes ranging from $0.1/$0.2 to $2.05/$5.00 as well as for play money.
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Sahara to Become SLS Las Vegas

Rob Oseland, who worked alongside Steve Wynn in rebuilding some of Las Vegas' top hotels and casinos is now at it again. He's working on the Sahara resurrection project which should turn the legendary casino into a new SLS Las Vegas resort in two years. He did it before when he turned the Dunes into Bellagio and replaced the Desert Inn with Wynn and Encore, but will Oseland succeed again?

The first challenge Oseland faced was raising money for the new project. “When you're out on the street, raising investments for Las Vegas is not easy,” Oseland said. However, despite poor debt ratings Los Angeles' SBE Entertainment Group and Stockbridge Capital agreed to invest the biggest part of the needed $415 million in just a couple of weeks.

“People may look at what we did and say, ‘If they can get the money with no better debt rating, then there may be other opportunities for the right idea, the right concept, the right place with the right people,’” Oseland said.

Still, despite the doubts about the new SLS Las Vegas being built in the northern part of the Strip and huge competition in the business, Oseland believes in the success of the new SLS Las Vegas. “Steve Wynn showed that with the right combination of people, you can create destinations that are desirable and current,” he said.

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