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Inside Shuffle - One Drop for Bellande, NV’s 1st Online Poker License Goes to Bally’s, Macau Loses the Cup and More

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What’s a million – give or take a few? Somehow, someway, Jean-Robert Bellande is coming up with that amount for a seat in The Big One for One Drop at the WSOP. Who could begin to speculate on that one? PokerStars just announced the Macau Cup scheduled for August 11th through 20th has been cancelled. William Hill PLC leaves Australia in the rear-view mirror and heads to Nevada to purchase and operate sports books. Keep reading to find out Bally Technologies has been awarded the first Nevada Online Gaming License…

William Hill Packs It in – Heads for Nevada

British bookmaker William Hill PLC doesn’t want to jeopardize their chances of being granted a Nevada Gaming license to operate sportsbooks. That is why the London-based company recently shut down its online sports wagering business in Australia (which technically, was operating illegally) in preparation to move to Nevada.

Since 2001 when Australia's Interactive Gaming Act became law, it has been illegal for any company to allow Australian residents to play poker and casino games online. Although no company has ever been tried or convicted of breaking the Aussie gaming law, William Hill decided to close their doors Down Under pending the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s hearing to consider Hill’s bid to purchase three Nevada sports book operators. If the three-member Gaming Control Board gives the go-ahead, the Nevada Gaming Commission will address William Hill's gaming license application on June 21st. Read the full story by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Bally Technologies Awarded First NV Online Gaming License

The Review-Journal is also reporting that those same three state gaming regulators have recommended that slot machine maker Bally Technologies "receive an interactive gaming license as a manufacturer of online gaming systems." One of the world’s leading makers of slot machines, Bally would be the first company to receive a license to operate online gaming since interactive gaming regulations were approved in Nevada.

The NV Gaming Commission will be busy on June 21st. Not only will they be reviewing William Hill’s application, but they will also be making the final decision on Bally’s online bid. Get the full Review-Journal story here and read how happy Bally Technologies' CEO Richard Haddrill is in this press release.

Jean-Robert Bellande Hopes to Take One Drop

According to PokerNews Tweeter "BrokeLivingJRB” announced via Twitter that he will be playing the Big One for One Drop at the WSOP. The fact that “BrokeLivingJRB” is in fact Jean-Robert Bellande is causing a stir in certain poker circles around Vegas.

It is common knowledge that even well-known poker pros may be hard pressed to come up with the $1 million in cash needed to buy-in to the One Drop Charity event. To get one of the 48 seats available in the world’s biggest buy-in poker tournament, several players are said to be selling pieces of their action. No wonder heads are being scratched over just how a player so well known for astronomical bankroll swings and living a “degen lifestyle,” will be able to raise the massive buy-in, when even successful pros are out peddling their action to get a seat. Could Bellande’s stint on “Survivor China” help him survive the million dollar a head field?

Click Here to see who Bellande will be playing against at the One Drop televised event which will run July 1st – 3rd. And for more information on the official charity of the WSOP, visit One Drop.

Macau Loses the Cup in August

The PokerStars Macau Cup scheduled for August 11th through 20th has been cancelled according to PokerStars. This news comes barely a month after PokerStars announced the tournament organizers had rescheduled the event. The June Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event however is going ahead as scheduled from June 9th – 18th. The online poker giant assured readers that they are still committed to providing exciting events in Asia, now and in the future. For more information, check out

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