Gossip, rumors & buzz
The addition of PokerStars to a race car team, the licensing of casinos in the United Arab Emirates, and an internship opportunity for college students at Station Casinos are some of the news that CardsChat picked up during another round of the poker world over the past week.
PokerStars is taking to the track as part of a multi-year sponsorship deal with the Red Bull Formula 1 team.
The popular poker site’s logo will appear on the fire suits of drivers Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen and their new RB18 car, which will premiere in Bahrain in March. Verstappen is the 2021 Formula 1 World Champion and was named the Series’ Driver of the Year, Although fans of Lewis Hamilton would disagree, he deserves the honor.
Anyhow, the deal announced last week provides a glimpse into the mind of Dan Taylor, CEO of PokerStars parent company Flutter. “Part of our vision for PokerStars is to create the most epic casino in the world, built on player experience and bringing unforgettable moments to our community,” Taylor said in a press release.
Epic casino, poker fans. Epic casino, not a poker room. Casino.
Flutter, which PokerStars bought for $6 billion in 2019, is the world’s largest online gaming operator by revenue. according to financial advisor Round Hill Investments. Flutter’s portfolio of online gambling companies includes Betfair, Paddy Power, Sportsbet, TVG and FanDuel and is worth around $25 billion.
United Arab Emirates allow gambling
Tourism of the UAE announced the formation of a new Department of Entertainment and Gaming Regulation on Tuesday, meaning casino games are coming to the Islamic nation.
The announcement coincides with Wynn Resorts and UAE developer Marjan Announcing a partnership to build a multi-billion dollar complex on the artificial island of Al Marjan near Dubai. The 1,000-room resort will include a “gaming” area, according to the press release, and that’s planned Opening sometime in 2026.
In November, a 500-room Caesars Palace opened in Dubai without a casino, but that’s sure to change.
Tribes affiliate for casino in California
Native American tribe Koi Nation has teamed up with Chickasaw Nation to build a new casino near Windsor, California.
Based in Oklahoma, Chickasaw Nation is one of the largest casino companies in America. Through its Global Gaming Solutions, Chickasaw operates 23 casinos in its home state. The two tribes plan to build a 200-room casino with space for 2,500 slot machines, six restaurants, a convention center and a spa. The property will employ more than 1,100 full-time employees, according to the North Bay Business Journal.
However, the planned casino is far from settled. Koi Nation is being pushed back by neighbors and a tribe that already operates a casino in the area. Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, named the plan “an outrageous attempt to buy reservations outside of the traditional territory of the Koi Nation and within the territory of other state-recognized tribes.”
His tribe’s Graton Casino and Resort is about half an hour south of where Koi Nation plans to build.
Station Casinos offer a paid summer internship
The application deadline for paid summer internship positions at Stations Casinos in Las Vegas is January 31st.
This is the second year for the program in which students who are enrolled in the college are eligible to apply. Students wishing to work at the casino must be at least 21 years old. The position includes airfare to Vegas, accommodation and living expenses.
Selected interns will work with a mentor and work across multiple departments including social media, casino operations, finance and casino floor operations. The interns will also be assigned a project that they will present to casino executives at the end of the summer.
It’s a competitive program. Last year, more than 2,000 students applied for 11 places. For more information or to apply, Visit the Station Casino blog.
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