Everest Poker to host Christmas Open in Vienna; GLI first test lab to receive Bolivia Licence; Bally Technologies new appointment

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Everest pokerEverest Poker has announced it will host exclusive online qualifiers for the €50,000 Everest Poker Christmas Open in Vienna.

The 4-day deepstack tournament will run from December 15–December 18, 2011 in Montesino Card Casino, Vienna – with a buy-in of €135 guarantees a €50,000 prize pool.

In a press release, Everest Poker said those attending will be able to “spend a few festive days in Vienna at the height of the holiday season and enjoy the thrill of a world-class live poker event”.

Each $1,000 Everest Poker Open Package includes the €135-buy in for the event and cash to cover travel expenses, hotel and pocket money, freerolls and $3 satellites. There’s a starting stack of 20,000 chips and the opportunity to re-enter the tournament for €120 on both starting days.


Auto DraftGames tester, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) might have been the first independent gaming test lab to serve the Latin American and Caribbean region – but now the company has achieved yet another milestone – becoming the first test lab to be licensed in Bolivia.

Under terms of the license, GLI will test gaming machines, medias that allow the access to the games and games duly authorized by the short and snappy named Autoridad de Fiscalizacion y Control Social del Juego.

GLI Latin American and Caribbean Development Manager, Karen Sierra-Hughes, said: “We are thrilled to be the first gaming test lab licensed by Bolivia’s Autoridad de Fiscalizacion y Control Social del Juego, and we are grateful for the trust they have placed in GLI.

“Once again, GLI has clearly proven our predominant position in the Latin American and Caribbean region, by becoming the first laboratory to obtain its accreditation in Bolivia.

“This achievement will benefit the global gaming industry, as it will create opportunities to continue to expand their product offerings into new markets.”

GLI is currently the chief test lab in Latin America and the Caribbean, servicing the region with its locations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mexico City, Mexico, Lima, Peru, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Bally TechAfter recently entering the online gaming arenaBally Technologies, today announced that Srini Raghavan, Vice President, has been named to oversee the Company’s games and systems activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to a continued role as Managing Director of Bally’s development centres in India and managing the Systems Operations in South Africa,  Kurt Gissane has been promoted to Managing Director of Asia-Pacific, headquartered in Macau.

He will manage the day-to-day business operations and customer relationships.

Bally’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard M. Haddrill, said: “We are thrilled to see Srini and Kurt step into these roles leading our Asia-Pacific operations.

Srini has in-depth operational management experience and a strong knowledge of our technology solutions, while Kurt brings nearly 12 years of gaming industry experience and a solid background in sales, business development, and marketing.”

These changes follow the departure of Cath Burns, Bally’s Managing Director of Asia-Pacific, who recently left the Company for another career opportunity after six years of service.