Information has come to light that Matt Marafioti and Samer Rahman allegedly conspired to view other professional poker player's hole cards by using a hole card viewing trojan. Skype and online chats have been made public between to the two players.
The US Department of Justice has issued an employment offer requesting "independent Claims Administrator" to come forward to deal with US player refunds. $159 million is due to be paid out to some 1.3 million US players
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Team PokerStars pro, has parted company with them on friendly terms. His reason for leaving is to focus on playing poker. In later news, Canadians can now enjoy PokerStars on both Android and iOS devices The mobile app allows them to play Texas hold'em, Omaha and Omaha hi-lo along with Zoom Poker, tournament and ring game play.
Ben Mezrich is reported to be working on a book about the Absolute Poker cheating scandal.
Julian International Holdings has now acquired the Chico Poker Network (formerly Action Poker Network).
In further poker software news, the former Yatahay Poker Network, now known as Winning Poker Network, has expanded with a new skin from Heritage Sportsbook. Heritage Poker, a US friendly site will join other US friendly skins on the network including Americas Cardroom, True Poker, BetCRIS, BetDSI, Bookmaker, 5Dimes, Poker King, Poker for You, Fabulous Poker, Island Casino, and Sportbet.
Gold medalist, Michael Phelps, is said to be spending a fair bit at the poker tables each week. $25,000 a game each week could lead to problem gambling but Phelps enjoys meeting people and making firends at the poker tables.
15 years of gambling see 888.com celebrating it's anniversary with plenty of freeroll action for players on their poker site along with a special deposit deal for both new and existing players offering a ticket to a freeroll with $8,888 up for grabs.
"Living the Life" is the name of a new Canadian TV reality poker show. The show will see Trisha Canatella and Amanda Kimmel travelling around the world and compete with each other both on and off the felt.
Poker fans at Zynga Poker will see a new chat widget enabling them to communicate and interact with other players using emoticons and chat control features including the removal of bad language.
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