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Canadian Player Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Canadian poker player Eric Afriat took down 1,795 players in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown to claim first place and $1.09 million. Afriat faced Mukul Pahuja in the heads up leaving him in second place with $691,965. Additional final table payouts: James Mackey - $441,128 Jacob Bazely - $371,931 Matt Stout - $308,501 Chance Kornuth -...

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PokerStars Announces SCOOP Schedule

PokerStars has announced its 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) which will begin on May 4 through May 18 and a guaranteed prize pool of $40 million. "For the first time ever, there will be three events every day of the championship, re-entry tournaments, and Progressive Super-Knockouts, which have proved very popular," said PokerStars in a statem...

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Court Rules on Swedish Online Poker Case

Sweden's Värmland District Court has sentenced 8 people associated with an online poker fraud case after two years of investigation by Swedish authorities and the Swedish gaming authority Lotteriinspektionen. The ring hacked into various large company databases, one of which was Svenska Spel, and obtained private login information from 2007 to 2011 to access g...

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Unibet Launches iPad App

Unibet’s iOS poker app is now available to iPad users in Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK with additional market releases on the way. The company’s Relax-powered poker client is available on the app as well as social networking features.

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Jason Sandling Wins WSOP Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee

Jason Sandling won a seat to the National Championship and the largest cash of his career after defeating 665 hopefuls in the World Series of Poker Circuit $1,675 Main Event held at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. Final Table Payouts: 1. Jason Sandling $204 487 2. William O’Neal $126 533 3. Erik Gorman $92 807 4. Zack Caldwell...

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Weekend FTOPS Draws Plenty of Attention

This weekend’s Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) tournaments resulted in some major payouts with the $635 buy-in 25th FTOPS main event drawing in 2,557 players and a prize pool of $1,534,000. Niall "Firaldo87" Farrell, Charles "Chilax Chuck" Sylvestre, Mike "Timex" McDonald, YEWTHMELTHR, Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro, PrettyFlacko, Rasta_3, NES_Pro and foster...

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Alessandro de Fenza Wins IPT San Remo Main Event

Alessandro de Fenza wins the Euro 700 buy-in Italian Poker Tour San Remo main event after defeating 1,123 entrants to claim Euro 105,600 in a 3-way chop. The final table was comprised of De Fenza, Marcello Miniucchi, Alex Longobardi, Alessandro Borsa and Fabio Scepi of Italy; Jae Kyung Sim from South Korea; Alex Norden of Sweden and Adel Kabbani from France....

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Carlos Alvarado Wins WPT Borgata Spring Open

New York grinder Carlos Alvarado was the big winner at the $560 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Reentry event at the World Poker Tour Borgata Spring Open live tournament. He knocked out 2,500 hopefuls earning a $127,652 check after a four-way chop. Seated at the final table was Alvarado facing Adam Pace, Kevin Grabel, Philip Neiman, Mitchell Mantin, John Yanni, Zbigni...

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Phil Ivey Accused of Cheating at Borgata

Poker pro Phil Ivey is yet another legal situation with a land based casino. This time it involves Atlantic City’s Borgata. Ivey and his associate are being accused of taking advantage of a flaw in the cards at a Baccarat table and takin...

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Galfond Nearly Pulls Out of the Red this Week at FTP

This week the Full Tilt Poker tables have been good to Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond with a million profit by Thursday evening and pulling him out of the red except for just $70,000. Galfond faced opponents including Phil “Polarizing” Ivey, Isildur1, Niki Jedlicka, Patrik “FinndaGrind” Antonius and Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn on the PLO and Mixed Games vir...

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Poker Players Alliance Combats Banning Campaign in New Video

The Sheldon Adelson online gambling ban saga continues and the Poker Players Alliance is working to fight against the Chaffetz-Graham bills. The Alliance’s most recent plan of attack is a new video in which executive director John Pappas gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Alliance’s work with politicians and provides ways for members to oppose a federal ban...

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Fresh Deck Poker App to be Revamped

Free app Fresh Deck Poker will be undergoing a makeover by developer Idle Gaming which will include a new layout, intuitive navigation and a new audio and several other features. Stuart Lewis-Smith, CEO of Idle Gaming said this week: “We’ve gone all-in on a slew of across-the-board enhancements in this updated version of the game, making it better than eve...

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Former Poker Pro Opposes US Online Gambling Ban

Former poker pro Nath Pizzolatto wrote an article this week for the Houston publication Chron this week on the topic of Sheldon Adelson’s campaign to federally ban online gambling. It discusses politicians and the effects a ban will have the gambling industry and American players. For a good read check out the full article here:

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PokerStars Testing Version 7 Software

Poker players are being invited to test out PokerStars' version 7 software on a well-known online poker forum. PokerStars 7 features several new features, improvements and has industry experts optimistic. The upgrade has taken two years with a year of it spent on real money testing.

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British Gambling Commission Revokes Bodugi Gaming License

Bodugi Limited has been shut down after the British Gambling Commission revoked its gaming license. The company was established in 2010 by Dave Nevison and Michael Wilson. The Commission suspended the company’s license while an investigation ensued regarding withdrawal issues. The Commission's revocation order is issued in terms of sections 117(2)(f) a...

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Eastern European Online Poker Network on the Way

Russian gaming software company, Connective Games LLC and the Bosnian operator Balkan Texas d.o.o. have reached an agreement to incorporate their technical and other resources to form an Eastern European-focused online poker network. Dean Todorovic, CEO of Balkan Texas d.o.o. and Konstantin Zubarev, CEO of Connective Games LLC commented on the partnership sayi...

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Thai Player Wins APPT Seoul Main Event

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Poker Tour main event held in Seoul, South Korea wrapped up this weekend with Thai pro Chane Kampanatsanyakorn coming in first place after a three-way chop to $142,200. The players agreed to a three-way chop leaving $28,000 and a HK$ 100,000 seat in the ACOP main event for the winner to claim. Final Table Payouts:...

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Four Poker Pros Finish as Week’s Biggest Losers

According to data from a High Stakes Data Base report, it seems that four of the biggest poker pros topped the "biggest losers this week" list this week. The four pros include Cates, Ivey, Blom and Hansen who each lost six figures over the course of the week. German pro Niklas 'ragen70' Heinecker ended the week as a big winner ending up approximately 1.4 mi...

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Moldavian Player Wins PokerTracker EPT Prize Package

A 21-year-old university student, online poker player Oleg Lichii of Chisinau, Moldavia, was randomly chosen to win an entry into the PokerStars European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event by tracking and analysis software provider PokerTracker. The Main Event package is valued at €4,600 and includes €2,000 for travel expenses, accommodations and spending cash whil...

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Jason Comtois WPT National Canadian Spring Champion

Jason Comtois, of Quebec, was victorious in the WPT National Canadian Spring Championship held at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. Comtois, 27, won the WPT crystal trophy, the Playground Poker Champion's belt and a cash prize of CAN$160,999. “I’m happy to keep the WPT title in Quebec,” said Comtois. “It was great to have such great sup...

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