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Poker Heaven to Close November 12, 2015

Poker Heaven will close as of November 12, 2015 after 10 years in the industry. The reason for the site closure has not been disclosed but the company has notified its players and affiliates of the news and recommends that players with positive balances cashout before November 19 when the cashier service will be closed. For those that do not request a payo...

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Seals With Clubs Owner Sentenced

Bryan Micon, the owner of Bitcoin operation Seals With Clubs, returned to the US from Antigua when the Nevada authorities raided his home earlier this year and has recently been sentenced for the illegal operation of the site. According to the Associated Press, a Las Vegas court imposed a $25,000 fine plus two years of probation. Micon forfeited 3.0996 in b...

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PokerStars Planning to Launch in the Garden State?

American PokerStars players prior to Black Friday in 2011 recently received an email that has the industry wondering if the company is preparing to launch in New Jersey. PokerStars was granted transactional waiver status by the Division for Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey under the condition that the company "...escheat to the State of New Jersey all funds r...

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WPN Suffers DDoS Attack

Winning Poker Network was the focus of a recent Distributed Denial of Services on Sunday evening. Losses are believed to be around $200,000 since players were unable to register for a major million dollar guaranteed tournament. Despite this there were about 600 players that had already registered but the DDoS attack disrupted the registration process. WPN m...

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Golden Nugget to Close New Jersey Free-Play Poker Site

In anticipation of launching a real money poker room, Golden Nugget launched its New Jersey free-play online poker site but has informed players that it will close at the end of September. Golden Nugget intended to enter a player-sharing partnership with Betfair Poker NJ but the unsuccessful performance from that operation has closed the door on a chance to i...

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Americas Cardroom Suffers DDoS Attacks

Americas Cardroom reported a "pretty large" series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks over the weekend Sunday. The unknown attackers demanded an undisclosed ransom to be paid in Bitcoins. The attacks wreaked havoc on the Million Dollar Sunday afternoon tournament resulting in a loss of $300,000 according to CEO Phil Nagy. The company did not pay the ran...

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Calm Online Poker Hearing for New York

A hearing regarding online poker in New York was chaired by the New York state Senate’s Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering head Sen. John Bonacic, resulted in some positive feedback but the lack of interest was evident by the attendance of just two legislators from the committee of eleven, who ducked out early. Evidence was provided by seven wit...

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New York Online Poker Hearing Scheduled

The chairman of the New York state Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, Sen. John Bonacic will schedule an online poker hearing in September, which will review opinions on issue, and will include major state operators among other interested parties. The hearing will likely explore the issue as Senator Bonacic plans to hear more regarding online gambl...

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New Florida Online Poker Initiative

Martin Shapiro of Florida is a fan of online poker and hopes to see steps toward legalization via the group he founded, iPoker Florida. Summary of the group: “A window of opportunity for Internet poker in Florida has opened. The Florida legislature needs to vote on new gambling legislation in the very near future. We must take action quickly to include Int...

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A.G.A. Discusses Online Poker Legalization in TV Interview

Geoff Freeman, the CEO of the American Gaming Association, interviewed with the Ralston Live television show in Nevada and discussed the trade body’s decision to change its position to oppose federally legalized online poker. Freeman also suggested that poorly written federal legislation could affec...

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Jackpot Digital Acquires PokerTek Assets

Jackpot Digital (formerly known as Las Vegas from Home Entertainment Inc.) announced the acquisition of Multimedia Games’ PokerTek assets for a $5.4 million cash consideration of which $2.25 million will be paid upon closing. The remainder will be payable through an earn-out formula, which could boost the consideration to $7.5 million. PokerTek games are d...

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Accusations Hurled at Poker Pro Brian Hastings

A number of players claim that poker pro Brian Hastings has been using another player’s account and a virtual private network in violation of PokerStars rules. Hastings is accused of using high stakes Pokertar...

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Seals With Clubs Operator Enter Guilty Plea in Nevada Court

A Las Vegas court heard Seals With Clubs operator, Bryan Micon plead guilty to charges of running the illegal online gambling website on Thursday. Micon returned to the United States in an attempt to clear his name after he and his family moved to Antigua following a raid by Nevada Gaming Control Commission of his home in Las Vegas. The plea bargain will se...

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Bwin.Party to Sell World Poker Tour Franchise to Ourgame

The news broke over the weekend that Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment intends to sell its World Poker Tour franchise to former WPT licensee Ourgame International Holdings in a $35 million cash deal. Ourgame headquarters are in Hong Kong and has been a WPT licensee in China for three years. Ourgame CEO Frank Ng referred to the World Poker Tour as one of wor...

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Bitcoin Operator Cuts Deal to Return to US and Face Trial

Department of Justice prosecutors have their work cut out for them to nail Bitcoin online casino operator Bryan Micon, who seems to have made a deal to return to the United States to stand before his accusers with a top defense team at his side. Ealier this year Micon and his family fled the US and headed to Antigua after Nevada police raided his Las Vegas hom...

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Twitch Bans Poker Coach

Twitch banned streaming service of poker coach Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek for publishing some questionable non-poker related content reminds streamers that anything on screen or camera will be broadcasted while the stream is active. Although it seems common knowledge to users, many streamers have forgotten to deactivate with embarrassing results. Jarza...

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New California Online Poker Initiative Launches

Californians for Responsible iPoker is the latest online poker initiative to launch and may be supported at The goal is to give California residents a voice to support a regulated online poker market within state borders. The initiative receives funding from the pro-online poker legalization coalition which includes PokerStars, Ama...

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Austria to Confine Poker Games to Licensed Land Based Casinos

Restrictions are to be placed on Austrian poker players when the Finance Ministry implements tax reform, which will see poker available only to licensed land casinos, electronic lotteries such as win2day and WINWIN machine operators. Wirtshauspoker (pub poker) will still be available only if the games are only held every quarter with no more than 100 players p...

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Garden City Group Issuing Another Round of Payments

Garden City Group has been given the okay from the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section to issue another round of payments owed to players from Full Tilt Poker’s (FTP) “Black Friday” shut down in 2012. There will be approximately 2,000 payments worth $4.3 million going out, which also includes petitioners who have disputed t...

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Valeriu Coca Suspected of Cheating in WSOP Event

Following the WSOP $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, there are several pros that have expressed suspicions of cheating by Moldovan player Valeriu Coca. Coca came in 5th taking $54,545 and defeating the likes of Matt Marafioti, Pratyush Buddiga, Aaron Mermelstein, Connor Drinan

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