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ARJEL Approves Licensing

Not long after Amaya Gaming announced its acquisition of PokerStars in June 2014, it also announced that it was in discussions with the French regu...

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Drugs Found in Johannes Strassmann's Body

German news reported that poker pro Johannes Strassmann (29), who was found dead in a Slovenian river, may have been taking hallucinogenic drugs. This week Slovenian officials revealed that the autopsy indicated the presence of "prohibited drugs” in Strassmann’s body. It was discovered that the evening of Strassmann’s disappearance, he was spotted at a loca...

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Full Tilt Drops the Poker

The Rational Group, owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, have begun to rebrand Full Tilt by losing the 'poker' element to make players aware of the general online gambling services available. Full as well as other domai...

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PokerStars Appoints Head of Pro and Celebrity Marketing

PokerStars has appointed Kirsty Thompson as its head of Pro and Celebrity Marketing. Thompson joined the team in 2009 and has moved through various areas of the company, most recently serving as president of the U.K. & Ireland Poker Tour and live rooms. “Kirsty is well known in the poker community as a passionate, smart and dedicated manager,” said Vadim...

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El Cortez Casino to Launch Online Poker in Nevada

El Cortez Casino is set to enter the Nevada online poker market with Ultimate Gaming management. “By combining the online accessibility of Ultimate Poker with the classic Vegas feel of the El Cortez, we’re giving new and existing players a different way to experience the game of poker,” El Cortez executive vice president Alexandra Epstein said. Ultimate G...

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New Poker Room to Launch from California Tribe?

Online poker blogger Marco Valerio reported that a former San Diego tribal land casino operator intends to launch a new online poker site called The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has received licensing from the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission. The word is tha...

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888 Holdings to Develop New Nevada Poker Network?

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved an interactive gaming system for online poker websites operated by several casinos in Nevada. A final approval is expected by the end of the month. According to The Las Vegas Review Jou...

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Two Poker Offerings Launch in Italian Market

Paddy Power and Novus Poker have launched online poker services in the Italian market. Paddy Power has expanded upon its online offerings after two years in the market with poker on the iPoker Network. is also available to Italian punters on the Top Alliance poker network. The site is a strong competitor with 5 percent rake on all games....

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Good News for Russian Online Poker

Last week we have seen a surprising report from the Russian Legal Information Agency that First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has instructed the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry for Economic Development and the Ministry of Justice to look into the possibility of legalizing online poker. The news came from a reliable but anonymous government source. We can...

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Body of German Poker Pro Found in Slovenia

German poker pro Johannes Strassmann had been visiting Slovenia to meet with high stakes players in the area and had gone missing for nearly a week. Search parties in Ljubljana have been called off after DNA testing confirmed the identity of a body found on the banks of a river to be Strassmann, 29. According to police, Strassmann was last seen at 10pm on Sat...

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PokerStars Social Gaming Director Resigns

Mark Buser, the director of social gaming for PokerStars, has resigned from his position after a year for undisclosed reasons. Buser joined the team in June 2013 and reported to Rational Group chief marketing officer Alex Payne, who also resigned two months ago during restructuring. Customer relationship manager, Morten Tonnesen transitioned into his role....

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Peppermill Resorts Launches Online Poker Product in Nevada

Peppermill Resorts, based in Reno, has gone live with its intrastate online poker product with Ultimate Gaming on Monday. Tobin Prior, chief executive of Ultimate Gaming said, "It gives us the opportunity to bring our online poker product Ultimate to the Northern Nevada market through Peppermill's extensive customer database.” The Peppermill adv...

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PokerStars Headquarters to Remain in Isle of Man

The Rational Group holds its PokerStars headquarters in the Isle of Man and intends to remain there after the acquisition by Canadian gambling group Amaya Gaming. The general counsel for Rational, Paul Telford, wrote an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man government: “…I would like to reiterate that PokerStars chose the Isle of Man for it...

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Buzz Poker Latest to Join Hive Network

The Hive online poker network launched earlier this year and has already drawn in a significant number of players and new skins now including ten operators. The latest to join the network is Buzz Poker. Players from Europe, Turkey and Italy may access gambling services via Windows,...

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The Future of PokerStars

Bad actors is the term used when referring to operators continuing to offer gambling services to the American market after the UIGEA passed in 2006 and much of the online poker legislation debate has surrounded these illegal operations specifically in California. The Rational Group has paid out massive amounts t...

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Can Amaya Gaming Breathe New Life into PokerStars/Resorts Casino Deal?

As a result of Amaya Gaming’s acquisition of PokerStars, there may be a chance to breathe new life into the deal with Resorts Casino in New Jersey according to Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov. New Jersey regulators put the PokerStars application on hold for two years providing the company with the opportunity to make internal changes. Baazov says that Amaya...

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Amaya Gaming Acquires PokerStars in $4.9 Billion Deal

It has been confirmed that Amaya Gaming has acquired PokerStars, owned by the Rational Group, in a cash deal worth $4.9 billion. Both companies released confirmation of the deal late Thursday. Rational Group chief executive Mark Scheinberg signed the contract making him a 40-year-old billionaire. Scheinberg is believed to own 75 percent of The Rational...

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Garden City to Make More Payments to FTP Players

Garden City Group (GCG) will be making more payments to players on behalf of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The 3,500 payments were approved by the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and will total $15 million. Those with "delinquent debt" to be collected via the Treasury Offset Program will receive lesser...

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Irish Poker Player Ordered to Turn Over Euro 242,230 to the State

Irish poker pro Paul Carr, 34, continues to struggle through financial and legal issues as Judge Carroll Moran of the Limerick Circuit Criminal Court most recently ruled that he turn over Euro 242,230 to the state. The cash was found in a shopping bag and was found by Gardai during a search by divisional drug squad authorities in August 2011. Carr attempt...

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Morongo-PokerStars Alliance Releases Statement Addressing Draft Online Poker Bill

The online gambling legalization coalition in California established by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Commerce Club, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Bicycle Casino and The Rational responds to a draft from tribal groups which seeks to ban "bad actors" in the state. The Alliance released a statement on Thursday saying: "We support legislation that would allo...

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