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WSOP 2009 Launched

The 40th edition of world poker's most spectacular live event is underway in Las Vegas The planet's biggest poker tournaments launched at the Rio in Las Vegas this week as Event 1 of the 40th World Series of Poker championship was given the traditional "Shuffle Up and Deal" launch by 11 times WSOP bracelet winner Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth. Event number 1...

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Brainstorming At Pkr Poker

Hi-tech studies of cerebral activity in gamblers reveal some interesting traits InfoPowa readers may recall previous reports on the activities of Foviance, a hi-tech researcher into online user-experience that has developed specialised technology to identify subconscious decisions made by gamblers. Still working with the 3D Internet poker site PKR.com, th...

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Sexy Poker

New Wii game has an adult element A new game for the Wii game-playing system will have to be handled sensitively by the company's WiiWare division but has solid adult potential. The game, developed by GameLoft is branded Sexy Poker and has been accused of using nudity as a reward. The game has already run into approval difficulties with the draconian Aust...

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Ashton Griffin Is Online Heads Up World Champ

Handsome return on the $25 000 buy-in Analogies with the fall and rise of the Phoenix are perhaps inevitable when considering Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin's huge win this week in the Full Tilt $25 000 Heads Up World Championship, playing some of the biggest names in professional poker. The young player was reported to be a million dollars in the red at t...

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A Bill To Follow With Interest

Florida legislators suggest research on the implications of Internet poker Savvy political observers in Florida last week were suggesting that the Bill to watch is HB 425, a regulatory proposal which easily passed through the legislature and contains an interesting provision that could portend future attempts to legalise internet poker in the sunshine state....

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PKR In WSOP Deal

PKR combines with Bluff Media in WSOP live broadcasting project The British online poker room PKR.com announced this week that they have agreed a blockbuster deal with poker publisher Bluff Media that will see PKR.com act as the exclusive sole live broadcaster of 24 bracelet events from this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. With ESPN no longer b...

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Harrah's Set To Go Online

New Interactive division formed, and Garber involvement confirmed The major US gambling group Harrah's Entertainment Inc set the Internet message boards alight as the week ended by announcing the establishment of a new subsidiary, Harrah's Interactive Entertainment, Inc. (HIE) to manage the global growth of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and explore a Europ...

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Antonius Still Ahead In Durrr Challenge

Dwan down another $32 706 in latest session Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan got it together for another session in the million dollar Dwan Challenge midweek, playing 700 hands to bring the total played of the 50 000 required to 14 249. It was another weak session for Dwan, who ended up another $32 706 behind his opponent, who is now $424 631 ahead, although...

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How To Win $2 Million In Two Months

New reality television show will appeal to pokerheads Online and live poker fans alike can look forward to an absorbing new poker series on US cable television come August 2009. Cable operator G4's new show "2 Months, $2 Million" is expected to debut with a new concept that follows the progress of four poker players competing to win $2 million collective...

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Vitaly Lunkin Wins Moscow Poker Event

$445 709 collected by winner Lunkin Vitaly Lunkin had to contend with a final table that included Internet and live poker aces like Alexander Kravchenko and Ivan Demidov this week as the final table of the Pokerstars Russian Poker Tour Moscow played out. In the main event, the Full Tilt pro saw them all off despite an initially shorter stack, to enter t...

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Top Online Poker Brands

Partypoker, 888 and Pokerstars get the best search engine results Interesting research by the search marketing firm Greenlight positions Partypoker, 888 and Pokerstars as the highest-ranking poker brands online, reports eGaming Review, which claims exclusive sight of the search results this week. The Greenlight study shows that the three poker and gaming...

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Swedish Court Decides For Poker Tourneys

Appeal Court rules against government gambling monopoly Radio Sweden reports that Swedish poker players are elated by a decision earlier this week by the Court of Appeal in Gothenburg that declares poker tournaments in the country generally legal. The court threw out an earlier verdict by a district court in Uddevalla that had sentenced participants of...

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FTOPS XII Ends With Main Event

12 days of action culminates in main event and a $432 400 win for Internet player The twelfth edition of Full Tilt Poker's online series of poker (FTOPS) ended with a disappointingly low turnout for the main event, resulting in the guaranteed prize pool of $2.5 million having to be topped up by $200 000. Entries for the $535 buy-in event numbered 4 581, with...

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Mini-Tourneys May Not Be The Smart Choice

Cannibalisation fears as players opt for the cheaper option One of the more interesting reads this weekend was an interview in Poker Daily News with Dan Stewart, the very clued-up owner of the independent online poker tracking website PokerScout.com. In the interview, Stewart makes some astute observations about the introduction of mini-tournaments running pa...

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South Carolina Bills Make It Out Of Committee

Conservative state could be moving out of the gambling Dark Ages Draconian and antiquated gambling laws that prohibit gambling, and especially poker, in the state of South Carolina could be in for revision as two key bills move out of the legislature committee stage and toward full debate and voting. Senate Bills 535 and 628 cleared the state legislature'...

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Lee Jones Joins Cake Poker

Lee Jones departs CardRunners to join growing network Poker pro Lee Jones, who was at one time poker room manager for the giant PokerStars.com website but has more recently been chief operating officer at the poker coaching site CardRunners, is joining the Cake Poker network. Jones departed CardRunner earlier this year, commenting on the site's forum that...

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No Poker For Texas This Session

Gambling bills run out of time Fears that gambling measures would run out of time in the Texas legislature were realised this week when it was revealed that these were among dozens of proposals that the state House of Representatives would not have time to consider in a calendar that already stretches to 28 pages. The proposal to change the state constitu...

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Zynga Of A Deal For WSOP

Popular social gaming specialist to sponsor main event seats San Francisco-based Zynga, which claims it is the world's largest developer of social games for giant sites like Facebook, has announced a strategic alliance with the World Series of Poker to "...leverage poker fan bases from both worlds." Zynga and WSOP will work closely to bring the largest onlin...

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Great Expektations For Scotty Ngyuen "The Prince Of Poker"

One of online and live poker's great characters to act as ambassador for online poker site Scotty 'the prince of poker' Nguyen will have to watch his cussin' and tournament behaviour to live up to his new post as roving ambassador for the major online poker website Expekt.com, to which he signed exclusively this week. "I like Expekt.com and its plans," Ng...

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Introducing Pokerpalooza

WSOP gaming expo rebranded The lifestyle expo that supports the annual World Series of Poker events is to have a remake this year. Out goes the old 'Gaming Lifestyle Expo' to be replaced by a more upbeat branding 'PokerPalooza'. Commenting on the change, Ty Steward, marketing director for the WSOP, said: "It's going to be part trade show, part carnival,...

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