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Unibet Open Dublin Finishes

Paul Vas Nunes achieves the score of his life The end of the Unibet Open Dublin brought about a new name into the starry sky of live poker - that of Paul Vas Nunes, who took down the competition, bested the field of 260 and earned himself a nice paycheck of EUR105 300 and the leg title. The Englishman, who primarily plays online poker, had to go through...

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Lock Poker Singled out by LGA?

Discriminatory action in Malta A disturbing and apparently discriminatory behavior of the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has been reported this week, as the organization locked out Lock Poker without providing any specific explanation. The only info about this matter on the Authority's website is: "Lockpoker.eu is not licensed by the LGA...

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Jamie Gold in New Venture

A cross between Zynga and the club subscription business model A report came this week of a new venture in which a famous former World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold got involved. This time, he is about to launch a free poker room titled Free Gold Poker, that has been described as "...a cross between Zynga Poker - a completely free online poker room with...

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Update: New Movements in High Stakes Poker Action

Blom returns Reports arrived last week of a clash between high stakes online poker players Ilari Sahamies and Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, with latter suffering a bitter defeat, losing some $492 000 over 1,132 hands in a single session. However, with new movements emerging only a few days later, Blom presented a magnificent comeback with the aggressive fashion f...

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MGM Resorts International File a Suit Against Online Poker Subscription site

Suit aims at brand protection A new lawsuit emerged in the Us market this week, when it was announced that gambling giant MGM Resorts International has initiated a proceeding against a brand registered to a big US corporate, World Poker Rewards Club Co. Inc. and John George of Blaine, Washington. World Poker Rewards Club is a site that operates on the subscrip...

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Pokerstars about to Launch WCOOP

Major online poker event to start on Aug. 29 A reminder arrived this week from online poker giant Pokerstars about the soon-to-come launch of the 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, which should start on August 29 with the Mega Satellites Week promo. It has been specified in the statement that two Mega Satellites will be held each day, with...

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Cake Poker Loses An Operator

Circumstances drive Poker Pros Network away from the US An announcement came this week that Poker Pros Network is leaving Cake Poker Network as well as the US market, effective from Aug. 31, at midnight EST. The existing US players will be allowed to remain there, as agreed with PPNpoker.com and PPNpoker.eu. It has been specified that "In an effort to compl...

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Big Poker Game at Pokerstars

Sahamies takes down Blom This has been a very exciting week for all online poker fans at Pokerstars, where Finnish online poker pro Ilari Sahamies clashed with Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom whose attractive style is known worldwide. The two were fighting for $492 000 in a heads up clash over 1,132 hands, with Blom initially building a significant count of almost h...

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Update: Players Complain, Party Reconsiders Rake Change

Poker giant announces delay Even though they previously announced that a change in their rake calculation model is imminent, Party Poker's not long afterwards decided to delay the change due to an increased number of player complaints. Namely, regarding the policy change which included a shift from the present dealt rake structure to weighted contributed ra...

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Loveman Takes Positive Stand towards Legalization of Online Poker?

Best case scenario - legalization this year In this week's statement, Gary Loveman, CEO of the Las Vegas-based gambling giant Caesars Entertainment, has expressed a clear positive stand regarding the legalization of online poker in the U.S., thus encouraging the country's massive player pool that has been keenly expecting some positive changes. When asked...

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Online Poker Regulation a Step Closer in Nevada

Nevada Gaming Board receives first drafts After the legislature's approval of legalized internet poker subject to prior federal legalization, the US state of Nevada seems to be fast at pursuing the passage of the new law. In order to do this, the Nevada Gaming Control Board needed to draw up appropriate regulations for the state to implement following feder...

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Playtech Home Game at Genting Poker

Private online tournaments option on offer A novelty has been announced at online poker provider Genting Poker this week, which has become the first iPoker room to launch Playtech's Home Game product. It has been specified in the announcement that Home Game will provide players with the opportunity to create their own private online tournaments, but also th...

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Another Resignation at Full Tilt's

Porter resigns position of pro team manager This week's news include reports that Full Tilt Poker has lost yet another staff member - this time it is the manager of their pro team, Chris Porter, who has resigned his position, but the reasons for such a move at present remain unknown. It has been speculated that Porter's resignation/release follows a wides...

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Big Change Introduced at Party Poker

A major operational model switch takes place From Aug. 24, one of the oldest online poker providers, Party Poker, will start calculating rake in a different way - namely, it will switch from the 'dealt' model to the somewhat controversial 'weighted contribution' method. The difference between the two models is that in the 'dealt' model, rake is calculated...

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Update: Hollywood Director Files for Dismissal of Charges

Texas Hold'em not illegal under Californian law, claims Cassavetes There has been much talk about the lawsuit against famous Hollywood Director Nick Cassavetes due to his connection to an alleged illegal gambling ring in the US. New info arrived this week about this case, reporting that the director has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the bank...

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Full Tilt Apologizes!

And keeps looking for new investors A long expected press release from the beleagured online poker company Poker Kings Ltd on the status of the Full Tilt brand has been issued this week, addressing the question of potential investors and apologizing for the lack of communication with customers. Although short, the statement was quite informative - in it,...

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Update: Poker Pros Financial Issues Still under Scrutiny

Chino Rheem on disciplinary hearing Despite his big, $1 million win in the first Epic Poker League tournament, an international poker pro Chino Rheem was forced to give away most of his money to his creditors, and to make things worse, the League brought him before a disciplinary hearing triggered by a number of complaints filed by top poker pros concerned abo...

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Update: Pocket Kings Marketing Manager Quits

FTP associate loses a top staff member Another resignation has been reported this week as a potential consequence of the crisis at Full Tilt Poker, when Lothar Rentschler quit his position of the top marketing manager for parent company Pocket Kings. Rentschler is just one in a long line of employees who have left the Ireland-based company either voluntaril...

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Global Poker Tours Limited Gets New President

Stuchly takes new position An announcement came this week from Global Poker Tours Limited, a poker production company that stands behind the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT), that it has appointed a former chief of Casinos Austria, Edgar Stuchly, as president of the company. Stuchly's duties on this new workplace will include PR for the EPT, refining th...

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Lock Poker to Sue Jose Macedo?

Former team member now in unfavorable position After amazing so many poker fans and players with his speedy success and earning the nickname 'Poker Prodigy', Portuguese pro Jose Macedo got involved into a wholly different story, whose end may turn out to be far from glamorous. Namely, he has recently been dismissed from the pro team at Lock Poker, due...

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