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Partnership Extended between Barrière Poker and Caesars

US and European markets covered This has been a good week for partnerships at Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), which has issued an announcement of an extension of another long-term strategic partnership with Groupe Lucien Barrière SAS and its Barrière Poker (BP) operation. Namely, the existing CIE and BP relationship covered the promotion and orga...

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Update: 888 and Caesars in a Deal

If it comes to regulation, Dragonfish will power US poker brands A new US online gambling regulation-facing agreement has been closed this week, between 888 Holdings US gambling giant, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. (CIE). Based on the deal which extends the UK software licensing agreement between 888's independent B2B arm, Dragonfish and CIE, in...

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Mobile Poker Club Launches Real-Money App

Android and iOS platforms covered A new real-money poker app for Android and iOS platforms has been announced by Mobile Poker Club (MPC) mobile poker network, which offers limit, no limit and pot limit Texas Hold'em, as well as SnG tournaments and daily MTT's with guaranteed prize pools. It has been commented by Eugene Ivanov of Mobile Poker Club: 'We've...

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A Year Later Eastgate WSOP Bracelet Buyer Revealed

Scottish philanthropist keeps generating more charity funds from bracelet At the end of 2010 a young Danish poker pro Peter Eastgate put his 2008 WSOP Main Event winners bracelet up for sale on eBay, which caused a bit of a stir in the poker world. Eastgate decided that since he did not wear jewellery, he would rather put the bracelet up for sale to generat...

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Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge Goes to Smith

Big win for American pro The news came this week that the Aussie Millions $100 000 Challenge has been taken down by reputable American poker pro Dan Smith, who earned himself the biggest career win to date by outplaying a host of big names, including Sam Trickett, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Hachem and Gus Hansen. In the heads-up, Smith had to defeat Mikhail Smirnov,...

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Poker Network Rebranding Drive Continues

Is it a new trend? Even though rebranding often causes recognition difficulties, so it requires a longer transition period, this does not seem to trouble a number of online poker networks which opted for the step. Namely, the poker networks that decided to change their name include the Entraction Network, acquired by International Games Technology (IGT), wh...

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iPoker Network Introduces Software Update

Improvements introduced to Playtech poker network This week, Playtech announced a software update on its iPoker Network, through which its operators will be able to benefit from upgraded design, functionality and other features, which include: Intuitive and friendly navigation menus, quick seat and 'my favorite' functions; bonus redemption progress stat...

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MPN Closes Deal with iGaming Loyalty Product Company

Initial Rewards system for MPN operators In a drive to improve its offering, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) has closed a deal in principle with London-based iGaming loyalty product firm Initial Rewards. Based on the deal, MPN operators will be serviced by Initial Rewards with loyalty store reward programs. According to Lydia Melton, head of network...

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Annual Charity Poker Tourney in Australia Sees Another Successful Year

Charity to receive more money This week saw the end of the annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament which has once again raised a significant amount of funds for the Shane Warne Foundation charity. The tournament organized by poker pro and former WSOP champ Hachem and big time cricketer and celebrity poker player Warne attracted a lot of c...

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Campos Leaves PokerStars

Is the exec planning a comeback at Dragonfish? It seems like there has been a serious change on the head of online poker giant Pokerstars. Apparently, the company had to part with Gabi Campos, who has been its CEO since October 2010 became, and who has already updated its LinkedIn profile to show no current involvement with Pokerstars, and to state Campos is m...

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Two Black Friday Indictees Plead Guilty

Absolute Poker's Brent Buckley and payment processor Ira Rubin admits the charges On Jan. 16 and 17, two Black Friday indictees, Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Buckley (31) and payment processor Ira Rubin (53) pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. On that occasion before the US District Court in Manhattan, Buckley acknowledged that he knew he was breaking...

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Another Fortunate Loser at Merge Poker Network

One million Bad Beat Jackpot hit This has been a very lucky Monday for players who were at the table with the lucky loser that hit Bad Beat Jackpot at the Merge Poker Network - having in mind that it reached around $1 million there was a number of reasons for joy among the fortunate tablers. The jackpot was hit when four Queens beat a player's Quad Sevens...

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Absolute Poker Receives another Blow

Norwegian tax authorities claim millions in unpaid VAT There seems to be no end to Absolute Poker's problems - this week, a report came that Norwegian tax authorities (Skatteetaten) claimed 180 million Kroner (around $30 million) in unpaid value added tax from Madeira Fjord, a shell company set up in Norway in 2007 to channel dividends to Absolute shareholde...

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Ukrainian Pro Takes down PCS Highroller Event

Over $1 million for Bilokur This weekend saw the end of the $25 000 buy-in Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure High Roller event, in which Ukrainian poker pro Leonid Bilokur outplayed all the big names that comprised the player pool and beat the current World Series of Poker champion, Jonathan Duhamel, to the main prize of $1,134,930. The event's final table inc...

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Update: Negotiations Do the Trick at PokerStars

Compromise reached After the big dispute between online poker giant PokerStars and its French players, and negotiations that took place at the Isle of Man headquarters of the poker operator, the parties seem to have reached a compromise. Namely, it has been reported that player differences with the operator over tough changes to rake calculation and VIP rew...

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Betfair's Poker Cubed Brand Gets Three New Titles

New dice based, peer-to-peer games hit the market An announcement came this week from UK online gambling group Betfair about three new additions to the portfolio of its Poker Cubed brand. The innovative community dice games, powered by game developer Jadestone, enable players to face each other across a virtual table, in a familiar poker-style betting format,...

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European TV Coverage Deal for Epic Poker

The Poker Channel to air Epic Poker from January 15th What's new at Epic Poker League - that it is pursuing a TV broadcasting deal with The Poker Channel, based on which it will get more than 70 hours of tournament coverage broadcast throughout Europe. The relatively new League will see the first broadcast of its action on The Poker Channel on Sunday, Ja...

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Epic Poker League Up for Sale?

Pinnacle Entertainment reportedly considers acquisition A number of media issued a report this week that the recently established Epic Poker League could be up for sale. They specified that the professional poker body is having financial issues and is pursuing acquisition talks with Pinnacle Enterainment. Apparently, the company could strike a deal in the n...

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Yatahay Poker Network Changes Name!

Now it's called 'The Winning Poker Network' A company founded back in 2001, the Costa Rica-based Yatahay Poker Network has changed its name to The Winning Poker Network, effective January 12, 2012. According to a company spokesman, 'After the fall of the big three last April, the Yatahay Poker Network positioned itself as the best destination for US playe...

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Testing Agency Regulations Drafted in Nevada

The US state takes another step towards legalization It is another move forward for the online poker legalisation in Nevada, as its gaming control board announced the beginning of the drafting of supplementary regulations and requirements for the accreditation of private testing agencies, whose certificates will be accepted as supporting documents in applicati...

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