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Reid-Kyl Poker Bill Faces Another Opponent

Another obstacle on its way through the lame duck session of the US Congress has shaken the controversial Reid-Kyl federal online poker legalization bill, as six state lotteries announced their plan to send directors to Washington DC to lobby against it. Reportedly, lottery directors from Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Washington state, Kentucky, Missouri and New Hamps...

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Titan Poker Introduces New Facility

The latest novelty at Playtech-powered Titan Poker brings online poker fans the possibility to brag and share their best poker hands thanks to the new freebie Hall of Hands add-on, which will allow them to re-enact their best hands as a TV show that involves real-life actors, running commentary, hole-card cameras and all the trappings of a professional televised...

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Phelps Surprises Best Friends at WPT Montreal

Michael Phelps made an appearance at the WPT in Montreal surprising his best buddy this week. Upon his arrival in Montreal, Phelps tweeted: "Pumped for the kid today!! Just surprised him for the final 6 of the #wptmontreal." He also commented to WPT.com saying, "Gotta support the kid. Jeff has been my best friend for a long time. I know how excited he is ab...

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US DoJ and Former FTP Shareholder Reach Settlement

Responding to the US Department of Justice's second civil claim amendment in which he was named as one of the beneficiaries from the disbursement of $11.7 million in shareholder payments paid partially from player deposits, former FullTilt Poker (FTP) shareholder Rafe Furst managed to reach a settlement with the authorities. Others named in the amendment inclu...

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WPT Montreal Goes to Jonathan Roy

The World Poker Tour's Montreal stop saw its grand finale this week, when the main event was taken down by Canadian Jonathan Roy. The winner was decided in a heads-up between Canadians Roy and Pascal Lefrancois, with Roy emerging the victor and the best of a massive field of 1 173 players. Commenting on his win, which brought him the title, trophy, a WPT si...

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Is Lame Duck Session Lame for Reid-Kyl Bill?

At this point, there seems to be no way the much-debated Reid-Kyl federal internet poker bill will be passed in the lame duck session of Congress. Namely, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters this week, the requirement for support from at least a dozen Republicans in order to pass the bill had not been delivered. "At this point, we've got none,...

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Poker Maximus is Back at Carbon Poker

Poker Maximus has returned to Carbon Poker for its third series event which runs from November 29th through December 9th. The series is made up of 35 different events over the course of eleven days with more than $1 million in guarantee prizes. The major draw is the $365,000 up for grabs in the guaranteed main event. Buy-ins for Poker Maximus start at just...

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Pre-Acquisition FTP Red Pros' Contracts Not to Be Honored, Says New Owner

An advisory came this week from the Rational Group, owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, that it will not be honoring the pre-acquisition Full Tilt Poker "Red Pros" contracts or status. An explanation arrived from Dustin Iannotti, the newly appointed manager of Team Pro for Full Tilt Poker who said: "Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Grou...

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WPT Montreal Sets Record in Canada

Surprising stats arrived from the World Poker Tour's WPT Montreal leg which set a record in the Canadian tournament poker world with a field of 1 173 players, which made it the largest tournament in the country with a buy-in of $1,000 or more. Of the massive number, only 360 players made it to the Day Two of the action held at the Playground Poker Club in Mont...

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Hard Rock And Treasure Island Want In On the Online Action In Nevada

Two prominent Las Vegas terrestrial operators - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Treasure Island - have submitted applications to operate online poker in the State of Nevada hoping to join others already approved by Nevada gaming authority. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's submission was made under BREF Interactive Gaming LLC, a subsidiary of parent company Brookfie...

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Five Million Players for PKR!

This was a happy week for online poker room PKR as in it the operator reached a major milestone registering its five millionth user. Announcing new marketing initiatives and products, the company said it expects to keep up with fantastic growth it has seen so far, adding that it will soon launch its first mobile poker product.

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More Obstacles For the Reid-Kyl Bill

If the Federal Internet Poker Bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Jon Kyl receives the approval, former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement says it may open up the possibility of court challenge. In a five page memo sent to Reid and Kyl Clement said that segments of the bill that effectively penalize overseas providers, who operated games in...

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ISPT and MyPokerSquad Close Partnership

Thanks to a deal closed this week, the international staking and sponsorship platform, MyPokerSquad (MPS), has become the International Stadium Poker Tour's (ISPT) latest partner. The agreement between the two will see the poker community to stake a portion of the Euro 600 buy-for each of the 120 MyPokerSquad team and ISPT ambassadors. Founded in 2008 by pr...

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Poker Is Illegal in South Carolina, Says State Supreme Court

According to the South Carolina State Supreme Court, the State Law is right in prohibiting wagering on Texas Hold'Em regardless of whether the game takes place in a private home or not. The court assessed that as long as money is exchanged, the activity is illegal. This refers to a case that resulted from a raid on a private home back in 2006, when 25 people w...

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Genting Poker Series Arrives in Sheffield

The Genting Poker Series is preparing in Sheffield on Wednesday for the €400 + €30 main event kick off on Thursday. Not only will there be plenty of poker side events underway but pro Paul 'Action' Jackson will be available to answer questions Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. As the fifth destination in the series, there will be a £100,000 guaranteed main...

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Swedish Tax Authority Cracks Down on Poker Players

Poker players were the focus of the Swedish Tax Authority yesterday as they began cracking down on gamblers with the launch of a thorough investigation. Players began opening letters requesting details regarding their income, profits and payment of taxes while others had investigators tearing through their homes and confiscating their computers. A translate...

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Fourth Heartland Poker Tour Title for Raymer

The inaugural Heartland Poker Tour Belterra was very kind to poker pro Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer, allowing him to grab a Heartland Tour record with four poker tournament wins on the same tour in one year. He scoed the fourth title in the Florence, Indiana stop, where he took down the no-limit hold'em main event, outplaying a field of 283 and getting a healthy $1...

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PokerStars' 90 Billionth Hand Milestone Approaching!

Another milestone hand is to be dealt soon at online poker giant PokerStars, which has prepared quite a celebration to honor its 90 billionth hand since its inception eleven years ago. The promotion forms part of its "Road to 100 Billion" campaign in which it will be giving away one million dollars. Cash prizes are prepared for those who sit at PokerStars c...

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FTP Players to Be Paid in New Year?

This week's statement from The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York informed interested parties that the Department of Justice (DoJ) is currently evaluating applicants for the position of Claims Administrator, who will be in charge of managing U.S. Full Tilt Player claims for funds amounting to around $184 million. This may be...

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Poker Players Next Target Market for Botox?

Toss out your sunglasses because a doctor of aesthetic medicine in Ney York, Dr. Jack Berdy has developed "Pokertox". It's intended to enhance your poker face by increasing the player's ability to hide their emotions, essentially filling in lines etc. making those areas expressionless. Players attend a consultation with the doctor to discuss any expressions t...

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