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WCOOP Win for Maratik

This week, a largely unknown Russian player Marat 'Maratik' Sharafutdinov took down the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) main event - and the win is not only remarkable because of his lack of prior experience, but also because of the way he entered it. Namely, the Russian used forty loyalty points to enter the competition, which turn...

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French Player Takes Down WSOPE NLHE Shootout

This week saw the end of the Euro 3,250 buy-in No-limit hold 'em Shootout at the World Series of Poker Europe which went to a French businessman Giovanni Rosadoni (52), who took home a hefty prize Euro 107,614. He outplayed the rest of the field, which included the likes of John Monette (finished third); Oleksii Kovalchuk (fourth); John Duthie (ninth); Philipp...

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Merge Network Poker Site Withdraws from Market

A report came this week that BluffRoom on the Merge Gaming Network is about to close its doors for good. It appears that, despite being regulated by somewhat inefficient Malta's LGA, Bluff Room player funds are now administered by the Merge cashier, which gives players a better chance of being paid out. The poker room was operated by an Italian internet gam...

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New Poker Game Hits Facebook

A relatively young social gaming publisher PLAOR announced the release of its first Facebook game, the free play "Hollywood Poker" on October 8, 2012. The game features Texas Hold'Em Poker playing celebrities from the film, television, sports and music industries. A reputable poker player, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is the game's ambassador, and the numbe...

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Update: Ongame Acquired by Amaya

An announcement came this week that Amaya Gaming Group has finalised the acquisition of bwin.party Entertainment's Ongame Network, but it seems that the network did not reach the price that was expected. According to various anonymous sources, Ongame went for between $6.5 Million and $8 Million, which is significantly lower than the sum stated in Shuffle Maste...

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Online Poker is a No Go in Delhi

Games such as online poker, chess and sports wagering were deemed illegal in a court in Delhi. Those participating in real money games played online will not be protected under the constitution. The case was brought to court pursuant to one company's desire to start their own online gambling site. District Judge Ina Malhotra ruled on September 17th and was rel...

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Al Rash Partners Up With Face Up Entertainment Group

In an announcement on Friday, Reality Gaming Social Network company, Face Up Entertainment Group, released information regarding a new partnership with Al Rash. Poker followers may know Rash from his poker alias 'AlCantHang" and his presence on the Full Tilt Poker forum. Face Up Entertainment Group, Inc. does not accept real money wagering and is not considered...

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Hollywood Poker to Launch on Facebook

A new poker application is set to launch on October 8th. A new social gaming publisher, PLAOR, will launch Hollywood Poker on Facebook. Hollywood Poker will allow players to go up against a variety of celebrities from movies, TV, sports and music while playing Texas Hold 'Em Poker. As of today, those who register will be eligible to win the opportunity to pl...

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WSOPE Event 3 Goes to Hairabedian

After Antonio Esfandiari's win in the WSOPE Euro 1100 hold'em event, it was French live poker pro Roger Hairabedian (60) who proved worthy to call himself a 2012 World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner. Namely, the Frenchman took down the third event, becoming the first among his countrymen to win an event in the WSOPE, where he had to best a field of 97...

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Absolute Poker's Software Absolutely DoJ's

Court documents have confirmed that Yung Jae Lee, the CEO of Korean firm Quad Dimensions, handed over to the US Department of Justice a copy of the Absolute Poker software as an asset for forfeiture. At the same time he renounced any claim his company may have had in terms of its service contract with Absolute's owners. Because of the complex web of bankrupt a...

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FTP Payment Plan Outlined and Revealed by PokerStars

This week, Pokerstars revealed its payment plan for Full Tilt Poker customers following the re-launch of the site on November 6. Namely, former FTP players from Estonia, France, Spain, Denmark and Belgium are to be paid through the locally-licensed PokerStars platform, by pairing a PokerStars account with their Full Tilt account, thus being able to either with...

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Update: Bally and ACEP Interactive Shake Hands in Nevada

An announcement was made this week that Bally Technologies is to supply ACEP interactive, the iGaming arm of American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP), and its land casino properties - the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Resort and Casino, and the two Arizona Charlie's casinos, with an iGaming platform. The deal between the two companies i...

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Oklahoma Gambling Ring Faces Federal Charges

U.S. Federal authorities gave a news conference this week, providing more detail about their investigation into a "large gambling operation" and the subsequent arrest of Teddy Mitchell, his two sons and seven others. United States Attorney Sandford Coats said at the conference that Mitchell led the gambling operation from his home in Oklahoma City offering "hi...

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FTP To Pay Back Funds to French Players

At a press conference given this week, French gambling authority ARJEL announced that it is to temporarily lift is Rekop Limited licence suspension in order to enable players registered at Full Tilt Poker to access their accounts and recover their outstanding balances. This will be done through PokerStars' .fr platform in the period between November 6 and 9, 2...

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Update: Juicy Stakes Poker Gets Three New Members

Reports started arriving last week that the Cake Poker site started shifting its US players from its .eu site to Juicy Stakes Poker website, indicating that something is going on at the Revolution Gaming network. The reports continued this week with news that another three Revolution Gaming sites, all owned by the Gibraltar-based Domain Holdings Limited and IP...

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English Poker Open Finishes, Strong Dane Takes Main Prize

This weekend saw the end of the Pokerstars English Poker Open 2012, where Danish Pokerstars pro Mickey Petersen took down the title and the main prize of GBP 78,660. The entry field in the GBP 2,180 buy-in competition saw 138 names, which included some big ones such as Praz Bansi, James Akenhead, James Dempsey, Sam Trickett, Liv Boeree and the 2010 champion Fa...

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WPT Borgata Goes to Pennsylvania's Hamnett

On Sept. 21, Pennsylvania poker pro Ben Hamnett scored his biggest win to date, winning the $818,847 main prize in the $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. On his way to the massive payout, Hamnett bested a huge field of 1,180 other players - the second largest number of entries in WPT history. The final table formed towards the end of the c...

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New Poker Room Hits the Market on Nov. 1

A new online poker operator emerged recently, announcing the launch of a new online poker room branded Poker Rebel, which will feature Brazilian elements on the site. Although little is known about the operation, except that its site supports English and Portuguese versions and that it will most likely focus on the Brazilian market, many more details will be l...

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Sam Trickett Takes Three Trophies in 2012 British Poker Awards

Sam Trickett was quite the popular man at the 2012 British Poker Awards. The British poker pro was honored with three trophies throughout the ceremonies. The British poker community assembled for the 2012 awards and Trickett, who has been successful over the past year on the international poker circuit, was nominated for two awards in which the community voted...

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Ben Hamnett Wins 2012 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event

Ben Hamnett is the big winner in the 2012 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open main event with prize money of $818,847. This is the first WPT title for him. 'I'm glad I played my best. That's the most I could hope for. I'm glad I got lucky, and I'm glad it all worked out,' said Hamnett. 'There were a few places where I blinked. Maybe I backed off when I d...

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