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Caesars Interactive Awards Online Poker Ad Account

Most likely having real money Nevada online poker action in mind, Caesars Interactive Entertainment has awarded its creative advertising account to LA-based independent agency Zambezi. The agency will be in charge of preparing a campaign for its World Series of Poker branded online poker site, which should be launched this summer for real money play in the Nev...

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Is Partnership Between Caesars and 888Holdings About to Collapse?

This week's statement made by Caesars Entertainment chief executive Gary Loveman triggered speculation about the company plans in the online poker industry, especially regarding its partnership with 888 Holdings. While the duo proved successful in obtaining Nevada online poker licensing, and progress toward operational status in the Silver State, in his statem...

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New PokerStars Upgrade Features New Tourneys, Table Previews and Lobby Enhancements

The launch of the latest Pokerstars update is highly anticipated by poker fans and for a good reason - it has been announced that it will include a host of new features that will improve gameplay. One of the innovations concerns tournaments - it will introduce progressive bounty tournaments and new Zoom fast-fold poker competitions, along with a fresh and...

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Pokerstars EPT Grand Final in Monaco

The Pokerstars European Poker Tour ninth season will be held from May 6-15, 2013 with the Grand Final set at the Monte Carlo Bay Casino in Monaco. The top players, including those from EPT's previous events this season, will compete in the live tournament for a main prize that might exceed a million Euros. They will certainly bear in mind that in the last sea...

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WPT Baden Won by Serbian Pro!

This weekend saw the end of the World Poker Tour Baden where the honors along with the $272,258 main prize went to the deserving hands of Serbian poker player Vladimir Bozinovic. The fifth day of the competition, which saw 254 entrants in total, was reserved for the final table which apart from Bozinovic comprised top German pro Marvin Rettenmaier, Paul Berend...

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'Jesus' Ferguson and DoJ Deal Signed Off

Federal judge Kimba Wood has ratified The Black Friday settlement agreement between former Full Tilt Poker director Christopher 'Jesus' Ferguson and the US Department of Justice. According to the expensive agreement Ferguson will pay $2.35 million, along with the unspecified contents of a Citibank account, but was not required to make any admission of wrongdoi...

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Washington State Keeps Draconian Penalties

Representative Paul Harris announced that his amendment to a 2006 Washington state law that makes internet gambling a C-class felony with similar penalties to those imposed for very serious criminal offences, had died in committee. Harris proposed reducing the severity of the offence to a civil infraction carrying a $50 fine, but after two days of hearings it...

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WSOP's Latest Launch on Facebook

The World Series of Poker for Facebook, a collaboration between Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) and Electronic Arts (EA), is now launched on Facebook. It will allow fans to log-in, access their chip stacks, or play a game on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets and Facebook. The app appeals to both novices and pro players offering the challenge...

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Massachusetts and California in New Online Gambling Legalization Drives

Once again, the online gambling prospects in the state of California look brighter with the launch of another two legislative proposals, both introduced by the same politicians who attempted to legalize intrastate online poker last year. Namely, in December 2012 Sen. Rod Wright launched SB51 which is due for hearing in March 2013. This bill was originally desi...

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Bluff's Power 20 List Comprises Major Poker Names

The March issue of the publication Bluff has published its Power 20 list of the chief personalities in the online poker business, compiled by a select and independent group of industry experts. As expected, the top of the list was reserved for Pokerstars owners Mark and Isai Scheinberg, and the places below them are occupied by Mitch Garber of Caesars Interact...

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Svenska Spel Bans 14 Players

A potential poker scandal was discovered by Swedish operator Svenska Spel which called the police to investigate what it called a "serious fraud", following an internal investigation undertaken by the company itself. Namely, the company apparently revealed irregularities in October 2012 after it received a tip-off that certain players are analyzing game play a...

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Ex Full Tilt Poker Exec To Settle With DoJ

Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, a former Full Tilt Poker director, has made a settlement deal with the Department of Justice to escape the likely more serious consequences of his Black Friday indictment, and therefore joined Rafe Furst and Howard Lederer. Ferguson's lawyer, Ian J. Imrich, advised that the settlement deal still has to receive the imprimatur of the pres...

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Microsoft to Launch New XBox Poker Game Soon

Spring 2013 is when Microsoft will release a new Xbox 360 and Windows 8 game it described as "...the most visually stunning digital poker game on the market - World Series of Poker: Full House Pro". According to the company spokesmen, this new release will bring the Xbox LIVE Arcade hit "Full House Poker" to a wholly new level, allowing players to compete agai...

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PokerStars to Launch 'PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams' in Macau

City of Dreams is one of the top resorts in Asia in terms of gaming, entertainment and overall quality so it's no wonder PokerStars has chosen to launch a new poker room there. The poker market is growing in the region and the branded poker room is being placed in Macau to meet the demands at the perfect time. 'PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams' will b...

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Is Bwin.Party to Halt New Player Sign-Ups from March 1?

A word spreading from some marketing affiliates is that Bwin.Party has notified them that all new player sign-ups for subsidiary World Poker Tour will be halted from March 1st. Apparently, the brand will keep operating and offering its services to existing players, albeit with Party Poker promotions and affiliate deals already in place will not be impacted by...

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New Federal Legalization Attempt Imminent?

It's been the second time this week that the outgoing AGA chief, Frank Fahrenkopf, has hinted that there may be a new federal attempt to legalize online poker in near future. Speaking in a TV show, Fahrenkopf said a new attempt would most likely be launched soon through the House of Representatives, possibly helped by Texas Republican Joe Barton. "I've talk...

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Rational Group Considers Atlantic City Casino as an Online Poker Base

Rational Group, owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt, is considering the purchase of an Atlantic City casino giving them a base in which to operate online poker sites. This venture could prove to be a gamble of its own as Atlantic Club suffered millions in losses last year. Rational's online poker sites such as, PokerStars for example, paid $547 million to the D...

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Bay 101 Shooting Star Starts in March

A popular stop of the World Poker Tour will be the Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose. The Northern California event will be televised as professionals and amateurs come together from around the globe. The $7.5K main event begins on March 4th and runs through March 8th. What makes this event so special is that a poker pro will be seated at each table with a $2....

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Instant Poker Rewards @ Red Kings Poker

The latest novelty from Red Kings Poker, which will see light of day in the next few days, is a new Ongame Instant Rewards real-time achievement tool for online poker. Thanks to the Instant Rewards, which are real-time, hand-based poker tasks formed according to each player's characteristics and parameters such as time period, stake level and game types, playe...

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Poker-Playing Homeowners Sought for Reality Show

This week the industry heard of the latest television reality show casting seeking poker-playing homeowners to feature in a new series branded "Four Houses". The invitation to potential participants was sent by the show's casting director Russell Berman who said: "We are currently casting for a Las Vegas episode and want to find poker players who live in Las V...

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