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Gutshot Poker Has New Owner… And New Controversial Rules

An online company Gutshot Poker has a new owner following its acquisition by the Betsnetwork Group. Only recently Gutshot has seen more than its fair share of trials and tribulations on the Merge Poker Network. The change of ownership has been accompanied by a switch to the US-facing Revolution Poker Network, with Gutshot also operating on two other networks...

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Poker Endurance Record Goes to Delaware Casino!

It's now official - 2012 live Ironman Poker Challenge at the Delaware Park land casino has become the new holder of a Guinness Book of World Records accolade as the 'Longest Continuous Poker Tournament'. In order to obtain the record holder status, the event had to pass extensive confirmation tests, which in the end acknowledged that its 36.5 hour durati...

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Big Tournaments Livestream Deal Between Caesars and 888

A new deal has been closed between the 888 group and its existing partner Caesars Entertainment thanks to which 888Poker will become the primary sponsor of live stream coverage on the upcoming 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific and WSOP tournaments. 888poker (.tv), and the official WSOP (dotcom) sites will feature the live streaming as well as the website of the second sp...

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PokerStars Launches New Spanish TV Ad with Tennis Star as Main Actor

A new ad has been developed by the in-house creative studio at PokerStars for Spanish television, featuring an international tennis star and recreational poker player Rafa Nadal. In the ad, Nadal competes online via iPad and from his bathtub with Lucia Arroyo who is playing from what appears to be a library as a typical member of Pokerstars' massive player bas...

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Fortune Poker and AdamEve Poker Close Their Doors

Players of another two online poker operators received notice this week that they won't be able to play there any longer. In its statement, Fortune Poker operated by Malta-based Casidio Limited on GTech's International Poker Network, informed players that it will close on April 1st, adding: "Over the past 9 years, we have been very grateful to service you a...

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2013 Party Pokerfest Schedule Announced

An announcement came this week from PartyPoker regarding the schedule for its 2013 edition of the popular Party Poker Pokerfest. According to the statement, the event will take place from April 21 to May 5 and feature 64 mostly Hold'Em events with guaranteed prize pools. There will be loads of differed buy-ins for all player types and preferences, ranging f...

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Update: Code Reviser Returns Proposal, Attack on Washington Online Gambling Ready!

Since their initial proposal has returned from the official Code Reviser, poker player Curtis Woodward and his associates can now launch their attack on draconian Washington state anti-online gambling laws. Namely, they submitted two voter proposals to the Code Reviser, seeking language approval for measures designed to overthrow anti-online poker laws and leg...

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First L'European Football Poker Tour Sponsored by PMU

This week, French operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has become an official sponsor of the inaugural L'European Football Poker Tour (EFPT), a competition that enjoys the support of various poker, football and horseracing personalities whose main objective is to raise money for charities. The competition conceptualized by Philippe Gauthier will be held in Paris...

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Venice Poker Tourney Not Lucky for Hellmuth

This week, international poker ace Phil Hellmuth experienced a bad beat when he was eliminated on Day1b of the WPT Venice Grand Prix. He had made quite an entrance before his defeat, arriving to the venue at the Casino de Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi along the Grand Canal in a gold gondola, surrounded by beautiful women and wearing a Venetian 'carnivale' mask,...

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Belarus Player Claims MicroMillons Crown

As the latest MicroMillions 4 festival broke several of its own records in terms of the number of entries, main internet poker event was a big success where Pokerstars player 'Ges26' from Belarus claimed the online honors, as well as a hefty pay-check worth $140,468.56. A player from Mexico, Jason 'appst08' Brauda, was second for $80,232.90. The event has s...

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Director of Poker Operations at Borgata Forced to Resign?

It is being reported that Stan Strickland, Director of Poker Operations at Borgata in Atlantic City, has decided to resign. Strickland has managed the operations of the poker room since 2006 but now the rumor mill is cranking out headlines that he is being forced out and plans to go to Isle Casino in Pompano Park, Florida. In his position at Borgata, Stricklan...

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APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker Starts this Week

The APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) will be held at The Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham. The event will begins Thursday 28th March through to Monday 1st April and will feature 10 events with reasonable buy-ins. This is the 6th year for the WCOAP which will begin with the £100+£10 WCOAP World Amateur Team Championship at 17:00 followed b...

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DDOS Attack at Seals With Clubs Poker Site

News came this week that the Seals With Clubs online poker site went down for two full days over the weekend due to a vicious Distributed Denial of Services attack from unknown sources. The US-friendly, Bitcoin-using site's management assured customers that no accounts were compromised on the occasion, and its professional player Bryan Micon did his best to ke...

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Online Poker Bot Allows Players to Test Their Skills

A new development from Neo Poker Laboratory has been presented recently, in shape of an artificial intelligence (AI) i.e. a bot that can be used by online poker fans to test their skills. And since the company is well aware of the bad reputation of bots among internet poker operators, it stated that it has no intention of using or making the software availabl...

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Betvictor Bad Beat Jackpot Delivers Again!

Only days after its re-launch and the first big win, BetVictor's Bad Beat Jackpot paid big once again. This time, on March 21 the Jackpot hit at Euro 377,029, but similarly to the last time, the winner of the bad beat hadn't opted-in, so he stayed without an Euro 150,811 prize! On the other hand, the winner of the hand who had opted-in was paid Euro 76,976, an...

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Crackdown on Illegal Poker in Austria

This weekend saw the Austrian Police conduct an action against illegal poker operators, i.e. "card casinos" suspected of operating poker games along with the staple rummy and bridge games. It has been specified by the authorities that thirty-three "card casinos", who advertise on very official looking websites, are suspected of offering poker in hidden backroo...

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PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Win Goes to Dinesh Alt

A big win of A$226,320 at the Pokerstars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney main event went to Dinesh Alt who outplayed 459 other players on his way to the triumph. The final table on day three saw Bosnian player Dejan Divkovic, a winner of the ANZPT Perth, as a chip leader, followed by Dinesh Alt, Dominik Nitsche, David Campion, Michael Fadersen, Donald...

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Online Poker Increasingly Popular Among Women

The fact that there are more and more women participating in online poker action is no secret - however, according to a problem gambling specialist in the UK, Liz Karter, online poker is observed by many professional women as an efficient stress reliever, and this growing trend, in her opinion, may have different - even negative - implications. Namely, i...

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Update: Gloomy Prospects for Online Poker Legalization in New York

Bad news for US online gambling hopefuls hailed this week from New York, where it was announced that state legislators' vote on a final budget agreement this weekend will unlikely contain any words about the inclusion of online poker. It has been specified that the proposals were not included in the final agenda agreed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the L...

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888 Holdings to Launch as All American Poker Network in the US

888 Holdings, based out of the UK, has become the first to be granted a license to operate in the U.S. as an 'Interactive Gaming Service Provider'. The online gaming company plans to introduce its brand of online poker in the US as 'All American Poker Network' (AAPN), in partnership with Avenue Capital Group. The Avenue Capital Group is the financial b...

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