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Rational Group's Big Ideas for New Jersey

The chief operating officer of New Jersey's Atlantic Club land casino, Michael Frawley, gave an insight into the considerable investment that the Pokerstars parent The Rational Group was ready to make, hinting that it may be interested in further buys provided the group get an approval of its application to the New Jersey regulators. Once the formalities were...

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Stan James Poker's Bad Beat Jackpot Pays Big to Lucky Punter!

Stan James Poker has not yet cooled from the re-launch of its Bad Beat tables across the Microgaming network, when one lucky loser hit the largest jackpot in the history of the Bad Beat tables, with over Euro 920,000 in the total pot. Namely, a Stan James Poker regular, _TiltShove_ aka Peter from Rochdale in the UK saw his straight flush beaten on the turn by...

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Update: NGC Approves 888 and Treasure Island Applications

After much anticipation and high expectations, online poker software provider 888 Holdings and its future online poker partner Treasure Island Hotel and Resort have been granted internet poker licenses by the Nevada Gaming Commission. This brings the number of online poker-approved companies to 21, including Fertitta Interactive, MGM Resorts, Golden Nugget and...

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Poker Player Alliance Loses Raymer

In light of last week's police anti-prostitution sting operation and allegations of involvement, respected poker pro Greg Raymer has decided to resign from the board of the online poker action group Poker Players Alliance, it was announced this week. Therefore, Raymer, a former 2004 World Series of Poker main event champion, is no longer listed on the PPA's we...

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Update: Poker Ace Confirms Issues with IRS

This week, the industry heard from former 2007 World Series of Poker champ Jerry Yang regarding his winner's bracelet and other valuables that appeared in an auction by the IRS to secure unpaid taxes. On the occasion, he confirmed that he had been involved in an unpaid taxes issue with the taxman due to bad financial advice and funds locked in fixed deposits w...

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Update: Washington's Anti-Online Gambling Laws under another Attack

A local player Curtis Woodard is the latest one to criticize the infamous Washington state law and overly punitive measures against online gamblers, starting a campaign for a more sensible approach to the pastime. The initiative seeks to legalize only intrastate online poker under the licensing and regulation of the Washington State Gambling Commission. Woo...

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Nevada Gaming Commission Interested in Interstate Possibilities

This week the Nevada Gaming Commission published a "Request for Comment" on widening the internet poker offering of its licensees through interstate compacts with other jurisdictions. In the "Request for Comment" the question was raised regarding topics that the Board and Commission should consider putting in regulation relating to an interstate agreement on i...

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Clive Archer as Equity Poker CEO

A new operator-guided online poker network branded Equity Poker Network, launched recently and led by industry veteran Clive Archer, raised a question about what novelties the operation brings on the Internet. The former Microgaming and BetonUS exec revealed that one of Equity's main goals is to create a balanced ecoculture, as many operators are aware of the...

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New Poker-Related TV Series

A new show with poker theme will be launched soon in the US, under the name 'Bullets', it was announced this week. According to its production website, its funding has been collected from a number of grinders. The show tells a story about two integrity-challenged bank employees, Hugo and Mark, who make plans to steal half a million dollars from a rich man's sa...

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Microgaming Celebrates 10th Birthday of Its Poker Offering

One of the business branches of the Isle of Man-based internet gambling software developer and provider Microgaming - its online poker operations - will this week celebrate its 10th anniversary of existence. The network was initially called Prima Poker, but was then rebranded to Microgaming Poker Network. It was launched in March 2003, and it has seen a cons...

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New Belgian Spring Poker Open

A new poker tournament is coming up in Belgium next month. The Spring Poker Open will run from April 26th to 28th, 2013 at Grand Casino of Brussels Viage. The main event will have a €750 buy-in. Organizers have opted to limit the number of players to 150 but re-entry will be allowed until the end of the 3rd level. Players will start off with 20,000 chips for...

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Argentinian Wins PokerStars LAPT Chile

The $1,000 buy-in 2013 PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Chile main event has been finished, and the honors belong to Argentina's Pablo Alexander Tavitian who outplayed a record field of 765 entrants with 259 re-entries, taking a lion's share of a $993,000 prize pool. At the final table, Tavitian and Sebastian Marcel Miranda, Alejandro Chokakis, Leonardo Ma...

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Fertitta's Nevada Online Poker Site Ready for Launch?

News came recently that Ultimate Poker will be online operating under a Nevada licence in the near future, however not as the sister of Absolute Poker (with which it comprised a notorious duo), but as a wholly new brand owned by the Fertitta brothers of Station Casinos. Namely, the online poker venture has been preparing a dedicated 20,000 square foot premises...

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BetVictor's Bad Beat Jackpot Breaks Records!

From March 20, BetVictor Poker is launching a new Bad Beat Jackpot which it claims breaks records with its Euro 921,603 prize pool. Thanks to a number of changes introduced to the jackpot, the Jackpot will now be more easy to win and will see a larger number of people benefit when it is hit. Some of the other features include a new opt-in option available a...

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Repeal of French License Granted to REKOP Ltd

This week French regulator ARJEL announced it has repealed the license of Full Tilt Poker(.fr)'s REKOP Ltd, as requested by the liquidator PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In its advisory on the decision, the regulator stated that it should affect the right to repayment of the many French players with outstanding funds on the French FTP site.

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Switch Poker Launches New Product

A new Bankroll Booster game has been recently released by a mobile poker operator Switch Poker, and is now available on all tables offered by the site. In this latest game punters simply decide how much they want to bet by moving the "Bet" bar, and then they decide how lucky they feel by adjusting the "Luck Factor". To find out how much they stand to win, t...

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Jerry Yang in Problem with IRS?

A notification from the US Treasury this week announced a public auction of some expensive watches and jewellery, including a 2007 World Series of Poker main event winner's bracelet - which back then belonged to Jerry Yang. The auction that is taking place under the authority in Internal Revenue Code section 6331, describes the property as being seized for n...

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Update: FTP US Players See Ray of Hope, Administrator Appointed by DoJ

Great news arrived this week for US-based Full Tilt Poker players who are owed monies - the US Department of Justice may soon be able to pay them the millions it's been holding from the PokerStars settlement, as this week it has appointed an independent Claims Administrator to handle the project. With the third party administrator in place, players can hope to...

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Equity Poker Network Goes Live

The latest repots from the online poker industry contain info about the new Costa-Rica based Equity Poker Network (EPN), which has been defined as a cooperative non-profit poker network where "operators can now sign up to a fairer future where profit and cross cage is balanced ensuring that mostly losing players will be winners." Revealing more about the new l...

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UK Poker Honours For Spanish Poker Pro

Young Spanish poker pro is on a roll this year Sergio Aido, 24-year-old Spanish poker pro, this week added to his list of victories the UKIPT Grand Final, boosting his bankroll by GBP144,555. It was a plus to his previous great performances in the European Poker Tour Prague, and a $365,000 win in the World Poker Tour National in Barcelona. At the UKIPT,...

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