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PokerStars About to See 100 Billionth Hand Dealt!

The milestone 100 billionth hand is expected to be dealt in June, i.e. any time now by online poker giant Pokerstars, which has prepared a regal celebration to mark this historical event. Therefore, players will be able to get a share of the $5 million designated by the company for special promotions on the run-up to the milestone hand, and they even boosted t...

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First WSOP Tournament for Michael Phelps

It seems that swimming his way to Olympic gold isn't Michael Phelps' only talent. The gold medalist made an appearance at a World Series of Poker event on Wednesday. He planned on checking out the scene and the players but participants, Antonio Esfandiari and Jeff Gross convinced him to grab a seat a stay away making Phelps a player in the $5,000 no-limit hold 'e...

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44th World Series of Poker Begins!

On May 29, the biggest event in the world of poker took off - the 44th World Series of Poker tournament began with a $500 buy-in Casino Employees event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The competition will be running until July 15, and the main event will play down to a final table of nine survivors, who will take their seats again on 4-5 November 2013....

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New Online Poker Room by PAF

This week, an announcement came from online gambling operator PAF (Penningautomatförening) that it has launched its third online poker room. Branded "Heart", the new poker site operates on the Microgaming Poker Network, and joins the other two - "Diamond" which works on the International Poker Network and "Spade" on Amaya Gaming's Ongame Network.

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WSOP Real-Money Online Poker Site Goes Live… Or Not?

The beginning of the World Series of Poker 2013 has been used by Caesars Entertainment to go live with a Nevada-licensed play-for-fun online poker site, but it happened that a technical glitch which temporarily let some players to deposit and play for real made this launch appear like Ultimate Poker is getting competition in the Nevada real-money online poker mar...

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Pluto Poker Network Involves Everleaf Poker Executives?

There have been many speculations that the Everleaf Poker Network's somehow involved in the new Pluto Poker Network, and in light of such rumors, poker writer John Mehaffey decided to investigate the matter. Therefore, he explored the activities and associations of Everleaf execs Franz Gerhart and Helmut Kleinhans and found out the following: * Pluto is sti...

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New Book on Absolute Poker, New Publicity in Press

A new book by gambling author Ben Mezrich dubbed "Straight Flush" and talking on the founders of Absolute Poker, has triggered a lot of publicity in the UK mainstream press. Several reviews have been written on the book, with pictures of Absolute Poker founders Brent Beckley, his step-brother Scott Tom, Garin Gustafson, Pete Barovich, Shane Blackford and Oscar...

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Party Poker Organizes Online Qualifiers for Old Trafford Charity Event

An announcement came this week that PartyPoker is running online qualifiers to a charity event which will take place at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford (the home of Manchester United Football Club), on the 9th and 10th of August. On the occasion, qualifying players will get a chance to meet and play against Manchester United legends, which is an attraction...

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Update of Carbon Poker's SNG Offering

The latest novelty offered @ Carbon Poker is a new Sit & Go (SNG) offering which has been improved with various changes that include a simplified lobby, rake changes, uniform starting chip stacks, different buy-ins along with 18- and 45-player SNG's. All of the changes to SNG's were based on player requests, said the poker room, adding that Turbo-format 18 and...

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Blom Scoops over $1 Million on PokerStars SCOOP

This week, Swedish online poker ace Viktor Blom (23) emerged a winner in the $10,000 buy-in Pokerstars SCOOP main event online tournament, besting 579 other hopefuls, and leaving the competition with a hefty main prize of $1.1 million - a lion's share of the gigantic prize pool of $5.8 million. The final table of the competition included Blom and respectable...

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Negreanu Wins His First Major Online Poker Tourney!

Although he is famous as a live poker tournaments player, Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu this weekend recorded his first big online poker tournament win. Namely, he scored a win in the $5,200 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event during the currently running Pokerstars Spring Championship of Online Poker and took home the main prize of $216,000. Immediately aft...

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WSOP National Championship Taken Down by Hilton

The third annual WSOP National Championship held at Harrah's New Orleans saw Jonathan Hilton claim the first World Series of Poker winner's bracelet awarded in the U.S. away from Las Vegas. On his way to the triumph, he had to outplay a field of 127 entrants into the nationals which included 20 WSOP Circuit Main Event winners, 18 Casino Champions, 62 at-large...

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PPA: Federal Online Poker Legalization Bill Ready

Over the weekend, a spokesman of the Poker Players Alliance issued a statement confirming recent rumours of a fresh federal online poker legalization attempt, which means that there are two federal attempts currently in the Congressional legislative machine - one from an as yet undisclosed source and another from tenacious Texas politician Joe Barton. Accordin...

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WPT Championship Goes to Controversial Chino Rheem

The $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship ended on a good note for the renowned and sometimes controversial poker pro Chino Rheem who ended up taking his second WPT title along with a prize of $1,150,297. His chip lead at the beginning of a tough final table kept him alive throughout the action - Rheem was several million chips ahead of his nearest riva...

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New Tournament Series by FTP - Micro Turbo Online Poker Is Coming!

An announcement came this week that on June 9, online poker operator Full Tilt Poker will launch a new online poker tournament series titled Micro Turbo Online Poker Series (MTOPS). The new tourney format is particularly suitable for micro- and low-stakes players, and it includes 75 multi-entry events which will offer over $2 million in guaranteed prizes. It w...

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'Doc' Takes His Best Medicine - A Seven-Figure-Prize in WPT

The $100,000 buy-in World Poker Tour World Championship Super High Roller event celebrated the win of poker pro Dave 'Doc' Sands and his seven-figure payday worth $1,023,750. The buy-in was just too rich for all but 21 players, most of them seasoned pros, and only the top three finishers cashed in this event. Still, it is possible that many players are saving...

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PR Coup by PokerStars in Wall Street Journal!

In a long Wall Street Journal article written by reputable gambling journalist Alexandra Berzon, the Isle of Man-based online poker giant Pokerstars embarked on a promotional action, with its CEO Mark Scheinberg (39) welcoming Berzon to the Pokerstars headquarters at Onchan on the island. On the occasion, Scheinberg underlined that the Pokerstars business is w...

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Poker Night 2 Mobile Poker App Launched for iPhone and iPad

iPhone and iPad users can now enjoy a new free mobile poker app dubbed Poker Night 2, which includes characters from various other games and movies, as well as funny commentary about life in general. Poker Night 2 requires iOS 4.3 or later and is natively displayed on all iDevices. In the game, users are the fifth player at a table, sitting together with Cl...

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Largest Maryland Casino to Hire Over 200 Poker Dealers

Maryland Live! Casino in Maryland currently holds the title as largest casino in the state. As of Tuesday, they've announced plans to bring aboard 200 poker dealers to manage a brand new 14,800-square-foot poker room with plans to open this summer. The new poker room is said to house 50 poker tables. The press release said: 'The Poker Room at Maryland Live!...

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Caesars to go Live with US WSOP Brand

Caesars Entertainment Group plans to take online poker live in Nevada this summer and they will promote their brand during the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament in Las Vegas beginning on May 29th. "We anticipate our arrival to be sometime this summer," Seth Palansky, a spokesman for Caesars Interactive said. Caesar's US poker site will be powered by 8...

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